Iraq in the Bible; Pray for Iraq to be rebuilt peacefully
(Paul Ciniraj Mohamed, India)
It is a great responsibility for the descendants of Abraham, especially the children of God to pray for Iraq and the innocent Christians, Muslims and all others who are being persecuted nowadays. People are under fear. Not only christians, but other innocent people also trying to flee from Iraq. Certainly Iraq was the part of our forefathers and it really makes sentiments on our faith. So it is indeed Iraq should be rebuilt in a peaceful atmosphere by the grace of God Almighty, if our Lord jesus' return is becoming late. God will do it if HIS people pray together tearfully with a sincere heart.
Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.
Persia was in the location of modern day Iran. Assyria and Babylon are in different parts of modern day Iraq.
1. Adam and Eve were created in Iraq (Genesis 2:7-8).
2. The garden of Eden was in Iraq (Genesis 2:10-14).
3. Satan made his first recorded appearance in Iraq (Genesis 3:1-6).
4. Mesopotamia which is now Iraq was the cradle of civilization.
5. Noah built the ark in Iraq (Genesis 6:13-22).
6. Nimrod established Babylon and the Tower of Babel was built in Iraq: (Genesis 10:8-97;11:1-4).
7. The confusion of the languages took place in Iraq: Genesis 11:5-11.
8. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq (Genesis 11:31;Acts 7:2-4).
9. Isaac's wife Rebekka is from Nahor which is in Iraq.
10.Jacob spent 20 years in Iraq (Genesis 27:42-45;31:38).
11.The first world Empire was in Iraq (Daniel 1:1-2;2:36-38).
12.Assyria which is in Iraq conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
13.Babylon which is in Iraq destroyed Jerusalem.
14.The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (that's good news to know that JESUS has been in Iraq too as the 4th person in the fiery furnace) -- (Daniel 3: 20-26)..
15.Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the "writing on the wall" in Iraq.
16.Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
17.The descendants of the Medes are the Kurds who are in parts of modern day northern Iraq. It was called the Medo-Persian Empire.
18.The greatest revival in history was in a city in Iraq (Jonah preached in Nineveh): Jonah 3.
19.The events of the book of Esther took place in Iraq: Esther.
20.Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
21.Amos cried out in Iraq.
22.The book of Nahum was a prophecy against a city in Iraq: Nahum.
23.The wise men were from Iraq.
24.Peter preached in Iraq.
25. The "Empire of Man" described in Revelation is called Babylon which was a city in Iraq! (Babylon was not only an empire but a capitol city at the heart of an empire. And that city, that heart, was in what is now Iraq): (Revelation: chapters 17,18).
26.No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.
I suppose Esther was the queen of the Persian king, so that shouldn't have been in Iraq. Also, I'm unclear whether Daniel in the Lions Den would have been in Iraq since that, too, happened under the Persian king. However, he could have stayed in Babylon and had it happen under the Persian regent.
Present Geography of Iraq
Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait.
Land Size : 432,162 sq km
Climate/Weather : Mostly desert; mild to cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers; northern mountainous regions along Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq.
Population : 25,374,691 (July 2004 est.).
Capital City: Baghdad.
Main Industries : petroleum, chemicals, textiles, construction materials, food processing.
Agricultural products : wheat, barley, rice, vegetables, dates, cotton; cattle, sheep.
Languages: Arabic (official language); Other languages: Armenian, Assyrian, Kurdish.
Paul Ciniraj Mohamed,
Salem Voice Ministries.