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Wordsworth on the battle of Armageddon

September 10, 2013 1 comment

The following is a commentary by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885) on some of the Scriptures describing a great spiritual conflict at the end of the age.

Christopher Wordsworth, Lectures on the Apocalypse: critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge (1852) pp. 378-417.

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Christopher Wordsworth on Armageddon

March 7, 2012 Comments off

The following is a discussion of the significance of Armageddon by Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), adapted from his book: Lectures on the Apocalypse: critical, expository, and practical, delivered before the University of Cambridge (1852), pp. 394-403.

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On the meaning of Armageddon

March 6, 2012 Comments off

Under the sixth vial, described in Revelation 16:12-16, the water of the river Euphrates is dried up, and three unclean spirits like frogs go forth from the mouth of the beast, the dragon, and the false prophet. They gather the kings of the earth together at a place which John calls “Armageddon.” The significance of Armageddon has been a puzzle to scholars, as the name signifies a mountain, whereas the place indicated is really a valley, which presents a paradox. Read more…

M. G. Kline, Armageddon, and discrete millennialism

December 26, 2011 Comments off

In his article “Har Magedon: The End of the Millennium,” [1] Meredith G. Kline reviewed a previous study by C. C. Torrey on the Hebrew term translated as har magedōn, and showed how this is significant for the millennium debate. Kline identified this as a reference to Mount Zaphon or Mount Zion, and said it is parallel or equivalent to har moēd in Isaiah 14:3, the “Mount of Assembly.” He wrote: [2]

This in turn proves to be of critical significance in the millennium debate. For it adds a final, decisive point to the traditional amillennial argument for the identification of the conflict marking the end of the millennium (Rev 20:7–10) with the climactic battle of the great day of the Lord to which the Apocalypse repeatedly returns, as in the Rev 16:12–16 account of the Har Magedon encounter itself and the Rev 19:11–21 prophecy of the war waged by the messianic judge. Read more…

The siege of Jerusalem

October 26, 2011 Comments off

Many of the prophets spoke of a great conflict in the day of the Lord. This conflict is not a war between nations of the earth, but one that is spiritual in nature.  In Joel 2, a great multitude is described, in the context of an account of a plague of locusts. The army is “a great people and strong;” it is unique; nothing like it has happened before, or will happen again. Furthermore, verse 11 says, “And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great.” Later, the spirit of God is poured out upon all flesh. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” [Joel 2:28]
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