“Let the nations arouse themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the surrounding nations.”
The beast of the sea and the beast of the land is awakening and the Antichrist is gathering his troops, the nations of the whole world against the cause and person of Christ. God is directing all the proceedings and empowering the nations to have the motivation against the Lord Jesus. They have hardened their hearts against the Lord and now they find they cannot go back, because God has irrevocably hardened them. They are compelled to go to that Valley of Jehoshaphat to face the wrath of the Lord and the ignominy of total rout.
This will be the demonstration of the final outcome of the rejection of the nations of the world of the Lord Jesus Christ. The folly of the human way will be seen to be what it is and will find they can do nothing but bow their knees in force to the Lord of the Universe. The Lord Jesus will have ceased to be the Saviour of the world and will now be its judge. The sentence will be passed. It will be immediate and thorough, for all flesh will die and the carrion birds will pick the flesh off the bodies.
There will be no fighting for the saints of God, for Christ will despatch the sentence from His own mouth and His word will not fail.
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and tell Gog, Thus says the Lord God: In that day when my people Israel dwells securely, shall you not know it? You shall come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you, and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army; and you shall come up against my people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land: it shall happen in the latter days, that I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when I shall be sanctified in you, Gog, before their eyes.”
God will bring up the forces of evil against His holy people and they will fail. They may come as a mighty army with great intimidation and seeming force, but it will not succeed. The prophet Ezekiel has prophecied this end for the people of earth – all who hate God and refuse Him. God will gain all the glory and honour at this great event and his purposes will finally be seen and known. The LORD will be sanctified before all the human race and all will know that He alone is the Lord.
“At the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass through… But news out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him; and he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to sweep away many. He shall plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”
At this point there is no hope for the wicked. But we have not reached this point as yet. There is still a door of mercy in Christ that is open to all who repent and believe. The offer of mercy still stands, who would pass it over?