Syria plays a tragic role in biblical prophecy and news sites have taken notice.
Three days ago Before It's News reported, "Whatever happens to Syria could produce the temporary peace in the region that will exist a little later according to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, when the War of Gog and Magog will begin."
Isaiah 17 foretells destruction of the Syrian city Damascus. Christians are divided over what this passage means.
A prophecy against Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. 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. - Isaiah 17:1-3 NIV
Theologian Walter Brueggemann told Time that these verses are not about the present, "You cannot read the Bible that way. It is an ancient poem about an ancient context."
Syria also plays an important role in Islamic end time beliefs. A hadith teaches that Jesus will appear in Damascus. According to the Huffington Post, "in the Muslim tradition, Jesus descends before the destruction happens."
- Syrian war will fulfill Bible prophecy – and it will be ugly - Before It's News
- 'Damascus a Ruinous Heap?' Christians Point to Isaiah 17:1 as Syria Conflict Rages - Christian Post
- Isaiah 17:1 Is Syria War Part Of Jesus' Second Coming? Christians And Muslims Quote Scripture - Huffington Post
- Some Evangelicals See Biblical Prophecy In Syrian Crises - Time