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Hasten The Day!
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. [See Table of Contents for all End-Time Prophecies covered here, best viewed on a big screen]
Future Prophesies - the Stage is Set (Can Happen Any Day)
PSALM 83 WAR?
1 O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
9 Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who perished at Endor and became like dung on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”
13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.
16 Cover their faces with shame, Lord, so that they will seek your name.
17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace.
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—
that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
Confederation of Arab States (CAS)
The Confederation of Arab States (CAS) is a political entity that unites the former Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire establish in 1920, immediately after the end of the Arab Revolt and World War I.
The CAS covers the lands of Levant, Mesopotamia and the majority of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran and Kuwait to the east, Egypt, and the mandates of Palestine and Levant to the west, in the South and South West of the Arabic Peninsula it borders with several protectorates and colonies of the Imperial Commonwealth Federation (Bahrain, Qatar, Muscat, Trucial States and Oman and Eden Colony)
Once Israel defeats the attack by the CAS, their borders will almost exactly match what was promised to Abraham
Damascus is the capital of CAS. Once Israel destroys it according to Is 17, CAS will likely attack Israel and Israel will be victorious and claim all their land that will match what was promised to Abram in Ge 15. Then Israel will live in peace, as described in Ez 38.
Ez 38:10 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You will say, "I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.
Ps 83:5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
The tents of Edom S Jordan
the Ishmaelites Saudi Arabia and portions of Jordan
Moab Central Jordan
The Hagrites NE Jordan
Ammon NW Jordan
Amalek S Israel
people of Tyre Lebanon
Assyria SE Turkey, NW Syria, NE Iraq
The children of Lot (Ammon & Edom) Jordan
Was Psalm 83 Already Fulfilled in 1948?
The Problems with Psalm 83:1-8 having been fulfilled in 1948
Some have posited the possibility that Ps. 83:1-8 was fulfilled during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. However, it is difficult, if not impossible, to prove that Psalm 83:9-18 was accomplished at that time. This view that Psalm 83:1-8 was fulfilled in 1948 is currently held, I believe somewhat loosely, by Bible prophecy expert Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries. He informed me in a friendly face to face conversation in Dallas, Texas, on December, 2014 that this was what he believed. He did not always believe this and I explain why at the end of this article.
As much as I greatly respect my friend Dr. Fruchtenbaum, I disagree with his current interpretation because the main instigator, which is listed in the first primary position in Psalm 83:6 , is the “tents of Edom” (Palestinian Refugees). They didn’t technically even become refugees until the aftermath of the 1948 war. The logical question is; since the tents of Edom didn’t exist until after the war of 1948, how could this war be the fulfillment of the prophecy? I explain the connection between the ancient tents of Edom and today’s Palestinian refugees in my Psalm 83, The Missing Prophecy Revealed book.
Therefore, only Psalm 83:1-5 could have potentially found fulfillment in 1948, but probably not Psalm 83:6-8, which identifies the tents of Edom along with their Arab cohorts. Since neither Psalm 83:6-8 or Psalm 83:9-18 appears to have found fulfillment in the war of 1948, then the possibility that the prophecy was fulfilled at that time diminishes dramatically.
Also, an important side note is that more countries were involved in 1948 than just the Psalm 83 countries. Volunteers were sent to fight from Yemen, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan. The fact that more nations than the Psalm 83 countries were involved in the war of 1948 also reduces the possibility that the 1948 war was the fulfillment of the prophecy. The details of the prophecy have to align perfectly and these additional countries are not included in Psalm 83.
Psalm 83 and the Plight of the Palestinian Refugees
It is important to note that the Palestinian refugees (tents of Edom) are listed first among the ten Arab populations, which essentially highlights their refugee plight. The Palestinian plight remains a thorny issue in the Middle East. The Arab populations of Psalm 83, which are identified in the map, refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist as the Jewish state for the primary reason that they still banner the plight of the tents of Edom. If Israel becomes the official Jewish state, the Palestinian refugees will not be able to return into Israel proper. These refugees believe that they rightfully belong in downtown Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and all of the major cities in Israel. This is why they want a Palestinian state and the right to return into Israel proper.
Psalm 83:6 identifies the tents of Edom existing in a habitation condition as refugees, which I believe is a primary clue as to the timing of the prophecy. The prophecy specifies that there has to be Israelis (Ps. 83:3), Israeli Defense Forces (Ps. 83:9-11), Palestinian refugees (Ps. 83:6), a nation of Israel (Ps. 83:4), an Arab confederacy (Ps. 83:6-8), and an Arab hatred of the Jews that drives them to want to eradicate the Jewish state and confiscate the Promised Land (Ps. 83:4, 12). This entire criterion still exists.
The Problems with Psalm 83:9-18 having been fulfilled in 1948
Psalm 83:9-11 contains the petition of Asaph to empower the IDF like was done in Judges Chapters 4-8 with Gideon against the Midianites and Deborah and her general Barak against the Canaanites. The Midianites and Canaanites were soundly defeated, and as Judges 8:28 says, the Midianite oppression of the Israelites was over forever. This was also the case with the Canaanites upon their defeat. I have yet to find any biblical or historical evidence that either the Midianites or the Canaanites ever oppressed the Israelis subsequent to these defeats.
Thus Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted their heads no more. And the country was quiet for forty years in the days of Gideon. (Judges 8:28, NKJV).
The Arabs of Psalm 83 today still don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist and still oppress Israel. Ps. 83:9-18 are descriptive verses that call for the total end of the Psalm 83 confederate aggression. Since these Psalm 83 beligerents still oppress Israel, it is safe to presume that these relevant verses remain unfulfilled.
(Lamb & Lion Ministries w/ Bill Salus)
Does Psalm 83 foretell the next Middle East war?
Psalm 83 – The Missing Prophecy :: By Jim Fletcher
Things in the Middle East are, as they say, “heating up.” For those of us who have watched the region for many years, there is a sense that the pressure currently applied to Israel by the international community is perhaps the worst since the state was founded 65 years ago.
Political, diplomatic, cultural, and military pressure is so intense, one wonders how Israel can navigate such varied dangers.
Into this environment steps one of the best Christian researchers and writers in the area of Bible prophecy I know: Bill Salus.
Bill burst onto the Bible prophecy scene a few years ago with the terrific Isralestine. He then added to his talent by writing Revelation Road, which presented in end-times scenarios in a novel form. I thought then as now that it was one of the best treatments of that genre that I’ve yet read—and that career stretches back 20 years.
Now comes Bill’s latest effort: Psalm 83—The Missing Prophecy Revealed. He further develops his ground-breaking research into the famous 83rd Psalm, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
History is proving that conditions ripe for Psalm 83 have never quite existed like they do now. The passage describes a coalition—a confederation—of Arab states immediately surrounding Israel. They wish to wipe the Jewish state from the map.
Some have taken issue with this interpretation, but it’s a matter of disagreement between friends and colleagues. I believe the framework of Psalm 83 fits nicely with the geopolitical scene we are witnessing today—driven by the so-called Palestinian narrative.
Frankly, I found Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy, to be a riveting read, in no small part due to Bill’s exhaustive research. An example:
“Though Hosea 1:9–10 speaks of a time when Israel would be reclassified as “not My people,” this declassification did not find final fulfillment during Hosea’s time, whose ministry spanned from 750 to 725 BC. Rather, it was a prophecy of events to come. The title “My people Israel” continued to apply even during the time of the prophet Jeremiah, whose ministry began in the thirteenth year of Josiah (628 BC). They continued to hold the title even during the Babylonian captivity, evidenced by the fact that Daniel was still prophesying from within Babylon during that period.”
The thousands of hours he’s spent in research and writing are a huge boon for the reader and serious student of prophecy. This is what makes a new Bill Salus book such an anticipated event.
Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy is an invaluable and indispensible addition to my personal prophecy library. The way Bill weaves current news with seemingly obscure Old Testament passages is breathtaking. In particular, the clear evidence that Psalm 83 is describing the “Arab Spring,” wed to the long-term plans of Arabists who invented “political Palestine” with which to one day finish-off Israel, is overwhelming. The very charter of Hamas sounds like a copy of Psalm 83!
Last—but really first in Bill’s thinking—is the use of Bible prophecy teaching to advance the Gospel. This is one of the things I appreciate most about his ministry and about the place his writing talents have taken him.
Psalm 83 – Preview Of A Coming Attraction :: by Jack Kelley
Hezbollah has said that Israel’s disappearance after their next war is an established fact. Iran’s President has called Israel a dirty microbe and a savage animal that will soon disappear in a flash. The commander in chief of Iran’s army predicts that millions will soon receive the joyous news of Israel’s destruction. Today Israel is on high alert after bombing a Syrian chemical weapons factory outside of Damascus and a weapons convoy heading into Lebanon. Russia is upset by this, and Syria and Iran have both vowed to retaliate, saying Israel’s attack gives them the right to do so.
With all the rhetoric flying around the Middle East about a major war coming, and with multiple countries rapidly beefing up their military preparedness, a quick review ofPsalm 83 is in order to refresh our minds on the prophetic details of this coming attack against Israel.
Psalm 83 was probably written some time after the end of King Solomon’s reign (about 900 BC) but the Bible contains no account of such a coordinated effort by all of Israel’s neighbors to destroy them, either during that time or since. A partial fulfillment may be in view in 2 Chron. 20 which describes Moab, Ammon, and parts of Edom invading Judah during King Jehosophat’s reign (872-848 BC).
Interestingly, Jahaziel, a Levite who prophesied Judah’s victory in that battle was a descendant of Asaph, who wrotePsalm 83. Applying one of His favorite tactics, the Lord set Israel’s enemies against each other and they defeated themselves. (Ezekiel 38:21 tells of a future use of this same tactic.)
But the Battle of 2 Chron. 20 doesn’t fully meet the requirements of Psalm 83, having many fewer antagonists, so on that basis we can assume it was a partial fulfillment at best and the ultimate fulfillment is still in the future, perhaps the very near future. If so, it could be the bridge between the current state of affairs in Israel and the conditions necessary for the Battle ofEzekiel 38 to happen. Let’s find out.
O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot. (Ps. 83:1-8)
The language is out of today’s headlines and the countries lined up against Israel in this Psalm inhabited the lands of Israel’s current neighbors. Edom and the Ishmaelites were in land occupied by southern Jordan today while the territories of Moab and Ammon make up the rest of that country. Ahman, the modern spelling of Ammon, is the capital of Jordan.
(While the government of Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, we should remember that some 70% of Jordan’s population is “Palestinian” and in fact the country was originally formed to be the Palestinian home land. Currently there’s a proposal in the works that would join the Palestinians and Jordan in a federation. This would give the Palestinians almost every advantage of statehood without having to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.)
The Hagrites were part of Aram, whose capitol was Damascus in modern Syria. Some have tried to link the Hagrites to Egypt, saying they were the descendants of Hagar. She was the Egyptian slave woman Abraham and Sarah acquired there who became the mother of Ishmael. But according to 1 Chron. 5:10the Hagrites occupied the area east of Gilead in today’s northern Jordan.
Gebal (also called Byblos) and Tyre are cities that can still be found in present day Lebanon, home of Hezbollah. The Amalekites lived in Israel’s southern desert and Philistia settled in Gaza on Israel’s southern border, where Hamas currently reigns. Assyria would conquer Aram shortly after Psalm 83 was written and the descendants of Lot is another reference to Jordan. Remember, Moab and Ammon were the sons of an incestuous union between Lot and his two daughters and settled in land the Lord gave them east of the Jordan River (Deut. 2:9).
So here we have all of Israel’s next door neighbors, all of them sworn to Israel’s destruction, and all of them preparing for war because of what’s happening in Syria.
In a couple of surprising side notes, the US, which has traditionally maintained a strong naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean, abruptly withdrew its fleet just as the Russian navy showed up off the coast of Syria. It’s being reported that President Obama has told Turkey, Israel, and Jordan that it’s up to them to make sure Syria doesn’t try to widen the war. (As evidence of this, he gave Israel the green light to execute their bombing raids on Syria.) Some analysts also believe Iran is actively considering the benefits of having Syria and Hezbollah provoke a limited war with Israel to deflect any attempt by Israel to attack their nuclear facilities. If so, it should soon become apparent, but for now let’s go back to Psalm 83.
Do to them as you did to Midian, as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon, who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground. Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”
Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. Cover their faces with shame so that men will seek your name, O LORD. May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace. Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth. (Psalm 83:9-18)
Asaph, the Psalm’s writer, can’t resist telling the Lord exactly how he’d like Israel’s enemies to be dealt with. In that sense he’s just like you and me.
Midian was defeated by a vastly outnumbered force under the command of Gideon. It was another case of the Lord turning Israel’s enemies against each other and causing them to defeat themselves (Judges 7).
Jabin was a king of the Canaanites and Sisera was the commander of his army. The Lord lured the Canaanite army into a trap and the Israelites destroyed them (Judges 4). The commander of Israel’s army was named Barak, just like Israel’s recent Defense Minister. Probably a coincidence.
Oreb, Zeeb Zebah, and Zalmunna were all leaders of the Midianite army defeated by Gideon.
Asaph’s prayer was that Israel’s current enemies will be just as soundly defeated as were the Midianites and the Canaanites, their armies scattered and their leaders executed.
Israel estimates that in excess of 50,000 short range missiles and rockets located in Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza are positioned to strike strategic targets everywhere in Israel. in addition, Syria has moved hundreds of long range missiles into firing positions, placed them on combat readiness, and given them updated target coordinates. To avoid duplication in targeting, Iran has created and will direct a unified command center in Damascus to coordinate the massive simultaneous deployment of these weapons upon the outbreak of hostilities. Their thought is that the Israelis will not be able to fend off such an all out attack and will be effectively disabled.
But Israel might pick this opportunity to launch a preemptive attack against the command center, wiping out Damascus in fulfillment of Isaiah 17. Losing their command and control abilities could cause the enemy attack to degenerate into a confused and chaotic effort that Israel could quickly defeat just like Gideon defeated the Midianites.
Should this be the case, Israel will become larger, not smaller, with the contention over the ownership of Gaza, the West bank and the Golan put to an end. Israel will become stronger, not weaker, its military reputation vastly enhanced. The divided land would be divided no more, and Jerusalem would remain a unified city. The controversial security fence would likely come down, since the borders on all three sides would be considered to be safe and the threat of terrorist attacks diminished. In most people’s minds 60 years of war will have finally ended. It will be the perfect opportunity for Israel to be lured into a false sense of security and become a peaceful and unsuspecting people living in a land of unwalled villages as Ezekiel 38:11 requires. This is a critical condition that must be met prior to Ezekiel’s battle and the final fulfillment of Psalm 83would go a long way toward meeting it.
Meanwhile, the Russians and Iranians, who would have fought this battle primarily by proxy, would study their defeat and learn from their mistakes, lying in wait for the next opportunity to strike. It won’t be long in coming.
Islam in prophecy Part 1: Psalm 83, Esau & Edom :: By Vanessa Panas
Ishmael is recognized as the father of Islam. Abraham was promised a son, but he and Sarah grew impatient waiting on God’s promise. He had Ishmael with Hagar, his wife Sarah’s Egyptian servant. After Hagar conceived Ishmael, she began to despise Sarah and began treating her in a hateful way. The Bible says Sarah dealt with her harshly and Hagar ran away. But God spoke to her and told her to return to Sarah and that her son would father a great nation.
Then, years later, God’s promise was fulfilled and Sarah conceived Isaac. When Ishmael was about 13, Sarah saw Ishmael mocking Isaac, who was a very small child. We know this because the Bible says on that day Isaac was weaned from Sarah.
Sarah told Abraham to cast out Hagar and Ishmael. She would not allow Ishmael to mock her son, live with him or share in his blessings.
Abraham loved his oldest son; he was grieved. He did not want to send him away; but when God told him to listen to Sarah, Abraham listened. Brokenhearted and alone, in the middle of the hot desert, the water ran out and Hagar could not watch Ishmael die; she cried out to God to take him but not let her watch. “Let me not see the death of the boy.”
So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.”
There is something important to note here. Ishmael stayed with his father Abraham until he was at least 13 years old. He knew God and was taught the same teachings by his father that Isaac received. There is no indication that Ishmael ever turned from Abraham’s teachings, but his sons did, intermarrying with the godless and forgetting the God of their father. The Muslims do not honor the God of their fathers. They honor a god (Allah) of war (fortresses).
Daniel 11:37-38 “He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things.”
Then we have the twin brothers, Jacob (renamed Israel, by God) and Esau (Edom-Palestinians and Jordanians). God came to Rebecca in a dream and said, “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
God saw in Jacob what he did not find in Esau. Esau thought so little of his inheritance that he sold it for a bowl of soup. Rebecca convinced Jacob to deceive Isaac into blessing him instead of Esau, fulfilling what God spoke to Rebecca. When Esau found out, he was filled with rage and declared he was going to kill his brother Jacob once Isaac died. Jacob then fled.
Esau was not a man fit to inherit the blessing. While he loved his father, he was not a godly man; on the other hand, Jacob was. Esau wanted his father’s blessing, but he did not want the obligation of obeying God. He wanted the worldly blessing but had no interest in the spiritual blessing.
First, Ishmael’s birthright is given to his younger brother Isaac and then Esau’s birthright is given to his younger brother Jacob. Later, this “rejected” son of Isaac married the daughter of the rejected son Ishmael. Esau’s marriage to one of Ishmael’s daughters forever linked the Ishmaelites with Edom and Esau.
The hatred the later Ishmaelites and Edomites had for Isaac and Jacob continues today. Muslims also teach that it was Ishmael who received Isaac’s blessing.
Through these men, we see the blessings by God and the persecutors of God’s people beginning to form. Through Abraham’s seed, two nations were born. These two nations struggled in the womb and continue to struggle today. Esau is Edom (Ishmaelites, Gen 36:1). Jacob is Israel (Jews, Gen 32:28). Psalm 83 tells us how it will end. It’s not good for Edom (Jordan).
Abraham is considered the father of all three major religions. The Bible doesn’t go into much detail about Ishmael. Isaac and Ishmael may have reconciled when Isaac died, or it’s possible they never lost touch through Abraham. Genesis does tell us that together Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave where Sarah’s body lay.
“And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah.”
Esau and Jacob reconciled years later to bury their father Isaac. But Esau’s story doesn’t end how you think; Esau’s end came during Jacob’s burial.
Esau took all the possessions of Isaac after his death and settled in Seir, which is in Edom. The house of Jacob, or Israel, possessed the whole land of Canaan from that day forward.
There is a lot to focus on with Esau. God clearly made it understood that Esau gave away any legal claim of his birthright to his brother Jacob, and of his own free will.
In the Book of Jasher, we read:
“And Esau took all this, and he and his children went home to the land of Seir the Horite, away from his brother Jacob and his children.
“And Esau had possessions amongst the children of Seir, and Esau returned not to the land of Canaan from that day forward.
“And the whole land of Canaan became an inheritance to the children of Israel for an everlasting inheritance, and Esau with all his children inherited the mountain of Seir.”
The book of Jasher tells us Esau was beheaded at the burial site of his brother Jacob. Esau blocked the cave for burial, claiming it to be part of his inheritance. Jacob’s grandson cut his head off for disrespecting his grandfather and halting the burial.
“And Chushim was dumb and deaf, still he understood the voice of consternation amongst men.
“And he asked, saying, Why do you not bury the dead, and what is this great consternation? and they answered him the words of Esau and his sons; and he ran to Esau in the midst of the battle, and he slew Esau with a sword, and he cut off his head, and it sprang to a distance, and Esau fell amongst the people of the battle.
“And when Chushim did this thing, the sons of Jacob prevailed over the sons of Esau, and the sons of Jacob buried their father Jacob by force in the cave, and the sons of Esau beheld it.”
This would certainly explain the everlasting contempt and struggle between Israel and Edom.
As Israel gears up to celebrate their 70th Independence Day and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, have the surrounding areas of Psalm 83 been organizing together against Israel? The Palestinian’s have said the opening of the embassy is a declaration of war. Those with Jordan and the West Bank include Lebanon, Gaza, parts of Iraq and possibly Egypt.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say the Israeli’s will have a peace treaty with the Palestinians or Jordanians. I think the peace treaty of 7 years, that is broken midway, is a treaty with the surrounding Muslim nations, led by Turkey.
Obadiah 1:6-7 “Oh, how Esau shall be searched out! How his hidden treasures shall be sought after! All the men in your confederacy shall force you to the border; the men at peace with you shall deceive you and prevail against you. Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap for you. No one is aware of it.”
Obadiah 1:18 “The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau. The LORD has spoken.”
Jacob and Joseph represent Israel, and Esau represents Jordan and the Palestinians. Jordan has control of the Temple Mount. Jordan has also recently become increasingly hostile to Israeli Jews being near the Temple Mount. It’s unlawful for Israeli Jews or tourists to have on them anything that represents Judaism or Christianity. Jews and Christians cannot sing, pray or make any religious overtures at all. Jordan and Israel are circling one another; Jordan is looking for a weak spot.
With the mass world outrage (planned) expected in May, it’s not hard to envision Judea and Samaria (West Bank) coming under attack.
Obadiah 1: 13-15 “You should not have entered the gate of My people in the day of their calamity. Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity.
“You should not have stood at the crossroads to cut off those among them who escaped; nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained in the day of distress. For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you…”
If there was a sudden Palestinian attack on the Jewish people of Samaria and Judea, those that are able to escape would flee to Jordan, only Jordan will not help them. God will destroy them through Israeli military power. God said he would take revenge on Edom by the hands of His people – the military might of the IDF and her allies.
Obadiah 1:9 “Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau’s mountains will be cut down in the slaughter.”
Ezekiel 25:13-14 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan they will fall by the sword. I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
Remember, the Palestinian people are actually Jordanian. The “Palestinian” people were separated from Jordan during the Trans-Jordan annexation.
As Erdogan invades Syria, heading to Damascus, the Palestinians and Jordanians are gearing up for the embassy move in May. War is looming no matter how you look at it. All three prophecies are set in motion now. I believe the Psalm 83 war will happen before Ezekiel 38. I also think Damascus will be destroyed now that Turkey has invaded Syria. Prophecy is moving too fast and accurate to slow down now.
Sitting quietly but impatiently is Pope Francis. The Vatican has not given up on controlling Jerusalem. I believe a brutal war is headed to Israel, and very soon. The Bible warns the Jewish people living in Judea and Samaria to flee.
The Temple Mount is located in the West Bank. Judea and Samaria are located in the West Bank. There are large Jewish populations in areas of the West Bank that could be overtaken quickly.
Israel has had restraint in the face of a daily threat since their rebirth. They have strategically targeted terrorists such as Hamas, not citizens. They are under more scrutiny than any other nation in the world. What will lead to Israel and Edom entering a full-scale war ending with the destruction of Jordan and Palestinian-controlled areas? Could it be a large-scale terrorist attack like 9-11?
It’s during war that people cry for peace the most. The peace treaty could be signed during/after the Psalm 83 war to prevent any more bloodshed – to call a truce between Jacob and his brother Esau and between Isaac and Ishmael – the Jews and the Muslims.
“Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people.”
Judea and Samaria are swallowed up on all sides and occupied by “heathens,” meaning Muslims. The lips of “talkers” sound like the U.N. and the constant attacks on Israel through resolutions. They talk about peace but in reality have no intention of treating Israel with fairness. They help the “heathens.”
These wars are all distinct, and each is very different from the war in Revelation. Armageddon can’t be the Ezekiel 38-39 war, or the Psalm 83 war. In Revelation, this is where all the nations of the earth will attack Israel, not just surrounding nations or the King of the North.
The Psalm 83 war will lead to the Ezekiel 38 war, but it will first bring a peace treaty between Israel and the many nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38. During the Psalm 83 war, the nations listed in Ezekiel 38 will rethink their strategy after Jordan and the Palestinians are decimated.
President Trump isn’t exactly what I’d call a role model for Christianity or Judaism, but neither was Nebuchadnezzar or many others God used throughout history; but God used them. Paul was one of the fiercest persecutors of Christians, and he became God’s greatest disciple. Since President Trump made this announcement, prophetic events are at lightening speed. There is no going back.
As these wars loom, the world has ignored or forgotten those that are enduring genocide right now, a persecution. In the middle of all the chaos, Christians are being quietly slaughtered. In Nigeria; Sudan; Syria; Egypt; Saudi Arabia; Iraq; Pakistan; India; North Korea; China – the list goes on.
As Christians, we see prophecy unfolding before our very eyes and know His return is imminent. God said Israel is the apple of His eye. Every time these nations attack or provoke Israel, they are essentially poking God in the eye. His wrath is coming. Soon, He will no longer allow His holy name to be blasphemed, by anyone.
“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me.’”
Psalm 83, Erdogan & the Abomination of Desolation :: By Vanessa P.
The Temple Mount
“Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more’” (Psalm 83:1-4).
Recep Erdogan has done everything in his power to revive the fallen Ottoman Empire. He wants to make a unified Islamic country; and being in Syria, he’s headed towards that goal.
Damascus will be the spark that sets the Middle East on Fire. If Israel attacks Damascus, and I think they will, then Russia, along with Iran and Turkey, will in turn attack Israel.
Jesus warns those living in Judea and Samaria to run for their lives; this means this attack is going to happen quickly. Why is it going to happen so suddenly? Because they are going to be living amongst their enemy. The Israeli Jews will be neighbors with a couple million Palestinians in the newly created state of “Palestine.”
I believe the Psalm 83 war is not so much of an invasion, but an attack from within, led by the Antichrist. In fact, it makes sense that his standing in the temple is what begins the surprise attack on the Jews. The countries that invade Jerusalem include the “inner circle” of countries that border Israel, mainly Palestinians from Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. The Jews will be outnumbered and surrounded by the Palestinians.
“Therefore when you see ‘the abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place’ (whoever reads, let him understand), ‘then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains” (Matthew 24:15-16).
The Jewish people still refer to East Jerusalem by their ancient biblical names of Judea and Samaria, proving once more that the land historically belongs to them. Why did he specifically mention Judea and Samaria? Because tens of thousands of Jewish citizens live there and will remain there after the peace deal is signed.
A former Palestinian leader has already suggested that if and when a sovereign Palestinian state is created, the Jews will not have to leave their homes. There are roughly 1.5 million Arabs living within Israel, so why couldn’t the Jews stay in a Palestinian state?
Israel’s Population Registry released January 2019 shows the number of Jews in Judea and Samaria is 435,159. There are also roughly 315,000 Jews who live in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem, which is technically the “West Bank.” Living among them are estimates of 2.5 million Palestinians.
With the coming peace deal, the Palestinians will gain statehood. They will also most likely gain East Jerusalem. The Jews and Muslims, however, will share the Temple Mount. The peace proposal will allow the rebuilding of the temple right next to the Al Aqsa mosque, where Jews and Muslims will worship together. For three and a half years they will worship peacefully, and then sudden destruction comes.
The Temple Mount is in East Jerusalem, so the Jewish people will travel there freely from Israel to worship in their Temple. Three and a half years after this sharing arrangement is agreed to, the Palestinians are going to change their mind. They no longer want to share the Temple Mount.
The Palestinians will also have more weight with the world in their argument that the Temple Mount is all theirs. Why? They will have had their own state for a few years, and the Temple Mount is within their border. The UN nations would like nothing more than to take all of Jerusalem from the Jews.
“And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days” (Daniel 12:11-12).
The Jews living within those borders will suddenly see a man walk into their Temple and proclaim himself God and speak blasphemies. The Jews will be shopping, worshipping, and strolling in the park; and suddenly thousands and thousands of Palestinians begin attacking them.
“They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’”
The Jewish women, young and old, will be raped and lead away to be sold, just as Muslims are currently doing in Syria and Iraq. The children will be murdered in front of their parents. The men will be murdered in the streets; their desire to fight back and defend their families and neighbors will not be enough. The attack is such an unexpected surprise that Jesus warns those who are in the fields or even running errands not to return home. Just RUN! There will be many Jewish people taken captive, as in the days of Egyptian captivity, once again.
“Therefore when you see ‘the abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place’ (whoever reads, let him understand), ‘then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes” (Matthew 24:15-17).
I’ve said many times before in previous articles that the Jewish people will flee and run towards Jordan, but they will be cut off. They will run to their brother, Esau, but he will join against them. This is why the Bible says that Ammon, Moab and Edom will not be attacked by the Antichrist; they escape this attack because they forsake the covenant. These nations are in modern-day Jordan. They do not want the Jewish people to have anything to do with Jerusalem, and it’s all going to come to a head, and soon. They also currently control the Temple Mount.
“For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:23-24).
The nations listed in Psalm 83 are also listed in Daniel, where the Antichrist makes his appearance in the Temple. His abomination of desolation will cause chaos on the Temple Mount. It will embolden the Palestinians and Jordanians. We don’t know exactly what this desolation will be, but I’m leaning towards the Muslims turning the Temple into a mosque. This is something they have done to churches and synagogues throughout history. I can easily see this happening, with the call to prayer on the temple and all.
In Psalm 83 it says the neighbors of Israel will make a tumult. A tumult is a violent uprising.
“He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon” (Daniel 11:41).
“They have said, ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot” (Psalm 83:4-8).
Hagar was an Egyptian-born woman who migrated out of her homeland. In the 10th century B.C., Asaph, the author of Psalm 83, calls for vengeance on these surrounding nations. The Hagarenes were a people who lived in the region of northern Jordan, east of Gilead.
“Now in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand; and they dwelt in their tents throughout the entire area east of Gilead” (1 Chronicles 5:10).
Psalm 83 also lists Amalek as one of the invading nations.
“Therefore, when Hashem your God grants you safety from all your enemies around you, in the land that Hashem your God is giving you as a hereditary portion, you shall blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven. Do not forget!” (Deuteronomy 25:19).
Bible scholars will use the ancestral bloodline to identify Edom as being the modern-day Palestinians; but they will also use the geographic location they lived in to include Jordan, making the modern-day Edomites today’s Palestinians and Jordanians. But with the Ishmaelites, scholars don’t use the bloodline method. Instead, the identification of the Ishmaelites is limited to modern-day Saudi Arabia through geographic location. But the Ishmaelites are tied to the Edomites through Esau. Esau married one of Ishmael’s daughters, forever linking the two.
This brings the Ishmaelites to the Jordanian areas.
The Palestinians are the descendants of the Amalekites. Amalek is the grandson of Esau (Genesis 36:12). Esau ties together the Amalekites, Edomites and Ishmaelites to the Palestinian and Jordanian areas, the same nations listed in Daniel.
The Amalekites became one of Israel’s greatest enemies. A prophecy about Amalek foretold endless war between Israel and Amalek “from generation to generation.”
“And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; for he said, ‘Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation’” (Exodus 17:15-16).
The Bible traces the roots of the blood feud between Israel and the Palestinians to the Patriarchs. There were two sibling rivalries of the past that impact the Jewish people and Israel to this day. These rivalries were between Abraham’s sons Ishmael and Isaac (Genesis 16–17, 21) and between Isaac’s sons Esau and Jacob (Genesis 25, 27–28). Ishmael was the father of many of the Arabs, who today are Islamic and want Jerusalem as their own, while through Jacob came the Israelite tribes.
In the Bible, we learn that Edom (Esau) refused to allow Israel free passage to the Holy Land.
“Then Edom said to him, ‘You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword’” (Numbers 20:18).
Saul warred with the Edomites and Amalekites during his reign.
“So Saul established his sovereignty over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, against the people of Ammon, against Edom, against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he harassed them. And he gathered an army and attacked the Amalekites, and delivered Israel from the hands of them that spoiled them” (1 Samuel 14:47-48).
During David’s reign, he conquered them, then Jehoshaphat did as well (2 Chronicles 20), and Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:17). The book of Malachi shows the hatred the Amalekites had for Israel (Malachi 1:2-5).
Psalm 83:12 says that the Arab/Edomite union wants to destroy Israel in order to take over the Promised Land. The prophecy clearly mentions Edom and Amalek (Psalm 83:6-8).
To the Palestinians and Jordanians (Edomites through Esau), God said to them:
“The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau stubble; they shall burn them and consume them, and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau, for the LORD has spoken” (Obadiah 1:18).
The Philistines were enemies of the ancient Israelites. After the second temple was destroyed, Jerusalem still had a small, wavering population – some Jews, but mostly Romans.
In 135 AD, Hadrian, Roman Emperor, changed the name of Jerusalem to “Palestine.” It is a derivative of Philistine. He did this to insult the Jews while intending to erase them from history. There was never a Palestinian people, and the Philistines never possessed Jerusalem. This is a myth. The Palestinian people are Jordanian, both descendants of Esau. The Palestinian people were invented in the sixties, with Arafat leading the effort. The “Palestinian” people were victims of the Trans-Jordan annexation. They have been used for fifty years as a means to attack Israel.
King Abdullah in 1948 said “Palestine and Jordan are one.”
King Hussein of Jordan said in 1981, “The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.”
Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly was quoted as saying on February 2, 1970, “Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate.”
Abdul Hamid Sharif, Prime Minister of Jordan, declared in 1980, “The Palestinians and Jordanians do not belong to different nationalities. They hold the same Jordanian passports, are Arabs and have the same Jordanian culture.”
The ancient Philistines occupied southern Canaan and controlled five major cities. This included Gaza, Askelon and Ashdod. Geographically, this would be the Gaza Strip.
The use of the name “Palestine” is biblically inaccurate; but more importantly than that, it’s been used as a tool to persecute the Jews for the last seventy years. Even prior to Israel becoming a nation, the name “Palestine” has been broadly used to disassociate the Jews from Israel. Even those in the church use the term Palestine. The term “Palestine” has been used as a political propaganda machine in the U.N. and across the world.
The name Palestine is rarely used in the Old Testament. In the Bible it refers to the southwestern coastal area of Israel that was occupied by the Philistines. It is a translation of the Hebrew word “Pelesheth.” Palestine was never used to reference the whole land of Israel. In the New Testament, “Palestine” is never used.
The Church began using the term Palestine in literature and in maps to refer to Israel in 300 AD. The Crusaders that were fighting to liberate Jerusalem called Israel “Kingdom of Jerusalem.”
The Antichrist is going to be welcomed by both Jews and Muslims when he first arrives. He will flatter many; he will even flatter Israel for three and a half years, putting the Israeli people in a vulnerable position because they will not be expecting this coming attack. Jerusalem will become a tourist haven during this time. There will be “peace,” and Jerusalem will be the focal point for visitors all over the world – Christian, Muslim and Jewish.
“So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation.”
The Antichrist musters forces, and they defile the sanctuary, bringing the abomination of desolation. Thousands of Palestinian Muslims are near the Temple on a daily basis. They will agree to share, but this doesn’t mean they suddenly love Jacob, their brother.
In a previous article, I went into detail on why Gog of Russia CANNOT be the Antichrist. The Gog war and the Antichrist appearing are two completely separate events, but I’m convinced the Psalm 83 attack will come three and a half years after the peace deal is signed. His appearance and ultimate betrayal will lead the surrounding Palestinians to attack.
The coming peace deal will be between many, but the major players are the Palestinians/Jordan and Israel. It makes perfect sense that the same people who signed the covenant will be the people to break the covenant.
The feud between Jacob and Esau, and Isaac and Jacob has brought us to the boiling point the area has reached today.
As Christians, we watch all of these amazing prophecies unfold, and we know what it means; we know our Lord and Savior is at the door. He’s coming back for what’s His.
The Jewish people are about to make a fatal error in the opening of their temple. They not only have gone against God’s word, which was to destroy any and all idols or false places of worship, but now the newly created Sanhedrin have invited Muslims to the opening, when it opens.
Currently, Jews are allowed on the Temple Mount, God’s mountain, on a very limited and strict basis. They are not allowed to pray, sing or worship. They can’t bring any religious symbols; this goes for Christians too. If you break these rules, you will be detained by the police.
The Sanhedrin has already made the preparations for temple worship. They have sent out invitations across the world, even to Muslims who blaspheme his name. They are urging support for the temple and fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy.
During Hanukkah there was a temple service reenactment, with the stones to the tabernacle that will be used in the newly rebuilt temple.
In 2016, a prominent Rabbi and Jewish scholar in Jerusalem, Rabbi Baruch Kahane, asked how long it would take to begin Temple sacrifices if the situation suddenly changed. He stated, “If the government decided to permit it, it would only take a few weeks to make preparations, even to do the Yom Kippur service.”
According to Jewish tradition, the tabernacle and Aaron the high Priest were consecrated for temple worship on the last day of Hanukkah.
In December 2018, the Sanhedrin held a temple worship reenactment to consecrate the altar for the Third Temple. A full-dress reenactment was held, but local authorities would not permit a sheep to be slaughtered; so one was slaughtered at another location. The meat was arranged on a ramp leading up to the altar in the ritually prescribed manner. One piece was thrown into the fire on the altar, then burned completely.
The building of the temple is near; everything is ready. The recognition of Jerusalem by the U.S. was a huge stepping stone towards this path.
The ambassador to Guatemala attended and said, “This is a truly historic moment. My government is pleased to be partners with the Sanhedrin and with Israel in bringing the Messiah.”
Remember, the Jews are not seeking a Jesus-like figure as a Messiah. They are simply seeking a man that will bring peace and the building of their temple – a political figure that will bring peace to Jerusalem. President Trump may have the “deal of a century” in his peace proposal, but without someone like Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help introduce it and approve of it, it will go nowhere.
He has the very people that come against Jerusalem already treating him like a Messiah figure. He has embroiled himself in the Palestinian cause, throwing his very vocal support behind the Palestinians becoming a state and has insisted the Palestinians keep East Jerusalem in any peace deal. Why East Jerusalem? Remember, the Temple Mount is in East Jerusalem. The Ottoman Empire conquered Jerusalem before, and they will do it again.
Erdogan has thrown his full support for the terror organization Hamas. There are Turkish flags flying publicly around East Jerusalem. Many of the streets outside the Old City Wall have Turkish flags flying on every corner; this includes the entrances to the Temple Mount. Often, pro-Turkish demonstrations take place on the Temple Mount itself. Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens have gone on pilgrimages to Israeli-controlled Jerusalem to prevent its “Judaization.”
Erdogan is one of the few Middle Eastern leaders that still champion the Palestinian cause. Many others have grown tired of it and have recently grown closer to Israel in their mutual distrust and dislike of Iran. Saudi Arabia, for instance, has grown much closer to Israel. The Saudis have Mecca, but Erdogan wants Jerusalem.
Erdogan has even restored the Islamic crescent to the Dome of the Rock’s gold cap, which dominates Jerusalem’s skyline.
One shocking Turkish influence in East Jerusalem is the number of Turkish restaurants that have become havens for reminiscing Muslims over the Ottoman Empire. There are signs celebrating Islamization and the Islamic conquests. Muslim worshipers raise Erdogan’s picture in Friday prayers. The Ottoman Empire was not some ancient Empire. It hasn’t even been one hundred years since it ended.
Arab fashion stores have also changed recently as they’ve slowly started to sell more modest Islamic clothing for women, but in a Turkish style.
A Turkish cultural center recently opened, which offers courses in Turkish. There are Turkish musical concerts, and scholars who are building up the connection between the Palestinians of East Jerusalem and Turkish culture.
Turkey is gaining control of the mosques on the Temple Mount by having extensive religious tourism from Turkey. Turkish tourists have even confronted Orthodox Jews on the Temple Mount.
Erdogan has taken every measure to distance Turkey from any sort of diplomatic relationship with Israel in recent years. He has regarded himself as a champion of the Palestinians, and led the international outcry against the Trump administration for moving its embassy, as well as its stance on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the Palestinian Authority have all warned Israel that they are concerned about Turkey’s growing presence in eastern Jerusalem. All three governments agree that the purpose of the Turkish presence in East Jerusalem is to give Erdogan control over the Temple Mount. Not to mention he wants to become sole custodian of East Jerusalem and leader of the Muslim world.
Jordan has accused Israel of sleeping at the wheel with regard to Erdogan. But, Jordan’s concerns about Turkey’s activities are due to its own standing as the guardian of Islam’s holy sites in Jerusalem. Jordanian officials told Israeli officials that they suspect Erdogan is trying to undercut that position. The Bible says that Jordan escapes wrath or punishment from the Antichrist because they forsake the covenant, meaning they do not acknowledge Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority’s main concern is Turkey’s support in boosting Islamist groups that oppose them, like Hamas in Gaza. Turkey and Hamas are both closer ideologically and politically as well. Erdogan can control those attacking Israel the most in order to bring this peace deal. Two things to note: Turkey is the only other nation from Psalm 83 that is also in Ezekiel 38, and many Middle Eastern countries are in agreement with Israel on Iran. The majority of Middle Eastern countries want Iran stopped.
Not long ago, Turkey was becoming a more relaxed, secular nation, trying to build diplomacy with Europe through diplomatic ties. The same can be said of Iran and Egypt; they also were moving towards secularism.
The fact that they didn’t, and just as quickly returned to Sharia-controlled governments, proves once again that the West and Middle East CANNOT COEXIST.
Only time will tell which biblical war is next on the horizon. We can only pray, study and speculate. One thing is certain though; no matter which war comes first, or if Erdogan comes and goes, the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is coming soon. Jerusalem is HIS, and he’s coming back to take what’s his and to judge the nations. Are you ready?
Ezekiel 25:15-17 “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah, Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the LORD when I lay My vengeance on them.’”