“Thy Men Shall Fall by the Sword”

Bryan Richards

Not only the women are to suffer humiliation at this time. The men will be killed in the war. In the destructions of the last days, the book of Revelation explains (in John's usual, figurative language) that the armies of Israel will face an army of 200 million and thereby one third of their men will be killed, 'By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths' (Rev 9:18). The prophet Joel also explains that the armies will be great in the valley of decision:

'Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.' (Joel 3:9-10,14)