What is the Battle of Armageddon?
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Antichrist's False Peace Plan - Daniel 8:23-25 (KJV)
Though it will be hailed by the world, with Nobel Peace Prizes, the Antichrist's "peace" plan is a diabolical deception. The Antichrist's false peace causes the deaths of many, but he will be destroyed when he fights against Jesus Christ:
23 And in the latter time of
their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce
countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
Antichrist Confirms a 7-Year False 'Peace' Deal for Israel - Daniel 9:26-27 (KJV)
In verse 26, after the (first 7 "weeks" + the next 62 "weeks") 69 "weeks" or 483 years passed since the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, the Messiah Jesus Christ would be cut off (sacrificed) but not for Himself (rather, for the sins of everyone, so everyone *should* come to Faith in Jesus Christ because the sin bill has already been paid). The people, of the prince that shall come (the Antichrist), shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (this was the Romans in the 70 A.D. Diaspora of the Jews; destroying Jerusalem). In verse 27, the Antichrist (the immediate antecedent) confirms the (false peace) covenant for one week (7 years - heptad-Greek or shibuya-Hebrew). In the middle of the week (middle of the 7 years, 3.5 years, 1,260 days, 42 - 30-day lunar months) the Antichrist will cause the sacrifice and ceremonies at the rebuilt Third Temple in Jerusalem to cease, he shall abominate the Third Temple, and he shall sit in the temple showing himself (deluded) to be a "god" and shall demand worship as a "god":
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Antichrist Divides the Land of Israel - Daniel 11:38-39 (KJV)
When the Antichrist arises to power, he honors a "strange god" not known by his ancestors. This "god of forces" is not the God of Israel, but rather the Deceiver, whom the Antichrist honors with jewels and precious metals. And the Antichrist will divide the land of Israel, the land of the God of Israel, for political and possibly financial profit:
in his estate shall he honour the god of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew
not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
Nations Battle Against Jerusalem - Zechariah 12:1-3 (KJV)
The primary prophetical message of this passage details God's protection of Jerusalem against all nations that would come to battle against her. This prophecy speaks of the siege of Jerusalem by the Antichrist's armies during the last half, or 3.5 years, of the 7-year Tribulation Period, also known as the Great Tribulation. Jerusalem is the problem the world keeps trying to solve, but it will only be solved by the Second Coming of Christ:
burden of the Word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth
forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the Earth, and formeth the
spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a Cup of Trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a Burdensome Stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the Earth be gathered together against it.
Israel Flees the Antichrist - Zechariah 14:1-5 (KJV)
After the false peace of the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation (1,260 days, a.k.a. time (1), times (2) and the dividing of time (.5) the Antichrist reveals himself. For the last 3.5 years of the Tribulation, the Antichrist persecutes Israel and any who oppose him unmercifully. The culmination of this attack is known as Armageddon, the Day of the Lord and the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, where Jesus Christ returns as depicted in Revelation 19, to defeat the Antichrist and his armies. In verse 5, the Saints return with Christ, just as in Revelation 19:8-9, 14:
1 Behold, the
Day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle.
4 And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the Saints with Thee.
Nations Deceived Into Battle Against Jesus Christ - Revelation 16:13-14, 16 (KJV)
This is the final battle prior to the 1000-year (Millennial) Reign of Christ. It is the Adversary, his Antichrist and his False Prophet that initiate this deception. To reinforce the deception, they work Satanic "miracles" (PARENTHETICAL NOTATIONS MINE):
13 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 (SECOND
14 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.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
The Battle of Armageddon - Revelation 19:19-20 (KJV)
The Nations of the Earth are gathered to battle against Jesus Christ. They are quickly defeated and the Antichrist and the False Prophet are taken captive alive (PARENTHETICAL NOTATIONS MINE):
19 And I saw the
Beast (ANTICHRIST), and the kings of the
Earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him (JESUS
that sat on the horse, and against His army.
20 And the Beast (ANTICHRIST) was taken, and with him the False Prophet (SECOND BEAST) that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
The Third Temple to God will be built in Jerusalem. The Antichrist will halt the daily sacrifice and oblation.
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