After reading in Obadiah and beginning a new study, looking in detail at the veiled prophecy, I truly believe that we are living in the final days before the return of Christ Jesus.
As such, I also believe that whatever we see occurring to the nation of Israel today has already been predicted to occur from the prophets of the Bible. In other words, I believe we should be able to find some specific prophecies in the Bible that are happening right before our eyes.
Since the Old Testament PROPHESY is centered around the Jewish people, we should be able to find out what God says about everything that’s going on today. So we need to start our investigation by looking to see what’s happening to the Jews.
Witnessing Israel’s Struggles
Today, we are witnessing Israel’s struggles with Palestinian refugees, militants, terrorists, and their hatred toward the Jews as a people and a nation. This CONFLICT is affecting the entire world and the world’s response in making matters more difficult for Israel pressuring her to do things to her detriment.
A War Is Coming!
I’ve come to the conclusion in my studying…this “battle” this “war” is unique and different from either of the two major battles most prophesy scholars, and I’m certainly not a “prophesy scholar”, recognize occurring in the end times.
The Middle East war is not the Battle of Gog and Magog; nor is it Armageddon. This battle I.m referring to precedes both of these, and we can see the players in this conflict jockeying for position on the nightly news.
Asaph’s Vision of Modern Events in Psalm 83:1-8
The Stage Is Set –
- “your people” vs. 3 [Jews]
- “tents of Edom” vs. 6 [Palestinians, S. Jordan]
- Ishmaelites vs. 6 [Saudi Arabia]
- Moab vs. 6 [central Jordan]
- Hagrites vs. 6 [Egypt]
- Gebal vs. 7 [ N. Lebanon]
- Amon vs. 7 [N. Jordan]
- Amalek vs. 7 [the Negev, S. Jordan]
- Philistines vs. 7 [Gaza Strip and Hamas]
- “people of Tyre” vs. 7 [S. Lebanon and Hezbollah]
- Assyria vs. 8 [Syria and N. Iraq]
- “the children of Lot” vs. 8 [the Ammonites and the Moabites]
This little-studied psalm shows that at some point in time Israel’s national existence will be confronted with possible annihilation by the hands of a coalition of enemies bent on wiping them off the face of the earth. The modern equivalent of the ancient names of Israel’s enemies as I’ve pointed out is shown as Israel’s immediate neighbors.
- They have all fought battles with Israel in the past 60 years and lost!
- They all share borders with her.
- They are all predominately Muslim countries.
I might also add that the driving force behind this alliance of nations is the Palestinian push for their own national identity of the promised land to Israel.
How is this Prophecy going to play out, and what will the results turn out, and when will this prophecy take place? The answers are revealed by God in studying the words of His prophets over thousands of years ago.
The Book Of Obadiah –
This little book in the Old Testament is only 21 verses long but so much evidence given. The entire book is composed of God’s response to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict displayed in Psalm 83.
And for a comparison, we can also look at the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 49:7, 14).
Obadiah 1:1 – This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom [Palestinians]— We have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, “Rise, and let us go against her [Israel] for battle”– [NIV]
Jeremiah 49: 7, 14 –  Concerning Edom: This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman [Edomite clan, perhaps Hamas?]? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?
 I have a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say. “Assemble yourselves to attack it [Israel]! Rise up for battle!” [NIV]
So in these passages, God is sending a message to His prophets about the Palestinian people, because both of them say this message concerns Edom.
Obadiah and Jeremiah are both saying, “I’ve gotten a reply from God, and the coalition listed in Psalm 83 which is forming against Israel will be centered around Edom or the Palestinians. They are not just forming this alliance against you. Soon, those Palestinians are going to be sending out messengers to all their allies to come because the time is ripe for a full-out battle to begin.”
You may be wondering as I was when I began this blog, how do we know that these are prophetic Scriptures? And, how do we know the events described haven’t already taken place in history?
The FIRST reason I discovered that these passages are prophetic in nature is that never before has there been such an alliance of nations against Israel as described in Psalm 83. But one can be found forming today.
The SECOND reason found that these passages are prophetic and likely referring to modern times is found in The Book of Obadiah and in Jeremiah 49. These two books in the Bible tell us what kind of condition the Edomites or Palestinians are going to be when the battle occurs.
Small Among Nations –
The FIRST condition Palestinians find themselves in–
Obadiah 1:2 (AMP) Behold, I will make you small among the nations [Edom]; you shall be despised exceedingly [Ezek. 35.]
Jeremiah 49:15 (NIV) “Now I will make you small among the nations, despised among men.”
It’s only today, when Israel is a nation living in their homeland for the second time, that we find the Edomites or Palestinians fit the description among the nations as being small. The only areas they can claim is the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Likewise, these verses say they are despised.
Worldwide, while the Palestinians may receive sympathy for their refugee plight, their terrorist tactics and religious intolerance are despised.
Locally, they have the backing of the surrounding Muslim nations and yet, those same nations with contempt are refusing to allow them to settle inside their own borders, using them to promote their own goals against Israel.
Deceived By PRIDE –
The SECOND thing God tells us about these modern-day Edomites is the terror they inspire has given them a false sense of PRIDE that deceives them. [Obadiah 1:3; Jeremiah 49:16]
The “Edomite spirit” of the Palestinians using suicide bombing and other forms of terror attacks against their enemies–in no way could defeat Israel in an all-out battle militarily. So instead, they use scare tactics to wear down their opponents.
And since the “Edomite spirit” has spread to the international community; including America, pressuring Israel to give in to some of their demands, the Palestinians are being deceived into thinking their tactics are working.
A false belief has also increased their PRIDE.
This FALSE BELIEF is not only in themselves but also in their false religion as well.
But Jehovah God said over a thousand years before Allah even existed, “Your pride has deceived you and it will be your downfall.”
Pushed to the Border –
Let’s look at Scripture of other descriptions God gives that show us that the PROPHECY is coming to pass right before our very eyes.
Here we have the first clear mention of Edom’s co-conspirators of the Palestinian allies, the members of the coalition of hate listed in Psalm 83:
- Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.
But I noticed this alliance isn’t quite as neighborly as you might think. Psalm 83:4 tells us why this coalition has come together.
 They have said, Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be in remembrance no more.
They all agree with the Palestinian cause.
They all want to see the nation of Israel destroyed so that the Arabs once again are in control of the Holy Land.
But that’s where this “friendship” ends, although the Palestinians don’t know it.
The surrounding Muslim nations who joined the Palestinian coalition are creating a trap deceiving their Palestinian cohorts and kinsmen. They are going to use this small fragment of the Muslim world to further their own plans while at the same time trying to keep their own hands “clean.”
The BORDER mentioned in Obadiah 1:7 refers to the Israeli border.
The Palestinian people are being encouraged, perhaps even encouraged and forced to perpetuate the refugee communities along the border. Being used as a form of insulation to Israel and neighboring countries.
The second thing verse 7 says is these nations, which the Palestinian’s think of as friends, are deceiving, overpowering, and setting traps for them.
When the Arab countries were defeated by Israel in the Six-Day War, they realized that they wouldn’t be able to cut Israel off militarily at that time, so they adopted strategies of TERROR AND PROPAGANDA, using their displaced Palestinian kinsmen as front-line, human landmines in this battle to eradicate the Jews.
The Second Lebanese War we witnessed in 2006 is a perfect example of the “trap”.
While small terrorist groups and Palestinian refugees were sending rockets into Israel and being bombed by the superior Israeli armed forces, these neighboring countries were flying under the radar.
They supplied the Palestinian effort by supplying weapons, yet not committing troops or in any other way openly backing them as not to draw Israeli or world attention. Neither did they make any effort to absorb those “refugees” fleeing the Israeli military. Instead, they put those innocents deliberately in places that would surely be attacked then later cry foul or claim “disproportionate amount of force.”
I believe that this short war was a dress rehearsal for the battle predicted to come in the Bible.
So as you can see, these prophetic passages I’ve listed in this blog, Psalm 83, Obadiah, and Jeremiah 49 are obviously speaking of events that are occurring now in the Middle East today and in the near future.
As I previously mentioned, this BATTLE isn’t the Battle of Gog and Magog that comes into the picture later. We know this because of Ezekiel 38 and 39 doesn’t list any of the nations listed in Psalm 83 coalition taking part in the Battle of God and Magog. I believe that’s because as a result of the BATTLE, Israel and the coalition of hate of the neighboring nations will no longer exist.
The spirit of the Edomite can be summed up into these characteristics:
- A disregard for the spiritual things (Carnal minded).
- Takes things by force lacking patience for growth.
- Holds grudges and perpetuates hatred.
[Scripture references for the Edomite characteristics: Exodus 17:8; Num. 20:17-20; 1 Sam. 21, 22.]
It was Herod, of Esau’s race (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 14:1, Section 3) who had the male infants of Bethlehem slain in an effort to destroy the Christ Child (Matt. 2:16). Satan needs no better medium than an Edomite spirit for his evil plans.
An EDOMITE SPIRIT never surrenders to God.
An EDOMITE SPIRIT never finds peace with God or peace with himself. Unless he (they) repents, he cannot be saved from God’s wrath to come and he will be shaking his fists at God at judgement day.
Salus, Bill, Israelestine. (Crane, Highway 2008)
Kavaes, Joe. Psalm in a Bog, Linked to Israel’s Current War. WorldNetDaily.com/ July 6, 2006.
Commentary: The Edomites Today, by Gavin Finley.
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