Syrian Civil War – Isaiah 17

If the war in Syria was just an uprising by a people unhappy with the rule of the Assad family, this would have been over by now. And, we would all sit around our coffee tables and shake our heads at how terrible the conflict was.

As I said yesterday, it isn’t a normal civil war or anything like the violent uprisings that we’ve been used to in the past. This is an apocalyptic war to the death, and there can be no winners, except the global elites… and… eventually… the Antichrist.

But, there are a few things that must happen before the Antichrist makes his awful appearance. Ezekiel 36 through 39 must be fulfilled, the Nile must run dry, and a harsh ruler must control Egypt. I also believe that all of this will coincide – or, at least be a part of – a vast cataclysm that will convulse the world making everyone desperate for someone – anyone – to rescue them from total disaster.

But, let’s stick with Isaiah 17, for now.


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Syrian Civil War – Isaiah 17

I have another website called, and it’s a rather in-depth study on the events surrounding the coming salvation of Israel. In that site, I discuss those chapters from the Bible that SPECIFICALLY deal with the salvation of Israel in the Last Days – the time that we are living in right now. And, there can be NO question that God has been planning for this moment when the people of Israel will return to Him.

If You Oppose Israel

Those of you who say otherwise are clearly in opposition to God, and that is a very dangerous place to be. In fact, I spent a lot of time writing yet another website,, because it wasn’t healthy for brothers and sisters in Christ to be against Israel.

Truly, if you oppose Israel, you oppose God.

Now, I’m not saying that Israel is all sweetness and light. They’re not. They’re as awful and despicable as we were before we were saved – and for some of us, that’s saying a lot.

For those of you who expect Israel to be any different, you’re an idiot. Seriously.

Why do you expect people to act like they are Christian, when they aren’t?

What’s wrong with you? Have you lost your mind?

Remember that God promised to save Israel AFTER they returned to the Land, not before – Ezekiel 36:24-27. So, you anti-Zionist types need to get a life. Really. Read your Bible and get a grip on yourself. God is not happy with you, and that is a dangerous place to be.

But, let’s get back to Syria.

Back to Syria

I have a shockingly bad memory. I never can remember what I wrote, who I wrote it to, or why. I don’t remember names, numbers or dates. And, I’m impossible at answering email.


So, when I sat down to write this article, I wasn’t sure if I had said anything previously about Isaiah 17 on my Ezekiel Tetrad website (aka,

I am glad to say that I did find something. And, it is interesting to see how my perception of events in Syria had changed. However, not much has changed which is why the original article is still pretty good. That’s why I’m going to give it to you here, with a couple additional comments in [bold square brackets].

Unfortunately, adding the older article pushes this one to over 2100 words. So, all of this is going to be a bit long. (sorry!)

Isaiah 17 – via the Ezekiel Tetrad Website

[Again, this was written over a year and a half ago]

A friend of mine called me up from the Netherlands a few days ago. We talked about what we were up to and mutual friends that were still in Israel. Then we stumbled onto the subject of eschatology, and I said that the next big thing that’s going to happen is Gog and Magog and the salvation of Israel.

“No it’s not,” he responded.

I was taken aback. Here I was, incredibly knowledgeable about Israel and the Bible and eschatology, and this… this… Dutch person DARES to disagree?

“Why?” I growled menacingly.

“Damascus hasn’t been destroyed yet,” he replied – blissfully ignorant of how close he was to being rhetorically torn limb from limb.

I sat and blinked for a moment. I remembered reading something in the Bible about Damascus being destroyed, but I thought that it had already happened – and that the prophecy didn’t apply to the future.

I sputtered a bit in deflated indignation before flitting through the scriptures that referred to Damascus. Sure enough, it needed to be destroyed.

Once THAT was clear, I did a quick search of the history of Damascus and found that it had NEVER been destroyed – at least as far as we could tell.

That is an incredibly serious problem.


Well, if Damascus has never been completely destroyed, then it is going to be completely destroyed in the very near future. (There’s not a whole lot of future left in our ‘future’ – if you know what I meant.)

But, there’s worse.

It appears that a lot of Israelis are killed also. A LOT of Israelis. In fact, I can see how this fits with Zechariah 13 when it speaks about the same time frame:

Zechariah 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith Jehovah, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

If there is anyone out there that can prove that all of this has already happened, and that there is going to be no massacre of Israelis in the future…

Well, my joy would be boundless. [Really. I’m not kidding.]

However, until someone can prove that Isaiah 17 and Zechariah 13:8 have ALREADY been fulfilled, I live in dread of the future.

But, let’s start working through the terrible predictions of Isaiah 17.

Isaiah 17

1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

3 And the fortress shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith Jehovah of hosts.

4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.

5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the standing grain, and his arm reapeth the ears; yea, it shall be as when one gleaneth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

6 Yet there shall be left therein gleanings, as the shaking of an olive-tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost branches of a fruitful tree, saith Jehovah, the God of Israel.

THIS is utter destruction, an utter destruction that has never happened, except POSSIBLY during the Assyrian conquest. However, it is my understanding that Damascus was not made a ruinous heap by the Assyrians, and that they left much of it intact as a city. It was certainly a city when Alexander the Great was rampaging through the Middle East. So, as I said before, it doesn’t appear that Damascus has ever been utterly destroyed.

But, if Damascus is to be utterly destroyed, who destroys it? Who destroys Damascus?


Does the Assad regime use chemical weapons against Damascus?

Does Gog and Magog do this?

What does it mean when verse 4 says, “the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean”?

This sounds like Israelis being killed – lots and lots of Israelis being killed. And that is beyond disturbing. It’s horrifying.

Unless someone can prove to me, beyond the shadow of doubt, that all of this has happened already and that there is no possibility that this will happen in the future – I will live in dread of the near future.

This could even happen before the end of this year, 2012.

7 In that day shall men look unto their Maker, and their eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

8 And they shall not look to the altars, the work of their hands; neither shall they have respect to that which their fingers have made, either the Asherim, or the sun-images.

9 In that day shall their strong cities be as the forsaken places in the wood and on the mountain top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it shall be a desolation.

To me, this confirms my understanding that this is in our future, because the Assyrian captivity did not result in Israel looking to God.

Furthermore, do you remember these verses from Ezekiel 38?

Ezekiel 38:10 Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: It shall come to pass in that day, that things shall come into thy mind, and thou shalt devise an evil device:

Ezekiel 38:11 and thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates;

Ezekiel 38:12 to take the spoil and to take the prey; to turn thy hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and against the people that are gathered out of the nations, that have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the middle of the earth.

Both verse Isaiah 17:9 and Ezekiel 38:10-12 indicate that Israel will be rendered defenseless. Could it be that Israel will be forced to use nuclear weapons against Syria after suffering horrific civilian casualties – and that the terrible devastation in both Israel and Syria will cause the world to demilitarize the whole area?

Which would explain why Gog and Magog say that Israel is a country of unwalled villages.

[There is another possibility that an economic catastrophe could render Israel unable to maintain her military. Or, there could be an EMP attack on Israel.]

But, there is a very, very important and positive development in Isaiah 17:7:

7 In that day shall men look unto their Maker, and their eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. 

Almost any amount of horror is worthwhile if it ends in redemption, but you will forgive me if I do not look forward to seeing people that I care deeply about suffering and dying.

10 For thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength; therefore thou plantest pleasant plants, and settest it with strange slips.

11 In the day of thy planting thou hedgest it in, and in the morning thou makest thy seed to blossom; but the harvest fleeth away in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

12 Ah, the uproar of many peoples, that roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!

13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but he shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm.

14 At eventide, behold, terror; and before the morning they are not. This is the portion of them that despoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

Both verses 13 and 14 sound like Gog and Magog.

Again, if anyone can prove to me that I have the wrong interpretation of Isaiah 17, I would be truly, truly grateful.


[Over a year and a half later, and I would still be grateful if someone could conclusively prove that Israel will not suffer great trouble and great loss of life.]


At the same time, remember that Gog and Magog will be a time when God does the following:

And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord.Ezekiel 39:6

That sounds a lot like a massive solar flare and CME that will destroy the electrical and electronic infrastructure throughout a large part of the developed world.

Are you ready for this?
(That’s a link. Do more than just think about it.)


If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.


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39 thoughts on “Syrian Civil War – Isaiah 17”

  1. Brother john, With humility…..Your Dutch friend was right on- That’s what next, probably after something happens in Israel to provoke the attack that will bring Isaiah 17 to pass. When we speak of Isaiah 17, we often forget to mention Jeremiah 49:23 where the prophecy is explained in more detail…..Its says there the destruction of this ONE city in ONE day will be caused by ……….FIRE! What causes the kind of fire that destroys a huge city in one day Brother? I think you know. And personally, I think the whole thing will begin with a certain “missing” plane causing a HUGE surprise to provoke that magnitude of a response.

    God bless you and ALL the Brothers and Sisters to be READY, and MARANATHA!
    (come Lord Jesus)

    • Hi Jeremiah Jr.

      Thank you for providing a link instead of the whole text. You offer an interesting interpretation.

      One thing that you might think about is the idea that Ezekiel 36 through 39 are linked – with each chapter in this tetrad being a more specific retelling of the previous. Here’s my own link that might interest you:

      I call it the Ezekiel Tetrad.

      Keep up the good work, Jeremiah!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Could Ezeliel 35 be apart of Isaiah 17, Psalms 2, 83, etc …

        Israel’s enemies on their present day border are not listed in Ezekiel 38-39 ?

        Ezekiel 35,
        12 And thou shalt know that I am the Lord, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.

        13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.

        14 Thus saith the Lord God; When “the whole earth rejoiceth,” I will make thee desolate.

        The whole earth will rejoice when the nuke war is over, and the covenant is confirmed …. then while Israel takes down the walls thinking they are living in peace, Ezekiel 38 , etc …

        • Hi Jabez,

          I’m afraid that Ezekiel 35 has already been fulfilled. I’ve spent time in that area, and it is truly desolate. Likewise, Psalm 2. It was fulfilled with the coming of Jesus and the gospel to the Gentiles, although the ruling with a rod of Iron will come during the Millennium. And, Psalm 83 is NOT a prophetic chapter.

          Now, what I am about to say is NOT a criticism of you, Jabez. This is to everyone.

          Please, everyone. It is important to NOT draw our OWN conclusions about the Bible. We must ALWAYS allow GOD to draw conclusions for us. Psalm 83 is NOT a prophetic chapter. It never has been. It never will be.

          This is a twisting of the Bible so that someone can sell a book. You might say that this interpretation is harmless. And, I would normally agree, except that it teaches impressionable young Christians who are immature in the faith to twist the scriptures this way and that. We should be careful to NOT abuse the Bible this way.

          Please, everyone, I’m begging you. Tread carefully with the Bible. These are God’s words and we must treat them with the respect that they deserve.

          Sorry, Jabez. You probably weren’t expecting that, and I was NOT criticizing you.

          Thank you for giving me an opportunity to jump up and down and wave my arms over this issue.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

          • Thanks for your reply John,

            The “whole earth rejoiced” in the past ? Really ?

            Could you please provide more information on that world wide event, because I am unaware of when and where it happened, thanks.

            “The inner ring” of Israel’s enemies, on their present day border, that want Israel to disappear, are not listed in Ezekiel 38-39 ?

            Just trying to put it altogether in my mind, before it happens in real time.

            Thanks John

          • Hi Jabez,

            I’m not sure what you mean when you refer to “the inner ring” of Israel’s enemies described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

            One of the reasons why it is clear to me that Ezekiel 35 has already been fulfilled is that Mt. Seir is essentially lifeless already. I’ve been in and around the area, and you could set off a nuclear weapon and it wouldn’t kill very many people.

            As for ‘when the whole Earth rejoiceth’, well… when the whole Earth does rejoice, Mt. Seir won’t because there STILL won’t be people in that area to take part. There certainly aren’t any now. It really is waste-howling wilderness.

            Thank you for that comment, Jabez.

            Yours in Christ,

            John Little

  2. Dear John Little:

    From all your websites and the work you do, you are a busy gentleman (watchman). I am sorry if you thought I was misguided or anti-Zionist. I despise the Rothschild Banksters and all the evil they have brought mankind – debt enslavement. Tel Aviv is full of Rothschild projects – the Knesset, the courthouse and roads. I understand things as you do since this article re-inforces my beliefs. I should though get off the Zionist kick. However, even Israel must be punished in order to turn to God (Yahwah)/ Jesus Christ (Yeshua a Messiach). God puts people and nations through the Fire/Furnace to refine and purify like as gold. I too, over the last 3 years have gone through an experience like your own. I had a good job, was let go and have struggled to find as good a job as I had and still do struggle. But God had a purpose – for me to find people like you, Steve Qualye, Dave Hodges and Doug Hagmann. I renounced my Roman Catholic upbringing because the Vatican is Mystery Babylon and the Great Harlot that rides the Beast. My family think I am nuts. I ask that you consider analysing the first 3 chapters in the Book of Revelation, John’s (via Christ) letters to the 7 churches of Asia Minor (Turkey), in the context of the Talmud, its writings and traditions, as well as the diaspora of the Hebrews. I know, biblically, that if you curse Israel (Jacob), God will curse you. If you bless Israel, God will bless you. I know Jesus Christ is the ONLY way, the truth and the life: no one comes to the Father (God) but by me (Jesus). No matter what Satan’s plans are, God’s plan wins out, for God is the Almighty, Revelation 19-22. Thank you for everything and pray for me as I will pray for you. Remember, Religion is not about buildings, but about a Relationship with Jesus Christ. Blessed in Christ, Amen! Vielen Dank- Thank you, Norbert.

    • Hi Norbert,

      I’m sorry that I climbed all over you like that. The blind hatred that I have to deal with sometimes makes me actually scream. (Which scares the neighbor’s rabbit.)

      I also know that we are also a product of what we are told. And, that there is an information battle that is being fought, and the truth is losing. The fact that you have gotten this far in the struggle for the truth is excellent.

      You are right that Judaism is wrong. Worse, it has preserved a terrible evil in the form of Kabbalah. That Babylonian Mysticism was taken from the Jews and used by the Illuminati. Just do not confuse the Illuminati as Jewish. It’s most assuredly NOT!

      Furthermore, there is a spiritual war going on in Israel as the Illuminati seeks to take over. What many see as signs that Israel is Illuminati is merely a sign that the Illuminati is seeking a take over. Over the last 100 years, the Illuminati has been defeated at every turn in Israel, but they also seem to gain ground with every defeat. We need to pray for them.

      But, God wins in the end!

      Thank you for explaining things to me, Norbert, and not being insulted by my over-the-top reaction. You are a good brother in Christ.

      Keep up the good work!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  3. Hi John,

    Not only will Israel suffer terribly but the whole world will suffer terribly before the return of Jesus Christ.

    Mat_24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

    The story of Elijah is an allegory for the end time saints…He flees into the wilderness for three and one half years…he comes back to challenge the prophets of Baal…all of Israel repents and confess that Jehovah is God…he is raptured!

  4. Shalom John! Just to add 2 cents for whatever it may be worth. It may be the closest event that “may” have had a prior fulfillment prophetically, ….. however! However, many prophecies seem to have a dual, or even cyclic fulfillments, and Isaiah may indeed have a future occurrence.

    In the Targum of Isaiah, the reference is to giving the “cup of cursing” to “Damascus to drink.”
    …In the time Isaiah prophesied, Damascus was the capital of an Aramaean kingdom. The annals of the Assyrian monarch Tiglath-pileser III mention that he received tribute from King Rezin and that he later carried out an extensive military campaign against Syria, destroying 591 cities of 16 districts of Damascus. Tiglath-pileser III led many of the survivors of his campaign into exile. This marked the fulfillment of the pronouncement against the Damascus, which then came under Assyrian control….

    • Hi ray,

      I really have to disagree with you there. This is not a cyclical or dual prophesy.

      It’s a definitive prophesy with specific conditions and results that must be fulfilled in a certain way. And, there has been no time in history in which these conditions have been met – until now.

      Thank you, ray, for that comment.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  5. Sigh. So many people think that the Israel we know is the entire nation of Israel. The tribe of Judah is just one of 12 tribes. Example: all Texans are American can be true. But all Americans are Texans can not be true. Just because someone is Israeli doesn’t mean they are Jewish.
    What other country comes to mind when you read the words “the people that are gathered out of the nations”, or “the land of unwalled villages? America isn’t in prophecy because it isn’t called America in the scripture. Think!

    • Hi John,

      I’m so sorry that you have been caught by this bit of untrue doctrine.

      God prophesied in Ezekiel 37, that He would meld all of Israel into one identity. Here it is in verse 19:

      Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. – Ezekiel 37:19

      Please do not keep going down this road of denying God’s work in the Land of Israel. It will not end well if you keep this up.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  6. Dear John Little:

    Thank you for your reply to my comment, it made my day. I feel strengthened by God through your words. I feel re-energized to carry on the good fight with the full armour of God. I think you know as I do that all the events today are being done in the Hegelian Dialectic manner to divide and conquer through confusion,
    Christian vs. Jew, Illuminati/Jesuits vs. Zionists, etc.. Just remember – who benefits or follow the money. Then there is the spider web concept. The individual links must be put together to form the big picture (web). Then there is the onion concept. You must dig deeper and expose the layers of the onion, agendas, motives, modus operandi, end goal. These are my methods of research. Do not worry! I look at your rebuke to me as a refining of the gold in the furnace/fire. It honours God. In humility there is strength. It means you and I are on the right track for the glory of God. A thick skin with morals and a conscience is a good thing. You do not need to post this. Continue your work as a Good Shephard for your reward inthe new heaven and the new earth shall be great. Jesus Christ is our example and let us follow him. Blessed be God forever, Amen. Thanks, Norbert. Can you tell, I am a German/Slovak Canadian.

    • Hi Norbert,

      I am truly humbled by your comment. You really have a heart towards God and that is awesome to see.

      God bless you, my brother. You are on the right path. It is people like you that make this website worth the trouble.

      Keep up the good work!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  7. John, Damascus might be destroyed by the United States and Israel if the rebels lose the civil war. Russia might nuke Damascus if Assad loses the war. Israel would experience grievous collateral damage in either case. Turkey must move out of NATO and into an alliance with Russia as well as Damascus being destroyed.

  8. In less John (3:01a) is speaking of the mixing in the Holy city Jerusalem? Understanding the formalities of gentile spouses! The Lord knows what He’s doing, we’ve witnessed the scattered tribes return, many of us funded much of this w/the $$ He entrusted us with, no boasting!

    Yes, anywhere this administration goes the chaotic deception thickens. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon an article on u tube, no speaking, just scroll read bring in what the ‘head wound’ meant of the son of perdition by not a physical (bodily) wound but a Capitol of the nation that this man comes out of. There’s something to this, I believe but, it truly scares me if this could be misleading. So much un-doctrinal stuffs out there (here) & concerned that the devil is behind much. I heard it said (not long ago) on how we’re all theologen’s , which is true, to bad many (most) have nothing at all to do w/the only true Creative God known in Holy Scripture Hindu’s, voodoism, buddhism secular humanism etc! So it figure’s, the closer we come to this age end their seems to be some differs with even the Berean’s!
    I understand the Assyrian (geological) talking point’s but, Damascus is what it are, Syria is what it is. Basher is a haute arrogant all god hating individual, he likes to be worshiped, just as all dictator’s do! What’s really behind these secular college professors, that’s right, they want to be looked up to, no room for a Sovereign God! Simple, God hating little arrogant people, that’s all fascism is!

    Either way, I’m
    going Home
    soon, I just want my
    wife & family (including God’s)
    all go at same time too,
    I believe that might be the
    case. Grace end’s at the be-
    ginning of Daniel’s week &
    all through Scripture are
    dispensations, including
    old/new testaments.

    God bless you,

    Good day
    As Paul Harvey
    would say!

    • Hi Mark Leininger,

      The problem is that Zechariah 13:9 has NOT come to pass, so I’m afraid that making the link between verse 7 and verse 8 may not follow. In fact, with chapter 12 clearly talking about the salvation of Israel in the Last Days… But, I really appreciate your attempt to help me out from under the thought of so many Israelis dying.

      I would so dearly love to believe that all the ‘Bad Stuff’ happened at 70 A.D. and in the Holocaust. But, I’m afraid we don’t have the luxury of thinking this way.

      By the way, just the earthquakes alone… the ones that will play a part in destroying Gog and Magog… they will kill a lot of Israelis by themselves. Take a look at Isaiah 30:25. It speaks of the ‘day when the towers fall’. That’s important. Here’s more on Isaiah 30:

      When Gog and Magog comes, I will be out there, telling everyone to stay out of the buildings, because they are going to collapse. In fact, they might even collapse all over the world, but I cannot say that with any certainty.

      Thank you for your comment, Mark.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  9. John,

    if you haven’t seen this sermon yet, its worth your time.

    For those whom doubt Isreals position and Her final outcome should listen and perhaps repent. What The Lord is about to unleash on this earth and on all those whom come against the apple of His eye, should tremble with fear.

    Blood Moons by John Hagee

    Give The Lord a shout of praise…. Our King is coming soon!


    • Hi Marc,

      I’ve seen parts of this sermon, and I celebrate his love for Israel. However, I disagree with his interpretation of the ‘Blood Moons’. He has this wrong, although I consider this to be a minor issue. A much larger problem is his insistence that we will be raptured away before all the bad stuff happens.

      This pretribulation rapture theory has convinced countless numbers of Christians to do no preparation for the difficult days ahead, and I believe that God will have a thing or two to say to Mr. Hagee over this when the day of judgment comes.

      There is much death and difficulty in our future, and we must prepare for that – because we have a job to do and must always be able to go about our Father’s business.

      Thank you for that comment, Marc.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • I saw Pastor Hagee’s original sermon on the 4 Blood Moons and he never stated that the Rapture would happen during the blood moons. He said that something big would occur to/in Israel based on past history. Though he does believe that a rapture will occur pre-trib, I must admit this has been stated my entire life by numerous pastors. I agree it would be better for everyone to prepare, but first you must admit there is a problem and most people refuse to acknowledge that there is one. Something along that “too big to fail” theory. The number of people wiling to accept the reality of our situation are few, so the pretrib theory is all they can manage. Blessings.

        • Hi Diana,

          I wasn’t actually saying that he makes a connection between the rapture and the ‘Blood Moons’ in his sermon. I was making a separate point and should have made it in a separate paragraph. That’s my fault.

          My big problem with ‘Blood Moons’ idea is that it’s sloppy theology, and it promotes the idea that we can do what we want with the Bible.

          I’m glad that you preparing for the difficult days ahead!

          Thank you for that comment, Diana. (And for that clarification!)

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

  10. Zeccariah 13:8 the word translated as land is actually earth in Hebrew. It is I think only one of two places it is used in the bible. It is referring to destruction of two thirds of the earths population, not the population of Eretz Israel

    • Hi Tim Higgins,

      As a Hebrew speaker, myself, I’m afraid that your interpretation is correct only up to a point. The word for land in Hebrew is Aretz, and it is used countless times throughout the Bible. Yes, Aretz can mean, Earth, but I’m afraid that the context of chapters 12 and 13 really are the Land of Israel.

      (Although, I hope that you’re right. And, if you are, the best Shawarma in Jerusalem will be on me!)

      Having said that, when everything is over, most of the population of the world WILL be dead – at least two thirds.

      Thanks, Tim, for trying to help me out!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  11. Could happen by the end of 2012??? You got it wrong there. No verse is of private interpretation!!!

    Once you get that in your mind you will see the future more clearly.

    • Hi Beano,

      I’m sorry Beano, but Isaiah 17 COULD have been fulfilled by the end of 2012. The fact that it wasn’t is immaterial. I don’t understand why you thought that I was making a ‘private interpretation’ of Isaiah 17.

      Furthermore, I was NOT making a prediction, just pointing out possibilities.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  12. No peace treaty this year it looks like, but if Isaiah 17 happened and the world was astounded at it would they then get a treaty? then after that magog comes to a place “dwelling safely” (under a peace treaty-thinking their safe for awhile)? I dunno. Reading down further, isaiah 17:12–seems to switch up-after showing damascus and israel it switches to a great multitude, rushing..God rebukes them and chases them (now it sounds like ezek 38 and 39 sort of)..sounds like another war shortly after the damascus ruin..?

    russia is turning back in other way’s also-reestablishing tie’s, Sisi in egypt is retying and being touted by russia already as the next ruler of egypt, and is often compared to Nasser (your comment about a harsh ruler might fit). Russia had more sway in the mideast some years back, think it’ll be again.

    also many today think russia is all “good” among all the nations that have all gone bad, but ezek 38 and 39 both start out with, behold I am against thee their not so “good”.
    And “spoil”…and sanctions hurt, cause some need/desire for spoil?

    anyway thanks for the good articles and God bless you in Christ

  13. Shalom John

    Where is the best Shawarma in Jerusalem ? Because I am there now.

    Also the two sticks from Ezekiel represent more than just Jews. As Judah is only one
    stick. The other is Ephraim. Who is Ephraim ?, read Hosea. Who brings them together ? YHWH does. How ? The Messiah of course. He even said he came for the outcasts of Israel. And Paul said we are the Israel of God. There is no such thing as Israel and the church. The Greek word Ekklesia means assembly as in the Assembly of Israel. This is not replacement theology. Everybody that comes to the Messiah of Israel becomes a member of Israel. Because He is the King of Israel nowhere, nowhere does it say He is the King of the church.

    Doctrine, man’s doctrine has separated believers from Israel and called them the church, separate from Israel. The Jewish people are also under covenant ( that does not mean saved ) and are our brothers, although in unbelief.

    We are grafted back in to the olive tree ( Israel ) by the Blood of Yeshua.
    And they will have to be grafted back in also by that same Blood of Yeshua.

    Shalom from Jerusalem


    • Shalom u’vrecha, John McElheran!

      You are in Jerusalem? Awesome!

      The best place for shawarma is Moshiko’s just up from Kikar Zion on the midrechov (aka, pedestrian mall, downtown). There are other places that are also great, but Moshiko’s is a sure bet. Although, it’s Pesach, so you won’t get as good a Shawarma.

      I’m glad that I see that you understand. You really do get it, so please keep up the good work.

      Having said that, I believe that this prophecy was specifically spoken to neutralize those nay-sayers who would claim that the Jews can’t be Israel because they represent just one tribe. This prophecy shuts them up by pointing out that God promised to fold all the tribes into one in the last days.

      We are all heirs to the promise to Abraham through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Yeshua.

      Now, are you there for just a visit? You’ve been relocated?

      If you’re there over Sunday, visit the church we call home, Jerusalem Assembly – with Pastor Meno Kalisher.

      Bless you, brother.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  14. Shalom again John! Just revisiting the topic. Sorry man, the above historical scenario was the best I could come up with, that may have fit. It doesn’t of course because Isaiah 17 is referring specifically to the end times. אחרית הימים
    And do current events rapidly announce the interesting times we live in. But as the song says we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Kind of reminds me of the old Tetris game. The prophetic pieces of the puzzle seem to be occurring faster than you can put them all in context.

    Shalom and blessings

  15. Hello, John. Thank you for your dedicated, intelligent and passionate work. I’ve read you for a few years now, and always learn from you.

    I have a different understanding, though, of Ezekiel 38, and Isaiah 17. I believe the Lord speaks of “Ephraim” (rather than Judah or Israel) because He’s speaking on that one tribe…….one of the “lost” tribes….America. That is why I believe He speaks of “going up” (as always referenced from Israel’s location) “to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.”

    The nation of Israel has not been “at rest” in my lifetime. They have never “dwelled securely”. They are not “up” from themselves. And Israel certainly is not free of walls, bars or gates.

    I therefore believe that America will be attacked, and largely destroyed, at the same time Israel is, for one other reason, as well. Regardless of the actions of the Impersonator-in-Chief, Russia MUST ensure that America will not respond in Israel’s defense. Now I know the powers that be HATE Israel, but I believe they would still take some action to protect, or defend, Israel if for no other reason than to maintain some semblance of control/peace in that region.

    I further believe that is why our leaders are determined to destroy Syria………to bring about prophecy… fulfill prophecy that the nation(s) in the north will have a hook placed in their jaw(s) by God, forcing them to attack.

    Please forgive my hasty notes……am on a short leash timewise this morning. But I look forward to your reply.

    May God continue to richly bless you and your ministry.


    • Hi Katherine Lehman,

      It is great to have you as a long-time reader.

      Please remember that Ezekiel 37 speaks of the tribes of Israel becoming one with the ‘stick’ of Judah. So, the tribal identities will actually cease.

      You are not the only one make the claim that America is Ephraim, and I have always been puzzled by this claim.

      Where/what is the evidence that the United States is Ephraim?

      Thank you, Katherine.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little


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