12 The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw, issuing from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet, three foul spirits like frogs; 14 for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15 (“Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!”) 16 And they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon. Rev. 16:12-16
If this is your first time actually reading the prophecy, I’m sure it looks pretty weird, and a lot more obscure than you were led to believe.
The kings of the earth are assembled by three frog spirits, to a place called Armageddon. First problem is that there is not place in the Hebrew called Armageddon. All scholars are pretty much agreed that this is a truncation of the Hebrew Har-Megedo. Har meaning mountain or large hill, and think that it refers to Tel Meggiddo an archeological sight in modern Israel. Tels are the ruins of ancient towns on top of small hills. Megiddo over looks the Jezreel valley where all these Futurists commentators will tell you the last battle is to occur. However, did you see anything about a battle, up there in the text? It just says the kings are assembled there. Since when do kings fight battles? The last one that comes to mind was Henry V. Nothing is here about armies, nothing here about fighting. Just a warning that when we see this happening we need to keep your garments on. Meaning that we need to be spiritually ready to go.
We historicists teach that the River Euphrates represented the Ottoman Empire a.k.a The Porte. This Empire fell apart during WW1, at which time most of the Porte was put under French or British mandates. In the 1950’s and 1960’s these nations of the Middle East and North Africa one by one gained their independence.
Now for some speculation, always a dangerous thing to do. Historicist are never good at speculation, it is always best to wait for the new papers or even the history books, before deciding what a prophecy meant. But at the information we have available today and of course this could change. What are we to be looking for? Har means mountain, so someplace high and lifted up. Megiddo means to cut. In Hebrew cut can mean to use a knife to make an incision, but it can also mean a division. Archeologists tell us that Solomon kept a cut of troops (i.e. a division) at Megiddo, because of its strategic importance. (To come down from Asia or Europe by land you must go past Megiddo.) It was also a place of Baal worship, where the worshipers would ritually cut themselves.
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. 1Kings 18:28
Two possibilities present themselves here. We are to be looking for someplace important or actually high, and with military or religious significance. The only thing right this moment that seems to maybe fits the bill, is the UN. But time will tell. Something else could just as easily pop up on the stage of history, as a gathering place for kings.
Just grab your clothes.
Time will tell, if this has any validity or not.