Revelation 16:16

16 And they 1gathered them together to the place which 2in Hebrew is called 3Har-Magedon.

Revelation 16:16 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 16:16

And he gathered them together
Or rather "they gathered them together", as the Syriac version renders it; for though the verb is singular, a noun plural goes before it, as in ( Revelation 16:14 ) and the same spirits that are there said to go forth, to gather the kings gether, these will gather them together; will persuade the Papal, Pagan, and Mahometan powers, the remains of them in the several parts of the world, to join together, and make one effort for the reviving of their declining, and almost ruined interests: for which purpose they will be brought together,

into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon;
which may be the same with Har-megiddo, the mountain of Megiddo; for the Hebrew word (rh) is read "Ar" by the Greeks; so the city Argarize is interpreted the mountain of the most High F4: and this refers either to the slaying of Josiah in the valley of Megiddo, which occasioned such mourning, that it became proverbial for any great sorrow; see ( 2 Chronicles 35:22 2 Chronicles 35:25 ) ( Zechariah 12:11 ) where it is called the valley of Megiddon; or rather to the slaughter of Sisera's army at the waters of Megiddo, by Barak, ( Judges 5:19 ) suggesting that the same would be the fate of these united powers. Some derive the word from (Nwhdg) and (amrx) , which signify "the destruction of their troops", or "armies"; and so designs not any place, that has been or is, but which will be so called from the issue of this battle; and since it is an Hebrew name that will be given it, it may lead us to conclude it will be somewhere in Judea, and very likely no other than the valley of Jehoshaphat, where all nations will be gathered; and which is called the valley of decision, where will be the day of the Lord, and multitudes will be slain, ( Joel 3:2 Joel 3:13 Joel 3:14 ) though the name will suit any place where there will be a defeat of these enemies; but this vial only brings them together; the utter destruction of them is reserved for the next.


F4 Euseb, Prepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 17. p. 419.

Revelation 16:16 In-Context

14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
15 ("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.")
16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, "It is done."
18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Revelation 19:19
  • 2. Revelation 9:11
  • 3. Judges 5:19; 2 Kings 23:29; 2 Chronicles 35:22; Zechariah 12:11

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Two early mss read "Armagedon"