End Times Prophecy Part 3 – The New Middle East
In my previous 2 posts, I describe the difference between the Psalm 83 War, and the War of Gog-Magog (read part 1 HERE), and how the Psalm 83 war expands into the entire Mid-East area (read part 2 HERE).
In this post we’re going to look at how the Psalm 83 war impacts the borders of the Middle East.
The Bible tells us that as a result of this massive military victory given to Israel from God via the IDF, the face of the Middle East will drastically change: Israel will significantly increase in size.
The tiny nation of Israel as we currently know it will soon encompass a major portion of the Middle East. The nations that form the Arab coalition fall [for the most part] within the scope of land from the covenant that God made with Abraham. At the end of this war, Israel’s borders will be reset to that of, or very close to, the borders that God established for Israel in is covenant with Abraham. (Genesis 15:18)
19 The South shall possess the mountains of Esau [Southern Jordan], and the Lowland shall possess Philistia [Gaza Strip]. They shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria [West Bank]. Benjamin shall possess Gilead [West Bank & Golan Heights].
According to Obadiah, Negev will possess Southern Jordan. The lowland of Judah will possess the Gaza Strip and the southern parts of the West Bank. Northern Israel will possess the northern part of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, much of northern Jordan, and southern Syria.
Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will cause to be heard an alarm of war In Rabbah of the Ammonites; It shall be a desolate mound, And her villages shall be burned with fire. Then Israel shall take possession of his inheritance,” says the LORD.
According to Jeremiah, Israel will take possession of land that is presently Jordan.
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction. 19 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
Isaiah tells us that this expansion will even reach into Egypt. Five Hebrew speaking cities will be established in the land of Egypt. There will be an altar erected to God as well as a pillar erected to God on the border.
Israel will be elevated to a condition of regional superiority due to their decisive victory over the Arab confederacy. As such, they dwell securely in the Middle East [for a time].
Here is an estimation of what the New Middle East could look like:
Why is this important?
This is an important piece of bible prophecy as it sets the stage for the next conflict, the War of Gog-Magog described in Ezekiel 38:
10 “Thus says the Lord God: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme 11 and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ 12 to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth.
One question that has puzzled scholars has been “what spoils and plunder does Israel have that would cause this invasion?” Up until recently, Israel had no natural resources to speak of, and was not a particularly rich nation, especially compared to it’s Arab neighbors. But as bible prophecy has proven time and again, situations can change rapidly.
Israel has made the news in the past few years with the discovery of oil and gas fields. In 2009 the Tamar gas field was discovered offshore of Israel, and in 2010 the Leviathan field was confirmed through exploratory drilling.
Then in July of 2015, another oil reserve was discovered in the Golan Heights.
The “spoils” of War
As a result of it’s overwhelming victory over Syria and Saudi Arabia in the coming Psalm 83 War, the nation of Israel will suddenly have access to some of the world’s largest oil reserves. Almost overnight, Israel will become a rich nation as a result of the Psalm 83 War.
These oil and gas reserves are perhaps the “hook in the jaw” that Ezekiel describes that will draw Russia and Iran into the Gog-Magog invasion.
And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords.
The Aftermath of the Psalm 83 War
According to Jeremiah, Israel will take prisoners of war, establishing detention camps in the regions of Southern Lebanon and the Negev.
3 “Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed! Cry out, O inhabitants of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth and mourn; rush here and there inside the walls, for Molech will go into exile, together with his priests and officials. 6 “Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites,” declares the LORD.
46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity. 47 “Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come,” declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab.
11 Leave your orphans; I will protect their lives. Your widows too can trust in me.”
The refugees left behind are the fatherless and the widows. The “mighty men” [soldiers] as they are called in Obadiah 1:9 are slaughtered in defeat, and the refugees left behind are instructed to trust in the Lord.
Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau’s mountains will be cut down in the slaughter.
According to Obadiah, these fatherless children and widows are transported to internment camps.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,” For the LORD has spoken. 19 The South shall possess the mountains of Esau, And the Lowland shall possess Philistia. They shall possess the fields of Ephraim And the fields of Samaria. Benjamin shall possess Gilead. 20 And the captives of this host of the children of Israel Shall possess the land of the Canaanites As far as Zarephath. The captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad Shall possess the cities of the South.
According to Obadiah the IDF will take prisoners of war, and detain them in designated areas. Israel will establish two camps for these POWs: one in the north “as far Zarephath,” which is modern day Lebanon, and one to “the south,” referring to the Negev also identified in verse 19.
In the next post we’ll look at the geopolitical impact that the Psalm 38 War will have on the nations, and how this will set the stage for the next set of prophetic events.
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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David Jeremiah: Turning Point
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Roger Oakland: Understand the Times International
Grant Jeffrey: Countdown To The Apocalypse
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