Saturday, January 23, 2016

Does Bible Prophecy Foretell The Destruction Of Damascus?







Will Damascus Survive The Onslaught?

Question : Does the Bible speaks Of what will happen to Damascus of Syria in the end?

Answer : Yes the Bible speaks about Damascus destruction in the end times. Here are verses that pin point the carnage that is going to happen to this great city. Today in our world we might not have know the importance of this great city, but in the Biblical point of view, it has been one of the oldest city in existence in the whole world.

"The oracle concerning Damascus. ‘Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin. The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be for flocks to lie down in, and there will be no one to frighten them. The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and sovereignty from Damascus….'” (Isaiah 17:1-3)
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“Concerning Damascus. ‘Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, for they have heard bad news; they are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed. Damascus has become helpless; she has turned away to flee, and panic has gripped her; distress and pangs have taken hold of her like a woman in childbirth. How the city of praise has not been deserted, the town of My joy! Therefore, her young men will fall in her streets, and all the men of war will be silenced in that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ‘I will set fire to the wall of Damascus, and it will devour the fortified towers of Ben-hadad.'” (Jeremiah 49:23-27)
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The first question that might come to mind might be, how can we surely say that the Bible speaks about this Damascus in Syria which is in our generation of the last days before the end? We can say for sure that these above prophecies have not yet been fulfilled, because we come to know that Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth, I can say that it has been attacked, besieged, and conquered in the past but till date it has not ceased to exist in the world map. Isaiah the major prophet with a prophetic burden shares the truth of God saying,
"Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin." These are strong words of Isaiah the Prophet who says it will cease to exist from being a city and will become a ruin. The cities near or surrounding Damascus will be forsaken too and they will be for flocks to lie down in it without being frightened by any human interference. This great fortified city of heritage will cease from the sovereignty of Syrian rulership and disappear from the map of the middle east. The way the prophet has described about this attack is so serious, that only a modern nuclear bomb being thrown against it can describe the after affect of it to become in this state of humanly uninhabitable place only fit for grazing of animals.

Damascus was a city described in the first book of Genesis written by Moses
[around 1500 B.C. roughly], in which we come to know that Abraham's servant Eliezer was born and brought up in that place and later came to Abraham to become his most trusted servant and his most trusted aide [around 2000 B.C. roughly] (Gen 14:15; 15:2). We again see in the time of David the most beloved and famous figure in the Jewish history, he defeated Damascus of Syria which was around 1000 B.C. roughly and made them all his subjects (2 Sam 8:5-6; 1 Chron 18:5-6). On Damascus road around roughly 30-50 A.D. in the first century, Paul one of the greatest apostle of Jesus Christ who wrote one third of the New Testament was converted as he was going to the synagogues of Damascus to arrest and bind those following the way of Jesus in it to bring them to Jerusalem to threaten and murder them if possible under Jewish law of apostasy (Acts 9:1, 2, 3, 8, 10). It was there at Damascus Paul stayed as he was made blind by the heavenly light which he saw on the way, stayed for three days to pray with fasting, again Jesus spoke through Ananias a disciple who came and laid his hands on him to heal and fill him with the Spirit. Then Paul preached Jesus as the Christ first in Damascus in the first century and confounded many by proving it from the Scripture (Acts 9:22). Paul the apostle also referred to this city in a couple of epistles or letters written to the Church of Corinthians and Galatians which shows the heritage of this great city of Damascus which stands to this day (2 Cor 11:32; Gal 1:17).

God forbid that any destruction should happen to people living in the city of Damascus because God wants all people to be saved from sin and death, and loves them all through Jesus Christ the Savior of the whole world
(John 3:16; 1 Tim 2:3-4, 5), but prophecies of the Bible do come true because it is God's blue-print for this world now, and for the time to come even when Jesus will come to rule the earth for a thousand years in the coming days (Rev 20:4-6). Jeremiah the prophet affirms the coming onslaught on the city of Damascus and says that the Arab neighbors will hear a bad news about what has happened to this city of Damascus in Syria and will be disheartened. There will be anxiety by the sea because Lebanon and its capital Beirut stands just near the sea before Damascus, and it will fear being anxious that nothing should happen to it, in today's language it should be interpreted as, because of the war-ships or nuclear-submarines from the sea which attacks this particular city of Damascus there will be a severe anxiety or failing of heart in the nearby region. Damascus cannot be calmed because of the great destruction that is waiting to happen. All people in Damascus will become helpless and will turn away in the other directions and will flee as panic grips it because of something sinister in the range of nuclear destruction or something like that grips it, for the effect of it will take those around it like a distress and pangs that have taken hold of like a woman in childbirth. Damascus the town of God's joy for generations in the past which has been praised for its heritage and culture, will suddenly be deserted , where young men of war will fall in the street suddenly and silenced in that single day which describes the suddenness of the event of destruction most probably in the proportion of a nuclear attack which is the only thing that can silence a whole city and population suddenly. God Himself will "set fire to the wall of Damascus, and it will devour the fortified towers of Ben-hadad", which clearly describes that it is the blueprint of God's time table for the end of Damascus from being a city to a rubble. The fire ball of destruction is a severe attack of nuclear proportion! The great king of Syria named Benhadad who was the enemy of Israel in the Old Testament times is the one who built the towers in those days and the wall around to protect it from being destroyed, it has continued its heritage till our present time to be a city (2 Kings 5:12; 8:7, 9). O Lord have mercy!

We know that the God of mercy and justice never punishes any city or nation unless he finds lawlessness and ungodliness in it. God in his mercy always gives more and more time of mercy for the inhabitants of the earth to repent until one day in His wrath God executes his justice against the land that has sinned against Him for its iniquity and evil doings
(Gen 15:16; Exod 20:1-2, 3-4, 5-6). Because God knows the end from beginning, He decrees it in His blueprint of His Word which is the Bible, even up to the end of this world and earth (Isa 46:9, 10-11; 48:5, 6-7, 13; 2 Peter 3:6, 7, 10), He prophesies through his prophets to make all people of the earth understand that He is in control of the whole world and all that happens never happens without his permission (Isa 43:13; 45:7; Matt 10:29). Again by the prophet Zechariah Damascus the city was decreed to be wiped of through fire (Zech 9:1, 4). God has also said by the prophet Amos that Damascus will be punished for its transgressions and sins in its time, and the people of Syria shall go captive to other countries as refugees for their existence when this happens (Amos 1:3, 5). Even the major prophet Ezekiel referred to Damascus in a number of places in his prophetic writings, and this present city of Damascus is the same place without doubt (Ezek 27:18; 47:16-18; 48:1). Even Damascus is mentioned in the Bible as the capital city of the country of Syria which is its present capital (Isa 7:8).


Once of the reason the nation of Israel went in to exile by the punishment of God was because they started following the false gods of Damascus (2 Chron 28:23). Then Benhadad the greatest of the Kings who resided in Damascus and built it received silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the LORD and this is a great mistake that stays over a particular place in remembrance of transgression before the LORD and the same happened at another time when the LORD executed judgment against Joash for his idolatry, who continued adamantly in it in direct ungratefulness and disobedience to Him and his prophetic voices (1 Kings 15:18; 2 Chron 16:2-3, 7-10; 24:23). The God of Israel was so much involved in the government of Syria that he instructed His great prophets Elijah, later Elisha to prophecy over the king whom he had planned to bring and anoint him (1 Kings 19:15; 2 Kings 8:7-13). Now that the nation of Israel has come, God is trying to bring his final judgment which has been waiting more than a couple of millenniums. So we come to know that the context of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 are a series of End Times prophecies dealing with God’s judgments on Israel’s neighbors and enemies leading up to — and through — the Tribulation (Psa 83:5, 8; Rev 3:10).

The Damascus Countdown, has already begun in our times as we are at the end of the end times or the last of the last days. We can from the above prophecies of the prophets can infer up to a certain level of what will the future look like for the people of Syria, the implications for the rest of Syria as a nation will be to turn to the Messiah of Israel whose name is Yeshua
[i.e. Jesus the Christ] in the coming Millennium, and as a nation under His rule and protection, they can live in peace with the nation of Israel to continue as a blessing in that region and to the whole world. The gospel of the Kingdom of Yeshua will be preached according to God's promise in Damascus and Syria before the judgment of God will take place there (Matt 24:14). Let’s pray that the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God reach all of the people of Damascus and Syria before the judgment comes.

FUTURE BLESSING PROMISED FOR ASSYRIA (WHICH INCLUDES SYRIA) IN THE MILLENNIUM

The Lord Jesus will establish one universal government over all the earth during the Millennium wherein righteousness will reign
(Psa. 72:1-7; Isa. 9:6-7; 11:4; 16:5; 32:16-18; 61:11). His dominion will extend from sea to sea! Israel will be established as “head” over all the nations on earth according to God’s plan (Deut. 26:18-19; Isa. 2:1-5; 60:14) and all the nations surrounding Israel will give of their abundance just like Hiram did in the days of Solomon (2 Sam 5:10-11; 1 Kings 5:1, 12, 18; 9:27-28). The main purpose of Jesus’ 1,000-year reign is to fulfill the prophecies given to Israel and the promises made to Jesus, the nations, and the whole earth (Hag 2:7).

Gentile nations will serve the God of Israel, and Syria will be included as part of Assyria, which along with Egypt to be those leading nations
(Isa. 19:24-25). Intercontinental highways will be constructed leading into the land of Israel so those of the Nations surrounding Israel can come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord, and among these highways will be a highway from Northern Africa through Israel into Assyria and also a highway from China [Sinim] (Isa. 11:16; 19:23-25; 35:1-2; 49:11-12 [China]).

Much Blessings....





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