Note: Today’s Letter explains the Middle East conflict from its beginning. J.L. Robb went to see “Noah the Movie” and gives us his honest review.
One out of every five people is Muslim, amounting to 1.2 billion worldwide (only 12 percent of whom are Arab). Sprawled out over the globe as it is, Islam takes many forms. It is a religion without a centralized government, without an existing hierarchy, without denominations.
Although Islam was born some six hundred years after Christ and three hundred years after the completion of the canon of Scriptures, God not only foresaw, but foretold its rise and fall, its major battles, and its ultimate goals. And recorded them in advance, but concealed the details until the time appointed.
This IS the appointed time, and what had formerly been completely invisible is now the elephant in the living room.
When a thousand year old copy of the Book of Psalms emerged from an Irish peat bog in July 2006, I really didn’t pay that much attention. A thousand year old book is interesting, but it isn’t unheard of. I saw a 2,000 year old copy of Isaiah at the Dome of the Tablets in Israel.
So a thousand year old copy of part of the Bible didn’t seem, at first blush, like it would yield much useful information. It was interesting, but more in the sense of, “Gee whiz, isn’t that interesting?” than, “Holy Cow! That’s incredible!”
Until I looked a bit more closely at the Big Picture for the last days.
Let’s examine this together.
First, let’s consider the significance of the timing. The book was unearthed by an Irish guy with a bulldozer who was digging for peat in an Irish bog on July 20th, as Israel escalated the conflict with Hezbollah by launching its first ground incursions into Lebanon.
Now, let’s move on to the contents. The manuscript is a copy of the Irish Psalter, or Book of Psalms. Of all the possible pages, and all the possible Psalms (150 of them) this particular Psalter found its way into an Irish bog a thousand years ago, opened to Psalm 83. In fact, Psalm 83 is the only readable page.
Let’s look at Psalms 83, line by line, and in context.
This particular Psalm is a plea for God’s provision for Israel’s security:
“Keep not Thou silence, O God: hold not Thy peace, and be not still, O God.”
The Psalmist goes on to identify the target of the threat:
“For, lo, Thine enemies make a tumult: and They that hate Thee have lifted up the head.”
While Israel is the target, it is not the real enemy of Islam. The real enemy of Islam is Israel’s God.
The Psalmist is pleading for Israel as the target, but the enemy’s efforts are at defeating Israel’s God.
The enemy doesn’t care a fig about Israel itself. It ignored Jerusalem for centuries until the Jews came back and declared a holy city unto their God.
The goal is not for Islam to occupy Israel. The goal is to eliminate the memory of the God who claims her.
If all the Jews converted to Islam, the war would be over. The enemy is the God the Jews worship. Remove God from Jewish life, and you remove the enemy.
“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”
Israel is the name given the Jewish people BY God.
“And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” (Genesis 32:38)
“For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against THEE:”
Not against Israel as a place. Against Israel, named by God as God’s PEOPLE.
Now, let’s examine who these enemies of God are.
“The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.”
“Edom” is another name for Esau, the father of the Arab peoples.
The Edomites and the Amalekites are descendents of Esau. The Moabites and Ammonites are the descendants of Lot. Moab is located in the Egyptian Sinai. Biblical Ammon is central Jordan.
The Hagarenes are descended through Hagar, the mother of Ishmael.
According to Galatians 4:25,
“For this Agar [or, Hagar] is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.”
So the Hagarenes represent modern-day Saudi Arabia, the heart and soul of Islam. Gebal is the city of Jebeil in Lebanon, where eight Israeli soldiers lost their lives during ground operations on July 26.
Amalek and the Phillistines are in modern Gaza, home to Hamas.
“Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.”
According to this incredible prophecy, Assur (Syria and Iraq) are to join in to aid the children of Lot (Lebanon).
Syria is supplying and equipping Hezbollah, and has styled itself as the the protector of Lebanon and the ‘children of Lot’, as Iraqi cities are racked with demonstrators demanding ‘death to Israel’ and ‘death to America’ as Israel’s ally.
So, now that we’ve identified the players. . . let’s look at the ultimate goal.
“Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.”
What is the root cause of the Arab-Israeli wars? It isn’t territorial possession. It is possession of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, but not for the Arabs.
The antagonists are Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt . . . which country would own Jerusalem?
The goal is not the conquest of Jerusalem for an Arab territorial possession. The goal is the conquest of God’s Holy Mountain and God’s Holy City for an Islamic religious possession. Ask any jihadi.
Follow along with me here. We’ve looked in previous briefings at Isaiah’s prophecy of the ‘burden of Damascus,’ —
“Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1)
Since Damascus is the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, it is a safe conclusion that the ‘burden of Damascus’ cannot be an historical event. It has never happened in the past, so it must be a prophecy for the future.
In the same manner, there is no historical precedent for this grand alliance, NAMED BY NAME, ever entering into a confederacy against Israel to possess the ‘Houses of God’. When they weren’t fighting Israel separately, they were fighting each other.
Psalms 83 is not one of those ‘dual fulfillment’ prophecies that happened once in the past, and will be repeated in the last days.
The events outlined by this Psalm are future events, as is the eventual and total destruction of Damascus. And, like the burden of Damascus, it can only happen once.
Writes the Psalmist,
“Let them be confounded and troubled for EVER; yea, let them be put to shame, and PERISH: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”
The current war is against Hezbollah, the ‘Party of god’ [Allah] in which all Hezbollah need do to claim victory is survive.
Israel can only claim victory over the Islamic jihadis by shaming Hezbollah in the eyes of the Arab world, and totally destroying Hezbollah as both a fighting force and a rallying cause.
It is a war between the forces of Allah and the forces of YHWH [Yahweh, or Jehovah] not between nations, and it is over the religious prize of Temple Mount.
Since both sides claim ownership based on what they claim as a Divine land grant, for either side to lose is an admission their religion is false, their god’s promises are unreliable and their holy book is wrong.
Which will prove [or disprove] to the [Islamic] nations that Israel’s God is “the Most High over ALL the earth.”
The fact that this Psalm surfaced after 1,000 years, opened to this prophecy, on exactly the same day the ground war was joined, between these exact enemies, over this exact prize, is no coincidence.
In this generation, before our eyes, in the real world, with all eyes focused on this particular prize, is a literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Make no mistake. As they used to say in the military, “This is no drill!”
This is the first completely literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy since the restoration of Israel. And the second completely literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy since the beginning of the Church Age.
To underscore its relevance, it was announced in advance by God Himself, in His own words, drawn from the depths of the earth after 1,000 years of waiting.
Because what we are witnessing is the beginning of the END of the Church Age.
And the coming of the Lord.
Get excited! And tell your friends.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” (Romans13:11)