“Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains do they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devours the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.”
The armies of the locusts are ready to descend and destroy. We can hear the noise of them, the chariots on the tops of the hills, clanging and champing to be away into the fight. Then roar of the wheels as they descend with such vigour into the valley of death. Such will be the situation in that last battle against the Lord and His anointed king, the Lord Jesus Christ. The chariots will leap with the vehemence of the hatred against God and His people, but to no avail.
The sound will be like the roar of fire as it takes hold of the dry wasteland and devours all ahead of it. The fire will flame out into the country and leap and crackle until all is consumed. These pictures are very powerful for we can relate to them in our lives. If we have seen great fire then we will know how it takes hold and incinerates the whole edifice of a building. The flames leap and crash and roar until nothing is left. Once it takes hold, nothing or no one can stop it.
We have another picture of a great people, strong and mighty to fight in the battle and arrayed as a huge army on the tops of the hills ready for the word to advance. They are kitted out with armour and armaments and are ready for the fight to the death. They are cruel and filled with hate. They will destroy just for the sake of doing it and are set in full battle array against the people of God. We will see them one day soon, and will be also arrayed with the Lord Jesus in robes of white on white horses of the saints of God.
There will be no fighting, nor do the people of God carry weapons. Christ on the white charger will destroy them all with the Word from his mouth. The enemies of Christ can never stand against Him nor succeed.
“The beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who worked the signs in his sight, with which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. The rest were killed with the sword of him who sat on the horse, the sword which came forth out of his mouth. All the birds were filled with their flesh.”
No matter how destructive the enemies might seem to us, they can never touch us or steal the glory of the people of God. We ensure we are on the side of the right armies, the Army of the Lord of Hosts…