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Was Damascus destroyed?

THE HUMANIST'S CLAIMS: Isaiah 17:1-2 prophesies that Damascus would cease to be a city, become a heap of ruins, and remain forever desolate. Yet some 27 centuries after the prediction was made, Damascus is one of the oldest cities in the world and is still going strong.

Damascus still stands. Does that mean Isaiah 17 is a false prophecy?

1 - The oracle concerning Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
And will become a fallen ruin.
2 - “The cities of Aroer are forsaken;
They will be for flocks to lie down in,
And there will be no one to frighten them.

But wait, does this prophecy say that Damascus will remain a ruin forever?

Damascus was totally destroyed by the Assyrians in 732 B.C. It was made into a heap of ruins. It ceased to be a city... for a while. And that was what the prophecy said would happen. The prophecy is even in the context of prophecies about the conquests of Assyria. The previous verse talks about the Assyrian king Sargon overrunning Moab in three years.

But, this prophecy does not say Damascus will be a ruin forever.


The prophecy was perfectly and completely fulfilled..

Next Prophecy:

Jeremiah 25:11 predicts the Jews would be captives in Babylon for 70 years, and II Chronicles 36:20-21 views the prophecy as fulfilled. But the Jews were taken into captivity by the Chaldeans when Jerusalem fell in 586 B.C.E. And Cyrus of Persia issued an order in 538 B.C.E. allowing them to return from Babylon to Judah. Thus, the Babylonian captivity lasted about 48 years.

How long was the Babylonia captivity... was it really 70 years? Click here for the answer.