Keep in mind that the city of Babylon is in Iraq. Also remember that the Bible says Babylon will be the focus of much attention during The Tribulation.
We have wondered aloud if America was destined to go into Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein to pave the way for the Babylon prophesies to start to be fulfilled.
We have also wondered aloud if America will soon start falling from God's grace if He is done using us for His prophetic purposes....and maybe the war in Iraq was the last purpose He had for us?
Remember that we can usually see where Satan is building strongholds by finding some evidence that his demons leave in their wake. Hatred and persecution of Jews is a number one sign. Secondly, hatred and persecution of Christ followers is another sign.
With that in mind...and by connecting prophetic dots...it should not surprise us to see persecution of Christians continuing to grow in Iraq.
Shootings, bombings, rapes and kidnappings of middle class citizens, particularly Christians, increased markedly during the past year in Baghdad, Mosul, and the Sunni villages of the Nineveh Plain. This is one of the worst waves of violence against Christians since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, when, ironically, Christians fled the violence in a mass exodus. While media coverage downplays the religious significance, sources on the ground in those communities repeatedly pinpoint Islamic extremists as the culprit. Not only religious differences, but also cultural and political differences fuel their drive to exterminate Christ-followers.
Christians in Iraq aren't necessarily being shot to death, kidnapped or raped for sharing their faith. They're often killed for owning a hair salon that cuts women's hair, for allowing women to socialize with men, for not wearing a birqa, for openly selling pork or liquor, or even for entering a voting booth.
A 2004 article in Time touched on the sad irony of the US-led invasion - particularly that of American Christians, who backed Bush's decision to go to war with Iraq: "Many Iraqi Christians say their reversal of fortune has been especially disappointing given the backing the Bush Administration receives from evangelical Christians. 'Why did the US come here?' asks Mardirosian, the Armenian-Catholic leader, 'To protect the Christians or allow others to kill them?'"
Much of the recent increase in violence toward Christians was in preparation for Iraq's March 2010 parliamentary elections. Islamic extremists did not want Western-sympathizing Christians to vote. From February until the March 7th election date, Iraq Body Count tallies at least 228 people (Christians and non-Christians) killed, and another 176 people killed between election day and the release of the final results about a month later.
Certainly, Iraqi Christians need intelligent, outspoken support. Yet the UN's recent concessions to extremist Muslim leaders and Obama's failure so far to champion the Christian minorities in Iraq offer little political light to the dismal situation.
See it here; http://www.khouse.org/enews_article/2010/1626/print/
Of course the politically correct Team Obama can't possible point out that Christians are being targeted. To the liberal mind they are all just Iraqis...and there is no difference if Sunnis are killing Shiites or Shiites are killing Christians. Team Obama would simply believe that, "Losing any human life is a tragedy." So they have 100% failed to connect the dots that THIS CHRISTIAN NATION OF AMERICA SHOULD BE OFFERING SPECIAL BENEFITS TO PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS AROUND THE GLOBE.
According to the Book of Acts...membership in the body of Christ should have it's benefits...even while operating on this earth which is behind Satan's enemy lines. When America ignores blatant persecution of Christ followers.....it is simply one more sign that we have TOTALLY lost our compass.
After you read the linked article and find out what is happening to Christians in Iraq....see if you can find it within yourself to complain to God about your job, your house, the stock market, the late payment on your bass boat or the long line you had to endure at the airport while waiting to fly to your winter home.