Syria on the Brink

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  1. Scot says:

    In the Old Testament it talks about Damascus be coming a heap of ruins.Could this bring that about

  2. Janine says:

    WOW John – sure looks like it! – While people are singing peace and safety over christmas time will sudden destruction come? Especially AFTER 21 Dec 2012 has passed and people become even more complacent because nothing happened???
    Thinking of Seals 1-4 of Revelation 6—the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – whist looking up for Jesus’ return’!
    ” Seal 1—White Horse—Conquering world power, the New World Order.
    Seal 2—Red Horse—WWIII.
    Seal 3—Black Horse—Worldwide financial collapse.
    Seal 4—Pale Horse—Worldwide Pandemic.
    So these 4 seals will result in the destruction of the Old World Order, arising of the New World Order with the antichrist at the head, and the death of ¼ of the World’s population.
    What will happen on 21 Dec 2012? I do not know. Could we be in a prophetic time frame of seals 1-4—the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? I believe Jesus summarized the time period of the Seals that we may be about to enter in Luke 21:8.
    Could it be possible that all 4 seals could happen in one day? A thought.
    It sure seems like the 1st 4 seals are about to occur! The forces are gathering in the Mideast that are ready to start WWIII (Seal 2), the pending worldwide financial collapse that many are predicting could happen soon (Seal 3), pending UFO disclosures (Great Falling Away?), and pandemic possibilities (Seal 4).
    Will we see a significant event related to the Seals occur on 21 Dec 2012? Again we will have to wait and see what transpires, if anything. But I do know that the Seals of Revelation will eventually occur and if there are any bits of truth in the 21 Dec 2012 phenomena, the Seals may be related to that date.
    Psalm 91. Look Up!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      The seals will not be broken until the church is in heaven with Jesus.
      We watch the Father give the Lord Jesus the scroll and then He unleashes the judgments.
      Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
      Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
      Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
      Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
      Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

      • Janine says:

        Thanks John.
        If you’re interested: This is from William Frederick M.Div – Christian teacher who holds a pre-wrath view.
        He held the pre-trib view for many years.
        He a free ebook here.
        He states in it….
        Rapture in Revelation 4?
        Another very weak argument put forth by pre-trib adherents is that they say that the raptured saints are clearly seen in Revelation 4 and 5: “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Rev. 5:11). The scene depicted in Revelation 4 and 5 occurs before the seals are opened. Therefore, they conclude, the rapture occurs before the 70th Week.
        They also claim that Revelation 4:1 is the trumpet that sounds at the rapture and John who went up to heaven at the time is symbolic of the rapture: “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Scripture does not support these assertions. First, scripture tells us that the voice only sounds like a trumpet, not that a trumpet is sounding. If it were a trumpet sounding, scripture would have said that. Secondly, nowhere does it mention any saints in this scene besides the 24 elders. All listed as being present in this scene are angels, beasts, and the 24 elders. That is it. One cannot assume that the 100 trillion are made up of raptured saints. God tells us who is present, and to conclude otherwise is an assumption that is not supported by the text. Therefore, scripture in no way supports the notion that raptured saints are present in Revelation 4 and 5.
        The raptured saints do, however, appear in scripture in Revelation 7:
        After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands . . . And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. (Rev. 7:9–15) [italics mine]
        These are the raptured saints, not the elders, beasts, and angels of Revelation 4 and 5.

  3. JD says:

    ‘Remember that Syria and Iran are allies, and let’s not forget about Russia too, it is easy to see how the Syrian war could set off WWIII in the very near future.’ (ETF)
    Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

  4. Sparrow says:

    It’s hard to believe this region has held together as long as it has. It is such a powder keg now! How much longer can things possibly hold off??? Everyone is just going along, business as usual. Most people will be caught by surprise when all this breaks loose…..

  5. Joni says:

    Thank you John, for all you do for us.
    You and our other Watchmen on the wall are valued, loved and prayed for by us, Thank you all of you. I cant imagine where we would be without you.

    PS. Tom, Greg P, and Mrs CJB, please email John for my new email address ok?
    I lost 9 years of emails and addresses, my son changed internet service, and “poof” just like that, all gone!
    Its all good, I needed to clean it out anyways!
    But please ask John and he will provide ok?
    Thank you John.
    I didn’t know how else to make contact.

    God Bless us all,

  6. John says:

    I had dreams that became true. Always after heavy prayer. Two personal dreams became true then a national dream which has not been fulfilled. Not good.

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      I am not big on dreams unless the person is proven of the Lord.
      I hope that you understand this.
      It is not personal against you in any way.

  7. John says:

    Also thank you for this site. I read it. I have a copy of one of your warning books. “As America has done to Israel” what insight you have. I pray for you. Thanks again.

  8. Mrs. CJB says:

    Hello and God Bless, JONI! Brother John, could you please send Joni my e-mail address?

  9. John says:

    Brother John ! It is your site. I understand you need discernment. Since you do not know me I understand. But I could not believe when the dreams became accurate. I studied dreams in the bible after these occurrences. I talk to our Lord. I went to the pastor. I know it is true. He told me just pray for others involved. I just ask God for Holy Boldness to be a witness. Keep praying and reading our beloved Scriptures! Amen! Philippians 4:6-7

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Eternal Father, we offer Thee the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, Thy Beloved Son and my Divine Redeemer, for all my relations, friends and enemies, for the poor, the sick, and those in tribulation, and for all those for whom Thou willest I should pray, or knowest that I ought to pray.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Blessed and praised forevermore be Jesus Who hath saved us by His Precious Blood!

  10. Janine says:

    Thanks John. Thats why I said ‘look up’! Believe me, I hope you’re right.
    So do you think WWIII is part of the tribulation and the rapture will happen before WWIII?
    To be honest; that the rapture would take place before the tribulation is my personal favorite though not necessarily my confident expectation. (It just seems so chaotic in my imagination – planes falling out of the sky etc etc as pilots disappear, cars and buses crashing: people wouldn’t even get a chance to come to Jesus).
    God is glorified too when He takes care of His people in the midst of His judgment of others, rather than just removing them from it.
    As in PSALM 91 (I love this Psalm)
    Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High. Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “ He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”………
    Anyway, I’m just going to do my best to prepare to remain faithful, and in love and forgiveness; whatever may or may not come. That’s the best way I know to be ready whenever He comes.
    Of course the pre-tribulation sounds good to me. I’m just going to keep on trusting & looking up for my Saviour’s return!

    • Hi Janine: I have read with interest your many comments and I have a request. Would you take the time to give us a personal testimony of when you were saved and what convinced you that you needed a Saviour? I love to hear testimonies of salvation from Christian brothers and sisters. God bless you.

      1 Thessalonians 4:9 (KJV)
      9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.


      • Janine says:

        Hi there Barbara.
        Certainly. I grew up a very strict catholic. Infact I wanted to be a Nun. Living a life devoted to serving God sounded perfect to me. I grew up in a home with an alcoholic father, workaholic mother, violence and sexual abuse. I drew near to God and imagined Him as my perfect father from a young age. I grew up searching for the Truth. I studied everything regarding positive thinking and new age etc. I remember having a pile of new age books that I just got from a conference feeling so confused. I cried out to God ‘To tell me the Truth’ and within a week I met a Christian girl who took me to a youth rally (I was 23) where I gave my heart to Jesus. I remember her Dad (Pastor) telling me that God had someone special for me. I was amazed as I’d been looking for love as the world does. Anyway after reading His word the Holy Spirit gave me the grace to remain pure from then on. I met a guy (and this is another story). 3 years later we were married and had our first kiss at the alter. I am now 40, still in love, (BTW, I live on the Gold Coast, QLD Australia) and we have 3 children). Recently I have had a strong desire to study the Old Testament. Jesus has wooed me to learn of those things He loves. Like His feasts. I see Him in them all, Infact on every page of the Old Testament. Anything that deepens my relationship with Him and bring richness and life is wonderful! I am a truth seeker. The Holy Spirit is my teacher. I want to love and not judge others. I see we are all on a journey – and I want to keep on believing, keep on trusting, loving and forgiving. I want to love my Father in Heaven more than life itself. Hope this is ok. God Bless You my sister.
        PS – I’m just on my way home from holidaying on the Sunshine Coast and while I was away I received news that my sister as late stage pancreatic cancer. I cried, then snuggled into The Lord and He gave me His perspective and filled me with a peace beyond my understanding – this is the journey. I’m sure you understand.

        • Janine: Thank you so much for that testimony. It gives me a deeper understanding of where you are coming from. I especially like the part about God having someone special for you and that you waited–great. When I was 16, I saw so many “mismatched” young people that I prayed that God would show me who he had intended for me and I even told Him what I wanted–no smoking, no drinking, no cussing, and had to love kids–got exactly what I asked for and had him for almost 48 years (along with 4 children and later on a bunch of foster children)–some rocky roads, but love all the way! God is so good–He answers prayers.

          I have a special prayer for you, Janine, and that is that you will be a Berean and pray sincerely for discernment as you are studying in new directions. Be very careful of the source of information you are seeking. God has just laid you on my heart for prayer, and as I pray for you I will also pray for your sister–is she saved?

          God bless you, my young sister!


        • Mary E. says:

          So glad you are with us! I am praying for your sister. Please keep us updated.

  11. dan wessel says:

    Thank you brother John for all you are and do in Jesus great name.All of us are thankful to have an outlet,a way to connect with those we will be spending eternity with.I appreciate all you do.Father God…I ask humbly…that you cover brother John with your protection,enable him,strengthen,continue to guide him in your tender care,for your honor,and glory,in Jesus name…I ask this,Amen.

  12. Susanna says:


    Thank you for your valuable insight. I heard about you from one of my Dad’s co-workers recently and quickly decided ro follow your blog.

    One thing I think is important to remember is that God is glorified when He is able to keep us out of trouble by our trust in Him. Oue trust in God should not be minimized because it gives God much glory. If anyone is familiar with the “Jesus of the Divine Mercy” image promoted by Catholics then you would be familiar with the inscription “Jesus I trust in you”. I encourage all of us to trust that Jesus has everything under control, that His plan is perfect and that our trust in Him is more valuable to him than our sucess or failure at correctly predicting the details of His plan. I like to remember that there were few, if any, people alive in Jesus’s time who correctly predicted what must occur, AND the people of that time had the advantage of a culture that valued the study of Scripture!!! I expect that there are things that I will not understand properly or that may occur differently from what I expect or was taught. I look to the sky and await my redemption and my Lord Jesus.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you.

  13. Brian says:

    A former top general in Syria’s chemical weapons program says he doesn’t doubt for a moment that President Bashar al-Assad will deploy his chemical weapons arsenal as he tries to hold onto power and crush the uprising that started almost two years ago.

    He accuses Assad’s forces of already spraying pesticides and dropping white phosphorous, claims also made by opposition activists.

    “They’re idiots, crazy. Simply they are killers,” he said.

  14. Melany W. says:

    Again, I am so appreciative of being able to come here and get caught up on what is going on. I was traveling last week and had limited access to the news.

    Janine, I understand how you feel. I am hoping that our understanding is correct on pre-trib rapture, and I believe it is, but if we are here for even a part of the trib, I am trusting God to see us through. A while ago, John wrote about ‘getting your house in order’ and that is what I’ve been doing. This is no time for sloppy living on my part. I am excited about Yeshua’s return and am trying to impart my reasons for this to my two grown sons. Everything that is happening is interlocking and making up the “big picture”. Praise the God of Abraham that we are alive to see this!

  15. Janine says:

    It certainly seems like tings are aligning for WWIII and Russia just supplied Syria with “unstoppable” missiles.

  16. Janine says:

    Thankyou Barbara. Yes, it’s heavy on my heart to be like a Berean. As it is with us all. I can trust His word and the Spirit alone to guide me into all truth. As you can probably tell I am tenacious for it. That’s how I got saved. When I let all the ‘other’ teaching go and just go to the word, led by the Spirit it’s amazing how he fills me with His wisdom & peace once again. Warmly loving you my sister. Thank you for your love, support and prayers. A prophet came to our church – stood me up and said – you’re goal in life is to be a peacemaker but that’s not your job. Your job is to see what God does in the Spirit and do that! It’s so true, I wear myself out trying to bring peace and trying to make everyone get along! I guess sometimes we all have to learn to agree to disagree and at the same time love each other without judging where they are at as we journey on in Him. xo

  17. Janine says:

    John – finally I worked it out. When mobile theme is ON – on the iPhone, you can’t see who the replies are to. So I need to go turn it off and go to web version. The mobile version is easier so when you put the name you are replying to – that helps those who are on iPhones etc to see who you are replying to. Thanks.

  18. Janine says:

    Do you know of The Extinction Protocol website?

  19. Was checking online news and found this article which seems to go along with the article posted here about US-Russian Stalemate Wavers……:

    Also, this is extremely disturbing news:

    Luke 21:28 (KJV)
    28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

    Psalm 91:4 (KJV)
    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.


  20. Mrs. CJB says:

    Janine, many of us here will pray for you and your sister. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7

    • Janine says:

      Thank you all. My sister has struggled with her walk with The Lord. I pray most of all that she would be healed of her waywardness. She just went in to have stints put in bit the cancer was found to be too agressive. There is another procedure using a balloon but she could die on the operating table. I know God CAN heal her. But as Job said ‘though He slay me, yet will I trust Him’. God has more power than the devil. Satan can only do what God allows. Disease does not come from God. I have Gods supernatural joy and peace no matter what – amazing really. He will keep me strong for my catholic family. He has plan. I choose to trust Him wholeheartedly. Bless you all.

  21. Janine says:

    I just received this email John. is this true? I wonder! I always thought God could make a blood moon anytime He wants or do you think these moons on 2014-2015 are signs of something?, a warning or something? What do people say they signify or could mean?
    “I just heard an exciting sermon from Ps John Hagee on the Four Blood Moons.
    He mentioned in the sermon that the Four Blood Moons occurred in 1492, 1948 and 1967. Each time it had something to do with the Jews.
    1492- the Spanish Inquistion- jews were martyred if they did not convert to Catholism.
    1948- After Hitler killed 6 million jews, the state of Israel was born
    1967- the miracle war
    The next blood moons are going to appear in April 2014 and last for 18 months.
    Its all on the internet.(Havn’t looked at these yet)

  22. Janine says:

    Oops, (Re; Blood Moons) I missed this one.
    PS: If these are THE blood red moons (Apparently they fall on/near God’s feast days, correct? – I truly wonder if it makes them more significant because they are on feast days that we should take notice?); don’t you say the rapture happens before that?
    Anyway, all I can say is WOW, if this is true, what an exciting time to be alive!

    • JohnMcTernan says:

      There is more than blood moons connected to heavens before the Day of the LORD, but these are the verses about the blood moons.
      The sun will also be darkened at this time.

      Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
      Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

      • Janine says:

        Thanks John.
        ‘The sun will be darkened’ – I just found out that there will be two solar eclipses then on Gods feast days too.

        I wonder if the Spirit is waking people up to knowing when His feast days are as signs? I had never even read the Old Testament or heard about the feast days. My pastor from a Pentecostal church just wrote a book about The Lord perhaps coming back on the feast of trumpets and Jesus fulfilling the rest of the feast. I’d only ever heard of Pentecost! Interesting Times!

        Sent from my iPhone

      • Janine says:

        So John. Would you say the rapture would happen long before Joel 2:30?

        • JohnMcTernan says:

          Yes, we will be at he Marriage Supper of the Lamb at this time

          • Janine says:

            To write a book that He is coming back on the feast of trumpets to fulfill that feast is certainly a change from coming at any moment, day or hour. I learnt that the feast of trumpets is over 2 days and has something to do with the sightings of the new moon – so I guess in actual fact then you wouldn’t know which day or hour on the feast of trumpets. Just thinking!

    • star2 says:


      Pastor Mark Biltz of El Shaddai Ministries did a teaching on the prophetic signs in the stars. It is very interesting and defintely shows that we are in the last days. It is worth watching. It is ~1 hr 18 min long.

      May 28, 201: Pastor Mark Biltz:Signs in the Heavens

  23. Janine says:

    “Astonishing as it seems, four lunar eclipses will occur on
    God’s annual Holy Days during Passover and Sukkot in the
    years 2014 and 2015, and two solar eclipses on Nisan 1 and
    the Feast of Trumpets! These are exceedingly rare occurrences, especially when they dovetail with God’s Holy Days! What does it all mean? What is the prophetic significance? It’s time to wake up and take heed of these ominous, fateful warnings from heaven”!
    William F. Dankenbring

  24. Ryan Thomas says:

    Janine Keith O Anne and others, Just like John said Jesus is our sabbath, Jesus is our Passover, our messiah has now said, I am the root. Rev 22:16

    • Janine says:

      Bless you. Yes, He is going to fulfill the rest of His feasts and is the fulfillment of them all. Isn’t It wonderful how The Holy Spirit reveals that to us and teaches us that in His perfect way and timing!

  25. Keith O. says:

    Please remember folks, when Damascus ceases as a city, unless the people have fled, millions will die-including 250,000 Christians. Many of these others will be unsaved-just as we once were. Pray that they come to know the Savior before time runs out. Remember, these are real people who will be dying. Let us not sit like vultures waiting the fulfillment of this prophecy-intercede for these unsaved and saved people. The prophecy will be fulfilled soon enough.

  26. Mary E. says:

    I’ve been following your discussions on the comment section and it is obvious you are wrestling with certain issues. We have all gone through this in our walk with the Lord,I refer to it as going though the refining fire. So,when you insinuate that commentors on this blog are” like vultures waiting the fulfillment of this prophecy”,I’m not going to get insulted. I am going to refer you to Rev.1:3 and Rev.22:7 which tells me, because I read and believe the prophecies,that I am blessed. I also want you to know that I have been praying for Damascus and it’s people…most likely before you were born.
    It’s time for you to take this anger, that has a hold of you and direct it back to the source of all lies. Praying for you,Keith and God bless.

    • Keith O. says:

      Mary E., Yes maam. I am being purged of all things Babylonian in my life(it is hard to believe how deeply entrenched it is in many aspects of our lives). I’m glad you’re not insulted-you shouldn’t be. It is just that some view prophecy study as a “hobby” and think it’s “neat” as if it were some form of entertainment.
      The purging of the dross can be painful-especially if you find out you have been deceived by someone or something you thought you could trust.
      I’ve found something out! I’m barely a milk drinker! The allows you to study words or even word phrases. I plugged in the phrase, “oracles of God” and what I found was profound-at least to me, perhaps this is old hat for some:

      “oracles” AND “of” AND “God”
      occurs in 3 verses in the KJV, including 3 exact phrases shown first.
      Page 1 / 1 exact matches (Rom 3:2 – 1Pe 4:11)

      Below are the exact phrases.
      Rom 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
      Hbr 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
      1Pe 4:11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

      Strong’s G3051 – logion λόγιον

      lo’-gē-on (Key)

      Part of Speech
      neuter noun

      Root Word (Etymology)

      From λόγιος (G3052)

      TDNT Reference
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      Outline of Biblical Usage 1) a brief utterance, a divine oracle (doubtless because oracles were generally brief)

      a) in the NT, the words or utterances of God

      b) of the contents of the Mosaic law

      Then the Vines’ entry REALLY caught my attenition:

      1 Strong’s Number: g3051 Greek: logion

      a diminutive of logos, “a word, narrative, statement,” denotes “a Divine response or utterance, an oracle;” it is used of
      (a) the contents of the Mosaic Law, Act 7:38;

      (b) all the written utterances of God through OT writers, Rom 3:2;

      (c) the substance of Christian doctrine, Hbr 5:12;

      (d) the utterance of God through Christian teachers, 1Pe 4:11.

      Notes: Divine “oracles” were given by means of the breastplate of the High Priest, in connection with the service of the tabernacle, and the Sept. uses the associated word logeion in Exd 28:15, to described the breastplate.

      The “breastplate of righteousness”, part of the whole armor of God that guards our hearts. It ties in perfectly with this verse:
      Jer 31:33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

      • JohnMcTernan says:

        As I understand this, it was a good teaching.
        I would like to add one thing to it.
        Jesus Christ is our righteousness, and in the armor of God it is His righteousness which shields us.
        I stand in His righteousness and not my own.
        So when the satan attacks me as being unworthy, I stand in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, which was imparted to me.

        1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: