In recent decades, there has been much discussion about Armageddon. Volumes have been written and marketed. The gist has to do with a great war in Israel, the Messiah overcoming the forces of evil, etc. A real problem with all of this prognostication / propaganda is that it fails to acknowledge the real battle and how it will be fought.
Spiritual matters are the real concern:
- 2Cor. 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
- Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Jesus’ rule is for salvation:
- John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
The children of God are not here to destroy the opponents of Jesus (all have been opponents):
- Mt. 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
The issue is salvation of souls, not destruction of the lost. The righteous won’t be taking up arms in the name of the Lord, no matter how world events may unfold around the scene of Armageddon.
The weaponry of the Lord:
- Eph. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
- 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
- 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
- 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
- 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Why would anyone who claims faith set the truth of redemption aside in favor of taking up arms against the lost? Could it be that many of the so-called “end-times” interpretations appeal to our lusts?