Posted by: comingworldwar3 | July 29, 2012

Isaiah 17. Now Or Later?

Isaiah 17. Now Or Later?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Q.  My question is regarding the timing for the fulfillment of the prophecy contained in Isaiah 17.  While I agree with the position that the prophecy awaits a future fulfillment, I often wonder about a possible fulfillment during battle of Armageddon or at the end of the millennium.  Although quite possible, conventional weaponry would probably not cause the city to become a heap of ruins in the manner Isaiah 17:1 describes whereas a nuclear explosion would.  That being the case and given the current situation in Syria, do you foresee a nuclear exchange between middle eastern nations prior to the rapture of the church and the 70th week of Daniel?

A.  The Bible does not state this specifically, but I believe Isaiah 17, the destruction of Damascus, will be fulfilled before Daniel’s 70th Week begins.  I say this because I believe the battle of Ezekiel 38 ushers in Daniel’s 70th Week and there’s no mention of Syria participating in that battle.  Since Syria has been such a prominent adversary of Israel I’ve concluded the reason for the omission is that Damascus will have already been destroyed.

There is currently a fear among nations that Syria may launch a chemical weapons attack against Israel.  For years, Israel’s leaders have hinted that such an attack would bring a nuclear retaliation.


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