What Is “Armageddon”?
Dr. Mark Hitchcock (of Faith Bible Church) recently stopped by the Credo House to teach a course on the book of Revelation. Because Dr. Hitchcock’s class was a 27-part seminary-level course he talked a lot about every facet of Revelation, including defining some crucial terms for us.
This is the second in a series of videos where Dr Hitchcock helps us get a basic understanding of some of the special terminology associated with Revelation.
Watch Dr. Hitchcock’s first video where he defines the word eschatology in less than a minute.
Yea, Armageddon, again, is one of those words… probably most people that don’t know anything about prophecy have heard the word Armageddon.
In our popular culture today it just kind of means something devastating, a disaster.
You know there’ll be a terrible hurricane and someone will just say it was Armageddon.
They kind of use it in that way.
But Armageddon is an actual place. It’s a geographical location up in the northern part of Israel.
The word “har” (Ἁρμ) in Hebrew means “mound” or “hill”. And, so it means “mount Megiddo” or the “hill of Megiddo”.
And that’s a location up in northern Israel that overlooks what’s called the Jezreel valley.
The Jezreel valley is about 20 miles long, about 14 miles wide.
Napoleon himself said it was the ideal battlefield on the earth.
And the Bible says that at the end of time and the end times that all the armies of the world are going to be gathered there to this place called Armageddon in the land of Israel.
The Bible doesn’t tell us why they’re gathered there. So we don’t know for sure.
But that will be the place where armies are gathered when Jesus Christ returns at His second coming.
So Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus are the two events really that culminate this current age.
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