Many world religions have, in their sacred texts, passages prophesying the end of days, Armageddon, or other similar concepts. Christianity is no exception to this rule: the Bible describes Armageddon—with significant amounts of detail—at several points throughout. Today, we’ll examine four Biblical passages about the end of days, and we’ll explain what they mean for humankind.
“Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.”
In this passage, God is explaining what will happen to the nations of the world during Armageddon. We can interpret this passage as teaching us that we cannot continue holding onto our material possessions when the day of judgement arrives. Instead, we must place importance where it truly matters—in our souls and hearts.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”
According to this passage—which was spoken by Jesus—every nation on Earth will rise against each other, fighting each other in the struggle for dominance. All of this will be compounded by population-destroying disasters. To prevent this kind of situation, what needs to be done is obvious: we, the nations of the world, need to work together during our limited time on Earth so that, when our end does come, we will accept it gracefully and with love, rather than by fighting each other.
“Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. … The day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. ”
According to this passage, God is saying that he will judge all the people of the Earth, so that they may reap what they’ve sown. Thus, the message is clear: we must act with proper morals and values, not only so that God will regard us in a positive light, but also so that our wickedness is reduced.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. ”
Here, we’re given an understanding of how the end of the world will look. Everyone will be afraid, and their hearts will sink as they realize what’s about to happen. The message we can draw from this is that we must prepare ourselves for the end of days.
Now that we’re a little more informed about the Bible’s version of the end of days, we can continue living our lives with an understanding of how to improve our lot on Earth. We must prepare ourselves, and believe in the importance of love—rather than holding onto material goods—and help out each other and our fellow nations. These are the only ways to properly get ourselves ready for the apocalypse.