Tel Megiddo (Armageddon)

Tel Megiddo is one of three biblical tells (a hill/mound, usually with an archaeological site) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also known as Har Megiddo (har in Hebrew meaning “mountain”) and infamously by its Greek name Harmagedōn (Armageddon). Megiddo was an ancient city state situated in a pass overlooking the Jezreel Valley connecting the Egyptian-Assyrian trade route. Because of its strategic location, Megiddo was constantly fought over, by the Egyptians and Canaanites (15th century BCE), by the Egyptians and Judah (609 BCE), and by the Allies and the Ottomans in World War 1 (1918). Its constant siege and reconstruction led archaeologists to find over 20 layers of of ruins at the site. St. John prophesies in Revelations 16:16 that the final battle between the armies of good and evil will happen near the plains of Megiddo.

Taking the tour route through the tell, we first started at the ancient city gate (1), leading us into the ruins of the temple (2), overlooking Mt. Tabor (3) and the Jezreel Valley and the plains of the future apocalyptic battle (4, 7, 8). The archaeological site includes a also a grain silo (5), a small house (10), a post left by Pope Paul VI (9), and two stables (12-15). The southern gates (18) opens towards a kibbutz and near it is a large open gap leading to the depths of hell an underground water system (19). At the end of our tour we descended into the inferno underground water system (20, 21), and walked through a small bridge inside a tunnel over the river of fire water (22, 23).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on March 6, 2011.

One Response to “Tel Megiddo (Armageddon)”

  1. […] Tel Be’er Sheva is similar to Tel Megiddo, but looks much more like a city. The ruins here are much more complex and intricate; you can see […]

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