ARMAGEDDON

Armageddon is generally thought to be the great final battle on earth. It is also generally thought to be a devastating conflict between armies on the earth, between east and west.

We have shown in our book on the National Sunday Law, which is available for downloading on these web pages, that the only English version of the Bible that can be trusted to be accurate is the King James version. Except for the King James version, all the well-known English translations of the Bible came from corrupted manuscripts such as the Vaticanus Codex B and the Siniaticus. Even the New King James version has been corrupted by these manuscripts. The old King James version is the best version of the Bible that accurately shows what Armageddon is.

The only place in the Bible that mentions Armageddon is Revelation 16, verse 16. Chapter 16 of Revelation describes the Seven Last Plagues, and Armageddon is mentioned in the description of the sixth plague. Let us read the Bible verses that describe the sixth plague.

Revelation 16:12-16: “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, 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 world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

(Our book, Earth’s Final Hours, shows in great detail what the drying up of the river Euphrates means and who the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet are. This entire book is available for downloading on these web pages. A description of the “battle of the great day of God Almighty” can be found on these web pages at How the World Will End.)

Let us now look at Armageddon. Revelation 16:16 says, “He gathered them together into a place called . . . Armageddon.” Some think “Armageddon” means Mount Meggido, but there was never a mountain called by this name. No geographical location was ever known by the name Armageddon. This place called Armageddon, therefore, must be symbolic.

A careful study of verses 14 through 16 will show the meaning of this term clearly. Verse 14 mentions the battle of the great day of God Almighty. Next, verse 15 refers to the righteous: “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Christ is speaking in verse 15, and He personally gives His people a gentle warning to be on their guard when Satan masquerades as Christ. Verse 16 says, “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Who does the “he” in this verse refer to? It has to refer to the person who is speaking in the previous verse, the “I” in verse 15. Who does the “them” refer to? It must refer to the righteous about whom Christ is speaking in verse 15. The meaning of verse 16 becomes clear when one realizes who the personal pronouns refer to in this verse. Let us read verse 16 and indicate the proper meaning of these pronouns: “And he (Christ, who spoke in verse 15) gathered them (the righteous of verse 15) together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Armageddon, therefore, refers not to the battle of verse 14 but to Christ and the righteous of verse 15.

Armageddon, therefore, are the places all over the world where Christ gathers the righteous to escape the wrath of the wicked and to wait for the return of the Lord. As the persecution over Sunday observance versus Sabbath keeping increases to fearful intensity, the righteous escape to the hills and to the mountains, where they find refuge among the munitions of rocks, as Isaiah 33:15-17 says. “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” The land that is very far off, of course, is heaven.

Armageddon does not refer to a war or to a specific place, but to the hills and mountains and other secluded places all over the world where the righteous gather in small companies to escape the persecution by the wicked and to wait for the return of the Lord. This is why, search as they will, scholars cannot find the specific place called Armageddon.

The devil has a reason for deceiving everyone into thinking that Armageddon is a battle. As he does with every other Bible subject, the devil will have a counterfeit Armageddon, and it will be a battle. Satan will make the world believe that Bible prophecy has been fulfilled by this Counterfeit Battle of Armageddon. This deception about Armageddon will be part of his deception when he masquerades as Christ to make it appear as if Christ has returned at the expected time.

The present terrorism in the world, with the destruction of the World Trade Center's twin towers and the reaction it is producing in the United States and the middle east is probably the beginning of Satan's counterfeit battle of Armageddon. As the world inches toward war with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by terroristic nations, the upcoming war could reach massive proportions, including the use of nuclear weapons. The world will call this the Battle of Armageddon.

The seventh plague is the end of the world and the return of Christ.

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