reply to post by iSHRED
There are two problems with trying to find fulfilments of these more "political" prophecies in the Old Testament.
The first is that the main point of these prophecies is to give encouragement to the israelites of the prophet's own time. "You are afraid of these
Syrians, Egyptians, Babylonians? I'm here to tell you that God is going to deal with them". This being the case, they were fulfilled in the same
period of time. Thus the prophecy about the destruction of Damascus was fulfilled when the Assyrians attacked it.
If you try to find a fulfulment in later history, you come up against the problem that "fulfilments" keep happening, because the history of the Middle
East has always been turbulent. For example, last year people were getting excited about the "king of Egypt will be overthrown" prophecies. But apart
from the fact that this prophecy was fulfilled in Old Testament times (twice over, in fact, by the Assyrians and by the Persians), the prophecy was
when the ptolemies were overthrown by the Romans
when the Romans were overthrown by the Arabs
when the early caliphs were overthown by the Fatimids
when the mamelukes took control
when the mamelukes were overthrown by the Turks
when the British came in and took control
when King Farouk was overthrown by Colonel Nasser
when President Sadat was assassinated
And if the prophecy is being "fulfilled" every couple of centuries, what is so special about any one fulfilment?
The same applies to prophecies about Damascus. Would you like to guess how many times Damascus has been conquered over the last two thousand years? So
if Damascus is demolished yet again, the repetition won't have any more value than the previous occasions.
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