Isaiah 17 constitutes a message against Damascus and Israel. In the Old Testament in the days of Ahaz, Syria was united with Israel in an alliance against Judah, and Isaiah foretold the defeat of both Syria and Israel (ch. 7:1–16). A severe blow was to fall upon Damascus; it would no longer be numbered among the great cities of the world. For a time the city seems to have lain in ruins, but was eventually rebuilt, for a century later Jeremiah delivered further messages against it (Jer. 49:23–27).
Looking at today’s geopolitical landscape, it’s not difficult to envision the scenario outlined in Isaiah 17 being repeated. Syria’s rocket technology is advanced, and Syria is known to possess chemical weapons, including the highly lethal VX and Sarin gases. If Syria miscalculates and attacks Israel or example, the Israeli response will be devastating.
So the possibility of war on Syria is very real. If war takes place, Russia, Syria’s alley will want to seize the upper hand in the oil rich Middle East. And war will break loose between world powers.
The Bible predicts wars as a sign of the end. “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:6, 7). “Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword” (Revelation 6:4).
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:33).
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