he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon
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These two events would create what is needed for a deployment of a foreign army arriving from the sea. Moreover, Israel is rapidly rearranging the Megiddo area itself.
The prison is surrounded by an underground wall to avoid the prisoners digging their way to freedom. The West Bank is very close. The church was found while working on the underground fence. It is being restored and has been visited by senior representatives of the Catholic Church.
Megiddo has been recognized as a strategic spot since ancient times.
Israel's Highway 65 connects the Mediterranean coastal plain with the Jezreel Valley, bypassing Haifa. It achieves that by traveling along Wadi* Ara. Undecided in its politics, the road zigzags left and right among the low hills. Palestinian villages dot the roadsides. It doesn't take long to notice that most of them are not connected to the Israeli highway, or that they are connected in such a way that their denizens have a hard time accessing it.
This area is known as The Triangle** and is the largest concentration of Palestinian towns within the Green Line. Near its northern edge is Ma'ale Iron ("Upper Ara" in Hebrew), a small regional council that administrates various villages. One of them is named Musmus.
Musmus is the only village in the country named after a pharaoh; its name is a distortion of Thutmose. Pharaoh Thutmose III reigned from 1479 BC to 1425 BE; during this long period he conducted several military campaigns, including northwards, to Syria. On his way there, he fought the Battle of Megiddo, the largest in his campaigns. Instead of taking the easy paths available for reaching Megiddo, he crossed Wadi Ara; he called it "Aruna."
The pass was described by his scribes as wide enough for the army to pass "horse after horse and man after man." He won the battle, and an eon or two afterwards got a little village named after him. This village is so unfriendly to Israel that the country's police forces avoid entering it.
A more recent campaign was the 1918 Battle of Megiddo between the British and Ottoman Empires. In what may be a hint of how the apocalyptic battle may look, this one exceeded the boundaries of Megiddo. The picture opening this article was taken between Beit Shean and Nablus.
The most recent finding in the Megiddo region is a Roman military base belonging to the Sixth Iron Legion. There are signs that some of their soldiers were Christians, probably worshipping at the nearby church. Located on the northwestern side of the Megiddo Junction, the site was discovered in late June 2013.
The legion occupied the site between 120 and 300AD; creating one of the historical names of the area, "Legio." 3,500 Soldiers ruled from here parts of the Galilee and Samaria. Parts of the surrounding wall, a square of 250m on each side, are being excavated. The finding was made with underground radar; in other words, they were purposely searching for the camp.
Israelis are mockingly referring to the site as the "Roman Kirya Base." "Kirya" means "town" in Hebrew, the term is best known from the name of Judas Iscariot, Judas the Man of the Town. However, the Israeli reference is different. The IDF General Headquarters and the Ministry of Defense are in an area known as "HaKirya"—The Town—in Tel Aviv.
The Church site would be fully expanded. The Roman Legion would be excavated. The Megiddo hill site would be expanded. The three would be combined in a National Park which will ensure the strategic spot is open and accessible. From his cold pyramid, Pharaoh Thutmose III smiles. Nothing really changes.
Israeli sarcasm or are the Zionists arming Armageddon? Stay tuned.
* "Wadi" is a narrow stream that remains dry except during the winter
** Hebrew: HaMeshulash; Arabic: al-Muthallath
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