Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

The Psalm 83 Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

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

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sara

    It isn’t a prophecy, it’s a prayer to Jehovah for triumph over the enemies of Israel. The Ishmaelites were the offspring of Ishmael, the son of Hagar and Abraham. Hagar was the handmaiden of Abraham’s wife Sara, and was turned out into the desert because she had an affair with Abraham. The two of them survived because Hagar found an oasis in the desert. Their modern day descendants now want to make war on Israel. So is it an appropriate prayer? Yes, if you live in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv right now.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brandon Tackett

    I believe that this is indeed a prophecy, however I do not believe it is a tribulation event. I will say this I do believe that this is a war that will initially trigger Ezekiel 38 with I believe is the event the kicks off the Great Tribulation. The reason I believe this is that the people mentioned in Psalm 83 are conspicuously missing from Ezekiel 38, therefore I can only conclued that they have already been subdued. I would be interested to hear your thoughts.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment AL

    The Jews rejected Christ as Messiah as prophesied more than once in the Bible. Christ was executed in part because he was rejected. See Daniel 9:24-26.
    The prophet Daniel provided a chronology of events that included the revelation that the Messiah would be rejected before the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem. The Romans destroyed the Temple in 70 AD, about 40 years after Jesus was crucified. The Temple has never been rebuilt.
    That said, their continued rejection of Christ as Savoir should not surprise anyone.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Filip

    Hi Jim, I just came across your blog and it seems like a very informed one on prophecy. I have been a believer for a long time but recently have started having some doubts on prophecies. My issue is the general meaning of the passages we consider as prophecies, especially the Messianic prophecies. We know that the very people of God (Jews), by and large, did not (and still do not)accept Jesus as the Messiah, they do not interpret their prophecies as having to do with Jesus. They have continued on this path in spite of centuries and centuries of terrible persecutions by the Church.
    On the face of it, one would think: why should I believe what Christians (or Gentiles) say about Jesus, and not what his own people say about Him? Isn’t it like someone saying to me that they know better what my own son meant by such and such behavior, and I, his own father who brought him up, don’t really know?
    Anything you can recommend to shed some light on this issue would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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