Ep. 8: The Holy Land | Megiddo: Built for War

Ep. 8: The Holy Land | Megiddo: Built for War


(GENTLE MUSIC) JACK BECK: THE JEZREEL VALLEY HAS A SUBTLE BEAUTY. MOUNTAINS IN THE NORTH AND SOUTH SURROUND A SPRAWLING VALLEY
FILLED WITH FERTILE SOIL. FARMERS PLANT THEIR
CROPS IN NEAT ROWS. LIFE IS ABUNDANT HERE. IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS GOD
CREATED THE HEAVENS AND EARTH AND DECLARED ALL WAS GOOD. THIS GOODNESS LINGERS
IN THE JEZREEL VALLEY. BUT GENESIS ALSO TELLS US
ABOUT THE FALL OF CREATION, OF SIN AND THE FORCES OF
EVIL ENTERING THE WORLD. THIS TOO IS EVIDENT HERE. WAR AFTER WAR HAS BEEN
FOUGHT FOR CONTROL OF THIS FERTILE VALLEY. THE JEZREEL VALLEY IS A
PLACE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. WE’VE SEEN ITS WAR STORIES. NOW WE’RE GOING TO
VISIT MEGIDDO. THE MOST STRATEGIC LOCATION
IN THE ANCIENT WORLD. AND AS WE’LL SEE,
IT’S A CITY BUILT FOR WAR. IN FACT, HISTORY’S FIRST RECORDED BATTLE TOOK PLACE AT MEGIDDO
BETWEEN THE EGYPTIANS AND CANAANITES IN
THE 15TH CENTURY B.C. SINCE THEN THIS VALLEY
HAS BEEN LINKED WITH WAR. THIS REPUTATION LANDS IT A ROLE IN THE LAST BOOK OF THE BIBLE, REVELATION. THE APOSTLE JOHN PAINTS
AN APOCALYPTIC SCENE, A FINAL BATTLE
WHERE CHRIST RETURNS TO DESTROY EVIL ONCE AND FOR ALL AT A PLACE CALLED ARMAGEDDON. ARMAGEDDON IS LIKELY DERIVED
FROM TWO HEBREW WORDS: HAR AND MAGDON,
MEANING THE HILL OF MEGIDDO. MEGIDDO IS THE MOST
STRATEGICALLY LOCATED CITY IN THE ANCIENT WORLD. TO UNDERSTAND IT LET’S
USE A COUPLE OF MAPS. MEGIDDO IS LOCATED JUST
HERE, IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL, ON A LAND BRIDGE BETWEEN
THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA AND ARABIAN DESERT, SO YOUR TRAVEL OPTIONS ARE ALREADY LIMITED. THEY’RE NARROWED EVEN FURTHER
WHEN WE COME TO MEGIDDO HERE. INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS ARE
MOVING UP THE COASTAL PLAIN. THEIR GOAL IS TO GET HERE
TO THE JEZREEL VALLEY, BUT WE’VE GOT A 30-MILE LONG OBSTACLE IN THE WAY, MOUNT CARMEL. AND SO WHAT THE TRAVELERS
DID IN THE ANCIENT WORLD WAS LOOK FOR NATURAL
CHALK VALLEYS, LIKE THE ARUNA PASS,
TO MAKE THEIR WAY ALL THE WAY THROUGH HERE
TO THE JEZREEL VALLEY. WHAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE HERE
IS WIDTH OF THE PASSAGE. NARROWS TO JUST
TWO METERS IN WIDTH. THAT MEANS THAT ALL
INTERNATIONAL COMMODITIES, ALL INTERNATIONAL ARMIES,
MOVING THROUGH THIS PASSAGEWAY ARE MOVING THROUGH A
PASSAGEWAY JUST THIS WIDE. THAT MAKES MEGIDDO A
PLACE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. THAT MAKES MEGIDDO A PLACE
PURPOSE-BUILT FOR WAR. (DRAMATIC MUSIC) THIS WAS THE WAY INTO
MEGIDDO IN THE 16TH CENTURY, THROUGH A GATEHOUSE
THAT WAS DESIGNED TO RESIST UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I MEAN. THERE’S A SWINGING DOOR HERE. THERE’S SOLDIERS POSITIONED
IN THESE LITTLE ALCOVES, HERE AND THERE, AND THEN
ONE MORE SWINGING GATE TO GET THROUGH BEFORE
YOU’RE IN THE CITY ITSELF. THIS IS A PLACE THAT’S
DESIGNED TO RESIST ENTRY. YOU’D EXPECT A CITY
DESIGNED FOR WAR TO WITHSTAND REPEATED ATTACKS. THIS IS NOT THE CASE
WITH MEGIDDO. THE ATTACKING FORCE
HAS TAKEN THIS CITY IN ALL ITS MOST FAMOUS BATTLES. KING SOLOMON ACQUIRED MEGIDDO
IN THE 10TH CENTURY B.C., IT WAS IN SHAMBLES AND
NEEDED TO BE REBUILT. SO WHEN SOLOMON
BUILT HIS GATEHOUSE, HE BUILT IT HIGHER AND BIGGER. TWO THINGS HAD CHANGED. ONE IS THAT THE CITY WAS
BUILT AT A HIGHER ELEVATION, AND SECONDLY, THIS CITY
BUILT FOR WAR HAD CHARIOTS. THAT MEANT THE ENTRYWAY
HAD TO BE A RAMP. THE CHARIOTS WOULD HAVE
COME UP THE RAMP AND ENTERED THE CITY
THROUGH THE GATE. THE NEXT GREAT BATTLE AT MEGIDDO TOOK PLACE ABOUT
400 YEARS LATER WHEN KING JOSIAH FOUGHT
THE EGYPTIAN ARMY WHICH WAS MOVING NORTH
THROUGH THE PROMISED LAND. KING JOSIAH TOOK ON THE
LARGER ARMY AT MEGIDDO BECAUSE IT IS THE ONE
PLACE WHERE A NARROW PASS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE JUDEANS TO FIGHT AGAINST THE EGYPTIANS JUST A FEW SOLDIERS AT A TIME. IN THIS BATTLE,
GOOD KING JOSIAH DIED, AND WE’RE LEFT
TO WONDER WILL EVIL ALWAYS TRIUMPH OVER GOOD? TODAY, MEGIDDO IS AT THE CENTER OF A DIFFERENT KIND OF
CONFLICT AMONG CHRISTIANS: HOW DO WE READ REVELATION? WILL GOD’S FINAL VICTORY OVER
SATAN, SIN, AND SUFFERING PHYSICALLY TAKE PLACE
HERE AT MEGIDDO, OR IS MEGIDDO A METAPHOR
THAT HIGHLIGHTS HOW CONSEQUENTIAL
THAT BATTLE WILL BE? IT’S ALWAYS HARD
FOR ME TO TALK ABOUT THE BOOK OF REVELATION
IN THIS SPOT, BECAUSE, WELL SO MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE
DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDINGS OF HOW TO READ THE BOOK AND
WHAT THE BOOK IS SAYING. I DON’T CARE TO BECOME MIRED
IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS, BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY,
I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE’S ENOUGH
EVIDENCE TO CONVINCE ME THAT ANY ONE PERSPECTIVE
IS CORRECT. THE WHOLE BOOK OF
REVELATION IS, BY DESIGN, WRITTEN AS AN APOCALYPTIC
PIECE OF LITERATURE, WHICH IS A FANCY TERM
FOR KIND OF A CARICATURED VIEW OF WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. AND SO WE HAVE THIS
ALMOST CARTOONISH-LIKE, AND I MEAN THAT IN THE
BEST SENSE OF THE WORD, ALMOST THIS CARTOONISH-LIKE
DEPICTION OF LIFE BEHIND WHICH WE NEED TO
SEE SOME SORT OF REALITY. EITHER IN THE THOUGHT WORLD
OR REAL WORLD. AND IN THIS TUMULTUOUS
REALITY WE NEED HOPE. A HOPE THAT EVIL AND
SUFFERING WILL END, A HOPE THAT ALL WAR WILL CEASE, AND PEACE WILL REIGN. THE BOOK OF REVELATION
DELIVERS TWO POWERFUL INSIGHTS THAT I HOLD DEARLY. NUMBER ONE, I CAN EXPECT
BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF TIME FOR THINGS TO CONTINUE
TO DETERIORATE AND GET WORSE FOR
THE CHRISTIAN WORLD. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT
GONNA HAVE A SOFT AND EASY TIME AS IT MOVES INTO THE END,
IT WILL BE CHALLENGING. BUT THE SECOND MESSAGE OF
THE BOOK OF REVELATION, THE ONE THAT I HOLD SO
PRECIOUS AND SO DEARLY IS THIS: DON’T WORRY, DEAR CHRISTIAN,
IT WILL GET BETTER. THE VICTORY IS KNOWN FROM
THE BEGINNING OF THE BATTLE. I HEAR THE DISTANT TRIUMPH
SONG, EVEN AS I SIT HERE, KNOWING THAT IN THE END,
THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL OVERCOME THE
KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD. (GENTLE MUSIC) MEGIDDO, THE SETTING FOR
THE FIRST RECORDED BATTLE AND INTIMATELY CONNECTED
TO THE LAST GREAT BATTLE. THE ENDLESS BATTLES FOUGHT
HERE IN THE JEZREEL VALLEY POINT US TO A SPIRITUAL BATTLE THAT HAS BEEN RAGING FOR
AGES BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. AND THIS BATTLE WON’T
BE DETERMINED BY ARMIES, GATEHOUSES, OR CHARIOTS, BUT BY THE DEATH AND THE
RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. THE HUMBLE ACT OF LOVE
THAT ASSURES US THAT IN THE END,
THE GOOD CREATION THAT GOD SPOKE INTO
BEING IN THE BEGINNING WILL BE MADE NEW. (SOFT MUSIC)

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  1. I'm in agreement with the reluctance to get involved with interpretation of God's Mysterious Ways.
    "We'll understand it better,bye and bye"…☝

  2. Lovely finel episode. I thank God for Dr. John Beck for giving me and others a beautiful insightful journey across the holy Land of Jerusalem. Thank you our daily bread for taking time for everyone in the world to hear about the wonderful word of God.

  3. This is a great way to bring people together! The book of Daily Word is how I came about to read the blessings and encouragement from the readings but you have out done yourself bye providing an audio method to absorb the energy within. Thank you for this uplift !

  4. Enjoyed these episodes very much🌻🌿. Is this the end of the journey with you? I'm learning alot from you here, are there anymore?

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