The introduction of sin into our world resulted in strife and war. Throughout earth’s history, many wars have been fought; this trend will continue until the very end of time. Revelation 16:12-16 tell us of earth’s greatest battle that will be fought, the battle of Armageddon. This war has been the subject of much speculation through the ages. It will affect everyone living on earth when it breaks. The Bible provides details about this war, and tells us how we are to prepare to face it.
1. Who will be gathered for the great battle of Armageddon? Revelation 16:14
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the _________________ ___________________, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
2. Who gathers the world together for the battle? Revelation 16:13
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the ____________________, and out of the mouth of the _________________, and out of the mouth of the false____________________.
In this battle, war generals are not involved in bringing armed forces together for battle. Unclean spirits from the devil (the dragon) and his agents, the beast and the false prophet, gather persons together for this battle through the working of miracles. The use of supernatural signs indicates that this war is spiritual.
3. a. What warning does Jesus give to His people? Revelation 16:15
Behold, I come as a _______________________.
b. What counsel is given following this warning? Revelation 16:15
Blessed is he that watcheth, and _____________________ his garments, lest he walk _________________________, and they see his shame.
4. What happened after Adam and Eve sinned? Genesis 3:10
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was ________________________; and I hid myself.
5. How was their nakedness clothed? Genesis 3:21
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of ___________.
At creation, Adam and Eve were clothed with God’s garments, which are garments of light (Psalm 104:1,2). Sin caused them to lose this garment, exposing their nakedness. An attempt to cover their nakedness with fig leaves, which they had sewn together, was futile. God made garments with the skin of a lamb, which was sacrificed to clothe them. This lamb pointed to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who, through His blood, would clothe our nakedness. The descendants of Adam and Eve were to make offerings to God, like the one made in Eden, as a sacrifice for their sins until the Redeemer came.
6. a. What offering did Adam and Eve’s first son, Cain bring to God?
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the ___________of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
b. What offering did Cain’s brother Abel bring? Genesis 4:4
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his ___________________ and of the fat thereof.
7. How did the Lord regard the offering of the brothers? Genesis 4:4,5
And the Lord had _____________________ unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had _____________ respect.
Both brothers professed to worship the God of Heaven. Abel’s faith led him to obey God and to offer the sacrifice that Heaven required. However, Cain’s offering did not follow God’s requirements; he brought to God an offering of fruit. Cain rejected the offering of blood, was disobedient, and did not worship as God had commanded. For this reason, the Bible says that he was of the wicked one, the devil (1 John 3:12).
8. What did Cain do after his offering was rejected? Genesis 4:8
And it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and _________________ him.
Although details of the topic of conversation between the brothers are not given directly, Genesis 4:8 suggests that Abel may have tried to reason with his brother. He may have attempted to persuade him to obey God and follow His commands concerning worship. However, Cain became angry and killed his brother. Cain, the false worshipper, killed Abel, the true worshipper of God. This conflict between the brothers over the issue of worship, illustrates the central issue of the battle of Armageddon.
9. a. In the end-time, what will the true worshippers of God choose to do?
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which __________________ the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
b. What will the false worshippers of God do to His true worshippers? Revelation 13:15
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be ______________________.
Like Abel, the true worshippers of God will choose to be obedient to God and will keep His commandments. Those, like Cain, who worshipped God but as he pleased, will try to kill those who are truly obedient to God.
In speaking of the battle of Armageddon, God admonished in Revelation 16:15, “Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
10. What are God’s people to do in preparation for the battle
of Armageddon? Revelation 7:13,14
And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have ______________________ their robes, and made them white in the ___________________of the ____________________.
God’s people must be clothed in the righteousness of Christ to be ready for this great battle. They are to confess their sin, accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and believe that through His great sacrifice, they are made righteous. Through His grace they are to live righteous lives that glorify God.
11. Are you willing to ask Jesus to have your robe washed in His blood?