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Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Ruinous" Heap?

By Justin Edwards

When was the last time you used or heard the word, "ruinous"? I just asked my wife the same question. She answered, "well, I don't know....maybe in the Bible where it talks about Sodom and Gomorrah being a ruinous heap?" I responded that was close, and I then read Isaiah 17:1, "The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap."

What's more, as Michael Mickey points out, the Jerusalem Post staff incidentally or intentionally used the same word. I think the latter is more likely. I don't recall ever hearing "ruinous" being used outside the context of Isaiah 17:1. I personally think the usage by the jpost staff is rather remarkable. War in the Middle East could spark at any moment. It's imperative your priorities are in order - we are one day closer to the return of Christ. Are you ready?

Syria: Next War with Israel Will Be Ruinous

Michael G. MickeyBy Michael G. Mickey

In yesterday's commentary, I wrote of reports that Lebanon was blasting large areas of rock near the Lebanese-Syrian border to build a staging area for the deployment of Syrian tanks, presumably in preparation of Syria getting involved in what we can be sure is on the horizon, another military conflict between Israel and her enemies.

Today's headline in The Jerusalem Post, perhaps by the design of its staff, seems to make reference to Isaiah 17. It reads "Syria warns: Next war will be ruinous".

Ruinous? If that doesn't take one's mind to Isaiah 17:1, nothing will!

Isaiah 17:1: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

In the Jerusalem Post article, we find that Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari, after what has been a quietened level of rhetoric between the two nations following a period of ominous declarations made by each side several weeks ago, today stirred the coals of conflict once again, warning "Israel that any new Mideast war would be catastrophic for the region and beyond."

The following is an excerpt from the JP article highlighting some of the recent saber rattling that has taken place between the two:

Syria's foreign minister warned Israel earlier this month that any new war would reach Israeli cities, to which Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded that the Syrian army would be defeated and its regime would collapse in any future conflict.

Based on everything being said, both by Israel and Syria, the probability of a military conflict exploding in the Middle East at any moment - potentially elevating rapidly to prophetic, downright wrath of God levels - is very high.

Today Damascus is here, but tomorrow? Who knows? Things are that tense.

Keep looking up! Our redemption draweth nigh!

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