Monday, 21 November 2011

taken away (but not forever) for a reason

Damascus "is taken away" from being a city is literally "to turn off" from being a city. Later it was rebuilt, it was turned on again if you like (in the time of Cyrus).

Isa 17:1

The burdenH4853 of Damascus.H1834 Behold,H2009 DamascusH1834 is taken awayH5493 from being a city,H4480 H5892 and it shall beH1961 a ruinousH4654heap.H4596

שׂוּר סוּר

sûr śûr



A primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively): - be [-head], bring, call back, decline, depart, eschew, get [you], go (aside), X grievous, lay away (by), leave undone, be past, pluck away, put (away, down), rebel, remove (to and fro), revolt, X be sour, take (away, off), turn (aside, away, in), withdraw, be without.

Compare this with the prophecy about babylon..

Jer 51:61  And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: "When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words, 
Jer 51:62  and say, 'O LORD, you have said concerning this place that you will cut it off, so that nothing shall dwell in it, neither man nor beast, and it shall be desolate forever.' 

What many modern prophecy students miss is the reason for the judgement of Damascus. It was part of the judgement to protect Judah from the confederacy of Syria and Ephraim which would have resulted in no Christ, born of the virgin, as in isaiah 7, if the royal line of david was imperrilled. Rezin and Pekah (the son of Remaliah) intended to depose Ahaz and set up " the son of tabeal" in his place.
Once the confederacy had passed:-
Isa 7:8 "And within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered from being a people." and Isa 17:3 "The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim"
Damascus would once again be a (rebuilt) city in the time of the anointed Cyrus.

Isa 7:3  And the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field. 
Isa 7:4  And say to him, 'Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. 
Isa 7:5  Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, 
Isa 7:6  "Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it," 
Isa 7:7  thus says the Lord GOD: "'It shall not stand, and it shall not come to pass. 
Isa 7:8  For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. And within sixty-five years Ephraim will be shattered from being a people. 
Isa 7:9  And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all.'" 
Isa 7:10  Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz, 
Isa 7:11  "Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven." 
Isa 7:12  But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test." 
Isa 7:13  And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 
Isa 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 
Isa 7:15  He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. 
Isa 7:16  For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted.

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