Salam Faraj and Nafia Abduljabbar
January 12, 2013 3:23AM
THOUSANDS of Sunni Muslims have taken to the streets of Baghdad and other parts of Iraq to decry the alleged targeting of their minority, in rallies hardening opposition to the country's Shi'ite leader.
Friday's protests have worsened a political crisis, pitting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against his erstwhile government partners, with the premier facing accusations of authoritarianism and sectarianism ahead of key provincial polls.
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Nine judgments are to fall upon Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans: 1) Invasion, 2) Capture, 3) Punishment of the Arrogant One, 4) Burning of the cities, 5) Abandonment by the nations, 6) Civil War with and defeat by the Medes, 7) Plunder, 8) Flood, and 9) Drought, leading to complete desolation.
Jeremiah the hebrew prophet wrote that the cities of the land of Chaldea would be set on fire as the fourth judgment on Babylon -- "I shall set fire to (the arrogant one's) cities, and it will devour all his environs... (The land of the Chaldeans') high gates [i.e., city centers] will be set on fire; so the peoples will (have) toil(ed) for nothing, and the nations become exhausted (because of the) fire," (Jer 50:32, 51:58).
Will the present turmoil lead to the burning? the first three judgments have fallen upon the land of the Chaldeans, and have been accomplished in exact detail to the predictions of Jeremiah. Will the fourth also occur in literal fulfillment? Will these "rallies" ignite the flames of the fourth judgment?