When we arrived at Megiddo we were amazed by the beautiful plants at the site.
There were extensive archeological digs going on at Megiddo when we visited,
and a wonderful museum with a model that showed the various levels where artifacts were found.
Tel Megiddo – A “tel” is a geographic feature, a hill rising out of a flat plain. For all of its existence, primarily because of its location, Megiddo has been a military base.
Here we are walking uphill towards the top of Megiddo so that we could look out over the Jezreel Valley.
Here is a picture of the valley – when you are looking over the edge you see it is a vast plain, that would be ideal for amassing a large army.
We saw storage rooms for holding grain – the archeologists found chickpeas and other grains in these rooms.
Below are barracks for soldiers.
Nurit, our tour guide told us that Megiddo was always an army base because from Megiddo you could see the whole valley, and see if an enemy was attacking two to three hours before the attack. Besides storage rooms (see picture above), there was also a water tunnel and cisterns (see below).
There were also watering troughs for horses and stables. To get to where the water system was we had to go down 180 steps to find a tunnel.
In Megiddo there are remains of more than 25 cities covering many periods of the ancient history of Israel. It was a strategically located spot that controlled a stretch of road called the Via Maris (the Way of the Sea), that stretched from Egypt in the south to Babylon in Mesopotamia. It linked the major empires and trade routes. Whoever controlled Megiddo, controlled trade.
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 Nevertheless Josiah would not turn his face from him, (Josiah got involved in a battle that God did not ordain, Pharaoh Necho came to attack the King of Assyria and Josiah wanted to get involved. Pharaoh Necho told him to cease from the battle that did not involve him, but Josiah did not listen.) but disguised himself so he might fight with him, and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of God. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo. And the archers short King Josiah, and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded. Josiah eventually dies, and Judah and Jerusalem mourned his death.
Zechariah 12:10-11 And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. (In that day will be the second coming of Christ.)
The first reference to Megiddo is Joshua 12:21 when it lists the kings conquered by Joshua and mentions the king of Megiddo. Joshua 17:11 lets us know that Megiddo was inherited by the tribe of Manasseh
1 Kings 9:15 Solomon did a major construction at Megiddo And this is the reason for the labor force which King Solomon raised; to build the house of the LORD, his own house, the Millo, the wall of Jerusalem, Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer. It would be one of Solomon’s fortress cities. Massive gates at the entrance of Megiddo date from this time period.
Look at the stonework here, it amazes me how it just “breathes” ancient history, and we can only imagine the hands that piled one stone so carefully upon another. Believe it or not Napoleon (1799) and British General Allenby (1918) defeated Turkish forces here. Megiddo is still a crucial crossroad of empires.
While Megiddo has a rich past, for us, it also holds a future story.
Revelation 16:16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
This is the only place where Armageddon is mentioned, it comes from a Greek form of the Hebrew name, Har Megiddo (Har means hill or mountain.) Armageddon is the place where an immense army will gather with the purpose of fighting Jesus. We see this in Revelation 16 when the 6th bowl is poured out and the river Euphrates dries up, so Revelation 16:12-14 …so that the way of the kings from the east may be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs 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. 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.
Megiddo is the gathering place of the forces, but the battle will take place in Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14 gives more details, as does Joel 2.
Again, it was incredible to walk where so much history took place.
I hope you have a blessed day!
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