THE ARAB/MOSLEM PATHWAY
(News event “Milestones” through
We are pioneers on
the Arab/Moslem prophetic Pathway.
Although there are many prophecies about Israel's neighbors, this
pathway is rarely trodden by modern prophetic interpreters. And this is understandable -- it is often
difficult to determine whether many of these prophetic events lie in our
future, or if they have been historically fulfilled. To add to the confusion, some commentators
cite specific historical references as fulfillments, however, some of these
alleged fulfillments stretch the meaning of both the prophetic word and the
In the 19th century,
some fine expositors thought that many of the prophecies about Israel were
fulfilled by the Church. They could not
envision that God would literally regather Israel
after two millennia of exile. When God
began regathering Israel in 1948, all of these
prophetic interpretations had to be revised.
Today, most biblical commentaries interpret the vast body of Arab/Moslem
prophecies to be historically fulfilled.
But a close examination of many of these prophecies indicate that many
may apply to current or future events.
Given the centrality
of Middle Eastern affairs in our world today, it is important for prophetic
scholars to begin rethinking this great body of prophecy. Many of the views and interpretations
contained in this chapter are unorthodox.
Hopefully, they will interest you enough to more closely examine the prophetic
word in light of both the historical record and today's newspaper for yourself.
THE EARLY ARAB/MOSLEM PATHWAY
The nation of Israel
is surrounded by "relatives" -- some close, some distant, most
hostile. These tribal nations are
predominantly Moslem. Although we tend
to think of all Middle Eastern nations as being Arab, few if any of these
nations are technically of "Arab" origin.
pathway began with the migration and settlement of ancient family groups. In time, this pathway was dominated by a long
succession of empires -- some local, some "foreign". As each new empire grew in size and military
power, it would conquer and replace its predecessor. The Bible describes the birth and demise of
many of these familial nations. Many of
these nations face severe judgement in the near future principally because of
their treatment of Israel.
Pathway has become a "divided highway" -- the path has split into a
Radical "lane" and a Moderate "lane".
On the Radical "lane" we find two
groups, headed for two different futures:
GROUP 1: Iran (Persia), Ethiopia/Sudan (Cush),
In the previous chapter we
discussed the Judgement of "Group 1"
when they cast their lots with Russia during the Russo-Israeli War. We will not address them again here.
GROUP 2: Iraq (Babylon),
Jordan (Moab, Ammon,
and Edom) and Saudi Arabia
Those nations in "Group
2" are either being judged or will soon be judged.
On the Moderate “lane” we find Egypt and curiously, "Assyria." The future of these nations is quite
interesting and perhaps not what you might expect.
But to understand the
future, lets begin with the far distant past.
THE MIDDLE EAST FAMILY
After mankind was
destroyed by the flood, the only survivors emerged from the ark. The three sons of Noah became the fathers of
all modern nations. These grandsons of
Noah set out to seek their fortunes, and began a process of settlement and migration
which continued for millennia. In
Genesis 10, we can see the familial roots of all nations.
In the following
chart we can see three things.
we can see the close family relationships of the nations. These familial ties account for both the
closeness of ties between some nations, and the family quarrelling of
second thing that we can see is that the invaders who attack Israel in the
Russo-Israeli War are principally from the families of Ham and Japheth. Perhaps it is this family bond and ancestral
history which helps to unite them.
third thing that we can see is that many of the nations which surround Israel
have the most ancient and direct historic origins. While it is more difficult to trace the
lineage of the Japanese, English, or Aztecs back to these roots, the family
branches which became Egypt, Syria, and Jordan are immediately apparent.
FATHERS OF THE NATIONS
IN PROPHECY – GENESIS
Sons of Noah
…and their sons
TIRAS Thrace/ Bulgaria
MADAI Medes/ N. Iran/ Kurdistan*
Ukraine/ Russia/ Cent. Turkey TUBAL N. Turkey*
of Georgia/NE Turkey*
NIMROD Babylon/ Iraq
ELAM SW Iran
ASSHUR Assyria/ Kurdistan
LUD W. Turkey
ESAU Edom/ Jordan
ISHMAEL Saudi Arabia
BEN-AMMI Ammon/ Jordan
EMPIRES IN THE MIDDLE EAST
From her earliest
days, Israel has had a tenuous relationship with her neighbors. God has more than once used these surrounding
nations to conquer and punish Israel for her unfaithfulness. In fact, Israel was ruled and oppressed by
these "gentile" nations from the Fall of Jerusalem to Babylon in 586
BC until it declared its independence in 1948 AD. This domination has been in the form of a
great succession of empires which have not only ruled Israel, but the entire
Middle East at one time or another.
DOMINATING THE MIDDLE EAST
Assyrian Empire 1100
BC - 625 BC
New Babylonian (Chaldean) Empire 625 BC - 539 BC
Persian Empire 550
BC - 331 BC
Alexander's (Greek) Empire 336
BC - 146 BC
Roman Empire 264
BC - 565 AD
Byzantine Empire 4thC
AD - 1453 AD
Moslem Empire 622
AD - 1OthC AD
Turkish (Ottoman) Empire 11thC
AD - 1914 AD
British Empire and France 1914
AD - 1960's AD
Rather than attempt
to review all of these empires, we will concentrate our attention on the last
three -- the Moslem, Turkish, and European empires. These empires have the greatest bearing on
our world today.
Islam was introduced
to the nations of the Middle East by Mohammed at the beginning of the seventh
century. The belief that dying while
fighting for the faith would assure entrance into Paradise made the Moslems
mighty warriors. It was this common
faith which forged the Moslem Empire.
In the seventh and
eight centuries, the imperialist Moslem Empire vastly expanded. It annexed Israel and Syria in the north;
Iran, Iraq and north-west India in the east; and North Africa, Spain and parts
of France in the west. The Moslem
invasion of Europe was stopped by Charles Martel, King of the Franks, at the
Battle of Tours in 732.
The Moslem Empire was
the center of cultural advancement, standing in stark contrast with the
European "dark ages". While
the Roman Church was torturing and murdering European academicians for the sin
of natural curiosity and free thought, the Moslems were
achievements of classical culture, and
advances in agriculture, architecture, mathematics and medicine.
"christians" tortured and murdered
"unbelievers", the Moslem Empire did not forcibly convert indigenous
populations. However, the appeal of
Paradise as a reward for righteous living, and exemption from a tax on
unbelievers was enough to convert many.
By the 10th century,
the Moslem Empire began to disintegrate into independent Moslem kingdoms. In the 11th century, the Moslem Seljuk Turks
seized Baghdad and dominated the Middle East.
Two centuries later, their leadership role shifted to the Ottoman
Turks. This Turkish domination of
"Arab" land for almost a millennium is the root cause of the
diplomatic problems between Turkey and her Moslem neighbors today.
As the Turks
continued to expand their influence, their neighbors became increasingly
nervous. During the late 11th century
the Byzantine emperor appealed to the Roman Church for military assistance. The Roman Church viewed this plea as an
opportunity to liberate the Holyland from Moslem
control. It was in response to this
appeal that the Crusades were launched.
The Crusades were a Christian "holy war" or as the Moslems
call it -- a jihad. During the First
Crusade, the European army gained control of Jerusalem and parts of the Holyland. A hundred
years later, the Moslems, led by Saladin, retook the Holyland. Despite
additional Crusades, Israel remained part of the Ottoman Empire until the end
of World War I in 1918.
By the 19th century,
the Ottoman Empire became known as the "sick man of Europe." The Turkish government had become corrupt,
inefficient and religiously oppressive.
Many of the nations who suffered under its domination began to press for
independence. Competition for control of
the Balkans brought Turkey and Russia into confrontation. In 1914, Turkey entered World War I on the
side of the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary) primarily motivated by
her hatred for Russia. With the defeat of
the Central Powers at the end of World War I, the Treaty of Lausanne
provided for Turkey to retain Asia Minor, Constantinople, and the Dardanelles, but lost all non-Turkish territory.
British Empire and France
In 1920, the Supreme
War Council granted Britain and France mandates to administer lands in the
Middle East. Britain was given control
of areas which subsequently became known as Iraq, Jordan and Israel. France was given control of territories which
subsequently became Lebanon and Syria.
The borders of these emerging nations were drawn rather arbitrarily and
did not conform to any historical or ethnic boundaries. It was this questionable process of nation
Saddam Hussein to "question the sovereignty" of Kuwait,
left the Kurds
"homeless" and living as outcasts in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, and
"Palestinian state" -- the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan -- in a parcel of land originally promised to Israel.
The Middle East's
long history of domination and oppression has spawned much of the hostility and
mistrust that we are witnessing today.
claim "ownership" of Israel based upon Islamic conquest of Israel
between the 7th and 10th centuries.
dislike the Turks because of Turkish domination during the Ottoman Empire.
distrust the Iranians because they are Persian not Arab, despite the fact that
they are fellow Moslems
the Arabs and
Israelis distrust the Europeans because of the Crusades and European
colonialism after World War I.
Today, the Middle
East is like the world's most contentious "family gathering" - - with
brawling brothers, knock-down, drag out inheritance fights, thieving cousins,
petty bickering, religious arguments, and grudge matches that outlive their originators. The only thing upon which they can agree is
their hatred for the family black sheep -- Israel. And as with every family gathering that turns
violent, soon the "police" will be called in.
While the other
nations of the world share this “family contempt” for Israel, the Creator of
the Universe does not. As we have
discussed in previous chapters, we will soon be seeing the nations of the world
negotiating and possible imposing a Middle East Peace Treaty. This peace treaty will not secure Israel's future. However, Israel has the ultimate Judge
looking out for her interests. That
Judge has reviewed how each of these "family members" have treated
Israel, and has already passed sentence.
THE JUDGEMENT OF BABYLON (IRAQ)
"We know how the
war began and how it will end. We are
still fuzzy about the middle part."
--Israeli Deputy Foreign
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
everyone watched “Gulf War I” from the comfort of their living rooms. After a mere hundred hours of ground action,
everyone believed they knew how it "ended." Oh, yes, there was some humanitarian work to
be done, the Iraqi’s would soon toss Saddam from power, but none the less, the
war was over, the West was victorious and the world rejoiced.
We who live in
Western society live in a fast forward reality.
We want fast action and immediate closure. We have learned from our video screens that
problems can develop and be solved in 120 minutes, given the casting of the
appropriate cinematic hero -- enter General Norman Schwartzkopf. While General Schwartzkopf
is a hero of Cecil B. DeMille proportions, we would
be very naive to believe that he has secured a lasting peace and that we have
heard the last of Saddam Hussein.
Well, not so
fast. I originally reported back in 1991
that one BIG hint that that the war was not truly "over" is found in
the prophetic Word. The prophet Jeremiah
seems to have indicated that there would be a break in the action when he
"For thus says the Lord of
hosts, the God of Israel; "The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing
floor at the time it is stamped firm; YET IN A LITTLE WHILE THE TIME OF HARVEST
WILL COME FOR HER." Jeremiah 51:33
I believed then, and
I believe now that there is strong, circumstantial and prophetic evidence that
we are not just witnesses to another conflict by of the final Fall of
Babylon. The period through which we are
now living, is just a seventh inning stretch before a cataclysmic
judgement. This is the "fuzzy
While I will not be
presumptuous enough to declare this is a certainty. However, if the final judgement of Babylon is
in progress, then this war will be a watershed event. It will set up the fulfillment of many other
prophecies. Hussein may have correctly
labeled Gulf War I as the "Mother of all Battles", for it may be the
immediate forerunner of Gulf War II, the Russo-Israeli war and Armageddon
Fallen, Falling(?) Is Babylon
The area occupied by
the ancient Babylonians and Chaldeans is now in
modern Iraq. The primary prophetic texts
dealing with the fall of Babylon are found in Jeremiah 50, 51 and Isaiah
13. Before looking at the similarity
between the morning news and these prophecies, it is important to first discuss
events to which I believe these prophecies do NOT refer.
some interpreters believe that these passages in Jeremiah and Isaiah are
referring to the first fall of Babylon.
That occurred in 539 B.C. when it fell to the Medo-Persian
have a problem with that interpretation because of the following
inconsistencies between the historical facts and the vision described by the
In its first
fall, Babylon was conquered by a single empire -- Medo-Persia. In the prophetic Word we are told that it
will be encircled by many nations from "the farthest horizons".
describe a cataclysmic destruction of Babylon.
However, the first fall of ancient Babylon was not horrifically
violent. On the contrary, here is a
brief description of the Medo-Persian conquest of
Babylon, "When Cyrus personally entered Babylon he was welcomed by the
populace. He proclaimed peace to
everyone in the city. The temples
functioned as usual and care was taken to make the transition to Persian rule
as painless as possible. Gobryas was made satrap of the new province of Babirush (i.e., Babylon) and many of the former officials
of government were kept at their posts.
A citizen of Babylon would have been unaware of the fact that a new era
of history had begun."¸2
As a result of
the destruction described by the prophets, the land of the Chaldeans
will become perpetually uninhabitable.
This has not historically occurred, at least prior to this writing.
some interpreters have correlated these passages with the fall of "Mystery
Babylon" found in Revelation 17. I
do not believe this is correct. The
Revelation passage uses the appellation "mystery". This indicates that the author is presenting
a deeper, symbolic thought other than a mere physical location. Rather, Revelation 17 is referring to the
Babylonian/Roman religion -- the many mother-and-child centered cults which
developed in most cultures. Conversely,
Jeremiah tells us in the introduction of chapter 50 that he is speaking about
the physical location "Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans"
-- modern Iraq.
THE JUDGEMENT OF BABYLON, LAND OF THE CHALDEANS:
A PROPHETIC VIEW
Jeremiah and Isaiah
depict Babylon as a nation ripe for judgement.
She has derived pleasure from oppressing Israel. God Himself directs her destruction, assuming
it as His personal "work". He
"sets a snare" to bring her to judgement, intending to exact
vengeance for His temple and His people.
A "great nation and many kings" are "aroused from the
remote parts of the earth" to execute His judgement. Turkey and Iran are subsequently called to
battle. Jacob, God's "weapon of war", wrecks his vengeance for evil
committed by Babylon against Israel.
Babylon is skillfully destroyed and is henceforth a perpetual
desolation. The land can "never
again be inhabited or dwelt in from generation to generation."
It is still too early
in the unfolding of Middle East events to definitively state whether or not we
have been witnessing the final Fall of Babylon.
But there are striking similarities between that which has transpired
and the prophecies of Jeremiah and Isaiah.
Only the complete fulfillment of these passages can assure us that we
have made a "positive ID" of a prophetic fulfillment. Let's look at the circumstantial evidence
that we have to date:
Date Stamp: Israel’s Return to the Land
In Jeremiah 50:18-19,
the prophet may have given us a "date stamp" for Babylon's
destruction. That date stamp directly
relates Babylon's destruction to a time of Israel's rebirth and her territorial
expansion. This may help explain
Hussein's animosity toward Israel, her prosperity means his demise. In the past 45 years we have witnessed the
rebirth and growth of the nation of Israel.
Israel's population has been swelling as Jewish immigrants from the four
corners of the earth have been returning to the Land in record numbers.
Israel has been
territorially expanding as well. Since
1948, Israel has been forced to engage in numerous wars with her neighbors to
protect the tiny strip of land on which she dwells. As the Arabs have repeatedly encircled her in
order to deprive her of that land, by the grace and provision of God she has
emerged victorious from every war.
Heights" is the modern name for ancient "Bashan". That area was reclaimed by Israel from Syria
in the Six Day War of 1967. The
territory referred to as "Ephraim" includes much of the West Bank and
was recaptured from Jordan during the same war.
"Gilead" is the territory along the East Bank of the Jordan
River, and at this writing, is part of the Kingdom of Jordan. The following passage from Jeremiah appears
to indicate that the judgement of Babylon will occur sometime after this
expansion of Israeli territory which occurred in 1967:
"Therefore thus says the
Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: "Behold, I am going to punish the king
of Babylon and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria. And I shall bring Israel back to his pasture,
and he will graze on Carmel [Northern
Israel] and BASHAN [the Golan
Heights], and his desire will be satisfied
in the hill country of EPHRAIM [the West Bank] and GILEAD [the East Bank]."" Jeremiah 50:18-19
Himself Is The Judge Of Babylon
When Israel was
wallowing in idolatry, God used Babylon to punish Israel and destroy the Temple
in Jerusalem. Since Babylon conquered
Israel in 586 BC, Israel has been oppressed by the Gentiles, and the Holy of
Holies was emptied. Even though God
Himself is regathering Israel yet a second time, and
has given them sovereignty in the Land, they are still not free to reestablish
God's Temple on Temple Mount. The final
Fall of Babylon is God's personal act of judgement, and vengeance for the
atrocities done to His Temple and People.
"...To declare in Zion the
vengeance of the Lord our God, vengeance for His temple." Jeremiah 50:28
"...For this is the
vengeance of the Lord: take vengeance on her as she has done to others, so do
to others." Jeremiah 50:15
"I set A SNARE for you, and
you were also caught, O Babylon, while you yourself were not aware; you have
been found and also seized because you have engaged in conflict with the
Lord. The Lord has opened His armory,
and has brought forth the weapons of His indignation, for it is A WORK OF THE
LORD God of Hosts in the land of the Chaldeans." Jeremiah 50:24-25
In Prophecy, At Last(?)
For those who have
been desperately looking for the United States in Bible prophecy, the Fall of
Babylon could be it!
describes the arousal of a "great nation" that is remotely located relative to
Iraq. If the Gulf Wars are truly the
fulfillment of Jeremiah's and Isaiah's prophecies, then the great nation
described here is the U.S.A.:
"Behold, a people is coming
from the north, A GREAT NATION and many kings will be aroused FROM THE REMOTE
PARTS OF THE EARTH." Jeremiah 50:41
"They are coming from a FAR COUNTRY from the FARTHEST
HORIZONS..." Isaiah 13:5
That is a reasonably
good description of the United States, which lies oceans away. The press has described the US relative to
the “horizon” as well. The 1/20/91 New
York Times stated that Hussein "knew the Americans were OVER THE
HORIZON and believed they were not about to budge." In 2002, when Iran
denied a weapon’s request from Iraq, the press also described the US relative
to the Mid-east horizon:
“Iran’s rebuff should
help to allay fears that American pressure on both countries could force them
into an alliance. “It makes no logical sense at this stage for Iran to cosy up to Iraq because of a potential OVER-THE-HORIZON
threat from America,” the envoy said.” 20
Secondly, God's army
is composed of His "consecrated ones". The United States probably has more believing
Christians per capita than any other nation on earth.. It is interesting to note that there are many
practicing Christians in the armed forces.
In fact, during Gulf War I, the Saudi's were shocked that these
purported "infidels" from the West actually worship God.
"I have commanded MY
CONSECRATED ONES, I have even called My mighty warriors, My proudly exulting
ones, to execute My anger. A sound of
tumult on the mountains, like that of many people! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, of nations
gathering together! The Lord of hosts is
mustering the army for battle. They are
coming from a FAR COUNTRY FROM THE FARTHEST HORIZONS, the Lord and His
instruments of indignation, to destroy the whole land." Isaiah 13:3-5
So what has “aroused”
this great nation from the remote parts of the earth? In a word, terrorism. Gulf War II is in direct response to
terrorism- acts past, present and future.
In the wake of the 9/11 Act of War, US President George W. Bush included
Iraq in his “Axis of Evil” enemies list.
As information is declassified in the future, perhaps we will eventually
know the full extent of Saddam’s involvement in terror attacks on US soil.
For years the world
has known that Iraq had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and a
worldwide terror network. Their more
recent advances in their delivery systems, including the possibility of having
viable intercontinental ballistic missiles means that no one is safe. Iraq has taken and continues to threaten
innocent lives WORLDWIDE. The title that
Jeremiah gives Babylon, the "Hammer of the Whole Earth" seems to fit
"The noise of battle is in
the land, and great destruction. How the
HAMMER OF THE WHOLE EARTH has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become an object of horror
among the nations!" Jeremiah 50:23
The end of Iraq will
bring a sigh of relief to Israel and the world…
“Their Redeemer is strong, the
Lord of hosts is His name; He will vigorously plead their case. SO THAT HE MAY BRING REST TO THE EARTH, but
turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.” Jeremiah 50:34
Another reason for
attacking Iraq and removing Saddam from the total equation of the Middle East
is OIL. The nations are addicted to the
Middle East's oil and their economies cannot function without it. They will do anything to guarantee their
continued supply. Jeremiah provides a
simile for that addiction:
"Babylon has been a golden
cup in the hand of the Lord, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; therefore
the nations are going mad."
from the "North"
In the run up to Gulf
War II, the newspapers have been publishing different versions of US battle
plans. Some think it is the work of
traitors, other think it is US propaganda.
If our application of these passages from Jeremiah are truly applicable
to our day, we have better intelligence than the NY Times:
“For a nation has come up against
her out of the NORTH; it will make her land an object of horor,
and there will be no inhabitant in it.
Both man and beast have wandered off, they have gone away” Jeremiah 50:3
"For behold, I am going to
arouse and bring up against Babylon a HORDE OF GREAT NATIONS FROM THE LAND OF
THE NORTH, and they will draw up their battle lines against her..." Jeremiah 50:9
Even Saddam’s gut has
told him that the primary assault of Gulf War II will come from the north:
“Saddam said he disbelieved the reports that
the American war plan entailed strikes from the north, west and south, using
personnel and facilities already in place in the Kurdish provinces of Iraq, in
Jordan and in the Gulf. These stories, he said, were false, planted in the
media to confuse him and his army chiefs. He was convinced that the brunt of
the American assault would focus on Saddam’s personal tribal territory, the
northwest region of Tirkit. By destroying the source
of his political and military strength, the Americans would cancel Tikrit out as a value in the Iraqi power equation, removing
both Saddam and his two sons, Qusay and Uday.” 21
Destruction Of Cities
Unlike the result of
the historical fall of Babylon, Jeremiah describes the final Fall of Babylon to
include the utter desolation of Babylon's cities:
"Her cities have become an
object of horror, a parched land and a desert, a land in which no man lives,
and through which no son of man passes."
What would motivate such a horrific assault on population
centers? Perhaps Saddam’s recently
leaked battle plans hold the answer:
“Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has told
underlings he aims to defeat any U.S. attack by avoiding desert warfare and
fighting in major cities, where civilian and American casualties would be
highest, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. …"Urban fighting is one
of the most daunting scenarios U.S. military planners face. Baghdad in
particular is a sprawling setting, where Hussein's forces would have
significant advantages," the Times said. …As always, Saddam has no
compunction about exploiting his subjects as human shields. The higher the
death toll, the louder the cries from the blame-America-first left, domestic
and foreign. "Military targets in
Baghdad are sprinkled among a population approaching 5 million.”” 22
War II-- After The Intermission
In Jeremiah 51, we
find the following passage which appears to indicate that there would be a
pause between the "pounding" of Iraq and the "harvest" of
"For thus says the Lord of
hosts, the God of Israel: "The
daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time it is stamped firm;
yet in a little while the time of harvest will come for her." Jeremiah 51:33
However, if we are
about to witness “The Harvest”, what can we expect to see in the near future?
by Turkey, Kurdistan and Iran
prophesied that the "Medes" and the kings of "Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz" would
participate in Babylon's fall. Who are
these folks? Ararat, Minni
and Ashkenaz were areas now located in Western
Turkey. "Some scholars say the
Kurds are descended from the Medes."4 The Medes occupied an area which is now in
Northern Iran. Therefore, Jeremiah could
be speaking about the Iranians or the Kurds.
The leaders Turkey and the Kurds have certainly been working closely
with Washington and will play a major role in Gulf War II:
"...Summon against her the
kingdoms of ARARAT, MINNI AND ASHKENAZ..."
"Consecrate the nations
against her, the KINGS OF THE MEDES, THEIR GOVERNORS and all their PREFECTS,
and EVERY LAND of their dominion."
Even before Gulf War
I ended, analysts were predicting that a weakened or destroyed Iraq might face
dismemberment at the hands of her neighbors.
Turkey, Iran and Syria politically and militarily positioned themselves
for just such a move. Each distrusts the
motives of the others and will be ready to pounce if they think another nation
will beat them to the punch. If Iran
makes a major military move when Iraq falls, Turkey and Syria would be
pressured to respond in kind, just to protect their own interests and borders.
secularist, has not only declared war on Israel but on her God as well. He has called all Moslems to rise up in a
holy war and liberate Palestine from the "infidels". He has set himself in direct opposition to
God's work of regathering the nation of Israel. Is there any wonder that God will judge him
and his nation?
"...Repay her according to
her work; according to all that she has done, so do to her; for she has become
ARROGANT AGAINST THE LORD, AGAINST THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL." Jeremiah 50:29
Iraq Attack Through Jordan
Saddam has been
plotting a surprise for the Israelis and Americans - - an attack through
Jordan. His plans are beginning to be
uncovered in the press:
intelligence units thrusting into Jordan to take over the kingdom’s main roads
and open them to a large-scale invasion of Iraqi armored divisions, which will
sweep up the Jordanian army and take control of the kingdom. The rush of events
will, according to the Baghdad scenario, force King Abdullah to turn his back
on the Americans and accept the role of Iraqi puppet ruler. Meanwhile, the
Iraqi invasion force will proceed to wipe out the American and Israeli
expeditionary forces in Jordan. …Awareness of this Iraqi scenario was at the
bottom of the US war command’s decision to rush the extra 4,000 American troops
to take control of Jordan’s strategic road links. …. Jordanian intelligence
officials have dubbed Nawis, who operates out of the
Iraqi embassy in Amman, “the Iraqi pasha” (Iraqi governor) of Jordan, a mark of
his power and broad operational reach. They report he has been able to insert a
group of his Palestinian agents into the West Bank, secreting them across the
Jordan River bridges with the help of local smugglers. This is confirmed by
American and Israeli intelligence. The agents are equipped with nuclear and
biological weapons systems after receiving training in their use from their
Iraqi controllers. Their orders are to activate those weapons upon a
pre-arranged signal.” 23
Perhaps this plot was
first unveiled by Jeremiah. (We will see
later in this chapter that the kingdom of Babylon was seen by the prophet Daniel
as a winged lion.):
“Behold, one will come up like a
lion from the thicket of the Jordan to a perennially watered pasture; for in an
instant I will make them run way from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint
over it.” Jeremiah 50:44 (also 49:19)
Israel by definition
means "soldier of God."
Ezekiel tells us that when God regathers
Israel, just as He is doing in our day, Israel will be raised from the grave as
"an exceedingly great army."5 Jeremiah indicates that Israel, this great
military power, will play a key role in God's judgement of Babylon. During Gulf War I, Israel was passive and
silent. Gulf War II will unleash God’s
"The portion of Jacob is not
like these; for the Maker of all is He, and of the tribe of His inheritance;
the Lord of hosts is His name. He says,
"YOU ARE MY WAR-CLUB, MY WEAPON OF WAR; and with you I shatter nations,
and with you I destroy kingdoms, and with you I shatter the horse and his
rider, and with you I shatter the chariot and its rider, and with you I shatter
the chariot and its rider, and with you I shatter man and woman, and with you I
shatter old man and youth, and with you I shatter young man and virgin, and
with you I shatter the shepherd and his flock, and with you I shatter the
farmer and his team , and with you I shatter governors and prefects. But I will REPAY BABYLON AND ALL THE
INHABITANTS OF CHALDEA FOR ALL THEIR EVIL THAT THEY HAVE DONE IN ZION BEFORE
YOUR EYES," declares the Lord."
During Gulf War I,
Israel showed great, uncharacteristic restraint by not responding to repeated
Iraqi missile attacks in order to guarantee the cohesiveness of the coalition.
Many in Israel feared correctly that their restraint had been viewed as a sign
of weakness. The Intifada
and wave after wave of terrorism was their reward. When God provides the Israelis with the
opportunity to retaliate, their blow will be devastating.
During the Gulf War
I, there was great concern that the Iraqis would employ weapons of mass
destruction. When coalition forces used
napalm to ignite the Iraqi oil trenches, it was feared that this would open the
door for the use of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The coalition forces intentionally restricted
their arsenal to conventional weapons and used a strategy of "measured
response" to avoid escalation.
As Gulf War II looms, it is feared that Iraq will pre-emptively unleash weapons of mass destruction on Israel and
US forces in the Middle East. American
Intelligence presented the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with the
following assessment of an expected Israeli response to such an attack:
“If Iraq strikes at Israel with non-conventional
weapons, causing massive casualties among the civilian population, Israel could
respond with a nuclear retaliation that would eradicate Iraq as a country.” 24
Jeremiah tells us
that Babylon will be rewarded according to her works. If Iraq uses WMD, it will surely result in
her ultimate and perpetual destruction:
"...Repay her according to
her work; according to all that she has done, so do to her..." Jeremiah 50:29
Fall Of Babylon - -The End Of Iraq
The prophets are
explicit about the Fall of Babylon and the final state of Iraq -- it will be a
perpetual devastation. Will there own
weapons stores destroy their own nation?
Will Israel or the US be ruthless in their strike? Be it through
nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, Iraq will become uninhabitable FOREVER
and Hussein's palaces will be the inheritance of jackals.
"...Thou, O Lord, hast
promised concerning this place [Babylon] to cut it off, so that there will be
nothing dwelling in it, whether man or beast, but it will be a PERPETUAL
DESOLATION." Jeremiah 51:62
"Therefore the desert
creatures will live there along with the jackels; the
ostriches also will live in it, and it will never again be inhabited or dwelt
in from generation to generation. As
when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors," declares the
Lord, "No man will live there, nor will any son of man reside in
it."" Jeremiah 50:39-40
"And Babylon, the beauty of
kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans' pride, will be
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; nor
will the Arab pitch his tent there, nor will shepherds make their flocks lie
down there. But desert creatures will
lie down there, and their houses will be full of owls, ostriches also will live
there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.
And hyenas will howl in their fortified towers and jackals in their
luxurious palaces..." Isaiah
FALL OF THE MODERN KING OF BABYLON
fancies himself as King of Babylon, comparing himself favorably to Nebuchadnezzar. As
reported in the 4/19/89 New York Times, he has rebuilt the temples and palaces
of ancient Babylon as his predecessor had requested and is working on the
empire. In that Nebuchadnezzar's
vast empire stretched from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea, his
nervous neighbors were not pleased by his use of the comparison.
His hero, Nebuchadnezzar, was a proud man transformed. Daniel told him (5:31-37) that as a result of
his pride he would become mad until he recognized that "the Most High is
ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it [sovereignty] on whomever He
did become mad for seven years. His
madness passed when he confessed, "Now I Nebuchadnezzar
praise, exalt, and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His
ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride." When Daniel had a vision of the Babylonian
empire, it was seen as a winged lion. It
rose to walk on two feet and was given the mind of a man. This vision may represent Nebuchadnezzar's
God used Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon to punish Israel's idolatry. On January 15, 588 BC his assault against
Israel began. The Jews were to spend the
next 70 years in "Babylonian exile".
In 586 BC, he looted and burned God's temple, taking its treasures to
Babylon. It was not until Babylon was
overthrown by the Medo-Persians, that Israel was
allowed to return to rebuild the Lord's temple and their land.
Hussein is also a
prideful man. He longs to destroy
Israel. He also intends to punish Israel
without God's approval. His pride has
become arrogance.8 That
arrogance will be judged by God Himself.
14 And The Fall Of The King
chapter of Isaiah gives us a detailed picture of the demise of a Babylonian
ruler. Is it possible that the ruler
being described is Saddam Hussein?
Again, there is strong circumstantial evidence that it is, but only time
We are provided with
a "date stamp" for this prophecy in the first verses of this
chapter. The fall of this king will occur
after Israel is 'again' settled in her land.
Could this refer to an unspecified period after 1948 when Israel
regained her sovereignty after some 2500 years of occupation that began with
"When the Lord will have
compassion on Jacob, and AGAIN CHOOSE ISRAEL, AND SETTLE THEM IN THEIR
OWN LAND...And it will be in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your
pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved that you
will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon..."9
Isaiah describes the
details of the king of Babylon's fall.
Is this the fall of Saddam Hussein?
Isaiah’s ruler has been striking "the peoples in fury
with unceasing strokes, which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained
persecution." (v.6) Consider Hussein's eight year war with Iran, immediately
followed by his annexation of Kuwait and his frustrated attempt to invade Saudi
Arabia, his gassing of the Kurds, his oppression of the Shiite Moslems, and his
bombing of Israel, his sponsorship of terrorism worldwide….
Isaiah’s ruler has disquieted the entire world. It is asked, "Is this the man who made
the earth tremble, who shook the kingdoms..."(v.16) He has "weakened the nations."(v.12) At his fall, "The whole earth is at rest
and is quiet; they break forth into shouts of joy". (v.7) Hussein
has invaded some nations, attacked others, threatened the remainder of the
world with his terror network, caused political division in most nations as
they discussed response to his aggression, and cause widespread economic
instability and debt. His passing would
certainly be cause for relief.
Isaiah’s ruler has lived opulently. He has acquiring rare foreign woods,
"Even the cypress trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon,
saying, "Since you were laid low, no tree cutter comes up against
us."" (v.8) His "pomp and
the music" of his harps are gone.(v.11)
Hussein has built for
himself numerous opulent palaces and a network of elaborate security
Isaiah’s ruler has at one time wielded great power, for dead
kings greet him saying, "Even you have been make as weak as
we..." (v.10) Hussein has lead one of the largest armies in
has had divine ambitions.(v.13) Hussein
is a cultic figure. "Saddam's photo
hangs in most schools, businesses, homes and taxis here, even bathrooms. His face is on buttons and watches; children
have changed the traditional Muslim greeting of 'Salaamu
Alaikum', "peace be unto you," to 'Saddam Alaikum': Peace be unto Saddam. ... The late Arab
intellectual and politician Michel Aflaq summed up
Saddam's importance to Arabs in one of his last speeches; "Saddam is God's
gift to Iraq and the Iraqi gift to the Arab nation.""
Isaiah’s ruler has been an eco-terrorist, and "made the
world like a wilderness." (v.17) During Gulf War I, Hussein caused an oil
spill in the Persian Gulf which caused widespread destruction of wildlife. He also set fire to over 600 Kuwaiti oil
wells which are polluting the air, the ground surface and the aquifers.
Isaiah’s ruler conquered cities and took hostages (v.17) Hussein captured
many cities, the most prominent of which was Kuwait City. Before the Gulf War started, Hussein
implemented the practice of using his Western "guests" as human
shields at strategic sites. During the
conduct of the war, he not only took military prisoners of war, but he took
large portions of the Kuwaiti population hostage.
Isaiah’s ruler is responsible for ruining his country and
slaying his own people. (v.20) Can any less be said of Hussein? He is continually castigated for gassing the
Kurds, but by the end of Gulf War II, it will be so true.
is so hated, that he is not given a state burial, but lies in a mass grave as a
"trampled corpse." (v.19)
Isaiah’s ruler’s sons are executed to insure that they will
not follow in his footsteps. (v.21) Hussein has groomed his sons, Uday and Qusay, in his
ruthlessness ways. Qusay, the younger brother, has
already assumed the role of ‘Butcher of Bagdad’ and
has been chosen by his father to be the heir-apparent. These apples did not fall far from the tree.
I believe that Isaiah
14 provides us with a near perfect description of the life and times of Saddam
Hussein. If Hussein ends up in a mass grave, and his sons are executed, the
picture will be complete and our identification confirmed.
THE JUDGEMENT OF JORDAN
Modern Jordan became
an independent state in 1946. In 1948,
her armies seized the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Israel. When Jordan's King Abdullah negotiated a
truce with Israel, he was promptly assassinated. He was succeeded by his grandson, King
Hussein. Jordan has participated
unsuccessfully in many Arab-Israeli wars -- most notably its loss of the "stolen"
West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.
By opening its
borders to the Palestinians, Jordan endured a brief, Syrian-backed,
Palestinian-led, civil war in 1970.
Jordan's population is over 60% Palestinian. The crown does not rest securely on the king's
head. King Hussein was wary and deferent
to his Palestinian "guests" and his problems were not limited to the
"The Israeli source
[from the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs] also noted that
during April, 1989 food riots in the south, non-Palestinian Jordanians --
formerly considered bedrock supporters of the King -- stoned Crown Prince Hassan and waved the Saudi flag. ... Syria's Hafez Assad "has said
loudly" that he views Jordan as an artificial creation that in the long
run should be reabsorbed by "Greater Syria." Saudi Arabia "tolerated the [Hashemite] regime as long as it was moderate, not
disturbing the area."11
During Gulf War I,
Jordan placed 50,000 troops on her border with Israel. The people of Jordan were very angry that the
Jordanian government had not seized the opportunity to attack Israel. So great was the pressure on the government,
that it was in danger of falling.
"When King Hussein
of Jordan was asked what confidence-building gestures he might be prepared to
make toward Israel to lessen tensions, he cited only the fact that Jordan had
not joined Iraq in attacking Israel -- not exactly something that will induce
Israelis to trade land for peace."12
The hostility between
Jordan and Israel has ancient roots. The
nation of Jordan is comprised of three ancient tribes Moab, Ammon,
and Edom. Moabites and Ammonites are the
descendants of Lot by his incestuous daughters, and Edomites
are the descendants of Esau, Jacob's twin brother. The children of Lot and Esau
have always been at odds with the dhildren of Israel.
God will ultimately punish
Jordan for its treatment of Israel. In
fact, numerous prophecies tell us that Israel will ultimately POSSESS
Jordan. Today, just the opposite is true
- - Jordan occupies the East Bank of the Jordan, which is the inheritance of
Israel's son, Gad’s tribe. This, too, is a fulfillment of prophecy:
"Concerning the sons of Ammon. Thus says the Lord: "Does Israel have no
sons? Or has he no heirs? Why then has Malcam
[the national god of the Ammonites] taken possession of Gad and his people
settled in its cities? Therefore,
behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord, "That I shall cause
a trumpet blast of war to be heard against Rabbah of
the sons of Ammon; and it will become a desolate
heap, and her towns will be set on fire.
Then ISRAEL WILL TAKE POSSESSION OF HIS POSSESSORS," says the
Lord." Jeremiah 49:1-2
territorial expansion is echoed in the prophecies of Obediah. In fact the main theme of Obediah
is the destruction of Edom, which lies in southern Jordan.
"Then the house of Jacob
will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau [Edom]
will be as stubble. And they will set
them on fire and consume them, so that there will be no survivor of the house
of Esau," for the Lord has spoken.
Then those of the Negev [Southern Israel] will POSSESS THE MOUNTAIN OF
ESAU, and those of the Shephelah [Judean hills near
Gaza] THE PHILISTINE PLAIN [Gaza]; also, THEY WILL POSSESS THE TERRITORY OF
EPHRAIM AND THE TERRITORY OF SAMARIA [West Bank], AND Benjamin will possess GILEAD
[East Bank]." (V.18-19)
Will Israel Possess Jordan?
It is difficult to
determine when Israel will possess Jordan relative to other prophetic events,
but we are provided with some clues. It
seems that there are two plausible times -- during the battle of Armageddon, or
during the Judgement of Babylon.
the previously quoted passage from Obediah 18 and 19,
Jacob and Joseph are described as "fires" and "flames" when
they possess Edom. In the description of
Armageddon provided in Zechariah 12:4-9, Judah is described as a
"firepot" consuming all of her neighbors. Perhaps this common simile used in describing
Israel indicates that the possession described in Obediah
will occur at Armageddon.
""In that day I will
make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch
among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the
surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their
own sites in Jerusalem.""
the Judgement of Babylon?:
Israel will possess Jordan sooner than the battle of Armageddon. Firstly, it is clear from Isaiah 11, that the
possession will occur at the time of the "second regathering
of Israel", that is, sometime after 1948.
"Then it will happen on that
day that THE LORD WILL AGAIN RECOVER THE SECOND TIME WITH HIS HAND THE REMNANT
OF HIS PEOPLE, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros,
Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands [coastlands] of the sea. And He will lift up a standard for the
nations, and will assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the
dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. ... And they will swoop down on the slopes of the
Philistines on the west [Gaza]; together they will plunder the sons of the
east; they will POSSESS EDOM AND MOAB; AND THE SONS OF AMMON WILL BE SUBJECT TO
THEM." Isaiah 11:11-12,14
we are told in Zephaniah 2:8-11 that Ammon and Moab
will be destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah, plundered by Israel and
possessed. In Jeremiah 49:17-19, we are
told that Edom will also be destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah. It is interesting that the description of the
fall of Edom is incredibly similar to that of Babylon. We know that Israel will be used to judge the
three tribes of Jordan, and we also know that Israel is the Lord's
"war-club" which he wields against Babylon. In that Edom and Babylon have a common
destroyer, and meet a common fate, perhaps the timing of their destructions are
EDOM (Jeremiah 49)
BABYLON (Jeremiah 50)
(v17) “And Edom
will become an object of horror; everyone who passes by it will he horrified
and will his at all its wounds.”
"...everyone who passes by Babylon will be horrified and will hiss
because of all her wounds."
the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors," says the Lord,
"no one will live there, nor will a son of man reside in it."
(v40) "As when
God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors," declares the Lord,
"no man will live there, nor will any son of man reside in it."
one will come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan against a
perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I shall make him run away from
it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me
into court? And who then is the
shepherd who can stand against Me?"
one will come up like a lion from the thicket of the Jordan to a perennially
watered pasture; for in an instant I shall make them run away from it, and
whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it.
For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand
the possession of Edom is associated with the repairing of the Tabernacle. We know that Israel will be sacrificing to
God during the first half of the seven year Middle East Peace Covenant. Could it be that they will both possess Edom
and repair the Tabernacle immediately before or after the signing of the Middle
East Peace Covenant?
"In that day I will raise up
the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its
ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant
of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name," declares the Lord
who does this." Amos 9:11-12
Scenario: If Jordan Is Possessed When Babylon Is Judged
As we have discussed,
the day may soon come -- Gulf War II -- when Israel retaliates against
Iraq. Such a venture would almost
certainly require violation of Jordanian airspace. During the early days of the Gulf War, the
Jordanian government declared that such an incursion would be considered an act
of war. Therefore, should Israel
exercise its right to retaliate, an Israeli-Jordanian war is almost assured.
is over 60% Palestinian. Despite
Jordanian royal "neutrality" during Gulf War I, there is no doubt,
that the people of Jordan hate Israel.
In addition to cheering the over-flight of SCUD missiles into Israel,
there have been ongoing border incursions by Jordanian guerillas, terrorists
and homicide bombers. The premise for an
Israeli-Jordanian War has already been established.
Israeli-Jordanian war does take place, Jordan will be vanquished and probably
with lightning speed. In previous wars,
it took Israel a mere two hours to eliminate the Jordanian airforce. After such a war, Israel will then occupy the
"East Bank." Will we soon
witness another major land grant to Israel from her Lord? The prophets tell us that this must happen;
it's just the timing and prophetic sequence that is "fuzzy".
Israel” Prophetic Possibilities
If Gulf War II
results in Israel's possession of Jordan, it could precipitate a series of very
interesting prophetic events!
Security Zone Leading to the Middle East Peace Covenant
Israel would end up with a comfortable "security zone". Her territorial borders would be greatly
expanded as Jordan is "possessed".
She would now be in possession of the complete territory promised to her
by Britain in the Balfour Declaration.
(This will be addressed in greater detail in the next chapter.) To her east, her large and powerful enemy
Iraq would be totally destroyed.
tiny size and continuous oppression has produced a well-deserved state of
paranoia. This paranoia is considered to
be the root of many Middle East Peace failures.
Therefore, if Israel is put at ease by this "security zone",
she may let her guard down and allow herself to be persuaded to sign the Middle
East Peace Covenant. This expanded
territory may give her the confidence that she needs to willingly divide her
Land in exchange for peace. It is this
division of "God's land" that is one of God's motives for gathering
the nations at Armageddon.13
This "security zone" could also be part of the reason that
Israel is described as enjoying a period of peace at the onset of the
of a Place of Refuge
during the evil prince's reign in Jerusalem, Israel will be brutally
oppressed. In Matthew 24:16, Jesus
counsels his brothers: "let them that are in Judea flee unto the
mountains." Some scholars believe
that Israel will flee into the Jordanian mountains. This would be more feasible if Israel
Reestablishment of the Biblical Sacrificial
the possession of Jordan could play an active part in restoring temple worship
in Israel! For almost two millenia, Israel has not had a proper temple or priesthood
who could perform the rituals ordained in the Law. That could soon change!In Amos we
have a prophecy which describes the restoration of the Tabernacle. It is interesting that this same prophecy
also mentions the possession of the portion of Jordon
"In that day I will raise up
the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its
ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant
of Edom and all the nations who are called by My name," declares the Lord
who does this." Amos 9:11-12
article in the 10/26/90 Jewish Press describes how restoration of the city of
Shiloh and construction of a modern Tabernacle is already on Israeli drafting
boards. An architect's drawing of the
modern Tabernacle accompanied the article with the following subtitle:
"The building is a replica of the Mishkan
[Tabernacle] that originally stood in Shiloh thousands of years ago. The architect followed specifications set
forth in the Torah. The original Mishkan was built by the ancient Hebrews to house the Two
Tablets given at Mt. Sinai and served as a center for religious services. For 350 years this was the main sanctuary for
Jewish worship. It was then replaced by
the Holy Temple, built by King Solomon."
is a "modern" Tabernacle what God had in mind? The prophetic reference from Amos sounds like
He is going to "resurrect" David's Tabernacle! How does this relate to Israel's possession
of Jordan, you might ask.
is a mountain in Jordan called Nebo. The
original Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and the Alter of Incense may have
been hidden by Jeremiah on Mount Nebo prior to the Babylonian looting of the
Temple. This event is described in the
apocryphal book of II Maccabees. Although the books of the Apocrypha are not
part of the Jewish or Christian canon, they do provide valuable historical
information. The following translation
is taken from Apocrypha: An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed14:
"It is also found in the
records that the prophet Jeremiah ordered those who were carried away to take
some of the fire, as has been described, and that after giving them the Lae, the prophet charged those who were carried away not to
forget the Lord's command, and not to be led astray in their minds when they
saw gold and silver idols and their ornamentation. And with other similar exhortations he told
them that the Law should not pass from their hearts. It was also in the writing that the prophet,
in obedience to a revelation, gave orders that THE TENT AND THE ARK should
accompany him, and that he went away to the mountain where Moses went up and
beheld God's inheritance. And Jeremiah
came and found a cave-dwelling, and he took THE TENT AND THE ARK AND THE INCENSE
ALTER into it, and he blocked up the door.
And some of those who followed him came up to mark the road, and they
could not find it. But when Jeremiah
found it out, he blamed them and said, "This place shall be unknown until
God GATHERS THE CONGREGATION OF HIS PEOPLE together and shows his mercy. Then the Lord will show where they are, and
the glory of the Lord will appear, as in the days of Moses, and when Solomon
asked that the place might be made very sacred."" --II Maccabees
passage tells us that the location of the original Tabernacle, the Ark of the
Covenant and the Alter of Incense would be hidden until the "gathering of
the congregation of his people".
Again, God's regathering of His people in the
land of Israel is the "date stamp" for this significant reference.
Israel possesses Jordan, it could result in the return of the lost temple
treasures after 2500 years! Would it not
be just like our God to restore Israel's Temple treasures using His judgement
of their original oppressor, Babylon?
Would it not be just like our God to restore temple worship using an act
of judgement which He describes as "vengeance for His temple"
(Jeremiah 50:28, 51:11)?
God chooses this time to restore the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant and
the Altar of Incense to Israel, perhaps other treasures will be restored as
well. One of these treasures is the
"kalal" containing the Ashes of the Red
kalal is a pot which contains the ashes of a
sacrifice described in Numbers 19. These
ashes are required for the purification of individuals, especially the
priesthood. When Jerusalem was under
siege by the Romans in 70 AD, the kalal and other
treasures were hidden in the Judean hills.
Israel cannot resume biblical Temple worship until these ashes are found
and the priesthood is purified.
searches are currently underway. First,
some members of the Jewish community are making a worldwide search for a
spotless Red Heifer. Secondly, the
original kalal is being sought in the Qumran
caves. In 1989, these excavations
produced a small vessel of rare, 2,000 year old Balsam oil. Hopefully, these digs will soon produce the
detailed description of this search for these ashes and their significance may
be found in The Next Move: Current Events in Bible Prophecy by Rob Lindsted, PhD 15
Dr. Lindsted also points out the significance
of these ashes to the entire nation of Islam.
"Finding the ashes of the red heifer is
important even to the Arabs. The Moslem
bible is the Koran, and the first book is called Parah,
which literally translated means "The Calf." The
Moslems believe that whoever finds the ashes will rule the world. That's why the Arab countries are just as
interested as the Jews in finding the little kalal
containing the ashes of the last red heifer."
Israel finds the kalal, it is interesting to consider
what effect it would have on the Moslem world.
Will Moslems be obedient to their faith and cease to oppress
Israel? Will this add to Israel's "security
THE JUDGEMENT OF ARABIA
Saudi Arabia has
participated in every Arab-Israel War, has been one of the PLO's largest
sponsors and is the birthplace of Al Qaida . Their
treatment of God's People, as He has gathered them from the ends of the earth
has been reprehensible. They are rabidly
anti-Israeli, and will therefore be judged by Israel's God.
In Isaiah 21 we have
a prophecy of the Fall of Arabia. It is
very difficult to determine whether this has been historically fulfilled, or
whether we will yet see the fall of Saudi Arabia. The chapter begins by addressing the fall of
Babylon, perhaps indicating that Arabia will fall subsequent to Gulf War
II. The chapter then describes how
fugitives from the fighting will flee to Arabia and must be met with water and
bread. The chapter closes by saying:
"For thus the Lord said to
me, "In a year, as a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar [Arabia] will terminate; and the remainder of the
number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar,
will be few; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken."" Isaiah 21:16-17
Thus it appears that
Arabia will cease to be a prosperous, mighty nation exactly a year after the
influx of fugitives from Babylon's fall.
We know that it is "exactly a year" because of the expression "a
year as a hired man would count it."
A hired man wants a strict accounting of his time. He does not want the term of his employment
shorten, thus cutting his wages, nor does he want the terms of his employment
lengthen to his disadvantage, thus adding to his labor.
The fall of Saudi
Arabia could explain why they finally "sit out" of a war against
Israel - - the Russo-Israeli War. The
primary reason Saudi Arabia will not be involved in the Russo-Israeli War is
that they do not have the means or the ability to do so.
THE FUTURE OF EGYPT AND ASSYRIA
Although Israel and
Egypt have historically had their differences, Egypt is the only Moslem nation
which is not formally in a state of war with Israel. As a result of the 1979 Camp David Accords,
Israel and Egypt are officially at peace.
As a direct result of signing this treaty, Egypt was ostracized from the
Arab camp for ten years. Although this
peace with Israel did not please her Moslem brothers, it is clear that it has
pleased Israel's God. It appears that
Egypt's bravery on the spiritual battleground may have earned her a special
place in the Messianic Kingdom.
While we can all
easily identify Egypt on a map, "Assyria" is more difficult. The Assyrians originally lived in an area
which is now the much contested and mythical "Kurdistan". Their empire eventually covered the entire
"Fertile Crescent" -- the Tigris-Euphrates Valley and the eastern
Mediterranean coastline. While the
original inhabitants near the north east Mediterranean coast were called Arameans (sons of Aram) that area
soon became known as Syria from the name "Assyria." Therefore, in determining the modern identity
of "Assyria," we can each draw our own conclusions.
In Isaiah 19 we have
a prophecy about Egypt and "Assyria".
This passage has no clear "date stamp", so again, it is
difficult to determine whether this has been historically fulfilled or is yet
in our future. I believe that this could
be a futuristic prophecy because of the final state in which we find Egypt and
Assyria. This description has a
distinctive Messianic Kingdom ring to it!
Here is an outline of
the events of Isaiah 19:
Egypt is convulsed by a civil war (v.2) Could this be the
result of factionalism caused by the Gulf War?
Egypt is given into the hands of "a cruel master and a
mighty king" (v.4) Could this be the Prince's regime and his
appointed "king of the South" mentioned in Daniel 11:40?
Egypt endures economic hardship (v.5-15) The Nile dries up and there is no work.
Egypt becomes afraid of the Lord and is terrified by Israel
and God's work there (v.16-17)
Egypt has a spiritual awakening -- five of its cities begin
to speak Hebrew and worship God "with sacrifice and offering"
Egypt will be sent a Savior to deliver them (v.20) Could this be when
Messiah returns and destroys the Prince who is to come, thus delivering not
only Israel, but Egypt and the entire world?
Egypt will be "pruned" -- stricken, but with a
healing blow (v.22) Could the be referring to the judgement of the
nations, where Messiah Jesus will separate his followers and dispose of his
The chapter ends with
these exciting words:
"In that day there will be a
highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the
Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party
with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of
hosts has blessed, saying, "Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the
work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance." Isaiah 19:23-25
We also know from the
prophet Zechariah in chapter 14, verses 16-19, that during the Messianic
Kingdom, Egypt will sojourn to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of
hosts, and to celebrate "Succoth" -- the Feast of Booths, every
year. If they or any other surviving
nation does not fulfill this requirement they will have no rain.
From these passages,
I believe we can deduce that some of Israel's immediate neighbors will have a
believing remnant who will be not be totally destroyed, but will become
subjects in good standing in the Messianic Kingdom.
A SCENARIO FOR THE ARAB/MOSLEM FUTURE
If Gulf War I and II
represent the biblical Judgement of Babylon, what might we expect in the near
future? To be sure, there are numerous
viable scenarios, but let's try to pull together some of these prophetic events
into one such Middle Eastern scenario.
the threat of Gulf War II, Iraq pre-emptively attacks
Israel by going through Jordan -- "The Mother of all Suicides". (Jeremiah
US-Israeli attack on Iraq ensues and Gulf War II is underway. (Jeremiah
the Israeli retaliatory strike precipitates and quickly ends an
Israeli-Jordanian War leaving Israel in possession of Jordan (Isaiah 11:14)
Israeli retaliatory strike precipitates the perpetual desolation of Iraq
Due to the
effects of either the Rapture or the costs of Gulf War II, the US disappears
from the prophetic stage
which Israel exhibits in the destruction of Babylon, strikes terror in Moslem
hearts. "And the land of Judah will
become a terror to Egypt..." Isaiah 19:17.
attention focuses on “talks” about the future of Iraq while Turkey, Iran,
Kurdistan, and Syria descend on the "corpse" of Iraq and change the
game while it is in play.
nations, especially Egypt (Isaiah 19:2) and Turkey, are faced with civil unrest
from radical factions in their populations.
Radical control of the Turkish government becomes a precursor to Turkish
involvement in the Russo-Israeli War.
For a brief
period, these major power shifts divert World attention from Israel, leaving
them temporarily at "peace" within enlarged "secure"
borders. Israel is prepared for
victimization in the next steps of the scenario.
support for Saddam Hussein in Asian, African and Arab nations brings the
ability of the United Nation to be a fair arbiter of international justice into
question. As the EU grows in strength
and membership, the U.N. wanes as the flagship international body.
for a comprehensive Middle East Peace Covenant becomes enormous. A Conference to develop a Covenant with
Israel is convened by the Europeans and the evil Prince. (Daniel 9:27) They will attempt to restore an equilibrium
in the Middle East, and fix borders.
One of the
terms of the Covenant is to establish a regional, supra-national security
administrator. Egypt, torn by civil war,
could be put under the "protective wing" of its regional
administrator. (Isaiah 19:4) - - eventually considered, the "king of the
South". (Daniel 11:40)
Another of the
terms of this Covenant is the division of the Temple Mount. The existing Moslem sites, the Dome of the
Rock and the Aqsa Mosque, will be protected
(Revelation 11:2), and the Jews would be allowed to worship on the northern
section of the platform.
granted the ability to begin biblically ordained worship on the site of God's
ancient Temple. Free access to Jordan's
Mt Nebo precipitates the return of the original Tabernacle, Ark of the
Covenant, and Altar of Incense to Israel, and/or construction of a Third Temple
begins. In either case, Torah prescribed
worship and sacrifice becomes a reality after 2000 years of prayerful
longing. The discovery of the Ashes of
the Red Heifer not only purifies the site of worship and the priesthood, it
also is the death knell for most Moslem-Israeli hatred.
Russo-Israeli war coalition begins to coalesce:
nations including Libya (Put), Sudan/Ethiopia (Cush),
Iran (Persia), and Turkey (Gomer, Togarmah,
Meshech, Tubal) are jealous
of the prosperity and peace which Israel has enjoyed as a result of the fall of
Iraq and Jordan and conspire to destroy her.
(Sheba and Dedan) falls within a year of Iraq.
Egypt is under
the protectorship of a regional administrator.
Russo-Israeli War creates another power vacuum as God judges and destroys those
nations. It makes the post Gulf War
power vacuum pale by comparison. Russia,
Iran, Turkey and Libya are taken out of play, seriously shaking world political
The EU seizes
the moment. They quickly move to fill
the void, providing a blueprint for federalizing world government. This new plan voids prior covenants and gives
authority to the Prince for forty-two months (Revelation 13:5) to get the world
nations sign on to the new government, except Israel.
constant thorn in the world’s side is dealt with - - The Prince gathers the
nations to assault Israel -- a battle called Armageddon.
Although this is only
one viable scenario, we have seen how easily the current fighting and
maneuvering in the Middle East could lead not only to a Middle East Peace
Covenant, but to Moslem/Arab involvement in the Russo-Israeli War, and the
eventual establishment of the European empire as a world government. As soon as the Middle East Peace Covenant is
signed, the clock will begin ticking out seven years of judgement until the
establishment of the Messianic Kingdom.
The Gulf War may have set in motion the fulfillment of a wide array of
end time prophetic texts.
Although we now stand
in the "fuzzy middle part", we will not be there for long. If events prove that we are witnesses to the
fulfillment of Jeremiah's and Isaiah's prophecies, trust my friends, that there
will be many more following quickly on their heels.
These are exciting
times in which we live! The world is not
spinning out of control as many fear.
God is still in control.
"Let the name of God be
blessed forever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. And it is He who changes the times and the
epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men,
and knowledge to men of understanding.
It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in
the darkness, and the light dwells with Him." Daniel 2:20-22
God is, or is about
to judge the nations for their treatment of Israel. Pray for the world's leaders that they might
realize the everlasting implications of their diplomatic decision making. Write to your representatives in government
and implore them to support the nation of Israel in any way that they can. Israel's King and Messiah is coming, and the
world will soon have to answer to him.
Christian, you are
the salt of the earth. You must help
preserve it. Remind and warn your
national leaders and all those you encounter of God's eternal promise to Israel
" I will bless those who
bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. ..." Genesis 12:3
nations will rise and fall on their treatment of Israel and the Jewish
people. Men and nations must carefully
consider their actions and attitudes in this light, for they will soon be
answering to King Jesus, himself.
1 Jewish Press, 1/25/91
2 Pfeiffer, Charles F., Old Testament History, Baker
Book House, 1973, p. 473
3 New York Times, 1/20/91
4 New York Times, 5/2/91 Editorial Notebook
5 Ezekiel 37:10
6 New York Times, 3/22/91
7 The European, 3/8-10/91
8 Jeremiah 50:29
9 Isaiah 14:1,3
10 USA Today, 2/8/91
11 The Jewish Press, 3/8/91
12 New York Times, 4/28/91
13 Joel 3:2
14 Goodspeed, Edgar J., Apocrypha:
An American Translation, Chicago Press, 1956, p 447-448, as quoted in The
Exiting Discovery of The Ark of the Covenant by Dr. Anis A. Shorrosh, Anis Shorrosh
Evangelistic Association, Spanish Fort, AL, 1984 p.17-18.
15 Lindsted, Rob, The Next Move:
Current Events in Bible Prophecy, Bible Truth, 1985 p97
16 New York Times, 4/28/91
17 New York Times, 12/5/90
18 New York Times, 1/19/91
19 New York Times, 1/28/91
20 “Saddam's son fails to buy arms from Iran”, August 05,
21 “3. Saddam Bares All to Assad”,
DEBKA-Net-Weekly, Vol.2, Issue 73, August 16, 2002
22 “Saddam's Plan to Defeat U.S.”, Aug. 9, 2002, http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/8/8/171130.shtml
23 “2. Saddam Has Nukes, Opts for Pre-emptive Strike”,
DEBKA-Net-Weekly, Vol.2, Issue 73,
August 16, 2002
24 ““'If attacked, Israel might nuke Iraq'” ,