“I will gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will execute judgment on them there for my people, and for my heritage, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations. They have divided my land,”
The end game for the rebels against the holy God will be played out at the end of all history. The people of God will be vindicated, but the enemies of Christ will be destroyed by Him. There will be the spectre of a dark dawn that will slide swiftly over the landscape and destroy all in its path. The day of the Lord will come as a day of reckoning to those who refuse His overtures of mercy. It could not be a more gloomy prospect and our ministry of warning must not be silent.
It is described as a day of darkness, gloominess, clouds and thick darkness as the forces of evil muster their last push against the almighty. Such is the blindness of futility and the folly of those who reject God. This last great army will be like no other in number and sheer force of human and demonic power. They will meet for the battle of Armageddon in the valley of Jehoshaphat, like the mighty troops of the billions of locusts that have militated against Israel in the prophet Joel’s time. They will gather but not a blow will be struck, for Christ will return with His hosts and put a final end to all aggravation and rebellion against God. There has never been a day like this in human history, nor will there be another one in any of the generations.
Just like this threat of the locusts and the desperation that they wreck on the land, it will go down in history as the greatest battle, but it will also be a non-event.
“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.”
The Lord Himself will wreck havoc and death on those who are His enemies and there will be a retribution never seen before. The door of mercy will be forever shut and there will be no more opportunity to repent. The saints of God will not be involved in the conflict for the battle is the Lord’s and He will overcome all His enemies in his own power.
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle; but victory is with the LORD.”