Jeremiah chapters 50 & 51 describe the ongoing Iraqi
war in great detail. Verses 46-47 of Ch. 51 stipulate that rumors
of Iraq's inevitable demise would e bantered about for years
until God's appointed time of fulfillment. A break in the hostilities
with an offer of healing is to be made to Iraq at some point
amongst the rumors according to Jer. 51:9.
The initial stage of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 under President
George Bush Sr. Can be found to have been the fulfillment of
many of the prophecies of Chapters 50 & 51 of Jeremiah.
According to Jer. 51:19-24, the final stage of this war will
be recognizable because of a key component which has been absent
in all previous confrontations with Iraq since the Persian Gulf
War began. What has been missing from the continual confrontations
is the military might of Israel.
In verses 19 & 20 of Jer. 51 God calls Israel His battle-ax,
which He will use to break the nation of Iraq. He then includes
(in like fashion of Zechariah 12:5-9) that Israel will become
a destroyer of kingdoms.
Quoting Jeremiah 51:19-20 we read, "The Portion of Jacob
is not like them, for He is the maker of all things; And Israel
is the tribe of His inheritance. The LORD of hosts is His name.
You are My battle-ax and weapons of war: for with you I will
break the nation in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms."
God then concludes in verse 24, "And I will repay Babylon
and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all the evil they have
done in Zion in Your sight, "Says the LORD."
During the first stage of the Persian Gulf War, Israel yielded
to pressure from President Bush to not retaliate against Iraq's
continual scud missile attacks. This was to prevent fracturing
the fragile Arab coalition that had been formed against Iraq.
Things dramatically changed in 2003. Since there was very
little Arab support for another war against Iraq, Israel's elite
forces were on standby if needed to obtain a decisive victory.
On Oct. 17, 02 a Denver Post article titled, "Bush
and Sharon discuss scenarios for Iraqi attacks" reported
that, "Israel's long and proud tradition of defending itself
- and not asking even its closest friend the United States to
fight its battles - was newly endorsed Wednesday by President
Bush in a white House meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
"If Iraq were to attack Israel tomorrow, I'm sure there
would be appropriate response," Bush said at a joint White
House news conference with Sharon. "I would assume the prime
minister would respond. He's got a desire to defend himself."
In an even more telling development MSNBC reported back in
Oct. 19, of 2002 that Israel and U.S. special forces had made
plans to unite if needed for elite operations in the 2003 attack
The possibility that the final stage of the war prophesied
of in Jeremiah Chapters 50 & 51 will take place in the near
future seems very likely. In Jer. 51:45 it is fascinating to
find God calling His people of Israel out of Iraq just before
the final destruction of that land is to take place, "My
people, go out of the midst of her, and let everyone deliver
his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord."
Before Israel was reborn as a nation in 1948, Iraq was home
to one of the largest Jewish communities in the Mid East. Most
left for Israel shortly after its creation. Later, emigration
from Iraq was severely restricted. More than 250,000 Israelis
are Iraqi-born or of Iraqi-Jewish origin, according to official
That these truly are the last of the last days can be seen
in a quote from a Nov. 4, 97 Colorado Springs Gazette article
which headlined, "Israeli agents smuggle Jews from Iraq,"
"Scores of Jews have been smuggled out of Iraq and brought
to Israel by Israeli agents since the end of the 1991 Persian
Gulf War, an official confirmed...Eighty Iraqis were brought
secretly to Israel in an immigration that began after the Gulf
War...The operation involved connections with Iraqi officials
and payments made at the borders of an undisclosed overland route...Another
70 Iraqi Jews who left in recent years are living in Britain
and the Netherlands...The report said there are only 57 Jews
in Baghdad. It did not say whether their lives are considered
to be in danger. But Mordechai Beh-Porat, leader of the Iraqi/Israeli
community, told the TV that those remaining also are trying to
There had been a report in 2003 that less than 20 Jews remained
in Iraq at that time.
The article also included a photograph of a teenager being
fitted with a gas mask. The caption under the photograph read,
"An Israeli soldier fits teenager Bracha Shabtal with a
gas mask Monday at an army distribution center in Jerusalem.
The replacement of old gas masks with new ones, complete with
syringes with antidotes for nerve gas, has increased during the
Israel had intensified this replacement program since the
summer of 2002 and had made dire threats of unprecedented retaliation
if Iraq used unconventional weapons.
It is noteworthy to quote Jer. 51:15 concerning this preparation
for a gas war, "When He utters His voice...He brings the
wind out of His treasuries."
Gas warfare is at the mercy of the wind and it is God who
decides in which direction it may blow.
We are told in Jer. 50:18-19 that the day Babylon, Iraq is
punished by God's calling forth of the nations against it, Israel
would be back in it's ancient land and in possession of Bashan,
Carmel, Mt. Ephraim and Gilead.
This prophecy has taken place since 1948.
Consider the divine accuracy of Scripture when reviewing this
First of all, the prophet of God revealed to us that the people
of Israel would be removed from their ancient land.
This is effectively evidenced by the prophet's speaking about
them having to be brought back to their land.
This dispersion of the Jews took place precisely as foretold
in 70 AD under Titus Vespasian of Rome.
On May 14, 1948 Israel once more became a nation just as God
ordained in Isaiah 66:8.
The other prophesied regions of Bashan, Carmel, Mt. Ephraim
and Gilead spoken of by Jeremiah encompass the modern areas of
the Golan Heights and the West Bank. These regions were recovered
by Israel from Syria and Jordan in subsequent wars during the
20th century after the Arab nations tried to destroy the newly
reborn nation in 1948.
Jeremiah 51:35 tells us that the Jews will also be in possession
of their ancient capital of Jerusalem at the time of the end
when the land of Babylon is destroyed.
In 1967 this portion of Bible prophecy was also literally
fulfilled when Israel regained full control of Jerusalem on June
7th at the close of the Middle East Six-Day War.
Once again, we have precise predictions from God for the end
of the age being fulfilled during these very days we live in.
What the Bible prophesies is in store for Israel and Iraq
in the not too distant future is of global importance.
Jeremiah makes the point in Ch. 51:19-24 & 35 that Israel
will be involved in this conflict and that an attack on God's
chosen land will hasten the destruction of Babylon, Iraq due
to its provoking the vengeance of God.
Current events keep us in focus on how close we are to the
completion of this destruction of Babylon and the devastation
of Iraq. Students of Bible prophecy should remain steadfast that
the Persian Gulf War will not truly be over until the prophecies
of Jeremiah Chapters 50 & 51 are fulfilled in their entirety.
Bible prophecy is given for two main reasons according to
Scripture. First, to demonstrate Who the True God is (Isa. 46:8-11)
and secondly, for the Lord to share His knowledge of the future
with His cherished friends (Jn. 15:14-15).
As we pointed out earlier the final stage of the Iraqi war
is to take place when Israel is in possession of the Golan Heights
and the West Bank.
The hoped for success of the ever failing attempts to obtain
a comprehensive peace between Israel, the Palestinians, Syria,
Lebanon and Jordan has been espoused to depend on Israel forfeiting
these two parcels of land.
According to Jer. 50:18-19 this point of forfeiture can never
take place or, will only reach an initial stage of transition
before the current Middle East situation explodes into all-out
I am fully persuaded that the Scriptures teach that God will
have removed His Church to Heaven sometime before a 7 year covenant
is put in place after this war.
We are very possibly facing the decisive time which will usher
in the final 7 years. These final 7 years are known as Daniel's
70th week and the "time of Jacob's trouble."
While Israel is prophesied to have a great victory over Iraq;
Kuwait will pay a horrible price. According to Jer. 49:28-33,
Kuwait (here listed by its ancient names of Kedar and Hazor)
has every reason to feel insecure since this prophecy tells us
that Saddam Hussein(who believes he is the reincarnate Nebuchadnezzar)
will not truly be stopped by the coalition forces until after
he makes Kuwait a perpetual desolation.
It is after this war, we believe, the region will experience
a temporary respite from war as other prophecies foretell and
a 7 year peace and security covenant will be strengthened between
Israel and her neighbors.
Disarmament in the region will follow and a provision will
be made which will permit the Jews to rebuild their ancient Temple
upon the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The much endorsed peace initiative will be short-lived. Russia
will fulfill its prophesied destiny by invading Israel with all
of its allies during the first 3 ½ years of this covenant
as foretold in Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39.
God Himself will dramatically intervene in this second monumental
assault against Israel and will devastate Russia and its comrades
The world leader, who promised to preserve the 7 year peace
of Israel, will then establish a satanically empowered world
government from out of a restored Roman Empire consisting of
a ten kingdom confederacy.
Leagued with a one-world religion and a false prophet this
world leader commonly known as the Anti-Christ, will force the
world into blatant worship of the devil by a system of branding
human beings with a mark upon their right hand or forehead (Rev.
God will then pour out His fierce wrath upon the kingdom of
the Anti-Christ and upon the Christ-rejecting world for the remaining
3 ½ years of the 7 year covenant.
God calls this 7 year covenant from Daniel 9:27 a covenant
with death and hell in Isaiah 28:15. It is during this time that
God will fulfill Jer. 50:20 with His chosen people.
This same prophecy is available to anybody who will come with
a heart of belief in the name of His only begotten son Jesus
We read, "In those days and in that time," says
the Lord, "The iniquity of Israel shall be sought, but there
shall be none; and the sins of Judah, but they shall not be found;
For I will pardon those whom I preserve"
God has proven that He has spoken His message for eternal
life to us through His prophets. God declares either you come
to Him through His son or you will never come at all. Believe
in the Lord Jesus Christ this moment and be saved.