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 third war.
#3 - The Conventional War of the Tribulation (Revelation 6)
This brings us to the third end time war, which is the Conventional War of the Tribulation mentioned in Revelation 6. Although the Antichrist is going to rise to power in Europe through cunning, deception, intrigue, and his charismatic personality, I believe he will have to resort to military power to concur the world.
Asia, Africa, and Latin America have spent the last 200 years casting off European colonialism. They are not suddenly going to turn around to some European leader no matter how dynamic and charismatic he may be and say, "Please come and rule us." They are not going to do that. They are going to resist any leader who rises to power in Europe regardless of how brilliant and charismatic he may be.
We are told in Revelation 13:7 that the Antichrist will ultimately achieve authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and I believe this authority will be achieved through war.
Revelation 6 records the outbreak of this world war. It results in the death of one-fourth of humanity. You ever stop and make those calculations? One-fourth of humanity in today's terms would means that in this war which occurs at the beginning of the Tribulation will result in the deaths of 1 1/2 billion people! This carnage is called the Seal Judgments.
To review, the war of Psalm 83 results in the destruction of the inner ring of the Muslim states around Israel. That's Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Gaza. Then comes the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 which results in the destruction of the outer ring: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia. Both the inner ring and the outer ring are destroyed in these two wars. In other words, what I think is going to happen here is that God is going to use the Antichrist as His hammer of wrath to destroy Islam in the Middle East.
But, there are many other nations of the world that also will have to be taken care of because all the remaining area there is the Muslim world. The largest Muslim nations in the world are not in the Middle East. The largest Muslim nations are Indonesia with 200 million, India with 145 million, Pakistan with 140 million, and Bangladesh with 115 million. Those are the big Muslim nations of the world, none of which are in the Middle East.
I think the Antichrist will have to continue his war to conquer Islam and then all the nations of the world.
In the fourth part of this series on the nine wars of the end times, we'll look at the fourth in the progression — the Nuclear War of the Tribulation from Revelation 8 and 9. We'll also catch our breaths and look at some application to our lives.