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Every time there is a conflict in or around Israel, many see it as a sign of the quickly approaching end times. The problem with this is that we may eventually tire of the conflict in Israel, so mu...
We must not forget the Battle of Armageddon. The people of God will war against the nations at the end of the Tribulation at Armageddon. -- (The Oxford Dictionary has this: armageddon, n. 1. in the New Testament) the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgement. B the place where this will be fought. 2. The CIDE DICTIONARY has this: armageddon, n. the final, decisive battle between the forces of good and evil, as foretold in the Apocolypse of Saint John. Also, the site of that battle. HAR-MAGEDON - har-ma-ged'-on (Harmagedon from Hebrew har meghiddo, "Mount of Megiddo"; the King James Version Armageddon): This name is found only in Rev 16:16. It is described as the rallying-place of the kings of the whole world who, led by the unclean spirits issuing from the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet, assemble here for "the war of the great day of God, the Almighty." Various explanations have been suggested; but, as Nestle says (HDB, s.v), "Upon the whole, to find an allusion here to Megiddo is still the most probable explanation." In the history of Israel it had been the scene of never-to-be-forgotten battles. God will win and Jesus is predicted to return and reign for 1,000 years from His throne in Jerusalem. (Among Christians who hold this belief of the 1000-year Reign of Christ Jesus, this is not the "end of the world", but rather the penultimate age/the 2nd to the last age, the age just prior to the end of Satan's worldwide system in anticipation of a New Heavens and a New Earth under Jehovah's (i.e., God's) kingdom reign (Rev. 21:1).) After this time a final rebellion will take place followed by a new heavens, new earth, and a new heavenly city called the New Jerusalem. Revelation 21:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. This “holy city,” the New Jerusalem is the heavenly city the Bible prophesies will exist on the new earth at the end of time. It is described in detail in Revelation 21:9-27. Human history begins in a garden and ends in a city that is like a garden paradise. The eternal city of God is compared to a beautiful bride (Rev. 21:9), because it is the eternal home for God’s beloved people. God’s statements recorded in Revelation 21:5–6 aptly summarize these final two chapters: “Behold, I make all things new... It is done.” What began in Genesis is brought to completion in Revelation, as the following summary shows: The Citizens of the City (21:1–8) John gives us a threefold description of the citizens of the city. They are God’s people (vv. 1–5). The first heaven and earth were prepared for the 1st man and woman and their descendants. God had readied everything for them when He placed them in the garden. Unfortunately, our first parents sinned, ushering death and decay into God’s beautiful world. Creation is in bondage and travail (Rom. 8:18–23), and even the heavens “are not clean in His sight” (Job 15:15). God has promised His people a new heaven and earth (Isa. 65:17; 66:22). The old creation must make way for the new creation if God is to be glorified. Jesus called this event “the regeneration” of the earth (Matt.19:28), and Peter explained it as a cleansing and renewing by fire (2 Peter 3:10–13). Bible students are not agreed as to whether the old elements will be renewed or whether the old will be destroyed and a whole new creation ushered in. The fact that the Greek word translated new means “new in character” (Rev. 21:1, 5) may lend credence to the former explanation. Even despite Scripture’s description, it is difficult to imagine what the eternal city will be like. John characterizes it as a holy city (see Rev. 21:27), a prepared city (see John 14:1–6), and a beautiful city, as beautiful as a bride @ her wedding.
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