What is the future of Syria?

Arno Froese

And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved” (Hosea 12:13).

When reading our Bible, we notice that Israel is mentioned 196 times in conjunction with Egypt. The first time in Genesis 46:8: “And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn.” 

The prophet was none other than Moses, of whom we read in Deuteronomy 34:10: “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.”

Bible readers are familiar with God’s supernatural interventions on behalf of Israel: for example, the ten plagues upon Egypt, then crossing the Red Sea, and from there on, many, many more supernatural miracles.

We notice the word “prophet”: Israel was redeemed from Egypt, and by a prophet they were not destroyed. That simply means the spoken word of God, received by Moses, was the absolute, deciding power on behalf of the children of Israel. 

When the prophet Hosea writes about these things, he explains in verse 10: “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” 

We know that there is some kind of understanding between Egypt and Israel today, but real, open peace does not exist between these two countries. 

Syria, still at war with Israel, is also mentioned: “And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep” (verse 12). Syrians, some Bible scholars state, are Israel’s closest relatives. 

Before Israel entered the Promised Land, God gave to Moses the order of the first fruits. The Israelite was to confess his origin: “And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous” (Deuteronomy 26:5). 

Thus, we may rightly ask: what is the future of Syria? Here it is helpful to read Isaiah 19:23-24: “In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land.”

Syria has been devastated by war for the last ten years. Government forces are fighting against those in opposition to President Bashar al-Assad. Presently, there is no end in sight.

We believe that the real reason for Syria and Lebanon’s turmoil, is primarily because these two nations occupy much of the Promised Land. In plain words, it’s Arab-occupied Israeli territory. 

While we do not know how and when the entire Promised Land will be liberated, we know from Scripture that the border is set according to Genesis 15:18: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” We note the past tense, “have…given this land.”

Back to Egypt. It was on 26 March 1979, when the peace treaty between these two nations was signed in Washington, DC, under the presidency of Jimmy Carter. That was about 42 years ago.

Now, some progress is being made. Yet when reading the CIA Factbook, under Egypt’s exports as well as imports, Israel is not mentioned—unusual for neighboring countries.

A recent article by Reuters highlights Israel’s gas exports to Egypt:

Israel is considering the construction of a new onshore pipeline to Egypt in order to quickly boost natural gas exports to its neighbor in the wake of the recent tightening of global supplies, the Israeli energy ministry said.

A new onshore pipeline, coupled with plans to construct a second subsea pipeline to Egypt within a few years, will further cement Israel’s position as a key energy hub in the eastern Mediterranean which has upended diplomatic relations with countries in recent years.

The new pipeline will allow to increase supplies into Egypt by an additional 3 to 5 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year, the sources said. They will supply Egypt’s power grid and also go towards boosting liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Egypt to Europe and Asia.

Israel’s energy potential is reaching far and wide. An important Greek energy firm, Enorviam, who has taken full ownership of Energean Israel, is planning to boost the output.

Output will rise further when Energean starts production from the Karish/Tanin gas field, which is planned for the middle of 2022. Energean also plans to begin in February drilling five new wells that could further boost output in the coming years, the company told Reuters.

-www.reuters.com, 21 October 2021

This development clearly shows Israel’s significance when it comes to energy. Not too long ago, Israel was an almost 100% energy importer; but now, the tables are being turned. They are becoming a major exporter—not only to their neighbors, but (as the article indicates) also to Europe and Asia as well. 

What ties these countries together? In this case, energy. When it comes to being friends with energy countries, no country is exempt, regardless of ideology, political persuasion, or religion. One of the USA’s closest Arab friends is Saudi Arabia, a nation practicing extreme discrimination and violating many of the cherished principles of the Western world, particularly human rights. Why is Saudi Arabia “friends” with the West? The answer is the oil from below. From Israel, however, we have the oil from above—God the Holy Spirit.

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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