This area was the scene of many battles in the history of Israel. Since Mt. Megiddo overlooks the Jezreel Valley and the plain of Esdraelon, Armageddon represents this entire strategic valley in North Israel. It is the gateway through the mountains from the North to Jerusalem. He … More
A description is given of the most frightening holocaust in human history- the Battle of Armageddon (vv. 17-21). The name “Armageddon” means that mount of slaughter. The place is in Palestine on the edge of the plain of Esdraelon. The participants are several hostile groups led by the beast and the false prophet who converge to meet the Son of God in battle (Rev. 13:1). We see in these verses the vultures are summoned to attend and they will feed on the bodies of those who were slain by the Lord (v. 17). “Both small and great” means people from all walks of life (v. 18)
In a final attempt to prevent Christ from taking the reins of his government, the beast joins with the armies of the world to make war against the Lord and His army (v. 19). But the battle is a useless attempt. Both the beast and the false prophet are captured and thrown alive into the lake of fire with burning brimstone (v. 20). The rest of the followers of the beast and the false prophet will be killed with the sword of the Lord and their bodies consumed by the vultures (v. 21).
So great will be the slaughter that an angel calls together the fowls of heaven to eat the flesh of those who fall in the battle. The victims will include kings, captains, mighty men, horses, riders, bondmen and freemen. The former miraculous demonic power of the beast and the false prophet will no longer be sufficient to save them. Both of them will be thrown alive into the lake of fire and brimstone and will burn forever (v. 21). Once their leaders are gone, the rest of the people are quickly conquered and His victory will be complete (v. 21).
After reading and meditating on this portion of Scripture it motivates me to want to be a better witness.
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Revelation 16:1-12The Bowl Judgments
Revelation 16:13-21The great battle called Armagedon
Revelation 17:1-8The destruction of Babylon
Revelation 17:9-18The Beast assumes world political power
Revelation 18:1-8The fall of political Babylon
Revelation 18:9-19The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall
Revelation 18:20-24Babylon will be destroyed suddenly
Revelation 19:1-8The marriage supper of the Lamb
Revelation 19:9-16Christ on a white horse
Revelation 19:17-21The Beast and His Armies Defeated
Revelation 20:1-6Life in the Millennium will be peaceful
Revelation 20:7-10Rebellion at the end of the Millennium
Revelation 20:11-15The Great White Throne Judgment
Revelation 21:1-8The New Heaven and the New Earth
Revelation 21:9-21The beauty of the New Jerusalem
Revelation 21:22-27Is your name written in the Lambs Book of Life?
Revelation 22:1-7Words of Life
Revelation 22:8-15Words of Comfort
Revelation 22:16-21Words of Warning