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U.S. To Help Rebuild City Of Babylon In Iraq
Worldview Times ^ | 02/17/09 | Joel C. Rosenberg

Posted on 02/18/2009 8:54:19 PM PST by uptoolate

U.S. To Help Rebuild City Of Babylon In Iraq

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Largely overlooked by the Western news media over the past few weeks was an enormously significant story. The government of Iraq is moving forward with plans to protect the archaeological remains of the ancient City of Babylon, in preparation for building a modern city of Babylon. The project, originally started by the late Saddam Hussein, is aimed eventually at attracting scores of "cultural tourists" from all over the world to see the glories of Mesopotamia's most famous city. What's more, the Obama Administration is contributing $700,000 towards "The Future of Babylon Project," through the State Department's budget.

"Officials hope Babylon can be revived and made ready for a rich future of tourism, with help from experts at the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the U.S. embassy," reports the Reuters news agency. "'The Future of Babylon' project launched last month seeks to 'map the current conditions of Babylon and develop a master plan for its conservation, study and tourism,' the WMF says. 'We don't know how long it will take to reopen to tourists,' said Mariam Omran Musa, head of a government inspection team based at the site. 'It depends on funds. I hope that Babylon can be reborn in a better image.'"

In my non-fiction book, Epicenter 2.0, I wrote about the Bible prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation that indicate the ancient city of Babylon in Iraq will, in fact, be rebuilt in the "last days" of history and become the wealthiest and most powerful city on the face of the planet. I also cited my interview with Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul Ameer Allawi who told me in 2006 at the peak of the insurgency,

"Cultural, religious, archaeological, and biblical tourism is a big opportunity for Iraq. I think rebuilding Babylon is a wonderful idea, as long as it is not done at the expense of the antiquities themselves."

For many, I know the rebuilding of Babylon seemed like a far-fetched idea in the Bible. For many more, it seemed like a far-fetched idea in 2006, as well. But skeptics and cynics take note: now that the insurgency is dying down, the Shia-led government of Iraq is actually moving forward with this historic and prophetic project. They say Babylon will be "reborn." And they're right. It will be. Stay tuned.


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; History; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: babylon; endtimes; hussein; husseinobama; iraq; joelcrosenberg; rebuildingiraq; saddam

1 posted on 02/18/2009 8:54:20 PM PST by uptoolate
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To: uptoolate

This all sounds brilliant until you consider Iraq as the Richest and most advanced place in the world.....


2 posted on 02/18/2009 8:56:21 PM PST by redstateconfidential (" An American Idol President")
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To: uptoolate
the Obama Administration is contributing $700,000 towards "The Future of Babylon Project," through the State Department's budget.

Porkulus Iraqulus.

3 posted on 02/18/2009 8:57:16 PM PST by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: uptoolate

Kinda cool.

Course then again the bible has some verse that says ‘Babylon the great has fallen...


4 posted on 02/18/2009 8:58:13 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: uptoolate

Boy, it’s nice to know that the US has all that spare money to throw around.


5 posted on 02/18/2009 8:59:11 PM PST by ottbmare
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To: uptoolate

I’d go in a heartbeat. The problem with serious excavation in these places is where do you stop? Layers upon layers, each of which is historically significant, and Babylon is by no means the eldest of the ancient cities in Mesopotamia. If they’d stop killing one another over there it could be an archaeological smorgasbord.


6 posted on 02/18/2009 8:59:17 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
"If they’d stop killing one another over there it could be an archaeological smorgasbord."

I have thought about this a lot myself. I'm not sure what percentage of Egypts GDP comes from tourism, but I'd wager it's very, very significant.

These people were writing, counting, multiplying and such when the rest of the world was still in loin cloths. At one time, Iraq was the Europe of the world. What a shame.

7 posted on 02/18/2009 9:02:58 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: rfp1234

Porkulus Iraqulus.

Too funny


8 posted on 02/18/2009 9:04:02 PM PST by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad,)
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To: Billthedrill

If it becomes a “goldmine” of wealth from tourism, then maybe the Twelve Tribes could go after Babylon for reparations for the Captivity?

Cross Ref: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2188763/posts


9 posted on 02/18/2009 9:05:25 PM PST by uptoolate (Shhh. If you listen real hard, God is speaking to America.)
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To: Billthedrill

If they’d stop killing one another over there it could be an archaeological smorgasbord.

So true. There are so many great pre-Islamic archaeological sites. Turkey is full of them, Iran's got the tomb of Cyrus the Great among other sites, Iraq has the remains of Uruk, the first city built by mankind, Jordan has Petra and Roman remains such as Jarash, Syria's got some as well (Damascus and Aleppo are some of the oldest continually-inhabited cities in the world), the emirate of Fujayrah in the UAE is supposed to have many pre-Islamic artifacts buried beneath it, the island of Sir Bani Yas of the coast of Abu Dhabi has Nestorian Christian monestaries (Bahrain may have some also, because before Islam Nestorians lived there), in Yemen you can find tablets and walls inscribed with old the North Arabian language, and of course there is Bethlehem and the other Biblical cities. To name a few examples....
10 posted on 02/18/2009 9:06:54 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: uptoolate
What's more, the Obama Administration is contributing $700,000 towards "The Future of Babylon Project," through the State Department's budget.

Really? Does that mean we're going to see this in a few years?


11 posted on 02/18/2009 9:10:10 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Russia invades Georgia? For a moment, I thought that was Red Dawn II)
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To: ottbmare

The “US” doesn’t have the money to throw around. There IS no money. We are in debt out our wazoos. All this money is fiction. But, like the old button said..” I can’t be over-drawn..I still have checks left!”.


12 posted on 02/18/2009 9:19:18 PM PST by mirkwood (1984)
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

I don’t know where that things going. But, if it’s far away from Michelle Obama, then I’m all aboard.


13 posted on 02/18/2009 9:22:10 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: mirkwood

I know, I was being sarcastic.


14 posted on 02/18/2009 9:27:54 PM PST by ottbmare
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To: uptoolate
Seems like I have read about this before. About 7 or 8 years ago. It was Tim LaHaye’s novel series, “Left Behind.” A fictional interpretation of the Book of Revelations. And before that, I read about it in the actual BOOK OF REVELATIONS!
15 posted on 02/18/2009 9:37:28 PM PST by waiyu (Some are wise, some are otherwise.)
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To: redstateconfidential

“This all sounds brilliant until you consider Iraq as the Richest and most advanced place in the world.....”

Hey! Give Zero some time. He just got in about a month ago and is making great progress toward running western civilization into the ground. Then Iraq may just start to look good!


16 posted on 02/18/2009 10:30:12 PM PST by griffin (Love Jesus, No Fear!)
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To: uptoolate; Lee N. Field; RJR_fan
"Officials hope Babylon can be revived and made ready for a rich future of tourism,

The idea that a proposed tourist atraction has any prophetic significance is absurd. It's just more fuel for the Rapture Ready knuts, and folks who hawk books about such things, like Mr. Rosenberg.

In my non-fiction book, Epicenter 2.0, I wrote

Non-fiction. Hah!

17 posted on 02/19/2009 7:22:22 AM PST by topcat54 ("Dispensationalism -- like crack for the eschatologically naive.")
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To: G8 Diplomat
(Damascus and Aleppo are some of the oldest continually-inhabited cities in the world),

Not continuous. Just a little note for the next time you hear someone start rambling on about the "Oracle of Damascus":

In 733 BC his armies conquered Philistia on the Mediterranean coast, destroyed Damascus (732) and occupied most of Israel (732), with its northern regions becoming Assyrian provinces.

18 posted on 02/19/2009 4:04:51 PM PST by Lee N. Field ("Gnosticism and anti-trinitarian heresy, like beans and cabbage, makes for a powerful combo. ")
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To: uptoolate

Dey gonna be war in de Babylon!


19 posted on 02/19/2009 4:16:37 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayiqach sefer haberit vayiqra' be'onzey ha`am; vayo'mru kol 'asher-dibber HaShem na`aseh venishma`.)
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To: rfp1234

Amen. That’s exactly what this is. We have no business building and rebuilding cities in other countries. Let them build and rebuild their own cities.


20 posted on 02/20/2009 11:13:22 PM PST by kevinw
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To: Beowulf9

Yes, Beowulf9, the Bible does say that Babylon the great has fallen. The verses are Rev. 14:8; 18:2.


21 posted on 02/20/2009 11:20:47 PM PST by kevinw
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