DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state-run news agency says Islamic State militants have launched an attack on a government-held village in central Syria, killing at least eight people and wounding scores.
SANA says soldiers were confronting Tuesday’s attack in Mabuja in the east of the central province of Hama.
Meanwhile, websites affiliated with extremist groups claimed the militants “liberated” the village, seizing four checkpoints and killing and capturing dozens of people. The reports could not be immediately confirmed.
Mabouja is about 25 kilometers from Salamiyah, a town in Hama province where many minority Shiite Ismailis reside.
Central Syria is a patchwork of communities, with many minority Christians, and Ismailis and Alawites, both Shiite offshoots. These communities mainly back President Bashar Assad and fear attacks by extremists among the mostly-Sunni rebels fighting to topple him.
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PROPHECY AGAINST DAMASCUS – The Burden of Damascus
In the last days, Jesus warned us of specific events that will take place in Israel and Syria. We have already witnessed one of the worst humanitarian destructions to a war torn Syria. However, more is to come. As Isaiah 17 tells us, In the very near future, Damascus will once again play a major role in prophecy, its destruction will occur in “one day” and trigger the confederacy mentioned in Psalm 83, and the war.
As a side note, the Apostle Paul (Saul) was on the road to Damascus when he first encountered Jesus, around noon. This entire event changed Paul’s life, and history. If you want to read more, see Acts 9:1-9.
- After this encounter with Jesus, God changed Saul’s name to Paul. We see throughout the bible where names are changed once the person is “saved.” We too will have our names changed as Revelation 2:17 tells us.
As Isaiah 17 tells us, the future conflict between Damascus and Israel, is the last fulfillment of this prophecy. The fact that Damascus is standing as a super city today, tells us that this in fact is a partially unfilled prophecy.The event that is still waiting to manifest is the complete annihilation of Damascus, “a ruinous heap” and made “uninhabitable.” While there has been damage to Damascus in the past, it has never been completely destroyed. Isaiah further tells us tha that one day, the city will cease to exist, and there will be a historical absence of the coalition nations prophesied to attack Israel. The good news, we learn later on, is that these groups are ultimately destroyed by God, and that the remnants of Israel cry out, and are saved.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean – Isaiah 17:1-4 (KJV).
According to these verses, the cities of Aroer, which are located on the northern bank of the Arnon River just east of the Dead Sea,(which is drying up along with Euphrates, another prophecy being fulfilled) will also be barren, the cities in northern Israel will also be destroyed, and the few who remain in Aram, a few miles southeast of Damascus, will meet the same destruction and end as those of these northern Israeli cities. We also see where this will be the pre-cursor event into Psalms 83. Israel will then be invaded by armies from Jordan, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. As we know, Israel is surrounded by these nations and they are filled with enemies today!
Isaiah 17:12 are the same nations that sign a treaty against the Lord in Psalms 83:5-8: Look at these verses:
The Modern Day Regions and Nations