By Dr. David R. Reagan
Did you know that the Bible contains prophecies about nine wars in the end times? That’s right, a total of nine. That fact comes as a shock to most people who are familiar with only one namely, the War of Armageddon. Most people are very surprised to learn that the War of Armageddon is not the only end time war.
We will continue our study of the wars of the end times with wars 7-9.
#7. The Middle East Campaign of the Antichrist
That leads us to the seventh war of the end times – the Middle East Campaign of the Antichrist, described in Daniel 11.
Daniel 11:40-45 describe a military campaign of the Antichrist in the Middle East that occurs at the end of the Tribulation. These verses, and related verses in Revelation, could very well indicate that when the Antichrist becomes absolutely insanely obsessed with destroying the Jews and the Saints, that the nations of the world see an opportunity to rebel against him. The nations in the Middle East will be led by the King of the North, probably Syria. Those will also be led by the King of the South, probably Egypt.
Daniel says that when this rebellion occurs, the Antichrist will come into what he calls the Beautiful Land to put down this terrible rebellion. He says that he will conquer all of that area except Jordan. And, he says just as he seems to be completely victorious, that he will hear rumors from the east and rumors from the north that deeply disturb him.
Daniel also says the Antichrist will retreat with his armies to an area between the seas where he will come to his end. It appears that armies out of the east will come, maybe that 200 million army mentioned in Revelation. An army out of the north will also come, possibly the armies of Gog and Magog of Russia reconstituted. He will retreat to the area between the seas, which of course would be the Valley of Armageddon.
#8. The Battle of Armageddon
This brings us then to that famous battle, which is no battle at all, as you will see. It brings us to the Battle of Armageddon mentioned in Joel 3, Zechariah 14 and Revelation 19.
It appears that just as the armies from the east and the north start arriving in the Valley of Armageddon to challenge the Antichrist, that’s when the Lord breaks from the heavens. He arrives on the Mount of Olives. He speaks a supernatural word and all the armies are instantly destroyed.
In reality, there is no Battle of Armageddon. Jesus doesn’t lead an army out to fight the Antichrist. He simply speaks a supernatural word, for after all, this is the One who spoke and the whole universe came into existence. He will speak and the Antichrist and his forces will drop dead in their tracks.
We are told in the Bible that Joel 3:16 says that the Lord will roar from Zion and utter His voice from Jerusalem. Isaiah 10:16 says the result will be a wasting disease. Zechariah 14:12 says that it will be a plague that the Lord will speak and it will cause the flesh of the soldiers to rot while they stand on their feet. Their eyes will melt in their sockets and their tongues will rot in their mouths. The blood will be as deep as a horses bridle for a distance of 200 miles.
#9. The Second Battle of Gog and Magog
Mercifully and joyfully, the Battle of Armageddon will be followed by 1,000 years of peace. The reign of Jesus from Jerusalem results in the world being filled with peace, righteousness and justice. Swords will be beat into plowshares. The wolf will dwell with the lamb. Little children will play with snakes because they will no longer be poisonous. Jerusalem will be lifted up as the highest place on planet earth.
Jesus will reign as King of King and Lord of Lords. David in his glorified body will be the King of Israel. Multitudes will come from the earth to see the King of Kings. His glory will go out through the whole world.
The blessings of God will flow through the Jewish nation to all the nations of the world to the point that when one Jew walks by, ten Gentiles will grab his robe and say, “Can we walk with you because we know that God is with you.” What a glorious time that’s going to be!
Satan will be bound. Sin and crime will be greatly reduced. But, there will still be seething rebellion in the hearts of many, if not most, of those who are born during that time.
There is going to be a great population explosion during the Millennium. Those who go into the Millennium in the flesh will all be saved people, but they will begin to repopulate the earth. Their children will have to come to the point where they are going to believe in Jesus or not. The point that the Bible makes is that most will not. There will be seething rebellion in the hearts of most people.
Why would there be resentment in the hearts of people in the midst of a perfect reign of Jesus Christ? The answer is really very simple. The answer is simple because Jesus is going to rule with a rod of iron. He will give the law. The law will be strictly enforced by those of us who will be reigning with Jesus in our glorified bodies. Those living in the flesh will deeply resent the fact that they cannot freely pursue their worldly lusts because they will have that sin nature in them. They know that if they step out of line there will be instant arrest, instant trial and instant punishment. There will be no appeal, because every person ruling will have the mind of Christ. Justice will be swift, justice will be certain, justice will be sure. And so, they simply grind their teeth and say, “We love you Jesus,” but they will be grinding their teeth.
Thus, when Satan is released at the end of the Millennium, the majority of those in the flesh will unite in one last great rebellion against God. The ninth war of the end times – the Second Battle of Gog and Magog. The rebellious peoples of the world, led again by Gog and Magog, will revolt against Jesus and try to overthrow Him.
Because this war is entitled the War of Gog and Magog, it’s often confused with the war in Ezekiel 38 & 39. There are some now saying they are the same war, but they are not. They are two different wars. This can be proved very simply in Ezekiel 38 & 39 where the War of Gog and Magog is a war of Russia with Muslim allies coming against Israel. In Revelation 19, we have Russia with all the world coming against Jesus Christ. Big difference between these two wars!
History is going to end as it began – it goes in a circle. It began with two people in a perfect environment who rebelled against God. It is going to end up with all of humanity living in a perfect society, but the majority will make the same decision to rebel against God. One of the many purposes of the Millennium, and perhaps one of the most important, is for God to prove to mankind that Man has an inherent sin nature that can only be redeemed by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ.
The religion of Satan has always been Humanism – the belief in man. The philosophy teaches that Man is inherently good and capable of perfection through education and social justice. Humanist therefore believe that if society can be perfected, Man can be transformed and also be perfected. But, the Bible teaches that mankind is fatally flawed with a sin nature that makes people naturally evil.
The Bible teaches that the only solution to the sin problem is the transformation of the Holy Spirit that begins when the person accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God will prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt when He puts all of mankind into a perfect society for a thousand years and then mankind will respond with rebellion.
Again, the Second War of Gog and Magog will be the last war of history. Following it, God will take the Redeemed off this earth and He will place us in a New Jerusalem which He is now preparing. He will then consume the earth with fire to burn away the pollution of Satan’s last revolt. Out of the fiery inferno will come a New Heaven and a New Earth. This earth redeemed. This earth refreshed. This earth perfected.
God will then lower the Redeemed down to this new earth inside the New Jerusalem and He will come to earth to live in their presence eternally. Eternal peace is coming! War is going to be gone forever. This hope of mankind will not be achieved by diplomats. It will be a gift of God through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, who died to redeem mankind and all of the cosmos.
All I can do when I think about that is shout from the depths of my heart, “Maranatha, Maranatha, come quickly, Lord Jesus!”
In the fourth and last part of our series that answers, “What are the wars of the End Times?” well also answer the question, “Why, God?”