America's Role in Psalm 83

"Obama and Clinton to host Middle East peace talks in September"

USA Today 8/20/10

"Arabs reject Middle East peace talks without US plan"

BBC Middle East News 12/16/10

"Arab foreign ministers have rejected further Palestinian-Israeli peace talks without a "serious offer" from the US on ending the Middle East conflict."

In August 2009, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a ten-month settlement freeze on West Bank construction. It was approved and implemented on November 25, 2009. This good faith concession on Israel's part extended a favor to U.S. President Barack Obama, who like several of his presidential predecessors was pushing for a "two-state" Middle East peace plan between the Israelis and Palestinians....... 

but understanding America's responsibility in relationship to the Psalm 83 war is explained below.

Neither the Psalm nor the related prophecies pointed out in this book concerning the Psalm; seem to identify America directly with the prophecy. However, the case will be made for America's indirect obligations, because of its superpower status, to continue as the staunchest supporter of Israel. The comparison between the United Kingdom's responsibilities in the reestablishment of Israel, to the United States duty toward Israel in the Psalm 83 war is posited below.

Psalm 83A Prophecy In Process

A Google search of "The Psalm 83 prophecy" on March 31, 2012 displayed 1,380,000 results. Another Google search on the same day under "The Psalm 83 war," uncovered 2,460,000 results. These numbers reflect approximately fifty-times as many results than there were in the same month 4 years prior. I recall that, because in 2008 when my book, Isralestine the Ancient Blueprints of the Future Middle East was published, I had attempted to find research over the Internet on these two subjects

Psalm 83 is the central theme of Isralestine, and frankly, Internet research in these areas during that time was generally fruitless, which is one primary reason why the book unwittingly turned into an eight-year project, requiring countless hours of biblical study and extra-biblical historical research. At the time, most of the respected existing commentaries on the Psalm 83 war offered little more than poetic expositions. Fortunately, Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, David Dolan, and Jack Kelley had previously written summarily about the prophetic possibilities of the Psalm, which presented me with some helpful insights.


So what is all the hype about Psalm 83? Why did the Google results increase exponentially over the past four years, from thousands to millions? I believe the increased numbers reflected a growing interest in the timely prophetic implications of the Psalm; especially after the Arab Spring that dominated much of the news in 2011.

Interestingly, some scholars suggest that Psalm 83 is simply an imprecatory prayer of lament concerning Israel's Arab enemies throughout time immemorial. Others like me believe it is a bona fide Bible prophecy. In the chapter called "Psalm 83 and the Prophets," and in an Internet article called "Psalm 83, What IT IS, and What it IS NOT" I attempt to dispel the possibility that the Psalm is merely a prayer. This article can be read at this Internet link: psalm-83-what-it-is-and-what-it-is-not-part-one/

The article, like this book, explains that the Psalm speaks about an Arab confederacy that forms for the explicit purposes of destroying Israel, and dispossessing the chosen people from their Promised Land, once and for all. If it is an imminent prophecy, this implies that the confederacy fights to destroy Israel, in order to replace it with one more Middle East Arab state, called Palestine.


Presuming the Psalm is indeed a prophecy as hypothesized in this book, there are diverse opinions among prophecy experts about the Psalm's timing.


 Some teach the prophecy was fulfilled historically in 2 Chronicles 20. This is generally a minority view that is refuted in the appendix called "Psalm 83—Has It Found Final Fulfillment?" Another minority view holds to the thinking that Psalm 83 occurs during Ezekiel 38. This argument is debated in the chapter called "Psalm 83 or Ezekiel 38: What's the Next Middle East News Headline?"

A final timeline argument is that the Psalm occurs during the final seven-year tribulation period. One of my favorite eschatologists, Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, once held this view as expressed in his Footsteps of the Messiah book.73 Dr. Fruchtenbaum, who also believes Psalm 83 is a prophecy, has seemingly reconsidered this view for the general reasons that are explained in my Internet article called "Is Psalm 83 a Great Tribulation Event/This article can be read at this Internet link: html

In my estimation one nearby morning the world will wake to the world-changing Mideast war described in Psalm 83.The Psalm specified that six primary things needed to be in place before the major Middle East battle could begin.


 1.    Israelis (Psalm 83:3),

The Nation of Israel (Psalm 83:4,12),

An Israeli Defense Forces; the IDF (Psalm 83:9-11),

Palestinian Refugees; i.e. the tents of Edom (Psalm 83:6),

An Arab League (Psalm 83:6-8),

An Arab Hatred of Israelis (Psalm 83:3).


Presently all six of these prerequisites are in place. Israelis became a reality when Israel was reborn as a nation on May 14,1948. As evidenced by the Arab - Israeli wars of 1948,1956,1967, and 1973, the Hezbollah-Israel conflict of 2006, and the Hamas-Israel confrontation in 2009, an Arab hatred has been displayed ever since the Jewish state was reconceived.

The Palestinian refugees became a reality in the aftermath of the Israeli war of independence in 1948, as did the IDF that promptly formed to fight off the Arab aggression. With each subsequent war the IDF became a stronger army, apparently in fulfillment of Ezekiel 25:14,37:10, and Obadiah 1:18.


Lastly, the Arab League was established in Cairo on March 22,1945 before all the conflicts began. The Arab League includes each member identified within the Arab confederacy of Psalm 83. Apart from fragile peace treaties between Israel and Egypt, and Israel and Jordan, the Psalm prophecy, essentially, appears to be on the verge of fulfillment.


Many pundits believe that the Muslim Brotherhood leadership now dominant in Egypt will soon abrogate the 33 year old peace agreement with Israel. Should Egypt break peace with Israel, there are few that believe Jordan will covet the lone-wolf position of being the only remaining Arab state that possesses a peace accord with Israel.The legitimate concern is reflected in the adage;"As goes Egypt, so goes the rest of the Middle East."

Lacking a substantial peace accord with the most populated Arab state; Egypt, and one of the most moderate ones; Jordan, there is little that prevents Psalm 83 from finding fulfillment.


Similarly, as the rebirth of Israel was a prophecy in process, so is Psalm 83. On May 14,1948 the world awoke to a new Jewish state, and avid Bible prophecy students shouldn't have been surprised about it at the time. Numerous prophecies like the ones listed below, all came to fruition on that infamous day.

Ezekiel 36:22-24-foretold that the Jews would be in spiritual unbelief at the time. It anticipated that world Jewry at large would be characterized by the same religious indifference that had overtaken their forefathers when the Diaspora began in 70 AD.

Ezekiel 37:11-13 — predicted the Jews would come out of a holocaust scenario; "Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!" (Ezek. 37:11).


Isaiah 11:11 - informed that the Lord would regather the Jews into Israel from the nations a second time, there are no third, fourth, or fifth times found in scripture alerting that Israel today fulfills this prophecy. (Some believe this regathering has two phases; in unbelief, followed by belief. Thus, they tend to believe that the first phase is being fulfilled today, and the second phase is fulfilled by a faithful Jewish remnant at the end of the 7-year tribulation period).


Ezekiel 38:8 - foretells that the regathering takes place in the "latter years," which is one reason why many eschatologists consider Israel as the super-sign of the end times.

Ezekiel 39:21 -29 - explains the rationale from the Lord's perspective of the Diaspora and the regathering of the Jews into Israel in the latter years.


These are just a few of the prophecies that predicted that someday the Jews would be regathered out of the nations of the world, to return back into their ancient homeland of Israel in the end times.


The process toward prophetic fulfillment of the rebirth of the nation Israel generally began around 1896 when Theodor Herzl published his book Der Judenstaat (Jewish State in German). He is considered to be the father of political Zionism. Herzl recognized that Anti-Semitism was rising throughout the world, and especially in Europe. He believed the only way the Jews could escape mounting world persecution was to, once again, have their own homeland.

Below is an interesting quote from his diary issued in 1897.

"At Basle, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. If not in 5 years, certainly in 50, everyone will know it."74

Dying approximately 7 years after writing this statement, he didn't realize how prophetic it was. Exactly 50 years later the United Nations passed resolution 181 in 1947, which called for the establishment of the Jewish state. Christians should have anticipated that Israel was about to become a nation by the start of the Zionist movement.


World War I was the next tip off that the nation Israel was about to be birthed. In the aftermath of the war, Lord Balfour of Britain issued a declaration calling for the establishment of a Jewish state in 1917. At the time Israel was appropriated land that would have encompassed modern-day Israel and Jordan. This land was well within the territory granted to the Jews through their patriarchal father Abraham, about four-thousand years ago, in Genesis 15:18. Britain had full license to implement this declaration, but failed to do so.

Britain's failure to act in accordance with what appears to have been God's explicit will, subjected the Jews to the atrocities of the holocaust, and apparently caused the imminent collapse of the British Empire. At the time there was a saying that "The Sun Never Sets on the British Empire," but today the sun always sets on the British Empire!


This is because, over the course of the following 7 decades, Britain relinquished sovereignty over almost all of its colonized territories. Presently, about 50 million people populate England and 62 million in the UK, in total.75 There are about 20 million more Arabs living in Egypt than there are citizens of the UK. Compare these numbers to the British Empire during its heyday.

"By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world's population at the time, and covered more than 33,700,000 km (13,012,000 sq. miles), almost a quarter of the Earth's total land area."76

Due to Britain's superpower status at the time, it had a proportionate responsibility in executing the plan of God. The reestablishment of Israel was at the center of that plan during the time of the British Empire reign. Britain's demise can likely be attributed corporately to the clause contained in Genesis 12:3 that curses those who curse the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Again, Christians should have recognized, after World War I, that Israel would soon become reinstated as the Jewish state. Unfortunately today, the preponderance of Christianity in the UK is plagued by "Replacement Theology."


This erroneous theology, also called "Supersessionism," is the belief that the Lord is done with the Jew. This view presupposes that, because the Jewish leadership rejected Christ as the Messiah during His first advent, that the Lord has officially rejected the Jews. This theology generally advocates that all the unfulfilled prophecies and promises to Abraham's, Isaac's, and Jacob's direct Jewish descendants, have been forfeited over to the Christian Church. In essence, the Church as replaced Israel; theoretically it has become the new Israel. The problem with this view is that these promises were unconditionally granted to these Jewish patriarchs, and therefore, they cannot be abrogated from the Jews.


World War II was the final clue to the prophecy onlooker, that Israel was about to be rebirthed. As stated above, the UN General Assembly approved the Jewish State on November 29,1947. With 33 yes votes, 13 no votes, and 10 abstentions the Jewish state was a done deal, and on May 14,1948 the prophecies predicting the coming of Israel were fulfilled.


Guess what nations were among the 13 that voted no to UN resolution 181? They were most of the Psalm 83 nations; Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian refugees hadn't been created at the time to oppose the resolution, and Jordan didn't become an admitted UN member until December, 1955. Thus, Jordan's would-be no vote was unable to be counted!

Similar to the prophecies concerning the rebirth of Israel, Psalm 83 appears to be a prophecy in progress. 


Someday soon it will arrive; but for those of us who have been paying attention to the stage-setting signs, we realize that the Psalm prophecy has been over six decades in the making, and appears to be poised to happen soon!


In light of all the above clues, American's should recognize that the sun is beginning to set on the superpower status of the United States. The remedial judgments presented in the chapter called "The Future for America in Bible Prophecy," reinforce this reality. The modern day precedent for the decline of a superpower was established through the British Empire. Over the past two prior decades, American leadership has been cursing Israelis inadvertently, by forcing their leadership to trade God's land for Arab peace. This diplomacy is not working, and is the very thing that Joel 3:2 warns against; dividing God's land!

If America continues to travel down the political slippery slope of pressuring Israel to forfeit land for illusive peace, it flirts with the same fate of its British ally. The rise of the United States to superpower status seems to directly correlate with the severe decline of the British Empire. Not surprisingly, replacement theology in America is also on the increase.This is why American political leaders need to stop attempting to divide the Promised Land, and to staunchly support our best ally in the Middle East, Israel!


American attempts to shrink the size of Israel works against Israel's critical ability to defend itself. The Psalm 83 prophecy is currently in process, and one nearby morning the world will awake to missiles flying throughout the Middle East and the fulfillment of the Psalm 83 war.


What is the U.S. Response to Psalm 83?

Thus far America's obligation to be Israel's stalwart shoulder of support has been explained, but what will America do when Psalm 83 finally finds fulfillment? If Psalm 83 is as imminent as it appears, then it would seem reasonably safe to presume that the U.S.A. would be drawn into the fray. 


But, is there any scriptural support for including America or any other nations in this Arab-Israeli war? The fact is, Psalm 83 doesn't specifically say, and in some respects seems to suggest otherwise.


Psalm 83:9-11 draws our attention to the historical battles in Judges 4-8. These ancient biblical accounts provide important clues about how the Lord intends to deal with the Arab confederacy of Psalm 83. Judges, chapters 6-8, inform us that the Midianites had oppressed the Israelites for seven years. Outmanned and outgunned by 400 to 1, Gideon took 300 warriors and destroyed 120,000 Midianites.77 It appears as though no Israeli casualties resulted from Gideon's war against the Midianites. Furthermore, it doesn't seem that the Midianites ever oppressed the Israelites again.

The same holds true in the Israelite-Canaanite war described in Judges 4-5. The Canaanites oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Subsequently, the Canaanites suffered a bitter defeat by Barak and the "IDF" of that time. There are no mentions of Israeli casualties of war reported as a result of that conflict either, nor are there any indications whether the Canaanites ever oppressed the Israelites again.

In both examples, the Israelites were operating under divine empowerment and protection.


 Additionally, both enemies of Israel were defeated from top to bottom. Even their kings, nobles, and princes were killed alongside their soldiers. Importantly, these particular enemies ceased to ever oppress the Israelites or their Promised Land again. The fact that the surrounding Arab countries and terrorist populations continue to oppress the Israelis strongly suggests that Psalm 83 has not found final fulfillment.


These Israeli military victories, which occurred only a century or two prior to the Psalmist's time, would certainly both be most memorable and logical events for Asaph to remind the Lord of concerning Psalm 83. But, even though Gideon's defeat of the Midianites and Barak's conquest of the Canaanites were miraculous accomplishments for the IDF of those days, they were not a single-handed, divine victory like when Pharaoh's army was swallowed up in the converging waters of the Red Sea.


Curiously, Asaph did not petition the Lord to defeat the Psalm 83 Arab confederacy similarly to the Egyptian army. Why not? The exodus episode was exemplary, because the defeat of Pharaoh's army at the time was by far Israel's most remarkable historical survival episode up to that point. Moreover, supernatural single-handed divine victories by the Lord are still forthcoming according to prophecies in Ezekiel 38:18-39:6 and Isaiah 63:1-6.

By petitioning the Lord to defeat the Psalm 83 Arab confederacy in the historical methods inscribed in Judges 4-8, Asaph is encouraging the divine empowerment of the IDF to victory.This is exactly what occurred in these epic Midianite and Canaanite battles. There was no IDF in existence at the time of the Exodus, but during the time of Judges there was, and today Israel possesses the number 10 world-ranked army. It has become a great army as a result of the various Arab - Israeli wars and regional skirmishes. Ezekiel 37:10 predicts it will become more than just a great army, but an "exceedingly great army."


Barring one exception, the Midianite and Canaanite wars of Judges 4-8 were waged exclusively by the IDF, without foreign military support. Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite assisted Barack's IDF by assassinating the Canaanite General Sisera. The Kenites were a nomadic tribe that primarily resided in the southeastern hill country ofJudah.78

"Then Jael, Heber's wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died." (Judges 4:21, NKJV).

This one exception may scripturally suggest that there is some foreign military intervention in Psalm 83, but the preponderance of connecting prophecies included in this book, like Ezekiel 24:15, Obadiah 1:18, and Zephaniah 2:9, point to the IDF as the primary instrument utilized to defeat the Psalm 83 Arab confederacy. This was similarly the case in the Arab - Israeli wars of 1948,1967, and 1973. In all of these wars the IDF had nominal foreign support, but still reigned victorious.


Presently, the Arabs oppress the Jews and want to dispossess them of their Promised Land. Ultimately, they will confederate in a final attempt to wipe Israel off the map. They will lose decisively, and like the Midianites and Canaanites, become incapable of ever oppressing Israel again. The inability of the surrounding Arab countries and terrorist populations to further oppress Israel, will indicate that the Psalm 83 prophecy has found final fulfillment.


America's Lesson from Psalm 83

The defeat by the IDF of the Psalm 83 War would not only fulfill many of the prophecies included in this book, like the accolade of becoming an exceedingly great army, but would also demonstrate to the international community that the Lord's Gentile foreign policy spelled out in Genesis 12:3 is still operable.


The Psalm predicts that the Arabs confederate to cut the nation off, so that the name of Israel is forgotten forever. The only logical way this could be accomplished is militarily rather than politically. The Arabs confederate militarily to destroy the Jewish state, but in retaliation the IDF defeats the Arabs. This is why Psalm 83:9-11 petitions the Lord to defeat the confederacy by empowering the IDF.


The Arab attempt to curse the Jews militarily in the Psalm, boomerangs back and curses the Arab's militaries. This is a curse-for-curse-in-kind response that is part of Genesis 12:3. It is similar to when Pharaoh's army wanted to curse the Hebrews at the Red Sea during their Exodus from Egypt, but instead the Egyptian army was cursed by the converging waters of the Red Sea. Another example is when the Persian Haman wanted the Jew Mordecai hung at the gallows, but in reversal, Haman was hung at those gallows according to Esther 8:7.


The take-away lesson to America and the world in the aftermath of Psalm 83, as alluded to in the chapter called the"The Final Palestinian Farewell,"is worth repeating here;

"The execution of tremendous fury and vengeance against the Palestinians, leaving none to carry on the lineage of Esau, will demonstrate to the world that if God did not spare the descendants of Jacob's own twin brother Esau, then any who seek to bring harm to the Jewish people will not escape the curse-for-curse-in-kind clause."

For more information I have a teaching video on this subject that can be viewed at this Internet link:





Keith Hunt