Nature of the Final Battle
Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation.
At His own will God summons the forces of nature to overthrow the might of
His enemies--"fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling
his word." Psalm 148:8. When the heathen Amorites had set themselves
to resist His purposes, God interposed, casting down "great stones from
heaven" upon the enemies of Israel. We are told of a greater battle to
take place in the closing scenes of earth's history, when Jehovah "hath
opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation."
Jeremiah 50:25. "Hast thou," he inquires, "entered into the
treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which
I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and
war?" Job 38:22, 23.
describes the destruction that is to take place when the "great voice
out of the temple of heaven" announces, "It is done." He says,
"There fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the
weight of a talent." Revelation 16:17, 21.
last scenes of this earth's history, war will rage.
of evil will not yield up the conflict without a struggle. But Providence
has a part to act in the battle of Armageddon.
of the Lord's host will stand at the head of the angels of heaven to direct
He on whose
vesture is written the name, King of kings and Lord of lords, leads forth
the armies of heaven on white horses, clothed in fine linen, clean and white.
shall come to the earth again, He will shake "not the earth only, but
also heaven." "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard,
and shall be removed like a cottage." "The heavens shall be rolled
together as a scroll"; "the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." But
"the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children
of Israel." Heb. 12:26; Isa. 24:20; 34:4; 2 Peter 3:10; Joel 3:16.
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