THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON WORLD WAR III
Two thousand years ago‚ • the Apostle John foresaw the end of the 21st century‚ and prophesied‚ saying ...
REV. 16:13-14‚16 ... And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue ARMAGEDDON.
The natural hill of Megiddo is the site of an important pass through the mountains of northern Israel‚ which gives access to the southern plains. Several strategic battles in history have been fought there‚ and it has been said that MORE BLOOD has been shed around that hill THAN ANY OTHER SPOT ON EARTH!
Anciently Megiddo's gates and walls witnessed the armed struggles of Assyrians, Canaanites, Egyptians, Greeks, Israelites, Persians, Philistines, and Romans. Although Megiddo was not a fortress in the days of World War I, note that the critical battle enabling the British Field Marshal Edmund Allenby to wrest control of the Holy Land from the Turks occurred at Megiddo where he began his offensive against them on September 18, 1918.
This makes it a fitting illustration for the impending worldwide destruction known to us as WORLD WAR III. JER. 25:31 ... for the LORD hath a CONTROVERSY with the nations‚ he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the SWORD …
This study focuses on the end of our modern era. • Also known as - the last prophetic hour. • The apocalypse 2,000 year day Early rain-40yrs Latter Rain- 7 1/2 yrs 1260 yrs-dark ages 4 BC- 70ad 538 ad- 1760ad Today Last Hour Battle of Armageddon
In this lesson... • We will attempt to show • 1) WHY Armageddon is going to take place • 2) WHAT will happen as a result.
We will touch on three areas highlighted in the scriptures‚ namely:
1. The restoration of the nation of Israel to the favor of God; • 2. The return of Jesus with the Bride to the earth‚ to assist the Jewish ministry during the 1‚000 years; and • 3. The destruction of the organized religious and civil systems of the world.
The Lord had originally chosen the nation of Israel‚ given her His law‚ and then dealt with her for 1‚500 years; but as the years passed‚ her heart became increasingly hardened because of sin‚ until when Jesus came to His people‚ John says …
JN. 1:11-12 • He came unto his own‚ and HIS OWN RECEIVED HIM NOT.
The thoughts of their hearts were only evil continually‚ as Jesus showed in a parable ... MT. 21:33-41 ... when the husbandmen saw the SON‚ they said among themselves‚ This is the HEIR; come‚ LET US KILL HIM‚ and ... they caught him ... and slew him. …
This condition remained unchanged during the time of the Early Church‚ for Paul said ... ACTS 13:46 ... It was necessary that the word of God should FIRST have been spoken to you: but seeing ye ... judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life‚ lo‚ we turn to the GENTILES.
As a result of her spiritual blindness‚ the nation of Israel was destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70‚ as Jesus had prophesied she would be‚ in ... LK. 21:22-24 ... JERUSALEM shall be trodden down of the Gentiles‚ until the TIMES OF THE GENTILES BE FULFILLED.
These TIMES represent a prophetic length of time of 2‚520 years‚ which will be fulfilled in the Battle of Armageddon. In the meantime‚ • the Lord said of Israel …
HOS. 5:15 • I will go and RETURN TO MY PLACE‚ TILL they acknowledge their offence‚ and seek my face: INTHEIRAFFLICTION they will seek me EARLY.
Along with this prophecy‚ let us turn to ... ACTS 1:9-12 ... this same Jesus‚ which is taken up from you into heaven‚ shall so come IN LIKE MANNER as ye have seen him go into heaven. …
These last two scriptures go together; for‚ when Israel turns toward the Lord‚ Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives in Israel and save her from total destruction. She will be in the MIDST of her final AFFLICTION‚ the Battle of Armageddon.
But first‚ the gospel had to go from the Jews to the Gentiles‚ for the eventual purpose that they would finally ... ROM. 11:11-12 ... PROVOKE (the Jews) to JEALOUSY. ... • ... and cause them to return to the Lord.
As a matter of history‚ from A.D. 70 until December of 1917‚ the land of Israel suffered under the rule of one foreign power after another. As the 20th century began to unfold‚ however‚ it was time for the words of the prophets to be fulfilled. There are volumes of scriptures on this point‚ but we will just quote one that is representative …
EZK. 36:21-24 • ... For I will take you from among the HEATHEN (or GENTILES)‚ and gather you out of ALL COUNTRIES‚ and will bring you into YOUR OWN LAND.
On June 28 1914‚ the world was suddenly caught up in a war which raged for four years. Nations were pitted against each other on a scale never before imagined possible. The British moved in and captured Jerusalem from the Turks in December of 1917; General Allenby and his troops took the city without firing a shot‚ which was pictured in prophecy‚ in … http://www.awwwsome.com/bugler/curious/amazing.htm It was at meggido- Gen. Allenby broke the power of the Turks - Halley’s Bible Handbook
ISA. 31:5AS BIRDS FLYING‚ so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it. • It took until November of 1918 to completely clear the land of Israel. • Then —
THINK OF THIS! — within ELEVEN DAYS of that land being cleared‚ the war that had raged for FOUR YEARS among so many other nations came to an abrupt stop! • ISRAEL was in the hands of a BIBLE-BELIEVING NATION‚ and the door was soon opened for the Jews to return to their own land.
World War I was fought for the purpose of taking the land of Israel from UNBELIEVERS‚ and providing a homeland for the Jews. • It is STAGGERING to realize that in the course of this ONE PORTION of God’s plan being fulfilled‚ EIGHT AND ONE-HALF MILLION PEOPLE DIED!
Did the Jews of the world flock back to Israel? Of course not; but Isaiah had prophesied ... • ISA. 43:5-6 ... I WILL BRING THY SEED from the east‚ and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north‚ Give up; and to the south‚ Keep not back ...
No sooner had the dust settled from World War I than a worldwide depression struck. People yearned for someone to lead them out of their misery. A man by the name of HITLER began to gather a following in Germany‚ saying that the SOURCE of all the troubles was the JEWS! Remember this thought — it will not go away!
In time‚ Hitler came to power and began a program to exterminate the HALF MILLION JEWS living in Germany. Not content with Germany‚ he began to reach out to enslave all nations; and in LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY‚ the world was at war again! Who Will Mourn for Us?Those Who Gather Here to RememberWho Will Understand?Those Who Touch These Stones TenderlyWho Will Erect a Monument for Us?Those Who SurvivedAnd Who Will Speak for Us?All Those Who Perished ITZHAK KATZNELSON http://www.laholocaustmonument.com/ Holocaust memorial- LosAngeles Calif..
History would call it World War II‚ and would record over FIFTEEN MILLION dead; to which we could add the SIX MILLION Jews who were exterminated‚ raising the total to an awesome TWENTY-ONE MILLION PEOPLE!
As a direct result of this war‚ increasing numbers of Jews from all nations‚ especially Europe and Asia‚ immigrated to the land of Israel. Shortly thereafter‚ the nation of Israel was recognized by the world as a nation on May 15, 1948 12:00 midnight palestine time. President Truman meeting on May 8, 1951 with Prime Minister David Ben Gurion of Israel and Abba Eban. They presented the menora as a token of esteem for President Truman's timely recognition of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/1948.htm
SONG 2:13 The FIG TREE (was putting) forth her GREENFIGS ... May 14,1948 6:11 pm eastern time http://www.trumanlibrary.org
Another direct result of World War II was the development of atomic warfare. Man had finally discovered how to eliminate himself completely and efficiently from the face of the earth! About one hour after the bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945.Photo: the U.S. Army. “little boy A bomb- killing 200,000. 3 days later- “fat man” was dropped on Nagasaki-70,000 died.
In any move of God‚ there must be LEADERS. • Today‚ Israel exists as a nation‚ but the Jews are NOT spiritual. • Where will their spiritual leaders come from‚ • and who will train them? • We will answer this in just a moment.
Meanwhile‚ let us look at what the Lord has done among the Gentiles. James tells us in ... ACTS 15:13-16 ... Simeon hath declared how God AT THE FIRST did visit the Gentiles‚ to take out of them a people for his name. ...
This took place during the 40 years of the Early Rain Church; but James tells us there is also to be a Latter Rain Church‚ in ...
JMS. 5:7 ... Behold‚ the HUSBANDMAN ... hath LONG patience ... until he receive the EARLYANDLATTER RAIN. • The time of the Latter Rain Church will last for 7-1/2 years. • This time is at our very doors right now!
The purpose of the Early and Latter Rain is to produce 144‚000 perfect overcomers‚ or the Bride of Jesus Christ‚ as John tells us ... REV. 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice‚ and give honour to him: for the marriage of the LAMB is come‚ and HIS WIFE hath MADE HERSELF READY.
So‚ by these scriptures and many others‚ we see that the Lord has waited patiently for over 1900 years to produce a “SPIRITUAL” BRIDE.
As we said‚ the Latter Rain Church will be in order for 7-1/2 years. • During that period‚ the Spirit of God will bring His ministry into contact with those Jews who will be the ministry‚ or earthly leaders‚ for the next 1‚000 years.
Through the ministry of the Body of Christ‚ they will receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost‚ the SEAL of God‚ as John tells us in ... REV. 7:1-4 ... And I heard the number of them which were SEALED: ... AN HUNDRED AND FORTY AND FOUR THOUSAND of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
or as Paul says it in ... ROM. 11:25-26 ... There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer‚ and shall TURN AWAY UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB: • The Latter Rain Church will be called a SPIRITUAL Zion.
We mentioned earlier that the Early Church was in order for 40 years. However‚ as the apostles were martyred‚ the church began to slip out of that pure spiritual condition into the traditions of men.
As Paul said ... • 2 THES. 2:3-4 ... there (shall) come a FALLING AWAY first‚ and that man of sin be revealed‚ the son of perdition ... • As time went on‚ an organized religious system called the Roman Catholic Church was set up with the help of civil government.
This combined civil-religious system of man determined to ... REV. 13:5-7 ... make WAR with the saints‚ and to overcome them ... • This open persecution existed for 1‚260 years during which MILLIONS of people were slaughtered for their faith in Jesus Christ.
This terrible bloodshed has NEVER been paid for; but the Lord has NOT FORGOTTEN IT! Paul tells us that the Lord is allowing this horrible system of man to ... ROM. 2:1-5 ... (TREASURE) UP (or STORE up) unto (itself) WRATH against the DAY OF WRATH ...
Towards the end of this 1‚260 year period‚ the great Protestant movement sprang up‚ as people everywhere PROTESTED the injustices of the Catholic Church; but by the beginning of the 20th century‚ the movement had lost its momentum‚ and Rome was hard at work wooing the Protestant world back “home.”
Her deceit has been SO CONVINCING that‚ today‚ the so-called “Protestant” world is ACTIVELY engaged in creating an EXACT LIKENESS‚ or IMAGE‚ OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! As John tells us ...