Continuing our study of Jeremiah Chapters 50 & 51 we
pick up where we left off at verse 1 of Ch. 51.
Verse 1 prophesies that God will raise up "a destroying
wind" against Babylon, Iraq in the last days.
The following Scripture in verse 4 might suggest that this
"destroying wind" could be understood as only symbolic,
but if one reads ahead in verse 16 we find equal reason to believe
God will send a literal "destroying wind."
During the initial stages of "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
during April of 2003, the US and British invasion forces experienced
firsthand the potential power of the wind.
For 3 days the 50 plus mile an hour winds whipped up impenetratable
sandstorms. Laser guided ordinances were useless, sensitive electronics
were vulnerable, aircraft were grounded and vehicles of every
type were brought to a standstill.
The sand clogged up air filters and found its way into every
nook and cranny. Visibility was so reduced that guide ropes had
to be strung between tents in military camps to keep soldiers
from getting lost when they had to venture out from cover.
It is alarming to consider what kind of damage a powerful
tornado, or even a swarm of tornados might produce when combined
with the abrasive qualities of sand.
Another thought for serious consideration is that chemical,
biological and dirty radioactive weapons are all at the mercy
of the wind. It may well be God Who will make the determination
which way a destroying wind full of agonizing death will blow.
It is significant that in verse 1 of Jer. 51 God calls Babylon,
Iraq, "Leb Kamai." The literal translation for this
term is, "them that rise up against Me."
As a power vacuum has developed in Iraq during the absence
of Saddam Hussein, Shiite Muslims have begun a relentless campaign
to seize power.
An April 26, 2003 Colorado Springs Gazette article which headlined,
"Iranian cleric tells Shiites to grab reins in Iraq"
reported that, "Sheikh Muhammad Fartousi, the cleric...charged
with the administration of Eastern Baghdad," has stated
"We are in control of all of Iraq, especially central and
southern Iraq, not only Baghdad."
A week earlier, hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims marched
in the streets to reinstitute the mourning of the death of one
of their holy men. Saddam Hussein had put a stop to the practice.
The recent gathering for the rite soon turned into an anti USA
Many would have you to believe that Muslims worship the same
God of heaven as the Christians and Jews. This is not the truth.
Muslims reject the God of Jacob and the Word of God through
His Old Testament prophets which have foretold of the right of
Israel to possess the land she now holds and a great deal more.
In turn they reject the Christian belief as blaspheme that
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Referring to Himself as the Son
of God, Jesus said in Chapter 5:23 of the Gospel of John, "...he
who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent
The religion of Islam, as seen from the perspective of the
God of the Bible is Leb Kamai, "them that rise up against
Moving on to verses 2-4 of Jeremiah 51 we are first told,
in connection with the wind of verse 1, that God will send winnowers
This is the process used to sift the grain from the chaff
by tossing it up into the wind. This is an analogy of how the
land of Babylon will be cleared of what is unacceptable and looted
of any treasure by her spoilers.
We are told it will be the day of her doom and that she shall
have enemies all around her.
This final stage of the Iraq conflict has still not taken
place as of the time this message is being written.
Later in this chapter we will be shown that Turkey and Iran
will join this encirclement of Iraq.
The Lord then concludes with a call for Iraq's army to be
To date tens, or even hundreds of thousands of Iraqi troops
are unaccounted for. An April 20, 03 article reprinted
in the Denver Post from Night Ridder which headlined, "Baghdad
defenders ordered to withdraw," reported that the disappearance
of Iraqi troops "wasn't the result of desertion or a disorganized
rout, but was ordered by the highest levels and communicated
to field units by telephone."
Iraq still has its army in hiding. It is very likely that
many just changed clothes and now walk among the US and British
troops in the cities awaiting Saddam's next command. God says
they will be, "thrust through in her streets."
Verses 5-6 of Jer. 51 then interjects a prophecy for Israel
which intertwines the present time of this war with an event
from the ancient past that has brought about this judgment.
God reassures us at the outset that He has not forsaken Israel,
nor Judah. He makes it clear that even though Israel has not
repented and received forgiveness for their sins as of yet (which
can only be obtained by believing in His Son Jesus, see John
5:39 & 47), He has not abandoned them.
That God has interposed this pronouncement with such forcefulness
at this point in Jeremiah should cause the reader to pause and
consider the importance of His declaration.
It is revealed that this prophecy will be fulfilled while
Israel is still filled with sin, just as it is at this present
time. The phrasing of the language intimates that at the time
of this prophecy being fulfilled, Israel will begin to turn back
to God. This intimation is corroborated by Jer. 50:20.
God then warns everyone to flee from the midst of Babylon
if they value their life and once again declares that this will
be the time of His vengeance.
In Jer. 50:28 God revealed that this prophecy of vengeance
has been in waiting against Babylon, Iraq since Nebuchadnezzar
defiled and destroyed His temple in 586 BC.
Verses 7-9 of Jeremiah 51 then reveal a flow of Babylonian
history from the past to the present for comparison with what
had just been revealed in the previous verses about Israel.
We are shown where God once looked with favor upon Babylon.
Daniel spoke of that day when he interpreted a dream from God
for King Nebuchadnezzar in Dan. 2:36-38.
Jeremiah's prophecy then quickly declines to a denouncement
of how she made the nations drunk and deranged from the "symbolic"
wine they received from her.
Historically we know that this deranging wine came from the
corrupt fruit of false religion and globalization against God.
Jeremiah then pronounced by God that "Babylon has suddenly
fallen and been destroyed," which brings us up to the present
since Babylon has never before in history been destroyed in such
an abrupt manner.
Then a fleeting prophecy of hope that is not to be is shared
by God through Jeremiah. A prophecy of an attempt to heal Babylon
is put forth from God as though it is being spoken by the nations.
After Babylon is suddenly destroyed a call for a healing balm
is to be made.
In our modern day we might call it relief or aid. It sounds
as though there at first will seem to be a chance for Babylon
to recover from her ordeal.
The prophecy then reflects upon an apparently lost opportunity
to heal her in the past.
Considering Iraq's failure during the extended occasion it
has had to comply with International demands since the close
of the 1991 portion of the Gulf War through the present opportunity
to be rebuilt in the future under the auspiciousness of the United
Nations, we can see where her chance at being healed will have
been missed. If Iraq would have conformed to the wishes of the
global community, we have little doubt she would have been richly
rewarded and would have been held up as an example of the global
communities generosity towards those who obey.
Instead, Iraq will be forsaken and will become an example
of what happens to those who defy the New World Order. They will
say, "Forsake her, and let us go everyone to his own country."
God then concludes verse 9 by declaring that "her judgment
reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies."
That her judgment will reach heaven could only be meant in
the spiritual sense. No physical debris is implied. But on the
other hand when we are told that her judgments "is lifted
up to the skies," we can think of the debris thrown up into
the atmosphere after a nuclear weapon is detonated.
Verses 10, 11 & 12 of Jer. 51 then begins to give some
specifics on who will benefit from this victory over Iraq. If
one does not examine these Scriptures closely it can easily be
understood why someone might think this passage is referring
to ancient history.
We are told that the Medes are to have a part in exacting
vengeance for God's Temple. After Nebuchadnezzar destroyed God's
Temple it was the Medes and Persians who then did indeed conquer
That is where any further resemblance to this prophecy and ancient
The Medio-Persians conquered Babylon with very little effort
by sneaking in under the wall after diverting the river. They
occupied Babylon without ever destroying it. The Medes must still
have their day in finishing the task God has foreseen for them.
The modern day areas where the Medes were originally located
is northwestern Iran and northeastern Iraq. These ancient Medes
are the ancestors of the people who now harbor some of the greatest
hatreds imaginable against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. They are now
known as the Kurds.
God says He will raise up the spirit of the kings of the Medes.
This could mean that God is going to stir up against Iraq the
individual spirits of the leaders over the Kurds, or it could
mean that a demonic spirit from the Kurd's ancient past will
be raised up by God to once agin establish itself in a place
of influence. In either case this does not bode well for Iraq.
God then speaks in place of the believing Jews in verse 10
of Jer. 51 as they say, "Come and let us declare in Zion
the work of the Lord our God."
This prophecy could apply to the ancient past if it were not
for the incongruity we just presented. The Jews held in captivity
in Babylon could very well have at first viewed the fall of Babylon
to Medio-Persia as the day being spoken of in this prophecy and
would have probably behaved just as portrayed, but the fact remains
that this prophecy is for modern day Israel in the day of God's
vengeance for His Temple.
Verse 12 of Jer. 51 then closes this week's study with God
calling for a "standard" to be put up at Babylon. This
is a rallying point and can be symbolized by anything from an
emblem or a coat of arms to a flag.
It should prove interesting to see what this standard will be
and what it will signify. In our modern language it can mean
something required to be upheld or lived up to.
God continues on in this verse by telling us how this war
will be fought with strong defenses, established surveillance
and tactical ambushes.
At first it could appear that God is telling the Iraqis to
make these preparations in anticipation of the final assault,
but when reading the close of the verse we find there is a second
possibility. God tells those He has given His instructions to,
that it is He who has finalized this prophecy against Babylon.
As God speaks to them in the past tense it could appear that
He is addressing the victors rather than the victims. It might
possibly be the conquerors defenses, surveillance and ambushes
The only drawback on this interpretation, which we will discuss
more thoroughly as we study the appropriate Scriptures in the
future, is that after Babylon is destroyed in the fashion described
in the ensuing prophecy, it is hard to imagine anywhere a flag
or emblem will be desirous to display, let alone a need for one.
On the other hand, America does lay claim to a flag on our
These are the last days and one day very soon the world will
explode with uncontrollable violence and suffering. The only
answer for peace will be when Jesus Christ returns after a 7
year period which will close out this present age.
We believe this war we have been studying will precede this
final 7 year countdown and will in fact be the catalyst for the
confirming of the 7 year Mid East peace covenant that will signal
the start of these 7 years.
Before this treaty can be strengthened by the man known as
the Anti-Christ, we are persuaded the true believers who make
up the Church of Jesus Christ will be caught up to be with their
Lord as prophesied in I Thess. 4:15-18.
For those who have not put their faith in Jesus Christ for
the forgiveness of their sins we can only warn you that the wrath
of God and eternity in the Lake of Fire awaits you. Don't put
if off. Jesus shed His own precious blood on the cross so that
you might at this very moment inherit everlasting life. Time
is always running out.