Outside of the “battle” of Jericho, which in fact did not turn out to be a battle at all (Joshua 6), Armageddon is without a doubt the most well known battle in the entire Bible (Revelation 16:12-16). This famous scenario in God’s Word has been the theme of countless movies, books and documentaries. The fact of the matter is that this “battle” is more like a slaughter than real combat. Though the battle is introduced in our section this morning, the actual account of the confrontation will be visited when we get to Revelation 19:11-21.

One of the internal proofs that the Scriptures are of divine origin (2 Timothy 3:16-17) is revealed in the prophetic word (2 Peter 1:19-21). Even the smallest detail of God’s Word shall come to pass (Matthew 5:18). What a comfort to know that God is in control and not man (Daniel 4:35)! Every single power in the world is ordained by God (Romans 13:1,2). Though the times that we live in are indeed perilous (2 Timothy 3:1-5) and full of perplexity (Luke 21:25), our faith and hope is in The Lord, not man (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). However, one of the “dangers” related to Bible prophecy is the temptation to “study it” and try to figure out all of the people, places and things but forget the way that God calls us to live (Revelation 1:3; 2 Peter 3:11-14).

While it is indeed exciting to see many elements of Bible prophecy start to line up (Ezekiel 36,37) for this final battle (Zechariah 14:1-3), we need to stay focused on Christ and His calling to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). The Bible says that we are living in the last days (1 John 2:18; Hebrews 1: 1-2), and Jesus told us to occupy until He returns (Luke 19:13). He tells us to be men and women of prayer until He returns (Luke 18:1-8). He tells us to walk in purity and godliness until He returns (2 Peter 3:11-14; 1 John 3:1-3). He tells us to love one another in practical ways (1 John 3:14-18).

Make no mistake about it; the battle of Armageddon is going to take place exactly when, where, and how Almighty God has predicted it. But for now, our marching orders are to share the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:15) and live each day to the fullest for the glory of God.