Many people have trembled thinking of the last battle on Earth: The Battle of Armageddon. There is probably no greater mystery about any other Bible prophecy.
Here is what the Bible tells us about this great final battle.
The word Armageddon is a Greek word derived from the Hebrew word Megiddo or Megiddon. This was simply a location in ancient Palestine. But this location has nothing to do with the final battle of Armageddon.
The Hebrew meaning of the word Megiddo is a “place of crowds” or a “rendezvous.” This meeting of crowds is spoken of by Joel when he says, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.”
“Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: H3092 for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. (13) Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. (14) Multitudes, H1995 multitudes H1995 in the valley of decision: H2742 for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. H2742 ” Joel 3:12-14
Multitudes will gather in the Valley of Decision. Could this “Valley of Decision” have any relationship to the Battle of Armageddon? It would help to understand a little more about these verses in Joel.
At first, this valley is called the “Valley of Jehoshaphat.” This Hebrew name Jehoshaphat means, “Jehovah has judged.” This makes sense when we look at the rest of the sentence which says, “There I will sit to judge all the heathen round about.” Then we see that this valley is also called the “Valley of Decision.”
This whole discussion in Joel is about a future time in Earth’s history when God will sit to judge a great multitude of people—a time when they will be faced with making their final decision.
Elijah also explained this time of decision when he said to the Hebrews,
“How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal [is god], follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21
Joshua also spoke of this decision when he spoke with the children of Israel on the borders of the promised land. He said,
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
And we see this same multitude in the Book of Revelation:
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!’” Revelation 7:9-10
Again, the people of the world will stand on the borders of the Heavenly Canaan and they will be forced to choose their God. This is what the Battle of Armageddon is all about. It is an intellectual battle when the time will come for great multitudes to make their final decision about whom they will choose to follow as God.
We do not need to be afraid of some terrible, impending world war. Jesus Himself told us that war is not a sign of the end of time. He said, “There will be wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matt. 24:6) There may be wars, but these are not the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation. King Jehoshaphat prayed unto God,
“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?”
And the Lord answered him saying,
“Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:6, 15.
Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision, the Valley of Judgment, the Battle of Armageddon. Choose ye this day whom you will choose.
Brown, Driver, Briggs (BDB) Definition: H3092 Jehoshaphat = “Jehovah has judged”
5) A priest and trumpeter in the time of David (noun proper masculine)
6) Symbolical name of a valley near Jerusalem which is the place of ultimate judgment; maybe the deep ravine which separates Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives through which the Kidron flowed (noun proper locative)
Strong’s Definition: H1995 Multitude, Hebrew: hâmôn (pronounced haw-mone’)
Fom H1993; a noise, tumult, crowd; also disquietude, wealth: – abundance, company, many, multitude, multiply, noise, riches, rumbling, sounding, store, tumult.
H4023 Megiddo or Megiddon
BDB Definition: = “place of crowds”
Strong’s Definition: From H1413; rendezvous; Megiddon or Megiddo, a place in Palestine: – Megiddo, Megiddon.
Strong’s Definition: Of Hebrew origin [H2022] and [H4023]; Armageddon (or Har-Megiddon), a symbolical name: – Armageddon.