Many prophecy watchers agree with Bill Salus’ conclusion that Psalm 83 is about a yet-future war between Israel and its neighbors.
An honest watchman cannot deny the plausability of such an event. Let’s take a look at the Psalm:
Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
5 For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
9 Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.
Just a brief glance at the headlines of today’s news will reveal these events are unfolding before our very eyes. How many times in the past few years have we heard someone say they plan to annihilate Israel? Too many to count, obviously. The so-called peace process is fizzling out:
Two-State Solution is Dead : Sixty percent of those polled, including 55 percent in West Bank and 68 percent in Gaza, reject permanent acceptance of Israel’s existence.
The recent events in Iraq are what raise my eyebrows. ISIS taking over, the call for the rebuilding of a muslim caliphate and then there is this:
How much longer before they all decide to lay aside their differences and deal with their common enemy, Israel? When will they form this alliance to “reclaim” the Middle East and wipe Israel “off the map” once and for all?
Will the bride of Christ be here to see any of this? Maybe. Maybe not. We do know our departure is imminent and Jesus has instructed us to “look up”.
So, that is what I continue to do.