June 2 – Trip to the Holy Land – Megiddo

Day 21 – MEGIDDO

Theme: Victory

Read Revelation 16:1-21

I’ve lived near Cleveland for nearly 40 years. I will never forget the celebration in the summer of 2016 after the Cavaliers won the NBA championship – Cleveland’s first professional sports championship in more than 50 years. More than 1 million people attended the mid-summer parade and party to honor that team. Do you know why? Everybody loves a winner!

No one wants to be on the losing side – especially for eternity! That principle is crystal clear when you stand on top of the Tel of Megiddo and look down on the Jezreel Valley.  This magnificent plain, roughly 150 square miles, stretches nearly from the shores of the Mediterranean to the Jordan Valley.  It’s rich in agriculture and history.  Generals have viewed this majestic basin as a perfect battlefield. British General Allenby defeated the Turks here at the end of World War I.

Scripture says there is coming a day when the forces of Evil will join together in this valley for “battle on the great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). It is a time when “all the nations of the earth are gathered” to fight against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:3).   Do you know where these armies join as one against the Lord?  The Apostle John answers: “Then they gathered the Kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16 – NIV). Hell is unleashed on the earth like never before.

For a while, things appear hopeless for the children of Israel and the forces of Good. Suddenly Jesus appears in power and glory. “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the word of God. The armies of heaven were following him… out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.… On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:12-16 – NIV).

This is a quick battle! There is no overtime. Jesus is joined by the “the armies of heaven” and swiftly defeats the forces of Evil led by the Antichrist. Talk about ultimate victory!

So whatever you’re facing, remember, if you’re a child of God, you are on the winning team. You will not lose life’s last battle. Victory is secure. You don’t need to fear what’s ahead because someday you will experience the glorious victory that Jesus alone delivers as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer of reflection:  Thank you, Almighty God, that You are ultimately in control on this earth.  Help me to live victoriously in Your strength anticipating that day when You will rule and reign.

Bob Fetterhoff

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