Monday, June 18, 2018

This week's lesson (June 16-22): Babylon & Armageddon

The line between good and evil cuts through every human heart." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956.
Two things you need to know about the Battle of Armageddon:

One: there's no such place - not literally, at any rate.

And two: there's no such battle - again, not literally.

No, "Armageddon" literally means "the Mountain of Megiddo" - and while Megiddo is a real place (and the site of many famous battles), it is not a mountain; it is a plain (which is why it was able to host so many famous battles). The name is a contradiction in terms, in other words - much like "the Alps of Kansas," or "the Great Tillamook Desert."

Which is reason enough not to take it literally.

And while Revelation 16:14-16 speak of "the kings of the whole world" being gathered for battle on "the great day of God Almighty," there's no mention of any such battle actually taking place. No, when God shows up in Revelation 17, the fight is over before it even begins.

Which is reason enough not to try and fight against God.

In short, the Battle of Armageddon is not fought in the Middle East.

Instead, it is a symbol of the ongoing battle inside every human heart.

Which is reason enough to decide which side you're on.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Given that prophecy is for the future, who's to say a seismic event (gee, I don't like that because it implies I'm indicating how God might do something which is likely to cause nothing but embarrassment) might just create a "mountain" at Megiddo? I mean, if the Mount of olives will split in half to form a valley, can't a mountain just as easily be formed from a valley? And who could predict that other than God? Which is easier to say -- your sins are forgiven, or rise, take up your bed and walk. Today and tomorrow are two different things. Hope I'm not making a mountain of a molehill.