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Rushdoony says, "There are no mountains of Megiddo, only the Plains of Megiddo. This is a deliberate destruction of the vision of any literal reference to the place. Thus, "Armageddon" would mean "Mountain of Assembly," which Jordan says is "a reference to the assembly at Mount Sinai, and to its replacement, Mount Zion. The traditional viewpoint interprets this Bible prophecy to be symbolic of the progression of the world toward the "great day of God, the Almighty" in which the great looming mountain of God's just and holy wrath is poured out against unrepentant sinners, led by Satan, in a literal end-of-the-world final confrontation.
The hermeneutical method supports this position by referencing Judges 4 and 5 where God miraculously destroys the enemy of His elect, Israel, at Megiddo. Christian scholar William Hendriksen says:. For this cause, Har Magedon is the symbol of every battle in which, when the need is greatest and believers are oppressed, the Lord suddenly reveals His power in the interest of His distressed people and defeats the enemy.
When Sennacherib's , are slain by the Angel of Jehovah, that is a shadow of the final Har-Magedon. When God grants a little handful of Maccabees a glorious victory over an enemy which far outnumbers it, that is a type of Har-Magedon. Then the world, under the leadership of Satan, anti-Christian government, and anti-Christian religion — the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet — is gathered against the Church for the final battle, and the need is greatest; when God's children, oppressed on every side, cry for help; then suddenly, Christ will appear on the clouds of glory to deliver his people; that is Har-Magedon.
In his discussion of Armageddon, J. Dwight Pentecost has devoted a chapter to the subject, titled "The Campaign of Armageddon", in which he discusses Armageddon as a campaign and not a specific battle , which will be fought in the Middle East. Pentecost writes:. It has been held commonly that the battle of Armageddon is an isolated event transpiring just prior to the second advent of Christ to the earth.
The extent of this great movement in which God deals with "the kings of the earth and of the whole world" Rev. This distinction is observed by Trench, see Richard C. Trench , New Testament Synonyms , pp. The use of the word polemos campaign in Revelation would signify that the events that culminate in the gathering at Armageddon at the second advent are viewed by God as one connected campaign.
Pentecost then discusses the location of this campaign, and mentions the "hill of Megiddo" and other geographic locations such as "the valley of Jehoshaphat "  and "the valley of the passengers",  "Lord coming from Edom or Idumea, south of Jerusalem , when He returns from the judgment "; and Jerusalem itself. This wide area would cover the entire land of Israel and this campaign, with all its parts, would confirm what Ezekiel pictures when he says the invaders will 'cover the land'.
Pentecost then outlines the biblical time period for this campaign to occur and with further arguments concludes that it must take place with the 70th week of Daniel. The invasion of Israel by the Northern Confederacy "will bring the Beast and his armies to the defense of Israel as her protector".
He then uses Daniel to further clarify his thinking: Dan. After the destruction of the Beast at the Second Coming of Jesus , the promised Kingdom is set up, in which Jesus and the Saints will rule for a thousand years.
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Satan is then loosed "for a season" and goes out to deceive the nations, specifically, Gog and Magog. Pentecost describes this as follows:.
The destiny of the lost is a place in the lake of fire Rev. This lake of fire is described as everlasting fire Matt. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Armageddon is the means by which God will fulfill his purpose for the Earth to be populated with happy healthy humans free of sin and death. They believe that the gathering of all the nations of the earth refers to the uniting of the world's political powers, as a gradual process beginning in and seen later in manifestations such as the League of Nations and the United Nations following the First and Second World Wars.
Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the armies of heaven, led by Jesus, will then destroy all forms of human government and then Jesus, along with a selected , humans, will rule Earth for 1, years. After the 1, years are ended, and the second resurrection has taken place, Satan is released and allowed to tempt the perfect human race one last time. Those who follow Satan are destroyed, along with him, leaving the earth, and humankind at peace with God forever, free of sin and death.
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The religion's current teaching on Armageddon originated in with former Watch Tower Society president J. Rutherford , who based his interpretations on the books of Exodus, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Psalms as well as additional material from the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. The doctrine marked a further break from the teachings of Watch Tower Society founder Charles Taze Russell , who for decades had taught that the final war would be an anarchistic struggle for domination on earth.
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He stated that towards the close of his ministry Rutherford allocated about half the space available in The Watchtower magazines to discussion of Armageddon. A further significant difference in Seventh-day Adventist theology is the teaching that the events of Armageddon will leave the earth desolate for the duration of the millennium. For Christadelphians , Armageddon marks the "great climax of history when the nations would be gathered together 'into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon', and the judgment on them would herald the setting up of the Kingdom of God.
In winning this battle Allenby also prevented the Ottomans from killing 'Abdu'l-Baha , then head of the Baha'i Faith , whom they had intended to crucify. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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