In the final book of the LOTR series we have the epic battle fought between the forces of Sauron and the decaying world of men huddled in Minus Tirith
of Gondor. Classic good vs evil. In their darkest hour they are saved for a time by Gandalf the White (who has been somehow resurrected from the
dead) and Rohan and King Theoden. Then ultimately, they are saved by a ghostly or supernatural army (Deadmen of Dunharrow). These forces of Sauron
are destroyed on that one battle field. Of course later with Frodo/Sam/Gollum's destruction of the ring Sauron and his kingdom are also destroyed.
Thus a new age begins.
In the book of Revelation there is also a final battle known as Armeggedon. Armies gather to do battle in the middle east in an area known as
Meggido. In Revelation 9. a vast army of 200 Million(Rev 9:16) horsemen is mentioned. Further it is said they kill one third of mankind. this must
happen over a time period leading up to the battle of armeggedon.
Some description is also given of the "horses".
>>17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the
horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of
fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like
snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
Past bible scholars have suspected maybe the 200 Million are from China. More recently they think it could be Islamic nations and possibly China. I
guess none of them thought of the logistics to get such an army there. It would be months assuming they have food and water then the weopons they
carry would be insignificant compared to the weopons of mass destruction we know about. If not China - where are they?
Some have mentioned this is not an army of men! Rather some type of demonic forces. OK going with that idea Rev 16 goes a bit further >>
12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. 13
Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth
of the false prophet. 14 They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle
on the great day of God Almighty.
Apparently they know when and where God Almighty will be ...right? They are going to Kings of the world to gather them. Must be some demonic
knowledge to know how and when..I guess where is covered. It will take time to get them all there. Not just time..where do planes land, boats dock.
To get them at a specific place. Doesn't sound like good military strategy to put everyone in one place to me.
I'm just saying a lot of supernatural stuff must be going on now(as it does allude to). Maybe teleportation, maybe new technologies. Maybe John is
describing high tech antigrav vehicles(capable of high speed) instead of horses.
I also realize maybe this is more symbolic and not to be taken so literal.
Of course we know that Christ returns and triumphes over these forces of evil and then sets up an earthly kingdom.
To sum this up here are some of the questions I see.
Hard to understand where is the US(maybe the Anti-christ) - are the armies of the East at least possibly partly composed of Chinese? Could the armies
be from within the earth- unknown to us now? How are the armies massed?
I guess you see I differ somewhat from Tim Lahaye and Jerry Jenkins (authors of "Left Behind"). Yeah, I'm still a pre-tribber so if this happens
in the next few years I believe I will miss it. I know some of you will just say the bible is fiction. Other's will say don't worry or waste your
time on such things..