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Beyond Today What Is Armageddon
Darris On the hills outside the city ofNazareth in Galilee of Israel, you can stand and look out over the flat plain of the JezreelValley. To the west, at the end of the valley you can make out a hill, the site of a placecalled Megiddo. I have been to both places and there is a connection. Nazareth is where Jesus was raised by Hisparents, Joseph and Mary. It is not hard to imagine Jesus as a youth spending time inthese hills overlooking the valley. Jesus, who was God in the flesh knew the historyof the land before Him, both past and future. He knew one day, on that spot, armies wouldgather to fight Him at His glorious second
coming. Jesus grew up near a place called Armageddon.Armageddon carries a powerful message for the world a message that comes straightfrom Jesus Christ. Join us on Beyond Today as we examine a messagestraight from God's Word, quot;What is Armageddonéquot; Announcer Join our host Darris McNeely,and his guests, as they help you understand your future on Beyond Today! Darris Armageddon! What do you think whenyou hear that wordé Most of us probably think of the end of the world or a movie.
But what most people believe is not accurate.Armageddon is actually just an old city. It's a reallife place on the map and you can travelthere today. It's a place no longer inhabited and it's surrounded by a long and wide valley. In future prophecy, Revelation reveals thatarmies will gather in this valley to fight Jesus Christ when He returns in glory andpower. There's a powerful message for each of usin the prophecy of Armageddon. If you heed that message, it can change your life andprepare you for Christ's return. For every person you ask about Armageddon,you'll get a different answer. But what's
the truthé What do the Scriptures sayé Let'slook in the book of Revelation. In chapter 16, we see seven devastating plaguesthat represent God's final judgment on the world a world that has rejected Him. Theyare symbolized by bowls being poured out upon the earth. The fifth of these bowls brings darkness onthe throne of the evil ruler of the final superpower of mankind, which is depicted asa beast. The impenetrable darkness will be so frightening that people will be gnawingtheir tongues out of despair. In their anger and their pain they are going to curse God.And instead of turning to Him for help, they
will refuse to humble themselves or to repent.Tension in the world will escalate (Revelation 16:11). Satan, of course, is pulling out allstrings behind that evil leader called the Beast, and in his rage against God, he preparesto maneuver the world and its armies into a box canyon. There will be no way out. Notice what it says in verse 12. quot;Then thesixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up,so that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.quot; In other words, great armiesfrom the east will be on the move toward Israel. It continues, quot;And I saw three unclean spiritslike frogs coming out of the mouth of the
dragon, out of the mouth of the beast andout of the mouth of the false prophet.quot; Who is the dragon, the Beast and this false prophetéThe dragon is Satan. The Beast is the leader of the final, evil superpower of mankind.And the false prophet is an evil religious leader who will deceive the whole world withhis false religion. The Scripture continues: quot;For they are spirits of demons performingsigns, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them tothe battle of that great day of God Almightyquot; (Revelation 16:1214). What we're reading is an incredible peek intothe invisible spirit world. With hints like