Peace and Safety and then Sudden Destruction. ARMAGEDDON

What were some of the signs Christ gave to us so that we would know that the end was near? Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

War and distress of nations are two prominent signs that we are in the last days. In the past one hundred years the earth has experienced two World Wars; and numerous other conflicts have abounded. But before Christ returns things will only become more frightening for mankind.

What was one of the signs that would set off the last day perplexity? Luke 21:24-25 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Jesus said that Jerusalem would be trodden down by the gentiles until the times of the gentiles be fulfilled, and then in order, we that the nations will be in great distress with perplexity.

Since Israel has become a nation, we have seen the  “COLD WAR”, where the threat of nuclear retaliation was used instead of conflict. The world powers have built up their nuclear arsenal so much, that there are now enough weapons to destroy the planet three times. Rouge nations have been acquiring nuclear weapons from the satellite nations of the former Soviet Union. We have terrorist cells that operate independently within many nations, who have the ability of exploding a nuclear device in most major cities without the threat of nuclear retaliation. During 9-11 we just saw a glimpse of what these people are capable of.

Around what city does the bible predict the nations will have the greatest trouble?
Zechariah 12:2-3 

Zechariah 12:2-3
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

As you read your bible, you will see that many end time prophecies deal with Jerusalem, and God gathering all the nations against it.

Where does the bible say the great end time battle, which involves all nations will be fought?  Revelation 16:13-14 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.

Armageddon is the Mount of Megiddo, which includes the Valley of Megiddo which is also called the Valley of Jahoshaphat which is not far from the city of Jerusalem.

Who are some of the countries who will fight against Jerusalem in this battle?

Ezekiel 38:1-3
¶ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Meshech and Tubal in verses 2 and 6, were the names of the 5th and 6th sons of Japheth, the son of Noah (Gen. 10:2). They inhabited the land around the Black Sea, in what is called today Turkey and Southern Russia

Josephus, the first century Jewish writer said: "Magog founded those that from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians," who lived north and northeast of the Black Sea. North of the Black Sea is Russia. Also the bible emphasizes that this nation comes from the north, and directly north of Israel is Moscow (Ezekiel 38:15)

Who will be with Magog when he comes against Israel? Ezekiel 38:4-6 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

Persia is Iran, In fact Iran was called Persia until 1935 when it was changed to Iran and then to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution.

Ethiopia, or Cush in Hebrew, is not the “Ethiopia” we know today, but the land of Cush would include the modern Sudan just south of Egypt.

Libya which we are all familiar.

Gomer and Togarmah were found in Turkey, Southern Russia and Syria.

It is easy to recognize that what “Magog’s” allies have in common is the false religion of

During this battle who returns? Revelation 19:11
¶ And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

This battle of Armageddon is what is in process when the Lord returns to reigns.

Before this battle of Armageddon, before all these nations come against Jerusalem, what condition would Israel be in?  Ezekiel 38:11-12 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Ezekiel 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

The bible teaches that Israel will be experiencing a time of relative  peace and safety; they will be prospering right before Magog descends upon them.

What did Paul warn us about the last days? 1 Thessalonians 5:3
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The bible teaches us that in the last days man will be offering the world a ‘false peace’, a false sense of security.

Now we know since 1948 when Israel was re-established they have not enjoyed any peace or safety; but constant attacks from the Muslims. At the center of the conflict is the city of Jerusalem. The Muslims want Jerusalem because they see it as a holy city in their religion. The Jews see Jerusalem as their eternal capital; and Christians, especially Rome is interested in it.

The EU (European Union) refuses to acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

The Roman Catholic Church refuses to recognize the sovereignty of Israel over Jerusalem.

The United Nations, since 1947, have wanted Jerusalem to be an “international” city.

The Palestinians and Jews for years have rejected that, but recently the Palestinians have accepted it.

"Unless we can reach an agreement on Jerusalem, I have to declare that both parts of Jerusalem east and west should be a unified international Jerusalem ... not just the capital of Israel or Palestine, but a capital of the world,"
said Mr. Qureia, who is speaker of the Palestinian parliament.

Not long ago, the Pope visited with Arafat, afterwards the Papacy declared that Jerusalem should be kept with “International” safeguards. Rome wants Jerusalem to be an international city and they want to be ‘over’ protecting the holy sites.

THE CUTTING EDGE reported that the “illuminati” type workers have a specific plan in process and the following are three steps they must accomplish to bring in their new age.

Step 1 –  Fear of War is needed to be set in place, and maintained. [For the purpose of causing the sides to compromise their principles for peace]
Step 2 -- Muslim, Jewish, and Christian segments of Jerusalem would be combined into one for the express purpose of building an international combination worship center.
Step 3 -- At this point, the Roman Catholic Pope will travel to Jerusalem to announce that, from this moment on, all the religions of the world are One, are united, and he is their top leader. Lambert an official in the Secret Society of Theosophy said: "At the proper moment in history, the Pope will visit the combined Jewish/Christian/Moslem sector of Jerusalem to announce that all religions should be combined into one. This action will then finally break the Middle East logjam." Bringing peace and safety to the region.

The papacy has already made overtures to the Muslims, Kissing their “Koran”, which means he accepts it as a ‘holy book’, even though it contradicts the bible. He has said that the Muslims worship the same “God” as Christians, even though the “God” of the Muslims says he does not have a Son! We have been seeing “interfaith” out reaches, which are teaching people that there is only one God, who has many faces.

So we see how the world is vying for Jerusalem, and how it will play a significant role in the end times.

Paul told the Thessalonians that the world would be saying “Peace and Safety” when the end  would come,, what else did Paul say would happen before the Lord returns?

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

What will destroy this “man of sin”? 2nd Thessalonians 2:8
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Did Daniel write about this “man of sin”?
Daniel 11:36-37
And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Where will this man of sin plant his tabernacle? Daniel 11:45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

Who will come against this “man of sin”?  Daniel 11:40 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.

We have seen in Ezekiel that this northern King is Magog, and the southern is the Muslim nations that unite with her when she comes against Jerusalem.

Who are some of the nations that will be with this Northern Nation? Daniel 11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

Lybia and the Sudan, two of the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38, will be at his steps, or under the command of the King of the North.

How does this battle end? Daniel 12:1-2 ¶ And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

The battle ends with the return of Christ, and the resurrection of the Saints.

We cannot pretend to know all that is a head of us, but we can certainly assume from the information we have the following.

Israel is now restored, but they are not dwelling safely and because of the continued conflict in the area the Jews may compromise their capital, and give it over to international control for the assurance of peace.

The Anti-Christ, probably the Papacy, will plant his palace in Jerusalem.

With this, GOD stirs up Russia, and the Muslim nations, and gathers the whole world to the battle of Armageddon.

At this time, in the midst of the conflict Christ returns and raises the Christian dead, and they rule and reign with him on the earth.