Seeing this article reminds me that the end-time version of Babylon—Iraq—continues to exist for now, and to exhibit its new democratic government. The lion continues to stand with its changed mind.
Daniel 7:4-5 says there is a first beast, the lion, and then a second beast, the bear. The Bible does not mention anything else between these two.
Some have said that Iraq had ceased to exist in the days that Islamic State (IS) was growing in territory and power. And yet, the seat of government in Iraq, Baghdad, never stopped being the seat of that government. The democracy never ended. The country, though partially occupied, continued to exist. More recently it took back all its territory occupied by IS, and has even started taking back territory from the Kurds who have been getting braver in declaring autonomy. The Iraqi army, no longer preoccupied with IS, can now concentrate on bringing its Kurdish population back into the fold.
And now, various religious and political parties in Iraq are getting ready for the new elections in May of this year. This will be the sixth election held in Iraq. (There were parliamentary elections in Jan 2005, Dec 2005, 2010 and 2014. There was also a governor’s election held in 2009.) As the article states, most parties are putting aside any signs of Islam and concentrating on trying to court votes from the populace. Instead of being victim to a civil war, or a brutal Saddamesque police force, or other forms of beastly coercion, the parties and peoples of Iraq are governing their country like civilized men, for the most part.
Just as each kingdom of the metal statue of Daniel 2 was eliminated by its successor, so too, I believe each end-time kingdom of the beasts will end with its successor. The bear, Iran, will be the force to end the lion and its government.
If this is true, we can take some comfort that as long as Iraq and its democratic government continues to exist, our world will be relatively “normal” for the time being, and we have time to get ready and spread the Signpost message before the coming Second Signpost changes everything. The Iraqi government’s existence as a democracy, though, is also our warning that we have entered the end times.