Monday, November 06, 2006

I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs

Some of Jeremiah's sequential prophetic events have already happened, while others are yet to occur. Here is one that has not really happened on a scale that warrants a claim "it is fulfilled," and so it remains a future punishment: "I am against you, O arrogant one... For your day has come, the time when I shall punish you. And the arrogant one will stumble and fall with no one to raise him up; and I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs" (Jer. 50:31-32).

If the "arrogant one" is Saddam Hussein, he has certainly stumbled and fallen, and with his conviction yesterday, there certainly doesn't seem to be anyone able to rescue him. Perhaps if he is finally executed -- the "time (of his) punish(ment)" -- the rest of that decree will transpire at that time. Just speculation on my part as to timing, and as to whether Saddam will indeed be hanged; Jeremiah doesn't specifically say, although there seems to be a link between the "time when (God) shall punish" the "arrogant one" and the burning of the cities.

What is known with certainty is this: Iraq's cities will burn.

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