Iraq second-largest city, Mosul, in the northern part of the country, was originally the biblical city of Nineveh. It was the capital of the ancient
empire of Assyria. Nineveh was another city that Nimrod had built.
The modern country of Iraq was carved out of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, and was first known as the "Kingdom
of Iraq" in 1921, and later, since the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, it has been called the Republic of Iraq.
After the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington D.C. Iraq became the focus of attention as a sponsor of terrorism. Saddam Hussein was a
despicable tyrant who slaughtered his own people, even using chemical weapons of mass destruction against them, and was believed to be developing
nuclear weapons. He ignored and defied multiple resolutions by the United Nations to allow inspectors to determine the extent of their nuclear
activities. In March of 2003 the United States and Great Britain invaded Iraq to overthrow Hussein and stop any development of weapons of mass
destruction. The weapons were never found, though there was evidence that they were shipped to Syria just before the invasion. Saddam Hussein was
eventually found, tried, and executed in 2006.
The United States rebuilt Iraq's infrastructure and helped them establish free elections and a form of democracy. Unfortunately, the
reforms could not stop the civil strife between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the country, so a seemingly endless cycle of violence prevailed
and cost the lives of more than 4 thousand Americans in the process. Meanwhile, the sizeable Christian community in Iraq was persecuted and
nearly driven out of the country. The U.S. finally withdrew troops from Iraq in 2011. Immediately after that there was an upsurge of
terrorist factions, foreshadowing an undesirable future for the nation.
The ancient ruins of Babylon, which were undergoing a massive renovation by Saddam Hussein, were not greatly affected by the war.
"Mystery Babylon" makes a major appearance in the Book of Revelation. The woman riding the Beast in Revelation 17 is symbolic of a one-world
religion that gives its power to the Antichrist regime of the End Times. This "united religion" will be made possible by the absence of the
Church after the rapture has taken place, and an uneasy truce between religions including Islam.
Many Old Testament prophecies foretold the destruction of Babylon. Isaiah and Jeremiah said that it would be desolate and never
inhabited again (Isaiah 13:19-20; Jeremiah 50:39). The Babylonian Empire was conquered by the Medo-Persian Empire, and in time the city did become
virtually uninhabited, but many Bible scholars think that the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy is still future, and it may apply to "Mystery
In July, 2014 the radical jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), captured a number of cities in Syria and Iraq, and claimed that they were establishing a
new Islamic caliphate, with the goal of reclaiming
the lands once held by the Ottoman Empire. Using the most brutal tactics seen in our lifetime -- including beheadings,
crucifixions, mass slaughter, and burying opponents alive -- they invaded large portions of Syria and Iraq, and drove out almost all Christians.
This new, illigitimate force is motivated by Sunni Islamic theology, and will undoubtedly be resisted by the Shite branch of Islam, led by Iran.
They will also be opposed by Western powers, including the United States and the more moderate Sunni nations such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
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Prophetic Significance of Iraq
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ISIS militants 'bulldozed' ancient archaeological site, Iraqi ministry says
Mar. 6, 2015 - According to the Iraqi government, ISIS terrorists have "bulldozed" the famous Nimrud archaeological site.
Axel Plathe, the director of UNESCO's Iraq office, tweeted that the attack was an "appalling attack on Iraq's heritage", while Iraqi
archaeologist Lamia al-Gailani told the BBC that ISIS was "erasing our history."
- Source: Fox
Prophetic Significance of Iraq
Fierce clashes rage around IS-held Iraqi city of Tikrit
Mar. 3, 2015 - Iraqi military forces are trying to take back the key city of Tikrit from Islamic State terroists. U.S. airstrikes are
not being conducted there at this time.
Battles were reported in the suburb of al-Dour, the western al-Zuhur district, the northern area of Qadisiya, and near the Teaching Hospital in the south.
- Source: BBC
- Update 3/5/15:
Islamic State Crisis: housands flee Iraqi advance on Tikrit - BBC
Showing our hand? US military official outlines plan to retake Iraqi city of Mosul
Feb. 20, 2015 - A senior U.S. Central Command official revealed that plans for retaking the city of Mosul in Iraq from ISIS
will involve up to 25,000 Iraqi troops and three brigades of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. The offensive would probably begin in the "April,
A current and former military intelligence officer also told Fox News that the decision to publicly announce the plan was
counterintuitive because it "telegraphs" the timing and number of units involved.
- Source: Fox
Peshmerga 'repel major IS attack in northern Iraq'
Feb. 19, 2015 - Peshmerga fighters stopped a major attack against Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
They were supported by US-led coalition aircraft, but complain that they are still poorly armed compared with the jihadists.
The coalition has conducted more than 1,200 air strikes in Iraq since August, when IS militants overran the Peshmergas' defenses in the north.
- Source: BBC
Fighting Isis: Qatar recalls ambassador to Egypt; Libya seeks end to arms embargo - International Business Times
'ISIS sets sights on Libya as gateway to eventual invasion of Europe' - Jerusalem Post
ISIS Sends Out This Message To All Christians: ‘You Will Soon See An Ocean Of Blood For All The Nation Of The Cross’ - Walid Shoebat
Obama refuses to back Egypt in fight against Radical Islam. ISIS burns 45 people to death in Iraq. MSNBC’s Chris Matthew says U.S. being “morally humiliated” by ISIS.
New report highlights ISIS persecution of Christians. - Joel Rosenberg
The holy war begins - The holy war is here. And unfortunately it seems the President of United States will be the last one to acknowledge it. - Bill O'Reilly - Fox
Op-Ed President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism
Feb. 18, 2015 - In President Obama's editorial opinion in the Los Angeles Times, he minimizes the importance of religious
motives in the growing problem of terrorism, and points to the need for society to provide hope and opportunity to people around the world who do not
feel that they have a good future. A summit of religious and community leaders will convene today to discuss possible solutions to the problem.
With this week's summit, we'll show once more that — unlike terrorists who only offer misery and death — it is our free societies and diverse
communities that offer the true path to opportunity, justice and dignity.
- Source: Los Angeles Times
Obama editorial opens Washington terrorism summit - UPI
ISIS Savages Have Just Burned To Death 45 Souls As Obama Pursues ‘Strategic Patience’ - Norvell Rose - Western Journalism
Obama Criticized for Refusing to Link Extremism to Islam - NewsMax
What ISIS Really Wants
Feb. 17, 2015 - Read this insightful article to really understand what is behind the ISIS movement, and how their theology is leading to
the apocalypse. It is long, but thoroughly worth the time and concentration it requires of the reader. Here is the author's summary of the information.
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a
key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
- Source: By Graeme Wood - The Atlantic
ISIS on the doorstep? Fighters reportedly seize Iraqi town near base holding US Marines
Feb. 13, 2015 - Islamic State fighters have apparently taken control of the town of al-Baghdadi in Iraq. There are conflicting
reports about whether or not they tried to attack the Al Asad base nearby where Marines are training Iraqis.
- Source: Fox
Obama makes formal request for war authorization against Islamic State
Feb. 11, 2015 - Today President Obama asked for formal authority to use the U.S. military to combat the Islamic State.
The request for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, marks the first time Obama has requested approval for
military action in his six-year presidency.
- Source: Washington Post
Obama to Ask Wednesday for Right to Use Troops in ISIS Fight
Feb. 10, 2015 - President Obama is planning to offer Congress a legislative proposal outlining the parameters of military
engagement against the Islamic State.
Lawmakers and congressional aides have said they expect authorization would run for three years and will attempt to confront the issue
of when and how U.S. ground troops may be used in the conflict.
Legislators will want to define the language of the agreement. Some of these terms are "boots on the ground,'" "enduring combat," and "engagement."
The President's request may appease the demands by some lawmakers for Congress to exercise its constitutional power to declare war on its own.
- Source: NewsMax
Jordan hangs two prisoners after Islamic State burns pilot alive
Feb. 4, 2015 -
Islamic State militants put to death a captured Jordanian fighter pilot by burning him alive in a cage....
The kingdom, which had vowed a swift and lethal response, executed two al-Qaida prisoners by hanging early Wednesday, a government spokesman said..
- Source: Chicago Tribune
Obama, Jordanian king vow to continue campaign against ISIS - Fox
Jordan Hangs Two Iraqi Militants in Response to Pilot's Murder - NewsMax
Top Muslim Body Calls for 'Killing, Crucifixion' of ISIS Militants -NewsMax
Obama, King Abdullah vow not to let up against Islamic State - AP
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