Thursday, October 1, 2015

Set Your Face Against Gog

Iran joins Russia in Syria

Are we seeing the precursor to Ezekiel 38? Frankly, I've leaned toward the idea that the prophecy deals with amassing troops in the second half of the Tribulation, but there has always been the possibility that it would precede and precipitate the rise of the Ten Horns. A few more players would have to come on the field to make it truly an Ezekiel 38 fulfillment, so it's not there yet. Regardless, it's very interesting to see this turn of events.

Bears watching, I'd say.


Anonymous said...

Looks like things leading up to Isaiah 17 don't you think?

SLW said...

I take Isaiah 17 to have been fulfilled in the days of Tiglath-Pileser.

Anonymous said...

It is still a city till this day?
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,

SLW said...

"Till this day" isn't actually relevant to the text. All that is necessary in order for events to align with the Hebrew text was that the city become a heap of ruins and not truly a "city " at the time of the fulfillment. That did occur after the siege of Tiglath-pileser, who burned the place to the ground, and exiled much of the population. Jerusalem suffered a similar fate later in time, prophesied by similar language, but which did not prevent it from retaining a body of residents, keeping its recognition as a place, or existing today as a city. Besides, this is coupled with the de-fortification of Ephraim and the depopulation of Gilead, which did occur as well during the Assyrian invasions. The thought that it would cease being a city forever is most likely based upon a variant reading informed by the Septuagint.