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The word 'Armageddon' comes from a Hebrew word Har-Magedone, which means 'Mount Megiddo' and has become synonymous with the future battle in which God will intervene and destroy the armies of the A...
Armageddon comes from the word Har Megiddo. This is a Tell or small Mountain in the Valley of Jezreel. This Valley has seen many battles from ancient times to today. Hittites, Egyptians, Persians, Babylonian, have all fought in this Valley. Battles were fought there in World War One and Two. Har Megiddo is a hill in this valley and contains many ancient cities as Archaeologist dig deeper.
My opinion is contrary to the general interpretation of Rev 16:14,16. Here is my alternative viewpoint for those interested. Armageddon has been a place of many battles as Michael has indicated. Also, the god of the Beast is the god of forces (Dan 11:38), or battles. Verses 16:14,16 describe how all the kings of the earth and the world are gathered together in a miraculous way into one place called Armageddon. This is apparently done to coordinate strategy among the different kings in response to the threat posed by the kings of the east in Rev 16:12, and Dan 11: 44, or one last attempt at a false peace offer. This final battle is indicated in Isa 63:1-6, Rev 19:11-21, and Rev 9:13-20, and takes place to the south of Israel in the land of Edom, not in Israel. Note that Rev 19:19 mentions the armies of the kings of the earth, but Rev 16:14 only mentions kings, not armies. In short, there is no final battle of Armageddon located at Armageddon. If there were, it would be described in the Old Testament, since the New Testament contains no new battles for Israel not already found in the Old.
The word "Armageddon" derives from three words "arma" which means, "a heap of sheaves"- "gai" which means, "valley" - "don" which means "judgment". All together, the word means "heap of sheaves in a valley for judgment". We don't know of the exact location for the judgment, but an ideal location is Mount Sinai.
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