I can't believe I missed this from last week! Take a look at the photo gallery I found about Babylon, Iraq as the ancient and infamous city was in the news in a "rebirth" kind of way.
A winged, human-headed bull on display at Iraq's National Museum, which reopened on Monday February 23, 2009. The museum closed in 2003 after it was looted in the wake of the U.S.-led forces entering Iraq.
Part of an exhibit in the Assyrian Hall. Only about a quarter of the estimated 15,000 artifacts stolen from the museum have been recovered.
The reopening of the museum is an important milestone for the Iraqi government in the long road back to normality.
During his visit Mr. Maliki toured the artifacts on display. He described the looting of 2003 as having taken place in Iraq's "dark age."
A detail from one of the exhibits. One of the museum's galleries is now dedicated to some of the looted items retrieved from inside Iraq and another to those returned from abroad.
One of the newly refurbished exhibition halls. Not all of the galleries are open yet. There remains a lot of work to to do before a comprehensive selection of the museum's treasures can be displayed.
A museum employee poses with a statue to mark the reopening. But some scholars have criticised the timing. They say more work is needed to bring the displays up to modern standards.
An Iraqi security officer walks through the Assyrian Hall. Museum officials say enough material is on display to make a visit worthwhile and the rest will follow in time.
It was interesting to see this all over the international news only a day after the Academy Awards, which clearly mimics Babylon as well as evidenced in the picture below.
It's also unusual timing to secularists I'm sure (perfect timing for those of us who see all the other signs occurring simultaneously) who have to wonder about all the sudden and excessive interest in an ancient city in Iraq. I mean, after all, what's the point of investing there especially with the way the economy's going? What Westerner is going to want to travel to a war-torn nation - - let alone the Middle East - - for the annual family vacation?
Yet, that's precisely what one could anticipate happening very soon as the world gears up to rebuild and restore Babylon as the birthplace of civilization. Here's one such report. Of course, we all know that it was the Babylonian culture that bastardized and perverted much of God's creation. Whether it was trying to form a one-world government, trying to predict the future through witchcraft, sorcery, and magic, creating Astrology and the Zodiac horoscopes (a perversion of God's natural revelation to us through Astronomy), or attempting to become gods and reach the heavens themselves all the pride and corruption has its roots there.
Let's take a quick look at this ancient society:
The Babylonian Mind
(NOTE: I wonder...Will the Chronophage become a featured attraction in this new museum one day? Is it the timepiece of the gods who many believe will return to Earth to rule from their seat of supernatural power in Babylon?)
Towers Of Babel
For 2,000+ years Babylon has haunted the imagination. The Tower of Babel, the Hanging Gardens, Belshazzar’s Feast, and the Fall of Babylon have been embedded in our collective consciousness and inspired artists, writers, poets, philosophers and filmmakers. Unfortunately, instead of remembering our distant past solely through the arts and holding it in some form of contempt, we seem eager to embrace it again through a golden age of rediscovery and tangible restoration.
Of course, we know that's because this is PRECISELY what God said would happen. Scripture says Babylon will be completely destroyed and no one will ever live there again. It will be a place for creatures of the night. This prophecy has never been fulfilled. People have lived there and are still living there today. The complete prophetic fulfillment apparently is still in the future. According to Bible end times prophecy, the city of Babylon is destroyed near the end of the age just before the return of Jesus Christ. Many scholars question whether Babylon in prophecy is actually a physical place or if it should just represent the religious or economic systems of the world.
Here's the point: We should view Babylon as the ultimate "gate of heaven" or "gate of the god," which just happens to be the very meaning of the name "Babylon." Similarly, the name given to the historical Tower of Babel, "Etemenanki," meant "the house of the foundation of heaven and earth" (i.e. a gate to heaven). Let that sit with you for a few moments after recalling things examined under a microscope in "Transform Your Mind: The Sky Is Falling!" and "Full Disclosure Imminent" from last week.
I didn't plan on the week going this way, but as I continue to iron out a few things in the Rapture series of articles I promised, I'll be putting out a fascinating piece over the next day or two instead that continues with this Babylon theme, but asks if perhaps we missed something (something that would undoubtedly confirm these are the prophesied end times) that was right under our noses for the past few years.
Stay tuned...Keep looking up!