Keith's Comments
Iraq, Jeremiah and Isaiah
Due to the upcoming conflict with Iraq, which at this point appears unavoidable, we have searched the Scriptures to ascertain if this particular conflict is mentioned. We believe we may have found a direct reference to it in Jeremiah chapter 51. Keep in mind, 'Babylon' in this context, is the nation of Iraq:

Iraq's involvement with the terrorism in Israel will be exposed and dealt with accordingly:

"As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth." (Jeremiah 51:49)

The U.S. led coalition will be victorious. Iraq will simply be out-gunned:

"Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite." (Jeremiah 51:56)

Saddam may be killed ("perpetual sleep") in the conflict:

"And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts." (Jeremiah 51:57)

The conflict could be nuclear or biological ("desolate forever"):

"Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever." (Jeremiah 51:62)

Also, it was reported in January 2003 that Iraq has placed missile launchers along the southern Syrian border, south of Damascus, so as to shoot at Israel when Iraq is attacked. In October 2001, Iraq signed a "Military Alliance Agreement" with Syria stating that if anyone attacks Iraq or Syria, the attacking force will receive retaliation by the other country. Saddam has already stated that if Iraq is attacked, he will shoot weapons of mass destruction at Israel. Here's a possible scenario which could take place:

1. The U.S. led coalition will attack Iraq, then

2. Iraq will attack Israel as Saddam has stated.

3. Israel will then retaliate against Iraq,

4. Allowing Syria to attack Israel, thereby upholding its' end of the "Military Alliance Agreement".

5. Israel will retaliate against Syria, possibly fulfilling the Isaiah 17 prophecy of Damascus becoming a "ruinous heap":

"The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." (Isaiah 17:1)

We have no direct evidence if the Jeremiah prophecy is referring to the current U.S./Iraq situation, or if the events we are speculating will take place during that conflict, because it has yet to occur. But, we do know that both the Jeremiah and Isaiah prophecies have yet to be fulfilled, and that God's Word in the Bible is sure. If either event takes place as we have suggested, the secular world will have a difficult time denying the validity of God's Word or His authority. If these events do not occur during this conflict, we can be assured that eventually they will:

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." ( 2 Peter 1:21)

Keith

02-05-2003

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