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HOW DO WE KNOW PSALM 83 IS A PROPHECY?

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QUESTION:    How do we know that Psalm 83 (which, to me, sounds like a prayer, rather than a prophecy) is actually a prophecy of war? What makes that “prayer” a “prophecy” that we know as the Psalm 83 war ?
ANSWER:    You’re correct in saying Psalm 83 is a prayer, but that doesn’t make it a hypothetical one, such as when we pray for protection against whatever danger might arise. The prayer is too specific in naming the names of Israel’s enemies, even quoting their words.
Nothing that would have fulfilled Psalm 83 has ever happened, so there are two possibilities. Either the prayer was answered pre-emptively and God over ruled the enemy’s plan, or the prayer was for a future time.
Until recently we might have accepted the first possibility, but suddenly modern nations occupying the lands of the very enemies Psalm 83 spoke of are surrounding Israel and threatening to attack, and they’re uttering the very words from Psalm 83:4.
“Come,” they say. “Let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel will be remembered no more.”
Then you have the fact that these enemies, against all logic, will not be involved in a prophecy we know is about an attack against Israel (Ezekiel 38). Why are they missing? Is it because they will have already been defeated? These are strong circumstantial indicators that Psalm 83 is a prophecy that will soon be fulfilled.
 

JUSTIFYING PSALM 83 AS PROPHECY

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QUESTION:    I’m writing to you about Psalm 83. I’m puzzled because Asaph says the nations named are conspiring against Israel. He doesn’t say they attack. If that is so, perhaps God will answer Asaph’s prayer and confound His enemies while they squabble amongst themselves during the plotting stage of an attack. I just don’t get the sense of an actual war from Psalm 83 — only plotting and planning. If you believe Psalm 83 is a war prophecy, please tell me your reasoning.
ANSWER:    You’re right in saying the Bible never says whether this conspiracy came to fruition causing the Lord to answer Asaph’s prayer. And no one that I know of sees any possible historical fulfilment even in Israel’s modern age. Some people or group of people have always been missing, the most obvious ones being the Palestinians who didn’t become an issue for Israel until after the major wars of 48, 67, and 73 had been fought. But they certainly are an issue today, as is Lebanon with its Hezbollah connection.
But everyone agrees that something has to happen to bring Israel into a perception of peace and safety before Ezekiel 38 can take place. Current realities make that hard to imagine until Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the PLO are neutralised. And when Israel buries the dead from Ezekiel’s battle it will be in a place that belongs to the Palestinians today, although Ezekiel calls it Israel. (Ezek. 39:11)
I suppose the Palestinians could just go away or voluntarily re-unite with Israel, and Hamas and Hezbollah could decide to sit out the Battle of Ezekiel 38 along with Israel’s other next door neighbours who are all listed in Psalm 83 but missing from Ezekiel 38. But absent those possibilities some, myself included, see Psalm 83 as the missing link in Israel’s End Times Scenario.
 

THE GAZA WAR AND PROPHECY

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QUESTION:    I’m curious and as always expecting the soon return of the Lord. If the current trouble in Israel and Gaza turns out to be something in any way prophetic, what in your opinion do you think we’d see and what might it be? It could still be one of the many wars that Jesus said would occur in the last days, right? Yet anything that relates to Israel must have some value in that regard. Also, it seems I read in the Word that Gaza once belonged to Judah. Is this correct?
ANSWER:    I think the event that could determine whether this is a birth pang or something bigger is if Hizbollah opens up a northern front on behalf of Syria. If so it could develop into the fulfillment of Psalm 83. Gaza was originally part of the Land grant to Abraham (Genesis 15:18) but was occupied by the Philistines until the time of David. This is one of the reasons why there was so much resistance in Israel to abandoning it, and why it had been the source of such trouble since.

 

MORE ON THE GAZA WAR

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QUESTION:    Regarding the current Gaza/Israel conflict, do you have an opinion as to which scripture this may be fulfilling, if any? Thank you for sharing your knowledge and opinions with us! You can’t imagine how much it’s appreciated.
ANSWER:    I answered a similar question recently, but it bears repeating. So far, this and the other wars taking place in the region are only fulfilling Matt. 24:6;
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”
If they should expand to include all of Israel’s other next door neighbors in a joint attack, it could lead to the fulfillment of Psalm 83.
 

PSALM 83 AND THE GAZA WAR

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QUESTION:    I wonder if the current military operation in Gaza by the Israeli defence forces is in any way related to the prayers of Asaph in Psalm 83? I wonder if this is a prophetic prayer, hundreds of years ago for God to intervene in this conflict? Could it be that Asaph foresaw this conflict and this is his prayer for God to assist Israel to successfully defeat those enemies which surround Israel? This Psalm seems to describe many of those people groups, all Muslims, who have conspired together to destroy Israel and “cut them off from being a nation”.
ANSWER:    I believe Psalm 83 is a prophecy that has never been fulfilled. Whether the current war between Israel and Hamas turns into a fulfilment of that prophecy remains to be seen. So far all of Israel’s other next door neighbours are standing back, waiting to see what will happen. If they continue to do so that will tell us now is not the time for Psalm 83‘s fulfilment. If they all jump in to join Hamas then we’ll know the time has come.

UNWALLED VILLAGES IN GAZA?

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QUESTION:    Greetings and God’s blessings upon you.
Hundreds of thousands have crossed the downed Gaza Wall into Egypt as the border walls were bombed. My first thought was the walled villages are gone, and is that not part of the end time prophecy?
I too long for the Lord’s return. My heart is saddened everyday when I see the enormous sadness, pain and suffering in our world. One could easily write pages of all the greed around us and the horrors that greed continues to cause.
Watching the fighting the other evening during the democratic debate, one can see there is no hope for a better government. If this is the best the American people have to choose from to lead our country, the time is ripe for the Antichrist.
ANSWER:    The prophecy about unwalled villages is from Ezekiel 38:11 and describes Israel living in a perceived state of peace with the surrounding nations preceding the attack of the Moslem coalition. The Gaza / Egypt border breach is a different matter, and is a temporary condition.

A LAND OF UNWALLED VILLAGES

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A Bible Study by Jack Kelley (Written on Sunday June 27th 2010)
I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record by now, but there’s an enormous potential for a giant leap forward in End Times prophecy this summer, and this week we came breathtakingly close to witnessing its beginning.
After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land.
This is what the sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages, I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people – all of them living without gates and bars.” (Ezek. 38:8-11)
Many students of prophecy, myself included, see the battle of Ezekiel 3839 as one of the most significant events on God’s prophetic calendar. In the scenario Ezekiel described nearly 2500 years ago, a coalition of Moslem countries, armed and led by the Russians, will attack Israel and be utterly defeated due to God’s direct intervention. He will use this battle to re-introduce Himself to Israel as their protector, to recall the rest of His people to their ancient homeland, and to reinstate His relationship with them.
WHEN WILL THESE THINGS HAPPEN?
All agree that this battle has not yet taken place. Following WW 2 the Jewish people began returning to the land for the first time in centuries and only since then have conditions been such that Ezekiel’s prophecy could be fulfilled.
Speaking of this battle Lord said,
“I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay upon them (the attacking Moslem coalition). From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God. (Ezek. 39:22). He concluded by saying, “I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind.”
(Ezek. 39:28)
Israel’s re-gathering, officially begun in 1948, will continue to completion and will be both spiritual and physical. According to Acts 15: 13-19 and Daniel 9:27 it will result it a temple being built. That means the Jews will return to their Old Covenant relationship with God, bringing an end to the Age of Grace and causing the Church to disappear into Heaven. The 490 year clock that stopped on year 483 at the time of the Crucifixion will begin ticking again, its final 7 years (known as Daniel’s 70th Week) unfolding. God’s attention will again be focused on Israel.
The Jews will begin Temple construction assisted by the anti-Christ (Dan 9:27) in what will be his first big move to establish himself as the god of this world. 3 ½ years later he will stand in this very Temple and proclaim himself to be God, a declaration that will jump start the Great Tribulation. (Matt. 24:15 & 2 Thes. 2:4) So Ezekiel’s battle must be inserted into the window of time between the rebirth of the nation in 1948 and the rebuilding of the Temple, still in the future. You can see why prophecy students are so interested. Israel’s return to God, the Rapture of the Church, Daniel’s 70th week, the Coming Temple, the introduction of the anti-Christ, the Great Tribulation and the 2nd Coming are all somehow impacted by this battle. (Although the Rapture can happen at any time, I believe Rom. 11:25 says it has to happen before the beginning of Daniel’s 70th Week) Can you imagine any event more critical to the fulfilment of End Times prophecies?
A PEACEFUL AND UNSUSPECTING PEOPLE
So what else has to happen before this battle can take place?  The participants are in place and it’s no secret that they’re in the final stages of preparation. Nor is their intent a mystery. Iran has openly predicted Israel’s soon coming demise, and Turkey has finally taken its place in the Moslem Coalition Ezekiel described.
There’s just one other condition.  Israel is described as living in safety in Ezek. 38:8 at the time of the attack. The Hebrew word translated safety there is betach.  Of 42 Old Testament appearances, it’s translated into some form of the word safety 28 times.  (One meaning of the word is careless, in the sense that the people feel so safe they’re not being cautious.) To underscore the attitude in Israel at the time of the attack, Ezekiel calls them a land of unwalled villages, a peaceful and unsuspecting people, living without gates and bars (Ezekiel 38:11).
It’s safe to say that none of these conditions exist in Israel today. Two thirds of a proposed 436 mile long security fence has been built to prevent Palestinian terrorists from crossing into Israel, so it’s decidedly not a land of un-walled villages.  The Jewish people know there are up to 40,000 rockets and missiles pointed at them, leaving no part of Israel safe from attack.  Then there’s the Gaza blockade crisis. Last week Hezbollah and Iran announced their intention to break the blockade with ships that were ready to set sail on a moments notice. Israel responded quickly, saying they’d be treated like enemy ships if they entered its territorial waters.  (As of this week both have been at least temporarily held back by pressure from the international community. Had this not been the case, we’d literally be hearing the opening salvos of Psalm 83 by now. )  For months, Israel’s military leaders have been telling their troops to prepare for war this summer.
These are not the actions of a peaceful and unsuspecting people.  In fact, persistent rumours have Israel preparing to launch a pre-emptive attack against Iran.  According to DEBKA file Israeli bombers have been secretly positioned in Azerbaijan causing Iran to declare a state of war along its nearby border and position troops there, and it has also been reported that Israeli aircraft have the green light to overfly Saudi Arabia en route to an attack on Iran.
Observers have called this summer the time when things will change forever in the Middle East. What ever happens will not be the long awaited Battle of Ezekiel 38 but it will certainly be setting the stage for it. We’ve already discussed the Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 scenarios.  A pre-emptive attack on Iran could easily trigger the fulfilment of these prophecies  and decisive victories could put Israel into the state of mind consistent with one meaning of the Hebrew word betach; feeling so safe they’re no longer being cautious.  Time will tell.  But more so now than ever before, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah. (06-26-10)

THE GAZA WAR AND PROPHECY

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QUESTION:    I’m curious and as always expecting the soon return of the Lord. If the current trouble in Israel and Gaza turns out to be something in any way prophetic, what in your opinion do you think we’d see and what might it be? It could still be one of the many wars that Jesus said would occur in the last days, right? Yet anything that relates to Israel must have some value in that regard. Also, it seems I read in the Word that Gaza once belonged to Judah. Is this correct?
ANSWER:    I think the event that could determine whether this is a birth pang or something bigger is if Hizbollah opens up a northern front on behalf of Syria. If so it could develop into the fulfilment of Psalm 83. Gaza was originally part of the Land grant to Abraham (Genesis 15:18) but was occupied by the Philistines until the time of David. This is one of the reasons why there was so much resistance in Israel to abandoning it, and why it had been the source of such trouble since.

 

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