Psalm 83 is one of the many topics debated today in Bible prophecy circles. Psalm 83 is a remarkable passage of Scripture that talks about the enemies of Israel conspiring together to make war on Israel, but then are utterly defeated.
Readers have asked me if Psalm 83 has a place in the Signposts framework. As an answer, I wrote this post some time ago proposing that the Psalm 83 war hadn’t happened yet and that it was going to be a part of the Second Signpost. I gave reasons why the war was still in our future, and why Iran is to be the master coordinator of the enemies of Israel.
As time goes by it seems that my initial position is proving correct. There are still some things that must happen to complete the picture, but there were three developments in the last few weeks that all seem to give us a big step forward to a future Psalm 83 war.
The List of Peoples
The enemies of God and of Israel are listed in Psalm 83:6-8. Here they are in order in the text and who they most likely are today (the reader can refer to the map also):
1) Edom – the people in southwest Jordan;
2) Ishmaelites – these are the Muslim peoples here today represented by Iran (there are a few reasons to view Iran here as “Ishmael” but the main connection is through Mohammad and Islam);
3) Moab – the people in east central Jordan, just across the Dead Sea from Israel;
4) Hagrites – people in east central Jordan just north of Moab (see I Chron. 5:10, 19-20);
5) Gebal – also known as Byblos; the people in northern Lebanon; today led by Hezbollah;
6) Ammon – the people of northwest Jordan, around the Jordanian capital of Amman;
8) Philistia – the people of the Gaza Strip, today led by Hamas;
9) Tyre – the people of southern Lebanon and is in the stronghold of Hezbollah;
10) Assyria – “joined them to lend strength” is Syria (and is Syria in the Signpost theory) who is now in alliance with other peoples and is only “lending strength”.
News: Iran, Syria and Hezbollah
Iran has indeed proven its place as master coordinator for much of the list of peoples. Iran’s alliance with the likewise Shia Muslim group, Hezbollah, has been going on solidly since 1982. Iran’s militia the Basij (part of Iran’s IRGC), Hezbollah, and the Syrian army under Assad all have access throughout much of Lebanon and in the non-ISIS areas of Syria. The first news story is from MEMRI and presents a great threat to Israel’s security. It reports that the Iranian IRGC (i.e., Ishmaelites), the Syrian army under Assad (Assyrians) lending their strength, and Hezbollah (Tyre and Gebal) all acted together and conspired to clear the Syrian rebels from the Syrian side of the border in the Golan Heights. This allows the three powers to present one unified front against Israel, from Rosh HaNikra to Al-Quneitra (see red line on map). No longer does Israel face Hezbollah by itself in Lebanon and Assad’s armies by themselves in Syria, but now Israel faces a unified and coordinated force backed by direct involvement of the IRGC.
News: Iran and Hamas
Hamas and Iran had a falling out in recent years, but this Jerusalem Post article reports that they are back together and Hamas (the Philistines) has accepted Iran’s help in full.
News: Iran and Fatah
News from Times of Israel and Iranian TV report that Iran and Fatah (Amalek) each wish that they had closer relations with each other. We may very well see a closer relationship here much like the one Iran has with Hamas. I find the following quote interesting – “A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has become a necessity for Iran to enhance its powerbase in the West Bank.” The Iranian TV story says the reason is to contain Israel. But I think it is because God’s Word says in Psalm 83:7 that Amalek must be included in the conspiracy with the Ishmaelites. That’s why there is a “necessity”.
What of the remaining four peoples – Ammon, Moab, Edom and the Hagrites? Today these are all peoples of western Jordan. If we are in fact seeing the Psalm 83 war preparations come to pass right in front of our eyes, we should expect that Iran manages to have a working relationship with people in Jordan. Since Jordan and Iran have cut off relations, there would need to be a significant change in the status of Jordan. This could either happen by these people taking leadership of the country away from the monarchy (i.e., a coup d’état) or these people working silently behind the scenes with Iran, like Shia groups do in eastern Saudi Arabia.
Secondly, from Psalm 83:9-18 we should expect to see Israel win a stunning victory over this entire coalition. The text of Psalm 83 suggests that these enemies would attack each other and wipe each other out. With Iran busy with the Second Signpost, the complete victory of Israel over all the immediate peoples around her could enable and embolden the start of the Third Temple. [Israel’s territory may also very well expand into western Jordan at that time, for during the Fourth Signpost western Jordan escapes invasion by the Antichrist in his conquests to form his initial empire (per Daniel 11:41).]
Recent news seems to be confirming my initial proposal that the Psalm 83 war would be led and coordinated by Iran as part of the Second Signpost. It is remarkable that Hamas and Fatah which are Sunni and otherwise sworn enemies of Hezbollah which is Shia are coming together as comrades under the direct command of Iran. We should watch for further news developments in Jordan and with Fatah to see if there is further convergence of news events with Psalm 83. These developments will not bode well for the relative stability of Israel’s neighbor Jordan. These news stories would come at the same time as stories showing the coming of the Second Signpost itself.