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Psalm 83 War – From Judah to Jordan to Jesus

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psalm 83 warJudean wilderness east of Jerusalem toward Jordan.
Photo by Ian W. Scott

Note: The path that sweeps across the illustration is an infamous trail. This may be the route that the people of Judea take while fleeing into the mountains (Mark 13:14).

Psalm 83 War

Hidden in a secret place!

By Craig C. White

It is very popular these days to say that the Psalm 83 war will happen soon. Well it will happen pretty soon, but not before the Rapture of the Church, and not before the Great Tribulation. It will happen during the Great Tribulation. Psalm 83 is short and simple. The key to understanding it is to recognize who “thy hidden ones” are in verse 3. They are Jews from Judea (region south of Jerusalem) who have fled into the wilderness during the second half of the Great Tribulation. The wilderness is the mountainous region of Jordan east of Jerusalem.

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Psalm 83 is a request for God’s help. It probably represents the Judean refugee’s call for defense at the end of the Tribulation. Jesus Christ will come through Jordan defeating Israel’s enemies (read Revelation Wrath Path). In the verse below, Edom and Bozrah are in todays Jordan.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Psalm 83 has four sections; God, be not still, Counsel Council, List of enemies, and Do unto others as you have done unto them before!

God, be not still!

Psalm 83:1 A Song or Psalm of Asaph. Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.

The word not is used three times in the opening verse of Psalm 83. The Hebrew word translated not here means not!

This is a prayer that God would not allow the people of Israel to be killed by their enemies. Also that God would not fail to devise an offense against Israel’s enemies. And that God would not be idle while Israel’s enemies attack. In other words, Lord now is the time for action!

Psalm 83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.

Israel’s enemies hate Israel. The enemies of Israel are the adversaries of God. They are making a loud sound. They are enraged. They are screaming to make war on the Judean refugees. They hate God personally. The word translated head in the verse above is the Hebrew word rosh. Rosh means chief or primary. It probably refers to a leader. Israel’s enemies have magnified their leader. They think that they can fight against God because their ruler is supreme!

Counsel Council

Psalm 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.

God’s enemies have assembled together in a secret meeting and have devised a cunning plan against the nation of Israel to utterly destroy them. They have deliberated together to kill God’s “hidden ones”.

In verse 3 above, the term “hidden ones” means to hide by covering over. The Judean refugees are protected in mountainous dens in Jordan. They are kept in a secret place until Jesus Christ returns!

In Isaiah 16 below, God allows the Jews escaping Judah to take refuge in Moab which is in today’s Jordan east of the Dead Sea. This verse is applied to the time just before Jesus Christ takes his place on his throne in Jerusalem.

Isa 16:3-5 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. 4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. 5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

In the middle of the Great Tribulation Jews in Judea will flee to the mountains or wilderness. Some of the people of Judea (region around Jerusalem) will flee to the mountains where God will sustain them for three and a half years (Mat 24:15-16, Luke 21:21-22). I think that this place is on the east side of the Jordan River near Jericho and Mt. Nebo, where Israel entered the land after the exodus. It is also the place where ravens fed Elijah as he hid (1Ki 17:3). It is also the place where King David and his men fled out of Jerusalem from Absalom his son when he took over the kingdom of Israel (2Sa 17:22).

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Note: In the verse above “Wings of a great eagle” refers to God’s supernatural help given to Israel in time of flight. This idiom is applied to Israel during the exodus in Exo 19:4. It is also applied to Israel’s deliverance from Jerusalem at the end of the Great Tribulation in Isa 40:31. It is applied here to the people in Judea just before Israel is overrun with its enemies during the Great Tribulation period.

Below; Zechariah tells us that Jesus will save “the tents of Judah” before he saves the city of Jerusalem!

Zec 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

It may be that “the tents of Judah” (above) are those of Judea who fled to the Jordanian mountains. They have been living there for 3 ½ years protected by God.

Psalm 83:4 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. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

During their meeting, Israel’s enemies plan to destroy the nation of Israel. They have deliberated together and all agree. They have made a pact with themselves. This is describing a Middle Eastern conference were a contract is written that all nations agree to. They will completely eradicate the nation of Israel.

List of enemies

Psalm 83:6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

This list of Israel’s enemies is mostly describing the nation of Jordan. Edom is in today’s Jordan. Ishmaelites settled Saudi Arabia, but I don’t think that Saudi Arabia is represented here. Ishmaelites also settled in today’s southern Jordan. Hagarenes settled in today’s Jordan, There is a Gebal in Lebanon, but this Gebal is in today’s Jordan. Ammon settled in today’s Jordan, Amalek probably lived just west of today’s Jordan. The Philistines lived on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. I think they represent Lebanon here, along with Tyre. Assur is ancient Assyria. Today it is best represented by northern Iraq. So Lebanon and Iraq agree to help the children of Lot. Lot’s children were Moab and Ammon. Like I said before, they both settled in today’s Jordan.Psalm 83 war

Psalm 83 War Map

So Psalm 83 is describing a Jordanian conference where Lebanon and Iraq agree to help Jordan eliminate the Jewish refugees who have fled from southern Israel into the mountainous wilderness of western Jordan.

Do unto others as you have done unto them before!

Psalm 83:9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: 10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: 12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. 13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. 14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; 15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. 16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. 17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: 18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

The verses above describe armies destroyed by Israel while led by Gideon (Judges 4 & 8). The bloodshed of these battles starts in the valley of Megiddo and ends in western Jordan.

Psalm 83 describes a treaty to eliminate the Judean refugees. Jesus Christ will personally pour out his wrath on Jordan’s armies. He will save the Jewish people who are hiding in the mountainous region of western Jordan.

Important!

The Psalm 83 war is not the next prophetic event on the end time calendar. The invasion of Syria’s northwestern cities and the Destruction of Damascus by Turkey is the next event to look for. After Turkey destroys Damascus then they will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into Israel. Read my commentaries The nations are disquieted over Syria and Magog Made Easy.
Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

Psalm 83 warThis commentary is in my book Israel’s Beacon of Hope

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  1. David Parker

    Craig,

    So, today I have been sitting awhile in the jury pool waiting for my badge number to be called. I have been thinking about the Psalm 83 war, Jeremiah 49, and Isaih 17. The scenarios you have set forth in your commentaries make much sense, and as I go over them in my mind I keep trying to make sense of what Russia is truly up to.
    Those that hold to the decades old model of Russia being Magog are certainly reviving their scenarios in the past few days. I still believe that Erdogan will lead the invasion into Damascus and then Israel. As you have said, and the scripture indicates that this first attack on Israel will result in God intervening on Israels behalf. My question is: Could it be possible for Russia and Iran to lead the first attack on Israel, then after God defeats them Erdogan would make a treaty with Israel, turn south to Israel and sit in the newly built temple as the false messiah?
    I am glad that we are only required to watch and pray, not figure all of this out, you seem to be blessed with an enormouse amount of calm while staying steadfast in your understanding of biblical prophecy.
    David

    1. hightimetoawake

      Hi David. Great question. I have double checked my own understanding in light of Russia’s presence in Syria. First of all, Russia has entered Syria at the last hour. Syria is close to falling. Russia doesn’t want to save Syria. If they did they would have done much more much sooner. Russia only wants to preserve the Assad government until Russia gets a good deal from the next Syrian government. Russia is getting in the way until they get their own way.

      If Russia is Gog or Magog then they would have to destroy Damascus and then lead an invasion into Israel. The ancient Assyrian kings did the same thing. This also identifies the Antichrist. I don’t see why Russia would destroy Damascus when they are now defending it. I don’t see how 800 Russian soldiers are going to lead Iran, Libya, and Sudan into Israel.

      Magog is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. These are definately provinces of Turkey. I also think that Erdogan is definately the Antichrist because he has claimed to be god and because he has built his palace on Turkey’s holy mountain between the seas. Not to mention that he is also the primary governor amongst the provinces of Turkey.

  2. David Parker

    Craig,

    One of things I have learned from you in the last year, is that you steadfastly cling to the principle that prophecy has a repetitive nature to it. I think that falls in line with one of the first principles I learned in regards to biblical interpretation years ago in Bible College. Yes, we used to call it Bible College, because those who felt a call to ministry went to college to study the Bible first, and liberal studies were secondary. The first principle I learned was you interpret scripture with scripture, and scripture is infallible, eternal, and God’s final word. You definitely cling to that as well. To many seminarians, are straying away from reading the Bible, and letting junk science, progressive theology, and cultural norms dictate biblical interpretation.
    Patience is definitely a virtue of those who watch an pray. Two more questions:
    Do you think Netanyahu’s political days are coming to an end? Harratz definitely has a liberal bend, and puts him in a negative light, while the Jerusalem post seems a little more objective. Have your ideas changed in regards to who may be the unfaithful shepherd?
    Blessings,
    David

    1. hightimetoawake

      Isaiah 10 describes the Assyrian invasion into southern Israel. Isaiah 11:1 describes Jesus sitting on his throne in Jerusalem. This is an indication that similar events will happen during the end time.

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