"The IDF Home Front Command and Israel Postal Company Ltd. today began a nationwide distribution of gas masks by courier to people's homes and by pick-up at distribution points. The distribution comes after a trial distribution several weeks ago in Kiryat Ono. A TV information campaign will be launched tonight to encourage people to obtain the gas mask kits, followed by billboard campaigns."
We really need to be keeping the people of tiny Israel in our prayers as they are like the Biblical young and small David facing the huge, menacing Goliaths that surround them!
Psalm 83 Analysis from February 2010:
There are so many amazing details that I felt necessary to include to properly set the stage for where we are in God's end time plan. Please remember that this is strictly my interpretation from Biblical prophecy as it aligns with current events.
Now, we will delve into an astounding new insight that has just recently come out in regards to the Psalm 83 war against Israel. As previously mentioned, I believe that God may actually allowed this to be revealed now, right before the time it will come to pass.
Daniel 12:4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.
Of course, we know that in today's world that many rush here and there with our modern transportation and technology. It is a well known fact that knowledge is increasing exponentially so we know that this has to pertain to the here and now of our modern era.
In order to fully understand the following information concerning the coming Mideast War please see and study the below detailed website that explains how it appears that there will be a Psalm 83 war in which Israel regains most of her original Covenant land after decimating Syria and the other members of the Psalm 83 coalition-
This war may also be the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:1 The burden against Damascus- Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.
Please note the Damascus is the oldest, inhabited city in the history of the world.
It has been appearing for awhile as though Israel and Iran would go to war because of Iran's nuclear development. According to previous understanding of end times events, the war of Gog of Magog (Ezekiel 38 and 39) would ensue as a result of this conflict somehow.
Ezekiel 38:11 "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates"
Eschatologists (those who study Biblical prophecy regarding end time events) have long puzzled at how Gog -Magog War could occur however due to the Ezekiel 38:11 reference to Israel being at peace and without walls when they are attacked by Gog of Magog.
Realizing now that there may soon be a coming Psalm 83 war, it is all evident now what may transpire. As a result of the Psalm 83 War, victorious Israel will no longer be bordered by her enemies as she will own all the land.
Israel will then finally be at peace which has never happened since her inception in 1948. Therefore, the 403 mile wall that Israel has built in recent years to keep out the Palestinian terrorists, will no longer be needed. Israel will finally be dwelling safely and at rest, without the need for walls.
The end result of this Psalm 83 War, wherein Israel is finally dwelling peacefully, makes way for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39 War (Gog-Magog).
Please keep in mind the players in the Psalm 83 war in relation to current Mideast events:
Psalm 83 Coalition:
Tents of Edom = [decedents of Esau] Palestinian Refugees and Southern Jordanians
Ishmaelites = Saudi Arabians
Moab = Palestinian Refugees and Central Jordanians
Hagrites = Egyptians
Gebal = Northern Lebanese
Ammon = Palestinian Refugees and Northern Jordanians
Amalek = Arabs South of Israel
Philista = Palestinian Refugees and Hamas of Gaza Strip
Inhabitants of Tyre = Hezbollah and Southern Lebanese
Assyria = Syrians and perhaps Northern Iraqis included
Children of Lot = Moab and Ammon=Palestinian Refugees and Central and Northern Jordanians
Note that Syria and Israel have been spouting war rhetoric for weeks now. From my understanding, Syria and Iran made a pact to be allies against Israel in any military conflict around one year ago. The following link is of recent threats from Syria towards Israel as of February 22, 2010.
There are recent "reports that Lebanon was blasting large areas of rock near the Lebanese-Syrian border to build a staging area for the deployment of Syrian tanks, presumably in preparation of Syria getting involved in what we can be sure is on the horizon, another military conflict between Israel and her enemies." So, at present, there is great tension with both Lebanon and Syria, in alliance with Iran, toward Israel.
As of February 26, 2010 Syrian President Bashar Assad hosted Hezbollah head, Hassan Nasrallah as well as Iranian leader Ahmadinajad for dinner in Damascus on Thursday night. The trio of terror-supporting leaders denounced Israel and America and discussed ways to aid “resistance groups.” This said aid is intended to go to the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas, who now controls the government of Gaza.
As of February 21, 2010 It was reported that "Iran steps up training of the Hamas retaliation force. Iran has increased exponentially its training of Hamas gunmen both in the Gaza Strip and abroad, a senior Egyptian security official told WND."
The official said "Iran believes there will be a confrontation with Israel this year over Tehran's nuclear facilities and has thus stepped up training of Hamas, whose gunmen will be instrumental in carrying out retaliatory attacks against the Jewish state during any future war. "
Note that both Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinians (Hamas of Gaza) are in the Psalm 83 coalition. Egypt and Jordan who are also listed in the alliance would probably join into the fray once the conflict begins.
Notable is that Syria, who now has the pact with Iran to go against Israel is now saying: "If Israel Attacks Iran, Syria Is Likely to Fire Tens of Thousands of Missiles at Israel, Some with Chemical and Biological Warheads."
So, according to this threat, Israel will be attacked with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from Syria if Israel strikes any of Iran's nuclear sites. As named after Samson in the Bible wherein he killed himself in destroying his enemies, Israel has the "Samson Option".
This is the military strategy wherein Israel would respond with massive retaliation according to the "alleged deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a "last resort" against nations whose military attacks threaten its existence, and possibly against other targets as well"
This means Syria would be utterly destroyed if they attack Israel with WMD's and Damascus, the oldest inhabited city in the history of the world would be a "ruinous heap". Damascus is the headquarters for the major terrorist organizations. That in itself is sufficient cause for the fulfillment of Isaiah 17.
Likely scenario- Israel does a pre-emptive strike against Iran in light of the fact of their recent admittance to being a "nuclear nation". As Iran's ally, Syria begins strikes against Israel as they are threatening to do above. Israel would then be forced into the Samson Option because of Syria's use of WMD.
In 2007, Israel had bombed Syria's nuclear plant in order to prevent Syria from gaining nuclear weapons. Israel knew Syria would use it against her as soon as the weapon was completed (as will Iran). Sometime in the last month there has been intelligence that North Korea has begun military shipments to Syria. So, Israel is also aware that Syria is probably restarting her nuclear program with the aid of North Korea.
On February 24, 2010, an Iranian website threatened that "Iran's possession of nuclear weapons will threaten Israel's existence and lead to its elimination - even if they are 'never used" This is very ominous- is Iran indicating that Israel will be “eliminated”" but not by Iran's WMD, but by Iran's allies: Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians and the other Psalm 83 members?
Iran said on February 22, 2010 that "it plans to build two new uranium enrichment facilities deep inside mountains to protect them from attack" This may be Iran's attempt to incite Israel to take action while the nuclear targets are penetrable.
As of February 25, 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Arab nations will usher in a new Middle East "without Zionists and without colonialists. He also said Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon will stand against Israel. This sounds as if the Arab nations are in definite collusion to destroy Israel and are trying to prod her to initiate the first strike.
From all the multiple intimidating threats it appears that Iran and her allies may be intentionally trying to goad Israel into a preemptive strike against Iran so that Syria and the other Psalm 83 allies can join in and attack Israel.
As such, the world would blame only Israel. From Psalm 83:1-8 it is evident that these enemies of Israel have devised a plot against her in order to "cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
1 Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! 2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; they have helped the children of Lot. Selah
Shi'ite Muslim belief is that one day their Messiah, the Mahdi, will return during a very cataclysmic time in human history and will establish the rule of Islam around the world in the last days. The leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and "others among the Iranian leadership believe that they are setting up the great cataclysm which will bring about the return of the Mahdi", their Messiah.
"During a speech in Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly stated that his primary purpose in life is to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi, may Allah hasten his reappearance."
It thus appears as though Iran is deliberately taunting Israel in an effort to bring about the cataclysmic return of their Mahdi.
An article just now out on February 28, 2010, reports that "Iran recently moved almost its entire stockpile of low-enriched uranium to an above-ground facility" and that "Teheran's strange move is akin to painting bull's-eye on stockpile." There are several hypotheses raised by the New York Times such as "Iran may be taunting Israel to attack..."
Earlier, I speculated upon my personal theories that Iran is intentionally goading Israel to attack in order to: 1) Bring about the return of their Mahdi/Messiah 2) Open the door for Syria and Hezbollah of Lebanon and the Palestinians (Hamas) to attack Israel in Iran's defense as they all desire "to cut them off from being a nation." In this manner, Syria and Lebanon and the Palestinians can justify attacking Israel saying they have provocation as Iran's defenders.
Back to Psalm 83 war-after the Psalm 83 war, the anti-Zionist countries of the world would probably be reeling with hatred towards Israel at the carnage. They hate Israel anyway so this would really inflame them especially if Israel was to take the land of her conquered enemies (especially Saudi Arabia's oil rich land).
No longer is it acceptable to seize and own land after military defeats as in the days of the "empires". The world would be livid about Israel's occupation of the land of her defeated enemies.
This is where the "confirm a covenant with many" of Daniel 9:27 comes to play-.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Everyone has always thought that the "covenant with many" would be a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians would never agree to anything less than ALL of Israel and it’s total destruction and tiny Israel cannot afford to give away much more land. There will never be any peace plan acceptable.
Many have tried through the years but all have failed at their "peace plans". After the Psalm 83 war, a Mideast peace plan would be a moot point.
Israel has never been more alone than with Obama as president with his anti-Israeli policies. It is clear from current government policies that America is headed toward becoming a socialist nation and thus will remain against Israel.
God cannot and will not allow Israel to be destroyed and will not allow His land to be given away. We are now at the precipice of the entire world and Obama strong-arming Israel to give away more land and divide Jerusalem. Up to this point, America has enjoyed God’s blessings because of our support for Israel.
The current administration’s anti-Israel stance does not bode well for America as God warned that He would curse whoever would curse Israel:
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
God cannot stand for His Holy city of Jerusalem to be divided. That is another reason why everything is coming to a head as the world (including America) is pressuring Israel to divide Jerusalem with the Palestinians. He will not allow this and that is why I am convinced that we are on the advent of the Psalm 83 War.
The antichrist’s “covenant with many” has to be an agreement already in place as it is going to be "confirmed". It cannot be the Oslo Accords (which really only favored the Palestinians anyway).
The covenant that is confirmed will not be of of men, but of God, as His covenant is all that is important-God does not care about mere men's agreements!
The covenant in question will be God's covenant with Abraham giving His land to Abraham and his descendants!
Genesis 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
19The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
20And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
21And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites .
Most of the nations of the world are full of anti-Semitism and only America has been a true ally to Israel (pre-Obama that is). When Israel defeats her many adversaries and victoriously wins much/most of her Abrahamic Covenant land back the nations of the world who hate Israel with a consuming and raging hatred will vehemently protest her mass acqusition of her covenant land.
It is my perception that after the Psalm 83 war, the antichrist will stand up, against the protests of all the nations, in favor of Israel's right to keep her God-given land from the Psalm 83 war. He may even acknowledge the fact that this land is actually God's covenant land given to Israel and thus confirm the convenant (God's covenant) with many.
Since the antichrist figure would be instrumental in Israel being able to retain and redeem her covenant land it will thought by the children of Israel that he is their long awaited Messiah.
As per the preceding Temple Mount Faithful link: "The complete redemption of Israel, the rebuilding of the Temple, and the coming of Messiah Ben David are the next stages in G-d's end-time plans with Israel and the entire world."
In Judaism, they believe their coming Messiah is mandated to bring the world into alignment with the word of God so if/when the antichrist protects Israel's right to redeem God's covenant land, he would be viewed as their long-awaited Messiah.
Also, since Israel would then own the land, then the 3rd Temple can be rebuilt as they are completely ready to do so. The Temple Mount Faithful have duplicated all of the articles of the Temple which have been prepared according to God's instructions in Exodous.
According to the below, the revealing of the antichrist which I project it would be evident who he is, by his role in confirming the above ”covenant, with many", will be after the Rapture.
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8a".. now you know what is restraining him from being revealed at this time; it is so that he may be manifested (revealed) in his own appointed time. For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, but it is restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one (the antichrist) will be revealed "
Once the Rapture of the Church occurs, the normal restraining power of the Holy Spirit is "taken out of the way". Notice that this Scripture does not say the Holy Spirit is removed from this world, only that His restraining power is "taken out of the way".
Therefore, it would appear that the Rapture of the Church will be sometime after Psalm 83 war, if not before. If we are still here after this war, then the Rapture would not be far off according to the above interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2:6-8.
Many reputable Christians have validated their reasoning and are of the mindset that Obama may possibly be THE antichrist (or at least a forerunner).
Even though Obama is presently anti-Israel and pro-Arab-Muslim he could flip-flop (as is his method of operation). After there is no Palestinian presence to give Israel's land away to, Obama could change his tune and instead advocate in favor of Israel regaining her covenant land.
If not Obama, there will be someone who could come and broker and confirm this covenant allowing Israel to redeem the rest of her covenant land. So, the antichrist should be revealed after the Psalm 83 war, whoever he may be.
I theorize that after Iran recovers and regroups from any strikes from Israel that they will, in retaliation, join with Russia and the other countries of the Gog-Magog alliance who are coming "to take a spOIL!".
Israel would have the land and the oil! Also, Israel will then be at peace when they are invaded by Gog of Magog due to her victory in the Psalm 83 War.
Gog Magog Coalition:
Magog, Rosh = Russia and the former Soviet republics
Persia = Iran
Cush = Sudan, Ethiopia, and Possibly Eritrea
Put = Libya, Algeria, and Tunisa
Gomer, Meshech, and Tubal = Turkey (and possibly Germany and Austria)
Beth-togarmah = Turkey, Armenia, and the Turkish-speaking people of people of Asia Minor and Central Asia.
Of course, I am not certain that these presumptions are 100% correct but I feel confident that at least some will come to pass as all the puzzle pieces seem to be fitting so perfectly in place. The Middle East bears watching as at this point, it appears headed in this direction.
If these events that I have proposed start coming to pass then their prophetic fulfillment can be used to lead others to Christ. Biblical prophecy is simply history written in advance and fulfilled prophecy is one of the best evidences that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. God gave us His prophetic Word so that all would know He is God!
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
As such, the Psalm 83 war appears to be looming VERY CLOSE! We need to keep a close eye Israel as the “the wars and rumors of wars” in the Mideast seem to be gaining momentum daily.
The Mideast is a powder keg and it's about to explode (literally) ! We need to be about the Father's business, as the Son is returning soon! We need to separating from the temporal and focusing on the eternal! "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.... And the world passeth away...." 1 John 2:15-17
Some eschatologists conclude that the Rapture may be pre-wrath instead of pre-Tribulation meaning that the return of Jesus may be well into the Tribulation period, occuring at the opening of the Sixth Seal in the book of Revelation:
Revelation 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 13And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 14And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
My personal view is that the Rapture of those, who have readied themselves for the coming of the Lord, will occur before the Tribulation begins as per my preceding perspective regarding the events of the Psalm 83 War.
There is, of course, a chance that the Rapture may could be pre-wrath, but I'm still hopeful and-praying for a pre-Trib! Either way, we have to be ready, strong in the Lord and be overcomers!
It is now time to start loosening our grips on the great multitude of worldly distractions and focus on GOD as we see the signs of the times are BLARING! WE NEED TO BE PREPARED either for the Rapture or to be able to endure till He comes!!
May we continue to watch and pray as we are instructed in Luke 21:36-
Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape the wrath to come, and to stand before the Son of man.