Iraq, World Events and Armageddon
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Understanding Bible Prophecy
Comparing Current World Events to Bible Prophecy
January 24, 2009
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1) Iraq is NOT "Modern Babylon." The future "Babylon" is the one-world government (Rev. 13:3-4), religion (13:11-15) and economic system (13:16-18) under the Antichrist. But, trouble in Iraq is significant since it is part of the ancient Persian Empire (split into Iraq and Iran by the British in the early 1900's). Daniel the prophet received his prophecy from the angel Gabriel (Daniel 9:21) and an unnamed angel (Daniel 10:6-7). Michael the Archangel liberated the unnamed angel, so he could meet with Daniel, from a 21-day battle with the demonic spirit-ruler ("prince") of Persia [prior to 530 B.C. while Israel was held captive in Babylon of Persia (Daniel 10:10-13)]. Michael the Archangel will arise to assist the Nation of Israel in the last days (Daniel 12:1-3). Travel and knowledge increase near the End of the Age (Daniel 12:4). 500+ years later, the angel Gabriel foretold the birth of Jesus Christ and His second cousin, John the Baptist (Luke 1:19, 26-38).
2) Iraq is likely the site of the Garden of Eden where the Tigris and the Euphrates meet (southeastern Iraq, just north of Kuwait, north-northwest of Kuwait City). The river in the Garden of Eden flowed out to 4 other rivers. 2 of those are the modern-day Tigris (Hiddekel River - KJV) and the modern-day Euphrates (Gen. 2:10-14). The other 2 rivers may possibly be the White Nile and the Blue Nile. The Earth was unified into a single land mass at this time; i.e. prior to the separation of nations at the Tower of Babel (Gen. 10:5, 25, 32).
3) Iraq is definitely the location of the Tower of Babel (Land of Shinar) (Gen. 10:10; 11:1-9). Scholars place it approximately 62km south of modern-day Baghdad, Iraq. Tower of Babel ruins have not been located by archaeologists.
4) Iraq is definitely the location of Ancient Babylon (Dan. 10:4) where Israel lost the Northern Kingdom (Samaria) in 721 B.C. [to the Assyrians, whose capital was Nineveh, also located in modern-day Iraq], lost the Southern Kingdom (Judah) [to the Babylonians] in 597 B.C. and finally lost Jerusalem in 586 B.C.; [again to the Babylonians (Jeremiah 52:12-15)]. Rome under the Caesars controlled Israel and Jerusalem during the time of Christ. Israel did not have control of Jerusalem until 1967 A.D. (2552 years) when it was recaptured during the Six Day War. Israel's warplanes were the decisive factor in their victory over the nations of Egypt, Jordan and Syria and recaptured Jerusalem. Jesus said Jerusalem will be "... trodden under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles (the Church Age) be fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). 1996 was the 3000-year birthday of the city of Jerusalem [as Israel's capital; taken and made capital by King David]. The Church Age is a "parenthetical enlargement" found between the first 483 and last 7 years of God's 490-year decree on Israel and Jerusalem (70 "sevens" of Daniel 9:24-27). The angel was speaking to Daniel - "thy people" (Israel) and "thy Holy City" (Jerusalem). God has spiritually "blinded" Israel to Christ as Savior during the Church Age (Romans 11:25-29), but not afterwards (Hebrews 8:6-12) when Christ returns to Earth to save Israel (Zechariah 12, 14).
5) Unrest in Jerusalem (Isaiah 62:6-7; Zechariah 12:1-3). Israel does not control all of East Jerusalem. Moslems control "Dome of the Rock" where Mohammed supposedly ascended; the same rock apparently where Abraham [father of Jews (Isaac) and Arabs (Ishmael)] offered Isaac [father of Jacob whose name God changed to "Israel"-"He who wrestles with God"] as a sacrifice to God, Who stopped him. God's covenant would come through Isaac (Jacob-Israel, King David, Christ) not through Ishmael (Arab nations, Mohammed) (Gen. 16:1-16; 17:16-21). Israel defeated the Arabs in the Sinai Peninsula in 1956, in 1967 and repulsed yet another attack in the Yom Kippur War of October, 1973. The 1974 Arab Oil Embargo resulted, throwing the American economy into turmoil (for its military / financial support of Israel) and financed the greatest arms build-up of the Middle-East in history.
6) Scholars believe Ur of the Chaldeans was within the boundaries of modern-day Iraq. Abraham, father of Isaac [father of Jacob-Israel] and Ishmael, was called out of Ur of the Chaldeans by God (Genesis 11:28-12:5).
7) Saddam Hussein of Iraq has constructed a $1,000,000,000 palace on the site of ancient Babylon (cf. Isa. 13:19-22). Saddam Hussein has placed a plaque on the rebuilt Babylon comparing himself with King Nebuchadnezzar of Ancient Babylon (Dan. 3, 4). The city of Babylon has never resurrected in accordance with Isaiah 13:19-22. Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Jordan's King Hussein are family, directly related within no more than 3 or 4 generations. Saddam murdered his son-in-law, Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel al-Majid, who revealed Saddam's chemical and biological warfare plans to the United States Government in late 1995.
8) Iraq was where Wickedness was cast down spawning "mystery" religions (Land of Shinar - Zech. 5:5-11). The false church (Rev. 13:11-15) is metaphorically referred to as a "harlot," and a "prostitute" since "she" is a "decoy" to fool non-believers into missing the Cross, thus dooming themselves by rejecting God's only plan of Salvation (John 3:17-18). Also, the "harlot" is drunk with the blood of the Christian saints she has killed or allowed to be killed. The Christian Church (i.e. all believers in Christ's Sacrificial Atonement) is called the Bride of Christ (Rev. 22:17), making any other "church" a "harlot." Some believe Rome, specifically Vatican City ("the city on seven hills"; Rev. 17:1-9) is the center of the false church since they do many unscriptural things [Pope as Vicar of Christ (It is God the Holy Spirit), dead saints worship, rosary beads, worship of Mary (Luke 11:27-28), idolatry (Deut. 5:7-10), Mass - resacrifice of Christ ("transubstantiation") by Eucharist Bread - He did it ONCE for all sin (Jesus said "It is FINISHED")].
9) Iraq is near, but is NOT the site of Armageddon. World armies gather at Armageddon (the Valley of Megiddo, located in Northern Israel, about 25 miles southwest of the Golan Heights) on their way to destroy the Nation of Israel at Bozrah ("Petra") in Jordan. Armageddon is not a battle between nations per se, but a battle between the Antichrist's armies and Israel as they try to destroy her (Rev. 16:16; Zech. 12:1-3, 9, 11). Christ returns to save Israel from the Antichrist's armies (Zech. 14) 1,260 days after the Antichrist sets up an idol to himself in a wing of Israel's rebuilt temple in Jerusalem (yes, it WILL be rebuilt). Israel was reborn as a nation (Ezekiel 37) in 1948. Israel regathers from all nations (1897 - Present) (Zech. 8:7; Ezek. 36:24; Ps. 107:3; Isa. 43:5-6, 49:8, 12, 19; Jer. 16:15). United Nations was founded 1947. Antichrist will rule nations united under one authority (Rev. 13:3-4, 7-8); possibly the U.N. Northern armies (apparently Russian) come against Israel (Ezek.38-39). The Dead Sea Scrolls, which prove the authenticity of the Old Testament, were found in caves near the Dead Sea in 1947 by an Arab youth, one year before Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948. For more information please visit this site: Bozrah the Sheep Pen of the Messiah.
10) False "christs", claiming to be Jesus Christ or some other "messiah", will arise near the End of the Church Age (Matt. 24:4-5, 11). Matt. 24:23 and 26 specifically state NOT to go to any "secret" place where Christ is supposed to be during the End Times. Jesus Christ will be seen by ALL people of the whole world upon His return at the Second Coming (Matt. 24:27; cf. Luke 17:22-24), but NOT at the Rapture of the Church. A false "christ", Maitreya, is currently being preached as "reincarnate Buddha" by a mildly prominate British author, Benjamin Creme. The "reverend" Sun Myung Moon is but one current example of a FALSE christ. The Tibetan Dalai Lama claims to be "incarnate god on earth". He is not. Christians can have NO allegiance to any man claiming to be "a" or "the" "messiah" before Christ returns.
11) Satan will be allowed to give supernatural power to his false prophets in the last days (Matt. 24:24; Rev. 13:13-14). There will also be an outpouring of God the Holy Spirit in the last days (Acts 2:16-21). The Biblical test for a true prophet of God (by proclamation) is 100% accuracy all the time, every time (Deut. 18:21-22). When Israel was under the law (they are supposed to be under Christ now) even if a prophecy did come true, the prophet was to be killed if he tried to lead the people away from the LORD (Deut. 13:1-5). The Christian church does not practice this today, nor are they commanded to. But the test is still valid. In Acts 16:16-40, the Apostle Paul and his companion Silas encountered a demon-possessed girl who accurately foretold the future, earning sizeable profits for her masters. Paul cast the demon out of her. That was the end of her psychic friends network. Paul and Silas were subsequently thrown into prison. God set them free with an earthquake.
12) New Age "Channelers" are more likely "up a tree" rather than "out on a limb." When Israel was to enter the promised land, they were told not to consult with "familiar spirits" in accordance with Deut. 18:9-13. Astrology "prophets" are forbidden by God (Rev. 9:21; Isaiah 47:12-13).
13) The Antichrist will be a real person. He is the "son of perdition" (2nd Thess. 2:3; cf. John 17:12 KJV) a name given to only one other person in the Bible, Judas Iscariot, whom Satan entered (Luke 22:3; John 13:26-27). Antiochus Epiphanes IV, who had desecrated God's Temple (reigned over Israel 175-164 B.C.; cf. Daniel 11:31) was "an" antichrist, as was Hitler, but they were not "the" Antichrist. The Antichrist will set up an idol to himself in God's temple in Jerusalem during the middle (1,260 days or 42 30-day "lunar" months) of the last 7 years (Seven 360-day years = 2520 days) God decreed upon Israel and Jerusalem (Matt. 24:15; Mark 13:14; Rev. 13:8, 15; Dan. 9:27, 12:11-12; 2nd Thess. 2:1-12; cf. Rev. 6:1-2). Tribulation Saints will watch for the rebuilding of the Jerusalem temple.
14) Famines, earthquakes, pestilences [virulent and devastating diseases], and wars and rumors of wars at the time of the end (Matthew 24:6-7; Luke 21:10-11).
15) Non-believing world taken by surprise when Christ returns at the Rapture of the Church, prior to His Second Coming, willfully ignorant, not discerning the "Signs of the Times." (Matt. 24:36-44; Luke 12:40, 54-56; Jer. 6:14, 8:11; Ezek. 13:10; 1st Thess. 5:1-11; 1st Corinthians 15:51-58; 2nd Peter 3:3-4).
16) SALVATION AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE and ANYONE who asks Christ for forgiveness and believes that He is the Only Son of God (Joel 2:32; Is. 53:5-6; Mark 14:24; Luke 7:36-50, 18:9-14; John 3:17-18, 6:37, 10:9-10, 27-30, 11:25, 14:6; Acts 2:21, 38; Rom. 8:31-39, 10:9-11, 13; Rev. 22:16-17).
17) Gospel preached in the whole world as a testimony to the nations of the Earth (Matt. 24:14) at the End Times. Gospel TV is now available, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Soviet Union, China, Africa and more.
18) Ezekiel 38-39 war includes Persia which was split into Iran and Iraq, Syria, Libya (Put), Ethiopia (Cush), Sudan and former armies of Russia. Russia is dragged into this war virtually against her will and 5/6ths (83%) of her armed forces are destroyed. Syria and Iran are preparing for war; both are making significant military purchases of Soviet fighter-bomber, bomber (Iran) and AWACS aircraft (Iran), tanks (200+ for Syria alone) and submarines (Iran). All of these purchases occurred during 1997. A significant SRBM, MRBM and ICBM program is underway in Iran utilizing ongoing Soviet technology and assistance.
CNN Interactive Maps of Iraq (Arsenal, Palaces, Key Locations and Allied Forces)
Nation of Iraq Statistics - CIA World Factbook
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