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“THERE ARE DEMONIC SPIRITS, PERFORMING SIGNS, WHO GO ABROAD
 TO THE KINGS OF THE WHOLE WORLD, TO ASSEMBLE THEM FOR BATTLE
 ON THE GREAT DAY OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY"
REVELATION 16
 

Ask Gila about Armageddon

  • What is the approximate size of the valley that is called "Armageddon?"  I have heard it is approximately thirty miles wide by two hundred miles long.  Please give me your thoughts on the distance if possible.

    Rev. Charles F. Vance
    Eastern Road Church of God, Rittman, Ohio
Map of the Valley of Armageddon

The map to the left, facing east, shows the Valley of Armageddon.  The red cross marks Megiddo which overlooks the valley on the west.

The valley that is called "Armageddon" is actually the Valley of Jezreel.  It's a triangular depression between the hills of Lower Galilee to the north and the hills of Samaria to the south.  It's bordered on the east by Mount Tabor, the Hill of Moreh and the Gilboa range.  On the west it's bordered by the Carmel range.  Its long side runs from Jenin to the northern slope of Mount Carmel.  From northwest to southeast it measures about 20 miles and northeast to southwest about 14 miles.  If you include the Harod Valley stretching to the Beth Shean Valley to the east, then you could say it's about 30 miles wide, but I think that's a little stretch.  200 miles long is a big stretch!  At the very most, from Nazareth above the valley in the north to Jenin to the south, it's 35 miles.

The Valley of Armageddon (facing east)

 
 
The Jezreel Valley was famous in antiquity for its production of grain.  On the mound of Megiddo, archeologists uncovered one of the largest public grain silos ever found
in the Middle East, dating from the 8th century B.C.  In a hint about its fertility, the name "Jezreel" in Hebrew means "God will sow." 
 

Valley of Armageddon below Tel Megiddo

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The Valley of Armageddon lies below Tel Megiddo

 
Armageddon comes from the Hebrew "Har Megiddon," meaning Mount Megiddo.  (Aramaic commonly adds an "n" at the end of place names.)  For over 36 centuries Megiddo was the major city dominating the valley as armies and traders emerged from a pass through the Carmel ridge.  The Greeks dropped the h from har (meaning mount); thus the site alluded to by John in Revelation 16 became known as "Armageddon."
 

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