Thursday, November 5, 2009

Demise of Damascus

The Israeli navy seized hundreds of tons of weaponry in a raid on a 140-meter ship near Cyprus. The ship was carrying arms sent by Iran to Syria and no-doubt their proxy Hezbollah. This kind of makes you wonder how many similar such ships Iran managed to get through to Syria. Unbeknown to Syria, their alliance with Iran against Israel will not turn out well for them.

Syria’s capital city of Damascus boasts of being “the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.” So that means that the Bible prophecy of the destiny of Damascus is yet future… “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1, NKJ).

Iran is no-doubt arming up their allies so that Israel will think twice about dealing with their nuclear weapon potential. Hezbollah has up to 40,000 rockets, including ground-to-ground missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv.

Hezbollah being able to hit Tel Aviv is an existential threat to Israel. It is clear that if Israel has to do something about Iran’s nuclear weapon capacity, they will also have to deal with the Hezbollah missiles in Syria. When the destruction of Israel as promised by their Islamic enemies becomes imminent, they will use every resource at their disposal to prevent it. Any nation would. And in the case of Israel, that includes their nuclear weapons.

The last time nuclear weapons were used it only took two of them to end the bloodiest war in history. I’m sure that reasoning will be applied when Israel uses one to put an end to the Hezbollah missiles raining down on them from Syria. You kill a snake by chopping off its head. You stop Syria from aiding and abetting terrorists by nuking Damascus.

The choices are tough for Israel so they will put off taking action against Iran (and Syria) until it is clear that all other options have failed. But the Bible is clear; the day will come when Damascus will cease to be “the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.”

The use of a nuclear weapon will shock the world and force it to make peace with Israel albeit a short-lived, false peace. I think it likely that the destruction of Damascus will be the tipping point for a charismatic world leader to come on the scene to broker a peace treaty that enables Israel to build their much anticipated temple in Jerusalem… “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering” (Daniel 9:27, NKJ).

Fortunately for followers of Christ, we will be taken to be with the Lord before the coming world leader reveals himself when he guarantees the 7-year peace pact with Israel… “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3, NKJ). The “falling away” here in context is referring to the Rapture of the church where we will fall away from planet earth.

“Let not your hear be troubled” (John 14:27, NKJ)… we don’t have long to wait!

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