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.
(This prophecy was only partially fulfilled when the Assyrians defeated the Arameans and Damascus, in 732 BC. – source)
3 The fortified towns of Ephraim will also be destroyed,
and the royal power of Damascus will end.
All that remains of Syria
will 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 grainfield
after the harvesters have gathered the grain.
It will be desolate,
like the fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest.
(This “harvest” refers to the fall of Samaria in 723 BC. The Tribe of Ephraim has been counted as one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. – source. Sorry, this might be a little confusing but please bare with me.)
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.
(During the fall of Samaria only a few scattered people were left. A remnant. So was this a fulfillment of this prophecy? Let’s keep reading and see what it says.)
7 Then at last the people will look to their Creator
and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
8 They will no longer look to their idols for help
or worship what their own hands have made.
They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles
or 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 abandoned
when the Israelites came here so long ago.
It will be utterly desolate.
(In 732 BC the Assyrians did not turn to God following their conquest of Aram and Israel so this is yet to be fulfilled. Historically, it was the Israelites who were defeated, abandoned their cities, and dispersed, yet in this verse the Israelites caused it. – source)
10 You have forgotten God your Savior;
you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.
Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
and 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.
(Now here we go.)
12 Listen! The armies of many nations
roar like the roaring of the sea.
Hear the thunder of the mighty forces
as 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.
(What started out talking about Syria, ended up talking about Israel waiting in terror but waking up and their enemies are wiped out. Hmmmm. Interesting.
And for those of you who think this is referring to past history, Isaiah speaks of many nations raging against God’s people, not just Assyria like what happened in 732 BC, meaning these are still future events. – source)

I know, I know. This is totally out of place on this blog. Well, where else was I supposed to put it. :)

– Jason

(P.S. If you comment, please be nice. I know how heated this stuff can get.)