Is this picture right? The purpose of the Battle of Armageddon is gather the nations to destroy this old order in the symbolic “fire” of anarchy—in preparation for the blessings of a “new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17).
Armageddon will be unprecedented and unique in two ways: magnitude and target. It will be “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time” (Daniel 12:1). It will be “a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall” (Matthew 24:21 NAS).
GREAT TROUBLE FOR RULERS
But unlike past troubles, Armageddon will be targeted specifically at “the kings of the whole world.” Leaders in this world’s governments, corporations, religious institutions—those identified closely with this old order—will be specifically affected.
The symbolic Book of Revelation describes how these “kings” are gathered for the Battle of Armageddon:
Revelation 16:13-16 (NIV)
“Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. . .16 Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”
FINAL TROUBLE CENTERS IN ISRAEL
The final part of the Armageddon battle will be centered in Israel.
Zech 14:2, 3 says, “For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, … Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.”
Zechariah continues in chapter 14:9 And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.
16 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.
17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.
So there will be many survivors of the Armageddon battle in Israel. The people of the earth will need to come to Jerusalem to worship Jehovah or there will be no rain (showers of blessings)
THE WICKED PUNISHED
In all of man’s previous troublous history, not all have suffered. The wicked in high places actually have often escaped—and prospered.
Malachi 3:15 (KJV) “And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.”
Jeremiah 12:1 (NAS) “Righteous art Thou, O LORD, that I would plead my case with Thee; Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with Thee: Why has the way of the wicked prospered? Why are all those who deal in treachery at ease?”
THE MEEK WILL INHERIT THE EARTH
In Jehovah’s Kingdom, of course, the reverse will be true! The “meek” will inherit the Kingdom (Paradise Earth). “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). While first the spiritual Church will inherit the earth, it will be turned over to the meek of the earth themselves. In fact, in the day of Jehovah’s Armageddon, the “meek” will begin to have an advantage.
Zephaniah 2:3 (KJV) “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.”
WHAT ABOUT JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?
There is no scripture in the Bible that shows that only those in the JW organization will be spared Armageddon. Nor is there any passage in the Bible that teaches that all those who die in Armageddon will not have an opportunity to come back from the dead in the resurrection.
Many of the world today who are noble and try to live righteously—are not Christian. They do not have the “pure language” of truth. But the Prophet Zephaniah clearly spells out how after Jehovah has gathered the nations to Armageddon and poured upon them the “fire” of His wrath, He will then turn to those people—who did not know or speak the Truth—understanding to believe the Truth!
Zephaniah 3:8-9 (NIV) “Therefore wait for me,” declares the LORD, “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them—all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger. 9 “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.”
So then, instead of people anarchistically participating in the “fire” of tearing down the governments and institutions of this old order—they will begin to serve Jehovah together, “shoulder to shoulder”!
Buddhists, Atheists, Catholics, Agnostics, Protestants, Christian Scientists, Hindus, even Jehovah’s Witnesses,—all will have surrendered their misconceptions of Jehovah and His Plan. Free from the delusions of the Adversary, they will have a fresh opportunity to choose righteousness and truth. Satan, the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) will have been bound; Jesus will have thrown him in the “pit” that he should “deceive the nations no more” (Revelation 20:3). Earth’s billions of those unsaved who go through and survive Armageddon will then have their first real opportunity to “learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9) and live forever! Then all those in their graves will come forth—generation back by generation—to also walk up the “highway of holiness” (Isaiah 35:1-10).
The “lame” and the “blind”—physically and morally—will be healed as they choose righteousness. All those who died because of Adam’s sin (1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 Timothy 2:6) will be ransomed to “return” to life!
Isaiah 35:1-10 “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2 It shall blossom abundantly. . . .5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. . . .8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 9 No lion [Satan] shall be there, nor any ravenous beast [man’s governments and institutions] shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
GOD WILL BLESS ALL PEOPLE
Acts 2:18 – “on My menservants and… maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days”
Acts 2:17 – “in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on ALL flesh”
Gen.22:18 – “In your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed ” NKJV
Luke 2:10 – “the angel said…I bring you good tidings of great joy… to ALL people.” NKJV
Heb 2:9 – “But we see Jesus … that He … might taste death for EVERYONE.” NKJV
John 12:32 – “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL peoples to Myself.” NKJV
John 1:29 – “John …said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 6:51 – “the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
Isa 40:5 – “The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, And ALL flesh shall see it together ”
Hag 2:7 – “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of ALL nations shall come” KJV
TWO DISTINCT CLASSES SAVED – THE LITTLE FLOCK AND THE CONVERTED WORLD
1 John 2:2 – “He is an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. – Weymouth
1 Tim 4:10 – God…is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. NKJV
Rev 22:17 – “the bride say, “Come!”… Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Rom 8:19,21 – “the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God… also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God NKJV
1 Peter 2:12 – “Gentiles… they may, by your good works… glorify God in the day of visitation.”
2 Thess 1:10 – He comes to be glorified in His saints & admired among all those who believe
2 Cor 5:19 – God reconciling the world to Himself & committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Acts 15:16-17 – I will rebuild tabernacle of David, So that the rest of mankind may seek LORD,
Rom 11:30 – through mercy shown you [Gentile Christians], they [Jews] also may obtain mercy