Do Prophecies Fortell Iraq's Future?
Do Prophecies Fortell Iraq's Future?
by Zecharia Sitchin
FATE Magazine - October 2005
The warfare and daily carnage in Iraq have commanded a
unique historical, cultural, and religious interest
because the land between the Euphrates and Tigris
rivers of Mesopotamia is where civilization began some
6,000 years ago; it was there, in ancient Sumer, that
the Garden of Eden was located, where the Tower of
Babylon (Babel) was built to reach the heavens, and
where Abrahams physical and spiritual journey
With so many biblical links and connotations to the
past, contemporary events also raise the question: Do
biblical prophecies foretell Iraqs future?
Breaking Apart to Repeat History?
The conflicted debate concerning the constitution of a
post-Saddam Iraq involves a host of issues, including
democracy, religious freedom, and womens rights. A
core issue that divides the three main
religious/political/ethnic groups is the extent of
autonomy that each will havethe majority Shiites in
the south, the ethnically distinct Kurds in the north
(both in oil-producing regions), and the minority
Sunnis in the central region (which includes Baghdad
but no oil). The concern is that the greater the
autonomy, the greater the chances that Iraq will break
up into three parts.
Whether such an outcome is desirable or need be
prevented at all costs can be argued pro and con. The
arguments should not ignore the fact that Iraq is an
artificial entity, created after World War I by
Britain and France when they divided the remnants of
the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. How far back in history
should one go in untangling such ethnic/religious
Saddam Hussein saw himself as a reincarnation of the
famed Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar and envisioned
Iraq as a great New Babylon. The Shiites of southern
Iraq intend to call their autonomous region or
independent state Sumer.
With such strong cognizance of the lands past, some
biblical references to the lands future seem
The Biblical Prophecies
The Old Testament prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and
Ezekiel predicted the sacking of Jerusalem and its
Temple by Nebuchadnezzar, as well as the subsequent
downfall and destruction of Babylon. These prophecies
came true in 586 B.C. and 539 B.C., respectively.
In the New Testament, Babylon and its fate are the
main subject of three chapters in the Book of
Revelation (The Apocalypse of St. John). Those
prophecies of wrath against Babylon pose a problem for
biblical scholars and theologians: the city of Babylon
had been in ruins for centuries when Revelation was
written, having been forsaken long ago.
Though there is uncertainty and debate regarding the
identity of the author and the exact date of writing,
Revelations address to of the seven early Christian
churches clearly puts it in the first century A.D.
Most scholars therefore believe that the book was
composed after the persecution of Christians by the
Romans had begun, and that Babylon was a code word
But if one believes that Revelation is indeed a book
of prophecies, and that it says what it means and
means what it says, then Babylon of the future must
be a code word for todays Iraq. And if so, what
Revelation prophesied becomes both intriguing and
Merchants of Evil
The future fall of Babylon, according to Revelation,
will follow and will be hastened by a period of
harlotry, during which merchants of the Earth have
committed fornication with her and waxed rich through
the abundance of her delicacies. (Revelation 18:2.)
Applying this to current events, one can easily find
here an allusion to Iraqs main delicacyoiland the
parallel to the Oil for Food program of the United
Nations through which merchants of the Earth,
committing ethical and business adultery, enriched
themselves while providing the Iraqi dictator with
funds to stay in power and commit more atrocities.
But when the judgments were pronounced upon Babylon,
those beneficiaries of the illicit trade abandoned her
and stood aside when the destruction began:
The merchants of these things, who were made rich by
her, shall stand far off for fear of her torment,
weeping and wailing, and saying: Alas, alas that great
city that was clothed in fine linen and purple, and
scarlet, and decked with gold. For in one hour so
great riches is come to naught; And every shipmaster,
and all the company in ships, and as many as trade by
sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke
and her burning, saying: Alas, alas that great
city for in one hour is she made desolate.
These ancient verses could read as an eyewitness
report of the aerial bombing of Baghdad.
The Breakup into Three Parts
Once the destruction of Babylon was so swiftly carried
out, the seventh angel poured out his vial into the
air, and there came a great voice out of the Temple of
Heaven, from the throne, saying: IT IS DONE.
And the great city was divided into three parts. And
great Babylon came in remembrance before God to give
unto her the cup of wine of the fierceness of his
wrath. (Revelation 16:17, 19.)
In these chapters of prophecy, the fate of Babylon
is linked to and is part of the events that shall come
to a climax with the final battle of Armageddon. The
New Testament makes clear (Revelation 16:16) that the
term is a place name in the Hebrew tongue
referencing Har-Megiddo, Mount Megiddo, which is part
of the Carmel range in Israel.
As events in Iraq unfold, we will see whether they
will follow the prophetic script to its cataclysmic
Zecharia Sitchin, born in Russia and raised in
Palestine, is a noted archaeological scholar and
author. His latest book is The Earth Chronicles
Expeditions: Journeys to the Mythical Past.
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