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You May Survive Armageddon
Into God's New World



CHAPTER XXI

The Universal War of Armageddon Breaks Out

IN THE light of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy it is becoming clear that the war of Armageddon is nearing its breaking-out point. Global is the total extent to which war between nations of men can become. Universal, involving the visible earth and the invisible heavens, will be the war of Armageddon, which the Lord God Almighty will fight. The selfish wars of men have never settled anything permanently. The war of Armageddon will settle forever the leading issue before all heaven and earth, the universal sovereignty of Jehovah the Most High God. Ever afterward he will dominate the universe without question as to his right and ability and worthiness. The war of Armageddon, named after the ancient battlefield, spells victory for Jehovah, defeat for his foes.

2 Bent on continued world domination, either by having the strongest nation conquer the globe or by an alliance of nations with an attempted "peaceful coexistence" of opposed blocs of nations, the worldly nations are fighting against Jehovah God and his Christ. Their god, Satan the Devil or Gog, is preparing for a final fight against Jehovah and


1. What will be the extent of the war of Armageddon, what will it settle forever, and what will it spell for Jehovah and for his foes?
2. What is the touchstone by means of which hostility to Jehovah and his Christ are exposed, and so against what is Gog's attack with all the nations really an attack?
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his Anointed, and so are the nations, under Satan's undercover leadership. The nations of Christendom, claiming to be Christian, may deny this, but God's revealing Word exposes them as taking part in the fight against Him. The touchstone by contact with which their hostility to Jehovah and his Christ is laid bare is the remnant of Christ's kingdom heirs together with the Kingdom message that they preach everywhere. Jehovah's witnesses, the remnant and their companions, may be comparatively few and greatly despised and underestimated, but they are the key to understanding the true meaning of the aims and conduct of nations. As the nations do to Jehovah's witnesses, so they do to Jehovah and to his kingdom by Christ, for his witnesses uphold his side of the long-standing controversy. Therefore Gog's attack with all the nations upon Jehovah's witnesses is really an attack upon God's kingdom.

3 The terrifying fight that follows Gog's attack and the battle of Armageddon described in The Revelation are one and the same thing. Both the prophecy concerning Gog of Magog and The Revelation disclose that all the nations are invisibly led by Satan and his demons to the attack against God's side, hence against his remnant and their sheeplike companions. Since Satan and his demon angels lost the war in heaven and were hurled down to the earth, they have been allowed to remain a "short period of time" to prepare for this very war of Armageddon. The abased, invisible realm near this earth where they have been confined and are held in reserve for Armageddon is the symbolic "land of Magog," out from which Gog the Devil operates. He uses his visible political agencies, the symbolic "wild beast" and the "false prophet," in the gathering of all the nations


3. How are the nations led to the universal fight, and what visible political agencies does Gog of Magog use for the gathering of them?
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against Jehovah's enthroned King, represented on earth by the remnant of his royal joint heirs. These Gog uses as mouthpieces for demon-inspired propaganda to men. The Revelation pulls back the curtain to show us his operations:

4 "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 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." — Revelation 16:13-16, NW.

5 Since the nations, even so-called "Christian" ones, refuse to "live ... on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah's mouth," they are led by what comes out of the Dragon's mouth to Har-Magedon or Armageddon. It is not to a fight among themselves that the demons under Gog lead them there. They do not go there to fight against a mere theory, a mere political ideology, a mere religious doctrine. They go to fight against something real, something actually in operation, namely, God's kingdom by his Anointed Jesus. It was really against this kingdom that the nations became wrathful at its establishment in the heavens in 1914, not ceasing then from World War I nor peacefully handing over their sovereignty to it. (Revelation 11:15-18) Against this everlasting kingdom the demons lead the power-greedy nations at Armageddon. They will therefore lead them against something visibly tangible that rep-


4. How does Revelation 16:13-16 unveil these facts to us?
5. To what fight do the demons under Gog lead the nations to Armageddon, and what will be the purpose of the nations under Gog?
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resents that kingdom, the remnant of Christ's joint heirs and their companions in the New World society. (Revelation 12:17) The purpose will be the same as that described as moving Gog of Magog to action against the restored remnant of spiritual Israel, to strip them of their spiritual prosperity, to drive them out of Jehovah's favor, to destroy them as the foundation of the "new earth," to stifle their voice as Jehovah's witnesses, his Kingdom preachers.

6 Gog's attack therefore forces the issue and provokes action by Almighty God and his King. Jehovah God welcomes the fight; he wants the issue to be settled forever. He has waited long enough and now his time for the vindication of his universal sovereignty comes. For Him man's invention of the hydrogen bomb has not canceled out the war of Armageddon. The possession at that time of stockpiles of the hydrogen bomb by America, Great Britain, Communist Russia and any other nations will not act as any deterrent to the "war of the great day of God the Almighty," any more than the proclamation of God's prophecies concerning Armageddon have acted as a deterrent to the nations in their fight against him and his kingdom. He is not terrified or afraid of the consequences. For this reason he challenges the enemy to prepare and to come down to this modern "valley of Jehoshaphat." Although allowing the demons their full play with the nations under their control, yet he maneuvers them all, demons and nations, to gather them to the destruction that these criminals deserve and that he has decreed. Thus he leads Gog as by hooks in his jaws to the place of execution, before his remnant of spiritual Israel. To the remnant he says:


6. Why does Jehovah let nothing act as a deterrent to the war of Armageddon, and how does he get the demons and the nations down to the modern "valley of Jehoshaphat"?
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7 "And thou, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I will turn thee back, and lead thee, and will cause thee to come up from the uttermost north, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel. And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the peoples that are with thee: I have given thee to be meat for the birds of prey of every wing, and to the beasts of the field. Thou shalt fall on the open field; for I have spoken [it], saith the Lord Jehovah." — Ezekiel 39:1-5, Da.

8 The time will now have come when "this good news of the kingdom" has been fully preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations under Gog. The time will have now come when the last lost and strayed sheep has been found and gathered by the Right Shepherd and been made part of the "one flock" under the One Shepherd. All the "great crowd" of such worshipers of Jehovah will have assembled at his temple in response to the great Kingdom Signal raised up on the heavenly Mount Zion. The spiritual prosperity of the spiritual Israelites regathered to Jehovah's theocratic organization will have reached its pre-Armageddon peak. The time will have come for the "time of the end" to close, for the days of "great tribulation" upon Satan's or Gog's world to be shortened no longer for the sake of God's chosen ones. The time will have come for the "accomplished end" of this present wicked system of things, visible and invisible. The time will have come for the Kingdom Stone, which God's hands


7. What does Jehovah have the remnant say to Gog respecting his being led to his fall in battle?
8. For what climactic things will the time then have come?
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have cut out, to crash into the symbolic image of Satan's creation and "break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms" and then itself stand forever afterward. The time will have come for the great Seed of God's "woman" to bruise the original Serpent in the head, dashing his nations in pieces like a potter's vessel struck with an iron scepter. — Matthew 24:21, 22, 14; Daniel 2:44, 45; Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; Psalm 2:8, 9.

9 What, then, as the remnant and the "other sheep," apparently defenseless, see the encircling hordes of Gog of Magog approaching from all sides like a growling, gruesome war cloud that, because of its multitude of over two billion regimented creatures, darkens the surface of the earth? Should they be paralyzed with fear? No; no more than was Elisha when surrounded by Syrian armies in Dothan. As Elisha then said to his terrified attendant, they should say to one another: "Fear not; for they that are with us are more than they that are with them." (2 Kings 6:16, AS) By faith their eyes should see the vision that the apostle John saw of the heavenly hosts under the great Seed of God's "woman" plunging forward to the battle against Gog's hordes:

10 "And I saw the heaven opened, and, look! a white horse. And one seated upon it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. His eyes are a fiery flame, and upon his head are many diadems. He has a name written that no one knows but he himself, and he is arrayed with an outer garment sprinkled with blood, and 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


9,10. (a) Seeing the hordes of Gog closing in on them, how should the remnant and the "other sheep" take the situation as Elisha did at Dothan? (b) By faith what vision of the apostle John should their eyes see?
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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.

11 Seeing by faith this invincible host of heavenly executioners, Jehovah's witnesses will know they do not have to fight or strike a violent blow at Armageddon. No, for it is Jehovah's fight!

12 In Ezekiel's vision Jehovah leads Gog of Magog as by hooks in his jaws south through mountainous Gilead and down the east side of the Jordan River and to the plateau of Moab east of the Dead Sea, and not to the place called the Mount of Megiddo. In the Revelation vision the invisible demons lead the assembled kings of the entire inhabited earth to the place called in Hebrew Har-Magedon or Armageddon. There is no conflict here regarding the battleground. It is not to the site of literal Megiddo in ancient Palestine that the enemy hosts are gathered; the place could not accommodate them with all their military, naval and air equipment. Though the battle will be fought in all quarters of the globe, still the battlefield will be Armageddon symbolically, because the ancient field of Megiddo was a symbol of gory warfare, of resounding victory for the winners and of calamitous defeat for the losers. Such will be the symbolic Armageddon with its head-on clash of opposing forces, those of the old world and those of the new world, and the crushing defeat for the


11. What will Jehovah's witnesses then know as to participation in the fight?
12. Where is Gog led for the fight, and to where do the demons lead the kings of the entire inhabited earth, and yet why is there no conflict here regarding the battleground?
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former and the all-decisive victory for the latter.  — Ezekiel 39:11.

13 The battle lines will then be sharply drawn, for and against Jehovah's universal sovereignty, for and against his kingdom established in 1914. On the one side will be Gog's hordes, invisible and visible, embracing all the selfish, greedy nations. On his visible side The Revelation shows the "wild beast" (pictorial of all of Satan's earthly organization) and the political "false prophet" (pictorial of the Anglo-American dual world power), which takes in all worldly rulers and their armies, (Revelation 19:19, 20) The members of the United Nations (proposed by the "false prophet" system) are there, like the ten horns on the seven heads of the scarlet-colored "wild beast" of international alliance. "The ten horns that you saw mean ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings one hour with the wild beast. These have one purpose, and so they give their power and authority to the wild beast These will battle with the Lamb, but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also those called and chosen and faithful with him will do so." The Babylonish religious "woman" that rides seated upon this "scarlet-colored wild beast" is there, but now ready to be horned off and devastated and denuded and devoured of all her flesh and then burned with fire. (Revelation 17:1-18, NW) All the modern worshipers of Baal, rulers and subjects alike, will be there in their fully donned robes of identification, (2 Kings 10:18-23) And the goats will have been separated from the sheep and be to the left side of the King. — Matthew 25:31-33, 41.

14 On the other side will visibly be seen the remnant of spiritual Israel and an unnumbered crowd


13. As to the battle lines, who will be on Gog's side?
14. Who will be on the other side, visibly and invisibly?
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of "other sheep," their companions, all backed up by the unseen hosts of heaven under Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, together with those of his anointed followers already resurrected.  — Ezekiel 38:8-12; Revelation 2:26-29.

15 The hordes of Gog now invade the theocratic realm of spiritual Israel and violently attempt to despoil them. The provocative act thus occurs against these outwardly undefended witnesses of Jehovah, members of the New World society. Thieflike the unannounced day and hour of God's fixed time schedule then arrives for him to go forth and fight against the enemy as when he fought in ancient times in the day of battle. (Matthew 24:36; Revelation 16:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; Zechariah 14:3, AS) With the indignation of a taunted warrior he moves in and uses his battle weapons and strategy.

16 "And it shall come to pass in that day, in the day when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah, [that] my fury shall come up in my face; for in my jealousy, in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Verily in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; so that the fish of the sea, and the fowl of the heavens, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things which creep upon the earth, and all mankind that are upon the face of the earth shall shake at my presence; and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord Jehovah: every man's sword shall be against his brother. And I will enter into judgment with him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and


15. As the provocative act by Gog occurs, what day and hour then arrives?
16. How does Ezekiel then describe the battle weapons and the strategy that Jehovah uses against Gog?
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upon the many peoples that are with him, overflowing rain and great hailstones, fire and brimstone. And I will magnify myself, and sanctify myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I [am] Jehovah."  — Ezekiel 38:18-23, Da.

17 Release of all the nations' atomic bombs and hydrogen bombs, disease germ bombs and chemical gas bombs will not compare in magnitude, powerfulness and devastating effect with this "unwonted act" of the Almighty God, Jehovah. Besides panic-striking physical phenomena in the literal earth and atmosphere, there will be tumbling to ruin of human institutions political, social, commercial and religious that have long stood like mountainous backbones of human society. In the world-wide confusion, when "every man's sword shall be against his brother," the Babylonish, religious, womanlike rider of the "wild beast" of international alliance will have its complete number of deadly horns turn upon her and make her perish with the sword of the state, which she all too often wielded against Jehovah's holy ones and the witnesses of Jesus. Every defensive wall will crash to the ground; and the wild beast of international alliance will be destroyed by the flying apart of the United Nations, despite all the cement applied by the political "false prophet." While still operating, those institutions will be flung into a symbolic fiery lake of endless destruction:

13 "And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse and with his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those


17, 18. (a) What will the fulfillment of that prophecy at Armageddon mean? (b) What will happen to the visible ruling organization of Satan and the political "false prophet"?
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who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to its image [the United Nations]. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. But the rest were killed off with the long sword of the one seated on the horse and which proceeded out of his mouth. And all the birds were filled from the fleshy parts of them." — Revelation 19:19-21; 20: 14, NW.

19 Blood will run deep as the royal Avenger of blood on the white horse and his heavenly hosts ride their white horses of righteous, theocratic warfare into the symbolic "great winepress of the anger of God," where the "vine of the earth," the visible, earthly system weighted down with wicked offspring, has been hurled. "And the winepress was trodden outside the city [the New Jerusalem], and blood came out of the winepress as high up as the bridles of the horses, for a distance of a thousand six hundred furlongs [two hundred miles]."  — Revelation 14:18-20, NW.

20 Why should not blood run deep and far with over two billion dead? Was there ever a war of the length of Armageddon's duration that left even a billion dead? Have all the wars of mankind's existence killed directly a total of two billion warriors? The global flood of Noah's day, which the Bible uses as a prophetic type of Armageddon, drowned all humans except the eight in the ark, and the human population must then have numbered many millions. But Armageddon will be a "tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation which God created until that time and will not occur again." (Mark 13:19, NW; Matthew 24:21; Daniel 12:1) With the members of this generation that will not pass away be-


19. How does Revelation 14:18-20 picture that blood will run deep at Armageddon?
20. In view of what facts should blood then run deep and far?
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fore Armageddon breaks out numbering now two billion five hundred million and with only the remnant and a larger group of "other sheep" inside the Greater Noah's "ark" surviving, the death toll of the "war of the great day of God the Almighty" will be appallingly all-surpassing, too many for the Armageddon survivors to bury.

21 Come on, birds and beasts! Have your fill then from the human corpses in retribution for the wanton slaughter of animal and birdlife of which the human race has been guilty! Jehovah the great Avenger will give you mistreated creatures your day: "And thou, son of man, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Speak unto the birds of every wing, and to every beast of the field, Gather yourselves together, and come, assemble yourselves on every side to my sacrifice which I sacrifice for you, a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, [and] of bullocks, all of them fatted beasts of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye are full, and drink blood till ye are drunken, of my sacrifice which I sacrifice for you. And ye shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord Jehovah. And I will set my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see my judgment which I [not Israel] have executed, and my hand which I have laid upon them. And the house of Israel shall know that I [am] Jehovah their God from that day and forward." — Ezekiel 39:17-22, Da.

22 Not a human on the side against Jehovah's theocratic organization will survive. None of their dead will be given a decent burial in memorial


21. What invitation will then be given to the birds and beasts, and why justly?
22. How may the extent of the slaughter be measured, and what will befall the would-be despoilers?
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tombs. The extent of the slaughter may be measured by the number of the enemy taking part in the war and being annihilated. The wood of the weapons of Gog's hordes, the shields, targets, bows and arrows, handstaves and spears, will be so immense a pile that it will take seven years to use it up as fuel, without collecting any wood from the forests. What wealth the exterminated ones will leave behind! The would-be despoilers of Jehovah's people will themselves be despoiled. — Ezekiel 39:8-10.

23 Some time after the war has killed off all the visible, earthly enemy the land will be cleansed of flesh-stripped, sun-bleached bones, by their being collected and put out of sight. Jehovah's decree is: "And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will give unto Gog a place there for burial in Israel, the valley of the passers-by to the east of the sea; and it shall stop [the way] of the passers-by; and there shall they bury Gog and all the multitude; and they shall call it, Valley of Hamon-Gog [meaning Multitude of Gog]. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying them [so many will be the slain], that they may cleanse the land; and all the people of the land shall bury [them]; and it shall be to them for renown in the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord Jehovah. And they shall sever out men of continual employment to go through the land, who, with the passers-by, shall bury those that remain upon the face of the land, to cleanse it: at the end of seven months shall they make a search. And the passers-by shall pass through the land, and when [any] seeth a man's bone, he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-Gog. And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah [meaning Multitude]. Thus shall they cleanse the land."


23. How does Ezekiel describe the cleansing of the land of bones?
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24 There will be a total cleansing of the land of unclean enemy bones. No memorial tombs symbolizing hope of a resurrection will be built for these nameless, unidentifiable bones. The name of the citylike organization for bone disposal will celebrate Jehovah's victory over so tremendous a multitude. — Ezekiel 39:11-16, Da.

25 Thus the tongue of the royal Avenger of blood astride the white horse will be like a sharp long sword proceeding out of his mouth in decreeing execution, destruction, to the visible hordes of Gog of Magog. But what of Gog himself and his invisible demon hosts? They dwell in the symbolic "land of Magog," the abased spiritual realm near the earthly footstool of Jehovah, but figuratively far off to the north through being in the realm of invisibility. After they have been made to see the full evidence of Jehovah's almightiness and universal sovereignty by the destruction of their human dupes and the preservation of Jehovah's witnesses, then will come their turn for more personal instruction in these respects. After informing Gog that he will fall in open defeat, Jehovah notifies him: "And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell at ease in the isles: and they shall know that I [am] Jehovah. And my holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not suffer my holy name to be profaned any more: and the nations shall know that I [am] Jehovah, the Holy One in Israel." (Ezekiel 39:6, 7, Da) So the symbolic land of Magog, which is the real instigator and the invisible moving power behind the visible attack on the seemingly vulnerable part of Jehovah's organization, will have fire


24. Does burial of those bones indicate a resurrection for those enemies, and what will the name of the bone-disposal organization celebrate?
25. (a) How will the horse rider's tongue be like a long sword protruding out of his mouth? (b) What will the land of Magog have sent upon it?
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sent upon it, an illustration of which is given in the fire that Jehovah rained down from heaven upon the cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim in righteous Lot's day. (Deuteronomy 29:23, NW; Genesis 19:23-26) Destruction will come on Magog as by fire.

26 At first this fire will mean a further abasement of Gog or Satan and his demon angels. By the war in heaven from 1914 to 1918 they were ousted from heaven and hurled down to earth's vicinity, to occupy the symbolic land of Magog during this time of the end. But now the sending of fire upon symbolic Magog will mean the bruising of the original Serpent in the head and the plunging of him and his demon legions from abased Magog into the depths of the abyss. This further demonstration of Jehovah's universal sovereignty in the spirit realm was symbolically pictured to John.

27 Previewing A-do-nay' Jehovah's Angel of the covenant going into action against Magog, John wrote: "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven [from which Satan and his demons had been hurled] with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he seized the dragon, the original serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. And he hurled him into the abyss and shut it and sealed it over him, that he might not mislead the nations any more until the thousand years were ended. After these things he must be let loose for a little while. And I saw thrones, and there were those who sat down on them, and power of judging was given them. Yes; I saw the souls of those executed with the ax for the witness they bore to Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had worshiped neither the wild beast nor its image and who had


26. What will this mean for the inhabitants of symbolic Magog?
27. How was this symbolically pictured to John?
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not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for a thousand years. ... This is the first resurrection. Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years."  — Revelation 20:1-6, NW.

28 This means that unending destruction, the "second death," will first be executed upon Satan and his demons at the end of Christ's thousand-year reign. Jesus Christ, the Word of God, was once in the abyss and was brought up out of it on the third day. For him his being in the abyss meant being in the depths of death, his bringing up out of it, resurrection. (Romans 10:6, 7; Deuteronomy 30:11-13) For Satan and his demons a thousand years in the abyss will mean a millennial deathlike powerlessness and inactivity. (Luke 8:31, NW) With their abyssing the war of Armageddon ends.

29 Thus Satan's entire world or system of things, its invisible demonic heavens and its visible wicked human earth, will be destroyed as by fire. The apostle Peter symbolically describes its destruction in the great day of Jehovah in these words: "But by the same word [of God] the heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men. Yet Jehovah's day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a hissing noise, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved, and earth


28. (a) When will "second death" be executed upon Satan and his demons? (b) So what will their thousand years in the abyss mean?
29. Thus Satan's entire world will be destroyed as by what element, and how does Peter symbolically describe it?
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and the works in it will be discovered [to be in the same condition, dissolved]. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, awaiting and keeping close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens being on fire will be dissolved and the elements being intensely hot will melt!"  — 2 Peter 3:7,10-12, NW.

30 Will there then be nothing to survive for? Yes indeed. The destruction of Satan's worldly heavens and earth will not leave a void, a vacuum. It will be replaced by a new world with righteous heavens and earth. For Peter continues on to say: "But there are new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to his promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell." (2 Peter 3:13, NW) For this righteous new world Jehovah God Almighty will preserve survivors, the remnant who are destined for the new heavens and the "other sheep" who are to be permanent inhabitants of the new earth. Despite being under furious attack by prince Gog and all his hordes, demon and human, they will not be dislodged from this earth. Without taking any violent part in the combat they will stand and see the salvation of Jehovah for them. They will be eyewitnesses of his incomparable victory over the combined enemy world, and will sing of it then and throughout endless time.


30. (a) Does Peter indicate there will be anything to survive for? (b) Will there be any survivors without their fighting for survival, and of what will there be eyewitnesses and singers?


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