Iraq is considered to be the cradle of civilization when God created the earth. This is the land in which it is believed that the Garden of Eden was located. Genesis 2:10 states “a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted and split into four heads.” And the fourth river is Euphrates. Historically, this same river was the eastern border of the great Roman Empire as we know it, today, as the river that divides Persia/Iran from the land we know as Babylon/Iraq.
It was the Babylonian Empire that conquered the nation of Israel in 605 BC, capturing Daniel and others for relocation back to Babylon to create a world dynasty. It was in the time zone of that captivity that Jeremiah prophesied doom on Babylon. “And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, says the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Babylonians, and will make it perpetual desolations (a wasteland forever. (Jer25:12)
As we look at the U.S. causalities during the Iraq war, America sees pain and grief in the cause for freedom over the many years of conflict. Wounded warriors have suffered a fractured life as they return to the great shores of freedom. This war was not a rebellion nor was it a war without a cause.
The cause first of all was a deterrent to weapons of mass destruction. Current news shows the manufacturing facilities of chemical and biological weapons developed by Saddam Hussein regardless of the news stories of 12 years ago. We also know that Syria continues to be in possession of chemical weapons that are believed to have come out of Iraq.In addition Saddam had already invaded Iran and Kuwait and was a collaborator of terrorist in the region.
God said that Babylon/Iraq would be a wasteland forever. Must we concern ourselves with these people in the cradle, near the beginning location, of the world? It was near this location that the son of Abraham who was named Ishmael, God said, “shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand shall be against everyone and everyone's hand shall be against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren." (Gen 16:12)
This wasteland as God calls it in Iraq in the Middle East has oil. The value of the oil is such that God said 2,600 years ago that he would put a hook in the jaw of Magog/Russia and pull them into action in the Middle East. "I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws." (Eze 38:9) "You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you." Oil is that hook in the jaw and is the engine of war.
When we look at the text of the Bible and the invasions in the Middle East during the last days there is no imperative that declares the involvement of Babylon/Iraq in the final conflicts. The absence places the potential importance on Iraq near the end of the church age at a point of irrelevance with the exception of the development of a terrorist state on neighbors and the world.
Jesus said in Matthew 24 that you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled. For this will be at the beginning of sorrows. And, the world sees the beginning of the spirit of deception upon the world. The end is not yet!
N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at email@example.com.