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Iraq (Modern Babylon)

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE: Iraq is the modern country that corresponds to the ancient land of Mesopotamia. The city of Babylon was built by Nimrod, the evil great-grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:8-10) to keep people from obeying God's instructions to repopulate the earth after the flood. The city was also the site of the Tower of Babel. Most of the false religions in the world can be traced back to the perversions of the truth that was begun by Nimrod in Babylon. In the course of history, Babylon, led by Nebuchadnezzar, conquered the remaining two tribes of Israel (Assyria had already invaded the Northern Tribes). They took captives and treasures from Jerusalem and the Temple.

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 the 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 regieme 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 Babylon."

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June 4, 2012 - Joel C. Rosenberg - A current New York Times story focuses on the incredible growth potential of Iraq's economy. It shows that Iraq's oil production has surged from less than 2 million barrels a day in 2003-2004 to nearly 2.5 million barrels a day, and next year will reach nearly 3 million barrels of oil per day.
In the next five years — by 2017 — Iraqi officials project they will be producing upwards of 10 million barrels of oil a day, which if true would put Babylon on par with Saudi Arabia as one of the world’s oil giants.
Source: Joel Rosenberg's Blog
Oil Output Soars as Iraq Retools, Easing Shaky Markets - New York Times

Prophetic Significance of Iraq

Iraq Rebuilding Its Military, Even As They Rebuild Babylon: Prophetic significance?

April 14, 2012 - Best-selling author Joel Rosenberg says that Bible prophecy experts have been watching for Iraq to: 1) begin rebuilding its offensive military capability; 2) begin rebuilding its economy; 3) continue rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon into a major center of commerce and tourism. He goes on to give evidence that all three of these vital activities are taking place there now.
Bible prophecy indicates that in the End Times, the nation we know today as the Republic of Iraq — known variously in Scripture as Babel, Babylon, Babylonia, Mesopotamia and Shinar — will emerge as the global center of wealth, power and terrible evil.
Source: Joel Rosenberg's Blog

Blasts as Baghdad opens Arab summit on Syria peace plan

Mar. 29, 2012 - A UN-backed peace plan begins today in Baghdad. It is highly significant in two ways. It is the first international summit to be hosted by Iran in decades, and if it is successful, the UN-Arab League plan would see a monitored end to the bloody internal struggle in Syria.
Source: BBC

Deadly explosions in series of attacks on Iraqi cities

Mar. 20, 2012 - Two car bombs killed at least 38 people in the predominantly Shia city of Kerbala
The attacks come ahead of next week's Arab League summit to be held in the capital, Baghdad... It is widely thought that the attacks are intended to undermine confidence in the government.
Source: BBC

Records: Path was open for Saddam to get nukes

Mar. 18, ,2012 - U.S., UN and other international atomic energy officials have revealed that Saddam Hussein had paid North Korea for missiles which were not delivered because of the war against Saddam that began in 2003. The deal was facilitated by the current government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
{David} Kay, who led a CIA-Pentagon Iraq search team shortly after the U.S. toppled Saddam, said that an agreement between the Iraqis and North Koreans had been reached and that some money changed hands.
Kay also said that if the missile agreement had been successful it would also have meant that a nuclear purchase might have been possible.
Source: WND

Iraq attacks on Shia and police targets kill 50

Feb. 23, 2012 - Another wave of car bombs and other attacks have killed at least 56 and injured hundreds of others in predominantly Shia areas. The violence is blamed on Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, a Sunni Muslim, who fled to the Kurdistan region of the country the day after U.S. troops were withdrawn. On that day Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Hashemi, accusing him of hiring death squads to kill Sunnis.
Source: BBC
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Iraq Links of Interest

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History and Geography of Iraq
Operation New Dawn - Official site of US Forces - Iraq
Iraq - CIA World Factbook
Iraq - Wikipedia
Federation of American Scientists' Iraq News Archives
Iraq Foundation, The
Iraq Net
Laurie Mylroie - Google search for articles by this expert on Iraq
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein: A Psychological Profile - Mysteries of the Bible
The Gulf War
Operation Desert Storm
The War On Terrorism
Special Report- Iraq The Guardian (UK)
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