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Monday, March 8, 2010

What is the war of Armageddon and does the use of the name Armageddon (Har–Magedon) mean that the war will be fought at a literal Mountain of Megiddo?

This name, more commonly rendered Armageddon, occurs only once in the Bible:

Rev. 16:16 says, "And they gathered them together to the place that is called in Hebrew Har–Ma·ged´on."

Rev. 16:14 provides context:

"And they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty."

The name Har–Magedon means “Mountain of Megiddo” and Armageddon has been linked with the ancient city of Megiddo, the site of many decisive battles in Bible times.

So will the war will be fought at a literal Mountain of Megiddo?

The problem is that there is no literal Mountain of Megiddo; only a mound about 70 feet (21 m) high where ruins of ancient Megiddo are found.

It is also quite evident that the kings and military forces of "the entire inhabited earth" could not fit into the literal Plain of Esdraelon, below Megiddo. The plain is triangular, only 20 miles (32 km) long and 18 miles (29 km) wide at the eastern end. -The Geography of the Bible (New York, 1957), Denis Baly, p. 148.

So rather than being a literal place, it evidently represents the world situation into which all nations are gathered in opposition to Jehovah God and where he will finally destroy them. This is global in extent. (See Jeremiah 25:31-33 and Daniel 2:44.)

For more, see:

Do You Know the Truth About ARMAGEDDON?

Armageddon—God’s War to End All Wars

ARMAGEDDON - A Happy Beginning

Are We Living in the Last Days?

Judgment Day—What Is It?

What Is God’s Kingdom?

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