This is just speculation and not thoroughly researched enough. But I wanted to see what others might think about it.
Regarding the abomination of desolation: (Mark 13:14)
But when ye shall see the Abomination of Desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth
understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains.
A lot of biblical scholars believe this is the rebuilding of Solomon's temple in Israel. But what if it isn't built in modern Israel which was
formed within the last 100 years. What if it is really Iraq, also referred to as the craddle of civilization. What if the land of Israel was
propogated to mislead or fool people. And the references to the land of the chosen people goes back to Mesopotamia or modern day Iraq?
When you think about Iraq, what comes to mind? Babylon, Euphrates/Tigris rivers?
About the Tigris River
(from The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary)
The Tigris is mentioned as one of the branches of the river flowing out of the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:14 KJV). Daniel saw one of his visions while
standing on the bank of the Tigris (Dan. 10:4).
Important ancient cities on the Tigris included Nineveh, Calah, and Assur.
About the Euphrates
According to Gen. 2:14 the Euphrates was the fourth river connected with the garden of Eden, which would suggest that Paradise was located in
Mesopotamia. Often the river was cited as the eastern boundary of the region promised to Abraham as his descendants' inheritance (gen. 14:18, Deut.
1:7; 11:24; Josh. 1:4). Under David and Solomon 2 Sam. 8:3) and perhaps under Jeroboam II 2 Kgs. 14:25).
In the book of Revelation the Euphrates is the locale of future divine judgements. Here four angels are kept to be loosed one day and destroy a large
number of unbelievers (Rev. 9:14). In another instance an angel pours God's bowl of wrath into the river, causing it to dry up and provide passage
for a military force from the east (16:12).
Despite their early relation to both Palestine and Egypt, the people of Israel were aware of their ultimate Mesopotamian (read Iraq) origin. (Gen.
11:26-31; 24:10; Acts 7:2).
The region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (Gen. 24:10, Deut. 23:4) roughly equivalent to modern Iraq and northeastern Syria.
It's not like there is a large temple/fortress like construction project going on in Iraq is there? One that is said to be the most secure Temple in
"Indeed, the massive $592-million project may be the most lasting monument to the U.S. occupation in the war-torn nation. Located on a on a 104-acre
site on the Tigris river where U.S. and coalition authorities are headquartered, the high-tech
compound is envisioned as a totally self-sustaining cluster of 21
buildings reinforced to 2.5 times usual standards. Some walls as said to be 15 feet thick or more. Scheduled for completion by June 2007, the
installation is touted as not only the largest, but the most secure diplomatic embassy in the world.
The 1,000 or more U.S. government officials calling the new compound home will have access to a gym, swimming pool, barber and beauty shops, a food
court and a commissary. In addition to the main embassy buildings, there will be a large-scale Maine barracks, a school, locker rooms, a warehouse, a
vehicle maintenance garage, and six apartment buildings with a total of 619 one-bedroom units. Water, electricity and sewage treatment plants will all
be independent from Baghdad's city utilities. The total site will be two-thirds the area of the National Mall in Washington, DC."
The conspiracy theory here is five fold:
1. Is it possible that the Rebuilding of the Temple could occur outside of the percieved land of Israel?
2. Is it possible that the land believed to once have the Garden of Eden is really the chosen land of God? Why would God choose to start
civilization there yet have the holy land of Israel somewhere else? Especially if they know that is their "origin" or homeland.
3. Why is the current land of Israel the perceived holy land? My speculation would be that it's believed Jesus was crucified there and it's more
tied to that. Yet that doesn't make it holy land or the chosen land does it? If Jesus was crucified in Russia or India that doesn't change the
origin of God's people. Just seems like something to consider.
4. If the Temple was in fact rebuilt with an attempt to be magnificent and luxurious, what better way than in the form of an Embassy? Is there
really another way to get a foreign group into a region, build a massive complex and put someone at the helm? Or are people really expecting a
massive church/traditional temple to be rebuilt in this global politically correct economy?
5. As big as America is on pagan symbolism, what is the likeliness of a $500+ million dollar embassy not having some sort of pagan statues or "art"
around? Possibly something representing "freedom" like giant statues with eagles on them similar to what the Romans did with the last temple?
I wanted to again point out that this is speculation based on a random thought process and not for anyone to base their faith on. And honestly I
haven't read and studied my bible in quite some time so there is a lot of information that I'm likely missing or taking out of context. So please
take these comments lightly until there is some real recourse for discussion on it.
[edit on 19-2-2006 by Samsonite]