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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER II

The Victorious Fighters at Armageddon

NO ONE can gain victory over an almighty fighter, nor can an almighty fighter ever lose. The prize of victory at Armageddon is so great, the issues that are to be fought out are so universal, that the war calls for the Almighty God of the universe himself to go into action. That explains why the war fought at Armageddon is Scripturally called "the war of the great day of God the Almighty." (Revelation 16:14,16, NW) Those who are on his side can there say without national self-conceit, "God is with us."

2 No one but the Almighty could take on a fight against all who array themselves against us and be certain to overcome all those that are against him. Against him there are now arraying themselves not only the "kings of the entire inhabited earth" but also the invisible demons who inspire the expressions that irresistibly gather all the earth's political rulers and their armies to the battlefield. That means also the great rebel against all divine authority, who is called the "ruler of the demons." Religious men contemptuously called him "Be-el'ze-bub," but his God-given names and titles are "the great dragon . . . the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is mis-


1. Why is Armageddon Scripturally called "the war of the great day of God the Almighty"?
2. Who will be arrayed against us and Him so that only the Almighty could take on the fight and overcome all such opponents?
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leading the entire inhabited earth." (Matthew 9:34; 12:24-28 and Revelation 12:9, NW) He is not merely the "ruler of the demons." He is even the "ruler of this world," for which reason he claims "all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth," and "the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one." (John 12:31; 14:30; Luke 4:5-7 and 1 John 5:19, NW) The seven great world powers taken note of in Bible history have all been subject to his domination — Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the British-American imperial power, together with an eighth world power that stems from the preceding seven, namely, the present United Nations, successor to the League of Nations. In his mighty position as world ruler Satan the Devil can use his superhuman demons to maneuver the kings of the whole inhabited earth onto his side and against Almighty God.

3 Does the Almighty God have a name? Yes, and at the showdown fight at Armageddon all men of the nations will come to know the name of Him against whom they are fighting. The prophetic psalm prays to God, saying: "Let them be put to shame and dismayed for ever; yea, let them be confounded and perish; that they may know that thou alone, whose name is Jehovah, art the Most High over all the earth." (Psalm 83:17,18, AS; Da; Yg; Ro) Jehovah comes out on top.

4 Armageddon will therefore be a battle of gods, gods invisible and spiritual and persons among men who are addressed as "gods" or divinities. Besides being the "ruler of this world," Satan the Devil is Scripturally called "the god of this system of things." This means that those who are a part of this world and who uphold this system of things


3. At Armageddon what will men of all the nations come to know concerning the Almighty God?
4, 5. What scriptures show that Armageddon will be a battle of gods, human as well as invisible spirit gods?
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worship, in fact, Satan the Devil, regardless of how religiously they may deny this. (2 Corinthians 4:4, NW; Romans 6:16) The sacrifices that many tribes and nations offer to idols and images they really offer to the demons and to their ruler, Satan the Devil. Says an inspired writer on this: "I say that the things which the nations sacrifice they sacrifice to demons, and not to God, and I do not want you to become sharers with the demons." (1 Corinthians 10:20, NW) Besides demon gods, there are today men to whom are given the honors, praises, adulation and worship due only to the one living and true God. Recognizing that such are mighty ones among men, who claim to be sons of the Most High God, the inspired psalmist said: "I say, 'You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, you shall die like men, and fall like any prince.' " — Psalm 82:6, 7, RS.

5 Jesus Christ quoted this psalm to his enemies and said: "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said: You are gods'? If he called 'gods' those against whom the word of God came, and yet the Scripture cannot be nullified, do you say to me whom the Father sanctified and dispatched into the world, 'You blaspheme,' because I said, I am God's Son?" (John 10:34-36, NW) Different peoples may have their particular gods, but to the adherent of the Holy Bible Jehovah is the one Most High and Almighty God. "There is no God but one. For even though there are those who are called 'gods', whether in heaven or on earth, just as there are many 'gods' and many 'lords', there is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him, and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him." (1 Corinthians 8:4-6, NW) So at Armageddon Satan the Devil, the mighty "god of this system of things," with all his host of so-called "gods," will face Jehovah the Almighty God of the new world.

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6 All the earth will be the scene of action. The more the astronomers with their mighty telescopes peer toward the outward reaches of our visible expanding universe, now reckoned to be about 4,800,000,000 years old,* the more our tiny planet earth shrinks in size by way of comparison; the more, too, its main inhabitant man shrinks in importance. How is it, then, that the Most High and Almighty God, who alone bears the name Jehovah, tangles with the mighty adversary Satan the Devil in battle with reference to our earth? It is not because earth or man upon it is so important, but because the chief issue of all, the issue of universal sovereignty, is tied in with this earth and must now be settled once and for all time. "Sovereignty" means more than supremacy. It means supreme and independent power in government and thus one's dominating all below as a sovereign lord. Jehovah God is the Creator of all things seen and unseen. The opening chapter of the Holy Bible says: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," and then goes on to give us a day-by-day description of the ordering of our planet and of all life upon it, including man. (Genesis, chapter 1, NW) This earth and its inhabitants belong to Jehovah God. So his universal sovereignty rightly extends to earth also, by reason of his being Creator. He is the great Sovereign, A-do-nay' or "Lord" over all, including this earth, no matter how small it is.

7 By the way men and nations carry on they deny Jehovah's sovereignty over the earth. If they


* See the New York Times of February 26, 1955, page 17, last column.
6. Is it because of earth or man's importance that Jehovah tangles in battle with reference to our earth? And how does the matter of creation help us to see the reason for it?
7. Why is it at the earth that Jehovah's universal sovereignty must be vindicated, and so why will Armageddon outrank all previous battles?
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could carry into reality their proposed space ships and land on other planets they would extend their defiance of His sovereignty there also. There is one creature that has no space ship and needs none and who has had entry into the heavens, into the very presence of God, and who has tried to stir up the defiance of Jehovah's sovereignty in all the heavens as well as in the earth. That rebellious creature is the "god of this system of things," Satan the Devil. It was here at the earth that he began his treason against the true and rightful Sovereign of the universe. Here he turned unfaithful to his trustworthy position in which the great Creator had placed him over man and he incited the first man and woman rebelliously to break the commandment of God as not being their Sovereign. His universal sovereignty having first been set in doubt here, and men and demons at this earth still challenging and defying the sovereignty of Jehovah, it is here that the chief issue must be put to rest and Jehovah's universal sovereignty be vindicated. The earth is now the "hot spot" of the universe, and the settling of the main question in dispute here will result in his vindication and glory and in the blessing of all men who take his side in the great controversy. The six-thousand-year-old issue will finally be settled at Armageddon, and that is why the battle there will outrank all previous battles.

8 Since the "whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one," practically all of mankind are lining up at Armageddon in opposition to the universal sovereignty of Jehovah God. Invisibly behind them are the legions of demons under their ruler, Satan the Devil. However, the Almighty God has had an invisible, heavenly, spiritual organiza-


8. Who in heaven will stand loyal and true to Jehovah's sovereignty at Armageddon, and what will the one in the foremost battle position there do to the "original serpent"?
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tion that has stood loyal and true to him, just like a faithful, devoted wife. Jehovah God speaks of this inseparable organization as his "woman," his wife, who acknowledges and obeys him as Sovereign Lord. To demonstrate to all intelligent creation that he commands the love and unswerving allegiance of his wifely organization, yes, the allegiance of the chief and highest member of it, Jehovah has called into combined action with him in the war of Armageddon his first and most beloved Son, now known as Jesus Christ. At his right side in the battle the great Sovereign Lord Jehovah will fight: "The Lord [A-do-nay'] at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath." (Psalm 110:5) Assigning this Chief Member or Seed of his wifely organization to this foremost battle position at Armageddon, Jehovah said to the first rebel, "the original serpent," there in the garden of Eden almost six thousand years ago: "I shall put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you in the head and you will bruise him in the heel." (Genesis 3:15, NW) In demonstration of his love and unwavering allegiance to the universal Sovereign, Jesus Christ as a heavenly Warrior will display his full enmity against the "original serpent" and his seed. He will bruise him in the head by a decisive victory over the enemy in vindication of Jehovah's universal sovereignty. Many battle survivors on earth will witness that glorious triumph.

9 Associated with the Son of God, the Seed of God's woman, in that issue-settling fight will be many angels. They will be a match for all the demons on the side of the "original serpent." This is made sure by a number of prophecies. Speaking of himself as "the Son of man," Jesus Christ prophe-


9. Who do the prophecies show will be associated with him in that issue-settling fight, and so why will Armageddon be a universal war?
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sied of his coming into his heavenly kingdom and said: "When the Son of man arrives in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit down on his glorious throne." (Matthew 25:31, NW) In heaven he has always been known as "The Word of God," because of being God's Chief Spokesman. Therefore the following symbolic description of the forces of righteousness riding into battle applies to him and his angelic armies: "The name he is called is The Word of God. Also the armies that were in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen. And out of his mouth there protrudes a sharp long sword, that he may smite the nations with it, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. He treads, too, the press of the wine of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty. And upon his outer garment, even upon his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." (Revelation 19:11-16, NW) The taking part by Almighty God and his enthroned Son and the holy angels in the fight at Armageddon against rebellious spirit hosts will make Armageddon a universal war, involving heaven as well as earth. Never will there have been anything like it.

10 There mankind will come to know Jesus Christ as they have not known him before. Christendom has no faith to look forward in the light of Bible prophecy but prefers to look back nineteen centuries and remember the Son of God as the self-sacrificing Jesus, yielding himself to be slaughtered like an unprotesting lamb. In the garden of Gethsemane, when he was being betrayed by one of his own twelve apostles, and when Peter struck with a sword in his defense against the soldiers, Jesus miraculously healed the wounded man and said to Peter: "Return your sword to its place, for


10. How was Jesus different in conduct nineteen hundred years ago from what he will be at Armageddon, and why?
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all those who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father to supply me at this moment more than twelve legions of angels? In that case, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must take place this way?" (Matthew 26:48-54, NW) In order for the inspired prophecies to be fulfilled that foretold his sacrificial death, Jesus showed his unbreakable allegiance to Jehovah's universal sovereignty and his loving submission to the universal Sovereign's will. Thus he kept his integrity to his universal Sovereign down to the death, the shameful, painful death on a torture stake before the public eye at Calvary. His faithfulness until such a death in obedience to the divine will served as a vindication of Jehovah's universal sovereignty and showed His sovereignty to be the rightful thing to govern our lives. At the same time his death served as a means to give up his perfect human life as a repurchase price to buy back all obedient humans from the slavery of sin and its penalty death.

11 But that was nineteen centuries ago. Now in order to fulfill other prophecies that foretold the future work he had to do, Jesus comes in royal heavenly glory, no more as a self-sacrificing Son of man, but as a mighty, unconquerable Fighter accompanied by many legions of angels, to rid the universe of all the enemies of Jehovah God and his universal sovereignty. Christendom may not expect to escape. All the hypocritical Christians in her will be executed along with all those who openly defy the universal sovereignty of the Most High God. Christendom does not like to think of God and Christ from the standpoint of divine justice, which requires that the enemy and the hypocrite be executed. She prefers to view God and


11. (a) But how does Jesus come now, and why that way? (b) Why may Christendom not expect to escape?
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Christ his Son only from the standpoint of her favorite Bible verses: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16,17) But God is just even as he is loving, and his love does not overstep or set aside his justice. He must be just with himself as well as loving to undeserving sinners. "He cannot deny himself." (2 Timothy 2:13) He cannot be untrue to the eternal facts about himself. He cannot deny or ever renounce the fact that he is Sovereign of all the universe of which he is the Creator. He cannot let any of his creatures forever deny that all-important fact without finally being called to account for such willful denial.

12 The all-transcending issue before all creation is the universal sovereignty of Jehovah the Most High and Almighty God. The foremost act of justice is to vindicate, to justify, his universal sovereignty before not only this earth but all the universe. That is overwhelmingly more important than the mere saving of earthly creatures who were justly condemned to death because of their imperfect, sinful condition. Jesus Christ loves Jehovah God more than man or any other creature, for the commandment to love God with everything we are and have is first and the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves is second. (Matthew 22:35-40; Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18) Jesus Christ loves Jehovah God his heavenly Father. Although he knew he faced a cruel martyr's death here on earth he said to his loyal apostles: "In order for the world to know that I love the Father, I am even doing just the way the Father has given


12. What is the foremost act of justice, and how does Jesus show his love in connection with it?
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me commandment to do." (John 14:31, NW) Jesus loves the vindication of his heavenly Father's universal sovereignty because that vindication is just and right and deserved; and Jehovah God has commanded Jesus Christ the Seed of His "woman" to be the Chief One in carrying out that vindication. Therefore the battle of Armageddon must come, although it means the greatest destruction of human life, for it is by this supreme conflict that the chief issue of all time will be forever settled, the universal sovereignty of Jehovah God the Creator and King of eternity.

13 At that battle the once self-sacrificing Son of God must, out of his supreme love of God, play a different part, that of a Fighter bruising the original Serpent in the head and destroying the "kings of the entire inhabited earth" and all their patriotic backers. Then will occur the "revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels in a flaming fire, as he brings due punishment upon those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. These very ones will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength, at the time he comes to be glorified In connection with his holy ones." The fight at Armageddon will be righteous on the part of God and of Jesus Christ, even if it does mean the greatest tribulation since the world's beginning. "It is righteous on God's part to repay tribulation to those who make tribulation for you." — 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, NW; Matthew 24:21.

14 Nineteen centuries ago God's love was so great that he gave his only-begotten Son that the


13. So what part does Jesus play at Armageddon, and why will it be a righteous war despite its being a tribulation?
14. Nineteen centuries ago how great was God's love for the world, and so what may he be expected to do at Armageddon for those he loves?
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Christ and evildoers on torture stakesbelievers in him might not perish but have everlasting life. It was these believers that God loved so much as to make this unselfish provision for them, and at Armageddon Jehovah God by his Son Jesus Christ will fight for those he loves. Jehovah God has long been known as a Fighter. From the time that he fought to rescue the nation of Israel from slavery in ancient Egypt down till the religious leaders of Israel called for Jesus Christ to be killed on a torture stake outside Jerusalem, Jehovah loved that chosen people of his and he was their God. During those fifteen centuries he fought violently for the people of Israel out of love for them, so that his victories in war are recorded in these words: "Jehovah the God of Israel it was who was fighting for Israel." "They heard that Jehovah had fought against the enemies of Israel." — Joshua 10:42 and 2 Chronicles 20:29, NW.

15 Sentimental Christian religionists pretend to recoil in horror and disgust at the historic fact of


15. How do sentimental Christian religionists blaspheme Jehovah respecting his ancient war record, but what kind of God do they show they worship when their nation gets involved in war with another nation?
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horsemen riding with swords raisedJehovah's fighting with such destruction to the enemies of his loved people. They call him a "tribal God," a "big bully," "cruel," "bloodthirsty" and "vengeful." They indulge in all such blasphemy of Jehovah God only till their political government and nation gets into war with another nation. Then what do these same Christian religionists do? Led by their clergymen, Catholic and Protestant, they pray to God that He should be with their armies and help them to shed the blood and destroy the lives and property of their enemies to gain the victory, even though these national enemies are of the same religious faith, Catholic or Protestant. They will even offer such prayers to God after they have called in heathen armies and ungodly Communists to help them as allies to gain the victory. What kind of God is it that such war-mad Christian religionists then worship? And do they then look upon Jesus Christ as a warrior fighting at the head of their armies with weapons of wholesale destruction?

16 Christendom's armies have fought for world


16. For what have Christendom's armies not fought, and why have God and Christ not taken part in Christendom's wars?
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domination as regards the earth, but not for the universal sovereignty of Jehovah God. There is no inspired record that either Jehovah God of ancient Israel or Jesus Christ his Son has taken part in any of the wars of Christendom and fought for any of her nations. The prophetic Scriptures of the inspired Bible declare that Jehovah God and Jesus Christ his glorified Son have reserved their fighting for the field of Armageddon, when Satan the Devil and all his spirit demons and the kings of the entire inhabited earth and all their armies and peoples are unitedly challenging the universal sovereignty of Jehovah God and rejecting the kingdom of his Son Jesus Christ. Concerning that time the prophecy says: "Then shall Jehovah go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one." (Zechariah 14:3, 9, AS) Past wars of man have settled nothing, but Armageddon will settle the biggest issue before all creatures in heaven and earth, universal sovereignty, and that in favor of Jehovah. Then the new world, in which His will is to be done everywhere, will follow.

17 In the face of all this, do not miss the point that is vital for you. Your frail life, sinful as it is, is as nothing compared with justifying Jehovah God to his rightful place in the universe. At Armageddon your life will count for nothing if you are against His sovereignty over all creation. If you want to survive that most terrific war of all time you must love Jehovah's universal sovereignty, just as his Son Jesus Christ does; you must uphold it and proclaim it and remain true to it at all costs until it is vindicated. Only then may you survive Armageddon, receiving this consideration from the victorious Fighters there.


17. In view of universal sovereignty's being foremost, what vital point must we not miss?


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