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Iraq - Years Ago

We hear so much today about the nation of Iraq, perhaps without knowing or realizing what that area had to do with Biblical history and how it was involved with some of our good ancient friends.

Iraq is the nation occupying land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and makes up the northern and eastern portions of the Fertile Crescent. It was ancient Mesopotamia and was later taken from Turkey during World War I and assigned to Britain as a League of Nations mandate. The mandate expired in 1932 and the nation of Iraq became independent.

It is rich in spiritual history as it is in natural resources. It was the site of the city of Babylon which once ruled the Babylonian Empire and served as the captive home for Ezekiel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as well as Daniel. The city of Or,  home of Abram, was in what is now Iraq, from which he and his father began their migration to the land of Canaan, where present-day Israel is located.

There were two great cities in this area, Ninevah, home of Sennacherib, King of Assyria, located about 300 miles north of Baghdad. Ninevah was also the city whose inhabitants had become so wicked that God commanded Jonah to go and preach to them of certain destruction unless they repented. The other great city of the world was the well known Babylon. It was here that Belshazzar saw the handwriting on the wall serving notice of the end of the Babylonian Empire. Soon after this, Ninevah fell, ending the Assyrian Empire.

All of this happened in the small country of Iraq, site of thousands and thousands of soldiers involved in yet another battle. It is sometimes difficult for us to comprehend the geography of the Middle East and how it relates to Biblical history. Hope this has been of some help.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward