The Armageddon Codes
It is one of the most evocative words in the language. Armageddon has been used as the title of a hit movie, the name of a rock group, an on-line game company, a dark internet comics page and a key word on hundreds of religious web pages. And that’s only scratching the surface.
In fact, the word Armageddon has been used so much that nine out of 10 people aren’t sure of its original meaning, although they may have some sense of its cataclysmic inference. The word comes from the New Testament book of Revelation, and is the name of a huge battle that takes place in the last days of the world. It is, in fact, the battle to end all battles, and which many believe will be interrupted by the return of Christ to the earth.
Armageddon is described like this in the book of Revelation, chapter 16:
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.Armageddon is the English version of the Hebrew name for the location of the battle, apparently in the northern Israel valley just east of the ruins of the city of Megiddo, which sits on a hill called Mount Megiddo, or in the Hebrew . . .
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (The words of Jesus Christ.)
Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.
. . . or, Har Megiddo. Archaeologists trace the city’s history back to 7,000 B.C., and as it sits on the most important caravan route in the Middle East, it has seen more battles than any other single place on earth. And so it is mentioned in the discovered written documents of every great power in the ancient Near East. |
Today Megiddo is one of the most significant archeological digs in Israel. Standing among the ruins, you can look down on the farms of the Valley of Jezreel and across to the west bank town of Nazareth several miles away on a hillside to the east. Most Bible scholars believe the Battle of Armageddon will take place in this valley, where Revelation 14:20 records John’s vision of the battle: “blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 180 miles.”
As interesting newer clusters began to grow out of the terrorism clusters we discovered following September 11, especially those covered in the May issue, we began to think about other “last days” terms that we might search for. Armageddon was a natural choice, and a search for it in the 1-10,000 skip range turned up 226 ELSs in the Tanakh. Thirteen of them were in clusters we had already identified as connected to events in the Middle East.
Extending the ELSs
Of the 13 we chose to try to extend, or to see if there were words of interest on either side of the basic code, it turned out that five, or 38% of those attempted, became longer ELSs -- the shortest with 16 letters and the longest with 36. After running them with Bible Codes 2000 to verify all of the letters, it was fascinating to note that four of the five appear in two clusters. Two of these, including the longest one, connect to clusters whose major themes are Jesus Christ -- the Isaiah 53 cluster concerning the last days and resurrection of Christ, and the Proverbs 15 cluster about the birth of the Savior.
We also searched for the term in the 10,001-20,000 skip range with less significant results. Of a total of 246 Armageddon codes in this range, we have so far attempted to extend 14, with five ELSs resulting, a 36% success rate. However, the longest ELS of this group was only 20 letters long, with one at 16 letters, another at 15 letters and two at 14 letters.
Nevertheless, Armageddon has turned out, so far, to be a fairly productive term, and we wanted to tell our readers about the results as soon as possible. We are looking forward to exploring more finds in the coming days.
It is intriguing that the longest Armageddon ELS that we have located to date -- He Waited. He will Emit My Very Light Thunder, Proudly from Armageddon in Them. And They will Crush the Echo -- reflects the Revelation 16 passage and its mention of thunder. Another fascinating ELS is God will Provide My Bread at the Utmost Height of Armageddon, which could be speaking about the return of Jesus Christ, who called Himself the Bread of Life (“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’” -- John 6:35 NIV).
Here are all of the Armageddon ELSs we have discovered so far:
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