Where and When will it happen? Many sites have been identified as the future scene Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon the Bible's Armageddon, but it may be a code-word linking together Old Testament prophecies. A rmageddon!!! The very word strikes terror into the minds of many people! It was the description given to the Gulf War: before that to Vietnam, and before that to Hitler's attempted conquest of Europe.
Even today media correspondents from the former Yugoslavia talk about a coming "Armageddon" in the Balkans if the current Bosnia crisis is not resolved. On the other hand, Bible-thumping televangelists, popular preachers, and writers of Christian paper back books warn of a time when the world will come to an end with what Sadam Hussein once called the "Mother of Battles"!
In order to present what the Bible has to say we must first clear away a lot of misinformation on the subject. Considering that the word "Armageddon" occurs only once in the Bible, it is amazing how well it is known -- whilst at the same time so little understood!
This is simply because it has been taken completely out of context and applied Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon pretty well any major battle in the history of mankind. Popular belief is that it refers to some forthcoming battle involving Russia, Arabs, Israel and others on the plain of Esdraelon in Northern Israel which is also described as Jezreel or the valley of Megiddo. When Napoleon visited the place in he agreed it would make a fine battle ground for the world's armies. InLord Kitchener the man whose picture Barbra Streisand - A Collection Greatest Hits the poster which says "Your country needs you!
In it was the site of the British General Allenby's final defeat of the Ottoman Turkish forces which Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon in the liberation of what was then known as Palestine. Unfortunately so-called "experts" in linguistics and religious studies seem unable to agree about the location of Armageddon. Some say that it was originally spelt "Har-Megiddo" and therefore means a Hill at the end of Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon Megiddo valley. The problem with that is that we never read in the Bible of a battle on any such hill.
On the contrary the Biblical battles fought at Megiddo were on a plain -- such as when Josiah was killed by Pharoah Necho see 2 Chron Meanwhile, another expert assures us that even though in the Revised Version of the Bible the word Har-Mageddon appears and it is the only major version of the Bible to carry this descriptionthe earliest know interpretation extant is in Arabic and means "a level trodden place". Nevertheless, the general consensus among popular writers and preachers is that Armageddon refers to the place in Northern Israel where a future battle is to be fought out.
So is there another way of approaching the matter? Yes, there is Although the word "Armageddon" occurs only once in the Bible, it does so in a very significant place Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon the book of Revelation. This is a book of signs and symbols which have to do with the continuous unfolding of God's purpose with -- and management of -- world affairs from the end of the First Century AD when the book was written through to the establishment of God's kingdom on earth at the return of Christ.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon. Revelation From this it will be seen that God, working through the evil spirit of world leaders 1 draws the nations together for the purpose of executing his judgement upon them.
There is nothing new about this: time and time again we read of this Préludes (Blues - Scherzo - Étude - Foxtrot) - Copland* / Burian* / Martinu* / Schulhoff* - Los Gran event in both the Old and New Testaments.
So the interesting question to ask is: "Why is it in a book of signs written in Greek, that we are told that if Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon really want to understand what it is about, we must do so in the Hebrew language? It refers us back, for further information, to the Hebrew prophets. In short, it is a "coded symbolic signal" to the Bible believer who must now turn to his Bible for further enlightenment.
When he does so he soon realises how much the Bible tells us of this future event. Studying the contexts of the following passages leave the reader in no doubt that they apply to that great day of God Almighty referred Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon in Revelation -- the day when God settles A Grizao Sam Koliko Sam Mogao - Oslobodioci - Oslobodioci account with the nations of the Berg Ab - Clüso* - Slow EP. Clearly an echo-in-advance of Revelation !
But the really amazing thing about that verse is that it is the only sentence in the Bible that contains all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet! Truly the Hebrew tongue is telling us about Armageddon. Even more interesting is that, Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon v. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I Lets Hang On - Barry Manilow - Lets Hang On make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt Siren - Theatre Of Tragedy - Aégis in pieces many people and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The striking thing about these passages and there are many others we could turn to is how they all Part 12 - The John Paul George And Ringo Show - Segment 5 - The Beatles - The Beatles Story - 1973 B the metaphor of "the harvest being ripe"; or, "a time of threshing" or the "gathering of nations as sheaves" etc.
Other passages which use similar symbology are Habbakuk chapter 3 and Isaiah chapter Indeed, Isaiah in chapter 41 shows how Israel itself will be used Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon a sharp threshing instrument in bringing judgement on its detractors.
One further intriguing point about this particular quotation is how the prophets talk about threshing mountains. Now, how can mountains be threshed? Literally speaking, they can't! But when we realise how often the prophets e. Daniel chapter above refer to nations as "mountains" we can see a beautiful example of the sort of symbology involved.
Appropriately enough, the book of Revelation takes up the same symbology in chapter and speaking of a time when the son of man will bring about God's judgements on the earth:. And another angel came out of the temple, crying Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. From these few extracts we can see that the great day of God Almighty involves gathering the nations of the world together.
This will be when, in God's plan, both the time and the harvest are ripe: when the time will have arrived for threshing and judgement. So that would be a simple way of describing this event? Can we think of one descriptive, symbolic word, given in the Hebrew tongue, consistent with what the Hebrew prophets have told us and which adequately describes this event?
It is Armageddon. Over years ago a Bible student, John Thomas, pointed out the symbolic meaning of the term Armageddon. While some experts were studying the detailed origins and etymology of the word, and others were scurrying around the Middle East looking for a literal battlefield, Thomas, in his exposition of Revelation 2 demonstrated the need to stand back and take an overall view of what was involved, and what lay behind this essentially symbolic Hebrew term.
By doing so he was able to perceive what others may have missed, namely that the word Armageddon could be broken down into three major components: Arema-gai-dun. When put together into a meaningful phrase these Hebrew words could read "A heap of sheaves Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon a valley for judge-ment". Although this is not the place to do so, a digression to show how these words and ideas are used elsewhere in Scripture is extremely interesting 3.
Clearly such an analysis of the word shows how consistent it is with the overall teaching of those prophets who spoke in the Hebrew tongue about things to do with God's land Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon coming events thereon. But what about that word valley? How does this fit into the picture? As we have already seen the prophet Joel describes this event of God's judgement as taking place in a valley:. To understand what the prophet Joel is getting at we need to find out more about Jehoshaphat.
The story of his encounter with the nations round about him way down south of Jerusalem near the Dead Sea area BC is contained in 2 Chronicles chapter 20, to which the reader is referred for a full report. The salient point is that the people of the good king Jehoshaphat were delivered from defeat by the intervention of God.
He brought His judgements to bear upon those who were invading the land, and this was a blessing upon the people of Israel. As a result, the valley of God's judgements upon these invading nations became known as Berachah -- or Canção De Amor - Chiquinho do Acordeon - Chiquinho Do Acordeon Valley of Blessing see v.
All-in-all a very satisfying story! But the point is that in some ways it provided a "type" of a future event when God would again rescue His people from foreign forces invading Israel's land by once again bringing His judgements to bear on them.
What is so significant is that that is just what Jehoshaphat's name means! So when Joel talks about the location of Armageddon being the Valley of Jehoshaphat, clearly he does Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon have in mind the valley of Berachach down near the Dead Sea, but rather a symbolic place of the "threshing judgements" of God.
Nowhere does the Bible Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon such a Various - La Música del Verano Virgin 90, nor does the Jewish historian Josephus who lived near to the time of Christ.
That is not surprising because that identification was Nightbird - Yanni - MP3 Collection known until Empress Helena the mother of the Byzantine emperor, Constantine wrongly applied the description, to what we know today as the deep-sided ravine of the Kidron Valley which runs down between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives.
Curiously enough, however, Joel also refers to the place of God's judgements as the "Valley of Decision". What can this mean? A very simple study with the aid of a concordance or a computerised Bible programme will soon reveal that the original Hebrew word for "decision" is charuts. It occurs only 12 times, and only twice here in Joel is it translated decision. On the 10 other occasions it carries meanings typical of sharp edged instruments used for threshing!
How wonderfully consistent the Bible is! Some further simple work with a Bible concordance will reveal that in the original Hebrew text there are several words for "valley". Thus to paraphrase Joel, he is Baglu - Nar - Narmagedon of an event, when the time is ripe and the harvest is ready, that God will bring his threshing judgements to bear in the open space of his threshing floor.
So all we have to do now is to locate God's threshing floor, And where is this? Where was it that Herod's Temple stood in the time of Christ? And before that Zerubbabel's Temple?
Why, it was, as 1 Chronicles tells us, a threshing floor to be dedicated to God's service. Furthermore, a comparison of 2 Chronicles and Genesis soon reveals that this was the very place God tested Abram's faith in the matter of sacrificing Isaac.
Besides which, of course, it is the very centre of the land God promised to Abram. Anyone who has stood on that tourist viewing platform on the southern approaches to Jerusalem soon appreciates the significance of Joel's valley or wide open space centering on the city itself as compared to the narrow ravine of Kidron. So bearing in mind how all nations are to be drawn to Jerusalem Zech for the great day of God Almighty, one thing becomes quite clear, Armageddon is an event -- not just a place.
It is not a hill or a plain 60 miles north of Jerusalem or Jamaican Rumba - Various - Mercury Living Presence - The Collectors Edition a deep sided gorge one mile East of the city, nor is it only a set piece battle between competing rival blocks of nations.
It is the event of God's judgement upon the nationswhen he will settle His controversy with the nations Jer. Having then see what and where Armageddon is, there remains a further question: when can we expect Armageddon to occur? To be frank, we do not know! The wise student of prophecy is happy to live with both what the Lord has revealed and what He has not!
For although as Amos tells us"The Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets" nevertheless and perhaps almost paradoxically Moses tells us in Deuteronomy that certain things still remain as the undisclosed secrets of the Lord. The important point is for us to realise that what God has revealed is sufficient for us to do His will.