Thursday, March 17, 2005
The Campaign of Armageddon author, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, discusses at length the events that would most likely happen during the last half of the Tribulation. Focusing on the two major events that would cap that terrible period, the Campaign of Armageddon (not "battle" as will explained below) and the Second Coming of Jesus the Messiah. It's a long read but it's very much worth your while. In it Dr. Fruchtenbaum puts forth the fact that the only basis of the Second Coming of Messiah is Israel's national regeneration. That is, until the whole of Israel repents, recognizes the Messiahship of Jesus and cries out for Him to return, there will be no Second Coming. This is the fascinating part that serves as a background to the understanding the theological foundations of anti-Semitism. "Satan knows that once Jesus returns, his career is over. But he also knows there will be no Second Coming until the Jewish people ask the Messiah to return. Therefore, if Satan could ever succeed in destroying the Jews once and for all before they have a chance to plead for Jesus to return, there would be no Second Coming and his career would then be eternally safe." If you believe that then the history of wars waged by dictators and nations against the Jews will all fall into place. Of course this persecution will not cease and will continue on near the end of the Tribulation where around two thirds of the Jewish population will be killed. The final campaign in Armageddon will be organized by Satan for the purpose of annihilating once and for the remaining Remnant of the Jewish people. If you're curious about the events during the first 3 1/2 years of this terrible period the last four paragraphs before the ennumerated points gives an overview of various social, political, and religious events converging to this finale. The article continues to expound that the Campaign of Armageddon can be divided into eight distinct stages which will in turn to help us understand the sequence of events. Are these works of fiction? The ravings words of a lunatic? Personally, I'd rather not dare you to wait it out and see? Again, I warn you that it is a bit lengthy and you might want to print it out and read it at your own leisure. If these spark an interest in the study of the end times (Eschatology) or if ever the Book of Revelation piqued your interest (like it did when I was a kid because of the images of Dragons and horned beasts) then I definitely recommend that you get these books to start you on your way, Maranatha Our Lord, Come!: A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church by Renald E. Showers and The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events, Revised Edition by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum (where this article came from) or any of those books discussing the End Times by author Tim LaHaye. I tell you there's not a single moment to lose.