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THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION (16 of 24)
Jesse M. Hendley
THE WAR OF ARMAGEDDON
In the 16th chapter of the Book of the Revelation
seven white tunic clad angels come out of God's temple
in heaven with bowls of wrath poured out on this
earth. When the sixth angel comes, he pours out his
bowl upon the Euphrates river and the water thereof is
dried up to make way for the kings of the east to come
into Palestine. We'll talk about that in a moment.
The Call to War
We read, "I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come
out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of
the false prophet. (The dragon is the devil, the beast
is the Antichrist, and the false prophet is the one
who gets people to worship the Antichrist's image.)
They are the spirits of demons working miracles, which
go forth unto the kings of the earth and the whole
world, to gather them to the BATTLE of that great day
of God Almighty."
Not a Single Battle
I call your attention to this word battle. It is the
Greek word tolemos, and the primary meaning of the
word is "war." This is not a single battle but many
battles, a campaign. This is not just a war of one day
but a war of many months.
Somebody may say, "But it says the great DAY of God
Almighty." Well, a "day" in Scripture is used in many
different ways. It is used of a day of twenty-four
hours. It is used also of a prolonged period. "The Day
of the Lord" is a long period. "The Day of Christ" is
longer than twenty-four hours. "The Day of Man" that
Paul speaks about is this whole period of the Church
Age when man can accept Christ or refuse Christ. This
is man's day, when he makes his choice.
So "The Day of God" is a prolonged period of judgment.
This is the last great conflict between unbelieving
people and the living God. We find out, then, that
this word for "war" doesn't mean the battle of a
single day. There is another word for "battl ...
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