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Praying & Prophesying Through The War

The past is not just for remembrance but also serves as a cautionary reminder!

Ancient Babylonia was where modern-day Iraq is. Babylon, its ancient walled capital, was located between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers This pagan city was situated about 485 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of the Persian Gulf and about 49 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of modern Baghdad in Iraq.

According to Babylonian tradition, Babylon was built by the god Marduk before 2300 B. C. It was one of the oldest cities of the ancient world. Genesis 10:10 mentions Babel as part of the empire of Nimrod.

I have gathered some links between Iraq and Babylon, and between Saddam and Nebuchadnezzar for your prophetic information and insights:

Iraq - Babylon
Broadcast: 29/4/1997
Reporter: James Schofield


"In the sixth century BC Babylon, with its Hanging Gardens and Tower of Babel, was the greatest city in the world. Today it's been largely rebuilt by Saddam Hussein in an effort to acquire for himself, the mantle of greatness that surrounded Babylon's famous king, Nebuchadnezzar. But with sanctions destroying the economy and Saddam an international pariah, Babylon is a tribute solely to former glory, despite Saddam's dreams."

Saddam's Babylon
Rick MacInnes-Rae, CBC Radio | August 2002

"A plaque on the wall outside Babylon makes it clear Saddam sees himself as the Nebuchadnezzar of his generation. He plainly believes rebuilding Babylon makes him its modern-day patron, and a modern-day king. But the bricks of Babylon did not survive the onslaught of time and neither will Saddam. Pity so many have to die as he learns it."

Saddam Hussein and History 101
By Eric H. Cline

Although Nebuchadnezzar was neither Arab nor Moslem, Saddam Hussein’s "Nebuchadnezzar Imperial Complex," as one psychologist called it, has been remarkably consistent. In the late 1980s he promoted the Iraqi Arts Festival called "From Nebuchadnezzar to Saddam Hussein." He also had a replica of Nebuchadnezzar’s war chariot built and had himself photographed standing in it. He ordered images of himself and Nebuchadnezzar beamed, side by side, into the night sky over Baghdad as part of a laser light show. He has spent millions rebuilding the ancient site of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar’s capital city, provoking fears among Christian fundamentalists who see this as one of the signs of the end times and the imminent approach of Armageddon.

47 Countries take part in Iraq's Babylon Festival

More than 47 countries take part in the 10-day Babylon cultural festival which opened on September 22, 2000 in sanctions-hit Iraq, according to Information Minister Human Abdel Khaleq. Their participation in the festival bore "witness to the solidarity of several countries with Iraq in its struggle to get the embargo lifted and put a stop to the plots by the US and British administrations, supported by the Saudi and Kuwaiti regimes," he said.

In keeping abreast with the current war in Iraq, I come across Jeremiah 50 & 51 which I believe we can use in sending prayer ammunitions and prophetic missiles into the current war in Iraq:

(*Note that I am neither on the side of USA or Iraq...I'm on the Lord's side. <Joshua 5:13-14>)

Jeremiah 50

  1. Babylon This is the message from the Lord against Babylon and the Chaldeans, spoken by Jeremiah the prophet:
  2. "Tell all the world that Babylon will be destroyed; her god Marduk will be utterly disgraced!
  3. For a nation shall come down upon her from the north with such destruction that no one shall live in her again; all shall be gone-- both men and animals shall flee.
  4. "Then the people of Israel and Judah shall join together, weeping and seeking the Lord their God.
  5. They shall ask the way to Zion and start back home again. 'Come,' they will say, 'let us be united to the Lord with an eternal pledge that will never be broken again.'
  6. "My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds led them astray and then turned them loose in the mountains. They lost their way and didn't remember how to get back to the fold.
  7. All who found them devoured them and said, 'We are permitted to attack them freely, for they have sinned against the Lord, the God of justice, the hope of their fathers.'
  8. "But now, flee from Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans; lead my people home again.
  9. For see, I am raising up an army of great nations from the north, and I will bring them against Babylon to attack her, and she shall be destroyed. The enemies' arrows go straight to the mark; they do not miss!
  10. And Babylon shall be sacked until everyone is sated with loot," says the Lord.
  11. "Though you were glad, O Chaldeans, plunderers of my people, and are fat as cows that feed in lush pastures, and neigh like stallions,
  12. yet your mother shall be overwhelmed with shame, for you shall become the least of the nations-- a wilderness, a dry and desert land.
  13. Because of the anger of the Lord, Babylon shall become deserted wasteland, and all who pass by shall be appalled and shall mock at her for all her wounds.
  14. "Yes, prepare to fight with Babylon, all you nations round about; let the archers shoot at her; spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord.
  15. Shout against her from every side. Look! She surrenders! Her walls have fallen. The Lord has taken vengeance. Do to her as she has done!
  16. Let the farmhands all depart. Let them rush back to their own lands as the enemies advance.
  17. "The Israelites are like sheep the lions chase. First the king of Assyria ate them up; then Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, crunched their bones."
  18. Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, says: "Now I will punish the king of Babylon and his land as I punished the king of Assyria.
  19. And I will bring Israel home again to her own land, to feed in the fields of Carmel and Bashan and to be happy once more on Mount Ephraim and Mount Gilead.
  20. In those days," says the Lord, "no sin shall be found in Israel or in Judah, for I will pardon the remnant I preserve.
  21. "Go up, O my warriors, against the land of Merathaim and against the people of Pekod. Yes, march against Babylon, the land of rebels, a land that I will judge! Annihilate them, as I have commanded you.
  22. Let there be the shout of battle in the land, a shout of great destruction.
  23. Babylon, the mightiest hammer in all the earth, lies broken and shattered. Babylon is desolate among the nations!
  24. O Babylon, I have set a trap for you and you are caught, for you have fought against the Lord.
  25. "The Lord has opened his armory and brought out weapons to explode his wrath upon his enemies. The terror that befalls Babylon will be the work of the Lord God.
  26. Yes, come against her from distant lands; break open her granaries; knock down her walls and houses into heaps of ruins and utterly destroy her; let nothing be left.
  27. Not even her cattle-- woe to them too! Kill them all! For the time has come for Babylon to be devastated.
  28. "But my people will flee; they will escape back to their own country to tell how the Lord their God has broken forth in fury upon those who destroyed his Temple.
  29. "Send out a call for archers to come to Babylon; surround the city so that none can escape. Do to her as she has done to others, for she has haughtily defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
  30. Her young men will fall in the streets and die; her warriors will all be killed.
  31. For see, I am against you, O people so proud; and now your day of reckoning has come.
  32. Land of pride, you will stumble and fall, and no one will raise you up; for the Lord will light a fire in the cities of Babylon that will burn everything around them."
  33. "The Lord says: The people of Israel and Judah have been wronged. Their captors hold them and refuse to let them go.
  34. But their Redeemer is strong. His name is the Lord Almighty. He will plead for them and see that they are freed to live again in quietness in Israel. "As for the people of Babylon-- there is no rest for them!
  35. The sword of destruction shall smite the Chaldeans," says the Lord. "It shall smite the people of Babylon-- her princes and wise men too.
  36. All her wise counselors shall become fools! Panic shall seize her mightiest warriors!
  37. War shall devour her horses and chariots, and her allies from other lands shall become as weak as women. Her treasures shall all be robbed;
  38. even her water supply will fail. And why? Because the whole land is full of images, and the people are madly in love with their idols.
  39. "Therefore this city of Babylon shall become inhabited by ostriches and jackals; it shall be a home for the wild animals of the desert. Never again shall it be lived in by human beings; it shall lie desolate forever.
  40. The Lord declares that he will destroy Babylon just as he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns. No one has lived in them since, and no one will live again in Babylon.
  41. "See them coming! A great army from the north! It is accompanied by many kings called by God from many lands.
  42. They are fully armed for slaughter; they are cruel and show no mercy; their battle cry roars like the surf against the shoreline. O Babylon, they ride against you fully ready for the battle."
  43. When the king of Babylon received the dispatch, his hands fell helpless at his sides; pangs of terror gripped him like the pangs of a woman in labor.
  44. "I will send against them an invader who will come upon them suddenly, like a lion from the jungles of Jordan that leaps upon the grazing sheep. I will put her defenders to flight and appoint over them whomsoever I please. For who is like me? What ruler can oppose my will? Who can call me to account?"
  45. Listen to the plan of the Lord against Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans. For even little children shall be dragged away as slaves; oh, the horror; oh, the terror.
  46. The whole earth shall shake at Babylon's fall, and her cry of despair shall be heard around the world.

Jeremiah 51

  1. The Lord says: "I will stir up a destroyer against Babylon, against that whole land of the Chaldeans, and destroy it.
  2. Winnowers shall come and winnow her and blow her away; they shall come from every side to rise against her in her day of trouble.
  3. The arrows of the enemy shall strike down the bowmen of Babylon and pierce her warriors in their coats of mail. No one shall be spared; both young and old alike shall be destroyed.
  4. They shall fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans, slashed to death in her streets.
  5. For the Lord Almighty has not forsaken Israel and Judah. He is still their God, but the land of the Chaldeans is filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel."
  6. Flee from Babylon! Save yourselves! Don't get trapped! If you stay, you will be destroyed when God takes his vengeance on all of Babylon's sins.
  7. Babylon has been as a gold cup in the Lord's hands, a cup from which he made the whole earth drink and go mad.
  8. But now, suddenly Babylon too has fallen. Weep for her; give her medicine; perhaps she can yet be healed.
  9. We would help her if we could, but nothing can save her now. Let her go. Abandon her and return to your own land, for God is judging her from heaven.
  10. The Lord has vindicated us. Come, let us declare in Jerusalem all the Lord our God has done.
  11. Sharpen the arrows! Lift up the shields! For the Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes to march on Babylon and destroy her. This is his vengeance on those who wronged his people and desecrated his Temple.
  12. Prepare your defenses, Babylon! Set many watchmen on your walls; send out an ambush, for the Lord will do all he has said he would concerning Babylon.
  13. O wealthy port, great center of commerce, your end has come; the thread of your life is cut.
  14. The Lord Almighty has taken this vow and sworn to it in his own name: "Your cities shall be filled with enemies, like fields filled with locusts in a plague, and they shall lift to the skies their mighty shouts of victory."
  15. God made the earth by his power and wisdom. He stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
  16. When he speaks there is thunder in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to rise around the world; he brings the lightning with the rain and the winds from his treasuries.
  17. Compared to him, all men are stupid beasts. They have no wisdom-- none at all! The silversmith is dulled by the images he makes, for in making them he lies; for he calls them gods when there is not a breath of life in them at all!
  18. Idols are nothing! They are lies! And the time is coming when God will come and see, and shall destroy them all.
  19. But the God of Israel is no idol! For he made everything there is, and Israel is his nation; the Lord Almighty is his name.
  20. "Cyrus is God's battleaxe and sword. I will use you," says the Lord, "to break nations in pieces and to destroy many kingdoms.
  21. With you I will crush armies, destroying the horse and his rider, the chariot and the charioteer--
  22. yes, and the civilians too, both old and young, young men and maidens,
  23. shepherds and flocks, farmers and oxen, captains and rulers;
  24. before your eyes I will repay Babylon and all the Chaldeans for all the evil they have done to my people," says the Lord.
  25. "For see, I am against you, O mighty mountain, Babylon, destroyer of the earth! I will lift my hand against you, roll you down from your heights, and leave you, a burnt-out mountain.
  26. You shall be desolate forever; even your stones shall never be used for building again. You shall be completely wiped out."
  27. Signal many nations to mobilize for war on Babylon. Sound the battle cry; bring out the armies of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. Appoint a leader; bring a multitude of horses!
  28. Bring against her the armies of the kings of the Medes and their generals, and the armies of all the countries they rule.
  29. Babylon trembles and writhes in pain, for all that the Lord has planned against her stands unchanged. Babylon will be left desolate without a living soul.
  30. Her mightiest soldiers no longer fight; they stay in their barracks. Their courage is gone; they have become as women. The invaders have burned the houses and broken down the city gates.
  31. Messengers from every side come running to the king to tell him all is lost!
  32. All the escape routes are blocked; the fortifications are burning, and the army is in panic.
  33. "For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Babylon is like the wheat upon a threshing floor; in just a little while the flailing will begin."
  34. The Jews in Babylon say, "Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has eaten and crushed us and emptied out our strength; he has swallowed us like a great monster and filled his belly with our riches; he has cast us out of our own country.
  35. May Babylon be repaid for all she did to us! May she be paid in full for all our blood she spilled!"
  36. And the Lord replies: "I will be your lawyer; I will plead your case; I will avenge you. I will dry up her river, her water supply,
  37. and Babylon shall become a heap of ruins, haunted by jackals, a land horrible to see, incredible, without a living soul.
  38. In their drunken feasts, the men of Babylon roar like lions.
  39. And while they lie inflamed with all their wine, I will prepare a different kind of feast for them and make them drink until they fall unconscious to the floor, to sleep forever, never to waken again," says the Lord.
  40. "I will bring them like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.
  41. "How Babylon is fallen-- great Babylon, lauded by all the earth! The world can scarcely believe its eyes at Babylon's fall!
  42. The sea has risen upon Babylon; she is covered by its waves.
  43. Her cities lie in ruins-- she is a dry wilderness where no one lives nor even travelers pass by.
  44. And I will punish Bel, the god of Babylon, and pull from his mouth what he has taken. The nations shall no longer come and worship him; the wall of Babylon has fallen.
  45. "O my people, flee from Babylon; save yourselves from the fierce anger of the Lord.
  46. But don't 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 civil war as the governors of Babylon fight against each other.
  47. For the time is surely coming when I will punish this great city and all her idols; her dead shall lie in the streets.
  48. Heaven and earth shall rejoice, for out of the north shall come destroying armies against Babylon," says the Lord.
  49. "Just as Babylon killed the people of Israel, so must she be killed.
  50. Go, you who escaped the sword! Don't stand and watch-- flee while you can! Remember the Lord and return to Jerusalem far away!"
  51. "We are ashamed because the Temple of the Lord has been defiled by foreigners from Babylon."
  52. "Yes," says the Lord. "But the time is coming for the destruction of the idols of Babylon. All through the land will be heard the groans of the wounded.
  53. Though Babylon be as powerful as heaven, though she increase her strength immeasurably, she shall die," says the Lord.
  54. "Listen! Hear the cry of great destruction out of Babylon, the land the Chaldeans rule!
  55. For the Lord is destroying Babylon; her mighty voice is stilled as the waves roar in upon her.
  56. Destroying armies come and slay her mighty men; all her weapons break in her hands, for the Lord God gives just punishment and is giving Babylon all her due.
  57. I will make drunk her princes, wise men, rulers, captains, warriors. They shall sleep and not wake up again!" So says the King, the Lord Almighty.
  58. "For the wide walls of Babylon shall be leveled to the ground, and her high gates shall be burned; the builders from many lands have worked in vain-- their work shall be destroyed by fire!"
  59. During the fourth year of Zedekiah's reign, this message came to Jeremiah to give to Seraiah (son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah), concerning Seraiah's capture and exile to Babylon along with Zedekiah, king of Judah. (Seraiah was quartermaster of Zedekiah's army.)
  60. Jeremiah wrote on a scroll all the terrible things God had scheduled against Babylon-- all the words written above--
  61. and gave the scroll to Seraiah and said to him, "When you get to Babylon, read what I have written and say,
  62. 'Lord, you have said that you will destroy Babylon so that not a living creature will remain, and it will be abandoned forever.'
  63. Then, when you have finished reading the scroll, tie a rock to it, and throw it into the Euphrates River,
  64. and say, 'So shall Babylon sink, never more to rise, because of the evil I am bringing upon her.'" (This ends Jeremiah's messages.) (TLB)