The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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Some Entailments of Armageddon's Conflict
 By Al Stoner
"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" (Rev. 16:15-16).

 
 
 ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!")(ESV). And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Rev. 16:15-16). This is the only place in all of Scripture where the word "Armageddon" appears (at least with this spelling). Commentators are right in saying that this battle shall be the greatest and the most decisive one for the people of God. But they are completely wrong in drawing attention to nations such as Russia and China as being the arch-enemies of the saints of the Most High God. How could this possibly be the case, for this is "the battle of that great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:14)?  "The nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance" (Isa. 40:15).  All He would have to do is lightly blow upon them, and they would be forever undone.
 The Mountain of Megiddo.  The Revelation is not drawing attention to a geographical location, except symbolically. Allusions are obviously being made to mountain of Megiddo (cf. Judges 5:19; II Kings 9:27; 23:29-30) as the place of significant battles in Israel's history, and the place where kings were slain. Upon consideration of this word in the Revelation, however, it becomes evident that the nature of this decisive conflict, alluded to here, is not at all the same as the battles mentioned in the Kings. The conflict of which we speak must be spiritually discerned. While none of the sons of men are exempt from the dire consequences of this battle of the ages, only those in Christ Jesus are equipped of God to comprehend the nature of this conflict, and with understanding to engage in the warfare, and win it, to the praise and glory of God!  Thus the exhortations given in Scripture: "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called" (I Tim. 6:12).  "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12).
 Armageddon is not a flesh and blood battle, such as is presently taking place in Afghanistan. It is rather a moral conflict involving men's souls. And as we have mentioned, it is a battle in which those in Christ Jesus are engaged with varying degrees of understanding, as they fight the good fight of faith. All that are in Christ are aware that they are in a conflict, but not all are aware of the full extent and nature of the conflict. The conflict shall continue until their death, or until Jesus comes again with great power and glory.  
The same conflict is one that ungodly men are ignorantly caught in the middle of "because of the blindness of their heart" (Eph. 4:18).  It is an interpretation of what life is all about in this arena of sin and salvation, and into which the lot of all men has been cast.   It is the battle for the prize of eternal life! The victors of this conflict are not those who have the best man power and artillery, but rather those who watch and keep their garments (see also Mk. 13:34-37; Mt. 22:11-14).
 In this battle, that which is dreaded is not injuries or mortal wounds incurred from weapons and artillery which have been devised by men.  Rather the great dread in this war is spiritual nakedness and shame.  Those who are warring a good warfare in this conflict are those who are watching, and keeping their garments. "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (II Cor. 10:4-5).
The garments of reference here are "the garments of salvation" (Isa. 61:10).  These are garments which have been purchased at great cost for believing men by the Lord Jesus Christ.  It was "through the shedding of His blood" (Eph. 1:7, CJB) and by the "one act of righteousness" (Rom. 5:18, ASV), which He did in our behalf, when He offered Himself up for us all.  The garments have been marvelously furnished, but now believing men are exhorted to watch, and to keep them, yea, to keep them at all cost (cf. Mt. 22:11-12).  This is done by fighting the good fight of faith. This is the crux of the trial of our faith.  So long as men keep them, they remain clothed, so that God no longer sees their sins and iniquities.  These offenses have been effectually put away by His only begotten Son.   This conflict is largely unseen, but nevertheless it is real and perceptible to all who are living by faith in God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
 This battle, unlike all earthly conflicts, has a certain predetermined outcome.  The Rider on the white horse (cf. Rev. 19:11-16), depicted in the Revelation, the Lord Jesus Christ, is going to be the unquestioned Victor of this conflict of the ages.  At the present time He is ruling in the midst of His enemies, in accordance with the purpose of God in salvation. All who have taken sides with Him by believing upon Christ's Name, and by their faithful continuance therein, are unquestionably going to win with Him. On the other hand, the Devil, the beast, and the false prophet, and all who have aligned themselves with this triad of wickedness and rebellion against the Lord, and against His Christ, shall, at an appointed time, be summarily cast into the lake of fire.
   But it must be kept ever in mind that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:12-13; see also I Tim. 6:12).  There are high thoughts that must be cast down.  There are fiery darts being hurled that must be quenched with the gospel armor. There are evil imaginations that are exalting themselves against the Word and promises of God.  We must cast them down as they, from time to time, arise in our hearts.  Those who minister the Word of God must seek wisdom and grace, by the proclamation of the truth, to cast down wicked imaginations that they perceive are assaulting the brethren.  Truly this is an evil day in which we have been called to stand.
 Let us not be falsely alarmed and disarmed, then, by predictions of a coming conflict in the land of Israel! The conflict is now upon us who are fighting the good fight of faith! And it is becoming increasingly fiercer as we approach the end of the age. The old serpent has picked up the pace, "having great wrath, as he knows that he has but a short time" (Rev. 12:12).  Let us fight so that we may win! --Editor



"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).