The Bible warns of a coming judgment upon Babylon (modern Iraq) and says Iraq (Babylon) will rise again as a great "global economic" and "global religion" center ... and then will be utterly destroyed and left uninhabitable.
In the Old Testament (Tanakh), great prophecies against Iraq (Babylon) are found in the books of Isaiah 13:1-22 and Jeremiah 51:1-64 ... and also in Zechariah 5:1-11 (where Babylon is called by its ancient name "Shinar".) In the New Testament we find a fearful prophecy against "Mystery Babylon" in the book of Revelation chapters 17-18 (in the Bible a "mystery" is something that had not yet been revealed in Scripture.)
The Bible warns the prophecies against Iraq (Babylon) will be fulfilled in 3 Phases . . .
PHASE 1: Iraq (Babylon) would be invaded and conquered by a coalition of many nations led by a nation and leader from "a far country"... "the end of heaven" (the opposite side of the Earth) ... This Bible prophecy does not describe the Persian (and Medes) invasion of Babylon when Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon in 539 BC (the Persians diverted the Euphrates river and entered Babylon through the river bed gates on the night of October 12 without damaging the city ... many of the citizens did not even know they had been conquered for several days) ...
But, this Bible prophecy does (very accurately and remarkably) describe the Gulf War I + Gulf War II invasions of Iraq (Babylon) ... and remember, Saddam Hussein even described himself as the new Nebuchadnezzar (the famous ruler of ancient Babylon) ...
PHASE 2: Iraq (Babylon) will then rise to become the great economic and religious center of the world ... filled with evil and wickedness ... The "Woman" of Revelation 17:1-18 and Zechariah 5:1-11 ... "The Woman who rides the Beast"... "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" ... is the coming evil and powerful religious system which will rise along with a powerful and evil "centralized" political-economic system under the leadership of the coming Antichrist (a powerful and popular world leader who will rise ... a Satanic empowered counterfeit Messiah.) The Bible warns at the time of the coming Antichrist and just before Armageddon, Iraq (Babylon) will become the economic and religious heart of the world. The coming Antichrist (who will rise in power over 10 nations which we are told were all once part of the ancient Roman Empire) will shift the center of the coming "global economic" system and the center of the coming enforced "global religion" ("the Mother of Harlots" ... "The Abominations of the Earth" ... study Revelation 17:1-18 and Zechariah 5:1-11) to Iraq (Babylon) under his control and under the control of his powerful "religious" partner ..."the Second Beast" of Revelation 13:11-12.)
As a note, it now appears the world is busily preparing the way for this Phase 2 . . .
PHASE 3: Southern Iraq (Babylon) will be utterly destroyed ... left uninhabitable ... forever! The Bible warns Iraq (Babylon) ..."Shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah" ... "it shall never be inhabited" ... "neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation" ... "Babylon will become a heap of rubble" ... "haunted by jackals" ... "it will be an object of horror and contempt" ... "without a single person living there."
Note: This will take place at the time of the coming "Apocalypse" and Armageddon.
From the book of Revelation (the "Apocalypse") . . .
"After these things (after the rise of the Antichrist, the global economic system, and global religion ...)
I saw another angel coming down from Heaven,
having great authority,
and the Earth was illuminated with his glory.
And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying,
"Babylon the great is fallen,
is fallen and has become a dwelling place of demons,
a prison for every foul spirit,
and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
For all the nations have drunk
of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
the kings of the Earth have committed fornication with her,
and the merchants of the Earth have become rich
through the abundance of her luxury."
"Therefore her plagues will come in one day --
death and mourning and famine.
And she will be utterly burned with fire,
for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
The kings of the Earth who committed fornication
and lived luxuriously with her
will weep and lament for her,
when they see the smoke of her burning,
standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying,
'Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city!
For in one hour your judgment has come.'
And the merchants of the Earth will weep and mourn over her,
for no one buys their merchandise anymore:
merchandise of gold and silver,
precious stones and pearls,
fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet ..."
Prophecies of Iraq (Babylon) From Isaiah and Jeremiah . . .
Isaiah 13:1-22 . . . The Burden Against Babylon (Iraq)
This prophecy was written by the prophet Isaiah around 700 BC, over 2,700 years ago. A complete scroll of the book of Isaiah was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls (over 2,100 years old) and is now on full public display in its entirety (including these passages), in a glass case in Israel, for all to see. Also, for those of you who may have any doubts about Babylon (ancient name) and Iraq (modern name) being synonymous, simply go to Babylon News, the official web news-site of Iraq, which is currently run (now was run) by Saddam Hussein's son, Uday Hussein . . .
Although Babylon (southern Iraq) was conquered by the Medes and the Persians in ancient times, it was conquered in such a way it was never destroyed ... in fact, in the past the great city of Babylon was spared (and used ) by its conquerors, including both Persia and Greece. Today, Saddam Hussein (and now others since Saddam Hussein was toppled and executed) have spent hundreds of millions of dollars restoring the ancient city of Babylon, including the palace where the prophet Daniel served and interpreted the "handwriting on the wall" the night before the Persians conquered the city (by sneaking in quietly under the river gates.)
So, the total destruction of Iraq (Babylon) as clearly prophesied in the Bible . . . is still future!
This prophecy against Iraq is fascinating ... and timely. Scoffers and skeptics should take note, for God says He uses prophecy to prove He is who He says He is. The details in this series of prophecies are both remarkable . . . and hard to ignore. (As you might notice, I wrote much of this Bible Prophecy study before the fall of Saddam Hussein ... which shows this Bible prophecy is now clearly "in process" and on schedule.)
What does God say concerning "The burden against Babylon (Iraq)?"
God first sends a warning to Iraq . . .
"The burden of Babylon (Iraq),
which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see
(meaning this is prophetic)
exalt the voice unto them,
shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
(Warn them judgment is coming)
(Sanctified means 'set aside,' much like the word 'holy'... it is where we get the word 'saint.')
I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, (this will be no mere skirmish)
even them that rejoice in my highness." (God is calling those who still believe in Him in faith ...)
God warned He would one-day gather MANY nations against Iraq (Gulf War I + II?) . . .
"The noise of a multitude in the mountains,
like as of a great people;
a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together:
the LORD of Armies (hosts) musters the armies (host) of the battle."
Study your history books (and Bible) ... ancient Babylon was conquered by just TWO nations (the Medes-Persians led by Cyrus the Persian) ... without firing a shot! Now, study (and watch the news videos) of the Iraq (Gulf) War I & II ... the combined "coalition" of nations surrounding and invading Iraq was massive!
The armies will come from "a far country"... "the end of heaven" . . .
"They come from a FAR country,
from the end of heaven, (the US is almost on the opposite side of the globe from Iraq)
even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation,
to destroy the whole land."
Look at a globe ... and look where the US is compared to Iraq (Babylon) ... then study your history books.
It will be a judgment by God against Iraq (Babylon) . . .
for the Day of the LORD is at hand; (the coming "Apocalypse")
it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty."
(Isaiah 13:6) (He links Iraq to the coming "Apocalypse" and Armageddon ...)
Fear would grip the Iraqi soldiers and armies . . .
every man's heart shall melt:
pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them;
they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth:
they shall be amazed one at another;
their faces shall be as flames."
(Isaiah 13:7-8) (Watch the videos of the Iraqi soldiers trying to surrender during Iraq-Gulf War I ...)
The Persians took Babylon without a major battle ... they diverted (and lowered) the river ... and then snuck in at night to capture the Palace ... the Babylonian army didn't know they had been conquered until after it was all over.
The Bible warns there is still MUCH to come in Iraq (Babylon) . . .
The judgment against Iraq is shown as a pre-cursor to the coming Apocalypse and Armageddon. The 'Day of the Lord' is used of the times leading to Armageddon . . . apparently this coming destruction of Iraq will somehow be linked to the "Apocalypse" and Armageddon when God will judge ALL the nations and people of the world . . .
cruel both with wrath and fierce anger,
to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof
out of it.
the sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
and the moon shall not
cause her light to shine.
and the wicked for their iniquity;
and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease,
(this means all nations and people)
and will lay low the arrogance (haughtiness) of the terrible.
even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
and the Earth shall remove out of her place,
in the wrath of the LORD of Armies (hosts),
and in the Day of His fierce anger." (another term used in the Bible for the coming "Apocalypse"
God will stir up the Kurds (the ancient Medes) who now live in Northern Iraq (and Iran, and Turkey.) It is interesting that it was the Medes (the Kurds in northern Iraq) who Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on and killed an estimated 50,000. The Kurds will have no compassion on the men, women, or children, of Southern Iraq and will not be interested or swayed by money, silver, or gold to stop their deadly march and slaughter . . .
which shall not regard silver;
and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
their eye shall not spare children."
Southern Iraq (Babylon) will one day be utterly destroyed in such a way (nuclear, chemical, or biological?) that it will never, ever, be inhabited by man again . . .
the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency,
shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation"
(Isaiah 13:19-22) (This judgment still lies in the future ... )
MORE PROPHECIES ... (From the Book of Jeremiah )
Jeremiah 51:1-64 . . . Iraq (Babylon) will become "a heap of rubble"
Prophecies Against Babylon (southern Iraq) . . .
God would raise up "foreigners" from every side to rise against Iraq . . .
(Again - Study and watch old news reports of Gulf-Iraq Wars I & II)
"This is what the LORD says:
'I will stir up a destroyer against Babylon and the people of Babylonia.
Foreigners will come and winnow her,
blowing her away as chaff.
They will come from every side
to rise against her in her day of trouble.'"
God's judgment against Iraq (Babylon) is not yet complete ... Iraq (Babylon) will once again become a powerful enemy against Israel ... and God explains He will do this because He has NOT forsaken Israel (even though their sin was great) . . .
"Don't let the archers put on their armor or draw their bows.
No one will be spared!
Young and old alike will be completely destroyed.
They will fall dead in the land of the Babylonians, slashed to death in her streets.
For the LORD Almighty has not forsaken Israel and Judah.
He is still their God,
even though their land was filled with sin
against the Holy One (Messiah) of Israel." (Rejection of their Messiah ...)
God is calling on all who will hear His voice to flee from Iraq . . .
"Flee from Babylon! Save yourselves!
Don't get trapped in her punishment!
It is the LORD's time for vengeance;
He will fully repay her."
"And I heard another voice from Heaven saying,
"Come out of her, My people,
lest you share in her sins,
and lest you receive of her plagues.
For her sins have reached to Heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities."
God will destroy all who desecrated His Temple in Jerusalem . . .
"This is His vengeance against those
who desecrated His Temple. (This will happen again ...at the time of the coming Antichrist!)
Raise the battle flag against Babylon!
Reinforce the guard and station the watchmen.
Prepare an ambush,
for the LORD will fulfill all his plans against Babylon."
Iraq will NEVER be inhabited again after God's judgment is completed against her . . .
"The LORD says to Jerusalem,
'I will be your lawyer to plead your case, and I will avenge you.
I will dry up her river, her water supply,
and Babylon will become a heap of rubble,
haunted by jackals.
It will be an object of horror and contempt,
without a single person living there."
This portion may project out even further (see "Mystery Babylon" in Revelation 17:1 - 18) to the final judgment and destruction of all the nations and people of the world who have turned their backs on God and rejected the offer of Jesus (Yeshua) of shelter and protection (see the "The Rapture" ... "The Coming Apocalypse" . . . and "Messiah's Return." )
"In their drunken feasts, the people of Babylon roar like lions.
And while they lie inflamed with all their wine, I will prepare a different kind of feast for them.
I will make them drink until they fall asleep, never again to waken," says the LORD.
"I will bring them like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats to be sacrificed.
"How Babylon is fallen--great Babylon, praised throughout the Earth!
The world can scarcely believe its eyes at her fall!
The sea has risen over Babylon; she is covered by its waves.
Her cities now lie in ruins; she is a dry wilderness where no one lives or even passes by.
And I will punish Bel, the god of Babylon, and pull from his mouth what he has taken.
The nations will no longer come and worship him.
The wall of Babylon has fallen." (This never happened at the time of the Persian conquest ...)
God AGAIN pleads with all of His lost sheep to return to Him humbly and in faith, through His Son, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) . . . and warns all those living in Iraq (and anywhere in the world) who will hear and believe His Word while there is still time . . .
"Listen, My people (Jews ... and Christians),
flee from Babylon.
Run from the LORD's fierce anger."
Interesting prophetic insight and details are given here . . .
"But do not panic when you hear the first rumor of approaching forces.
For rumors will keep coming year by year.
Then there will be a time of violence
as the leaders fight against each other." (Still future ...)
"For the time is surely coming
when I will punish this great city and all her idols.
Her whole land will be disgraced,
and her dead will lie in the streets.
The heavens and earth will rejoice,
for out of the north
will come destroying armies against Babylon," says the LORD.
"Just as Babylon killed the people of Israel
and others throughout the world,
so must her people be killed."
There Is ALSO A Future BLESSING For "Assyria" (Northern Iraq) . . .
In Isaiah 19:24 there is also a prophecy (in fact a prophetic blessing) concerning "Assyria" (yes, you read it right, Assyria, not Syria.) Nineveh, the ancient capital of Assyria (see the book of Jonah), is located in northern Iraq next to the city of Mosul ... and much of Iraq's Christian population is now located in this area. The people who will be living in the northern Iraq area and who will believe in the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and will endure in faith through the troublesome times and persecutions that lie ahead will be blessed by God and will receive a portion of land that has been set aside with Israel ... we are told this blessing will come after Armageddon and the return of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) . . .
God promises special blessings for those who will endure in Assyria (and Egypt) ...
"IN THAT DAY (Prophecies of Messiah's (Christ's) Return)
Israel will be one of three WITH Egypt and Assyria --
a blessing in the midst of the land,
whom the LORD of Armies (hosts) shall bless, saying,
"Blessed is Egypt My people,
and Assyria the work of My hands,
and Israel My inheritance."
(Isaiah 19:24-25) (Assyria is in northern Iraq)
Believing Christians in Assyria (northern Iraq) and Egypt who are now suffering will one day be blessed ...
God says NONE of His prophecies shall fail . . .
I am God, and there is no other.
"Search from the book of the LORD, and read:
not one of these [prophecies] shall fail;
not one shall lack her mate.
For My mouth has commanded it,
and His Spirit has gathered them."
"Indeed I [God] have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
who are far from righteousness . . ."
"Before the decree is issued, before day passes like chaff,
before the LORD'S fierce anger comes upon you,
before the day of the LORD'S anger comes upon you!
Seek the LORD,
all you meek of the Earth, who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
It may be that you will be hidden
in the day of the LORD'S anger."
Have a hard time believing in God? Just watch the news. The above verses are clear. God says He is the one doing all this to "test" the world in order to see who are really His ... and then to judge all those who oppose Him and reject His Word . . .
Please remember . . .
The Kingdom of Heaven is available to every man, woman, boy, and girl in this world, no matter who they are, where they live, or what they have done. It is freely offered to any and all who will receive it. Simply learn of Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah, invite Him into your life as Lord, believe He died on the Cross for all of your sins and rose from the grave (proving there is a Kingdom of Heaven ... and a coming resurrection for both those who are going to Heaven and for those who are going to Hell). Learn of Him and believe in Him . . . for He was the only one who has ever loved you enough to substitute Himself for you on the Cross (which represents Hell). He shed His blood, suffered, and died on the Cross to save you from your sins and from the utter darkness, aloneness, and torment of Hell, if you will accept it, believe it, and trust in it. That is why Jesus is called Savior. He now lovingly and graciously offers you life in Heaven (and we are warned it is a "take it or leave it" proposition.) We have to consciously receive it and accept it in faith. If you sincerely admit you have sinned (and need a Savior to get into Heaven) and ask Jesus (Yeshua) to come into your life while fully trusting in Him alone to save you from your sins ... and turn back to God while honestly trying to stop doing (and saying) those things God says are wrong, you will go to Heaven ... and with open arms and tears of joy He will receive all who will come to Him in faith and in love ... It's God's Promise!!!
The only unpardonable sin is to reject (or ignore as a common and unclean thing) God's love and His free offer of eternal (and awesomely beautiful and exciting) life in the Kingdom of Heaven by rejecting His Son ... Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) ... who stepped forth from Eternity ("from of old, from everlasting"... see Micah 5:2) ... not to condemn the sinner, but to save the sinner (from the torment of Hell) and who willingly and lovingly shed His blood and bore all of our sins and guilt on the Cross so we can be "washed clean" and forgiven of all our sins. The Bible also warns there will be no peace in our hearts or minds until we make peace with God through His Son, Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah. (God's Promise ...)