“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15)
Daily headlines are increasingly pointing to the notion that the President of Syria, Bashar Hafez al-Assad, more commonly known as Bashar Assad, is losing his grip on Syria. Is this a sign that the End of Days are approaching?
There are several hints in sacred Jewish texts to a connection between the fate of Syria and the End of Days and, in particular, between the fall of Damascus, Syria’s capital city, and the imminent arrival of the Messiah, son of David.
And it is a sign for you, when you see the Nero of the East fall in Damascus, the Salvation will come to Israel, and Mashiah Ben David will come… – Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
The 2nd century Jewish sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai predicted that when an evil ruler in Damascus [the Nero of the East] falls from power, the Messiah, son of David, will appear. The End of Days blogger known as Tomer Devorah made the connection in a recent blog post.
Similarly, the Zohar, the foundational mystical Jewish text, says that when the king of Damascus falls, the Messiah will come. Since Damascus is Syria’s capital city, the current king of Damascus is none other than Bashar Assad.
Jerusalem is destined to reach Damascus – Shir Hashirim Raba, Chapter 7
More than a thousand years ago, the rabbinic commentary to the Biblical Song of Songs, known as Shir Hashirim Raba, predicted that Jerusalem will eventually reach Damascus.
One way of understanding this commentary is that the modern country of Syria will eventually revert back to being part of the Holy Land, which is symbolized by Jerusalem.
In the midst of the Yom Kippur war in 1973, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the then-head of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement, spoke about the significant connection between the war in Syria and the End of Days redemption.
The Rebbe singled out the role of the Syrian capital of Damascus, calling it “a city with an ancient history [that] symbolized the stability of the Muslim world, and therefore the threat Islam posed to the Jewish people.”