The mere mention of the word Armageddon evokes ominous images of apocalyptic slaughter, nuclear holocaust and blood flowing to the horse bridles. We never look at the bright side of the Bible’s prophecies about the world’s final war.
But, believe it or not, there is a bright side, a very bright side. It is at Armageddon that the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (Revelation 11:15). This is the time when the failed human governments of this earth will be abolished, and we will crown Jesus King of kings and Lord of lords.
The 4,000-year search for the Messiah
The Jewish people will bear the brunt of the Battle of Armageddon. Scripture indicates that one-third of Israel could possibly be destroyed in that battle. On the other hand, it is at Armageddon that the Jewish nation will end its 4,000-year search for the Messiah.
Zechariah 14:3-4 indicates that Jesus will intervene on Israel’s behalf and that He will actually stand on the Mount of Olives. It is at that time that Israel will rush to the Mount of Olives to greet Him! According to Zechariah 13:6, they will notice the nail scars in His hands and feet and will ask how they got there. The answer will remove the veil from Israel’s eyes, and the entire nation will embrace Jesus as their Messiah and their Lord.
What an incredible turn of events! One minute, Israel will be fighting for her very existence. The next minute, she will be glorying in the face-to-face introduction to her Messiah!
It is also at Armageddon that the tyrannical one-world government of the Antichrist will be destroyed. At this same time, the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be cast alive into the lake of fire.
The True New World Order
Another major event that happens at this time is described in Matthew 24:30-31, “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
So, as you can see, not all is doom and gloom when we think of Armageddon. Yes, tragic things will occur there. But absolutely wonderful things will happen there as well.
The next time you think of Armageddon, look beyond the catastrophic events that are destined to occur. Know that it is at Armageddon that the Old World Order will be abolished and the true New World Order of Jesus Christ will be permanently ushered in.