Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Destroying Armageddon: The Apocalypse as a Tourism Attraction in 7 Years. ‘What Are They Thinking?’ A ‘Vacation to Hell in 7 Years!’ This is as ‘bad’ as building NEOM Babylon on top of THREE (3) continental fault lines. There is EVEN A HIGHWAY 66(6)!!! I am NOT making this up.
Haaretz, January 31, 2021
Snags to creating a park starring Tell Megiddo, a proto-church, a unique Roman legion camp and much more, include a pesky prison smack in the middle and the billion-shekel bill to move it – and the plan to expand a highway
Downhill from Armageddon stands a prison. In its grounds, archaeologists – assisted by inmates – have found a proto-church from so long ago that churches didn’t even exist yet. The prison, which was built on the remains of the ancient village of Othnay, lies just a few hundred meters from Tell Megiddo, aka Armageddon, the hilltop where Christian tradition believes Good and Evil will engage in their final battle.
Between Tell Megiddo and the prison stretches a wheat field. The field conceals a vast ancient Roman legionary camp named Legio, and part of the ancient village of Caporcotani (Kefar Othnay), which would be replaced in time by the Byzantine town of Maximianopolis. That in turn would be replaced by an Arab village named Lajjun, derived from “Legio,” which has become Kibbutz Megiddo. The area is watered by springs and the Qeni, a stream that features lovely walks and along which the Ottomans built seven flour mills.
And there is a dream: to create a unique tourism experience, from prehistory through to a British Mandate-era army camp, all within walking distance. Or at least electric cart distance.
Even leaving avenging angels out of it, there are a few snags to creating an “Armageddon Experience” park: budget; disagreements between the ministries and government bodies and environmental agencies and local representatives on priorities for the development of the area; and Highway 66 (6).
Highway 66 runs below the tell and alongside the Roman camp, then intersects with Highway 65 about a kilometer from the kibbutz. It is a nightmare and a revamp of that section of roadway is planned. Drivers may be thrilled, but environmentalists are not and archaeologists are appalled.
Depending where exactly the new section of Highway 66 runs, the roadworks could destroy part of the Roman camp, the only one of its kind in the East, archaeologists fret.
Actually, there seems to be a dispute over the status of the plan to relocate this segment of Israel’s route 66. Asked if it’s been finalized or not, Megiddo Regional Council leader Itzik Holavsky tells Haaretz that it has been and the camp won’t be touched.
In any case, one shouldn’t count chickens before they’re hatched: this chicken isn’t even an egg yet, except on paper, and the archaeologists remain skeptical. They certainly hope the authorities can reach accord on preserving, conserving and exhibiting this particular Roman bastion. But optimism may not be warranted, based on a reportedly approved plan for the route. The camp would decidedly not be untouched, and that is a shame, archaeologists say.
“The permanent camps of the Roman army in the west are known, but none had been found in the east until now,” says archaeologist Dr. Guy Stiebel of Tel Aviv University, explaining the site’s uniqueness.
Actually, Legio X Fretensis (the 10th Roman Legion Fretensis), was known to have camped in Jerusalem. Some claim to have identified the location of its camp, but there’s no consensus. “The smoking gun hasn’t been found,” Stiebel says. But the smoking spear of the VI Ferrata Legion is right there just below the surface at Megiddo, reburied for the sake of its protection, though the wheat farming on top is doing the ruins no favors.
Apocalypse not now
If the road relocation destroys the Roman legionary base, commuters’ daily gain of a few minutes would decimate a singular archaeological site. Megiddo and its surroundings reflect a cultural uniqueness that exceeds the boundaries of time and place, with a Roman Legion base unparalleled in Israel, the neighboring countries and perhaps all of the Levant. This in turn would affect the stellar opportunity to turn the whole area of Armageddon into a huge attraction, says Dr. Yotam Tepper, who works with both the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority, the regulatory body in charge of archaeological exploration, preservation and sacrifice for roadworks in Israel.
The Armageddon ‘Experience’ isn’t Tepper’s name for this concept of creating a visitors’ center based on the starting point of the future apocalypse. But it’s a vision he keenly advocates.
For the religious, the tour would feature Tell Megiddo, which alone among these archaeological treasures is open to visitors (COVID lockdown allowing); the proto-church (which actually predates churches per se by a good hundred years) in Kefar Othnay; the Roman army camp, after some restoration, explains Holavsky; and the Ottoman-period flour mills.
To be clear, the “earlier Christian prayer hall” at the Megiddo prison wasn’t a basilica or community building: it was a room in the family home of a Roman soldier where the faithful would convene, Tepper explains. Among the fearsome Roman soldiers in the ferocious Sixth Legion Ironclads were at least some Christians. (Note in the map below – the area of the Roman camp is now known to be bigger than shown; and to cross the highway, Tepper observes.)
Armageddon, a very desirable spot
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. … And he gathered them [the kings] together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelations 16:1 … 16)
The whole region now known as Israel has been occupied since forever, and the area where the ruins of Megiddo still stand like broken teeth is a lush spot. Altogether, 24 layers of human settlement have been discovered there.
Settlement on the hill goes back at least to the Chalcolithic – i.e., the sixth millennium B.C.E. Remains of a temple dating to some centuries later show that whoever the denizens were worshipping, they were sacrificing animals to them.
By the second millennium B.C.E., the residents were Canaanites. Archaeologists have found the city gate and a stone-paved road leading to it from that time. They also found the ruins of a Canaanite-period palace.
When Egypt ruled the roost of the Levant, the Megiddonians were among those who had the gall to rebel. It did not go well. The Battle of Megiddo in ancient Egyptian annals is one of the earliest written accounts of war – and as we know, history is written by the victor. The victor says that the town surrendered to Pharaoh Thutmose III after a seven-month siege, according to the Egyptian account. He also reportedly reaped considerable booty: 924 chariots, 2,238 horses, a golden throne, as well as cattle and wheat.
The Israelites are believed to have arrived a few centuries later, in about the 12th century B.C.E. In any case, Megiddo was evidently important to the Kingdom of Israel, on the grounds that the town’s fortifications were reinforced.
In the 10th century B.C.E., it was conquered by Pharaoh Sheshonq, based on the evidence of a stele found in the mound. And then in the ninth century B.C.E., King Hazael of Aram razed the town. It was rebuilt and remained in the heart of contention; nurtured by King Ahab, it would be taken by Assyria during its conquest of the Galilee in 732 B.C.E. Later, it seems the Kingdom of Judah may have controlled Megiddo.
All in all, Megiddo is mentioned 12 times in the Old Testament, bearing witness to the town’s extraordinary status.
(Night Watchman Note; 12 = The Divinely Constituted Organization of God in Heaven or on Earth)
By the second century B.C.E., the town of Megiddo, already ancient by that time, was in decline and its name was forgotten for some time. The Jewish population in Samaria and the Galilee failed to be adequately awed by the Roman might and early in the second century, the Legio VI Ferrata was sent to Judaea to expand Roman control of the region and help crush the pests once and for all. And they built their camp on the gentle slope right below Tell Megiddo.
The Ironclads’ view of Jezreel
Today, standing at the foot of Tell Megiddo, the unaided eye sees nothing of the Roman army’s legionary base because of Kibbutz Megiddo’s wheat fields. But walking through the field, the ploughed soil is littered with fragments of tiles, shards of patinized Roman glass, and other material bits and bobs from the army camp. Some of its stone walls lie exposed to the elements in a small wire-fenced area that Kibbutz Megiddo agreed not to cultivate. The rest has been recovered over with earth to protect it from the elements, which include unsolicited visitors.
Legio was, by all indications, a large-scale, standard Roman base from the western province in the Roman Empire. About 350 by 550 meters (1,150 by 1,800 feet) in area, it may even have been bigger than the “missing” camp in Jerusalem.
Legio housed about 5,200 (5) soldiers and there were a few thousand more civilians around it – numbers that would be considered respectable at the time for a large planned Roman site, Tepper says.
Like the town of Megiddo itself throughout the ages, Legio’s location was both convenient for the water sources and strategic, he explains. The hill with the biblical town on top has a view of the Jezreel Valley. It had a commanding position over ancient trading routes from Egypt through to what are now Lebanon and Syria; later, the first-known Roman road to be built in the land, connecting Beit She’an and the city port of Caesarea, ran right by it too. In fact, Stiebel points out, this road featured the earliest Roman milestone found in Israel, dating to the year 68 (smack in the middle of the first revolt).
Its strategic location and the availability of water explain why the Megiddo/Legio region was coveted, beset, and conquered time and again over the ages, the archaeologists explain.
The excavation at the site was led by Matthew J. Adams and Tepper on behalf of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research for several seasons. Among other finds during excavation seasons were the remains of a monumental stone gate, dedicatory inscriptions in Latin, and the grisly discovery of the remains of a cremated human being in a cooking pot. While that may sound disturbing based on modern mores, laying one’s charred remains to rest in a stewpot was actually quite a common practice among Roman soldiers around the Mediterranean, Tepper told Haaretz.
Somewhat less startling discoveries at the camp include glass, remnants of Roman armor, hobnails used in their sandals, their sewage system, and walls.
Like so many things Roman, the end of Legio was planned. In the late third century, the Legio VI Ferrata was sent eastward and the camp was decommissioned and dismantled. The village by it continued to thrive for a few more decades.
‘God Jesus Christ’
Meanwhile, the saga of relocating Megiddo Prison for the sake of building a tourism experience isn’t over.
The British knew perfectly well they were building the prison on an ancient site, which turned out to be Kefar Othnay, a Jewish-Samaritan village mentioned in Jewish sources as existing from the first to the fourth centuries C.E., Tepper says. Upon Israel’s independence in 1948, control of the prison passed to the new authorities.
Some of the best finds within Megiddo Prison were made by inmates, who helped Tepper and the Antiquities Authority excavate from 2003 to 2008. In 2005, the archaeologists and incarcerated helpers uncovered an extraordinary mosaic, 54 square meters in size that dates to the year 230, very early in the Christian era. The mosaic bears three (3) inscriptions in ancient Greek – one explicitly calling Jesus a deity.
(Night Watchman Note; Three (3) denotes God’s ‘divine intensity and emphasis’ of a matter.)
“The god-loving Akeptous has offered the table to God Jesus Christ as a memorial,” the writing says, in black tesserae letters. Akeptous is thought to be the name of a woman who paid for a communion table that may have served for the Eucharist ceremony.
Following that momentous discovery, about 15 years ago the government decided to relocate the prison for the sake of a visitors’ center, says Megiddo council leader Holavsky. It never happened.
In mid-2020, the government froze the plan even though millions of shekels had already been spent on new construction, Holavsky notes. Meanwhile, the mosaic and other ruins have been reburied for the sake of their preservation.
One snag is the putative cost: just moving the prison, about a kilometer away, is estimated to cost about a billion shekels ($305 million), Holavsky tells Haaretz, qualifying that a proper itemized budget hasn’t been prepared yet.
Appalled, the Finance Ministry pressed the government to abandon the schedule and leave the plan on paper, and meanwhile reroute funding to resolve the problem of overcrowding at other prisons.
Following suspension of the prison relocation, in July 2020 the Catholic and Greek churches called on the government to pursue the plan and conserve the mosaic. The Latin Patriarchate and Greek Patriarchate wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally on the matter, according to Calcalist – noting its proximity to the site of Armageddon.
Last August, the government made a new resolution: to establish an interministerial team to examine the goals of new prison construction. Holavsky hopes the team will be amenable to budgeting a new compound for Megiddo, as planned back in 2018.
And if not? “We have to think of other ideas,” he answers: maybe building a visitors’ center within the prison grounds, isolated from the inmates, where they could see the mosaic. True, the idea had been raised before and rejected, he says. But meanwhile, prison crowding has decreased and, given the coronavirus crisis and consequent budget constraints, the notion could be resurrected.
One way or another, Holavsky is determined that the Armageddon Experience – not his name for it – happen as part of an ambitious development plan for the whole Megiddo space: for tourists, Tell Megiddo, the mosaic, the Sixth Legion’s camp, the prehistoric site while about it, and a stroll along the Qeni stream, including the Ottoman flour mills; and, for the greater good, building the new Megiddo prison as well as a commercial center and a Jewish-Arab industrial park.
If just relocating the prison could cost a billion shekels, this sounds ambitious.
“On the other hand, who knows, maybe the government will have to promote public projects in order to stimulate the economy [post-COVID],” says leading archaeologist Israel Finkelstein. “In any event, as the director of the Megiddo Expedition, let me just say that the site – which is of great importance to Judeo-Christian civilization and hence also tourism – calls for a major investment in preservation to save it from crumbling. This needs not be forgotten.”
A few weeks ago, however, national planning committees approved the plan to expand Highway 66 (6). The plan indicates that, after all, the new route will go over part of the Legio camp and the unique archaeological remains beside it. Thus begins the destruction of Armageddon.
The ‘end’ of Armageddon’s destruction will probably occur in just seven (7) short years.
Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’
Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.
Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man
Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).
John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.