Israel: Crossroads of Eternity. Day of Discovery. Published on Nov 4, 2010
For more than 2,000 years, Israel has remained prominent among the nations of the world—with Jerusalem as the spiritual epicenter. What is it that God sees in this land and its people? Why is Israel such a magnet, drawing media attention and travelers from all over the world? What is God revealing in this land? Hosted by Mart DeHaan.
The article of this post relates to the revealing of Israel, as it relates to the end of times prophecies that were given by God to Jewish prophets. In turn, the prophets wrote the words of those prophecies to the people of the nation of Israel. We will begin this article with a video discussion of Dr. Renald Showers.
Renald Showers (Dr., Author) (https://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._Renald_Showers)
Renald Showers is an author and Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
The sequence of future Prophetic events
The purpose of this, “To Armageddon,” series of articles is to provide credible data that will provide “comfort of thought,” as it relates to the end of times discussion. This study will reveal that there is no “end of times apocalypse” that is known as “Armageddon,” that will cause an end to our world, with all of its mass of humanity. Far from the myth of total destruction is “good news” for those whom know Christ, the Messiah, as their Lord and Savior. Bruce Willis end-times movies are interesting but, they are far from the truth of that matter. We will discuss the two most commonly used words that are used to discuss the end times, or an end of times scenario, with those words being “Apocalypse and Armageddon.”
In addition to being called “The Battle Of Armageddon,” that event is also known as “The Campaign Of Armageddon,” due to the length of scripture-related events that begin in Revelation 16:13 (which is a parenthetical event that appears between the sixth and seventh bowls of God’s judgment), and extends through Revelation 19:21. Notice that, during the Battle of Armageddon, the judgment of God will be taking place. God will be in control of all of the judgments that will take place during the tribulation; God will not be “just an absent observer.” It is impossible to have an end of times discussion without having a certain element of repetition and duplication of thought. With that thought in mind, I will examine some words that relate to the same event. “The final event of the Battle of Armageddon,” and “the second coming of Christ,” (for judgment and for the establishment of the Kingdom Age and the millennial reign of Christ) are the same event. A discussion of scriptures that relate to those events will follow.
A proper understanding of this study weighs heavily on the prophecies of Jeremiah (30:7, 606 B.C.), of Daniel (9:20, 24-27, 538 B.C.), and of the discussion that Christ had with his disciples in his Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24:3-31, Mark 13:1-37, and Luke 21:5-36, 30 A.D.). The Olivet discourse has an overview of the tribulation, with the last half being known as The Great Tribulation. The details of the tribulation are shown in “The Revelation To John” (4:1-19:21, 95 A.D.)
Dr. Renald Shower’s video provides a very good explanation of the events that lead to the tribulation. Immediately following the tribulation will be the establishment by Christ of His thousand-year earthly reign, that will consist only of those whom have been born again. Those whom have not been born again will spend the thousand-years in a state of death. Following the thousand-year reign of Christ, those whom had not been born again will be judged for their sins at the Great White Throne Judgment, and will be cast into the lake of fire, “which burns forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10-15). Those whom will have spent the 1000 years with Christ will enter the eternal state of the new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2), where they will spend eternity “where the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple (Revelation 21:22); “and the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:23).
A discussion: Apocalypse and Armageddon.
Apocalypse: The Revealing
Revelation 1:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
Introduction To The Apocalypse/Revealing.
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
Note: NKJV Study Bible The phrase “must shortly take place” is an allusion to Dan. 2:28, 29, 45, since shortly seems to indicate that the things that must come to pass in the last days will take place in quick succession.
The Greek word, “apokalypsis,” is correctly understood to mean, “disclosure, unveiling, or revelation,” and is the basis for the English word, “apocalypse.” There are many people whom are looking for an end of times destruction of all of mankind, to include all of our world. “Apocalypse” is the name that is often used to identity such an “end of world event.” However, such a belief has no foundation of truth. Eschatology is the study of what the Bible says is going to happen in the end times; it explains the judgments of God (Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments), the Battle Armageddon, and the events that will precede and follow.
Armageddon: The Place
Introduction To Armageddon.
Revelation 16:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
Note. NKJV Study Bible. 16:16. The place of the battle spoken of in v. 14 is Armageddon, a Hebrew word literally meaning “Mount of Megiddo.”
Revelation 16:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 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.
Note. NKJV Study Bible. 16:12–14. The sixth bowl involves the Euphrates River, as does the sixth trumpet (9:14). Both judgments deal with demoniacal inspired military forces. The army of two hundred million (9:16) will kill a third of all humankind (9:18); the army in vv. 12–14 will do battle against God (19:19–21).
Note. MacArthur Study Bible. 16:14 signs. These are supernatural wonders (cf. 13:12–15) designed to deceive (cf. 19:20; 1 Kin. 22:20–23; Mark 13:22) the kings into invading Palestine. Their impact will be so great that the unclean spirits are able to induce the kings to make the journey to Palestine in spite of their sores, the intense heat, drought, and darkness. kings of the earth. No longer just the eastern confederacy, but now all the world begins to gather in Palestine for the final, climactic battle (Ps. 2:2, 3; Joel 3:2–4; Zech. 14:1–3). the battle of that great day of God Almighty. The Battle of Armageddon (v. 16). It is the great war with God and Christ (see notes on 2 Thess. 1:7–10; cf. Joel 2:11; 3:2, 4). The war will end when Christ arrives (19:17–20)..
The Event Of Armageddon. The Second Coming Of Christ.
Revelation 19:11-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Descent Of Christ For Battle
11 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. 12 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. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 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. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The Beast and His Armies Defeated
17 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, 18 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.”
19 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. 20 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. 21 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.
Note. MacArthur Study Bible. 19:17–21 These verses depict the frightening holocaust unparalleled in human history—the Battle of Armageddon, the pinnacle of the Day of the Lord (see note on 1 Thess. 5:2). It is not so much a battle as an execution, as the remaining rebels are killed by the Lord Jesus (v. 21; see notes on 14:19, 20; cf. Ps. 2:1–9; Is. 66:15, 16; Ezek. 39:1ff.; Joel 3:12ff.; Matt. 24, 25; 2 Thess. 1:7–9). This Day of the Lord was seen by Isaiah (66:15, 16), Joel (3:12–21), Ezekiel (39:1–4, 17–20), Paul (2 Thess. 1:6ff.; 2:8) and our Lord (Matt. 25:31–46).
My note. Christ and His bride have just come from the Marriage of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-8). The battle, which has been said to be the culmination of a campaign of battles, is a spiritual battle which is won by Christ (Rev 19:15). Following the Battle of Armageddon, Christ, the bride of Christ (the New Testament saints who will have accompanied Him from the Marriage of the Lamb), the Old Testament saints and the tribulation saints, will enter the Kingdom Age/the millennium/the thousand-year reign of Christ. It is then and there, that the marriage supper of the Lamb will take place (Revelation 19:9).
George Younce of the Cathedrals, sang the following song about the marriage supper not long before his going to be with the Lord. The Old Testament saints and resurrection saints will be resurrected at the time of the second coming of Christ. They will join the New Testament saints which will have just returned to earth from the third heaven and the Wedding of the Lamb. Consider how wonderful it will be to have all of God’s saints, of all times, together for the most wonderful meal that could ever be served, in the Presence of Christ, our “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
Old Friends Quartet – Supper Time [Live]
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