Iraq And The Middle East Today
IN the beginning God existed in Heaven. He created the Holy Angels and other angelic hosts including Lucifer. Then at some point according to the Bible, Lucifer led a revolt in heaven. He fell from heaven according to Luke 10:18 “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” We understand that according to Revelation chapter 12, one third of the angels followed Lucifer in his rebellion and fell with him. We know that he was cast out into the atmospheric or second heaven. Ephesians 2:2 “…according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” We also know that he used a serpent in the garden on Eden to get to Eve so we know that he had access to the earth and man. Job teaches us that when God removed the hedge of protection around Job, that Satan was able to directly get to him and test him. Job 1:7 “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Although his power of control is the atmospheric heaven, his access is both to the earth and the second heaven.
When Satan was cast out of heaven, he was cast out of the north. Isaiah 14:13-14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Psalm 48:2 “is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” Ezekiel chapter 1 speaks of a chariot coming out of the northern part of the heavens, which was the throne of God being carried by four cherubs. This is important. Even astronomers and NASA have admitted that there is an empty hole in the northern sky. Job 26:7 “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” So when Satan was expelled from heaven, he was expelled from the northern part of the heavens into the atmosphere of the earth. The question is, where was Satan’s throne located?
According to Genesis 2:10-14 there was one main river going through the Garden that parted into four heads. “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah,… And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.” If you take the boundaries of these rivers according to Josephus, the Gihon (name used by the Ethiopians) also known was the Nile (by the Egyptians) flows northward into the sea from Egypt. The Pison is in the ancient area of Saudi Arabia. The Euphrates is a river that comes out of Turkey and flows to the Persian Gulf. Right beside it to the East, also coming out of Turkey, joining the Euphrates River in Southern Iraq, is the Tigris River. Now, Baghdad is on the edge of the Tigris River and ancient Babylon on the edge of the other.
When Satan fell from heaven he had to land in a certain location, because Satan is not omnipresent, he can only be in one location at a time. Where is his headquarters? In the 10-40 window there are more un-reached people who have never heard the gospel than all the rest of the world. It stretches from the Western side of Africa and goes to the area of Japan and covers all the Arab Gulf states, it includes India, China; predominantly all Islam, Hindu and Buddhist territories. The reason they call it that 10-40 window is because it is between the 10th and 40th parallels. The land that is the heart of the 10-40 window is Iraq. In Daniel 10 there is one called the Prince of Persia. In Revelation, speaking to Pergamus, God calls it the place of Satan’s seat. It is mentioned twice. When you explore Ezekiel 27-28 there is a prophecy of the King of Tyre. There was a natural king of Tyre, but we also know that it was a prophecy about Satan. It referred to him spiritually. There is no way it can refer to a man. It tells how he came into the garden and corrupted mankind.
There is what you might call the satanic stronghold of Satan, it is a triangular area that stretches from Persia (Iran) up to Turkey and comes back down through Lebanon or Tyre. This is an area where there is a stronghold of principalities and powers. That territory of the world where we are about to have war is the area of stronghold of the prince of the air – Satan. It doesn’t mean the people are all of Satan. There is believed to be 1 million Christians in Iraq. They have more freedom religiously that in most other Muslim countries. An interesting fact is that according to intelligence, Saddam’s bodyguards are Christians. He doesn’t trust the Muslims to protect him through there are Muslims around him. He knows the Christians won’t assassinate him. Now there are some good people, some spiritually hungry people in these countries. This is not meant to speak evil against the people. But when people are controlled by the wrong spirit they will do the wrong thing. If peoples hearts are not turned to God and His Word and filled with His love, then they can be filled with hate and act and react in ways that even human being cannot comprehend, like Hitler did.
Let’s talk about what happened after the fall of Lucifer. After man sinned in the garden. Adam and Even had two sons, Cain and Abel. When Cain killed his brother Abel, he was cast out of the boundaries of the garden where Adam and Eve lived. When we go back to the boundaries given in Genesis 2, the western boundary river was the Gihon or Nile in Egypt and the east boundary of the Garden of Eden was the river of the Euphrates and Tigris, which is the border of Iran and Iraq and Iraq is ancient Persia. When Cain killed his brother Abel he was marked and expelled from the presence of God Eastward. He fled the presence of God and dwelt in the land of Nod (a name for wandering), east of Eden. Where is the furthermost boundary? The Tigris River. If you go east of the river you will go into Persia or Iran. We call them Iranians but that is the British name, but they call themselves Persians and not Iranians.
Now the Ayatollah Khomeini was exiled to France and then he came back from France to Iran and overthrew the Shaw of Iran, the Peacock Throne, and started fanatical Islam. After his revolt, the American embassy was held hostage for 444 days. An intelligence man told how we got the men out. He was Muslim and he told Ronald Reagan what to do to get them out. He told Reagan to threaten to blow them off the map with a nuclear bomb if they didn’t release the hostages by a certain date and they released the hostages. This is what happened behind the scenes.
There is an invisible side of the war that we don’t see in the natural. Cain went from the presence of God across the Tigris River into Iran, which is ancient Persia. There is where the spirit of Cain rests. What do I mean? You have heard of the term, the spirit of Jezebel. Now Jezebel is an attitude that gets into someone heart and thinking that causes them to react the way Jezebel would react. This is not reincarnation or new age, but about a spirit. Remember the term, the spirit of Elijah? The spirit of Elijah or the anointing of Elijah came upon John the Baptist and many asked if he was John the Baptist. The spirit of Cain settled in that part of the world where the United States and Christianity has had the most difficult time trying to get the gospel. Here is what Cain’s spirit did. First, Cain’s spirit was a spirit of murder. Cain murdered his righteous brother Abel in the name of religion. Cain murdered Abel over an offering. In the country of Persia the fanatical element of Islam murders people in the name of God. Same Spirit! Two. Lemech, in Genesis 4:23 killed a man and said he did it because the man had wounded him. That is the spirit of retaliation. If you get me, I’m gonna get you back. It is that same spirit that we have to deal with in that part of the world. That is why Israel has some much trouble trying to make peace. Anything they do the Muslims don’t like, they retaliate. Then it goes back and forth. There is a sprit of retaliation that comes from the spirit of Cain. Lamech is the first man in the bible, a descendant of Cain in Genesis 4:17-19 that had plural wives.
God intended for each man to have one wife. But Lemach has two wives who are from the descendants of Cain who settled in ancient Persia. Today the Islamic religion allows a man to have five wives at a time. Children and children and more children. We are not talking about the souls of men but a spirit that can control the hearts of someone who doesn’t know the Lord Jesus in peace.
Three. Genesis 4:22 “Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron.” From Cain came Tubalcain who is the forger of iron and brass weapons. Today those in that part of the world all want weapons of mass destruction. What we are dealing with in America, we must get out of our minds the pictures of tanks or missiles or troops, wonderful men and women trying to protect us and understand that we are dealing with an ancient spirit that has been in that territory longer than we have been a nation.
Daniel 10:12-14 “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” Daniel was praying for understanding of a vision. After 21 days of hindrance by this prince spirit the answer comes. “I am come for your words”. The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood him, but Michael the archangel, the protector of Israel helped, Daniel 12:1. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” The archangel Michael (Jude 9) is called a chief or great angelic prince (Dan.10:13, 20; 12:1). Whenever Michael's name appears in the Bible (as Rev.12:7-12), the reader knows immediately that the safety and calling of the Jewish people are under attack. Michael is the one God turns loose on the devil and his angels in the middle of the tribulation in Revelation 12. Michael is the top warring angel of heaven, a fighter that knows how to deal in hand to hand fighting with Satan. So Daniel got the revelation of what was to happen in the latter days.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The word principalities is governments. We wrestle against the spirit that controls the governments. That is why when Satan was tempting Jesus he said, worship me and I’ll give you the kingdoms of this world because they had been delivered to him and he could give them to whomsoever he will. That was a temptation so it had to be true or it would have been nothing to tempt Jesus with. In America peoples voting can get the right person in office or the wrong person in office, but when your in a country of dictatorship, there is no choice. The people of Iraq have no choice. They can have an election but when you’re the only name on the ballot you can’t loose. So they don’t have the freedoms we do in America, though they are becoming less and less each day as they are being taken away from us.
What was there about this vision of Daniels that caused the prince of Persia to work to stop his prayer from being answered for 21 days? If you read chapter 10 to 12 of Daniel it is all one piece. There is no break in the angel’s speech from the middle of chapter 10 to chapter 12 where he takes us through the tribulation period where there is a resurrection of people and to where Michael is fighting in Revelation 12. All that is in Daniel.
The greatest revelation you could receive about the antichrist in the last days, where he will come form, what he will do, how it ends up, are those three chapters of Daniel 10-12. That is an hugh piece of the puzzle and the prince of Persia understood the importance of that revelation. The Prince of Persia tried to block Daniel from getting the revelation about the one called the antichrist.
Every so many years a man rises to power that could be a candidate for the antichrist. Do you understand that in the area of Persia and Iraq is the area where Satan fell, that is the area of early civilization and the area where it all started for mankind. The Middle East area is where it all began and where it will all end.
There have been 3 individuals in recent years. In 1979 the Ayatollah Khomeini came to Iran and took our people hostage for 444 days. Ten years later in 1989 it was Saddam Hussein who produce the Gulf war. Then 1999 Osama Bin Laden became popular. How strange. All three of these men are from the same part of the world.
This war is not about Saddam H and George W Bush, it is not about American troops and Iraqi troops. It’s not about the French and Germans getting involved. It is about the enemy, Satan, coming down with great wrath knowing he hath but a short time. You may not believe it, but all this is thoroughly researched. I believed that Satan is so self deceived that he doesn’t believe that God will and can do what He has said he will do. Satan thinks he can take an antichrist and kill ever Jew and make God a liar. That he can take an antichrist and wipe out America or take out the antichrist spirit and wipe out America. September 11th was about the economy. It was to being down the economic status of America. Satan thought that by attacking America that way that Christians would stop giving so much for the furtherance of the gospel, but it didn’t work. The enemy knows that his time is running out and he thinks that he can preempt a plan of God. The next attack that America receives, the enemy would like to do his best to make Christians afraid of going to church and giving offerings. This is an unusual attack but I think also a stupid one because the scripture tells us that whenever God’s people come under attack that is when they come together in unity. When the pressure comes on the church, they start praying and fighting and worshipping God. It will get men off the fence and get them serious out the things of God and spiritual warfare. Actually, this is what God wants to accomplish.
One thing to remember about Daniel is that in his day he had a measure of the spirit, but he didn’t not have the baptism of the spirit as available today. He could only pray in his native tongue, which the enemy could understand. But Romans 8:26 tells us that when we don’t know when to pray for as we ought the spirit will make intercession for us. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Jude 20 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.”
We can receive an infilling of the Holy Spirit and have Him speak to the Father and get an answer and breakthrough in a way that Daniel couldn’t.
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