Isaiah 17
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Damascus is destroyed...

1 The (oracle or) burden of Damascus, (the doom for the city: [Jeremiah 49, [605 BC, Nebuchadnezzar]; Zechariah 9, [322 BC, Alexander the Great] but here, there is no record of it being destroyed). Behold, Damascus, (the central hub of terrorism from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and now Russia), is taken away (negated: [Tanach, Stone Edition]), from being a city, (it will cease to exist), and it shall be a ruinous heap.

2 The cities of Aroer, (in what once was the territory of Reuben, or another Aroer in the territory of Gad, a region on the northern bank of the Arnon River in what is today Jordan), are forsaken, (as Israel regains possession of its land on the east bank of the Jordan: [Jeremiah 49:1,2]): they shall be for flocks, (i.e.; the Jews who will repossess that land), which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

3 The fortress, (the PLO forces will vanish from the West Bank), also shall cease, (i.e.; the sovereignty, the royal power, the kingdom), from (the territory once allocated to the tribe of) Ephraim, (now the West Bank), and the kingdom from (capital of Syria), Damascus, and the remnant of Syria, (though previously captured, it did not cease to exist:[2 Kings 16:9]); they, (the remnant of Aram, Syria), shall be as (was) the glory (of the 10 Tribes) of the children of Israel (which these Assyrians had devastated) of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts.

4 And in that day, (early in the 21st cntury), it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob, (Israel), shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean, (with divisions of the land in Gaza and the West Bank).

5 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, (but leaves some), and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

6 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, (those survivors from the Holocaust: [Isaiah 14:1, Rev 7:12,13]),as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches, (especially in America), thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.

7 At that (future) day shall a man look to (Reality), his Maker, (imploring God for succor, in sincere repentance for opposition to the Truth which was the Christ), and his eyes shall have respect, (with new spiritual eyesight), to the Holy One of Israel, (Jesus Christ).

8 And he shall not look to the altars (anymore: [Rev 21:22]), the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

9 In that day shall (Judaism), his strong cities, be as a forsaken bough (without congregations), and an uppermost branch (of the Rabbi), which they left because of the children of Israel (rejected them: [Zech 12:10]): and there shall be desolation (of their leadership).

10 ...Because... thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, (Reality), and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, (the Christ), therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants (of interpretations), and shalt set it with strange slips (in passages you did not understand):

11 In the day shalt thou make (preaching) thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make (lessons) thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow (as your congregation have vanished).

12 Woe to the multitude of many (ardent Christians and Muslm) people, which make (their religions) a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations (with Muslims), that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters (of Allah)!

13 The nations (of Christians and Muslims) shall rush (against what these Jews say), like the rushing of many waters (against the return of The Elijah as the Christ) : but God, (in scripture), shall rebuke them (with dozens of Old Testament verses that New Testament verses), and they shall flee far off (from discussions), and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains (scripture) before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.

[Concerning Damascus: "Hamath and Arpad, (both cities in Syria), are dismayed, for they have heard bad news (about what happened in Damascus). They are disheartened, troubled like the restless sea, (in fear they willbe attacked). Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor, (waiting for the pain that is coming). Why has (Jerusalem), the city of renown not been abandoned (when threatened biological and/or chemical weapons by the enemies in Syria), the town in which I delight?'" (Jeremiah 49:23-25 NIV)]

[When Isaiah says they will be "like the deserted places", he is comparing it to the initial conquest of the land by Israel under Joshua. The original Canaanite inhabitants deserted their cult places of shrine worship "because of the children of Israel". An alternate translation of this verse makes it clearer: "In that day your towns will be like the waste places of the Hivites and the Amorites which the children of Israel took for a heritage, and they will come to destruction." (Isaiah 17:9 BBE)]

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