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Megiddo – The Battle is the Lord’s!
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Megiddo. What comes to mind? What if I add the word Mount and write it in Hebrew (Har Megiddo)? Still not register? What if I write it as in our English Bibles and it becomes Armageddon (Rev. 16:16)? Now it grabs our attention! But can we actually go there?

We’ve been gaining Insights to Israel, and today we move to Megiddo or Armageddon.

Join me as we visualize its geography. Megiddo is an elevated knob on the ridge of hills that overlooks the Valley of Jezreel. It is also next to a narrow gap in that ridge. Therefore, any North/South travel along the Mediterranean coast would cross the valley and take the easy road through the gap and pass right next to the hill of Megiddo. Immediately we see why Megiddo has historically been a defense post for any attack on Israel from the North.

With this in mind, lets look at the Bible’s record of this city.

  • Joshua 12:7 - the King of Megiddo is one of 31 kings defeated by Joshua
  • Judges 1:27 - the tribe of Manasseh was given the city of Megiddo but did not drive it out its inhabitants.
  • Judges 5:19f - Deborah and Barak defeated the armies of Sisera by the “waters of Megiddo” (probably the Kishon stream)
  • 1 Kings 4:12 - Solomon places Baana as governor over Megiddo.
  • 1 Kings 9:15 - Solomon fortified Megiddo as a defense post with horses.
  • 2 Kings 9:27 - King Ahaziah flees to Megiddo in his defeat by Jehu
  • 2 Kings 23:29- King Josiah dies at Megiddo when he tries to stop Pharaoh

In each case Megiddo played a significant role in military matters. History tells us it was also the site of the Crusaders defeat (1187 AD) and Allenby’s Victory (1917 AD). Napoleon looking at Megiddo and the Valley of Jezreel is said to have called it the most natural battlefield in the world. Vincent has said:

Megiddo . . . has been a chosen place for encampment in every contest carried on in Palestine from the Days of Nabuchodonozor, king of Assyria, unto the disastrous march of Napoleon Bonaparte from Egypt into Syria. Jews, Gentiles, Saracens, Christian Crusaders, and anti Christian Frenchmen, Egyptians, Persians, Druses, Turks, and Arabs, warriors of every nation that is under heaven, have pitched their tents on the plains of Esdraelon (Valley of Jezreel).

Our visit to Megiddo will allow us to walk among the remains of that city and remind us of battles fought in the past. Yet as we stand there we may hear the roar of Israeli jets taking off from the military base a few miles away. We will remember conflict with God’s people, Israel continues. Then we will read Revelation 16:13-16 and read of a coming battle, the 7th bowl of God’s wrath and the Battle of Armageddon.

And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. Behold I am coming as a thief. . . And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

So what is our Insight from Israel?

Megiddo reminds us history records constant conflict and often it is with God’s people, Israel. Megiddo reminds us that the greatest battle for control is yet to come and it will come at the place that has been a battle site since early time. Megiddo also remind us that in the end The Battle is the Lord’s

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­­­ Mt. Carmel – Will the Real God Show Up? Its week three of our Insight to Israel that will prepare us for our April trip to Israel. Arriving in Ben Gurion Airport we have spent time in Tel Aviv, Joppa, and Caesarea...
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Caesarea Maritime
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July 30, 2014 Caesarea Maritime – Where Cornelius was Converted! Last week I began a weekly Insight to Israel to prepare us for our April trip to Israel. We will arrive at Ben Gurion Airport and after a night’s rest in Tel Aviv,...
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First Day - Joppa
FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
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July 22, 2014 In preparation for our trip, Lynette and I would like to send a weekly Insight to Israel that will wet our appetite for what is to come. First Stop - Joppa – The Port of Gentile Salvation! Arriving at Ben Gurion Airport...
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Credit Card Form
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
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Registration Form
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
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Registration Form: Word for the World April 15 - 24, 2015 Remarks; The cost of this tour is $3,495 per person on a double sharing basis, to register, complete this form in its entirety and include a deposit of $285. Note that registration is not...
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Israel Tour 2014
MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
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It is 35 weeks until lift off. In one sense it seems like a distant dream, but before you know it we will be gathered together in the airport with anticipation. Since many of you have never been to Israel, we thought it appropriate to start a...
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