Today we continue our in-depth study with part 3 of our first session in the book of Daniel. This one will cover the significant role Iraq plays in the Bible. If you missed our previous 2 you can read part 1 here, and part 2 here. So with that said, let’s get into the text of this great book.
So here we go. Jehoiakim was the king of Judah at this time and like we referred to earlier, Nebuchadnezzar has come in and invaded the land. We’re going to learn a lot about Nebuchadnezzar as we go along through this book. He has a lot of amazing attributes. He was one of the mightiest kings who ever lived. So there were a lot of things remarkable about him, but we’ll also see that there were a lot of things…. how do I put it. Let’s say not so amazing about him. One of the main characteristics we’ll discover about him is that he is very unstable. One moment he could be smiling at you, but you say one thing that strikes him the wrong way, and look out. Things won’t be working out so well for you.
And so Nebuchadnezzar besieged Judah. He actually besieged it 3 times. The first time is when Daniel and his friends, along with thousands others were taken captive. He besieged it, but he didn’t destroy it. The 2nd time, he took the king, his mother, and all the vessels from inside the temple. Still didn’t destroy it. Then the third time, Nebuchadnezzar finally had enough of Judah and Jerusalem. And it’s at that time he kills king Zedekiah and his sons. He also destroys Jerusalem. He destroys the temple and basically burns down Jerusalem.
Now the next thing we need to notice is that this king is from the land of Shinar. Shinar is located where?
Modern day Iraq.
And that’s significant. I submit to you that it is extremely significant as we study prophecy.
In light of the fact that Iraq has, since 1990, and even a little before then been center stage in world events is something that demands our attention. Any serious student of prophecy realizes immediately that Iraq is where world history started, and Iraq will be center stage when this age’s final chapter will be written.
Significance of Iraq – Did you know…?
- Many Bible Scholars, based on Genesis 2:8 to 2:14, believe the Garden of Eden was in Iraq. The Tigris and the Euphrates river, both mentioned there, flow through Iraq
- Even secular scientists call Mesopotamia the cradle of civilization, because they believe mankind got their start there. Mesopotamia means “between the rivers” referring to the Tigris and the Euphrates. Most of ancient Mesopotamia is located in Iraq
- The Tower of Babel
- Many scholars believe it was in Iraq
- Abraham was from a place called Ur of the Chaldeans, which was located in Iraq
- Jonah was sent to prophecy to Nineveh
- Nineveh was a city in Assyria and is in modern day Iraq. As a matter of fact, Mosul, in northern Iraq which may sound familiar to you because it was recently in the news quite a bit. Mosul is one of the major cities that ISIS has taken over and driven out all the Christians. Modern day Mosul, is where Nineveh was located
- The Assyrians, who invaded the Northern Kingdom of Israel, were from Iraq.
- Babylon, of course, is in Iraq and is located just 53 miles south of Baghdad
- Babylon plays a major role in the book of Revelation as we will touch on in this study
So, I say all that to say this. Iraq is extremely significant. And as students of prophecy, we really need to pay attention to what is going on over there.
Now the last thing I want to point out on these verses, is the fact that it says Nebuchadnezzar put the vessels from God’s temple, into the temple of his god. We won’t spend much time on this now, but this becomes significant when we get to chapter 5, when a future king of Babylon, King Belshazzar thinks it’s a good idea to use these sanctified vessels to drink wine out of, and basically use them to party with….We’ll see that doesn’t work out so well for him.
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