"And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon" (Rev. 16:16). In these days of stress and apprehensiveness of the future it is interesting to find that Cruden's Complete Concordance defines "Armageddon" as "the mountain of Megiddo, or ... the mountain of fruits, or of apples."

Mary Baker Eddy tells us (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 320), "Metaphors abound in the Bible, and names are often expressive of spiritual ideas." So this interpretation of the word Armageddon may open up a somewhat different viewpoint from the generally accepted one regarding "the battle of that great day of God Almighty." The Scriptural promise reads that in this battle "the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty" are to be destroyed (Rev. 16:14; 19:20). Although this picture of evil may seem terrifying to those contemplating it, we have the assurance, explicit throughout the Scriptures, that the saving Christ does come to human consciousness. So, although today there are signs of upheaval everywhere, those who understand God's omnipotence know that evil is destined to be overthrown and thus are able to rejoice in increasing evidence that good is indeed the only reality. Is not this perceiving "the mountain of fruits"—the true Armageddon?

Is there anyone bowed down under the aggressive mental suggestion of the inevitability of evil? Does he fear that he has come to a standstill in his growth Spiritward? Then let him joyfully realize that this is his moment of victory. The "great day of God Almighty" is at hand, providing each and every one with the precious opportunity of overcoming evil with good.

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