Continuing our study in Chapters 50 & 51 of the Old
Testament Book of Jeremiah we pick up where we left off at verse
13 of Jeremiah Chapter 51.
The Lord addresses Babylon, Iraq as "you who dwell by
many waters, abundant in treasures."
We believe the fact brought out in verse 13 that Babylon is
located between the Euphrates and Tigris River, and is sitting
upon one of the richest oil reserves in the earth, will contribute
to the massive destruction detailed in the forthcoming prophecies.
Rivers flood and oil burns.
God then declares Babylon's decisive end will be delivered
to her in the same measure that she has coveted, that is craved
and begrudged. By the picture we are given of her prophetic end
we can determine that the measure of her covetousness is staggering.
Anyone who has seen th overwhelming opulence Saddam Hussein
and his family of cohorts enjoyed have been privy to a sample
of the avarice of Iraq's leaders. Hundreds of millions of American
dollars were fund hidden in the walls of one of Saddam's palaces.
This was just an unknown portion of what we would call, cash
on hand, which was accumulated in what Iraq would say were hard
times. Iraq's covetousness is insatiable.
The wealth coming into Iraq before the wars and embargos took
hold is unimaginable. Yet, Iraq started a war with Iran over
gulf ports, attacked and temporarily took over Kuwait and threatened
a war with Saudi Arabia over oil.
In verse 14 God swears an oath to Himself that He will fill
Babylon with men, as if they were locusts. Locust plagues are
so dense that when viewed from a distance they can appear as
dark swarming clouds.
In verses 15 & 16 God brings the reader face to face with
the reality of His power to uphold an oath. The sacred oath He
had just made was a vow made from the one and only true God to
Himself. He is the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all the forces
that indwell them.
That God , with apparent purpose makes known that "He
brings the wind out of His treasuries," causes us to once
more give serious consideration to whether or not it will be
His will to direct His treasury of wind to unleash agents of
When Iraq eventually uses its hidden arsenals of chemical,
biological and perhaps radioactive weapons, the strength and
direction that the wind is blowing will be the critical factors
which will determine success or failure.
Ironically, we perceive by prophecy that a temporary victory
by Iraq with these weapons may be included in God's plan for
her eventual destruction.
In verses 17 & 18 of Jeremiah 51 God dismisses the idols
and idol makers of Iraq as foolish, shameful and futile. He proclaims
that they will all perish in the day of this judgement.
Verses 19-24 then opens with a promise from God to Jacob,
which means Israel (see Gen. 32:28), that their portion of what
will befall them out of this war is not like the annihilation
which has been prophesied for the idols and idol makers of Babylon.
Israel will never perish, for they are the tribe of the Lord's
Verses 20-24 then give evidence of Israel's involvement with
this war and of her future stand in the face of many more enemies
during these final days.
God begins by declaring that Israel is His personal battle
ax that He will use to break the nation of Iraq. Again we see
how this can never be interpreted as fulfilled prophecy, nor
can it be for the days of the approaching Tribulation Period.
Israel never overpowered ancient Babylon and during the Tribulation
Period Israel will be constantly facing possible annihilation
up until the return of Jesus Christ.
God says that not only will He use Israel to break the nation
of Iraq into pieces, but that whole kingdoms will be destroyed
It is our firm belief that this Iraqi/Israeli phase of the
war will be directly tied in with the great victory of Israel
over a number of her other enemies which are prophesied of in
Psalm 83. This will include the defeat of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan,
Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians by Israel's weapons
Verses 21-24 reveals that Israel will be merciless in her
In verse 24 God tells us that this war has been brought upon
Iraq as a repayment for all the evil they have done in Israel.
We have spoken about the evil of Babylon in the ancient past.
For more details about the horrors perpetrated by ancient Iraq
on the people of Israel we recommend that Ch. 52 of Jeremiah
and the five chapters of Lamentations be read. There you will
read of a man's children being killed in front of him before
his eyes were put out and how mothers were driven to cannibalism.
In modern days Iraq has overtly attacked Israel without provocation
on four different occasions and has sponsored and funded terrorism
against both the Jewish military and civilians.
We believe Iraq will soon be guilty of something far worse
which will bring on the unrestrained fury of Israel described
in verses 20-24 of Jeremiah 51.
Verses 25 & 26 of this chapter are extremely insightful
as to what kind of weapons may be used to destroy Babylon. God
first reminds Babylon that her evil goes far beyond the present
place and moment. It has been an ongoing evil which has poisoned
the whole earth. The false religions and godless globalism she
has spawned has brought forth immeasurable destruction.
God declares that He is going to turn her into a burnt mountain.
She is referred to as a symbolic mountain of strength. A burnt
mountain, like the core of a volcano, is void of any life. She
is to come crashing down like a crumbling fortress.
God prophesies, "They shall not take from you a stone
for a corner Nor a stone for a foundation, But you shall be desolate
The information supplied in this verse is absolutely stunning
to a student of Bible prophecy. First we have more conclusive
evidence given to us that this prophecy has never been fulfilled
in the ancient or recent past. Then secondly, a powerful indication
that an atomic weapon will be used.
In the early nineteenth century, German archaeologist Robert
Koldewey reported that villagers were still mining and selling
the durable kiln-fired bricks from the site of ancient Babylon.
Koldewey documented that there were four Arab villages still
standing on the original Babylonian site. One of the villages
was named Kweiresh.
Saddam Hussein in recent times forced the village of Kweiresh
to move between 1987 and 1988 so that the rebuilding of Babylon
could continue unhindered.
There is no time known of in recorded history when Babylon
has been without residents, let alone "desolate forever"
as prophesied. Also, the stones from the area have obviously
been perfectly reusable.
The question remaining is, "What kind of force could
so destroy or contaminate a stone in such a manner that men would
not even want to remove it from the area for building?"
On June 7, 1981 Israel sent its warplanes on a daring raid
that destroyed Saddam Hussein's Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad,
thus putting a temporary halt to Iraq's attempt to develop Atomic
The aftermath of the 1991 Persian Gulf war confirmed that
Saddam Hussein was still devoted to developing a nuclear bomb
and was in fact on the verge of having this weapon of mass destruction.
Since 1991 reports and evidence keep surfacing that Saddam
Hussein has never stopped investing time and money into attempts
to develop a nuclear weapon.
Many believe it is naive to underestimate that Saddam has
not produced or purchased the plutonium needed for this weapon
of his dreams over the many years. If this were to be proven
true we expect that the fissionable material will be found underneath
Babylon, Iraq. Upon her destruction the contamination of the
stones in the area would coincide with what is described in Bible
Other chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction might
be concealed in tunnels under Babylon and perhaps a nuclear device
will be needed to reach the deadly labyrinth.
Until the nuclear age it was inconceivable to imagine a force
that could contaminate the stones of Babylon in such a manner.
Before Saddam Hussein it was unimaginable how Babylon could be
standing in her original place to be destroyed...and before the
post 1991 gulf war UN arms inspections it was unimaginable why
Babylon, Iraq would ever be a global focal point for destruction,
yet all these elements are now in place in 2003!
Scripture indicates to us that the search for Saddam's weapons
of mass destruction during these final stages of what has been
dubbed "Operation Iraqi Freedom" will one day soon
produce the evidence sought by President George Bush.
The weapons are there, or else Saddam Hussein would have avoided
this war by giving the complete and unfettered access inspectors
demanded over the many years. He refused access only so he could
have time to hide them, and Babylon, we are convinced, will reveal
the heart of his efforts.
There is a strange and disturbing vision given in Zechariah
A woman, who is the personification of Wickedness is shown
to be in a basket. Two other women with wings like storks lift
the basket up between heaven and the earth. The basket with Wickedness
inside is then carried to a house built in Shinar for it for
when it is ready. The land of Shinar is modern day Iraq.
It is provocative to consider the possibility that the great
Wickedness to be found in the land of Shinar will be weapons
of mass destruction and that its house will be found at Babylon.
Although we are just entertaining speculation at this point,
another revelation shown in this vision adds fuel for thought.
Radiation detectors are being used extensively in Iraq by
teams relentlessly hunting for Saddam's hidden weapons.
In verses 7-8 of Zechariah 5 in the vision of Wickedness a
lead cover is twice mentioned to be put over the basket that
Perhaps it is only just a coincidence, but as anyone who has
ever had an X ray knows, of all the metals on the earth, it is
lead that is used as a shield for radiation.
At any moment the Lord can bring an individual's life to an
end. If you have not trusted Christ for the forgiveness of your
sins then we cannot stress too strongly that you do so this very
There is no other means of salvation then by trusting in the
Risen Savior Jesus Christ. These are the last days and the removal
of the Church to Heaven by the Son of God at the event known
as the Rapture can take place at any moment (I Thess. 4:15-18).
You don't want to miss it.