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The OT Background To Armageddon (Rev. 16:16 Revisited)

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This study challenges the old view, recently championed by John Day, according to which 'Aρμαγɛδων (Rev. 16:16) means the 'Mount of Megiddo' and is a conflation of 'Megiddo' in Zech. 12:11 and the 'mountains of Israel' in Ezek. 38-39. Instead of betraying Zecharian and Ezekielian influence, a closer inspection of the context of Rev. 16:16 points to the Isaian and Jeremian prophecies concerning the destruction of Babylon as a more plausible background of 'Aρμαγɛδων. It is concluded that the solution to the riddle of 'Armageddon' is most likely to be found in the etymological approach and that within this approach, an interpretation of the word as a reference to the "cutting down" of the "mountain" Babylon is perhaps more attractive than other alternatives.


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