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"Armageddon Discussion 1] -Biblical grounds that "the battle never happens"
[Armageddon Discussion 1] -Biblical grounds that "the battle never happens"
I first quote [Apocalypse 16: 12-16] written about Armageddon.
"The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, cThey are demonic spirits that perform 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.
Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon."
Many people are talking about "the war that ends the war", "the final world war", "the third world war" etc.
But all this is a misunderstanding.
So what is Armageddon?
In many commentaries, it is "the mountain of Megiddo".
But that is a mistake.
Megiddo of Israel has no mountain.
As far as you see the biblical account of "Megiddo", there is no mention of noticeable events.
The reason why "Megiddo" is chosen as the stage where all the kings (head chief) and God fight is not found in the Bible.
Then, when will the battle of Armageddon, the title of this article, be carried out, I would like to pay attention to the point that it is "to be fighted" in the first place.
The word "Armageddon" appears only in one place of Revelation 16:16 quoted at the beginning.
In summary, when pouring the sixth bowl, three dirty spirits come out from the mouths of dragons, beasts, false prophets, and they prepare for the battle of the great day of God which is the Almighty I went out to collect them.
And the beasts, the kings and the armies saw them gathered together to fight against those who were on horse and their armies.
The description ends here.
In other words, John [only saw] that the kings gathered to fight.
Nothing is written about what the battle took place, about its appearance or victory or defeat.
In the description after this, the last bowl is poured and a judgment is made that seems to be a description in which the great Babylon will eventually be destroyed.
So, what happened to the "battle of Armageddon"?
The situation is described in Apocalypse chapter 19.
"Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army.
But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh."
From the contents of clause verse 19, you can see that this is the same as the statement that "gathered for fighting purpose" at 16:14.
But looking at the next verse 20, in fact there will be no battle and they will be immediately arrested.
And the "sword from the mouth" of Christ, that is, the kings are executed after being convicted.
In conclusion, from the point where the Bible clarifies, I can assert that "battle" of "Armageddon" will not be done.
Therefore, we can not find any grounds that it can be said that it is the "final war" or "the last war to end the war", which is generally told.
Why is Armageddon people regarded as such?
What kind of thing is the basis for that?
As for this, please see the following article "Armageddon consideration 2 - at what timing will it happen?"