The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. (Isaiah 17:1)
When media headlines resemble prophetic scripture it’s time to take notice –
Sky News: Drone Reveals Destruction In Syrian Capital.
As we witness the ongoing conflicts in Syria the unfulfilled prophecy of Isaiah 17 becomes a discussion point. The drone video over Damascus shows the staggering destruction that years of fighting has had on the suburb of Jobar:
This suburb is barely inhabitable as the opposition forces continue to fight. Anyone watching the video could conclude that the prophecy on Damascus’ destruction is slowly being fulfilled.
However, reading the chapter indicates there will be some sudden event that completes the destruction. The final four verses issue a warning:
Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind. And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us. (Isaiah 17:12-14)
What would cause them to “flee far off” and “be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind”? The final verse says there will be trouble in the evening, then “before the morning he is not”, does this suggest a sudden action to complete this fulfilment? The impact of a bomb would certainly fit this description, especially a chemical weapon.
We can never know exactly how God will fulfil any particular prophecy until after the event. The Syrian capital city’s future is one of extinction, this is nothing we rejoice over but God has clearly stated this will happen “because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation” (v10). The systematic murder or expulsion of professing Christians in Syria that has been widely reported only serves to clear the path for God’s judgment. Potential fulfilment of this prophecy should be a warning to all of us not to forget who God is and that through His son, Jesus Christ, we can have salvation with our Creator!