Francois du Plessis

Francois du Plessis

Photos taken by Francois du Plessis on his visits to ancient BABILON in Iraq

At that back of the painting are the ruins of the northern palace of Nebuchadnezzar. This is where the king had a strange dream which he could not recall the following morning.
In front of Saddam Hussein is a projection of Nebuchadnezzar the famous Babylonian king of 2600 years ago. On your far right is Cyrus the great who conquered Babylon in 539 BC. His soldiers warns anyone who tries to invade Iraq that they would face the military might of his country.
The king was going to kill all the wise men of Babylon if they could not tell him what he dreamed and interpret the meaning. God revealed the forgotten dream to Daniel and in less than 300 words the history of the world was given to Nebuchadnezzar.
It is quite an experience to read the name Ishtar where she was worshipped. She was the goddess of love, war, fertility and sexuality.
Here at the parking lot we see Bab-ilu the ruins of Nebuchadnezzar from a different direction
Not too far from Hammurabi's statue, I came across this painting
In ancient times it was flanked by beautiful glazed bricks
Originally he was glazed in beautiful colours
I was excited when I saw 7 royal names mentioned in this museum of which we read in the Bible
I was very excited when I saw this statue in the Babylon museum because it takes us back to the time of Abram
Many thoughts went through my heart when I left this great heap of ruins, call Bab ilu, which means the gate to the god for salvation. We have no idea of the greatness of the palace that once stood here
One every year the king celebrated his coronation date. The gods of Bel Marduk and uaby from nearby Birs Nimrud were brought here. Then the strong men of the city tried to carry them to the Etemenanki, about a kilomoter further down. Please read Isaiah 46:1-4 and see what happened to their gods. You will find comfort for the burdens to are carrying
Daniel 5:26 this is the interpretation of the thig: MEN: god has numbered your kingdom and finished it. Verse 27 TEKEL: you are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.Verse 28 PERES: your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and the Persians
Original glazed lion from the time of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar. The lion was a symbol of the Babylonian empire according to the book of Daniel
Scale model of the Euphrates River and Ishtar Gate in blue. Cyrus entered the city from here in 539 BC
Visiting the procession way is more than a thrill
Let us move on and view the ruins of the ancient Ishtar gate
Part of the ancient Ishtar gate. What can still be seen here?
The second and last names are very important in archaeology and in the Bible
Details of the statue
Before visiting the banquet hall, let my quickly take you to the Pergamon museum in Berlin where the German archaeologists transferred the tiles and reconstructed the procession way to its original beauty.
Saddam Hussein was still in the process to build the hanging gardens for his wife, next to the banquet hall, than the war broke out. He did not fulfil his dream of building a new capital of the world. God has promised us a home of eternal happiness which will never fall into ruin of pain and death
The Babylonian bull was associated with Hadad the weather god. This is what Daniel saw when he was serving the king in Babylon
Where descending the steps of the Ishtar gate where Daniel and many other dignities visited
Original art of the Babylonian called, called Bel Marduk. He was the main god in the pantheon of gods in Babylon
Model of the Etemenanki or Tower of Babylon in the Babylon museum
Lauretta was walking the 180 meters of the restored procession way.
Let us walk through this new Ishtar gate
Here we have the bull and Bel Marduk together. Daniel practised monotheism and never worshipped any of the Babylonia gods. Nebuchadnezzar eventually also became of monotheist and worshipped the god of Daniel
Can you see the huge walls in the back ground
I cannot tell you what tremendous thoughts when through my mind when I stood here. It was right here that Daniel explained Nebuchadnezzar’s forgotten dream
This description of Nebuchadnezzar concerning him and the restoration of Babylon concurs with what the Bible tells us of this great man.It was also in the wall of this huge banquet hall that the strange words, mene mene tekel upharsin were written which announced the fall of Babylon that very night
This is what you see as you enter the ancient city of Babylon. Archaeologists constructed a scale model of the famous Ishtar gate
Representation of the Esagila, Babylonian place of worship with the Etemenanki, tower of Babel in the middle
Representation of the victorious Babylonian army entering the Ishtar Gate
Let’s enter a museum that was erected next to the ruins of the ancient city
There are the most precious arty faxes in the Aleppo museum
Dimensions of the tower
Lauretta reminded me that this was the first heathen king who had a vision of the second coming of Christ.Would you like to see an original inscription of the king?