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Bev. James M. Gray 215
come, but on this that is before us the opposite will be the case, and
Jerusalem will be triumphant and the Gentiles will be overcome;
not because Jerusalem is so mighty but because Jehovah shall fight
for her (see Zechariah 14).
But this is not the battle of Armageddon, in the third place, because
it does not represent the right alignment of the nations. The nations
fighting in that day will be those of the Roman Empire federated once
more under a single head, greater than any Caesar that mighty despot
referred to figuratively in the Bible as "the beast," and sometimes
spoken of as "the son of perdition," and "the Anti-Christ."
The Roman Empire Revived
Which are the nations of the Roman Empire? On the east they in-
clude, speaking loosely, Palestine and Turkey in Europe; on the south,
Egypt and the northern strip of Africa around the Mediterranean sea;
on the north, Greece, the Balkan States and a part of Austria-Hun-
gary; on the west, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Great Britain.
Russia is left out, for she was never in the Roman Empire. While
she is an ally today of some of the nations that were in that empire,
eventually, and before the battle of Armageddon, she will be divorced
from them. Notice that Austria-Hungary was partly in the Roman
Empire and partly not, so the day is coming when her territory will
be divided, and that day seems pretty near, as we read the news-
papers now. Germany was not named. She was never in the Roman
Empire, except that part of her territory west of the Rhine, and
there is little doubt that she will lose that and Alsace-Lorraine will
be given back to France.
These are some of the things that the Word of God reveals to us
when we come to it submissively and obediently, for "the secret of
the Lord is with them that fear Him and to them will He make
known His covenant." One thing that is going to result from this
conflict is a realignment of the nations, a separation of some and a
coming-together, of others, which will bring Nebuchadnezzar’s image
into evidence again before "the great and notable day of the Lord"
A Personal Appeal
I want to say this, in closing, that when we speak of the kingdom
of God on the earth, or as represented in the glorified Church of
Christ that will be ruling over it, we need to remember that there
is only one way for an individual soul to enter it. Jesus taught us
what that way was, when, in addressing Nicodemus, in the third
chapter of John, He said: "Verily, verily, I say unto you. Except a
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

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