The destruction of Damascus: Syria and biblical prophecy

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Chad Groening (

An end-times scholar says the events unfolding in Syria could lead to the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy.

Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday that his country will defend itself using "all means available" in case of a U.S. strike. Walid al-Moallem said Syria has two choices: surrender or fight back, adding that it will choose the latter.

The Syrian diplomat spoke at a press conference in Damascus amid growing international support for military action against Syria in response to what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said was "undeniable" evidence of a large-scale chemical attack likely launched by the Syrian regime.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, says the Syrians’ use of chemical weapons makes her think about Isaiah 17, which foretells the complete destruction of Damascus, which hasn't happened in thousands of years.

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)"If one Israeli dies from chemicals coming from Syria, Israel is going to take the issue into her own hands,” she tells OneNewsNow. “She would do some real destruction to the city of Damascus. Israel will send a huge message to the rest of the Islamic world [that] this is what happens when you mess with us."

And while a Syrian official said Monday that Israel “will come under fire” if Syria is attacked, Markell says the Jewish nation will likely have to confront Damascus because of the weak foreign policy of President Barack Obama.

"The Middle East sees him as sort of a joke and knows they can get away with anything,” says the ministry founder. “And that's why these chemical weapons are being unleashed; it's because the tyrants of the Middle East realize America is neutralized because of her president."

French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that his country is prepared to take action against those responsible for gassing people in Syria. The French leader met with President Obama on Sunday and told him France, like Britain, would support him in a targeted military intervention.

Meanwhile, the head of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Syria could be on the "verge of the abyss" as aid workers brace for a likely increase in the nearly two-million refugees who have already fled the country's civil war.

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