by James Merritt

Baghdad and the Bible
James Merritt
Revelation 18


1. He is 54 years old. He is just a shade under 6 ft. tall. His bushy, yet well trimmed mustache, black hair, and chiseled looks, have been plastered over every newspaper and television screen in the civilized world. Five years ago no one knew his name. Now you can hardly go anywhere in the world where no one knows his name.

2. Literally overnight, Saddam Hussein has lifted both himself and his country into the forefront of world attention. Personally, I do not believe that this has been incidental or coincidental. I believe it has been providential. I believe that we could very well be seeing a countdown to Armageddon.

3. Now in saying that, I am not trying to be an alarmist. Neither am I saying that I believe that Armageddon is around the corner. But I do believe much of what we are seeing in the Middle East is simply setting the stage for the last days and making things ready for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

4. The reason why I believe that this war is fraught with such tremendous significance is not primarily because of who we are warring against, but more where the war is being fought. If you are remotely familiar with geography or Bible history, you know that modern Iraq is the same place as ancient Babylon. The names have been changed to protect the guilty.

5. I believe the Bible prophecies that Babylon will be rebuilt only to be destroyed. You may remember that Babel, the original city, was founded by a man named Nimrod. Nimrod is a type of the anti-christ. Several times, in the book of Genesis, he is called mighty, for he was a mighty hunter. His name literally meant rebel, for the city he founded led in a rebellion against God and became the home of humanism, demonism, spiritualism, and secularism which has soaked and surrounded our world today.

6. Ancient Babylon became the fountainhead and the home of modern day cults and false religions. It was here ...

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