Are the Battle of Armageddon and the Great Tribulation the same?
By Irvin Baxter
QUESTION: Paul from Indiana asks if the Battle of Armageddon and the Great Tribulation are the same thing.
ANSWER: Absolutely not. The Battle of Armageddon will culminate at the end of the Great Tribulation. The Battle of Armageddon is going to be the execution of God’s wrath on the people of the world that have tried to destroy Israel.
The Tribulation is a three and a half year period that begins when the Antichrist stands on the Temple Mount, claiming to be in control. He will then tighten the screws down on this world, creating his one-world governmental system. It’s during these final three and a half years that he will implement the Mark of the Beast. The Antichrist will cause everyone to take a pledge of allegiance; if you don’t take the pledge, he will not give you your mark or your number that you need in order to buy or sell. Then at the end of the Tribulation is when the world government will come down against Israel because Israel is not going to fall under the power of the Antichrist. It’s here that Israel will be teetering in the brink of defeat when Jesus will appear in the skies of heaven and come and fight for the Jewish people; the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be destroyed; Satan will be bound; and we will enter into the Kingdom of God.