Greek: Ἁρμαγεδών —transliteration: Harmagedón
Revelation 16:16 NKJV, KJV, ESV, etc.
also known as: Har-Magedon (Rev. 16:16 NASB) or Harmagedon (Rev. 16:16 NRSV)
Literal meaning: “Mount Megiddo” or “mount of Megiddo”
This symbolic name occurs only once in the Bible. It designates the place where the “battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Rev. 16:14) will be fought—the most enormous and deadly battle of all times.
The Apostle John John describes a prophetic vision given to him by Christ.
“I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to 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 am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.” —Rev. 16:13-16 NKJV
Armageddon is the scene of the final, apocalytic world war between Christ and the Anti-Christ (controlled by Satan and supported by his demonic forces). As result of this battle, the Anti-Christ will be destroyed along with all sinful mankind who steadfastly reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The only survivors on Earth will be true followers of Christ, who will then enter into the Millennial kingdom. Satan and the fallen angels will be imprisoned in The Bottomless Pit for a millenia.
“Throughout much of His earthly life, Jesus walked by or gazed down on ‘Armageddon,’ the battleground of history. We can now join him in looking to this same place in expectation of the day when He will rise to win the final victory over the Adversary.” —David G. Hansen, PhD, “Megiddo, The Place of Battles”
This battle takes place immediately before the beginning of the Millennium—the 1,000 year Earthly Kingdom of God.
Article Version: March 20, 2019