We no longer have plans to bomb Syria.
For the first time since 1979, our president has welcomed conversations with Iran.
What we were concerned about a few weeks ago has seemed to pass by and now we have new concerns. Our government has shut down. What does this mean to our near future?
Here’s a warning… Don’t let the current situation within our government cause you to take your eyes off the Middle East and especially Syria.
Let’s not forget that from this civil war there are over 100,000 dead in Syria.
There are over 2.5 million refugees (mostly women and children).
Another 5 million have been displaced from their homes but haven’t left the country.
Syria’s population before all this was only 22 million.
As for Damascus, the capital has a population of 1.6 million.
Along with Jericho, it is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city and it is the oldest capitol city.
The headlines may not be saying much about Syria but Scripture does.
WHAT does the Bible say about the future of Damascus?
First of all let’s make sure we see Scripture in context.
Isaiah chapters 11-24 (in context) explain about end times, something that is still future, still yet to come. These chapters deal with topics such as…
- The coming of the Messiah
- Judging of Gentile nations (enemies of Israel)
- The millennial reign of Jesus
Isaiah 11:6-8 is a picture of the Millennium
“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.”
The prophet speaks directly to the future of Gentile nations.
It deals in detail with the coming judgment and destruction of these nations…
Bible names and MODERN day names
- Babylon (IRAQ)
- The Philistines (Gaza) (Hamas)
- Moab (Jordon)
- Cush (Ethiopia) (North Africa)
- Edom (Jordan)
- Tyre (Lebanon) (Hezbollah)
In the middle of chapters 13 -24 is chapter 17 and God’s dealing with Damascus.
Isaiah 17: 1
“A prophecy against Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.”
Vs 2 – explains that the city will be unlivable
Some critics say:
- This was fulfilled when the Assyrians conquered that area in 732 B.C.
- They went on to conquer Israel and the Northern part of Israel fell in 722 B.C.
- The 10 tribes of Israel were lost and mixed in with the Assyrians
Damascus was NOT completely destroyed the way Isaiah 17:1 describes.
Obviously the city is still lived in today.
So what is the proper response to those who say Isaiah 17 has already been fulfilled and is NOT yet future?
Again remember, Isaiah 11-24 – IN CONTEXT – explains the Day of the Lord.
Isaiah himself provides the answer to the question whether his prophecy is past or yet to come.
In chapter 14 the prophet tells us WHEN he received this prophecy about Damascus…
“This prophecy came in the year King Ahaz died:”
- King Ahaz died in 715 B.C.
- Remember – The Assyrians went through Damascus in 732 B.C (2 Kings 16) 17 years earlier! So Isaiah 17 COULD NOT be talking about the events of 732 B.C.
What happened in 732 B.C. is in Scripture but it is found in Isaiah 7 & 8. These chapters explain that Assyria was the Lord’s instrument.
Isaiah 8:4 “the wealth of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria will be carried off by the king of Assyria.”
THAT did happen in 732 & 722 B.C.!!!!
Isaiah 17 is still future!
A parallel passage is Jeremiah 48-51 – Jeremiah writes about:
- Moab – Ammon – Edom (Jordan)
- Kedar and Hazor which is modern day Arabia
- Elam modern day IRAN
- Babylon Modern Day IRAQ
Timing: Jeremiah’s ministry was between 626 & 586 B.C.
This is 150 years AFTER the Assyrians went through Damascus and Israel.
“Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee
and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her,
pain like that of a woman in labor.”
Labor pains is what Jesus spoke of…
“7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Here is a future picture …
26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,” declares the Lord Almighty.
27 “I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.”
- Damascus will be destroyed with fire
- Her soldiers will be silenced
- Her young men will fall in the streets
- Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.”
“In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away.”
“the glory of Jacob” is Israel.
Isaiah 17 …
This is a picture of war and destruction.
What could happen?
Israel “the glory of Jacob” is attacked.
They fire back (with nukes?) fulfilling Isaiah 17?
We are watching prophecy right before our eyes.
Are you prepared?