The Bible and Current Events: A look at Armageddon
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At the surrender of Japan, which ended World War II, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “If we do not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.” He knew the holocaust of war, and he feared it.

Yet, we have not found that more equitable system, and there is a constant fear of a global conflict. Later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower predicted that unless peace could be negotiated, the Armageddon would soon follow.

President John F. Kennedy stated: “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”

When men speak of war as an inexplicable holocaust, they usually use the term Armageddon, because that is the most devastating conflagration they can think of.

The term Armageddon comes from the Bible. It reads: “For they are spirits of demons that work miracles. They go out to the kings of the whole world to muster them for war. ... So they mustered them at the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon” (Revelation 16:14-16).

What a confrontation it will be when armies from all over the world converge on the Middle East! The major battleground will be a “place called ... Armageddon,” and today that place is called Megiddo, which is the meaning of Armageddon.

Megiddo is a plain about 14 miles south of Haifa in Israel. The plain is 14-by-20 miles in size, and is one of the most natural battlefields in the world.

Thousands of years ago Thothmes III of Egypt said, “Meggido is worth a thousand cities,” while Napoleon allegedly remarked that it was the most ideal location on earth for a battle.

However, Armageddon is not just a single battle; rather it is a military campaign composed of several battles. J. Dwight Pentecost states in Things to Come: “The extend of this great movement in which God deals with the kings of the earth and the whole world (Revelation 16:14) will not be seen unless it is realized that the battle of that day of the Great God Almighty is not an isolated battle.

“Rather [it is] a campaign that extends over the last half [3 ½ years] of the Tribulation period. The Greek word polemos translated ‘battle’ signifies a war or campaign.”

It seems that all of Israel will be a battlefield during the last half of the seven-year Tribulation.

God said, “I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle ... (Zechariah 14:2). Isaiah tells of a battle south of Jerusalem at Idumea (34:6).

The Bible has much to say in various parts of the Scriptures about Armageddon. Apostle John spoke of 200 million mounted troops coming from the East (Revelation 9:16; 16:12).

The Word is explicit about this event, saying the great River Euphrates will dry up so the 200 million troops from the East may walk across on dry land. Mao Tse Tung, former Communist leader of China, boasted years ago that he could muster a 200-million man army.

Note that he named the same number of troops as the Bible. The Oriental countries will come from the East to fight in the war of Armageddon.

The armies of the world will be locked in a life-or-death struggle in the Middle East. The Bible gives a first-century picture of a 21st-century world war. Apostle John struggles to describe what he foresaw: “The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulphur” (Revelation 9:17).

Armageddon will be at its zenith — then a spectacular event happens in the sky. Jesus said, “Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the sky” (Matthew 24:30), inferring that some sort of visible phenomenon will take place in the heavens immediately preceding His touching the earth.

We don’t know just what the sign will be, but John seems to say the armies of Armageddon will cease fighting each other and will unite to fight Christ.

To the very end, poor, foolish man will withstand the Lord. We can hardly think of anything more senseless than the armies trying to blast Christ out of the sky, but that seems to be what will happen.

The passage reads: “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).

Christ will singlehandedly defeat the armies of Armageddon. “Out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations” (Revelation 19:15).

Zechariah foretold the divine use of atomic fission: “Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in heir mouth” (14:12).

Then Christ will be crowned “King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” and He will rule the world from Jerusalem in tranquility and peace.