In Proposition 163, George Peters states:
“This Kingdom will be preceded by the predicted “battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
In this propostion, Peters is not setting out to establish that a battle will take place as he has already noted that fact in previous propositions. What he does strive to do is to elaborate on specific elements of the battle, most notably how the Antichrist and his “kingdom” will attempt to essentially rule the world through civil, military, and spiritual means and in doing so, will make war against the people of God. Of course, this false kingdom will meet its end in a spectacular fashion which Peters alludes to in the below observation.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 163 is the following:
“The greatness of this Antichrist in his civil and military aspects, which are, as we have shown, sustained by the religious, is also predicted. The Spirit beholding in prospect the coming of this gigantic power says (Rev. 13:3-4), that “All the world wondered after the beast” and “they worshipped the beast, saying: Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with the beast?” The beast is a civil polity; it is, as we have shown Prop. 160, the revived Roman Empire in a modified form; and the last head, the virtually eighth, is, as the controlling head or the representative of it, this beast. It is by virtue of hsi being thus the head of civil government that he is enabled to make and carry on the extensive military preparations announced by Daniel (latter part of ch. 11, see Prop. 160) and the prophets. He will surely overcome all oppositio that other civil powers may excite, for it is written: “and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.” We are told that he will not reach the climax of power and arrogance without meeting foes whome he will overcome with much bloodshed. But in the wars carried on, he shall be successful, being prospered beyond all precedent. This is purposely allowed both as a punishment to the nations (inflicinting the predicted distress of nations), and to make the final overthrow of Antichrist the more impressive in the eyes of the world. Under the most specious pretexts, including that of religion, preparatory to the final conflict. While he is thus meeting with success and elevating himself to the most lofty and commmanding position, believers will ponder such passages as Joel 3:16; Ps. 92:7-9, Micah 4:11-12; Ps. 37 and 73; Heb. 1:12-17; Is. 35:4, etc., anticipating, by faith, his utter destruction. It seems that God intends to show in the most striking manner, both by allowing this ascendancy and by the subsequent overthrow, how utterly vain and false are the high-swelling expectations inculcated by rebellious reason in behalf of “Collective Humanity,” unified and deified in the person of the last head.”
Some might wonder why God will allow someone like the Antichrist and his fellow conspirators to take control of the world in the end of days. I think Peters notes an important reason and that is to make the fall of the Antichrist and his minions all the more spectacular. You see only pride and sheer hubris can cloud a person enough to bring them to the point where they actually think making war against God and His people will come to a successful outcome. The Antichrist will seem to be achieving success at ever turn. As with the current seemingly victories of the wicked, this will be short-lived. Success will be fleeting.
Furthermore, this period can be construed as a time of testing for the saints. Will this period of history serve as a pruning hook if you will for the saints? We are after all called to endure to the end, placing our faith and trust in the promise that God will be triumphant. Even if physical death is the result of declaring our faith in God in the face of the onslaught of the Antichrist’s evil reign, so be it. As Peters has rightly noted, the righteous can have confidence is such passages as:
Joel 3:16 – “The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel.”
Ps. 92:7-9 – “That when the wicked sprouted up like grass and all who did iniquity flourished, It was only that they might be destroyed forevermore. But You, O LORD, are on high forever. For, behold, Your enemies, O LORD, For, behold, Your enemies will perish; All who do iniquity will be scattered.”
Micah 4:11-12 – “And now many nations have been assembled against you Who say, ‘Let her be polluted, And let our eyes gloat over Zion.’ “But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD, And they do not understand His purpose; For He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.”
Is. 35:4 – “say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.”
(By the way, I am now sure the reference made in the observation to Heb. 1. There are only 14 verses in that chapter.)