Damascus and the Isaiah 17 Prophecy

A closer look at Syria and in particular Damascus, the capital and largest city of that country. This city is a crucial city in Biblical Prophecy terms and is just another part of the Prophecy jigsaw puzzle being fulfilled and has been in the headlines yet again recently. This article has come about after posting a tweet at The Twelve Gates twitter @ThatFJ regarding the bombing of UN supply vehicles and the temporary withdrawal of UN support after said bombing in Syria. For some reason that just leapt out (this happens frequently). Today a hospital was bombed and a number were killed in the same country. This all comes after the cease fire and also on today Wednesday 21 September 2016 a day hailed as #InternationalDayofPeace. These are key events and mark the fact as I have said many times before, that we are entering an extremely significant period in this planets history!

This article will be looking at one of the major Prophets Isaiah and in particular Chapter 17 which goes into great detail about Damascus and Syria and also Israel and what will happen. The first verse gives a haunting tone of what is to come. This book was written thousands of years ago and many chapters tie up closely with the Book of Revelation which is the last book of the Bible and the New Testament. Isaiah for myself and probably many others is one of the harder Books in the Old Testament to fathom.

Isaiah 17:1
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

If you watch the video below that shows aeriel footage of Damascus you could say that in no uncertain terms it is "a ruinous heap". The full Isaiah 17 verse is also read throughout the video

Vid: Damascus is taken away

The Precision of Bible Prophecy

It´s dawned on me the last few weeks that Bible Prophecy is unfolding in every aspect of our lives and is revealing itself for those who have the eyes to see and are meant to see such things, and it´s so precise it´s terrifying and potentially mind blowing. Things are accelerating lately at a frightening pace and hence why I put out a video intended for everybody, not just Christians, that you need to be prepared because the time is getting close!  Christian Prepping in these End Times 

Syria including the headline cities of Damascus and Aleppo is right in the thick of the Middle East crisis and most people are aware and see these headlines in the news but think this is just another flair up of trouble that has been happening in this region for many years. Many people have become immune or even worse, now just have a passing interest in what is unfolding there. But Damascus in particular is a particularly relevant city and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in this world. Some say it dates back to second or even third millennium BC. A city thousands of years old now in ruins in 2015/2016 is significant by any means. In prophecy terms it is monumental.

If you take Isaiah Chapter 17 as a timeline and have seen the drone footage of Damascus  you will realise that Verse 1 is happening and is nearing completion. In this Prophecy Isaiah states that Syria and Israel will be in ruins and the enemies of Israel will view this as a sign of weakness and an opportunity to invade with the aim to destroy Israel forever. As these events will unfold God has a different plan in mind, and He will destroy these invaders Himself as mentioned in Isaiah 17:12-13

12. 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!
13. 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.

The nations that will be involved are also mentioned in Psalm 83 (whole verse below) which seems to have parallels with Isaiah 17. In particular is these which would include the Edomites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank, Ishmaelites = The Arab people, Moabites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank, Hagrites = Jordan / The Arab people, Gebalites = Lebanon, Ammonites = Jordan, Amalekites = Southern Israel / Gaza, Philistia = Gaza , Tyre = Lebanon, Assyria = Syria / Parts of Turkey and Iraq and the Descendants of Lot = Jordan information courtesy Rapture Ready Isaiah 17 The Destruction of Damascus

The Gog and Magog War

With the recent developments in the Middle East and more nations getting involved and Russia and Turkey being key countries hitting the headlines are we witnessing the forming of the Gog and Magog War?. The names "Gog and Magog" are famous in biblical prophetic literature and in Jewish rabbinical writings because of their future role in the great War of Gog and Magog predicted by the prophet Ezekiel (chap. 38 and 39). The book of Revelation (chap. 20) also records that an army of millions will once again join with the nations represented by "Gog and Magog" in a final attack, led by Satan, against the "beloved city" and the "camp of the saints" at the end of the Millennium. This final war will be the last battle in human history. Info via Grant Jeffrey 

There is also mention of this in Ezekiel 38:9-11 which suggest a multitude of nations that come as cloud and descend on Israel.

Ezekiel 38:9-11
9. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
10. Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11. And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

The nations mentioned in this alliance

The Nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38:1­-6 (full verses at foot)

The Ancient Nations        The Modern Nations
The land of Magog           Russia
Meshech and Tubal          Somewhere in Russia
Persia                               Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan
Ethiopia                           Ethiopia and Sudan
Libya                               Libya
Ashkenaz                        Austria and Germany,
Gomer                            Eastern Europe
Togarmah                       Southeastern Europe - Turkey

"Many peoples with thee"  Various other nations allied to Russia

Strangely no mention of the US?

Info via Grant Jeffrey

This article really is just skimming the surface of this particular Isaiah 17 Prophecy but has just been used as an illustration that the bombing of a number of UN supply vehicles in Syria and with the right and sane mind reveals so much more. So much prophecy is unfolding as we speak and at break neck speed it´s difficult to keep up. Confirmation that we are not only in the End Times but also in the Last Days or End of Days. Another article that illustrates that it is in the small print and the fine detail where the prophecy reveals itself. As I write this on the second floor of a rather nice building in Kensington which could be the new The Twelve Gates offices?, (free to public with wifi), looking out of the window on occasion and seeing people carrying on as normal going about their daily business, it is hard to grasp that what was written thousands of years ago is leaping right off the pages of the Bible and we are now in those times. If you are reading this, you are probably one of the few that realise that what is happening in the world is Bible Prophecy forming right before our eyes.....it´s right there! The old saying forewarned is forearmed (not biblical) is very relevant here, but there is no doubt that we are on the verge of a time where things will happen that have never ever been seen before and the likes of which will never be seen again.

Finally I will close with another video, somebody I follow not by Subscription but keep an eye on is called Chad on the Pre Tribulation Rapture channel recommended by a woman who I follow closely in the US. He is a firm believer in the Rapture coming Pre Tribulation (I´m firmly in the Post or maybe Mid Camp). It´s a view I respect but this Brother in Christ is typical of many out there at present, that feel we are incredibly close to something big. He does the hard sell on getting "Saved" which as he says (and I entirely agree), is the only way to survive what is coming our way. There are a lot of fruit cakes out there, but this Guy like myself is one of the few more rational ones. He is a full on in your face Christian, but as you will get the feeling after watching this video, there is genuine and an urgent urgency in this video that is being mirrored by myself and many other Christians in the last couple of months.

As always keep watching the news including the more non mainstream but credible, keep your eyes on the Middle East especially Jerusalem, be prepared and if you´re not "Saved" now may be the time to seriously think about such things and get yourself "Right with God". It´s the only way!

Further in depth reading is available where this article was sourced from at the following

1. Russia's Day of Destruction in Israel From Grant R. Jeffrey's Armageddon - Appointment With Destiny
2. Isaiah 17: Destruction of Damascus via Rapture Ready

Bible Quotes (KJV)

Isaiah Chapter 17 in it´s entirety (KJV)

1. The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
3. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
4. And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5. And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.
7. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
9. In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
10. Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
11. In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12. 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!
13. 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.
14. 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.

Psalm 83 in it´s entirety (KJV)

1. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6. The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7. Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8. Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10. Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12. Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
13. O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14. As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15. So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18. That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Ezekiel 38:1-6
1. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2. Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
4. And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6. Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.


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