Kir is Kerak
Damascus refugees will soon flee to Kerak, Jordan!
By Craig C. White
The Prophet Amos condemned Damascus. He said that God would send an army against Damascus and that the Syrian people would become refugees in Jordan. This prophecy was fulfilled when Tiglath-pileser the Assyrian king conquered Damascus (734 B.C.) and carried the Syrian (Aramean) captives away to Kir (a mountainous region in western Jordan). However, like many Bible prophecies this may also refer to a future event. Today the city of Kir in Jordan is called Kerak. Kerak is located in southwestern Jordan to the east of the Dead Sea. It has a population of about 20,000. Not including the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees that have already fled there.The citizens of Kerak are poor and mostly Christian. By the way Kerak is in the Moab region of Jordan and is very likely where the Judean refugees will flee during Jerusalem’s Great Tribulation!
There are about 600,000 Syrian refugees in western Jordan today. This is further evidence that the destruction of Damascus as described in the Bible is eminent. It is also evidence that the God of Israel is the one true God and that we all had better heed his word and we had also better humble ourselves before him while there is still time! In Amos 1:5 the plain of Aven is a valley in the northeast part of Lebanon near the Syrian border. Today it is called the Bekaa valley. It has been suggested that Saddam Hussein hid WMD’s here before the invasion of Iraq.
Amo 1:3-5 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron: 4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad. 5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.
God used the terminology to send a fire to mean that the Assyrian army would besiege the city. Just as the ancient Assyrians assaulted the city in 734 BC, I think that the Turkish army will likewise besiege Damascus soon. The palaces of Benhadad mentioned in verse 4 refer to the ancient thrones of Syrian Kings in Damascus. The future invasion of Damascus will destroy Syria’s seat of government in the neighborhood known today as “Old Damascus”.
Tens of thousands of Syrians have already taken refuge in Kir (or Kerak) in western Jordan. Many more will join them as the residents of Damascus flee. Bible prophecies are coming true. There is a terrible time of Satan’s anger and of God’s judgement coming on all of the world. It is High Time to surrender your soul into God’s care.
Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 also predict the destruction of Damascus, Syria. Both passages offer details that can be observed today!