1. Introduction to the Hiddikel River

Let us now move unto the study of the Hiddikel River, which we first learnt about in the following Genesis text.  Hiddekel means “rapid” and is better known as the TIGRIS (Strong’s in blueletterbible.org) :

And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted/H6504/parad and became into four heads (H7218/ro’sh)…

And the name of the third river [is] Hiddekel (Chiddeqel/H2313) : that [is] it which goeth toward the east of Assyria… (Genesis 2: 10 & 14).

And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which [is] Hiddekel (Daniel 10: 4).

2. The geographic region that was east of Assyria

The text reveals that the Hiddekel coursed towards the east of Assyria. I wrote in the previous post “The River Pison – Where Is Modern Day Havilah” that

The Kingdom of Assyria encompassed different geographic locations during history depending on conquest and in  ancient times it was generally located in northern Mesopotamia.

Ancient Mesopotamia was situated in the area of land that is defined by the great Tigris and Euphrates river system and that is modern Iraq or in the area of  northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey. (Encyclopediabritannia.com).

Map of Ancient Assyria.
Source: Daily Bible Study (www.keyway.ca)

3. Prophet Daniel was the only other writer in scripture to mention the River Hiddekel by name.

Prophet Daniel saw a vision while he was on the banks of the River Hiddekel . What was he doing there? He had been taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar into Babylon, which was also called the Land of the Chaldeans in scriptures.

I wrote in the post  Babylon 101 – power, gods, judgment and destruction, that Babylon was:

…an ancient civilization and a state of ancient Mesopotamia, the latter being a geographic area encompassing  modern-day Iraq, some parts of northeastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and southwestern Iran.  

Babylon was established by Nimrod as the city of Babel.  Its remains can be found in present-day Al Hillah, Babel Province, Iraq (about 85 kilometers south of Baghdad).

map of Iraq

The Hiddekel/Tigris today

Conclusion

God created the River of Eden as a water supply to fertilize and beautify the geographic regions of the earth.  The River Hiddekel flows through Iraq, one of the most troubled areas on earth.

I pray for Iraq and other Islamic nations to be delivered from the power of darkness in the name of Jesus. Prophet Isaiah spoke prophetically about the end of the reign of terror of the King of Babylon (Isaiah 14: 4).  However, he was really referring to Lucifer (Isaiah 14: 12), the one who:

  • weakened the nations
  • made the earth tremble
  • shook nations
  • made the world a wilderness
  • destroyed the cities of earth
  • kept the prisoners locked up

Father, I pray for the Water of Life from the Throne of God to flow to Iraq and the surrounding nations that are bound strongly by the enemy. Please loose their captives and free them from death in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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