End Time Biblical Prophecy Revealed
By Thomas Taylor
Part 8 – The Second Installment of the Coming of the Lord
The Lord began the first installment of His coming when He returned to resurrect/rapture His saints around the time of the Sixth Seal and the Seventh Trumpet before the wrath of God was poured out. Jesus begins the wrath of God by His coming which is called the Day of the Lord. This time period is unknown in its exact duration. After the rapture of the Church and the Judgment Seat of Christ, all in the second Heaven will leave to visit the third Heaven of God’s Throne at which time we’ll do the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. After which we return in the second installment of the Coming of the Lord. During this one, He comes with ALL His angels and All His saints. We will touch down on the Earth and rule with Him for the next 1,000 years.
Amo 5:16 – 20 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentation to wailing. And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Rev 16:12 – 16 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. 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. 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 . Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon .
The word Armageddon is only used in this verse in the book of Revelation. However, it is referring to a place called Meggido in the Old Testament. We often refer to Armageddon as an event, which is fine, but the Bible only describes it as a place. Many talk about Armageddon as the end of the world. In part, that is true; it is the end of the world as we currently know it for it will usher in the reign of the Lord Jesus Christ over the entire earth forever.
We see from the verses above that the kings of the earth, under the influence of the spirit of the devil, the spirit of the antichrist, and the spirit of the false prophet, will gather armies together in the valley of Meggido (Armageddon). It is a place of great slaughter for the wicked. Various battles in the Old Testament took place here like the battle of Barak over Canaan and Gideon over Midian.
The purpose of these armies will be to fight against the Lord Jesus Christ. They will be deceived into believing they are doing the right thing.
Joe 3:10 – 16 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat : for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion , and utter his voice from Jerusalem ; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel .
Rev 19:19, 21 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 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.
What amazes me is that these kings of the earth and men will have the audacity to fight against God…with physical weapons! Do they not realize that physical weapons of war will have no power verses the Almighty God? Of course they will be quickly defeated. Many that are in close proximity to the Lord’s coming will die in consuming heat before their bodies even hit the ground. Those that survive His arrival will be slain with the sword.
Zec 14:1 – 3 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh , and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
Once Jerusalem is attacked and almost half-way demolished from the nations under the power of the Antichrist, “then” shall the Lord come and destroy those nations that are enemies to God.
Zec 14:4 – 8 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives , which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee . And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem ; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be
This Scripture shows us exactly where the Lord will return which will be the Mount of Olives (Act 1:11,12). His very presence will cut the mountain in two. The rift will run east to west causing the mountain to split toward the north and south. Notice when He comes this time ALL saints will be with Him.
Zec 14:12 – 15 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth . And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor. And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem ; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
Some say that this sounds like an atomic bomb. However, it seems that only the enemies of God are destroyed while the Jews in Jerusalem are saved. How could God do that? I do not know but possibly they will hide like it says in Isaiah 2:10, “ Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.”
Psa 97:3 – 8 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about. His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
The presence of the Lord is a terror to the enemies of God. Judgment is a fearful word to the godless. However, notice that judgment is a very good word to the people of God! Christians and those that love God should never fear judgment because it is the time when all the wrongs on the earth will be made right. All of the injustices will be judged justly. And the servants of God will receive a great reward! The earth will be ours and we will rule and reign with Jesus!
Rev 20:1, 2 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
2Th 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:
Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
When the armies of men gather to fight God at Armageddon they will be utterly destroyed. The Lord’s coming will annihilate all the enemies of God in one instance. Armageddon will be the place where Christ also defeats the devil, the antichrist, and the false prophet. The devil will be bound for 1,000 years. The antichrist and the false prophet will be thrown into the Lake of Fire . Then we look forward to a one thousand year reign of peace on earth through the Lord Jesus Christ in the devil’s absence.
The Judgment of the Nations
Mat 25:31 – 34 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him , then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats : And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
We have pointed out that when the Lord comes He will bring all of His saints. This verse shows us that He will also bring all of His angels as well. After He destroys utterly those men that came to fight Him at Armageddon, Jesus will sit upon His throne and judge the nations of the world. This will not be a judgment against individual people but against nations as a whole. The “sheep nations” will receive reward and the “goat nations” will be destroyed. What determines whether they receive blessings or destruction is how they treated the people of God, whether it was the Christians, the Jews, or the poor and destitute. Just thinking of how many nations hate the Jews currently makes me realize that there will be many “goat nations”.