Tel Megiddo

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Ancient City of Armageddon

The city of Armageddon is classified as the location of the end of the world in the Book of Revelations.

Megiddo or Armageddon is an ancient site that was inhabited from around 7000 B.C. to 300 B.C. It is believed that uncountable battles were fought near the ancient city of Megiddo during that period. Moreover, the Book of Revelation states that the final battle would one day take place near the ancient city of Armageddon.

Remnants of the gate of Armageddon.

The ancient city of Armageddon is mentioned in numerous ancient texts. What remains today is just a mound that ancient humans left behind thousands of years ago. According to various experts and archaeologists, the mound contains remnants of at least 20 ancient cities, constructed one on top of another. It’s quite interesting to see that there were various Armageddon cities back in the olden days, all built on the same spot.

Jugs found in Bronze Age tombs held vanilla residues. Source: THE MEGIDDO EXPEDITION

Following are ten fascinating facts regarding the ancient city of Armageddon:

1) Chalcolithic period remnants have been discovered from the ancient site of Megiddo:

People dwelled in the ancient city of Megiddo from approximately 7000 BCE to 300 BCE. However, the lowest ones in the mound date back to the Chalcolithic period c 4500–3500 BCE. 

2) Armageddon is basically a massive heap of ruined cities: 

The “mound” of Megiddo in northern Israel is not a mountain, but a ‘Tel’; a hill built by multiple generations of people living and rebuilding on the same spot. 

3) Multiple significant personages of the ancient era took part in the battles of Armageddon:

As stated before, multiple battles have been fought near Megiddo. For example, Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III, belonging from c 1479 – 1425, defeated various armies near the city. Because of his victories, ancient Egypt managed to seize quite a bit of portion of the eastern Mediterranean.  

4) An old, bronze age tomb was discovered in one of the ruined caves of Megiddo: 

Moreover, a tomb dated back to 1600 B.C.E., contained nine individuals, including a man between 45 and 60 years old wearing a gold circlet, as well as a gold bangle and other jewellery items. Also, nearby lay a woman aged 25 to 40 with an elegant silver pin shaped like a duck head. Archaeologists ultimately concluded that the grave belonged to a family of the bronze age. 

5) King Josiah fought Egyptian Pharaoh Necho II near Armageddon:

One more significant battle was fought near the ancient city of Armageddon. King Josiah of Judah fought Egyptian Pharaoh Necho II near Megiddo. King Josiah was ultimately defeated and killed during the notorious battle. Moreover, Judah was further destroyed a few decades later by the Babylonian king called Nebuchadnezzar II. 

6) Modern-day battles near Megiddo:

During World War I, an army led by Edmund Allenby brutally crushed an Ottoman army near the ancient city of Megiddo. The damage was so critical that the Ottoman Empire was forced to request a cease-fire afterwards.

7) Destruction of the city during the biblical era:

The ancient city of Megiddo was demolished in 1150 BCE, and the area was resettled by early Israelites. However, the city was abandoned around 586 BCE. Since then, the city of Megiddo has remained uninhabited.

8) Ancient trade war due to Megiddo:

The city of Armageddon was extremely significant back in the olden days mainly because whoever controlled Megiddo controlled the trade route between Egypt, Europe and Mesopotamia. Hence, multiple people fought over its possession.

9) The final battle or the end of the world near the city of Megiddo:

The city of Megiddo is classified as the location of the end of the world in the Book of Revelations mainly because it had been the focus of armed disputes throughout Israel’s history.

10) Significant archaeological findings from the caves of the city of Armageddon:

Numerous archaeological discoveries have been made at Megiddo over the decades. Experts discovered a series of “stables,” which the excavators thought were built by King Solomon himself. The idea or notion was disapproved and questioned by multiple important people in the field of history.

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