On Tuesday night, Israel allegedly carried out airstrikes on an Iranian facility near Damascus, Syria. As is policy, Israel neither confirms nor denies the attacks, though Benjamin Netanyahu has stated often and clearly that Israel will not allow Iran to set up bases on Israel’s border.
Apparently, the attack targeted the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center in Jamraya (north of Damascus) and was carried out from Lebanese airspace. That particular military base, housing the research center, is protected by Russian-made anti-aircraft batteries. Syrian media claims that most of the missiles were shot down, but surveillance of the area will provide evidence of just how successful the strikes were or were not.
This follows Netanyahu’s warning a day earlier: “Don’t test us.” It is clear that tensions are rising and each decision is becoming more and more critical. Is the region bound for imminent war? Is the stage set for fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy regarding the destruction of Damascus? (Isaiah 17:1) Will that destruction cause a vacuum that will draw Russia, Iran, Turkey and others to Israel’s border, as Ezekiel describes? (Ezekiel 38-39).
The answer is: we don’t know! Could it be? Certainly. But only God sees the future and knows His plans. What we do know, though, is that we are told in Scripture to be ready for the return of our King. We don’t know if Jesus comes to meet us in the air (rapture) before or after those events, so we must be ready!
Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
Are you ready?