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Armageddon appears only once in the entire Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In Revelation 16:16, John writes, “And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:12-16 describes the gathering of the forces of evil at the mysterious place called Armageddon. Revelation 19:11-21 describes the Battle of Armageddon.
Secular authors and news media have portrayed the Battle of Armageddon as the last holocaust resulting in the total destruction of the earth. However this opinion does not concur with the Book of Revelation.
A common interpretation of John’s Revelation is as follows: The seven year period called the tribulation will be dominated by the unholy trinity; that is the devil, the beast who is called the antichrist in John’s first Epistle, and the false prophet. The tribulation will be followed by the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus. Christ’s army will defeat the forces of evil at the Battle of Armageddon after which He will rule on earth for a thousand years. The beast and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire and the devil will be chained in a sealed abyss for the duration of Christ’s reign on earth. Following Christ’s millennial reign, the devil will be released from his bondage for a short period of time. After Satan gathers together his rebel hordes from the four corners of the earth, the war to end all wars will ensue when the Almighty ultimately triumphs over evil. At the holocaust's conclusion, the devil will be cast into the lake of fire to accompany the beast and the false prophet.
Hence the Battle of Armageddon is a pre-millennial battle, the “second last” of the great apocalyptic battles. But where will it be fought? In the Valley of Megiddon or in Jerusalem?