The current turmoil in the nations of the Middle East is not the first time all eyes have been riveted on that part of the world. And it won’t be the last time, either. Israel is on the brink of war with Iran as Iran attempts to build nuclear capabilities against the will of many other nations. Protests and violence continue to ravage the nation of Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.
History began in the Middle East. The traditional site of the Garden of Eden is near present-day Babylon in Iraq. And that, of course, is where the Bible says God created Adam and Eve and where human history began.
The most important event in history occurred in that part of the world — in Jerusalem, now in the nation of Israel. That’s where the Lord Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. No other event will ever be more significant than that one. When will all this turmoil end? Is there anyone who can bring order and peace out of chaos and crisis?
HISTORY’S FINAL SHOWDOWN
According to the Bible, history’s final showdown will take place in the Middle East. The great war of Armageddon will be fought at the end of this age. Armageddon is actually a lush valley in the northern part of Israel southeast of Haifa. The plain, about 20 miles long and 14 miles wide, will be the scene of the future battle between the kings from the east and the nations united under Antichrist.
Revelation 16:13-16 states, “And 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. For 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. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”
WHO WILL WIN THIS BATTLE?
The Battle of Armageddon will not be won by either side, but instead the Lord Jesus Christ will end it by His return from heaven with His armies. Then He, the Conqueror, according to Zechariah 14:4, “will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east.”
The victory of Jesus Christ will bring peace and tranquility on the earth, and he will rule the nations.
WHY IS THE WORLD’S ATTENTION FOCUSED ON THE MIDDLE EAST
The world is very interdependent economically. Oil has taught us that. Why does the TV news report the prIce of oil every night? It is the oil under the Arabian sand that concerns nations worldwide and sometimes shapes their foreign policies.
The need for food is also a sober reminder of the economic interdependence of the countries of the world, especially when crops are poor and famine is widespread.
Why is all this significant? Because one day the Antichrist will require people to receive his mark to be able to buy or sell. Revelation 13:17 states, “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.” Not only will the availability of goods be interlocked between nations, but the ability to purchase or sell them will be controlled by the Antichrist.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
The Bible tells us what’s going to happen to this world, but it is much more important to know what’s going to happen to you when your life ends. When Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave centuries ago, He paid the penalty for our sins, and now He freely offers forgiveness, heaven, and eternal life to everyone who believes in Him.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
The time between now and the climax of the age of Armageddon is shorter with each passing day. We should live mindful of not only the brevity of life but also the certainty of Christ’s return. Our knowledge of the future ought to affect our lives now.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE?
You need to be very concerned about your destiny. If the close of the age is soon and if you survive until the end without trusting Christ as your Saviour, not only will you have to endure Armageddon, but worse, you will live forever in the torment of the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:11-15 states, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
Will you place your trust in Jesus Christ today and receive Him as your Saviour? Acts 16:31 reads, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!