Why a Damascus destruction watch? Because of the fate which God promises to those who wage war against Jerusalem, coupled with Isaiah’s oracle concerning Damascus:
Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city
And will become a heap of ruins. Isaiah 17:1
A top official from Syrian President Bashar Assad’s Baath party said over the weekend that if Israel does not vacate the Golan Heights by September, Syria is prepared to begin a large- scale conflict with Israel over the territory. The Golan Heights, a mountainous area which borders both Israel and Syria, fell into Israeli hands during the 1967 war, when Syria used the territory to launch attacks against the Jewish state.
You know, I was re-reading this weekend the covenant which the Lord made with Abraham as recorded in Genesis chapter 15. The land which YHWH promised to Abraham is from the Nile River to the Euphrates River. In looking on a map, that appears to include what is today Syrian territory, as well as Jordanian. I wonder if the Lord will take advantage of Syria’s own foolishness in order to bring His word to pass.
Speaking of what is today Jordanian territory, I was also reading the blessings over Israel which the Lord put in the mouth of Balaam:
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead of Moab
and break down all the sons of Sheth.
Edom shall be dispossessed;
Seir also, his enemies, shall be dispossessed.
Israel is doing valiantly.
And one from Jacob shall exercise dominion
and destroy the survivors of cities!" Numbers 24:17-19
Moab and Edom were then where Jordan is today. When the Lord Jesus returns, He will rule the nations with a scepter of iron, we sometimes forget – He will enforce His Father’s will on the nations, and the nations will not be lawless anymore as they are today.