In A.D.69, the time was near.
John got this revelation from God about A.D.69 before
the temple was destroyed. Every prophecy in Revelation would shortly take
Armageddon in Our Future
While this doctrine of an end time in the generation of the apostles is
reinforced throughout the New Testament, an end time in a future to our
generation is never suggested. We do not live in the end time. Jesus and
the Apostles did. It's doctrine. Jesus was not confused. We are. A future
Armageddon is myth.
When: Soon after A.D.69 when
Revelation was written. Before A.D. 116 when Trajan went to Babylon and
found nothing but "mounds and stones and ruins" (Dio's Rome, Dio Cassius,
LXVIII.30) Armageddon was the sixth bowl judgment and the destruction of
Babylon was the seventh bowl judgment (Rv.16)
Where: West of the Euphrates
in a place called Har-Magedon 2000 years ago.
Who: The kings from the East
(Parthia) and the kings from the whole "habitable world". The Roman Empire
and adjacent nations were defined as the "habitable earth" 2000 yeas
ago. Lands beyond that were called "inhabitable earth." The kings
from the Roman Empire, Parthia in the East, and kings from North and South
of the Empire gathered for war on the great day of God the Almighty.
Why: God's wrath on the "habitable
earth." (The Roman Empire and adjacent lands.)
What: The bowls of God's
wrath were His last judgments on the habitable earth. They included painful
sores, every living thing in the sea died, the rivers and springs became
blood, intense heat from the sun, the kingdom of the beast was plunged
into darkness, the kings gathered for battle in a place called Armageddon,
and God would pour out His wrath on the great ancient city of Babylon.
Babylon would be consumed by fire and thrown down never to be found again.
The beast and kings of the earth and their armies gathered to make war
with a rider on a white horse and armies of heaven following him. The rider's
name was "Word of God." The armies of the kings of the earth were all killed
and the beast and false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire
burning with brimstone.
This is the history of the biblical Armageddon
nearly 2000 years ago.
Armageddon today is Myth!
Some of you may ask why these
events were not recorded in history books. Some were. But most history
of the A.D. 70's and 80's is missing. For the best detailed information
of conspicuous missing Roman history after A.D. 70, refer to Chapter 6
in Prophecy Paradox: the Case for a First
Century End Time.