The Battle of Armageddon

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The Rapture immediately precedes the Battle of Armageddon

Posted by gospelclips on November 28, 2016

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1Thess 4:13-18

13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

The Lord will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God (the seventh trumpet) and the dead in Christ will rise first (first resurrection) and after that those in Christ who are still alive and left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meed the Lord in the air.  

The Lord will later return with his faithful followers to strike down the nations with a sword that proceeds out of his mouth.

2Thess 2:1-12

1Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

When the Lord Jesus Christ comes, we (the believers) will be gathered to him.  That day will not come until the man of lawlessness has been revealed and the rebellion has occurred.  He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or worshipped.  He will set himself up in God’s temple proclaiming himself to be God.

The Lord Jesus will over throw him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.   Jesus will be accompanied by his called, chosen and faithful followers which he has gathered to himself.

1Cor 15:51-52

51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

The last trumpet heralds the Day of the Lord when Jesus returns with his faithful followers to defeat the beast and the false prophet and strike down the nations.  

The Church will be raptured and the dead in Christ will be raised (first resurrection) in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, as soon as the seventh trumpet sounds.

The seventh trumpet will span 75 days, during which God will pour out the seven bowls of his wrath upon the nations of the Earth who are gathered at Armageddon.  This is the third woe.

Jude 1:14-16

Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

The Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge the nations of the Earth and to convict all of them of the ungodly acts they have done in their ungodliness and the defiant words of ‘ungodly sinners’.

In other words, Jesus is coming with an army of  believers to judge the ungodly.  Zachariah tells us that there will be some pagans who survive the battle of Armageddon.  There will be ‘nations’ on Earth during the Millennium and there will be ‘Nations’ outside the New Jerusalem in Eternity.

Rev 17:12-14

The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.  They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.  They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.

The beast and the kings of the Earth will wage war against the Lamb but the Lamb will triumph over them.  The lamb will have with him his called, chosen and faithful followers who were raptured / resurrected 30 days prior to the abomination that causes desolation being set up.

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