Israeli archeologists discover how Biblical city of Armageddon was destroyed

Jerusalem, October 13, 2016


Israeli archeologists have discovered that Tel Megiddo, the Biblical city of Armageddon, was destroyed as a result of a superstrong fire that devoured the settlement in just three hours, reports

An article published in the Antiquity journal recounts that the city of Tel Megiddo, situated in the north of present day Israel, in the remote past was a center of civilization. Archeologists assert that the first settlements on the slopes of the mount of Megiddo appeared about 6,000 years ago, and 1,000 years later the “megalopolis” became the most important center of Egyptian influence in the Middle East.

The city is famous due to its Jewish name “Har Megiddo”—hence the Greek word “Armageddon,” which refers to the battle between good and evil at the end of the world. According to the revelations received by Apostle John the Divine, this battle is to take place precisely at Tel Megiddo. However, this city experienced its own “apocalypse” 3,000 years ago.

Matilda Forge and Ruth Shahack-Gross from the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science came to this conclusion while examining fragments of clay bricks with which houses of the ancient city’s residents had been built. The bricks’ chemical composition indicated that they once had been inside a very hot fire whose temperature reached 600 degrees Celsius.

The scientists’ research has shown that the bricks from Tel Megiddo really were in the flames of some giant devastating fire which lasted only two-three hours. The scientists so far have not been able to explain why the city was burned down so quickly, although there is the hypothesis that the rapid combustion was caused by the fact that at that time roofs of houses were made of straw, timber, textile, and other highly flammable materials. The fire which destroyed the whole city occurred in the first millennium B.C., in the era of the invasion of Canaan and Judea by pharaohs of the twenty-second dynasty of ancient Egypt.

Translated by Dmitry Lapa


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