ARMAGEDDON – THE JUDGEMENT IS APPROACHING!
Bible prophecy is a subject of tremendous interest and vital significance. More space in the Scriptures is given over to it than to any other theme. The Gospel for example is itself prophetic for it speaks of a time when the blessings of Christ’s administration will be manifested in all the earth. But prophecy also includes the revelation of God’s purpose in the rise and fall of nations, as well as the latter-day signs that indicate the near return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The re-establishment of the Kingdom of God on the earth will be preceded by a latter-day international crisis which will bring all nations to Jerusalem to battle. Present day developments in Israel, Russia, and other nations can be aligned with Bible prophecy, and indicate that the world lives in the very shadow of Christ’s Second Coming. We only have space to touch briefly upon a few items of Bible prophecy, but recommend its further study to the Reader as one that is most rewarding. It will enable him to see the future more clearly, and so develop a conviction of reality about the purpose of God. This conviction acts as an incentive to gain the reward laid up for those who “love the appearing” of the Lord Jesus (2 Tim. 4:8). The subject of prophecy is particularly commended by God, who introduces Himself as its Author: “I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isa. 46:9–10).
Let’s begin at Revelation 16:15,16 since this is the only scriptural reference to Armageddon, “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame. And he gathered them together to the place, which is called in Hebrew, Armageddon.” Firstly, the Bible is clearly telling us that the Lord Jesus Christ will be coming soon to reign on the Earth. Secondly, His coming is linked in this verse to the gathering of the nations at the place called Armageddon according to the prophecy of the Bible.
My friend, the only way we will find out what the verse means is by going through the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible and relating what we read to events of World History. That way, we will be able to understand what God is about to do with the world when Christ returns to the Earth.
Let’s look at the first four words of Revelation 16:15, “Behold, I am coming…..”. We want to know why He will be coming and what is the purpose for his coming? The Bible gives us the answers.
Why don’t we look back to the period, AD 30, when the Lord Jesus Christ was preaching and teaching the Good News about the Kingdom of God. Prior to the death and after the resurrection of Jesus, the apostles recognized that personal salvation was connected with the restoration and revival of Israel. At the conclusion of long discussions with him as to the purpose of God, they were convinced about the coming Kingdom of God.
The apostles asked the Lord Jesus Christ before he went up to heaven, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” In reply, Jesus did not correct them for failing to understand when the Kingdom would be established. Instead, He indicated that in due time the kingdom would be restored to Israel. He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” In other words, the Kingdom would be restored to Israel, but in God’s own time.
We can see that the Kingdom of God will be restored to Israel as in times past! Now, we ask ourselves the question, “Has the restoration of the Kingdom of God to Israel something to do with the past? Does the coming of Christ depend on all that?” Yes, it does!
Let’s look back to 588-586 B.C. when the armies of Babylon were in the process of invasion and destruction of the Kingdom of Judah. God send the prophet Ezekiel to announce the termination of the reign of King Zedekiah, who was the last King to rule over the Kingdom of Judah. Also predicted was the destruction of the people of the land due to their wickedness.
Ezekiel 21:25-27 states, “And you, O profane wicked one, prince of Israel, whose day has come, the time of your final punishment, thus says the Lord GOD: Remove the turban, and take off the crown; things shall not remain as they are; exalt that which is low, and abase that which is high. A ruin, ruin, ruin I will make it; there shall not be even a trace of it until he comes whose right it is; and to him I will give it.” We notice that God says “until he comes whose right it is; and to him I will give it.” We must realize that the Jewish people never owned the land from the day when Babylon invaded and destroyed the Kingdom of Judah until 1948. Throughout history, many different Gentile peoples have taken control over the land of Canaan. In May, 1948, however the Jews finally got a land of their own, the State of Israel. Yet, they still do not have a righteous King! God promised King David that the sons of wickedness would NOT oppress them anymore. We still witness that Israel is suffering from oppression of different nations especially their Arabs neighbors!
God also told King David that one day a seed from his body would be the King over the house of Jacob (the Jewish people). The apostle Luke wrote of that day. The angel, Gabriel, appeared to Mary and told her that she would have a son that would become great and called the son of the Highest. The Lord God would give him the throne of his Father David. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus Christ affirmed that He was the King of the Jews, but he never fulfilled his role of kingship because he died. How will the prophecy which says “until he comes whose right it is; and to him I will give it” be accomplished ? Clearly, the Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ will return to the earth, and will sit upon the throne of David in the city of Jerusalem according to the promise that God gave to Jesus to be “the King of the Jews.”
He will be here any moment as a visible and real person. Many people say that Jesus will be returning to the earth as an invisible being or only spirituality into our heart. That is not what the Bible teaches. Here are couple of the verses that emphasize that the people will see a visible and real Jesus Christ when he returns to the earth. “We shall see him.” (1 John 3:2). “Every eye shall see him” (Revelation 1:7). “This SAME JESUS, which is taken up from you into heaven, SHALL SO COME IN LIKE MANNER as you have seen him go to heaven” (Acts 1:11). “they will look on Me whom they pierced” (Zech. 12:10).These verses are plain and not symbolic prophecies.
Good news, we can know approximately where in God’s timetable we are! See God’s 7,000 year plan on the last page. The purpose of God is clearly revealed in a remarkable prophecy in Chapter 2 of Daniel. Most of the prophecy has been fulfilled. In a few verses, it outlines world history since the days of Daniel to the present, and on to the future. Daniel, the prophet, was taken a captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. That mighty Babylonian ruler had brought the whole world to its feet, and was concerned about the fate of the empire he had established. God revealed the answer through a remarkable dream in which the king was shown the Divine Plan of the ages.
The king’s dream bothered him because he did not understand it. He commanded all the wise men of Babylon to tell the king his dream. No one could do it because the king did not tell them what the dream was. Still he demanded his wise men to tell him exactly what his dream was and its interpretation. The Chaldeans admitted to the king that there was not a man on earth who could tell the king’s dream. The king became angry with them and commanded them to be destroyed. Daniel heard this and pleaded with the King to give him some time to discern the dream. Daniel and his companions prayed to the God of Israel, who revealed the dream and its interpretation to Daniel.
The next morning, Daniel hurried to meet the captain of the king’s guard and told him not to destroy the wise men of Babylon. Then the captain brought Daniel to the King and Daniel told him the dream. The Bible records how King Nebuchadnezzar saw a vision of a man created of different metals. It had a head of gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet part of iron and part of clay. The image stood over the king in a threatening way, causing him much fear and alarm. But as he watched a stone cut out of a mountain without hands struck the image on the feet. The top-heavy image fell, breaking to pieces as it did so. Then the stone began to grow and ground to powder the metals of the image which were blown away by the wind. The stone continued to grow until it became a mountain and filled the whole earth. The king instantly recognized that this was indeed the dream.
Let us look at Daniel 2:37-45 where Daniel continued by giving the interpretation, “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure. “
Let’s explore the world history which the image represents. The Gold Head of the image represents the Babylonian Empire which ruled the world for 70 years around from B.C. 606 till B.C. 536. The Breast and Arms of Silver represents the Medo-Persia Empire. Babylon was conquered by the Medo-Persia Empire which then ruled the world for 206 years around from B.C. 536 till B.C. 330. The Belly and Thighs of Brass represents the Greek Empire. Alexander the Great helped Greece overthrow and occupy Medo-Persia after a series of battles over the period from B.C. 334 to 330. The Greek Empire held world dominion for only a few short years from around B.C. 330 till B.C. 323. Upon the death of Alexander the Great, the Greek Empire declined slowly over a lengthy period while the Roman Empire was born and grew into a new power. The Romans dominated the world at the time Jesus Christ until A.D. 364. The two legs of the image represents the division of the Roman Western and Eastern Empire which occurred in A.D. 364.
The Roman Empire was never really conquered by any other nation, but declined due to internal divisions. The Feet and Toes of the image represent the day we are now living in with weak and strong nations of Europe trying unite yet being constantly torn by ethnic strife. In the next stage of history, Armageddon takes place as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands strikes the image on its feet and toes. The stone, which represents the Kingdom of God, breaks the whole image which represents the Kingdom of Men. The stone which also typifies Jesus Christ who destroys the Kingdom of men and will rule over the whole earth.
Now let us look at more secrets revealed in the Bible that tell us when the Lord Jesus Christ will come. When Jesus Christ faced the Pharisees. He was asked, “When the kingdom of God would come?” In Luke 17:26-30, we find out what Jesus Christ said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Both Noah and Lot lived in times of crisis which ended up in widespread disaster, but both escaped the destruction by means provided by God.
Since Christ referred to the last days before his return being like the days of Lot and of Noah. Let’s find out what the days of Noah and of Lot were like. Genesis Chapter 19, verse 4 and 5 states “…the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them’.” This means carnal knowledge. The abundance of lewd literature, the widespread availability of pornography, lack of commitment to marriage and family, the acceptance of both homosexuality and abortion, all these have become common features of life today. All of these point toward the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy. As Lot lived on the eve of the judgement against Sodom, so we too live on the eve of the coming of the Great Judgement.
How about the days of Noah ? Let us read Genesis Chapter 6, verses 5, ‘Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every thought of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.’ The generation before the Flood was not only idolatrous, but it was also a Godless one which worshiped SELF. The people were proud, undisciplined, and self-important in their attitude one to one another. The carrying out of their own desires occupied all their time, and left them completely inattentive to the will of God.
Lambert Dolphin in his book, ‘ON THE GREAT FLOOD OF NOAH’, writes, “A tight reading of the genealogy given here adds up to 1,656 years from Adam to Noah…..1656 years is more than sufficient time to completely fill up the earth with people. A conservative population growth calculation would place the population at the time of the flood as 7 billion people at least, perhaps it was even higher!” Think about it, my friend. Only 8 out of those people were saved. That is a scary and serious message to all of us today.
Do not the above descriptions of the days of Lot and Noah remind us of today’s lifestyles? Let us consider some facts of life around us:
- Increasing Materialism
- The spread of sexual knowledge and activities by young children
- Decline of family life
- Little and Big Wars plaguing the world every year
- Widespread pollution
- Decline of Moral Values as seen in Television, Movies, Music, and many more…
- Increasing divorce and single parent families
- Increasing Homosexuality
- Upsurge of crime and violence
- Increasing gap between the rich and the poor
The most meaningful feature of the Lord’s words is that modern situations indicate that we have entered an era like unto the days of Noah and of Lot. We must realize how incurably sick the world we live in today is warning us that something catastrophic is going to happen. The Bible emphasis is that God will not forever tolerate these evil conditions. Judgement came swiftly, decisively, and unexpectedly on the wicked civilization of Noah’s day and upon the city of Sodom, so too will divine judgement will purge the current wicked civilization of today.
The Bible, then, gives us serious warning that the process of restoring the Kingdom of God to Israel will not be carried out peacefully. Verses 14 and 16 of Revelation 16 states the nations will be gathered to the “battle of that great day of God Almighty” and “….gathered them together into the place, which is called in Hebrew, Armageddon.” Let us now find out what events will lead to the Armageddon. In Revelation 16:16, ( please read the verse very carefully) “AND HE GATHERED THEM TOGETHER INTO THE PLACE, WHICH IS CALLED IN HEBREW, ARMAGEDDON”. The text states a place to give us a clue as to what country the nations will be gathered (a place where Hebrew Language is spoken, i.e., Israel).
ARMAGEDDON is a symbolic word combined of 3 Hebrew words: ARMA (Arema) meaning A Heap of Sheaves; GE (Gai) meaning A Valley; DON (Dun) meaning Judgement. It shows the meaning: ‘A HEAP OF SHEAVES IN A VALLEY FOR JUDGEMENT’. This is the very description given by the prophecies of the Old Testament for the nations being gathered together to Jerusalem at the time of the end. Let’s go through some verses of the Old Testaments that connect these words, “A HEAP OF SHEAVES IN A VALLEY FOR JUDGEMENT.”
Joel 3:1,2,9 to 14 says “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT; And I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land…….Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ Assemble and come, all you nations, And gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord. Let the nations bestir themselves, and come up to the VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT; for there I will sit to judge all the nations round about. Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the wine press is full. The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes, in the VALLEY OF DECISION! For the day of the Lord is near in the VALLEY OF DECISION.”
Micah 4:12 gives us another aspect of this word Armageddon, “But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, Nor do they understand His counsel; For He will gather them like SHEAVES TO THE THRESHING FLOOR.”
Now, look at Zephaniah 3:8, “Therefore wait for Me,” says the Lord, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, TO POUR ON THEM MY INDIGNATION, ALL MY FIERCE ANGER; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy.”
Zechariah 14:1,2, provides another picture of Armageddon and its location, “Behold, a day of the LORD is coming, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in the midst of you. For I will gather ALL the NATIONS against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women ravished; half of the city shall go into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.”
We notice all of these verses keep emphasizing that God says that He will gather the nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. The Valley of Jehoshaphat is just outside of Jerusalem. A decisive battle will take place in the valley of Jehoshaphat and there the enemies of God will be threshed. Perhaps, if we take a look at the term meaning of the term in the Hebrew, it will help us to see the picture better.
North part of the picture is The City of Jerusalem…
Middle part of the picture is the Valley of Jehoshaphat….
South part of the picture is Mt. Olives…..
We see the words, “The Valley of Jehoshaphat” and “The Valley of Decision”. The word ‘Jehoshaphat’ in Hebrews means ‘THE JUDGEMENT OF YAHWEH’. The word “Decision” in Hebrew means ‘A THRESHING-SLEDGE’. These words tell us that the enemies of Israel will become heap of sheaves, upon the threshing floor.
My Friend, many people keep saying, “Oh, all that the Old Testament is past history; it has nothing to do with us today.” Wrong! Less than half of the Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled which means that more than half remain to be carried out!
Let’s look at Joel 3:1, “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem,”. This was fulfilled when the State of Israel was formed on May 14, 1948 and later when the City of Jerusalem was restored to the Jewish people on June 8, 1967. Verse 1 of Joel Chapter 3 has been fulfilled, but the second verse is yet to be. Micah 4:1 says, “It shall come to pass in the latter days…..”, Verse 12 of Micah 4 is continuation of the first verse. Remember, what we just read in Zechariah 14:1,2. The prophet Zechariah prophesied that the invasion of the Middle East in the latter days would involve all the world in war. He prophesied in the land of Judah, which became a province of the Medo-Persian Empire. Zechariah and the people of Judah had been captives in Babylon. They returned, under the Medo-Persian, to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians several years before. All of the prophets were speaking of the last days in which we are living today.
The Bible also says that the countdown to Armageddon will reach zero point with the invasion of the Middle East by a confederated army of nations under the direction of Russia. Ethiopia, Libya, and Persia will be with them.
Russia? Yes, that is what God says. Let’s look at Ezekiel 38:14-16, “Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? Then you will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company, a mighty army; you will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when I am sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes.” Imagine yourself in the city of Jerusalem. Now you look to the north. What city is it in the very far north from Jerusalem? It is Moscow.
The word ‘Gog’ in Hebrew stands for “roof”, therefore defines the “one at the top.” The commentary in the Amplified Old Testament Bible which has this comment to make upon Ezekiel 38: “Gog is a symbolic name, standing for the leader of the world powers antagonistic to God. Meshech and Tubal are understood to have been the same as Moshci and Tibareni of the Greeks – tribes that inhabited regions in the Caucasus. Rosh, which some would identify with Russia, must have been designated a land and people somewhere in the same quarter. And therefore the Gog of Ezekiel must be viewed as the head of the high regions in the northwest of Asia. Gesenius observes that it can scarcely be doubtful that the first trace of the Russians is given here.” In the Authorized (KJV) Version, it says “the chief prince of Meshech…” The Hebrew word for ‘chief’ is a proper noun, therefore it should read “the prince of Rosh, Meshech,…” The historian Edward Gibbon wrote: “Among the Greeks, Russia was known as Ros. “According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, eleventh edition, “to the historian who writes of the earlier growth of the empire, Russia means, at most, Russia in Europe, or Muscovy, as it was usually called until the 18th century, from Moscow, its ancient capital. The origin of the term “Russia” has been much disputed. It is certainly derived, though Rossiya, from Slavonic Rus or Ros, a name first given to the Scandinavians who founded a principality on the Dnieper in the 9th century; and afterward extended to the collection of Russian states of which this principality formed the nucleus.” Interesting, isn’t it?
Let’s look at Ezekiel 38:4 and see what the prophet says about Gog, “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:” God will do it! That is what God says! The Bible clearly teaches here that God does control the nations. When Daniel received the key to understand the dream and its interpretation, he blessed the God of Heaven and recognized that He is the one who controls all. Daniel 2:20, 21, records “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for Ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: He changes times and seasons; HE REMOVES KINGS AND SETS UP KINGS; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;” While everybody, individually and jointly, does in this everyday life of our own free will, the schemes and ambitions of human beings and nations are often used by God to fulfill His purpose.
Armageddon is not far off as seen above. The prophet Ezekiel predicts the confederated army of nations under the direction of Russia will invade the Middle East in an attempt at world domination. This attack will ignite the spark that will flame into World War III. The Lord Jesus Christ and his faithful righteous followers, having been resurrected and given eternal life after the Judgement , will manifest themselves at an embattled Jerusalem in great power. In the face of these manifestations of Divine power, the heterogenous armies of the Russian will be seized with fear. In superstitious panic, they will turn their weapons on one another seeking to escape from the awful presence of Christ. Mutual slaughter will result. It will be complete the overthrow of Gog’s armies and the rule of wicked men upon the earth.
What will all these things accomplish? Isaiah 26:9 tells us, “When your judgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” The initial success of Russia will humble the West and Israel, then the final victory of God will lay the power of man in the dust. Christ will be elevated to rulership over the whole world. With this result, God will be magnified in the eyes of all humanity in the person of His Son and the collective body of resurrected saints.
The Lord Jesus Christ will then call upon all nations to submit to his rule. Those who refuse will be overthrown. The prophet Isaiah declares on Isaiah 60:12, “For the nation and kingdom, that will not serve you, shall perish; Yea, those nations shall be utterly ruined.”. Those who submit will be incorporated in the worldwide Kingdom which Christ will set up on earth.
In Zechariah 14:16, it is recorded “Everyone who is left of all the nations will go up to Jerusalem and worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” And they will learn the Law of the Lord from Jerusalem and walk in the way of Lord’s righteousness (Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-5). International peace and goodwill will be established throughout the earth. The Lord’s prayer will be fulfilled, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Today, the whole world is aware of the terrible problems in the Middle East. Economic instability, terrorism, and prejudice in that part of the world threatens the whole world’s peace. Most of the world realizes this and believes that one day these tensions could erupt into a major confrontation and the Middle East could become the center of a world-wide conflict. BUT what the world does not realize is that the current situation and the events which will lead to this future conflict are clearly predicted in the Bible. The Bible clearly speaks of a striving for peace in Israel in the last days. After the collapse of the USSR, we saw Russia making herself strong again. We also witnessed European Union became reality after they began to use one currency on January 1, 2002. The European Union is working on to establish only one political system and so forth as oneness (See Ezekiel 38:1-15). It also speaks of a rise in the influence of the Papal system (Revelation 17). All these events, and many more, are clearly transpiring today just as the Bible has prophesied.
God is proving to those who take the time to read His Word and watch world events closely that He is diligently at work in the world to bring the nations of the world together according to His plan. He is showing His people, that the time when He will intervene in the affairs of men which will result in changing the kingdoms of this world into the “Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ” (Revelation 11:15) is very near! But what is more important for us all is that God has made it very clear that we cannot merely stand by and expect to escape the “time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation” (Daniel 12:1) that is soon to come upon this earth. God has revealed to us what He will do when the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Unfortunately, people do not like to think of the reality of the coming Judgement. Most people will say, “Oh, What is wrong with you? I see nothing wrong with the world!” or “No way, it will not happen! Not to us today!”. Definitely, in the days of Noah and of Lot, people have said the same thing. Genesis 19:14 tells us about the two angels told Lot that God was going to destroy the city of Sodom, “So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.” Unfortunately, the sons-in-law ended up dead without any hope because they failed to heed the warning of God. Today also most people choose to ignore or refuse to hear the serious warnings outlined in the Bible. Yet, the universal judgement is near at hand. Whoever heeds the facts from Bible prophecy and signs around us and seeks refuge from the coming storm is wise!