Revelation 16:12-16, “And the sixth Angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue ARMAGEDDON”
Revelation 19:19, “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army”
What exactly is the war of Armageddon? Is it to take place in the Middle East? Is it to be originated by the antichrist? Let’s take a journey on this most terrifying subject.
The word “Armageddon” appears but once in the Bible (Revelation 16:16).
The origin of this word has been variously formed, and variously translated. It is Nwdgm rh har-megiddon, “the mount of the assembly;” or Nwhdg hmrx chormah gedehon, “the destruction of their army;” or it is wdgm rh har-megiddo, “Mount Megiddo,” the valley of which was remarkable for two great slaughters: one of the Israelites (2 Kings 23:29), the other of the Canaanites (Judges 4:16; 5:19).
But Mount Megiddo, that is Carmel, is the place, according to some, where these armies should be gathered. In Bible days, the town of Megiddo occupied a very marked position on the southern edge of the Plain of Esdraelon, and commanded an important pass into the hill country. This locality was the great battle-ground of Palestine, on which were fought many of the famous battles of Old Testament history.
It was a town belonging to Mannaseh (Joshua 17:11); “And Manasseh… inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, even three countries”. Deborah fought here (Judges 5:7); “…that I arose a mother in Israel”. Josiah was killed in this battle, and he was a reformer (2 kings 23:29-30).
It was originally a Canaanite cities, it took a long time to take possession of it and it was rebuilt by Solomon. (1kings 9:15). And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.
But here in Revelation 16, we find that the kings of the earth and of the whole world are gathered together unto Armageddon “to the battle of the great day of God, or of the great DAY OF THE LORD.
The Battle of Armageddon.
But what is the battle of Armageddon?
Up till this moment, it has been very ridiculous how men have tried to conjecture up the reality of this war.
In the past years, some eager but obsolete seers and self-inspired prophets have gone on to indicate certain happenings on the earth as the supposed war of Armageddon. At one time it was Austerlitz, at another Moscow, at another Leipsic, and then the Waterloo with regards Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Watchtower and Tracts Society again, interpreted Psalms 90:10 as the length of a generation to be 80 years, and since 1914 plus 80 equals 1994, they predicted Armageddon would occur around that year. No Armageddon.
But again, in 1995 they said, Armageddon is not coming, and that Armageddon has been delayed so the end of the world was no longer near.
In 2018, John Hagee in His Book, “Earth’s Last Empire”, predicted the soon coming war of Armageddon in the Middle East.
And thus, they have gone on, and will go on, confounding and being confounded by the predictors because they are looking at the wrong directions for its fulfillment.
So, it’s important we deal with this all important subject to get the reality as to what it is all about.
To be continued…