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Scripture Study: Deuteronomy 18 & the One Mighty and Strong

(An updated version of this post can be viewed here.)

At the end of his time with the Israelites, Moses prophesies that they will turn astray. He also says this:

 15 ¶The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Many mistakenly conclude that this Prophet is Christ, whose coming is detailed in the New Testament. It is very important to read verses like this in context. This is what the rest of the relevant verses say:

 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
 17 And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
 19 And it shall…

Elijah and the priests of Baal: True religion bears true fruit

21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
 22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
 23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
 24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
 25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they…

"Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap."

The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. (Isaiah 17:1, KJV)

Today, this scripture is fulfilled. Damascus is a city in the country Syria. Below are pictures of the complete destruction of the city in the war that has occurred there over the past few years.








What is the significance of Damascus is taken away from being a city? "Damascus is often claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world." It has literally been taken away from being a city. It has been a city since pre-history, and as of very recently, is no longer a city. In fact, it will never be a city again, as the amount of time, effort, and money it would require to clear and rebuild it is beyond imagination.

This chapter is important. What has happened to Damascus is important. It is a sign.

The full chapter reads:
1 An oracle concerning Damascus:
Damascus shall cease to be a city and become a heap of ruins.
2 The cities of Aroer shall…