The Invasion of Iraq in 2003

 Revelation19 v 1

1 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just; he has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants."

This could be God avenging the taking into captivity and killing of the Israelites when they were taken into captivity by Babylon in 600 BC. Or it could be referring to avenging himself on modern day Babylon, now Iraq, in the war on Iraq of 2003; a war carried out specifically, as we saw in the 4 Horsemen Prophecy, to avenge the 911 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York.

Since the Book of Revelation is about the end Times it almost certainly refers to the war in 2003 with innuendo referring to 600 BC!

3 Once more they cried, "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever."

4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" 5 And from the throne came a voice crying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great."

There is no way that the crew would perform any such nonsense so we have to blame John for his usual fanciful imagery or, of course later translators! From previous occasions we know John didn’t understand the language being spoken and as such, any interpretation of any dialogue would have been pure speculation!

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying, "Hallelujah!

Rushing water has been mentioned before in connection with the sound of many helicopter rotors, notably in the aftermath of the invasion of Kuwait, when hoard of “locusts” were buzzing round the burning oil wells, as Iraq retreated. Mighty thunder peals could be missiles or bombs exploding, during what is obviously an aerial battle.

If it had not already been dated post 9/11, this would have appeared to be a retelling of Desert Storm, the first stage of the Gulf War in 1990. 

Revelation continues:

For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;

8 it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure" for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

This is at first reading quite unintelligible! Jesus has often been referred to as “The Lamb” but surely it can’t be he who is getting married? Anyway, he isn’t here! And why does this paragraph appear here at all? What is the relevance to this narrative?

If we look at Rev 14:4, which we did when discussing the 144,000, it was said there that these people clothed in white are those who have followed the LAMB wherever he went.

The lamb here is the captain of the ship, the one “seated on the throne”, in the place where John is seeing his visions. This is the person whom “everyone has followed wherever he goes”. Is the captain getting married?

9 And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God."

10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God." For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

This worshipping business must all be unofficial added narrative! The “angel” rebukes John about falling on his knees and worshipping him so there is no way the whole crew would worship the captain!

The narrative does not follow the subject of the marriage of the Lamb any further so we have no idea at the moment what this marriage supper is all about!

The story then turns back to what appears to be an aerial war:

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed which no one knows but himself.

13 He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.

14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed him on white horses.

15 From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly in midheaven, "Come, gather for the great supper of God,

18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great."

19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who sits upon the horse and against his army.

20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur.

This is now very interesting! The False Prophet is supposed to be coming at the very end to torment us but here he is thrown into the lake of sulphur at the close of the war with Iraq. He is already dead as of 2014!! So who was he?

It says that "In its presence HE (the False Prophet) had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped (obeyed) its image. (the Iraqi soldiers). Who was it  who actually deceived them into obeying the Resolution? It was previously identified as being the UN which caused fire to rain down and created the beast and deceived the Arabs into making an "image" So this is saying that tha False Prophet is the UN!

This needs thinking about!

21 And the rest were slain by the sword of him who sits upon the horse, the sword that issues from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

A “white horse in Heaven” must refer to an aircraft in the sky, which makes war and “judges” the other nations. A white horse in Heaven is obviously an aircraft because horses, like pigs, do not fly!

The United Nations would fit the description of “controller. There are many countries represented in the United Nations Assembly (many diadems on its head) and it attempts to control every nation (with a rod of iron), in the best interests of all nations (of course).

There are many aircraft (white horses) in the air and, as is usual, they are described as having a sharp sword going out of their mouths, (cannons) which smite the enemy with fire and blood.  All the pilots are clothed in white suits (as usual) and there is a name inscribed, which no one but he himself knows.

As far as John is concerned, the name inscribed could be as simple as “United Nations” or “USAF”. It would be a name which no one of his time knew or understood, even if they spoke the same language!

The UN or US forces defeat the “beast” and the planes (birds) “gorge themselves on the flesh” of their opponents.

This seems to be another battle in the air which is won by the USA or the UN. But has it already happened, being a revisit to “The War in Heaven” between Satan and Michael, or is it still to come? 

There appears at first sight to be nothing obviously unique to identify this particular battle; or is there?

There seemed to be a sharp change of direction from discussing “the Marriage of The Lamb and his Bride” and entering into the description of the aerial battle; as if something had become misplaced. 

But is this the case, or are the two events actually connected? Did the aerial battle immediately follow the marriage of the lamb and his bride? If so, are we misinterpreting the identity of the lamb and the bride and the meaning of a “marriage”?

I think the aerial war is connected to the "marriage of the lamb" because in the first place it is in the same chapter and also when the narrative continues, the next verse says: “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold….” So how is the marriage of the Lamb connected to this aerial war?

You may recall in The Four Horsemen we were talking about George Bush and his “Lamb” Tony Blair, so perhaps the lamb here is also Tony Blair!

(8) It was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure" for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

So the Lamb's bride was not actually dressed in fine linen but “fine linen” means “the righteous deeds of the saints”

Tony and George certainly entered into the Iraq War “clothed” with self-proclaimed “righteous deeds” (to destroy the alleged weapons of mass destruction) but in reality George Bush was intent on avengeing the attack on the World Trade Centre on 9/11, exactly as he had promised the American People in the immediate aftermath of  the attack.

So what at first appeared to be a totally irrelevant few verses, was actually a clever pointer to those who, after the event, would recognise the association of a specific war with a this partnership between the leaders of the UK and the USA.

Now read the account above again and see how many times throughout the narrative about the war the words "fine linen" and "righteous" are used, which are surely there as a reminder of which war is referred to and who is involved!

So this prophecy can now be positively identified as the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. But there are not as many details as one would expect of a major event such as this and indeed, there seems to be further references in Revelation Chapters 15/16

On first reading this section about the Seven Last Plagues, it appears to be a final catastrophe when the whole world is destroyed by God, who then proclaims "It is done!"

On closer examination, these last 7 plagues appear to relate to the War in Iraq and the "final plagues" must mean the "final plagues of this war". (It is done!) (Or even before the end comes for us all.)

Quite a relief to we who may yet see the Return of Jesus! without suffering this terrible onslaught!