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      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 Abraham’s physical and spiritual journey
      commenced.


      With so many biblical links and connotations to the
      past, contemporary events also raise the question: Do
      biblical prophecies foretell Iraq’s 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 women’s rights. A
      core issue that divides the three main
      religious/political/ethnic groups is the extent of
      autonomy that each will have—the 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
      issues?


      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 land’s past, some
      biblical references to the land’s future seem
      relevant, too.

      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,
      Revelation’s 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
      for Rome.


      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 today’s Iraq. And if so, what
      Revelation prophesied becomes both intriguing and
      relevant.

      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 Iraq’s main “delicacy”—oil—and 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.”
      (Revelation 18:15–18.)


      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
      conclusion.


      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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