End Times Prophecy Part 2 – The Psalm 83 War Expands
In my previous post (read it HERE), I outlined the two military conflicts that the bible describes happening before the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period: The Psalm 83 war, and the war of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 38. Our focus here is the Psalm 83 war.
The coalition described in Psalm 83 is made up of the following groups:
- Tents of Edom = [decedents of Esau] Palestinian Refugees* and Southern Jordanians
- Ishmaelites = Saudi Arabians
- Moab = Palestinian Refugees* and Central Jordanians
- Hagrites = Egyptians
- Gebal = Northern Lebanese
- Ammon = Palestinian Refugees* and Northern Jordanians
- Amalek = Arabs South of Israel
- Philista = Palestinian Refugees* and Hamas of Gaza Strip
- Inhabitants of Tyre = Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
- Assyria = Syrians and perhaps Northern Iraqis included
- Children of Lot = Moab and Ammon
* NOTE: Palestinians is the ethnic label that is used loosely in modern times to identify three predominantly Arab groups of people: the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians of the West Bank, and the Palestinian refugees. These groups inhabit the territories that most closely approach the borders of modern-day Israel. We generally understand that these groups are comprised of a mixture of peoples who descend from various origins, the main one of these being traceable back to Esau, father of the Edomites.
Today we’re going to look at the fate of some of the countries that will be a part of this conflict. The bible describes God’s punishment of several members of the Psalm 83 coalition, with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) being the instrument of God’s punishment.
The Fate of Ammon (Southern Jordan)
But the days are coming, “declares the LORD,” when I will sound the battle cry against Rabbah of the Ammonites [Ammon, Jordan]; it will become a mound of ruins, and its surrounding villages will be set on fire. Then Israel will drive out those who drove her out,” says the LORD.
“Like a lion [confederacy of Esau] coming up from Jordan’s thickets to a rich pastureland [Israel], I will chase Edom from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me? And what shepherd can stand against me?”
According to these passages, the IDF will sweep into Southern Jordan to its capitol city Ammon, and completely annihilate everything in their path. They then lay their hands on all of Jordan causing its capitol to fall under Jewish sovereignty. Ammon represents northern Jordan, the location of the capitol city of Amman. Isaiah says the people of Ammon shall obey them, depicting the surrender of Jordanian sovereignty.
But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west, and together they shall plunder the people of the east. They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites shall obey them.
The Fate of Esau
According to Genesis 31:6, Esau is Edom
[ Esau’s Descendants ] These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).
The Psalm 83 war will being God’s judgment upon Esau / Edom, with the IDF as the instrument of God’s wrath.
15 “The day of the LORD [Tribulation] is near for all nations [not yet happened]. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. 16 Just as you [Esau] drank [experience judgment] on my holy hill [Israel], so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been.
Note: Some scholars place this war within the seven-year Tribulation period, however Obadiah indicates that this is not the case. Obadiah 1:15-16 is a key scripture which reveals that Esau’s judgment will happen before Tribulation or “the day of the Lord.”
Obadiah goes on to describe the conflict:
The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau. The LORD has spoken.
Israel, represented by the house of Jacob and Joseph reduces Southern Jordan, which is represented by Esau, to rubble. This defeat is thorough leaving no survivors.
Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau’s mountains will be cut down in the slaughter.
Obadiah 1:9 describes the soldiers of Teman, as having been slaughtered. This emphasizes the severity of Israel’s victory over the Palestinian descendants of Edom. Teman’s modern day equivalent may be Taiwan, about 3 miles east of Petra. However Teman and the mountains of Esau appear to be representative of the entire region of Edom in this passage.
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan [Saudi Arabia] they will fall by the sword. I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel [Israeli Defense Force IDF], and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign LORD.
The Fate of Saudi Arabia (Dedan)
The war will also extend into Saudi Arabia (Dedan). The historical location of “Dedan” was in Northwest Saudi Arabia.
Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time I punish him.
This is a warning to the Saudis to disengage from their confederate allegiance with the Palestinians. They are instructed to flee from the slaughter and go back into the depths of Saudi Arabia.. Ezekiel tells us that the Saudis do not heed Jeremiah’s warning.
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan they will fall by the sword.
The army of Israel advances beyond the southern border of Jordan into northwest Saudi Arabia, represented by Dedan, as far south as the Red Sea.
Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them. At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea.
This passage describes how the army of Israel will cut off its confederate adversaries and then come down upon the Gaza territory. In continuing their conquest, they plunder the people of the East, which according to its scriptural usage in Genesis 29:1, would be Syria.
The Fate of Syria
As this war rages, Isaiah 17 describes what will happen in the north with Syria. The description here is quite amazing.
1 An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.
9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.
14 In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.
Presently, almost every known terrorist organization has representation in Damascus. In the Yom Kippur war of 1973, these groups along with Syria attacked Israel from the Golan Heights, which is why Israel captured the Golan Heights as a buffer against future attacks. How fitting that the city that is the most adversarial to the nation of Israel will cease to exist
From the passages in Isaiah 17 it seems that one of two events will happen:
1) Syria launches some kind of chemical or biological attack that kills many in northern Israel which is then follow by a nuclear attack from Israel that wipes out Damascus.
2) Israel, fighting on all fronts and facing a Syrian army sweeping through the north, utilizes a limited version of what’s known as the “Samson Option.” The Samson Option is the name that some military analysts and authors have given to Israel’s deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a “last resort” if military attacks threaten its existence. [See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samson_Option]
Either way, according to Isaiah 17, this nuclear strike is clearly going hit Damascus which is just over the Israeli northern border. It could be that Isaiah 17:4-6 is describing the radiation poisoning experienced in the north due to the fallout.
23 Against Damascus. “Hamath and Arpad are shamed, for they have heard bad news. They are fainthearted; there is trouble on the sea; it cannot be quiet. 24 Damascus has grown feeble; she turns to flee, and fear has seized her. Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor. 25 Why is the city of praise [Jerusalem] not deserted, the city of My joy? 26 Therefore her young men shall fall in her [Damascus] streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the LORD of hosts.
The result is that Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city on earth, will be instantly and completely destroyed, and Syria will be crushed by the IDF.
Given Russia’s recent military expansion in Syria, when the IDF destroys Damascus and overthrows the Syrian army, Russia’s leaders (especially Vladimir Putin) will be humiliated. This could very well be a trigger that will turn Russia’s attention to Israel. In the Gog-Magog war described in Ezekiel 38, Russia allies with Iran (Persia) to invade Israel.
The Fate of Egypt
Both Jeremiah and Isaiah tell us how Egypt, another member of this Arab coalition, will react to the news of what the IDF [Israeli Defense Force] has done to Syria:
16 In that day the Egyptians will be like women. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the LORD Almighty raises against them. 17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the LORD Almighty is planning against them.
The picture that Isaiah aptly portrays is that of a fragile, unarmed female fighting a skilled male warrior wielding a mighty sword. The woman is frightened as the warrior waves his sword in the air. Apparently the IDF will sweep into Egypt, and meet little resistance.
As a result of this conflict the borders of Israel will be greatly expanded. In the next post we’ll look at the expanded boards of “The New Israel.”
Disclaimer: These articles on the End Times, the Psalm 83 War, and the Ezekiel 38-39 war, are my opinion based on my own research, and the research and writings of other men on this topic. I do not claim to be authoritative, nor do I claim that the things written are inerrant. Only the Word of God is authoritative and inerrant. I welcome feedback. I would ask that comments be civil, and refrain from personal attacks.
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