Following Saddam Hussein's conviction Sunday, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mouri Maliki, has told the BBC's John Simpson, "I expect the execution to happen before the end of this year." Read the BBC article here.
There is an automatic appeal to the death sentence, to be conducted by a panel of nine judges, and Hussein remains on trial for the deaths of 180,000 Kurds killed in the genocidal gassing of the northern Iraqi province of Anfal. As the article relates, it is unclear whether authorities will wait until the second trial is complete before they execute him for the first conviction. If the first death sentence is upheld on appeal, the execution must be carried out within 30 days.
If Jeremiah's prophecy of Iraqi cities being set on fire is timed to coincide with the "time of the punishment" of the "arrogant one" as Jeremiah 50:31-32 suggests, and if Saddam is indeed that "arrogant one," and if he indeed is executed before "the end of the year" as Maliki expects, then we could possibly see the conflagrations before Christmas.
And the nations will become exhausted for the fire.
Labels: Judgment 3 - Punishment