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UNIVERSAL WAR NEAR
 
    Great events have heretofore come to pass and which involved many nations. Among these events, the two World Wars have been the greatest wars from human history. But, in the very near future a far greater event will occur and this will involve the entire universe, namely the universal war, known in Scriptures as the Armageddon or the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. This war, which is near at hand, will be by far the biggest from all times. Less people will survive this war and this will happen only because they have accepted the truth from God's Word and comply with it.
    That all the nations are now feverishly arming for war, no one will attempt to deny. If you ask the rulers of the nations why this great war preparation, not one will he able to give a satisfactory answer. All nations openly declare that they do not desire war, and yet they go madly on building all manner of machines for the destruction of men and property.
    What is the real reason why the nations are hurrying to war? The correct answer is, because there is an unseen power that is drawing all the nations into an armed camp. It is expressly stated in the Bible that it was written for the instruction of man at the time of the end of the world, where we now are. Furthermore it is stated in Revelation that God has given Jesus Christ a revelation of the things that must speedily come to pass following 1914 and that Christ in turn informs men of what is coming to pass, if such persons diligently seek to understand the truth.
    At chapter sixteen of Revelation these words are recorded, to wit: 'And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of that great day of God Almighty. . . . And they gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.' (Revelation 16: 13, 14, 16, R.V.) The word "dragon" there used is one of the names that God gave to the Devil; and the words "beast" and "false prophet" therein used are names given to the instruments which the Devil uses to accomplish his wicked purpose. "Beast" is the symbolic name used in the Scriptures to describe the visible or earthly part of Satan's organization that rules the nations of the earth and is made up of three elements, to wit, religion, commerce, and politics. "False prophet," used in this text, symbolically means that part of Satan's visible organization which is his chief spokesman or mouthpiece on the earth. t is really the wicked Devil speaking through the "false prophet" and using the United Nations dummy to deceive mankind.
    Do the rulers of the nations of the earth and those forming the "false prophet" know that the Devil is the real power that is drawing them into this universal war? The Scriptures and the facts show that they do not know and understand it. Although they have been repeatedly told and warned, they do not believe the testimony of God's Word, and hence are not enlightened. If the rulers in "Christendom" really knew and believed that the Bible is the inspired Word of God they would turn away from the League of Nations and forsake all parts of Satan's organization and would give their allegiance to the kingdom of God under Christ, which Jehovah declares is the only hope of the nations.
    Such gathering is being done by false messages declared and proclaimed to the nations by those unclean spirits. Those wicked ones the divine prophecy likens unto frogs, which symbolically means that they speak great swelling words, look wise, and make believe that they know much. The false messages that come out of the mouth of these wicked spirits may be summed up in these few words which they are declaring to the nations, to wit: 'Come, let us associate ourselves together in a league to rule the world; let us make peace pacts, set up world courts, and associate ourselves together in covenants, and together let us robe the earth in glory and beauty and make it a place fit to live in. Such is within the power of the nations, and let us do it.' That is an expression of a conspiracy of the nations, led by the Devil conspiring against God and His kingdom, as stated by the prophet, to wit (Psalm 2: 2, 3): 'The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us disregard God and his kingdom and run the world to suit ourselves.'
    Why, then, are the nations now so extensively arming for war? Are they doing this knowing that they are going to engage in the universal war? They do not know why they are arming, and can give no good reason why. There is no real reason why Japan should go to war with America, or why France should go to war with Italy. The real reason why the nations are arming is, because Satan and his wicked angels are forcing them into the great war camp with the hope and expectation of turning all the nations away from God and his kingdom, and also of destroying those people who stand firm for the kingdom of God. Thereby Satan expects to win the great question in controversy. The majority of the leaders of the nations of the earth do not believe the Bible, and hence do not believe that a universal war is impending and about to break.
    Since the year 1919 the three unclean spirits mentioned in Revelation 16 have been uttering their boastful words and working under Satan's direction to gather his forces to the universal war. On the Devil's side are all the wicked angels of the universe, led by Satan's chief marshal, who is named Gog. The ruling powers of the nations of the earth are completely dominated by Satan, and these form his visible organization, the chief part of which is designated under the symbols of "beast" and the "false prophet"; therefore says the scripture (1 John 5:19): 'The whole world lies in the wicked one Satan.'
    Universal war is absolutely certain to come, and that soon, and no power can stop it. The Almighty God has decreed that it shall be fought to rid the universe of wickedness. God does not change. (Malachi 3:6) His decree once made must be carried out. He says: "I have purposed it, I will also do it." (Isaiah 46:11) During the long period of waiting, from the resurrection of Jesus until now, God has commanded those who have faith in him to wait patiently for his due time to act. To such he has said (Zephaniah 3:8): "Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey; for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the lire of my jealousy."
    Through his prophet Zechariah God tells how the fight will begin and what will be the result. The Bible say: "I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle." "Jerusalem" symbolically stands for Jehovah's organization, and hence includes all who are on the side of God and his kingdom. Jehovah is Commander in Chief of all the forces of righteousness, and he selects the place of battle, and there the battle must be fought. That place is called "Armageddon", and against it Satan assembles his forces. When the visible rulers of this world have apparently subdued all opposition and when the telling of the testimony by Jehovah's witnesses is completed, the light will begin, and Jehovah God will fully demonstrate to all creation that he is supreme and all-powerful. Concerning this his prophet Zechariah (chapter 14) says: "Then shall [Jehovah] go forth and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle," in times of old.
    Guns, air machines, battleships, and poison gas will be of no avail against the forces of Almighty God under Christ. That universal war will demonstrate to all creation that the power hurled against the enemy is supreme and that hence it is Jehovah of hosts who is doing the victorious fighting. Says the prophet Zecha-riah (14:12): "And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.", This means that the visible forces of Satan, while standing on their feet and on the march, the Almighty God will mow down.
    Religious teachers will now say to you: "We do not believe anything of the kind. Do not hear those old fogy prophets." Their prototypes said the same thing in opposition to God's prophet Jeremiah, and then God destroyed them. (Jere-miah 28:1-17; 29: 20-32) When the enemy stood before Jerusalem and demanded immediate surrender and the repudiation of Almighty God, then Jehovah smote 185,000 of them in an instant. (Isaiah 37: 8-36) These things were recorded in the Bible merely as types of the universal war. Jesus says that universal war will be the worst the world has ever known.
    The net result of that universal war will be the complete destruction of every creature that stands on the side of Satan and fights against God. As to the number of the slain in that war, note these words of the prophet Jeremiah (25: 33): "And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground."
    The forces of Almighty God at Armageddon will be led by Jesus Christ, and concerning him it is written: 'He is called the Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth make war.' (Revelation 19:11-15) 'The armies which are in heaven follow him. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword with which he should smite the nations.'
    Mark again that it is the Devil and his organization that by means of deceit and fraud gather the rulers of the earth to the war, and concerning the result of that fight it is written (Revelation 19:19-21): "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against [Christ] . . . and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet. . . . These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword."
    The host of wickedness will suffer complete defeat at the hand of the Lord of righteousness, and then the Devil shall be destroyed, as it is written in Revelation 20:1-3: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more." Thus the righteous war shall completely and for ever cleanse the world of wickedness.
    The Scriptures disclose that the purpose of the battle of the great day of God Almighty is to vindicate the name of Jehovah, that is to say, to prove that Jehovah is the Almighty God of supreme power, that he is all-wise, that justice is the foundation of his throne, and that he is wholly unselfish. He bides his own due time to vindicate his name. He waits until wickedness has run its full course, and then he acts. He has selected Christ Jesus as his mighty instrument to carry out his purpose, because Christ Jesus is always faithful and true to Jehovah. Now Jehovah has enthroned Christ Jesus and sent him forth to destroy the enemy for the vindication of God's name.
    The time has com- when there is no middle ground to take. Every person on the earth will, within a very short time, be either on the side of the Devil and his organization or on the side of God and His kingdom. It is God's kingdom, and it alone, that can and will set you free and bring you the blessings you desire. Those who put their trust in God he will protect. Let every person who loves righteousness and who desires to see on this earth a government of righteousness and everlasting peace now take his stand on the side of God and his kingdom.