In my book “The Spirit of Prophecy” I noted that Psalm 83 describes a war in which the surrounding Arab nations attack Israel. The passage in question lists a group of tribes, familiar to readers of Scripture, though perhaps less familiar to most citizens of western democracies today. In the book I traced those tribes to their modern descendants, so we can see which modern nations are going to be involved in this war.
Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, The Palestinians of the Gaza strip, and Egypt are all named, though other Arab nations such as Yemen, Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates may also be involved.
What I found rather interesting is that the nations named in the Ezekiel 38-39 account are all conspicuous by their absence in the Psalm 83 war, which I have dubbed “Asaph’s war”. These nations include Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan (possibly also Ethiopia), and Russia.
Puzzling, at times, was the fact that Syria and Iraq, have close ties to Iran, and if they were to go to war with Israel today, they certainly would be joined by Tehran. No question about it.
At the time I said that something must occur to realign these nations so that they fit into the biblical scenario. At the time Iraq was occupied by American troops, and it was certain that the US would not allow Iraq to participate in a war with their ally Israel. I stated at the time that Asaph’s war would have to wait until the US troops left Iraq. That event occurred this week.
The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nour al-Maliki, shares a sponsor with Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad, namely Tehran. Both of these men preside over governments made up primarily of Shiites, who are deadly enemies of the Sunnis. Hizballah, the Lebanese terrorist group is also a part of this alignment.
As I was reading an article on Debka file this morning, it occurred to me that I was seeing another piece of the puzzle fall into place. Starting with a discussion of a bomb blast in Damascus, the article goes on to describe how Sunni Al-Qaeda men have been infiltrating into Syria and Lebanon, thus exporting the fighting throughout the region.
I predict that these uprisings will be successful. The Assad regime is doomed, as is Maliki’s government. This Sunni/Shia split ultimately provides an explanation for a large part of the two major attacks on Israel. The Arabs will attack without the help of the other Muslim nations, and later, perhaps years later, the other nations will also invade, with the help of Russia, during the Gog and Magog war.
Noted in the Debka article, is the fact that Turkey also favors the Sunni’s. Something will happen to change Turkey’s alignment away from the Sunni Arabs. At this point it is too early to say what will change their mind, so that they will not join the Arab attack, but they will sit it out. Given the fact that only two years ago Turkey was cooperating with Israel militarily, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that they could change again.
A coup or an election, could remove Turkish prime minister Erdogan from office. Something will happen, it shall be interesting to see it unfold! We are indeed living in interesting, and dangerous, times.
(For a more in-depth analysis of the current events in the Middle East see my book “The Spirit of Prophecy“.)