… that when events happen which seem catastrophic, it is not only possible, but very important for you to allow yourself to come to a place of calmness. Panicking serves no one – not yourself, not the people who are suffering, and not the planet. Allow yourself to trust that there is a larger purpose and that it may not be necessary for you to know that purpose at this time. Allow yourself to have faith that ultimately, all will be well.
On this analysis, things would possibly turn out to be that: Bashar al-Assad is irreversibly to go, and a tacit agreement involving all the concerned parties will be finally clinched on the verge of bloodshed or, if al-Assad would never yield to the mounting pressure to step down, Western allies would replicate what they did in Libya, and Russia then would make an about-face from its current standpoint, Syria would be grilled over flames of war, with its people more suffering.
The Syrian crisis aassumed a big power dimension this week with the build-up of rival United States and Russia naval air carrier armadas in Syrian waters, debkafile’s military sources report.
The USS George H.W. Bush arrived Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the wake of the three Russian warships anchored earlier opposite Tartus which established a command post in the Syrian port. They will be augmented by Russia’s only air carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov, which is due in mid-week.
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This crisis is not going to just go away, but is indeed getting much worse by the day.
By mid week the war could start. that would be approx Nov 29th.
Both navys have nukes on thier ships and the will to use them? could it go that far?
With Assad getting more isolated by the day, he is becoming like a wounded and cornered animal, whose only option will be to take as many down with him as he could, thus he could very well rain missiles down upon Israel and the USA. Iran could then be drawn in. Looking like things are going to go off all at once.
Jesus surely must be a the door, ready to take out his own (for even in Syria there are believers in Jesus) before he allows this newest war, which will most likely involve nuke weapons to occurr.
Leroy“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.” —Psalm 37:1
Isaiah 17 – Destruction of DamascusDestruction of Damascus
Fifteen years ago, the words in Isaiah 17 seemed almost hidden. Maybe it wasn’t mentioned by prophecy watchman until the time in which it could be fully understood. (Daniel 12:4) Today it’s almost undeniable that we stand at the door of the end of the Church Age and the words of God are becoming unlocked for those that seek it.
The subject of Isaiah 17 is the city of Damascus and a conflict it has with Israel. Damascus is an ancient city located in modern day Syria and is known as the world’s oldest city. It is over 5000 years old. As you read the Old Testament, Damascus was often at war with the Jewish people. Damascus continued to be an influential city under Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome. Today as the capital of Syria, it is still a vowed enemy of God’s people Israel. Isaiah however has some prophetic words concerning Damascus which haven’t happened yet. In fact, what Isaiah describes didn’t seem fathomable until today.
Isaiah 17 is one of the most direct End Times passages in the bible now that we can see the pieces of the puzzle falling into place.
1 An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the LORD Almighty. 4 “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away. 5 It will be as when a reaper gathers the standing grain and harvests the grain with his arm— as when a man gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. 6 Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs,” declares the LORD, the God of Israel.
As the first verse states, Damascus will no longer be a city after the events of this chapter take place. It will not be simply destroyed; it will be a heap of rubble and no longer a city.
Ephraim is synonymous with Israel’s northern kingdom. It at one time was in an alliance with Damascus. These verses seem to indicate a very different looking Israel/Syria than it was in the day of Isaiah. The judgment and burden of Damascus will also affect Israel. Some say Isaiah 17 could be an event that happens at the same time as Psalm 83. Rather a subset of the effects of Psalm 83.
7 In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. 8 They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made. 9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.
10 You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Therefore, though you set out the finest plants and plant imported vines. 11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow, and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud, yet the harvest will be as nothing in the day of disease and incurable pain.
Israel, as a result of these events, will turn their heads towards God. There will be revival of sorts and God will be acknowledged as the Holy One of Israel. It also describes why Israel will be judged. Israel is to this day God’s chosen people and while they have been very blessed since 1948, God continues to refine them as a people. Currently the majority in Israel are secular. God will however ultimately protect Israel from total destruction as spoken in Jeremiah.
35 This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD Almighty is his name: 36 “Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,” declares the LORD, “will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me.”
The final three verses go back and talk about the actual event that will happen to Damascus.
12 Oh, the raging of many nations— they rage like the raging sea! Oh, the uproar of the peoples— they roar like the roaring of great waters! 13 Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale. 14 In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.
The nations are raging today. God is and will continue to use the leaders and their nations to inflict judgment on Israel and Syria. We see it now in the frenzy of nations that are demanding peace between the Arabs and Jews at any cost. When this happens, the nations will come down hard on Israel but God will make them retreat. Israel will however experience some pain.
So how could this play out in our time?
Damascus will be destroyed in one night and so badly destroyed that it cannot be rebuilt. This seems to indicate a nuclear attack for it to happen that severely and in one night. In 2007, Israel destroyed a nuclear facility in Syria so we know Syria is up to no good. There is now talk that Syria is back at it again with a nuclear program and secret weapons facilities. They also are allied with Iran and North Korea in their nuclear ambitions. Syria is also the location in which the terrorist group Hezbollah is controlled out of. The picture has become clear as to the intentions of Syria.
Israel has what is called the Samson Option. The Samson Option states that if any nation uses chemical, biological or nuclear weapons on greater Israel, Israel will respond with nuclear weapons.
Damascus is involved with nuclear weapons along with Iran today. They want the prized Golan Heights back from Israel at any cost. This will probably lead to their involvement in a conflict that will cause to the events of Isaiah 17. It hasn’t happened in the past and it seems like the events of today are pointing to its fulfillment.