Q. Hal Lindsey wrote an article where he confirms your earlier prediction about the destruction of Damascus happening prior to the Rapture.
My question is, if Damascus is destroyed by Israel, how can the Ezekiel 38 come to pass, as Israel is described as a city without walls, etc? Does this have to do with the anti-Christ’s peace accord? Somehow Israel must think that nobody will bother them. At the present time, Russia, Iran, and Syria have made a pact. How could Israel not see Ezekiel 38 coming a mile away?
A. It’s nice to know that if I’m wrong I’ll be in good company. One of the most difficult parts of interpreting prophecy is when we’re right on top of events. We look at all the details and wonder how God will bring it all to pass. Although it doesn’t sound logical, the closer we get the more speculation is involved, because we’re dealing with detail, not perspective. So the following is pure speculation.
If the current situation escalates and Damascus gets destroyed the world may finally see the necessity of helping to protect Israel’s borders. This crisis began with a violation of Israel’s borders, after all, and will have ended with the destruction of two countries. There’s already talk of an international force to keep southern Lebanon free of Hezbollah militants. Such an agreement could cause Israel to relax somewhat, especially if their southern border situation is also included. Then it would simply require a betrayal by the international force to permit a surprise attack.
If all that happened it would be a repeat of the situation occurring now. All the strength the Hezbollah is currently showing was developed under the noses of a UN peacekeeping force that’s been stationed in southern Lebanon since 2000. The US was certain that Israel would destroy Hezbollah in a few days. Apparently no one was aware of the extent of their preparation for this confrontation, not even the UN observers stationed there to watch them. The whole world, including Israel, has been taken by surprise.
Where diplomats are concerned, we should never underestimate their ability to blindly repeat past mistakes.