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Future Wars Described in the Bible

Updated on January 25, 2015

The Bible describes at least three future wars. These wars will be far more cataclysmic than anything the world has ever witnessed. Each war will be progressively greater and more destructive, until the last one—Armageddon. In this final war 1/3 of mankind is killed. These future wars will result in:

  • Annihilation of huge armies
  • Destruction of entire nations
  • Extensive destruction making these lands uninhabitable

For my study series on the book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, at least the last war of Armageddon must be considered. It is described as one of the major events at the end of Revelation's Tribulation stage, in 16:14-16.

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Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist
Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist

An excellent study on why the nations surrounding Israel will become the beast in Revelation.


A closer look shows this war is a culmination of at least two (or may even more) preceding wars that build up towards the final all-out Armageddon war.

The following charts represent these future wars by summarizing the situation and outcome in two different columns. Scripture references are provided to the right.

The first war

In this first of the future wars, the prophet Isaiah describes Iraq (called Babylon in 13:1) "the whole country" as being destroyed "like Sodom and Gomorrah." The Palestinians are said by another prophet, Obadiah, to be wiped out by fire, leaving no survivors. Just the results in these two instances alone sound like catastrophic results of a nuclear attack.

These are not all. In Zephaniah and Isaiah, the total destruction of what we now know as the country of Jordan is foretold. Joel and Ezekiel tell of the complete destruction of Egypt, with even the Nile River being stopped. In Isaiah, again, what we know today as Syria and Hezbollah, and northwestern Saudi Arabia are also completely destroyed.

The end of Isaiah 17 explains that this is the resulting fate of those nations surrounding Israel who "plunder" and "ravage" it. In Isaiah 17:3, "Ephraim" which is another name for Israel loses a "fortress," or part of its fighting power.


"As you have done [to Israel], so it will be done to you" Ob. 15.

As America Has Done to Israel
As America Has Done to Israel

It is in this book where I saw explained the three wars foretold of by the various prophets of the Bible. The author shows how God has responded in the past to nations who mistreat Israel as a warning that nations who mistreat Israel will be destroyed in the future.


The second war

In the second future war, other nations respond to this massive complete destruction of the countries surrounding Israel. Included in this list are the rest of the Islamic countries.

Turkey, Iran, Libya, Morocco, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Greece and part of eastern Europe end up destroyed. When they advance against Israel with a tremendously huge army "like a cloud," Ezekiel describes such a terrifying earthquake hits that fellow soldiers kill each other (38:19-21). Then such heavy rain and hail with "fire and brimstone" falls on the attacking army (38:22) that their attack is stopped and the fallen are left as plunder for Israel (39:3-10). God then send every kind of bird and all wild animals to feast on their carcasses (39:17-20). This is also described in Revelation 19:17-18, as a precursor to the final war where "the rider on the horse," Christ, comes on scene.

It may be that this war is alluded to in Revelation 6:12-17 by a shift from seeming man-made destruction—in the fourth and fifth Seals—to God-made disasters, like earthquake. Should this be the case, then this second war carries over through the first five Trumpet judgments, just before the point where the 200 million mounted troops in the sixth Trumpet come into play.


The third war - Armageddon

The third future war begins by a huge army of 200 million unified to attack Jerusalem. They assemble in a valley 70 miles north of Jerusalem near the mount of Megiddo. Even as this huge army is amassed, one-third of mankind is killed (Revelation 9:15-16).

Zechariah provides a fuller account of what Revelation 16:18-19 references, when the seventh vial or bowl of judgment is poured out. Half of Jerusalem will be captured, looted, raped and go into exile (Zech. 14:2) and then the Lord will come with his saints (14:5). He will stand on the Mount of Olives, splitting it making a valley for a way of escape for the remaining city inhabitants (14:4-5). The Lord will then destroy the attacking nations with 100-pound hailstones (Rev.16:21; Zech. 12:9).

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THE COMING APOCALYPSE: What You Need To Know: A detailed look at what Jewish, Christian and Muslim texts have to say about end time events with ... and will it all culminate in Jerusalem?

Takes a look at writings of the three major religions, Jewish (Tanakh), Christian (Bible), particularly the Book of Revelation, and Islam (Qur'an and Hadith) and what they each say about their coming Messiah, Jesus, Mahdi, and Antichrist, predictions of global domination, the future of Jerusalem and the global wars and disasters to come.


In Summary

I have explained above where in the line of events in Revelation the second and third wars appear to occur. It is less clear where the first war occurs. However, it may well be that the first war occurs after authority to kill is given with the opening of the fourth Seal of 6:8. As this war results in the destruction of nations close to Israel, this could mean that it is those nations who are given this authority to kill and Israel responds by destroying those nations. This war then triggers another, the second war.

Should this be the case, the slaughter of the witnesses of God’s Word referred to in the fifth Seal (6:9) would seem to have been the result of this first war. The souls of these slaughtered are told to wait a little longer (6:11). It could be the wait for fellow servants to be killed is because the other nations are to gather in response with a huge army for a second war, where more of God's servants die before those nations are destroyed by the foretold natural disasters.

This would then suggest those natural disasters are the same events of the violent earthquake, black sun, blood moon, falling stars and separation of the sky of the sixth Seal (6:12-17). Terror strikes the governments of the nations. This then calls for God's response and the “Day” of God’s wrath comes.

The seven Trumpets of God's judgment then sound one after another, ending with no one left who repents. The seven Vials culminate at Armageddon, and ends with the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus’ return.

© 2011 Deidre Shelden

Do you think these prophesies are of three different wars?

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Olgakhumlo, Amen! God's message sent through the prophets is His truth to us, and truth we are to heed. And God's abundant blessings to you, as well. :)

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Cathleena, very helpful feedback! We share the same heart in this, I'm thinking. :)

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      olga khumlo 6 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

      Awesome and interesting! Has not God revealed to us and all mankind that we may worship the true living God? Praise God He has opened our eyes to believe all the prophecies.Thank you Ms Dee. God bless you.

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      Cathleena Beams 6 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Ms. Dee I found you through the questions and answers section and came to check out your profile. I like your writing style and love that you are sharing your insights into Revelations. I have been posting devotional type hubs. I'm always glad when I come across another hub that honors our Fierce and Almighty God. :o)

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Hxprof, good to hear you find these charts of the wars prophesied in the Bible that are yet to happen. It is largely based on the book posted with this, "As America has done to Israel". I highly recommend it.

      Yes, Babylon in 'last days' or 'end of time' prophesy can very likely be symbolic of another powerful nation or religious-economic system. I believe it even could be militant Islam, or at least partly that. There is much evidence that what we think of as Russia will be part of this end time evil system, as well--represented in Revelation as the Beasts. So, I guess I am in the minority view that you refer to.

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      Hxprof 6 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      You've done a fantastic job pulling together end of the age prophecy from all over the Bible. I'll be using your material to review the scripture for my own ongoing studies.

      One thing stood out for me. I noticed that the nation identified as Babylon in the first war is Iraq, which is destroyed with other countries nearby. I realize that many are identifying Iraq as Babylon (or at least a key element of Babylon) because it's the location of the original Babylon. Have you considered the minority view that Babylon is not describing Iraq, but another powerful nation that is the keystone to a world system, both economic and religious? That this nation and the system it rules is called 'Babylon' because it resembles the original Babylon, just far more powerful and all-encompassing?

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Glad to see you here, teaches12345. I just made some updates to this hub as I'm learning more, and then found your comment, so I may have missed your seeing them. I look forward to your further comments!

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Great coverage on the major wars in the Bible and helpful facts of what is to happen in the future.

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      Honor Meci 6 years ago from UK

      No problem! I'm quite new to hubpages so forgive my error, I thought my comment was on topic but evidently not! Thank you for your comments thus far, I look forward to discussing these issues further in the forum section. :-)

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Talisker, could you kindly ask your last question you asked here, and that I have not approved, starting a new Forum under the Religion section? I'd be glad to interact with you there. The reason is your questions are getting off the topic of this particular hub. Thanks!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      "Why are they so bleak"? Could it be you are not looking at them through the eyes of hope in the inheritance the saints will receive at the culminating end of these future wars? These wars are the consequences of evil pursuits by evil powers who receive their just reward of destruction. We reap what we sow.

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      Honor Meci 6 years ago from UK

      The future is a long time. Why is it the case that many of these prophecies are so bleak, is it perhaps a way of ensuring a faithful following, I mean what could be more enticing, a free pass away from the pits of fire as described in the book of revelation?

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      There are about 2500 prophecies in the Bible. Around 2000 have already been fulfilled and with no errors. (The rest, approx. 500 pertain to the future so have not unfolded yet.) The probability for any of these prophecies to be fulfilled by chance has an averages of less than one in ten--a very conservative figure.

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      Honor Meci 6 years ago from UK

      Interestingly these prophecies repeat themselves over the years, perhaps making them rather easy to predict? It is not a case of 'understanding' the bible, rather it is believing it. Why not follow the Quran in that case? What makes the bible correct?

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Talisker, the Bible is not only a message of comfort, but over a fourth of it is prophecy. There are 1,239 prophecies in the O.T. and 578 prophecies in the N.T. They are prophecies that with study and examination, we can learn to understand.

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      Honor Meci 6 years ago from UK

      I find it desperately sad that unless you give yourself to a religion you are doomed indefinitely, does that mean that a person cannot be 'good' unless they are religious?

      I also think the bible can be manipulated into any message the reader chooses to take from it, this has resulted in plenty of bloodshed over the years. I love the idea of the bible as an example to people and a source of comfort, however I feel that predicting wars is not conducive to the happiness of mankind.

      An interesting read!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Jo, good suggestion! I will certainly consider this, as Revelation is like a summary of all the other Scriptures.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      Another great hub! I really pray that you will keep this series going. Maybe you could include the scriptures of Mark, Luke and John, to back up the Revelation scriptures. Thank you for sharing. This is a vote up! Blessings and wisdom! :)

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Sheerah, the breakdown into three wars has clarified my understanding and was suggested in the above book. I put it into charts so I can have what the Scriptures say distilled in one place and explain it to others.

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      sheerah 6 years ago

      I love the way you've broken down what can become very confusing and turned it into something easy to understand and interesting! The charts are very helpful too! Very nicely done!

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      Deidre Shelden 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      It is the unrepentant who are doomed. Also, as you look at the charts and see what countries/nations are affected, it is those who attack Israel and then Jerusalem. See the link in the above Summary and look there at the event-line of Revelation. There is a reaping of earth's harvest in the middle of the series of Trumpets and Vials. Looking at Revelation 14 there are two reapers; one the Son of God, or Christ, and the other the angel over fire. It is those who are reaped as 'grapes' or the unrepentant who are doomed--"trampled outside the city". It is these who are also the one-third of mankind who are killed by the plagues; again the unrepentant.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Ms. Dee

      Is this our fate? Are we doomed?

      I think I mentioned it before but I really question if the bible is the word of God.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Ms. Dee, I have to say that you write about some really scary stuff. Living in America I think we seem to think that bad things will no longer happen, but then we should ask any returning soldier from Iraq and Afghanistan what "they" think. Then, of course, we should remember WWII and our own Revolutionary and Civil wars. But, really, Armageddon just seems to me to go beyond what is necessary. If God wants to kill one third of mankind why not just use a new virus? A really strong virus could wipe out "two-thirds" of mankind in just a couple blinks. Why destroy all the real estate? I don't mean to make this comment sarcastic, but...really...!


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