As I have made known since the first day it was reported
that Saddam Hussein had been captured by U.S. forces in Iraq,
I don't accept that the man they have in custody is truly Saddam
Hussein. Further developments since then have served to strengthen
my resolve that this is indeed the case.
During the early part of January, 2004 it has been determined
by "U.S. lawyers" that the man identified by the U.S.
intelligence as Saddam Hussein will not be classified as a "war
criminal." The objective of trying Saddam as a "war
criminal" was maintained to be a primary goal of the U.S.
coalition before and during the invasion of Iraq. Plans to have
Saddam Hussein tried before a world court in Hague were being
presented on a regular basis.
Suddenly, after his ostensible capture, this man called Saddam
has been reclassified as a "prisoner of war." Why has
this man who is known to be responsible for the deaths of tens
of thousands, and some estimates in the millions, been reclassified?
His list of violations against humanity have included crimes
as horrendous as torture and the gassing of thousands, including
What is obvious about the reclassification is that as a "prisoner
of War" this Saddam will remain isolated from scrutiny.
There can be no fruitful investigations conducted against him,
no personal in depth questioning, no cross examinations, no verification
of his identity and no judgment or penalty imposed.
As a "war criminal" this man would be subject to
full disclosure; as a "prisoner of war" he can be kept
secreted away in prison indefinitely without ever undergoing
any investigation by the world body. He is now hidden away and
imprisoned without due process under the Geneva Convention, which
was designed to guarantee humane treatment to captured enemy
According to the U.S. acceptance of the Geneva Convention
the only people required to have access to a "prisoner of
war" are members of the national Red Cross relief agency.
There are others who are having difficulty with accepting
that the man being held in isolation is Saddam Hussein. U.S.
Congressman Lieberman has questioned the veracity of what has
been presented about Saddam's capture and has become the target
of ridicule. The political cartoon titled, "Mallard Filmore,"
compared Lieberman's skepticism to those who question if we truly
have landed on the moon.
Questions arise in some journalist's minds when changes in
information are suddenly released from the government about this
Saddam Hussein's capture. It was solidly reported from numerous
official sources immediately after the capture that "this"
Saddam had no intelligence information with him, not even a road
The Dec. 22, 03 special report by Newsweek tallied up
what was found by stating, "The capture was easy. Not a
shot war fired; no one was hurt. American forces found a couple
of AK-47s, a pistol - and $750,000 in hundred-dollar bills. Two
men were arrested as they ran away - presumably the final remnants
of Saddam's once ferocious corps of bodyguards."
Then suddenly, during the second week of January, 2004 it
was released without fanfare in news broadcasts, that "the
briefcase full of documents captured with Saddam were supplying
a wealth of intelligence information on the insurgency."
The reports were being presented in such a nonchalant manner
as to lead one to conclude that "this incredible piece of
information is old news that I must have missed," but as
demonstrated by the Newsweek special report, this is not old
news, but something cunningly introduced in such a manner as
to suggest this information has always been available.
Why do such a thing? Because a captured Saddam Hussein along
with a wealth of intelligence information is a priceless counter-terrorist's
Those of the insurgency who are unsure of what is truly going
on or are straddling the fence of whether to cooperate with U.S.
intelligence or not must wonder how long it will be before this
"briefcase full of information" will lead to their
own downfall. Some may consider the time is right to get a reward
rather than prison, while others may just figure it is time to
cut all ties and fade away.
The Newsweek special report generates other puzzling questions.
All through the report, which garnered itself 11 pages of exposure,
it is made clear that Saddam Hussein is a ruthless, cunning survivor.
Yet at the time of his capture he was appraised in the report
as "resigned and submissive, bewildered and disoriented."
It is said as he "was blinking helplessly in a spotlight...he
whimpered Don't shoot' in English and Arabic."
The contradiction between Saddam, the presently captured,
cowardly lion and the historical, elusive fox, who has now been
reported to have been in possession of a briefcase full of intelligence
information, grows even more puzzling when we consider the information
about his not so subtle orange and white taxi cab.
You heard right. According to the special report, Saddam Hussein
was seen before his capture driving around the little town of
Ad Dawr in his own private, beat up taxi cab.
The article reported that, "British sources told Newsweek
that Saddam has been driving around in a battered, old cab, a
clue for aerial surveillance...the last hiding spot of the lion
of Babylon, the butcher of Baghdad and what the Pentagon referred
to as, "High Value Target Number One" was unprepossing
in the extreme. A single, beat up orange and white Iraqi taxi
was parked next to the sheep pen. The crack revealed a hidden
The utter idiocy of this purported Saddam Hussein is beyond
reason. Picture the real Saddam Hussein tooling around Ad Dawr
in a high profile, easy to spot vehicle like an orange and white
taxi cab while he is in jeopardy for his very life. He then parks
his favorite cab in plain view right next to his trap door hideaway!
What's wrong with this picture? Newsweek's special report
could not help but further point out the great incongruity for
Saddam Hussein having chosen to hide out in a town it was well
known that he had hidden in before in his lesser days.
We quote, "Saddam was hiding at one of two farms in the
little town of Ad Dawr, according to the tipster. (The choice
of ad Dawr showed a certain lack of imagination, or perhaps desperation,
by Saddam. In 1959, when Saddam tried unsuccessfully to assassinate
the prime minister of Iraq, Abdul Karim Qassim, Saddam had fled
to the same village and hid on a family friend's farm, later
swimming across the Tigris River to exile in Syria, one of the
only times he ever left his country.)"
This Saddam who was effortlessly captured in Ad Dawr and who
reportedly yelled up from the filthy hole he was lying down in
on his back, "I am Saddam Hussein, the President of the
Republic of Iraq," is declared to be the same Saddam Hussein
who has somehow managed to hide from tens of thousands of searching
eyes, vast numbers of heavy artillery, mechanized armory divisions,
myriads of specialized troops, and even missile ready weapon
of mass destruction.
As I have stated in our previous Rapture Watch message titled,
"Has Saddam really been Caught," "What has been
presented thus far proves nothing, except that there is another
way things can be viewed regarding the reported capture of Saddam
For myself, these thoughts only lend to support a conviction
I have derived from studying the word of God. There has been
no acceptable alternative to my understanding of the prophecies
for Iraq and its Chaldean King in these last days as found in
Chapters 50 & 51 of the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah than
the one I have expounded on over the past 13 years."
In Jeremiah 50:4,5,19-20 & 51:50, God's Word reveals to
us that in the day of Babylon, Iraq's destruction the Jews will
have been restored to Israel and will once again possess the
ancient areas now called the West Bank and the Golan Heights
along with Jerusalem. That time in history is now. Jeremiah 51,
19-20 & 24 further reveal that Israel will play a major role
in Iraq's final defeat.
Quote, "The portion of Jacob [Israel] is not like them,
for He [God] is the Maker of all things; and Israel is the tribe
of His inheritance. The Lord of hosts is His name. You [Israel]
are My battle-ax and weapons of war: for with you I will break
the nation [Iraq] in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms...And
I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea [Iraq]
for all the evil they have done in Zion in your sight,"
says the Lord."
What God has revealed by His Word makes my position on Iraq
and Saddam Hussein unwavering.
If the present scenario being interpreted by the world is
correct then Iraq no longer has a king over it capable of organizing
a war front that would provoke Israel into launching a retaliatory
strike of massive destruction against Iraq. The standing picture
is that Iraq's military capability to wage war against its neighbors
has been brought to an end and its only leader with the ability
to bring about a cohesive national unity to launch such an attack
is now a helpless prisoner of war.
The logical conclusion to this perception is that since the
occupying forces are now the sole power over Iraq and are ostensibly
friends of Israel, then Israel will not be attacked by Iraq and
will therefore have no reason to ever launch a retaliatory war
against Iraq as God has declared will happen. Saddam Hussein
may very well have been riding around in an orange and white
taxi and for all we know stopping to pick up fares to add to
his nest egg.
On the other hand, if one believes the Word of God, Iraq is
still in readiness to launch a full scale war. A war that will
not only strike Israel, but according to Jer. 50:44 her king
will be able to strike out against the habitation of the strong
(the U.S.?) And will be granted by God the power to cause all
invading forces to flee for their lives from the land of Iraq.
This war has not taken place in all of past history. This
war cannot happen during the last 3 ½ years of the 7 year
Tribulation Period when Israel is under the heel of the Anti-Christ.
Comprehensive, prophetic studies of the nations involved, the
events themselves, and the timing involved leads me to reject
that this war will take place during the first 3 ½ years
of the Tribulation Period also.
Scripture indicates that the U.S. will be replaced as the
world's leader by the European Union by the start of the 7 year
The U.S. finds itself conspicuously positioned at the forefront
of the Iraqi prophecies. Prophecies which, by my understanding,
will come to a horrible conclusion in the very near future before
the European Union, Anti-Christ begins the final 7 year tribulation
countdown by his strengthening of a peace and security covenant
between Israel and her neighbors (see Dan. 9:27).
By these facts I can comfortably reach no other conclusion
then that the King of Iraq, the lion of Babylon, Saddam Hussein
is still a free man and in charge of his military power.
For some reason an invasion of nations from Iraq's north will
soon take place. By God's words found in Jer. 50:44 Saddam will
come out of hiding like a lion from the thicket of a flood plain.
He will strike the habitation of the strong and the nations coming
against him will flee from the land. Retaliation against him
and his nation will be fearful and Israel will be counted highly
among the destroyers.
Somewhere in the time line between now and the conclusion
of this war I anticipate that Jesus Christ will have appeared
in the clouds and will have caught up every dead and living believer
in Him to join Him in heaven as He prepares for His return with
His saints to the earth to the Mount of Olives at the close of
the Great Tribulation (see I Thess. 4:15-18, Jude verses 14-15,
Rev. 19:11-14 & Zech. 14:3-4).
As sure as all these words of God will come to pass without
fail, so too will His prophecies that foretell of the eternal
punishment that awaits the unforgiven come to pass.
If you have not trusted in God's only begotten Son Jesus Christ
for the forgiveness of your sins you will soon find yourself
assigned for eternity in a realm of fire and darkness.
Jesus Christ shed His own blood on the cross as a perfect
sacrifice for our sins so that all who come to Him for forgiveness
are promised deliverance from God's wrath and instead will receive
eternal life in the joy and glory of His presence.
It is just that simple. Don't put if off, everyday lives are
lost forever and you can be assured your day to decide for heaven
will one day soon also be lost forever.