|dc.contributor.author||Oluikpe, Ikechukwu Michael||
|dc.description||Unpublished Dissertation (PhD Religion)
Shelf Location: BS649.A68 .O43 2011 ATDC||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||The word "Armageddon" appears only once in the
whole Bible as the name of the site for the eschatological
battle on the great day of God the Almighty (Rev 16:16).
Though it appears only once in the Bible, it has been the
subject of a variety of interpretations. These
interpretations can be divided into two major groups:
Armageddon as a literal geographical place and Armageddon
as a symbolic theological place.
In the light of the differing opinions on the
subject, this study explores the interpretation of
Armageddon through the theological lens of the divine war
motif. This is also done in an attempt to provide a
unified, integrated understanding of the subject.
Based on the context of the Apocalypse, the battle
of Armageddon is a battle of God's ultimate response to
gathering against Him. The Hebrew place name Armageddon is
symbolic of God's Mount of Assembly/Gathering: Mount ZionNew
Jerusalem which is symbolic of God's universal kingship
and government. The battle of Armageddon therefore involves
God's ultimate response to the gathering and uniting of
sinful rebellious beings (human and superhuman alike)
against God's government and all that is God's.
Though the symbolic views of Armageddon appear to
differ, they all agree on one point: The battle of
Armageddon points to the eschatological battle between God
and all evil. Like the doctrine of salvation, each symbolic
view stands as a metaphor or illustration from a different
perspective for this final battle.
From the perspective of divine war, the battle of
Armageddon has two aspects: the attack of the saints by the
end-time evil confederacy (the preparation for the battle)
and God's response on behalf of His saints (the battle
itself). The divine war motif emphasizes the second aspect.
Armageddon is not just the ultimate battle between good and
evil. It is God's final and complete victory over evil. The
good news of Armageddon is that God will win in the end.||en_US
|dc.publisher||Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies||en_US
|dc.subject||Armageddon -- Biblical teaching.||en_US
|dc.title||Armageddon as divine war in the Apocalypse||en_US