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“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city." Rev. 20:9. The camp of the saints, the beloved city, is none other than the pure church of God gathered out of all false religions in these last days. Such is the very host that John saw on the sea of glass mingled with fire; and they had victory over all false religions (Rev. 15: 2, 3). The hosts of hell, in order to compass the camp of the saints, “went up on the breadth of the earth.” This signifies the universality of the church of God, or Christianity. It will be everywhere-all over the world. Therefore all false religions will unite in a confederation that will be universal, and the opposition to the church of God will be universal. In the midst of this final conflict fire will come down from heaven and destroy them (Rev. 20:9). This ushers in "the great day of God Almighty.” “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, in that day.” 2 Thess. 1:7-10.
The End of All False Religions and of Their
We have seen that the final conflict between the pure church of God and all other religions of the world will end in the “great day of God Almighty." This will be ushered in by the coming of Christ in flaming fire from heaven, at which time all the wicked will be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his power. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever." Rev. 20:10. "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition." Rev. 17:8. “I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.” Dan. 7:11.
In Rev. 19:11-16 is a grand picture of the second coming of Christ. When he comes, he finds the beast and the allied armies gathered together to war against him and his army (verse 19). When all false religions of earth gather in opposition against the church of God, they are fighting Christ and all heaven, for his church is one in heaven and on earth. Christ's second coming will clearly reveal this fact. He will appoint them all to the great slaughter (verses 17, 18).
“And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Rev. 19:20. “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone.
.. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever." Rev. 14:9-11. “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants