Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Armageddon: Is It About to Happen? By Marvin Moore


Many Christians today are convinced that Armageddon—Revelation’s name for earth’s last battle—is due to break out in the very near future. Armageddon is presumed to refer to the valley of Megiddo in Israel (though the word itself means “Mount Megiddo”), and all the conflict that’s gone on in that region of the world the last few years makes it attractive to suppose that Armageddon is, indeed, about to happen. Consider:
  • Terrorism, emanating from the Middle East, is a global threat.
  • The Israelis and the Palestinians seem to be in a life-and-death struggle.
  • Afghanistan is embroiled in conflict.
  • Iraq has become the scene of an intractable war with no apparent end in sight.
Armageddon suddenly begins looking like an attractive explanation for all that’s going on! But is global terrorism and the current conflict in the Middle East what Armageddon is all about? I’ll begin our examination of this important topic by quoting the four verses in Revelation where we learn about Armageddon:

Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; . . . They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. . . .

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon (Revelation 16:13, 14, 16).

War in heaven

For starters, notice that Revelation calls it the battle of Armageddon, not the war of Armageddon. That’s because a battle is always part of a war, not the other way around. We speak, for example, of the Battle of the Bulge, which was part of the larger conflict we call World War II. And just as the Battle of the Bulge can’t be fully understood apart from the larger context of World War II, so Armageddon can’t be understood apart from a much larger conflict that dominates Revelation and, indeed, the entire Bible.

This war began in a place you’d never expect—in God’s own home, a place we call heaven. We read about it in Revelation 12: “There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.” Michael is the name the Bible gives to a heavenly being who’s also called “the archangel.” The dragon is a symbolic name that Revelation gives to Satan, “the devil.” Revelation goes on to say that Michael prevailed over the dragon, and the dragon and his angels were cast out of heaven.

All wars involve a spiritual component, especially the desire on the part of the aggressors for power, control, and perhaps material gain. This was particularly true of the war in heaven, for Isaiah informs us that Lucifer coveted political power—he aspired to take over God’s throne, His government. He wanted authority over the angels. That’s why he was fighting Michael and His angels. And from Ezekiel we learn that Satan was very proud.

Thus, the opening battle in a war that began thousands of years ago in heaven, continues to this day, and will culminate with Armageddon, was incited by powerful spiritual issues.

War on earth

Revelation informs us that when Satan and his angels rebelled against God in heaven, they were “cast out into the earth”—to our planet, no less! Shortly after arriving here, the devil used one of his favorite spiritual tricks on our first parents: deception. He told them two lies, with which he seduced them into joining the war on his side. You remember the story—the tree, the serpent, the fruit. In the first lie, Satan told Adam and Eve that they wouldn’t die from eating the fruit of the tree when God had said plainly that they would. And second, he promised that if they ate the fruit, they would become like God Himself.

That same day God came down, and He brought Adam and Eve and the devil together for a conference. Addressing Satan, He said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

Strange words, the devil must have thought. Does this mean that Eve and her descendants will hate me? Will they love God and Michael after all and join the war on Their side?

That’s exactly what God meant—not that every human being would abandon Satan’s side and join back up with God, but that everyone would be given the opportunity to do so. And ever since then people in every age, all over the world, have indeed been rejoining God’s side.

That, of course, has made the devil horribly angry. Revelation says that he pursued the woman (a symbol for God’s people, the church) and persecuted her, and he’s “filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” That’s exactly what God predicted in Eden: that He would put enmity—hatred—between Satan’s followers and God’s followers. Revelation goes on to say that “the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”

Again, the issue is spiritual. The devil is filled with fury. He’s angry, enraged. Anger that’s out of control leads to harsh words, strained relationships, and sometimes even physical violence. Dealing with an angry person is a major spiritual challenge. It takes a strong character to resist responding to anger with anger. And the Bible informs us that in earth’s final battle, we’ll have to deal with a very angry devil and his angry human agencies. Armageddon will test our characters to the limit! ... Read the full article by Marvin Moore in Signs of the Times





Source: Sings of the Times│August 2005
Author: Marvin MooreA self-proclaimed "work-a-holic," He is the hardworking editor of Signs of the Times magazine, and a prolific author with more than 20 books to his creditIf he's not writing, Marvin is on an airplane en-route to one of his many appointments as a seminar speaker. Marvin's knowledge of Bible prophecy and end-time events keep him in constant demand as a speaker at churches and camp meetings in the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to his career in editing and writing, Marvin worked as a pastor for 15 years in California and Texas.
He earned an MA degree in Church History from Andrews University in 1961 and and M.Div. degree in 1969 from the same university. Later, in 1974, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree from the University of Dallas ... more


3 comments:

  1. Armageddon = seat of unity
    Many interpretation of “armageddon” in Revelations 16:16 refer to a physical place near Israel.
    This is not correct.
    It does not refer to a physical place but to a state, a condition, a seat of unity (a unified belief).

    armageddon….in Greek….αρμαγεδων

    This word is a combination of two words...αρμα…..&.....εδω.
    αρμα = unity
    εδω = seat
    Therefore, the true meaning of armageddon is the “seat of unity”.

    Rev. 16:12-16
    And it (three in one) (the dragon, the beast, the prophet) with one belief, with one strength, with one voice, as unclean spirits of demons, went forth to all leaders of nations doing signs so as to gather (assemble, unite) for battle, opposition, contention against the rulership by a (the) One and Only Son of Almighty God, Jesus Christ.

    Christ says...Behold , I come as thief to take away, against man’s will, that which is most cherished by him.
    Christ says...watch, be on guard, be ready that you are wearing the blessed garment that will be acceptable to the One God, for any other will be taken away, leaving you in the shame of your nakedness and rejection.

    And it (the dragon, the beast, the prophet) will , through its “powerful belief”, raise, gather together the rulers and nations to the condition/state of a unified seat of belief...to a unified ruling way of life that all will embrace….which will cause all of mankind to confront, contend, and battle Christ as the One King.

    Which belief does the most powerful country promote as the right way?
    Which belief do all rulers and men embrace?
    ….Freedom of self will...the desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES).
    Today this is advanced as freedom of rights, freedom of all religions.
    ….this belief, this seat, dictates that it is right to be free to worship any ‘god’.

    Look….do you recognize the signs? If not, then you do not want to see.

    It is Only Christ that will rule as the One King according to and in obedience to the One Will of the Creator, and not according to man’s 1st love for his “freedom”.

    John Stefanyszyn

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  2. John Stefanyszyn,

    I once had a pastor tell me to not believe anything he ever told me… To instead study and research everything to know whether it is the truth or not. I have seen the same exact post on two different sites that you posted.
    I looked it up and I am having trouble finding the definitions you use for the word Armageddon. The words I found for unity are henotes and even enotita… but nothing close to geddon or Arma… I would be interested to know what you are using to get this interpretation.
    You also quoted Revelation 16:12-16 as, “And it (three in one) (the dragon, the beast, the prophet) with one belief, with one strength, with one voice, as unclean spirits of demons, went forth to all leaders of nations doing signs so as to gather (assemble, unite) for battle, opposition, contention against the rulership by a (the) One and Only Son of Almighty God, Jesus Christ.” Again I went to the KJV and it reads a bit different… “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I 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. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, 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. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

    Here we see the word Armageddon is not a proper Greek word but a Hebrew word Armageddon…. I would be very curious to know which version of the bible you are using?

    I see you quoted scripture, “Christ says…Behold , I come as thief to take away, against man’s will, that which is most cherished by him.
    Christ says…watch, be on guard, be ready that you are wearing the blessed garment that will be acceptable to the One God, for any other will be taken away, leaving you in the shame of your nakedness and rejection.” Again the KJV version is much different on both accounts…
    No matter how valid a point might be if we are to quote scripture we should quote it without changing any part of it…
    Rev 22:18-19, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

    I am not condemning, I am merely curious as the where you have gotten this material.


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  3. I like the way Marvin Moore presents his topics on prophecy. They are fresh and not just copied from some prominent preachers. Inspite of what most of Christendom preaches that Armaggedon will be a physical battle, the facts show otherwise. And as Marvin Moore says, this is a spiritual battle and not a physical battle.

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