Monday, August 6, 2012

Syrian Implosion

Joel Rosenberg has an nice summary of the situation in Syria, the fate of Damascus and what we may see in the near future as this tipping point is reached:

The latest reports indicate that more than 20,000 Syrians have been murdered. Top Syrian officials are defecting. The rebels are steadily winning control of more and more of the country. Iran is sending forces to fight on behalf of the Assad regime against the rebels. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin isreportedly sending naval warships and Russian marines to Syria as a show of support for Assad, though it’s not clear how far the Kremlin is willing to go to defend the dictator of Damascus.

But the rebels are no friends of freedom. Should they topple the Assad regime and seize control, we could see a repeat of the Egyptian revolution last year where Radical Islamic jihadists end up gaining control of the country.

Looming over the entire catastrophe are Bible prophecies that Damascus will be judged and utterly destroyed in the last days. Please be praying for the Syrian people to renounce Islam and give their lives to Jesus Christ before it’s too late. Please pray for the persecuted Christians in Syrian that the Lord will give them courage and boldness to preach the Gospel, teach the Word of God, and care for those who are wounded, scared and desperate.

Here are the key developments in recent days:

  • MAJOR DEFECTIONS — “Syria’s prime minister defected and fled to neighboring Jordan, a Jordanian official and a rebel spokesman said Monday, evidence that the cracks in President Bashar’s Assad’s regime have reached the highest echelons of government,” reports the Associated Press. “Ahmad Kassim, a senior official with the Free Syrian Army, said Prime Minister Riad Hijab defected to Jordan along with three other ministers. A Jordanian government official confirmed Hijab defected with his family but did not comment on the three other ministers. The Jordanian government official spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he was not allowed to make any public statements on the defection. Hijab is the highest-level government official to defect since the uprising against Assad’s authoritarian rule began 17 months ago. The other ministers’ identities were not immediately known.”
  • RUSSIAN MARINES ARRIVING — “Interfax quoted an unnamed Defense Ministry source as saying three landing assault ships, an anti-submarine ship and four smaller vessels might call on Tartus by Sunday,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “The ships are carrying a contingent of about 360 marines and amphibious armored personnel carriers….’ am absolutely confident that most likely their task will be to evacuate the personnel and equipment of the base,’ Alexander Golts, a defense expert and deputy editor-in-chief of the popular liberal online publication Yezhednevny Zhurnal, said in an interview. ‘However, this group is not sufficient enough to evacuate from 30,000 to 60,000 Russian citizens working and living in Syria,’ Golts said, ‘unless the marines will be ordered to gain control of a landing strip at Damascus airport and help establish an air-bridge to take all Russians out….Whatever their task, it is clear that given the rapidly deteriorating situation in Syria the Kremlin wants to have some sort of military presence close to its shores,’ Golts added.”
  • IRAN SENDING FORCES — “Iran is sending thousands of fighters to help the Bashar Assad regime in it’s ongoing conflict with rebel forces, according to a Syrian opposition leader,” reports the Times of Israel. “Col. Abdul-Jabbar Mohammed Aqidi, the commander of rebel forces in Aleppo province, was quoted in Al Arabiya on Saturday saying that 3,000 Iranians had already passed through Damascus International Airport in the last week.”

As I have written before, there are actually two key Biblical prophecies that explain that at unspecified time in the future, the city of Damascus will be completely destroyed — judged by God — and will not be inhabited again.

* Isaiah 17:1-3 — “The oracle concerning Damascus. ‘Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin. The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they will be for flocks to lie down in, and there will be no one to frighten them. The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and sovereignty from Damascus….’”

* Jeremiah 49:23-27 — “Concerning Damascus. ‘Hamath andArpad are put to shame, for they have heard bad news; they are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed. Damascus has become helpless; she has turned away to flee, and panic has gripped her; distress and pangs have taken hold of her like a woman in childbirth. How the city of praise has not been deserted, the town of My joy! Therefore, her young men will fall in her streets, and all the men of war will be silenced in that day,’ declares the Lord of hosts. ’I will set fire to the wall of Damascus, and it will devour the fortified towers of Ben-hadad.’”

These prophecies have not yet been fulfilled. Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on earth. It has been attacked, besieged, and conquered. But Damascus has never been completely destroyed and left uninhabited. Yet that is exactly what the Bible says will happen. The context of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 are a series of End Times prophecies dealing with God’s judgments on Israel’s neighbors and enemies leading up to — and through — the Tribulation.


Anonymous said...

Stocks are UP again....dow up 21.

The "end" that SO MANY on this blog
are waiting for is DELAYED yet again.

Bulls just do NOT seem to be stoppable right now. Possible 14,000 here we come......

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

ChristineInCleveland said...

So were Syria to decide to launch chemical weapons into Israel, is it logical to assume Israel will use a nuclear weapon in retaliation, thus utterly destroying Damascus? And this very scenario could be about to take place any day now...? Yikes!

Scott said...

Israel has stated on several occasions that they will view the use of chemical weapons the same as they would a nuke, in terms of their response. So, in that regard, I do see the potential scenario of Chemical weapons from Syria into Israel as a triggering point for the ultimate destruction of Damascus

Anonymous said...

and yet, stocks are UP again tonite.

and the Hawaii/Tsunami indicator
of Jonathan Hansen is very quiet


no activity

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Anonymous said...

Israel has been desolated twice, and yet during the desolation there still remains a few tilling the land.

Do you think we are in the midst of Isa 17 and jeremiah prophecies being fulfilled or it does not started yet?

considering that syria's men are falling on the streets, aram, allepo parts of damascus are piles of ruins, her people are fleeing to kir. etc.

Caver said...

Not yet started

Anonymous said...

how and when do you think it will start?

Caver said...

The countries APPEAR to be lining up now.

No way of forecasting the how or when, to my knowledge. Could be anything and any where.....could be a nation state planned decision or accident or guy named Abebe wanting to get some glory over coffee break this morning.

Anonymous said...

then how sure you are it has not started yet?

Caver said...

There you go again....your baiting questions, so obvious from the very first...trying to throw stumbling blocks in front of your brethren...

Except you're falling over your own stumbling block.

Instead of a multitude of reasons, one is a slam dunk...

When did Damascus EVER completely become a ruinous heap and cease from being a city... fact, when it was defeated after a long siege, a governor was immediately appointed. There was still a city there to govern over.

The city is to be destroyed in one night....the defeat of Damascus you are laying a trap and bait for was done over an extended and long period of siege...not one night.

Anonymous said...

WHAT???baiting questions?

the city to be destroyed in one night? are you sure? where do you get these?

its not a trap, a reasonable questions requiring reasonable answer or opinion.

Not because your answer make yourself stupid, makes my answer a bait.

you could have answer a biblically supported answer, and make yourself wise.

Caver said...

I've said my peace, going to work now.

You visit regularly, trying to lay the same ground work to lead into false teaching and lead others astray.

For months, many of us did the research and laid the scriptural references.....all to no avail. So why bother, just get enough down to prevent a newbie from being lead astray.

Its getting so very old, and so easy to spot so early on.

Have a Blessed day!

Anonymous said...