Sunday, October 11, 2015

Damascus Syria And The Slow Motion Fulfillment Of Isaiah 17........

Damascus Syria And The Slow Motion Fulfillment Of Isaiah 17

"See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid."

                                                                                             Isaiah 17:1-2

It's the portion of Isaiah 17 that were not fulfilled that concern us today, and the most obvious one is the fact that Damascus has never been reduced to a heap of ruins. Although the city has been conquered several times it has yet to be destroyed like the prophecy of Isaiah 17:1-2 requires.

Damascus has proved to be a most resilient city. It was conquered by the Israelites (1000 BC), the Assyrians (732 BC), the Babylonians (606 BC), the Persians (530 BC), the Greeks (330 BC), the Nabateans (85 BC), the Romans (63 BC), the Byzantines (634 AD), the Mamelukes (1250 AD) and the Ottoman Turks (1516 AD). But the city itself has always survived and is now claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world with a 5,000 year history. Its current population is close to 2 million, yet Isaiah 17:1-2 indicates that it will one day cease to exist.

Maybe This Time?

Ever since the Syrian civil war began in 2011 students of prophecy have been looking for the complete fulfillment of Isaiah 17. Several times in the 4 years since then it has appeared as if the destruction of Damascus was imminent, but each time the city was spared.

It's important to remember in all of this that as far as Isaiah 17 is concerned, it's not enough for the Assad government to be deposed. For Isaiah's prophecy to be fulfilled, Damascus has to become an uninhabitable ruin.

So it appears that the next round in the slow motion fulfillment of Isaiah 17 will involve the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey actively supporting the rebels, with Russia, Iran, what's left of the Syrian Army, and Hezbollah defending the Assad regime. Then there's the wild card ISIS, that actually controls about half the country, against all of them.

Most observers believe that even if the Assad government is toppled, fighting among the various factions will continue for the foreseeable future. 

On a day the Lord has determined, Damascus will be destroyed. He who knows the end from the beginning and from ancient times what is still to come will bring about what He has said, and will do what He has planned (Isaiah 46:10-11).

The stage is set, the players are ready, and the curtain could go up at any time...........HEADLINES ARE JUMPING FROM THE PAGES OF YOUR BIBLE!

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