Revelation 16.12-16 – Armageddon

12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.

15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)

16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

Today as the river Euphrates is dried up (see yesterday’s devotional), kings from the east are inbound. They come because of the demonic spirits, who perform signs, who go to these kings, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.

They assemble together for this (unknown to them), ill-fated battle in which they have less than a match-in-a-waterfall’s chance of victory over the Lord God Almighty and His Lamb. This battle takes its name from the location it takes place, Har-Megiddo, similar to modern day battles such as the Battle of Britain, for example. The battle, and place, is one we are at least colloquially familiar with…Armageddon.

One of three major battles in prophecy along with that in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and Revelation 20.7-10, Armageddon is perhaps the best known outside Christian circles.

The interest in war, fighting, and battles is a strange one, isn’t it…those who are part of them, most often, would not glorify them, but for those who have never been involved, there can be a magnetism that sparks serious interest. Perhaps this is why Armageddon is so often talked about so lightly.

However, the kings of the whole world who assemble for battle against God the Almighty will not take it lightly, they are genuinely deceived into thinking they have a chance of victory, demonic spirits can convince us of most anything. But, God the Almighty doesn’t take this lightly, either, and as we will see the battle never really gets going.

So, no matter how convincing an argument may be that you know takes you away from what God wants for you as His child, no matter how plausible something may seem, if it goes against God, it goes against God.

Our rebellion against Him never really gets going, does it, He either leaves us to our rebellion (punishment enough, being left to do our own thing), or, ultimately, as we see here and will see in the coming chapters, He will defeat those who stand against Him.

Where do we want to be; assembling for a battle we cannot ever win, or, taking confidence from the fact that if our God is for us, who can be against us?

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