THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

Scripture Reading: Revelation 16:17-21

“For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty…And they assembled at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:14,16)

In the days of ancient Israel, Megiddo was a very important city. It lay at the junction of the most important trade routes in the Middle East. Whoever controlled Megiddo controlled much of the commerce in the Middle East. I have visited this site many times. It is one of the most famous tells in Israel.

Many famous battles were fought on the plain of Megiddo. You can go up on Mount Carmel, where Elijah had the encounter with the prophets of Baal, and see this famous plain. Because the plain is wide, long, and flat it is conducive for major battles.

Because of Megiddo’s crucial position, any battle for control of Megiddo was a key conflict, often the decisive battle of the war. Thus the terms “battle of Armageddon” came to mean the decisive battle which determines the ultimate victor in a conflict. In Revelation, Armageddon signifies the decisive battle in the age old conflict between Christ and Satan, between the Lamb and the dragon, between the Church and the world.

The Battle of Armageddon is the final battle in the great spiritual war which has been waged from the beginning of the age until the present time. It is a battle which is fought between the forces of the evil one and the armies of Christ. Though this conflict has been waged since the beginning of the age, it increases in intensity as the last day approaches. It’s outcome is certain — King Jesus, through His mighty work on the cross and His return to glory, will be absolutely victorious over the armies of Satan. In chapters 19 and 20 of Revelation, Christ defeats all His enemies. The Lamb wins and the Church will overcome!

King Jesus, leader of the armies of heaven, protect me through the battles I will face. I know that You will bring a final defeat upon Satan and the world. You are the conquering King and Lord of all. I look forward to the time when the final victory comes and You bring in new heavens and a new earth. I look forward to spending eternity in Your presence, O victorious Lamb of God.

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