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November 18    Scripture

Sites - Israel: Megiddo
Ancient Israel

Megiddo in Wikipedia Megiddo (Hebrew: מְגִדּוֹ‎، Arabic المجیدو, Urdu مجیدو) is a kibbutz in northern Israel. Located in the Jezreel Valley, it falls under the jurisdiction of Megiddo Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 356. The kibbutz was founded in 1949 by Holocaust survivors, partisans and fighters from Poland and Germany[citation needed]. It is located near the intersection between highways 65 (from Hadera to Afula) and 66 (going from Haifa south to Judea and Samaria), which is called the Megiddo Junction. The junction is the site of a bus terminal and once a large military prison for Palestinians. Located near the site of the several Battles of Megiddo and Tel Megiddo, a rich archeological site. In the Israelite time it was a town, part of the tribe of Manasseh (1 Chronicles 7:29). In 2005, Israeli archeologists discovered the remains of an ancient church, perhaps the eldest in the Holy Land under the grounds of the military prison. Authorities are speculating about moving the prison so the site can be accessible to tourists. In apocalyptic literature, Mount Megiddo, the hill overlooking the valley where the current kibbutz is located, is identified as the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil at the end of time, known as Armageddon (mentioned in the New Testament in Revelation 16:16).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megiddo,_Israel


Megiddo Travel Information When you stand atop the ancient mound of Megiddo, with the remnants of 25 civilizations beneath your feet, each hill and valley you see tells a biblical tale. Every army that ever crossed this land clashed in its shadow. No wonder the Book of Revelation set the great battle of the End of Days against this backdrop, and called this place Armageddon. Megiddo stands at the very hub of history. It was a central stop on the greatest trading route of ancient world, which crossed the land bridge of Canaan to link the far reaches of the Fertile Crescent – Egypt in the south and Mesopotamia in the north. Joshua (Joshua 12:21), King Solomon (I Kings 9:15) and the ill-fated King Josiah (2 Kings 23:30) all beheld its walls, which finally fell to the invading Assyrians. When you come to Tel Megiddo, now Megiddo National Park and a World Heritage Site, you cannot help but sense the power of the massive gates that held the Egyptian army at bay for months, and the gates above them attributed to King Solomon. You will look down on a round altar where Canaanite sacrifices were carried out, and understand what the Bible means when it talks about “high places” where the Canaanites – and the Israelites – sacrificed to idols (2 Kings 23:19). The remains of the city the Assyrians built here some 2700 years ago are here as well, now scattered across the landscape. (Israel Minister of Tourism)
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