A few weeks ago, Syria claimed that Israel fired rockets at Mezzeh Military Airport. According to the Syrian government, it was the “third such Israeli strike into Syria recently.” For the record, the Israeli military hasn’t commented on any of these accusations. Naturally, nothing has come out of these allegations. Yet, the claims themselves show us how volatile the situation is in Syria, and how likely it is that Israel will eventually intervene. Of course, according to the Bible, it’s just a matter of time.
One of the most overlooked wars of the end-times is the war that’s depicted in Daniel 11:22. We can call it the “Daniel 11:22 War” for short. I mean, it sounds cool and it would probably sell a lot of books. Anyway, the Antichrist will be of Magog and the ruler of Meshech and Tubal (Ezekiel 38:2). In other words, the Antichrist is going to be the Slavic ruler of Russia at the time of the end. What’s more, he is going to rise to power in Syria. In Daniel 11:21 we learn that the Antichrist must “come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” Put differently, the Antichrist will be a foreign leader. Already in Syria, Russia calls the shots and Bashar Al-Assad is nothing more than a puppet. Let’s not forget, Syria invited Russia to come in and help them. Russia came in peaceably, but they aren’t going to just leave once they’ve cleaned up the mess. Who knows, maybe they’ll annex Syria and make it a part of the Russian Federation. They’ve done it before (see: Crimea) and they’ve suggested in the past that federalism may be the answer for Syria.
Well, not everybody likes Russian involvement in Syria, and at some point war will break out. In a previous blog, this “Daniel 11:22 War” and its consequences were briefly summarized. Essentially, “Israel and a Western-backed coalition from the Middle East and North Africa will attack the Antichrist, but he’ll win (Daniel 11:21-22). Afterward, he’ll make a seven-year covenant with Israel and many nations (Daniel 9:27; 11:23). These nations will be from the Middle East and North Africa because the international recognition of Israel as a state is a key part of the Antichrist’s seven-year deal (Daniel 9:27; 11:28, 30). Most nations in the world today that haven’t recognized Israel are in the Middle East and North Africa.”
In a different blog post, some additional details were given: “After seizing the kingdom, a massive force comes against him, but this “flood of armies shall be swept away before him and be broken, and the prince of the covenant as well” (Daniel 11:22). Put differently, a massive military force from many nations will come against this foreign usurper in Syria. The military force will include Israel, because “the prince of the covenant” is going to be swept away (Daniel 11:22). That’s probably a reference to an Israeli ruler. Incidentally, an alliance will be made with the Antichrist after this conflict (Daniel 11:23). This will be the seven-year covenant Israel and many other nations make with the Antichrist that begins the countdown to the Day of the Lord (Daniel 9:27).”
Ultimately, the “Daniel 11:22 War” is really the beginning of the end. From the looks of things, it may not be that far off.