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Middle East Then And Now

Map of Iraq
Map of Iraq

Editor’s note—The yellowed map of Iraq clipped out of newspaper was discovered in Mrs. Forrest’s Bible. We had no idea of its significance until we read the following excerpt from her weekly radio program notes dated June 1, 1941.

“The home of Abram and his father Terha, was Ur of the Chaldees. How many of you noticed the war map on the front page of the Atlanta Journal last night? It was a war map of the near East, and the notation that the ‘British troops fighting in Iraq had reached Baghdad’s suburbs and pushed northward from Basra to occupy Ur,’ which is the birthplace of Abraham. The Gentile nations are certainly gathering around the Holy Land. In the New Testament we read, ‘When ye shall see all these things, know that He is near, even at the door. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh’ (Luke 21:28).”

Mrs. Forrest’s radio program was broadcast each Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4 p. m. over WRLC in Toccoa, Georgia. People through Northeast Georgia and South Carolina wrote regularly to tell her how much they enjoyed hearing her.