Dragons and Floods
Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.--Jer 51:34
Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.--Eze 29:3
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.--Isa 59:19,20
Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates. Who is this that cometh up as a flood, whose waters are moved as the rivers? Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.--Jer 46:6-8
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza. Thus saith the LORD; Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and shall be an overflowing flood, and shall overflow the land, and all that is therein; the city, and them that dwell therein: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land shall howl.--Jer 47:1,2
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.--Dan 9:26
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.--Luke 17:27
"It is a cloudless September summer night, and the moon casts its shining image on the banks of the gentle Euphrates River. Thousands of guests and dignitaries walk by torch light to Babylon's Procession Street and enter the city from the north. Instructed to line the streets along the massive walls, the guests obediently follow orders. When the audience is in place, the dark-eyed man in charge nods, and the procession begins.
"Rows and rows of soldiers parade in, dressed in Babylonian tunics and carrying swords, spears, and shields. Interspersed among the ranks of soldiers are groups of musicians playing harps, horns, and drums. Clusters of children carry palm branches, and runners bear bowls of incense. Then come soldiers and still more soldiers in a seemingly endless line of men and weapons. After the procession, the guests attend a ceremony paying tribute to Ishtar, the mother goddess of Babylon.
"Have I just described a scene of pagan worship from the time of Daniel? Perhaps, but it is also exactly what I witnessed when I returned to Babylon in 1988 for the second International Babylon Festival held under the patronage of Saddam Hussein."
"As recently as fifteen years ago, all that existed on the site of ancient Babylon were dusty ruins, or ruins of ruins...But as of February 1990, over sixty million bricks had been laid in the reconstruction of Nebuchadnezzar's fabled city. Saddam Hussein has ignored the objections of archaeologists who consider it a crime to build over ancient ruins...On the exact site of ancient Babylon, he has reconstructed the Southern Palace of Nebuchadnezzar, including the Procession Street, a Greek theater, many temples, what was once Nebuchadnezzar's throne room, and a half-scale model of the Ishtar Gate." [The Ishtar Gate was decorated with blue-enameled reliefs of bulls and dragons.]
Hussein wants to "reestablish Iraq as the cradle of civilization and the Iraqi people as heirs to the great culture of Babylon, Nineveh, and Ur..." He has given a blank check to the project of reconstructing Babylon.
Whenever a new ruler arose, he would rebuild all the great cities and Saddam thinks he is the successor of Nebuchadnezzar. "The festival's official seal featured the two men's portraits side by side, stressing their physical similarities. The festival's official theme was 'From Nabukhadnezzar to Saddam Hussein, Babylon undergoes a renaissance.'" All this talk of Nebuchadnezzar makes the Arab world antsy, though, because Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom included Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well. Something else to keep in mind is that one of the high points of Nebuchadnezzar's reign was that he conquered Jerusalem and one of the murals on the walls of the Museum in the rebuilt Babylon shows a picture of Saddam leading his army against a "walled city in a mountainous region surrounded by a prominent valley--clearly Jerusalem."
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