Can you name the world’s oldest, continuously-inhabited city?
It boasts a 5,000 year history.
Its current population sits at almost 2 million.
The capital of Syria.
Damascus is situated northeast of Israel and is famous in Christianity because Saul (later renamed Paul) encountered the risen Christ on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians.
The current city of Damascus, nicknamed the City of Jasmine, is a major cultural and religious center.
However, God says that in the Last Days, Damascus will cease to exist, and will in fact become an uninhabitable, “ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17).
Ready for a brief history lesson? According to history, Damascus has been invaded and conquered several times. It’s been invaded by:
- Israel in 1,000 BC
- Assyrians in 732 BC
- Babylonians in 606 BC
- Persians in 530 BC
- Greeks in 330 BC
- Nabateans in 85 BC
- Romans in 63BC
- Byzantines in 634 AD
- Mamelukes in 1250 AD
- Ottoman Turks in 1516 AD
The city, being most resilient, has always withstood the invasions.
With the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, however, many have looked for a fulfillment of Isaiah 17.
Five years later, Syria is still engaged in civil war, and has gained international attention as its refugees have poured from and dispersed into surrounding countries.
World governments have toyed with the idea of removing Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, from power, but it hasn’t happened yet. The UK, Russia, and the US – amongst other nations – are all involved in developing a peaceful solution to the crisis.
Unsurprisingly, Syria is not part of the Russian-led coalition that will invade Israel in Ezekiel 38.
Probably because Damascus will no longer exist.
Since Damascus’s destruction will occur in End Times, we should take heed at the Syrian Civil War because it could very well be the platform from which the Isaiah 17 prophecy is fulfilled.
Which means we are potentially extremely close to the Last Days. Honestly, I don’t think the times can get any riper than they are.
I’m looking up. I’ve got my Robe of Righteousness. Do you?
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