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Consider Armageddon: not Megiddo

11th July 2010, hej


1) Context of Revelation 16:13-16

No scripture is to be taken out of context. The Hebrew word 'Armageddon' is much misunderstood as it is given meanings that are not sustained in the context.

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. 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. 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. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 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 16:12-17)

In context the place called Armageddon is named as it is the last part of the action begun in the 6th vial. This is a key fact to be understood. (for more. The great river that dried up so that the way of the kings of the sun's rising was the Ottoman empire. The River Euphrates runs from the heart of present day Turkey through Syria and into Iraq. Even while the once great Ottoman Empire was the sick man of Europe into the 20th century it held all this territory and the Levant. Revelation was written in Greek and the world acquired the name Euphrates itself from Greek, and the river described entirely the Ottoman Empire. In the Bible rivers overflowing are nations conquering others. In Jeremiah Babylon, located in the area of the Euphrates, is a 'river' that overflows,

Thus says Yahweh; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl. (Jeremiah 47:2)

There is immense symmetry in the fact that Babylon as the Euphrates from the North over flows the Land, from which time the Children of Israel never regain independent nationhood, and that subsequent history shows that the Euphrates-like flood dries up from the South to restore Israel. For it was British led forces in WW1 who from the South in both Iraq (Mesopotamia) and from Egypt and Israel dried up the Ottoman Euphrates-based Empire. When in 1918 Allenby crosses the Jordan to take Damascus on September 31, the Australian troops mentioned seeing the plain which extends to the Euphrates.

General Allenby depended for success upon the speed and durability of his horses. Before the operations commenced the Turks held a defensive position which was roughly an extension of his line west of the Jordan...Beyond the railway the Eastern Palestine Range flattens out on to the wide desert which extends right across to the Eu-phratfes.

The 'drying up', fulfilled by the British led conquest to Damascus and Mesopotamia allowed the Balfour declaration to take effect so that the way of the kings of the sun's rising might be prepared. The 'way' was the establishment of the state of Israel as shown in the Old Testament prophets, which has been prepared, but, as yet the kings have not come, as Jude tells us,

Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Judges 1:14-15)

The saints are to be called kings,

Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelations 1:5-6).

Therefore Yeshua after the events in Revelation 16 is to be King of kings (Rev 19:16).

After the way is begun to be prepared, then 3 spirits go out of 3 entities to, firstly, the kings and then the whole world. We know of the spirit of the age, the one for liberty, equality and fraternity that specifically since 1918 has deposed kings and has made many new nations in the world, so that now there are 192 nations, most born in this era. The spirit of this age of rebellion from God and elevation of human thought is to come from the words of 3 political entities and is to gather all nations to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. We can see this at work already as a revived Europe features the red dragon of pagan militarism revived in neo-Nazi movements, the earthy beast of humanism and the voice of the false prophet, who all lend their words to efforts against Israel. As these three call all the world to eliminate Israel, the nation which is Yahweh's sign, no less than Yahweh will gather them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.


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