Further evidence that Israel is facing a “gathering storm” in the Middle East came Tuesday as the dictator of Damascus made one of his most serious threats to date against the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Excerpt from Ynet News: ”Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday threatened to set fire to the Middle East, and especially to Israel, if NATO attacks Syria, the Iranian Fars news agency reported. In a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Assad said: ‘If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv.’….According to the Fars news agency, the Syrian president stressed that Damascus will also call on Hezbollah in Lebanon to launch a fierce rocket and missile attack on Israel, one that Israeli intelligence could never imagine.” The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz also reported the story.
The good news: the Jewish state is more secure at the moment than any other time in her 63-year modern history. The bad news: grave threats are rising from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Turkey, Egypt and elsewhere in the region.
For students of Bible Prophecy, we have been watching Syria, as the devastation predicted in Isaiah 17:1 has yet to occur, and so many believe that scripture is to be fulfilled in the near future with events related to Israel, and the Messiah's return at the end of the 70th week (Dan. 9:27).
It appears that tensions in Syria are escalating, and this "gentle eye-doctor" running Syria is resorting to making threats, and fomenting Muslim rage against the chosen people.in the land of Israel. It appears that the pronouncements of this prophecy are coming to be more quickly as international pressure is applied to Syria, and Muslim leaders increasingly use Israel as their scapegoat.
And as Joel points out in his blog, the threats arising against Israel are increasing form all around her. To our human eyes this indeed looks like a grave situation for Israel, indeed. It appears that the Muslim goal of wiping Israel off the map is about to be accomplished. But the scriptures tell us a different story.
Ps. 83 tells of a coming war with all Israel's surrounding enemies. And the psalm ends with a cry for justice to Yahweh to destroy the enemies as the LORD has done in past battles (Ps. 83:9-12).
2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. 3 They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. 4 They have said, "Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more." 5 For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant:
This fits the situation of Israel and the Middle East perfectly, as does Isaiah 19 with all that has been developing in Egypt. And as God's word has been fulfilled perfectly and will be till the end (Matt. 5:18), we should heed its foreboding warning with great sobriety. As the crisis develops in the Middle East, and with the State of Israel, it seems Syria gets further entangled in the situation. Its' leaders should give heed to the word of the Most High:
Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city And will become a fallen ruin.