It looks peaceful enough, doesn't it? It was surprising to see a McDonald's there as we drove down the Valley of Megiddo.
But someday this vast valley will be filled with untold numbers of soldiers. Amazingly enough, this
valley connects with the Great Rift Valley at the Jordan River. From Haifa to Bozrah is 180 miles (check out Rev. 14:26 at the bottom of this page).
Zechariah 12:10 tells us that the Jewish people will suddenly "look on me whom they have pierced".
This is another way of declaring that a time will come when the eyes of the Jewish people will be opened and they will realize that Jesus is the Messiah whom they rejected and crucified when he came the first time.
But before their eyes are opened, there will be a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them as a nation. Zechariah 12:10 says, "Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem."
I believe that the "spirit of prayer" has already been poured out on the Jewish people. There is not one moment, day or night, when someone is not praying at the Wailing Wall. And the Jewish people are joined by Gentile believers from all over the world at the Western Wall to cry out to God. Many thousands of people have sold their homes and businesses, moved to Jerusalem, and are walking the streets interceding on behalf of that city and the nation of Israel.
Soon the "spirit of grace" will be poured out, too. Then, and only then, will the eyes of the Jewish people be opened. God's grace will open their eyes and their understanding. This day will be here very, very soon.
All Israel will mourn! And the nation will not merely mourn. Israel and the Jews will mourn as for an "only son" (Zech. 12:10). It will be that deep in their emotions. It is easy to connect this phrase "only son" with John 3:16 in the New Testament. This is probably the best-known verse in the Bible.
Truly, we are living in amazing days!
Acts 2:20 says the moon will turn to blood: http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_6775/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=Dz3IznHT
We should not be startled by this because the New Testament tells us: "So all Israel will be saved!"
Israel is surrounded by five hostile muslim nations: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. Turkey, nearby, will probably produce the Anti-Christ and be the nation to lead the coalition against Jerusalem and the Jewish people. The new leader of Turkey and his party are definitely anti-Israel.
Haddadrimmon (Zech 12:11): A place in the Valley of Megiddo. It is said that Ahab met his death at the hands of a Syrian named Haddadrimmon (Thunder god).
Megiddo: A small town located on the top of a ten-acre hill. Archaeologists have discovered 26 layers on top of each other revealing a period of 35 centuries.
Har Megiddo: “Hill of Megiddo”. Mentioned 11 times in the Bible. Joshua 12:21; 17:11; Jud. 1:27; 5:19; 1 Kings 4:12; 9:15,27; 23:29-30; 1 Chron. 20:29; 2 Chron. 35:22.
Armageddon: The Greek word for Har Megiddo.
The Jezreel Valley: “God Sows”. Wadi Ara
Via Maris: One of the main routes used for travel between Egypt, Syria, and Mesopotamia is in this valley.
Megiddo is the classic battlefield of the Land of Israel.
In this valley General Edmund Allenby launched his attack against the Turks in 1917. Megiddo was the base for the IDF in 1948.
Major Battles in this valley: Egypt and Judah, 609 B.C.; U.K. and Turkey (Ottoman Empire) 1917-18.
Megiddo Airport: Called “Shadar 7” by the IDF.
Location of Josiah’s Death: 2 Kings 23:29-30; 2 Chron. 35:20-25.
Revelation 16:16, “And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon (Harmagedon).”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821): “There is no place in the whole world better suited for war than this . . . all the armies of the world could maneuver for battle here . . .
When the French troops were in Palestine, and besieging the city of Acre, Napoleon had already prepared a Proclamation making Palestine an independent Jewish state. He felt confident that he could occupy Acre and the following days he would enter Jerusalem and from Jerusalem he would issue his proclamation. He was unable to realize this project because of the intervention of the British. This proclamation was printed and dated the 20th of April 1799!
Rev. 14:20: “The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 miles long and as high as a horse's bridle.”
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