Things seem to be much further along than I first thought. In my last post Preparations for Psalm 83? I wrote,
“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 peoples 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.”
A reader thankfully pointed to a rather astonishing news development in Jordan that I had missed. I confess I have not been watching Jordan closely because of the lack of news headlines coming out of what up to now has been a rather stable Arab nation; that is, stable for the Mideast. This façade is also reflected in this article where it states,
“Bordering the attention-grabbing countries of Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is sometimes overlooked by the media and by policy experts because of its peace with Israel, its close alliance with the United States, and its relatively liberal socio-economic system.”
There is a man named Mudar Zahran who is working for the overthrow of the monarchy in Jordan. He is secular and unfortunately has to ally with more radical elements in Jordan.
Digging deeper into the situation in Jordan, I ran across this article from the Middle East Quarterly dated from two years ago. It seems to be a fairly good summary of what is going on in Jordan, and interestingly is written by Mr. Zahran. The following caught my eye in the article:
“The Hashemites’ discriminatory policies against the Palestinians have been overlooked by the West, Washington in particular, for one main reason: the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was the beating heart of Palestinian politics, and thus, if the Palestinians were empowered, they might topple the Hashemites and transform Jordan into a springboard for terror attacks against Israel. This fear was not all that farfetched.”
Wow. It seems that underneath that façade of relative calm enforced by the Hashemite monarchy in the country that is Jordan (see what a nice place Jordan is in Wikipedia) there is a bubbling cauldron. This makes sense. Many governments that have suppressed a majority population treated as second-class citizens end up being overthrown. One needs to look no further than the former apartheid government of South Africa.
I give the Jordanian monarchy a break though – the monarchy did not come to power unfairly and start ruling the Palestinians, no, the monarchy ruled its own people, the Bedouins, and it is the Palestinians who came over as refugees from Israel following the Arab-Israeli wars and flooded Jordan. In fact, the current king is the great-grandson of Abdullah I who was the ruler of Mecca under the Ottoman Empire and then was given Jordan to rule as a prize by the British. That family has been ruling Jordan for almost a century.
The takeaway from what the ME Quarterly article shows is that, yes, indeed if the Palestinians did take over the government in Jordan, the last pieces of preparations for Psalm 83 would fall into place. Jordan would be wholly Palestinian, allied with and receiving aid from Iran. Just imagine an enemy of Israel like Fatah or Hamas, but ruling a country that borders Israel entirely across its eastern border. With this development in Jordan being quite possible, it is also truly astonishing that each and every people in Psalm 83 is taking its place piece-by-piece allied with Iran and against Israel. And if the Second Signpost begins later this year, than the transformation of Jordan would have to take place this year in 2015.
But God has declared in Psalm 83 that Israel would win a stunning victory against the enemies that surround her. Let us pray for Israel; that this scenario is indeed the Psalm 83 war – for Israel will be given a great victory such that many will learn who the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is. And if all this is so, this would likely mean an Israel with enlarged territory and an emboldened sense to build the Third Temple. This would be the Israel that would later enter the Tribulation.
Categories: In The News, Israel, Signpost #2: Iran
Great post Mark!
Mark: What evidences exist that the Psalm 83 war in discussion was not the Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973?
Good question. As I wrote in the first post on Psalm 83, I link to the post I wrote in 2013. You can find it here. I discuss that topic in the 2013 post. Let me know if you have questions.
Some put 83 at end , armageddon.
You put it now.
That is ok. We are learning
Shoebat has a article or it is from ‘Trumph Daily’ that king is weaker than we see. The military is attacking ISIS the king had to go along after the fact. There are protests against the king by PLA. Old Testament is alive and visible. These people are the same.
Deception x5 the LORD said.
There is of course a possibility that when the Palestinians take over Jordan, the king and the Bedouin population will dislike this very much. And when Israel is victorious in the Psalm 83 war and/or the second signpost, the king (or his successor) will come back (from exile?) to rule Jordan, with Israeli support and/or with a treaty between them. And that then later, when the king of the North and/or the Beast come, southern Jordan and southern Israel become a safe place for Israeli’s, and for Arabs that do not follow the Beast.
Such a scenario might resolve the seeming conflict in prophecy, that in one text Jordan is an attacker, and in another text Jordan is not.
That is a completely plausible scenario, perhaps even likely. I believe Israel will be ruling that region when the Antichrist first makes a pass through the area in the Fourth Signpost. And yes Israel’s ruling may be with or without the Hashemite ruling family.
Jordan is in danger indeed. Iran’s General Sulaimani, de facto the president of both Iraq and Syria, is now massing his troops at Jordan’s northern border, according to Al Arabiya:
“The thing that Assad is “shy” to say that he is no longer ruling Syria and not even the parts of the country his “rusty” war machinery is still hardly holding on to. The remaining Syria, excluding Daraa and the whole south, Raqqa and Hasakah and some parts of Aleppo, are now ruled and run by the regime of Tehran as it is the case in Iraq. Syria’s and Iraq’s strongman now is Qassem Sulaimani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander. Assad’s facial expressions and his “weird” answers to the questions of the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen during the rest interview all revealed how the embattled president is not in fact presiding over his war-torn country. Bowen could have met with Sulaimani or gone to Tehran for better insight into Syria.”
“nothing, or just very little analysis, has linked Iran’s military operations in southern Syria with Jordan although Amman has always been at the heart of Tehran’s ambitions for regional supremacy. In a “colonial“ attitude and in a bid to expand its scope of regional influence after including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and, now Yemen, Iran has managed many times to drag Amman into its wings. The Iranian ambassador to Amman has been reported, during meetings with Jordanians officials, as unveiling his country’s readiness to provide Jordan with natural gas and oil at preferential prices playing of course on the resource-limited kingdom’s energy woes.
I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that Iran’s strategic goal behind securing a military presence in southern Syria is part of its attempt to “engulf” the Arab Gulf states exactly as it is doing in Yemen. It is Iran’s ambition to take Jordan from its strategic alliance with the Gulf countries. Iran knows that, although not literally a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan is linked with strategic relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman. Jordan is never willing to sacrifice its strategic alliance with the GCC no matter what the price in return is and this is Tehran’s dilemma. But a heavy military presence on Jordan’s northern borders with Syria could be a pressing factor on Amman to reconsider and soften its position on the strategic alliance with the Sunni Gulf alliance at least for the sake of geographic proximity.”
Thanks for the link. It is informative.
One difference I have with the author of that piece is the reason behind Iran’s growing presence in southern Syria. Yes, Jordan is the goal – not to separate it from the GCC as the author says, but to bring Jordan into its sphere for Iran’s future proxy war against Israel (i.e. Psalm 83).