The conflict will proceed with Israel retreating toward its capital; Jerusalem. After days of exhausting battle, Israel will make her last stand within the walls of Jerusalem. In spite of heroic efforts by the Israeli soldiers, the Jewish people will find themselves facing defeat by the armies of the Antichrist.
It is at this time that the Seventh and Last Trumpet will sound! Jesus Christ will return to gather the elect from the earth (Matthew 24:29-31), have the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and go with His saints to fight on behalf of Israel at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19).
During the Battle of Armageddon, the Seventh Vial will be poured out upon the earth. This will result in great hailstones being rained upon those armies that have come down to fight against Israel at Armageddon.
Zechariah 14:4 tells us that Jesus will place His feet on the Mount of Olives just outside of Jerusalem when He comes to the earth. When this happens, there will be a huge earthquake that splits the Mount of Olives in two, killing seven thousand people in the City of Jerusalem.
When Jesus touches down on the Mount of Olives, all of Israel will rush out to meet Him. When they bow before their Messiah, they will notice the nail scars in His hands and feet. They will realize He is Jesus and will receive Him as their Lord and their God. (Zechariah 12:10 and 13:6). Scripture tells us that all of Israel will be saved at this time (Romans 11:25-26).
At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, He will appear as a loving, merciful savior to those who have obeyed His Word and allowed Him to be the Lord of their lives. But, to those who did not obey His Word and receive Him as Lord, He will return in vengeful flaming fire to execute judgment!
True religion is God’s method of saving the world. False religion is the most effective way of leading people away from the truth. That’s why God devotes two entire chapters of the Book of Revelation, detailing the horrible judgments that God will pour out upon the False Prophet and his false religious system. The same global earthquake that kills 7,000 in Jerusalem will completely destroy the “City of Seven Hills”–Rome (Revelation 16:19 & 17:9). Describing the destruction of Rome in Revelation 18:8, the scripture states, “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”
It is also at the Battle of Armageddon, when God will tear down the world governing system of the Antichrist. This is the same socialistic, godless entity that will have implemented the Mark of the Beast and caused so many to turn from God towards a humanistic solution to solve the problems of the world. It will be the end of human government on earth, and the ushering in of the Kingdom of God (Daniel 7:9).
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