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. I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. (Revelation 16:14, 16 and 19:11, 19, NIV 1984).
My Musings – A word that is referenced a lot in modern discussions of the end times but occurs only once in the Bible (Revelation 16:16) is Armageddon. It refers to the place where the last great battle of the ages will take place and has become synonymous with the end of the world. The battle will coincide with the Second Coming of Christ (Revelation 16:15), when all the hosts of evil will be defeated (Revelation 19:11–21).
This war will eclipse anything the world has ever seen. Greater than the carnage of World War I and World War II. It will also be a world war that will include most of the nations of the world. Its focal point will be in the Middle East, where the armies of the “kings of the earth” will someday deploy themselves, centering at Mount Megiddo. This great “war to end all wars, (which World War I erroneously called) is called the battle of Armageddon. This terrifying war threatens to destroy civilization. And “if those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21–22, NIV 1984). So it will be that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth in glory and power to judge the nations of the world and set up His own glorious kingdom.
My Advice – Make sure you end up on the winning side.
Elwell, W. A., & Elwell, W. A. (1996). In Evangelical dictionary of biblical theology (electronic ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.
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