The truth is, the word Armageddon is only found one time in the entire Bible, and then it is not in reference to a battle or war. The scripture reference is as follows, "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Revelation 16:15-16
Where, I ask you, is there a reference to a battle or war in this passage of scripture? This statement, plainly refers to a place as Armageddon, not a war.
Hal Lindsey is purported to be one of the most profound prophets of today. He has written a book entitled, "The Late Great Planet Earth". His book is centered around the "Battle of Armageddon" and the occurrence of the last days of this earth. I might add, he is just as wrong in his depiction of the end time in his book, as he is about a battle called, Armageddon.
These well renowned teachers and leaders of Christianity are obvious deceivers and are misleading innocent followers, for the financial benefit to be gained.
There is a whole doctrine called the "Dispensation Theory", with books written about this doctrine, when the word "dispensation" is found only four times in the entire Bible. The Dispensation Theory is based on the premise of various dispensation periods of the Bible. The truth is, the only reference to dispensation in the Bible is not dealing with different periods of time, but is simply referring to the act of dispensing.
The amazing thing is, people accept these teachings without any question as to their validity, nor any examination as to their source or purpose. Then someone like me comes along and attempts to set the record straight with the facts of the Biblical record, and becomes the target of ridicule and persecution out of reason. The truth of the scriptures notwithstanding.
The word Armageddon is simply, the name of the place of safety where God protects his followers, during the time when he pours out his wrath on the earth. "Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments," Revelation 16:15 These followers are the church, the bride of Christ, The symbolic City "New Jerusalem" referred to in Revelation chapter 21.
Another reference to this same "place of safety" is found in Revelation chapter 12. "Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (the Bride of Christ) which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place (Armageddon), where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:12-17
This is a symbolic reference to the end time and is depicted in a vision. A detailed search will reveal the purported battle does not ever take place, before God destroys the wicked.
Another scriptural reference to this same period is found depicted in Psalms 91, as follows, "He that dwelleth in the secret place (Armageddon) of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." Psalms 91:1-16