Many modern eschatology experts predict that the destruction of Damascus is the next huge prophetic event spoken of in Psalm 83, Isaiah 17:1-3, Amos 1:3-5, and Jeremiah 49:23-27. Some would say that these passages are mainly historic; that they speak of the destruction of Damascus by the Assyrians in 732 B. C. And I would partially agree with that; but since Damascus still remains a city, and Isaiah 17:1 prophesied that it will cease from being a city, this prophecy continues until Damascus is completely destroyed. Many say that this will happen soon. Why?
Because, as Bill Salus has written about, the war of Gog and Magog (in Ezekiel 38 and 39) is looming; but this war cannot begin until Damascus is destroy and Syria is rendered immobile. And the reason he says this is because Syria is not mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 passage.
As we see in the news constantly, Russia is making alliances with Iran and Syria, and we can assume that they are cooking something up for the destruction of Israel—to push them into the sea. But, as I said, since Syria is not mentioned in the Ezekiel passage, this can only mean that they will soon be rendered immobile—and Damascus destroyed!
To sum up, Bill Salus says that there are three soon scheduled events against Israel, in this order:
First, Syria will come against Israel, and as a result Damascus will be destroyed and much of Syria will be conquered. (Note: Most of modern Syria was originally promised to Israel [Numbers 34:1-12] and in the millennial kingdom they will be given this land as promised, Ezekiel 47:13-20.)
Second, Russia-Iran led forces will come against Israel and God will Intervene (Ezekiel 38, 39).
Third, the campaign of Armageddon by the Antichrist begins.
This third war, as we know, is during the Tribulation period. But any time before that period I believe all Christians will be taken up by the Lord—raptured. Are you ready to meet Him? In light of all these soon coming events His coming seems right on our doorstep. Are you ready to see Him?
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.