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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XI

Gathering of the Nations to Armageddon

THE gathering of the nations to Armageddon is moving forward with rapidity. The question that faces each individual on earth is, On which side of the battle line-up shall I be found there, on the right side or the left? The present-day separating of the people of all nations as sheep and goats and the putting of the sheeplike individuals on the right hand of God's enthroned King leaves the nations themselves to be put on his left hand as goats. The goats as well as the sheep work out their destiny by the way in which they treat the remnant of the King's brothers, the remnant of the 144,000 spiritual Israelites. The reason why one's treatment of the remnant determines one's destiny is that the remnant have been anointed with Jehovah's spirit in these last days and are in line for a place on the heavenly throne with the King. Mistreatment of the remnant brings the greatest punishment, for it is an overt assault against the Kingdom. Respect for the anointed remnant brings the richest blessings from the Kingdom.

2 The prophet Joel was inspired to foretell that


1. (a) During this gathering of nations to Armageddon what question faces each individual? (b) Why does one's treatment of the remnant determine one's destiny?
2. Joel foretold that God would pour out his spirit upon a remnant at what kind of time in human history, and how did the apostle Peter confirm this fact on Pentecost A.D. 33?
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the pouring out of God's spirit upon the remnant would occur at a most crucial time in human history. Modern-day Christendom was typified by ancient Jerusalem and Judea. At a time when the Jews were under a judgment to determine the fate of Judea and Jerusalem and its temple, the holy spirit was poured out upon the Jewish remnant. On the day of Pentecost A.D. 33, when it was first poured out upon flesh of all kinds, the apostle Peter, a receiver of the spirit, publicly announced that this was a fulfillment of Joel's prophecy, saying: "This is what was said through the prophet Joel, ' "And in the last days," God says, "I shall pour some of my spirit out upon every kind of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams; and even upon my men slaves and upon my women slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. And I will produce wonders in heaven above and signs on earth below, blood and fire and smoke mist; the sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and illustrious day of Jehovah arrives. And then anyone that calls upon the name of Jehovah will be saved." ' And the prophet Joel fills out Peter's quotation of the prophecy by adding: "For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape, as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call." — Acts 2:16-21, NW; Joel 2:28-32, AS.

3 Thirty-seven years after Peter quoted those words of Joel the city of Jerusalem with its gorgeous temple was destroyed for the second time. The remnant of Jews who had called upon Jehovah's name through faith in his Son Jesus Christ


3. What happened thirty-seven years after Peter quoted Joel, and why is that of solemn meaning to this generation since 1914?
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escaped the frightful destruction upon earthly Jerusalem and Mount Zion at that climax of the "great and illustrious day of Jehovah." This is not without solemn meaning for this generation living since A.D. 1914. For what happened back there to literal Jerusalem and Judea was a prophetic pattern of what is to happen inside this generation to their modern counterparts, Christendom and her religious organization, in the opening phase of the "war of the great day of God the Almighty."

4 Proving that the larger and final fulfillment of Joel's prophecy is within this generation, the prophet follows up his words above with the further prophecy: "For behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall turn again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all the nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of my people and mine inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations: and they have parted my land; and they have cast lots for my people." (Joel 3:1-3, Da) No such gathering of all the nations and bringing them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat to punish them for their mistreatment of Jehovah's people occurred back there in the days of Peter and his fellow apostles. That leaves Joel's prophecy concerning the outpouring of God's spirit and all related events to be fulfilled completely in all its details down here within this generation.

5 It is in these days since 1919 that Jehovah God has caused the remnant of the 144,000 spiritual


4. How do Joel's further words show that the prophecy has had to wait until this generation to be fulfilled completely?
5. So why is it in these days that Jehovah must bring the nations down to the valley of Jehoshaphat, and why to the valley of Jehoshaphat?
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Israelites to return from their captivity in antitypical Babylon. So it is in these same days that he must keep his word and gather and bring all the nations that have mistreated them down into the "valley of Jehoshaphat" and give them their deserved punishment. The expression "valley of Jehoshaphat" does not refer to the valley east of Jerusalem that has come to be called by that name. No, the expression is symbolic. Since a slaughter of the nations is to take place at this symbolic valley, Jehovah doubtless spoke of the "valley" in this way because of a slaughter of allied nations that astounded the world in the days of Jehoshaphat, king of Jerusalem.

6 The nations of Moab and Ammon and the mountainous region of Seir combined their military forces and marched up the western side of the Dead Sea to assault the realm of King Jehoshaphat. Before they got near to Jerusalem, King Jehoshaphat and the people marched out of the city to meet them, with Levitical singers at the head singing the praises of Jehovah. Jehovah's prophet had told them: "The battle is not yours but God's. . . . You will not need to fight in this instance. Take your position, stand still and see the salvation of Jehovah in your behalf." They did see the salvation that he gave. When the march and the singing began, Jehovah went into battle for them. He confused the nations of Moab and Ammon into ambushing their own ally, the army from the region of Seir, and annihilating them, after which He turned the Moabites and the Ammonites to the madness of fighting each other, down to the slaughter of the last man.  — 2 Chronicles 20:1-29, NW.

7 Bringing the modern nations down into the


6. What slaughter of allied nations did Jehovah cause in the days of King Jehoshaphat?
7. What does Jehovah's bringing the nations down to the symbolic valley of Jehoshaphat mean?
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symbolic "valley of Jehoshaphat" means bringing them to the situation or state of affairs where Jehovah goes into battle against them and executes his judgment upon them by utterly destroying them, without Jehovah's witnesses on earth having any part in the violent fighting. The name "Jehoshaphat" fits the occasion very nicely, for it means "Jehovah is judge," or, "Jehovah-judged (that is, vindicated)."

8 In view of the coming execution of divine judgment upon the nations at the symbolic valley, Joel's prophecy now hurls a challenge to the nations: "Proclaim this among the nations: prepare [sanctify] war, arouse the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up. Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning-knives into spears; let the weak say, I am strong. Haste ye and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together. Thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Jehovah. Let the nations rouse themselves, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the nations round about. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down, for the press is full, the vats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of Jehovah is at hand in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. And Jehovah will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: and Jehovah will be a shelter for his people, and the refuge of the children of Israel. And ye shall know that I, Jehovah, [am] your God, dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain; and Jerusalem shall be holy, and


8. In view of the coming execution of judgment what challenge does Joel's prophecy hurl to the nations, and by whom is this dramatic notice being served upon all nations today?
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no strangers [non-Israelites] shall pass through her any more." (Joel 3:9-17, Da, margin) This is a serving of notice upon the enemy nations that they will unitedly fight against Jehovah God and his people but that they will not prevail. Like Joel who prophesied in Jehovah's name, Jehovah's witnesses of today are serving this dramatic notice upon all the nations of this world today.

9 In Joel's prophecy the "valley of Jehoshaphat" corresponds with what the apostle John calls the "place that is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon [or, Armageddon]," for each symbolic expression describes the one place to which the worldly nations are finally gathered. Jehovah God, although almighty, does not dictate and become responsible for the plans and policies of the governors of the nations. However, by establishing his kingdom by Christ in 1914 and by having it proclaimed worldwide by his witnesses he does maneuver the nations into gathering and coming to the state of worldly affairs where a violent fight is necessary, not a fight among nations, but a fight between Jehovah God and the nations. No matter how hostile the nations may be to one another, they unite their military, financial, political, religious, educational and social forces in one common cause and effort, to fight against the Kingdom heralded by Jehovah's witnesses everywhere for the purpose of a witness to all the nations. The United Nations, which is an organization of sixty nations to perpetuate them and this world, is simply a political expression of this common cause and effort. They could totally disarm and yet they would be against the universal Sovereign Jehovah God and his King Jesus Christ. The way they deal with the witnesses who are preaching the estab-


9. With what other battle place does the "valley of Jehoshaphat" correspond, and how can Jehovah be said to bring them down there? Yet how and against whom do the nations prepare their war?
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lished Kingdom reveals their attitude toward God. By this sure means of judging, the facts show that theirs is a hostile attitude. (John 15:18-20) The nations religiously prepare or sanctify their warfare against Jehovah God in their own self-chosen way.

10 It is a time of judgment of the nations. Jehovah who sits as the Supreme Judge calls for the nations to appear in court and to account for the record they have made by their actions toward his kingdom and its preaching representatives on the earth. He is not afraid but is eager to have all of them come in their multitudes to the "valley of decision." He has decided in favor of their destruction, and the time for carrying out this decision must come within this generation. The international "vine of the earth" has grown long enough and produced its abundant crop of worldlings opposed to God's long-preached kingdom by Christ. Now that the harvesttime is at hand, that symbolic vine must be pitched into the "press of the wine of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty" to be trodden down and all its grapes crushed. God's own enthroned King, "The Word of God," is the Fighter whom he has appointed to do the treading underfoot. — Revelation 19:11-16, NW.

11 It is a vast globe-encircling "vine," but God's symbolic winepress is able to accommodate it all. The vats for receiving the juice squeezed out will overflow, "for their wickedness is great." But the result of the thorough treading that the King, the Word of God, will give the "vine of the earth" in the "valley of Jehoshaphat" will be a cause of


10. Why does Jehovah sit in judgment of the nations, and what does he decide concerning the "vine of the earth"?
11. What will result from the treading to Jehovah and all those on his side, and what will follow his roaring from Zion?
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overflowing joy of heart to Jehovah God and his King and to all who have aligned themselves with the Kingdom. (Psalm 104:15; Judges 9:13) In that time there will be no light of favorable decision from heaven for the nations. From the midst of his universal organization Jehovah will utter his judicial decision in the form of a roaring war cry. It will be followed by a shaking of all parts of the Devil's organization, invisible and visible, to pieces, like solid visible matter being converted into invisible energy by the fission of the atoms.

12 The fact that, in that terrible day, Jehovah will be a "shelter for his people and a refuge for the children of Israel" proves that there will be survivors on earth of the universal war of Armageddon and that they will be the remnant of his 144,000 spiritual Israelites and also all those who now call upon the name of Jehovah for salvation. It proves, too, that this remnant together with all others calling upon the divine name are the common target of attack by all the worldly nations, but that Jehovah God is on their side, for they visibly represent him. After this crushing defeat is dealt out to the combined nations there will never again be a conqueror, a stranger hostile to Jehovah and his people, that will pass through their visible organization again, breaking up their organization and leading them away captive to an enemy land.

13 True it is that the Almighty God challenges all the nations to come and he maneuvers them into coming against his people, but it is really the


12. What is proved by Jehovah's being then a "shelter" and "refuge" for his people, and in what way will not "strangers" pass through Jerusalem any more?
13,14. (a) What really drives the nations to the situation that provokes the war of Armageddon? (b) In the Revelation how was the way prepared for Babylon's overthrow, and why did the vision associate the Euphrates River with Armageddon?
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selfish desires of the nations and their falling victim to unseen demon powers that drives them to the situation that provokes the war of Armageddon. The apostle John saw that fact when he got a vision of the river Euphrates upon both sides of which the ancient city of Babylon, the third world power, was built. John saw the full bowl of God's anger poured out upon this defensive and commercially useful river, as a result of which Babylon's river had its waters dried up. By this the city was weakened defensively and the way was opened in the river bed for a march to victory over antitypical Babylon by the "kings from the rising of the sun," that is, Jehovah God the King of eternity and Jesus Christ his enthroned King. As regards all earthly kings, antitypical Babylon is the "great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth." It was in this connection that the apostle John received the vision of the gathering of all nations to Armageddon. It is true that the ancient mountain of Megiddo or Har-Magedon was nowhere near the river Euphrates, but was hundreds of miles to the southwest in Palestine. But by thus associating the drying up of Babylon's river-defense with the gathering of earth's rulers to famous Armageddon the Revelation to John shows that the fall of antitypical Babylon is associated with the war at Armageddon. John writes:

14 "And the sixth one [of seven angels with seven bowls of the anger of God] poured out his bowl upon the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings from the rising of the sun. And I saw three unclean inspired expressions that looked like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and

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perform signs, and they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty. . . . And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon [or, Armageddon] ." — Revelation 16:12-16; 17:18, NW.

15 What that vision shows is this: On the one hand, the "kings of the rising of the sun," Jehovah God and Jesus Christ, with their legions of holy angels, march against antitypical Babylon, as Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Persian marched against ancient Babylon. On the other hand, the kings or rulers of the entire inhabited earth march against God's visible organization, the symbolic Armageddon or mountain of Megiddo for a decisive fight, since the mountain of Megiddo was located in the land that Jehovah gave to his chosen people. The worldly kings or rulers march unitedly against their one target of attack under the influence of unclean, demon-inspired expressions that produce signs, such as the United Nations. These unclean, froglike expressions are inspired by the great ruler of the demons, Satan the Devil, the Dragon, and they are channeled by his demons through the symbolic "wild beast," the Devil's visible organization, and through his chief predictor, adviser and director of political matters in this time of the end, the Anglo-American imperial system.* These expressions issue from the mouth and picture what these powerful, world-dominating organizations have to say to the visible rulers. As a result there is a flood of propaganda flowing forth by all the means of communication and of imparting information, the speaking voice, the


* See the booklet After Armageddon — God's New World, page 10, ¶1, 2.
15. What two marches does that vision show, and by what influences are the kings of the earth being gathered to the war?
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printed page, the motion pictures, the radio and television, the demonic purpose of which is to turn the entire inhabited earth against Jehovah God and his kingdom. It is accomplishing its purpose; the kings or rulers of the entire inhabited earth are being gathered together to war, not necessarily a third world war, but the "war of the great day of God the Almighty" at the place called Armageddon.

16 The nations of Christendom or the nations holding to a western style of democracy need not think that at Armageddon they will be fighting for God by fighting against ungodly, political communism. No; they will there make common cause with the Communist powers against God the Almighty and his kingdom by Christ. They will all be for this divided old world against God's incoming new world. They will all together be under demonic influence instead of under the power of Jehovah's spirit poured out upon his remnant in these last days. They will all be found fighters against God because of interfering with God's work in the earth. As the Jewish lawyer Gamaliel said to those interfering with the work of Jesus' apostles: "Do not meddle with these men, but let them alone; (because, if this scheme and this work is from men, it will be overthrown; but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them;) otherwise, you may perhaps be found fighters actually against God." (Acts 5:38, 39, NW) The world rulers have not heeded this religious advice. They have not acted upon the timely counsel of the psalmist, who, after telling of the dashing of all the nations to pieces by Jehovah's Son, the enthroned King, said: "Now therefore be wise, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the


16. Why will the nations fighting communism not be fighting there for God, but contrary to what advice will they have marched there?
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earth. Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and ye perish in the way, for his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all they that take refuge in him." (Psalm 2:10-12, AS) So their cursed march goes on.

17 To march with the nations to Armageddon means to be led by unclean inspired expressions that come, not from God, but from his great adversary, the Dragon, Satan the Devil, who is the "god of this system of things." It means to be gathered with those who are fighters against God and his universal sovereignty. It means to answer God's challenge to arm oneself and come and fight against him at the valley of decision. To take such a course, God's warning Word says, means destruction at the hands of his executional forces.

18 Those who long for life in the glorious new world that God has promised and is about to bring in cannot afford to take such a course because it is popular and all the world is taking it. They will turn a deaf ear to the unclean, demon-inspired expressions that advocate war with the unconquerable God and will listen to the words that issue from the mouth of God. They will take their stand outspokenly for Jehovah's kingdom by Christ and will support those who are its ambassadors and preachers on earth. They will be gathered by Jehovah's King to his right side together with all his sheep to whom he has promised survival of the great judgment war against all nations into God's life-giving new world.


17. To march with the nations to Armageddon means what for the marchers?
18. However, what will those who long for life in the new world do? And to which side will they be gathered?


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