It was only 15 years ago that I was conducting research for my first book on anti-Semitism, They Have Conspired Against You. This led me to an in-depth study of the 83rd Psalm written by Asaph who was a contemporary of King David.
Psalm 83 spoke of many enemies of Israel and of the pleading of Asaph with God for His miraculous intervention on behalf of the Jewish people. Of the several points made by this short psalm, I was intrigued by the ten people groups who were described as conspiring against Israel.
In digging a little deeper, I realized that this covenant of nations had never taken place in the history of Israel. I also thought that there was a strong possibility that Asaph’s usage of the sentence: “They make shrewd plans against Your people, And conspire together against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more” could very possibly be a literary device to express emphasis in despair. Maybe Asaph wanted to express that Israel had enemies–a true statement–and for emphasis, he described all her neighbors as the enemies, akin to someone with a few foes saying:”The whole world hates me!”
Of course, an equally valid interpretation could be that it is a future attack on Israel by a confederation of countries and/or states. I find it fascinating to look at the people described in Psalm 83:6-8: The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them, and compare them to modern day countries or people groups. The results could even be too close for comfort.
Edom – Southern Jordan
Ishmaelites – Ishmael was one of the fathers of all the Arabs.
Moab – Central Jordan
Hagarenes – Egypt
Gebal – Lebanon
Ammon – Northern Jordan
Amalek – The Sinai Peninsula
Philistia – The Gaza Strip
Tyre – Lebanon
Assyria – Iraq and parts of Syria
By these standards, Israel finds herself surrounded by enemies who have conspired together to destroy the Jewish state. This would be a likely scenario in light of the fact that eventually the whole world will go against Israel, but we are faced with an inconsistency. There are two countries that have an ongoing peace treaty with Israel in the whole Middle East: Jordan (Edom, Moab and Ammon) and Egypt (Hagarenes). Yet these are listed as enemies of Israel, so how can this be possible? I wonder if the answer could not be found in the events of the last year and the progress of ISIS (Islamic State) in the region? ISIS is continuously making progress in a very volatile region, not to mention their global recruitment over the last year. A quick review of their progress could lead credence to an upcoming fulfillment of Psalm 83:
• ISIS started their bloody takeover campaigns in parts of Iraq and Syria.
• ISIS has also been trying to gain some ground in Northeast Lebanon and Northern Lebanon. The mere idea that Lebanese Christians would praise Hezbollah for fighting ISIS is frightening at best and most likely temporary.
• They even got into the Gaza Strip, giving Hamas a run for their money.
• Of course, they also recently launched an offensive in the Sinai Peninsula. How’s that peace treaty with Israel looking right now? Very shaky if ISIS spreads further into Egypt!
• This leaves us with Jordan and the Iraqi border, which have also been affected.
So there you have it in a nutshell. To an extent, ISIS has infiltrated all the areas listed in Pslam 83, INCLUDING JORDAN AND EGYPT, the only two countries with existing peace treaties with Israel. Asaph might have spoken prophetically and we might be getting really close to seeing the evil confederacy of Psalm 83 being formed. It was almost impossible to fathom that Psalm 83 would have a literal fulfillment 15 years ago. Today and with the advance of the Islamic State, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it took place. And what if it did take place?
While the entire civilized world appears to be in agreement regarding the barbarism displayed by ISIS, it is now becoming obvious that the terrorist group is not being stopped, let alone even contained. It is very surreal and quite puzzling to see ISIS recruits coming from all corners of the world to train under “the black banner of death”. So yes indeed, the grip around Israel is tightening at the hands of ISIS.
Israel has her plate very full with a Hamas ruled Gaza Strip in the south and a Hezbollah ruled Lebanon in the north. The Jewish state has been on high alert since May 14, 1948. They will not provoke but they will certainly respond. They will do it better and faster than the rest of the world because their existence depends on it. To an extent, the rest of the world’s existence also depends on how serious we are about ISIS. But when you hear people such as Richard Barrett, former head of counter-terrorism at MI6 who said that:” We cannot destroy ISIS, so we will have to learn to live with it“, you wonder how serious anybody really is about defeating ISIS? We are not even discussing how Islamic ISIS really is or is not, but we are still faced with a terrorist group that is organized, wealthy, well advertised and very arrogant. The minute that ISIS crosses the line where Israel feels threatened, they [Israel] will respond swiftly and efficiently. No question about it.
We must also keep in mind the rest of Psalm 83 like verse 5 describing the enemies of Israel as the enemies of God Himself:“For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant.” God may or may not intervene between ISIS and the world, but if they [ISIS] go against Israel, I am certain that He will get involved. Yet, there is still time for the enemies of Israel to repent because God might be just but He is also patient as Psalm 83:15-18 says:
So pursue them with Your tempest And terrify them with Your storm.
Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish,
That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth
The prophetic hourglass was turned on May 14, 1948 and it is running out of sand in its top section.
Early Monday morning Egypt carried out its first air strikes against ISIS camps in retaliation of a gruesome video released earlier on Sunday of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS jihadists in Libya.
While the Egyptian government is at war with the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic groups, the Obama Administration and its European collaborators are continuing to hinder efforts to fight terrorism in the region, according to Egyptian government officials and journalists. The most recent outrage was sparked last week by Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders being hosted by the State Department at the White House. They discussed the Muslim Brotherhood’s ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood ally Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Muslim Brotherhood attendees said talks were “fruitful” and the department “is open for engagement”. Many Egyptians and anti-Muslim Brotherhood Arabs and Muslims see the meeting as the U.S. undermining everything President Abdel Fattah Sisi is doing to crush the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama should be treating President al-Sisi as a valuable ally in the fight against radical jihadists, instead he insults him by inviting Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders. The meeting was paid for by Georgetown University and former Freedom and Justice Party members (the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party).
Middle East expert Linda S. Heard wrote, “If the White House is out to offend some of its closest Arab allies and is intent on heightening their suspicions, it’s succeeded. If there’s a plot, then it’s unfolding,” she added. “Just two days after the controversial visit, the Brotherhood called for a war against their fellow Egyptians.” Since the meeting the Muslim Brotherhood has terrorized Egyptian cities with improvised explosive devices while its de facto military wing in Sinai, Ansar Beit Al Maqdis that’s pledged allegiance to Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), on Thursday, launched attacks on Egyptian soldiers, killing 30.
Barack Obama is sending the wrong message to Arabs and Muslims who would choose not to kill American infidels. The message they receive is that the U.S. government will pick and choose which terrorist groups they support. If the Obama administration is courting Muslim Brotherhood-aligned groups in the public eye and appoints them into high level posts throughout the federal government, it is abundantly clear that they do not have the best interests of Americans in mind. The results of the president’s actions prove he is an enabler of global jihadism.
A perfect example and perhaps the greatest threat to the U.S. is Iran. The AP reported, Iran “refuses to meet U.S.-led demands for deep cuts in the number of centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium, a process that can create material for anything from chemotherapy to the core of an atomic bomb.” The Iranians are empowered now and believe that Obama is desperate to cut a deal. As Iran keeps U.S. Officials waiting, they continue to have the green light to do whatever they want in the region, eliminating the incentive to sign a deal.
Obama’s handling of radical Islamism is so bad it makes people question whether his actions are intentional. The President avoids phrases like radical Islam or jihadism. Is it political correctness run amok or is he afraid of angering his Muslim friends? It is ideologies such as these that are destroying the U.S., emboldening our enemies and causing widespread geopolitical instability.
What does Egypt think of President Obama? Not much apparently. They can see who he is supporting just as we Americans can. As many of you know by now what has been going on in Egypt. Millions gathered to protest the Muslim Brotherhood head President Mohamed Morsi and eventually their military gave the leader an ultimatum to step down. He declined and was then told he was no longer the Egyptian President, but many of the protesters showed their discontent for American President Barack Obama as well.
They feel that he has and continues to throw his support behind the terrorists and Muslim Brotherhood. Cairo-based CNN International correspondent Reza Sayah told CNN’s Jake Tapper that, “It’s no secret that U.S. foreign policy is unpopular in, not just here in Egypt, but throughout the Arab world. Egyptians love Americans, but they don’t love U.S. foreign policy. Remember, they will never forget that for decades, it was Washington that supported the dictator Hosni Mubarak and his brutal police state.”
Both Americans and Egyptians remember it was President Obama who provided F16 fighter jets and billions of American tax dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood. Also remember that it was President Obama who showed his support in the ousting of former Egyptian President Mubarak, but wanted to stay out of their way and keep his hands clean this time around. Of course, why would he want the man he essentially helped get elected to lose his power? Yes, the Mubarak regime was cruel and needed to be dealt with as well, but they managed to keep the peace between Israel and the US unlike Morsi has shown.
Yes people, the Muslim Brotherhood is indeed a terrorist organization. Here is their motto:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
These people have been controlling the Egyptian government and President Obama has continued to show his support for the Morsi regime. Here is how the Egyptians feel about that:
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