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Megiddo Kings Battle (Revelation 16.15-17)

"'Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.' Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, 'It is done!'" (Revelation 16.15-17)✞

Highway from Egypt

ArmageddonThe idea of an end of the World confrontation between God and the forces of evil is an old one. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 2.2, "The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed." This battle was to take place at a place called Armageddon or a mountain or range of hills which may well be connected with the name Megiddo. Megiddo is not in fact a mountain but a "tell" or a hill created by generations of people living on the same spot. Before the days of garbage removal or recycling the people simply dumped their rubbish outside and this built up over time. If a fire or earthquake destroyed a house, they simply rebuilt on the rubble outside. A good example of this is Jericho where the modern tourist can look down upon what was originally a tower in the city wall. Megiddo is in the Plain of Esdraelon, which was part of the great highway from Egypt to Damascus. From ancient times to the time of Napoleon, Megiddo was one of the great battle grounds of the world. This was the plain where Barak and Deborah overthrew Sisera and his chariots recorded in Judges 5.19, "Kings came, they fought, the kings of Canaan fought. At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo, they took no plunder of silver." This is where Ahaziah died by the arrows of Jehu in 2 Kings 9.27 and where the good King Josiah of Judah in 2 Kings 23.29-30 perished in the battle of Megiddo at the hand of Pharaoh Necho the Second in BC 609. It was a tragedy which burned itself into the Jewish mind and which the Jews never forgot. It was "a battle ground" says the Biblical scholar H. B. Swete (1835-1917), "familiar to any student of Hebrew history." When Ezekiel was describing the last struggle with Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38.8-39.17, he said that the final victory would be won in the mountains of Israel. It may well be that John of Patmos spoke of this last struggle as the "Megiddo kings battle" in Revelation.

"Megiddo Kings Battle"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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