The nations are disquieted over Syria

The nations are disquieted over Syria

verse by verse through Jeremiah 49:23-27

By Craig C. White

According to the Prophet Jeremiah the destruction of Damascus begins at Hamah and Arpad. The Turkish Army is amassed near Hamah and Arpad right now!

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Jeremiah 49:23-27 goes on to say that after the Syrian towns of Hamah and Arpad hear reports of a coming invasion then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. Today the Syrian town of Apad is called Tell Rifaat.

The Prophet Jeremiah asks the question “How is Damascus not there?”. Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. One day it will no longer exist.

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

What is Jeremiah telling us? Obviously this prophecy is concerning Damascus, Syria. In the verse above, Jeremiah mentions two cities. Hamath and Arpad (or modern day Tell Rifaat) are both located in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border. Today Hamah is Syria’s fifth largest city.. Hamah is further south but still close to the Turkish border. Arpad is modern day Tell Rifaat located about 25 miles north of Aleppo and about 20 miles south of the Turkish border. These cities are located along the path of an invasion launched from Turkey headed towards Damascus.

According to Jeremiah 49:23 the people of northwestern Syria will hear intelligence reports that the Turkish army is about to invade Syria. The army’s target is Damascus and they are coming through their cities! The people of northwestern Syria are terrified. Their hearts faint with fear

There is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. The sea in Bible prophecy can refer to the Mediterranean Sea when it is accompanied with the definite article “the”. The sea can also refer to the nations. There is no article used here in the original Hebrew. I think that Jeremiah is saying that the nations will have great anxiety over the coming Turkish invasion into Syria. The Hebrew word translated sorrow means anxiety, fearfulness, carefulness, or heaviness.

So the nations will be very nervous concerning the coming Turkish invasion into Syria. The Turkish army’s goal is the destruction of Damascus. The English says it well here. The nations will not be able to be still. The Hebrew word translated quiet is defined below. The nations of the world will not be able to be at rest. They are already feeling uneasy concerning Syria.

quiet – shâqat, shaw-kat’

A primitive root; to repose (usually figuratively): – appease, idleness, (at, be at, be in, give) quiet (-ness), (be at, be in, give, have, take) rest, settle, be still.

Jeremiah 49:24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail.

Damascus is waxed feeble. This is the idea of failing in your old age. Damascus is about to die. Damascus turneth herself to flee. This could refer to the city preparing to relinquish its life and it could also refer to the cities inhabitants as they attempt to escape.

The Hebrew word translated fear means to tremble with terror. Anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail; literally Damascus is feeling a localized tightness like a woman about to give birth.

Jeremiah 49:25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

Two different Hebrew words for city are used in the verse above. The city of praise is a fortified city that has been celebrated in song. When God says “how is the city not left” he could be communicating his astonishment that even after a terrible assault on Damascus, the city has still not surrendered. When God calls Damascus “the city of my joy!” he is specifically saying that he delights in the cities old buildings. So we are looking for the destruction of the old part of the city. The neighborhood of “Old Damascus” is the capital of Syria. Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city on earth. It was founded by the Aramaeans over four thousand years ago, and was inhabited two thousand years before that. Damascus is a living depiction of human history.

Jeremiah 49:26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD of hosts.

In this verse the young men are contrasted to the men of war. The men of war obviously represent the Syrian Army. Lately Syrian citizens have joined Assad and the Syrian Army to help defend their country. The Syrian National Defense Force is a newly formed civilian guard. I think that the Syrian National Defense Force could be represented by the young men in this verse.

It sounds like the young men of Damascus will stay behind to defend the city. Perhaps they will be the first line of defense. The young men of Damascus will die in its streets. The Syrian Army will be bunkered in Damascus. When God says that all the men of war shall be cut off he means that every Syrian soldier will die defending Damascus.. Jeremiah isn’t necessarily saying that this assault on Damascus will last only one day. That day refers to the entire duration be it one day or longer.

Jeremiah 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall consume the palaces of Benhadad.

The phrase “kindle a fire” leads many to imagine a nuclear explosion but that is not what is pictured here. The terminology “kindle a fire” is used in several other Bible passages. The terminology “kindle a fire” mean that God will send an army against a city or a nation. I think that God will send the Turkish army against Damascus.

Many so called Bible scholars claim that the destruction of Damascus has already taken place. They say that the Assyrian conquest of Damascus in 734 BC fulfills the Damascus prophecy. Well Damascus was conquered by Assyria in 734 BC and several cities around Damascus were burned with fire but Damascus has never been completely destroyed.

Jeremiah was a prophet around 600 BC. Jeremiah gave his prophecy one hundred years after Assyria conquered Damascus. So the Assyrian conquest of Damascus can not possibly fulfill Jeremiah’s prophecy. The Assyrians conquered Damascus in 734 BC. I think that Jeremiah is prophesying about an invasion of Damascus that is forming now.

In Jeremiah 49:27, The palaces of Benhadad refer to the ancient thrones of Syrian Kings in Damascus. Like the ancient invasion, this future invasion will also destroy Syria’s seat of government in the neighborhood of Old Damascus.

So the Turkish army will march down from Syria’s northwestern border terrorizing cities along the way. Their goal is the destruction of Damascus. The nations of the world will be in a tumult. They will not be able to calm down. Damascus will prepare to die. The people will flee and the young men and army will fight to the death never surrendering. The oldest city on earth will be destroyed along with its historical buildings. Jeremiah describes a city under siege not a city obliterated by a single bomb.

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    • David on September 7, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hi Craig,

    I find it interesting that during recent days, Russia and Iran are warning Turkey to leave Assad alone. I think it is because both countries know that an attack on Damascus is coming very soon, and they know it. I also believe that deals have already been made, which will allow both Iran, Russia, and the U.S. to save face. When Erdogan is victorious, then he will be considered a hero and will be president regardless of the snap election.
    Today the Youth branch of the AKP party stated that “Erdogan will remain president no matter what the outcome of Nov. elections.” Sounds like Germany in the 1930’s.


    • Sergio on July 7, 2017 at 10:40 am

    ISIS announced in the Iraqi city of Tall Afar that it is going to promulgate on Friday a new audio recording of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    1. Thank you Sergio. That is very interesting in light of Nahum 2:5. This describes the Assyrian (or ISIS) leader as he addresses his troops before their big battle.

      Nahum 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.


        • Sergio on July 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm

        ISIS loses strength. To raise morale, this call will be timely.
        But will this appeal be original?

    • David Parker on April 1, 2018 at 8:43 pm


    We saw this coming. Erdogan announced that Israel is a terror state. All who disagree with him are labeled Daesh.


    1. “The old Daesh ploy.” – Maxwell Smart

    • David Parker on April 2, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Sounds like the work of Kaos to me.

    1. Right chief

    • David Parker on January 11, 2019 at 3:52 pm


    More Praise for Erdogan:


    • Brian Kelley on January 11, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Erdogan and Putin are meeting soon. Syria is close to being covered by rubble now. I don’t think there’s much in the way of being vegetation or natural beauty. It reminds me a lot like Afghanistan. A barren, rocky wasteland with rotting corpses, debris and landmines. It’ll be great for Jesus to return soon.

    • Santiago on October 9, 2019 at 6:09 am

    What is the Link between the Damascus destruccion and the invasion of Israel in Scriptures.
    Thank you, David.

    1. Hi Santiago. Here is the link between the destruction of Damascus and the invasion into Israel.

      The Antichrist is compared to the Assyrian kings NOT because he will be from Assyria BUT because he will do the same things that the Assyrian kings did. The Antichrist will conquer Syria and then invade northern Israel. He will come back a few years later to invade southern Israel. The Assyrian kings did these same things.

    • David Parker on October 9, 2019 at 8:12 pm


    It’s kind of surreal to see Erdogan in military fatigues and watching Turkey’s attack on Syria. If this is the beginning of Jeremiah 49, then what is happening will unfold according to prophecy. I do pray for the Christians among the Kurds that will suffer through this war. We do know the end game for Erdogan is Damascus and the Golan Heights. May the church wake up and recognize the urgency of the hour.


    1. Jeremiah 49:23-27 begins in Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria.

    • Chaz on October 15, 2021 at 7:55 am

    So I’m watching Syria and Erdogan closely and I run across this fresh off the press:

    Thought I would shoot this over to you for material. When I read that article this blog came to mind because of Tell Rifaat!

    1. Good job watching the exactly right event. Jeremiah 49:23-27 is about to happen. Jesus Christ is about to come for his Church!

    • Chaz on October 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Also another event happened today! A magnitude 6 earthquake rocked the Eastern Mediterranean sea! It was felt in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt! Again this scripture and blog came to mind because it mentions sorrow/anxiety on the seas (although it’s probably primarily talking about war)! I looked on Bible Hub for correspondence and some translations even say turbulence. Wow prophecy is amazing! May Christ come quickly and reign forever! It’s like God is giving those of us who are “watching and praying” a major heads up and to make sure He has our attention. (I also had a scripture come to mind where it says God will begin shaking the nations, but not sure of the verse location)

    Most people think this will be a causal military operation but I think Erdogan has something big in mind. I think this will be a major operation that will spiral out of control. I read your article on the King of the south and as providence would have it Egypt is getting tired of the arms deals from Turkey to its neighbors. I think once Erdogan gets deeper into Syria and diplomatic ties fray, Egypt will then initiate that “push”. At that point the only land standing between the king of north and south… would be Israel.

    1. I agree with every one of your observations.

    • Chaz on October 19, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Oh and one more thing I forgot to add. When it says the seas are anxious, primarily talking about the nations anxiety to what’s happening in Syria, if I have guess it seems no one (especially the USA) will take any meaningful intervention once Erdogan marches to Damascus

    1. The US wants Assad removed. The US will not defend Syria.

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