|As can be seen from
the map, anyone wishing to invade Israel from the North must, of necessity,
come down one of two paths:
|• Along the coastal
|• Down the Jordan
|At the gore point of
these two paths, overlooked by the now famous Golan Heights, stands the
little hill of Megiddo. Har-Megiddo,
or Armegeddon, is here. A defending
force would concentrate here, for at this point you could block either path,
thus practicing economy of force.
|Note that our
passage does not announce the battle;
only the preparation for it. A
full study of Armageddon is beyond the scope of this work (see Ezekiel 38-39,
Daniel 11:40-12:3, and others for this), but there are some things that are
|• This battle (or
campaign, culminating at Armegeddon) will involve the forces of Russia. All point of view agree on that, based on
Ezekiel 38-39, and the table of nations in Genesis.
|• It will also
involve a force from the south (Daniel), and most scholars now hold this to
be an Arab, or Arab/African army. Most
speculate that this will be Moslem in character. This would be Daniel’s “King of the South.”
|• The futurists add
the 200 million orientals of the 6th Trumpet.
This seems poor interpretation to me, but it is indicated by the way
being opened, and also the amount of blood said to be shed.
|• Based upon our
three frogs, we also should see an army from the West, headed by some
manifestation of Roman authority.