Skip to comments.HUSSEIN THE CONQUEROR -- Is Saddam Hussein the Reincarnation of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon?
Posted on 10/31/2001 2:50:19 PM PST by Sabertooth
Is it his destiny to sack Jerusalem, destroy Israel, and kill and capture the Jews?
| The Rise of Babylon,
by Charles H. Dyer with Angela Elwell Hunt
Dyer points out Saddam Hussein's own plans to emulate King Nebuchadnezzar as evidenced in a commemorative medal he had cast with the ancient king's profile and his own side by side. In addition to the hanging gardens of Babylon and the unification of the surrounding nations, King Nebuchadnezzar is perhaps most noted for the sacking of Jerusalem and the captivity of the Jewish people.
The author reveals how Hussein's followers already recognize him as today's equivalent of that ancient king:
The tour guide at a reconstructed palace in Babylon described with enthusiasm the restored monument of the ancient city...she got to the throne room and pointed to the empty platform. "This is where the Saddam Hussein had his throne. This is where Saddam Hussein sat," she said, voice rising in pride.
The short, stout woman looked around at the quizzical faces, then caught herself with a nervous laugh. "I mean Nebuchadnezzar... Nebuchadnezzar had his throne here."
held briefly hostage prior to Gulf War in 1990.
Trying to make like "Uncle Joe" Stalin (right),
Saddam was even less convincing.
Hussein's chemical attack, 1988.
| Saddam Hussein: The Last Great Tyrant
By Robert Fisk Independent December 30, 2000
In Baghdad, the palace lawns are better tended, but the same sense of spent taste and vulgarity pervades the president's imagery. Saddam on horseback, in Kurdish clothes, embracing babies and war heroes, riding on a charger in medieval armour to confront the Persians at the Battle of Qaddasiyeh, dressed as Nebuchadnezzar, he who conquered Syria and Palestine, sacked Ashkelon and subdued all the tribes of the Arabs. Like the king of Babylonia, Saddam decided to rebuild Babylon; and so the ancient city was ripped apart and reconstructed, Disney-style, in the image of the great man.
Even the giant egg-shell monument to the Iraqi war dead of 1980-88 is a personal museum to Saddam's family. Visit the crypt and besidethe names of half a million dead you find a photograph of the young, revolutionary Saddam, on the run from the royal family, of Saddam studying in Cairo (his hero was not Hitler but Stalin)
over the Dome of the Rock to Jerusalem.
Below, Arabian horses with Iraqi flags
trample the flag of Israel, 12-31-2000.
Iraqi warplanes fly over statue of Saddam Hussein
Jassim Mohammed -- AP
President Saddam Hussein, 12-31-2000.
Saddam Hussein and Saladin, Islamic captor of Jerusalem
I'd love to get translations of the Arabic
For the biggest party, held in his native village of Audsha near Takrit, the president brought in 5,000 foreign guests, among them Arab and Eastern European politicians and intellectuals, but also 150 Russian athletes and two Armenian football teams.
Megalomaniacs with a Conqueror Delusion
by N.W. Hutchings
In 1971, UNESCO announced that it would help Iraq completely restore the ancient city of Babylon. The reconstruction be under the general supervision of Saddam Hussein, who made his appearance in 1969 as the Iraqi strongman by hanging eight Jews on the streets of Baghdad as a warning for others to hit-the-road elsewhere. In 1978, 1 led a Southwest Radio Church tour of 103 to Iraq. One of the sites we visited was Babylon. There was a four-lane highway between Baghdad and Babylon with brick factories along the way turning out bricks for this tremendous reconstruction project. On one end of the brick was the name Nebuchadnezzar, and on the other end was the name Saddam Hussein who, then and now, envisions himself as a modern Nebuchadnezzar to restore the glory that was once Babylon's.
Saddam hiding weapons in Babylon?
German newspapers today published new disclosures on Iraq's military capabilities. The daily Bild reported that Saddam Hussein has hidden a large supply of nerve gas and biological weapons beneath the ruins of ancient Babylon, on the assumption that the U.S. would not dare to bomb the archaeological and historical site.
"Babylon shall become a heap,
I met a traveler from an antique land
And on the pedestal these words appear:
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Percy Bysshe Shelley ~ 1818
That being said, I certainly welcome more sources, secular or religious, and information from any corner. In particular, I'm looking for images of medals and billboards from Hussein's Babylon Festivals of the late 1980s, which show Saddam's profile superimposed over Nebuchadnezzar's, or the two of them shaking hands over the centuries of Mesopotamian Civilization. I've seen them in books, but couldn't find them on-line.
I believe that this Conqueror Fetish of the most brutal tyrant of our time as been sadly ignored by the mainstream press, and I believe, by many in our government.
It doesn't matter what you or I might believe about reincarnation, it matters what Saddam Hussein believes, because he is attempting to re-ignite the "Mother of all Battles."
And his undeniable goal is to destroy America, Israel, and all of Western Civilization.
Someone's been doing a good job on his behalf.
Better call Shirley MacLaine
Sorry, Saddam, count me as a skeptic.
Here is what Nebuchadnezzar said in his own words:
4:34 "But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever; For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation. 4:35 "All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, "What have You done?' 4:36 "At that time my reason returned to me. And my majesty and splendor were restored to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my sovereignty, and surpassing greatness was added to me. 4:37 "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.'' 5
Take some comfort from this: megalomaniacs never know when to stop. Should Hussein try to "sack Jerusalem, destroy Israel, and kill and capture the Jews" -- which he can't -- no one will ever find his vaporized remains.
But Megalomainacs have a psychological profile. They're different than you and me.
The point is to know our enemy.
Not if the promise of the Bible is true. I don't have time to look it up, but the Scripture reads,
"It is appointed for man once to die. And after this, the judgement."
5:30 That same night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was slain. 5:31 So Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.
And the conclusion of the matter, the Holy One of Israel is sovereign over all the affairs of man.
Time will tell...
Thank you, Bill Clinton.
He certainly has the Hitler complex going on. He's used poison gas and has attacked in all directions. Good thing he rules a backwards country or he would be even more of a menace. I'm not sure if you knew this but he named one of his republican guard divisions "Nebuchadnezzar". I think it got splattered but was rebuilt.
Clearly Hussein wants people to think of him as the reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzar or Saladin. But he is not.
Within the house of his soul there is an old Enemy whom he has welcomed into his heart-- an old Evil that hates Israel with an everlasting hate.
Not reincarnation but rather a contemporary "host" for an ancient demons of the Abyss.
I saw tv bio of him once, he was born in the same town as Tamerlane. If he thinks he's anyone's reincarnation, that's the one.
What else is known about this personality type? I bet the CIA have an interesting file on this.
I'm not dreaming anything, VC.
It's those wacky Arab evil madmen.
Think about it, what possible reason could Hussein and bin Laden have for thinking that they could take on America, other than supernatural delusion?
Even Stalin and Mao didn't take us on directly, and they had far more assets.
Wish I knew what the C.I.A. has on megalomania. Here's an excellent book on the subject:
Saladin, like Nebuchadnezzar, was a conqueror of Jerusalem.
It's doubtful, though, that Saddam would think he was reincarnated from Saladin, because the latter was a Kurd. Hussein is genocidal against the Kurds.
Click the pics of Saladin for more...
SADDAM HUSSEIN: A Psychological Profile Part I: The Nebuchadnezzar Factor
Peter Arnett, the CNN International Correspondent who has spent as much time in Iraq as any foreign journalist, in a recent dispatch tried to analyze the motives of Saddam Hussein.
He of course is not alone, the State Department and Foreign Offices around the world have all tried to come up with explanations for Saddam's so-called irrational behavior.
Questions are obvious, the answers have been tentative at best. Is he mad, a megalomaniac, completely out of touch with the "real world"? Why is he spending billions on lavish palaces, whilst his people starve? The experts come up with very non satisfying answers. One actually went so far as to make the following statement.
"He has believed for many years that he belongs up there in the pantheon of great socialist leaders: Mao Tse-tung, Castro, Tito. But until the Gulf crisis, he had been overlooked."
Where do they get this stuff?
The fact is that Saddam above all is a student of history, particularly Babylonian and Assyrian history. He sees himself as the inheritor of a great tradition and his obligation to carry on where the greatest of his ancestors left off.
Above all he models himself on one of the greatest, Nebuchadnezzar II and all his actions confirm that analysis.
Nebuchadnezzar II (Nebuchadrezzar II 604-562 BC) you will recall is the great Babylonian King who destroyed Solomon's Temple and took the remnants of the Children of Israel who had not already been exiled by the Assyrians, back to Babylon. Thus we see the first reason for Saddam's obsession with Israel which has nothing to do with either Islam, nor his State's proximity to the Jewish State. Saddam after all began his career as a secular socialist, a member of the Ba'ath Party which at the most paid lip-service to Islam.
Let us look further into the life of King Nebuchadnezzar who is described in the following way by "The Cambridge Ancient History", vol. III page 212.
".......(he) was a vigorous and brilliant commander, and physically as well as mentally a strong man, fully worthy of succeeding his father. He was to become the greatest man of his time in the Near East, as a soldier, statesman and AN ARCHITECT (emphasis mine)."
Much has been said about Saddam's lack of knowledge of the world. However it is often forgotten that he obtained his law degree at the University of Cairo and his rise up the ranks of the military, considering he was just a country boy from the provinces ( he was born in Tikrit in 1937) was not due solely to his ruthless style.
It is somewhat ironic that much of what we know about Nebuchadnezzar comes from the Bible. The King was one of the great builders of history but his own inscriptions are somewhat sparse. Jeremiah was to prophesy about this King:
"All the nations shall serve him, and his son and his son's son, until the time of his own land shall come." Jeremiah 27:7.
We will spend some time in later lectures discussing the Babylonian exile and its ramifications, suffice it to say that the exploits of Nebuchadnezzar had and have a profound effect on how Saddam views the world in general and Israel in particular. Ancient Iraq eventually conquered Egypt, and all of the Near East was in the control of the Great King by the time he was an old man.
Unlike many of Kings in the ancient world, Nebuchadnezzar was not one to keep extensive archives nor to boast of his exploits in great inscriptions, instead he was the pre-eminent architect and builder of history. He built many magnificent palaces and temples. His reconstruction of Babylon was extolled far and wide and his magnificent Hanging Gardens were regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. His temples built mainly for the god Marduk were spread around the country. In Borsippa, Sippar, Larsa, Ur, Dilbat, Baz and Uruk he built the most magnificent of edifices and on each brick he had his name inscribed.
It is no wonder that Saddam has also undertaken a massive building programme unsurpassed since the time of the great King. He too has his name inscribed on the bricks and tiles and marbles that he uses to adorn his palaces. This is not a man building magnificent homes, this is a man obsessed with emulating his ancestor.
A few quotes from the great historian Rogers will round out the profile of the King:
"A man of blood and iron."
"His punishment of Zedekiah is to be placed with the very worst instances of savagery in all that history."
"He was, however, careful to pay homage to gods many and lords many in different cities of his empire, and to these, as we have seen, he likewise dedicated temples."
"His building operations were so extensive that in this particular he outranks all who preceded him, whether in Assyria or Babylonia."
"For the most part these works were beneficent, though the execution of them must have cost much human life and terrible suffering of fatigue and oppression."
The picture could not be more startling clear. Saddam has used as a blueprint for his life, the exploits of Nebuchadnezzar. The question is whether it is possible to predict from this what Saddam will do in any given circumstance.
The evidence is clear, he will sacrifice everything for his ambition to destroy Israel, to become the leader of the Middle East and to leave a legacy of greatness in his buildings. Thus the morality of using "weapons of mass destruction" ( what a terrible phrase by the way, we should all stop using this hypocritical expression as if bombs and missiles or even automatic machine guns are not also weapons of mass destruction) does not even enter into his thinking. The interest to him is only whether they can be used or threatened in order to increase his power.
Lying and cheating are not moral issues, only ways of achieving his goals. Thus to negotiate with him is by definition an exercise of futility as are agreements and treaties. Like his predecessor there is only one way he will be stopped, perhaps first by madness but eventually only by death. LINK
I wonder how many of our boys in foggy bottom and up the river know any of these factors which may be driving history?
The interesting paragraph in the article both in light of history and the present is this:
"But Hussein's glorification of ancient Babylon is disturbing to his neighbors, diplomats say. For the king whose palace he is rebuilding ruled an empire from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean, embracing what now are Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Israel and parts of Saudia Arabia."
Boy, you can't swing a dead cat in the Middle East without hitting some nutcase claiming to be some past or present biblical character.
Where do they get this stuff?
They're only looking at part of the picture because Saddam does have a communist intellectual foundation. But, though he came to power in the 70s as a client of Leonid Brezhnev, Stalin was his idol.
he coincidences of the appearance of the pics of Hussein with the British boy and of Stalin in the poster in the article above are not simply by chance. That whole thing was Hussein's publicity stunt. He had control of the cameras and the angles.
Check it out... the boy with Saddam has the same haircut as the boy with the violin in the poster of Stalin!
But Hussein's Obsession with Nebuchadnezzar is paramount.
You only get ONE opportunity to choose Jesus - that's why you can only die one time!!
However, Saddam does believe he is the King of Babylon!
Sand between their toes must make them mean or something. ;^)
Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown
One important thing about statues [Daniel 2:31] is you can't have the head and shoulders in one place, [say Babylon] and it's legs and feet in another. [say Rome/Europe] - Jeremiah Jr
Dura. the circle, the plain near Babylon in which Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image, mentioned in Dan. 3:1. The place still retains its ancient name. On one of its many mounds the pedestal of what must have been a colossal statue has been found. It has been supposed to be that of the golden image.
Al Daura is located just south of Baghdad. Same place?
Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
I wonder who will replace Saddam?