The Beast and His Armies Defeated

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

Armageddon

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).

Application

After reading and meditating on this portion of Scripture it motivates me to want to be a better witness.

Revelation 19:17-21 (English Standard Version)


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