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Psalm 83 - Is it a prophecy?

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The psalmist/ seer Asaph raised his voice to God to strike the enemies of God. He identified these people groups as Israel's modern neighbors on all of her borders. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia came against Israel in one way or another in 1967 and Israel's army and air force set them to flight - a great victory. They also enlarged the territory of Israel greatly. Many Christian eschatology teachers today are saying this is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Thoughts?

BTW - for those who deny the existence of God - gotcha - don't need to hear it again. This was placed in THIS forum for a discussion - not an argument of skeptics please. Thank you :)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+83&version=NKJV

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Yes.

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

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BTW - for those who deny the existence of God - gotcha - don't need to hear it again. This was placed in THIS forum for a discussion - not an argument of skeptics please. Thank you :)

In other words you don't want anyone to post things you don't like.
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In other words you don't want anyone to post things you don't like.

Not at all Frank. Think of it this way - you are at a social gathering and a few acquaintances begin discussing some topic of mutual interest and someone who is really not interested in the topic and who perhaps dislikes one of the discussion members, begins questioning and denying every aspect of the subject matter. It would be rude, no? Now if the same group WERE discussing the probability or improbability of a topic's reality or truth, that person would be welcomed. That's all.
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And Then,

Have you read the history of what happend to the Midianites, Sisera, Jabin at the brook of Kison? Oreb and Zeeb, Zeba and Zalmunna? Verses 9,11

I don't think the war of 1967 accomplished verses 15-18.

Maybe Isaiah 17 happens during the war of Psalm 83, which triggers the eventual war of Ezekiel 38&39.

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As I see it there are four possible ways to have a true prophesy. One is that one as foreknowledge through some special gift. Second is that one is smart enough to make good predictions out of one's understanding of human nature and so on. Third is one causes the fulfillment oneself. Finally one is lucky to have gotten it right.

Then there are false prophesies that are reinterpreted in clever ways to claim they came true. This is what I think is the case with the Psalm in question, it is not a prophesy but a description of the situation then (all through history all nations have almost always been surrounded by enemies, or at least competitors). Any prophetic element was wishful thinking about the immediate future.

The idea that it might be possible to actually see what the future holds, even in small detail, plays havoc with our notions of causality and free will. That God doesn't actually see events but instead arranges them is less problematic.

The idea that the OP can construct the details of the themes so as to preclude open discussion of the initial premises seems to me a good way to guarantee a boring and tendentious discussion. They will end up being discussions of whether or not a given post is complying or not.

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As I see it there are four possible ways to have a true prophesy. One is that one as foreknowledge through some special gift. Second is that one is smart enough to make good predictions out of one's understanding of human nature and so on. Third is one causes the fulfillment oneself. Finally one is lucky to have gotten it right.

Then there are false prophesies that are reinterpreted in clever ways to claim they came true. This is what I think is the case with the Psalm in question, it is not a prophesy but a description of the situation then (all through history all nations have almost always been surrounded by enemies, or at least competitors). Any prophetic element was wishful thinking about the immediate future.

The idea that it might be possible to actually see what the future holds, even in small detail, plays havoc with our notions of causality and free will. That God doesn't actually see events but instead arranges them is less problematic.

The idea that the OP can construct the details of the themes so as to preclude open discussion of the initial premises seems to me a good way to guarantee a boring and tendentious discussion. They will end up being discussions of whether or not a given post is complying or not.

Constructive input is not ignored, it is welcomed. But the truth is that many here would simply take the low road on this and disrupt the thread. As a person of faith in the bible and one who accepts scripture as God inspired I actually believe in prophecy as a reality in and of itself. It need not adhere to rules of logic or causality. The fact that many simply can not or will not accept this premise is understandable. I think that not all people are called to faith at the same time.

This man who wrote these admonitions lived at the same time as David and was known as a "seer". At the time he wrote Israel was not beset by such foes, in fact I believe they were preeminent in the region. The expression he uses about ""Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel's name is remembered no more." could be pulled from a modern news cast. 2600 years later and the words apply perfectly. IF the Psalm is a prediction of a future event (as I believe) then we will see a confederation of Israel's immediate neighbors attack with the goal of ending even the memory of the Jewish state. That would surprise no one in 2013. What might surprise them is Israel putting an end to the warlike ambitions of those groups once and for all time. If that were to happen I believe some people would see it as proof of God's word being true. Sadly though, for most who refuse to believe it would simply be another excuse to rail against the Jews of Israel. There is another prophecy about nations coming against Israel but these nations are different and come for a different reason. That one ends badly for them as well. I believe Israel is a sign post to mankind in general. God uses them to proclaim his power to the nations. If the Psalm is prophecy i think it could happen nearly any time now. And it was clearly written of 2600 years ago.

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An attack on Israel would be an attack on Israel. Whether or not it fulfilled a prophesy would be pretty much impossible to say, no matter what parallels one might be able to tease out of the text. There have been many attacks on Israel.

I don't see it happening. Egypt and Jordan and Turkey and the Arab monarchies would not want such a thing, Syria and Lebanon and Palestine are incapable of anything more than bee stings, and Iran makes lots of noise but is too far off to act on the ground. A nuclear Iran is something that clearly must be prevented, but that sort of thing doesn't seem envisioned in the Psalm.

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The problem is that a prophecy is, even if it's real, never a controlled vision.

It can be a glimpse to a random event in the future, or even past. If it ever exists, it's more likely to be a result of glitches in space-time fabric. In that perspective, Book of Revelations can be deduced into a collection of completely unrelated visions, both future and past.

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When Jesus said, "Search the scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me."

Jesus was saying the Old Testament was foreshadows of Himself. A foreshadow happens when a light shines from behind an object causing a shadow to be cast forward. Just as a shadow is not an exact image of the object, the stories are not exactly like it happened when Jesus did come. But there is enough similarity as to recognize Him. So foreshadows are prophecies.

Example: Father Abraham went to sacrifice his son, Isaac, whom he loved. God stopped Abraham before he actually did it. But the event gave us a foreshadow in the Old Testament that someday the Father in Heaven would sacrifice His son, Jesus, whom He loved in order to fulfill God's requirement that if you have ever sinned (and there is no one who hasn't except Jesus), then you must die. When God looked down and saw shed blood He turned away His wrath.

These foreshadows began with Adam. Romans 5: 14 says Adam is a figure (foreshadow) of Him (Jesus) that was to come. Example: Adam had no earthly father. Jesus had no earthly father. Adam was put into a sleep (symbol in Bible for death) and received his bride from a wound in his side. When Jesus died and was taken down off the cross, the soldier put a gash in His side. The Bride of Christ was created from that death and wound.

So it is that Psalms 83 has bits and pieces that seem to be foreshadows and prophecies of not Jesus but of Israel. For Hebrews 6:18 says, "By two immutable things, in which is was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation..." God gives us everything twice in the Bible to prove that He can and will do what He says He will do and what He says will happen.

Which brings up a question that I would like to see discussed. Is suffering Job a picture of what the Bride of Christ will someday go through? If not, what is it a foreshadow of?

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you need to clarifiy who or what is israel first. Just because a country has the name of israel doesnt mean israel is there.

Isaiah 11:12 NIRV

New International Reader's Version

He will lift up a banner. It will show the nations that he is gathering the people of Israel. He'll bring back those who had been taken away as prisoners. He'll gather together the scattered people of Judah. He'll bring them back from all four directions.

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For the sake of playing devils advocate, I'd argue that verses 9-18 were mostly unfulfilled. After all it calls for God to do the defeating of Israel's enemies, when in the war of 1967 it was the superiority of their military that did it. They did have some fortune, however, that I'm sure the religiously inclined would describe as being divine intervention. I remember reading about the Egyptian's push towards Israel that caught the Israeli's completely off guard, so much so that the Egyptians pushed deep into Israeli territory without resistance. When the Israeli's figured out what had happened, they realized that they had an Egyptian army within their borders, cut off from supply lines, and an easy target for encirclement, which they promptly did.

“Let us take for ourselves

The pastures of God for a possession.”

That section there could be interpreted as the taking of Sinai and the Golan Heights. But beyond that I see only tenuous links. Such is the way of prophets it seems.

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The psalmist/ seer Asaph raised his voice to God to strike the enemies of God. He identified these people groups as Israel's modern neighbors on all of her borders. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia came against Israel in one way or another in 1967 and Israel's army and air force set them to flight - a great victory. They also enlarged the territory of Israel greatly. Many Christian eschatology teachers today are saying this is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Thoughts?

BTW - for those who deny the existence of God - gotcha - don't need to hear it again. This was placed in THIS forum for a discussion - not an argument of skeptics please. Thank you :)

http://www.biblegate...83&version=NKJV

You Christian Zionists?

The Israelis had superior intelligence and had pre-emptively annihilated the Arab air forces.

Straight from the desk of the CIA:

Here is a declassified assessment by the CIA:

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A preemptive strike against the Arabs had always been a major part of the Israeli concept of operations, but it was their military intelligence, under the command of the bright and aggressive Aharon Yariv, that proved decisive.

‘Know your enemy’ was not, Yariv told his heads of departments, merely a figure of speech; it had to be taken literally. It was not enough to know Arab strategy on the grand scale; Yariv wanted to know everything about every Arab unit down to the menus served in the sergeants’ mess.[32]

And, quite literally, Israeli intelligence had a clearer picture of the Egyptian order of battle and capabilities than did Egypt’s own commanders.

https://www.cia.gov/...gence_War_2.htm

Basically, Israel since 1948 has been a local superpower in the Middle East.

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The psalmist/ seer Asaph raised his voice to God to strike the enemies of God. He identified these people groups as Israel's modern neighbors on all of her borders. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia came against Israel in one way or another in 1967 and Israel's army and air force set them to flight - a great victory. They also enlarged the territory of Israel greatly. Many Christian eschatology teachers today are saying this is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Thoughts?

In my opinion, no - it is not a prophecy.

It can be read as a call to arms and an exhortation towards victory, however. It is meant to be inspirational, not prophetic.

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Here is the full list of countries in Psalm 83 that come against Israel.

Tents of Edom - Southern Jordan

Ishmaelites - Saudi Arabia

Moab - Central Jordan

Hagarenes - North East Jordan

Gebal - Northern Lebanon

Ammon - West Bank and North West Jordan

Amalek - Sinai area

Philistines - Gaza

Tyre - Southern Lebanon

Assur - Syria and Iraq (this I find interesting)

Children of Lot - Jordan

Something to note: These countries are not involved in the battle of Gog and Magog(Ezekiel 38&39).Where are they? You would think with their mentality towards Israel that they would be involved. Maybe this is because they have by this time been destroyed just as Psalm 83 has prophesied.

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It's not really prophecy, every country hates its neighbors. Rome didn't start out as seven hills, but got that way after conquering their neighbors. The Greek city-states were only on the same side when faced with threats from outsiders like Persia. Now the state of Israel sits as the only identifiably Western nation in the Middle East, sitting on top of a pile of all the promises Britain and France broke to the surrounding countries. No one really expected them to get a muffin basket from a welcome wagon.

Don't get me wrong, Psalms might be one of the most awesome books of the Bible. It survives as one of the largest corpuses we have regarding ancient Israelite magical traditions and incantations. But it's not intended to be prophetic literature and the things that are "prophetic" are really more or less accompaniment provided by John Williams and the London Philharmonic to the later narrative action.

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It's not really prophecy

how is psalm 83 not prophesy? It is literally speaking of an event in time which has not happened yet, but in all likelihood could happen in the very near future(maybe 2 or 3 years). I believe as soon as Syria and Iraq has been situated, this war will take place.

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I believe as soon as Syria and Iraq has been situated, this war will take place.

People said the same thing twenty something years ago when the (First) Iraq war was going strong. "This is It, Israel's next and then Jesus returns". Edited by Paranoid Android
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The psalmist/ seer Asaph raised his voice to God to strike the enemies of God. He identified these people groups as Israel's modern neighbors on all of her borders. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia came against Israel in one way or another in 1967 and Israel's army and air force set them to flight - a great victory. They also enlarged the territory of Israel greatly. Many Christian eschatology teachers today are saying this is a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Thoughts?

BTW - for those who deny the existence of God - gotcha - don't need to hear it again. This was placed in THIS forum for a discussion - not an argument of skeptics please. Thank you :)

http://www.biblegate...83&version=NKJV

Not that I really believe in prophecy but Jesus who seem to be a psychic, said unless you see this abomination of desolation standing in a holy place run into the hills of Judea,that man kind may all perish.

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No prophecy. Today it's just the same players on the same stage but a new production.

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Those damn Egyptians!

Jehovah will show 'em ... one day ..... .................................... one day ......................................... (etc.)

............... AHA! Told ya so!

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Isnt there a more specific time period mentioned somewhere else ... when Israel becomes a state again ?

I would have thought that would have 'demonstrated' Biblical 'prophecy' better ?

But that is when the 'Christ' will come again ... according to the Baha'is that happened in the 1800's .

They even have a 'New Jerusalem' ;)

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People said the same thing twenty something years ago when the (First) Iraq war was going strong. "This is It, Israel's next and then Jesus returns".

maybe you should re-examine everything that I have written in this thread, because what you have stated is not at all what I have said.

now with that being said, this would be my response to you and your post.. 2 Peter 3:3-4 knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

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