Recent developments in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt and now in Syria, could indicate that the Psalm 83 prophecy is coming to fruition. According to Psalm 83, Israel will soon face an attack from neighboring countries bent on its destruction. Psalm 83:1-8 states:
O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you— the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
Let’s examine the list of nations mentioned above to see where each is located today. Edom, Moab, and Ammon are all located in present day Jordan. Amman is the capital of present day Jordan. Byblos, or Gebal, is located on the coast in present day Lebanon. Philistia is located in present day Gaza, home to the Palestinians and Hamas, who are known enemies of Israel. Tyre is located in present day Lebanon, home to the militant group Hezbollah, with whom Israel was at war in 2006. Assyria included present day Syria and Iraq. So we see the nations of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza, and most likely the Palestinians in the West Bank, all of which surround Israel.
Of these nations, Syria is currently in turmoil with uprisings. Lebanon and Jordan also have had some protests. Recent polls indicate Egypt may end its peace treaty with Israel, which would give the above mentioned nations the power they need to wage war against Israel. There is a power vacuum that needs to be filled in Egypt. If the Muslim Brotherhood fulfills that, it could mean the end of a peace treaty, as they have already stated would happen. The events currently happening in the Middle East could very well set the stage for this war, which could break out at any time. Some have said it could occur as soon as the summer of 2011 or in 2012. Let’s look at the outcome of this invasion in verses 9-18.
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.” Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame, LORD, so that they will seek your name. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
This invasion would set up the scenario needed for the war mentioned in Ezekiel 38. Verse eight reads: 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. According to this passage, Israel will be a land that has recovered from war and will live in safety. This likely refers to the Psalm 83 war where we see in verses 9-18 that Israel will win by supernatural means. After defeating the surrounding neighbors, Israel will relatively live in peace. It is then that the northern nations, Russia and Iran, take notice and come against Israel in the Ezekiel 38 war. It also states in Ezekiel that Egypt, Libya, and Ethiopia will join the northern confederation. And we see these nations also in turmoil, Egypt with recent uprisings and Libya currently fighting its protesters. This should make you think and study these passages as we see the stage being set for these two wars to happen. The events are unfolding before our very eyes on the evening news like pages right out of the bible.
I believe the next war on the horizon could very well be the Psalm 83 war as indicated by recent current events. We don’t know how much time there is between these two wars, but we do know from scripture there will be a period of at least seven years after the Ezekiel war. The tribulation lasts seven years according to Daniel 9:27 and several passages in Revelation. This being so, it’s possible that the Ezekiel war starts just before or at the start of the seven year tribulation. Our time here is growing short with each passing day as I believe the rapture will occur before the tribulation. We need to be ever watchful and proclaiming the truth of the gospel and the soon return of Jesus Christ.
With all the turmoil going on in the world today, it is possible to have peace. We just need to turn to the Prince of Peace who truly gives us peace. If you haven’t made a decision to follow Jesus Christ, now is a great time to do so. All those who put their hope and trust in Him will not endure the terrible times soon to come on this world. Jesus gave us this promise in Revelation 3:10: Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I firmly believe this refers to the tribulation hour which He says He will keep us from, or out of. Reach out to Him today and invite Him into your life and accept the gift of pardon he provided for you at Calvary.
Its time to lift up our heads, our redemption draws nigh. Amen, come Lord Jesus.