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.

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 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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Al Qaeda: Death to Shi'ites for 'Damaging Mohammed's Legacy'

Dec. 8, 2013 - A video from the Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq that advocates the systemic genocide of Shi'ite Muslims for allegedly "damaging Mohammed's legacy." In the video a Syrian judge, whose job it is to establish Sahria Law in the Syrian city of Aleppo, instructs jihadists not to fear the Egyptian army that is trying to convince them to stop fighting.
Source: Israel National News

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National security expert: Obama could lose Iraq

Nov. 1, 2013 - President Obama will meet with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki this week, but according to one expert, Raymond Tanter, the Iraqi leader can't be trusted. He explained that al-Maliki is trying to get helicopters and F-16 aircrafts from the U.S., but at the same time he is allowing the Iranian regime to send arms through Iraq into Syria. He is also making matters worse between Iraq's two Muslim sects.
“He’s going after his vice president, who is a Sunni, and causing the Sunni-Shiite split within Iraq to exacerbate. So this is a big problem,” said Tanter. “If President Obama doesn’t crack down on Nouri al-Maliki, it will be Obama who lost Iraq.”
Source: Fox

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History and Geography of Iraq
Operation New Dawn - Official site of US Forces - Iraq
Iraq - CIA World Factbook
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Federation of American Scientists' Iraq News Archives
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Laurie Mylroie - Google search for articles by this expert on Iraq
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Saddam Hussein: A Psychological Profile - Mysteries of the Bible
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