The Stage Won’t Be Un-Set

Isaiah 17 & Ezekiel 38 in the News

OK, this post is definitely geared more toward fellow students of prophecy. If you are not familiar with Bible prophecy—specifically related to Isaiah 17 (the sudden destruction of Damascus), and Ezekiel 38 (Russian/Iranian led attack on Israel)—then this post may be a bit foreign to you.

I preface this post in that way because the goal of this site is to introduce people to the basics of Bible prophecy and their relevance to life today—to gently wake the bride (the church) to the season in which we find ourselves.

Many prophecy experts think that the sudden destruction of Damascus will be the catalyst that triggers Ezekiel 38. These 2600+ year old prophecies have not been fulfilled as of yet. Damascus, though ravaged by the Syrian Civil War, still stands and still has people living there.

In fact, recent news reports inform us that Iran is setting up shop in Damascus and has been laying the groundwork for a highway from Tehran to the Mediterranean Sea—in essence building a caliphate with clearly stated plans to destroy Israel.

Recent (within the past year) airstrikes by Israel against weapons convoys (gifts from Iran to Hezbollah), and an Iranian built missile factory near Damascus, along with the recent news of an Iranian build up in Damascus makes one wonder how close we are to Isaiah 17. We’re not told who destroys Damascus and how it is destroyed, but surrounding verses suggest it’s during conflict with Israel.

Given the current events we see unfolding and the knowledge that caches of chemical weapons are very likely stored in and around Damascus, the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy seems to be nearing. With ISIS contained and the Syrian Civil War brought to a low simmer, Russian and Iranian attention seems to be turning southward toward the mountains of Israel.

For my fellow prophecy students and ministries, here’s what I’m getting to with this post. I had always wondered about the logic behind the fact that Ezekiel 38 involved nations that were at least one country removed from Israel’s borders, yet they attack with ground forces from Israel’s north.

In other words, the attack would have to come from Syria, but Syria is not listed as one of the attackers. If the stage is indeed being set for Isaiah 17 (Vs. 1, Vs. 14) and Ezekiel 38 (and I believe it is), then the Syrian Civil War has served to allow Russia and Iran to form their long prophesied and unprecedented partnership and presence in the mountains north of Israel. Syria is not listed as an attacker because she is a powerless puppet regime, held up only by Russia and Iran who are calling all shots.

Another interesting thing is that Russia’s “hook in the jaw” now takes many possible forms. Trying to establish her presence in the middle-east has been sheer pragmatism by Russia who desires to reassert her former strength. But in order to maintain her grip, she would instantly be pulled into major conflict if Israel preemptively strikes or retaliates against Iran’s growing presence in Damascus.

Russia’s need to control the area may also give her greedy eyes related to Israel’s recent massive oil and gas discoveries. These and several other factors could serve as the hook in the jaw that drags Russia into leading the attack.

We can speculate about the nature of the hook in the jaw, but there is no doubt we are seeing the ground work laid for the relatively soon fulfillment of these ancient prophecies.

When you stop and think about the possibility of current events taking shape exactly as foretold in Scripture, and that they (particularly Ezekiel 38) are end-time prophecies, you realize how close we may be to the rapture—which I believe will happen just before or during these coming events.

I don’t see anyway possible that current conditions could deescalate. In other words, the stage will not be un-set. Developments may move quickly, or slowly, but at some point the fulfillment of these prophecies will occur—and we are witnessing daily stage-setting.

Add this to the convergence of other signs (i.e.. mass shootings, record breaking natural disasters, etc.) and you may find yourself looking up a bit more often. For the watching eye and the waiting heart, it’s clear we’re in the season of the Lord’s return.

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20 thoughts on “The Stage Won’t Be Un-Set

  1. Hi Todd – Thanks for the well written article! I’m with you 100% on this topic. Even if somehow things could ‘de-escalate’ just imagine how it would ever be possible to put the pieces back in place. Do-overs just don’t happen in geopolitics, prophetic signs, alignment of nations, etc. It’s on top of us right now! (or should I say, we are on top of it?!)

    Keep up the good work in getting the truth out to those that need to know! (which is everyone!)

    Blessings on your ministry!

  2. It is heart warming to find more people like you studying and knowing the bible prophecies. I am amazed at so many churchgoers that just look at one with a glaze in their eyes, when i talk of world events and the table set for the soon rapture.
    God bless your mimistry.

  3. Hi, I discovered your information on Revelation 12 Daily. After the disappointment of not going “home” on September 23, I still hunger for the rapture and long to be with our Lord Jesus. Keep up the good work. I do have a question: the Bible says Israel would be burning weapons for 7 years ( the tribulation) how do you burn metal guns and ammunition? Larry

    • Thanks Larry. I’ve seen different views on the burning of the weapons. Some prophecy experts believe the weapons are nuclear (or some type of energy) in nature that can be formatted to use as energy. Other experts think that perhaps an EMP (via war or solar event) renders computer operated weapons useless, so crude wooden (and metal) weapons are used by the attackers. I tend to think Ezekiel was describing nuclear weapons based on how the clean up is handled (experts come and look for contaminated remains, then another set of experts comes to remove them and place the remains downwind in the valley). I hope that helps! I guess we’ll see once it all unfolds.

  4. Hi Todd, a few observations on Iran

    Daniel 9:27
    He shall confirm a covenant with many for a week
    but in the middle of the week
    he shall bring an end to the sacrifice.

    Iran confirmed the nuclear deal with many nations
    ( with the six great nations of the world)

    Iran insisted that the deal must be for seven years
    ( Iran could have agreed to the deal on their own terms though not openly)

    Iran signed the basic deal during the beginning of 2014.
    ( It is now 3.5 years since then)

    Iran is now nearing Israel’s border and is threatening Israel.
    Mr. Trump has decertified the Iran nuclear deal.

    The world called this deal the ” historic deal ” which will bring peace
    But Mr. Netanyahu called this deal the “historic mistake ” that will threaten the world

    Much of the political talk among the great nations of the world is about this deal.
    Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia all support the deal while US doesn’t

    The deal seems to drive a wedge between the supporters and non supporters.

    If the Iran deal happens to be the fulfilment of Daniel 9:27
    then 2014- 2017 could have been the Tribulation Period
    and we may be soon entering into the Great Tribulation Period

    The abomination of desolation will happen soon
    and the rapture will happen soon after that

  5. Good evening Mr Hampson.
    I studied the bible for a long tome now. Why is North Korea not mentioned in the bible?
    There is a lot of nucleair exercise going over there right now. I think this is going to be the start of a terrible worldwar. North Korea provocates, Amerika reacts. When this war starts, China and Russia wil react. With Russia, Iran wil react. In this war, Iran wil use this war to start war against Israël. Al hell is gonna break lose pretty soon and it will end as been prophesied.
    I’m so tired of hearing these wardrums beating. I guess we better go home to our Lord Jesus.
    God bless,brother’s and sisters.

    • Thanks for chiming in Howard. That is the view some hold. I tend to think that is a second battle that references the first. Similar to how someone might say “that was my Waterloo moment”, referring to an earlier significant battle. Have a great day and thanks for joining the conversation.

      • “And David my servant shall be king over them, and they shall have one shepherd…” Eze 37:24
        King David has been dead 3000 years; he returns as King with Jesus as the Shepherd after the 2nd Coming.

  6. There are many Bible Prophecy scholars out here who do not have websites, books, or videos, but are following events closely. I am one of them. I am a retired marine, who lives in Jerusalem, and works in “other areas”. It is plain to me that Jesus Christ is coming very very soon. open source intelligence, global politics, geopolitical shifting, and most of all, the Bible points to this. If you want the truth, its there, a little digging but it is there. Great films, websites, books all exist to piece the Bible together even for the fence sitter int he arena. I did a couple of Power Points on this subject, a log book, and constant reading the “intell”, like Condi Rice did as Sec State for her job. Like a reconnaissance marine on security at 2 am while your team is catching “Z”s after a long day of patrolling, you must stay vigilant….but you need not be a genius. The key; you are indwelled with the Holy Spirit and Discernment, once you are a believer, so all you need to do is read, and not just wait, but do your secular job, and live your life the way you should, and be a christ example…oh and tell people the scoop. Not that hard at all….sort of!

    • Thank you so much for serving our country James! And thank you for sharing about prophecy and for your encouragement to me. I bet you have a unique perspective being in the epicenter. Keep up the great work brother.

  7. I so agree with you Todd. Israel is 70 in May with Pentecost on the 20th could this be the latter rain Joel 2 talks about – the greatest global revival the world has ever seen followed by the rapture of the church on Rosh Hashanah. I believe Jesus was born on Rosh Hashanah, the church will leave on Rosh Hashanah and the army will return on Rosh Hashanah. Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts and He will fulfill the fall feasts.