Northeast of Caesarea (our previous stop) is Megiddo, Israel, the site of the biblical Armageddon. The word Armageddon only appears once in the Bible:
"Armageddon" is actually a combination of two Hebrew words - "Har" which is "mountain" or "range of hills" in English and "mgiddown" which is "Megiddo" in English. In the Book of Revelation, we can read about John's vision of future events. His vision occurred when he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea, for proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah. He was a beloved apostle of Jesus and was over 90 years old when the vision occurred.
Revelation 16 tells us about the coming "battle on the great day of God Almighty" and details The Seven Bowls of God's Wrath that will be poured out on the earth. The Book of Revelation is both fascinating and terrifying. And there I was, standing on Megiddo, overlooking the fertile Jezreel Valley.
The valley is huge, stretching for miles in many directions, and I tried to take photos of it in a series, sort of like a panoramic picture, to try to capture the immensity of it. This valley is the place of many battles throughout history. Recent excavations of the Megiddo tell (hill) have revealed well over 20 layers of civilizations that date back 8000 years.
Joshua 12: 20 the king of Shimron-meron, one; the king of Achshaph, one; 21the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one; 22the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one;
You can see why Megiddo is a great place to build a city! You can see for miles in many directions and would know when an enemy was advancing on the city.
1 Kings 9: 15 And this is the reason for the labor force which King Solomon raised: to build the house of the Lord, his own house, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer.
I found this drawing online at http://www.netours.com/content/view/139/26/1/3/ that demonstrates the water system:
Megiddo is rich in history and there are hundreds of websites and books in which you can read more about its past and its prophesied future. It was humbling to be standing on Megiddo, hearing about all the battles that have been fought there, even up to 1918 between British forces and the Ottoman empire. It's even more humbling to read the Book of Revelation about the coming final battle between Good and Evil.
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