Revelation 16:12-21 ...'And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 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. And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.'
In reading about this battle I see that little in the way of weapons are mentioned. In books on the "endtimes" it seems to be treated as an iron battle with tanks and guns. I notice too that many of the symbols listed are often taken literal or taken to represent technology. Frankly, I think the battle of Rev. 16 is largely a spiritual battle and is ongoing. This is not to say that physical battles will not take place on the surface of the earth but the battle is largely a battle between truth and error...and spiritual.
If we look at some of the items in Rev. 16 we see things like "garments", which are representing purity and such. And these are no more speaking of literal clothing than the armor of Ephesians 6 is actual material armor. We also see apocalyptic metaphors such as "and every island fled". What are your thoughts?
Ephesians 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.'
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