I have heard a lot of Bible teachings on Damascus, but few who speak of it have ever followed through to the end of the entire scripture, as it is written in Isaiah Chapter 17 in the King James Version. Those who preach cherry pick favorite pieces and few there be who follow it to the end.
The Bible tells us of what is to come in the later days. The chapters preceding Isaiah 17 speak of the Day of The Lord and leads into chapter 17, where it speaks of Damascus in the last days as being taken away from being a city and becoming a ruinous heap. Here is where the evangelicals exclaim prophecy is coming to pass. Here is where they claim – look – look at Damascus, it is prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes. And then they move right on into all sorts of things of end times. (Almost anxious to see Damascus to become a heap.)
They forget to heed the rest of the verses in Isaiah 17. The verses where it says that yes indeed Damascas shall be attacked, but the cities of Aroer are forsaken (which are present day Jordan). It goes on to say that in that day the fortress of Ephraim (present day Great Britain) shall cease. And the kingdom of Damascas and the remnant of Syria shall be as the glory of the Children of Israel.
So what does this mean? It means you had better be on the side of defending Syria and not against her. For this is the time of shaking and the days of the Lord. He is returning and these are the things that must come to past. Damascas is God’s city too.
Read the scriptures for yourself. Amen.
17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. (Aorer is a Biblical town on the north bank of the River Arnon to the east of the Dead Sea, today it is in present-day Jordan. The town was an ancient Moabite settlement.)
3 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, saith the Lord of hosts.
4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.
7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
9 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
10 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, (Jesus the Messiah) therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
11 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us. (Spoil who? Damascas. Whose portion of woe is this? Those that go against and rob them. Do you want to be among this lot? Not I.)