Revelation tells us there will be “war in heaven.”
The Paris massacre was a battle in this war.
Perhaps the beautiful, complex, and artful literary devices in the Book of Revelation are best understood in very plain and simple terms.
For example, Revelation uses the word “mountains” as an allegory for empires or nations. One can read the Book of Revelation for a lifetime and have no clue what it’s talking about if one does not know that “mountains” are empires. Daniel gives us the key to unlock the mountains-as-empires allegory.
…the rock [Jesus] that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth. ~ Daniel 2:35
The empire of Jesus Christ will cover the whole earth. That is, Jesus Christ will not become a literal mountain. This passage from Daniel speaks of when Christ strikes the final world empire and smashes it to pieces. The empire of Christ then fills the whole earth. “Mountains” are empires.
Just as one must understand that “mountains” are empires, one must understand that “angels” are human leaders and the human warriors they lead. Revelation tells us that when God’s enemies gather to attack Israel, God will deploy seven angels to attack his enemies.
And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets… Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” ~ Revelation 8:2, 16:1
Are these really angels? I don’t think so. There is an interesting verse in the Book of Micah.
When the Assyrian [the Antichrist] invades our land [Israel] and marches through our fortresses, we [the Trinity] will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men. ~ Micah 5:5
I think it’s more than coincidence that Micah mentions seven leaders of men being raised up to oppose the Antichrist, and Revelation mentions seven “angels” being raised up to oppose the Antichrist. I believe that these seven leaders of men and seven angels are the same. Notice that Micah 5:5 ends with “even eight leaders of men.” I believe the eighth leader is Messiah himself, Jesus Christ, present in the flesh during this battle. Revelation also has Christ present on earth for this battle.
And There Was War In Heaven
“Mountains” are empires. “Angels” are human leaders. So what is “heaven”? Heaven is an allegory for the kingdom of heaven, also known as Christendom, also known as the Christian nations on earth. When Daniel wrote about the latter days, he compared Christians to stars in heaven.
Those who are wise [Christians, those who recognize Jesus as Messiah] will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness [Christians who evangelize the non-Christian world], like the stars for ever and ever. ~ Daniel 12:3-4
Christians are “stars.” Christian nations are “the heavens.” When Revelation announces “war in heaven,” it means that war will be brought to the Christian nations by Satan’s nations.
If you don’t believe me, check your newspaper for what happened in Paris Friday night. I realize that one does not think of France as a bastion of Christianity right now. But make no mistake, France has a long and strong Christian heritage, dating back 1,800 years– which infuriates Satan, and marks France as a Christian nation in his eyes. The Paris massacre (and similar attacks that already happened in Christian nations, and are yet to happen) was written about by the Apostle John 2,000 years ago.
And there was war in heaven [This “war in heaven” is the Islamic war against Christendom, a war that has lasted the entire 1,400-year history of Islam, and continues to this day, as we saw Friday night in Paris.]. Michael and his angels [Christian leaders throughout history in the warrior spirit of Michael the Archangel (the protector of God’s people), and the human warriors (angels) who follow them into battle against the Muslim hordes. These leaders, in the spirit of Michael the Archangel, include South Sudan Leader Salva Kiir, who saved Sudanese Christendom from annihilation at the hands of Islam, and French leader Charles “The Hammer” Martel, who saved European Christendom from annihilation at the hands of Islam.] fought against the dragon [Satan], and the dragon and his angels [the Antichrist and his human warriors fighting for the Islamist nations] fought back. But he [Satan] was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven [the Islamist forces lose this war, and get kicked out of the Christian lands. This has happened multiple times in prototype (South Sudan’s Declaration of Independence from Sudan; Charles Martel at Tours in France; the Reconquista in Spain; the Gates of Vienna in Austria; etc.) but it will happen in a final and permanent fulfillment.]. The great dragon was hurled down— that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray [Is the world led astray by Islam? Look at how many people (including politicians and celebrities) justify the violence committed by Islam]. He [Satan] was hurled to the earth [out of the Christian nations], and his angels [Islamists, jihadists] with him. ~ Revelation 12:7-9
Satan and his angels (those people yelling “Allah Hu Akbar” while shooting innocent people) will be hurled to earth. That is, they will be hurled out of heaven, out of the Christian nations. Christianity will win.
Again, the rich allegory of Revelation is best understood in very simple, plain, and practical terms. I think we (me included) often forget how intricately woven together are the physical world and the spiritual world.
Come Out Of Her, My People
This is a slide from a Bible study I do. In both verses mentioned on this slide, God is calling his people out of Babylon. When we consider the geographical footprint of the Babylonian Empire (the empire into which Daniel was taken captive from Israel), it is stunning that the Newsweek cover says that “Christians are being driven out of the Middle East.” The Middle East is Babylon.
God called his people out of Babylon, and out of Babylon his people are coming– an astounding fulfillment of prophecy! The Christian populations of the once-thoroughly-Christian Middle East are disappearing.
“Last Christmas was the first time that bells did not ring out in the city of Mosul in 2000 years [that is, since the time of Christ]. I think that speaks to the reality that hundreds of thousands of Christian families are living on the edge of extinction.” ~ Elijah Brown, 21st Century Wilberforce
(Quote is from Foxnews.com article: “On the brink: Christianity facing Middle East purge within decade, says group” from November 9, 2015)
You’ll notice that modern-day Mosul is right in the heart of the ancient Babylonian Empire. Again, God’s people are responding to His call to “come out of her” right before our eyes.
God is emptying the Middle East of Christians because of what his seven leaders are going to do to the Middle East in the culmination of this looming battle. Every single nation that God specifically names in the Bible as being on the receiving end of this fury is today an Islamic nation. Biblical Babylon is today an Islamic region. Islamists are the ones waging “war in heaven” against Christians in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Australia and everywhere on earth. Islam, Islam, Islam. Don’t forget that!
Paris-style attacks will continue until these seven leaders (whoever they are) have had enough and decide to decisively fight back.
For a hint of what is coming, read in Revelation what the seven “angels” unleash on God’s enemies. I believe that the destruction Revelation says each of these “angels” will unleash describes the effects of actual weaponry possessed by earth’s mightiest military nations. It will be poured onto the Antichrist’s forces amassed from around the world in Babylon (the Middle East) as they gather to annihilate Israel.
The result will be the annihilation of Babylon, and is described in Isaiah.
An oracle concerning Babylon…
… I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors [led by those seven “angels”] to carry out my wrath — those who rejoice in my triumph.
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war. They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens [hmm, here’s that word “heaven” again]— the LORD and the weapons of his wrath — to destroy the whole country [of Babylon].
Wail, for the day of the LORD [The Day of the Lord is the 2nd Coming of Christ. The first coming was the Lamb of God. The 2nd Coming will be the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. No more Mr. Nice Guy.] is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty…
See, the day of the LORD is coming — a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger [like I said, no more Mr. Nice Guy]— to make the land [of Babylon] desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
The stars [Christians] of heaven [the Christian nations] and their constellations [Christian communities] will not show their light [This is astounding! It says that the stars (Christians) will not show their light in Babylon. This is exactly what is happening. It also says that constellations (Christian communities) will not show their light in Babylon. This is exactly what is happening. Christians (the stars) and their communities (the constellations) are being removed from Babylon before our eyes!]. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light [Matthew 24]…
Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,the glory of the Babylonians’ pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there. But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses;there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about. Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged. ~ Isaiah 13:1-22
Seven vs. Seven
The seven leaders of the seven nations that God will raise up to fight for him will pour such destructive military force on Babylon that it will be devoid of human population. Let us not forget, Satan will also have seven leaders of seven nations fighting for him. Daniel tells us:
“I [Daniel] wanted to know the true meaning of the fourth beast [Islam]… I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head and about the other horn that came up, before which three of them fell — the horn that looked more imposing than the others [the Antichrist, the caliph] and that had eyes and a mouth that spoke boastfully. ~ Daniel 7:19-20
Remembering that “horns” are human leaders, here is how it breaks down:
- (10 horns) + (1 horn that came up) = (11 horns)
- (11 horns) – (3 horns that fell) = (8 horns)
- (8 horns) – (7 horns) = (1 “horn that came up”)
- 7 horns = Leaders of seven nations fighting for Antichrist
- 1 “horn that came up” = The Antichrist himself, a human man possessed by Satan.
Just as Micah describes seven human leaders being led by an eighth leader who is Christ. Daniel describes seven human leaders being led by an eighth leader who is the Antichrist. Wow!
Cross vs. Crescent
One can discern the spiritual target value of a person, place, or thing by observing how zealously God’s enemies attack that person, place, or thing. For example, the Bible has extremely high spiritual target value. When Islamist and Leftist nations gain absolute power, they always ban the Bible. The cross is the same way. So, the other night Paris was attacked and bloodied. What spiritual target value does Paris have? Let’s ask Satan’s angels themselves.
In its statement claiming responsibility for the Paris atrocity, ISIS said that Paris “carries the banner of the cross in Europe…” Make no mistake about it, this battle is between the cross and the crescent, the symbol atop churches vs. the symbol atop mosques.
The battle is Christianity vs. Islam. Whether modern-day France likes it or not, Satan clearly still sees her as a high value spiritual target, an integral part of Christendom. For this reason, “the war in heaven” will continue.
The Bible is always proven true.