Syria and Damascus are in the Old Testament by the way…
I don’t usually bring up world events on this blog but I just can’t help myself. This is just too big to ignore.
So we all know about the current war going on in Syria and Damascus (the capital of Syria) right? You have probably been hearing about all the drama between Israel, Russia, China and the US and everyone else right?
Well, have you ever read Isaiah 17? (written 2700 years ago) If not then check this out! And if you’re not interested in the Bible just hear me out because this is kinda crazy. Could this be talking about what is happening right now?:
1 This message came to me concerning Damascus: (the capital of Syria)“Look, the city of Damascus will disappear!It will become a heap of ruins.2 The towns of ruins* will be deserted. (*Aroer = ruins)Flocks will graze in the streets and lie down undisturbed,with no one to chase them away.
3 The fortified towns of Ephraim will also be destroyed,and the royal power of Damascus will end.All that remains of Syriawill share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,” (referring to a Lost Tribes of Israel)declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.4 “In that day Ephraim’s glory will grow dim;its robust body will waste away.5 The whole land will look like a grainfieldafter the harvesters have gathered the grain.It will be desolate,like the fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest.
6 Only a few of its people will be left,like stray olives left on a tree after the harvest.Only two or three remain in the highest branches,four or five scattered here and there on the limbs,”declares the Lord, the God of Israel.
7 Then at last the people will look to their Creatorand turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.8 They will no longer look to their idols for helpor worship what their own hands have made.They will never again bow down to their Asherah polesor worship at the pagan shrines they have built.9 Their largest cities will be like a deserted forest,like the land the Hivites and Amorites abandonedwhen the Israelites came here so long ago.It will be utterly desolate.
10 You have forgotten God your Savior;you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.Therefore, though you set out the finest plantsand plant imported vines,11 though on the day you set them out,you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them,you bring them to bud,yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain.
12 Listen! The armies of many nationsroar like the roaring of the sea.Hear the thunder of the mighty forcesas they rush forward like thundering waves.13 But though they thunder like breakers on a beach,God will silence them, and they will run away.They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind,like a tumbleweed whirling before a storm.14 In the evening Israel waits in terror,but by dawn its enemies are dead.This is the just reward of those who plunder us,a fitting end for those who destroy us.
I know, I know. This is totally out of place on this blog. Well, where else was I supposed to put it. :)
(P.S. If you comment, please be nice. I know how heated this stuff can get.)