US hopeful as al-Maliki steps down
In an article at FoxNews.com published today, August 15, 2014, Fox News reporters say there is "relief in Iraq and among Western leaders... as a new prime minister-designate vowed to unite the Iraqi people, and fight corruption and Sunni militants who have overrun large parts of the country."
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he would not seek a third term, making room for new leader Haider al-Abadi. The decision gives hope to U.S. officials that Iraq will now be able to move towards a more united front against Islamic State extremists, who have conquered about a quarter of the country.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is quoted in the article as saying the move "sets the stage for a historic and peaceful transition of power in Iraq."
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I am skeptical of the optimism expressed by Kerry. So far, every major event that has occurred in Iraq since the original 1993 Gulf War invasion by U.S. forces has coincided with the sequential judgments on the "land of Babylon" decreed by the prophet Jeremiah in chapters 50 and 51 of his book in the Hebrew bible.
The judgments and decrees fulfilled thus far:
The judgments come when Israel has been "(brought) back to his pasture" (Jer 50:19)
- Israel became a nation once again in 1948 after almost 1,900 years of exile
The "report" of coming "violence" will come in one year, and then another report in another year, and then "violence will be in the land" (Jer 51:46)
- The first Gulf War did not result in invasion of Iraq itself, but then ten years later, the second Gulf War resulted in invasion of the land of Iraq itself
An "outcry is heard among the nations" at the shout "Babylon to be seized!" (Jer 50:46)
- The largest expression ever seen of mass anti-war protest against the announcement of the intent to invade Iraq breaks out world-wide
Invasion by "a great nation and many kings" (Jer 50:41)
- US-led invasion by the "Coalition of the Willing"
The "mighty men of Babylon" cease fighting and hide (Jer 51:30)
- Saddam's armies gave little resistance and many of them threw down their weapons and melted into the civilian population
The invaders are cruel and have no mercy (Jer 50:42)
- Abu Graib tortures
The king of Babylon has heard the report of them and distress grips him (Jer 50:43; 51:31)
- Saddam Hussein cried when he was told Baghdad was captured
Capture of the whole land (Jer 50:24; 51:41)
- The invasion results in a complete capture of the whole nation, culminating in the capture of dictator Saddam Hussein
The "noise of battle in the land" and "great destruction" (Jer 50:22)
- Critics say the U.S.-led invasion "destroyed" Iraq
Punishment of the "Arrogant One" with no one to support him (Jer 50:32)
- The execution of the "arrogant" Saddam Hussein while witnesses deride and mock him
There is a sound of fugitives and refugees in the land (Jer 50:28)
- Mass exodus of refugees continuing even to this day
"I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon to devastate her land" (Jer 51:2)
- Islamic State militants are wrecking havoc and destruction all over Iraq
There is a call to God's "people" to come out of her (Jer 51:45)
- Jews have all left Iraq, and now Christians are fleeing Iraq in droves in the face of militant Islamic jihadist threats
JEREMIAH'S JUDGMENTS YET TO COME --
"I will set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs" (Jer 50:32; 51:58)
- The cities of Babylon will be set on fire
The occupiers abandon her after a failed attempt at reconstruction (Jer 51:8-9)
- With the U.S. back in Iraq with military advisers and troops to protect "U.S. personnel" and interests, the scenario exists for an announced abandonment of Iraq as a failed attempt to "heal her"
"A horde of great peoples from the land of the north [the Medes] draw up their battle lines against her and take her captive" (Jer 50:9; 51:11,14,27,28)
- The Kurds, modern-day Medes, are growing more powerful economically and militarily in a stunning transformation; they will invade and defeat Iraq
"A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!" (Jer 50:10,37)
- The nation from the north will plunder Babylon's "treasures"
A major flood event devastates the land (Jer 51:42)
- The dams on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers are potentially dangerous, both in potential collapse or as targets of sabotage
"A drought on her waters, and they are dried up!" (Jer 50:38; 51:36)
- After the flood event, the rivers will be dried up, and the land will be unable to sustain life
"And it will never again be inhabited from generation to generation" (Jer 50:39)
- Because of the wars, flood, and perpetual drought, no one shall be able to live there ever again
Complete desolation. This is the judgment of the LORD in the land of Babylon according to Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet, at the time Israel is back in its promised land.
Is the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy coming true in our time? Are we witnessing prophecy being fulfilled? Will the cities of the "land of the Chaldeans" soon be burning?
Is Babylon burning, Jeremiah?