We are continuing our series on the nine end times wars prophesied in the Bible. Most people are surprised to find out there are so many, knowing of only the Battle of Armageddon. But, there are nine, and now we'll discuss the eighth and final ninth war.
#8 - The Battle of Armageddon (Joel 3, Zechariah 14, Revelation 19)
We are now at that famous battle, which is no battle at all, as you will see. It brings us to the Battle of Armageddon mentioned in Joel 3, Zechariah 14, and Revelation 19.
It appears that just as the armies from the east and the north start arriving in the Valley of Armageddon to challenge the Antichrist, the Lord breaks from the heavens. He arrives on the Mount of Olives. He speaks a supernatural word and all the armies are instantly destroyed. There is really no Battle of Armageddon. Jesus doesn't lead an army out to fight the Antichrist. He simply speaks a supernatural word, for after all, this is the One who spoke and the whole universe came into existence. He will speak and the Antichrist and his forces will drop dead in their tracks.
We are told in the Bible that Joel 3:16 says, "That the Lord will roar from Zion and utter His voice from Jerusalem." Isaiah 10:16 says the result will be a wasting disease. Zechariah 14:12 says that it will be a plague that the Lord will speak and it will cause the flesh of the soldiers to rot while they stand on their feet. It says their eyes will melt in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths, and the blood will be as deep as a horses bridle for a distance of 200 miles.
#9 - The Second Battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20)
Mercifully and joyfully, the Battle of Armageddon will be followed by 1,000 years of peace! The reign of Jesus from Jerusalem results in the world being filled with peace, righteousness, and justice. Swords will be beat into plowshares. The wolf will dwell with the lamb. Little children will play with snakes because they will no longer be poisonous. Jerusalem will be lifted up as the highest place on planet earth.
Jesus will reign as King of King and Lord of Lords. David in his glorified body will be the King of Israel. Multitudes will come from the earth to see the King of Kings. His glory will go out throughout the whole world. The blessings of God will flow through the Jewish nation to all the nations of the world to the point that when one Jew walks by, ten Gentiles will grab his robe and ask, "Can we walk with you because we know that God is with you." What a glorious time that's going to be!
Also, Satan will be bound. Sin and crime will then be greatly reduced.
Still there will be seething rebellion in the hearts of many if not most of those who are born during the Millennial Kingdom. There's going to be a great population explosion during the Millennium. Those who go into the Millennium in the flesh will all be saved people, but they will begin to repopulate the earth, and their children will have to come to the point where they are going to believe in Jesus or not. The point that the Bible makes is that most will not. There will be seething rebellion in the hearts of most people.
Why would there be resentment in the hearts of people in the midst of a perfect reign of Jesus Christ? The answer is really very simple. The answer is simple — because Jesus is going to rule with a rod of iron. Jesus will give the law. The law will be strictly enforced by those of us who will be reigning with Jesus in our glorified bodies. Those living in the flesh will deeply resent the fact that they cannot freely pursue their worldly lusts, because they will continue to have that sin nature in them. They know that if they step out of line there will be instant arrest, instant trial, and instant punishment. No appeal will exist, because every person ruling will have the mind of Christ. Justice will be swift, justice will be certain, and justice will be sure. So, they simply grind their teeth and say, "We love you Jesus," but they will be grinding their teeth.
Thus, when Satan is released at the end of the Millennium, the majority of those in the flesh will unite in one last great rebellion against God in the ninth war of the end times — the Second Battle of Gog and Magog. The rebellious peoples of the world led again by Satan will revolt against Jesus and try to overthrow Him.
Because this war is entitled a "war of Gog and Magog," it's often confused with the war in Ezekiel 38 and 39. There are some now saying they are the same war, but they are not, for they are two different wars. This can be proven very simply in Ezekiel 38 and 39. The War of Gog and Magog is a war of Russia with Muslim allies coming against Israel. In Revelation 19, we have Russia with all the world coming against Jesus Christ. There are many big differences between these two wars.
History is going to end as it began. It goes in a circle. History began with two people in a perfect environment who rebelled against God. It's going to end up with all of humanity living in a perfect society, and the majority will make the same decision to rebel against God.
One of the many purposes of the Millennium, and perhaps one of the most important, is for God to prove to mankind that man has an inherent sin nature that can only be redeemed by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ.
The religion of Satan has always been Humanism, which is the belief in man. This philosophy teaches that man is inherently good and so man is capable of perfection through education and social justice. Humanists therefore believe that if society can be perfected, man can be transformed and man can also be perfected. But, the Bible teaches that mankind is fatally flawed with a sin nature that makes people naturally evil.
The Bible teaches that the only solution to the sin problem is the transformation of the Holy Spirit. That begins when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God will prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt when He puts all of mankind into a perfect society for a 1,000 years and then mankind responds with rebellion.
Again, the Second War of Gog and Magog will be the last war of history. Following it, God will take the redeemed off this earth and He will place us in the New Jerusalem which He is now preparing. God will then consume the earth with fire to burn away the pollution of Satan's last revolt.
Out of the fiery inferno will come a New Heavens and a New Earth. This earth is redeemed. This earth is refreshed. This earth is perfected.
God will then lower the Redeemed down to this New Earth inside the New Jerusalem. He will come to earth to live in their presence eternally.
My friends, eternal peace is coming. War is going to be gone forever. This hope of mankind will not be achieved by diplomats. It will be a gift of God through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace who died to redeem mankind and all of the cosmos. All I can do when I think about that is shout from the depths of my heart, "Maranatha, Maranatha, come quickly, Lord Jesus!"
As we have now taken a look at all the nine end time wars, there's always a question that seems to just simply leap out. It's the question, "Why?" Why in the world is all this going to happen? Why, for example, is there going to be a period of unparalleled horror on the earth called the Tribulation? Why would a God of love allow the slaughter of these wars to occur? This is very disturbing to most people, and do you know what it? It should be.
The answer though is really very, very simple. God must deal with sin. He has to do so because He is a holy God of justice and righteousness.
Personally, I'm glad the Bible teaches that God is going to deal with sin and that there will be judgment. You know why? God's promise of judgment means that life has meaning. If we're never going to be accountable for anything, life has no meaning.
The irony of the Tribulation is this, even when God pours out His wrath, His fundamental purpose is never to punish. Think about that for a moment. This is the glory of our God. Even when He pours out His wrath, His fundamental purpose is not to punish. Instead, we're told over and over that His fundamental purpose is to bring people to repentance so they can be saved.
In 2 Peter 3:9, we are told the only reason Jesus Christ has not returned is because God wishes for more people to be saved. God does not wish that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But many, if not most, will perish. It's God's perfect will that all should be saved. But, in His permissive will, He allows people to be lost as they reject Him and His Son.
Judgments can motivate people to repentance. The prophet Isaiah put it this way when he wrote, "When the earth experiences God's judgments, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness." The fact of the matter is that a great number of people will turn their hearts to God during the Tribulation, so large a number that no one can count them. They're a great host coming from every tribe and nation.
Where do you stand in your relationship with God? Have you been saved by grace thru faith in Jesus? Or, have you rejected Jesus and are therefore living under the wrath of God? Think about it. Grace or wrath? Think about eternity.