Protestors continue to pour out into the streets in Syria by the hundreds of thousands—even with the Syrian army's brutal responses of shooting into crowds and killing hundreds. In fact, the protest crowds are growing larger and stronger and are spreading to other cities.
President Basahar al-Assad of Syria does not seem to get it; the more he has his "security" forces slaughter protestors, the more protestors come out against him. Saturday, Damascus, the capital city, had 300,000 protestors in the street, chanting, "Bashar Assad, you are a traitor!"
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joel Brinkley has called Bashar al-Assad the world's most dangerous man because the "duplicitous dictator...has duped presidents and prime ministers into believing he is their indispensable friend - even as he facilitates the killing of American troops, collects weapons of mass destruction and serves as the supply master for terrorist groups."
One question that begs to be asked is: Will the unrest in this Iranian ally affect the opposition movement in Iran? Nervous Iranian leadership fear so and have imposed a media blackout so that the people of Iran do not become emboldened by the Syrian struggle. But it may be too late.
But the question believers in Jesus Christ should be asking is this: How might God use the Syrian unrest to align with end-times prophecy? Let us count the ways. First, God may use it to take down the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in order to prepare for Syria to be conquered by the end-times king of the North. Daniel 11 indicates that the modern-day land of Syria was part of the region that was ruled by historical figures who typified the future king of the North—the man who will arise from Iraq to conquer the Middle East and North Africa before becoming "the beast" of Revelation. [For much more on this, see Apocalypse 2012: The Ticking of the End Time Clock—What Does the Bible Say?]
Second, God may use the Syrian unrest to embolden the opposition in Syria's ally, Iran. This, in turn, could lead to change of regimes in the two most terroristic states in the region. If that occurs, look for God to use those regime coups to prepare for the end-times treaty with Israel and "peace and security," among other things.
Third, God may likely use the Syrian scenario to further isolate the U.S. in the Middle East, taking it right out of the prophetic picture. The Bible shows the absence of the U.S. in Bible prophecy, but until recently, it was hard to see how the world's lone superpower could be ignored in end-times prophecy. In fact, many teachers of Bible prophecy could not believe that the U.S. would not be located in God's prophetic plan, so a number of them have imported the U.S. into passages that, contextually, never intended for Bible readers to see America there.
While both Arab and European states see Syria's Assad as such a villain that only Iran has wanted anything to do with him, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently called Assad a reformer; and the Obama administration has been courting him for two years. The Assad regime of Syria has been an historical adversary of the U.S. and Israel. It is Iran's closest ally, and it supplies Iranian weapons to Hizbullah. In addition, the regime has helped thousands of jihadists to travel to Iraq to attack American soldiers. Recently, Assad has given orders to slaughter hundreds of peaceful protestors (in fact, in just a two-day period, Assad forces killed 120 in assaults on funeral processions); yet, the Obama administration has sided with Assad and has, therefore, lost its moral compass.
By siding with the ruthless Assad, the Obama administration has lost its way and the respect of the international community. God is using that stance to further isolate the U.S. and remove it from the prophetic picture. In addition, when Assad is removed from power, the collapse of Iranian domination in the region will not be far behind. All of this is setting up the end-times scenario predicted by the Bible.
If the Syrian regime goes down, Iran could face a tremendous strategic loss. Thus, God appears to be using the Syrian scenario to move the U.S. out of the way and to prepare for the fall of Iran. Both of these results will prepare for the end-times treaty with Israel, the one that begins the clock ticking on the final seven years leading to the return of Christ.
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[For a clear understanding on the riveting events leading up to the return of Christ—including the end-times treaty, the rebuilding of the temple, and the incredible events following, see Apocalypse 2012: The Ticking of the End Time Clock—What Does the Bible Say?]