Q. I hear a lot these days in the secular news about the probability of Israel preemptively attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. I also read (almost exclusively) by Christian teachers that Damascus is going to be destroyed, most likely by a nuclear attack. You yourself have stated that you believe it could happen before the rapture. Do you think these two events could somehow be related?
Warnings about Iran’s potential nuclear capabilities are constantly in the news. Damascus, on the other hand, seems to be under the radar. Is there any reason
it would be attacked in light of current events? Could an attack by Israel against Iran somehow lead to involvement by Syria? Does the Bible say anything about Iran and Syria in this context?
A. Since Syria is such a vocal enemy of Israel’s and since Syria is not mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 line-up although you’d expect them to be, a number of scholars have concluded (and I agree) that the destruction of Damascus will likely precede the Battle of Ezekiel 38. That means it could come about as a result of an earlier flare-up, such as might be the case if Israel attacks Iran.