Summary: Part 4 in a prophecy series. Deals with the prophecy concerning the destruction of Damascus.
Before we get in to the scripture this morning I want to put a kind of disclaimer here before you. Prophecy is a fascinating subject. I think most people want to know what the future holds, and I am no exception.
What is so wonderful about Biblical prophecy however, is the fact that it is inspired by God and 100% accurate. Once an event prophesied in Scripture occurs we can look back at the passages that speak of that event and marvel at the perfection and fulfillment of the prophecy.
But things are a bit different when we are studying prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled, as we will be this morning. In this case, the Bible’s accuracy is still infallible, but often the human interpretation can be in error – especially when it comes to details and timing in prophecy.
For the next two weeks we are going to be looking at just such a prophecy – one that I have been studying intensively and felt was pertinent for the time we are living in. I am not a prophet. I am a human being and as such am extremely fallible. I want to teach you my best understanding of this future prophecy. However, should I get some of the minute details or timing of these events wrong – don’t be surprised. There’s nothing wrong with God’s Word, as events will prove. There’s just error in my understanding of the prophecy. So, having said that, let’s begin our teaching.
The situation between Hezbollah and Israel is continuing to heat up, and nobody seems able, or even willing, to stop it. Not surprisingly, the most extreme and threatening voice in the region comes from the radical Iranian president Ahmadinejad. He has claimed that a Middle East storm is brewing and will strike violently. “The use of force in Lebanon could trigger a hurricane,” he is quoted as saying.
Likewise, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia asserted, “If the peace option fails because of Israeli ignorance, there will be no option but a war in the region.”
Syria has placed its army, Scud missiles and air force on the highest level of preparedness in recent years. And it is gaining the most contemporary weapons systems from one of its main allies, Russia.
Perhaps even more alarming is the report that the Iranian Revolutionary commander has “assumed command of the Lebanon war” from the leader of Hezbollah.
Unless somebody blinks soon, this conflict has the potential to escalate into the fulfillment of the Biblical oracle or prophecy concerning Damascus.
Damascus is the capital city of Syria. The ancient city is now a thriving metropolis and the home of the University of Damascus, the Central Bank of Syria, the Olympic Stadium, and numerous theaters and museums.
The heart of Damascus is the Old City. Even under Islamic rule, the ancient heart of the city remains divided into four Quarters: The Old City, Muslim, Jewish and Christian Quarters. The latter two are bisected by the east-west “street which is called straight” (Acts 9:11), where the Apostle Paul stayed after his meeting with the risen Christ. The famous thoroughfare is still in constant use.