When one hears the word “Armageddon” they may think of that 1998 movie with Bruce Willis, or perhaps a meteor accompanied with a nuclear explosion that wipes out almost all of mankind while everyone is waging war against nations? Wikipedia defines it as “the prophesied location of a gathering of armies for a battle during the end times, variously interpreted as either a literal or a symbolic location. The term is also used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario.” The location of “Megiddo” is mentioned 12 times in the Old Testament with no reference to the prophecy mentioned once in the New Testament. In the New Testament it is mentioned in Revelation 16:16. The etymology is derived from the following:
har məgiddô (הר מגידו), har (Strong H2022) meaning “a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively): – hill (country), mount (-ain), X promotion.” This is a shortened form of Harar (Strong H2042) “to loom up; a mountain; -hill, mount”. Megiddo (Strong מְגִדּוֹן H4023) /meg-id-do’/ “Megiddon or Megiddo, a place of crowds.”) The name refers to a fortification made by King Ahab (869-50 BC) that dominated the Plain of Jezreel.
Many religions call this moment in time “the great day of God, the Almighty.” So what does Revelation 16:12-21 state?
12And the sixth Angel poured his vessel over the great river Euphrates, and its waters dried up that the way of the Kings from the East may be prepared. 13And I saw from the mouth of The Dragon and from the mouth of The Beast and from the mouth of The False Prophet, three foul spirits like frogs, 14For they are the spirits of Demons* who performs signs, which go into the Kings of the habitable Earth, to gather them to the war of that great day of God Almighty. 15″Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” 16And he shall gather them to the place called, in Hebrew, “Megiddo”. 17And the seventh Angel poured his vessel into the air, and a great voice went out from The Temple from before the throne, which said, “It is done.” 18And there were lightnings and thunders and there was a great earthquake, the like of which earthquake there has not been since people have been upon The Earth, it was so great. 19And the great city became three parts, and the cities of the nations fell and Babylon The Great was remembered before God, to give it the cup of the wine of his passion and of his wrath. 20And every island fled and the mountains were not found. 21And great hailstones, about a talent*, fell from the sky on the children of men, and the children of men cursed God because of the plague of hail, because his plague was very great.From verse 14 one can see where many believe it is “the great day of God, the Almighty” in this context. It seems that the Adversary’s spirits will gather for war. In verse 16, as mentioned above, shows where the Adversary’s spirits will gather, in “Megiddo.” The verses onward are where the seventh Angel brings God’s wrath upon the Earth, which is where you get those big blockbuster ideas for “end of the world” scenarios.
What makes these verses important enough for many to believe them as a prophecy? In Matthew 24:3 – the Disciples ask Yeshua the following:
And when Yeshua sat on Tor d’Zaytha, his disciples came and they were saying among themselves and to him: “Tell us when these things will be and what will be the sign of your advent and of the end of the world.”Yeshua answers them in Matthew 24:4-7 –
4Yeshua answered and said to them, “Beware that no man will deceive you.” 5″For many will come in my name, and they will say. ‘I AM THE LIVING GOD*, The Messiah’, and they will deceive many.” 6It is going to happen that you are going to hear battles and reports of wars, take heed that you will not be troubled, for it is necessary that all these things should happen, but it will not yet be the end. 7For nation will arise against nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom, and there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in various places. 8But all these things are the beginning of sorrows.Yeshua answers more throughout the chapter, but there is something that we can see going on here. The signs of the end of this world with His advent include the following from verses 6 and 7 specifically. In current events, the media covers there that there are wars and rumors of wars, especially in the Middle East, and with North Korea. Verse 7 states that nations/kingdoms will rise against each other, which is also occurring. Also, the world has never before seen the increased amount of earthquakes and blossoming plagues as it has now.
A specific example alluding to prophecy is corroborated by an 800-year-old prophecy called “Yalkut Shimoni.” From this Breaking Israeli News article, it quotes:
“Rabbi Yizchok said: ‘The year that Melech HaMoshiach [Messiah the King] will be revealed, all the nations of the world will be provoking each other. The King of Persia (Iran) will provoke the King of Arabia, and the King of Arabia will go to Edom (the West) to take counsel, but the King of Persia will in turn, destroy the entire world. The nations of the world will be outraged and panicked. They will fall on their faces, and they will experience pains like birth pangs. Israel too will be outraged and in a state of panic and ask, where do we go? But say unto them, “My children, do not fear, ‘Higiyah zman geulatchem’ [the time of your redemption has come]. And in the last redemption will be different from the first which was followed by further bondage and pain. After this last redemption, you will not again experience any further pain or subjugation.”It is clear that what is going on between Iran and Saudi Arabia, this war has been prophesied about, and it looks like North Korea will be the trigger to set off the nations beginning to gather to “Megiddo.” Many nations are already at each other’s throats, so the prophetic stage has been set. Many also attribute Ezekiel 38 of the Prophecy of Gog and Magog to this End time-frame. The “season” is upon the world because all of the signs spoken of in Matthew 24 from Yeshua are coming to fruition if they have not come to pass already.
Please note there are many prophecies and variations in which man is unable to understand. This write-up was a brief introduction in order for anyone reading to begin a journey of knowledge to aim them in the right direction. A lot of people may deny these signs of the end, and even more, think that they will escape tribulation. The destruction of all of the Earth when thought about may seem a bit crazy, but know that these prophesied things that are corroborated in other ways from other secular texts and history have been occurring whether or not it is believable or not. Secondly, know that with every end there is a beginning. The world is not just going to “blow-up” and then the world stops and everyone kicks their feet back and relaxes in “Heaven”. There is going to be a transition that will occur. Christ’s return is for Him to battle the Adversary to gain control back from all of the world, including the governments that are currently established. Not only that, but Christ will take His rightful throne on Earth and that will transition into the “New Kingdom” or as many will call “Heaven” which he will rule with peace, justice, and truth. Those who have followed the Almighty Father and His Son in obedience will be deemed worthy. No one knows exactly when these events will finally take place, only the Father knows. No one knows exactly how this will all work, but the main thing is to get right with the Almighty and ask for HIS understanding of prophecy, so that you may do His will above all.
Weekly Challenge:Do you know these prophecies on Armageddon? Do you think once something major occurs you will be safe due to what you believe, and how can you be certain? The Almighty Father has not taken vengeance on all of the evil here on Earth yet, and there is still time. While there is still time it is a great idea to get to reading and studying what will be occurring, after all, growth within your own destiny is a great thing. The Almighty Father has a plan for each of us, but if we do not seek His guidance and gain His understanding, it will be difficult to fulfill that righteous role and gain His promised inheritance in the New Kingdom.