The Final Battle - Megiddo

That sounds like the last chapter in one of the Narnia books, but it's also the prediction of the (difficult to understand) final book in the Bible. Arm (hill) of Megiddo - Armageddon. Here, it says, the forces of good and evil will finally face each other. I'm content to let that be, since there have been people on this site for 7000 years. Strategically situated to guard the gap in the hills that connects Egypt with Mesopotamia, it has had a variety of rulers and already a few decisive battles.
Perhaps best known of the rulers was Solomon, who not only  housed with some of his many wives in a palace here, but also hundreds of horses - the city of chariots - the major vehicle for warfare of ancient times. Now there are only cast iron models feeding from the mangers. The hill is windswept and devoid of vegetation, bar a few dozen date palms. We scrump around and find a few and have a taste.  Delicious. Jack Siebrits would have been fascinated by the underground grain silo. Water was always a problem, so once again ingenuity rules with a 30 meter channel tunnelling water to a well in the centre of Megiddo. It's fun to climb down the 180 precarious steps and then walk along the watercourse.

Since General Allenby defeated the Ottomans in his final battle at the end of the First World War there has been no further conflict at Megiddo. Who knows about the future? But the Israelis are taking no chances. They've built an underground runway for their airforce nearby. That's supposed to be secret, so don't tell.

We look across the Jezreel valley and see the mount of transfiguration where we sang Glory to God in the Highest earlier in the day. We should add the next few words also '... and on earth peace and goodwill to all.'