(JERUSALEM POST) — On the southeastern side of the Jezreel Valley, Mount Gilboa stretches like a fence that once marked the northernmost boundary of the tribe of Manasseh. Because the valley hosted the most important crossroads in Israel, the mountain range offered a strategic high ground for the nation’s defense.
From above, the Jezreel Valley has the geographic shape of an arrowhead pointed to the northwest. The form seems almost prophetic, as the area has given stage to numerous battles in history. The future “Battle of Armageddon” also promises to occur in this area (Revelation 16:16).
The “shaft” of the Jezreel Valley’s arrow represents a smaller valley that runs eastward between Mount Gilboa and the Hill of Moreh. This vale has the name “Harod Valley” and expands more than ten kilometers east toward Beit Sha'an, meeting the Jordan Valley.
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