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Antichrist's Army

In Prophecy Update Number 37, I stopped the exposition of Ezekiel, which began months ago at Ezekiel 37:1, with 39:5. The update ended with the statement” “I assure you that by the end of the tribulation period, we will have seen how puny what we have developed is in comparison to God’s mighty arsenal.” Ezekiel 39:17-20 describes the aftermath produced by this mighty arsenal in God’s destruction of the Antichrist’s army.
Ezekiel 39:17-20 -- [17] And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. [18] Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. [19] And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. [20] Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God.
Verse 17 issues an open invitation by God to all wildlife to come and dine upon the bodies of the corpses left by His great geologic holocaust.
Verses 18-20 describe the massive sacrifice God has prepared in gory detail. Less than 17% of Gog’s army will limp home. The great slaughter of the Antichrist’s army is certainly not an isolated theme, and it is worth reading other narratives that deal with it. Some of these descriptions follow:
Revelation 19:17-19 -- [17] And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; [18] That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. [19] And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
Joel 3:12-14 -- [12] Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. [13] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. [14] Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
Zechariah 14:12 -- [12] And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
Revelation 14:17-20 -- [17] And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. [18] And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. [19] And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. [20] And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
Isaiah 34:1-3 -- [1] Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. [2] For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. [3] Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
Jeremiah 25:33 -- [33] And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
To many readers the horror of these verses has long been glossed over in their hearts as a thing of the distant future. Those who have lived in the ages before us have had the luxury of reasonably assuming that his would not occur in their century. We would be very foolish and unreasonable to make such an assumption in this century. All the prophecies of the age of the Gentiles are on the verge of being completely fulfilled, and the geologic, economic, and political, and religious structure of our planet and society are fully ripe for the beginning of the War of Gog and Magog within the next eight years. Soon this conflict will be history, and Jesus Christ will reign as King of kings on this earth.
I am not at all concerned about this current punishment of the Islamic terrorists in Arab countries leading to an immediate worldwide war. It will not! Instead, it will lead to a false peace between Israel, Syria, and the Palestinians, which most of the Arab nations will supposedly honor. But, after a brief period of what seems to be a genuine peace, the Antichrist will launch a vicious blitzkrieg attack from the north, and Israel will flee into the Negev Wilderness, where she will remain for some three and one-half years.
I Thessalonians 5:3,4 -- [3] For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Daniel 11:41 -- [41] He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
Zechariah 13:8 to 14:2 -- [8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. [1] Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Revelation 12:6 -- [6] And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.