Apostolic Preterist

Armageddon explained-

Armageddon explained-

: (the hill or city of Megiddo). (Revelation 16:16) The scene of the struggle of good and evil is suggested by that battle-field, the plain of Esdraelon, which was famous for two great victories, of Barak over the Canaanites and of Gideon over the Midianites; and for two great disasters, the deaths of Saul and Josiah. Hence it signifies in Revelation a place of great slaughter, the scene of a terrible retribution upon the wicked. The Revised Version gives the name as Har-Magedon, i.e. the hill (as Ar is the city) of Megiddo.--ED.). (references)

: Armageddon occurs only in Rev. 16:16 (R. V., "Har-Magedon"), as symbolically designating the place where the "battle of that great day of God Almighty" (ver. 14) shall be fought. The word properly means the "mount of Megiddo." It is the scene of the final conflict between Christ and Antichrist. The idea of such a scene was suggested by the Old Testament great battle-field, the plain of Esdraelon (q.v.). Source: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary.

Bible references

Main article: Christian eschatology
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Street sign in modern Israel indicates exit to Har Megiddo

In the Book of Revelation, God, ushering in the Great Tribulation judgments, commands seven angels to pour "seven vials of the wrath of God" upon the Earth.[2] Armageddon then follows the pouring of the sixth vial (or bowl):

"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. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon."[3]

Past fulfillment

A look at the topography will reveal that Armageddon is a small rise among others on a small elevated plateau close to a large level coastal plain large enough to accommodate many thousands of troops. Being that it doesn't dominate the surrounding area, it is not an obvious target, yet it is useful as a garrison and it has a water source. This explains why Josiah used the terrain to mask his approach as he attempted to ambush the Egyptians who were on their way to attack the Chaldeans. The reason was he was allied with the Chaldeans and he had the obligation to attack them. Within only a few years, other Jewish kings would revolt with the promised support of the Egyptians, yet they were unsuccessful and Jerusalem would be destroyed.

As a historical matter, gatherings by enemies such as the Assyrians, Chaldeans and later the Romans occurred at Megiddo as a staging ground or assembly area for subsequent deployments toward the fortified garrisons uphill from the coast. This is consistent with the preterist interpretation that the seventh bowl of wrath[4] refers to events culminating in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. However, one indication that the book predicts a future event is the mention of an army from the east of 200 million,[5] a number that would not have been possible in any battle of that period.(Totally symbolic number)



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