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Armageddon

According to the Book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, Armageddon is the prophesied location of a gathering of armies for a battle during the end times, variously interpreted as either a literal or a symbolic location. The term is used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario. In Islamic theology, the Armageddon is mentioned in Hadith as the Greatest Armageddon or Al-Malhama Al-Kubra; the "mount" of Megiddo in northern Israel is not a mountain, but a tell on which ancient forts were built to guard the Via Maris, an ancient trade route linking Egypt with the northern empires of Syria and Mesopotamia. Megiddo was the location of various ancient battles, including one in the 15th century BCE and one in 609 BCE; the nearby modern Megiddo is a kibbutz in the Kishon River area. The word Armageddon appears only once in the Greek New Testament, in Revelation 16:16; the word is transliterated to Greek from Hebrew har məgiddô, har meaning "a mountain or range of hills: - hill, mount, X promotion."

This is a shortened form of Harar "to loom up. Megiddo /meg-id-do'/ "Megiddon or Megiddo, a place of crowds.") The name refers to a fortification made by King Ahab. Megiddo is mentioned twelve times in the Old Testament, ten times in reference to the ancient city of Megiddo, twice with reference to "the plain of Megiddo", most simply meaning "the plain next to the city". None of these Old Testament passages describes the city of Megiddo as being associated with any particular prophetic beliefs; the one New Testament reference to the city of Armageddon found in Revelation 16:16 makes no specific mention of any armies being predicted to one day gather in this city, but instead seems to predict only that "they the kings together to.... Armageddon"; the text does however seem to imply, based on the text from the earlier passage of Revelation 16:14, that the purpose of this gathering of kings in the "place called Armageddon" is "for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty". Because of the highly symbolic and cryptic language of this one New Testament passage, some Christian scholars conclude that Mount Armageddon must be an idealized location.

R. J. Rushdoony says, "There are no mountains of Megiddo, only the Plains of Megiddo; this is a deliberate destruction of the vision of any literal reference to the place." Other scholars, including C. C. Torrey and Jordan argue that the word is derived from the Hebrew moed, meaning "assembly". Thus, "Armageddon" would mean "Mountain of Assembly," which Jordan says is "a reference to the assembly at Mount Sinai, to its replacement, Mount Zion."Most traditions interpret this Bible prophecy to be symbolic of the progression of the world toward the "great day of God, the Almighty" in which God pours out their just and holy wrath against unrepentant sinners, led by Satan, in a literal end-of-the-world final confrontation. Armageddon is the symbolic name given to this event based on scripture references regarding divine obliteration of God's enemies; the hermeneutical method supports this position by referencing Judges 4 and 5 where God miraculously destroys the enemy of their elect, Israel, at Megiddo.

The location of the eschatological battle on a mountain is significant, “for the mountain is spatially the boundary between heaven and earth and thus a fitting location for the climactic battle between good and evil and Satan, Christ and counterfeit Christ.” It is a symbolic place “for the last resistance of anti-god forces prior to the kingdom of Christ”--a battle, not described in Revelation 16, for it was won on the cross. Christian scholar William Hendriksen writes: For this cause, Har Magedon is the symbol of every battle in which, when the need is greatest and believers are oppressed, the Lord reveals His power in the interest of His distressed people and defeats the enemy; when Sennacherib's 185,000 are slain by the Angel of Jehovah, a shadow of the final Har-Magedon. When God grants a little handful of Maccabees a glorious victory over an enemy which far outnumbers it, a type of Har-Magedon, but the real, the great, the final Har Magedon coincides with the time of Satan’s little season.

The world, under the leadership of Satan, anti-Christian government, anti-Christian religion – the dragon, the beast, the false prophet – is gathered against the Church for the final battle, the need is greatest. In his discussion of Armageddon, J. Dwight Pentecost has devoted a chapter to the subject, "The Campaign of Armageddon", in which he discusses it as a campaign and not a specific battle, which will be fought in the Middle East. Pentecost writes: It has been held that the battle of Armageddon is an isolated event transpiring just prior to the second advent of Christ to the earth; the extent of this great movement in which God deals with "the kings of the earth and of the whole world" will not be seen unless it is realized that the "battle of that great day of God Almighty" is not an isolated battle, but rather a campaign that extends over the last half of the tribulation period. The Greek word "polemo", translated "battle" in Revelation 16:14, signifies a war or campaign, whi

Thalwil–Arth-Goldau railway

The Thalwil–Arth-Goldau railway is a Swiss railway that acts as a feeder route to the Gotthard Railway. It was opened for this purpose on 1 June 1897, with the Thalwil–Zug section owned by the Swiss Northeastern Railway and the Zug–Arth-Goldau section owned by the GB. Since the nationalisation of the GB in 1909, the entire route has belonged to the Swiss Federal Railways; the route is still single-track and therefore highly-subject to delays. In addition there is a danger of natural hazards on the Zug–Arth-Goldau section, which as a result has to be closed for several days; the line begins in Thalwil. The double-track section has run uphill to Horgen Oberdorf since the 1960s. After that, it passes under the Horgenberg through the 1985 metre-long, single-track Zimmerberg Tunnel. After the tunnel, the line crossed the Sihl on two tracks—with each on its own bridge—and reaches Sihlbrugg station, to which the Sihltal Railway was extended from Sihlwald and opened on the same day as the Thalwil–Arth-Goldau line.

This is followed by the 3,359 metre-long, single-track Albis Tunnel and the Litti operations yard, from where the line has run as a double track to Baar since 1979. It is crossed by the A4a motorway; the Lorze is crossed before Baar. A stress test was carried out on the newly built bridge with eight Ae 4/7 locomotives during the night from 28 to 29 March 1981. There have been two tracks between Baar and Zug since 1931; the line was connected to the existing Zug station of the Zürich–Zug–Lucerne Railway, operated by the NOB, requiring the station to be rebuilt. This created connections to the Zürich -- the Zug -- Lucerne railway; the Zug–Arth-Goldau line is still single-track, which limits the operation of the Zug Stadtbahn and the Gotthard express trains. In addition, it runs through geologically unstable terrain, which makes doubling of the track impossible. In addition, the route is endangered by possible landslides and debris flows during every major storm. After Zug station, the 255 metre-long viaduct follows Gotthardstrasse and Poststrasse and the 585 metre-long Stadt Tunnel.

The halt of Zug Oberwil was upgraded to a station in 2010 to provide a second crossing point on the line. The line passes through the 36 metre-long Lotenbach Tunnel and the 90 metre-long Bühl Tunnel before Walchwil. For a long time, Walchwil station was the only place; as a rule, the regional trains crossed with the oncoming Gotthard expresses. This is followed by the 48 metre-long Rossplatten Tunnel, the 94 metre-long St. Adrian Bridge, the 65 metre-long St. Adrian Tunnel, the 70 metre-long Rufibach Bridge and the 40 metre-long Rufibach Tunnel; the 69 metre-long Kalkofen Tunnel and, shortly before Arth-Goldau, the 192 metre-long Mühlefluh Tunnel follow. Double track to Arth-Goldau station begins at the subsequent Goldau Mühlefluh operations yard. In Arth-Goldau station there is a connection to the Gotthard line of the SBB and the Pfäffikon SZ–Arth-Goldau railway of the SOB, as well as interchange with the Arth-Rigi Railway. In order to be able to achieve a half-hourly journey for express trains on the route from Zurich to Ticino, a second track has been under construction near Walchwil since the end of 2016.

During the two-year construction period, the line between Zug-Oberwil and Arth-Goldau has been closed. Regional traffic has been served by buses during this period, while long-distance trains are diverted via the western side of Lake Zug. Wägli, Hans G.. Schienennetz Schweiz. Bern: Generalsekretariat SBB. Wägli, Hans G.. Schienennetz Schweiz und Bahnprofil Schweiz CH+. Zürich: AS Verlag. ISBN 978-3-909111-74-9. Dietler. "Schweizerische Nordostbahn". Röll: Enzyklopädie des Eisenbahnwesens. Retrieved 20 October 2018

Western Airlines (2007)

Western was an American low-cost airline headquartered in Bellingham and operated from a hub at Bellingham International Airport. Officials of the Port of Bellingham had set the goal in 2004 of obtaining additional passenger service for Bellingham International Airport to destinations other than Seattle. In late 2005, the Port announced that it had entered into a lease with Western, a startup airline founded by two local businessmen with aviation experience. On November 16, 2006, Western announced that they would begin flights in January from Bellingham International Airport to four vacation destinations. Service began on January 2007, with a flight from Bellingham to Ontario, California. Western operated as a "scheduled charter" service, with aircraft wet leased from Xtra Airways and was working through the process of gaining FAA approval as a commercial airline. On February 7, 2007, Western suspended further operations due to outstanding debts to suppliers, including Xtra Airways and the fuel vendor in Bellingham.

Xtra Airways continued to return Western's passengers to their originating airport. Xtra Airways officials stated that flights have had to stop in Seattle, Washington to take on fuel, though a Western spokesperson claimed that only one flight has had to stop, and, due to a higher than expected fuel burn on the flight to Bellingham. Western officials traced the problem to difficulties with credit card payments; the company had been running into problems obtaining a merchant identification number, needed before banks would deposit money into the airline's account. The airline stated it was working out an arrangement with PayPal, which would allow credit card payments to be processed and sent to the airline without the need for a merchant identification number; the airline expected to resume flights. Western flew to four destinations in the United States: Mesa/Phoenix Ontario San Diego Bellingham Hub At the time of Western's demise on February 7, 2007, the airline had 1 aircraft in its fleet consisting of: List of defunct airlines of the United States