Spiritual Literacy Month- When is Armageddon and What Happens Next?
Last week, I published a post about what Armageddon is—but many people want to know when Armageddon is coming. People have been speculating about this issue for thousands of years. Well, the fact of the matter is—when Jesus was on earth, he said that no one knew that date except God. Not even Jesus knew at that moment. He surely knows now since he will be fully involved in that event. However, even though the date is not available to us, Jesus gave a list of signs to be watching for in order to know that Armageddon was close.
One aspect of these signs was that there would be many wars and nations at odds with each other. We certainly see those things taking place today—especially over the past few months. There are all kinds of skirmishes going on all over the place. He also mentioned food shortages. Most of us have probably seen too many commercials on television about starving kids in third world countries. Yet, the situation has increased and spread to other areas during the COVID pandemic. The next thing he discussed was the fact that there would be earthquakes.
You may be saying at this point, “But these things have been going on for a really long time.” Yes, that is true. But he was talking about these events in relation to his presence. So, these things would be happening during a specific amount of time—and on an escalated scale. I already mentioned the fact that food shortages are becoming more commonplace. And earthquakes have been intensifying over the past several years—and they are occurring all over the world.
Many of these earthquakes are not minor ones either. Just in the past 24 hours there have been 25 significant earthquakes worldwide. In fact, the number of large-scale earthquakes has almost tripled over the past decade. There have been a lot of devastating earthquakes over the past decade that have demolished buildings and cost people their lives. And this is just one aspect of this composite sign that Jesus gave.
He went on to talk about hatred and lawlessness—and you have to admit that abounds in the world today. He also said there would be false prophets. There are so many religions and belief systems in existence that it is difficult at times to determine what is right and wrong. The only way to figure out which way to go is by going directly to God’s word, the Bible—and not many people are too interested in doing that anymore. But that’s what an individual needs to do in order to understand what is happening and how one should act.
There are many more features to this sign that Jesus gave to us so we would know when Armageddon was near. There is way too much involved in these signs to include here—it would be a book LOL. You can read about all of the various aspects of this time period in Matthew chapter 24 and Mark chapter 13.
Right now, though, I would like to take a minute to explain what happens after Armageddon—because most people think that is the end of everything. But that could not be further from the truth. It might be easier to get a grasp of what it entails by comparing it to the flood of Noah’s day. The Bible says that God brought an end to the evil world at that time—but did God actually destroy the literal world? If He had, none of us would be here right now. What He actually did was destroy all of the evil people on the earth.
I mean, think about it—if God was going to destroy the actual earth, why would he bother having Noah build the ark and take his family and all of those animals into it? It would not make any sense. He got rid of the selfish, rebellious people who were ruining the earth and making life miserable for those who wanted to do what is right. When Noah and his family came out of the ark the earth was a clean slate you could say. However, things have gotten horrible again. So, God is going to clean up the situation one more time.
That’s what Armageddon will accomplish. Once this epic battle is over, the earth will be a peaceful place—just like it originally was. And it will stay that way—God guarantees it. Those who are willing to be civil citizens and live in a way that is acceptable to God will be able to live there—forever. Psalms chapter 37 promises this—as do many other scriptures in the Bible. So, you may be wondering why God went through all of this. Why didn’t he just do one clean up job and leave it at that? You can find the answer to that question here.