- 1 The Salvation of Israel
- 2 The 144,000
- 3 Is the Battle of Armageddon a Real Battle?
- 4 I came to bring Fire on the Earth
The Salvation of Israel
Many people believe that the last War will be at a place called Armageddon, otherwise known as Medigo. This comes from the literal reading of Revelation 16:16, “and they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”
The meaning of “gathered at the place called Armageddon” is found in Zechariah 12:11, “in that Day, there shall be a mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.” John is telling us that the final event that precedes Christ’s return will be Israel’s repentance. When Israel mourns as they did at Megiddo, then the nations shall be gathered together.
Zechariah said that when Israel repents, they shall see Christ returning on the clouds. The Apostle John described this in Revelation 1:7, “behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced Him…”
The Apostle Paul said that all Israel will be saved, once the fulness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25).
The prophet Joel’s described Israel in the Day of the Lord, as God’s fig tree (Joel 1:7). So Jesus said, “when the fig tree puts forth her leaves . . . this generation shall not pass away.”
Isaiah described the end time gathering of Israel, as the day of her salvation (Isaiah 11:11 – 12:6).
The last Chapters of Ezekiel also described the restoration of Israel and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Israel in the last days,
“Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves; and bring you into the land of Israel . . . I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land” (Ezekiel 34:12-14).
Then the nations of the earth “will go up against a peaceful people who dwell in safety” (Ezekiel 38:10).
The Apostle Paul said that “when the fulness of the Gentiles has come in, all Israel will be saved” (Romans 11:25-26). These are described as the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation.
In Revelation 7, the Church of the last days is called “an Angel ascending from the East, having the seal of the living God” (Revelation 7:2). The Angel seals the 144,000, which represent the twelve tribes of Israel.
Of course, the message is that the Church from the East will bring salvation to Israel before Christ returns.
But in fact, the 144,000 represent all of the elect who have the seal of the living God.
In Chapter 7, God’s elect are divided into two groups, those who came out of the Great Tribulation, and those who have the seal of God.
The Spirit of God is the seal on God’s elect.
The Apostle Paul compared the Spirit of Christ to a guarantee, a scroll, that is sealed by the Holy Spirit. The evidence of speaking in tongues is the visible evidence that we have been chosen by God.
In 180 AD, Irenaeus said that all who were baptized, were born into the kingdom of God. But he said that only those who have received the Spirit of God as evidenced by speaking of tongues, have been made “perfect.” They are sealed.
In Revelation 14, the 144,000 are described as a Lamb on Mount Zion, the mountain of the Lord’s House promised by Isaiah.
In verse 2, we hear the sound of many waters, and the sound of harpists, the sounds of praying in the Holy Spirit.
They “follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (Revelation 14:4). They only follow the commandments and example of Jesus. They have never been defiled with women (Revelation 14:5). They are unaffected by the false teachings of the harlot.
Is the Battle of Armageddon a Real Battle?
Before Israel was re-established as a nation in 1948, very few people believed there was going to be a real battle in the end days, where Israel would be attacked by countries from the North.
Nor did anyone believe that the armies of 200 million men, recorded in Revelation 9:16, were possible.
Most people thought the restored Israel, in the last Chapters of Ezekiel, was only an allegory of the Church in the end times.
But today, you can take a tour of Israel, and they will show you the valley of Armageddon, and an army of 200 million men from the East, is a very real possibility.
From the prophecy of Zechariah 12, we know that the actual City of Jerusalem is the target of Satan’s attack. The attack on Jerusalem comes after the repentance of “the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” Zechariah describes three groups who are delivered: the House of David (which is the Church), Judah (Israel), and “the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” The House of David is only one house in the “inhabitants of Jerusalem” in verse 12.
Revelation 16:18 describes this battle as “a great earthquake.” The “earth” has the meaning of the people of the world, and “quake” has the meaning of war. The earthquakes prophesied in Revelation 8:5, and 11:13 were real wars. So we have no reason to believe that the earthquake in Revelation 16:18 is not a real war.
The weapons of this war are also described. John said, the riders on the horses, have “fire and brimstone proceeding from their mouths.” The meaning of this cannot be explained by other Bible passages.
The prophet Daniel lists Egypt, Edom, Moab, Ammon, Libya and Ethiopia as other countries in the battle. These have no relationship with Mystery Babylon, or any other meaning of the Bible.
We have every reason to expect a real end time battle.
I came to bring Fire on the Earth
We normally think of the Day of the Lord as “the Day of God” when God will punish the earth, but Jesus told us that He was sent for this purpose.
In the Old Testament, God and Christ shared the Name of Yihvah, He WILL BE.
God was the He WILL BE of whom Zechariah said, “that Day is a unique day known only to He WILL BE” (Zechariah 14:7). So Jesus told us “only the Father knows the Day and hour” (Matthew 24:36).
But Christ was the “He WILL BE of the Armies.” Zechariah said, “Then He WILL BE shall go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that Day, His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives” (Zechariah 14:3-4).
Christ will stand on the Mount of Olives. He is the Great Archangel who leads the Angels of God in battle.
Isaiah said, “the Day of He WILL BE of the Armies shall come upon the proud and lofty” (Isaiah 2:12).
And Joel said, “He WILL BE gives voice before His Army, for His Camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word” (Joel 2:11). This was the Camp of Angels that Jacob saw when he fled from his brother Esau. But Obadiah said that his descendants Edom would be humbled in the Day of the Lord (Obadiah 1:15).
In 2nd Thessalonians, Paul said that “the Lord will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.”
In that Day, Christ will be the savior of Israel, and He will punish the ungodly. Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49).
The Host of Stars fall down
From Genesis 2, the host of the heavens have been understood as the Angels that light the sky in the night.
Before the Battle of Armageddon, all the Armies of the LORD, all the Angels will fall from their position in the heavens. They will fall to the earth.
In Revelation, Chapter 9, the Angel with the sixth trumpet was told to “release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates, and the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and the day and the hour and month and year, were released that they should kill a third of mankind” (Revelation 9:16).
These “four angels” that come from the four directions of the earth, represent all of the angels. They kill a third of mankind, using the weapons of men, weapons of fire and brimstone. They are the “invisible” army that fought for Israel in the Old Testament, and they will fight for Israel again.
Isaiah described the host of the Angels falling to earth, as the rolling up of a scroll,
“the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens rolled up like a scroll, and their hosts shall fall down, as the leaf falls from the vine” (Isaiah 34:4).
Here, Isaiah gave us a picture of stars rolled up like a paper and dropped to the earth. The angels as stars that fall to the earth are also found in Daniel 8, Revelation 8 and 12. These angels are the host of heaven. The word “host” literally means “armies” in Hebrew, the armies of the angels.
In the next verse, Isaiah described the great battle that will take place after the armies of heaven fall down to the earth, “My sword shall be bathed in heaven, indeed it shall come down on Edom; and on the people of My curse, for judgment, the sword of the LORD is filled with blood…”
The King of the North and the Kings of the East
The Bible described the Nations that will gather together for the final great battle.
Isaiah said that God’s judgment will come “on Edom, and on the people of My curse” (Isaiah 34:5). Edom represents the enemies of God.
Joel said, “Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom a desolate wilderness” (Joel 3:19). Egypt represents the defender of Israel.
Daniel said the King of the North “shall enter the glorious land, and many shall be overthrown, but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon” (Daniel 11:41).
Ezekiel described God’s opponent as Gog in the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meschech, and Tubal. According to the Jewish historian Josephus, these are the Caucasian people in Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Russia. They are the Europeans who followed the Antichrist.
God described the foolishness of Gog, saying,
Are you he of whom I spoke in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring you against them?
John prophesied that an Angel would dry up the Euphrates to make way for the kings from the East.
Ezekiel said the end time salvation of God will come from the East, and so we believe that the Kings of the East are on the side of God. Just before, the battle began, “an Angel ascending from the east . . . cried out saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the Bond servants of God,”
Daniel said rumors from the North and the East would trouble the King of the North. This will cause him to attack with great fury, “yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him” (Daniel 11:45).
Armies of 200 Million Men
The Prophet Ezekiel described the enormous army that will attack Israel,
“You shall ascend, you shall come like a storm, you shall be like a cloud to cover the land, you, and all your hordes, and many peoples with you.” (Ezekiel 38:9)
Revelation 20:8 describes these armies “as the sands of the seashore.” Revelation 9:16 counts 200 million men. Until recently, armies of 200 million men were thought to be impossible. In John’s time, there were less than 150 million people on the earth. But today, a coalition of Asian forces could have an army of 200 million men.
Ezekiel said the attack on Israel, would be an attack on “a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and neither bars nor gates” (Ezekiel 38:11).
The Apostle Paul said, “while they are saying ‘Peace and safety” then destruction will come upon them.” Before, this attack, the world enjoyed the peace and safety of the end time Church. Isaiah said that in that Day, the nations will “beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:2-3). But then Joel said, suddenly the command would come to “beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears” (Joel 3:10).
In Revelation 20:9, we read that these great armies “surrounded the camp of the holy.” This camp of the holy is a camp of Angels. It is the camp of the Angels of YHVH, described by Joel, “YHVH gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great” (Joel 2:11).
Zechariah said, “YHVH, my ELOHIM shall come and all His holy ones (Angels)” (Zechariah 14:5).
There He will judge the nations (John 3:12).
The Resurrection of the Saints
Jesus told us that the elect of God would be spared from the Battle of Armageddon.
Jesus quoted Isaiah, saying, “where the corpse is, there the eagles shall gather”(Matthew 24:28). Isaiah described the end battle in Isaiah Chapter 34, and said, “there shall the hawks be gathered” (Isaiah 34:15).
The “eagles,” in Greek aetoi, are the fourth living creature, the end time saints. The Greek word aetoi actually describes the falcon family of birds that includes hawks and eagles.
Most English translations, translate aetoi in Matthew as “vulture” but in fact, it is the same word that describes the eagles in the Book of Revelation.
The Battle of Armageddon is described in Revelation 16, and in verse 15, Jesus warns us, “behold, I am coming like a thief.”
He will come like a thief in the night. Jesus said that it “in those days, it shall be as in the days before the flood, people shall be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” (Matthew 24:38). In that Day, “there will be two men in a field; one will be taken, and one will be left behind” (Matthew 24:40).
Zechariah described the attack of the Nations on Jerusalem, and promised the saints at Jerusalem, a way of escape, saying, “through My mountain valley” – “the Mount of Olives shall be split in two – then you shall flee through my Mountain valley” (Zechariah 14:5).
Jesus said that “He will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet” (Matthew 24:31); “the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (John 5:25). Paul said that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”
Flooding Rain, Great Hailstones, Fire and Brimstone
The symbolism of battle of Armageddon begins in the Book of Ezekiel, where Ezekiel describes,
“surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of heaven, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth will shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains, says the LORD God, “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, on the many people who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am YHVH (He WILL BE) …” (Ezekiel 38:19-23).
From Ezekiel’s description, it seems that God is going to use the whole arsenal of nature.
But as we go through the Book of Revelation, we find more and more evidence that these weapons of nature are just metaphors of the weapons of mass destruction.
The earthquake that Ezekiel described was war. Throughout the Book of Revelation, the meaning of “an earthquake” is simply “war.” The “earth” represents the people of the world, and a quake represents the shaking of the people.
Revelation 6:14, describes “the mountains shall be thrown down, “saying, “the sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”
In fact, John has given us a very accurate description of the effect of a nuclear blast.
The hailstones, that Ezekiel described, are described by John as “about a talent in weight,” which would make them 75 to 100 pounds, and 20 inches in diameter.
But were these really hailstones? Or were they missiles that appeared as the size of large hailstones to John?
Finally, Ezekiel described “fire and brimstone.” This was explained in John’s vision of the horses in Revelation 9. The riders had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone. The heads of the horses were like the heads of lions. And out of their mouths proceeded fire and brimstone.
As early as the seventeenth Century, Joseph Mede (1586-1638), had already concluded that “modern weaponry,” was the only possible explanation. Since there was no such representation anywhere else in the Bible.
What John saw in the Book of Revelation, was real modern weaponry.
Fire came down from heaven and devoured them
After Satan has deceived the nations, they will turn their swords on one another, and God will send fire from heaven to destroy them. The countries that Ezekiel lists as God’s opponents in Ezekiel 38, are the armies of the beast in Ezekiel 39, and Revelation 19.
Ezekiel said, “every man’s sword will be against his brother.” Joel described it as the battle of Jehoshaphat when the nations turned their swords against each other.
Zechariah said, “a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbour and raise his hand against his neighbour’s hand” (Zechariah 14:13). “And this shall be the plague with which YHVH shall strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths” (Zechariah 14:12).
John described the Battle of Armageddon as the end of Mystery Babylon, “the Great City will be divided into three parts” (Revelation 16:19). God described His punishment on the harlotry of Jerusalem, saying, “you shall burn with fire 1/3 in the midst of the city, when the days of seige are finished; then you shall take 1/3 and strike it around with the sword, and 1/3 you shall scatter to the wind…” (Ezekiel 5:2). This shall be the end of those who refuse to obey the Gospel.
Paul said that “the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution on those who do not know God, and those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus” (2 Thessalonians 1:5).
John said “fire came down from heaven and devoured them” (Revelation 20:9).
All things will end, “the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat” (2 Peter 3:12).