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Armageddon(är'məged`ən), in the New Testament, great battlefield where, at the end of the world, the powers of evil will fight the powers of good. If the usual etymology is correct, the name alludes to the frequency of battles at MegiddoMegiddo
, city, ancient Palestine, by the Kishon River on the southern edge of the plain of Esdraelon, N of Samaria, located at present-day Tel Megiddo, SE of Haifa, Israel, near modern Megiddo. It was inhabited from the 7th millennium B.C. to c.450 B.C.
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Armageddon(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its waters were dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east. Then I saw three evil spirits... the spirits of demons... and they went out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for battle on the great day of God Almighty... they gathered the kings together in the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. (Revelation 16:12-16)
Thus the book of Revelation describes events leading up to the last battle of the world, which ends with the coming of the "rider on a white horse." The rider's name is "Faithful and True," and he defeats the armies of the Antichrist in the climactic battle of history that takes place in the valley of Mount Megiddo, an immense plain in Israel.
Unfortunately, although the writer says Armageddon is a Hebrew word, it appears nowhere in Hebrew literature and there is some doubt as to its proper spelling in Greek. So aside from the highly symbolic language of this one sentence in the Bible, there is no other frame of reference or explanation available.
Although conservative Christian scholarship holds to its meaning as a culminating, definitive battle between God and Satan, the word is usually now employed metaphorically to indicate either a definitive personal battle or the ultimate result of a nuclear war. In the latter sense, the spirit of the book of Revelation is called upon, if not its literal or historical context.