Revelation 16:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 16:16, NIV: Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16, ESV: And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16, KJV: And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16, NASB: And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

Revelation 16:16, NLT: And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name [Armageddon].

Revelation 16:16, CSB: So they assembled the kings at the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

What does Revelation 16:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse gives the location to which the demons mentioned in verse 14 assembled the international armies. They collect these fighters at a place called Armageddon. This name transliterates the Hebrew words har Megid'do, meaning "the hill / mount of Megiddo." Mount Megiddo is close to the city of Megiddo, a former royal Canaanite city (Joshua 12:21), and close to the plain of Esdraelon. Megiddo is also mentioned in Zechariah 12:11 as a reference to the mourning for Josiah who was killed by Egyptian archers in that area (2 Chronicles 35:22–25). The Lord enabled Barak to overthrow the Canaanites at this site (Judges 5:19).

While this event is commonly referred to as the "battle of Armageddon," it looks to be an extended series of ongoing fights. Zechariah prophesied in Zechariah 14:1–2 that, before the Lord returns, the war of Armageddon will include plundering and raping in Jerusalem. Half of the city will be taken into captivity. "Then the LORD will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle" (Zechariah 14:3). This means that there will actually be something of a "war of Armageddon," ending in the return of Christ at the second coming.