What the Bible Says about Iraq (posted 8-19-02)
Today the U.S. Senate concluded hearings concerning Iraq. The primary goal of these hearings concerned the threat Iraq is to the world as long as Saddam Hussein rules that country. It is now apparent that President Bush, the U.S. Congress and a significant majority of Americans support doing whatever it takes to remove Saddam, including war with Iraq. There has been growing evidence of Iraqs involvement in the 9/11 and many other terrorists attacks.
Of course Iraq is listening. Fox news also reported today that Iraqs Foreign Minister, Naji Sabri, sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan saying the government would like chief inspector Hans Blix and U. N. weapons experts to come to Bagdad for technical discussions. This letter for the first time in four years mentions the possibility of U. N. inspectors returning to Iraq. Isnt that interesting? As much as they hate U. N. inspectors, Iraq may prefer them to bombers, and missiles.
Contrary to popular opinion, I do not believe the U. S. and allies will successfully attack Iraq at this time or in the near future. If an attack is mounted, it will not effectively remove the threat of Iraq, which is substantial. Why not? Simply because I believe the Bible has a different plan for dealing with Iraq (Babylon). Babylon is mentioned in the Bible more than any other city except Jerusalem.
The Bible clearly states that Iran (Medo-Persia) will destroy Iraq (Babylon). Isaiah 13:1 speaks of the burden or judgment of Babylon (Iraq). This chapter goes on to describe the destruction of Babylon (Iraq), Behold, I will stir up the Medes (Iran) against them [Iraq]. He continues, And Babylon, [Iraq], the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation; (vss. 19-20)."
About 100 years later, Jeremiah also speaks of the destruction of Babylon [Iraq], and he is speaking after the Medes did it the first time. He says, Make bright the arrows, gather the shields; the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes [Iran] for his purpose is against Babylon [Iraq], to destroy it, because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple (Jeremiah 51:11)." Later in this same chapter Jeremiah says, And Babylon [Iraq] shall become heaps, a dwelling place of jackals, and horror, and an hissing, without inhabitant (vs. 37).
These prophecies have not been fulfilled. There has not been a time since this prophecy was given, that Babylon [Iraq] has not been inhabited. However, these prophecies could be fulfilled today.
Because of border disputes and other problems, Iraq invaded Iran September 22, 1980. This led to a major war resulting in approximately 600,000 Iranians killed and 400,000 Iraqis killed. This war ended in 1988 without settling the problems. There is still hatred between Iran and Iraq due to this war.
Suppose Iran were to invade Iraq today. Would anyone stop them? I think not. In fact, many countries, including America, would cheer them on and help them. The Bible says Iran will destroy Iraq.
This is simply another sign we are nearer the return of our Lord Jesus Christ!
MARANATHA! Jesus is coming soon! Be ready and help others get ready! Amen!
© 2002 D. B. Martin
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