Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (Source: Agência Brasil, Wikipedia)
Syria’s President Assad says he will wipe out “Muslim extremists in Syria”:
Syria’s Assad vows to cleanse nation of extremistsMarch 22, 2013
President Bashar Assad vowed Friday to “wipe out” Muslim extremists in Syria, blaming them for a suicide bombing at a mosque that killed dozens of people, including a top cleric who supported the embattled regime in the civil war.
Syria’s Assad can make claims, but making them happen is another matter. In Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood is basically in opposition to the Assad regime there. Since the Bible suggests that Syria will support the coming final King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:1-8) and a change in or from the Assad regime will be necessary for this to happen–and it will come to pass. Syria’s Assad will either change, break his commitment to not step down or go into exile, or die.
Interestingly, many consider that Iran is ran by Islamic extremists, but since the leadership there is Shi’a Muslim, apparently Bashar Assad will not consider them as Muslim extremists.
The reality is that the Muslim Brotherhood is mainly a Sunni Muslim group, while Syria’s President Assad is Shi’a Muslim. Iran, President Assad’s closest ally, is mainly Shi’a Muslim. The Shiites may wish to stick together, but Syria simply will not remain led by Shiites unless the Sunnis switch their faith (not very likely). Hence, I do not believe that Bashar Assad will be able to wipe out all the Sunni Muslims that oppose him.
Yet, partially because of the internal civil war in Syria, if it escalates too much more, Syria’s President Assad may decide that attacking Israel, probably in conjunction with support from Iran, is his best carnal option (which could include supporting Iran if it attacks Israel or Israel attacks it). Attacking Israel, however, will not be his best option (he should repent and probably leave office), though he may do that.
More trouble is coming to Syria. Damascus (Syria’s capital) will be destroyed:
1 The burden against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap. (Isaiah 17:1).
Damascus will be destroyed and Syria will change.
An Islamic confederation that will include the land of Syria is coming (Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:1-8; Psalm 83:4-8) is coming. Statements from President Assad and Iran will not change that.
“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:37).
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
Damascus and Syria in Prophecy Will Bashar Assad hold power as he has it? Does the Bible show that Damascus, the capital of Syria, will be destroyed? What will happen to Syria? Will the Syrians support the final King of the South that the Bible tells will rise up? Which scriptures discuss the rise and fall of an Arabic confederation? Does Islamic prophecy predict the destruction of Syria.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Rise of the King of the South The Bible tells of the formation of a power of nations that are in the Middle East and North Africa that are part of the final “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40-43) The Muslim Brotherhood wishes to have an Islamic empire with basically the same nations. This YouTube video explains what to expect from such a confederation.
Is There an Islamic Antichrist? Is Joel Richardson correct that the final Antichrist will be Islamic and not European? Find out.
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2013, or 2014? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000?