The Islamic Beast Rising- The Caliphate and the Coming Psalm 83 War with Israel

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“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. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: 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.” Psalm 83: 2-8

Lets take a look at who the Muslim nations are that are referenced in Psalm 83:

The Tabernacles of Edom: South Jordan and Palestine.
The Ishmaelites: Saudi Arabia
Moab: Palestinians and Central Jordan
Hagarenes: Egyptians
Gebal: Hezbollah and North Lebanon
Ammon: Palestinians and North Jordan
Amalek: Sinai
The Philistines: Hamas of Gaza
Inhabitants of Tyre: Hezbollah and Southern Lebanon
Assur: Syrian and Northern Iraq
(NTEB website article)

Who Are These Enemies?
Note that Iran (Persia) is NOT listed here, but it is listed in Ezek 38-39.

(The following is an adaptation from David Dolan’s “Israel’s Next War” commentary on Psalm 83. It was written on 12/07/2000.)

The first seven groups named in Psalm 83 were all located east of Israel. They were tribes whose moving boundaries often overlapped.

The first two, Edom and the Ishmaelites, are synonymous today with the entire Arab-Muslim world. This is because both people groups are thought to have migrated further south into the Arabian Peninsula–the seat of Islam. Moreover, Ishmael is a significant figure in Islamic theology. So in modern terms, these names could be referring to Saudi Arabia, which backed front-line Arab forces in 1948 and 1967, and/or to the entire Arab-Muslim world that stretches from Morocco to Oman.

Moab was located east of the Dead Sea, with Edom to its south and Ammon to the north. The other listed eastern tribes–the Hagrites, Gebal and Amalek–mingled in this area. The name Ammon, of course, is with us today. It is the capital of Jordan (typically spelled Amman in English). Jordan played a pivotal role in both the 1948 and 1967 wars.

Tyre was the leading city of Phoenicia in early Bible times. This area is now part of Lebanon, who was involved in both the Independence and Six-Day wars, although its military contribution was negligible. Southern Lebanon has been the active battle line between Arabs and Jews since the early 1970′ s.

The Philistines were believed to have sailed from Canaan to the Greek island of Crete, or from the Anatolian region of western Turkey. Wherever they originated, iron-wielding Philistine warriors proved formidable enemies to the Hebrew tribes, but were eventually absorbed by attacking Assyrian forces and disappeared as a separate people group.

Philistia was resurrected by the Romans, who applied that name to the Promised Land in an attempt to obliterate the Jewish connection to Zion. This occurred after the Roman legions destroyed Judea in AD 70. The main Philistine town was named Gaza, which today is the current seat of the Palestinian autonomy government, while the Gaza Strip is home to over one million Palestinians. This fact gives us a hint that they are today’s equivalent of the ancient Philistines. The very name “Palestinians” is likely derived from the ancient Philistines.

Palestinian Arabs were at the center of the wars that broke out in 1948 and 1967. If their leaders had accepted the 1947 United Nations partition plan, the neighboring Arab states would have found it difficult to attack the new Jewish State. Since that time, however, Palestinian struggles have offered a major excuse for other Arab states and the Islamic peoples to come against the reborn and enormously productive State of Israel.

The last nation mentioned is the Assyrian empire, which acts as “a help to the children of Lot.” The Biblical Hebrew states that Assyria became an extension of Lot’s descendants and covered the enormous territory of several modern countries, ranging from western Iran, to parts of Turkey, most of Syria, and even down to portions of Egypt’s Nile River. Although it was centered in what is known today as Iraq, the capital of Assyria was Nineveh, situated on the banks of the Tigris River.

Iraq played a very active role in both the 1948 and 1967 Middle East wars. However, it was mainly a support role, with Iraqi forces backing up those of Jordan and Syria. In that sense, Assyria’s modern equivalent was literally acting as a “helpful arm” to the eastern front-line states.

Today, Iraq is a much more dominant force in the region and is more of an instigator than a support vehicle. Syria, according to Jane’s Intelligence Report, has the most advanced chemical weapons in the world. Jordan does not really have an effective military machine and will play more of a support role, if pushed. Their challenge lies in their location next to both Syria and Iraq.

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