What Is Armageddon?

The world will not be destroyed at Armageddon as many people believe. Armageddon has become synonymous with the destruction of the world. But what exactly is Armageddon? The answer may surprise you!

By Joel Hilliker

Armageddon is a biblical term directly associated with the Second Coming of Christ. Almost everyone has heard of it. World leaders and scientists frequently use this term when speaking of nuclear warfare and the destruction of mankind.

Yet few know what Armageddon really is!

What does Bible prophecy reveal? You may be surprised at who will be fighting whom at Christ’s coming, and where! Let’s understand exactly how Armageddon fits into Bible prophecy—especially with regard to the dramatic return of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ came approximately 2,000 years ago as a meek Lamb to be slain for the sins of the world. But when He comes again, He will be wrathfulangry—toward all evil! (Revelation 6:15-17). He will use His mighty power to punish mankind and change the ways that have caused all the sorrow and suffering on Earth.

The time of God’s punishment on rebellious mankind is called the “day of the Lord” in the Bible, and is described in more than 30 different prophecies scattered throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The Day of the Lord comes after the Great Tribulation—the time of Satan’s wrath, which will bring unprecedented destruction and devastation to the Earth (Matthew 24:21-22).

God’s wrath during the Day of the Lord is manifested in the seven trumpet plagues (Revelation 8 and 9; 11:15-19), which are unleashed consecutively over a period of months, culminating with the seventh and final trumpet (Revelation 11:15). The seventh trumpet announces Christ’s return and the terrifying seven last plagues, which complete God’s punishment (Revelation 15:1). This is when “Armageddon” comes into play.

The seven last plagues are represented symbolically by seven vials, or bowls, that are poured out on the Earth (Revelation 16:1-21). Notice what happens when the sixth vial is poured out: “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 …. For they are the spirits of [demons], 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. And he [should be they] gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:12-14, 16).

Clearly, Armageddon is a place where the armies of the Earth will be assembled. The demons mentioned in verse 14 will directly influence the leaders of nations—deceiving them with miracles—stirring them to a fever-pitch of hatred to fight the returning Christ (see Revelation 17:14), who by this time will already be in Jerusalem with His angels and resurrected saints.

Notice that the “way of the kings of the east” will have been made ready by the drying up of the River Euphrates (Revelation 16:12). This will enable the nations to the east to easily marshal their armies and armaments at the place called Armageddon.

The word Armageddon is a Greek form of the Hebrew name har Megiddo. It means “hill (or mountain) of Megiddo.” This is the site of the ancient city of Megiddo, which is about 55 miles north of Jerusalem, and about 15 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea. Anciently, the region that includes Megiddo and the Valley of Megiddo (on the southern border of the Plain of Esdraelon) was an important military site that guarded a nearby strategic pass.

For ancient Israel, Megiddo and the Plain of Esdraelon (also known as the Valley of Jezreel) became the battleground of the centuries. Time after time the blood of battle was shed there. Over and over again the 13 acre mound of Megiddo was refortified. It is a symbol of war and human conflict. And as the prophecy of Revelation 16 indicates, Megiddo and the Plain of Esdraelon will become the staging ground, or mustering area, for the greatest concentration of military might ever assembled! But Armageddon is not where the actual battle will take place.

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10 thoughts on “What Is Armageddon?

  1. oh what information . terribly sad on the part of those poor deceived ones that have no idea just how deceived they are. Since the time of Adam and Eve time.. The Garden of God, a place where the serpent deceived eve to believe in that first lie of Immortality of the Mans spirit, and then when Adam disobeyed the direct order from The Creator himself, when another one of Gods Creation the Ex-ArcheAngel the cherub that coverth the mercy seat, Lucifer, now known as Satan, or the serpent and to Adam at the time of his choosing of the tree of knowledge of good and evil condemns just about everyone born since that time. and completely cut off from God. Until that time of 4000 years later when God sent His Savior, Yahshua or aka Jesus Christ and though him ONLY gave us the gift of reconciling with God and to return to Him. But as most of mankind is still rebelling against repentance and obidence to Yahveh , and never repenting until the age of grace is finished, and will be judged by their works because they have failed to claim the gift that Jesus gave them, but most of all, they fight HIM in a battle and lose and are utterly shamed because of the many chances they have had to return and waited too long.. That is the very sad sad sad sad part, that most people would not heed and continued to mock and abase Gods People, acting like they are sincere, and some of them are, I can tell, but there are still too many that mock GOD after He died for them and continued to be patient towards them. And what is prophecy? They FIGHT GOD! GOD. THE HEAVENLY Father. who loves them dearly. I don’t understand such mockery, and refusal to listen to what others are saying by deleting their postings, but it certainly is so not about me and what I know biblically. If some still don’t give Christ respect enough to listen or to the Father who created them, if they don’t listen to them they will not listen to me or to anyone else and that my friends is the MOST sad part. They could make it easier for themselves, but the serpent is doing a fine job by deceiving alot of people.

    your friend in Christ,


  2. OH for the day When the World Tomorrow comes & all this war stuff is all over with. Thank You so much for sharing with us the dedication & poverty of our dear Philipine brethren & for reminding us that soon Jesus Christ will return & put an end to all the suffering on this earth. May God the father speed the day!!!

  3. Thank you for explaining us this subject in detail that we can understand it better and that we are prepared for this events. Often do people in the world use this word wrong and they will not understand it without the revelation from God. Out of this reason they also will fight in the end against Christ in this last war. But after all this everybody will listen and in this way get to know God what wonderful times are ahead of us.

  4. thank you for explaining this word-ARMAGEDON- that seems to confuse and distract this world science and earth inhabitant. i do hope that what is prophecy to occur after and before this gatering in the place will influence many minds to repent today before it is to late .

  5. Thank you Mr. Hilliker for explaining what Armageddon actually is. There will be a lot to do when Christ returns, and we are always reminded to be ready for the return of Our Husband Jesus Christ. Thank you for the understanding of this inspiring article!

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