For years now, many have expressed shock at the growing unrest in the Middle East as the region moves further and further away from peace. However, what these people are forgetting is that the Bible predicted that this would happen over 2,300 years ago.
The Bible mentions Israel a over 2,500 times, and it predicts that the violent end of the world will center around Israel and the Middle East.
Isaiah 17:1-2 reads, “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aeroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid.”
The former city of Aeroer is located in what is today Jordan, and the Bible predicts that it will not be destroyed. Instead, it will be abandoned by it’s people, leaving livestock to roam free.
This prediction has come true in the Jordanian city of Yarmouk, which has been taken over by ISIS. While it was once a booming city known as a refuge for Palestinians, today Yarmouk is rampant with beheadings and violence. Since ISIS has taken over the city has literally been burning, which the Bible also foretold.
“The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites, declares the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah. 17:3)
The verse goes on to say that while the city will fight, it will eventually fall to Israel.
“Woe to the many nations that rage — they rage like the raging sea! Woe to the peoples who roar — they roar like the roaring of great waters! Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters, when he rebukes them they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills, like tumbleweed before a gale. In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.” (Isaiah 17:12-14)
It would be wise to look to the Bible for more answers about the Middle East. This holy book could give us the guidance we need to put an end to violence in the Middle East.