In Jeremiah 50:41-42 and Chap. 51:27-28, we are told by
God's prophet that the present war in Iraq will not reach its
conclusion until a northern confederation of nations comes against
it without mercy.
As of Aug., 2004 the two major wars fought against Iraq by
a confederation of nations has been exercised with a notable
measure of merciful restraint and on both occasions the major
thrust has come from the south and not the north.
We are also told by Jeremiah that Ararat, Minni, Ashkenaz
and the Medes will be involved in this final assault. These northern
located peoples, who had no major part in the previous two coalition
wars, are found in the geographical areas that are now populated
by the Turks, the Russians, the Iranians and the Kurds.
God makes particular strong mention of the Medes zealous involvement
in the destruction of Babylon, Iraq in Jer. 51:11 & 28. Their
prominent contribution to this merciless war is emphasized by
the Scripture's revelation that God will raise up the spirit
of the kings of these Medes.
That God is going to raise up a spirit that will influence
the present day proliferation of leaders over the Kurds is foreboding
for Iraq. Quoting verses 11 & 28 of Jer. 51 we read, "Make
the arrows bright! Gather the shields! The Lord has raised up
the spirit of the kings of the Medes. For His plan is against
Babylon to destroy it, because it is the vengeance of the Lord,
the vengeance of His temple...Prepare against her the nations,
with the kings of the Medes, its' governors and all its' rulers,
all the land of his dominion." (Please see our Rapture Watch
message, "The vengeance of His Temple" for further
The revelations made in these Scriptures verify that the day
of their fulfillment is near. Between 605 and 562 B.C. the Median
kingdom reached the height of its power. During this period the
empire included what today is part of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and
Armenia. The Medes were subdued by the Persians about 549 B.C.
The Medo-Persian merger became a mighty empire until the conquest
of Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. After Alexander's death it
became part of Syria and constituted a part of the Persian Empire
as it faded from history geographically.
In the primary land area where the Median kingdom was located,
that is south eastern Turkey, northwestern Iran and north eastern
Iraq, resides the modern-day Kurdish people whose ancestry traces
them back to the historical Medes.
The end time prophecy of Jeremiah, which foretells of a re-emergence
of the Medes, also foretells that the Medes of these last days
will have an active governmental structure. This would in turn
suggest that there would be plans for an eventual restoration
of a land to govern.
In past Rapture Watch messages concerning the last days prophecies
for Iraq found in Chapters 50 & 51 of Jeremiah we have emphasized
that we are told in Jer. 50:10 that all who participate in the
plunder of the Chaldean land of Iraq after this war will be satisfied
with their share.
Presenting, in light of Bible prophecy, the desires of the
Kurdish people along with current events, makes a fascinating
case to an unbeliever for the infallibility of God's Word.
The Kurdish people as a whole have two driving desires that
would need to be met if they were to be numbered among the satisfied
northern spoilers of Iraq. First and foremost would be the establishment
of their own homeland and then secondly, to take revenge for
the horrible atrocities that have been committed against their
people by the Iraqis in the past. These, I believe, will be the
driving desires manifested by the spirit of the Medes.
A homeland established in northern Iraq by the United Nations
would not only satisfy the Kurds, but would also be a major step
towards ending the ongoing conflicts for independence that Turkey,
Iraq and Iran have had with their Kurdish populations.
At present there is resistence to the formal establishment
of a Kurdistan in Iraq for fear of even greater tensions being
created within the Kurdish populations, but the tide of events
may well change that perception in the not too distant future
when the spoilers partition Iraq.
As we shall see by the following articles the Kurds are in
fact swiftly establishing a de-facto nation for themselves in
northern Iraq with retaliation in their hearts; and also just
as prophesied, these modern-day Medes have already created a
flourishing, unique quasi-state with two kingly leaders, Massoud
Barzani and Jalal Talabani, ruling over functioning governmental
Quoting first from the June 20, 04 Denver Post which
headlined, "Kurds reclaiming land in the north" we
read, "Thousands of Kurds are pushing into lands formerly
held by Iraqi Arabs, forcing tens of thousands of them to flee
to refugee camps and transforming the demographic and political
map of northern Iraq.
The Kurds are returning to lands from which they were excelled
by the armies of Saddam Hussein and his predecessors in the Baath
Party, who ordered thousands of Kurdish villages destroyed and
sent waves of Iraqi Arabs north to fill the area with supporters.
The new movement, which began with the fall of Hussein, appears
to have quickened this spring amid confusion about U.S. policy,
along with political pressure by Kurdish leaders to resettle
the areas formerly held by Arabs.
It is happening when Kurdish officials are threatening to pull
out of the national government if they cannot maintain enough
In Baghdad, U.S. officials say they are struggling to keep
the displaced Kurds on the north side of the Green Line, the
boundary of the Kurdish autonomous region.
Americans agree that the Kurds deserve to return to their ancestral
lands but American officials want an orderly migration to avoid
ethnic strife and political instability.
But many Kurds appear to be ignoring the U.S. orders. New Kurdish
families show up every day at camps that mark the landscape here,
settling into tents and tumble-down homes as they wait to reclaim
their former lands.
The Kurdish migration appears to be causing widespread human
misery, with Arab-settlers complaining of forceful expulsions
and even murders at the hands of Kurdish returnees.
Many of the Kurdish refugees themselves are gathered in crowded
and filthy refugee camps.
U.S. officials say as many as 100,000 Arabs have fled their
homes in north-central Iraq and are now scattered in squalid
camps across the center of the country.
The Arab refugees appear to be receiving neither food nor shelter
from the Iraqi government, relief organizations or American forces.
"The Kurds, they laughed at us they threw tomatoes at us,"
said Karim Qadam, a 45-year-old father of three, now living amid
the rubble of a blown-up building in Baquba.
"They told us to get out of our homes. They told us they
would kill us. They told us, You don't own anything here
The shift in population is raising fears in Iraq that the Kurds
are trying to expand their control over Iraqi territory at the
same time they are suggesting that they may pull out of the Iraqi
Then from a July 12, 2004 Colorado Springs Gazette article
which headlined, "Kurds determined to keep self-rule as
country unifies" we read, "Karzan Kanabi, whose clothing
shop attracts young men with its cheap bell-bottom pants, never
went to Baghdad, never learned Arabic and never felt the desire
to go anywhere he would have to mix with Iraq's Arab population.
"We want Kurdistan to be an independent country, Kanabi,
He does no business with the rest of Iraq.
"We only need Kurdistan," he said.
The nationalist sentiments voiced by Kanabi and many others
in this prosperous Kurdish city 200 miles north of Baghdad have
become the edge of a storm looming over Iraq.
After 13 years of quasi-independence the 4 million Kurds living
under their own government in the grassy plains and jagged mountains
of historical Kurdistan have resolved never to relinquish the
self-rule bestowed on them by the United States after the Persian
Gulf War in 1991.
"Iraq is made up of two nationalities, Kurds and Arabs,"
Massoud Barzani, one of the regions' two legendary leaders,
said Thursday in nearby Salahuddin. "Kurds have no less
place than Arabs in Iraq."
Kurdish determination has runup against a resolve widely shared
by Iraq's new leadership and its backers to preserve a unified
country without the iron fist of former president Saddam Hussein's
Iraq, they have pledged, will become a majority-rule democracy,
which would redistribute power among its 25 million inhabitants
- about 60 percent Shiite Arabs, 20 percent Sunni Arabs and 20
With a bloody anti-U.S. insurgency their primary concern, the
new leaders in Baghdad and their sponsors in the Bush administration
have postponed the showdown over the Kurdish issue, hoping a
crisis can be avoided.
Kurds said, however, with elections scheduled for January,
the time has drawn near to deal with some of the most explosive
issues, particularly the status of the city of Kirkuk.
Plans to write a permanent new constitution after the January
elections, Kurdish leaders said, likely will bring the country
fact to face with the question of Kurdistan's long-term legal
relationship with the central government in Baghdad.
Kirkuk, about 150 miles north of Baghdad, lies just outside
the Kurdish region as defined during the past decade.
The Kurdish leadership, citing historical ties, has demanded
that the city and its surrounding oil fields be incorporated
into the autonomous Kurdish zone and its special rule.
The demand is opposed by leaders of the Arab majority and has
been under discussion since U.S. troops overthrew Saddam and
occupied Iraq 15 months ago.
With the organization of elections about to begin, the Kurdish
demand has gained urgency.
Who lives and votes in Kirkuk, Kurdish leaders point out, is
a question that will help determine the outcome of the vote -
and who is at the controls - in a region they regard as theirs.
"This issue is a time bomb," Barzani said.
Vice President Ibrahim Jafari, a Shiite Muslim of the Dawa
party, said in a recent interview that the rights of Kurds must
be respected in the new iraq.
The history of their oppression must be taken into account
in whatever arrangement is worked out, he added, but he also
said Iraq must remain a unitary nation, true to its history and
traditions and said the rules of democracy must be followed.
Behind his comment lay a tension that has run throughout the
debate about what to do about the Kurds and the north.
For Iraq's Shiites, long overshadowed by the Sunnis who dominated
the Baath Party, representative democracy is a way to gain a
measure of power proportionate to their majority share of the
There is no reason, in their view, for the country's Kurdish
minority to oppose majority rule now that Saddam's tyranny has
For more than a decade, U.S. warplanes flew regular patrols
to prevent Saddam's forces from venturing into the Kurdish-controlled
zone of northeastern Iraq.
Left alone for the first time in generations, Kurds constructed
a flourishing quasi-state with democratic elections and institutions
to underpin the traditional leadership of Barzani and his Kurdistan
Democratic Party, and his rival to the east, Jalal Talabani of
the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
Along the road north from Baghdad, what they built is readily
The Iraqi flag has disappeared, and Arabic has been replaced
by the Kurds' own tongue.
Security checkpoints to control traffic have been erected by
Kurdish fighters, called pesh merga.
"We will not agree to having the Iraqi army here,"
said Mohammed Sharif Ahmad, head of the law and political science
department at Salahuddin University. "We have our pesh merga.
They are organized like an army."
By coincidence, printed right next to the Kurdish Gazette
article was the headline, "Former [Iraqi] army may return."
It is of profound interest that we find plans are being made
to reinstate the former army of Saddam Hussein back into service.
Especially at this time when the Kurds are forming their own
nation in Iraq and are prophesied to one day soon join in a merciless
war against their old nemisis' regime.
Quoting from this article we read, "Iyad Allawi, Iraq's
interim prime minister, wants to reconstitute three or four divisions
of the army - as many as 40,000 troops, about 10 percent of the
huge force maintained under the ousted Baathist government of
Saddam Hussein...His approval last week of legislation permitting
martial law and military governors makes an army recall "imperative,"
said Ray Salvatore Jennings, an expert in postwar transitions
with the government-financed U.S. Institute of Peace...recalling
Iraqi units risks setting the state for collisions between U.S.
and Iraqi troops.
Whether the U.S. command will welcome an Iraqi army recall remains
to be seen. It could prove a test of Iraq's limited sovereignty.."
Don't ever doubt for a moment that you are living at the very
close of the age. The same Lord Jesus Who is the Spirit of prophecy
and has foretold us of all these things that are happening, is
the same Lord of the believers whom He will soon be calling out
of this present world to glory.
On a day that will probably appear just as any other day the
trumpet of God will sound, as is prophesied in His Word, and
every dead and living follower of Jesus Christ will be forever
changed and caught up to Heaven (I Thess. 4:15-18).
I was once asked by my Muslim father why I wanted to read
of all the horrible things that are coming upon the earth. I
explained to him that if all of the terrible things recorded
in the Bible have come to pass and continue to come to pass just
as was prophesied, then we can rest assured that all of the
good things written of are going to just as assuredly happen,
just as God has promised.
There is a real place called Heaven prepared and waiting for
the arrival of every born-again, blood-washed child of God that
have had their sins forgiven by the Risen Lord Jesus Christ.
It's all true and it is all going to happen just as God has
declared in His Word. Heaven or Hell awaits every human being
that has ever lived and their eternal fate rests on their decision
to either accept or reject the sacrifice Jesus made of Himself
upon the cross.
We all really do have a choice - it really is just that pure