Thursday, February 21, 2008

Viewing Iraq from the Third Lens of Scripture

I am enjoying The Epicenter, by Joel Rosenberg, very much. This read is teaching me a lot about prophecy in light of current world affairs. I am quoting from his book verbatim on some key points for consideration below:

Those who argue that Iraq’s liberation will not succeed in bringing about a season of stability and prosperity are making the mistake of viewing current events through only political and economic lenses….for when one views Iraq’s future through the third lens of Scripture, a much different picture emerges. (p. 172-173)

Iraq is described by the Hebrew prophets Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel, as well as by the apostle John in the book of Revelation, as a center of unprecedented wealth and power in the last days before the return of Christ. The city of Babylon not only literally comes back from the dead in the last days, but the writers of Scripture portray her as Iraq’s future capital. In Revelation 18, Babylon is described as a “great city” and a center of “extravagant luxury.” (p. 174)

Some Christians…have asked if the effort to liberate and rebuild Iraq is worth it, knowing the evil that lies ahead. In other words, are all our blood, toil, tears, and sweat making Iraq safe for democracy or safe for the Antichrist? The answer, honestly, is both. (p. 185)

Babylon Rising

On April 18, 2006, the NY Times reported a front page story that “Babylon, the mud-brick city with the million-dollar name, has paid the price of war. It has ransacked, looted, torn up, paved over, neglected and roughly occupied…but Iraqi leaders and United Nations officials are not giving up. They are working assiduously to restore Babylon, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and turn it into a cultural center and possibly even an Iraqi theme park.” The mayor of the area says that, “God willing,” they will even build a Holiday Inn. (p.187)

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