The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 9) — Armageddon: the Defeat of the Satanic Trinity

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TEXT: Revelation 19:17-21

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;

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 9) — Armageddon: the Defeat of the Satanic Trinity

There are certain images that are repeated throughout the Bible which seem to carry great significance in God’s plan of redemption. For example, there is the image of sacrifice throughout the Old & New Testaments. Then, there is the image of the garden — gardens are present at the most important moments in history (the fall of man, the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and the creation of the new heavenly world).

Today, we come to another of those images that appear frequently in Scripture. This is the image of a supper. In His teaching on the nature of the Gospel, Jesus Christ told a parable about a great supper that the Savior sets out and invites all people to come to. Then, just before His crucifixion, we have the Last Supper, which the church re-enacts today as Communion. The church, however, is looking forward to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is a celebration meal that takes place after the body of Christ is united with its Head in Heaven following the Rapture.

In our passage for today, we have another supper. This supper is called “the supper of the great God.” John writes, “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.” The angel calls to the birds to gather at a certain location to eat at the supper of the great God. The location where they will gather is of course Armageddon in Israel. In our last message, we left off with Jesus Christ and the armies of Heaven (saints and angels) arriving on white horses in the sky. They will face off with Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet, who have drawn all the armies of earth to Israel to prevent the return of the Son of God.

Now, what is the menu at the supper of the great God? The text says it is “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.” The literal Greek actually uses the word “fleshes” — plural, which puts us in mind of ripped, torn, mangled flesh scattered across a great battlefield. And God calls the fowls of the air, saying, ‘Come, feast on the flesh of my enemies.’

Now, there are those who like to interpret this and other prophetic passages as symbolic or figurative — especially considering the gruesome, grisly scene depicted here. But this passage ought to confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are dealing with reality. There will be a real battle, real slaughter, and real death. Birds of prey (and likely other beasts, too) will be drawn to the battlefield to feast on the remains of the dead soldiers.

John turns our attention from Jesus’ side of the battle to the side of Satan and his allies in verse 19. He writes, “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.” Some commentators suggest that John is speaking here of a second battle following a first conflict immediately after Jesus’ arrival. Some believe that the armies of the kings of the east and the armies of the antichrist actually gather at Armageddon to fight each other, and that when Jesus arrives they regroup, combine forces, and turn their weaponry against Christ. However, as Steve Schell said, “Whichever scenario is correct — whether it is one battle or two battles — the outcome is the same: Jesus will destroy these soldiers leaving the battlefield strewn with their dead bodies.”

John describes the outcome like this: “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. 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.”

While all the soldiers in the Antichrist’s army are killed, the Antichrist himself and the False Prophet are taken alive and thrown into hell, the “lake of fire.” They get special treatment. All of the unsaved dead are raised up again to face God at the Great White Throne Judgment. But these two are thrown immediately into Hell.

That is the outcome of the battle of Armageddon — God wins. And those who oppose Him are defeated. That is why, in the words of the song writer, you need to be “on the winning side” with Jesus

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If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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