Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.”
The prophet Isaiah, wrote these portentous words about 2,800 years ago, and today we stand at the threshold of their fulfillment, as it surely happens with all Biblical prophecy.
Damascus is the capital and the second largest city of Syria. It is also the capital city of one of the country’s 14 governorates. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 (2009 est.). Wikipedia
We could safely say that in this last year news reporting from the Middle East has been at a minimum, contradictory, leaving the casual observer confused and apathetic. Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, the Palestinians, etc. are all having their particular problems, but for the sake of clarity we need to separate the important events from the less important ones. We need to remain in focus and when I say in focus, I refer to what the Word has to say regarding these End Times events, and Syria, at this moment in time, takes first place in the countdown scale.
The current Syrian uprising of the last several months, is a harbinger of bigger things to come.
To retain his power, Syrian President Bashar Assad has been fighting a losing battle against the uprising of his own subjects and against the times. Frankly, I have never ascribed to him such fierce and unrelenting approach in dealing with dissent in his own country. His baby face however masks a ruthlessly determined (maybe scared) man who is unwilling to leave his power, despite the Arab spring revolutions all around him and despite the fateful end of his regional colleagues.
Of course Assad is capitalizing on Russian and Chinese support at the United Nations, without which he would have long been deposed and/or eliminated from the scene, (please note that I am not blaming either Russia or China, since they are playing the same game which the U.S.A. led Western nations have been playing for ever. We are all grown-ups and somewhat enlightened).
However, Syria, unbeknown to its own inhabitants and to most other people in the world, is being set for a most spectacular event, foreordained by God, and spoken by His prophets (Isaiah, in particular) in regards of Damascus, Syria’s capital city.
It is a known fact that Syria has been supportive and host (in the Damascus region – see above map) to several terrorist groups, most notably the Hezbollah (party of god) as deployed in Lebanon, which is and has been a thorn on the side of both Lebanon and Israel. While world attention is mostly focused upon Iran and its leader, “foot-in-the-mouth” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who never loses an occasion to spew its venom upon Israel (methinks that this guy is truly obsessed-i.e., demon possessed), with foreboding announcements on Israel’s soon-to-be demise, the real point of attention should instead be Syria and what is happening over there.
Granted, Israel could destroy Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but we must remember that, if that should happen, Iran will continue to exist. I say this because Iran is one of the countries which will come against Israel in the Ezekiel (chapter 38 and 39) war, and so, an eventual Israel attack against its nuclear facilities would be very limited to just that, if it will happen at all.
In brief, this is what I see happening, based on the Word:
First, in the Syrian camp, as things will get out of hand, Hezbollah will launch an attack from Lebanon against Israel and do some serious damage.
Israel will respond swiftly to the attack, nuking Damascus, (Isaiah 17:1-3) the obvious instigator. A time of international fury against Israel will follow (Isaiah 17:4-6) and the Ezekiel attack will be readied and launched. Obviously Israel has no chance in defeating the armies which will assemble against her. The outcome of this epic war will be the complete annihilation of Israel’s attackers, through a direct act of God. Moreover and at the same time, the very countries which sent their armies to fight Israel will be destroyed, with barely a remnant of their population remaining .
While it is true that Damascus, in its long history has had its ups and downs, it has never been totally destroyed and it has always had a population living in it. The Isaiah prophecy quite literally states that Damascus will never be inhabited after God’s judgement. This has never happened as yet.
So, here is where we stand: Iran may or may not happen, it is not fundamental.
Damascus will absolutely happen!