According to the Book of Revelation, this is the mountaintop where it all ends.
Armageddon. Or Megiddo now. The Bible says that an international army led by the devil will be there to wage war against God’s army.
The passage reads: “He gathered them together to a place called in Hebrew Armageddon,” adding with hyperbole: “The seventh angel poured out his vial. [of God’s wrath] into the air; and a loud voice came from the throne in the temple of heaven, saying, ‘It is finished.’ “
Well, Armageddon does exist, from the Hebrew Har Megiddo, meaning the mountain of Megiddo; and while the end of the world once seemed far-fetched, it doesn’t seem so impossible now.
From the top of Megiddo, there are great views of the West Bank, less than two miles away.
In the north, Hezbollah has a total of about 160,000 rockets pointed in this direction, while in the south, Hezbollah’s rockets are pointed in this direction. israel defense forces (Israel Defense Forces) are working with Hamas In a war that lasted nearly four months
Israel is on edge. Standing in the center of the country at Megiddo, which now houses a vast archaeological site, a sense of foreboding pervades the entire area.
The choice of Revelation as the site of the end of the world is no accident.
Megiddo was located on the ancient trade route between Egypt and Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq and Syria) and was the site of many Old Testament wars. In modern times, General Allenby defeated the Ottomans and conquered Palestine in a decisive battle in 1918 (he later assumed the title of Viscount Allenby of Megiddo.)
The “I visited the end of the world” T-shirts (available only in color: black) sold in empty shops in the archaeological park are not the most tasteful purchases to take home to the kids. Likewise, a variety of baseball cap colors and styles include flattering pinks and camo.
No one is actually visiting Megido yet – a sign that the country is still in shock more than 100 days after the incident Attack on October 7Tourism has disappeared, and Christian tourists who once came to Armageddon stay away because they fear Armageddon.
At the store, a national park ranger (who was not allowed to talk to the media) said that 1,000 visitors used to pass by every day. There are very few now. Neither the T-shirts nor the baseball caps sold. “We’re in trouble,” he said. It’s a metaphor for the entire country.
Sergei Puzanov, 62, was on a day trip with his wife when he arrived from nowhere. Puzanov, a Russian-born Jew, left his homeland 10 months ago to escape Vladimir Putin’s war incitement and to visit his children studying abroad. Just wanted to see the end of the world before it really comes,” he said with a smile.
He sets out today from Nahariya, a coastal town just six miles south of the Lebanese border.
“A war is very likely in the north. It is necessary, but I am afraid of war,” said Puzanov, a retired IT engineer who supports Benjamin NetanyahuPrime Minister of Israel, whose grip on power in Israel is tenuous.
Polls show a majority of the country wants him to step down, blaming him for security failures on October 7 when 1,200 people were massacred by Hamas terrorists in southern Israel. They also believe he is responsible for: War in Gaza The situation shows few signs of abating, and less than half of the 240 hostages held in the enclave have been released.
“he [Netanyahu] “He’s doing the right thing and I support him,” Mr. Puzanov said.
Shirley Dear, 38, who lives in nearby Kibbutz Megiddo and brings her 10-year-old son to visit, fears the worst but hopes for the best hope.
“Even before this war, I didn’t support the government. It was a very problematic government,” she said.
“They just want us to fight. They don’t want to find a solution to the problem.
“I expect trouble in the north. There’s always trouble here, but I hope it won’t be soon.”
In fact, a war with Hezbollah, a more dangerous adversary than Hamas, is imminent.
Border towns have been evacuated and tens of thousands of Israelis have been displaced for months. The IDF releases daily statements detailing Hezbollah bombing raids in southern Lebanon or missiles fired into Israel. Tensions are high.
Just below the ancient mountain of Megiddo lies the busy Megiddo Junction and the site of one of Israel’s most notorious prisons, which activists say holds about 1,000 Palestinians, including a handful of teenage children.
East of Megiddo is the Triangle, made up of three Palestinian towns and one of the few places in Israel with an Arab majority. Commonly known as the 48, they are Palestinian citizens who stayed after the founding of Israel in 1948. They are having nerve-wracking moments for them too.
Six miles from Megiddo is Umm al-Fahm, the largest city in the Triangle, where writer and activist Mamdooh Igbarie campaigned against Netanyahu, Israel’s most historically right-wing Hu regime.
It is Israel’s third-largest city, with buildings built against hills and densely packed with the wall that separates it from Palestinian Authority territory in the West Bank.
Mr Igbari said: “We stand in solidarity with Gaza. We have been very nervous. We see that no one is winning this war. No one wants this war. All of us – Arabs and Jews – ordinary people Opposing the war, we demand an immediate end to the war.
“The Jews are our friends,” Mr. Igbari said.The problem is Zionism… It gave the Jews a privilege; they were better than us. “
He believes that the current conflict will spread because “the whole world is now against Israel”, adding: “There is already a war with Hezbollah. The reality shows that there are bombings every day in Lebanon. Every day people become martyrs.” Martyrs are becoming martyrs every day.” Martyrs are dying, and things are getting worse every day.
“I think all wars tend to spread. It’s very difficult to come to an understanding between big countries like China, the United States, London.”
Mr. Igbari sips coffee in an upscale café in Umm al-Fam. “World War III is happening,” he said spontaneously.
I looked out the window, down the road in the direction of Armageddon. I can’t say this for sure, but I think the clouds are starting to darken.