Armageddon has become a household word, as troubles spread their foreboding upon earth. It is used when there are conflicts between nations and ideologies, especially when there is worldwide turmoil. The news media has used it frequently, though it is questionable many times if the writer really knew the origin and background of the word. Most think of it as applying to a great struggle or mighty battle in which God is involved—a battle between good and evil—a battle to end all battles.
Armageddon is a Biblical term used in the closing book of the Bible associated with “the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Rev. 16:14) Revelation is a book of symbols setting forth an agelong struggle between truth and error, righteousness and unrighteousness, Christ and Antichrist. In this portrayal, such symbols as ‘beasts’, ‘dragon’, ‘false prophets’, ‘Babylon’, ‘harlot’, ‘unclean spirits’, ‘frogs’, etc., are used on the one hand; and on the other, ‘Lamb’, ‘bride’, ‘holy city’, and others. Armageddon is another of the symbols employed in the book, and it is associated with the great and final phase of a struggle ending the present age, when the kingdom of Christ rises victoriously, establishing universal and everlasting peace.