Megiddo is one of the most prominent archaeological sites in the Bible. Located near the town of Afula, it is mentioned in early Egyptian writings. It been predicted to be the site of the Armageddon in the Book of Revelations.
The site is one of the most prominent locations along the route of Via Maris, or the sea road leading to Damascus from Egypt. Nearby water sources and fertile grounds attracted settlers from even the early ages. Five thousand years ago, the city was surrounded by solid walls. It fell under Egyptian rule 1,000 years later. King Solomon refortified the city.
Megiddo National park is home to remains of the ancient city that once controlled the road to Jezreel Valley from the seacoast. Archaeologists once found an elaborate water system amongst the ruins.
Megiddo houses a prison where an ancient church was found. Prisoners were working in their detention cells in an attempt to replace a prisoners’ tent encampment when they discovered ancient remains. These remains were of a prayer hall that measured 10 meters by 5 meters. It was located in the southwest corner of a building that also hosted a Roman military administrative centre. The centre was believed to be from the third century, serving Christian soldiers based there and the local Christian community.
Within the site, visitors can find a museum where they can watch a video describing the history of the site.
Megiddo is mentioned several times in Scripture.
Joshua 12:7, 21 – Joshua defeats the King of Megiddo
Judges 5:19-20 – Deborah defeats Sisera’s Canaanites
“19 The kings came and fought; then fought the kings of Canaan. At Taanach near the waters of Megiddo; they took no plunder in silver. 20 The stars fought from heaven. From their courses they fought against Sisera.”
“20 After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Necho king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle. 21 But Necho sent messengers to him, saying, “What quarrel is there, king of Judah, between you and me? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.”
22 Josiah, however, would not turn away from him, but disguised himself to engage him in battle. He would not listen to what Necho had said at God’s command but went to fight him on the plain of Megiddo.
23 Archers shot King Josiah, and he told his officers, “Take me away; I am badly wounded.” 24 So they took him out of his chariot, put him in his other chariot and brought him to Jerusalem, where he died. He was buried in the tombs of his ancestors, and all Judah and Jerusalem mourned for him.”
Revelation 16-18 — The battle of Harmagedon.
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