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Sadly, the people of Syria will be no exception. It also says that GOD will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus which will consume the palaces of the city and of the leadership and prominent people of Syria. Damascus] is forsaken, the joyful city. I will also break the gate bar of Damascus, And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven, And the one who holds the scepter from Beth Eden.
Regardless of what people or region might be specifically referred to in the Bible, the Living Bible has the following interesting annotation to Amos We can safely say that in the end time, Syria and Damascus will be destroyed. Remember that in ancient times, the king of Assyria, Tiglath-Pileser, destroyed Damascus and enslaved the Syrians. Remember, as well, that the ancient king of Assyria fought the house of Israel [under King Pekah] and Syria [under King Rezin] at about the same time. This scenario could make sense in light of the possible development that the Jews might ask Germany and the modern Babylonian system for help and intervention in the Middle East as the ancient Jewish king Ahaz asked the ancient king of Assyria for help.
We know that he WILL intervene in the Middle East Daniel —not because he really wants to help the Jews or anyone else, but because it will be in his heart to destroy and cut off not a few nations compare Isaiah In conclusion, it is certain that Syria will fall in the next world war. Damascus will be destroyed and the Syrian people will go into captivity —and so will the modern descendants of the houses of Israel and Judah Hosea ; Jeremiah ; It is incumbent upon us to watch world events so as not to be caught unawares when biblical prophecies come to pass.
No one seems to know for sure what the future holds for the biblical country of Libya. Put was the son of Ham, a son of Noah Genesis ; 1 Chronicles We read in Ezekiel 30 that Egypt and her allies will fall at that time. We can take from this passage that in the very end time, Libya will be allied with Egypt and Ethiopia, and that they will fall together. A similar alliance occurred in the past with equally devastating consequences. Jeremiah 46 describes the judgment on Egypt and Pharaoh Necho through King Nebuchadnezzar verse 2 , but it is clearly a dual prophecy , as in verse 10 a reference is made particularly to the day of the LORD.
The sword shall devour; It shall be satisfied and made drunk with their blood; for the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice In the north country by the river Euphrates. He states:. They march out of Egypt, arranged in three divisions, cavalry, chariots, and infantry, to begin the campaign. The armies of Egypt were composed chiefly of mercenaries. Cush [Ethiopia] and Phut [part of Libya, see above], the Libyans of Mauritania, supplied the heavy-armed soldiers… and Ludim, the Hamite Lydians of North Africa… a weaker race, served as light-armed troops. That this prophecy clearly relates as well to end-time events has also been recognized by The Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament.
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In ancient times, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon fought against and conquered Egypt and her allies, including Libya. Since this prophecy is dual and refers particularly to the day of the Lord, it is reasonable to conclude that a modern king of a modern Babylon will be fighting against Egypt and her allies. It is indeed the beast or the king of the North—the leader over a modern Babylonian system—who will fulfill that future role.
The mercenary nature of some Libyans can also be seen in a passage in the book of Ezekiel.
As mentioned before, mystical Tyre is described in Ezekiel Libyan mercenaries are also mentioned in the third chapter of the book of Nahum , which relates to the destruction of ancient Nineveh. The book of Nahum might have dual application as well, in referring to the destruction of the capital of modern Assyria. In Nahum we read that the shepherds of the king of Assyria slumber; that his nobles rest in peace; that the people are scattered on the mountains; that no one gathers them; and that the people will rejoice when they hear of the continuing demise of the king of Assyria, who is, in modern terminology, the future leader of Germany, or the beast described in the book of Revelation.
Yet she was carried away, she went into captivity. As we explained before in chapter 1 on Egypt, the modern king of Assyria will turn against Egypt and the nations allied with her, including Libya, and enslave them. Since Libya will be allied with Egypt —and at that time apparently against Assyria see chapter 1 on Egypt —and since Egypt will be overthrown by Assyria, it appears that Libyans will also be overthrown and become captives of the Assyrians see also chapter 5 on Ethiopia. This conclusion would also be supported by the fact that anciently, King Nebuchadnezzar fought against Egypt and Libya, and that this historic event might have prophetic application.
In any event, the Libyans will be subject to modern Assyria, either because of volition or compulsion. By that time, all the Israelites and Jews, who will have survived the Great Tribulation, will have been brought back to live in the Promised Land. In conclusion , a somewhat friendly relationship between Libya and Germany when Libyan mercenaries serve in a European army under German leadership will gradually deteriorate, while an alliance between Libya and other Middle Eastern nations including Egypt and Ethiopia against Germany and Europe will develop. But then, Europe and Germany will be invaded by the modern Medes, and Libya will develop a very close relationship with Russia and China , which will be hostile towards the modern descendants of the ancient houses of Israel and Judah.
The Bible contains numerous passages that deal with the future of Iran , which was formerly known as Persia. Most commentaries and encyclopedias are in agreement that the modern-day Iranians are descendants of the ancient Elamites. Genesis and 1 Chronicles state that Elam was a son of Shem, and therefore, a brother of ancient Asshur or Assur. Susa is today known as Shush —a city in modern-day Iran.
Famous King Cyrus of Persia permitted captured Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the city and the temple. Subsequent Persian kings, such as King Xerxes, had a more or less friendly relationship with the Jewish people, specifically because of his Jewish wife, Queen Esther. In time, that friendly relationship would change, and present day Iran is viewed as one of the arch enemies of the modern house of Judah.
When Jesus Christ returns, He will free the survivors of that captivity and bring them into the Promised Land. Note from what countries the modern descendants of the houses of Israel and Judah will be freed. In this context, we should note that in the near future, Iran will participate in fighting against the state of Israel. Isaiah prophesies, in the context of the future enslavement of the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem compare verses :. And the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam!
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Besiege, O Media! Placing all the pieces of biblical prophecy in the overall puzzle, we note that in the future , Iran will be enslaved and subsequently freed from their captivity. We are not specifically told who will enslave them, and when exactly this will occur, nor when exactly the captivity will end, but in light of the Scriptures discussed so far, it appears that after their mutual attack on Jerusalem, modern Babylon —a confederacy of many nations— will turn against Iran and enslave the Iranian people; and that Russia and the Ukraine will intervene and free the Iranians; and that Russia and the Ukraine Media , together with Iran Elam , will attack modern Babylon.
Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them towards all those winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. Modern Iran will be captives [apparently of the modern Babylonian system], but they will be freed—apparently by the Medes or Russians and Ukrainians, as both will together attack modern Babylon. Note too that the context is related to a time when God will set His throne in Elam or rule over Elam.
Today, as well as in ancient times, God does not and did not rule this world; the rulers of this world are and were Satan and his demons. It is true, of course, that Satan cannot do anything that God does not allow—but still, generally, God is not ruling this world at this point. And we read that in the end time, just prior to the beginning of the Great Tribulation, Satan and his forces will try for a second time to overthrow God in heaven, and Michael and his angels will again fight against and defeat Satan and his demons in an outright spiritual war Revelation Gog is described here as the hostile prince or leader of Rosh [Russia], Meshech [Moscow] and Tubal [Tobolsk], as well as other nations and cultures.
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Meshech and Tubal, being sons of Japheth—the father of the Eurasian peoples—and brothers of Gomer and Magog compare Genesis , seem to refer here to the Great Russians. Included in this entire description are the vast regions in northern Eurasia extending from the Baltic to the Pacific. Gomer seems to designate the peoples from Asian steppes and deserts, including people from the region of Mongolia. As we have seen, the punishment of Iran will be carried out, mainly and ultimately, when God will destroy the great hostile army, as described in Ezekiel 38 and In Ezekiel , the destruction of Elam and all her multitudes is described in figurative and allegorical ways.
But there is hope for everyone, because God is not a respecter of persons.
He accepts all of those, regardless of whatever race, nation or ethnic group they might belong to, if they seek God with all their heart and mind and soul. Even though Ethiopia is not mentioned as often in the current news as countries such as Egypt, Libya, Syria or Iran, the Bible has much to say about the past and future of Ethiopia.
Indeed, Ethiopia will play an important role in the future. It was one of the first Christian countries in the world, having officially adopted Christianity as the state religion in the 4th century. It has a Christian majority and a third of the population is Muslim. Please note, however, that descendants of Cush can also be found today in other parts of the world. See chapter 4. Cush was a son of Ham, one of the three sons of Noah Genesis Cush was also the father of Nimrod Genesis Cush is identified, in Genesis , as the grandfather of Sheba.
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However, most descendants of Cush settled in what is called Ethiopia today. It is overwhelmingly accepted that the famous queen of the South, or the Queen of Sheba, who visited King Solomon to test his intelligence and wisdom, was actually the Queen of Ethiopia compare 1 Kings ; 2 Chronicles ; Matthew ; Luke Historically, we read that Moses, apparently prior to his conversion, had married an Ethiopian woman Numbers Subsequently, Zerah the Ethiopian and his great army attacked Judah under King Asa who was then a righteous king , but at that time, God helped Judah 2 Chronicles ; Later, the famous Persian king Xerxes I referred to in the book of Esther as king Ahusuerus , who married Esther, reigned over Ethiopia Esther ; They will help modern Nineveh to fight against Israel and Judah.
But we also read that this particular alliance will change—as alliances change often and quickly in wars. As we discussed in chapter 1 on Egypt, the modern king of Babylon or Assyria will attack and conquer Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya Ezekiel ; ; compare also Isaiah It could begin to happen when Ethiopia fights with Assyria against Israel, or later, when Assyria fights against Ethiopia and then transfers and settles some of its Israelite captives there.
Recall that some Ethiopians will become a part of an army, led by Russia, to invade the Promised Land. God will supernaturally destroy this hostile army. As we will see, in the Millennium, the surviving Ethiopians will subsequently turn to God. God is not a respecter of persons—he loves Ethiopia as much as Israel Amos And so, when God gives the Ethiopians a new heart and a mind to understand, they will respond.
Isaiah has this to say about the Ethiopians:. Sadly, much horror, pain and suffering will have to be endured before this glorious time can begin. The Bible says that Turkey will play a major role in the future. We need to know, of course, who Turkey is in the language of biblical prophecy, as there is much confusion in this regard. As we will see, the Turks are the modern descendants of ancient Esau or Edom, the twin brother of Jacob or Israel. Herod the Great was an Idumean. It was Herod who killed the male babies in Bethlehem and surrounding areas, from two years old and under; compare Matthew Edom is also referred to as the land of Seir Genesis It is a wild and rugged region, traversed by fruitful valleys.
The early inhabitants of the land were Horites. They were destroyed by the Edomites Deuteronomy , between whom and the kings of Israel and Judah there was frequent war [2 Chronicles ]. They were conquered by David 2 Samuel … , and afterwards by Amaziah 2 Chronicles , But this last statement is not true. As we will see, the Bible contains many prophecies about the nation of Edom for the end time; therefore, descendants of Edom must exist today.
They may not be living in the areas where they used to live, and they are not known today as Edomites, but they must exist somewhere. We also need to note that many commentaries apply end-time prophecies regarding Edom to ancient times and claim that these prophecies were already fulfilled. This is a grievous mistake, precluding those authors from realizing what is announced to happen in the near future. From that time on, Jewish tradition saw Rome as the embodiment of the continuing struggle between Jacob and Esau.
Edom is not just a symbolic reference to Rome or the modern Roman or Babylonian system in the end times, but a distinctively existing nation—which will however, to an extent and for a while, support modern Babylon in an attack against the state of Israel.