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Armageddon in the Bible
In Revelation, angels pour "seven bowls of the wrath of God" upon the
Earth. Armageddon follows the pouring of the sixth bowl:
“ The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its
water was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the
east. And I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouth of
the dragon, from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false
prophet. These are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to
the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great
day of God the Almighty. And they assembled them at the place that in
Hebrew is called Harmagedon.”
This passage is ambiguous whether any event actually takes place here,
or whether the gathering of armies is only to be seen as a sign.
In fact, a gathering of the Roman army occurred at this place as a
staging ground for one of their assaults on Jerusalem in AD 67. This is
consistent with the preterits interpretation that seventh bowl of wrath
refers to events culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.
However, one indication that the book predicts a future event is the
mention of an army from the east of 200 million, a number that would not
have been possible in any battle of that period.
Another interpretation is that
the sudden death of Josiah, a religious reformer in his early 30s who showed
great promise of renewing a theocratic Jewish state, resulted in myths of his
triumphant return. Josiah is said to have died at the hands of the Egyptian
pharoah Necho II just as the Davidic monarchy was in ascendancy after a period
of disarray and corruption. His death precipitated the decline of a strongly
monotheistic faction in Judea in the years prior to the Babylonian captivity.
The idea that a Davidic king would return someday to fight and win at Megiddo is
an example of the myth of eternal return.
Megiddo is mentioned various times in the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Kings and
Chronicles describe a battle that took place there in 609 BC. This resulted in
the death of Josiah, a young and charismatic ruler whose quick and untimely
death precipitated the decline of the dynasty of David and may have inspired
stories of the return of a Messiah from this lineage. The valley is marked by
the presence of the archaeological mound or tell, representing the accumulated
ruins of Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements that flourished between 5,000 years
ago and 650 BC. Some would argue that the word "Armageddon" is an early example
of a mondegreen.
Armageddon is the location of
the final climactic battle between God, (also
known as Yahweh or Jehova) and Satan the Devil
mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the
Christian New Testament, or more generally, an
Pentecost further describes the area involved:
This wide area would cover the entire land of
Palestine and this campaign, with all its parts,
would confirm what Ezekiel pictures when he says
the invaders will 'cover the land'. This area
would conform to the extent pictured by John in
In mentioning the "participants in the
campaign", Dr. Pentecost lists:
* The ten kingdom federation of nations under
* The northern federation consisting of Russia
(see also Gog and Magog) and her allies
* The kings of the East, the Asiatic peoples
from beyond the Euphrates
* The King of the South, a north African power
Pentecost then outlines the biblical time period
for this campaign to occur and with further
arguments concludes that it must take place with
the 70th week of Daniel. The invasion of
Palestine by the Northern Confederacy "will
bring the Beast and his armies to the defense of
Israel as her protector". He then uses Daniel to
further clarify his thinking: (Dan. 11:40b-45).
Again, events are listed by Pentecost in his
1. "The movement of the campaign begins when the
King of the South moves against the Beast-False
Prophet coalition, which takes place 'at the
time of the end.'"
2. "The King of the South is joined by the
Northern Confederacy, who attacks the Wilful
King by a great force over land and sea (11:40).
Jerusalem is destroyed as a result of this
attack, and, in turn, the armies of the Northern
Confederacy are destroyed"
3. "The full armies of the Beast move into
Palestine (11:41) and shall conquer all that
territory (11:41-42). Edom, Moab, and Ammon
alone escape. . . ."
4. ". . . a report that causes alarm is brought
to the Beast"
5. "The Beast moves his headquarters into the
land of Palestine and assembles his armies
6. "It is there that his destruction will come.
After the destruction of the Beast at the Second
Coming of Jesus, the promised Kingdom is set up,
in which Jesus and the Saints will rule for a
thousand years. Satan is then loosed "for a
season" and goes out to deceive the nations,
specifically, Gog and Magog. The army mentioned
attacks the Saints in the New Jerusalem, they
are defeated by a judgment of fire coming down
from Heaven, and then comes the Great White
Throne judgment, which includes all of those
through the ages and these are cast into the
Lake of Fire, which event is also known as the
"second death", not to be confused with Hell,
which is Satan's domain. Pentecost describes
The destiny of the lost is a place in the lake
of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10, 14-15; 21:8). This
lake of fire is described as everlasting fire
(Matt. 25:41) (Matt. 18:8) and as unquenchable
fire (Mark 9:43-44, 46-48, emphasizing the
eternal character of retribution of the lost.
The word Armageddon in
Scripture is known only from a single verse in the Greek
New Testament, where it is said to be Hebrew, but it is
thought to represent the Hebrew words Har Megido,
meaning "Hill of Megiddo". Megiddo was the location of
many decisive battles in ancient times. Before the
Second World War, the First World War was commonly
referred to in newspapers and books as "Armageddon", in
addition to "the Great War".
highway sign indicating the approach to Megiddo
Junction, nearby Har Megiddo
Armageddon (Late Latin: Armagedōn, Ancient Greek:
Ἁρμαγεδών Harmagedōn, Hebrew: הר מגידו har məgidd˘) is
the site of an epic battle associated with the end time
prophecies of the Abrahamic religions.
According to traditional Christian interpretations, the
Messiah, the "Lamb", will return to earth and defeat the
Antichrist, the "Beast", in the battle of Armageddon.
Then Satan will be put into the bottomless pit or abyss
for 1,000 years, known as the Millennial age. After
being released from the abyss, the Beast will gather Gog
and Magog from the four corners of the earth. They will
encamp surrounding the holy ones and the "beloved city".
Fire will come down from God, out of heaven and devour
Gog and Magog at the Armageddon, and the Devil who
deceived them is thrown into Gehenna (the lake of fire
and brimstone) where the Beast and the false prophet
have been since just before the 1,000 years.
The word Armageddon appears only once in the Greek New
Testament. The word comes from Hebrew har məgidd˘ (הר
מגידו), meaning "Mountain of Megiddo". Megiddo was the
location of many decisive battles in ancient times (see
Battle of Megiddo). The town Megiddo is approximately 25
miles (40 km) west of the southern tip of the Sea of
Galilee (or Lake Tiberias to the Romans) in the Kishon
The Dispensational viewpoint interprets biblical
prophecy literally and expects that the fulfillment of
prophecy will also be literal, depending upon the
context of scripture. In his discussion of Armageddon,
J. Dwight Pentecost has devoted an entire chapter to the
subject, titled "The Campaign of Armageddon", in which
he discusses Armageddon as a campaign and not a specific
battle, which will be fought in the Middle East.
It has been held commonly that the battle of Armageddon
is an isolated event transpiring just prior to the
second advent of Christ to the earth. The extent of this
great movement in which God deals with "the kings of the
earth and of the whole world" (Rev. 16:14) will not be
seen unless it is realized that the "battle of that
great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:14) is not an
isolated battle, but rather a campaign that extends over
the last half of the tribulation period. The Greek word
"polemo", translated "battle" in Revelation 16:14,
signifies a war or campaign, while "machē" signifies a
battle, and sometimes even single combat. This
distinction is observed by Trench, (see Richard C.
Trench, New Testament Synonyms, pp.301-2) and is
followed by Thayer (see Joseph Henry Thayer,
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p. 528) and
Vincent (see Marvin R. Vincent, Word Studies in the New
Testament, II, 541). The use of the word polemos
(campaign) in Revelation 16:14 would signify that the
events that culminate in the gathering at Armageddon at
the second advent are viewed by God as one connected
campaign. —Pentecost, p.340
Dr. Pentecost then discusses the location of
this campaign, and mentions the "hill of
Megiddo" and other geographic locations such as
"the valley of Jehoshaphat" and "the valley of
the passengers", "Lord coming from Edom or
Idumea, south of Jerusalem, when He returns from
the judgment"; and Jerusalem itself.
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