Ken and I were excited about the opportunity to go to Israel back in the 90s. We knew a little about what to expect, but also had a lot of questions.
Besides learning that Israel was a haven for cats — lots of cats — and that their ice cream was smoothly delicious. I had another big surprise — one that was a lot more serious — the location of Armageddon.
Megiddo or Armageddon will be fought within sight of Nazareth. Maybe I knew this before, but it didn’t register until I actually was standing on a lookout, with Megiddo in the foreground and Nazareth in the background. I never thought about how close they were until I was there. (I apologize for the poor picture quality – I could not get it to scan correctly because it was a huge panorama photo – so took a pic of my pic with my phone.)
Here are some facts about Megiddo (Amegeddon)
- Megiddo has been destroyed at least 20 times.
- Megiddo is situated in the southwest corner of the Jezreel alley, at the narrow opening of the Eran Pass.
- In ancient times it was considered to be the most important branch of “the way of the sea” which connected Egypt with Mesopotamia.
- Was abandoned in the 4th century BC and never rebuilt
- Here’s a link to a map that shows how close Nazareth and Armegeddon are. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/36802921924476766
- They received their water from a spring and when that was blocked, they build a tunnel that would allow access to the spring which showed their great technical skill (probably built during the end of Solomon’s reign.)
- Important event taking place there: when Josiah tried to top the armies of Pharoah Necoh (2 Kings 23:29-30 and 2 Chronicles 35:22)
- Was even important in World War 1 when the English were fighting the Turks. Here General Alleby defeated the Turkish armies which is why he was given the name of “Lord of Armegeddon.”
- Was also important in the War of Indpendence in 1948.
- On January 5, 1964, Pope Paul visited Israel and was received here by the president of Israel.
- Largest valley in the country.
- The Nazareth mountain range is in the north and at the foot of the hills is the lake of Kfar Baruch mentioned in the story of Deborah.
- To the west is Mount Carmel.
- To the southeast are the Mountains of Gilboa where King Saul died.
Show your kids the map and talk to them. Just interesting and key information.