Zero Hedge: In a highly symbolic and ironic move to lash out at the United States for its ongoing illegal occupation of Hasakah and Deir Ezzor provinces, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad marks the first to say it “supports” Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the breakaway separatist republics in eastern Ukraine as independent (with the obvious exception of Belarus of course).
Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad vowed his country “will cooperate” with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), according to Al Jazeera, citing state media.
Damascus was among the first foreign allied governments of Russia to reportedly be briefed on Moscow’s intentions in eastern Ukraine, according to Russian media.
Speaking of Assad, a top Russian politician responsible for communications with its Syrian ally had this to say: “He said that Syria would be ready to recognize them the way it had recognized [breakaway Georgian regions of] South Ossetia and Abkhazia” after the 2008 Russian-Georgian war, Sablin told the RIA Novosti news agency.”
With the ‘recognition’ of the Russian change in status for Ukraine’s DPR and LNR, Syria is not only hitting back at the US over the years-long push for regime change via proxy war, but is also repaying its loyalty following Russia’s 2015 intervention in Syria at Damascus’ request. Russia’s military, especially its air power, decisively turned the tide of the war in favor of pro-Assad forces.
Earlier this month Russia launched military exercises off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, and just last week Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Assad for talks while he was in the country inspecting Russia’s major airbase near Latakia. Read More …
Opinion: Talk about prophecy! Syria and Russia figure prominently in 3 prophetic wars in the last days.
Some time after the church is taken up (1 Thess 4:16-17), Damascus, capital of Syria, will be destroyed.
“The burden against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1
Over 2 million people will perish, and that may be all the incentive needed for an all out Arab attack bringing all of Israel’s neighbors into an alliance as foretold:
“They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more. With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you” Psalm 83:4.
What is interesting is that Syria is represented by Assyria …
“For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot.” (Psalm 83:5-8)
… which encompasses northern Syria and part of Iraq.
The next prophecy is about Russia, found in Ezekiel 38-39. God calls a Russian prince, Gog, whom He is against (Ez. 38:1-2). Gog brings the alliance to wipe out the Jewish state and none of the Psalm 83 nations join in, indicating they have been wiped out.
Gog brings Turkey, Iran and at least 4 north African nations (Ez. 38:3-6), in a another attempt to wipe out the Jewish state, but God has other plans:
God intervenes and the alliance is wiped out.
Ezek. 38:21-23 “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”
The final prophecy regarding Syria is found in the final war of mankind, the seeds of which appear to have been sown in 323 BC.
After his death at age thirty-three from alcoholism and depression, Alexander’s kingdom was divided among his four generals, fulfilling Daniel 11:4.
Cassander: Macedonia, Greece, and Asia Minor
Lysimachus: Southeast Europe, Bulgaria
Ptolemy: Egypt, king of the south, Daniel 11:5
Seleucus: Syria, king of the north, Daniel 11:6
While the kings of the north and south fought for control, Israel was tossed about like a leaf in the wind. In the final war of Armageddon, four empires will fight for global dominance against Antichrist.
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.” Daniel 11:40
- King of the South: Egypt, nations to the south of Israel(Dan. 11:40)
- King of the North: Syria, and nations to the north of Israel (Dan. 11:40)
- Western Alliance, Beast Army of Antichrist – revived Roman Empire (Psalm 2:1-4; Rev. 16:14, 19:19)
- Kings of the East – China, nations to the east of Israel (Rev. 16:12)
The victor is Jesus Christ who will defeat the Antichrist with the “brightness of His coming” 2 Thessalonians 2:8.