The political and military developments among the Gentiles are key signs of the times. They lead up to Armageddon Campaign. It is necessary to first understand the Armageddon Campaign to grasp the prophetic significance of what is happening in this hour in the Gentile nations. B. Human history does not end with a nuclear war. The drama of human history does not come to a close with the superpowers of the nations blowing each other up in a massive explosion, as has been the popular Hollywood theme. Scripture makes it clear that natural history ends by a battle, but this battle is not between the East and the West, it is not about Communism verses Capitalism, etc. The two sides of this great battle will be evil human beings (led by the Antichrist) against God. Our anticipation will build as circumstances lead up to that Armageddon Campaign. The knowledge of its approach will encourage us. As the circumstances leading up to the End-Time battle intensify, believers will be crying out to God for His breakthrough of power. C. The high point of the Second Coming procession is Jesus’ re-entry into the city of Jerusalem as the Messianic Kingdom received by the governmental leaders of Israel (Mt. 23:39). 39 I say to you (governmental leaders in Jerusalem), you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ” (Mt. 23:39) D. Jesus’ Second Coming is in context to ending a 3½ year military conflict (Armageddon campaign) at the Battle of Jerusalem to establish His Throne over all nations. The final event of natural history is the appearance of Jesus as that Warrior-King with the all saints and angels. 11 Behold, a white horse. He (Jesus) who sat on him…judges and makes war…15 Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron…16 He has…a name written: KING OF KINGS…. (Rev. 19:11-16) E. The setting of the Second Coming: the Antichrist will appear victorious over the Church (Rev. 13) and Israel. Israel will be surrounded by the Antichrist’s forces. Half of the city will be taken into exile. Israel and the Church will have their “back against the sea” in seeming defeated by the advancing forces of the Antichrist (as the End-Time Pharaoh). F. The Armageddon Campaign is often thought of as an isolated battle that occurs just before Jesus returns. It is a military campaign that lasts 3½ years and will involve many different battles. It ends with the final battle referred to as the Battle of Jerusalem which is fought in the Valley of Jehoshaphat just outside of Jerusalem. The Antichrist will conduct numerous battles around the world (Rev. 6:1-6; Dan. 11:40-45), in context to the 3½-year Armageddon Campaign. ARMAGEDDON AND THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST – MIKE BICKLE The Armageddon Campaign: The Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty IHOP-KC Mission Base www.IHOP.org 2 G. Armageddon is the place God chose to gather all the nations for the war so that He might judge them. The Scripture speaks often of this (Ps. 2:1-12; 45:3-5; 46:1-11; 50:2-7, 15; 97:1-12; 98:1- 9; 110:5-6; 149:6-9; Isa. 2:4; 9:1-6; 11:4-5; 13:4-13; 27:12; 29:5-8; 30:25-26; 31:4-9; 33:2-13; 34:1-7; 42:13-15; 59:16-21; 52:1-2, 13-15; 63:1-6; Jer. 4:19-28; 25:29-33; Jer. 49:7-22; Ezek. 20:33-34; 38-39; Dan. 2:44-45; 7:9-11, 26; 9:27; Joel 3:1-2, 9-17; Mic. 4:11-5:15; 7:16-17; Zeph. 3:8; Zech. 12:1-9; 14:1-3, 12-15; Mal. 4:1-3; Rev. 14:17-20; 16:12-17; 19:17-21). H. All the nations of the earth will be gathered to Israel to war with God. “All nations” does not refer to every single person of every nation. Zechariah 14:16 tells us that some of the nations will be left. This speaks of all the governments of the earth—the military leaders, and personnel representing all the nations. I. There are three reasons that all the nations will come to make war against God in Israel. First, God draws them (Joel 3:2, 12; Zech. 12:3; 14:2; Zeph. 3:8). Second, Satan draws them (Rev. 16:13-14; 19:19). Satan will gather the largest military force of all history to seek to overthrow Jesus by demonic and human might. Third, men come because of sinful motives such as greed, anger and envy (Ezek. 35:11; Ps. 2:2). Men will come in greed, wanting to take the spoil from Israel and to steal the wealth of individual Jewish people whom they wish to kill. 11 I (God) will do according to your anger and…the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. (Ezek. 35:11) J. The Antichrist will conduct a series of battles around the world as described by the third seal (Rev. 6:5-6). War will intensify as Gentile nations gather together in northern Israel for the 3½ year Armageddon Campaign (Rev. 16:16; Dan. 11:40-45). K. The most fierce and decisive battle of the Armageddon Campaign is the last one called the Battle for Jerusalem. It is the battle that is ended by Jesus’ Second Coming to Jerusalem. The Battle for Jerusalem is what most people are thinking of when they say the Battle of Armageddon. L. The Second Coming is in context to the Battle of Jerusalem and involves the nations gathering to fight Jesus, on earth (not in the sky). The judgment of the Sixth Bowl is the assembling of nations to come to Jerusalem to fight Jesus not the Jews. Jesus is on the ground by then. They have urgency because of having seen Jesus’ sign in the sky. M. The Battle for Jerusalem will not be over in fifteen minutes. He will first appear in the sky. He will appear in the sky with all of His angels and then He will strike the evil nations in a progressive battle, causing the blood to flow far and wide. ARMAGEDDON AND THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST – MIKE BICKLE The Armageddon Campaign: The Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty IHOP-KC Mission Base www.IHOP.org 3 N. Jesus will step out of heaven and He will stand in the sky as a fully human King who is also fully God. No human king in history has ever stood in the sky with his armies. When Jesus splits the sky with His appearing and liberates the captives, it won’t be instantaneous, but a process! It will take time. Though He will use supernatural power, He will also operate to a high degree within the boundaries of human process. Because He comes from Heaven, we often assume He will nearly do away with the natural human dimensions of life in His Second Coming. Yet that is not the case. God loves the natural realm. He will release His glory to the nations involving natural, human processes with a supernatural anointing. This concept of literal events in a natural realm is important for us to understand! O. There will be three types of people on earth when Jesus appears in the sky. The redeemed will be raptured. The reprobate who took the mark of the Beast will be judged then killed. The resistors are the unsaved survivors of the Tribulation who refused to worship the Antichrist. P. The Second Coming Procession involves a 3 stage process which includes many events. This Procession begins in the sky at the 7th Trumpet with the Rapture and ends on the earth after the 7th Bowl to end the Armageddon campaign with an astonishing victory over the armies of the Antichrist at Jerusalem (Rev. 19:11-21; Zech. 14:1-9). Stage #1: Jesus’ procession across the sky: to rapture the Church (Mt. 24:30-31; Rev. 1:7). Stage #2: Jesus’ procession on the land: traveling from Egypt through Jordan (Isa. 63; Hab. 3). Stage #3: Jesus’ procession into Jerusalem: to the Mount of Olives followed by His coronation. II. UNDERSTANDING THE ARMAGEDDON CAMPAIGN (REV. 14:17-20; 16:12-16; 19:11-21) 14…Demons performing signs…go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty…16 they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. (Rev. 16:14-16) A. John called it the battle of the “great day” of God Almighty. The day will be very great because it is God’s great day of power when He displays His sovereignty for all nations to see (Ezek. 38:23). It is also called the “great and very terrible day of the Lord” (Joel 2:11; Mal. 4:5). The Antichrist will be defeated related to this battle. The 7th Bowl may break out while armies are gathered around Jerusalem (Rev. 16:17-21). B. The term Armageddon appears only once in the Bible (Rev. 16:16). The phrase the “Battle of Armageddon” is never used in Scripture. Armageddon is a place that God chose to gather the Gentile nations for the war. John informs us that Har-Magedon is a Hebrew name that comes from two different words. The Hebrew “har” can be translated as mountain, hill or mount. Magedon speaks of the small town of Megiddo. Together in Hebrew, it is called, Armageddon or “Har-Magedon” which can be translated, “hill-country or the hill of Megiddo” or simply “Mount Megiddo.” Since there is no mountain next to Megiddo, it refers to the Mount Megiddo. The transliteration of Harmagedon (Har-Magedon) is Armageddon.