The Saints and Armageddon
The Bible gives us the answer to how will the saints win the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 16:12-16 and specifically in verse 15, “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame” Then we read the words, “And he gathered them together into a place called … Armageddon.” In this final battle, the Scriptures tell us that the saints will be dressed in special garments.
Revelation 19:7, 8 sheds more light on the nature of these garments: “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
These garments symbolize the righteousness of Christ with which every soul that is planning to meet the Lord must be clothed. Only those who have believed completely in the merits of Christ’s blood and His atoning death can have victory over Satan. “And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:11).
The saints will win the victory by their faith in Christ. So, the combination is threefold: 1) faith in the righteousness of Jesus (Rev. 14:12), 2) the “word of their testimony,” and 3) “they loved not their lives unto the death.” In other words, they would rather die than sin.
When a person has been saved by Christ, he can fight all the attacks of Armageddon. True faith produces obedience (John 14:15) to God’s law (Exodus 20:2-17). Those who would be willing to die rather than sin against God’s law will be the only ones who will reject the mark of the beast (Revelation 13: 15,16).
Many will not feel that obedience to all the commandments is worth dying for (Matthew 7:13,14). Many will reason that Christ’s obedience has been accredited to them, and therefore they need not bother with keeping the law. But the Bible teaches that God’s grace not just offer forgiveness for sin but also victory over sin (1 John 1:9). We are not just saved from the guilt of sin, but from the presence of sin in the life (Matthew 5:48).
So, Armageddon and the preparation to meet Christ focus on a personal daily relationship with the Christ (John 15:4). Covered by His righteousness, the saints will triumph even when facing the death decree.
In His service,