Main references: Rv 16:13-16; Rv 13:10; Rv 8; Rv 9; Rv 17; Rv 18; Rv 19
Where is Armageddon? What kind of battle is the battle in Rv 16:13-16? Who fights against whom? Why must this battle be fought? (Lam 1:21-22; Rv 6; Rv 18)
Armageddon is a flattened hilltop in northern Israel. As the site of many ancient battles, Armageddon is used figuratively in Rv 16:13-16 to represent a spiritual battleground. The war in Rv 16 is a spiritual war fought, not with physical weapons, but with words. This is a war between the spirits and flesh that belong to the devil and the spirits and flesh that belong to God. This is also God’s way of carrying out the work of judgment. The first battle of this war takes place between God’s chosen people at the tabernacle of heaven (the betrayers in Rv 13) and the group of the dragon—the beast who invades the tabernacle of heaven. The second battle is carried out to judge the chosen people (the betrayers) and the beast (the destroyers). Afterwards, the pastors of Babylon are gathered to fight against those who overcame them in Rv 12. The place these gentile pastors are gathered to fight against God’s overcomers is figuratively called the battlefield of Armageddon.
The angels who appear in Rv 15 carry out the work of judgment in Rv 16. The angels use those who were victorious over the beast, his image, and the number of his name as vessels or instruments. God’s wrath is poured into these vessels and then out onto people in Rv 16 as judgment. The words of the Old and New Testaments come from the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Rv 15)—the place from which these judging angels come. This temple is made up of the spirits and flesh that belong to God. The work of judgment also comes from this temple. The group of the dragon (i.e. the beast) is judged according to what it has done in Rv 8, 9, and Rv 13. Fulfilling the request of the martyrs in Rv 6, God repays the destroyers double for what they have done. This is how God’s rage and judgment, which have been held back for the past 6,000 years, are finally released.
To all who claim to believe in God, do you truly know God? Do you truly understand the situation God has been in until today? Have you ever been betrayed? Have you ever lost something as incredibly precious as God has? Have you ever been patient for such a long time? If you truly believe in God, you will understand that now is the time to receive his revealed word (Mt 11:27; Jn 17:3; Rv 10).
The great river, Euphrates—the dwelling place for the group of the dragon (Rv 9:14), is dried up because of God’s judgment. The kings who were held captive by the beast are finally able to escape the group of the dragon along this dried river bed. Upon seeing these kings depart, evil spirits like frogs emerge from the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophets. They go out to the kings of the whole world (i.e. the pastors who belong to the beast) and gather them for the battle on the great day of God (Rv 16:12-16). At this time of war, the seventh bowl is poured into the air (to the press), and the events of Revelation are made known to the many multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth (Dn 12:2). Babylon is destroyed when its deeds and true identity are revealed.
Since the one who carried out this work of judgment is testifying about this, this testimony is true. Let us reach salvation by believing in this testimony! Jesus atoned for our sins through his blood (Rv 1:5-6) and judged the group of the dragon as stated above. He is indeed delivering people out of the kingdom of demons today. Come and see! Put salve on your eyes (Rv 3:18) and verify if this testimony is true. You will find that it is absolutely true.