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“The Battle Of Armageddon”
« on: Sat Jun 25, 2022 - 12:47:19 »
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“The Battle Of Armageddon”

    “In the Battle of Armageddon, all the armies of the world will converge on Israel.” This statement was affirmed in a religious journal. This, to me, is irresponsible biblical journalism.

    The biblical Armageddon is a small area, and it is ridiculous to claim that millions of combatants are to converge on Israel in this location. Today’s prophets of Armageddon claim this battle will be a physical future conflict, fresh-and-blood against flesh-and-blood, and that hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, will be doing battle upon the hill Megiddo—“Armageddon”—a famous spot in Hebrew history. King Josiah was slain upon this hill [2 Kings 23:29-30]. The hill Megiddo and the valley below cannot possibly contain all the armies of the world. This is fairy-tale journalism.

    I do not see Armageddon as a future, literal conflict. It should be understood as a moral and spiritual conflict, which has been waged since the Christian movement began. Although I’m inclined to believe it’s a spiritual conflict, there is some evidence the Battle was literally fought when the Roman army surrounded and destroyed Jerusalem in 67-70 A. D. 

    The apostle Paul stated that believers are not involved in a physical warfare, but in a spiritual combat [Eph. 6:12].  But evangelical believers and writers claim it is going to be physical—flesh-and-blood against flesh-and-blood. I’ll go with the Apostle Paul, not the journal I alluded to.
 
    The children of King Jesus have been struggling with the forces of king Satan since the very inception of the new covenant. I see Armageddon as a spiritual engagement between the children of King Jesus and the children of king Satan. This battle is likely to intensify as the end of all things draws near.

    During the first three centuries of the Christian movement, hundreds of thousands of believers fought against Satan and were slaughtered. They became martyrs for Jesus. And even today, in many foreign countries, as well as in America, Satan is waging war against God’s army. Many thousands are being persecuted to death. Surely this is, figuratively speaking, a Battle of Armageddon! 
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Re: “The Battle Of Armageddon”
« Reply #1 on: Sat Jun 25, 2022 - 12:59:10 »
What I see it as or you see it as doesn't matter.

There isn't a Philippians 6:12, and there certainly isn't a Philemon 6:12.  Are you meaning to use Ephesians 6?

I don't think the context of that passage can be used as a trump card to guess what the Battle of Armageddon is really about.

Understanding this as some allegory of moral and spiritual conflict makes no sense and then to waffle that it might be about the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 is odd.

This is light on scripture and doesn't even bring up Revelations 16.

Here is my attempt at a more realistic article below:

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“The Battle Of Armageddon”

    In Revelations 16, the Battle of Armageddon is discussed.  I don't believe the standard pre-mill interpretation of what is going to happen, but Revelation 16 is hard to understand, so I don't really know the timeline, or true understanding of how it will play out.

   


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Re: “The Battle Of Armageddon”
« Reply #2 on: Sat Jun 25, 2022 - 13:35:45 »
Chief Justice:

    You are correct. The passage should have been Eph. 6:12. I corrected it [above]. Thanks for pointing it out. The passage is easy to understand, for we do not do battle against flesh and blood. Our battle is spiritual, against the spiritual forces of evil.

    And that's what I'm convinced the "Battle of Armageddon" is all about. For the Christian, the Battle has been fought for 2,000 years, or since our Messiah became our Captain, and it is still ongoing.

Again, thanks for the correction. I have, as of now, surrendered my perfection!

Buff [Arizona Chief Justice]

    P. S. By the way, in A. D. 70, Old Jerusalem was not noted as or considered a Christian nation, although many of the Jews there had converted to Christianity. When the believers fled Jerusalem, the entire city and surroundings were then destroyed. Christians there were not involved in a physical battle, for they fled the city, only those Jews who remained there and were not Christians.
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