The question is often asked, "Where is Syria in prophecy?" How significant was the surprise bombing by Israel of a secret nuclear development site in Syria in 2011? When will the Isaiah 17 prophecy of the utter destruction of Damascus, their capital, be fulfilled? Syria's capital, Damascus, is considered the oldest continually-inhabited city on Earth, but Isaiah predicted its sudden destruction in the distant future.

Psalm 83 may also describe a war between Israel and her neighbors that will have the support of Assyria (Including modern Syria), but this war is different from the even-greater future war of Gog and Magog (Russia with Iran and other major Islamic countries). One would expect that war to include Syria, but it is not mentioned, perhaps because it will have already been eliminated by then.

One possible scenario that would include all these factors would be an escalation of the current tensions between Israel and the Palestinians so that a regional war erupts. Russia and Iran would not be involved directly because the time is not yet right for the War of Gog and Magog, but Syria might take the lead in the regional war against Israel. If Israel were to suffer an attack from Syria by a weapon of mass destruction, they could respond with overwhelming force to utterly destroy Damascus.

Another possibility is that the current civil war in Syria could spiral out of control and Syria's own known weapons of mass destruction would be used against Damascus, rendering it uninhabitable.

An intense civil war began in 2011, resulting in more than 190,000 deaths and some three million refugees leaving the country. In 2014 one of several rebel forces, The Islammic State of Syria, Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a break-off group from al Quaeda, declared the establishment of the Islamic State, a new Islamic caliphate. It took control of large portions of Syria and Iraq by expremely brutal means including beheadings and crucifixions.

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.

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Eastern European smugglers shopping nuclear material to ISIS, other terror groups

Oct. 7, 2015 - Four times during the past five years the FBI has stopped gangs with Russian connections from selling radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists. Matthew Bunn, a Harvard professor who is an expert on security of Russia's nuclear arsenal, said,

"In the age of the Islamic State, it's especially terrifying to have real smugglers of nuclear bomb material apparently making connections with real buyers."

Source: Fox

Prophetic Significance of Syria

With Russia’s Dep. Army Chief due in Israel, Moscow posts 64 S-300 ship-to-air missiles off Syria, N. Israel

Oct. 5, 2015 -

The Russian Defense Ministry announced the surprise deployment of Navy cruiser, the Moskva, armed with 64 advanced anti-aircraft missiles S-300 ship-to-air missiles opposite the Syrian coastal town of Latakia.

The effect of this move will be to force a "no fly" area over Lebanon andSyria. American, Turkish, British, Israeli and Jordanian air forces will at least need to coordinate their actions with Russia or risk being shot down.

Source: DEBKAfile

CIA-backed rebels, civilians reportedly targeted by Russian airstrikes in Syria

Oct. 10, 2015 - US officials claim that Russia's first airstrikes were in the areas where anti-Assad rebels--funded and trained by the CIA-- were located.

None of the four areas targeted by Russian planes Wednesday contained ISIS fighters and called Moscow's claim that it was helping the U.S.-led coalition defeat the terror group "baseless."

Realtime Coverage of Russia/Syria Striles - Google
Russian airstrikes in Syria leave U.S. scrambling for response - CNN
Chinese warplanes to join Russian air strikes in Syria. Russia gains Iraqi air base - DEBKAfile
Update Oct. 5, 2015 - Turkey intercepts Russian jet in its air space - CNN

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria; U.S. warns of new concerns in conflict

Sept. 30, 2015

In Washington, the dramatic escalation of Russia’s military involvement was viewed as an affront just two days after President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin [discussed] means for negotiating the deep differences in their countries’ approaches to the conflict in Syria.

Source: Washington Post
Krauthammer on Russians targeting ISIS: ‘Everyone knows it is a lie’ - Fox
Franklin Graham: Russian Air Strikes May Prevent Christian Bloodbath - NewsMax

Russians tell US to remove warplanes from Syria as Putin gets go-ahead to send troops

Sept. 30, 2015 -

Russian diplomats sent an official demarche ordering U.S. planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory. U.S. military sources told Fox News that U.S. planes would not comply with the Russian demand.

Russia's demand came just moments after Russian lawmakers formally approved a request from Putin to authorize the use of troops in Syria.

Source: Fox
Obama has turned Putin into the world’s most powerful leader - NY Post
Top NATO general: Russia building anti-access bubble over Syria - Jerusalem Post

Syria War Dominates UN as Strained Ties Hamper Obama, Putin

Sept. 29, 2015 -

With Russia sending troops and weapons to bolster embattled President Bashar al-Assad, the deteriorating situation in Syria took center stage on the first day of the annual UN General Assembly.

Dealing with Syria's war is increasingly difficult. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the nation's uprising against the Assad government. ISIS has taken advantage of the chaos to try to build a new Islamic caliphate. the US is against Assad, but won't attack him. Iran and Russia back him and have moved into the country with force to stabilize his government. Explosions have spread into Israel's northern territory and Israel has responded with air strikes. Obama and Putin discuss the matter at the UN, but disagree about Assad.

Source: Bloomberg
'Israel concerned with build-up of Iranian forces in Syria near Golan border' - Jerusalem Post
A chilling handshake between Obama and Putin, while Syria disintegrates -The Guardian UK

Syria and Iraq are awash with Russian, Iranian, and Chinese weapons

Sept. 27, 2015 -

A large amount of the Russian, Iranian, and Chinese ammunition flooding the battle zones were likely looted by ISIS and other jihadists from Syrian military bases. Iran and Russia both directly provided arms to the Assad regime in 2014.

Source:Business Insider
A Chinese aircraft carrier docks at Tartus to support Russian-Iranian military buildup - DEBKA
France launches airstrikes against ISIL in Syria - USA Today

Russian military build-up in Syria ‘unprecedented,’ officials say

Sept. 10, 2015 -U.S. officials are calling a Russian military build-up Syria "unprecedented."

Two U.S. officials who have reviewed the latest intelligence told Fox News that satellite imagery reveals more flights of massive Russian An-124 "condor" military cargo planes landing in Syria. They are offloading ... Russian marines, and armored vehicles.

Source:Fox News

Syria conflict: Number of refugees passes four million

July 9, 2015 - According to the United Nations:

More than four million Syrians - a sixth of the population - have fled abroad to escape the conflict in their country... More than seven million others have been displaced inside Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011.

Source: BBC

IS militants 'enter Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus'

Apr. 1, 2015 - Palestinian officials say that Islamic State (IS) militants have taken control of large parts of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

The UN says about 18,000 Palestinian refugees are inside the camp.

Source: BBC

Iran Building Missile Sites in Syria

Jan. 1, 2015 -
Iranian military leaders admitted this week to building and operating missile-manufacturing plants in Syria, where it was also revealed that Tehran is helping to build a secret nuclear facility.
Just a few days ago Germany’s Der Spiegel revealed that Iran has been helping to build a secret nuclear facility in Syria, where their program will not be hampered by international nuclear inspectors.
Source: Free Beacon
Report: Syria's Assad building facility for the production of nuclear weapons - Jerusalem Post

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