Megiddo: Layers Of The Past

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Megiddo is not only important as a geographical site for its historicity, but also allows one to reflect theological importance peeling back the layers of the past. Megiddo, rather than being a simple site is a multi-layered treasure. Many times this dig has had beginnings and ends. Men such as Shumacher, Rockafeller, Yadin and Adam’s have worked to uncover revealing evidence regarding people of the past. Biblically, this city of old is mentioned twelve times within the Old Testament and once in the book of Revelation, under the name Armageddon. Megiddo as a location not only breathes evidence from the past, but biblically shows evidence of its place in the future.
The Uncovered Jewel Rather than being an unidentified site primed for
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As of 2014, Graves writes that in “Megiddo 20 acres” has been excavated. Megiddo in itself is not a large city, but is mid-sized in relation to other Tells. Megiddo itself was “enclosed by wide city-walls with towers and a city-gate complex.” The space within was used by governmental entities and the general populace. Price writes regarding the instability and decrease in governmental strength within the land of Judah. He says, “One of the attacks on Judah that took place shortly after Solomon’s death was by the Egyptian pharaoh Shishak, who plundered the Temple treasuries in Jerusalem (1 Kings 14:25-26). In 1994, an inscribed stele bearing his name was unearthed at Megiddo.” One of the new current archaeological works in this area is to look at differences between two parts of the city regarding the privileged class and those who were main-line workers. Overall
through research, it seems that those who worked in agricultural and made hand-made goods were not closely related in proximity to the upper class
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The long awaited time for Christ’s return is anticipated. Yet the battle between good and evil marks its final chapter in Megiddo. It is written, “Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (NIV, Revelation 16:16). The final battle of Armageddon looms. It is written, “For the war of the great day of God, the Almighty” in a place known as “Har Magedon” (Revelation 16:14,16 NASB). The site for the converging of the armies is the plain of Esdraelon, around the hill of Megiddo.” Megiddo then, as a location then not only breathes evidence from the past, but biblically shows evidence of its historic place in the future that is yet to

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