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Tel Megiddo is the site of the ancient city of Megiddo, the remains of which form a Tel (mound), situated in northern Israel about 30 km south-east of Haifa. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state and during the Iron Age, a royal city in the Kingdom of Israel from its position overlooking the rich Jezreel Valley. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins since the Chalcolithic phase, indicating a long period of settlement. The site is now protected as Megiddo National Park and is a World Heritage Site. The Bible tells that the city was not conquered by the Israelites (Tribe of Manasseh) at the time of the conquest of Israel:
Joshua 17: 11-12 – “Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh also had Beth Shan, Ibleam and the people of Dor, Endor, Taanach and Megiddo, together with their surrounding settlements (the third in the list is Naphoth). Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region.”
Only later, during King David’s times, the city became part of the Jewish state. His son, King Solomon, constructed the great walls, including the famous gate which was later unearthed by the archaeological digs.
1 Kings 9:15 - Here is the account of the forced labor King Solomon conscripted to build the LORD's temple, his own palace, the terraces, the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer.
King Josiah tried to block the armies from Egypt to pass through Megiddo, but was defeated there (year 609 BC) which was a terrible tragedy for the Jewish state.
2 Kings 23:29-30 – “While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo. Josiah's servants brought his body in a chariot from Megiddo to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz son of Josiah and anointed him and made him king in place of his father.”
Megiddo is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon, the name may originate from the Hebrew name “mountain of Megiddo” (Har Megiddo). This site, according to Revelation (and Zechariah 12) , is where the final battle will be between the forces of good and evil.
Revelation 16:14-16 – “They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. "Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”