Sue needs to lose 50 pounds. She goes out to dinner with three of her friends and does not eat dessert when the main course is finished. Not eating dessert in the restaurant that night is just one of many things done in preparation for that glorious day when Sue steps on the scale and she is 50 pounds lighter.
Bible prophecy is much the same way, there are things done in preparation for the glorious day when a prophecy is fulfilled. The unrest with the nations bordering Israel the last few years and now the al-Qaeda spinoff, ISIS, threatening Syria and Jordan could very well be the measures needed for the fulfilling of the Psalm 83 prophecy to take place.
The land areas that the invasion will be launched from are: (KJV Biblical names in parenthesis): Central Jordan (Moab), Lebanon (Gebal (a city in Lebanon)), Northern Jordan (Ammon), The Negev into the Sinai (Amalek), Gaza (Philistines), Syria into Western Iraq (Assur).
ISIS has already taken over parts of Syria, is playing havoc in Iraq and according to the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council, the group is “planning to take their jihad to Jordan, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula — after having already captured large parts of Syria and Iraq” (see: http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4354/isis-jordan).
Jordan, Syria, Iraq, the Sinai, Gaza and Lebanon; the two lists, the invaders of Psalm 83 and the area ISIS is planning to control are identical. What we are witnessing surrounding Israel in today’s news is equivalent to Sue not eating her dessert; it is the preparations needed for the day Biblical prophecy comes true.
To explain the battle of Psalm 83 some background is needed. Most people, when they hear of saber rattling in the Middle East, think of Armageddon, but there are two battles that will take place before Armageddon that are prophesied in the Scriptures. Both battles before Armageddon are invasions of Israel. The first of these two invasions is the battle of Psalm 83.
The purpose of the invasion told in Psalm 83, is a pure hatred of Israel and to wipe Israel off the map (Psalm 83:2-4). The end result is the destruction of invaders by fire (Psalm 83:9-15). God’s purpose behind the battle is an attempt to get people to recognize their sin and see that He is God (Psalm 83:16-18).
More details of this invasion can be seen elsewhere in Scripture. The book of Amos also tells us most of the invaders will be destroyed by fire, Damascus Syria (Amos 1:3-5), Gaza (Amos 1:6-8), Tyre Lebanon (Amos 1:9-10), Bozrah, which was the capital of Edom in Biblical times and was located in modern day Jordan (Amos 1:11-12), Rabbah, a city in northern Jordan (Amos 1:13-15) and Moab, or central Jordan (Amos 2:1-3). The only ones not described as being destroyed by fire is Gaza and the Sinai. Gaza, is technically part of Israel and the Sinai already is a desolate wasteland.
However, there is one other place destroyed by fire in Amos, it is “the palaces of Jerusalem” (Amos 2:5).
With all this information, here is my educated guess of the details of the battle. The invasion of Israel comes from all her bordering neighbors. Israel takes a good hit. The palaces of Jerusalem would seem to be a reference to her governmental buildings. The government of Israel could be wiped out. With this being the case, a general on the battlefield could decide to use the “Sampson Option,” which is basically the belief that if it appears that all is lost, destroy your enemies with you, thus giving the order to launch Israel’s nukes at the major cities of the invaders causing the destruction by fire described in Psalm 83 and Amos 1-2. Isaiah 17:1 also tells us Damascus will cease from being a city and shall be reduced to “a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:14 tells us the battle will begin at “eveningtide” and be over by morning. The battle will take less than one day. The world will change forever in a handful of hours.
Like a boxer pulling himself up by the ropes while his opponent is counted out, Israel is victorious but suffers an awful beating.
Space prohibits me from discussing the rise of the Antichrist, which comes quickly after and because of this battle, or the invasion of Ezekiel 38-39, the second battle between now and Armageddon, but it does look like God is passing on dessert in preparation for the glorious day of His return.
Preacher Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Ind. He and his wife, Julie, have four grown children and 11 grandchildren. All Scripture references are from the KJV. Blog: www.preacherjohnson.com Email: email@example.com.