Saturday, February 25, 2012

Damascus, will it Survive?

Recently , I have been contemplating the situation in the Middle East, especially, Syria and I would like to share with you some of my thoughts. The City of Damascus, has an important significance of it's own.  St. Paul was on the the road to Damascus with good intentions of destroying the struggling body of Christ, when he was knocked off his horse and confronted by the resurrected Lord Jesus.  Later, believers were first called "Christians" in Antioch, Syria.The Lord's foot print is all over Syria. Bible prophecy tells us in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 that Damascus will be destroyed as a city in the last days.  Scripture doesn't tell us exactly when or how this will happen, but I believe that day is steadily approaching. Indeed, it may not be far off.

No matter how the world's political and religious systems try to destroy Syria, God's word is final.  Nothing will hinder God's love for the Syrians. Nothing can separate His love from those on whom He has set His affections. The very heart of the Son of God reaches out to the Syrian people, who are in great anguish at this hour. God's word says to them, "Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more." God is in Syria.  He will not leave nor forsake His own. He is with the persecuted church and will bring Her through, because the "Gates of Hell, will not prevail against the Church" Matthew 16:18

 I believe that God will not allow this current evil to go unchecked much longer. It is mass murder and we know who the MURDERER IS. Satan is behind this evil in his attempt to also destroy the body of Christ and the Jews. God has His timetable and it will not be delayed. We can rest in His sovereignty and pray for our Syrian brethren. God is very patient, but will not tolerate evil forever.  In Genesis  12:1-3, the Lord told us that those who bless the children of Israel will be blessed, and those who cursed them will be cursed.  The Syrian government faces great judgment for not only killing its own citizens, but also for killing so many Jews and Israelis over the years, and cursing the State of Israel on a daily basis.

Syria may seems like it is far away, but I do ask myself, if the Lord should tarry, are we as the body of Christ in the United State spiritually ready to meet an evil onslaught?  Are we, by faith, separated unto the Lord?  Do we, by faith, know our spiritual authority in Jesus? Are we living, by faith, in the grace of God and or under the law.?  Do we,  by faith, know one another in Christ?  Will we, by faith, follow the Lord wherever He leads us?   Do we believe, by faith,  the whole council of God's Word? Will we remember WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD?

The gospel is not foreign to Syria,  In Mathew 4:24 "The news about Him (Jesus Christ) spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, and epileptics, and He healed them". One day all the nations will bow to the Lordship of
 Jesus Christ and confess that Jesus is LORD.

 In Isaiah 61 and Luke 4:18, Jesus proclaims "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,  to proclaim liberty to the captives, the opening of the prison to those who are bound, and to proclaim the year of the LORD'S  favor".  It is my prayer that the grace and favor  of the living God will once again raise up the the body of Christ in Syria to draw many to Himself. "What the devil means for evil, God means for good."  May God's grace abound to our brethren in Syria.

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