(17:1) "The burden of Damascus. Behold,
Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap."|
This verse prophesies that Damascus will be completely
destroyed and no longer be inhabited. Yet
Damascus has never been completely destroyed and
is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities.
5 September 2013 note: Now that the United States is considering the use of force in Syria, believers are claiming that Isaiah 17:1 is
being fulfilled and Armageddon is right around the corner. Even the Muslims are excited, since the Quran predicts
Jesus's return on the day of
judgment and the hadith
says he will descend on a mosque on the east side of Damascus.
The burden of Damascus. Behold,
Damascus is taken away from being a city,
and it shall be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer are forsaken: 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, saith the LORD of hosts.
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.||
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
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.||
At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect
to the Holy One of Israel.||
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.||
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.||
Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been
mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant
plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:||
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.||
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!||
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
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.