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Is it the End of the World?

There is a most compelling prophecy given in Psalm 83—although it is controversial (some do not believe it is a prophecy meant for the end times). In essence, the Psalmist asks the Lord to preserve Israel against her enemies, and the enemies are listed. They happen to correspond to the nations that immediately surround Israel today. And the situation grows worse by the day. It is now rumored that Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal will try to supplant Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinians. Although the two differ only in tactics to use to destroy Israel, Mashaal would represent a decidedly more hostile face to peace efforts.

What do you think about Psalm 83 as a prophecy?

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
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.
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;
Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

Khaled Mashaal of Hamas

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