What is the World Coming to? (Part 11)
Greetings precious people,
Today we will conclude our study of what the world is coming to, according to God’s Word, the Bible. In what is known as ‘the last days’ and the ‘Tribulation’, God will bring judgement upon this world that has rejected His Son, Jesus Christ and killed many of His servants. As we have seen from previous studies, these judgements will come in the form of three sets of seven known as the ‘Seal Judgements’, the ‘Trumpet Judgements’, and ‘The Vial Judgements’. In last weeks article we looked at the first six Vial Judgements. Today we will look at the seventh. If you would like a copy of this series, contact us at the address below and make your request and we will send it to you.
Prior to looking at the seventh, lets go back and examine sixth more closely. In Revelation 16:12-16, "Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon."
Here we see God bringing the kingdoms of this world together for the great battle of the last days known as "The Battle of Armageddon." Books and articles have been written and movies made about this time. This battle will take place in Israel at a place known as Megiddo. In Megiddo, there is a vast valley known as the Valley of Megiddo. It has been the site of a number of battles over the years and has been said by many military leaders to be the most ideal place to stage a battle. When I was there a few years ago, I saw an Israeli fighter jet take off from a secret airfield. It was a thrill to be there and see the location where all these future events will take place.
As we saw in the previously mentioned verses, God will enable the dragon, beast, and the false prophet to deceive the leaders of the world and bring them to the valley of Megiddo. These three will work together in unison. You no doubt have heard of the Holy Trinity, (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Satan has a counterfeit for this and it is known as the "unholy trinity", and is made up of Satan, the Beast, and the false Prophet.
These armies of the nations will be gathered together to make war against Jesus Christ at His return. Revelation 19:11-21, "Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great." And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword, which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh."
Just prior to Christ’s return, God will pour out the last Vial Judgement. In Revelation 16:17-21, "Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great."
After this, Jesus will return. After the Battle of Armageddon is won, Christ will rule and reign on earth. His kingdom will be a kingdom of peace, truth, and righteousness. Sin will no longer be tolerated. Wickedness will no longer be the norm. It will be a time as the prophets of old spoke and longed to see. A time as Micah 4:3, "He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more." And as Isaiah 11:6-8 states, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den."
Oh how I long for this time, don’t you? This wonderful peace that will rule the world one day can rule in your heart today. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30,
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." This peace and rest can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There is a truthful play on words that goes like this: No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace. Dear ones, trust in Christ today.
If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine