ARMAGEDDON IS A ONE DAY “BATTLE”
The pre-trib rapture millennialists control most of the Evangelical “end time” teaching about "Armageddon" (..mentioned only one time in the Bible). In their endeavors (tons of books, etc.) to make what the Bible says on the subject fit with their “end time teaching”, they (and others) have created a huge fiction that begs to be exposed.
First: Instead of “Armageddon” being a drawn-out war on this earth between two armies using conventional weaponry, we will see that the Bible teaches no such thing.
Indeed, understanding this Armageddon event is not possible without first stressing that it is the very last event of one day’s duration that takes place as the last event in the specified 42 month reign of the Beast (Rev.13:5). Out of that 3 ½ years, six of the Seven Trumpet time frames (including the Mark of the Beast during the 6th Tr.) have passed, and we are looking at the final two “bowl or vial” plagues of the seven bowls which make up the 7th Trumpet time frame.
The duration of the entire 7thTrumpet period is readily determined from the Scriptures alone. (Note the staggered beginning and ending times of the 3 ½ years allotted to the Two Witnesses [Gr. 2 martyrs] and the beginning and ending times of the 3 ½ years allotted to the Beast: (Rev. 11:3 & 11:14; & Rev.13:5 & 19:20). We see here that the Two Witnesses' 3 ½ years end just before the7th Trumpet begins (Rev. 11:14). Then we see that the Beast’s 3 ½ years end at the close of the 7th Trumpet plagues (Rev. 19:20).
Those Scriptures tell us that the Two Witnesses’ 3 1/2 years will begin before the Beast’s 3 ½ years start by a time frame that will be of exactly the same duration as all the 7th Trumpet bowl plagues... including Armageddon.
Whatever the exact time span is in both cases, it tells us that the entire 7th Trumpet period ending in Armageddon is a short period. So, when we see six of the seven bowls already poured out we know that the 7th must be very, very brief indeed. Then we notice that period referred to as “the day”. Furthermore, we see that the scenes themselves that make up that “battle” require only one day to fulfill. So we can rule out all the fiction about “Armageddon” and call it what it is, i.e., another necessary link in a chain of deceptions which make up the dominant pre-trib millennialist end time model... (which is blocking a sure way to expose the evolution lie!) (HERE).
Second: Jesus (not Satan) is in control of all that takes place during: a) the pouring out of the 6th bowl/vial upon the Euphrates; through: b) the lemming-like “gathering” of Satan’s several million “kings” in the Valley of Megiddo, to: c) the buzzards feasting on those “kings” who are slain by 100 lb hailstones from the sky, and: d) the Beast and the False Prophet being “cast alive” into the Lake of Fire.
Third: The “battle” of Armageddon is not the END and is not followed by a "millennium" as pre-trib rapture Dispensationalists teach. It is, however, the end of the rule of the two "beasts" (Rev. 13:4,11;19:20). Scripture is very clear that this World Government continues after Armageddon for a “little season” (c. 3+ yrs.) without the Beast and the False Prophet, and solely under Satan’s control (Rev. 20:3,7,8: HERE) So, Scripturally, there is a Satan-ruled "little season" after Armageddon, not a Jesus-ruled "millennium". Jesus comes on the last day of the "little season" to rapture dead and living Christians (I Thess. 4:13-18); resurrect all the dead "good and bad" (John 5:28,29; 10:16), and destroy the earth (Is. 65:17; II Pet 3:10-13; Rev. 20:11). Judgment and the promised eternal New Earth follow (Rev.20:11-15; Is. 65:17; 66:22; Matt.24:35; II Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 21:1).
Now, verse by verse, the points above about Armageddon unfold (KJV);
Rev. 16:12: "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."
Rev. 16:13: "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."
Rev. 16:14: "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world [bad guys only: Rev. 13:7,8], to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty."
Comment: Verse 14 speaks of a ONE DAY event. All references confirm that
the battle of Armageddon is a One Day wipeout from the sky. Miracle working
demons gather (#4863 & 4871:are led together). Satan’s main bad guys (kings)
follow lemming-like to the battle (#4171:lit or fig, “single encounter or a series”)
of the great day (#2250-5610, lit or fig. 24 hrs or dawn till dark) of God Almighty.
Rev. 16:15: “Behold I [Jesus] come as a thief [unexpected]. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
Comment: This verse teaches two important things: 1) Jesus is the “HE” of v. 16.
2) There will have been no rapture at this juncture, i.e., the final hours
of the Beast’s 3 ½ year reign!!! In short: The warning is to the “saints”
(et al) who have survived the 6th Trumpet Mark of the Beast period.
It is these survivors who are being warned just before the “battle” of Armageddon and the death of the Beast and False Prophet (Rev.19:20). Since no harm will come to the remaining “saints” (et al) because that “battle” doesn’t involve them, the warning is not about Armageddon, but concerns the next (and last) Biblically guaranteed time frame in the Bible, namely, the “little season” (20:3: c. 3 +yrs). The warning is not to backslide because--as the months pass-- Satan’s new deception will be that Jesus has delayed His coming or is not coming back at all.
This precise development is plainly prophesied in Matthew 24:37-39 where it is said that before Jesus comes, Satan’s people will have begun to disbelieve the repeated warnings, and will be living like everything has returned to “normal”, eating drinking, marrying, etc.” just as in the days of Noah”. Though forewarned (Rev. 16:15), some (self-sufficient) fake “saints” have avoided the plagues but still have hearts that have never been right with the Lord according to His Truths learned by everyone (Rev.14:6,7; 17:14) during the Fall of Babylon.
There is a final winnowing of these fakers before the End of this old earth (Is. 65:17; 66:22; Matt. 24:35; II Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 20:11; 21:1). As seen in Matthew 24:42-51, not only will these people believe this lie and show their true natures (Matt.24:42-51), but “...God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie...and be damned...”(II Thess. 2:11,12). Thus--as with those who bowed to the Beast’s ultimatum and took the Mark (Rev. 14:9-13)--they will not be raptured with the saints when the Biblically determined time arrives on the last day of this earth’s history.
Rev. 16:16, And he (HE=Jesus) gathered them (“kings”) together into a place called... Armageddon. (NKJV et al say “they” instead of HE/Jesus.) ”They” makes no sense because all who are killed are Satan’s followers, who are not killed by Satan, but by God Who is controlling this whole event. (Use KJV on doctrine!)
Rev. 16:17, And the seventh angel poured his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Comment: What does “It is done” mean? We shall see as we tie in these verses from another chapter which verses are on the same subject.):
Rev. 19:11: "And I [John] saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True [Jesus], and in righteousness He doeth judge and make war."
Rev. 19:12: "His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns, and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He himself."
Rev. 19:13: "And He was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God" [again, Jesus, Jn 1:1].
Rev. 19:14: "And the armies [martyrs] which were IN HEAVEN followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
Rev. 19:15: "And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations [bad guys], and He shall rule them with a rod of iron [they can’t escape from Megiddo where they are 'gathered']; and He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."
Rev. 19:16: "And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" [Jesus again, in case any doubt remains.].
Rev. 19:17, 18: ...an angel tells “all the fowls in the midst of heaven, to gather themselves unto the supper of the great God”. (18>) “That ye may eat the flesh of kings, captains, and mighty men...horses...and flesh of all men” [gathered at Megiddo].
Rev. 19:19:" And I [John] saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together [in the Valley of Megiddo] to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army" [but this army is in the sky!].
Rev. 19:20: "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone."
Rev. 19:21: "And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him [His Word] that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of His mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Comment: These verses in Chapter 19 tell us certain things which confirm and add to what we saw in Chapter 16. We see confirmed that it is Jesus who will come as a thief (16:15) and who is identified plainly several times (19:11-16). We see confirmed that the kings are “gathered” at Megiddo (16:14,16 & 19:19). What is made plain in Chapter 19 that is not in Chapter 16 are these things: a) There are two armies all right, but one of them is in the sky...in heaven...as seen in John's vision (19:11,14). b) Those that are gathered at Megiddo can’t escape when the aerial bombardment begins. They are ruled “with a rod of iron” so that none will miss the wrath of God that is coming upon them (19:2,15). c) Every last one of the Beast’s army gathered there becomes buzzard food (19:17,18,21). d) The Beast and the False Prophet are terminated. (19:20).
We can now go back to Chapter 16 and pick up the loose ends that followed on “It is done” (16:17). Leaving verses 18,19,20 for a moment, we skip to verse 21: “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent [100 lbs]: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail [out of heaven], for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
Comment: Now we know that this wipeout by Jesus from the sky is carried out as part of the final plague of the seven bowl/vial plagues of the 7th and final Trumpet. (Like the first six bowl/vial 7th Trumpet plagues, the cause is not seen, only the effect.) So now we also know that the only “weapon” Jesus uses to turn the 6-8 million man army (my estimate from observing the Megiddo site) of the Beast and False Prophet into buzzard meat is to be a bombardment with hundred pound hail stones. This “weapon” presumably is the “sword/Word that goes out of His mouth” that creates the hail; at least it’s the only “weapon” specifically named. (And, of course, hail was one of the great plagues sent on Egypt [Exo.8:23]; it was also used as divine judgment [Haggai 2:17];and hail destroyed an Amorite Army [Josh.10:11]; etc.) The point here is that this miraculous “battle” is indeed “...the great DAY of God almighty”. Nothing that happens requires more than ONE DAY and the events confirm the Biblical use of that time frame!)
As for verses 18, 19, 20--earthquakes, destruction of cities, islands and mountains (fig. govt’s?) disappearing, etc.,--they are the dramatic expressions of God’s vengeance that is simultaneously falling on a great number of Satan’s and the Beast’s leading hatchet men at Armageddon. This is a time of “remembrance” of all the evil ascribed to Satan’s kingdom of Babylon (II Cor. 4:4; Rev.18:24) through the centuries.
So we see that the wipeout at Armageddon is indeed a fearsome event, but that it is not the only punishment being meted out by Jesus on this fateful final day of the Satan-empowered Beast’s global rule.
Jesus--in His “Almighty God” role (Rev. 16:14; Matt. 28:18; Rev. 11:17; etc.)--has caused these “kings” (chief hatchet men of the just passed Mark of the Beast martyrdom of millions of Christians; cf. Rev. 20:4)--to be hypnotically “gathered” on this ancient battleground like c. 7 million “Manchurian Candidates”, for one purpose. That purpose is to fulfill God's promise of vengeance for all martyrs (Rev.6:11),and to bring to an end the rule of the Beast and the False Prophet, as they too are killed (R. 19:20).
The collateral damage--earthquakes, etc. (all to be seen on TV along with Armageddon, as with Rev. 11:8-13 during 6th Trumpet)--on that same day serve to underscore the close of this phase of God’s wrath that is Biblically promised during end time events.
The close of this phase with Armageddon triggers the beginning of the final time frame of God’s End Time Drama (HERE). The Bible labels this final phase the “little season” (Rev. 20:3). It most likely rounds out a seven year time frame which goes back to an uncertain starting date of “the war the Lamb wins” (Rev. 17:14) and continues to the last day of this earth’s history. The last day of this earth’s history brings the Rapture (I Thess. 4:13-17), the general resurrection (John 5:28,29; cf. I Jn. 2:29; Jn. 10:16; Rom. 2:11-15; etc.), the destruction and disappearance of this Old Earth (II Pet. 3:10-13; Rev. 20:11; Is. 65:17) to make way for the eternal New Earth (Is.65:17; 66:22; Jn. 14:1-3;II Pet. 3:10-13;Rev. 20:11; 21:1,2).
When the Bible is counted as the final authority on this subject of "Armageddon"--it is quickly seen that the ruling end time scenario with its fanciful “Armageddon” is quasi-Biblical fiction from start to finish...as is the pre-trib rapture (and a literal millennium: HERE), both of which are parts of that whole "end times" model.
This great misleading of sincere Christians particularly--and all others who prefer truth over deception--is but one of a dozen or more major religious deceptions that will be revealed when Jesus “overcomes” the Beast’s lies and brings about Babylon’s swift Fall (Rev. 17:12:18; etc.). And that Fall begins “one hour” (2-3 months) after a global government is seated (Rev. 17:12). How close is that?!
Those aware of--and becoming aware of--the purpose of this web domain (to expose and destroy false science and false religion in all of their manifestations)--will want to read or review the essay previous to this one (HERE). That link reveals how the pre-trib millennialist end time model held by leading Creationists is the key roadblock now preventing the exposure of the evolution lie, and how that exposure will result in the world-wide certification of the Bible’s infallibility on all subjects from Creation to the eternal New Earth.
The confusion about what the Bible really teaches on a wide variety of subjects culminating in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what is cleared up in “the war the Lamb wins” (Rev. 17:14). The Truths that emerge from that "war" divide the world’s populations into Satan worshippers (Rev. Ch.13) and those who get on God’s side (v.7) (HERE)
Three and a half years after that division, the one day battle of Armageddon takes place on the Plain of Esdraelon in the Valley of Megiddo. All other versions--of Armageddon being a great land battle between good and bad armies--are not Biblical, not true, and can not be the Holy Spirit's Record (I John 5:6).