promises to Arab peoples

The Bible contains unique prophecies about a number of nations which today are part of the Arab world. Some of these promises have never been fulfilled or await a deeper fulfillment. Among them are the following:

Current name

Ancient name

Bible reference

Iraq (West)


Isaiah 19:18-25;
Micah 7:12

Iraq (South)


Psalm 72:9;
Isaiah 42:11; 60:6-7

Syria (East)


Isaiah 19:18-25;
Micah 7:12



Psalm 72:9; Isaiah 60:6-7


Kedar, Nebaioth, Midian, Ephah

Psalm 72:9; Isaiah 42:11; 60:6-7



Psalm 72:10; Isaiah 60:6



Isaiah 19:18-25; 29:8-16; Micah 7:12

Furthermore, God promised release from captivity to the Ammonites, Moabites and Elamites
(Jeremiah 48:47; 49:6, 39). The Ammonites and Moabites assimilated with the Arabs and are now possibly some of the Palestinians. The Elamites are considered to be the Iranians. Many of these peoples are in a spiritual captivity and call themselves slaves of God. God’s plan with them is that they will all get to know Him as their Heavenly Father. The parable of the lost son gives a powerful example of God’s love. The Dutch writer Henri Nouwen aptly called it the parable of the Merciful Father.

For an extensive study about the prophecies of Middle Eastern peoples, go to Study Prophecies Nations
For an animation movie go to  Promises Nations in the Middle East
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