People might consider looking into ancient text as being some dumb old stale old pointless exercise and sometimes even people who do look into ancient text might find themselves thinking and feeling the same but when you consider the words of Jesus when he said, “For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” (Luke 10:24) then you might see things differently and realise that the words must to be coming from somewhere deep and powerful and they must have some special meaning to them. So herein lays the big question that some people ask: So how does someone like me get something out of these words? Well, another profound thing that Jesus said was…
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)
So people see this point of view as a kind of an angle into the words of Jesus because they find that when they talk about the words of Jesus with each other that they then make the spiritual connection to the words and therefore to Jesus Himself because He also said,
“It is the spirit that quickeneth (makes alive); … the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63)
They are spirit and life and therefore they are His life and His Spirit so we get to know Jesus the same way we get to know each other, by our words and by the strength of feeling in those words and the strength of feeling in Jesus’ words are stronger than we can ever begin to imagine and so His words should not be taken lightly. For instance, Jesus once said to his disciples when speaking of his resurrection, “…because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19) So Jesus was going to die and come back to life and so here He is in effect saying, “what’s good for Me will also be good for you” and herein lies a beautiful promise because one day “…this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:53) or in other words, this body of ours that will one-day die and decay (corruptible) will somehow or other be made new again and this mortal that is destined to die will one-day change and become immortal (put on immortality).
So we read and hear of Jesus who came back to life after His death and you might be tempted to think, “well, that’s alright for him but what about us lesser mortals?” But no, Jesus as good as said, what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander, what’s good for Him will also be good for us because one day He,
“…shall change our vile body, that it might be fashioned like unto his glorious body.” (Philippians 3:21)
Jesus also promised that He would return to this earth and that’s when this (our resurrection) will take place.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we that are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17)
When Jesus whilst on earth said His last goodbye to His disciples they saw Him go up into the air and into a cloud, so again, what’s good for Him will also be good for us because we shall meet the Lord in the air for,
“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,…and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” (Revelation 1:7)
Part of their wailing will no-doubt be because they will see who they have rejected but those who have chosen not to reject Him
“…shall be caught up together with them (other departed saints) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
And then we all fly off to what’s called the Marriage supper of the Lamb and no-doubt the world will be left dumbfounded by all of this because people have mocked and laughed at such an event for years and years and they were no-doubt all convinced that all of this was just a fairy-tale until it actually happens so what will they all do? They will do as they always do, they will no-doubt mock-on and blaspheme God’s name and try to save the world economy whilst they argue and fight wars over the middle east but this time round they might feel that they need to weaponise space in case Jesus and the saints return.
Time goes by and they gather in a place called Armageddon (in the middle east). St John who wrote the book of Revelation said that he,
“…saw the beast (Antichrist), and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gather together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” (Revelation 19:19)
So it turns out that Jesus and His saints do return but this time they are all riding white horses because John goes on to say,
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes are as a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16)
So this is what they mean when they talk of the battle of Armageddon, it turns out that it’s the final war between good and evil, a war in which Jesus and His saints finally win, a kind of a war to end all wars, well at least for a thousand years because after winning this war Jesus and His saints of all ages set up the Kingdom of God on earth and they
“…shall rule and reign with him a thousand years.” (Rev 20:6)