Does Isaiah 17 say that Israel will one day nuke Damascus, Syria?
Isaiah 17:1 - - "The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap"
Personally, I think what the Bible tells us in Isaiah 17 about Damascus' disappearance is one of the easiest prophecies to understand and figure out its place on God's prophetic timeline.
Damascus is famous for being the world's oldest city. Therefore, it is obvious we have an unfulfilled prophecy here. Another thing is immediately obvious as well: this prophecy is telling us that Damascus will be nuked, as I believe that nuclear weapons are the only way in modern times that a city would become "a ruinous heap" and cease "from being a city."
But when? Well, a few verses later we get a better idea of the time, and I'm afraid we may be quickly approaching the appointed time.
Isaiah 17:12-14 - - "Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us."
Another Arab assault on Israel to wipe her from memory and steal her land (compare this with Psalm 83, which we've looked at quite a bit in recent weeks especially in relation to Bill Salus' explosive book "Isralestine," because it actually describes this same war on Israel by the only people in the world that want to "cut her off from being a nation that no one remember the name of Israel anymore").
The Isaiah 17/Psalm 83 War involves all the nations around Israel going at her. The current conflict between the Israelis and Hamas is only a skirmish in the grand scheme of things, and I do not see a reason any other countries would dare to get involved yet. I believe they are all biding their time until they can neutralize the nuclear trump card that Israel holds. Iran is working on that. Once Iran has Shehab-3 missiles with nuclear payloads, then I will be concerned about them using them soon, before they can be taken away or destroyed.
Unfortunately, two news reports from the past couple of days tell us we're getting dangerously close to fulfilling this prophecy. First, during "Operation Cast Lead," Israel warned Syria that it would bomb sites and facilities in Damascus if Hizbullah fired rockets on Israeli towns and communities in the North, Egyptian paper Al Ahram reported Tuesday so there's your direct reference to the Damascus prophecy. Yet, what about the other piece of this puzzle? You know, the part about this Arab coalition wanting to neutralize the nuclear threat? Well, it seems we got an update on that front as well since it was reported that Iran will have a nuclear weapon this year!
As of January 29, 2009, Damascus is still around, but the clock is ticking.
The Burden Of Damascus
Prophecies Of The Nations...Syria
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