End times Watch 12
The Total Destruction Of Damascus
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End Times 12 -The Prophetic End Of Damascus - By
Nathan Jones –
Damascus, the capital city of Syria, is one of the oldest
cities in existence. The 1.67 million people who inhabit Syria's largest city
today are sitting on a wealth of history claiming as far back as Noah's son
Shem. Inhabitants like Abraham and the Apostle Paul at one time were residents.
Though ruled over time by a plethora of tribes and empires, the city's history
perseveres in an unbroken chain to this day. And yet, the Bible says that
Damascus will finally come to a quick, devastating and permanent end.
Isaiah 17:1-14 contains an oracle against Damascus. In no
uncertain terms verse 1 says "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will
become a heap of ruins."
Who will cause the desolation to the city? It will be
Israel. Verse 9 states, "In that day their strong cities, which they left
because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and
undergrowth. And all will be desolation."
The Bible even tells how quickly and during what time of
the day this will occur. Verse 14a states, "In the evening, sudden terror!
Before the morning, they are gone!"
The prophet Jeremiah reiterates this prophecy in Jeremiah
49:23-27. Verses 26 and 27 state, "'Surely, her young men will fall in the
streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,' declares the LORD
Almighty. 'I will set fire to the walls of Damascus; it will consume the
fortresses of Ben-Hadad.'"
What Israeli man-made weapon could cause a city to be
totally annihilated in less than one day? In this modern day and age the answer
is well known - a nuclear warhead [a weapon of the end times].
Why would Israel have to use a weapon of last resort on the
city of Damascus? The answer is survival. When the United States used the atomic
bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was to force an end to
the bloody conflict of World War II. Israel will see it has no military
alternative but to use such a weapon for the same purpose – to prevent its own
annihilation. [The clock on the end times 12 is ticking down.]
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reiterated this point
when he declared in August 2008 that Israel "would not hold back" in the face of
renewed attacks on northern Israel by Syrian-supplied Hezbollah weapons designed
to target civilians. "There will no longer be a situation of distant fighting,
where major cities continue with life as usual. The war will reach the cities
and homes of Israeli citizens and our enemy's objective will be to target the
homefront," he elaborated. At that point, "we will be forced to bring an end to
hostilities quickly, at the smallest possible cost, using our comparative
advantage" which is "massive capabilities and tools during the Second Lebanon
War that it refrained from using, because it was fighting a terror organization,
not a state" ("Olmert: No holding back against Hezbollah" by Roni Sofer,
YNetNews, Aug. 19, 2008, http://www.ynetnews.com/ar! ti! cles/0,7340,L-3584938,00.html).
Even the most appeasement-policy-supporting Israeli leaders
know that when their citizens are attacked in their very own cities, Israel will
be forced to use "massive capabilities" to end the conflict quickly. The Bible
foretells that scenario will indeed take place, and Damascas' long history will
finally end in destruction in the end times 12..
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