Before Jesus returns, Satan will launch his final and greatest assault against the saints, those who have the testimony of Jesus.
Several times Revelation refers to “the war,” the final attack by Satan and his vassals against the followers of the “Lamb.” In each case, the term “war” is singular, and its noun form is accompanied by the definite article or “the.” It is not just another of many battles but “THE war.” And both the Greek noun and its verb form are applied to the same final event.
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The several “battle” scenes in Revelation all present the same final assault by Satan against the saints of the Lamb.
We tend to assume the visions of Revelation are presented in strict chronological sequence, an assumption that creates difficulties when we attempt to interpret the several battle scenes depicted in chapters 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, and 20. Do they portray different “final battles” that occur at different points in time, or is the same final battle presented from different aspects?
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The sixth “bowl of wrath” causes the final battle between the “Lamb” and the forces of the “Dragon” – Revelation 16:12-16.
The first four “bowls” targeted the economic foundations of the beastly empire, and the fifth attacked its political power. When the sixth “bowl” is emptied, demonic forces gather the “kings of the earth” to the final battle of the “Great Day of God the Almighty” at “Armageddon,” the last desperate effort by Satan to unseat the “Lamb.”
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Revelation identifies “Gog and Magog” as the nations from the “four corners of the Earth” that attack the “saints” – Revelation 20:7-10.
The prophet Ezekiel received a vision of an invading army composed of regional nations that would attack Israel from the north, spearheaded by “Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” – (KJV). But before destroying Israel, “Gog” and his forces would be destroyed by Yahweh “on the mountains of Israel.”
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The church at Sardis received no commendation, only warnings, and calls to repent while time remained – Revelation 3:1-6.
Sardis was situated approximately sixty kilometers south of Thyatira, near the crossroads between Smyrna and Pergamos. Therefore, regional commerce was vital to the economic and cultural life of the city. Woolen goods figured prominently in local trade. Sardis is mentioned in Obadiah – (“They of the captivity of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the South”), “Sepharad” being the Hebrew form of ‘Sardis.’
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