“The burden against Damascus.
‘Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.’”
Many prophecies had both near and far fulfillment. In other words, the prophet was speaking of events that would transpire in or around his lifetime, as well as foreshadowing future events. It seems clear, Isaiah is doing that here. Since Jehovah is the one true and living God, and not merely the God of Israel, every nation and people will stand before Him to give account for their actions. In addition to explaining the consequences of Israel’s actions, Isaiah goes on to speak to Damascus, Syria, of the judgment that awaits it.
History records the fall of Damascus to the Assyrian forces. This event took place in the mid 700′s B.C. Not only was the city defeated, but the inhabitants were taken as prisoners of war to Assyria. It is apparent, at least part of Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled at that time. However, if we look more closely, we see he predicts Damascus ceasing to be a city. This portion of the prophecy has undoubtedly not been fulfilled yet, and is speaking of a future event.
The events transpiring on the world stage today are quite interesting. Syria is in the midst of a horrible civil conflict and is facing the threat of outside attack. Many experts suggest any outside retaliation will turn the events in Syria into a global conflict.
I am not implying these events are a fulfillment of Isaiah’s words. Nevertheless, we would be foolish to ignore a wake up call to the reality of the soon return of Christ. This might be a good time to consider the words of Paul,
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”