Wicked Prepare to Attack the New Jerusalem
. . . shall go out to deceive the nations . . . to gather them together to
battle. Rev. 20:7, 8.
In that vast throng are multitudes of the long-lived race that existed before
the Flood; men of lofty stature and giant intellect, who, yielding to the
control of fallen angels, devoted all their skill and knowledge to the exaltation
of themselves; men whose wonderful works of art led the world to idolize their
genius, but whose cruelty and evil inventions, defiling the earth and defacing
the image of God, caused Him to blot them from the face of His creation. There
are kings and generals who conquered nations, valiant men who never lost a
battle, proud, ambitious warriors whose approach made kingdoms tremble. In
death these experienced no change. As they come up from the grave, they resume
the current of their thoughts just where it ceased. They are actuated by the
same desire to conquer that ruled them when they fell.
with his angels, and then with these kings and conquerors and mighty men.
They look upon the strength and numbers on their side, and declare that the
army within the city is small in comparison with theirs, and that it can be
overcome. They lay their plans to take possession of the riches and glory
of the New Jerusalem. All immediately begin to prepare for battle. Skillful
artisans construct implements of war. Military leaders, famed for their success,
marshal the throngs of warlike men into companies and divisions.
the order to advance is given, and the countless host moves on--an army such
as was never summoned by earthly conquerors, such as the combined forces of
all ages since war began on earth could never equal. Satan, the mightiest
of warriors, leads the van, and his angels unite their forces for this final
struggle. Kings and warriors are in his train, and the multitudes follow in
vast companies, each under its appointed leader. With military precision the
serried ranks advance over the earth's broken and uneven surface to the City
of God. By command of Jesus, the gates of the New Jerusalem are closed, and
the armies of Satan surround the city and make ready for the onset.
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