What Does The Bible Teach About Armageddon?
by Douglas Hoff
The religious world has a lot to say about Armageddon and ardently advocates it too. Because of its sensational nature people are often enthralled by this subject. It is a key component of the false doctrine known as Pre-Millennialism. Many, if not most, denominational churches subscribe to various aspects of Pre-Millennialism. Few question it. The sermon from two Sundays ago briefly showed that Pre-Millennialism is wrong because it takes literally what ought to interpreted figuratively. Armageddon is no different.
Armageddon and most people think of some horrific global battle preceding the
end of the world. According to the
theological system of Pre-Millennialism the church is currently in the end
times and various signs throughout the world indicate the imminent return of
Jesus Christ. Supposedly, the Lord will
come again secretly to "rapture" the righteous. This means Jesus will take them out of the
world for a period of seven years to be with Him in heaven. This includes the righteous dead who were
raised in the "first resurrection." The seven year period following the rapture
will be a time of great tribulation in which the "Anti-Christ" will
persecute those "left behind" on the earth. The "Anti-Christ" will play a
significant part in political and religious changes which will lead many
astray. Then, with his followers he will
instigate the bloody battle of Armageddon. At this time Christ will return again with His
saints to do battle against the armies of the world. (Note this will be His third coming
about which the Bible is silent!) This
battle will take place in the plain of Megiddo which is located near
One of the most influential writers of Pre-Millennial doctrine in recent years is Hal Lindsey. In 1970 he authored the 192 page book The Late Great Planet Earth in which he set forth his ideas about the return of Jesus Christ in our times. He interpreted world events as "proof" that the end is near. Keep in mind that 38 years have elapsed since the writing of his book and yet Christ has not returned. Anyone who attempts to set a date for the second coming of the Lord is doomed to failure because there are no signs regarding that event (Matthew 24:35-36).
so much written about Armageddon a person would assume the Bible has a lot to
say about the topic. However, in this
case, the assumption would be incorrect. The Bible mentions Armageddon only once in Revelation . How then
could entire books be written about Armageddon? Much of this doctrine is based on speculation,
taking symbolic passages literally and by trying to connect other passages to Revelation which actually deal with other events. Granted, some of the passages come from the
book of Revelation but they are misused and misapplied. Passages from the Old Testament are also
misused to support Pre-Millennialism. Many
of them deal with the captivity of the Jews and their eventual restoration to
Any complex doctrine which is built upon one verse of scripture ought to be scrutinized to see if the verse was handled correctly (II Timothy ). In the case of Armageddon Revelation has been seriously abused!
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