About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Jeremiah wrote these
words more than a hundred years after Isaiah wrote his prophetic words
against Damascus, which you can read in Isaiah 17. The
first mention of
Here in 2013
Upon reading this section
of Jeremiah you should also read Isaiah 17 because it speaks further
about the destruction of Damascus
and some other events that go along with her destruction, including the
fading of Israeli glory as Isaiah puts it.
In Jeremiah 49:23 we see
two cities mentioned. They
are Hamath and Arpad. Both
of these cities were, and still are, about 130 miles north of Damascus. Hamath is the present day
city of Hama. Citizens of
In 1982 those in
Arpad was another Syrian
city that Jeremiah speaks of in this chapter. Arpad was just north of
Hamath and was always closely related to Hamath.
It's now the present day city of tell Erfad, near present day Aleppo. Both of these towns are in
the news here in 2013 because of the civil war in
It's clear to me that the
Lord has kept these cities intact for judgment.
Knowing that they still exist is simply a miracle of God.
I believe they exist because God is not finished with them yet.
What Jeremiah says about these cities must be fulfilled.
Verse 23 says that both
Hamath and Arpad are dismayed, disheartened, troubled, and restless,
because they have heard bad news about Damascus. Verse 24 tells us that
In verse 25 Jeremiah
Verse 26 speaks of the
day that the men in the streets of
In verse 27, God through
Jeremiah, says that He will set fire to the city of
Verse 27 also says that
this fire will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.
Ben-Haddad means "son of god" and was often associated
with the kings of
It's clear that the
destruction of Damascus
hasn't happened because the city still exists.
The day will come, and maybe it's not far off, that this prophecy
against the city of Damascus
will take place exactly as stated her by Jeremiah and Isaiah.
For more details about
the destruction of