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Armageddon

In Armageddon on April 4, 2012 at 8:00 am

 To Jeremiah was given a view of the earth during its last world-wide gathering for war. In astonishment and fear he exclaims:

“My bowels, my bowels! I am pained in my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?(Jer.4:19-21)

Verses 23-27 show that the prophet’s “alarm of war” occurs just before the second coming of Christ, and the desolation of the earth which is to follow. Joel speaks of “multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3: 14)This refers to a great war rendezvous for the nations of the earth. See vss. 9-12. To this awful battle all the nations of the world will be gathered.

John saw “three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon , and out of the mouth of the beast , and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils [represented by all spiritualistic teachings], working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. . . . And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (or Mount Meggido). (Rev. 16:13, 14, 16)

 The hills of Meggido, overlooking the plains of Esdraelon, were in the days of the Jews noted for scenes of great slaughter. The awful scene of the carnage of Armageddon is counted as one of the acts of the vengeance of God upon the impenitent nations of earth. It is spoken of as a gathering of the clusters of the vine of the earth, which were cast “into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horses’ bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.” (Rev. 14:19, 20) This symbol is used to represent the terrible nature and vast extent of this last great battlefield of earth.  The fearful destruction of war when all the nations, supplied with the most modern implements of warfare, shall meet in one last terrific clash of arms, is here compared to the treading out of the grapes at the time of vintage. The scene will be the most terrible ever witnessed in the history of nations. And for this struggle the governments of earth, unrealized by themselves, are now arming with all the powers they possess.

The Seventh Plague.

During the battle of Armageddon, the seventh plague is poured out. “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice [the voice of God, see Jer. 25:30] out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, IT IS DONE.” (Rev. 16:17) Heaven’s ministry for earth is finished. The coming of the Lord is at hand, with reward for the saints and destruction for the wicked. Awful convulsions of nature accompany the voice of God.

“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings: and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. “And the great city was divided into three parts cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon [the apostate church] came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” Rev. 16 : 18-20. In another place we read of the same scene, “The heaven [the atmosphere surrounding the earth] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” Rev. 6:14.  “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” (Rev. 16 : 18-20)In another place we read of the same scene, “The heaven [the atmosphere surrounding the earth] departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.” (Rev. 6:14) Of another event during these convulsions we read, “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent [about sixty pounds]: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Rev. 16:21)

“IT IS DONE.”

As the voice of God sounds these words to earth’s remotest bounds, it is met by the response of shaking heaven and trembling earth. Startling events follow in quick succession. Awful are the scenes witnessed in the atmosphere. When shown in prophetic vision it appeared that “the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together.” The earth heaves and swells, as it is rent in the grasp of the mightiest earthquake ever experienced “since men were upon the earth.” Of this time Isaiah writes, “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage.” (Isa. 24 : 19,20) The very foundations of the earth seem giving way.

By Earthquake and Eire.

“And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.” The mountains disappear, leveled by the convulsions which are rending the earth. The islands sink from sight, and are covered by the waters of the sea. “Babylon the great [a degenerate church] hath come into remembrance before God, ‘to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.’ Rev. 16 : 19. Great hailstones, every one ‘about the weight of a talent,’ are doing their work of destruction. The proudest cities of earth are laid low. The lofty palaces, upon which the world’s great men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves, are crumbling to ruin before their eyes.” The horror of these days cannot be expressed or realized. The seven last plagues are completing their terrible work. The thunders of the battle of Armageddon have shaken the world. Islands and corrupt seaports have been swallowed up by the angry sea. The earthquake has leveled the mountains and thrown down the towering buildings of cities,—the monuments of the mighty works of man. By plague, by fire, by famine, and by sword have the wicked of earth been cut down, until comparatively few are left to witness the closing scenes to be ushered in by the coming of the Lord.

Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.” Isa. 13 : 6. “The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. “That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. “And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.” (Zeph. 1 : 14-18) “Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.”  “In that day a man shall cast the idols of his silver, and the idols of his gold [the great fortunes of the rich], which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” Isa. 2 : 10-12, 20, 21

But during all these scenes of plague, earthquake, and desolation the people of God retain their confidence, and exclaim:—

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” (Ps. 91 :2/4, 7) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” (Ps. 46: 1-3)

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