I want to call your attention to to Isaiah 17.
[Isa 17:1-14 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”.
I am not trying to be a doomsayer, but I am going to make this observation and then let you, my readers, decide how you want to respond to this Middle East powder keg situation. I am definitely going into a ‘season’ of prayer about what the Lord would have me do “as we see that day approaching”. One thing I know for sure is that I am not going to make any projections concerning the start of the Day of the Lord, the timing of the Rapture of the Saints, the length of great tribulation, etc. I am already ‘on the record’ with articles on those events. So, if you are curious as to what I think, it is right here on Hey Jude 15 for the ‘world to read’. Let’s just say that God has NOT told me to apologize or retract anything I taught in those articles. I want my readers to study the Word of God to see for themselves if what I teach is a valid approach to end times prophecy. If you desire to study you MUST NOT use other peoples ‘theories’ to measure my teaching against! Pre-trib, post-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, amillenialism, covenant theology, preterism, etc. are only mens’ (peoples’) surmisings. I do not believe any of these “theories” are Biblically sound.
Just a small commentary on Isaiah 17 and I will post this short update. Most fundamental Bible scholars agree that this is a prophecy that is yet to be fulfilled. I totally agree on this point. Most of that group of scholars are pre-tribulation rapture adherrants (which I am not). They say that the sixth trumpet war ‘wholly’ happens during the great tribulation. On that point I disagree. Here is why.
I believe that the 6th trumpet war ‘starts’ before the great tribulation begins. Obviously, the sixth trumpet is before the seventh/last trumpet. I believe and teach that, when the 7th trumpet begins to sound, the “mystery of God” will be finished (Rev. 10:6,7). The mystery of God is the CHURCH, ([Eph 3:1-11 KJV] 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: 10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, 11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:) that universal body of true believers who have been redeemed and who have remained faithful to Jesus until the end (death or the rapture of the saints). The seventh trumpet starts sounding at the rapture and keeps blowing until the second coming of Christ to earth during the battle of Armageddon.
Here is the crux of why I am writing this post; I believe that Isaiah 17, the destruction of Damascus is the flashpoint occurrence (beginning) of the 6th trumpet war. With the current state of hostilities between Iran, Syria, and other Muslim nations against Israel, we are seeing the precursors to Isaiah 17. [Rev 9:13-20 KJV] 13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen [were] two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses [were] as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails [were] like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.
Friends, keep up with current events in the Middle East. I believe it is essential for us as leaders of our families to be aware and on our toes at this point in history.
Put on the whole armor of God,
………ps, Today is the official opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. What do you think Muslims think of that occurrence? !!!!!!!! psss…I believe that the destruction of Damascus is a nuclear bomb event that will be blamed on Israel (I do not believe that Israel is crazy enough to start a nuclear war)!!