Sunday, November 12, 2006

An outcry is heard among the nations

Jeremiah 50:46 is translated from the Hebrew into English in the New American Standard Bible as, "At the shout, 'Babylon has been seized!' the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations." In the NIV, it is translated, "At the sound of Babylon's capture the earth will tremble; its cry will resound among the nations."

The original Hebrew is broad enough to also allow this reading in modern English: "At the threat, 'Babylon to be taken,' the earth will tremble and an outcry among the nations will be heard."

That more precisely reflects the actual fulfillment of Jeremiah's words, since we read this in the mainstream media from the weeks just prior to the U.S.-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq:

From the BBC News, Monday, February 17, 2003: "Millions join global anti-war protests".

Here is that article's count of protesters for that weekend of worldwide anti-war demonstrations that was estimated at between six and 10 million people in up to 60 countries:


San Francisco, USA -- 250,000
London, UK -- 750,000
Barcelona, Spain -- 1.3 million
Seville, Spain -- 200,000
Madrid, Spain -- 600,000
Rome, Italy -- 3 million
Australia -- 500,000
New York, USA -- 100,000
Calcutta, India -- 10,000

Smaller protests also took place in many other countries around the world.

The Guardian Unlimited reported the coming protests this way: "Up to 10 million people on five continents are expected to demonstrate against the probable war in Iraq on Saturday, in some of the largest peace marches ever known."

That day of protests even has its own Wikipedia article, titled, "February 15, 2003 anti-war protest". The article begins, "The February 15, 2003 anti-war protest was a co-ordinated day of protests across the world against the imminent invasion of Iraq."

The web site of the Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace (CCMEP) has a very comprehensive photo album of protests against war in Iraq that occurred all around the world, not only on February 15th, 2003, but also October 26th-27th, 2002, November 6th, 9th and 30th, 2002, December 2nd, 6th, 10th and 19th, 2002, January 11th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 27th, 2003, February 3rd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 21st, 2003, March 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28th, 2003, April 9th, 10th, 12th and 16th, 2003, September 10th, 21st and 27th, 2003, October 23rd and 25th, 2003, November 19th, 2003, January 21st, 2004, February 19th, 2004, March 14th and 20th, 2004, April 8th, 2004, April 19th, 2004, August 26th and 29th, 2004, September 1st, 2004, and March 19th, 2005.

Here are a few select pictures from the CCMEP site:

1 million+ march in London, UK, February 15, 2003

200,000 protesters in San Francisco on February 16, 2003

1.5 million+ protest in Rome, Italy, February 15th, 2003



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