Assembled at Armageddon?

While reading through Revelation I again run upon something that intrigues me. In the 16th chapter verse 16 of Revelation states, “And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” I am curious to find out what the author of Revelation meant when he wrote these words and more importantly, what is this statement representative of. In the verses leading up to the 16th verse the reader sets the scene for the assembly of a battle that is apparently about to ensue. “The original Hebrew word Har–Magedon literally means “Mountain of Megiddo.” Although no such literal mountain existed, a place known as Megiddo does exist. It is located at a strategic crossroads in the northwest of the area inhabited by the ancient nation of Israel. Many decisive battles were fought near that location. Therefore, the name Megiddo became associated with war.” Since many believe that the word Armageddon does not in fact represent the “end times,” but does however, represent a battle between good and evil, so writes the author of Revelation. The author sort of sets the stage for what is to come in the battle between good and evil, but after verse 16 the author doesn’t elaborate any further on the battle of Armageddon.” “Smiths Smaller Bible Dictionary gives the hill or city of Megiddo as the scene of the struggle of good and evil and this is suggested by the fact that the place had been a battlefield previously. The Plain of Esdraelon was famous for two great victories, involving the defeat of Sisera the Canaanite and Gideon’s rout of the Midianites, and also for two great disasters, the deaths of Saul and Jonathan and the defeat of King Josiah.” This to me makes perfect since as to why the author would use the battle field of Armageddon for a representative image of what is to come for this battle between good and evil. Again, like many other instances throughout the Bible, the author is relating to something that his audience would have a strong recollection of, and know very well to better represent what the author is trying to get across. This of course is all speculation amongst researchers, but I believe that the evidence is profound to what is being represented by the author of Revelation. The book of Revelation is a perplexing one to say the least, and will continue to intrigue generations to come.

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About ethanponder

My name is Ethan Ponder, I am from Cullman Alabama. Currently a student at Jacksonville State University where I am studying Liberal Studies.
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