The Battle of Armageddon – The Great Supper of God
After the Great Exodus, all the elect will find their way to Jerusalem, the original Promised Land. The thousands of mile journey will take months by foot to travel. There they will resettle and find peace until they will find out later that they were being followed and then surrounded by the army of the Antichrist.
It will still be dark all over the earth. Before the Antichrist knew it, all the chosen ones by then have already arrived in the Promised Land peacefully resettled but "without walls" or utterly defenseless. He will do the same as the pharaoh of old Egypt did – he will devise evil scheme, pursue the Christians and will intend to kill them all.
For the final time, the Antichrist will muster his remaining armies mostly coming from Asia. It will be the largest display of troops since the beginning of time. He will use all the most destructive weapons available at his disposal to destroy the defenseless Jerusalem. However, none will prevail against God's chosen people. The Battle of Armageddon is the culmination of the Day of the Lord, His vengeance against the enemies of God. It will take place a day before the start of the Millennium.
The 7th and last trumpet call
The elect who were gathered from many nations and have arrived in Jerusalem from long journeys through the Great Exodus will be protected by Jesus Christ our God, and meet Him in the air. This is the 7th trumpet call, the event of the Second Coming, the signal of the Battle of Armageddon, the the final Seventh Trumpet and Third Rapture, or the Great Harvest referred to in 1 Thess 4:16–17 and Matt 24:30–31.
The Third Rapture is the same as the final harvest time when the Lord Jesus shall finally send forth His angels with a loud trumpet call to gather all His elect. The account above is the same as the event below as foretold by Jesus Himself.
We must take note that this is the only time and manner that Christ will descend and appear to all men. Prior to this, there is absolutely no sign at all about Jesus Christ appearing to men at any place since all Christians will be subject to the Antichrist and seemed forsaken. This is the very moment of the Second Coming . Many in those days will be misled about His appearing, and that is why the Bible warned us repeatedly not to believe in false christs (Matt 24:26) and encouraged us to wait (Isa 40:31). Do not even believe of a rapture occurring during the Great Tribulation like people disappearing mysteriously since this idea and belief will be used by Satan to deceive many. Read the topic on "Is The Popular and Traditional Rapture Doctrine Biblical?" for more details. Just imagine if people begin to actually disappear not knowing that this is a deceit from Antichrist who will appear as false christ to many and invite people toward him. Beware. No Jesus Christ will appear prior to the Seventh Trumpet, and this is the only manner how He will come again:
Jesus Christ also warned us that He will not show up until the day He promised. Read and remember this passage from Luke 17:22–23.
Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather
The Lord Jesus provided us with a clue on where those taken in second rapture will be leading to and what to expect later in that place.
When Jesus told the apostles that two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left and two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left, He was actually telling them of the Great Exodus of which it will lead them to a place of the Battle of Armageddon. So when the apostles asked Him to where they will be taken, Jesus answered with a clue--the clue that reveals who the true Christ is and when He will appear to all nations. The survivors of the Great Tribulation will be taken away into a safe place where they will later see dead people and vultures. Why?
That's because after the long journey through the Great Exodus to Jerusalem, the elect will find themselves under attack by the armies of the Antichrist who followed them. Right there in Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus Christ will defend them. That is a day of great slaughter of God’s enemies, the Battle of Armageddon. This is to repeat history of which the Egyptians chased the Hebrews and followed them through the divided Red Sea (read the "Confirmation of the Covenant" for explanation why history will repeat itself). But this time, the enemies of the children of God will meet their end from the Lord of lords Himself, Jesus Christ. That time, the battle belongs to the Lord.
The Great Supper of God
Now think of this: how can all nations, both the elect and the lost, be able to see the sign of the Son of Man in the sky and the descending Jesus Christ among the clouds? Surely this could not happen unless all nations are gathered together in one place. Also consider that the number of all survivors at that time will only be few that it won't require not much space for all men to occupy. Read also Ezek 38:23. This is the reason why the Lord will gather all His elect from four winds (the harvest), raising from the dead those who died in the Lord first (John 6:39, 40, 44, 54; 1 Thess 4:16). That is the first resurrection; those who will be raised from the dead will no longer die (Rev 20:5-6). God will also gather the enemies that make war against the elect in one place so that all, everyone, all nations either saved or lost, will witness His mighty power and salvation. And right there, the elect will meet the Lord in the air in glorified bodies, well secured from the enemy. Afterward, great is the devastation of the enemies. Then the vultures will gather to eat their carcasses. That’s why Jesus gave us the sign of the vultures because it will be a very memorable event for the heavenly hosts and the entire generations to come. It will be called the “Great Supper of God.” Read in the book of Revelation,
The prophet Ezekiel gave us the details:
Gog and Magog
Who are the enemies who will attack Jerusalem before the Second Coming? The book of Ezekiel identifies the enemies, those people and kings under the army of the devil. They are the seeds of Gog and Magog (read the full story in Ezek 38, 39).
The primary purpose of the gathering of the enemies in Armageddon is for the Lord Jesus Christ to manifest Himself before all men as Ezekiel puts it, "in the sight of many nations." This is the only time that they will see the Creator, the one they have pierced, the God in whom they did not believe, the God they treated as the enemy for generations. It was too late though for many that they were already overtaken by His Coming. Jesus Christ had warned us many times not to be caught unaware of this time. We should always be prepared.
Magog was one of the sons of Japheth, one of the three sons of Noah, the other two being Shem and Ham. Gog was identified as the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (Ezek 38:2–3). Magog, Meshech, and Tubal were all sons of Japheth. They were maritime peoples (Gen 10:2–5). Being maritime peoples, they were the first to colonize the coast of Mediterranean Sea. They traveled by sea instead of by land and therefore had the advantage of being able to reach the farthest and yet undiscovered settlements throughout the globe. They are probably today the people of the Far East, South, and Central Asia. Some of them may still be along the Mediterranean coast. Today, they are the nations living in the “safety of the coastlands” (Ezek 39:6) so a clue here is these are the people that least affected by wars and disasters due to their distance from areas of conflicts. Despite the winter, darkness, and afflictions from God, these men survived perhaps because they still possessed the covenant with death (Isa 28:15) and to fulfill the torment of their end.
Some who are already familiar with the events about the Day of the Lord will realize that God’s fury is always directed against the traditional enemies of Israel such as Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and also Egypt, the thorns and briers. All of which had a bloodline from Shem and Ham through Abraham. During the days of the patriarchs, the descendants of Japheth may have left early their land of ancestry, the Mesopotamia Valley, and then eventually settled in the lands as far as they can sail. Now only the line of Japheth is not yet accounted for in prophecies in the last days until they plan evil against God’s elect.
The kings and the armies of Asia under the command of the devil will gather in the valley that is called by different names. In Hebrew it is Armageddon; in the book of Joel, it is the Valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:2, 12), named after one of the righteous kings of Judah . Some simply call it Valley of Megiddo, a valley around fifty kilometers north of Jerusalem. Nobody knows for sure the exact site.
In the early days, King Josiah challenged Pharaoh Neco of Egypt who was on his way to help the King of Assyria to fight King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon at Carchemish. Since Pharaoh Neco was in a rush, he made a shortcut and trespassed through the territory of Judah. King Josiah misinterpreted the haste thinking he was being invaded. King Neco met Pharaoh Neco at Megiddo and there, King Josiah was wounded and later died in Jerusalem. Eventually, Pharaoh Neco and Assyria were defeated by King Nebuchadnezzar.
Read the complete story in
23:29–30; 2 Chron 35: 20–25; and Jer 46:2. That valley was also called later as
Armageddon which is to become a place of a great battle in the last days. In
this battle, Jesus Christ Himself will be fighting for His people.
As mentioned above in Ezek 38: 20, there will be a great earthquake during this time. This earthquake is so great that mountains will fall and hills crumble. All man–made structures will fall to the ground. However the people of God will be protected from this horrifying earthquake and wrath of God. The feeblest of Israel will be like David all Israel or House of David will be like God.
"We will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD" - the transformation to imperishable bodies
What is the better protection that God can give us during the day of God’s wrath against the enemy? This prophecy is the ultimate protection, a great reward for those who have endured to the end! He will transform us to become like Him, to become imperishable. Everyone who have waited and have arrived in Jerusalem will be transformed to glorified bodies as prophesied by Paul.
1 Thess 4:16–17 provides more information about this protection. As the Lord Jesus is coming down, we will meet Him in the air together with the risen dead in Christ. And so the earth is completely empty of Christians while Jesus Christ is waging His war against the enemy. Why do we have to meet the Lord in the air? This is also to fulfill the prophecies about the saved to become like David, and the whole nation will be like God and also His Angels hovering in the clouds.
This description of the new nation of Israel is likened to God Himself, like also an Angel that went before Israel’s army during their conquest of the enemies in Canaan. Read how it was during those time of Joshua's conquest of nations:
That means they will just be hovering overhead, in the sky. In like manner, the saved will just be lifted up in the clouds of the sky overlooking the defeat of the enemies. And therefore, this is how all nations will be able to see the greatness and holiness of God.
This is the "rapture" being mentioned in 1 Thess 4:16–17. This is the true interpretation how our transformation is going to be like in the end.
Those who are in Jerusalem will weep when they shall see the glory of Jesus Christ in the sky. No, this is not the tears of joy but tears of mourning as for the loss of a firstborn son. Let us continue reading the prophecy from Zechariah.
The Battle is the Lord's
Afterward, after taking all His elect into Himself, Jesus Christ will ride on His white horse and attack the enemies. The fallen enemies in the Battle of Armageddon will be so many. Their weapons alone will be used as fuel by the elect for seven years (Ezek 39:9), and it will take seven months for the House of Israel to bury the dead in order to cleanse the land (verse 12).
That is how the Second Coming will be – a time of harvest, a time of mourning for the one they have pierced, and the time of resurrection of the dead in Christ – and those who will still be alive by then will meet the Lord in the air. His Second coming is also a terrible sight to the enemies, the Battle of Armageddon – the Great Supper of God and the defeat of the Antichrist and Gog and Magog.
Behold, He will come like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:43). Read further:
It is done! The Millennium
Yes, it is done, Lord! It is complete! Your plan on earth is done, and the power of your blood has accomplished all things. Now it is very clear that His Second Coming will be the events of harvest of the earth and the great battle against His enemies in Armageddon. That is the second fall of the Kingdom of Babylon. The Antichrist will die and resurrect after a thousand years.
After all the enemies are defeated, Christians with glorified bodies who are in the sky will descend to the ground to reign with Jesus Christ. The House of David will be re-established and King David will once again become the king of Israel. This is finally the answer of the apostles’ question in Acts 1:6 more than 2000 years ago:
Jesus Christ did not give a direct answer except to be filled with the Holy Spirit and fulfill the Great Commission first. This is the time they were waiting for. This is the time all believers have been waiting for. All Christians will possess the nations. This is the true fulfillment of the promises to the patriarchs – to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Ephraim and Manasseh. Then there will be peace and worldwide rule of Jesus Christ for a thousand years we call The Millennium. After the Millennium, Satan along with Gog and Magog will come again to attack the people of God but they will be thrown immediately into the lake of fire to be tormented forever (Rev 20: 7-10).
Soon after that, God will wipe away the tears from all faces and He will swallow up death forever.
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