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Unfulfilled Destruction For Damascus
Given these precedents, prophecy students wonder if an Israeli strike on Iran is not next and will not inevitably lead to a wider Middle East war.
Especially in light of a very familiar unfulfilled prophecy concerning Iran's close ally, Syria, who is also a known sponsor of terror against Israel.
The prophecy in question is the burden of Damascus in Isaiah 17:
1st supporting Scripture:
Isaiah 17:1 (ESV) — An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.
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2nd paragraph selected from:
In this prophesied event, northern and central Israel are named as taking damage and casualties, although comparatively less than Damascus (Damascus
loses the kingdom, but Israel only the fortress). War is never completely one-sided. If Israel is prompted to attack Damascus, they will certainly
suffer casualties in the process. Going further in the prophecy we can see that, as has usually been the case, Syria will not be acting alone against
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2nd supporting Scripture:
Psalm 83:1-5, 12 (HCSB) — 1 God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be idle. 2 See how Your enemies make an uproar; those who hate You
have acted arrogantly. 3 They devise clever schemes against Your people; they conspire against Your treasured ones. 4 They say, “COME, let us wipe
them out as a nation so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.” 5 For they have conspired with one mind; they form an alliance against
You 6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre. 8 Even Assyria
has joined them; they lend support to the sons of Lot. Selah ...12 who said, “Let us seize God’s pastures for ourselves.”
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This describes a massive Arab attack on Israel by a confederacy of nations that has never happened in history (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon,
Palestine, Iraq and probably Syria). Like Isaiah 17 it predicts a devastating defeat for Israel's attackers:
3rd supporting Scripture:
Psalm 83:13-17 (HCSB) 13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like straw before the wind. 14 As fire burns a forest, as a flame blazes through
mountains, 15 so pursue them with Your tempest and terrify them with Your storm. ...17 Let them be put to shame and terrified forever; let them perish
I think he may well have a point. I've wondered for decades when Damascus would be destroyed per Biblical prophecy. It certainly appears to be on the
brink of such . . . and increasingly so.
In his book
GOD'S WAR ON TERROR: ISLAM, PROPHECY AND THE BIBLE
Walid Shoebat includes Iran in the confederacy against Israel in the Ezekiel 38 war. I haven't read enough of the book to know if he ascribes that to
the Damascus destroying war. Perhaps so. Maybe theya re the same war. I just am not certain. I know his research is exhaustive and meticulous. Perhaps
he will shed more light on it when I have read more of his thick book.
The author of the article above, TIM McHyde also tends to be thorough and also tends to be somewhat askew of most Bible prophecy commentators and
interpreters. It will be interesting to see how they compare with each other.
Tim notes that Israel also suffers in the war that destroys Damascus. Though he also seems to agree with Scripture (!DOH!) that Israel's enemies
suffer far more.
And he makes the somewhat frightful observation that
ONCE THE DAMASCUS DESTROYING WAR IS OVER
There's nothing left to prevent the start of the Great Tribulation. He may be right. I'm not certain.
Would the 3rd Temple be built before the Great Tribulation? Or at the start--say maybe after the Anti-Christ appears--perhaps AS the Mahdi and
pretending to also be Christ returned . . . making the Biblically predicted 7 year treaty with Israel . . . and orchestrating THEN the rebuilding of
the 3rd Jewish Temple?
Particularly if as some Imam's and Rabbi's with Rome's blessing have been lobbying for a shared Temple complex.
I'm skeptical God would allow it but not entirely dismissive of the idea. Lots of strange things I wouldn't expect are likely during the Great
In any case, I believe Tim has made an interesting and likely very valid observation about the alliance needing to form to ANIALATE ISRAEL ONCE AND
FOR ALL--in terms of their INTENT. Thankfully, they will utterly fail.
They will be devastated and will suffer horrificaly for their treachery. I think the Bible is fairly clear about that.
I realize there are Bible detractors aplenty hereon who will scoff at such Biblical predictions. However, not a single detail of a Biblical prophecy
whose time arrived . . . has EVER failed--to the letter.
Perhaps some will remember these humble words and reconsider the Bible's claims on truth about reality--particularly spiritual reality.
And this is just the warmup. LOL.
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