Many Christians see a biblical connection to the conflict in Syria, the country's capital city takes center stage in Old Testament passages about the end of time.
Isaiah 17 reads: "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city, and will become a fallen ruin."
However, Christy Gurley at Houston's St. Thomas Presbyterian Church points out that part of the world is no stranger to war.
“You can find as many scholars saying that its strictly about the Old Testament time period as you can find scholars who say it is a future prophecy,” Gurley tells KTRH News.
That said, Gurley says it doesn't make sense to keep worrying about Armageddon.
“This is a scary topic, a scary subject, warfare always is,” she says. “God doesn't want us to live afraid of life, but to embrace it and make the most of what we can.”
Some believe what prophecy really is about is the faithfulness of God's word. Gurley says it all becomes a matter of interpretation.
“Even Jesus says only the Father knows the end time,” she says. “We're to live our life everyday as if it was our last day, to make the best of it.”