"God, do not remain silent;
do not be unmoved, O God, or unresponsive!
See how your enemies are stirring,
see how those who hate you rear their heads.
Weaving a plot against your people,
conspiring against those you protect, they say,
'Come, we will finish them as a nation,
the name of Israel shall be forgotten!'
Unanimous in their plot,
they are a confederacy against you:
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal, Ammon, Amalek,
Philistia and the inhabitants of Tyre,
and now Assyria also has joined them
to reinforce the sons of Lot.
Treat them like Midian and Sisera,
like Jabin at the river Kishon,
wiped out at En-dor,
they served to dung the ground.
Treat their generals like Oreb and Zeeb,
their commanders like Zebah and Zalmunna,
those who once said, 'Let us take for ourselves
possesion of the Dwellings of God!' " (Ps.83:1-12)
Appearing in the sequence of Psalms relating to the reign of the beast (74 to 84), the 83rd Psalm metaphorically enumerates ten enemy nations united as one, coming against Israel to destroy God's nation once and for all in order to erase its name forever from the face of the earth.
Not only does this intent reinforce the allegory of Haman in the last-day prophecies of the Book of Esther, it points directly forward to the prophecies of Daniel and John as well. It is without doubt, a last-day vision.
The sons of Lot whose descendants these ten nations reinforce are the sons of death, the ones that remained behind to die in the divine fire that obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah. The reference ties together the divine fire of justice in the Old Testament with the one that is repeated at the end of the world and which will obliterate the vast horde marching against Israel.
It is evident in this Psalm that the hostility of these nations has been promulgated by some sort of proclamation or treaty. We know from the Book of Revelation that it is a proclamation issued by the beast of the last days that orders the ten nations of the apocalypse to Israel to destroy it. All accounts portray this confederation of armies as 'a vast horde of soldiers larger than has ever been seen before on earth' (Joel 2:1-2).
The Book of Chronicles tells us that Israel will not have to fight these ten nations or the vast horde of troops marching against them. God, Himself will take the field on their behalf without their even having to lift a sword in anger. "This battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chron. 20:15).
"After this the Moabites and Ammonites, with some of the Meunites started to make war on Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat received the following intelligence, 'A vast horde is advancing against you from Edom, from the other side of the sea; they are already at Hazazon-tamar, that is, En-gedi.
Jehoshaphat was alarmed and resolved to have recourse to the Lord...'Will you our God not execute judgment on them since we are helpless against this vast horde attacking us? We ourselves do not know what to do; we look to you.'
All the men of Judah, even down to their youngest children and their wives, stood in the presence of the Lord,. In the middle of the assembly the spirit of the Lord came on Jahazeil, son of Zechariah...
'Listen all you men of Judah,' he cried 'and you who live in Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! The Lord says this to you, "do not be afraid, do not be daunted by this vast horde; this battle is not yours but God's.
March out against them tomorrow; they are coming up by the Slope of Ziz and you will come on them in the Valley of Soph, near the wilderness of Jeruel.
You will not need to fight there. Take your position, stand firm, and see what salvation the Lord has in store for you. Judah and Jerusalem, be fearless, be dauntless; march out against them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you." (2 Chron. 20:1-17).
"When the men of Judah reached the spot that looks out on the wilderness and turned to face the horde, they found only corspes lying on the ground; no one had escaped. (2 Chron. 20:24).
In one blow, God had destroyed the entire horde. The ten nations were no more.
Another scripture verse recounting this same prophecy can be found in the prophecies of Ezekiel.
"The word of the Lord was addressed to me as follows, 'Son of man, turn towards Gog and the country of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. Say, 'The Lord God says this: I am against you Gog. I will turn you round, fixing hooks in your jaws, and drag you and your troops along...Persia and Cush and Put...Gomer and all its troops, northernmost Bethtogarmah and all its troops, and many nations with you. Be ready, be well prepared, you and all your troops and the others rallying round you, and hold yourself at my service." (Ez.38:2-7)
"Many days will pass before you are given orders; in years to come you will march against this country. Its inhabitants will have been living undisturbed, remote from all other peoples, since they escaped the sword and were gathered in from various nations, here in the long-deserted mountains of Israel. Like a storm you will come up and onwards, and cover the land like a cloud, you, your army and many nations with you." (Ez.38:8-9).
"The Lord God says this: On that day, a thought is going to enter your mind and you will work out a wicked plan. You will say: I will attack this undefended country and march against this peaceful nation living undisturbed. They all live in towns that have no walls or bars or gates. To plunder them for loot, I am going to reach out my hand towards the ruins they live in, against this nation gathered out of other nations, these stock-breeders and tradesmen who live at the naval of the earth. Sheba and Dedan, the traders of Tarshish and all its young lions will ask you: Have you come for plunder? Are you amassing your troops with a view to looting? To make off with gold and silver, seize cattle and goods, and come away with unlimited spoil? (Ez.38:10-13).
'And so, son of man, say in prophecy to Gog, 'The Lord God says this: Is it not true that you are planning to set out at a time when my people Israel is living undisturbed? You plan to leave your home in the far north, you and many nations with you, a great army of countless troops all mounted. You plan to invade Israel, my people. You will be like a cloud covering the earth. I myself am going to bring you in days to come to attack my country, so that the nations may learn what I am, when I have used you, Gog, to display my holiness to them." (Ez.38:14-16).
"The Lord God says this: It was of you that I spoke in the past through my servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied and foretold your invasion. On the day Gog attacks the land of Israelit is the Lord God who speaksI shall grow angry. In my anger, my jealousy and the heat of my fury I say it: I swear that on that day there will be a fearful quaking in the land of Israel. At my presence the fish in the sea and the birds of heaven, the wild beasts and all the reptiles that crawl along the ground, and all men on earth, will quake. Mountains will fall, cliffs crumble, walls collapse, and I will confont him with every sort of terrorit is the Lord God who speaks. His men will turn their swords on each other. I will punish him with plague and bloodshed and send torrential rain, hailstones, fire and brimstone against him and his hordes and against the many nations with him. I mean to display my greatness and holiness and to compel the many nations to acknowledge me; this is how they will learn that I am God." (Ez.38:17-23).
"Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Say, 'The Lord God says this: Now I set myself against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you round, lead you on, and bring you from the fartheset north to attack the mountains of Israel. I will break the bow in your left hand and dash the arrows out of your right. You will be killed on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes, and the nations with you. I shall make you food for carrion and all your hordes, and the nations with you. You will fall in the open countryside. I have spokenit is the Lord God who speaks. I will send fire to Magog and on those living undisturbed on the islands, and they will learn that I am the Lord. I am going to see that my holy name is known among my people Israel, and I will no longer allow my holy name to be profaned; the nations shall learn that I am God, holy in Israel." (Ez.39:1-7)
"All this is going to happen, all this is going to take placeit is the Lord God who speaks. This is the day I predicted. (Ez.39:8).
...."On that day, I shall give Gog a famous spot in Israel for his gravethe valley of the Abarim, on the east of the Seathe valley that turns back the travellerand there Gog and his whole army will be buried, and it shall be called the Valley of Hamon-gog. (Armageddon) (Ez.39:11).
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