The Destruction of Damascus

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    Jun 22, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    The destruction of Damascus -- the oldest continuously occupied city in the world -- would be horrifying, even to those familiar with Bible prophecy.

    Population: about 1.7 million

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    The destruction of Damascus is reportedly mentioned four times in the Bible.

    Damascus may be destroyed because Israel's existence is threatened. It would not be surprising if Iran is involved, directly or indirectly.

    The attack by Israel may come from the sea, i.e., one or more of Israel's submarines.

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    Israel's Dolphin-class submarines have reportedly been fitted with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.

    Syria's huge stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons could also play a role in the destruction of Damascus. Some of these weapons are reportedly now in the hands of insurgents.

    The next major event after the destruction of Damascus is expected to be the Ezekiel War -- in which Russia and Iran (and others) attack Israel and are decisively defeated by God.

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    This short, decisive war will open the eyes of many all over the world, winning many souls.

    Hopefully that includes many of RJ's pagans.

    Theresa Garcia presents Biblical prophecy with startling clarity.

    Her website is TheresaGarciaMinistries.com.

    Her half-hour television programs can be seen at itbn.org.

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    Christians should pray for the people of Damascus. 10 per cent of the population is reportedly Christian.

    There are probably RJ members living in Damascus.

    May all who are able to leave the city do so.


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    Jun 22, 2014 9:42 PM GMT

    Is this another self fulfilling prophesy, like ordering people to be fruitful and multiply, then when there are too many people, resulting in famine and plague in revelations, followed by the obviously and entirely predictable end-of-the-world as a result of that demand to overpopulate? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 23, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    meninlove: Is this another self fulfilling prophesy, like ordering people to be fruitful and multiply, then when there are too many people, resulting in famine and plague in revelations, followed by the obviously and entirely predictable end-of-the-world as a result of that demand to overpopulate?

    Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. Isaiah 17:1

    That prophecy was made over 2500 years ago.

    It would be more likely that Iran and Syria would try to make it a self-defeating prophecy.

    They could say: "The Bible predicts that Damascus will be destroyed.

    "Let's discredit it and disprove it by not doing anything that could possibly provoke Israel into destroying Damascus."

    Instead, they evidently will conspire to wipe Israel off the map, just as Iran has shamelessly claimed it would do. Syria has also shamelessly announced that it will attack Israel under certain conditions.

    Even the casual observer should find it stunning that prophecies made over 2000 years ago could easily be tomorrow's headlines.

    The prophecies of the Bible are compellingly inerrant.

    They were made with divinely inspired knowledge of the future, and do not rely on human awareness and cooperation in order to be fulfilled.


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    Jun 23, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    jockfever saidmeninlove: Is this another self fulfilling prophesy, like ordering people to be fruitful and multiply, then when there are too many people, resulting in famine and plague in revelations, followed by the obviously and entirely predictable end-of-the-world as a result of that demand to overpopulate?

    Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. Isaiah 17:1

    That prophecy was made over 2500 years ago.

    It would be more likely that Iran and Syria would try to make it a self-defeating prophecy.

    They could say: "The Bible predicts that Damascus will be destroyed.

    "Let's discredit it and disprove it by not doing anything that could possibly provoke Israel into destroying Damascus."

    Instead, they evidently will conspire to wipe Israel off the map, just as Iran has shamelessly claimed it would do. Syria has also shamelessly announced that it will attack Israel under certain conditions.

    Even the casual observer should find it stunning that prophecies made over 2000 years ago could easily be tomorrow's headlines.

    The prophecies of the Bible are compellingly inerrant.

    They were made with divinely inspired knowledge of the future, and do not rely on human awareness and cooperation in order to be fulfilled.



    I say wait and see. I'm often amazed how people find prophecy in everything when their lives are going to pot. Wait and see.
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    Jun 23, 2014 4:20 PM GMT

    Erm, Jockie, it all happened in 722 - 732 BC. Look it up.

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    Jun 24, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    meninlove: Erm, Jockie, it all happened in 722 - 732 BC. Look it up.

    Each person must decide for himself whether Isaiah 17 has already been fulfilled or not.

    One expert:

    Damascus was not destroyed in the Assyrian conquest.

    Damascus did not "cease from being a city," and it was not reduced to "a heap of ruins" as prophesied by Isaiah.


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    http://eschatologytoday.blogspot.com/2012/02/isaiah-17-unfulfilled-prophecy.html

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    Jun 24, 2014 2:55 PM GMT
    Blondizgd: I say wait and see. I'm often amazed how people find prophecy in everything when their lives are going to pot. Wait and see.

    Fair enough...

    Except...my life (and other believers' lives) may not be a picnic, but it seems more significant that the Middle East is "going to pot."

    Editorial: Every area touched by Maobama's foreign policy is made worse: Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq, etc.

    "The Middle East is on fire" (Mark Levin)

    "America has now lost all deterrence in the Middle East" (former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.)

    According to Bible prophecy, and today's headlines, the world is headed toward war -- over Israel and Jerusalem.

    Yes, let every person see events unfold in the Middle East in the light of Bible prophecy.

    Last but not least: I wouldn't advise anyone planning to leave Damascus to wait, and no one should wait to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
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    Jun 24, 2014 3:35 PM GMT

    "According to Bible prophecy, and today's headlines, the world is headed toward war -- over Israel and Jerusalem."

    ...and that was said before, for many years, culminating in this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War

    You make a lousy prophet, Jockie, but then, the bible warns us to beware of such.
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    Jun 24, 2014 6:39 PM GMT
    Anyone who believes all the ancient fairy tales from the Bible as unquestionable truth is in very dire need of thorough psychiatric help. What is happening in Syria is a massive civil war where the people are trying to get rid of their brutal dictatorship. Unfortunately both Damascus and Aleppo have been totally leveled in the fierce fighting and will both end up more heavily damaged than both Berlin and Warsaw during World War Two. It has absolutely nothing to do with biblical fantasies.
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    Jun 25, 2014 5:45 AM GMT
    jockfever: "According to Bible prophecy, and today's headlines, the world is headed toward war -- over Israel and Jerusalem."

    meninlove: ...and that was said before, for many years, culminating in this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six-Day_War

    You make a lousy prophet, Jockie, but then, the bible warns us to beware of such.


    For starters, I'm not a prophet and never claimed to be one.

    I remember the Six Day War and have studied it a bit.

    Russia orchestrated the Six Day War, but was not directly involved in the combat on a large scale.

    It's possible that some Russian pilots flew planes with Egyptian markings but Israel largely wiped out the Egyptian air force on the ground.

    The Israeli tank crews who rushed to the Suez Canal suffered heavy losses because Russia had given the Egyptians advanced anti-tank weapons and had trained them to use them.

    Israel was sufficiently threatened by the attacks that it reportedly considered the Samson Option.

    Golda Meir pleaded with Nixon for help, which he eventually provided.

    Like others, I believe that the collapse of the Soviet Union was partly due to its evil role in the Six Day War.

    The Six Day War, however, was not Ezekiel's War.

    In Exekiel's War, Russian combat troops, possibly paratroopers, will directly attack Israel.

    Turkey may also participate in the attack (see map, above) which would have been unthinkable until recently. Turkey was once a solid ally of Israel.

    After Ezekiel's War, it will take months for Israel to bury the corpses of the invaders.

    Anyone who studies the Bible knows that it is suicidal to make war on God's chosen people.

    Most of the invaders will be victims of God's intervention to save Israel. That intervention may take the form of earthquakes, friendly fire, or hail.

    Russia and Iran will pay a heavy price for their invasion of Israel, and many will see clearly that the God of the Bible rules the universe, producing a harvest of souls.

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    Jun 25, 2014 6:11 AM GMT
    Why the heck would the Russians be bothered to go to war against Israel? If they wanted to attack someone it would be an adjacent state, like Estonia or Mongolia. That would be like China attacking Wales; they could but who would want to? (seriously, I mean Wales!!)

    Anyway, why stress about it? If God planned on the City being sacked who am I to object? After all, being omnipotent and omniscient it's not like he's going to say "Oops, what was I thinking?".
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    Jun 27, 2014 7:53 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob: Anyone who believes all the ancient fairy tales from the Bible as unquestionable truth is in very dire need of thorough psychiatric help.

    Short answer: Those with the most loose screws on RJ are the first to impugn the mental status of others.

    Those who are ignorant of fulfilled Bible prophecy should (do everyone a favor and) refrain from littering RJ with ignorant comments.

    Those who try to slam the Bible should be able to dazzle us with their own alternate belief system. They never do, and should be assumed to be clueless impostors.

    Longer answer:

    Perps have been trying to slam the Bible for thousands of years.

    Most of these futile efforts, along with most of the perps' names, are in the trash bin of history, where they belong.

    You've been repeating slurs about the Bible and Bible believers like a pull-cord toy for years, regardless of the rebuttals, so this comment is not intended for you.

    It's for a casual observer who thinks anti-Bible bigotry should not always go unanswered.

    "Nothing created Everything"
    "the universe created itself"
    "life accidentally developed from nonliving matter"
    "laws happen without a Lawgiver"
    "information happens without a preceding intelligence"
    "microbes turn into microbiologists through random unguided mutations"
    "the most influential Person who ever lived didn't exist"
    "the fulfilled prophecies of the Bible prove nothing"
    and "we're all here by the most freakish accident imaginable"

    Those are the toxic fairy tales.

    "Cinderella" and "Snow White…" are not in the Bible.

    The Bible is about real people, real events, real theology, a real God, and real answers.

    Fairy tales tell us nothing about life's most important questions, and they don't transform millions and billions of lives.

    The Bible does.

    The fallen nature of man makes him want to be his own "god" and pretend that the Bible lacks validity.

    Western Civilization -- with all of its civility, freedom, and prosperity -- is based on the Bible.

    Many anti-Bible bigots enjoy the benefits of Bible-based societies, even while they undermine them.

    The worst hellholes on earth -- North Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, the countries behind the iron curtain, and the Islamic dictatorships -- are or were created by anti-Bible bigots.

    Anti-Bible bigots have committed mass murder, and have imposed other evil madness on mankind, on an incomparable, mind-boggling scale.

    Every anti-Bible bigot should relocate to an existing anti-Bible-bigot hellhole, rather than work to destroy what's left of civil countries such as the US.

    No other major book of faith is as richly endowed with prophecy as the Bible.

    Experts estimate the number of clear, specific prophecies in the Bible at about 1,500 -- with 1,000 fulfilled, and 500 remaining to be fulfilled in the End Times.

    Anyone who is unaware of fulfilled Bible prophecy is dangerously and inexcusably ignorant, in my opinion.

    Among the phenomena predicted in the Bible are:
    The miraculous rebirth of the State of Israel.
    The fact that the deserts would bloom when the Chosen People returned to Israel.
    The fact that the Jews will never again be driven from their homeland.
    The evil partnership between Russia and Iran.
    The mad, escalating anti-Semitism in the world
    The fact that Israel would be surrounded by enemies.

    The odds that the prophecies about the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ, made hundreds of years before His birth, could have been fulfilled by one Person, are so close to zero, that the difference doesn't matter.

    Fulfilled prophecy proves that the Bible was inspired by God.

    roadbikeRob: What is happening in Syria is a massive civil war where the people are trying to get rid of their brutal dictatorship. Unfortunately both Damascus and Aleppo have been totally leveled in the fierce fighting and will both end up more heavily damaged than both Berlin and Warsaw during World War Two. It has absolutely nothing to do with biblical fantasies.

    The assertion that Damascus has been "totally leveled" (as of the time I post this) has no basis in reality.



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    Jun 27, 2014 9:05 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    Is this another self fulfilling prophesy, ...
    That's exactly what I was going to write. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 28, 2014 11:58 AM GMT
    YVRguy: Why the heck would the Russians be bothered to go to war against Israel?...

    One man's opinion:

    If this event looks so unlikely to you, it should make its occurrence all the more striking.

    The possibility that Israel will destroy Damascus was mentioned previously.

    Russia has close ties to Syria in general and the Assad family in particular. It could easily choose to retaliate against Israel.

    Another explanation is Israel's relatively recent discovery of massive amounts of oil and gas. Russia wants that oil and gas, and Israel has other valuable resources.

    Other contributing factors:

    Russia has a sick record of anti-Semitism.

    Putin is on a roll, repeatedly making Maobama's foreign policy look knuckle headed, which it is.

    Russia has close ties to Iran, which can't wait to indulge its satanic fixation on destroying Israel.

    Russia is always seeking to expand its influence in the Middle East, especially given the vacuum left by the Maobama's nitwit foreign policy.

    The U.S. is projecting weakness all over the world, encouraging America's enemies to make aggressive moves.

    The perp in the White House is shamelessly hostile to Israel. Russia can be confident that the perp won't lift a finger to defend Israel.

    Luckily, Israel's victory is not dependent on its treaty with the US. God will once again intervene to decisively defeat Israel's attackers.

    YVRguy: Anyway, why stress about it? If God planned on the City being sacked who am I to object? After all, being omnipotent and omniscient it's not like he's going to say "Oops, what was I thinking?".

    The fact that God knows the future does not mean that He causes it to happen or that He even approves of what is going to happen.

    Man has free will. Man can choose good or evil.

    It's as incorrect to say that God will cause the destruction of Damascus as it is to say that God caused the sin of Adam and Eve, or any other sin for that matter.

    There is no need for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to "stress about" anything.

    The Rapture will reportedly remove believers from the earth.

    Those left behind will reportedly face the Tribulation -- seven years of escalating war, famine, disease, and other evil madness unlike anything mankind has previously experienced or imagined.
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    Jun 28, 2014 3:29 PM GMT
    jockfever saidBlondizgd: I say wait and see. I'm often amazed how people find prophecy in everything when their lives are going to pot. Wait and see.

    Fair enough...

    Except...my life (and other believers' lives) may not be a picnic, but it seems more significant that the Middle East is "going to pot."

    Editorial: Every area touched by Maobama's foreign policy is made worse: Egypt, Libya, Iran, Iraq, etc.

    "The Middle East is on fire" (Mark Levin)

    "America has now lost all deterrence in the Middle East" (former Israeli ambassador to the U.S.)

    According to Bible prophecy, and today's headlines, the world is headed toward war -- over Israel and Jerusalem.

    Yes, let every person see events unfold in the Middle East in the light of Bible prophecy.

    Last but not least: I wouldn't advise anyone planning to leave Damascus to wait, and no one should wait to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


    Given the law of large numbers, the world is heading to war as it has always done.

    Given the law of large numbers you are heading towards being hit by a bus

    Given the law of large numbers you are heading towards being killed by a chicken bone getting stuck in your throat.

    Anything is possible...
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    Jun 28, 2014 6:47 PM GMT
    Blondizgd: Anything is possible...

    The assertion "Anything is possible" is self-defeating.

    "Anything is possible" implies that it's possible for the assertion "Anything is possible" to be false (which it is).

    The opposite of "Anything is possible" is probably "Some things are not possible" (which is correct).

    An entity cannot exist and not exist at the same time.

    A square circle is, by definition, impossible.

    It is impossible for God to tell a lie.

    And, it is reportedly impossible to demonstrate that any Bible prophecy is incorrect.

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    Jul 09, 2014 2:44 AM GMT
    Once again the world's attention is drawn to Israel.

    Air raid sirens are reportedly sounding in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

    Israel is reportedly mobilizing 40,000 troops.

    An Israeli spokesman says that the objective is to stop the rocket attacks once and for all.

    One wonders how that could be accomplished.

    Will this lead to a catastrophic miscalculation by Damascus?



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    Jul 11, 2014 10:52 AM GMT
    Who builds and supplies the M-302 long-range rockets which Hamas is firing, for the first time, from Gaza, at Israel's three largest cities and the key nuclear facility at Dimona?

    Syria

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    Jul 12, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    GotQuestions.org (great site) weighs in:

    "Could what is taking place in Israel today indicate that the end is near? Yes. Does it necessarily mean the end is near? No.

    Jesus Himself said it best, "Watch out that no one deceives you. . . . You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come" (Matthew 24:4-6).