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We now come to the closing scene. The following morning,

the beast prepares to attack Jerusalem. Joel the prophet fore-

tells the attack:

“Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for

war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and

attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning

hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!’ Come

quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there.

Bring down your warriors, O Lord! ‘Let the nations be roused;

let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will

sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for

the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress

is full and the vats overflow; so great is their wickedness!’ Mul-

titudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the

Lord is near in the valley of decision”

(Joel 3:9-14).

The book of Micah gives us the Lord’s plan. Many nations

will be gathered against Israel, with their intent to defile Zion.

“But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not

understand his plan, he who gathers them like sheaves to the

threshing floor”

(Micah 4:12).

The following is taken from the book, The Antichrist, by

Arthur W. Pink

: 48

“Once again, though the beast appears to be successful, Je-

rusalem falls before his onslaught as Jehovah had foretold that

it should;

‘I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight

against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and


Kregal Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 121; used with permis-

sion. The NIV version is substituted for the author’s KJV version.