The European Union seems to lurch from crisis to crisis. It is either political or financial. The trouble of the European Union is because is made up of 27 nations who all operate with the same currency.Some countries (led by Poland) are asking for power to be returned to the nation state. Others (led by Germany) are saying that the European Union needs more powers. The Bible is clear that 10 nations will emerge from a divided EU to come together as one “empire”-a revived Holy Roman Empire. The beast of Revelation 17 will emerge…
The beast you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up from the abyss and then go to destruction. The inhabitants of the earth — all those whose names have not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world — will be astounded when they see that the beast was, and is not, but is to come.
We have seen unparalleled historic events – most notably the massive political & social upheaval in the Middle East called the Arab Spring in 2011. With the ‘ Arab Spring ‘overthrowing longstanding governments & dictatorships in Egypt , Libya ) & casting others into chaotic civil wars ( Syria , Yemen. In 2013 , the saw the emergence of the brutal terrorist group ISIS now called the Islamic State which has further escalated the violence , bloodshed & suffering in this troubled region.
These events are the prelude to the final global conflict , long prophesied in the Bible & centered around God’s people , the tiny nation of Israel.
Revelation 16:12-16 Euphrates & the water thereof was dried up , that ‘ the way ‘ of the kings OF THE EAST [ Middle East ” ISIS who come from the East of Israel” might be prepared. IS are on the East bank of the Euphrates; the river is as it were holding back IS from advancing Westwards into the land promised to Israel. But that restraint is now being lifted.
STAGE 2 – Political Uprising in Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean ‘ SPIRITS ‘ like frogs come out of the mouth of THE DRAGON [ Russia & Iran ] & out of the mouth of THE BEAST [The Islamic State]
STAGE 3 – Global Revolution in Revelation 16:14 For they are the ‘ spirits ‘ of devils [ Spirit of Revolution] working ‘ miracles ‘ which go forth unto the kings of the Earth & of The whole world [Protests and Revolution to gather them to the battle of that Great Day of God Almighty].
Now I am going to attempt to demonstrate the 3 key stages of the 40 years War of Armageddon. In effect there are 3 separate conflicts centred in Israel / Jerusalem. The 3 conflicts or wars are separated by short periods of time. But they are 3 stages of the same war. The judgement of the world.
Stage 1 (4) is a war with Israel’s nearby nations. The very people mentioned in Psalm 83. Following Israel’s victory there is a temporary time of peace.
Stage 2 (5) is a war with Israel’s wider enemies eg Russia, Iran, Turkey see Ezekiel 38
The Stages 1 and 2 must happen within a 10 year period
Stage 3 (6) is a war is a religious war and is centred on Jerusalem – this war is with Rome and Europe 30 years.
This is the second stage. It is detailed in Zechariah 14 chapter.
The Zechariah 12:3 Moreover, on that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy burden for all the nations, and all who try to carry it will be seriously injured; yet all the peoples of the earth will be assembled against it.
This verse sounds more encompassing but this is speaking of the broader second stage of the conflict – it is saying that Jerusalem WILL become a heavy burden for the world. And it does of course eventually become this.
Please note that there is No specific mention at all of neighbouring nations or people in Zechariah 14 chapter.It begins with verse 2 which says All Nations are gathered against Jerusalem.
We also note that verse 1 gives the reason for the invasion… “Thy SPOIL shall be divided in the midst of thee” Why are we told the nations have come to take a spoil?
This is surely a reference to Ezekiel 38 v 11-12 “I will …take a spoil and take a prey” Whereas in Zechariah 12 chapter Jerusalem survives the onslaught in Chapter 14 it most certainly does not. We read it in verse 2!
The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city.”
Jerusalem is in ruins – the city has fallen to the invading Russian army. This is a totally different war to Chapter 12 where Jerusalem does not fall.
Finally Zechariah 14:5 says there is the great earthquake we have a great earthquake in Zechariah 14 chapter.This surely also links to the great earthquake of Ezekiel 38 when Russia is destroyed.
And then when this second stage of the judgement is complete Christ is established as King in Jerusalem. Zechariah 14:9
There is of course one last conflict – Stage 1 (4) was a war with Israel’s nearby nations. They have been dealt with in Zechariah 12 chapter.Their motive was revenge for Israel living in what they thought was their land.
Then Israel’s wider enemies have been dealt with in Zechariah 14 chapter.Their motive was riches / spoil. This is speaking of the nations discribed in Ezekiel 38 chapter.
But there is a final war. A religious war. This war is led by the Papacy against Christ and the saints. Please note there is NO MENTION of a religious aspect to the war of Zechariah 14 chapter.It is about spoil.
The final war is recorded in Revelation 17 chapter.The Rome joins with Europe attack Christ and the saints when they are established in Jerusalem.
The false prophet and the beast are destroyed Never to appear again. The kingdom is now at peace.
The world is now subdued under the rulership of Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – and his saints.