2020 Beirut Explosion: Sign of a Bigger Catastrophe to Come?

According to an FBI report, the devastating explosion at the Port of Beirut in 2020 was the result of only 1/5 of the ammonium nitrate that was delivered in 2013. Not withstanding the severity of that explosion, the big question now is: where are the other 4/5’s of that explosive material?

The August 2020 blast killed over 200 people and caused severe structural damage in a broad area surrounding the port. Based on the FBI’s investigation, only 550 metric tonnes (tonne=1,000kg) of the 2,750 tonnes delivered to Beirut exploded.

While neither the FBI nor any other official agency has announced potential locations of the remaining 80% of the ammonium nitrate shipment, it might be understandable for Bible students to speculate about a potential destination: Damascus. That is not to say it is definitely there, but would it be a big surprise, given the situation in Syria and Bible prophecy found in Isaiah 17:1:

The pronouncement concerning Damascus:
“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
And will become a fallen ruin.”

Take a look at Damascus today. It is huge!

Damascus, the City of Jasmine | Peacock Plume

Thus, according to Bible prophecy, what might cause the destruction of Damascus? We know much of the surrounding area has been severely damaged due to military action brought about primarily by Iranian presence. There is also speculation that weapons of mass destruction could be bunkered in parts of Damascus. Might the tonnes of ammonium nitrate be stockpiled there as well?

All together, those elements could well spell the doom of Damascus. But keep in mind: While the destruction of Damascus is guaranteed, according to Bible prophecy, the means of its destruction are not specifically known. Thus, we cannot say for sure whether or not the missing ammonium nitrate is hidden in Damascus.

We live in exciting times, my friends! We are watching Bible prophecy play out before our very eyes. We may not see it all clearly right now, but we know God’s Word is accurate and true! Be encouraged…our heavenly passports will soon be stamped and we will enter the place Jesus has gone to prepare for us.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be.

~John 14:1-3

PS: Stay tuned. Tomorrow we’ll talk more about our eternal home!

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