I've been waiting for the cities of Iraq to burn, as that is the next judgment event according to the prophecy of Jeremiah 50-51, just as I had waited for Saddam to be found (which he was), and then as I waited for Saddam to be executed (which he was, fulfilling Jeremiah 50:31-32). But while we wait, the news headlines continue to herald the probabilities of the coming events.
One most dramatic event yet to occur -- after the burning of the cities, the abandonment of Iraq by the coalition and the defeat of the Iraqi military by the Kurds -- is a flood down the Euphrates River (Jeremiah 51:42). In fact, this flood is the pivotal event that decimates the population and creates the desertification that leads to the final proclamation against the land of Babylon that she is finally and forever a "perpetual desolation" with "nothing dwelling in it, whether man or beast" (Jeremiah 51:62).
What could cause such a destructive flood event? Well, as one possibility, according to a washingtonpost.com article from October 29, 2007, "the largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water". This failure, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, could lead to as many as half a million deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet.
While the Mosul dam is on the Tigris, the Tigris obviously joins the Euphrates upstream from Baghdad [through a vast network of canals and reservoirs -- updated 7/14/2009]. And there are also dams on the Euphrates, all the way up into Turkey, the largest being the Ataturk Dam. If any of those should fail at the same time the Mosul dam collapses, the catastrophe downstream would be one of biblical proportions.
Labels: Judgment 8 - Flood