A line in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah has led a number of people to believe US military action in Syria will lead to the end of the world.
Isaiah 17:1 reads: « The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap… The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the Lord of hosts. »
As President Obama mulls a major air offensive against the Assad regime following the use of chemical weapons, fundamentalists have suggested this prophecy is now coming to pass, with believers interpreting the passage to foretell the Armageddon or the Second Coming of Christ.
The rest of the chapter talks about destruction, lending itself to theories of the apocalypse: « The nations shall rush…
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