By N. Brad Carter, JR PE / guest columnist
The Meridian Star
The Radio Bible Class begins a study in the book of Daniel and the events Daniel sees “until the time of the end.” Daniel was taken into captivity as a son of the royal court when he was approximately 15 along with three of his friends.
It was August 605 BC and the beginning of the rule of the gentiles over Israel. Dr. Luke 21:24 states that Jews “will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” But God prophesied in Amos 9:15 and said, “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, says the LORD thy God.”
Thus, it has been 2,550 years and more of roaming since Israel ruled the promise land. Until May 14, 1948 when Israel was established as a nation and Jerusalem was once again ruled by Israel following the 1967 six day war. Prophetic history was visually observed in this generation.
In Daniel’s day, according to 2 Kings 24, Judah was overthrown and carried into captivity in the “days of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon along with a league of “Chaldeans, of Syrians, of Moabites (sons of Lot), and of Ammonites” who sought to destroy Judah. Today, we call this land Iraq!
Iraq or Babylon has been at war for 2,600 years. The long history of Babylon is interesting to the reader of Genesis and its’ orientation in the world. The description of the Garden of Eden (2:11-14) places its location in or near four rivers and two are easily found to be the Tigris (Hiddekel) and the Euphrates which run through the heart of Iraq.
When Adam made his exit from the Garden to the East, God placed a Cherubim to guard the East side of the Garden. (Gen3:24) Thus, the Bible gives a good indication that the cradle of mankind was near Babylon, Iraq.
What “Signpost” does the believer see in the war and turmoil in Iraq? The most significant change in the events of the once great nation of Babylon, now known as Iraq, is the “circling of the wagons” in preparation for the war of Ezekiel 38 with Gog in league with Middle East nations who hate the people God established in the nation of Israel.
It was necessary to remove the leadership of Sadam Hussain to allow for a natural evolvement of selection for endorsement of the One World Leader of Daniel 9 and Revelation 13, the anti-Christ. Libyan Muammar Gaddafi, Egyptian Hosni Mubarak, Iran’s Ahmadinejad and others have all been removed from power as preparation is made for a new world leader.
The purpose of the prophecies given by God is not to scare the Bible believer, but to let us know that God is in control. God has had this plan in place since the beginning and he revealed the historical conditions that will come into play when he placed Israel back into the land of Promise.
The statement in Amos that He would “plant them upon their land” and they “shall no more be pulled up out of their land” should send an alert to every student of history.
N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.