Mount Carmel, #Israel

Mount Carmel is a fertile area, famous for the dew (Gideon’s fleece), and so is named carm-el, or vineyard (carm) of God (el).

This is the place from 1 Kings 18 where Elijah called down fire to show His God was real and the priests of Baal were false.

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It also overlooks the ancient cultural, political, and military crossroads: Megiddo, or the valley of Armageddon.

The villages were always at the bottom of the mountains, so that they had streams from melting snow. Roads between the villages became the main roads, and the modern roads follow those same paths:

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It makes sense that the battle of all battles must happen here, because every dispensation has seen a major battle here. Not just anciently, but even more recently, such as when Napoleon conquered the Turkish army.

The place is called Megiddo (Ma-gee-doh), and became Ar (mountain) Megiddo, which sounded to English speakers that thought it was “Armageddon”.

You can see Nazareth on the left, and Mount Tabor (mount of transfiguration) on the right:

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From this view, Mount Gilboa is on the right. That is where King Saul was killed (and his body hung on the walls of Beit Sean), Gideon and the Middionites, and Deborah and her 900 chariots.

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That is the view from the place marking where Elijah called down the fire.

Tradition says Elijah lived in caves near here. It was very lovely!

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