FACTS: 168,927 miles – A little bigger than California
BAGHDAD is the Capital City
ARABIC is the official language, ISLAM is the official religion
IRAQ is not mentioned in the Bible but Mesopotamia is: Genesis 24:10, Deuteronomy 23:4,
Judges 3:8, 3:10, 1 Chronicles 19:6, Acts 2:9, 7:2 (7 times)
Mesopotamia was conquered over 1200 years ago by Arabs and changed the name to IRAQ
IRAQ means “Country with deep roots”
Genesis 2:8 states “the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden”.
Many believe Genesis 2:10-14 was the land of EDEN later called Mesopotamia which was later named IRAQ by the Arabs. Therefore, Adam and Eve were created, Satan first earthly appearance, and the fall of mankind all occurred in IRAQ.
Genesis 11:1-8 is the story of the tower of Babel, which was located in IRAQ. Genesis 10:8-10 gives a good description of its location.
According to Acts 7:2 “The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,”, Abram was from IRAQ.
Isaac’s wife came from IRAQ, (Mesopotamia) Genesis 24:4
God saved the whole city of Nineveh (Jonah) which is in IRAQ, about 225 miles north of Babylon.
The Jews spent 70 years in captivity in IRAQ, Ezra 2:1. Which means Zerubbabel and Nehemiah came from IRAQ to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple and the Wall. The fiery Furnace, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego occurred in IRAQ. Daniel was thrown in the Lion’s Den in IRAQ.
The story of Esther happened in IRAQ. The Medes and Persians were ruling in IRAQ with Babylon as their capital.
The book in Nahum is a prophecy against Nineveh, a city in northern IRAQ.
AS we can see Mesopotamia is much in the scripture, but today we know it as IRAQ. So, is IRAQ mentioned in future Bible events? Remember, BABYLON is in IRAQ.
Saddam Hussein is best known for serving as Iraq’s fifth President, in power when the U.S. invaded Iraq. He was later hanged, December 30, 2006, for war crimes. He hated Israel and all who helped her, this included America. He promised to destroy the USA and fill many coffins with our dead. For years he fired deadly missiles at Israel.
Some of the following has happened and more is still to come: From Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 50:9 For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.
Jeremiah 50:14 Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she hath sinned against the Lord.
Jeremiah 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel.
Jeremiah 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple.
In his day, Jeremiah meant arrows to be darts shot from a bow. Today, one of the missile systems Israel defends herself with is a missile system known as the ARROW. One day soon will be the final destruction of BABYLON (IRAQ). Consider the following:
Jeremiah 50:15 Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the Lord: take vengeance upon her; as she hath done, do unto her.
Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
Note the River Euphrates is in IRAQ and has protected BABYLON from land invasion from the east for centuries.
Jeremiah 50:34 Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
Jeremiah 51:49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
Jeremiah 51:64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary.
Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
Revelation 18:21-23 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
Thus Israel will find peace with their redeemer, the LORD of hosts, and BABYLON will be no more.
Good Reference Book – Unveiling Islam by Caner & Caner
Authors: Brothers Ergun and Emir Caner have lived the Muslim life