"Armageddon", How Does Satan Think He Will Win

One of the facts we know from the scriptures concerning the end is that Satan will vainly attempt to unite his forces against the Lord in a battle referred to as “Armageddon”.

“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.” Revelations 19:19

We also know that money will have a great part in how the devil shall try to manipulate us under his control.

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelations 13:17

The question is though, how does Satan think he can conquer God when he has already failed.

Perhaps the answer is in the following words of Jesus Christ.

“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” Matthew 12:25

Even Satan knows that the Word of God is never wrong, so if a kingdom divided cannot stand, then perhaps the opposite is also true, a kingdom united can.

Satan knows he can never regain his position in heaven and that when this world is cast into the fire he will go with it so what then does he perceive as his only option other than to unite his worldly forces as one, then and only then does he believe he can survive the coming wrath of the Lord.

We also have a biblical precedent of a similar nature to a “body” of people attempting to unite the world. That is the story of the tower of Babel. In the story we learn that the descendents of Noah dwelt in the land of Shinar and attempted to build a city and a great tower “whose top may reach unto heaven”, Genesis 11:4.

They did this, according to the Book of Genesis, because they wished to “let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” Here we see pride in that they wanted a “name” for themselves, but we also read something of much more significance.

The people of the time were under the instruction of God to colonize the world yet it is written, “lest we be scattered over the face of the whole earth”. We can see how they wished to avoid doing the will of the Lord and wanted to remain united.

The Lord, in His great wisdom and mercy chose to confuse the languages of these people to defuse their rebellious act. By this, He divided the people and ultimately caused them to disperse, as was His original directive.

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:5

The city built at the sight of the tower of Babel on the plain of Shinar grew into the secular city known as “Babylon”. By dispersing the people, the Lord saved them from the clutches of the spirit inciting them, but did this spirit stop there?

We read in the Old Testament of how the Jews were taken as captives by Babylon in this city’s attempt to unite the world under their domination just as the Roman Empire did many years later, but consider the words of the apostle Peter,

“The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son. 14Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:13

Here we read Peter sending the blessings of the Church in Babylon, however he was in Rome at the time he wrote this and it was of the Roman Church of which he spoke, thus he was clearly calling the Roman Empire, “Babylon”, at least in the spiritual sense. This is most likely due to the same spirit leading them as both desired world unity under their power.

However do we have another biblical reference as we require two witnesses, one such supportive scripture could well be the following,

“And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” Revelations 17:9

The angel in Revelations explains to John in this scripture that the seven heads on which “Babylon” sits are ”seven hills”. A point to consider when assessing this verse is that the city of Rome is built on seven hills traditionally known as “Capital Hill”, “Palatine Hill”, “Aventine Hill”, “Caelian Hill”, “Esquiline Hill”, “Viminal Hill” and “Quirinal Hill”.

What is also of particular note is that the city of Constantinople was also built on seven hills, a very unusual coincidence when we consider that this city was known as the “New Rome” when emperor Constantine moved his seat of power from Old Rome to Constantinople, the “New Rome”.

This pattern then continued in 451 AD, when Leo, the Pope of the Church of Rome united with the emperors of Constantinople being the “New Rome” to take full control over the entire world Church. Let us then look at this in the light of the following scriptures,

“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:15-17

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16

The Roman Empire, we know from the scriptures is almost assuredly the spiritual whore of the spirit of Babylon then when Leo united the Church entrusted to his shepherding to them, they become one with the harlot, in the spiritual sense. Then as slaves to the spirit of Babylon, we can establish how and why they began the many atrocities of their past and the false teachings to which they still hold.

However, as we are to judge by the fruit according to the Word of God we must consider what then happened. In 1054 AD, the Church of Constantinople rebelled against their “mother” Church being Rome, just as Rome had rebelled against her Father in heaven by no longer abiding in the doctrines of faith instructed her by her “Head”, being Jesus Christ.

What then was the fruit of this spiritual adultery between Rome and her new “lover” being Babylon other than division and even more variations from the original faith? This “fruit” is illustrated even further over the following years as more “offspring” began breaking away from Rome being those we today call the Protestants, countless more divisions and varieties from what had once been a unified Body and faith.

Through all of this, we can see Satan’s strategy to divide the Body of Christ in his vain attempt to use God’s own Word against Him.

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:” Matthew 12:25

The final stage in Satan’s preparation for battle is to unite his forces as one in the name of “Mammon” and today we can easily identify many ways he may be doing this.

One such example was the establishment of the European Economic Community (EEC), which is also known as the ‘Common Market’ and the E.U. (European Union). This organization was originally formed by the signing of the ‘Treaty of Rome’ on March 25, 1957 to create an economic association of western European countries.

Through the Treaty of Rome, this organization began to gain control over the European Marketplace. Upon commencing operation in 1958, the EEC also held great influence over the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and the Atomic Energy Community. In 1962, a policy concerning agriculture was introduced controlling the market against foreign imports to protect their member nation’s farmers. In 1972, the EEC brought in changes to taxation extending its influence to the common people.

In this we see a ‘body’ born in the city of Rome taking control of the European economic market which extends to much of the world through trade with both member and non-member nations. We also see an organization gathering to itself for the sole purpose of financial gain and control, dedicated to “mammon”, with no regards to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Another similar example is what has become known as the ‘Eurodollar Market’. This also began in the 1950’s but deals more in the financial marketplace and is closely tied to the European Union (EU); again, we see an organization committed to “mammon”.

Some other examples that unite the secular world which either place no emphasis in Jesus Christ or totally stand against Him are,

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in 1960 and it is estimated OPEC produces at least 40 per cent of the world’s crude oil and has almost 80 per cent of all the known reserves.

The Arab league was founded in 1945 by a number of predominantly Muslim nations and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The following demonstrates the nature of the spirit behind the Arab league.

Egypt had its membership suspended in 1976 for signing a peace treaty with Israel, which continued until 1989, while the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a terrorist organization and parent body to such groups as Al Fatah and Al Saiqa were fully supported by their member nations.

Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). This organization’s main purpose is creating an Islamic common market to enhance their bartering ability with the rest of the world.

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Its membership consists of all European nations except Albania and has had representation from the United States and Canada.

The Council of Europe’s basic goal appears to be to unite Europe through the removal of various restrictions placed by different nations.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an organization dedicated to economic growth of both member and non-member nations and the expansion of world trade on a multifaceted, nondiscriminatory basis. Members include countries from all over the world.

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an organization promoting economic and cultural cooperation between Islamic states.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This treaty is made up of a preamble and 14 articles calling for the promotion of the common values of its members and their collective defense, preferably through peaceful means.

What is of note is that these are all bound together through the U.N. (United Nations), but when we look at the U.N’s history, we discover an interesting fact.

Winston Churchill, ex-prime minister of England and one of the 3 “architects” of the United Nations, is quoted as saying concerning this organization.

“It is not designed to get us into heaven, but stop us going to hell”

The UN in itself has done much good in its peacekeeping activities and in its other policies such as human rights, but if it is not designed to get us into heaven, how then does it intend to help us avoid the Lord’s righteous judgment.

The United Nations has all the appearances of an organization dedicated to doing good works for the people of the world, yet was founded without the intention of submitting to the Lord. It therefore serves the world and it desires to protect the world, this may help the earthly conditions of the people on a temporary level, yet it is in its nature against God as,

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24

We must consider how could the United Nations stop us going to hell.

Is it possible that the spirit guiding this body could be the spirit of Babylon that misled the people of the past into building the Tower of Babel? Remember also the scripture that warns us to be wary of what appears righteous.

“But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:12-15

Through such organizations as the EU and the UN, the world markets of finance, agriculture, natural resources, production, retail and labor come under an ever growing control as do military forces, religious groups, secular laws and human rights.

Even migration of labor forces and technology does not escape the grasp that the EU and the UN has created by its unity and the pressure it can place on the control of the oil market of which all trade is dependent. e.g. Cars, Trucks, Aircraft, Trains, Ships are all fueled by resources that the U.N. has great levels of control through trade deals and sanctions upon all the producers of the world.

The United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the Atomic Energy Community as well as the many other international organizations that unite the world could easily provide the perfect medium through which Satan might gather his forces under the banner of “Mammon” in preparation for the battle of “Armageddon”.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelations 16:12-16

Through these organizations we can establish that the majority are “Mammon” based, self-serving and bound to each other through their mutual members, thus they become one “body”. They appear to serve the common good but also support sin and pagan religions.

These organizations bind together, through “Mammon”, virtually all the nations of the world under the pretense they are helping the people, which in the physical sense they are doing. They are working towards the unity of the world, providing physical sustenance for the poorer nations, medical and material aid, world peace, protection of the environment, research and development of technology and a multitude of other examples of ways to raise living standards and maintain the planet.

All of this appears to help us but how will any of these things get anyone into heaven when the Truth of Jesus Christ is being rejected, evidenced by the fact they make little or no distinction between Christianity and the pagan faiths.

Satan knows this works towards his ultimate goal. His works often come appearing as works of righteousness but underneath serve his purpose. If we return to the story of the Tower of Babel, we see the spirit of “Babylon” corrupting the people against God in their attempt to unite and build a structure to raise themselves.

We can now reconsider the previous two scriptures Revelations 19:19 and Revelations 13:17.

“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.” Revelations 19:19

‘Babylon’ we know from the words of the apostle Peter and the geographical description in Revelations to be the spiritual state of Rome. We also know that to serve ‘mammon’ is to be an enemy of God. Through the EU, the UN and others we can establish a connection between the “beast”, the “Kings of the earth” (secular governments) and those who seek after earthy wealth. Revelations 13:17 tells us one of the ways that Babylon forces those who seek after ‘mammon’ to join with him;

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelations 13:17

Could this then be Satan’s battle plan that through these organizations he is attempting to unite the world so it shall stand forever that he may avoid his own destruction?

While at the same time, trying to divide the Church so He can make His final attack on Christ, through His Body?

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelations 17:14

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