Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Valley of Megiddo

Zec 12:11
In that day shall there be a
great mourning in Jerusalem,
as the mourning of Hadadrimmon
in the valley of Megiddon.

Superficially, most Christians will relate this passage
to the obvious reference to Armageddon.

It has far more profound narrative attached to it
which would have been known to the people in
Zechariah's day, not so much our day, unless we
are dead familiar with the history of the kings.

King Josiah was one of the good kings sprung
from David's seed. Solomon built up the pagan
shrines of abomination out of multicultural
consolation for his many pagan princess wives.
He validated and fed the people's desire for the
lusty pagan ritual religions, with their ubiquitous
sex rites and tantalizing dark spiritual and
magical themes.

Josiah had a burden for the LAW, and ordered
for all of the "House of David" in Jerusalem
to regard it, and had it read, line by line,
vowing to reform the nation of Judah,
which he did.

Jeremiah was a young prophet in his day.

When King Josiah went to battle with Pharaoh,
he was slain in the valley of Megiddo, and this
was such a tragic event, that all of Judah was
stricken and mourned.

In fact, when you read Jeremiah's Book of
Lamentations, it is in the retrospect of having
lost their righteous king, and all the good that
came of his work to cleanse the land was
in peril.

Jeremiah saw the judgment of God coming down
and witnessed unimaginable suffering of plagues
that was the result of their profound spiritual adultery,
faithlessness and rebellion from the LAW.

There is a proverb about like a dog returning to
his vomit... and this applies to how Josiah's
death cut off the hope of a new day, and the
impending doom of the infidels choosing to
go back into their cultural pagan hybrid
religion which was anathema to YHWH.

2Ki 23:13
And the high places that [were]
before Jerusalem, which [were]
on the right hand of the mount
of corruption, which Solomon
the king of Israel had builded
for Ashtoreth the abomination
of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh
the abomination of the Moabites,
and for Milcom the abomination
of the children of Ammon, did
the king (Josiah) defile.

When Josiah was slain in battle by the Pharaoh,
there was a huge mourning in the land.

(Read 2Kings 23, but here are a few highlights:)

2Ki 23:23
But in the eighteenth year of king
Josiah, [wherein] this passover
was holden to the LORD in Jerusalem.

2Ki 23:24
Moreover the [workers with]
familiar spirits, and the wizards,
and the images, and the idols,
and all the abominations
that were spied in the land of
Judah and in Jerusalem, did
Josiah put away, that he might
perform the words of the law
which were written in the book
that Hilkiah the priest found
in the house of the LORD.

2Ki 23:25
And like unto him was there
no king before him, that turned
to the LORD with all his heart,
and with all his soul, and with
all his might, according to all
the law of Moses; neither after
him arose there [any] like him.
This is the key to Zech 12:11. There was not any other king
that was as righteous as Josiah (until Christ.)

Josiah was David's seed. There were actually 2 kingdoms:
Judah (Jerusalem and S. Israel.) and Israel in Samaria
as capital. The Southern Kingdom is often called
Judah/Benjamin for the two tribal territories it
contained, and the Northern Kingdom had the 10
other tribes, with their own king, not the seed of

2Ki 23:29
In his days Pharaohnechoh
king of Egypt went up against
the king of Assyria to the river
Euphrates: and king Josiah
went against him;
and he slew him at Megiddo,
when he had seen him.

When Josiah was slain in Megiddo, the hope for the
nation was extinguished. There were lamentations,
and the tone of Jeremiah's Lamentations were
derived from this one event.

In Zech 12:11, this historical tragedy is refreshed in
Latter Day Jerusalem to superimpose the same
mourning and lamentation as perspective. When
the collective peoples of Jerusalem recognize
the Messiah who has come back, they will firstly
be horrified and sorrowful, because in all of their
worship, Christ has been eliminated, even hated.

They will first react as if they have lost their
beloved King (of David's genes) and their
promised Messiah, because Jews do not
understand why God chose to abandon
the seed of Isaac, to give their Messiah instead
to the nations, ignoring the hope that each
generation of Jews had for the Messiah rescuing
them and ruling in Jerusalem again, like King David.

I know how painful it was for me to recognize
Christ as the Messiah, because as a Jew, I possess
all the collective suffering of my genes. Even as
a child, I felt hated, persecuted and I had such
bad dreams of persecution, that I even believed
I had to have been reincarnated. It was later in
my life when I understood how severe memories
are possibly translated in the RNA to future
generations. When I saw Christ, I felt almost
bitter for the Jewish people, who had not had
the opportunity to embrace Christ, and who
had not had his Holy Spirit and strength through
generations of suffering.

That is why when the eyes of Jerusalem are open,
the reaction will not be jubilant, but, mournful
and sorrowful in lamentations. It will be similar
to how the entire population of Jerusalem during
Jeremiah the Prophet's day mourned the
very righteous King Josiah. King Josiah is a
figure of Christ, and is a blood relative of his.

2Ch 35:25
And Jeremiah lamented for Josiah:
and all the singing men and the singing
women spake of Josiah in their
lamentations to this day, and made
them an ordinance in Israel: and,
behold, they [are] written in the lamentations.

In that day
[03117] yowm
shall there be a great
[01431] gadal
[04553] micepd
in Jerusalem,
[03389] Y@ruwshalaim
as the mourning
[04553] micepd
of Hadadrimmon
[01910] Hadadrimmown
in the valley
[01237] big'ah
of Megiddon.
[04023] M@giddown

Hadadrimmown is the place in Megiddo where
King Josiah was slain...

Hadadrimmown (Strong's H1910)
Hebrew for H1910




had·ad·rim·mone' (Key)

Part of Speech

proper locative noun

Root Word (Etymology)

from H1908 and H7417

TWOT Reference


Variant Spellings
The following spelling is supported by Strongs
and Gesenius: הדד–רמון.[about]
Outline of Biblical Usage

Hadad-rimmon = "Hadad of the pomegranates"

1) a place in the valley of Megiddo where a national

lamentation was held for the death of King Josiah;

named after two Syrian gods




Hebrew for H4023


Mĕgiddown (Zech. 12:11)


meg·id·dōn' (Key)

Part of Speech

proper locative noun

Root Word (Etymology)

from H1413

TWOT Reference


Outline of Biblical Usage

Megiddo or Megiddon = "place of crowds"

1) ancient city of Canaan assigned to Manasseh

and located on the southern rim of the plain

of Esdraelon 6 miles (10 km) from Mount Carmel

and 11 miles (18 km) from Nazareth

Authorized Version (KJV) Translation Count — Total: 12
AVMegiddo 11, Megiddon 1

A good companion verse related cryptically to

the Valley of Megiddo (IMO) is in Joel 3:14:

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision:

for the day of the LORD [is] near in the valley of decision.

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

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