October 16, 2006

Iraq has been proclaimed an Islamic state

According to Islamic websites, Iraq has been declared an Islamic state that will be ruled under Islamic Shariah Law; the announcement coming from a coalition of insurgent groups in Iraq including the al Qaeda organization, many tribal chiefs, and a number of Mujahideen groups.

Declaring the establishment of an Islamic state in Iraq, the spokesman said the new Islamic state of Iraq calls upon Muslims to provide financial support, men, and prayers. The announcement said that the new state includes Baghdad, and the provinces of Anbar, Kirkuk, Nineveh, and Babylon.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

The declaration of the Islamic state of Iraq by a coalition of radical Islamic militants in Iraq is right in line with the scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy for the Last Days.

As the efforts have progress to rebuild the war-torn nation of Iraq, there has always been the concern an Islamic republic could emerge instead of the democratic state that the world has been hoping for. Iran has wanted to export its Islamic republic to Iraq and has financed the insurgency for the purpose of creating an atmosphere for the implementation of an Islamic republic. A number of radical Shiite clerics including the strongest of these clerics, Muqtada al Sadr, have worked to undermine the implementation of a democratic state and prepare Iraq to become an Islamic state.

These efforts are right in line with the prophetic scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy. Iraq, known as Babylon in the Bible, will be the major player in the world during the last 3 1/2 years of the coming 7 year Tribulation Period, a period of great judgment upon the earth. Ancient Jewish prophets wrote this scenario some 2,500 years ago. For example, Isaiah, in Isaiah 13-14, Jeremiah in chapters 50-51, and Micah in chapter 4 of that prophetic book.

John, in the book of Revelation 18 and 16:17 and following said that the destruction of the Iraqi state, i.e. biblical Babylon is the last event before Jesus Christ returns to the earth.