Armageddon (from Ancient Greek: Ἁρμαγεδών Harmagedōn, Late Latin: Armagedōn), according to many interpretations of the Book of Revelation and prophecies of the Apocalypse, will be either a literal or symbolic site of a great battle between Good and Evil, prior to the Last Judgment. The term is also used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world or end of time scenario. The word "Armageddon" appears only once in the Greek New Testament, in Revelation 16:16, and is thought to be derived from the Hebrew hare məgiddô (הר מגידו), meaning "Mount Megiddo" which was the location of various ancient battles.
- For the 1998 film of this name, see Armageddon (film)
- There are elements within the religions who believe that war in the Middle East has been foretold by scripture. I'm no theologian, but I do know this: Armageddon is not a foreign policy.
- "I really have no experience..."
"No one has any experience of the battle of Armageddon."
"But I'm really unfit..."
"You are willing, that is enough."
"Now, really, I know of no occupation for which mere willingness is the final test."
"I do. Martyrs. I am sending you to your death. Good day."
- Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home.
- Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), in a disclaimer on the credits page.
- That's how it goes, you think you're on top of the world, and suddenly they spring Armageddon on you. The Great War, the Last Battle. Heaven versus Hell, three rounds, one Fall, no submission. And that'd be that. No more world. That's what the end of the world meant. No more world. Just endless Heaven or, depending who won, endless Hell. Crowley didn't know which was worse.
- Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), "Eleven years ago", on musings of the demon Crowley, as he contemplates avoiding Armageddon with the help of the angel Aziraphale.
- The Antichrist is alive on earth at this moment, Sergeant. He is bringing about Armageddon, the Day of Judgement, even if he himself does not know it. Heaven and Hell are both preparing for war, and it's all going to be very messy.
- Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990), the angel Aziraphale, in "Saturday"
- Honestly, if you're given the choice between Armageddon or tea, you don't say "what kind of tea?"
- The appropriate response to the bin Ladens of the world is to correct everyone’s reading of these texts by making the same evidentiary demands in religious matters that we make in all others. If we cannot find our way to a time when most of us are willing to admit that, at the very least, we are not sure whether or not God wrote some of our books, then we need only count the days to Armageddon – because God has given us far many more reasons to kill one another than to turn the other cheek.
- Sam Harris, on literalist interpretations of religious scriptures, in The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2005), Ch. 1 : Reason in Exile, p. 35
- I had no objection to calling Armageddon by the name 'Ragnarok'. Jesus or Joshua or Jesu; Mary or Miriam or Maryam or Maria, Jehovah or Yahweh — any verbal symbol will do as long as speaker and listener agree on meaning. But Loki? Ask me to believe that a mythical demigod of an ignorant, barbarian race has wrought changes in the whole universe? Now, really!
- And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
- I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are 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.
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.
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
- We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.
- General Douglas MacArthur, warning of the perils of war in the age nuclear weapons, in a radio broadcast after the official surrender of Japan on the battleship USS Missouri, ending World War II (2 September 1945)
- Soon there will be war. Millions will burn. Millions will perish in sickness and misery. Why does one death matter against so many? Because there is good and there is evil, and evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise in this. But there are so many deserving of retribution ... and there is so little time.
- Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.
- Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won’t be made safer by creating barriers between people. Cries of “They’re evil, let’s get ‘em” or “The infidels must die” sound frightening, but they’re desperately empty of argument and understanding. They’re the rallying cries of prejudice, the call to arms of those who find it easier to hate than admit they might be not be right about everything.
Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.
- As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There's a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother's pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, "In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes."
- We stand at Armageddon and we battle for the Lord.
- Your Holiness, the sequence of events has been successfully interpreted. The appearance of the comet only confirms our worst fear. We stand now, on the eve of Armageddon. The darkest evil this way comes and He will do battle for our very souls.
- The blame for Armageddon lies on man. And the millennium will come only when the average man exhibits a scientific integrity about all he is and does — instead of half of it. Many a psychological Archimedes has put signposts on the hard road man must follow if he is to avoid self-destruction and come into his own. A few very great modern scientists have added to the lore. Indications of what man may expect of himself are everywhere at hand. But most men must first be persuaded that the task lies ahead and not behind — that we are infants still, with loaded guns for toys.
- Philip Wylie, in Generation of Vipers (1942)
- The dead were all along the road. And it was wet and cold. And it all made me think of the Bible and the story of the Anti-Christ and Armageddon.