Thursday, September 5, 2013

Is it Syria-sly the end times?

I’m not sure which side of the aisle you’re on and frankly things are so very convoluted I am not sure that it matters anymore, at a DC level at least. Stepping away from the political part on why we should or shouldn't be involved in Syria, here is something that to me is very interesting and I think thinking minds will appreciate it too.

Syria’s capitol, Damascus is the second largest city in the country and it’s believed to have seen 5,000 years of human history. That means it’s been around almost since the Garden of Eden (obviously not quite because there wouldn’t be enough people to inhabit it yet). Damascus has played a huge role in human history in the past. It was on the road to Damascus that the apostle Paul met Christ – revolutionizing for that generation and every generation since. Damascus is going to play a huge role in history again and I’m nervous that is going to unfold all too soon. Here’s a snippet from Isaiah 17:

A prophecy against Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the Lord Almighty.

Or in another translation:

An oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer are deserted;
they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus;
and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel,
declares the Lord of hosts.

Note that the surrounding cities (Aroer, located just east of the Dead Sea) will be deserted but not necessarily destroyed like Damascus will be. Maybe it’s fear that sends people running? These are end times prophecies from the only living and active book.

Maybe you’re not one to take to heart Biblical passages and then please just consider this food for thought. If you are one to listen to them, please consider this a prayer request for all involved.

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