“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne (of God), saying, It is done.”
Here we are told after the final punishments have been laid out upon a rebellious world culminating at Armageddon, as I described in Seven is the Number of God’s Perfectness does not mean it’s always GOOD!, God Himself will proclaim “It is done.” This raises two critical questions. What is Armageddon and what does God mean when He says “It is done?”
Unlike Nancy Pelosi recently claiming passage of the Republican tax plan overhaul would be “Armageddon”, most believers AND unbelievers alike often refer to Armageddon as an end times battle of the world that may very well be the end of life on this planet as we know it. Christians have faith and Biblical foreknowledge it is at this enormous battle Jesus Christ will return at His Second Coming and finally defeat Satan. Here is what we do know about Armageddon directly from the Holy Bible:
- The signing of a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians will begin a 7 year period called the Tribulation period.
“And he (the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years); and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease (rituals that will be reintroduced in the newly rebuilt Jewish Temple), and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it (the Temple) desolate, even until the consummation, and that shall be poured upon the desolate.”
- Armageddon will occur exactly 7 years after the peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians is signed.
“Seventy weeks (490 years – see my post at God’s 490 year binding contract that’s almost over! as to the how we calculate there are 7 years yet to go in God’s calendar) are determined upon thy people (the Jews) and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity; and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”
- Armageddon will occur 3 1/2 years after the antichrist defiles the rebuilt 3rd Jewish Temple in an act referred to as the Abomination of Desolation, which will occur midway through the Tribulation period, as he was given authority over the earth for 3 1/2 years.
“And there was given unto him (the antichrist) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months (3 1/2 years)”
- The armies of the world in support of the antichrist (and Satan) will gather together in Israel to once and for all defeat the Jews.
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan), and out of the mouth of the beast (antichrist), and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the WHOLE (capitals mine) world, to gather them to the battle (Armageddon) of that great day of God Almighty.”
- Jesus will return at His Second Coming on a great white horse followed by an army of raptured saints.
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
- Jesus will defeat and kill ALL the followers of the antichrist.
“And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
- He will cast the antichrist and his false prophet into a lake of fire and brimstone.
“And the beast (antichrist) was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”
- He will bind up Satan for 1,000 years and throw him into a bottomless pit.
“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years (Millennium) should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”
Basically, most are correct regarding their understanding of the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus will return and finally defeat Satan. It will be a war of epic proportions so that the entire world will fully understand sin has finally been defeated; Christ has returned; and, Bible prophecy has been fulfilled.
While many preachers and members of the media refer to this coming battle which will signal the end of THIS age, very, very few then go on to explain what happens AFTER Armageddon. Is it the end of mankind? Does the world blow up, never to exist again? Is man judged and then goes to his eternal place in either heaven or hell?
Again, what we know from the Bible is after Armageddon the world will be ruled by Jesus for 1,000 years, a time period also referred to as the Millennium. I like to think of this time period as very similar to what the Garden of Eden would be like if man had not fallen in sin and continued to walk with God on earth. We know:
- Those who took the mark of the beast will have been killed at Armageddon so only those who refused the mark and who came to know Christ AFTER the Rapture will be alive on earth after Armageddon.
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them and judgement was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived AND REIGNED (capitals mine) with Christ a thousand years.”
- Jesus will rule the world with a “rod of iron” and be assisted by those saints which had been previously raptured with Him.
“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
- Satan and sin will be totally absent from this time period.
“…that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled:”
- Death for the inhabitants of the earth during the Millennium will be exceedingly rare and apparently those men and women still in human form will marry and multiply.
“There shall be no more thence an infant of days , nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.”
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”
- At the end of the 1,000 years Satan will be set “free” for a very short period of time and will persuade some (probably those born to those who went through the tribulation) to rebel against the rule of Jesus.
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. And shall go out and deceive the nations, which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.”
- This last ever rebellion will be cut short.
“…and after that he (Satan) must be loosed a little season.”
- At the conclusion of the 1,000 Millennium rule of Jesus, there will be a Great White Throne Judgement where the sinful dead will be raised, sentenced and given their eternal punishment in Hell.
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them, and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
- The righteous in Christ will receive their rewards (not punishment).
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand (those that has rejected Christ), Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.”
Matthew 25: 41 & 46
- There will be a new heaven!
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth WERE PASSED AWAY (capitals mine); and there was no more sea.”
So, here we have multiple scriptures that talk about the battle at Armageddon; Christ’s triumphant Second Coming; the defeat of Satan; and, the beginning of a much sought after 1,000 year Millennium period with Christ at the helm, ruling with pure justice and sin dispersed from the world. As I said earlier, if you can imagine Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden BEFORE the fall, when they walked with God and had work they were responsible for, that is what awaits us in the future! The unrepentant dead will be in Hades awaiting their ultimate judgement at the Great White Throne Judgement of God. The faithful followers of Christ will help rule with Him having been either raptured previously and ascended to heaven or saved during the Tribulation period and now living in the 1,000 Millennium. In Revelation 21:6 Jesus says:
“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
Going through life knowing the consequence of our existence and the very simple path to eternal life with Christ is more comforting than anything else I can say. The Holy Bible makes it clear what is coming, both before Christ returns and after. By knowing of this beforehand, I remain comforted by His words and I encourage you, as always, to “…therefore, comfort one another with these words.”
May God Bless You!!
you have a miss print the righteous shall receive there rewards labeled revelation25:41&46 when theres only 22 chapters in revelation. GOD bless
Thank you Patricia for finding my error. That quote actually came from the Book of Matthew, not the Book of Revelation. I have corrected my error. Thank you again for telling me!
So in chronological order we have:
1. the rapture,
2. 7 year tribulation,
3. second coming of Christ who will destroy the armies coming against Israel,
4. The millennial reign of Christ on the throne of David in Jerusalem,
5. the loosing of Satan for a short time at the end of the millennium,
6. the war of Armageddon which Christ will defeat as they gather against Jerusalem,
7 the Great White Throne judgement of the unsaved,
8. the decreation of the universe and then the recreation of the New Jerusalem.
My question is what happens to the faithful who lived thru the millennium? Do they all die at once? Are they raptured (a second rapture)? Are they ‘decreated’ at the end of the universe? (bodies, not souls). What happens and when to the faithful of the millennium?
Excellent questions. First of all let me make one correction. The war of Armageddon you mention (#6) is not the same war which heralds Christ’s Return. Jesus Returns to defeat the anti-Christ and false prophet and to throw Satan into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years while He reigns in peace on this earth. During that time the people alive when He Returns will be normal humans and will marry and repopulate the earth. When Satan is loosed for a short while he will deceive many of those alive. They will then be judged at the Great White Throne by God. Those not deceived will go on to the new earth with immortal bodies.
So as I read, it is implied those persons from the millennium who are covered by the righteousness of Christ are either raptured from the earth before it is decreated, or they all die so to be gathered with the other saints in heaven. All this happens before the Great White Throne judgement?
Where might I find verses that cover these questions?
I am obviously not making my self clear. My prof in seminary used to tell me that.
At the last, after the millennium, after the final battle and God throws Satan into the Lake of Fire (Rev.20:10), there seems to be a gap. The very next verse (Rev. 20:11) is the Great White throne. I am asking “what happens to the persons on Earth who lived during the Millennium and remained faithful, those that will join the saints in Heaven. Do they all die and are gathered into Heaven? Are they raptured from the earth as the church was?” After the Great White Throne judgement in Chpt. 20 we immediately see the (re) creation of the new heaven and new earth (Chpt. 21). I wouldn’t think that is done while these people are still living on the earth. It is assumed by the writer that ALL whom are saved are in Heaven watching the Great White Throne judgement. There is a gap in description of events (or it seems to me) of what happens to the ‘saved’ from the Millennium after the Battle of Armageddon and the tossing of Satan into the Lake of Fire and the Great White Throne judgement. Obviously they are gathered with all the other saints into Heaven, but in what manner do they proceed? Dr. Walvoord simply looked at me when I asked him and said, “That’s a question no one has ever asked me before.”
Another prof used to say, “It’s just as important to see what was not said as what was said.” Just curious if you might know. (I suspect if there is an answer it must be buried in one of the Old Testament prophet’s book.)
What happens after Armageddon? Since Armageddon means Sin being defeated, what happens is good. Since Armageddon means Evil having been defeated, what results is good. Since God is the Sole Actor of Armageddon, it means that God’s power will be Manifest.
Is it the end of mankind? No, of course not. God loves us. God’s power only makes Sin go away, and Sin is not our true nature. Sin is the nature of the Evil, Devil, Antichrist and the whole lot of Satan.
The world will be changed.
Is man judged, well yes, but only his sinful nature that is not truly human but alien. The soul is pure and one with God. When sin is removed from man, he shall be relieved from it and be happy and free.
So Armageddon is Good News! Hollywood and other corrupt media have been lying about it for as long as I can remember. They have it all backwards, having created an impression of a catastrophe and end of life. It is only the end of Satan, including all its lies and murders and deceptions.
We mustn’t be deceived by mere words. Since the Bible is a spiritual handbook, all words refer to spiritual matters. The word ”world” in the Bible means lower consciousness and that will be elevated into higher consciousness and so the ”world” (lower consciousness) is destroyed.
Human reason and conscience, that is knowledge of good and evil, true and false, is key in achieving higher consciousness.
Luckily every one is born with reason and conscience and is born free and equal, and this will become reality. In the present time, which is the Apocalypse (Revelation), all things are revealed as they are. All lies are easily seen and so is the truth. Only truth is real, as lies are not.
The Great Deception shall have its end.
And we shall live free and happily, rejoicing in Holy Spirit, as we were always meant to.
So Happy Armageddon, everyone!