Isaiah 17 – Redux

We spend a lot of time thinking about The Big Event – The Great Tribulation, Gog and Magog, Global Thermonuclear War, etc. What we often fail to realize is that there are a host of events that happen between now and then, events that bring the world to the point of the destruction foretold by the prophets in the Bible.

I know this failure to realize all too well. I am routinely appalled by my inability to see what is right in front of my eyes. But, God is good, and He always brings someone along to show me what I’ve missed. And, I pass this hard-earned wisdom on to you.

Damascus is going to fall, and it will be horrifying.


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Isaiah 17 – Redux

I am and have been greatly greatly blessed by the fellowship that I’ve had with you (yes, you) and all the other Omega Shock readers. You’ve challenged me in a number of areas. You’ve pointed out the parts that I needed to work on. And, you’ve reminded me that there is much that I do not understand and may never be able to understand. And, some of you have introduced me to places where they live and given me an appreciation for those places, that I would never have had, otherwise.

And, for every one of you that I know about, I’m betting that there are many, many more that I do not know about.

So, all of you who have contributed to the comment section of Omega Shock over the years, should give yourselves a nice big pat on the back. Just don’t break your arm.

For those of you who wish to keep track of the comments on Omega Shock, you can use this URL:

A lot of great stuff shows up there, that doesn’t always make it into the Friday post.

Now, why am I saying all this?

It Started With A Comment

Because Chris from Poland mentioned something that jarred my thinking. He said this:

Hi John,

short remark – for long (like few years) I had bad feelings about the moment when Islamic State disappears from the map. Looks like we are only weeks away from that moment. Before this week ends there will be direct land connection between Tehran and Lebanon. Where the prime minister just resigned. It also took three days for purges in Riyadh, Yemen blockade to happen. I’m sure you see it all (so I don’t even link) – looks like the entire region slowly starts to decompose. I may be wrong, but I already see the headlines containing Hezbollah, Qatar, UAE, Turkish something-shield operation coming, and that’s just to begin with. Oh, and the Fishy Kingdom of Arabia is not going to survive what’s approaching. What really bothers me is that we all know what it means. The Yuval clock – you were correct.

Yours in Christ


I don’t know what it is about that comment that changed the direction of my thinking. He never mentioned the destruction of Damascus or even Gog and Magog. All that he did was make an extremely astute observation that very few people have the ‘presence of mind’ to make.

Of course, Chris has a habit of making such observations, so I am not surprised.

Anyway, his comment reminded me of a moment in time when a young friend called me up, from Holland, a little over five years ago, in 2012. Here is what I wrote, in response to that startling conversation:


Isaiah 17


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.

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 the 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.

 – Isaiah 17:7-9

Furthermore, do you remember these verses from Ezekiel 38?

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:

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;

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.

 – Ezekiel 38:10-12

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.

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

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

 – Isaiah 17:7

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.

Here is the rest of Isaiah 17:

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

 – Isaiah 17: 10-14

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.



Back To Today

That is what I wrote in the spring/summer of 2012. Today, we find that ISIS has been defeated on the battlefield. What’s left is essentially a ‘mopping up operation’.

What happens next?

What happens when Syria gets back on its feet?

What happens to all those Hezbollah fighters and all those extra munitions that they’ve been stockpiling?

What happens when – as Chris from Poland mentioned – the road between Syra and Iran is open, which would give them free access to southern Lebanon?

I can tell you what happens, and we are seeing indications of this right now:


We are seeing indications that Israel and Saudi Arabia are preparing for what comes after ISIS has been defeated. Israel has tried to stay out of the conflict, and let both sides wear each other out. It was the smart thing to do. But, there are still 150 THOUSAND rockets pointed at Israel, from southern Lebanon.

Can Israel let Hezbollah strengthen itself?

Can Israel allow those missiles to remain in their bunkers without going after them?

I don’t think so either. So, I expect Israel to attempt to destroy those missiles, while Hezbollah is still weak. I also believe that Hezbollah and Iran will use Syria as a staging area to counterattack.

I believe that this points to the destruction of Damascus and the horrifying damage that Israel will suffer in response. It will also lead to the coming of Gog and Magog and Ezekiel’s Fire.

Chris Is Right

Chris from Poland is right. The Yuval Clock (Year of Jubile) has completed the 50 year cycle that began on June 7th, 1967. We had our chance to bless Israel. We had our chance to repent of our sins. Now, we suffer judgment.

Please prepare for what is coming.


I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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2 thoughts on “Isaiah 17 – Redux”

  1. Dear John Little,
    Your articles are too long; it took me ages to scroll to the comment section. 😆
    I — a godly lady from Germany — stumbled over this article today, and I was instantly reminded of my go-to website on eschatology and end time prophecy, which is hosted by an American called Tim McHyde. I warmly advise you to read his articles on Isaiah 17 and the destruction of Damascus:

    I’d really like to know your opinion about Tim’s take on the fulfillment of the Damascus prophecy (read the second article first, please).

    Sending you and your family lots of love — Vivi

    • Hi Vivi,

      Unfortunately, Tim is dead wrong. He doesn’t understand what is coming. Nor is there ANY prophetic wording in Psalm 83. Literally none. Twisting the Bible is wrong, even though Tim does it out of good intentions.

      Here is my understanding of what will happen to Damascus and Egypt:

      Isaiah 17 and 19

      I wish that what I have written was not true. The thought of so many dying is awful. But, our sin has made this necessary.

      I hope that helps, Vivi – shorter articles are coming.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

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