Purpose of this Session
The book of Revelation speaks of two final battles at the close of the age. What does Scripture teach us about these battles?
Armageddon (Rev 16:12-16; 19:17-21)
Toward the end of the tribulation great armies will gather for battle on the plains of Megiddo in the Middle East. Vast armies are compelled by demonic spirits to gather for a final battle. Even this is at God’s command and according to his plan. The nations are brought together in vast numbers to witness the return of Christ – and to face judgement for their rebellion.
The battle is described by many of the prophets throughout the Scriptures, and gory descriptions can be found in Psalms 2:1-5,9; Isa 34:1-6; 63:3-6; Joel 3:2,9-16; Zech 12:2; 14:2-3,12; Rev 16:16.
Revelation 19:17-21 – A swift and conclusive end to the war
Whatever their original intent for this overwhelming conflagration of national aggression, their differences are soon put aside when in the midst of their gathering for battle, Christ returns with the armies of Heaven. All animosity is now turned toward Him, as the armies of the earth unite just as Psalm 2 foretold.
This united rejection of the returning Lord is held in derision as with one word the vast armies are slain, and the chief conspirators cast alive into the Lake of Fire.
Following this, satan himself, the power behind the throne of the anti-Christ is also bound for one thousand years.
The final final battle – Gog and Magog (Rev 20:7-10)
After his 1000 year incarceration satan is loosed for one short final season of terror. He swiftly seeks to deceive the nations, again gathering fallible man to battle against the King and His throne. It is almost unbelievable to think that the devil could draw men and women away, even though they have lived under the perfect reign of Christ, and yet amazingly it does occur. It is like the Garden of Eden all over again. A perfect environment and proximity to the Lord is not enough – the heart of man must be changed.
This last blaze of rebellion is swiftly dealt with, with heaven’s fire consuming the rebellious army in a moment. As with Armageddon, the battle is the Lord’s and His alone. None can stand against the Almighty.
Satan is finally and forever cast into the Lake of Fire with the anti-Christ, and false prophet, never to poison the earth or the heavens again.