The Battle Of Armageddon - Part II

THE MAN OF SIN will turn on Israel at the midpoint of the great tribulation, with Israel then fleeing to Petra, which is in Jordan. He will hear these evil tidings out of the east and out of the north and will leave Israel and will set about to take care of this pressing problem. With the Antichrist having moved his vast army, Israel will begin to filter back into Jerusalem, at least all of its men, and many of its young ladies as well. They will then begin to rearm themselves and will have about three years to do so. So, at the time of the battle of Armageddon, Israel, with her meager forces, will face this juggernaut alone.

Where Will America Be During This Time?
One must understand that with the rapture (resurrection) of the church, that which made America great—and I speak of the hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of born-again believers—will no longer be here. While, no doubt, hundreds of thousands will give their hearts to Christ immediately after the rapture, still, America will not be the place that we now know. The spirit of the antichrist is already at work in America and in the entirety of the world; however, I think it is at work in America greater than anywhere else.

The reason I feel this is because the United States is still the center for world evangelism, and Satan will go to any length to stop that. I personally believe that for the time being, the Lord is going to hold everything in check so that this great message of the cross will not only cover the United States but also every other nation in the world. To be sure, the Lord places great stock in His Word going to the world, especially the message of the cross.

While there is no evidence that the Antichrist will take over America during the great tribulation, still, there is no evidence either that America will oppose him. In fact, every evidence is that our nation will applaud him, at least in the beginning, because of his being able to broker a peace treaty between Israel and the Muslims, something that the brightest minds in America have never been able to accomplish. There will be many nations that will throw in with the Antichrist, giving him their full support, but only because they have no choice. Every evidence is that, at the outset, he will take over the entirety of the Middle East with the exception of Jordan and much of Western Europe.

What About The Ten-Nation Confederation?
The Word of God has quite a bit to say about this ten-nation confederation, which goes all the way back to the dream given to Nebuchadnezzar, the golden head, so to speak, of the Babylonian Empire. This was done some twenty-five hundred years ago.

Ironically enough, this potentate couldn’t even remember what the dream was, much less its interpretation. Of course, the Lord orchestrated all of this. Daniel would recall the dream and give him the interpretation. As we shall see, the dream and its interpretation portray to us all the empires that would persecute Israel from the time of the Babylonians even unto the future, which means it has not yet come to pass. In fact, all of the empires have come and gone, with the exception of the ten-nation confederation, which is right around the corner, so to speak. Concerning this ten-nation confederation, the Word of God says:
“And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things: and as iron that breaks all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. (This ‘fourth kingdom’ is the Roman Empire and is represented by the ‘legs of iron.’ It would be the strongest of all!) And whereas you saw the feet and toes, part of the potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with miry clay. (All that we have previously studied represents empires that have come and gone; however, the ‘feet’ and ‘toes’ of this statue of iron and clay represent that which is yet to come.) And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. (This verse represents the ten-nation confederation, with the ‘toes of the feet’ symbolic of this confederation, which will greatly oppose Israel in the very near future.) And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. (Their confederation will not succeed because of the ‘miry clay,’ which expresses that some of the ten-nation confederation are weak. As stated, this will take place in the near future)” (Dan. 2:40-43, The Expositor’s Study Bible).

The Roman Empire And The Ten-Nation Kingdom
Daniel 7:7 in The Expositor’s Study Bible says:
“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. (This beast represents the Roman Empire, which was the strongest and most powerful of all. It lasted for nearly a thousand years. The phrase, “And it had ten horns,” speaks of that which was a part of this beast, and for a particular reason. But it had nothing to do with the conquests of the original Roman Empire. These “ten horns” portray ten kingdoms, which will arise in the latter days, in fact, in the very near future. These ten nations will persecute Israel).”

Even though we have already given the following information, for clarification, please allow the repetition, inasmuch as it involves the ten-nation confederation.

The Little Horn
“I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things. (At first, Daniel did not understand the horns. Even though the Roman Empire has come and gone, still, the ‘ten horns’ have not yet risen to power; however, the breakup of the former Soviet Union is the beginning of the fulfillment of this passage. If one is to notice, the ‘ten horns’ were a part of the non-descript beast, which has to do with the territory which the old Roman Empire controlled. “There came up among them another little horn,” means this one came up after the ten horns were fully grown. The “little horn” is the Antichrist. Three of the horns will be plucked by the little horn, meaning that he will defeat these countries in battle, with the others then submitting to him. This will take place in the first half of the great tribulation)” (Dan. 7:8, The Expositor’s Study Bible).

The three horns, i.e., three nations that will be defeated by the Antichrist, are Egypt, Turkey, and Greece. We know these are the countries addressed because of the location of Alexander the Great’s empire and the way it was broken up and taken over by his four generals.

King Of The South
Daniel said, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over” (Dan. 11:40).

The phrase, “shall the king of the south push at him,” refers to Egypt attacking the Antichrist. In fact, Egypt will head up the ten-nation confederation, corresponding with the “ten horns” of Daniel 7:7, which will greatly oppose Israel. We know that the “king of the south” refers to Egypt because this is who is referred to at the beginning of Daniel 11, which speaks of the breakup of the Grecian Empire with the death of Alexander the Great

It seems that Greece and Turkey will join with Egypt in attempting to stop the “king of the north,” who will be the Antichrist. We know that these are the two countries referred to (Greece and Turkey) from Daniel 8:9. As is obvious, they will not at all be successful and will quickly be defeated by the Man of Sin, with the other six countries throwing in their lot with him without further conflict. In other words, they will realize that opposing him is futile.

With the Antichrist getting control over the three countries mentioned in the first three and a half years of Daniel’s seventieth week, and the other six giving their power to him upon seeing further resistance as useless, this makes him the conqueror of all the old Roman Empire territory. Therefore, his base of operations at the midway point of the great tribulation will be substantial, to say the least!

Regarding the ten countries fulfilling the “ten horns” of Daniel 7:7, the Antichrist will already be the ruler over Syria, and with him defeating three, that leaves only six. These will give their power to him, giving him control of all ten. Who the six countries are, we are not told, but for certain, they will be with him when he turns on Israel.

This article is reprinted from the March 2015 issue of The Evangelist to complement FWC Wednesday night Bible studies on the book of Revelation.


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