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February 18, 2015

THE DOCTRINE OF ARMAGEDDON

A. Introduction.
1. The time of the Tribulation. Mt 24:21-22, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall be. Unless these days had been cut short, no life would have been delivered; but for the sake of the elect those days shall be cut short.” There will be no believers on the earth. The Church will have already received their resurrection bodies. Nothing that happens in the Church Age can compare to what will happen in the Tribulation.
2. Part of the Abrahamic covenant says that no one who attacks the Jew will ever get away with it. Anyone who attacks the Jew will be punished severely.
3. Jesus Christ prophesied concerning the Tribulation in the Olivet Discourse.
4. The Tribulation is also mentioned by Daniel in a slightly different form.
5. Jer 30:4-7 speaks of the Tribulation as the time of Jacob’s trouble.
6. Rev 12:1-4 compares the Tribulation to birth pains of the woman.
7. Ezek 20:34-38 refers to a time when Israel shall pass under the rod. This will be the greatest misery Israel will ever have.
8. The Tribulation is also represented as the melting pot, where Israel will be refined as gold and the impurities of Israel will be removed, Ezek 22:19-22; Zech 13:9; Mal 3:1-3.
9. The Tribulation is described as ‘the indignation,’ Isa 10:5, 13:5, 26:20; Dan 8:19.
10. It is called Daniel’s seventieth week, Dan 9:20-27. God told Daniel that the Jews would have seventy more weeks (each day representing one year). Dan 9:24 says it will be a time for making atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to anoint ‘the Most Holy’ the presentation of Jesus Christ as the God of Israel. The seventieth week is the seven year period of the Tribulation.
a. The total period of time is 490 years (70 weeks of 7 days each).
b. The decree of Artaxerxes (king of Persia) in 445 BC to the Jews.
c. It was exactly 483 years (or sixty-nine weeks) from the time that Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem and was hailed by some as the promised Son of David, but was ridiculed by others, which we call Palm Sunday.
d. The crucifixion of Christ was the beginning of the interruption of the prophecy and left one week or seven years.
e. Therefore, the Church Age is intercalated between the sixty-ninth and seventieth weeks. During this time Israel is set aside as a missionary agency.
f. Dan 9:26 demonstrates the silence of the Old Testament prophets regarding the ‘mystery age,’ that is, the Church Age, Eph 3:3. The age of the Church was always bypassed by the Old Testament prophets. They knew nothing about the Church Age.
11. The book of Revelation fills in the details of the Tribulation that were not given to Daniel. Attempts to correlate Biblical passages with contemporary events always lead to confusion when the dispensational aspect of God’s plan is ignored. The Tribulation cannot occur until the resurrection of the Church occurs.
12. Armageddon is not just a series of battles or a campaign, but a world war. A military campaign involves an invasion into an unfriendly territory in order to locate the enemy forces to annihilating, subjugating, or enslaving them. A campaign is composed of a series of battles in a specific geographical location, fought in chronological succession or simultaneously. The location of where this battle is fought is described in:
a. Jerusalem is the first area of this warfare. Zech 12:2-11, “On that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon (this refers to the death of Josiah in a battle with Neco II of Egypt in 609 BC.) on the plain of Megiddo (another name for Armageddon).” Isa 37:36; 2 Kg 19:35. Zech 14:2-3, “For I will assemble all nations against Jerusalem for battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women raped, and half of the city will depart into slavery, but a remnant of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.”
(1) Plunder, rape, violence, and enslavement is the historical pattern for any nation defeated in war, especially when the conquering nation is an evil nation. This is why the laws of divine establishment mention the military as the guardian of human freedom.
(2) Politicians cause wars; soldiers bring peace.
(3) Freedom means the sacredness of life and the right of self-determination, but crime and slavery destroy that right.
(4) God uses historical disaster to punish believers with negative volition, in apostasy, reversionism, and degeneracy. There is a total loss of freedom in Jerusalem because of the Jewish unbelievers.
(5) The remnants are Jewish believers, who attain spiritual maturity.
(6) Believers minus doctrine cannot survive personal adversity.
(7) Believers minus doctrine cannot survive historical disaster.
(8) Personal adversity and historical disaster is used by the supreme court of heaven to discipline and punish believers who have rejected doctrine.
(9) There is no substitute for metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness. No one can be forced to do this; it requires positive volition.
(10) The alternative to perception and application of doctrine is monstrous, disastrous, and unthinkable.
(11) Woe to the believer who does not make Bible doctrine number one priority in his life.
(12) God will permit Israel’s enemies to gather against them.
(13) As the armies sweep through Jerusalem, two-thirds of the city’s population is going to capitulate, Zech 13:8.
(14) This group of people (who capitulate) will be lulled into a false sense of security by treaties, by promises couched in smooth words, and by religious phrases.
(15) People who are ignorant of the Word of God are easily led down the primrose path.
(16) Not only will the wealth of the people who surrender be plundered, but they will become the victims of violence of every kind: torture, rape, etc.
(17) It is better to die fighting for freedom than to surrender to those who live by violence (terrorists).
(18) Never buy the concept, “It is better to be Red than dead.”
(19) The better alternative is to stay with doctrine and God’s grace, which delivers the believer who lives by doctrine.
(20) Violence can only be stopped by greater violence.
(21) It is respect for the laws of divine establishment which preserves all those who function under them.
(22) The believers of the Tribulation are no exception. A remnant of positive believers will be delivered while all this is occurring.
(23) One-third of the believers are still resisting, Zech 13:9. Why?
(24) After part of the city is raped and plundered, many of the civilian men are motivated to fight back. They now understand the importance of freedom through military victory. There are general officers, called ALUPH (which comes from the word ELEPH, meaning “1000”) in Zech 14:2, that begin to train these men as a counterattack force. What is left of the regular army will be used to hold back the enemy while these civilians are trained as a counterattack force.
(a) Because of maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in their stream of consciousness, these generals did not surrender even though combat stress had reached a new peak.
(b) The faith-rest drill carries these generals, who function in leadership under the doctrinal rationales that they had to use to train a counterattack army in a hurry. The Lord honored the motivation of these generals and the men they trained and their use of the faith-rest drill.
(c) These generals will go down in history as the greatest function of military leadership in warfare.
(25) Zech 12:5, “Then the generals of Judah will begin to think in their hearts (stream of consciousness), ‘My strength is in the inhabitants of Jerusalem through the Lord of the Armies, their God.’”
(a) These generals lift up the shield of faith in time of battlefield stress. The generals began to recognize that these civilians had come to them for training to fight against the greatest professional army of the king of the North.
(b) These generals had spiritual leadership that overflowed to the troops.
(c) The maximum application of doctrine resulted in the victory of counterattack warfare, which follows.
(d) These generals function under doctrinal rationales, which the Lord honors with their success.
(26) The success of these generals is described prophetically under leadership motivation in Zech 12:6, “In that day I will make the generals of Judah like a pan of fire among the sticks (the troops) and like a flaming torch among the sheaves (the army staff), therefore they will cut to pieces on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding enemy troops. Therefore the inhabitants of Jerusalem will again live in their own homes in Jerusalem.”
(a) The leaders were not only believers but had also become acquainted with the unique spiritual life. Their motivation was the best. They were motivated to continue the fight in spite of the political leaders. They never gave up.
(b) Good leadership always motivates troops and staff. Even one leader under the ministry of God the Holy Spirit can be used to turn disaster into something of great blessing, so that the disaster becomes a source of great blessing. He can serve the Lord with a superabundance of happiness, Ps 100:2.
(c) There are two analogies in this verse as to how military leadership motivates and inspires troops and staff to continue fighting against hopeless situations and overwhelming odds. The pan of fire is leadership in combat arms. The flaming torch is leadership of the staff. No leadership can do without a good staff in a crisis situation. The soldiers caught fire from the generals and so did the general staff.
(d) The Jewish army deliberately allowed themselves to be surrounded, so they could more effectively kill the enemy in all directions. The enemy army would be mostly slaughtered before they realized what happened to them.
(27) The results of the leadership motivation.
(a) The troops were motivated by the greatest leadership in all of Jewish history.
(b) Their success is obvious, for motivation was passed down from the general to the staff to the line troops.
(c) Under the grace of God and the courageous stand they made, all the terrible things that happened, when the enemy army raped and plundered Jerusalem, were changed into a defeated and destroyed army.
(d) In the Millennial Jerusalem those heroes will be recognized for what they did under the grace of God for the thousand years of the reign of Christ.
(28) The deliverance of Jerusalem is emphasized prophetically in Zech 12:7, “The Lord also will deliver the tents of Judah first, in order that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be magnified above Judah.”
(a) There are two categories of believer-heroes in Israel during the Tribulation: The Jews who were saved in the first half of the Tribulation and the Jews who were saved in the second half of the Tribulation. Both categories were delivered because of their great spiritual strength to respond to the generals who commanded them and the grace of God recognizing the response to the mechanics of the faith-rest drill.
(b) They claimed the promises of God through faith, which stabilized their minds and steadied them in performing an unusual tactic. They used reverse concentration in applying doctrinal rationales, such as the essence of God rationale, the plan of God rationale, the logistical grace rationale, and the a fortiori rationale.
(c) These great generals do not surrender to fear, even though they are caught in a trap and surrounded. You have to remain calm in a hopeless situation. Leadership does not surrender to fear, for if it does it will perpetuate that fear among the troops and lose the battle every time.
(d) Since they do not perpetuate fear, these generals do not have capacity for fear. Generals do not have time for fear. They have time only for thinking.
(e) Since the troops do not have capacity for fear, fear has no power in their lives.
(f) Since fear has no power in the lives of these troops, the generals do no live by fear.
(g) Since these generals do not live by fear, they are not intimidated by life, death, or terrorism.
(29) Conclusion.
(a) By the time the war was over and Israel was fully delivered, the generals, the staff, and the line troops won many decorations given by God.
(b) They were the first great heroes of the Millennium, highly decorated, and with a great testimony.
(c) This anticipates one of the greatest functions of leadership in all of human history.
(d) Because this is presented in the Word of God under the doctrine of eschatology, it is obvious that even before it happens these heroes and what they accomplished in the siege of Jerusalem is to be used as an encouragement under the principle that we learn from the past, we learn from the present, and we learn from the future.
(e) God in His grace provided deliverance of Jerusalem and Israel, but He also gave every man who participated in that military a stabilized blessing of the highest form: self-discipline in the soul, freedom from fear, a relaxed mental attitude under pressure, and control over their sin nature.
(f) It is the leadership in the pulpit toward believers that makes a difference in a hopeless situation, so that there will be a dynamic rise in the fundamental doctrine that we will always have the Word of God and the accurate teaching of that doctrine by those with the spiritual gift.
(g) Leadership is pertinent in three areas: the husband’s leadership over the family, military leadership for freedom through military victory, and leadership in the congregation when doctrine is metabolized and applied, so that the course of metabolization and application of doctrine results in great blessing to the nation and deliverance in time of disaster.
(h) God can bless a nation of believers who are responding to the teaching of doctrine. This blessing is to have the necessary impact throughout the world, which provides the freedom to respond to the Gospel and to execute His unique plan.
(i) God has provided marvelous things for us and these things will come to our attention in the accurate teaching of the Word of God.
(j) The battle of advancing to the high ground of spiritual maturity and glorifying God is the greatest battle of all. Terrorism will be wiped off the face of the earth and blessing will come from the grace of God and His magnificent plan at the Second Advent.
(k) No matter how hopeless a situation may be God always has a solution, but it requires understanding His word and following the colors to the high ground of spiritual maturity.
b. The second location of battle is the valley of Megiddo or Armageddon, Rev 19:17; Rev 16:16, “And they gathered them together in the place which in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” Armageddon is a great valley north of Jerusalem. It is twenty-five miles long and fourteen miles wide. Four great armies are gathered together for battle against Israel: the kings of the East, the king of the North, the king of the South (the Arabs), and the king of the West (the Revived Roman Empire). These four power groups despise Israel and will make every attempt to destroy Israel. These four powers are jealous of the prosperity in Israel and clash in their attempt to control the area.
c. The third location of battle is the valley of Jehoshaphat (“Yahweh judges”), which is east of Jerusalem between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, Ezek 39:11; Joel 3:2, 12.
d. The fourth location of battle is Edom, Isa 34:1-6, 63:1-6.
13. Armageddon is not a part of the dispensation of the Church. The king of the north, the king of the west, the king of the south, and the kings of the east will all converge upon the area between Jerusalem and the valley of Megiddo. It appears that Israel will be wiped out, but Jesus Christ delivers the Jews with His Second Advent. The Jews will not be regathered until after the Second Advent of Christ. Although the Jews today are conscious of their national home in Israel, they are generally entering the Land as unbelievers. Therefore, modern Israel does not constitute the prophesied nation of Israel under God.
14. The Character of the Tribulation.
a. Gen 3:15 not only promises a personal Redeemer, who would overcome Satan, but also implies a perpetual warfare between the kingdom of God and kingdom of Satan. Underlying this conflict is Satan’s constant attempt to impugn the character of God.
b. Since God has given four unconditional covenants to Israel and guaranteed their fulfillment, Satan has sponsored antagonism toward the Jew throughout human history. That antagonism will reach its peak in the Tribulation.
c. The first half of the Tribulation is characterized by power politics such as has never been seen before on earth and four spheres of influence, which will struggle for dominance of the world under the leadership of Satan.
d. Lawlessness and anti-Semitism will dramatically increase and at the end of the Tribulation will culminate in a Satanic attempt to annihilate all Jews on earth. Satan will gather the armies of the world for that purpose.
e. So intense is the severity of the second half of the Tribulation (called the Great Tribulation) that it is a time of the most horrible things happening on earth.
15. Three important factors to remember:
a. Israel will always exist.
b. Israel has a future.
c. Jesus Christ will always be the God of Israel.
16. During the Tribulation, God will unleash upon the world a series of judgments unequaled in all of human history, Rev 16. God always knows what He is doing. Church Age believers will not and cannot be in the Tribulation.
17. As the Tribulation begins, a treaty will be made between two dictators: the dictator of the Revived Roman Empire and the False Prophet of Israel. Three and one half years later the Roman dictator will violate this treaty, betray Israel, and turn against Israel with implacable fury and hatred.
18. The dispensation of the Tribulation will close with a series of battles called the Armageddon war. God will demonstrate before angels, demons, and men that the Lord Jesus Christ can single-handedly overcome the combined forces of Satan’s entire kingdom of darkness and sin. Jesus Christ will need the help of no man, Isa 63:1-3. His victory over the power of evil will be unquestionably decisive.
19. The Principle of Grace before Judgment.
a. Before every divine judgment throughout human history, God has given to mankind a period of grace in which to be saved.
b. There never has been a time in history when anyone could not have the opportunity to believe in Christ. There is no such thing as a person with the excuse of not hearing the Gospel. They simply did not have positive volition at God consciousness.
c. Prior to the Flood, God granted the human race one hundred and twenty years warning, Gen 6:3.
d. Throughout the Tribulation the Gospel will be proclaimed as never before in human history as a warning of things that will come in the last half of the Tribulation, Mt 24:14, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.” Therefore, the unbeliever will be without excuse. Geographical isolation is no issue. Anyone can become aware of the existence of God and want to know Him. God is obligated to provide the Gospel to those who want to know Him and always does. Rom 1:18-20, “For the anger of God is being revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth by means of unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is revealed to them, because God revealed Himself to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”
e. The world will be evangelized in four ways.
(1) By the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, who are saved because of the Rapture of the Church. When the resurrection of the Church occurs, they immediately recognize what has happened and believe in Christ. They will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
(2) The testimony of the Tribulational saints. There will be tremendous response to the Gospel in the Tribulation because it is the only hope man has. Many will look to God for help and find it and will believe in Christ. Rev 14:12-13, “Here is the steadfastness of the saints who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, ‘Write, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!”’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.’”
(3) The testimony of the two witnesses, Moses and Elijah. Rev 11:3, “And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
(4) The angelic herald, who proclaims the Gospel at noon each day, Rev 14:6-7, “And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who sit on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heavens and the earth and sea and springs of waters.’”
20. The Judgment of the Seven Goblets or Vials, Rev 16. Each of these cataclysmic pressures is a great evangelistic thrust before all the terrible things happen on the earth. God freely offers a grace salvation and never coerces human volition.
a. This chapter demonstrates that those who are blinded by religion will not change their attitude toward Christ under the most unusual circumstances in all of human history. So God gets their attention with seven bowl or vial judgments.
b. The first bowl is the loss of health among thousands, Rev 16:2.
c. The second bowl and third bowl is the loss of food and water, Rev 16:3-7.
d. The forth bowl is a terrible heat wave, Rev 16:8-9.
e. The fifth bowl is an epidemic, Rev 16:10-11.
f. The sixth bowl is the greatest military disaster in all of history with world wide effects of the Armageddon war, Rev 16:12-16.
g. The seventh bowl is a disaster related to nature (earthquakes, hail, tidal waves), Rev 16:17-21.
h. All of these disasters are not designed to annihilate the population, but only to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ prior to the baptism of fire, Mt 3:11. No matter how dark the situation, Jesus Christ is on His throne and controls history. The Holy Spirit is there to comfort us and strengthen us and to direct the affairs of men, working in the right way to glorify God. All hell cannot remove believers from the earth as long as Jesus Christ wants them here. God’s Word gives strength in the face of hopeless disaster and catastrophe, and He can deliver a believer through or from any difficult situation regardless of the dispensation in which that person lives.
21. Principles of Warfare Involved in the Prophecy of Armageddon.
a. Divine integrity always judges violence with violence.
b. You cannot stop crime or warfare by compromise or disarmament.
c. Therefore, to downsize the army of a client nation to God simply invites disaster to the client nation.
d. Jesus said there would be hot and cold wars until He returns, Mt 24:6; Mk 13:7; Lk 21:9. “See to it that you are not terrified; for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”
e. Never get between the Lord and His punishment of a nation. Never take your own revenge.
(1) Rom 12:19, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but give place to the wrath of God; for it is written, ‘Punishment is Mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
(2) Heb 10:30, “For we know Him who said, ‘Punishment is Mine, I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’”
(3) Isa 63:4, “For the day of punishment was in My heart (the thinking of God), and My year of redemption (of Israel) has come.” The word “day” is used to describe a plan of God.
(a) Not only does Jesus Christ control history, but at the Second Advent, the day of operation footstool, He rectifies the evils and injustices of history resulting from Satan’s rulership of the world since the fall of Adam.
(b) One of those injustices is the Arab antagonism toward Israel, which springs from bitterness and jealousy of Ishmael the half-brother of Isaac and the bitterness and hatred of Esau for his twin brother Jacob.
(c) No races are closer in their origin than the Jew and the Arab, and no races are farther apart in their sin nature than the bitter antagonism, jealousy, and hatred that have flared up over the centuries. In spite of their mutual origin, bitterness and hatred persist to the present with Satanic anti-Semitism.
(d) The love of God did not reject the Arabs; the Arabs rejected the love of God. In their rejection of the Gospel, Arab hatred for the Jew was intensified, which is expressed in violence.
f. The Armageddon war will be the end of war on earth for the remainder of human history, Micah 4:3, “And He will judge between many peoples and render judicial decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war.” Until then there will always be wars.
22. The resurrection of the Church results in the greatest positive volition to the Gospel in the history of Israel, so that there is great evangelism by Israel. The nation of Israel will recover their client nation status to God because of this positive volition and world-wide evangelization of others. Israel must recover as a client nation in order to produce this evangelism of others. Therefore, anti-Semitism will spread throughout the earth. The worst situation in history will produce the greatest evangelization and response to the Gospel. As a client nation, Israel will be blessed by God during the first half of the Tribulation and become very prosperous. The rest of the world will be very jealous of this prosperity.
23. At the rise of the four great spheres of power there is no indication that the United States is involved in the Armageddon war. The United States is not mentioned in prophecy. It is very possible that the United States is not involved in the Tribulation because most of the population went up in the resurrection of the Church.
24. Tribulational believers will be protected until they are joined with Jesus Christ at His Second Advent. It will be the happiest moment in human history.
a. The grace of God has made every provision for every category of believer during the greatest world war in human history. Believers saved before the war starts go up in the resurrection. Believers saved after the resurrection of the Church will be protected and dramatically delivered by the Second Advent of Christ.
b. Ps 46:9, “He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow; He cuts the spears in two; He burns the chariot with fire.”
c. Isa 2:4, “He will judge between the nations; He will rebuke many people; they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war.”
25. We must have a past, present, and future understanding of the history of Israel.
a. The unique spiritual life of the Church Age causes us to learn about the past, present, and future.
b. Understanding the future is more important than understanding the present or the past. Past and present failure is not the issue. The issue is the future. We are constantly distracted by the things of the future and the things of the past.c. We have failed to learn from the past and the present, but we can still learn from the future.

B. The Arab Armageddon.
1. The Arab Armageddon is the attack of the Arabs.
2. The Arabs attack Jerusalem from the south of Jerusalem, from Edom (south of the Dead Sea).
3. It is described in Isa 63:1-3, “Who is this who comes from Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, this One who is majestic in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? ‘It is I who speak in righteousness, I am the One powerful to cause deliverance.’ Why is Your clothing red, and Your royal garments as one who treads in the wine press? ‘I have trodden the wine press alone. Consequently from the peoples (the royal family of God who returns with Christ at the Second Advent) there is no one (doing the fighting) with Me. I also trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wrath, so that their lifeblood has been splashed on My cloths, and I stained all My royal raiment.”
4. Just as Jesus Christ slaughtered 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in the days of King Hezekiah (Isa 37:36; 2 Kg 19:35-36), so He will destroy these Arabs.
5. You do not stop war by compromising with evil.
6. Isa 63:4, “For the day of punishment was in My heart (the thinking of God), and My year of redemption (of Israel) has come.”
a. History must run its course under cosmos diabolicus while the Church is being formed.
b. Two great nations will be evangelized in the Tribulation: Israel and the Arabs.

C. The King of the North.
1. Just as in the past, God uses invading armies to punish disobedience of Israel and other countries in the world. So God uses the king of the North during the Tribulation to do this to the unbelieving Jews in Israel. The King of the North is the power of the area of Russia, which becomes greater than they have ever been in the past.
2. The King of the North invades by a great navy from the Black Sea through the Aegean Sea into the Mediterranean Sea and engages in one of the greatest naval battles in history with the King of the West, who defeats him. He will also invade overland through eastern Turkey and Syria.
3. The King of the North gets into a war with the other three power groups (south, east, and west).
4. The King of the North is used by God to punish the negative volition in Israel. He will ravage the Land and destroy the people.
5. Dan 11:40-45.
a. Dan 11:40, “At the time of the end there shall come the king of the South and he will attack him [the unbeliever dictator of Israel], and the king of the North will storm against him [the false prophet/dictator of Israel] with chariots [armored forces], with horsemen [mechanized forces] and with many ships; and he [the king of the North] will enter into the countries and shall overflow them and pass through.” The king of the North does not take time to consolidate his position but moves as fast as possible like the German Army blitzkrieg of World War II. They leave behind only security forces to keep open his supply and communication lines. His objective is the wealth of Africa. He had the greatest land army in the history of the world.
b. Dan 11:41, “He [the king of the North] will also invade the Glorious Land [Israel], and the many [Jewish unbelievers] shall be overthrown; but these [Jewish believers] will escape out of the hand of the enemy; even Edom and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” The regenerate Jews hiding in the mountains of Edom, Moab, and Ammon continue to survive in their caves while this blitzkrieg warfare goes past them. The king of the North does not attempt to conquer the land of Israel, but simply pass through it. In Mt 24:16, the Lord warned the Jewish believers to flee to the mountains.
c. Dan 11:42, “Then he [the king of the North] will stretch forth his hand against other countries [North Africa], and the land of Egypt will not escape.” Once he invades Egypt, he is joined by his navy. He plans to move south toward Ethiopia and west along the north African coastline.
d. Dan 11:43, “For he will have the power over the treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and Ethiopians shall be in his steps.”
(1) As the king of the North is about to launch the attack in north Africa, his navy is defeated in the Mediterranean and an event takes place, which is described in Rev 16:12, “The sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.” This is an invasion of the kings of the East with the oriental armies.
(2) The kings of the East have excellent intelligence and understanding of what is going on in history.
(3) The kings of the East have not shown any interest in history since the days of Genghis Khan.
(4) The king of the North knows that he cannot succeed against the king of the south until he takes care of the kings of the East. The kings of the East know they cannot get to Israel unless he defeats the king of the West.
(5) God counters Satan’s move and the situation intensifies for the Jews. Old enemies meet again.
e. Dan 11:44, “But rumors [intelligence reports] from the East and from the North will trouble him, and he will go forth with great fury to destroy and annihilate the many [the Jews].”
(1) The king of the West had made a deal with Israel to protect Israel, but now wants all the wealth in Israel. So he breaks his treaty and attacks Israel, but runs into the fleet of the king of the North. There is a big battle in the Mediterranean and the navy of the king of the North is destroyed. At about the same time the kings of the East cut his supply lines.
(2) So the king of the North turns back from his invasion of Africa and goes back to Israel to destroy the king of the West. As a part of this he wants to take revenge against the Jews.
f. Dan 11:45, “He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion [the headquarters of the king of the North] between the seas [the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean] and the beautiful Holy Mountain [the western side of Mt Zion]; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.”
6. The attack of the army of the king of the North in Jerusalem is described in Joel 2:2-9, “A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness. As the morning dawns and spreads upon the mountains, so there is a great and mighty people; there has never been anything like it, nor will there be again after it to the years of many generations. [The morning sunlight illuminates where all these Jews are hiding.] A fire consumes before them and behind them a flame burns [they scorch the earth as they pass through]. The land is like the Garden of Eden before them but a desolate wilderness behind them, and nothing at all escapes them. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses; and like war horses, so they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains shall they leap, like the noise of the flame of fire that consumes the stubble, like a mighty people arranged for battle. [They destroy everything in their path as the king of the North leaves Egypt.] Before them the people [unbelievers] are in anguish; all faces have become flushed. [This is a description of what happens when the king of the North begins his conquest in the Middle East. Unbelieving Jews will suffer anguish and fear.] They [the armies of the king of the North] run like mighty men, they climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one of them in the ways of battle approach, and they shall break in their ranks. They do not crowd each other [there is no confusion in the ranks], they march everyone in his own path; when they burst through the defenses, they do not break ranks. They shall run to and fro in the city, they shall run upon the wall; they shall climb upon the houses, they will enter through the windows like a thief.”

D. The Abomination of Desolation.
1. Early in the Tribulation, the dictator and religious leader of Israel will be a false prophet.
2. He is a Jew, who rules Jews, but does not like Jews. He cannot defend his little country against these four great powers.
3. In order to survive, he makes a deal with the dictator of the Revived Roman Empire, the King of the West. In return for protection, the Roman dictator will demand a share of the wealth of Israel, Dan 11:36ff. This gives Israel a false sense of security. In the middle of the Tribulation, when the King of the West has too many problems dealing with the other spheres of power, he breaks his treaty with the ruler of Israel and eliminates the Jewish sacrifices in the Temple and demands that he be worshiped as ‘God’ instead.
4. At this point, a statue of the King of the West, called the Abomination of Desolation, is set up in the Temple in Jerusalem. All who fail to worship this statue will be put to death, Rev. 13:15.
5. The establishment of this statue in the Temple is a signal for all believers to get out of Israel. They will flee to the mountains in Edom and stay in the caves there, and they will survive as long as they stay there. Both believers and unbelievers will flee to the mountains.
6. Mt 24:15-21, “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.”
7. 2 Thes 2:3-4, “Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin [the dictator of the Revived Roman Empire] is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every socalled god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”
8. Rev 12:14, “But the two wings of the great eagle [angelic protection for these believers] were given to the woman [Israel], so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place [the caves of Edom], where she was nourished for a time [one year] and times [two years] and half a time [half a year], from the presence of the serpent [Satan’s antagonism].”
9. There will be many attempts to lure these Jews from their mountain hideouts at the end and kill them. False propaganda will be disseminated to give them the impression that Christ has already returned, Mt 24:23-26. Those who believe the word of God survive.
10. When this propaganda fails, Satan will promote signs, signals, and lying wonders, 2 Thes 2:9. Those who put their trust in miracles will die. The only issue they face is whether they will believe the word of God or the word of man.

E. The Meaning of Prophecy.
1. Prophecy is a time machine that God has given to us to take us into the future, so that we might understand and appreciate how extensive God’s plan is for our lives.
2. History is the time machine that takes us into the past. Whether we go into the past or into the future, we know that God has a plan for our lives, even under great adversity.
3. Whether we go back to the past (the Cross) or forward to the future (where Jesus Christ controls history and delivers the Jew in the Tribulation) we see the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God the Father, and the power of God the Holy Spirit.
4. Only negative volition at God consciousness or Gospel-hearing can keep us out of God’s plan.
5. As a result of the resurrection of the Church there will be a great conversion of Jews, who initiate tremendous evangelism on the earth during the Tribulation.
6. While the Tribulation is a time of great suffering on the earth, it is also a time of great prosperity, which the kings of the north, south, west, and east will fight over.