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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER XXVII

FINAL WAR FOR FREEDOM

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THE final war will come as a most sudden and complete surprise. Christ Jesus likened it to the descent of the flood upon a rainless earth in Noah's days, and also the descent of fire and brimstone from heaven upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot's day, at a day and hour when the worldly peoples were at their eating, drinking and normal selfish activities. (Luke 17:26-30) Nevertheless, the appearing of the 'desolating abomination in the holy place' is an unerring proof that the unknown day and hour of the beginning of the final war is dangerously near. In view of world developments there is no time to delay further one's flight to the "mountains" of God's handiwork, his kingdom. Take your stand immovably for Jehovah and his Theocracy now. Why? Jesus' prophecy answers: "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." —Matthew 24: 21, 22.

In order to induce humankind to worship the idolatrous "abomination of desolation", post-

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war "Christendom" will urge the people to take sanctuary in that man-made structure for freedom of religion and freedom from want and fear. Contrariwise, God's Word of truth exhorts us: "Neither fear ye their fear, nor be in dread thereof. Jehovah of hosts, him shall ye sanctify; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary." (Isaiah 8:12-14, A.R.V.) It is gross folly to put trust in "Christendom". In her refusal of God's kingdom she is foreshadowed by rebellious Jerusalem with her temple, to whom Jesus said: "Your house is left unto you desolate." Like Jerusalem, so "Christendom" is doomed to desolation, after the beast or "peace and security" creature gets out of the abyss of total war. Jesus so foretold, saying: "And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh." —Luke 21:20.

In the postwar "new order" Jerusalem's modern counterpart, "Christendom," will surround herself with armies of an international police force for her continued world domination. The Roman Catholic Hierarchy will attempt to act as the spiritual police force of the entire earth. "Christendom" will then feel she can cry "Peace and safety". This international police force, or the stationing of order-preserving armies according to the mutual understanding between allied nations, will be for the maintenance of the "abomination of desolation" in the "holy place". Hence those armies will be really maintained against God and his kingdom. And when you see

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this, said Jesus, then you may be certain that "Christendom's" astounding "desolation" is nigh. Religion will not save her.

Organized religion will lead all nations directly into the final war with God and his Anointed King. It will thereby bring desolation and perdition upon all nations. In proof, note the course of the scarlet beast after the "woman" Babylon seats herself on its back after it gets out of the abyss. "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." (Revelation 17:11-14) Organized religion is thus seen sanctioning a blasphemous anti-Christ arrangement and will therefore suffer perdition with the "beast" she rides.

Since religion and the beast try to dominate the earth to the exclusion of "the Lord of lords, and King of kings", she and the beast persecute those on the side of His kingdom, namely, the "called, and chosen, and faithful" with Him. These are the remnant of Jehovah's witnesses who insist that Christ Jesus is the Rightful Ruler and who proclaim Jehovah's Government by

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Christ. Organized religion and her beastly political pet prove beyond contradiction that they fight against God and Christ, not only by striving to rule in the stead of Christ Jesus himself, but also by trying to overthrow the work of Jehovah's anointed witnesses on earth and to silence their Kingdom testimony. (Matthew 25:40; Acts 5: 39) Before the ten horns of the seven-headed beast turn upon her in retribution, organized religion will turn the horns against Jehovah's witnesses and will ride the beast in a final savage charge against them.





Therefore "Christendom" will use her postwar "new order" and her encompassing armies (Jesuitic as well as military) for the suppression of the Kingdom message. She will claim it is treasonable and disturbing and unsafe to the postwar rule. Jehovah, however, will not permit his "strange work" by his witnesses to stop un-

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til it is finished and all his "other sheep" are gathered out from this world and are safe in the "one fold". Then he will permit the "woman" and the beast seemingly to triumph as if having stopped the work. (John 19:11) Only at that stage of developments will "Christendom" astride her beastly abomination cry out that at last in the fullest sense she has peace and security. What next? Jehovah's faithful witnesses know what then to expect: "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4) "Christendom's" religious machinery for permanent peace will fail disastrously. Her prophecy concerning its destiny will prove false.

"Christendom" is being pushed irresistibly into that course which spells horrifying desolation for herself and the rest of Satan's visible organization. How can that be? Because by religion she has exposed herself to the demons under Satan, "the prince of the demons." By the demons she and all rulers of the inhabited earth are being gathered into a conspiracy and a lineup against the only lawful ruler of the earth, which is the Lord's. The demons are the invisible part of Satan's great dragon-organization. The revelation of the unseen things unveils

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this: "And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, as it were frogs: for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.) And they gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon." —Revelation 16:13-16, A.R.V.

Har-Magedon, or Armageddon, means "mountain of the assembly of troops". It is derived from the Hebrew words "har" meaning "mountain", and "gadad" meaning "to troop". (Davies) At Micah 5:1 God's organization Zion is addressed as follows: "Now gather thyself in troops [gadad], 0 daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek." It is upon his holy capital organization of Zion that Jehovah God enthrones his King, Christ Jesus, and it is against that Kingdom organization that the nations and rulers of the earth under demon control now tumultuously gather together in order to unseat Jehovah's Anointed King and so exercise the dominion themselves without any restraining bands. On this anti-Christ movement Psalm 2:1-6 says: "Why do the nations rage, and the peoples meditate a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the

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rulers take counsel together, against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh: the Lord will have them in derision. Then will he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure: Yet I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion." —A.R.V.

Scripturally interpreted, then, the place "Armageddon" does not mean a literal place named "Megiddo" in Palestine. It refers to Jehovah's kingdom, to which his Ruler, Christ Jesus, has come, with his heavenly troops for the war against Satan's world-organization. These troops he used in throwing Satan and his demons out of heaven. At his coming to the temple he raises the sleeping saints and unites them with himself in heavenly glory. The faithful remnant yet on earth he gathers to himself into the temple condition of unity with him and of fellowship with him in God's service. This has been accomplished since A.D. 1918, therefore, and God's covenant people now stand at Armageddon, awaiting the final war. For years since then they have observed the gathering of the nations against God's King and kingdom. "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations." (Matthew 25: 31, 32) Concerning the gathering of the wicked nations the question is raised: "Shall the throne of wickedness have fellowship with thee, which [throne]

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frameth mischief by statute? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood." —Psalm 94:20, 21, A.R.V.

Because the approaching battle will be fought at the holy place of the assembly of God's troops, Armageddon, therefore the "battle of that great day of God Almighty" is commonly called "the battle of Armageddon", or, for short, simply "Armageddon". There, at the Lord's side, is the place of security and preservation to which his "other sheep" must flee, even though it is under assault by the enemy. There they must join the remnant of the "little flock" of 'called, chosen and faithful' ones in singing the praises of Jehovah God and his kingdom in defiance of the foe.

At the day and hour chosen by God, his King begins the final battle against Satan and his demons at the earth and all nations on earth. The conflict that follows is no mere fight on this planet between democratic forces and totalitarian powers, a mere international struggle. It is a combat between God's organization under Christ Jesus and Satan's invisible and visible organization. The two opposing line-ups are symbolically described at Revelation 19:11-21. The Hebrew books of the Bible record many battles which Jehovah fought with miraculous exhibitions of power against the violent enemies of his covenant people. Those battles foreshadowed his marvelous victory at Armageddon. "Then shall Jehovah go forth, and fight against

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those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." (Zechariah 14: 3, A.R.V.) Jehovah's witnesses on earth will have no part in the violence of that battle. Why not? "For the battle is not yours, but God's." —2 Chronicles 20:15.

Because "Christendom's" desolating abomination will then be standing presumptuously in the holy place God will cause desolation to be wreaked upon her. He will strike confusion into the enemy ranks. The hitherto docile political and commercial powers will awake to realize how organized religion has befooled them. They will take vengeance upon the religious organization. "And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." (Revelation 17:16,17) Organized religion's desolation will thus come first.

Desolation of the oppressive political powers and greedy commercial traffickers and false guides of humankind will come next. Their destruction will be permanent as if by being "cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone", and all humankind who have disregarded the divine warning to flee to the side of God's kingdom will be destroyed with them. (Revelation 19:19-21) Jeremiah's prophecy, chapter twenty-five, foretells that not a nation will escape drinking the cup of the deserved divine wrath, and

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that "the slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth". (A.R.V.) Jesus declared that except those days of the final tribulation should be shortened for the elect's sake, no flesh should be saved. By the proclamation of the Kingdom message since the Lord's coming to the temple in 1918 Jehovah God has shortened the final tribulation, and all flesh that is approved by him will be saved through the battle of Armageddon and survive in the new world to follow.

Last of all, at Armageddon, Jehovah's King of the new world will crush the Serpent Satan and his demon "seed", who have been cast out of heaven and down to the earth. "And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and east him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time." (Revelation 20:1-3, A.R.V.) Aforetime, when Satan and his demons stirred up the religionists to have Christ Jesus killed and he lay in the depths of death, God's Word said: "Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down:) or, Who shall descend into the abyss? (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead)." From this text, at Romans 10:6,7 (A.R.V.), it is understood, therefore, that the abyss into which Satan the Devil is cast for a thousand years is the same

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condition as that in which Christ Jesus was for three days, namely, death. —Hebrews 2:14.

Such is the great day of Jehovah's vindication; "in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." (2 Peter 3:10) Hidden in the protecting shadow of God's hand, his faithful remnant, together with their loyal companions of the "other sheep", will look forth and behold this glorious, yet terrifying, demonstration of Jehovah's power through Christ Jesus. They will rejoice in this vindication of God's holy name. —Isaiah 26: 20, 21; Habakkuk 2:14; 3:2-16.



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