Valley of Megiddo
Armageddon is a Hebrew word for the valley called Megiddo (valley of Megiddo).
Rev 16:16: And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
‘Ar’ is a Hebrew word meaning a hill or a mount. ‘Ar’ is the mounts surrounding the valley of Megiddo.
Where is valley of Megiddo?
Valley of Megiddo is in Israel. Some Bible versions use the word ‘plain’ instead of the word ‘valley’. Megiddo valley is also called Plain of Esdraelon or Plain of Jezreel (Vale of Jezreel).
It is the area immediately north of the ancient biblical city of Jezreel. Plain of Esdraelon, or Plain of Jezreel, is in northern Israel, between the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) and the Jordan River on the east and the Mediterranean Sea on the west.
It is triangular-shaped plain marked roughly by Mount Tabor on the northeast, Mount Gilboa on the south, and Mount Carmel on the northwest. It is approximately 58 km (about 36 mi) long and has an average width of 24 km (15 mi).
The Qishon River (Nahr al Muqaţţa‘), a small and intermittently dry stream, is the principal watercourse. Megiddo has fertile soils and is one of Israel’s most productive agricultural regions.
Crops grown in Megiddo include wheat, cotton, corn, tobacco, millet, and a variety of vegetables. Because of its strategic location, the Plain of Esdraelon (Megiddo) has been a major battleground since ancient times.
The valley is a low-lying, primarily flat plain that provides a transportation route between the Jordan. Since ancient times, when Jezreel was the capital of the Israelite kingdom of Ahab, the city and vale have been a strategic point for controlling east-west traffic.
Many people are known to have crossed the pass, including the Canaanites, the Assyrians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the Crusaders. The main town in the region of the Vale of Jezreel is Afula.
Megiddo valley is the ground for the last battle, the Armageddon war.