The prophet Isaiah warned that a day would come when Damascus would “cease from being a city.” It is common knowledge today that Syria is in constant turmoil. Syria is a constant threat to Israel but it would be pure speculation to guess how and when Damascus will actually be destroyed. However, we can be sure it will happen because of God’s prophetic Word.
“The burden against Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city. And it will be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).
With all the internal chaos going on in Syria, Damascus could be destroyed bit by bit leaving it in a “ruinous heap.” However the chapter 17 goes on to say that the glory of “Jacob (Israel) will wane.” Israel will never be completely destroyed but during the Tribulation her population will decrease dramatically.