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Armageddon

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Armageddon: NET AVS NIV TEV
Harmagedon: NRSV
Har-Magedon: NASB
a large plain overlooked on the south west by the Carmel Mountain Range which has the town of Megiddo in its foot hills.

hill of fruits; mountain of Megiddo
Google Maps: Armageddon (32° 35´, 35° 10´)

Greek

Strongs #717: Armagedwn Armageddon

Armageddon = "the hill or city of Megiddo"

1) In Re 16:16 the scene of a the struggle of good and evil is
suggested by that battle 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 in Revelation a place of great slaughter,
the scene of a terrible retribution upon the wicked. The RSV
translates the name as Har-Magedon, i.e. the hill (as Ar is the
city) of Megiddo.

717 Armageddon ar-mag-ed-dohn'

of Hebrew origin (2022 and 4023); Armageddon (or Har-Meggiddon), a
symbolic name:-Armageddon.
see HEBREW for 02022
see HEBREW for 04023

Armageddon [EBD]

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.).

Armageddon [NAVE]

ARMAGEDDON, a symbolical name, Rev. 16:16.

ARMAGEDDON [SMITH]

(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.)

HARMAGEDON [SMITH]

(hill of Megiddo), (Revelation 16:16) in the Revised Version for Armageddon. The change is chiefly Har , hill, in place of Ar , city.

ARMAGEDDON [ISBE]

ARMAGEDDON - ar-ma-ged'-on Armageddon: Rev 16:16; the Revised Version (British and American) "HAR-MAGEDON") (which see).

HAR-MAGEDON [ISBE]

HAR-MAGEDON - har-ma-ged'-on (Harmagedon from Hebrew har meghiddo, "Mount of Megiddo"; the King James Version Armageddon): This name is found only in Rev 16:16. It is described as the rallying-place of the kings of the whole world who, led by the unclean spirits issuing from the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet, assemble here for "the war of the great day of God, the Almighty." Various explanations have been suggested; but, as Nestle says (HDB, s.v), "Upon the whole, to find an allusion here to Megiddo is still the most probable explanation." In the history of Israel it had been the scene of never-to-be-forgotten battles. Here took place the fatal struggle between Josiah and Pharaoh-necoh (2 Ki 23:29; 2 Ch 35:22). Long before, the hosts of Israel had won glory here, in the splendid victory over Sisera and his host (Jdg 5:19). These low hills around Megiddo, with their outlook over the plain of Esdraelon, have witnessed perhaps a greater number of bloody encounters than have ever stained a like area of the world's surface. There was, therefore, a peculiar appropriateness in the choice of this as the arena of the last mighty struggle between the powers of good and evil. The choice of the hill as the battlefield has been criticized, as it is less suitable for military operations than the plain. But the thought of Gilboa and Tabor and the uplands beyond Jordan might have reminded the critics that Israel was not unaccustomed to mountain warfare. Megiddo itself was a hill-town, and the district was in part mountainous (compare Mt. Tabor, Jdg 4:6,12; "the high places of the field," 5:18). It will be remembered that this is apocalypse. Har-Magedon may stand for the battlefield without indicating any particular locality. The attempt of certain scholars to connect the name with "the mount of congregation" in Isa 14:13 (Hommel, Genkel, etc.), and with Babylonian mythology, cannot be pronounced successful. Ewald (Die Johan. Schrift, II, 204) found that the Hebrew forms of "Har-Magedon" and "the great Rome" have the same numerical value--304. The historical persons alluded to in the passage do not concern us here.

W. Ewing


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