Trend Update: Nineveh/Mosul Dam, March 2016

Genesis 10:8-12 Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.” The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.

This is the city planning resume of Nimrod. He built cities along the Tigris River over 4,000 years ago. The city furthest south was Babylon (30 miles south of Baghdad). The city furthest north was Nineveh or modern day Mosul, Iraq (220 miles north of Baghdad). All of this could be destroyed in less than a week if the Mosul Dam breaks.


Nineveh is the city and people in focus in the Book of Jonah. Nineveh was once the largest city in the known world. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn them of pending judgment. The Assyrian people ultimately listened to Jonah and changed their attitude and actions towards God and others.

The modern day region maintains it ties to the past. Mosul is located in the province of Ninevah (ABC News). Nineveh is located in modern day Mosul, Iraq. ISIS destroyed the tomb of Jonah the prophet in Mosul.

The Mosul Dam was built by Saddam Hussein in 1986 on soluble gypsum. Translation, the dam is built on a shifting, poor foundation. The Mosul dam is located 35 miles north of Mosul, Iraq. ISIS previously managed to take control of the Mosul Dam in June 2014. Currently, the Mosul Dam is managed by the Kurdish peshmerga. The issue is ISIS took the maintenance equipment and supplies. And the Kurds are busy fighting back ISIS to maintain control of the dam. As of March 2016, the dam is in serious trouble.

This dam manages the Tigris River in Iraq. An estimated 45-70 foot wall of water could flood the river valley if the dam breaks. This could potentially kill up to 150 million people and displace millions more per estimates.

The city of Mosul could be underwater within four hours of a dam break. Within 77 hours, Baghdad could be targeted.

Archaeological and cultural sites along the Tigris River could be flushed and destroyed.

Fear not, the Iraqi government has a plan…

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