Armageddon—God’s War to End All Wars

Armageddon—God’s War to End All Wars

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#1 Jan 1, 2012
WHAT IS ARMAGEDDON?
Armageddon—God’s War to End All Wars

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“The War to End All Wars”
Armageddon—God’s War to End All Wars
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“They hold it atrocious to kill a fellow creature; therefore, war is in their eyes incomprehensible and repulsive, a thing for which their language has no word.”
—DESCRIPTION OF THE INUIT PEOPLE OF GREENLAND BY NORWEGIAN EXPLORER FRIDTJOF NANSEN IN 1888.

WHO would not love to live in a society where war was “incomprehensible and repulsive”? Who does not long for a world where even the word for war does not exist because warfare is unknown? Such a world may sound far-fetched, especially if we put our hope in humans to bring it about.

However, in the prophecy of Isaiah, God himself promises to bring such a world into existence:“They will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.”—Isaiah 2:4.

Clearly, the world today with its 20 million soldiers on active duty and some 20 wars currently raging would have to change enormously for this promise to be fulfilled. Not surprisingly, the almighty God, Jehovah, would have to intervene in human affairs. This intervention on Jehovah’s part culminates in what the Bible calls Armageddon.—Revelation 16:14, 16.

Although the word “Armageddon” has in recent years been used to signify a worldwide nuclear conflagration, one dictionary describes the principal meaning of the word this way:“The place of a great and final conflict between the forces of good and evil.” Will good ever conquer evil, or is such a battle the stuff of fantasy?

God’s intervention in human affairs is called Armageddon
We can take heart by noting that the Bible repeatedly speaks of an end to wickedness.“The sinners will be finished off from the earth,” the psalmist foretells.“As for the wicked, they will be no longer.”(Psalm 104:35)“The upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it,” says the book of Proverbs.“As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.”—Proverbs 2:21, 22.

The Bible also makes clear that the wicked will not relinquish their power peacefully; hence the need for a conclusive act of God that eliminates all evil, including the evil of war.(Psalm 2:2) The name that the Bible assigns to this unique conflict, Armageddon, is highly significant.

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