“From my distress I called upon the Lord. The Lord answered me and set me in a large place… The Lord is for me among those who help me, therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. All nations surrounded me. In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off…They surrounded me like bees, [but] they were extinguished as a fire of thorns.” (Ps. 118:10-12)
“In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem…And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” (Zech. 12:6-9)
In my last blog I wrote about the latter parts of two correlating prophecies, Psalm 118 and Zechariah 12, concerning the possible year of the salvation of the Jews. If you haven’t read it scroll down, for if the Psalms are, as J.R. Church claims in his book Hidden Prophecies in the Psalms, prophetic 2018 could be the most pivotal year since the death and resurrection of Christ! In this edition I will focus on the earlier parts of the two passages, to propose a multi-nation war will ensue in the same year God sovereignly pours out His Spirit on His first covenant people and saves them!
Let’s compare the two passages above to see what they say is coming:
- Here we obviously see distress on the horizon, which is nothing new for the Jews, and we see it coming on multiple fronts. The Psalms speak of bees buzzing all around them, and Zechariah of consuming nations on the right hand and the left. Since America pulled out of the Iran accord: Syria, Iran [whose forces have been massing in Syria], and possibly Russia [Syria’s defender through the atrocities Assad and his henchmen have perpetrated on their own people] are coming together to once again renew the war over territories that have been disputed for years. Rockets from Iranian positions in Syria have been launched at Israel, and Israel has retaliated with strikes from its air force.
Also, Netanyahu has had several recent meetings with Putin, no doubt to try to gauge just how far Russia will go in this war to aid Syria. And make no mistake, the other Arab nations will not hesitate to pile on if they see a chance to collaborate with their neighbors to destroy Israel as they did in the Six Day War in 1967. Due to these tensions, Trump and Pence cancelled a trip to Israel to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a move by Trump that has further infuriated Israel’s Arab neighbors.
Think about this: with all the other pressing issues on Trump’s table, and the bowl of legal Molasses his opponents have forced him to walk through to get anywhere or do anything, in the same month withdrawing from the Iran accord and the move of the Embassy come out of nowhere and zap, pow, biff Batman, they’re done! Is it mere coincidence all this happens with lightening-speed and at this particular time in history? Don’t think so.
The “bees are surely buzzing all around Israel,” and because God will be with her from here on out, true to the Psalm, the Jews will be victorious over them all. As the passage says, Israel will be “pushed violently.” There will be times when it will appear Israel is in trouble, but that will be the moment God steps in and miraculously causes her to prevail!
- After Israel’s victory we find her territory increased, perhaps dramatically. The Psalms speak of the Lord setting her in a broad place, and Zechariah speaks of His people again dwelling on their own sites in Jerusalem, which at times in history has comprised a vastly larger area than it does today.
- The next interesting statement in the Psalms passage concerns “the Lord being for them among those who help them.” With the election of Donald Trump, America has returned to its traditional Judeo-Christian alliance with Israel. The Obama years strained that relationship greatly, as our closet Muslim/Socialist President made friends with all our enemies and alienated all our traditional friends in the middle east. America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values, and regardless of how far afield we have strayed from those, this passage fits with our renewed relationship with Israel. However, the passage also states Israel will put no confidence in politicians, even though Israel is obviously glad to have us as allies again. How I wish millions of Christians around the world would stop putting confidence in politicians and wasting their time with such things. But I digress.
When considering America and Russia’s involvement in what the Psalms say is to come, a question arises it would be wise to ponder: could this be the beginning of the downfall of Gog and Magog [Russia] as set forth in Ezekiel 38-39? If Putin decides to be so foolish as to enter all-out war with Israel, then it most surely would be! If that is the case, I do not believe it bodes well for America either. Why? While there is no direct mention of America in the Bible, in God’s judgments upon Magog during this war, He says, “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord. So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezek. 39:6-7).
Again, a caution I am entering in to total speculation here, and there are certainly other explanations that would make sense. But consider we here in America might be those ones living securely in the coastlands, to wit:
- God says in this verse He is going to make His name revered through Israel’s victory, so that all nations will irrevocably know it was God in Israel’s midst who was fully responsible for the victory of His tiny nation over overwhelming odds.
- America always has, and would surely now with the renewed bond between Washington and Israel, again step in to defend her against an attack from a military power the size of Russia.
- If that happened, would it not result in nuclear war between Russia and the United States: “fire raining down on both?” Wouldn’t that serve God’s purpose of assuring He alone would get the credit by removing a superpower who could possibly defeat Russia and therefore take the credit for saving Israel “in the eyes of the nations?”
- Would any other country of “coastlands” where people dwelt “in security” qualify as one God would need to remove [not to mention accomplishing a dual purpose by judging America for turning her back on Him for the past 50+years]? Would Europe? No one in the EU could take on Russia. Would China? I don’t think many Chinese would say they dwell securely, China does not have the extensive coastlands America has, nor would she step in to help Israel and thus enter war with Russia. China would applaud the entire scenario, for if Russia and America were neutralized China would emerge as the new world superpower, a position they’ve been building towards for years.
Even though America would enter this fight on the side of Israel, would God allow the nations to say, “America saved Israel” as they surely would? Oh no, His name will be glorified through the defeat of Israel’s enemies, and His name alone. As He says through Isaiah, “I am the Lord, that is My name. I will not give My glory to another!” There will be no more playing games with Israel as any and all comers, including superpowers, who dare oppose her or dilute God’s glory from here on out will feel the sting of His wrath. So, America would not be allowed to get the credit and therefore would need to be neutered in a nuclear war with Russia.
Finally, why is it important for this war in the Middle East, if not the world through Russia and America entering in, to come around the time of the salvation of Israel? Though there are many conflicting theologies concerning Israel, the Anti-Christ, and the end times, most seem to agree there will be a third temple built on the temple mount in Jerusalem. In fact, many of the temple items, priest’s garments, and temple instruments have already been made and are in storage awaiting that event. If the temple is to be rebuilt, the Dome of the Rock currently occupying the site must go. The only event that would allow it would be the utter defeat of all of those “bees buzzing around Israel.”
What the Psalms “Song of Ascents” has to say about a place to worship God in Israel, and the Messianic Jews who will worship there, will be the subject of the final article in this series. You won’t want to miss it!