What Is The Battle of Armageddon? A Bible Study

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What is the Battle of Armageddon all about?  Where is it mentioned in the Bible?  What is the meaning of this end-time battle?

The Word Armageddon

The word Armageddon is a compound word.  The word may come from the Hebrew “har Megiddo” which means “mountain of Megiddo.”  Megiddo is not really a mountain but a large hill that was created by people long ago where ancient forts were built as a defense against other nations. Megiddo is located to the east of the Plains of Jezreel, which is just south of Galilee in what was originally Judea. Archeologists and Bible scholars can not completely agree on its precise location.  It may have been where Josiah was killed by Pharaoh Necho which is mentioned in 2 Chronicles 35:22.  The exact location of the mountain of Megiddo is not as important as the belief that a final, titanic battle between end-time forces will take place.  Napoleon once commented that it’s the perfect place for a battle to take place.

Armageddon in the Bible

Armageddon is only mentioned once by name in Revelation 16:14-16, They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” Exactly when this end-time battle will take place can only be speculated upon.  What is known is that the head of these kings are under the rule of demonic spirits and the head of this army must be Satan himself.  It is nothing for Satan to take over the human armies because Satan, who leads the whole world astray (Revelation 12:9) and has deceived the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation 13:14).  This battle will be like no other battle that has ever taken place because Satan has the power to go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth–Gog and Magog–to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore (Revelation 20:8).

It’s important to realize that the Book of Revelation is not written in exact chronological order.  That is, it is not written in exact time order or in a sequence of events.  What we do know is that Satan is The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (1 Corinthians 4:4).

What is Armageddon?

What is the Battle of Armageddon all about?

What is the Battle of Armageddon all about?

Not all scholars believe in the end-time battle of Armageddon. For example, there are many trustworthy scholars that do not believe in the rapture and that the Great Tribulation had already occurred in AD 70 when the Roman commander Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple.  They see this as the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy thatnot one stone would be left upon another (Matthew 24:2).  This was fulfilled in AD 70 when the temple was destroyed and ransacked and as Jesus precisely prophesied, not one stone was left on another.  Jesus said this during His famous Olivet Prophecy when the disciples asked Him about the signs of the end of the age and of His second coming (Matthew 24:3).

Other Bible scholars believe this battle is yet to occur and will be the culmination of the forces of evil, behind the sway of Satan and his demons, against Christ Himself and all His holy angels. Satan will have deceived the world so much that they actually believe that they can fight God and win!  That is the height of folly to believe that humans can defeat God.  Sadly, people who are deceived don’t know that they are, otherwise they wouldn’t be deceived.  Is this what God was referring to when He inspired Joel to write, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land (Joel 3:2)? The Valley of Jehoshaphat is believed to be the valley that lies just below Mount Megiddo.  What is interesting is that the name Jehoshaphat means “the judgments of Yah (God).”

Armageddon is not so much a place as it is an event just as heaven is more than a place but it is a Person – and that is God.  Will this great battle be the reason that the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord (Joel 2:31)?  The prophet Zachariah mentions an event very similar to that of Joel:A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south.  You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.  On that day there will be neither sunlight nor cold, frosty darkness. [reminiscent of Joel 2:31] It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.” (Zachariah 14:1-7)

Conclusion

Bible prophecy peaks our curiosity and it makes us spend much time in watching world events and trying to tie them into what the prophecies say.  The problem with getting too entangled into prophecy is that it takes our eyes off of Christ.  It makes us more a student of prophecy than a disciple of Christ.  Jesus wants us to keep our eyes on Him and keep looking up.  There is nothing for anyone to be concerned about in the world news or in Bible prophecy if they have placed their trust in Christ.  Who can separate us from our Saving God?  Short answer: No one or no thing!  As Paul wrote, Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:35, 37). Paul was convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans  8:38-39).  That about covers it all!  If you haven’t put your trust in Christ, you will be separated from God for all eternity.  My prayer for all of those who are reading this is that they will trust in Christ.  Then nothing “will able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Amen!

How do you keep your eyes upon Jesus? Read what He says and meditate upon His words:

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Patricia Schneider February 14, 2013 at 7:38 am

Another enlightening article with Scripture, Pastor Jack. Thanks to WCWTK’s other articles on the Book of Revelations and other Scripture passages pertaining to the ‘last days,’ I have a better comprehension of God’s Word.
Don’t recall if I read on this site, or somewhere else…but ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN THE LAST DAYS WILL BE. Not His Son, Jesus, nor the Angels know. Did I get that right, Pastor?

Having a ‘falling-out’ presently with my favorite cousin, Sheila.
She’s a ‘born-again Catholic’ to use her words. Sadly, Sheila has become beyond fanatic in her beliefs, there’s no talking with her w/out HER losing HER temper! Whew~! It’s a beaut!
The latest ‘discussion’ we had 3 days ago had to do with the First Lady, Michelle Obama and her efforts to teach schools about good nutrition. Sheila also believes President Obama is
‘the evil one from the east.’ When I asked her to show me in the bible what she’s talking about, she just replied, ‘Look it
up yourself.’
I feel so helpless and dumb, Pastor Jack. My knowledge of Scripture is still not up to ‘par.’ Do you know what the hay Sheila means by ‘the evil one from the east?’
I’m not trying to win any arguments w/Sheila…but her fanaticism is causing a definite rift in our relationship. Have known Sheila all my life, she was born when I was 5.
Of course I’ll continue keeping Sheila in my daily prayers, but do wonder if I should be friends w/her. Friendly, yes…but not share my beliefs.
Would appreciate your knowledge (through The Holy Spirit, of course) about this, Pastor Jack.
In Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Jack Wellman February 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

Patty, I agree that you should still keep the relationship open but to be close friends with someone who thinks the First Lady is the evil one is a mystery to me. There are no Scriptures referring to her as this and we are to pray for our president, even if we don’t agree with him or the First Lady. I would say the only thing you can do is to pray for her because only God can possibly change this woman’s hard heart (Prov 21:1).

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Patricia Schneider February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Thanks again, Pastor Jack!
(Sheila said PRESIDENT OBAMA was ‘the evil one from the east.’
Not the First Lady. Can see how you mixed them as wordy as I get…)
Sheila has changed so much since she became a ‘born-again Catholic about 12 yrs. ago. I hardly know her, and it makes me sad indeed. Of course I’ll continue to pray for her ‘hardened heart.’
In Christ, Jesus….Patty

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Robert February 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

Great article, Jack.
As usual, I am impressed with your transparency and thoroughness when tackling a subject as large as the endtimes. Thank you for including the fact that scholars interpret these verses differently. And also, the way you drew our focus back to Jesus, warning that too much focus on the details of these sometime confusing passages could distract us from our true focus, Jesus Christ. Thank you once again, Jack. You have shed light on some difficult areas and called us to a more dedicated allegiance to Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman February 15, 2013 at 10:32 am

As always my friend Robert, you are more kind to me than I deserve of which reminds me of the grace given to us. I appreciate your words. I claim to know nothing except that which was given to me by God and His Word, through the Holy Spirit and so to Him be all glory, honor, and praise.

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Jack February 17, 2013 at 6:49 am

Hello again, Pastor Jack! 😀 I have a question. Is it a sin to buy something on the Sabbath? Thanks, Jack H

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Jack Wellman February 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Thank you Jack. If it is something you need and you don’t spend the whole day shopping, I don’t believe it is sin. I think that we are not bound to the Sabbath laws as they were written for Israel, however, we should give at least one day of rest to our bodies and assemble with the saints in corporate (church) worship. Did this give you a satisfying answer sir?

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Jack February 18, 2013 at 4:15 am

Yes, your answer is perfectly satisfactory! 🙂 Thanks, but one more question. One of the Commandments say, Remember the Sabbath, keep it holy. I thought it meant work for sox days and rest on the Sabbath, but I have also heard that working on Sunday is not a sin. Could you clear up any confusion pls? Thanks, Jack H 😀

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Jack Wellman February 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

Just to let you know we have an article that addresses the Sabbath and on which day it should be observed at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/should-the-sabbath-be-on-saturday-or-sunday/

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Jack February 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

As a matter of fact, yais! 😀 One last question, though. One of the Commandments say, Remember the Sabbath, keep it holy. I thought this meant work for six days and rest on the Sabbath, but I recently learnt that working on Sunday is not a sin. Could you perhaps be so kind as to clear up any confusion? Thanks, Jack H

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Jack Wellman February 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

Hi Jack. If a man has to support himself and/or his family by working Sunday, I see no conflict for we are commanded to provide for our family and for ourselves as well. I do not believe it is a sin for we can keep each day holy and as Paul wrote, one man esteems one day over another.

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Ava McMullen March 2, 2013 at 6:42 am

Hi Mr Jack!
Awesome article. Thank you for writing
This as I have has questions. I appreciate
It.

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Jack Wellman March 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

Thank you Mrs. McMullen. I am encouraged by your comments. All glory, honor, and praise belong to our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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John Stefanyszyn November 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

Mr. Wellman,

Armageddon = seat of unity
Many interpretation of “armageddon” in Revelations 16:16 refer to a physical place near Israel.
This is not correct.
It does not refer to a physical place but to a state, a condition, a seat of unity (a powerful unified belief).

armageddon….in Greek….αρμαγεδων

This word is a combination of two words…αρμα…..&…..εδω.
αρμα = unity
εδω = seat
Therefore, the true meaning of armageddon is the “seat of unity”.

Rev. 16:12-16
And it (three in one) (the dragon, the beast, the prophet) with one belief, with one strength, with one voice, as unclean spirits of demons, went forth to all leaders of nations doing signs so as to gather (assemble, unite) for battle, opposition, contention against the rulership by a (the) One and Only Son of Almighty God, Jesus Christ.

Christ says…Behold , I come as thief to take away, against man’s will, that which is most cherished by him.
Christ says…watch, be on guard, be ready that you are wearing the blessed garment that will be acceptable to the One God, for any other will be taken away, leaving you in the shame of your nakedness and rejection.

And it (the dragon, the beast, the prophet) will , through its “powerful belief”, raise, gather together the rulers and nations to the condition/state of a unified seat of belief…to a unified ruling way of life that all will embrace….which will cause all of mankind to confront, contend, and battle Christ as the One King.

Which belief does the most powerful country promote as the right way?
Which belief do all rulers and men embrace?
….Freedom of self will…the desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES).
Today this is advanced as freedom of rights, freedom of all religions.
….this belief, this seat, dictates that it is right to be free to worship any ‘god’.

Look….do you recognize the signs? If not, then you do not want to see.

It is Only Christ that will rule as the One King according to and in obedience to the One Will of the Creator, and not according to man’s 1st love for his “freedom”.

John Stefanyszyn

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Richard July 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

John Stefanyszyn,

I once had a pastor tell me to not believe anything he ever told me… To instead study and research everything to know whether it is the truth or not. I have seen the same exact post on two different sites that you posted.
I looked it up and I am having trouble finding the definitions you use for the word Armageddon. The words I found for unity are henotes and even enotita… but nothing close to geddon or Arma… I would be interested to know what you are using to get this interpretation.
You also quoted Revelation 16:12-16 as, “And it (three in one) (the dragon, the beast, the prophet) with one belief, with one strength, with one voice, as unclean spirits of demons, went forth to all leaders of nations doing signs so as to gather (assemble, unite) for battle, opposition, contention against the rulership by a (the) One and Only Son of Almighty God, Jesus Christ.” Again I went to the KJV and it reads a bit different… “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. 13 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. 14 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. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”

Here we see the word Armageddon is not a proper Greek word but a Hebrew word Armageddon…. I would be very curious to know which version of the bible you are using?

I see you quoted scripture, “Christ says…Behold , I come as thief to take away, against man’s will, that which is most cherished by him.
Christ says…watch, be on guard, be ready that you are wearing the blessed garment that will be acceptable to the One God, for any other will be taken away, leaving you in the shame of your nakedness and rejection.” Again the KJV version is much different on both accounts…
No matter how valid a point might be if we are to quote scripture we should quote it without changing any part of it…
Rev 22:18-19, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

I am not condemning, I am merely curious as the where you have gotten this material.

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Funmi January 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Can a Christian have gem stones just for keeps?

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Funmi January 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Can a Christian have gem stones just for keeps? Since its from God.

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Jack Wellman January 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Thank you Funmi for your question. I see no reason why a person can’t have a gem stone to keep. I believe that accumulating wealth is wrong without sharing it with those less fortunate but what you say is not the same thing. I believe it is fine.

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