Gathering the Nations for Armageddon
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, through all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” – (Zech.12:2,3).
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh…For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle…Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle” – (Zech.14:1-3).
“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel…” – (Joel 3:2).
“Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy” – (Zeph.3:8).
“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. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” – (Rev.16:14,16).
The Bible prophesies that in the end times the whole world will be united against Israel under Antichrist at the battle of Armageddon. There will be a United Nations force made up of all nations of the world gathered together against Israel to annihilate her. The Bible calls this “the gathering of the nations,” and unknown to the nations, it is God that gathers them in order for Him to pour out His wrath upon them. God gathers the chaff of His human harvest in bundles to burn them up. The whole world shall burn up as the battle of Armageddon ignites a worldwide nuclear holocaust – (Zeph.3:8 and 2 Pet.3:10).
Already the Arab nations have gathered together their armies to try to annihilate Israel several times since they became a nation in 1948. The U.N. continues to vote almost 100% against Israel. Politically and spiritually, the nations have already gathered against Israel. We await the gathering of all the Gentile armies against Israel by Antichrist at Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation which is soon to begin. The U.N. will cast the bal-lot (Pur) against the Jews to exterminate them like they did with Haman – (Es.3:7).
But first there must be a ‘gathering of the Jews’ back to Israel from the Gentile nations of the world where God had scattered and dispersed (Diaspora) them for their wickedness, unbelief, and complicity in the crucifixion of God’s innocent Son. They were dispersed in A.D. 70 when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman Titus’s army and after 1900 years God started gathering them back home in 1948 and continues today in 2008. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left… And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” – (Is.11:11,12). The ensign is the flag of the Star of David of Israel.
Many scriptures clearly prophesy that the gathering of Israel in her ancient homeland occurs just before King Jesus is ready to return. Christ returns with all of His saved, born again saints at Armageddon as His army from heaven to save Israel from Antichrist and the armies of the world – (Zech.14:3). “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken… And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” – (Rev.19:16,20,21). The Antichrist’s armies are not only gathered against Israel but gathered together to prevent the return of King Jesus, King of the Jews.
Jerusalem, the city of peace, has indeed become a “cup of trembling and a burdensome stone” for all nations. The eyes of the world are upon Jerusalem as it holds the key to world peace. But it will not have true peace under Antichrist, but under the true Christ when He returns as the Prince of Peace – (Is.9:6,7) to defeat the usurper of His emperor’s throne, the Antichrist-Beast. Only God’s Word alone could have prophesied this that is fast being fulfilled today.
God allows Satan and his evil spirits to help Antichrist and the False Prophet to gather the armies of the world against Israel. It is written – “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.16:13). God lifts the mask off Satan and shows us the real power behind the rulers of the nations. It is unclean spirits or spirits of devils that work behind the scenes doing miracles to cause the kings of the earth to gather together against Israel. These evil spirits are likened to frogs coming out of the mouths of Satan and his two beasts, Antichrist and the False Prophet. They have frogs in their throats, hoarse voices, as they speak and all the evil spirits hasten to make the miracles happen. They produce miracles through the power of Satan, thus convincing the rulers of the earth that the Beast is God and so they commit their armies to join the Beast at Armageddon. The two beasts are the two most contemptible ‘toads’ ever on planet earth. Here we see the ‘holy father’ Pope and the Antichrist, the son of perdition, and the evil spirit, the counterfeit unholy trinity that the unsaved world loves. The next pope may be a black pope who joins with Obama, our black President.
The Beast and False Prophet have frog-mouths of Satan as they blaspheme God and work Satanic Miracles – (Rev 13:14 – 2 Th.2:9). They cause multiplied millions of people to ‘croak’ and die worldwide at Armageddon. They have mouths like the Serpent-Satan, poisonous frog mouths – (Deadly poisons come from frogs). “But the tongue can no tame: it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” – (Jam.3:8). They are two great orators, two evil and violent men, who sharpen their tongues to convince the world to go to war and annihilate Israel. “Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man: Which imagine mischief in their heart: continually are they gathered together for war. They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders poison is under their lips” – (Ps.140:1-3).
The armies of Antichrist will no doubt use ‘amphibious warfare’ against Israel. They will invade Israel with coordinated action of land, sea, and air forces, even using ‘frogman’ under water, imitating the amphibious frog. This time of the great gathering of all the nation’s armies at Armageddon comes soon.
Yes, God is getting ready to reap His harvest of human fruit, and He’s gathering the wicked, unsaved chaff together to burn them, but His wheat (saved people) He will gather together in the rapture before that time – (Rev.14:14-20 – Mt.3:12). As it is written of Armageddon – “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” – (2 Pet.3:10). The earth will burn like a ‘toadstool’ or poisonous mushroom cloud in a nuclear holocaust. The elements (plutonium, uranium, tritium) shall melt with a very, very, fervent heat.
“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle” – (Zech.14:2). The nations believe that they are acting on their own initiative, but the hand of God is behind it to judge them. All discussions over Israel, the endless negotiations, the futile search for peace, the Mideast peace covenant brokered by Antichrist, will end in failure with bitter hatred against Israel. Then only one option will remain: Israel must be eradicated by the world’s armies as they besiege Israel in a military blockade.
The Philistines lived in Canaan in the Gaza strip. The possessed five main cities there: Gaza, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath. They were always Israel’s most persistent enemies, particularly because they lived in the midst of Israel. Today the name has changed to Palestinians but they’re still the same enemy of Israel in the Gaza strip. When Armageddon comes, Israel will have to fight a simultaneous war against an enemy from without and from within. But the siege against Israel will not succeed like the Roman siege by Titus in Ad 70.
But today we are still living in the day of God’s grace – “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” – (2 Pet.3:9). Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and become a newborn creature in Christ and saved from hell. Go to Christ on the tree-cross and get born again and produce good Holy Spirit fruit. “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” – (Mt.7:19).
Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You become a new man, a new creature in Christ and the old man dies spiritually with Christ on the cross – “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). O do not spurn the love and grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross or the wrath of God abideth on you. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36).
Pastor Mike Storti
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