Iraq, the ancient land of the Chaldeans, has a major role in Bible prophecy in end times, author Phillip Goodman said at a Bible conference here last week.
Goodman is director of the Mid-America Prophecy Conference and head of Bible Prophecy as Written Ministries, headquartered in Tulsa.
“Babylon has a future,” Goodman said.
Goodman said the “spirit of Babylon” – which questions God, began in the Garden of Eden and is being played out today.
Goodman said the Bible predicts the complete destruction of Babylon and says that no one will ever live there again. But that prophecy has not been fulfilled and there have been settlements in Babylon in Iraq consistently since Biblical times.
Goodman said the “spirit of Babylon” questions the veracity of the Bible; teaches that judgment and death are merely “illusions”; and that the path to truth is in everyone’s “inner self.” That “inner self” is “God-like” and it’s the ultimate judge of what is right or wrong.”
“America has the spirit of Babylon,” Goodman said. “All the world’s religions have a ‘mother’ and it’s Babylon.”
Goodman said the Bible’s story of the Tower of Babel, which was located in Babylon, was the first attempt at a world government – a concept that is being attempted in modern times.
None of the speakers at the conference ever make a prediction of exactly when Jesus Christ will return but all of the prophecies in the Bible seem to be occurring and with more intensity.
“The Rapture (of the Christian Church) is imminent,” Goodman said. “It could happen at any moment.”
Author Charles Bing, founder and director of Grace Life, said Bible prophecy is “an endless study.” Bing said the Bible is a single book with 66 books written by about 40 human authors with different occupations over a span of 1,600 years. It contains prose, poetry and history with different themes and moods.
Bing said it is a single collection with one Author (God), one story and one practical goal.
Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden and that brought separation from God. In that story in Genesis, God promised restoration through Christ and that was explained more in Old Testament covenants with Abraham and King David. Jesus’ lineage through Mary is traced back through the Davidic line.
Bing said Jesus was rejected and crucified (and was resurrected) and that ushered in the Interim Age (also known as the Church Age).
“It is the mystery age,” Bing said. “That’s where we find ourselves today.”
Bing, a former pastor and seminary professor who interprets the Bible literally, said God’s promises to the Hebrews in the Old Testament still apply today.
Bing said when Jesus Christ returns to Earth, He will set up a 1,000 year millennial kingdom to complete the Genesis story. This will demonstrate God’s purpose for Creation and fulfill God’s purpose for mankind, which was to govern the Earth. That kingdom will fulfill the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants from the Old Testament.
The curse of sin will be erased, Bing said. And it will allow God to reward faithful believers in Jesus. “It makes what we do count,” Bing said. “This should motivate us to a life of faithfulness.
“And unless, like Nicodemus, you are born again, you cannot enter that kingdom. It’s through faith in God’s provided Deliverer (Jesus Christ).”