Exciting things are happening in the world today that are in direct relation to prophecy being fulfilled. But I wonder how many Christians realize what is happening around them? Last week on June 9, 2015, something remarkable happened that amazingly coincides with events surrounding the President of Syria, Bashar Hafez al-Assad, (more commonly known as Bashar Assad) and a Jewish mystic in Israel. It is no secret that President Assad is losing his grip on Syria and that all signs seem to be pointing to its fall. What has not been widely reported however, is the news out of Israel concerning 76 year-old Rabbi Amram Vaknin, a Jewish mystic whose latest prophecy is both thrilling and frightening when combined with the latest news about Syria.
First let me tell you about the news regarding Rabbi Amram Vaknin. On Tuesday morning (June 9) he was leading a prayer service in the Cave of Elijah in Haifa, Israel. Approximately 30 Jewish men and 30 Jewish women were present at the time. The purpose of the prayer service was to pray for the welfare of the Jewish people.
According to Breaking Israel News, Gil Nachman, an aide to the Rabbi and an eyewitness, reported that at approximately 11:30 AM, the Rabbi suddenly fell to the ground of the cave. Naturally, all those present assumed the Rabbi was ill, but while they were dealing with reviving him the Rabbi was actually receiving a vision from the Lord. According to Nachman, the Rabbi received the following vision from Elijah the Prophet:
There is a decree from Heaven that war will be starting in the south of Israel, will move to the north of Israel and will continue inside of Israel. Thousands of people will die, God-forbid.”
Why is this important? And why should Christians care what this Rabbi saw? Because his prophecies come true! And Scripture says that one of the ways we verify a true prophet of God is by whether or not their prophecies are fulfilled (Deuteronomy 18:21-22), and so far the Rabbi has been 100% accurate in his predictions. According to Breaking Israel News Rabbi Vaknin accurately predicted:
Due to this latest vision, all Jewish people throughout the world are being asked to unite together in prayer and fasting in order to avert this decree from the Lord.
But what does this have to do with Syria and President Bashar Assad? Plenty. There are several hints in sacred Jewish texts and in the Bible to a connection between the fate of Syria, in particular between the fall of Damascus, Syria’s capital city, and the imminent arrival of the Messiah. The 2nd century Jewish sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai predicted that when an evil ruler in Damascus falls from power, the Messiah, son of David, will appear.
And it is a sign for you, when you see the Nero of the East fall in Damascus, the Salvation will come to Israel, and Mashiah Ben David will come… – Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
Isaiah 17:1-3 says this about Damascus:
A prophecy against Damascus:“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the Lord Almighty.
Damascus has never been a heap of ruins. Yes, it has been captured. Yes, it has been destroyed but it has always been rebuilt. Currently, it is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world! If it falls ISIS will quickly seize Jordan, then Lebanon and finally Israel. The Rabbi's message said, "War will be starting in the south of Israel." ISIS has been in the Gaza Strip for some time and now with the Palestinian terror group Hamas on the outs with ISIS and with Egypt in their cross-hairs as well, it will be interesting to see if the Rabbi's prophecy will come to fruition. Time will tell. Pray for Israel!