Saturday, August 21st, 2010
"Do to them as to Midian, as to Sisera" (Psalm 83:9)
Across the valley from Megiddo, Judge Barak gathered 10,000 Israelite troops to confront the army of Jabin, the Canaanite king of Hazor, under the command of his military chief Sisera. This Canaanite army had 900 war chariots equipped with deadly long blades of iron that turned with the wheels. As Israel's poorly equipped troops assembled on Mount Tabor, Sisera's army was lured into the valley. Then, "Jehovah began to throw Sisera and all his war chariots and all the camp into confusion." The entire army was slaughtered by the Israelites. (Judge 4:13-16; 5:19-21) Significantly, God's final war against Satan's world is called Har-Magedon (meaning "Mountain of Megiddo"), or Armageddon. That name reminds us of the dramatic battles that took place near Megiddo, Jehovah's victory in those ancient wars assures us of his certain triumph in the battle of Armageddon.—Revelation 16:13-16.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 3:14, 15)