Armageddon: from the Hebrew har (mountain)+ megiddo, or “the mount of Megiddo”, transliterated to Greek, Harmagedōn.
From the 15-acre summit, there is a magnificent view of the valley, or ‘plain’, which spreads out and is also known as the “Jezreel” in the OT.
Located 60 miles north of Jerusalem, the immensity of the plain is so astonishing that when Napoleon Bonaparte first viewed it in 1799, he was reported to have said: “All the armies of the world could maneuver their forces on this vast plain…There is no place in the whole world more suited for war than this…[It is] the most natural battleground of the whole earth”.
Build-up to Armageddon:
Mid-way point of the tribulation – Revelation 13:
- Antichrist is mortally wounded
- Satan enters the man – false resurrection
- False Prophet – 3rd member of the evil trinity: clergy, false church
- Mark of the beast – buying and selling – worship the beast
- System of religion, government and finance
Daniel 9:27 (NIV) Abomination of Desolation:
“He (Antichrist) will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ (7 years). In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
Revelation 16 – The Final Judgments (Bowl):
- Loathsome sores
- Sea turns to blood
- Rivers and springs turn to blood
- Men are scorched
- Darkness and pain
- Euphrates dries up
- The earth is shaken
“And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.”
- King of the North: Re-formed Gog Magog including Lebanon and Syria, (Ezek. 38:1-6)
- King of the South: Egypt, North Africa (Dan. 11:40)
- Western Alliance, Beast Army of Antichrist – revived Roman Empire (Psalm 2:1-4; Rev. 16:14, 19:19)
- Kings of the East – China, India, South East Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan (Rev. 16:12)
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”
This is the closing battle of the second 3½ years of the Tribulation leading to the return of Jesus Christ.
Antichrist moves his army to Jerusalem fulfilling Luke 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.”
“He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.”
(“Many countries” means the defeat of many nations that have gone after God’s chosen in Edom)
Edom, Moab and Ammon (Jordan) are protected from Antichrist because the chosen people are in that country.
“He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.”
“But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.”
The kings of the East are coming (Revelation 16:12) to battle Christ. By this time in the great battle, the kings of the north and south will have been weakened and a 200-million-man army from the east (of Israel) will cross a dried-up Euphrates River to try to stop Christ on His return.
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.”
“And all Israel (the house of David) will be saved.“
“And he (Antichrist) shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas (Mediterranean) and the glorious holy mountain (Temple Mount); yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”
It will be the bloodiest battle in history (Ps. 2:2-3; Zech. 14:3). The destruction resulting will be such that the blood of the armies will reach to the horses’ bridles for 200 miles.