The valley of Jezreel and the Plain of Esdraelon are located west of the Jordan River and east of the Mediterranean Sea. The battle of Armageddon will be fought in this area. The name Armageddon is taken from the strategic military city of Megiddo, which is the rebuilt and fortified chariot city of Solomon. Armageddon, it has been said, "will be the battle ground for the greatest blood bath the world has ever seen."
1. 144,000 Sealed
The antichrist, (with the False Prophet) will rule the whole world with an iron hand for years. He will extend total control over the political, religious and economic life of all the world. One hundred forty four thousand (144,000) Jews will be miraculously preserved by the Lord Himself. The Lord will deliver this remnant which has been hidden from the destructive powers of the antichrist. As in the days of sojourning (in the wilderness) God will again protect His people from being destroyed. These shall be the Jews which will fight against the antichrist at the battle of Armageddon.
2. Preparation for Armageddon
The righteousness of the protected Jews will be a thorn in the flesh of this world leader. He will be able to break the will of all others except them. He will be determined to destroy them. He will gather his leaders and armies together for this purpose. "And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army" (Revelation 19:19). . .out of the mouth of the beast and the mouth of the false prophet, 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. . .and he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon" (Revelation 16:13, 14, and 16).
3. Armageddon Closes Out the Tribulation
This battle will be the end of the tribulation period. It is the final attack of the antichrist against God and His people. The cup of God's wrath will be full at this time, and He will personally come to end the wild and savage earthly reign of the beast and his system. After this battle Jesus will set up the Millennial (1000 years of peace) reign on earth.
4. King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation
19:11, 14, 16).
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge, and make war. . .And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. . .and he had on his vesture, and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." This is Jesus coming with His church (Revelation 19:8), to end the reign of the beast and destroy his world system.
5. The Judgment of the Beast and False Prophet
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet. . .These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone" (Revelation 19:20).
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