Thursday, September 25, 2014

US, allies target Islamic State oil supplies in Syria

A video report of September 25, 2014 describes a new round of airstrikes by U.S. and Arab allies against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, targeting a dozen small oil refineries.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Iraqis protest American "occupation"  September 20, 2014

Thousands of Iraqis gathered in central Baghdad on Saturday to protest against American intervention.

Demonstrators waved Iraqi flags and held up pictures of leading Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who says the country should not cooperate with what he calls US "occupiers."


Jeremiah the prophet predicted that the invading coalition of "occupiers" who attempted to rebuild the nation of Babylon after having "broken" her would become frustrated with their attempts because of "fires" that break out and consume the city centers and all the environs, and so would announce their pull out: "We applied healing to Babylon, but she could not be healed. Forsake her, each to his own country, for her judgment has reached to the heavens..."

It seems the Chaldeans are just begging the nations to abandon her. It will be easy.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"It's time for the Kurds to set up their own nation"

Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, is another of my favorite correspondents on world affairs, the other being Michael Totten. Pipes writes today, Sept 16, 2014, for Newsweek about his change of heart regarding Kurdistan independence:

"Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past," begins Pipes' opinion piece.

After listing the reasons independence was thought a bad thing, he defends that position in light of the conditions at the time: "One could not have known in 1991 that the Kurdish army, the peshmerga, would establish itself as a competent and disciplined force; that the Kurdistan Regional Government would reject the terrorist methods then notoriously in use by Kurds in Turkey; that the economy would boom; that the Kurds' two leading political families, the Talabanis and Barzanis, would learn to coexist; that the Kurdistan Regional Government would engage in responsible diplomacy; that its leadership would sign international trade accords; that 10 institutions of higher learning would come into existence; and that Kurdish culture would blossom."


Amazingly, perhaps prophetically, Pipes suggests the same merging of Kurds foreseen by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet: "What if Iraqi Kurds joined forces across three borders -- as they have done on occasion -- and form a single Kurdistan with a population of about 30 million and possibly a corridor to the Mediterranean Sea?"

Just as Jeremiah prophesied in the Hebrew bible, in the 'book' bearing his name: "Summon against (Babylon) the kingdoms of Ararat (eastern Turkey/northeastern Syria), Minni (or Mannea, northwestern Iran) and Ashkenaz (or Adiabene, Iraqi Kurdistan), ... the kings of the Medes (modern-day Kurds), their governors and all their prefects, and every land of their dominion... to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants," (Jeremiah 51:27-29).

Pipes is now in favor of such a coalition: "The emergence of a Kurdish state is part of the regionwide destabilization, dangerous but necessary, that began in Tunisia in December 2010. Accordingly, I offer a hearty welcome to its four potential parts joining soon together to form a single, united Kurdistan."

Jeremiah would also be in favor of that unification, since he prophesied that very "summoning" and "consecration" roughly 2,600 years ago.


Kurdish forces start push into the plain of Mosul

The BBC reports Sep 16, 2014 that "Kurdish troops on the ground are preparing to start a push to retake the plain of Mosul."


The Jeremiah 50 - 51 prophecy sees the "Medes" -- the modern-day Kurds -- rising up into a formidable fighting force capable of defeating the armies of the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq.

The advances the Kurdish forces make against Islamic State militants will only contribute to the fighting experience of the Kurds.


Syrian Kurds "most successful at fighting the Islamic State"

An Associated Press report published at Sep 15, 2014 by Bassem Mroue claims that "Kurdish fighters captured more than a dozen villages from militants of the Islamic State group in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria," according to a Kurdish official.

Mroue wrote that "Kurdish fighters have been repelling the advances of the Islamic State militants for more than a year in northern Syria." The author reports that "the battle-hardened Kurdish force, known by its acronym YPK, has been the most successful at fighting the Islamic State group, which has routed Iraqi and Syrian armed forces."


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet foresaw the rise of "the spirit of the kings of the Medes" so as to allow that people group to rise into a military power capable of attacking and defeating the armies of the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq.

The Medes are the modern-day Kurds, and Jeremiah saw three factions of Medes -- Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz -- aligning into a "great nation." Those ancient nations represent Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian/Turkish areas which were inhabited at one time by the ancient Medes, and which are today occupied by the Kurds, arguably the direct descendants of the Medes.

The Iranian and Iraqi Kurds have stopped fighting each other, and have joined in coalition to form the Kurdistan Regional Government, and rule three northern Iraqi provinces together, representing the Minni and Ashkenaz references. What has been missing from that coalition is the Syrian/Turkish faction of the Medes.

With the success of the Syrian Kurds in fighting the Islamic State, the stage is set for these western Kurds to one day join in some form of cooperation with the Kurds of the KRG. When that happens, the rise of the "spirit of the (three) kings of the Medes" will have been fulfilled.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

"Iraq has proven to be all but unfixable"

A regional threat.
I really like the way Michael Totten writes. He is so prophetic. In his latest article on the ISIS crisis for the New York Daily News, published Sept. 14, 2014, he wrote: "Iraq has proven to be all but unfixable..."

My other favorite prophet, Jeremiah, wrote 2,600 years ago: "Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. 'We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed. Forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies,'" (Jer 51:8-9).

Totten recognizes the possibility of failure: "Supporters of deeper U.S. engagement must acknowledge that American efforts could easily fail." Different words, but same message given by Jeremiah so long ago.

"The entire Middle East has been a disaster for thousands of years..." writes Totten.

Writes Jeremiah: "Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, and object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants... Her cities have become an object of horror, a parched land and a desert, a land in which no man lives and through which no son of man passes..."

In other words, a disaster.


30 countries pledge Iraq support

A September 15, 2014 article at BBC News online reports that thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants "by all means necessary", including "appropriate military assistance."

French President Francois Hollande said the threat posed by IS militants required "a global response."

United States Secretary of State John Kerry, who attended the conference of foreign ministers, has been traveling the globe "drumming up support" for a plan of action unveiled by President Barack Obama.


Jeremiah prophesied that one of the judgments upon the land of Babylon would be the abandonment of the land by those foreign occupiers who had invaded her and attempted to rebuild her after "breaking" her.  After the troop withdrawal of 2011, it seemed this part of the prophecy, and hence the entire prophecy, would be thwarted, since the abandonment was to be announced as a failure of reconstruction:

"We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her, and let us each return to his own country" (Jer 51:9).

But now the coalition of nations is once again engaging in the attempt to salvage Iraq, by fighting the IS insurgency. The prophecy is once again on track, with the burning of the cities the next judgment coming up in the sequence, and then the announced abandonment following that conflagration.

Invasion, capture and execution have occurred. Burning and abandonment up next.

Will the fires begin December 18, 2014?

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Peshmerga forces to unify

In an August 25, 2014 article by Nawzad Mahmoud published online at Kurdish news outlet dateline SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani was reported to have ordered Peshmerga forces to restructure themselves under a single, unified command.

Problems ranged from shortcomings in clothing and food, but that the main issue was far more serious. Photo: AFP
Peshmerga forces faced shortcomings in clothing and food, but a lack of unified command posed a far more serious problem.  Photo: AFP
Historically, the Peshmerga represents a collection of local militia forces organized by the various political parties, with loyalties to the party leaders rather than to the central government. This reform is a major shift in the command structure, that will allow the Peshmerga to operate as a national military with the president of Kurdistan functioning as the commander in chief.


Jeremiah's prophecy sees the "Medes" -- the modern-day Kurds -- as becoming a "great nation" to the north of the land of Babylon, capable of mounting a serious military offensive that results in the overwhelming defeat of the Iraqi army and a plundering of the "treasures" of Babylon.

With the unification of the Peshmerga forces under a central government command structure, the ability to organize them into a serious military threat becomes much more plausible. Will this lead to the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy in our time?

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Obama sending 350 more military personnel to Iraq

An article at from  Sep 2, 2014, dateline  WASHINGTON, reports that U.S. president Barack Obama is sending 350 more military personnel to Iraq, presumably to help protect U.S. facilities and already deployed personnel in Baghdad, citing a White House release Tuesday night.

The White House claimed the additional deployment will "provide a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad."

This brings the number of troops recently sent to Iraq to 820, in addition to the diplomatic security forces already in place, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.


Jeremiah's prophecy foresee's the occupying invaders abandoning the nation of the Chaldeans in frustration after having "broken" her, attempting to "heal" her, but then giving up and announcing a withdrawal, "each to his own country," following an outbreak of fires in the "cities" and all her "environs" which cause the nations to become "exhausted" with their reconstruction efforts, leaving the land of Babylon to her "judgment."

After the troop withdrawal of 2011, it seemed this part of the prophecy would no longer be possible, as the foreign presence of the invaders was only diplomatic, security and private contractors. But now the U.S. has returned troops to the land, in an attempt to keep the nation sovereign and secure, putting back into place a presence that can be withdrawn -- "forsake her, each to his own country" -- in fulfillment of the Jeremiah prophecy.

Will the fires break out, and the leaders of the foreign forces within Iraq announce they are abandoning her out of frustration at the inability to heal her? Will the next two judgments -- fire and abandonment -- be coming soon?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Australia to join international operation to supply weapons to Kurdish fighters

The Telegraph  World News

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, says Australia will provide assistance to the Peshmerga to stem the advance of Isil
raqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a recoilless rifle towards Islamic State (IS) positions during heavy clashes in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about  88 kilometres (55 miles) south of Kirkuk
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a recoiless rifle towards Islamic State (IS) positions during heavy clashes in Tuz Khurmatu (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY)

By Flynn Murphy  01 Sep 2014

Australia's air force will join an international operation to supply weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq over the next few days.

The weapons, which reportedly include rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, are intended to aid the Peshmerga fighters of the troubled nation's north as they battle to stem the advance of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants.


The coalition of nations now supplying the Kurds with weapons and ammunition to battle against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq grows to include the central government of Iraq, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Iran... and now Australia.

At some point, it would seem the Peshmerga militia of the Kurdistan Regional Government will have become a substantial and well-equipped army.

Just as foreseen by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet. A "great nation" to the north of the "land of Babylon" capable of drawing up "battle lines" against her, attacking and defeating her, and then plundering her "treasures."

Will this massive arms infusion lead to the Kurds developing into the mighty fighting force able to fulfill Jeremiah's prophecy?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Iran speeds weapons deliveries to peshmerga forces

An article at by James Rosen published August 27, 2014 reveals that Iran has "begun arming the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq" in support of the KRG peshmerga forces pushing back the Islamic State advances.

The Islamic State fighters have "seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, and recently came close to overrunning Erbil, the capital of the KRG in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region," according to the article.

"We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," KRG President Massoud Barzani said during an appearance in Erbil on Tuesday with Iran's foreign minister.
"The State Department regards the development with apprehension," according to the FoxNews report.


A similar article at TIME suggests that, with the Iranian support, "it looks as if (the Kurds) will come out of the conflict better armed, with stronger international influence and recognition than before."


The Iraq central government, the U.S., the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and now (it is revealed that) even Iran is arming the Kurds.  At some point, the Kurds are going to be awash in the latest weapons and bulging at the seams with ammunition.

Which makes the Jeremiah 50 - 51 prophecy that the nation to the north of the land of the Chaldeans will draw up battle lines against her, defeat her and plunder her, that much more plausible.


ISIS burn oil wells as Kurds attack

An August 28, 2014 article at Lebanon's Middle East news site relays an Agence France Presse report from Kirkuk that "retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces who launched a major attack nearby," citing officials.
Peshmerga fighters stand on a vehicle with a Kurdish flag as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)
U.S. airstrikes and international shipments of arms have "helped the Kurds claw back some ground" captured by a June offensive by radical Islamic jihadists in northern Iraq," according to the report.


Jeremiah decreed that the cities of Iraq would be set on fire as one of nine judgments on the land of Babylon. Will the counter-offensive by Kurdish forces ignite the fires?


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Why control of a terrifying dam in Iraq is life or death for half million people"

"Why Control of a Terrifying Dam in Iraq is Life or Death for Half Million People" is the headline of an article at from August 7, 2014 by Lee Ferran and Mazin Faiq. The authors refer to the Islamic State take over of the Mosul Dam on the Tigris a few weeks ago, later re-taken by Kurdish Peshmerga forces with U.S. air support.

The article points out the critical question such control poses for "the millions of Iraqis who live downstream of the Mosul Dam all the way down the Tigris to Baghdad, because if the dam (is) taken over, ISIS would be in control of what effectively could be a major weapon of mass destruction -- one that the U.S. military said in 2006 was, without the help of brutal jihadists, already 'the most dangerous dam in the world.'"

The authors cite the inherent danger the dam poses, even without a rebel act -- "It wouldn't even have to be sabotaged to fail -- if an extremist group took control and wanted the dam to break, they may be able to simply do nothing."

The problem is that the "gargantuan dam, built in the mid-1980s, was constructed on 'a foundation of soluble soils that are continuously dissolving, resulting in the formation of cavities and voids underground that place the dam at risk for failure,'" as the article quotes from an urgent letter sent from David Petraeus, then commanding general of the U.S. Army, and Ryan Crocker, then U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2007.

PHOTO: Islamic State Flag at Mosul Dam
PHOTO: Islamic State flag at Mosul Dam
Ferran and Faiq describe how the dam must be constantly reinforced by engineers "continously pumping in literally tons of grout" so as to fill in the holes and keep the dam "upright."
The authors cite U.S. experts, who say any failure of the dam could be "catastrophic." They refer to a 2011 report written by a USACE official and published in Water Power magazine that estimated failure "could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths."


One of the most devastating judgments pronounced by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet on the "land of Babylon" is the rising of "tumultuous waves" of the "sea" -- a euphemism for the Euphrates/Tigris river system -- which overwhelm the land of Babylon.  Following the flood event, the rivers are "dried up" in a drought so severe that the land becomes literally uninhabitable, and utter desolation is the final outcome of the judgments, so that the land remains a "horror" among the nations, a perpetual sign of the judgment of God on a people who had struck at Zion once Israel was back in the land for the final time.

This article drives home the point like a ton of bricks that just such a scenario of a major flood event that causes incredible devastation in the "land of Babylon" could very well occur, and that without extraordinary and constant measures, WILL occur, just as decreed by Jeremiah.

But first the fires burn the cities, then the announced abandonment of the land by the reconstructionists, and then a war with and defeat by the "Medes" -- the modern-day Kurds.

And then the flood.

When Babylon is burning, know that the flood will come. No one can stop it. Iraq is Babylon of Jeremiah 50 - 51.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Kurdistan oil pipeline export capacity to double

A article by Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun from August 19, 2014 claims that "the capacity of Iraqi Kurdistan's independent oil pipeline will almost double to at least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month," citing industry sources and officials.

The pipeline runs to Turkey's Mediterranean export terminal at Ceyhan. According to the article, the Kurds have "managed to load seven export cargoes from Ceyhan," citing Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

The KRG has said it plans to "increase oil sales to around 1 million bpd by the end of 2015, which could give it enough economic clout to speed a move to independence" claims the article.


Jeremiah's prophecy sees the Medes -- today's Kurds -- as becoming a "great nation" to the north of the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq. Will this burgeoning oil export capacity help the Kurds achieve this "great nation" status seen by Jeremiah? 


Kurdish rivals unite to fight Islamic State

An article at from August 16, 2014 by Wladimir van Wilgenburg asserts that, despite historic struggle for leadership over "approximately 30 million stateless Kurds", Kurds of Turkey and Syria represented by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Kurds from Iraq's Kurdish region, represented by KRG President Massoud Barzani, have joined together to fight a common enemy, the Islamic State.

Barzani is quoted as saying, "We are brothers. They (the Islamic State fighters) are the enemy of the people of Kurdistan. We have one destiny."

The aligning of the PKK with the Kurdistan Regional Government peshmerga militia poses potential strain in Kurdish relations with Turkey, as that nation has fought a decades-long war with PKK rebels. Turkey, the United States and the European Union consider the group as a "terrorist organization" according to the article.


Jeremiah's prophecy sees the rise of the "kings of the Medes" -- modern-day Kurds -- from three regions: "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz."  Minni is a designation of the region of the ancient Mannaeans in today's northwestern Iran, and Ashkenaz is associated with the region of the Adiabenes whose capital was Arbil, today's Erbil in northeastern Iraq. Both tribes were conquered and assimilated by the Medes, who are today's Kurds.  Today, the Kurds of Iraq and Iran have formed a unity government that rules the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.

Ararat is an ancient designation for eastern Turkey and northeastern-most Syria, the home of the Syrian/Turkish Kurds.

If these Syrian/Turkish Kurds join in some kind of alliance with the Iranian/Iraqi Kurds of Kurdistan, the stage will be set for the three nations of the Medes -- Ararat, Minni and Askenaz -- to form into a "great nation of the north", capable of drawing up "battle lines" against "the land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq -- so as to defeat her in battle and plunder her treasures.

The "uniting" of these former rival Kurds is beginning to fulfill this aspect of Jeremiah's prophecy.

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Militants kill at least 46 in Iraq mosque

An Associated Press article at published August 22, 2014 from Baghdad reported that militants killed at least 46 people and wounded over 50 at a Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village in Diyala province, about 75 miles northeast of Baghdad on Friday.

The report claims a suicide bomber rushed into the mosque during weekly prayers and detonated his explosives before gunmen rushed in and began shooting worshippers.


Jeremiah the prophet decreed that the cities of Babylon would be set on fire as one of the judgments of doom on the land. Will these latest attacks by the Islamic State jihadists light those fires?

Invasion, capture, execution. Those have happened in sequence. Burning and announced abandonment in failure at reconstruction comes next.

Are we on the verge of Babylon burning?


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Italy to arm Kurdish forces

In an Associated Press article at CBC News | World posted August 20, 2014, it is reported that Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said that Italy intends to supply "light, portable arms for the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling ISIS."

The article states that the "ISIS blitz has forced some 1.5 million people to flee their homes since June, while thousands more have died, prompting the UN to declare its highest level of emergency last week."

According to the release, the gains made by the militants "have brought U.S. forces back into the conflict for the first time since American troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011."

The United States military began carrying out "dozens of airstrikes in Iraq" on August 8th.


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet saw the rise of the Medes into a military power capable of defeating the army of the land of Babylon. The Medes are the modern-day Kurds, and Iraq itself is the modern manifestation of the "land of Babylon" -- the "land of the Chaldeans."

The Kurds of Kurdistan are now being armed by the Iraq central government, France, the United States, the UK, Canada, Germany and now Italy.

If this build up continues, the Kurds will find themselves strengthened into one of the region's most formidable fighting forces, fulfilling one of the key elements of Jeremiah's 2,600-year-old prophecy.


Mosul "purged of Christians"

An article by Benjamin Hall at from August 19, 2014 describes the escape of thousands of Christians from Mosul and Qaraqosh in northern Iraq after Islamic State jihadists overran those towns and demanded Christians "convert to Islam or die."

74-year-old Munira Aziz, her hip broken and her voice a raspy whisper, described the attack on her home in Mosul: "We heard the gunshots outside our door, and knew the terrorists were killing Christians... We cowered inside for two days, then knew we had to leave."

Hall recites how Mosul, a home to Christians for two millennia, has now been purged of them. Endless Islamic State shelling left their neighborhoods demolished.

Most Christian refugees escaped to Kurdistan, where they found safety in Erbil or Sulemaniya, but had little but their "lives and faith."

According to Hall, Iraqi Christians' hopes "now lie with the Kurdish Peshmerga" which is fighting the Islamic State jihadists.


Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon warns the people of God to "flee from the midst of Babylon" so as to escape the destruction and judgment coming upon her.  While the refugees may consider their flight to be a persecution upon them, from the prophecy's perspective, they have been saved from greater calamity, the destruction of the "land of the Chaldeans" through burning, abandonment, further war with the "Medes" (Kurds), a catastrophic flood event and resulting drought that leaves the entire land desolate and uninhabitable.

Kurdistan has become a safe haven for Christians, and the Kurds have become God's chosen war machine to bring upon the land of Babylon God's vengeance, according to the prophecy of Jeremiah. 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The New York Times: US should recognize all Kurds as allies

In an opinion piece by Aliza Marcus and Andrew Apostolou in The New York Times from August 18, 2014, the authors assert that President Obama should "rethink America's policy toward Kurdish nationalism, and recognize the Kurds, and not only Iraqi ones, are his main ally against ISIS."

Marcus and Apostolou claim the current borders are obsolete, and that Kurds from not only Iraq's Kurdistan region are engaged in the fight against the Islamic State insurgents, but also Kurds from Syria and Turkey. Alone, the Iraqi Kurds will be unable to deliver a victory, but by providing assistance also to Syrian and Turkish Kurds in their fight against ISIS, victory over the radical Islamic militants may be much more attainable.


Jeremiah foresaw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" and the formation of a horde of great peoples into a "nation of the north" capable of "draw(ing) up battle lines" against the land of Babylon, engaging it in war, defeating its armies and plundering its treasures.

The Medes are known today as the Kurds of Kurdistan. Jeremiah saw three regions of Medes joining into this new nation: "Ararat, Minni and Askenaz." Minni and Ashkenaz would be better translated as the Mannaeans and the Adiabenes, references to the lands of the ancient tribes preceding and overrun by the Medes. These ancient tribes lived in and ruled over what is now westernmost Iran south of Lake Urmia, with a capital at Izirtu (Zirta), and northeasternmost Iraq, or Upper Mesopotamia, with a capital in Arbil (Erbil), areas now inhabited primarily by Kurds.

Iranian and Iraqi Kurds had until just two decades ago been at odds with each other, even engaged in tribal warfare. That changed with Saddam Hussein's campaign of terror and genocide on the Kurds, precipitating the two factions joining forces and political strategies to resist the dictator's attacks. The two have since joined to co-rule the democratically-inclined and capitalistic-leaning Kurdistan Regional Government, a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, that may soon declare its independence from the Iraqi central government.

Ararat refers to the region of eastern Turkey and northeastern Syria, where the Kurds have been led by a completely different political force, will and goal from their eastern brethren. Many of these Kurds align with the political and insurrectionist leanings of the Marxist Kurd rebel Abdullah Ocalan, now a prisoner of Turkey.

With the conflict raging today, the threat of the Islamic State militants spread across Syria and into Iraq, the "Ararat" Kurds may find themselves thrust into circumstances where they cannot avoid joining in some sort of alliance with the "Minni" and "Ashkenaz" -- the Iranian and Iraqi -- Kurds.

If this alliance coalesces, the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah that these three nations will join into a "great nation" of the north will have occurred, and the stage set for an Iraqi-Median war in which the Medes defeat and plunder the land of Babylon in a God-decreed judgment.

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Retaking of dam prevented a "calamity"

In an NBC News article at this morning, August 19, 2014, Bill Neely writes that Kurdish soldiers who drove ISIS fighters from "Iraq's most important dam" thanked the U.S. for helping dislodge jihadist fighters. U.S. warplanes bombarded ISIS positions on Tuesday, allowing the Kurds to retake the dam that supplies power and water to millions.

Kurdish intelligence chief Masrour Barzani described the dam as a "nuclear weapon," and said retaking it had prevented a calamity.  In the video report at the NBC News website, Bill Neely showed improvised explosive devices the Islamic jihadists had planted around the dam.

"If that dam had breached, it could have proved catastrophic," said U.S. President Barack Obama. "There was a fear they might have blown it up, sending a tsunami down on Baghdad and the cities of Iraq," reported Neely.


Jeremiah's prophecy describes the cities of Babylon being overwhelmed by "tumultuous waves" -- a river "tsunami" -- as one of nine judgments that strike the land. This NBC report, reporter Bill Neely, the Kurdish government and the president of the United States all concur that if the Mosul dam were to breach, just such a calamitous flood event could be a very real possibility.

Could the Euphrates' Ataturk dam in Turkey also pose such a danger? The damage from its breaching would be even more catastrophic.

Invasion, capture, execution, burning, abandonment, war, plunder, flood, drought -- utter desolation and horror. These are the nine judgments of doom decreed by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet upon the land of the Chaldeans, as a vengeance for Zion by the God of Israel.

Invasion, capture and execution have occurred.  Burning and abandonment are up next. War, plunder, flood and drought will complete the desolation.

Will all these judgments occur in our time? Are we seeing the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy today?


Monday, August 18, 2014

Intensified U.S. bombing in Iraq appears to give Kurds boost at dam  August 17, 2014
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Bashiqa, northest of Mosul, on Saturday. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye /AFP/Getty Images)

Kurdish Iraqi fighters took back much of a strategic dam in northern Iraq as the United States stepped up its bombardment of Islamic militant positions in the region, Kurdish officials said Sunday. [...]

Kurds on Sunday also took back several towns and villages from the militants, including Tel Skuf, according to news reports in Iraq. [...]

Kurdish fighters, who retreated this month in the face of the extremist advance, have said they are outgunned by the Islamic State fighters. Kurdish authorities have requested additional arms, including heavy weapons, from the United States and Europe.



New US airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Aug 18, 2014
By ROBERT BURNS AP  National Security Writer
Associated Press
The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Monday the U.S. had no indication of the dam's imminent failure, but the airstrikes were part of a broader U.S. mission to help protect Iraq's critical infrastructure. The dam was captured by the Islamic State group earlier this month.


Jeremiah prophesied that the "sea" -- a euphemism for the Euphrates River -- would send its "tumultuous waves" over the cities of the land of Babylon in a cataclysmic disaster as one of the nine judgments on the land of the Chaldeans.  This devastating flood event would be followed by a "drought on (Babylon's) waters" so that they would be "dried up", making the land completely uninhabitable and desolate.

Perhaps the events today are a harbinger for that coming disaster. But first, the cities must burn, the nation abandoned by the occupying reconstructionists as an announced dismal failure, and then a war between the Chaldeans and the Medes, today's Iraqis and Kurds of Kurdistan.

Following a defeat at the the hands of the Kurds, and subsequent plundering of its treasures, Babylon will then suffer the flood, and the drought, leading to utter desolation, a horror among the nations.

Is the fear that the dams could be sabotaged a sign that just such a disaster could really happen? Could Jeremiah's flood be fulfilled in our time?


Kurds advance in retaking Mosul dam

CBS/AP  August 17, 2014
ERBIL, Iraq -- An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country's largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria extremist group earlier this month.

Kurdish officials say that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early Sunday.



Friday, August 15, 2014

Canada and Germany to aid Kurds

A The Canadian Press article at by Murray Brewster published today, August 15, 2014, dateline OTTAWA, asserts that Canada will begin shuttling weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help defend against the "barbarous attacks" of radical jihadists with the Islamic State insurgency.

According to the article, at least "one defence analyst says Canada should be prepared to follow Britian's lead" by dispatching Chinook helicopters to help allied nations deliver relief supplies.

Brewster also asserts that "Germany is also preparing to send military aid."


There seems to be a swelling consensus to offer military aid to Kurdistan now, in their fight against the Islamic State.

If IS conquers Baghdad, Iraq will become the Islamic State, and Kurdistan will find it is the neighbor to the north of a radicalized, brutal, militant, terror nation.

In that case, the war between the Medes and the Chaldeans that Jeremiah prophesied will be a war between Kurdistan and the vicious Islamic State of Iraq.

The Medes win. And then plunder.

Will the military arming of the Kurds by the allied nations today help to bring this victory about?

First, though, we must see the burning of the cities of Babylon, then an announced abandonment of Babylon by the occupying reconstructionists. When those two events occur, we have really, truly conclusive proof that the Jeremiah prophecy of doom on Babylon is occurring here in our time, leading to the utter desolation of that land.


Britain prepared to arm Kurdish forces

An article by Steven Swinford, Ruth Sherlock and Carol Malouf at The Telegraph published August 14, 2014 announces that British Prime Minister David Cameron is "ready to supply arms (to the Kurds) in a significant escalation of Britain's involvement in the (Iraqi) conflict."


This brings to four the number of entities that have pledged military aid to the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State insurgents: Iraq's central government, the United States, France and now the United Kingdom.

With this infusion of military hardware, ammunition and support, the scenario of the empowerment of the "Medes" -- modern-day Kurds -- into a force capable of defeating the forces of the "land of the Chaldeans" -- modern-day Iraq -- becomes less "ridiculous", as one anonymous comment poster suggested it was back in November 2006, when I first lofted the notion that the Kurds would one day be strong enough to defeat the Iraqi army in battle.


US hopeful as al-Maliki steps down

Iraq's new prime minister-designate vows to fight corruption, terrorism

In an article at published today, August 15, 2014, Fox News reporters say there is "relief in Iraq and among Western leaders... as a new prime minister-designate vowed to unite the Iraqi people, and fight corruption and Sunni militants who have overrun large parts of the country."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he would not seek a third term, making room for new leader Haider al-Abadi. The decision gives hope to U.S. officials that Iraq will now be able to move towards a more united front against Islamic State extremists, who have conquered about a quarter of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is quoted in the article as saying the move "sets the stage for a historic and peaceful transition of power in Iraq."


I am skeptical of the optimism expressed by Kerry.  So far, every major event that has occurred in Iraq since the original 1993 Gulf War invasion by U.S. forces has coincided with the sequential judgments on the "land of Babylon" decreed by the prophet Jeremiah in chapters 50 and 51 of his book in the Hebrew bible.

The judgments and decrees fulfilled thus far:

The judgments come when Israel has been "(brought) back to his pasture" (Jer 50:19)
      -  Israel became a nation once again in 1948 after almost 1,900 years of exile

The "report" of coming "violence" will come in one year, and then another report in another year, and then "violence will be in the land" (Jer 51:46)
      -  The first Gulf War did not result in invasion of Iraq itself, but then ten years later, the second Gulf War resulted in invasion of the land of Iraq itself

An "outcry is heard among the nations" at the shout "Babylon to be seized!" (Jer 50:46)
      -  The largest expression ever seen of mass anti-war protest against the announcement of the intent to invade Iraq breaks out world-wide

Invasion by "a great nation and many kings" (Jer 50:41)
      -  US-led invasion by the "Coalition of the Willing"

The "mighty men of Babylon" cease fighting and hide (Jer 51:30)
      -  Saddam's armies gave little resistance and many of them threw down their weapons and melted into the civilian population

The invaders are cruel and have no mercy (Jer 50:42)
      -  Abu Graib tortures

The king of Babylon has heard the report of them and distress grips him (Jer 50:43; 51:31)
      -  Saddam Hussein cried when he was told Baghdad was captured

Capture of the whole land (Jer 50:24; 51:41)
      - The invasion results in a complete capture of the whole nation, culminating in the capture of dictator Saddam Hussein

The "noise of battle in the land" and "great destruction" (Jer 50:22)
      -  Critics say the U.S.-led invasion "destroyed" Iraq

Punishment of the "Arrogant One" with no one to support him (Jer 50:32)
      -  The execution of the "arrogant" Saddam Hussein while witnesses deride and mock him

There is a sound of fugitives and refugees in the land (Jer 50:28)
      -  Mass exodus of refugees continuing even to this day

"I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon to devastate her land" (Jer 51:2)
      -  Islamic State militants are wrecking havoc and destruction all over Iraq

There is a call to God's "people" to come out of her (Jer 51:45)
      -  Jews have all left Iraq, and now Christians are fleeing Iraq in droves in the face of militant Islamic jihadist threats


"I will set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs" (Jer 50:32; 51:58)
      -  The cities of Babylon will be set on fire

The occupiers abandon her after a failed attempt at reconstruction (Jer 51:8-9)
      -  With the U.S. back in Iraq with military advisers and troops to protect "U.S. personnel" and interests, the scenario exists for an announced abandonment of Iraq as a failed attempt to "heal her"

"A horde of great peoples from the land of the north [the Medes] draw up their battle lines against her and take her captive" (Jer 50:9; 51:11,14,27,28)
      -  The Kurds, modern-day Medes, are growing more powerful economically and militarily in a stunning transformation; they will invade and defeat Iraq

"A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!" (Jer 50:10,37)
      -  The nation from the north will plunder Babylon's "treasures"

A major flood event devastates the land (Jer 51:42)
       -  The dams on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers are potentially dangerous, both in potential collapse or as targets of sabotage

"A drought on her waters, and they are dried up!" (Jer 50:38; 51:36)
      -  After the flood event, the rivers will be dried up, and the land will be unable to sustain life

"And it will never again be inhabited from generation to generation" (Jer 50:39)
     -  Because of the wars, flood, and perpetual drought, no one shall be able to live there ever again

Complete desolation.  This is the judgment of the LORD in the land of Babylon according to Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet, at the time Israel is back in its promised land.

Is the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy coming true in our time?  Are we witnessing prophecy being fulfilled? Will the cities of the "land of the Chaldeans" soon be burning?

Is Babylon burning, Jeremiah?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

France to join US in arming Kurds

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MME and agencies, Wednesday 13 August 2014

France has been pushing the European Union to meet for several days to coordinate a European response to the crisis in Iraq
Iraqi children from the Yazidi community wave to Kurdish Peshmerga forces near Dohuk after they fled their hometown which was attacked by Islamic State militants (AFP)

France will join the US in sending weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic militants in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday.

"In order to respond to the urgent need expressed by the Kurdistan regional authorities, the president has decided, in agreement with Baghdad, to deliver arms in the coming hours," Hollande's office said in a statement.


In a 13 August 2014 blog post found at The New Statesman on line, George Eaton asks the question, "Will the UK follow France and arm the Kurds?" READ THE POST...

Jeremiah saw the spirit of the kings of the Medes rise up so as to be capable of drawing up battle lines against the land of the Chaldeans, invade, defeat and plunder her treasures. The Kurds are the modern-day "Medes", and with the coalition of powers now arming them against the Islamic State militants, they may be on their way to becoming the "great nation out of the north" capable of such military achievement.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart ISIS offensive

The Guardian home
Monday 11 August 2014 | Spencer Ackerman in New York

Peshmerga Iraq
Several administrations have refrained from arming the peshmerga due to concerns about reprisals from Saddam Hussein and his successors. PHOTO: Anadolu Agency/Getty

The Obama administration has announced it will arm the militia forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, to prevent the fall of the final bastion of pro-US territory in Iraq.

The weaponry is said to be light arms and ammunition [...]

US officials say they are not currently considering providing Kurdish forces... with missiles, armored vehicles or helicopters. [...]

The idea of arming the Kurds has been the subject of weeks of internal deliberation and official silences by president Barack Obama's foreign policy advisers. It is a fateful step in Iraq's current crisis [...]

The danger is that arming the peshmerga will facilitate a permanent fragmentation of Iraq, something the Kurds consider a national aspiration [...]


Jeremiah prophesied the rise of the Medes -- modern-day Kurds -- into a great nation capable of attacking and defeating the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq. For the last ten years, this scenario seemed preposterous. Are we now seeing the military empowerment of Kurdistan, brought about by the nation with the most powerful military on earth?


Iraq arms Kurds against ISIS

 | by Missy Ryan  posted: 08/08/2014  updated: 08/09/2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to Peshmerga fighters from Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented act of military cooperation between Kurdish and Iraqi forces brought on by an acute militant threat.


Jeremiah foresaw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" -- a people group now known by the name "Kurd" -- so as to become a "great nation" to the "north" of the "land of the Chaldeans", capable of "draw(ing) up battle lines" against "Babylon", attacking her, defeating her army, and "plunder(ing) her treasures."

For centuries, if not millennia, the Kurds were an oppressed, poverty-striken people who did not even have a country to call their own. Only in the last decade, since the invasion of Iraq by the coalition of nations led by the United States, have the Kurds been able to build a nation-state. But since that time, an amazing transformation has taken place, with oil-wealth and a western mentality driving the progress and building of the Kurdistan region, an entity on the verge of independence.

Now Babylon -- Iraq itself -- is helping to arm the very nation that will one day, should Jeremiah's prophecy come true in out time, overwhelm and defeat her. Perhaps the Iraq of that time will not be run by al-Maliki, but by radical Islamic jihadists bent on attacking and destroying their neighbors, including Kurdistan.

Jeremiah saw the Medes rise as a great military power, capable of defeating the Chaldeans. Are we witnessing that rise now, in our time?  Will the Peshmerga become a formidable modern fighting army?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Archbishop Dawod calls on UK to open country's doors to Iraqi Christians

In an article at published Friday 8 August, 2014, authors Sam Jones and Owen Bowcott cite Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod of the Syriac Orthodox church in the UK as urging the UK government to "open the country's doors to those fleeing the violence" in Iraq, especially for Iraqi Christians, who are being targeted by ISIS terrorists.

"We are dying," he said. "The British government needs to help people and give them asylum. If they stay (there), they will be killed."

According to the article, his pleas were echoed by Patriarch Louis Sako, the Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, who said that about 100,000 Christians had abandoned their villages in the Nineveh plains earlier this week after ISIS launched mortar attacks.

"[It is] an exodus, a real via crucis (lit. 'Way of the the Cross' -- a lengthy and distressing procedure); Christians are walking on foot in Iraq's searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities... They are facing a human catastrophe..." said Sako in a statement to the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Patriarch Louis Sako
The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, Patriarch Louis Sako, says Iraqi Christians face a 'human catastrophe'

Save the Children described the speed of the displacement caused by the ISIS advance as unprecedented, adding that thousands of families had entered the Kurdistan region from Qaraqosh in the last 48 hours.

According to the charity, 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced in the past two months since the fighting began, placing the humanitarian relief effort under huge pressure.


Jeremiah wrote of this exodus: "There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon..." (Jer 50:28).

Jeremiah expressed a plea for the people of God -- certainly Jews explicitly, but by implicit extension Christians -- to "flee from the midst of Babylon" so as to save ones self from the coming destruction. It is good the leaders are calling for asylum for the Iraqi Christians, but Jeremiah had given ample notice as to when it would have been prudent to prepare and leave:

"'Come forth from her midst, My people, and each of you save yourselves from the fierce anger of the LORD. Now, so your heart does not grow faint, and (so) you (do not have to be) afraid at the report that will be heard in the land -- for the report [of the invasion] will come in one year, and after that another report [of invasion] will come in another year, and (after that) violence will be in the land with ruler against ruler -- therefore behold, days are coming when I will punish the idols (false gods) of Babylon, and her whole land will be put to shame and all her slain will fall in her midst... For the destroyers will come to her from the north,' declares the LORD," (Jer 51:45-48).

There was an invasion -- "violence in the land" -- in 1993.  But then the invasion was cut short, and the land allowed to remain unmolested for ten years. Then, in 2003, another invasion, and this one filled the whole land with "foreigners" who would break it and destroy things.

Now it is 2014, over ten years more, and destruction and violence is in the land. If the "people" of God haven't gotten out yet, they may have waited too long. It has been over 20 years since the first "report."

"You who have (barely) escaped the sword, 'DEPART! DO NOT STAY! Remember the LORD from afar..." (Jer 51:50).


'Vicar of Baghdad' Canon Andrew refuses to leave Iraq

In an article found at  August 7, 2014, originally published at the Huffington Post, Yasmine Hafiz writes that despite threats by ISIS terrorists to kill Christians, Anglican Canon Andrew White, also known as the "Vicar of Baghdad' according to the article, refuses to leave Iraq.

Canon Andrew White

In another article at, by ACNS staff, Canon White is quoted describing how he had baptized a boy several years ago who was found "cut in half" during an attack by Islamic State militants on the Christian town of Qaraqosh in Nineveh province.
"I'm almost in tears because I've just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half," White is quoted as saying in an interview with ACNS. "I baptised his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me -- he was called Andrew."
The Islamic State group captured Qaraqosh overnight Wednesday/Thursday after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces. The boy's family, along with many other townspeople, have now fled to Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, according to the article.
According to, Anglican leaders from countries including Egypt, Wales, Brazil and South Africa have all expressed their dismay at the situation unfolding in Iraq. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, issued a statement on the latest events:
"What we are seeing in Iraq violates brutally people's right to freedom of religion and belief, as set out under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.... The international community must document human rights abuses being committed in northern Iraq so that future prosecutions can take place... We must continue to cry to God for peace and justice and security throughout the world. Those suffering such appalling treatment in Iraq are especially in my prayers at this time."

Is Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51 simply missing from anglican bibles?
In my narrow, simple-minded brain, if there were a prophecy that explicitly mentioned the "land of the Chaldeans" as being invaded by a coalition of forces from the remote parts of the earth, as being captured by those forces, who are described as "without mercy," and then that happens in the land of the Chaldeans, and then if the prophecy goes on to say the king, called an "arrogant one", will be punished with no one to support him, and then the dictator, who is arrogant even in the face of capital charges, is hanged and the witnesses dance around his body mocking him, and I was actually living in the "land" that was filled with "Chaldeans", and I myself considered myself "Chaldean," and all of those things happened just as the prophecy declared, I myself, in my simple-minded thinking, might just think that there was at least a remote possibility that the prophecy was talking to me.

And if the prophecy declared in no uncertain terms, "FLEE FROM THE LAND OF BABYLON so that you are not caught up in the coming destruction", I myself might just consider that it would be a good time to "FLEE FROM BABLYON."

But that's just me. The good vicar of Baghdad, who says he's not going anywhere, obviously has a better, more reliable source of understanding than the old, dusty Hebrew scriptures.

Here, though, is what the apostle James had to say about teachers: "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment," (James 3:1).


Iraq: ISIS terrorists killing Christians, beheading children

An article at Friday, 08 August, 2014 by Dave Bohon asserts the "Islamic terrorist group ISIS continues its effort to eradicate the Christian faith in Iraq, as reports come out of the nation's besieged Nineveh province of wholesale executions of believers, including crucifixions and the beheadings of children."

Bohon writes that in July the terrorists overran Mosul, prompting families who had lived there for generations to "flee under threat of death."


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet called to the people of God to "flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her," (Jer 51:6).

Those who did not heed Jeremiah's call are now being caught in the destruction. Their leaders will be held accountable for not sounding the alarm. The book containing the explicit warning to that very people is sitting on their venerated pulpits, unopened, unread.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shock and terror: Islamic State boasts mass executions in Iraq [GRAPHIC]  July 30, 2014

Screenshot from Islamic State video
Screenshot from 36-minute IS video released for the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan 

As part of their psychological war to create a medieval-style caliphate, the Islamic State [IS] has released a new shocking video showing scenes of mass executions, warning Iraqi soldiers and others who dare to resist that they will be rounded up and killed.

Screenshot from Islamic State video
The video shows IS fighters sweeping through a town, standing over dozens of terrified Iraqis, and leading soldiers to a pit in the desert and murdering them one by one.

If the IS militants succeed in taking over Iraq from the Maliki government, the land of Babylon will be controlled by men who rule through terror, mayhem and murder, who hate the Zionist state of Israel with every fiber of their being.

The judgments of Jeremiah's prophecy leading to complete desolation of the land of the Chaldeans are brought upon Babylon as a vengeance for the sake of Israel.

"The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction. How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!... The LORD has opened his armory and has brought forth the weapons of his indignation, for it is a work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans...

"Pile her up like heaps and utterly destroy her. Let nothing be left to her. Put all her young bulls to the sword, let them go down to the slaughter! Woe be upon them, for their day has come, the time of their punishment... I will repay Babyon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil they have done in Zion before your eyes, " (Jer 50:22-27; 51:24).

Invasion, capture, punishment, burning, abandonment, war with the 'Medes', plundering, flood, drought, eventual desolation, an uninhabited wilderness, an object of horror among the nations.

Invasion, capture and punishment are completed. When the cities of Iraq start burning, the rest of the judgments are fated to be completed in their order.

In God's eyes, those Chaldeans left in Iraq as the judgments flood over them, deserve what they get. As this video documents, who can argue?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is it time for Rojava and Kurdistan region to unite?

Bashdar Pusho Ismaeel, writing July 27, 2014 from London for, the Kurdish online news outlet, asks the question, "Is it time for Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan] and Kurdistan region to unite against a common enemy?"

Ismaeel describes how the Kurdish People's Protectoin Units (YPG) in northeastern Syria have "engaged in furious battles against IS militiamen across the areas in Syria under Kurdish control", pointing out that the areas are "home to some of Syria's largest oil fields." But now the militants are returning to Syria with "significant booty from their Iraq conquests, including Humvees, tanks and artillery," along with millions of dollars in funds.

With the break out of civil war, Syria Kurds seized the opportunity to announce self-rule across three cantons. Almost immediately, the IS jihadists attacked the Kurds, and have continued the assaults. The victories in Iraq have allowed them to accelerate their attacks.

According to Ismaeel, "there could be no better time for the Kurds to unite and protect the Kurdish population in Syria and also preserve hard-fought Kurdish self-rule."  Ismaeel argues that if Rojava falls to IS, Erbil could be next.


The hebrew prophet Jeremiah predicted the rise of the Medes out of three regions, "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz", becoming a "horde of great nations" out of the north of "the land of the Chaldeans" which would "draw up battle lines" against the land of Babylon, and defeat and plunder her.

Minni and Ashkenaz, better translated Mannaeans and Adiabenes, comprise the regions of the Medes -- now known as the Kurds -- occupying lands associated with northern Iraq and western Iran. The Iraqi and Iranian Kurds have joined together to form the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. Ararat represents the area of eastern Turkey/northeastern Syria. In other words, Rojava, "the land of the sunset" -- western Kurdistan.

If the Syrian / eastern Turkish Kurds unite with the Iraqi/Iranian Kurds, the fulfillment of the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz" will have been accomplished, so as to set up the "land of the north", capable of doing battle with the Iraqis in a future conflict.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The last Christians in Iraq

Lela Gilbert of Fox News writes in an opinion piece published July 22, 2014 at that "frightened Iraqi Christians by the thousands" have fled their ancient Iraqi homeland over the weekend after the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group announced Friday afternoon that local Christians must either "convert to Islam, pay an exorbitant Muslim tax or leave the city."

If they did not comply by noon on Saturday, July 19, there would be "nothing for them but the sword" according to Gilbert's quote of the announcement.

Gilbert writes: "Most of the Nineveh Plain's Christians... had already fled to Erbil and other destinations in Kurdistan before ISIS's recent declaration... now the rest of the refugees -- many of the last Christians in Iraq -- have joined them."

"Many Christians interviewed expressed a sense of utter abandonment and desolation," Gilbert writes, in quoting a report from the New York Times. "They remarked that the sound of church bells mingled with the Muslim calls to prayer... 'would likely never be heard again.'"


How prophetically-fulfilling can one article get? Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the land of Babylon -- modern-day Iraq -- calls on the people of God to "flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her... (She) will be desolate forever," (Jer 51:6,26).

Almost exactly seven years ago, on July 27, 2007, it was reported in Time magazine that the "last eight Jews of Baghdad" remained in desperate conditions, after hundreds of thousands of Jews left Iraq beginning in 1948, with the founding of Israel. In November 2011, even those last "seven remaining Jews in Baghdad" were in "immediate danger" according to an article at the UK's Daily Mail, as they had been named by WikiLeaks.

And so Jeremiah foretold this event: "'In those days and at that time... the sons of Israel will come... They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten... Wander away from the midst of Babylon and go forth from the land of the Chaldeans... For behold, I am going to arouse and bring up against Babylon a horde of great nations from the land of the north, and they will draw up their battle lines against her... Chaldea will become plunder; all who plunder her will have enough,' declares the LORD," (Jer 50:4-10).


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

European Parliament gives tacit nod to Kurdish independence

In an article found at on Kurdish and Kurdistan news by Deniz Serinci, published 17/7/2014, dateline COPENHAGEN, Denmark, the author reports that the "European Parliament gave a tacit nod to Kurdish aspirations of independence on Thursday, when for the first time its motion over the Iraq conflict did not stipulate that the country must stay together."

In the past, resolutions by the EU MPs had always stressed that Iraq's "unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity" were essential for stability in the region.

Serinci's article asserts that the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates "are among states that have assured (Kurdistan Regional Government) officials they would show understanding, should Kurdistan declare independence."

British MP Nadhim Zahawi, according to the article, believes that, since the fall of Mosul and about a third of Iraq to jihadi-led insurgents, Kurds "now occupy a new world, and 'there is no going back.'"


Jeremiah's prophecy foresees a time when the Medes, who are now known as the Kurds of Kurdistan, would rise again as "a great nation" north of the land of the Chaldeans -- modern-day Iraq -- and "draw up their battle lines" against the land of Babylon, and defeat her army and plunder her "treasures."

With Kurdish independence looking more and more like a real possibility, the stage may be set for this next great judgment to occur on the land of Babylon.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Revisiting Kurdistan: 'If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here'

Luke Harding, war correspondent for The Guardian, filed a report 16 July 2014, posted at , detailing the differences he found in a recent visit to Iraq Kurdistan from his last visit in 2003, eleven years ago, just before the US invasion of Iraq.

According to the report, he "finds a self-confident region transformed by oil money."  As Harding writes, "(Kurdistan's) capital, Irbil, is a haven of religious tolerance and relative safety... If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here... What has transformed Kurdistan's fortunes is oil."
New housing in Irbil, 2013
The face of modern Irbil: luxury modern housing developments are transforming the city. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Passion of Kurdish independence expressed in Helly Luv music video

If you want a glimpse of just how passionate the Kurdish people are about establishing and fighting for their independence, take a look at Kurdish electronic pop artist Helly Luv's music video "Risk it All", posted at youtube:

Although Luv works out of Los Angeles, the video, viewed over 2.5 million times [now 3 million 7-29-14] since its February 2014 release on youtube, was filmed in Irbil, Kurdistan, and reflects, as Luv puts it, "(a) message... that, Kurdish people, we need to risk everything for our dreams and fight for our country."

READ MORE HERE at Radio Free Europe...

Iraqi-born Luv, 25, says she will not be intimidated by death threats from Islamist militants because of her video, but says she will "risk it all" to help push for an independent Kurdistan, according to a Reuters news report found at the Turkish news site .


Kurdistan's female fighters

The BBC published a story 15 July 2014 at describing how the Kurdish Peshmerga security forces have within their ranks elite units of highly trained female fighters.

At a military facility on the outskirts of Sulaimaniya, BBC reporter Shaimaa Khalil met with members of one of these all-female units, as they prepared to go to the frontline of a simmering conflict with Muslim jihadist terrorists from the Islamic State (IS) insurrection in Iraq and Syria.

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Sulaimaniya (July 2014)
The Peshmerga say they are determined to protect Kurdistan and the Kurdish people
The unit commander, Col Nahida Ahmed Rashid, told Khalil the unit was formed in 1996 to "fight loyalists of former President Saddam Hussein", and is made up of several hundred fighters, all volunteers.

"They've been trained with SWAT teams and with the special forces. Some have already fought alongside their male colleagues on the frontline and I'm sending others to Kirkuk soon," Khalil quoted Col Rashid as saying.

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Sulaimaniya (July 2014)
The women will be part of a mission to secure the city of Kirkuk and its surrounding oil fields
"They've taken up arms and gone to battle to protect Kurdistan, but also to say that there's no difference between men and women," Col Rashid says.


Looks like the Kurds are serious about defending their homeland. My guess is any Iraqi soldiers or IS rebels who take on these Peshmerga fighters will be running into the teeth of the tiger.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Is a new day dawning in Iraqi Kurdistan?

Voice of America writer Jeffrey Young reports from IRBIL July 14, 2014 on the amazing transformation of Iraqi Kurdistan since his last visits to the region in 1991, 2004 and 2005. Young writes of the capital city Irbil: "The difference between then and now is astonishing -- a transformation one could not believe a decade ago.  The rough-hewn city of ages past is being overtaken by the glint of glass and bright stainless reaching skyward. It's everywhere one looks."

Young concludes his brief travelogue with this observation: "Atop the city stands the Citadel, a fortress perhaps 4,000 years old. And atop that edifice flies a huge Kurdistan flag, its sun radiating both the warmth of the people here, and their aspirations for a day when the flag will rise above a state of its own."


If Young is correct, that one day soon the Kurds will declare their sovereignty over a nation of their own, the stage will be set for Jeremiah's prophecy to come true in our time: the re-birth of the nation of the "Medes", and their ascendancy over and defeat of the Chaldeans, the modern-day Iraqis.

But first the fires burning the cities of Babylon, and then the abandonment of the pitiful land of the Chaldeans by the occupying reconstructionists in admitted failure to "heal her."  Jeremiah, is Babylon burning yet?


Kurds hope oil boom will fuel prosperous independent future  Luke Harding and Fazel Hawramy in Irbil
The Guardian, Monday 14 July 2014
Kirkuk oil field
The Kirkuk oil fields. Last month Kurdish fighters moved into the predominantly Kurdish city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and other disputed territories, saying they were defending them from Isis. Photograph: Ed Kashi/ Ed Kashi/Corbis

Inside the lobby of Kurdistan's parliament, flanked by guards in traditional baggy trousers, is a giant portrait of Mustafa Barzani. The Barzanis have been fighting for Kurdish independence since the 1880s. They battled the Ottomans, the British and Baghdad. In a colourful life, including exile in Iran and the Soviet Union, Barzani tried to establish a Kurdish state. He died in 1979, in the US. Now, it seems, his moment has finally arrived.
On one floor, technocrats are discussing how to manage Kurdistan's enormous oil wealth. On another, the referendum announced last week by Barzani's son, Massoud, the current president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who asked the parliament to set up a new election commission. The vote – to be held later this year or early next – will determine whether disputed regions taken last month by Kurdish troops should join Kurdistan, and sets the stage for Kurdistan's exit from a crumbling federal Iraq.
"A greater Kurdistan is the dream of every Kurd. But for now we want to set up a state in this country," said Dr Farsat Sofi, an MP from Barzani's dynastic Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). He added: "We never wanted to be in Iraq in the first place. It's been forced upon us." Sofi said the door was closing on agreement with Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister in Baghdad, and his Shia-dominated government. "If he continues like this we will use this right to self-determination," he said.

"Kurdistan's enormous oil wealth."  There was a time when Kurds we're hiding in caves from Saddam Hussein's chemical attacks, scratching out a meager existence. Now they are on the verge of having not only their own country, but one poised to be a major player in the world oil economy.

Wealth. Power. Just the ingredients needed for Jeremiah's prophecy of the "nations" of the "Medes" to come true here in our time.


Get ready for Kurdish independence

The New York Times | The Opinion Pages | by ZALMAY KHALILZAD | July 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- In the coming weeks, Iraq's leaders must make existential decisions. If they cannot form a unity government led by a new prime minister and motivate Sunni moderates and tribes to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Iraq is likely to disintegrate.

If the central government fails to grant satisfactory concessions to Sunnis and Kurds, the Kurds will push for sovereignty and independence. The Kurds are serious, and the international community must adapt to this emerging reality.


The author of this op-ed piece, Zalmay Khalilzad, is the president of Gryphon Partners, and was the United States ambassador to Iraq from 2005 to 2007. He had worked closely with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, of whom he said, "I know that he will stubbornly resist attempts to replace him." This is why Khalilzad is leaning towards an independent Kurdistan, and recommends the U.S. strengthen its ties with this soon to be sovereign entity, which will "serve American interests down the road."

This emerging independent Kurdistan would fulfill the role of the nation of the "Medes" in Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon, as the Kurds are able to claim direct descent from the Medes.

Khalilzad's article is full of first person insight, and explains the relationship and cause of fracture between the Kurds and the current Iraqi government. It is worth a read.


Iraqi Kurdistan oil output jumps 50% in June

The Wall Street Journal  by SARAH KENT  Jul 11, 2014
The IEA says Iraqi Kurdistan is pumping around 120,000 barrels a day to the Turkish port of Ceyhan via a pipeline. Here, a worker performs checks at the Turkish oil port. Reuters

Oil production from the Kurdistan region of Iraq increased by more than 50% last month, despite violence in the country’s north and as logistical problems at the port of Basra cut exports from the south.
The shifting nature of Iraq’s oil sector reflects political developments in the country. In a bid to gain greater independence, the Kurdistan Regional Government has taken advantage of its relative stability to increase oil exports in the past two months, infuriating Baghdad which claims sovereignty over the country’s natural resources.


Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet saw the nations of the "Medes" - today the people known as Kurds - rising up as a great nation capable of battling and defeating the armies of the Chaldeans, today's Iraqis.

When this blog was begun in 2006, it seemed impossible that the beaten down and victimized Kurds could ever be in a position to attack and defeat the new Iraqi army trained and supplied by the Americans. Yet here today in 2014, we see the Iraqi forces fleeing from ISIS rebels without even engaging them, and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces re-capturing oil fields and Kurdish-populated towns with little resistance.

And now the Kurds control their own oil production, export and revenues from the sale of Kurdish oil, with production skyrocketing.

The Kurds are developing into what Forbes calls a formidable "oil power." It no longer seems so improbable that they could not only defend themselves against Iraqi attack, but could one day overwhelm, defeat and plunder the "land of Babylon", just as Jeremiah prophesied 2,600 years ago.