War in Syria a sign that Jesus is returning?

Congress is meeting today to hear President Obama’s case for a strike against Syria.

Obama said today he wants the U.S. to send a clear message to Syrian President Bashar Assad that hampers his ability to use chemical weapons.

Obama said he wants the American people to know, quote, “This is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan.” He said action in Syria will be limited and proportional.

churchWhile the ethical implications of military action to defend people gassed by their own leaders is debatable, some Christians are wondering if the Syria conflict isn’t a harbinger of bigger things.

Like the resurrection of Jesus Christ. They point to Isaiah 17:1, which states:

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. (King James version)

Isaiah 17 goes into considerable detail about the coming destruction, which some interpret as Armageddon, heralding the return of Christ.

Christian websites have been busy lately debating whether the Syria conflict was prophesied in the Bible. Some scholars believe that this prophecy was fulfilled in 732 BC when Assyrians destroyed the city, while others are convinced that it is an “end times event yet come to pass,” according to the Christian Post.

The linking of Syria troubles to the end of days even made it into the mainstream media.

“The long prophesied end days are here,” Time Magazine quoted a blog as announcing. “With the terrorist groups that operate out of Damascus building up arms caches on the border of Israel in anticipation of another war in the near future, it may not be long before this prophecy from Isaiah 17 becomes history,” predicts another blog, it noted.

So what do you think? Is Syria a sign of something bigger?

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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