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There's A Battle Coming On

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In a war, there are usually several battles. Then there is the climatic battle that ends the war. We've all heard of that battle, the big battle. The battle of Armageddon. The climatic battle at the end of this earth age. We'll touch on that battle, but it will not be the main topic of this study. The primary battle we'll be discussing, takes place just prior to the battle of Armageddon. I believe it will bring on the final battle. Who will participate in this battle? Who will be the good guys, and who will be the bad? Where will it take place? What kind of weaponry will be used? What kind of defenses will be used? Who will win that battle?

Let's briefly mention, the battle of Armageddon.

Rev 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Rev 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Rev 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Rev 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

This is the battle that is talked about so much. The final one. The one, that we will not have to fight. The one that God Himself, fights. You can read more about it in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Now let's look at the one just prior to this. The Battle Coming On.

Who will be fighting this battle, when, and where?

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

The war in Heaven is not the war we will be studying. But this war in Heaven takes place immediately before.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

I wanted to start with these verses because it very plainly tells who the combatants are. Satan and his angels, (the bad guys), and those who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, (the good guys). That is all that is mentioned. The ones that do not have the testimony of Jesus Christ, (the rest of the world), Satan already has. No need for him to worry about them. Do you have the testimony of Jesus Christ? Do you claim to be a Christian? If you answered yes, look out, He's after you. The war in Heaven, and our coming battle with Satan and his angels are yet future. Not too far away I think. This is not the battle of Armageddon, but a prelude to it. I want to cover the whole twelfth chapter of Revelation because it displays a long period of time, and if we look carefully, it plainly sets the time frame for this battle. We have been in battle, (good verses evil), since way back in Genesis. We were put here, battle ready.

Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host[1] of them.

[1] 6635. tsaba', tsaw-baw'; or (fem.) tseba'ah, tseb-aw-aw'; from H6633; a mass of persons (or fig. things), espec. reg. organized for war (an army); by impl. a campaign, lit. or fig. (spec. hardship, worship):--appointed time, (+) army, (+) battle, company, host, service, soldiers, waiting upon, war (-fare).

6633. tsaba', tsaw-baw'; a prim. root; to mass (an army or servants):--assemble, fight, perform, muster, wait upon, war.

Now let's review the 12th. chapter of Revelation.

Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

The woman here I believe to be Israel.

Rev 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

She (Israel) through Mary brought forth Jesus.

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

I believe the time frame for verse three was before this flesh age. Satan's power structure in the first earth and Heavenly age. See Rev 13:1 where Satan changes his mode of operation, for this age, (the flesh age). Here the dragon (Satan) has seven crowns on his heads, meaning he retains most all power for himself. In Rev 13:1 there are ten crowns on the ten horns, meaning he is delegating more power to the ten kings.

Rev 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

I believe the first half of this verse, is in the first earth and Heavenly age. Satan deceived one third of God's children there. The second half of the verse, he is present at the birth of Jesus. Earlier attempt to prevent the coming of Jesus had failed. See Gen 3:15 where God said he would bruise Jesus' heel. See Isa 9:15 The false prophet is the tail. See Rev 1:20 where Jesus states that stars are angels. See Job 38:7. Morning Stars. Jesus and Satan.

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

This is the first advent and the crucifixion of Christ, and his ascension to the right hand of God. See Rev. 19:15 where Jesus is the one who rules with a rod of iron. We know that this has already happened. So it is in the past tense. We'll help set the time frame with this.

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

It may sound to you that Satan was kicked out of Heaven long ago, but actually He is in Heaven now. This is yet future. You can see this in just a few more verses. This has all been prophesied years ago. Let's insert a verse from Daniel.

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Satan is our accuser. He is there with God and Jesus right now. But not for long.

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Where did Michael kick Satan to? Right here. On good ole planet earth. He knows he has a short time, so he gets real busy. We'll see a little later, just how much time he has.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

See, he starts out real quick. Here we can set the time frame of this battle, and know that it is yet in the future from now, 2005. The war in Heaven took place after Jesus was born and crucified. Satan was present when Jesus was born. He was also present at the crucifixion. The verse states, he persecuted the woman who brought forth. The word brought is in the past tense. I haven't seen Satan or his angels lately, so it must yet be future.

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Our national bird is the eagle.

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Just like at Noah's time. A flood. Only this time it's a flood of lies. Lies, one of Satan's weapons.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Here the conflict begins. Not that we haven't had problems to date, but this is the actual battle. Satan and his angels present with us. Let's look at Revelation, chapter nine.

Keep in mind one thing. John the Revelator, has the job of  transferring what he has witnessed, into our minds, in such a way that we may understand it. And what was it John witnesses? The supernatural. Satan Himself and his angels, conducting their warfare on people in the mere flesh. Remember the apostle Paul went to the third Heaven, and he couldn't even talk about it. Daniel saw these things in a vision and understood it not. Ezekiel did a good job in describing the flying vehicles and the supernatural. I think John has also. One just has to remember this battle is the supernatural against us in the flesh, just prior to the end. Satan's last try at overthrowing God, while we're still in the flesh. I believe this battle to be, A Battle of the Mind.

Rev 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Remember stars sometimes represents angels. Here John even refers to the Star as a him. (to him was given). So we know up front that this is supernatural.

Rev 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Locust with the power of a scorpion? Remember the Bible is full of symbology.

Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

We can see here, that this is not of a natural state, but supernatural. It's very natural for locust to eat green things, trees, etc. But here they can only hurt those men, (or women), who have not the seal of God in their forehead, (or mind, that's what is in our forehead).  Remember Revelation 12 verse 17. What is the opposite of not having the seal of God in your forehead? Having the seal of God in your forehead. If you know the truth about what is going on and that Satan comes first, they can't harm you.  I want to insert two verses here. Jesus talking.

Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Remember, this is a battle of the mind. Just what kind of weaponry are we talking about here?

Rev 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

Just like God commanded Satan concerning Job. You can't take his life. I stated earlier we would discover just how much time Satan has here. It's five months. If you ever wondered what God shortened the time to, it is five months.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

See, they are not really locusts at all. They are angels. We, (men and women), are made in the image of God and the angels.

Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

They're kinda soft spoken like a woman, but they are as viscous as a lion. They'll rip your very soul apart, if they can. Satan is after the soul, the inward man. Like God, he's not too interested in the flesh. He's after something more permanent.

Rev 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon[1].

[1] 623. Apolluon, ap-ol-loo'-ohn; act. part. of G622; a destroyer (i.e. Satan);--Apollyon.

Who is their big fearless leader? The Devil. Booted out of Heaven. Him and his angels. I think I should insert five verses here.

2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Cor 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning[1] fall from heaven.

796. astrape, as-trap-ay'; from G797; lightning; by anal. glare:--lightning, bright shining.

797. astrapto, as-trap'-to; prob. from G792; to flash as lightning:--lighten, shine.

792. aster, as-tare'; prob. from the base of G4766; a star (as strown over the sky), lit. or fig.:--star.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Is it beginning to make a little more sense?

Rev 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Rev 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Rev 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Rev 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Rev 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Sounds bad? What comes out of someone's mouth? Words. In this case lying words.

Rev 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries[1], nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

[1] 5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.

5332. pharmakeus, far-mak-yoos'; from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extens.) a magician:--sorcerer.

Doesn't it sound like this generation. A pill for everything. Legal or illegal.

The ninth chapter covers six of the seven trumpets. Now the seventh means it's all over. It is talked about in Revelation 11:15.

What kind of weaponry will be used in this battle? Well for the bad ole boys let's go to Revelation chapter thirteen.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Now let's go to 2nd Thessalonians, chapter two.

2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2 Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

2 Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

2 Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2 Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2 Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2 Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2 Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2 Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2 Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

What kind of weapons will Satan use? Miracles, that will be Satan's weapons. Church. It will be the biggest religious event in history. Remember, who is he after? Those closest to God. He wants to pluck God's very elect away, if it be possible.

This battle is written of in the Old Testament. In the book of Joel. Let's read about it.

Joel 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Joel 1:2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

Joel 1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

This is, way yonder, in the future.

Joel 1:4 That which the palmerworm[1] hath left hath the locust[2] eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm[3] eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

[1] 1501. gazam, gaw-zawm'; from an unused root mean. to devour; a kind of locust:--palmer-worm.

[2] 697. 'arbeh, ar-beh'; from H7235; a locust (from its rapid increase):--grasshopper, locust.

[3] 3218. yeleq, yeh'-lek; from an unused root mean. to lick up; a devourer; spec. the young locust:--cankerworm, caterpillar

Note that the palmerworm, the locust, and the cankerworm, are all three the locust. We'll call this the locust army. And here they come. I want you to really take this in. It probably already sounds familiar, from Revelation chapter nine.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

A great people, not locust.

Joel 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

Joel 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

Sound familiar? Remember, supernatural against us.

Joel 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

This army is well trained. They've had lots of time to make sure they get it right.

Joel 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

Joel 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

Compared to us in the flesh, they are really something. But, they can't harm one hair on our head. They can only affect the ones that have not, the seal of God in their forehead.

Joel 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

Joel 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

Joel 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

Joel 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Even though verse 11 indicates that this is God's army, it is certainly on the negative side of His plan. Allowed by God. Headed up by Satan.

Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Joel 2:13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Joel 2:14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Joel 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Joel 2:18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.

Joel 2:19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:

Joel 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.

This is the Russian Army with all Her allies. Read Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.

Joel 2:22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.

Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Joel 2:24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.

Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar[1], and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

2625. chaciyl, khaw-seel'; from H2628; the ravager, i.e. a locust:--caterpillar.

Joel 2:26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

The next few verses describe some of our weapons that will be used in this battle.

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Joel 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.

Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Joel 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

The next verse I think is about the next and last battle. Armageddon.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat[1], and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

[1] 3092. Yehowshaphat, yeh-ho-shaw-fawt'; from H3068 and H8199; Jehovah-judged; Jehoshaphat, the name of six Isr.; also of a valley near Jerus.:--Jehoshaphat. Comp. H3146.

Let's go to the New testament to where it talks about the pouring out of God's spirit.

Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple.

Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

This is described in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. I have chosen the first three verses from Matthew because, it states that this is at the end of this world, (age).

Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!

Mark 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Mark 13:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,

Mark 13:4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?

Mark 13:5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:

Mark 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mark 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.

Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Just as God Himself will fight the battle of Armageddon, the Holy Spirit will stand in for us. God will not let us down. This will be the true speaking in tongues as it was on Pentecost Day. This is the time that was spoken of in Joel. Remember, just after the locust army appears, God would pour out his spirit. This will take place while Satan' and his angels are here.

Mark 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.

At this time, the only reason a loved one would turn over another loved one, would be, if they thought Jesus  had arrived, and the loved one said it wasn't Jesus. Out of love, one could be delivered up. Not to die a flesh death, but to try to convert to Satan, (acting like Jesus).

Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Dan 11:31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.

Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Satan will flatter you so much. Try to make you f-e-e-l so good about yourself.

Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

At this time, many will be champions. They'll be delivered up, Standing for The Almighty God. The Holy Spirit speaking through them.

Dan 11:34 Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries.

Dan 11:35 And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

A time of testing like never before.

Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Mark 13:15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:

Mark 13:16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.

The end is almost here. There'll be no need of things for the flesh, where we're going.

Mark 13:17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Satan is coming to impregnate God's people with his doctrine. That's all. It's a war of the mind. the inner you. The Real You.

Mark 13:18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

Satan's time on this earth was shortened to five months. Remember Revelations chapter nine. And also in Revelations twelve, he knows he has but a short time.

Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

If someone has to tell you Christ is here. He isn't here yet. Christ's coming, will make Satan's coming, look like the imitation that it is. But, Satan's coming will be up to par, for deception.

Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Mark 13:23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

After what tribulation? Satan's tribulation. That five month period we just read about in Revelation chapter nine. It is spoken of in Chapter three of Revelation, as the hour of temptation, that comes on the whole world. Will you find Satan Tempting?

Mark 13:25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.

Mark 13:26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

Mark 13:31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

What's the old saying? While the cat's away, the mice will play. Well, Satan and his angels are the mice. Satan will be here first.

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Big Daddy's coming home. And boy, is He mad. Not at us. Satan and his crew.

Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

What will be our defense?

Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

We will have two, that will help us, and they'll no doubt be talking against Satan and his angels. The two witnesses written about in Revelations chapter eleven. Start reading at verse three. Read the whole chapter. As Satan's five months go on, with him trying to gain the confidence of  God's very elect, and along with the two witnesses, the ones delivered up, and the Holy Spirit talking through them, instructing many, as it tells in Daniel. Satan starts to see his plan fall apart. Then he does something to really blow his cover. He murders the two witnesses. Their dead bodies lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three and one half days. Read all of Revelation chapter eleven. My thoughts are, sometime during that three and one half days, God allows Satan to bring down that Northern Army against Israel. (Israel, the little nation in the Middle East, and the United States). This is the battle of Armageddon. It probably wont last one hour. Maybe less. The battle we have been studying about last five months. The length of time Satan and his angels are here.

Who will win this battle? Those that have the seal of God in their forehead. Make sure you have the seal of God in Your forehead, (your brain). Just knowing that Satan comes first, enables you to stand in that day. Knowing your enemy, and how he operates, is a key factor in winning any battle. It will be no different in this one.

Who will be fighting in this battle? Satan, his angels, you and I, the two witnesses, and THE HOLY SPIRIT. When will this battle take place? Just prior to the last battle, the battle of Armageddon, and the coming of Christ. Where will this battle take place? Right here on this earth. With Satan and his angels, against little ole you and me.

I have another work, I think would be a good study to go along with this one. It is called. Satan Worship.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And I think after this little study, we should realize just how important it is to study.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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