The crisis in Syria has some people looking at end-times biblical prophecies.
Some Christians point to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who wrote about the fall of Damascus.
Florida Today reports that some Christian bookstores are seeing an increase in sales of books related to prophecy and the end times.
What does the Bible say about Egypt and Syria? Dr. Cornelius Bekker, an ordained minister and professor at Regent University, explains this and more on CBN Newswatch, Sept. 11.
But others say they don't see any connection between what's happening in Syria and predictions about the end of the world.
"In this case, Isaiah was predicting the demise of Damascus at the hands of Assyria in the eighth century," Dr. Robert Mulholland, a retired professor of New Testament of Asbury Theological Seminary, told the Christian Post.
"If one wanted to try to make the case for Isaiah 17 predicting the end times, then Iran (the present day successor to Assyria) would be responsible for Damascus' demise and not its primary ally," he said.