Who will side with whom if Syria explodes?

A Syrian flag flutters in Damascus, Syria April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho - RC182D9FAF80
A Syrian flag flutters in Damascus, Syria April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho – RC182D9FAF80

Alarabiyra: If anything is going to set off a major conflagration in Syria, it won’t be the recent bombing of Assad’s chemical plants by the US, UK and France, over his military’s use of chemical weapons, all indications are that the spark will come from Iran’s arrogant military activities.

With the Iranians controlling Lebanon’s borders through its proxy Hezbollah, plus having its troops and militias in virtual control of Iraq, the regime is now in the final stages of taking over Syria, with Bashar al-Assad confined to being the mullah’s puppet.

With Iran strengthening its position in Syria, it has left Israel up in arms over its arch enemy closing in on its borders, which leaves Russia fearful that its own plans for Syria might be in jeopardy, should Israel decide to intervene in a big way. more …

Opinion: The future of Syria and the Middle East is a major source of consternation and speculation to secular ME analysts, and politicians.

Adding to the tension, Russia is planning to move its highly valued S-300 missile defense system into Syria and has issued stern warnings to Netanyahu not to attempt to destroy it upon delivery.

In this August 27, 2013, photo, a Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, file)

Bible prophecy records that a major event will take place in Syria in conjunction with two wars that will change everything:

Damascus is destroyed in one night Isa. 17:1,14

Psalm 83 alliance of Arab nations attack Israel Ps. 83:1-8

War of Gog and Magog (Russian-led alliance attack Israel) Ez. 38-39

The debate centers around the order in which these events take place and when they will occur in relation to the 7 year time of Jacob’s trouble.

In our paper Bible Prophecy 101 chapters 6 and 10 (home page), we compiled a possible order of events from five prophecy scholars including: John Walvoord, Jack Kinsella, Jack Kelley, Jimmy DeYoung and Joel Rosenberg.

While the secular Al Arabiya headline asks who will side with whom, Ezekiel 38:13 indicates that no nation will come to Israel’s aid and in Ezekiel 38:21-23 we find out Who does.

What we try to do every day is study the Scriptures to watch for clues.

We welcome opinions.


  1. Author: Good point regarding standing on the broad shoulders of those who “went before!” My point may have been better said “Let’s not get complacent and just rely only on the “trail blazers.” All of us should practice good Berean due diligence in our study of Scripture lest we become too dependent upon these “shoulders” and look upon them as Pharisaical without error. The papacy and rabbinic Judaism have this in common.

  2. Psalm 37 you and I are in the same mind groove! Many of the above mentioned prophecy commentators have an aged prophetic outlook that lacks a certain ongoing revelation as we progress further into the end time. Walvoord, for example, was cutting edge 50 – 60 years ago but more has unfolded and more detail in understanding has happened since. This is not to say that this giant of eschatology was wrong, only that his cutting edge detail back then is now more of a general nature today. Per Daniel 12:9, “These words are closed up until the time of the end.” Essentially meaning that as we trundle into the end time more and more will be revealed, and for those who are attentive, greater understanding will be imparted. None can stake claim as having the final picture. This “picture” of ever unfolding prophecy can be attained by anyone who with the aid of the Holy Spirit can gain illumination, through Scripture, into prophecy. J D Farag is one example. Bill Salus and Jan Markell are two others.

    Regarding DeYoung, you are spot on! The Davidic Covenant lays claim that the the Son of David is the Messiah or the King of the Jews. At the moment He is acting as as our (believers) intercessor, but soon He will be donning His Warrior-King mantle (Revelation 5) as He receives the seven sealed scroll from the Father to be opened in chapter 6. He just hasn’t made final claim to His throne at this moment (Psm 110).

    We have a tendency to rely on those who continue to be in the “spotlight,” and not be good Bereans in our own right (Acts 17:11). Consequently, we inadvertently allow the occasional “Pharisee” to develop who know all even if they are in error.

    • It is true that we often rely on prophecy teachers that did not have the benefit of revelations that are happening on a daily basis. I should have added Hal Lindsey to that list because despite a few predictions that caused him a lot of criticism, if not for Hal and the late Jack Kinsella, who wrote for Hal, I and several others would not have their broad shoulders to stand on today. BTW, Jimmy DeYoung’s Saturday radio program is one of my favorite ways to check on news events that I may have missed during the week.

  3. When I was about 5 and 6 years old I had a few very frightening recurring dreams. I had later discovered that one of the images that were in those dreams was the inside of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (I had never seen it before the dreams), and another was the photo in this article, minus the blue signs in it. One of the strange things is that the image in this photo in this article was actually indoors though, and there was a lot more to it.

    I have not come to any conclusion as to the order of how these things unfold. One thing I have remained skeptical about are some of the teachings of Jimmy DeYoung. He was a guest speaker at my church a few years ago. And he had upset a lot of congregants by saying a few things. One thing that upset me the most was that he had said, “We are not to refer to Jesus as the King. He has not taken that authority yet. It is wrong to call Him something He is not.” I stood up and quoted him scriptures that proved him otherwise. He decided to argue his point so I walked out. Several others had followed me out. People were not at all happy with some of the things he was saying. I get very upset when a “Christian” such as DeYoung claims that Jesus is not the King. I believe the Roman soldier at the cross way more than Jimmy DeYoung. The soldier said, “Truly you are the King of kings.”

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