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 - also known as ISIS), 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.

By the beginning of 2016 more than 250,000 Syrians had died and more than 11 million others had been forced from their homes by the civil war and the cruel tactics of the Islamic State.

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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US House passes four bills targeting Iran's missiles, Hezbollah activity

Oct. 26, 2017 - Four bills that would impose sanctions Iran’s ballistic missile activity and Hezbollah’s terrorist practices were passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The measures have bipartisan support and are likely to be approved by the Senate. One of the bills...
...would require the president to report to Congress details of Tehran’s missile supply chain, and determine whether its program violates international law. The US would further sanction Iranian individuals and agencies involved in the missile work.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Report: Hezbollah to leave Syria to prepare for conflict with Israel - Israel Hayom

Prophetic Significance of Syria

Hezbollah chief claims Syrian regime has won the civil war

Sept. 12, 2017 - According to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah the Syrian civil war is virtually over.
{It] began in 2011 and is estimated to have claimed more than 400,000 lives. Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the conflict with support from Iran and Russia.
Source: Times of Israel

Israeli official: If Iran expands in Syria We'll bomb Assad's Palace

Aug. 28, 2019 -
A senior Israeli official warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad's palace in Damascus, according to reports in Arab media.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Kissinger: End of Islamic State Could Lead To ‘Iranian Radical Empire’

Aug. 6, 2017 -
Kissinger cautioned that ... driving out the Sunni terror group would leave a “territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut” that Iranian-trained Shia forces could occupy.
Source: Breitbart
Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Russia Warns of 'Extremely Serious' Consequences From US Strike in Syria

Apr. 7, 2017 - In the wake of Syria's chemical attack, and President Trump's retaliation against the Syrian airbase, Russian officials have expressed their anger against the U.S.
"We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the U.S. The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious,” Russia's deputy U.N. envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev characterized the U.S. strikes as one step away from clashing with Russia's military.

Source: NewsMax
Syria war: US 'disappointed' at Russia's Syria stance - BBC
Did Russia Hit Hospital To Cover Up Syrian Gas Horror? New U.S. Probe On Kremlin Involvement - Fox
Newt Gingrich: China, Russia 'Shaken' By Syria Strike - NewsMax
Syria war: Anger after Russia vetoes resolution at UN - BBC

US launches missiles into Syria in response to chemical weapons attack

Apr. 6, 2017 -
The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians.
At least 50 Tomahawk missiles struck an airbase at Shayrat, the base was used as the staging point for Tuesday's chemical weapons attack on rebel-held territory.

In a speech, President Trump said, "Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror."

Source: Fox
Realtime Coverage - Google
Trump strikes Assad in dramatic turning point in Syrian civil war - Jerusalem Post
Full transcript: President Trump statement on Syria strikes -
"My fellow Americans, on Tuesday Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of God should ever suffer such horror.

"Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched. It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the U.N. Security Council.

"Years of previous attempts at changing Assad's behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically. As a result the refugee crisis continues to deepen and the region continues to destabilize, threatening the United States and its allies.

"Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.

"We ask for God's wisdom as we face the challenge of our very troubled world. We pray for the lives of the wounded and for the souls of those who have passed, and we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will in the end prevail. Good night, and God bless America and the entire world. Thank you."

- Politico
US missiles blast Syria; Trump demands 'end the slaughter' - Associated Press
Full Coverage of Syria Attack - Fox
How the World Reacted to President Donald Trump's Air Strike On Syria - Time
Syria airstrikes: International community reacts to US bombing of airfield - Fox
Putin Calls U.S. Syria Strike Aggression, Ends Airspace Pact - Bloomberg
US attack on Syria could send North Korea clear message - Fox
U.S. Strike in Syria: Israel Lauds Trump for 'Setting Example for Free World' - Haaretz (Israel)

Tillerson says coalition forming to target Assad, Trump hearing military options

Apr. 6, 2017 - Following news yesterday that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own citizens, including many children, Trump warned that the chemical strike would not be tolerated.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that “steps are underway” on an international coalition to pressure Syria’s Bashar Assad from power, as President Trump was being briefed on military options for Syria.
Source: Fox

Russia sends Syria its largest missile delivery to date, US officials say

Feb. 8, 2017 -

Russia has just sent Syria the largest shipment of missiles between the two countries to date...The shipment of 50 SS-21 short-range ballistic missiles arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus along the Mediterranean Sea in the past two days.

Source: Fox

Syria conflict: Thousands hanged at Saydnaya prison, Amnesty says

Feb. 6, 2017 -

As many as 13,000 people, most of them civilian opposition supporters, have been executed in secret at a prison in Syria... mass hangings took place every week at Saydnaya prison between September 2011 and December 2015.

Source: BBC

Syria blames Israel, threatens ‘repercussions’ over airbase strike

Jan. 14, 2017 - Explosions and fires at the Damascus military airport in Syria were reported by the Syrian state-run Sana news agency. They said missiles wre fired by Israel at 3:00 a.m. from near the Sea of Galilee.

Activists quoted by the [Saudi] al-Arabiya news outlet said several high-ranking officials in the regime of Syrian president Bashar Assad were killed in the bombing.

Source: Times of Israel

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