The Psalms of the Bible have helped worshippers in the true and living God, putting into words the aspiration, hope, fear, frustration and devotion of millions of faithful worshippers of God. This book has also proven to be a trove of spiritual wisdom teaching as well.
An unknown function of the Psalms has been as a repository of prophecy, for the Psalmists were prophets as well. Details of the first and second comings of the Messiah are clearly predicted in many of the Psalms.
In view of this series on the Arab nations in Bible prophecy, we look at Psalm 83. This is a Psalm that is a prayer of Israel , in fact a desperate prayer to God for help in view of an overwhelming attack by a confederation of Israel’s near neighbors who vow to erase Israel from the map.
* Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. The desperate nation pleads with the LORD, not to be silent in the face of this assault, As though there had been a period of silence. The supplicant is pleading with God to behold and to take action, to make a declaration of war!
*For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. Because the enemies of Israel happen to be enemies of the God of Israel, make a tumult, and in their confidence, lift up their head. They are united as never before, (Islam has united this once Balkanized region).
* They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. Much consultation has gone into this particular assault. evidently unique circumstances have come together to allow them to believe the previously unthinkable, they rally believe their time is come.
* They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. We have all been hearing such rantings from the massed demonstrations of Muslims around the World. Most Arab maps have no Israel on them, Arab lobbyists have succeeded in de legitimizing Israel in the eyes of the world. But at this point in the prayer the enemy is poised to act, they believe they can do it now!
*For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
These make up the super Alliance…The Tents of Edom… That is either the refugee camps of the Jordanian Palestinians, or the Jordanian Military .The Ishmaelites of Moab…This would be the Arab Muslims of central Jordan, The Hagarenes…would be Egyptian Arabs.
*Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Gebal…is an area north of Beirut, Lebanon, Amman is north Jordan.Amalek is south of the dead sea in the Jordanian desert. Amalek is known for it’s cowardly warfare against the children of Israel, following the Exodus, and sniping at the weak, tired ,at the old and at children. Sounds like modern Islamic terrorists.
Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you came out of Egypt, how he attacked you on the way, when you were faint and weary, and cut off at your rear all who lagged behind you; and he did not fear God. Therefore when the LORD your God has given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget.” (Deuteronomy 24:17-19)
The Philistines...these are the ones who live in the terrorist state of Gaza, they are not direct descendants of the original Philistines, rather they are Arabs who as of 1967 declared themselves to be a nation disenfranchised by Israel, the “Palestinians’. Tyre would be southern Lebanon, now controlled by a rabid Israel hater named Nassralah, who is the spiritual head of Hezbollah.
*Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. Assur, are the Arabs who are now known as “Iraqi’s”, Sunni Muslims who have recently been ‘liberated’ by America, but are destined to join with the children of Lot, that is Ammon and Moab, northern and central Jordan.
This is the coming Arab Invasion, they are already making their tumult, agitating and terrorizing with new-found zeal, partly because of the oil money, partly because of the retreat and collapse of traditional restraints… Nest we will look at the prophesied outcomes.