The Battle of Armageddon
Jesse M. Hendley
Armageddon is the name in Hebrew har-mageddon meaning "the mount or hill of Megiddo." Megiddo was a hill town situated in the low hills overlooking a great plain in north central Palestine to which has been given the name Armageddon and where the armies of all the nations of the earth will be gathered by demon spirits and will be destroyed by Christ at His Second Coming in the final great war described as "the battle of the great day of God Almighty."
The place is also called by its Greek name Esdraelon and its Hebrew name Jezreel. It is triangular in shape with sides about fifteen, fifteen and twenty miles. Today travelers visit the ruins of a fortress city called Megiddo which guarded the plain against the armies traveling the caravan routes going north and south. It is a natural battlefield and we are told more bloody battles have been fought here than anywhere else on earth.
Here Sisera was defeated (Judges 5:19, 20). Gideon's Three Hundred routed the Midianites, Amalekites and children of the East (Judges 7). Saul was killed (I Samuel 13). Elijah destroyed the servants of Baal (I Kings 18•40). Josiah fought Pharoah-Necho and was killed (II Kings 23:29), and many bloody Jewish wars were fought. Armageddon is a fit place for the final battle of the destruction of the armies of earth.
This war will take place at the end of the Tribulation Period and at the Second Coming of Christ. This must be, because Antichrist will be in absolute and irresistible power for the last three and a half years before Jesus returns. It is clear from the two questions raised about him in Revelation 13:4. "Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" The answer is obviously, "No one is like him, and no one is able to make war with him for 42 months."
This total rule of the entire world is plain also from verse 7. "Power was given to him over all kindreds, and tongues, and ...
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