Thursday, November 09, 2006

Time for review

Have you seen these prophecies about Iraq in Jeremiah 50 - 51?

So far fulfilled:

1. “Be afraid at the report that will be heard in the land — for the report will come one year, and after that another report in another year, and violence will be in the land...”

The first Gulf War, with a pull back, and then preparations for a second Gulf War.

2. “A great nation and many kings will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth. They seize their bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy... Marshalled like a man for battle against you, O daughter of Babylon.”

The U.S.-led coalition forces preparing for invasion.

3. “Summon many against Babylon, all those who bend the bow; encamp against her on every side... Her young men will fall in her streets, and all her men of war will be silenced in that day.”

The advancing of the U.S.-led forces over the Iraqi army.

4. “Surely I will fill you with a population like locusts, and the will cry out with shouts of victory over you.”

The quick victory of the U.S.-led forces over the Iraqi army.

5. “Tell the king of Babylon that his city has been captured from end to end; the fords have been seized and they have burned the marshes with fire, and the men of war are terrified.”

The Iraqi army setting fire to oil wells in retreat and the fall of Baghdad.

6. “The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, and his hands hang limp; distress has gripped him, agony like a woman in childbirth.”

Hussein’s second wife, Samira Shahbandar, told the Sunday London Times that after the fall of Baghdad, Saddam “came to me very depressed and sad. He took me to the next room and cried.”

7. “At the shout, ‘Babylon has been seized!’ the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations.”

Huge protests break out all over the world protesting the invasion of Iraq.

8. “There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon.”

The UN has claimed 100,000 are fleeing Iraq every month.

Yet to be fulfilled:

9. “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...”

Saddam will be punished.

10. “... And I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs.”

The cities of Iraq will be set on fire.

11. “Her high gates will be set on fire; so the peoples will toil for nothing. And the nations become exhausted for fire.”

With the cities burning, the nations will be tired of the occupation and reconstruction efforts.

12. “Suddenly 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...”

The infrastructure and political reconstruction efforts will be viewed as failures.

13. “...Forsake her and let us each go to his own country.”

The call will come for the coalition forces to be withdrawn, and they will leave.

14. “Behold, I am going to arouse and bring up against Babylon a horde of great nations from the land of the north...”

The outside threat against Iraq is not over...

15. “Summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz... the kings of the Medes, their governors and all their prefects, every land of their dominion... The LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes...”

The Medes are the modern-day Kurds...

16. “They will draw up their battle lines against her; from there she will be taken captive. Their arrows will be like an expert warrior who does not return empty handed...”

The Kurds will defeat the Iraqi army...

17. “A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!... And Chaldea will become plunder; all who plunder her will have enough.”

...The Kurds will plunder Iraq’s treasures (oil?).

18. “The ‘sea’ has come up over Babylon; she has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves...”

The Euphrates will overflow its banks and cover the cities of Iraq with a devastating flood...

19. “A drought on her waters, and they will be dried up!... I shall dry up her ‘sea’ and make her fountain dry.”

Then the rivers flowing into Iraq will dry up.

20. “Her cities have become an object of horror, a parched land and a desert...”

Desertification takes over...

21. “... A land in which no man lives, and through which no son of man passes... Therefore the desert creatures will live there along with the jackals... And it will never again be inhabited or dwelt in from generation to generation... It will be a perpetual desolation.”

That’s pretty clear all by itself.

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