Armageddon is a biblical term that appears in the book of Revelation, chapter 16, verse 16. It generally refers to the end of the world or the end of time, through catastrophes in various religions and cultures.
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- 1 Christianity
- 2 Seventh-day Adventists
- 3 Jehovah’s Witnesses
- 2 Islamism
- 1 Ahmadiyya Community
- 2 Bahaism
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Armageddon for different religions
The word Armageddon derives from a Hebrew expression that means Mount Megiddo ( Har Megiddo in Hebrew). Although, there is no such mountain, if there is a Tell or mound resulting from the accumulation of different layers of archaeological remains from the ancient city of Megido . The Tell de Megiddo is located in front of a plain that is the historical site of many famous battles, such as the Battle of Megido (in the 15th century BC) and two more in the 609 BC. C. and the battle fought between England and the Ottoman Empire in 1918 .
The battle of Armageddon is described in the Apocalypse as prior to the so-called millennium. The kings of the earth gather in Megiddo to fight against the Lamb of God , but they are defeated by Jesus Christ and his angels , finally throwing the beast that commands them, along with the false prophet , into the lake of fire, while Satan will be bound deep in the abyss for a thousand years (Rev. 16:16)
The Seventh-day Adventist Church considers that Armageddon is not a historical site, but the end of the persecution by the King of the north of Daniel 11 to the people of God , because Megido is a valley and not a mountain. He interprets this prophecy verbatim, varying only his interpretation of what the subsequent millennium will mean. According to his interpretation Armageddon will be the final battle that will take place in the so-called sixth plague, Then the Second Coming of Christ occurs , with which begins the thousand-year period mentioned in Revelation chapter 20, during which those who have died in Christ will reign with him in theHeaven . The faithful who are alive at that time will be caught up to heaven to join them and reign together with Christ . During the millennium the earth will be barren and desolate, that would be the ” abyss ” to which satan would be confined. According to this interpretation, Christ (and the Heavenly Jerusalem where they will reside for the millennium) will come down to Earth only at the end of the thousand year period. Christ will then raise the ungodly (unrepentant) dead to experience final destruction. Satan and his followers will try to defeat the followers of Christ by surrounding their city, thenGod will destroy Satan and the wicked once and for all with a raging fire. The Earth will be cremated, all evil being extinguished. Then, according to the interpretation of the final two chapters of Revelation , the Earth will be restored to its original state prior to the entry of sin into the world, with Christ and his redeemed saints declared victorious.
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Armageddon cannot simply be a conflict between the nations of the Earth (for example, a ” Nuclear Armageddon “), since Revelation 16:14 says that “the kings of all the inhabited earth” are gathered at Armageddon . Given the physical impossibility of gathering so many armies in such a small space as the Tell Megiddo , Armageddon could not be a human war waged in a specific place in the Middle East , but a war of God against the wicked that would cover the entire planet.
Jehovah’s Witnesses interpret that the word “moles” (place) that is used in Greek in the book of Revelation to refer to Armageddon not only means “place”, but also a condition or situation; in this case it would designate the situation in which the world unites to oppose God . At Armageddon , all the nations of the Earth join forces to fight “the Lamb of God ”, witnesses interpret this to be by persecuting their representatives Jehovah’s Witnesses anointed by holy spirit (Revelation 19:14, 16). They also interpret that one is living in the final period towards Armageddon from the year1914 (Last Days).
This war would cleanse all corruption and evil from Earth, and open the way for a just new world under the Messianic Kingdom of God (Isaiah 11: 4, 5). Then Satan will be locked in a superhuman abyss in the spiritual region, after which a millennium will come when the earth will become a paradise, the dead of all times and cultures will rise, the knowledge of Jehovah will be extended to all and will it will open to all humanity the opportunity of eternal life.
In the Ahmadiyya Community , Armageddon is seen as a spiritual battle or fight at the present time between the forces of good, justice that is, purity and virtue, and the forces of evil. The final fight between the two comes as the satanic influence breaks loose with the appearance of Gog and Magog . Satan gathers all his strength, and uses all his methods of deceiving people, the introduction of a time in iniquity, promiscuity, atheism and materialism abound. The Ahmadi Muslims believe that God appointed the Messiahand to Mahdi for the spiritual reform and moral direction of humanity. This age lasts for approximately a thousand years, as per the Judeo-Christian and Islamic prophecies of the Great Tribulation, but is characterized by the assembly of humanity under one faith, Islam, in the Ahmadiyya belief .
It is also seen as a battle in a valley of a city called Ahmadia because it was also led by an army called the Aposcalistero, this was considered as a more forceful war of that time.
From Bahá’í literature a series of interpretations of expectations around the battle of Armageddon can be inferred, three of them are associated with the events surrounding the two world wars.
The first interpretation deals with a series of tablets written by Bahá’u’lláh , the founder of the Bahá’í Faith , which was sent to various kings and rulers. The second, and best known of one, concerns the events near the end of World War I involving General Allenby and the Battle of Megiddo ( 1918 ), World Powers in which soldiers are said to have called in many parts of the world to participate in the battle of Megiddo . By winning this battle, Allenby also prevented the Turks from killing ` Abdu’l-Bahá , the then head of the Bahá’í Faith, whom he had intended to crucify. A third interpretation examines the general evolution of world wars, and the situation in the world before and after.