Armageddon: God's Battle Plan Picture of Sodom and Gomorrah

Where Sodom and Gomorrah once stood! It is now a devastated and lifeless region. According to one commentator: "Today it is generally thought that a violent earthquake destroyed those two cities -- with explosions, lightning, yawning pits of bitumen and suffocating fumes."

The human mind can only conceive of modern battles in terms of satellite surveillance, nuclear bombs, laser guided missiles and other diabolical weapons of slaughter and destruction.

But as the accompanying article shows, Armageddon is not just a pitched battle between major groups of nations fighting for supremacy and world domination: it is the time of God's judgement upon the nations -- a time when, to use the words of Jeremiah 25:31, He will settle His controversy with the nations.

But He does not need the weapons of human carnage to do so. He is the Creator of the world and all the forces in it. That being so, it is interesting to observe what the Bible tells us about the "Divine Battle Plan": about the weapons He will use to win the great day of God Almighty.

True: we can expect the angels to be busily at work guiding the armies of men, but overriding all these will be God's own armoury -- details of which we can learn by reading carefully extracts from only two chapters of the prophet Ezekiel. Consider, for example chapter 38:16-19: then chapter 39:6,10,21. The list includes:

  • Great speed
  • Earthquakes
  • Confusion
  • Pestilence
  • Blood disorders
  • Rain and flooding
  • Hailstones
  • Fire
  • Sulphur gases

...to name but a few! And if earlier struggles between God and mankind are anything to go by -- and in many ways they set a pattern for what we can expect at Armageddon (such as at AD 70, and before that when Jerusalem was overwhelmed by Babylon around BC 600(1)) -- then there are still other forces which God can command such as madness, blindness, drunkenness and "astonishment of heart". Not to mention of course the other "signs and wonders" wrought by God in AD 70 but about which we are told very little(2)

H.J.R.


1.Paul in Acts 13:40-41 warns his hearers about A.D.70 by reminding them of B.C.600!

2.For a remarkable study of how Jesus and others foresaw A.D.70 see The Last Days of Judah's Commonwealth by John Thomas.