Continuing our study of Jeremiah Chapters 50 & 51 for
these last days we pick up were we left off at verse 27 of Chapter
In verse 27 God calls for a banner to be set up in the land
of Iraq for the nations to rally to. This call for a banner (or
flag) is reminiscent of God's call in verse 12 of Jer. 51 for
a standard to be set in place upon the walls of Babylon. This
banner could be the flag of the United Nations, the EU or perhaps
the United States.
The raising of this flag reveals a profound change in attitude
toward Iraq's sovereignty than had been demonstrated in the early
victory of "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
An American flag placed over the face of a statue of Saddam
Hussein before it was toppled during the capture of Baghdad was
quickly removed because of the unfavorable perception that the
US was laying claim to Iraq.
In this later prophesied stage of the war there will be no
reservation in raising a banner of conquest.
Among the ancient named nations prophesied to rally around
this flag are Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. These would encompass
the areas of modern day Turkey, Russia, Iran and Germany.
This revelation effectively discounts any teaching that this
war is for the Tribulation Period or that the Anti-Christ will
rule out of Babylon, Iraq; for the devastating defeat of the
nations which come against Israel during the first part of the
Tribulation, as recorded in Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39, includes
the exact same nations under the names of Togarmah, Magog, Persia
and Gomer. For further information see our message, "The
Scythians Victory's and Defeat."
The contrast in attitude to be shown by these future invading
nations when compared with how they felt about joining in an
attack on Iraq during "Operation Iraqi Freedom" shows
a dramatic about face.
Iran has never offered any assistance, Turkey would not allow
its US ally to bring troops or supplies through their country,
nor fly out of any of its established bases, while Russia and
Germany resolutely opposed US efforts in every way possible.
This invasion from Iraq's north is visually compared to bristling
locusts in this prophecy, a vivid picture of an overwhelming
hoard of attackers.' Last, but not least, Jer. 51:27 mentions
the appointment of a "marshal" to head up the invasion.
An individual entrusted with such exalted authority will be a
person to take note of. Such a person could be a candidate to
eventually receive the title of the end time world dictator known
A marshal can be a high official in a royal court, which the
European Union is abundant in.
Moving on to verse 28 of Jer. 51 we find an apparent second
mention of this dominating individual. God again calls for the
assembling of the nations against Iraq. He then also calls forth
the rulers of the divergent groups of the Medes, which we shared
in a previous study are the ancestry of the modern day Kurds.
God then seems to corporately address these nations as being
under the dominion of the marshal.
Verse 29 then dispels any notion that this prophesied war
had been fulfilled in past history. Not only has there never
been a union of confederates such as this against ancient Iraq,
but God declares that after this war the land of Babylon, Iraq
will be "a desolation without inhabitant."
As we shared in a previous study, Babylon has never in history
experienced such devastation.
Verse 30 gives great insight when considered along with the
revelations of current events.
God says that during the final stage of this Iraqi war the
mighty men of Babylon will cease fighting and that they will
remain in their strongholds.
To the world it would appear that this has already taken place
in"Operation Iraqi Freedom," but as we have been showing,
God's Word refutes this notion. Reports now confirm that Saddam's
elite military units did not just give up as many had thought,
but were ordered by the highest levels of the Iraqi regime to
just go home ("Baghdad defenders ordered to withdraw"
Denver Post, 5/20/03).
Tens or even hundreds of thousands of Iraqi soldiers are unaccounted
On May 7, 2003, CNN reported the surfacing of a new audio
tape by Saddam Hussein.
In the tape Saddam reportedly has put the Iraqi people on
notice that the war is not over and that at the appropriate time
he will retaliate and they are to be prepared to fight.
Consider how many trained and armed soldiers freely wander
about among the allied troops in Baghdad and other occupied cities.
The danger level increases as daily reports are made that members
of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party are being but back in power.
On May 6, 2003 a Denver Post headline read, "Iraqi ex-general
picked as Mosul's mayor." The article reported that "Opposition
leaders, who boycotted the vote, called it undemocratic and said
it gave power to several supporters of Saddam Hussein's ousted
The May 6, 2003 Denver Post also reported that, using a letter
from Saddam Hussein, Saddam's son Qusia Hussein removed one billion
dollars in cash from Iraq's central bank less than 48 hours before
the first American air assault. The $900 million in US $100 dollar
bills and as much as $100 million worth of euros were hauled
off in three tractor-trailers.
What is of greatest concern according to the report is the
likelihood that this incredible amount of cash is being used
to finance hidden remnants of Saddam Hussein's deposed government.
The Lord has prophesied that one day the mighty men of Babylon
will cease fighting and they will remain in their strongholds,
but that day has not come yet.
In this age of bunker buster bombs that penetrate deep underground,
it can be theorized why the mighty men of Babylon might never
come up out from their strongholds.
Reports of Saddam Hussein's penchant for building underground
adds credence to this possibility and also where he has hidden
his weapons of mass destruction.
An April 6, 2003 Denver Post article which headlined, "Bunkers,
tunnels crisscross Baghdad-hardened complexes difficult to destroy"
brings home the reality of Saddam's capability and devotion to
accomplish such feats of concealment.
We quote, "Over the past 20 years, Iraqi leader Saddam
Hussein is believed to have constructed an elaborate series of
underground tunnels and bunkers around Baghdad where he, his
leadership and the elite troops that guard them are able to move
about virtually undetected and nearly impervious to U.S. munitions,
according to Iraq experts, a former Iraqi scientist and western
construction officials whose companies helped build the warrens.
Among the more extensive tunnel complexes are those described
by Hussein Shahristani, once Iraq's top nuclear scientist, who
was tortured and imprisoned in Iraq.
Shahristani, who escaped Iraq during the first Gulf war, said
subway plans developed by several foreign firms were actually
used by the Iraqi military to hide and transport the country's
chemical and biological weapons.
Shahristani told CBS' "60 Minutes" in February,
that he believed Iraq had "more than 100 kilometers of very
complex network, multi-layer tunnels."...Many of Iraq's
military tunnels are believed to have been built by Aeroinzenjering,
a Serbian engineering firm once run by the former Yugoslav military.
Hussein maintained a close relationship with then Communist leader
Josip Tito and with former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic,
whose underground tunnels and bunkers bedeviled U.S. and NATO
commanders during the 1999 Kosovo air war.
The company's website boasts that it has constructed a 450,000-square-meter
facility described as "special airport underground fortification
structures, sheltering complete military units and equipment."
But it does not say where the facility was built...Finding tunnels
and bunkers has become a priority for the U.S. military and intelligence
Verses 31 & 32 of Jer. 51 then describe how the king of
Babylon, Iraq will receive communications for how badly the war
is going for him. We are told that one runner will run to meet
another and one messenger will meet with another messenger.
With Saddam's modern means of electronic communications destroyed
or else being monitored, it makes perfect sense that he would
have messages personally delivered to him in much the same fashion
as the old pony express.
We are told that the news he will receive is terrifying to
his men of war. He will be told that his city is being taken
on all sides, the passages are blocked and that the reeds have
been burned with fire.
As the war progressed in "Operation Iraqi Freedom"
we considered the possibility that the taking of Baghdad or Saddam's
tribal town of Tikrit might bring on the fulfillment of this
prophecy, but dismissed this idea after the invasion against
these cities did not come mainly from the north as God has prophesied.
To a great extent we can see God's Word fulfilled in the taking
of Baghdad and Tikrit. Both can be considered Saddam's city in
some fashion. One his Capital and the other in essence his hometown.
Both cities were surrounded and both had their passageways blocked.
Besides the fact that these cities were not taken during a
major invasion from the north as is prophesied in Jer. 50:32
& 41, we have the absence of the fulfillment of Jer. 51:32
where the reeds are to be burned with fire. Central Iraq is the
locale most noted for its "giant reeds" called Arunda
Donax by botanists. This reed, found in the Mediterranean region
can grow to a height of 20 feet.
Saddam Hussein had large areas of these "giant reeds"
destroyed over the years because rebel Shiite Muslims found welcomed
concealment in the prodigious grass which can easily hide large
numbers of troops and equipment.
The urgency expressed by the messengers to Saddam concerning
the burning of these reeds cause one to suspect that the centrally
located city of Babylon may well be the hidden residence of this
king of Babylon.
Time will soon reveal whatever else might be hidden within
the flowing veil growing in Iraq's marshlands.
We now conclude our present study at verse 33 of Jer. 51.
After foretelling the destruction of Iraq's reed stands the God
of Israel as He refers to Himself, then gives an analogy for
Babylon in comparison to the threshing of grain.
Wheat plants for example are gathered and then put through
what might be described as a violent beating process to separate
the grain from the chaff.
God initially distinguishes the modern day Babylon from the
one of ancient history by calling her "the daughter of Babylon."
He then compares her to a threshing floor waiting for the harvest
to be brought in. He then concludes by assuring those who hear
His prophecy, "Yet a little while and the time of her harvest
We firmly believe that time is at hand.
The May 10, 2003 headline of the Colorado Springs Gazette
read, "U.S. troops find second suspected weapons lab-equipment
uncovered at Iraqi rocket factory."
These are the last days that Jesus and the prophets warned
would close out this present age of man. At any time the trumpet
of God could sound and the dead and living in Christ will be
caught up to meet the Lord in the air at the event known as the
Rapture (I Thess. 4:15-18).
This very moment this glorious promise can be yours to believe
and trust in by just a simple act of faith. This promise is for
all who trust in the Risen Son of God, Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of their sins. Don't put it off, there is a point of rejection
within a man's heart that will never be overcome.