Before we try to determine the identity of the "kings of the east" and what it means to "dry up the river Euphrates," we must understand more clearly what armageddon really involves. The scriptures picture it as the final decisive struggle which climaxes the age-long war between Christ and Satan. The entire world is involved because good and evil people are scattered among all nations of the earth. Armageddon represents the all-out effort of Satan to destroy the people who dare to obey God in the face of threatened torture and death. Armageddon is but the climax of a 6,000-year program by Satan to keep god's people from being saved. As the adversary, whose self-seeking caused him to be cast out of heaven, Satan declared his purpose to overthrow God and take over His universal government. Listen to his boast: "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." [ ISA 14:13,14 ] ...I will ...I will ...I will. This incredible claim of Satan exposes the heart of his plan to set himself up in place of God. To subvert the worship of God's subjects to himself it would seem both natural and necessary for Satan to build his appeal around religion. Working in the guise of counterfeit religious systems and false worship, he has woven a clever composite of truth and error down through the ages. His masterpiece of deception will occur at the end-time when he works through the beast power to enforce a mark of loyalty on every person. Those who refuse the mark will be sentenced to death, and thus, the final obstacle will be removed for Satan to claim all creation as his followers. So reads the blueprint of Satan's strategy.
Previous: THE TWO BABYLONS Next: GOD DWELLS IN ZION (Believe) Religion Page KJV Bible