A friend of mine sent me a Christian news article from a survey that was done regarding various, endtime events dealing with Jesus’ Second Coming & the Rapture. The survey was compiled by Bob Smietana - Facts and Trends—4/26/2016—CHRISTIANITY TODAY
The findings came from a new telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors and their views on end-times theology from Nashville-based Life Way Research, sponsored by Charisma House Book Group.
Here’s how 1,000 Protestant clergy disagree on the rapture.
Mr. Smietana survey pointed out that,” Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse.”
“A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured—or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus—as the end times begin.”
End-times theology remains popular with churchgoers, says Scott McConnell, vice president of Life Way Research. But it’s not an easy topic to preach about.
“Most people want their pastor to preach about the Book of Revelation and the end of the world,” he says. “But that’s a complicated task. Pastors and the scholars they cite often disagree about how the end times will unfold.”
About a third (36%) of Protestant senior pastors believe in the kind of pre-tribulation rapture familiar to pop culture. In that scenario, Christians disappear at the start of the apocalypse. Those left behind suffer great trouble or tribulation.
(From Joseph Candel Comment:) When its mentioned pre-tribulation Rapture it is referring to their view that a Secret Rapture will happen just before the Antichrist confirms the last 7 year covenant. (See Daniel 9:27) They think the whole 7 year period is the tribulation!)
Among pastors, 1 in 4 say the rapture is not literal. Almost 1 in 5 thinks the rapture happens after the tribulation (18%).
A few believe the rapture already happened (1%), or that it will occur during the tribulation (4%), or before the wrath of God is poured out on the earth (4%). Others don’t agree with any of these views (8%), or aren’t sure what will happen (4%).
Mainline Protestant pastors (36%) are more likely to say the rapture isn’t literal. Pastors who hold this view include about half of Lutherans (60%),
Methodists (48%), and Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (49%). Few Baptist (6%) or Pentecostal pastors (less than 1%) hold this view.
Evangelicals overall (43%) are more likely to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. (eop)
So as you can see from this survey that there are various views on this very important topic. Not only are there major questions & different views on Jesus’s second coming and the Rapture, but in the Christian Endtime theology there’s also debate on the Marriage Supper of Lamb, the wrath of God, the Battle of Armageddon, & the Millennium also known as the 1000 year reign with Christ on the earth. For example some ET Bible teachers teach that’s there’s no millennium. (Revelation 20)
There’s also confusion between the Great Tribulation & the Wrath of God that covers the 7 trumpets of Tribulation & the 7 vials of the wrath of God. Also some ET teachers believe Revelation Chapter 19:11-21 is the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, however it is discussing the Marriage Supper of the lamb in verses 7-9 with Jesus & then Jesus coming to the earth with the Saints to fight the Battle of Armageddon & take over the world. (Revelation 19:11-21) I’ll cover this topic in more detail later in this article!
I will now endeavor to explain the difference between the Great Tribulation Trumpets & the Vials of the Wrath of God and hopefully clear up some of the confusion surrounding these different endtime events along with the Rapture.
As I mentioned there’s quite a debate among Christians regarding the Great Tribulation & the Wrath of God. When does the Great Tribulation happen & when does the Wrath of God Happen?
For example, the most commonly viewed scenario is by the Secret Rapture Christians. They teach that before the Antichrist Confirms the last 7-year covenant (Daniel 9:27) there will be a Secret Rapture even before this event happens & then 7 years of Tribulation begins. According to this theory only the best & prepared Christians will be in this secret rapture, but some Christians will be left behind.
Another scenario that some Christians believe in is a mid-term Tribulation Rapture. For example, when the antichrist confirms the 7 year covenant, the Christians will still be on the earth & this period is known to them, as 1260 days of Tribulation. Not the great tribulation, but just tribulation.
When the Antichrist breaks the covenant in the middle of the 7 years a Great Tribulation of 75 days begins, followed by the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Resurrection & Rapture.
Then the next event according to this mid-term Tribulation Rapture doctrine is 1,215 days of the Wrath of God where the 7 trumpets are sounding & bring in judgment on the earth (Revelation Chapters 8 & 9) & the 7 vials of Wrath will be poured out during this time period as well. (Revelation Chapter 16)
This doctrine is presented as a Post Tribulation Rapture, but it is not!
The last seven years begin when the Antichrist confirms the covenant. Daniel 9:27 says: He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years).
This covenant is mentioned several other times in the Scriptures. Because it is called a “holy covenant” in Daniel 11:28,30, it appears to be some sort of religious pact, at least in part – quite possibly one that tackles the thorny issue of religious coexistence between Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and by which, Jerusalem will be declared an international city with free and equal access guaranteed to people of all faiths. It appears that this will also clear the way for the Jews to finally be able to rebuild their Third Temple on Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah and reinstitute animal sacrifices on its altar.
This first 3-1/3 years of the 7 year covenant is not the Tribulation. During the first half of the Antichrist’s seven-year reign, a lot of people are going to think that the antichrist is wonderful because he will have brought some peace, restored the world’s economy, redistributed the wealth, helped the poor, solved the Middle East crisis, and promised religious liberty (Daniel 11:21-24).
But in the “midst of the week”–or three and a half years into the seven-year covenant period the Antichrist will break the covenant!
He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (7 years): and in the midst of the week (7 years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation [offering] to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:27)
Daniel 11:31 is a key scripture: And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
It tells us that at this point, three and a half years after confirming the seven-year covenant, the Antichrist will forcibly enter the Jewish Temple (the “sanctuary of strength”), which would have to have been built by then, as it does not exist now. He will put an end to the daily sacrifice and the False Prophet, the Antichrist’s chief aide, will place in the Temple area something called the “abomination of desolation.” (Revelation 13:11-18)
Over 500 years after Daniel gave this prophecy, Jesus referred to it in His dissertation on the signs of His second coming and of the end of the world as we know it:
When you see the “abomination of desolation,” spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place [the rebuilt Jewish Temple in Jerusalem] … then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:15,21).
This time period is known as the 3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation. It says 42 months in Revelation 13:5 & 1,260 days in Revelation 11:3 & 12:6, which is 3-1/2 years. The Bible uses the Ancient Lunar Calendar of 360 days in one year, whereas the present Solar Calendar is 365- 1/4 days per year.
There are many aspects to the Great Tribulation time period, & I mainly want to focus on the Great Tribulation trumpets in Revelation Chapters 8 & 9, & the last or 7th trumpet in Revelation 10:7. But to give a very brief recap, we know the Antichrist will make war against the saints (Christians) as we’re still on the earth during these 3-1/2 years of Great Tribulation. (Revelation 13:5-7; Daniel 7:21, 25; Daniel 8:24, & Daniel 12:7) The antichrist will actually abolish all religions (Daniel 11:36-37) & declare himself as God, sitting in the Temple of God (2nd Thessalonians 2:3-4)!
The false prophet – the Antichrist’s chief aide, who deceives the world – will make an image to the Antichrist (Revelation 13:11-14) and place it at the site of the rebuilt Jewish Temple (Daniel 11:31). This image, which the prophet Daniel referred to as the “abomination of desolation,” will “speak” and somehow have power to cause those who refuse to worship it to be killed (Revelation 13:14-15).
A new world cashless economic system will be set up in which nobody will be able to buy or sell without the 666 Mark of the Beast as described in Revelation 13:16-18. This could possibly be in the form of an RFID Chip implant, but at this point of course we’re not sure of the exact technology to be used.
During this time, “the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. And those of the people who understand shall instruct many” (Daniel 11:32-33). The people of the world are going to be more desperate for the truth than ever, and those who know God’s Word and are faithful witnesses for the Lord are going to teach and encourage millions. In spite of all that the Devil’s forces will do to try to stop them, millions of God’s children will keep going for God till the very end.
Now let’s focus on the Great Tribulation Trumpets & again Christians will be on the earth during this time. This is NOT the Wrath of God. Christians who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture often quote 1 Thessalonians 5:9: For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
And it is true as we’re not going through the wrath of God in Revelation Chapter 16, but we’re going through the Great Tribulation Trumpets in Revelation Chapters 8 & 9. Revelation Chapter 16 describing the wrath of God comes after the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ & the Resurrection & Rapture, whereas the 7 Trumpets are describing the last 3-1/2 of the Great Tribulation before Jesus 2nd coming & the Resurrection & Rapture. (Revelation 11:18)
Let’s look at the trumpets now!
Revelation 8:7: The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Sounds an awful lot like an atomic war –this hail & fire raining down from above!–Atomic bombs can destroy a third of all the trees & all the green grass. It’s possible in an atomic war. (Revelation 17:16) Or maybe this type of destruction could possibly be caused by a comet or asteroid?
Revelation 8:8: And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Revelation 8:9: And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
This great mountain could be the literal sinking of some great burning volcano or a large land mass into the ocean, causing a huge tsunami.
Revelation 8:10: And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
Revelation 8:11: And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
As you can see, by the use of the terminology “star,” and a “great star falling from heaven, burning as it were a lamp,” this could very possibly be describing a comet or a very brilliant and fiery asteroid striking the earth, and the gasses given off by its chemical structure or makeup are poisonous, and pollute the water so badly that many people die from drinking it!
Revelation 8:12: And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
There’s going to be so much volcanic ash & horrible pollution in the air–probably from atomic war, etc.–that the atmosphere is going to be horribly polluted to the point that it’s going to actually be dark as described in verse 12. At this point, it is also important to note that during these “tribulation-trumpets” only one third of the earth and sea are affected by these judgments, except for the grass. This will mean something of great significance later on, concerning the two different Biblical time periods of the “Great Tribulation,” and the “wrath of God.”
Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
Revelation 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Revelation 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Revelation 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Who are these ferocious insect-like creatures from the bottomless pit hurting and tormenting? — Those people on Earth who do not have the “seal of God” on their foreheads. Revelation chapter 7 describes how God had held back His avenging angels till those who were His servants on Earth had received this seal. We don’t know what form this seal will take, although it seems to be a spiritual rather than an actual physical mark. One thing we do know is that those who receive it are His people, and they are not on the receiving end of these plagues. It is the followers of the Antichrist who are on the receiving end, those who are trying to persecute and kill the ones who refuse to worship the Beast.
Like much in the book of Revelation, this passage is cryptic; and although some have tried to explain exactly what these creatures are, it seems we won’t really know until we actually see them. But the good thing is that if you have the seal of God in your forehead, you don’t need to worry. And if you have Jesus in your heart and love Him and try to serve Him, then you qualify as a servant of God and you will have that seal. (Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30; Revelation 7:3-4, 13-17)
Revelation 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
Revelation 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Revelation 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
This sixth trumpet obviously has to do with war occurring during the period of Great Tribulation. What these horses with heads of lions and mouths that breathe fire are is for now a mystery. But it seems that the armies involved numbered 200 million, and the casualties in that war were a third of all mankind. That surely sounds like a time of Great Tribulation.
Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Think of that! In spite of all this horrible period of Great Tribulation, particularly upon those, who took the 666 Mark of the Beast in their right hand or forehead, they would not repent!
So we covered the 6 Great Tribulation Trumpets, but wait there’s one more to come, the 7th & final trumpet. First you have the first 6 great Tribulation trumpets & now the final last trumpet sounding!
Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
What is the mystery of God? To find this out we must turn to 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
This is Jesus’ 2nd Coming & the Resurrection & Rapture, where we get our eternal new bodies. The mystery is that we receive our eternal new bodies at Jesus 2nd coming. (Philippians 3:21) Notice this event it says at the last trump, the 7th trump, so the 6 Tribulation Trumpets come first before the 7th Trump!
1st Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1st Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The Trump of God shall sound, there’s your Last Trump, the seventh trumpet!
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Christians who know His Word & have “discerned the signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3) are not going to be surprised! You don’t have to have that day surprise you! You’re going to be so aware of what’s going on that you’re going to know that His coming is very near. You may not know the precise day or hour, but knowing the Great Tribulation lasts 3-1/2 years, 42 Months, & 1260 days, you may not be very far off.– And you’ll be looking for & anxiously awaiting Jesus’ return!
Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days…. So what events happen after Jesus 2nd coming & the resurrection & Rapture Immediately after the tribulation of those days?
We know from the Book of Revelation Chapters 16 & Chapter 19:7-9, that two main events occur immediately after the Resurrection & Rapture.
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven & at the same time the horrific vials of the great “wrath of God” are going to be poured out upon the Antichrist and his people on the earth in the form of horrible plagues.
The Marriage Supper is where all saved will enjoy a big wedding reception! This is one party you don’t want to miss!
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
This is also known as the, “The Judgment Seat of Christ!” 2nd Corinthians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
So only the Saved, who have received Jesus as their savior will appear at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, plus receive their rewards. All the unsaved people, whoever lived will not appear at this “The Judgment Seat of Christ!” All the unsaved people from all ages will appear at the “Great While Throne Judgment” about 1,000 years later, after Jesus’ Millennial reign on earth with His saints! (Revelation Chapter 20)
So while the Marriage Supper is happening in heaven the horrific vials of the great “wrath of God” are going to be poured out upon the Antichrist and his people on the earth in the form of horrible plagues.
Revelation 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
The followers of the Antichrist who accepted his Mark and worshiped his Image develop horrible sores!
Revelation 16:3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
Some of these plagues had already occurred to a degree during the judgments of God on the empire of the Antichrist during the Tribulation, as recounted in Revelation chapters 8 and 9. They were only partial at that time: A third of the waters became blood, a third of fish in the sea died, a third of the ships were destroyed, a third of the trees were burned up, and so on. But this time, due to these final seven vials of wrath, the destruction seems to be total! It says the sea became blood—apparently the entire sea—and everything that lived in the sea died!
Revelation 16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
There’ll be no way for the Antichrist worshippers to get a drink of water; there’ll be nothing to drink but blood!
Revelation 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
Revelation 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
The fifth vial is a direct hit on the Antichrist and his forces. While the first four seemed to generally afflict the entire world, this particular one lands right on the Antichrist and his kingdom. The curses and plagues and horrors will be so bad that men shall gnaw their tongues because of the pain. Yet in spite of all this, they curse God and don’t repent!
Before we cover the 6th vial which is the gathering of the armies for the Battle of Armageddon & the 7thvial that is the outcome of that Battle, we need to cover two main points for a better understanding of the Wrath of God & “The Battle of Armageddon”.
- How long is the Wrath of God?
- And who is the Antichrist & his armies fighting against in The Battle of Armageddon?
We already covered that when the antichrist breaks the 7-year covenant in the middle we have just 3-1/2 years left & that sometime immediately after the tribulation of those days we have the second coming of Jesus & the Resurrection & Rapture! (Matthew 24:29-31) In Revelation 13:5 it gave the Great Tribulation time period as 42 Months and in Revelation 11:3 & 12:6 it was 1,260 days.
To find out the length of the Wrath of God we need to go to Daniel 12:11-12.
Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. 1,290 days.
In this time prophecy it gives us a time period of 1290 days that extends 30 days longer than the 1260 days of the Great Tribulation & the coming of the Lord.
Daniel 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. 1,335 days.
That’s 45 days more after the 1,290 days! Now we’ve got a total of 75 days past the end of the Tribulation, past the coming of the Lord. So the wrath of God would last a total of 75 Days.
Since the Battle of Armageddon is a big part of the Wrath of God & is mentioned in Vials 6 & 7, it seems that it’s possible that this 45 day period could be the Battle of Armageddon. In other words the first 30 days while the Christians are at the Marriage Supper, the first 5 vials are being poured out upon the worshippers of the Antichrist that took the 666 Mark of the Beast (Antichrist) & then the next 45 day period could be the Battle of Armageddon? But in any case these events are happening in this 75 day wrath of God period according to Revelation 19:7-9 & Revelation Chapter 16.
2. And who are the Antichrist & his armies fighting against in The Battle of Armageddon?
Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Obviously these Blessed people are not the saved saints as the Christians are raptured at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ at the end of the Great Tribulation, before the wrath of God & The Battle of Armageddon. The saved are already blessed and really have no need to wait any longer to receive blessings. It must be referring to the survivors of this war, whether they are combatants or civilians.
Why are they blessed? Because they survive to live in the new world that the Lord is setting up. These survivors could be called the anti-antichrists as during the Great Tribulation not only Christians will rebel & not take the mark of the Beast, but some countries & other religions and individuals will also rebel against the Antichrist World Government.
Probably as the Antichrist rises to power and during the first 3-1/2 years of this reign he’ll be very popular. But when he breaks the 7 year covenant & declares that he is God, abolishing all religions, He will have some problems. (2Thesolonians 2:3-4,9 & Daniel 11:36-37)
From Daniel Chapter 11:21-45 we see (as I lay out in the article the Rise, Reign, & Wars of the Antichrist article) that the Antichrist fights 5 or 6 wars. If you read Daniel 11:40-44 you see the Antichrist warring against the King of the South, Kings of the East, & problems with the North, during the Great Tribulation. So there is rebellion & wars being fought against the Antichrist by other nations!
If these people and nations are fighting the Antichrist, then it is obvious that they do not worship him nor have they accepted the Mark of the Beast. By simple deduction we can then separate humankind at this time into three general groups: 1) those who are saved and were taken up to Heaven at the Rapture after the Great Tribulation, 2) those who follow the Antichrist, and 3) those who are not saved but who nevertheless refuse to be allied with or be subservient to the Antichrist and his regime & did not receive the Mark of the Beast. The Anti-Antichrists, or AACs for short.
So now that these two points are explained let’s move onto the Battle of Armageddon.
Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
The sixth angel dries up the great Euphrates River to prepare the way for the armies of the east. But who exactly is the Antichrist gathering his forces to fight? It can only be the remnants of any alliance of nations that he has been fighting all along. We have already seen that war has occurred, but now it seems that the Antichrist and the nations that oppose him are about to really go at it one last decisive time.
Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Revelation 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Revelation 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Revelation 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Revelation 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Revelation 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Revelation 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Revelation 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
The Battle of Armageddon actually takes place under the Seventh Vial of the Wrath of God. The armies of the Antichrist & the armies that oppose him are assembled together under the Sixth Vial, & then the battle is evidently fought & great hailstones fall from Heaven each hailstone about the weight of a talent [about 35 kg, or 75 lbs] & a very great earthquake occurs under the Seventh Vial. So it’s after they have gathered together under the Sixth Vial & are converged into this Valley of Megiddo surrounding the Height of Megiddo, or Armageddon, that the seventh angel will pour out his Vial into the air. Upon the pouring out of this Seventh Vial, a voice from the throne says, “It Is Done!” –Meaning, “This is the End!”–The last scene of this horrible horrific drama of all the damage that man has wrought on Earth! One Great Final Earthquake is going to destroy all the cities worldwide! Isaiah also envisioned this great final utter destruction of the City System at the time of the Battle of Armageddon when he spoke of “the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall”! (Isaiah 30:25)
For more specific details about The Battle of Armageddon that is not included in the 6 & 7 vial we must turn to Revelation Chapter 19:11-21
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Revelation 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
Revelation 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
It seems that the Antichrist & his armies have the upper hand in this battle, but at some time during this battle the Lord and all His resurrected saints from all the ages will come flying down on powerful heavenly white horses to destroy the Antichrist forces and rescue the opposing armies (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 14:1-5; Ezekiel 39:17-22). So horrible will be the carnage that it will take seven months to bury the dead in Israel alone, and seven years to remove all the wreckage of the battle (Ezekiel 39:9-16).
The Antichrist and the False Prophet will be captured and taken from the Battle of Armageddon and tossed directly into the lake of fire–Hell (Revelation 19:20; Daniel 7:11). Satan, who possessed the Antichrist, will be imprisoned in the “bottomless pit” for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).
The Lord and His resurrected saints, His saved people of all ages, will then work together with those on earth who survived the Battle of Armageddon to rebuild a new and better world, setting up the kingdom of God on earth (Daniel 7:18,27; Revelation 2:26; 20:4,6). This period will last for 1,000 years and is therefore known as the Millennium.
Are you ready for these coming events? If not, you can get ready now by receiving Jesus into your heart and studying His Word.