The world is in turmoil, with conflicts and wars erupting in various regions, leading some to ponder whether the impending Armageddon is on the horizon.
Throughout history, especially more recent history, there have been numerous instances where people believed the end was imminent, only to realize that it wasn’t, and it is likely to be a similar situation now.
Nonetheless, the path ahead appears to be discernible, and the scriptures provide insight into what we can anticipate in the near or distant future.
Armageddon is a name that has sparked literary and cinematic creations, along with endless commentary, evokes images of vast armies, suffering, and widespread destruction. Amid various speculations and non-scriptural embellishments, the question arises: What do we truly know about this pivotal event in world history, and how much can we trust the information we hear?
Prophets, both ancient and modern, have extensively addressed this final war ushering in the Millennium. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, John, Joseph Smith, and others have discussed this battle and its associated events. Joseph Fielding Smith, a Latter-day Saints prophet, emphasized the unanimity of these prophetic voices, stating that when the nations of the world gather against Jerusalem, the Lord will emerge from His hiding place.
Significance of the Name Armageddon
In southern Galilee, about 60 miles north of Jerusalem, lies the fertile Valley of Esdraelon, often called the “breadbasket of Israel.” Bounded by the Nazareth ridge to the north and Mount Carmel, Mount Gilboa, and Samaria’s hills to the south, this valley has a rich history of major battles.
The ancient Via Maris passed through this valley, with its fortified entrance guarded by the city of Megiddo, giving rise to the name “Armageddon” in the New Testament (Revelation 16:16).
Throughout history, the Valley of Armageddon has been the backdrop for significant conflicts, involving various armies, from Egyptian to Roman, Crusaders, Muslims, and modern Israeli and Arab forces.
Regarding the last great battle before the Savior’s return, John identified it as Armageddon in the book of Revelation. While the exact term “battle of Armageddon” is not found in scripture, it symbolizes the overarching war, mainly centered around Jerusalem, extending to Megiddo.
At the Second Coming, all nations will gather against Jerusalem in the Armageddon battle, culminating in Christ’s return and dramatic events. The Supper of the Great God and the war of Gog and Magog are related to this conflict.
President Joseph Fielding Smith emphasized that this great war will precede Christ’s return and lead to judgment, with the outcome at the siege of Jerusalem. These prophecies offer vital insights for those preparing for this significant world event.