A Note on Isaiah 17

Some people are teaching that Isaiah 17:1-3 may be fulfilled in the near future. Here is a traditional understanding of this passage:

Tomb of Saladin, Damascus
Tomb of Saladin, Damascus

Dr. Charlie Dyer, a Bible professor at Moody Bible Institute, said Damascus was destroyed in the 7th and 8th centuries: “Isaiah 17 predicted the destruction of the city, along with the destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel… Damascus was captured by Assyrians in 732 BC and the northern kingdom of Israel fell when the capital city of Samarai was captured by the Assyrians in 722 BC.”

And 100 years later, he says, the prophet Jeremiah also predicted the fall of Damascus, which had been rebuilt.

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