Damascus is the supplanter of Jerusalem in prophecy.
When Abram has grown old, he complains to God in Genesis 15 that his servant "Eliazar of Damascus" will inherit everything Abram owns.
Eliazar is rendered in Greek as "Lazarus."
And Saul/Paul was "on the road to Damascus" when he was converted to Christianity by a personal vision that definitely changed the time-stream...
The House of Assad are members of the pan-arab "Ba'ath Party", the same as Saddam Hussein. Ba'ath is pan-Arabic, but socialist in contrast to the
islamist idea of the Calipha. Syria is the last outpost of Ba'athism, and is being swept away by a resurgence of Arab Islamism.
"The Fall of Damascus" is a repeating trope throughout history, marking the "end of the age" for a particular empire or people.
After the death of Alexander in BC 323, to rival dynasties (Seleucid and Ptolemaic) fought to make Damascus the capitol of their respective empires.
Damascus fell to the Seleucid, while the Ptolemaic was forced to retreat to Egypt.
The fall of Damascus in AD 634 represented the first incursion of expansionist Islam into what we call the Byzantine Empire.
In AD 1135 the crusaders laid siege to Damascus. The Sunni inhabitants rose up and slaughtered the Isma'ili (shi'ite) faction, based on a rumor
that the Isma'ili were planning to open the gates and cut a deal with the Christians.
Likewise in 1860, the Christian inhabitants were slaughtered after fighting broke out between Maronite Christians and Druze in the mountains above the
The goal of T.E. Lawrence ( the famed British intelligence officer, "Lawrence of Arabia") was to raise an Arab army to topple the Ottoman Empire.
His immediate objective was....the Fall of Damascus. As it happened, three invading forces entered Damascus on the same day; British, French, and
One of the talking points of the current White House is that "home-grown terrorists," rather than Islamic Jihadists, art the true threat to the U.S.
Holmes' acts will be a powerful argument that the White House is correct.
"Homegrown Terror" is connected with July 20-21, not only because of this year's attack in Colorado; the same day was "Black Friday" in Ireland
1972, when the IRA set off 22 bombs across the region, leaving 8 dead and scores wounded. July 20-21 is also the anniversary of the Stauffenberg
nearly-successful plot to assassinate Hitler, followed by the purge of German high command by multiple executions the next day.
Homegrown terror and the Fall of Damascus...
The fall of Damascus repeatedly marks the end of someone's imperial dream. Of course, we haven't seen the fall of Damascus---we are merely on the
road to Damascus.
Jeremiah 49 prophesies this way about he Fall of Damascus:
Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news;
they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet.
Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee,
and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her, as of a woman in labor.
How the famous city is forsaken, the joyful town!
Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares,
and all her soldiers shall be destroyed on that day,
says the Lord of hosts.
And I will kindle a fire at the wall of Damascus,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.