Damascus A Heap Of Ruins
There is a prophecy in the Book of Isaiah that says Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. It has been prompting a lot of discussion on the part of pastors and evangelists as well as Muslim clerics. With the international dynamics and threat of world war taking place in Syria, and with the presence of Turkey, Iran, Zionist Israel, Saudi's terrorists, the Kurds, Russia, and the Zionist driven NATO/UK/US military's violation of international law, Damascus has the appearance of a city potentially on its way to becoming that heap of ruins. However, there is a Catch-22 fly in the ointment for the Western nations in that this prophecy is not just about Damascus in our time. It's welded to Ephraim too. The destiny of Damascus and Biblical Ephraim, all the indigenous Western Christian nations, are fused together. Therefore, the ramifications of the West's actions in Syria, and the rest of the Middle East, are magnified regarding Isaiah's prophecy about us as well. Yet, the myriad of articles that have been written concerning this Damascus prophecy skip right over Ephraim as if it's not mentioned at all. Ephraim is the kingly line of the House of Israel, nee Joseph [see Genesis 48, 49], the same nations of the House of Israel to whom Christ was only sent as he made clear in the first century. [See Mat. 15:24 This was known is Syria too. See Mat. 4:23-25]. As Damascus goes, so goes the nations of the UK, the US and the rest of the Western Europe. Therefore, Isaiah's prophecy has great implications for us, the Christian nations. We are pulled into Syria by a prophetic string soaked in the oil of desert sand.However, there are two flies in the prophetic ointment. With the exception of Damascus ceasing to be a city and becoming a heap of ruins, the part of this prophecy concerning Ephraim has been fulfilled once before. What does this mean? Well, it tells us that this partially fulfilled prophecy will have another manifestation. But this time, both the Christian nations of the House of Israel, and Middle Eastern countries, in particular Syria, specifically Damascus, are bonded together in its fulfillment. The previous iteration affected Ephraim, but not the existence of Damascus, as we'll read below. It is a pertinent prophetic history lesson for the children of the House of Israel, from which we may learn that our LORD's word was true for our ancestors millennia ago, and is true for us today.
Prophecies can, and do have dual fulfillments. This Biblical principle is well understood by rabbis and Jewish clerics, but not so much by Christian theologians, who tend to see prophecies as one dimensional, one time only events. [See the Sneakers article, The Context Of Prophecy for examples]. A Biblical prophecy will occur again although in a different manifestation. For example, the observance of holy days by Israel in the Old Testament commemorating prior events also were prophetic arrows pointing to events that Christ fulfilled, and will fulfill for all twelve nations of Biblical Israel as part of God's plan, led by Ephraim. [See the Feature article, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan]. "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." [Mat. 5:17]. The Law and the Prophets are two of the three divisions of the Old Testament. If we understood the duality principle of prophecy, we would know exactly where we are in God's plan for us today. [For details, see The Hijacked Elephant, a PDF book on our Home page; also the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants]. So while we have had a historical fulfillment of this prophecy in Isaiah, excepting Damascus ceasing to be a city, we will have one more fulfillment as well. Other Biblical prophecies corroborate Isaiah.
In addition to the Biblical prophecies concerning Damascus and Ephraim, there are Muslim clerics who believe that what is taking place in Syria, and with Damascus and the West is a prelude to apocalyptic prophetic events, albeit from a different perspective. "If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war [initially an invasion by Saudi/Qatar hired guns to overthrow Assad, sponsored by the US deep state; see Traitors Within], it resonates even more with Sunni [Saudi] and Shi'ite [Syria/Iran] fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of the conflict say its path was set 1,400 years ago in the sayings of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers. Among those many thousands of sayings, or hadith, are accounts which refer to the confrontation of two huge Islamic armies in Syria, a great battle near Damascus, and intervention from the north and west of the country." [See Islam Prophecy and Damascus]. Of course, from Syria's point of view today rather than the seventh century, when the Roman Empire occupied the territory north and west of Damascus, we see Turkey/NATO Europe in the north along with the US in the west. For Christian context, read the Feature article, Is The US [And UK] In End-times Bible Prophecy?
In the Biblical record's prophecy of Isaiah, chapter 17, we read, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city. It shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are vacated: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. 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, says the LORD of hosts [armies].” [Isa. 17:1-3]. The remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel means that they will suffer the same destructive fate.
While the professed Christian people of the US, UK [including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand] and Western European nations are not looking forward to the events of 'The Apocalypse,' the Saudi Wahhabi ISIS [or whatever mutation or name they have adopted of late] wants to initiate it. In an article written by Graeme Wood for The Atlantic magazine, he writes, "The Islamic State has attached great importance to the Syrian city of Dabiq, [about 217 mi/349 km north of Damascus] near Aleppo. [Hence the intense fighting between the Syrian Army and ISIS in the Aleppo countryside in mid-2017]. It named its propaganda magazine after the town, and celebrated madly when (at great cost) it conquered Dabiq’s strategically unimportant plains. It is here, the Prophet reportedly said, that the armies of Rome1 will set up their camp. The armies of Islam will meet them, and Dabiq will be Rome’s Waterloo or its Antietam [" ... the fortress shall disappear from Ephraim"] ... The Islamic State’s propagandists drool with anticipation of this event, and constantly imply that it will come soon. The state’s magazine quotes Zarqawi as saying, 'The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify … until it burns the crusader armies in Dabiq.' Now that it has taken Dabiq, the Islamic State awaits the arrival of an enemy army there, whose defeat will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse." [See Map Dabiq; also the March 2015 issue, The Atlantic, What ISIS Really Wants]. This is exactly what the Biblical record's prophesy in Isaiah says too minus the reference to Dabiq. And while the apparent defeat of ISIS/Daesh in Syria may appear to set this prophecy aside, there are other factors in play that make it very relevant for us.
Before we get to what lies on our horizon, let’s take a look at the historical and how it was that this prophecy came to be, for the kingdom of Damascus and the fortress of Ephraim, and its cities of Aroer.
Isaiah’s chapter seven provides us the lead-up to the events preceding chapter 17. “In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, the king of Israel came [from the north] to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. When the house of David was told [meaning those of Judah, the Jews], ‘Syria is in league with Ephraim [the kingdom of Israel],’ the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.
“And the LORD said to Isaiah, ‘Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub [Heb., meaning a remnant shall return] your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field. And say to him, 'Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.
“Because Syria [Aram], Ephraim [the House of Israel], and the son of Remaliah [the king of Israel], have taken evil counsel against you, saying, ‘Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeal as king in the midst of it,’ thus says the Lord GOD: 'It shall not stand, neither shall it shall come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. And within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered from being a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not believe this, you will not be established at all.'" [Isa. 7:5-9]. These are the events that led to Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 17.
There are three key players in Isaiah’s chapter seven. Ahaz was king of the House of Judah, the Jews or as it is sometimes referred to, the house of David. Pekah, from the nation of Ephraim, was the king of the House of Israel, which includes ten nations of Israel. The kingdom of Israel, in addition to being called Ephraim, also was referred to as Samaria, and the house of Joseph. [1 Kng. 11:28-32]. On maps depicting that time, these two are referred to separately as the kingdom of Israel, and the kingdom of Judah, which lies south of the kingdom of Israel. [See Kingdoms map].
Our frequent readers know that all Israel, after the reign of Solomon, was split into the House of Judah and the House of Israel. It remains this way today, and will until Christ's return. The Jews are those descended from Judah, one of Israel’s sons. Ten of Israel’s other sons became the House of Israel, the same people to whom Christ said he was only sent to at his first coming. The reason why Christ needed to redeem the House of Israel is directly related to these events. [See the Feature article, And It's Still A Mystery]. Israel's other son Levi became the priesthood for all Israel, including both the Houses of Judah and Israel. [See Deu. 18:1, 2; 1 Kng. 12:20].
The third key player, Rezin, was the king of Aram or Syria, which is just to the north of the land of the House of Israel. About 735 BCE, Damascus, Tyre and Ephraim [the House of Israel] attempted to get Judah to join them in a war against the Assyrians. But King Ahaz of Judah turned down their request. Therefore, Damascus and Israel teamed up to fight Judah. Ahaz in turn went to Assyria for help. Ahaz appealed to the king of Assyria, Tiglath-pilaser III [744-727 BCE], for help against Damascus and the House of Israel who were going to war against Judah. [See 2 Kng. 16:7-9]. Tiglath-pilaser was only too happy to oblige Judah. He defeated both Damascus and Israel. Historical scholars refer to this war as the Syro-Ephraimitic War, 734-732 BCE.
The entire book of Hosea, the first of the Assyrian period prophets, is about Ephraim, the House of Israel’s whoredom in the sight of God [Hos. 2:2], read chapter 5:1-9, “Ephraim shall be desolate … ” and chapter ten, which is about the House of Israel and the land of Samaria and her inhabitants after the divorce from God and the subsequent Assyrian captivity. Hosea wrote this prophetic book about 790 BCE, well before the fortress disappeared from Ephraim in the 730’s BCE.
The historical significance of “the fortress will disappear from Ephraim” was that they were taken into captivity by the Assyrians, removed from their land, and scattered throughout the Assyrian empire. Other prophecies, especially in Ezekiel, tell us a similar fate awaits the House of Israel today along with Damascus becoming a heap of ruins. [See the Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor]. In Jeremiah three, we are told the House of Israel corrupted the word of God, and was divorced from God because they were idolatrous. They were cast out of the covenant relationship. And as we are told in Isaiah 7, “ … within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.”
Initially, Tiglath-pilaser III didn’t remove everyone from the land of the House of Israel or Samaria, although that was the end result. It took place in successive stages over 65 years exactly as it reads in Isaiah 7. “In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath-pilaser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.” [2 Kng. 15:29]. This is why Christ began his ministry of redemption of the lost sheep of the House of Israel in the north of the kingdom of Israel, Galilee. [See Mat. 4:14-16, Isa. 9:1, 2; also the Feature article, Galilee Of The Gentiles].
The second stage of captivity came during the reign of Hoshea. “Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.” [2 Kng. 17:5, 6].
The third and final phase of captivity removed the last remnant of Ephraim, the House of Israel from their land sixty-five years after Tiglath-pilaser defeated them. “And the king of Assyria [Esar-haddon] brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof.” [2 Kng. 17:24]. When Christ spoke to the Samaritan woman in Mathrew 15, she was a descendant of the gentile people brought into the lands by Esar-haddon that belonged to the House of Israel.
This is the reason why Christ sent out the apostles in the first century telling them, “Go not into the way of the gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But only go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” [Mat. 10:5, 6]. The cities of Samaria, prior to the Assyrian captivity, belonged to and were occupied by the children of the House of Israel. But by the year 666 BCE or so, they had been completely removed. In their place, the Assyrians brought gentiles into those cities. After seven centuries of residency by these gentiles in Samaria, Christ told his apostles to stay clear and only go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. The good news of redemption was only meant for the House of Ephraim/Israel in the Christian age. This was common knowledge among Christians in the first century. [See the Feature articles, The Good News Colour Revolution, What Exactly Is The Gospel? and What About Everyone Else?].
The prophecy of Isaiah 17 also mentions the cities of Aroer. They were cities built in the area east of the Jordan River by the nation Gad, one of the nations of the House of Israel. [See Num. 32:34; 2 Sam 24:5]. Aroer was about 13 miles/21km east of the Dead Sea on the north bank of the Arnon River in the western region of the current day Madaba Governorate, Jordan. Aroer is known as Ara’ir today.
While Gad built these cities, Aroer lay in the southernmost region of the lands of Israel given to their brother, Reuben. Reuben was the first-born son of Israel [See Gen. 49:3, 4], but was supplanted by Ephraim concerning the birthright. [See 1 Chr. 5:1].
When the children of Israel left Egypt, and wandered in the wilderness for forty years, Moses led them to the River Jordan and to the land promised to Abraham. Moses did not take them over the River Jordan into that land, but Joshua did. Joshua, the Hebrew equivalent of the Greek name Jesus, was a descendant of Joseph and Ephraim. [See the Feature article, The Three Times In God's Plan]. However, while the children of Israel were on the east side of the River Jordan, the children of Reuben and Gad, who had an abundance of cattle, meaning goats and sheep, petitioned Moses to give them the land east of the River Jordan because "they saw it was good for grazing."
“So Moses gave to the children of Gad, to the children of Reuben, and to half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land with its cities within the borders, the cities of the surrounding country.
“And the children of Gad built Dibon and Ataroth and Aroer, Atroth and Shophan and Jazer and Jogbehah, Beth Nimrah and Beth Haran, fortified cities, and folds for sheep.” [Num. 32:33-36].
At the time of the Assyrian captivity, the cities farthest south and east in the kingdom of Israel were those of Aroer. So from Damascus in the north all the way to the cities on the east side of the Jordan River, Aroer in the south, it appears that Isaiah is making the point that the removal of Ephraim, the kingdom of Israel from their lands by Assyria was to be a thorough undertaking. “The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid.”
As we've noted, the prophecy of Isaiah 17 also states, “ … the fortress will disappear from Ephraim ….” This refers, in a dual fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, to the nations of the House of Israel, both then and now. Fortress here is the Hebrew mibtsar meaning a fortification, a stronghold. It is a place safe from the violence of one's enemies. The US and Canada have benefited from this for the first two world wars. Not so for the coming fulfillment of these prophetic events. Therefore, aside from the literal application, the larger prophetic scope tells us that the protection afforded to the nations of the House of Israel by the hand of God will cease. [See Rev. 13:5-8].
And as we’ve just read, the first time this prophecy was fulfilled, the House of Israel was divorced from God, taken captive by the Assyrians and removed from their land due to their idolatry with trees. [Jer. 3:6]. They lost their kingdom as did Damascus. However, as the city of Damascus didn’t cease to be a city, and become a heap of ruins, “ … the fortress will disappear from Ephraim …” has implications for us in these end-times. As Islam sees it, "... the Islamic State awaits the arrival of an enemy army there [Dabiq], whose defeat will initiate the countdown to the apocalypse." These events fit the sequence in Biblical prophecy. [See the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass].
As we read at the top of the article, the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy is for Ephraim today. Specifically then, who is Ephraim? Ephraim is, present tense, the head, or the kingly line of the nations of the House of Israel, since ancient times. Today, Ephraim is Great Britain including the Commonwealth countries of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. The US is his brother, Manasseh, and the Western European Christian countries are the other nations of the House of Israel. [See the Sneakers article, This Old House and Genesis chapter 49 for a complete list]. For those of you new to our site, read the Feature articles in the sections The Prophecies, The Covenants and The Gospel to help you get up to speed about who’s who, especially the Feature article, Is The US [And UK} In End-times Bible Prophecy? as we mentioned above.
The fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy regarding Damascus and Ephraim is a reference to these nations, who are the House of Israel that Christ was only sent to in the first century. Going back several years now years, most governments of the nations of Ephraim supported “the rebels," i.e., who later obtained the more "politically acceptable" label as the "moderate rebels,” [See US Support Rebels], who initially were financed by Qatar, and then joined by Saudi Arabia, to the tune of billions of dollars according to the Financial Times. Qatar's, and Saudi Arabia's hired rebel factions in Syria, including al-Qaeda/ISIS/Daesh/al-Nusra et al, with an influx of weapons from Libya, captured from Syrian weapons depots by ISIS, including those media reports of chemical weapons and that the CIA is stockpiling a large cache of weapons in Jordan, not including the huge arms sales to Saudi Arabia by the US and UK [which seems a bit odd as the US government alleged that most of those involved in the heinous 9/11 attacks were Saudis], are seeking to overthrow the current government of Bashar al-Assad, without success to date. Assad refers to the West's supported rebels, moderate or otherwise, as “armed terrorists.” If similar foreign groups operated on US and UK soil, that's what the governments would call them too. [For a recent update, see Damascus & ISIS].
These so-called rebels/moderate rebels/armed terrorists have been the casus belli steering Damascus on its current course of potentially becoming a heap of ruins.2 Yet, according to reports in Asia Times Online at the time [secular sentiment remains largely the same today, Assad Popularity], discounting the undecided, only 10% of Syria’s population favored the invading rebel cause, while 70% supported the government. This makes Qatar's and Saudi Arabia's Western allies pledge to "protect the Syrian people" a bit dubious and rather precarious, especially as the sword of Damascus steel, prophetically, cuts both ways. So, should Trump's administration initiate this big oil war, pushed by those allied with Zionist Israel, that results in Damascus becoming a heap of ruins, so too will fall the US, UK and Western Europe according to the Biblical prophecies. When this happens, it will open the door to the establishment of Babylon the Great with its capital city of Jerusalem. With the US SecState latest announcement on 12/6, 2018 that the US will head up the new world order. [New World Order Proclaimed]. And it was on 12/6 2017 that US president Trump announced Jerusalem is the capital of Zionist Israel. [Jerusalem Zionist Israel's Capital]. We are two steps closer to the prophetic events tied into Damascus.
As events in Syria and neighboring Iran have escalated, it is important for us to remember that the secular catalyst of the soi-disant rebellion is none other than that old villain of Middle East conflict politics … oil and gas. Following the money in the Middle East means following the oil and gas pipelines and the control thereof. Oil and gas flow out one end, money and profit the other. Gulf Arab oil and gas producing countries, primarily Qatar and Saudi Arabia, plus Turkey and its allies, the euphemistically named Friends of Syria, which should be named Friends of Our Self-Interests and Pocketbooks, include Egypt, Jordan and the Western nations of the House of Israel in opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, look upon Syria as a strategic and economic threat to their pipeline for bringing their oil and gas to the West, especially as Russia is now the key player in combating the terrorists in Syria, with assistance from Iran, and the strategic support of China. Hence, the unchanged US foreign policy towards Iran, and Russia who will be bringing energy to the EU via Germany through its Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and via Turkey too. [See Turkish Stream]. This is another reason for the US animosity towards Russia. [See US Wants Dominance Of Energy To EU]. Turkey, always putting its own self-interests first, also uses this as an opportunity to attack the Kurds in Syria and Iraq. Now France has been enticed to have a military presence in the Kurdish oil rich areas of Syria. [See Pepe Escobar's, Why Qatar Wants To Invade Syria. Also, Syria War Strategy and Rebel Chem Weapons].
It just so happened that in 2012 the oil and gas producing countries of Iran and Iraq put together a $10 billion deal with al-Assad [the preliminary agreement was signed in July 2011, Pipeline Deal] to run their own gas pipeline to and through Syria. The expected export point for this gas would be Tartus, which is the Syrian port city that currently hosts the Russian naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea.
The point made in this paragraph is something, from the secular perspective, we should always remember. It’s no coincidence that the seeds of the Syrian "rebellion" were sown along with plans for the Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline.3 For nearly the past 120 years, the West has viewed the Middle East's oil as their own. As Great Britain's Winston Churchill stated about Persia's [Iran] oil just after the turn of the 20th century, “Fortune brought us a prize from fairyland beyond our wildest dreams.” Once Assad signed his name to the agreement, Sunni Qatar and Saudi Arabia sent in hired guns, aka al-Qaeda, aka ISIS aka Daesh et al, supported by its lead from behind US [US In Syria, i.e., Edom4, see the Feature article, Is That You, Big Brother?] allies to get rid of the Assad government. And now with the apparent defeat of its Sunni terrorists, the US and allies have nested in the oil rich Kurdish region in order to partition Syria. The overthrow of governments is the same modus operandi the US has followed since the CIA Iran coup in 1953. [Iran Coup; Libya Coup]. And Iran remains firmly in the sights of Zionist US and Israel's foreign policy.
Adding to the urgency of the pipeline uprising is that Iran expected to exceed Qatar’s gas production by 2016 according to its government officials, something the US could not tolerate. Thus, the current US/Sunni ISIS/Daesh/Israeli war in Syria and Iraq has postponed this goal for the time being. And as geopolitics would have it, there are two straws in the milkshake. The world’s largest known gas reserve, the South Pars/North Dome Gas-Condensate field, is shared between two nations … Iran and Qatar. Adding a bit more intrigue into this is Qatar's recent "independence" move away from the Gulf oil states, notably Saudi Arabia, and OPEC with overtures to Iran. Initially, both the Chinese and French signed on to develop Iran's South Pars milkshake straw. But the French have pulled out over US sanctions. [See Pipeline Wars; 2017: Trump And Pipelines; Qatar Crisis: Natural Gas Pipelines].
Iran, Iraq and Syria form an unbroken geographic Shia barrier between Sunni Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s sought after pipeline routes to the Western markets of Europe through Turkey. [Middle East Pipeline Wars In 4 Maps]. This is one reason why the Kurdish area of Syria remains a hot spot of contention. The breaking up of this geographic barrier is one believable, not to mention suspicious, reason why in the aftermath of 9/11 the US, with its fake claim of WMD, invaded Iraq rather than the alleged 9/11 perpetrators, the US BFF Saudi Arabia. It's always about the oil and the petrodollar. [Saddam Dumped The Petrodollar; also Condi Rice 2017: Iraq Wasn't About Democracy; George Bush 2003: Iraq Democracy, Freedom]. Political cover stories [lies] always hide the greed behind the military actions. Controlling Iraq's oil market and the land route for a pipeline from the confederate oil producing Arab countries, opens the flow of oil to Turkey and the West, not to mention blocking Iran's access to the Med. It also had the potential bonus prize of Iraq’s vast oil reserves. [See Trump's Taking Iraq Oil].
However, the Bush-Cheney-Rice-Rumsfeld-Powell ghostbuster gambit backfired. It is China with its Silk Road initiatives, and now its Goldie Yuan, China's gold back currency for oil trade, which buys about half of all the oil Iraq produces, and is looking for more. China has been the chief beneficiary of the gratuitous loss of human life and the trillions of US taxpayer dollars spent on the travesty to exorcise Iraq of its terrifying “mushroom cloud” phantom, WMD.
As a side note, the US leaders, deep state and corporate media went berserk about Saddam's alleged WMD, and the visions of "mushroom clouds over America" according to Condoleezza Rice. That was the cover story [i.e., lie] for public consumption. It really was selling his oil for euros rather than dollars. Yet, when Trump visits Putin, who has more than enough confirmed nukes to wipe out all life in the US many times over, these same folks aren't concerned in the least about a nuclear WW3. Rather their berserk reaction is that Trump is treasonous for wanting to normalize relations with Russia to prevent WMD from raining down on the USA. This appears to indicate that the deep state doesn't feel Russia is a real threat to the US, but Putin is a needed diversionary bogeyman for the military industrial complex schemes in the Middle East. This ties in very neatly with Biblical prophecy.
In terms of Isaiah's prophecy, there is the added benefit for the one worlders, the Zionists destabilizing the "Christian" US and Western European societies through the influx of displaced non-Christian refugees-terrorists as we've witnessed recently in the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Spain and other European countries. [See Refugee Trojan Horse; US’s War, China’s Oil; Swedish Culture Losing To Refugees]. Currently, there are 3 EU countries refusing to accept these Trojan horses, Hungary in particular. However, they are facing legal threats from the Soros globalists within the EU. [See Trojan Horses; Globalist Media Sinks To New Lows Of Indoctrination].
Despite the obvious lack of evidence, clumsy and continuing efforts to hastily pin the use of chemical weapons on the Assad government [the second time in April 2017, and the latest, April 2018, allegedly in Douma as prodigiously propagated by Western media, which the OPCW confirmed as being false, False Flag Gas Attack, and 40 TONS Of Chem Weapons Supplied To Terrorists By US, Allies] in order to justify overt US intervention, perhaps precedent for the run-up to the start of the Middle East war. [See Turkey Supplied Sarin Gas Materials To ISIS, and Evidence US/UK Made Chem Weapons Used In Syria]. It is rather like the Malaysia airliner shot down in Ukraine, and the absurd accusation that it was Assad, not Turkey, buying ISIS oil sucked from Syrian soil, see Oil], these machinations are nothing more than a trite variation of the failed Bush-Cheney gambit by the "Friends of Syria" governments viz a viz the rebel factions, only this time around "chemical weapons" became the manufactured apparition of justification. Wag the dog. Follow the pipelines. Governments always act in their own apparent self-interests. Only the tactics and propaganda change, not the goal. Although, running after this ill-fated secular goal has the potential to produce the larger, more impactful prophetic results for the UK, US and Western Christian nations of the House of Israel of which Isaiah wrote.
At the time of the initial writing of this article, several years ago now, with the Syrian army fresh off key victories over the hired rebels, and most recently with the defeat of the Sunni armed terrorists, it is contrary to Syria's self-interest to use chemical weapons, thereby inviting US missile attacks. Syria reached an agreement for the disposal of all their chemical weapons years ago, overseen by the US military, see UN Syria Chemical Weapons. But this didn't prevent President Trump from ordering missile attacks in April 2017 and 2018 on the false pretext of Syria's use of chemical weapons, which in hindsight may have been a sop to the neocons lurking in the US government. Nor does this fact have any apparent bearing on Trump's doing this again with what may be the tipping point for initiating all the end-times apocalyptic prophecies. [Syria Attack Based On Fake Intel]. While the "Friends of Syria" have been thwarted for the time being, they still seek a Sunni pipeline route to the Med through Shi'ite territory. In this they are undeterred as is their new found ally, the Zionist state of Israel.
What machinations lie ahead? Toward the end of 2015, with a year of airstrikes by the US, ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/al-Qaeda/al-Nusra were stronger than the previous year. This is evidence of the neocon West's normal duplicity by saying one thing in the mass media and doing another. [See US Feudal Hegemony]. Now we have witnessed the US's big three targets, Russia, Iran, as well as Chinese military advisors in Syria at the invitation of Assad, to eliminate the threat from ISIS et al. The two sides are lining up as the prophecies indicate. The success of Syrian forces against the terrorist rebels, coupled with the arrived at countrywide ceasefire [and a new area ceasefire in the southwest of Syria, July 2017], despite continuance of daily battles and potential direct intervention by the US, and the ongoing Astana plenary sessions by the parties, the climatic battle involving Damascus looms in the not so distant future.
There is an interesting quote from Sir George Clerk, a senior British Foreign Office official, and later minister to Czechoslovakia, in the book The Silk Roads, in which he says, "If we do not make relatively small sacrifices, and alter our policy, in Persia [Iran] now, we shall both endanger our friendship with Russia and in a comparatively near future ... a situation where our very existence as an Empire will be at stake." He wrote this in 1914. And the British Empire is long gone. Here we are more than one hundred years later in virtually the same situation with essentially all the same players, with the American Empire at stake, including all the nations of Israel today. Our LORD's warning to us is true.
Regardless of tactics and the ever changing metrics, one fact remains clear. Syria and the Christian nations destinies of Ephraim are intertwined. Ironically, the people, and the elected leaders of the US, UK and EU [the Obama-Cameron-Merkel trio, replaced by the Trump-May-Merkel trio for the time being] who believe they are oh so clever, are clueless that they are, in fact, scheming our collective demise. Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is the first domino to fall leading to Babylon the Great's Jerusalem, now followed by the second, the announcement of the US as leader of new world order, like it or not. [See the Feature article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?]. ISIS, and the Wahhabists, however, appear to be fully cognizant of what is taking place. According to Isaiah's prophecy, the actions by all sides are on track leading to the advent of Babylon the Great. [As events in Syria are changing rapidly, please read related articles, which are posted daily, in our Newslink section; also US China: It's All About Syria].
From the secular perspective, it’s not just about the Arab countries south of Syria that makes Syria so vital. Conflict politics involving oil, gas and pipelines have a history in the region, which extends from Syria on the Med to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on the eastern side of the Caspian Sea. Pepe Escobar has dubbed this vast strategic arena as “Pipelineistan.” Oil lust, therefore, just happens to be the secular means driving all the involved Western parties to their prophesied end. For the Wahhabis and other Islam devotees, it is more theological in nature.
In an article that appeared in the British newspaper The Guardian in February 2001, it stated, “In November 1998, Bill Richardson, then US energy secretary, spelled out his policy on the extraction and transport of Caspian oil. "This is about America's energy security," he explained.5 It's also about preventing strategic inroads by those who don't share our values. We're trying to move these newly independent countries toward the West. We would like to see them reliant on Western commercial and political interests rather than going another way. [This would be Russia, China primarily]. We've made a substantial political investment in the Caspian, and it's very important to us that both the pipeline map and the politics come out right." And might makes right, right!? However, in 2017, there is only one country on the Caspian Sea that may be EU oriented, Azerbajian. [See map Caspian; Ascendancy Of The SCO In The World-Island]. China, Russia, and Iran may have something to say about whose pipeline the oil and gas flows. And it is the reason why US and the West's foreign policy remains focused on these three countries regardless of media reports, changing tactics and who occupies the Oval Office or 10 Downing Street. The Qatar-Saudi-Syrian route remains vital to the West's interests, in particular keeping the petrodollar alive and well. [See China's New Silk Road].
From the US, British, French, and the less vocal German, government’s “poilitical” perspective, all of whom believe they have something to gain, rather than lose, by a regime change by one route or the other in Syria, despite the recent warning that Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and Egypt are evidence of the unintended consequences of military intervention, the right strategic pipeline map isn’t one that runs through Syria, Iraq, and Iran who borders the entire Caspian Sea’s south coast. They obviously don’t share US and Western, i.e. Zionist/Edom-controlled Ephraim’s House of Israel, values.
A real nightmare for the US et al and its Gulf Arab allies is imagining this same pipeline scenario, but with Iran as a nuclear power, de facto or not, whose independent central bank stops using petrodollars and switches to the Goldie Yuan while moving closer to Russia, China and the rest of the SCO. [See Central Bank And Nuclear Sanctions; also the Feature article, Isaiah 63: Big Brother]. And Iran has made it known that if the US pulls out of the nuke agreement [now a done deal], then Iran will work with China to develop its nuclear program. This firmly puts China into the Syrian war mix, which greatly complicates the regional geopolitical dynamic and takes brinkmanship to a whole new level. This may be more of a reason for Trump's China trade war than the US inability to compete with China on an even playing field.
While the US dreams of Iran regime change, Iran is on a fast track to full membership in the SCO [Shanghai Cooperation Organization, previously the Shanghai Five, see SCO], a political, economic and military organization founded in 2001, then they will not need nukes of their own. As SCO members Russia, China, India, and Pakistan have plenty to go around, some could be placed in Iran, a non-nuclear country, justifying this using the same rationale as the US does with its nukes in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, UK, "non-nuclear" countries. That definitely will put some poo-poo in the knickers of NATO, CENTCOM and Zionist Israel generals. [US Nukes In Europe].
In November 2012, the Norwegian awarded Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, then US President Obama canceled American participation in a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone conference scheduled for Finland in December, effectively killing the conference which was supported by Iran, Egypt, the Sunni Arab states, the non-aligned UN member states and the European parliament. A US State Department spokesperson said the US would not participate in a conference in which a regional state [read the only nuclear weapon state of the Levant, Israel] would be subject to pressure or isolation. Meanwhile, the US president had no compunction about the “nuke” sanctions aimed at pressuring and isolating the regional non-nuclear weapon state of Iran. A six nation deal with Britain, France, Russia, China, the US and Germany was reached with Iran in 2015, Iran Nuke Deal Facts. However, President Trump's unilateral thoughts about not honoring the agreement have come to fruition. It's still about the oil, but with the added embarrassment of the Iranians taking back control of their oil from the US in 1979.
There is another, more ominous, event on the horizon as Trump has announced plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv, Israel's modern capital, to Jerusalem, which is now a done deal. The official date was the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel in May 2018. Obviously, this move has been welcomed by Israel's Netanyahu. And the US Senate voted on a resolution, safely after the June 1 signing deadline, 90-0 on June 9, 2017 to have the president honor the 1995 law.6 However, President Trump signed the waiver of the law, June 1, 2017, as has every president every six months since the law was passed in 1995, requiring the US to recognize Israel as the sole legitimate state, and to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
What proved significant here was that the Zionist, globalist-owned mainstream corporate mass media had been giving the 1995 US congressional law recognizing the state of Israel as the sole legitimate entity over Jerusalem prominent coverage since Trump's election. Under previous presidents of Clinton, Bush and Obama, hardly a peep. It had the feel of priming the pump by the politicians and Zionist media for taking this action sooner rather than later, which Trump did on December 6, 2017. And a month before the scheduled May move, Zionist mouthpiece Trump challenged Russia, China and Iran too with his second false flag missile attack. One of these times, it will be more than a few vacated buildings that are attacked. Keep a watchful eye on this pivotal point of prophecy. [See US Jerusalem Move; One More Step On The Way To Jerusalem].
Jerusalem is not the official capital of Israel, but rather it is administered under a UN resolution for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The unilateral move to change this by the US may end by blowing up the entire Middle East, which is perhaps the tipping point of the war that we read about in Isaiah and in Daniel's chapter 11. "And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him [the beast power]: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he [the beast power] shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land [Israel], and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, Edom [those who currently control the state of Israel], and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon [Jordan] ... But tidings out of the east [China] and out of the north [Russia] shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many." [Dan. 11:40, 41, 44]. It's entirely possible that the source of these tidings could be a reference to the entire membership of the SCO headed by Russia and China as China-Russia have announced coordination of their foreign policies.
The point to consider: are the tidings out of the north and east, Russia-China-SCO, economic warnings from them to the Zionist-led US? It's shaping up this way. That is, Edom can forget the Rothschild's world dominating central banking system, forget their one world government, forget Iran and N. Korea, and stay out of Eurasia? Or will it be a warning to rescind recognition of Israel as the sole legitimate authority over Jerusalem? But will the US embassy move to Jerusalem give impetus to the great Middle East war ... and shall "go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many?" And would this result in Damascus becoming a heap of ruins? Eventually, the answer is yes because the Jerusalem move is a significant prophetic step in that direction.
As noted above, added to this step, on December 6, 2018, a year after Trump okayed the US embassy move to Jerusalem in December 6, 2017, the US SecState announced that the world must cave in to its new world Zionist-US order. [New World Order]. Left unsaid, this includes a new domestic military-political system for the US as well, led by the beast's Northcom. [Northcom]. The Central Command will be operational in the Middle East. The US can't compete and achieve their goals in a multi-lateral world we are told. Russia and China have gotten too strong economically. And they are threatening the hegemony of the US dollar. And Russia's move as a major player to control oil flow and prices is not unnoticed. So, the bully thug approach is brought out, not unlike Hitler's prior to WW2. However, it's a no-brainer to expect that Russia and China will just roll over. Yet, an all-out war with them would destroy the entire planet. The Zionist led US, therefore, will settle for the prophetic Middle East war as written in the book of Daniel with the prophetic fallout devastating the people of the House of Israel.
Remember, prophetically, the beast, Babylon the Great's headquarters will be in Jerusalem. And God's use of Edom extends to punish all the nations of Israel, although they will rule over the religions of the children of Abraham, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Time will tell if either of these, or a combination thereof, is the prophetic scenario we are told of in Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.
When the beast, Edom's Babylon the Great hegemon from Jerusalem has become a fait accompli, the "fortress will depart" from the US, UK and the Western nations. They will no longer exist and function as we know them today. [Rev. 17:17]. Such are the increasingly shifting, turbulent and duplicitous geopolitical games being played in “Pipelineistan” that currently swirl about Damascus becoming a heap of ruins.
The other aggravating factor is religious as we noted. Iran’s leadership, and Iraq’s current Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Syria’s al-Assad are Shi’a Muslims. On the other hand, the decision makers and money suppliers of Saudi Arabia are Sunni Muslims, the West's and Zionist Israel's ally for the time being, and never the twain shall meet. [See Wahhabism]. So, it should not come as a surprise that the Syria rebels are Sunni or Sunni sympathizers, like ISIS. Control of, or the destruction of Damascus will determine if Isaiah's prophecy comes to pass as a result of this 'holy pipeline war.' While the war in Syria may have cooled down in the media temporarily [fall 2015] with the agreement to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, the war in Syria has heated up dramatically now, the summer of 2017 and into the spring of 2018, with Russia's involvement for ridding ISIS at the behest of Assad, the US illegally setting up its own no go zones on Syrian soil, to say nothing of Turkey's aggressive provocateur actions regarding the US allies in eastern Syria, the Kurds, and the French joining in as well.
We need to watch the events unfolding daily in Syria, Iran, and Zionist Israel even more closely now as the US led coalition's goals in Syria are not going to change, thereby dropping Ephraim into the same prophetic pot as Damascus. It remains to be seen what President Trump will do in Syria, and just as importantly with Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Zionist Israel. [Trump Hard Line On Iran]. Although reports about his recent key warmongering cabinet members indicate it will not be business as usual in the Middle East, China and Russia are the key threat to the Zionist/Edom's quest for a new world order. [The Saudi-Israeli Link To Syria's War]. Stay tuned because none of this is going away. It's only going to escalate, zig and zag, experiencing peaks and valleys along the way. More and more, however, the gravitas of Middle East events will draw all the key players closer to critical mass.
So we have a "new-old" crisis as the former US chemical weapons ploy failed. Now a new one has taken its place being prompted by Trump. The seeds of the Sunni ISIS, remember, were encouraged by the US and funded by it's surrogate Saudi partners to arm and train so-called "moderate" rebels in Syria. President Obama in his address to the UN, 2014, labeled these same folks as killers, "a cancer" that threatens all people. "'The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force,' Obama told the United Nations General Assembly in his annual address," not expecting Russia to step in to do exactly that. [UN Address also US Neocon M.O.: Covert Instigation Of Violence, Publicly Denounce]. No matter the sleight of mouth machinations involving Syria, and specifically Damascus on the part of the West, the goals remain the same, as will the prophetic outcome. It's only the tactics that change along the way to the fulfillment of LORD's prophecy to Isaiah. [See US Policymakers Call For Division, Destruction and Occupation Of Syria].
The neocon Zionist US and its allies want regime change in Syria friendly to Western interests [money and control] so Saudi Arabia's and other Middle East nations, rather than Iran's, pipeline can bring gas to Europe replacing the reliance on Russian supplied gas. It's still about the greed and lust for oil, money, and world control. The powers that be in Washington/London apparently have no idea what the active pursuit of their secular policies may engender prophetically. Oil is the secular bouncing ball to keep your eye on no matter what the Western corporate media and politicians propagate in public in the way of "defeating the terrorists," or "getting rid of a bad guy in the name of democracy," as both the Zionist-led US Globalists, and Islam envision achieving world dominance. [For a bit of hindsight of the US attacks on ISIS, read Why Did US Bomb Empty ISIS Buildings Under Globalist Obama?].
The first written mention of Damascus was by the Egyptians, referred to as Ta-ms-qu in 15th century BCE. By 1000 BCE, Aramaeans called it Dimashqu. Aram is the ancient name for Syria. And by the time of the Biblical prophecies of Isaiah concerning Israel and Assyria, the 8th century BCE, it was in Hebrew, Dammeseq. By the way, the ancient Assyrian Empire included as part of its territory portions of modern day Iran, Iraq and Syria, with its capital city, Nineveh, about 710 BCE, situated along the Tigris River, which is in Iraq.
We should point out that Damascus, astride the Barada River, or Abana as it was known millennia ago, has been a lived-in city for the better part of 3500 years, even after defeat and occupation by the Assyrians as well as the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans and the French after the defeat of the Ottomans in WW1 under the terms of the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement. There is no record of Damascus having ceased being a city since it came into existence, much less having been reduced to a pile of rubble. To say this is significant in terms of Isaiah's prophecy and the dynamic events in and around Syria today is a huge understatement.
According to Ross Burns, in his excellent book tracking Damascus from its origin in the Bronze Age all the way through to the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Assyrians, early 8th century BCE, destroyed 591 towns of Syria, but not Damascus. While its residents were taken into captivity, and the kingdom of Syria [Aramea] essentially destroyed as Isaiah said, Burns notes, “Damascus remained, however, the chief city of Syria, even under Assyrian rule." About 1350 years after Damascus transitioned from Aramean to Assyrian dominion, "Damascus was the first major city brought into the Arab sphere." [Damascus: A History, p. 19, 108, Ross Burns, 2004]. This was about forty years or so after Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE, which marked the official beginning of Islam. It was the Arabs, not the Jews, who took Aelia capitalina [on the site of what was Jerusalem] away from the Roman Empire in 638 CE. And the walls of Jerusalem today were built by Suleiman the Magnificent between 1537 to 1541. [See Jerusalem Walls].
Nearly 1250 years prior to the beginning of Islam, in the year 626 BCE, or thereabouts, the prophet Jeremiah prophesied concerning Damascus. “Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor. Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of joy? Therefore, her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, says the LORD of hosts.” [Jer. 49:24-26]. This has yet to be fulfilled.
From the historical perspective, despite all the wars, conquests, captivities, all the sustained imperial and political changes involving Damascus and its environs over the millennia, it is quite remarkable that Damascus never ceased being an inhabited city. Jerusalem, by comparison, was made desolate, a barren uninhabited area from 70 CE until 136 CE or so when the Romans, after a few years of fighting with the Jews, the Bar Kokhba revolt [see Fall of Jerusalem], built the Roman city, Aelia capitalina on its site. Jews were barred from the city upon penalty of death except on the day of Atonement. Emperor Hadrian dispensed with the name Judea and gave the new province a Latin name, Syria Palaestina. It was not named Jerusalem again, ironically, until it was conquered by the Arabs as noted above. While Jerusalem suffered destruction, non-existence and ignominy for several hundred years, Damascus remained an inhabited city, the heap of ruins prophecy yet to be fulfilled.
Given the state of affairs in Syria, however, time will tell if our contemporary pipeline inspired events associated with Damascus and Ephraim are the harbinger of Isaiah’s prophecy. While the timing of events indicates a fulfilling Isaiah’s 17 prophecy, Damascus, and Ephraim, the US, England and the Commonwealth, and the Christian nations of Europe, are wedded together in its eventual prophetic outcome. To understand the fulfillment of this prophecy for the House of Israel, we need to comprehend what happened the first time. As we’ve seen, it was the most calamitous event in the history of Israel to that point. God divorced the House of Israel for being idolatrous. They were removed from their homes and lands, then scattered about the Assyrian Empire. A similar destiny awaits the children of the House of Israel today. [See The Feature article, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor].
Imagine that government troops in full military gear barge into your house and put you and your family members in shackles. Anyone who resists is killed on the spot. With nothing but the clothes on your back, they lead you out your front door to waiting trucks. You see the same thing is happening to all your neighbors. As you are being loaded into the trucks, you see foreigners moving in to your house. They have been given all your possessions to be their own. In return, you will be sent to their homelands to become slave laborers. Your country as you knew it no longer exists. And on top of all this, you are cut off from the covenant relationship and protection of God. This was the lot of our ancestors. They were the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
Yet something worse lies in store today for the House of Israel. “ … and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation ….” [Dan.12:1]. The future iteration of “the fortress will disappear from Ephraim,” according to the prophecies, the time of Jacob's or Israel's troubles [Jer. 30:4-7], the "Apocalypse," will be as it was for our ancestors in the kingdom of Israel millennia ago. Not only will our LORD's protection of our nations cease, but he will set his hand deliberately against us. For Isaiah also prophesied, “ … therefore He [Christ] was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” [Isa. 63:10; see the Feature article, Christ Against Christians].
The context here in Isaiah 63 is Edom in the end times, specifically the Apocalypse. [See the Feature article, Isaiah 63: Big Brother]. Edom is the sixth head of the beast, 666, and Israel's older brother, “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints [Houses of Israel and Judah] and to overcome them ….” [Rev. 13:7]. In case we think this is solely a reference to the way distant future, it’s not.
Emerging on our horizon are the prophetic events regarding the sixth empire, the Lawless One. [2 Ths. 2:9; see the Feature article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?]. We need to ask ourselves, which nation of the world constantly and unwaveringly ignores international law, unilaterally starts wars, violates the sovereignty of other nations as they please, especially oil rich Middle Eastern countries, and its people act as if they are salubrious sheep grazing in tall green grass? Which group of nations are operating in Syria without the invitation of the democratically elected Syrian government? These are rather interesting, and relevant questions.
To wit, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea having seven heads and ten horns ….” [Rev. 13:1].7 Notice the apostle John in the book of Revelation did not say, "I stood on the shore of the sea," where we expect to find sea sand. The Greek word in Rev. 13:1 for sand is ammos. The shore of the sea, or the beach is aigialos. The bottom of the sea is sand too. And, if the ocean water were to drain away, it would leave behind the sand of the former sea. And if you were to stand there, you would be standing on the sand of the sea rather than the sea shore.
It is interesting that the desert sands of the Middle East were once part of the ancient Tethys Sea. And it is known that oil forms under ancient seas. And it is the lust for, and control of the sea of oil and gas under that sand, "a prize from fairyland beyond our wildest dreams," by the Western nations led by those controlling the US/UK that drives our secular current events, the events of these prophecies, which will give rise to the beast of Babylon the Great with its HQ in Jerusalem. Revelation 13:1 may be a bit more literal than we thought it to be when the apostle John said, "I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea." Our current geopolitical events make it very clear that the Middle East wars that will give rise to the beast are not about sea water or sand. It's all about the sea of oil under that sand. [Tethys Sea; Oil Formation; see the Sneakers article, Daniel Dreamed About Us, and the Feature article, The War Dispatches]. When we look at present-day events and Biblical prophecies, they are coalescing, shrink-wrapping around the House of Israel, Ephraim and Damascus as Isaiah 17 says.
One other factor to consider is that when the petrodollar monopoly is broken, that is, it no longer is the primary currency for the buying and selling of oil worldwide, especially Middle Eastern oil, it puts the Edomite controlled central banking system in great jeopardy and the US dollar and economy on the cliff's edge. The US is the world's largest debtor nation in history. And that debt is growing at an alarming rate. But as long as the petrodollar is in play and the US Wall Street central banker's control the flow of capital through its central banking system, it can be held together. But the twin Achilles Heels of the US are its reliance on the petrodollar, and its millstone debt. If all this is threatened, it is possible the US and allies would have no choice but to start a war as its ability to impose economic sanctions would be nullified. The only other stick it has is its military, still the world's strongest, not including nukes on the other side of the coin with Russia and China. This sets up both the Damascus and Jerusalem prophecies for the end-times. [See China's Yuan Can Break The Petrodollar and Trade War And The Petrodollar].
The people of the nations of Ephraim, the House of Israel, taking the path that leads us through the wide gate and the broad way, have made Christ our enemy. [America: From From God-fearing Republic To Lawless Empire]. And while we know the sequence of events in Revelation, we aren’t given a timeline. The only reference we have is that the sixth empire will have dominion for 42 months or three and a half years just prior to Christ’s return when the events written of by the prophet Obadiah come into play. [Rev. 13:5; see the Feature articles, Obadiah And The Parable Of The Tares and Revelation 17: Big Brother, and for an in-depth look, chapter six, The Blind Man’s Elephant now a complimentary PDF at the bottom of our Home page].
Moses had some words of wisdom regarding the birthright for the children of Ephraim before they crossed the River Jordan. They are equally valid for us today. “I will die in this land; I will not cross the Jordan; but you are about to cross over and take possession of that good land. Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the LORD your God has forbidden. [See the Feature article, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist]. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.
“After you have had children and grandchildren and have lived in the land a long time—if you then become corrupt and make any kind of idol, doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God and arousing his anger, I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you this day that you will quickly perish from the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess. [At this point ...] You will not live there long but certainly will be destroyed. The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and only a few of you will survive among the nations to which the LORD will drive you. [See Mat. 24:22]. There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell. [See the Sneakers articles, Birthdays Of The Gods and Beware The Sackbut!].
“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in tribulation and all these things have happened to you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and shall obey his voice. For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” [Deu. 4:29-31; also see the Feature article, Why Was Jesus Jewish, But Not Moses?]. The House of Israel was redeemed in the first century, the beginning of the latter days, the Christian age. But as we have followed after idols and false prophets again in the intervening centuries duped into thinking we're a bunch of gentiles [see the Feature article, Moving Forward], we shall suffer a time not seen since there was a nation upon the Earth.
As we live in the latter days, Moses prophetic warning, while it happened to our ancestors of the House of Israel under the law covenant, the second time around it applies to us under the Abrahamic covenant, “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the LORD your God that he made with you.” [See the Sneakers article, A LIfe And Death Pickle Of A Predicament]. Yet, we have carelessly forgotten our covenant with God because we’ve lost track of our Biblical ancestry. We think we’re gentiles. Nevertheless, this does not change the validity of the prophecies written to and for us in the Biblical record. And while we may have forgotten our covenant relationship with God, to our own detriment, the LORD our God will not “forget the covenant with our ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.” It happened in the first century when Christ redeemed the House of Israel seven centuries after the Assyrian captivity, and seven centuries before the rise of Islam. And for the estranged nations of Ephraim, the remnant who survive the tribulation of the sixth image of the beast, 666, our LORD will remember his covenant again. [Jer. 8, 9. 11-15; Rom. 9:27; Eze. 24:13, 14, also see Exd. 6:5-7, 1 Cor. 10:1-4, Jer. 23:1-4, also Psa. 105].
The events in Isaiah’s chapter 17 prophecy echo Moses’ warning to us too. It may be that the transpiring daily events affecting Damascus are the tipping point for the House of Israel in the last days. We have our ancestor’s history laid out before us in the pages of the Biblical record. We have history books that also bear witness to these past events. What we are being told is that the events of Isaiah, Daniel, Revelation and the other prophecies are not myth or fable as atheists like to claim. They were real events and they are becoming real events again. We must not forget, God rules in the kingdom of men. [Dan. 4:17]. "But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? And they returned and said, 'Like as the LORD of hosts thought to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so has he dealt with us.'" [Zec. 1:6].
Isaiah’s prophecy is telling us that what once happened to our forefathers of the House of Israel, “the fortress will disappear from Ephraim” is happening again because it seems likely we won’t turn from the culpable traditions we choose to keep, which has led us to the consumer altar of false gods and away from the LORD our God. Not only does "the fortress will disappear" apply in a physical sense, [see Invasion Of The Fortress], but it does spiritually too. "And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." [2 Ths. 2:11, 12; again see the updated Feature article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?].
And if Damascus ceasing to be a city, becoming a heap of ruins is our marker by which to gauge this, then the events currently unfolding in Damascus demand our watching. Damascus could well prove to be an oil and gas tar baby8 with which Ephraim has become entangled. If so, inevitably it will be a self-defeating, Catch-22 undertaking. For Isaiah prophesied, when Damascus falls into ruin, so too falls Ephraim, the Christian nations. And with this, the beast of Babylon the Great in Revelation 13 will have risen from the sea, setting up its seat of government in Jerusalem. [See the Feature article, Back To Square One].
While the nations of Ephraim are not in a good place, individually it’s not too late for us to get right with our Savior provided we change from our errant ways and seek the LORD our God with all our heart and soul, returning to the teachings delivered to our House of Israel forefathers in the first century. But we need to act before our Lord closes this door. [See Luke 13:25-30, and the Feature article, Christianity Is Not A Surrogate For Christ]. As the apostle Paul wrote to us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another … For whatever was written in the Old Testament was written for us to learn, so that through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures, we might have hope,” which is our Lord Jesus Christ. [Col. 3:12-17 … Rom. 15:4, 1 Tim. 1:1].
1 " ... the armies of Rome will set up their camp." Muhammad, 570-632 CE, made this prophecy when the Roman Empire's capital city was Constantinople, beginning in 330 CE. [See Map]. And Syria, along with Damascus were part of the Eastern Roman Empire in the seventh century when Muhammad made his prediction. As we read in the Book of Daniel, chapters two and seven, Rome was the fourth head of the beast, which also is mentioned in Revelation. Fast forwarding from the time of Muhammad to present, the head of the beast today is the sixth iteration, which we know as the prophetic Babylon the Great. So from Muhammad's perspective, when talking about Rome, he was talking about one of the heads of the great image with seven heads and ten horns. [See Rev. 12:1-3, Rev. 13:1, Rev. 17:3, 7]. As we all know, however, the Roman Empire has vanished from the face of the Earth. [See Dan. 2:35].
While the reference made by Muhammad concerning Rome, the fourth head was applicable in the early seventh century, it needs to be updated and replaced by Edom, the sixth head. The reference by Muhammad should read, "the armies of Edom will set up their camp," which are the indigenous Christian nations over which Edom has gained dominion. They will be defeated as Isaiah's prophecy says. Therefore, in the end, the fortress depart will from the the children of Israel. Subsequently, Edom will set up its capital in Jerusalem as Babylon the Great, the sixth head of the beast, subduing three kings, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, descendants of Abraham. [Dan. 7:24, 25, Dan. 11:40-45; Rev. 11:1, 2; Rev. 13:5; also the Feature articles, Is The US [And UK] In End-times Bible Prophecy? and And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor].
Edom, Jacob/Israel's brother, and Ishmael's half brother, has gained near total dominion over his brother Israel in these last days as the Genesis prophecy says. [See Gen. 27:39-42]. And while to the outside world looking in, it appears that the US and UK are spearheading the events in Syria and the Middle East, followed by the other brothers of the House of Israel, the Christian Western European "poodle" nations, it is the shadow government of Edom who is driving the economic, military and political policies of the West. Edom is the wolf in the lost sheep of Israel's clothing. [See Mat. 7:15, also the Feature article, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares].
2 Qatar hosted the Afghan Taliban. Qatar also paid for the houses the Taliban officials live in according to BBC News Asia. US talks with the Taliban are taking place in Qatar. If Qatar can expedite a US withdrawal from Afghanistan, then more of the US money, material and manpower is available to focus on Syria, thereby facilitating Qatar's gas pipeline goals. With Middle East oil and gas, it's not about good guys and bad guys. It's about expediency. Governments always act in their own apparent self-interests. And now we have another complication with Qatar and the Saudis. [See Qatar-Saudi Conflict; Qatar To Leave OPEC].
3 The same thing happened in Libya. "Then in February , immediately after Gaddafi's hint of nationalization of Libya's oil resources, there was an uprising by rebels who wanted to overthrow him and on March 17 the UN Security Council established a "no-fly zone" in Libya "to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country." The insurgents were supported by the US, Britain and 12 of their 26 NATO allies (notably not Germany or Turkey), three Arab nations (not including Saudi Arabia), and Sweden which has abandoned honorable neutrality and became a NATO country in all but name. Brazil, China, Germany, India and Russia excluded themselves from the Resolution, advocating peaceful resolution of Libya's internal conflict and warning against "unintended consequences of armed intervention." [For more evidence of the West's duplicity, read Syria Just Like Libya].
4 For a secular look at Biblical Edom's end goal and methods [lives by the sword of war, Gen. 27:40] used to attain it, please read Joseph Plummer's Tragedy & Hope 101. It is based on historian Carroll Quigley's epic research work, Tragedy & Hope, that lays bare the skillful manipulation of the political system and mass media that runs contrary to our "school-taught" notions of democracy, and the discovery that our so-called representative governments are anything but that. What Quigley published in 1966 reads like a modern-day prophet concerning the current state and direction of our Western societies, including our educational and political institutions. While Quigley's unabridged version runs about 1500 pages, Plummer's digest runs about 200 pages and provides us with a crystal clear look at what we don't see and hear about in the mass media. Rather than simplistically marveling that a magician pulled a rabbit out of an empty hat [mass media version], you are given the keys to the tricks of their trade. Read it, and you'll never see the world the same again. [Edom Methodology].
5 The US exists in an energy bubble, akin to a real estate bubble, like 2008. With a little less than 5% of the world's population, the US uses an inflated proportion, now 20% in 2017, of the world's energy supplies according to the IEA/OECD. This 4:1 ratio applied to China would mean that China would use 95% of the world's energy supplies. India would use 90% of the energy supply. Combined, these three countries alone, out of the 200 or so in the world, would use 210% of the world's energy. But even reducing use of the world's energy supply by 5% equates to a reduction of 20-25% of the energy available in the US. This would have major social, political and economic implications for the US. A further reduction by 5% would mean the US loses 40% of its energy. If this happens, it would threaten the existence of the US as we know it today. This helps explain the current motivation behind the US drive to maintain the "American way of life" at least for the elite <1%. However, it is unrealistic to believe that the US consumption ratio is sustainable over the long-term given the growing demand by China and the rest of the world. This is why consumer China, and low-cost oil producer Russia are a threat to the US. Plus, the US fracking for oil is extremely costly, and the US cannot compete with Russia and Saudi Arabia when oil prices are low. This is why Trump is leaning on Saudi Arabia to cut back production in order to drive prices up.
However, if the US were to embark on a serious renewable energy program, a la sending a man to the moon, this would greatly reduce the US reliance on foreign oil, would allow for a more peaceful foreign policy and prosperous nation. Yet, the oil wars are merely a means to the prophetic end as the true underlying cause of all our current turmoil is the fact that Ephraim, the House of Israel does not have a love of the truth of the word of God. Christ has turned to be our enemy. Therefore, the prophecy of Isaiah will stand as written.
6 "The [US Senate] resolution notes that for 3,000 years, there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Jerusalem, and it has been Judaism’s holiest city and the focal point of Jewish religious devotion." [US Senate Okays Move To Jerusalem]. This is intentionally a clear and ignorant misrepresentation of the facts. It's a Zionist propaganda lie intended to mislead a gullible, ignorant public. [See Zionist's "Jewish" State]. First, less than 3000 years ago, about 597-586 BCE depending on who's counting, all the Jews were removed from Jerusalem by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar for a period of 70 years of captivity due to their idolatry before they were allowed to return. [See Ezra 2:1]. Therefore, as to Jerusalem being "the focal point of Jewish religious devotion," well, this was hardly the case. And it appears the Jews missed the mark for quite some time, too, before the Babylonian captivity.
"Therefore, thus says the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever hears of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down. And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance [the House of Judah, as the House of Israel had been divorced about 150 years earlier, hence stretching the line of Samaria over Jerusalem which lay south of the House of Israel's border], and deliver them into the hand of their enemies [the Babylonians]; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies; because they have done evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day. Moreover Manasseh [a king of Judah, though, ironically, the namesake in the last days of the US in the Genesis 48, 49 prophecies] shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD." [2 Kings 21:12-16]. So much for religious fidelity to the word of God.
Then in 70 CE, the city of Jerusalem, ruled over by the Edomite Herods since 37 BCE by proclamation of the Roman Senate, was totally and completely obliterated. Seems like those of Edom have a way of influencing Senates, then and now. Also remember, Jerusalem was the capital of the Roman province, Judea, under Edomite rule and was not the capital of the nations of Israel. And of further note, 37 BCE was a time between the end of the Roman Republic, 44 BCE, and the formation of the Roman Empire in 27 BCE. As the first century historian Josephus wrote, “The Romans, though it was a terrible struggle to collect the timber, raised their platforms in twenty-one days. As described before, the whole area was stripped in a circle round the city to a distance of ten miles. The countryside, like the city, was a pitiful sight. For where there once had been a lovely vista of woods and parks, there was nothing but desert and stumps of trees. No one, not even a foreigner who had seen the Old Judea and the glorious suburbs of the city, and now set eyes on her present desolation, could have helped sighing and groaning at so terrible a change. Every trace of beauty had been blotted out by war. And nobody who had known it in the past, and came upon it suddenly, would have recognized the place. For when he was on site [of Jerusalem], he still would have been looking for the city.” Books of the History of the Jewish War Against the Romans, Flavius Josephus, c. 75-78 CE.
The area remained barren, not one stone upon another, until c.135 CE when the Romans built a ROMAN city on the scoured site, naming it Aelia capitalina, in honour of the Roman emperor. The region became known as Syria Palaestina. And except for the one Day of Atonement a year, Jews were not allowed into the Roman city under penalty of death. Aelia capitalina remained a Roman city until 638 CE when taken, not by the Jews, but by Islam. So for a period of 568 years, there was no Jerusalem for Jews to have a presence in. It didn't exist. And the "holy walls" of Jerusalem were built by Suleiman the Magnificent between 1537 to 1541 as mentioned above. They are not a remnant left over from the Herodian or second temple in the first century as the common apocryphal myth would have us believe. All war is deceit. [See the Feature article, The War Dispatches].
And it wasn't until the 1948 UN mandate, after the Islamic Ottoman Empire, and the after British Palestine Mandate, that the Jews, a nation once again for the first time in more than 2500 years, had any sort of shared quasi-legal claim to Jerusalem again. So for those of "the synagogue of Satan who claim to be Jews and are not " [Edom, Zionists, Rev. 3:9] claiming eternal "ownership" of Jerusalem due to the alleged 3000 years of continuous presence in Jerusalem, well, it's pure poppycock. [See Zionism Starts Where Judiasm Is Destroyed; Getting Jews To Convert To Zionism]. Control and occupation over Jerusalem [Zion] in this end time is sought after by Israel's brother, the Edomite wolf in sheep's clothing, Babylon the Great. Do the prophetic math on this US Senate resolution and law. [Edom Methodology].
The claim that the current day city of Jerusalem belongs to Israel due to 3000 years of continuous presence is a Zionist lie. Remember, the Jews are only one of the 12 nations of Israel. Jerusalem will not be the capital of Israel until Christ's return when both the Houses of Israel and Judah are one kingdom again as written of by the prophet Ezekiel. [Eze. 37:15-28]. The last time Jerusalem was capital of all the nations of Israel was c. 931 BCE at the end of Solomon's rule when Israel was divided into two kingdoms. The Zionists want Jerusalem for their capital, Babylon the Great. Those of Israel descended from Judah were out of Jerusalem for 70 years due to their Babylonian captivity. "Now the rest of the people left in the city [Jerusalem], and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away." [2 Kings 25:11]. Some Jews in the land of Judah, not in Jerusalem, remained behind, but were under Babylonian authority, the 1st head of the beast.
Then "Jerusalem," after its total destruction in 70 CE, lay barren until the area became a Roman city, then an Eastern Roman Empire [Byzantine] city, then an Islamic Ottoman city [the 5th head of the beast], and then a British Mandate city until 1948. So for about two-thirds of this alleged 3000 years the Jews have been on the outside looking in. And this does not include the fact that from the return of the Jews to Jerusalem under Cyrus, the city itself was under the successive sovereignty, not of Israel, but of the Persian, Greek and Roman empires, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th heads of the beast, until utterly destroyed in 70 CE. Edom's Babylon the Great is the sixth head of the beast.
The key point to take away from this is that Jerusalem has not been the capital of Israel since 931 BCE, and won't be again until Christ reunites both the House of Judah and the House of Israel as one kingdom at his return. [Heb. 8:8]. Until then, from this point forward, Jerusalem will be under the auspices of Edom, the sixth head of the beast exactly as written in the Biblical record's prophecies. [See Rev. 17:5; also Revelation 17: Big Brother].
If this is the legal precedent and senile argument put forth by the US Senate, i.e., AIPAC, for the nation state of Israel to claim ownership of Jerusalem, then it appears that the US Congress will have to acquiesce to the native American Indian population, as they can lay claim to all the land of the United States based on their continuous presence for 10,000 years. [See US Indian Nations].
7 The seven heads of the beast are the Babylonians, Persians, Greek, Roman, Ottoman [five are fallen, Rev. 17:10], Edom/Babylon the Great [one is] and Gog-Magog [and one is not yet come] empires. The ten horns are the ten nations of Israel in the last days in Genesis 49. [See the Feature article, Ten Horns, Ten Nations]. In other words, this is the continuation of the prophetic Biblical story from Genesis to Revelation.
8 A tar baby is a difficult problem or situation that is only made worse by attempts to extricate oneself with the implication of it being an unforeseen trap.
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