Megiddo is an archaeological site that was inhabited between roughly B. Numerous battles were fought near Megiddo during that time, and the Book of Revelation, which refers to the site as Armageddon, prophesied that a final battle at the end of time would take place there.
Related: The 'End of the World' is today. Here's why we're still here. The name Armageddon comes from the Hebrew word "Har Megiddo," which means the "mountain of Megiddo," according to Cline. Related: Biblical battles: 12 ancient wars lifted from the bible. Many battles have been fought at, or near Megiddo.
His victory resulted in Egypt taking over a sizable portion of the eastern Mediterranean. It resulted in the defeat of Judah and the death of king Josiah. Judah was substantially weakened and was destroyed a few decades later by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II. Even in modern times, Megiddo has seen significant battles.
The loss was so crushing that the Ottoman Empire was forced to request an armistice shortly afterward. Megiddo was a place worth fighting over because the site is located at the crossroads of the Jezreel Valley, an important, strategic location that overlooked several trade routes, wrote archaeologist and The University of Iowa religious studies professor Robert Cargill, in his book "The Cities that Built the Bible" HarperOne, In the Book of Revelation, "Megiddo was identified as the location of the end of the world because it had been the epicenter of armed conflict throughout Israel's history," Cargill explained.
Many archaeological discoveries have been made at Megiddo over the past century. Some of the most important were made by the University of Chicago's expedition that ran from to The story behind the expedition is documented in Cline's book. One of the expedition's more famous discoveries was a series of "stables," which the excavators thought were built by King Solomon today, most archaeologists believe that someone other than Solomon built them. Related: New clues to King Solomon's mines found.
Another important find made by the Chicago expedition was the "Megiddo Ivories" — about ivory objects found beside human and animal burials. Some of the ivories have Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions on them, such as an ivory pen case which says that it belongs to an Egyptian official named "Nakht-Amon" who was a "king's messenger" during the reign of pharaoh Ramses III — B.
Other ivory objects include gaming boards, combs and boxes. The purpose of the large number of ivory goods is a source of debate among scholars, with one possibility being that they are part of a burial. According to the researchers' reconstruction published in the American Journal of Archaeology in , the main building of the Great Temple includes an enormous, rectangular room with two corridors behind it.
The researchers also found evidence of cultic activity that took place at the temple. Basalt slabs found inside the temple "appear to have been essential elements in the cult, probably acting as tables for offerings or for placing cult fetishes," the researchers reported. The "Great Temple has proven to be the most monumental structure of the period" in that area of the Eastern Mediterranean, the researchers wrote.
As a site of so many battles, it's not surprising that multiple archaeological finds reveal that Megiddo was heavily fortified at times. The Chicago expedition found an elaborate series of gates that they believed dated to the time of King Solomon, or about — B.
When the gate system was erected is a matter of debate among scholars today. Related: 10 epic battles that changed history. The Chicago expedition also found a tunnel system that carried water from a nearby spring inside a cave to the site of Megiddo.
The tunnel starts down a shaft that's about feet 30 meters deep, then runs feet 46 m straight to the spring, Cline wrote. The tunnel system "is perhaps the most impressive engineering achievement at Megiddo," Cargill wrote, noting that the design of the tunnel allowed the inhabitants to have access to water when the city was under siege.
Archaeological work continues today, and is led by archaeologists from Tel Aviv University in Israel. The site draws thousands of tourists every year, many of them attracted to the site by the prophecy of the end-of-times battle that is supposed to take place at the site.
According to Cline, tour guides at the site often greet their guests by saying "Welcome to Armageddon. Live Science. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. Remains of the entrance gate to the ancient city of Megiddo, otherwise known as Armageddon.
See all comments 3. This article has generally nice history but the ridiculous dating methods of BC are so wrong, and have been heavily inluenced by the false religion of naturalism which has twisted worldviews based on imaginary hypothesies of the darwinism cult that tried to create their own religion on how the world works.
Carbondating is one of the pathetic ways that darwinists try to disprove the Bible, even though that dating method has been shown again and again to be ridiculously fallible and the majority of dating methods are heavily in favor of thee Bible. There is a clear account given in the Bible that says which period Megiddo existed and was populated and it is the only one that makes sense both in history and archaeology. Kirikagure said:. So, what you're saying is that the Bible is unreliable.
God didn't write it, man did. Parts of it are reliable, but other parts aren't, subject to man's understanding of science which changes, by the way. The Scripture itself refutes that and claims that "All scripture is inspired by God. Jesus Himself affirmed the Old Testament many times and said that every jot and tittle of it was true. He had the exact same OT as we do, which we know beyond a shadow of any doubt, and especially with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
So, if you mean to say that some of the OT is false, you'll have to contend with Christ, God Himself in in flesh. You repeatedly stated above that God is vastly more intelligent than man. Yet, you deny the testimony of God Himself that every word of the OT is true. You also would have to believe that God is unable to preserve and deliver to us His word, fully intact, without error - a small feat for God - and we know that He did that with the OT just as He did with the new. If one part of scripture is unreliable, how can any part of it be trusted?
Each part, then, would be subject to human affirmation of the parts they wanted to believe, and denial of the parts they didn't choose to believe, based on their limited information, crude science, flawed intuition, and inferior intellect.
When you subject the Bible to "science," you are stating that human intellect is superior to God, and, thus, you contradict the whole premise of your so-called argument. Besides this, you didn't give one example because none exist of an instance where the Bible has been proved inaccurate. It's abundantly clear from the Genesis text, which Jesus, Who is God, as well as the apostles that Jesus commissioned, affirmed the truth of, that the earth was created in six literal, twenty-four hour days "the evening and the morning were the first day To try and inject, on the basis of some ridiculous so-called "science", millions of years in between Genesis 1 and 3, is ludicrous.
Another point, is that God clearly creates with maturity, not via a process which "science" is unable to even explain or define. That is to say, He created two fully grown people Adam and Eve , a fully grown garden with fully grown trees, entire seas, rivers, lakes, mountains, a vast array of fully-grown, sexually mature animals - all of which, incidentally, answers the ridiculous question of the chicken and the egg. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
So on, and so-forth. No process. No millions of years of evolving species or mountain forming. Just "And it was so". And it's careful to state, after each day's work, that it was done in one literal day; one rotation of the earth on its axis. This is affirmed in Ex "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor Any other notion is purely and simply unadulterated rebellion against the LORD.
Those who adhere to evolution are of their father the devil, who was a liar from the beginning. But, let me tell you something, those that believe in "theistic evolution" or "evolutionary creationism" are even more ugly than godless heathens who outright reject the Bible, because they take a lie of the devil and try to involve God in it.
In fact, such a blatant distortion of the truth should give you HUGE pause as to whether or not you're saved. You said to Kirikagure above that he was "bearing false witness" and sinning against God God's own words, which are clearly stated! You are a thoroughly mixed up individual.