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 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 Babylon."

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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After many delays, the battle to liberate Mosul from a hellish ISIS nightmare is about to begin.
Oct. 16, 2016 -

The good news: Military forces are poised to launch a massive new battle to liberate the city of Mosul.
The bad news: While ISIS is losing ground in Iraq ... it’s ideology has spread to some three-dozen countries.

Source: Joel Rosenberg
Britain, France seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria - NewsWeek
Syria conflict: IS 'ousted from symbolic town of Dabiq' - BBC
HUGE LOSS FOR THE ISLAMIC STATE: Dabiq seized by coalition forces. What happened to all the Islamic prophecies of an apocalyptic, End of Days battle in which the West would be destroyed? - Joel Rosenberg

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Iraq troops in 'final assault' on Islamic State in Falluja

May 30, 2016 - The Iraqi army is in the process of storming Falluja, the key Iranian city ISIS has held since 2014.

An estimated 50,000 civilians are trapped inside, with only a few hundred families escaping so far.

ISIS militants are fighting back with a wave of bombings that have killed at least 20 people so far.

Source: BBC

Iraqi Newspaper: We Need a Hitler to Stop the Jews From Taking Over

Mar. 12, 2016 -

[An Iranian] article Sunday titled, “Iraq Needs Hitler,” claiming that the country must heed the German Fuhrer’s warnings about Jews in order to prevent the remaining Iraqi Jews from carrying out their plan to take over the country.

Source: Breitbart
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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
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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
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein: A Psychological Profile - Mysteries of the Bible
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