Psalm 83 & The 1948 Arab-Israeli War 

World War is currently upon humanity. In America, there is a general feeling of peacetime apart from this war. Life goes on relatively undisturbed, but that feeling lies. Facts tell us quite another story, and the only true hope for these world events is found within Bible prophecy, which predicted the rise of this global war. It also predicts how it will end. The prediction of the current global war is found in Ezekiel 37-39.

Yet, how can we be sure the current world war is the one described in Ezekiel 38? If the timing & description of the current war match that found in Ezekile 38, then it is the war. Some specialists & scholars—both Hassidic Jew and Christian alike—call this the War of Gog & Magog (ex. Joel Rosenberg). Still others, such as Bill Salus and David Reagan assert this cannot be the War of Gog & Magog, because a Psalm 83 war (Arab – Israeli) has not yet occurred. Let’s investigate whether the current war meets that described in Ezekiel 38, and whether there is a solution to Psalm 83’s occurrence:

The Timing & Setting

In the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples and now dwell securely, all of them. 9 You will advance, coming on like a storm. You will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your hordes, and many peoples with you. Ezekiel 38:8-9

All scholars who take this prophecy literally also agree that we now live in the time of “the latter years.” This fact is undisputed within Hassidic Judaism and conservative evangelical Christianity.

The prophecy also mentions the setting: “a land restored from war, the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste.” This can be nothing other than the modern nation of Israel, which gained nationhood as a result of WWII and after more than 2000 yrs. of desolation and diaspora.

Conditions of the Setting

About the condition of the setting, scholars disagree.

Have the people of modern Israel—all of them—dwelled securely? When one considers that the Jewish people found homeland, having been slaughtered and then spewed out of WWII nations like Nazi Germany, Bolshevik-Communist Russia, etc… yes, I would say the people of Israel have dwelled in the same relative security, which all the other League of Nations countries have dwelled in since the end of WWII. League of Nations, NATO, USA, UN have historically (up until recently) either helped protect Israel or helped Israel protect itself. But, the alliances of Gog & Magog will change all of that and will “come in like a storm….”

Secondly, concerning the condition of the setting, scholars disagree on the description of Israel. It is prophesied in Ezekiel 38 that the king leading the Gog & Magog war against Israel will say to himself:

‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ 12 to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. Ezekiel 38:11-12

Is Israel currently a land of post-war, unwalled villages? Compared to ancient times, absolutely yes. But even by modern standards, yes! The Kibbutzim have continued along side of Rivivim, and furthermore Area C and other living developments are not walled. These newly built Israeli villages are the unwalled dwellings which are so hotly contested by Israel’s enemies—allies with Gog & Magog. Areas A, B & C and the Negev were indeed once waste places, but they are now flourishing, literally and figuratively, in Israel—the center of the lands.

What about the Arab – Israeli War of Psalm 83?

There are those who contend that the current global war is not Ezekiel’s Gog & Magog but Psalm 83’s Arab-Israeli war. Many evidences show these good scholars are wrong. More precisely said, these scholars are correct about the necessity of Psalm 83’s war preceding Ezekiel 38’s war. However, they fail to see Psalm 83 as already having been fulfilled.

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948 fulfilled Psalm 83. It meets the descriptions and conditions. What is more, it sets up motive for alliance against Israel between all those mentioned in Ezekiel 38.

The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006 was but the forefront of the current Gog & Magog world war.

The scale of the current global war, stemming from the Middle East is, well … global and not isolated to an Arab-Israeli war. From July 8 – August 9 of this year, many factors erupted, indicating this is indeed a world war, replete  with clearly formed sides/alliances and warfronts. The alliances which are against Israel match Ezekiel 38 perfectly.

Conclusion

Given the descriptions of timing and setting for the Ezekiel 38 War of Gog & Magog; and given the fulfillment of Psalm 83 in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War (which sets up the current war), it is not merely speculation to say the current war facing the globe at present is the Gog & Magog War of Ezekiel 38.

My Testimony & Calling | TBN

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11)

Nothing that we can say or do as Christians is more glorifying to God or more effective in spiritual battles or more influential with other people. Here’s my story, as given August 15, 2016 on TBN 42 Indianapolis: [scrub the time bar to 2/3rds in] 

The “Jesus Only” Heresy

“Jesus Only” is a cult movement, which seeks to infiltrate all sects of Christendom, in order to spread heresy (a.k.a. false teaching). Their main message is that those who have been baptized in the Name of the Trinity must undergo rebaptism in Jesus’ name only. They build their illogical dogma on Acts 2:38.

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The above verse seems “water tight” for their argument, until one remembers the words of Jesus Himself, found in Matthew 28:18-20.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Using basic logic, one can see that Peter’s command to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ is fulfilled when one is baptized according to Jesus’ prescription in the Name of the Trinity—Father, Son & Holy Spirit. The particular is contained in the whole. If at one time I say, “My name is Samuel Nathan Kean,” and in the next breath I turn to another and say, “My name is Sam Kean,” have I contradicted myself in any way? No, obviously not. My first statement is fuller than the second, but the second statement is clearly contained in the first. But, instead of recognizing this most basic & simple logic, the Jesus Only cult would rather deny the Trinity altogether. They throw out the baby with the bath water.

Not only is the message of the Jesus Only cult a demonically empowered deception, it is an outright departure from the Apostles’ teachings found in the New Testament. The Personhood (full humanity) & full Deity of Jesus have been attacked ever since the first Century A.D. Throughout history, many have asserted that either Jesus is less than eternal and co-equal to the Father and Spirit; or, He is not in some form or fashion a man. Yet others have diminished Jesus—as well as the Spirit—by believing there is no Trinity (Three Divine Persons in one Triune Godhead). That group of staunch monotheists think there is no distinction of Divine Persons (Trinity), but that, the Father, Son & Spirit are mere manifestations of God. Yet, many passages in the Bible reveal the Father talking to the Son and vice versa, or the Spirit directing, compelling and/or resting upon Jesus. That which shows distinction and difference at the same time cannot possibly be the same thing without distinction.

Bible Verses which Defeat Non-Trinitarian Errors:

Titus 2:13 “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (notice title ‘God & Savior’)

John 20:28 “Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

Hebrews 1:2, 8 “in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world…. But unto the Son [the Father] says, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of your kingdom.”

John 17:5 “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

John 5:26 “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;”

Messiah is Divine and Eternal – Ps. 2:12; Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Mic. 5:2; Zechariah 12:10

God is the Son (pre-existent, Jesus Christ, The Messiah) — Prov. 30:4; John 1:1, 18; 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20

The Father, Son, and Spirit are not the same Person but are distinct — Matt. 3:13-17; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18

The Father, Son, and Spirit are the same Essence (ousia) – John 10:30; John 14:16

The Father, Son, and Spirit are coequal in glory — Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Heb. 1:3; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:4-6

Tongues Equated to Receiving the Holy Ghost

Also, the Jesus Only cult assert that one must speak in tongues after said re-baptism, in order to prove one has “received the holy ghost.” The overt pressure which they place on an individual concerning this can only be described as ‘cult-like.’ However, in the Scriptures, one reads that receiving the Holy Spirit is a gift, which does not always manifest in tongues: a sign granted by the Spirit when there are those present who need to hear the Good News of Jesus in their own language. Rather than treating tongues as “proof” to others that one has been saved, THE test of one’s having received the gift of the (indwelling) Spirit [a.k.a. Baptism into the Body of Christ Jesus by the Spirit] is the witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16) and the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5), which—even more than tongues—shows itself by unashamed proclamation of “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” This is called boldness. It is what all the Apostles displayed when “filled with the Spirit.” 

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Moreover, Paul writes in Romans 10:9

if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved

 

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OTHER RESOURCES:

Yes. The Trinity

Jesus DID Claim to be God 

5 Concerns About the Messianic (Ekklesia) Body, Hebrew Roots Movement

I am Messianic…. That is, I believe Yeshua (Jesus) from Nazareth (~B.C. 4 — 31 A.D.~) as described in the Greek New Testament, is the pre-existent, serpent crushing, eternal Son of YHWH—a.k.a. Fully God & Fully Man—as first promised in Genesis 3:15 to Eve & Adam and the human race. Yeshua is a Hebrew, and He was born under the Law of Moses. He did not destroy the Mosaic Law, rather He fulfilled it. [See also Old v. New Covenant: Defining our Relationship with God]

There are many Messianic congregations across the globe. These are my brothers & sisters according to Abraham’s faith (Romans 9); and I love them in Messiah Yeshua dearly. My fellowship with them is more than enjoyable, and I have learned a great deal from their teachings from the Hebrew perspective—a thing greatly needed! Messianics are part of a movement called Hebrew Roots.

To be sure, those who identify as Messianic do not assert the same errors as the Judaizers, who attacked and troubled Yeshua’s Apostles. They do hold that one is eternally reconciled to YHWH by the grace of Yeshua / Jesus, through faith in Him alone [apart from the deeds of the Law] for obtaining righteousness with YHWH. When the biblical culture found in the Tanakh is observed by Messianics, it is done out of reverential love for Yeshua—to honor the culture that YHWH inscribed & gave to humanity, as found in the Tanakh (Old Testament). When the ordinances / observances are broken, or when the Moral Law is transgressed, Yeshua the Righteous is their only Advocate with the Father (2 John 2:1-3).

The Messianic believers I have met are not Judaizers, and they were extremely careful to show grace and peace when debatable matters of lifestyle arose. I love and appreciate their zeal to expose the infiltration of cultural paganism and blatant apostasy within ‘Christendom’… especially the whoredoms of the Roman Catholic Church.

On the other hand, Messianic teachings and expectations often can come dangerously close to (unintentionally) mimicking or sounding like Judaisation. The following concerns serve as friendly alerts to Messianic believers, so that they can make sure their ‘good shall not be evil spoken of.’

1. Don’t Discredit the Greek New Testament. 

While many translations are sub-par and have agendas behind their publication, the abundant Greek manuscripts of the Apostles’ writings are copies of “God- breathed” Scripture. Whether or not you believe Yeshua quoted the Septuagint translation of the Tanakh, it stands that the Apostles (whom Yeshua Himself commissioned and blessed) wrote to the Gentile churches in Koiné Greek. These texts collectively agree in over 99%+ of their content, and the other percent or less does not change any doctrine. There are also many good, reliable translations of these manuscripts in nearly every language.

BUT, one thing is for sure. If you reject the Greek manuscripts, then you are left with no Good News of Yeshua & 0% of the 99%+ of Apostles’ doctrine. You are bereft of the only texts, which alone are able to inform Hebrew and Gentile non-believers toward faith in Yeshua… ever since the Apostles, who were taught the Tanakh by Yeshua Himself… quite an improvement on merely having the Tanakh; and an infinite measure above the best rabbinical traditions from before or after Yeshua’s first earthly walk.

2. Gentile believers have been grafted into the Remnant of Israel, BUT we are also 1 New Humanity.

The olive tree of Romans 11 is not the fig tree of Matthew 21:18-19; 20-22 and Mark 11:12-14; 20-25. Whereas apostate Israel was always represented as a fig tree, remnant Israel was always the olive tree. Gentile believers have been grafted into that.

On the other hand, by dying for sins & rising again, Yeshua formed an entirely new ‘body’ of humanity. 

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)

In Yeshua there is one (1) new Ekklesia, one Body of of Messiah borne after Abraham’s faith, not Abraham’s lineage or Moses’ Covenant (Romans 9). Yeshua took down the wall of separation between Jew & Gentile in genome, culture and commandment, making from the 2 one new humanity (Ephesians 2:15). This is equality!

Gentile believers are not grafted into the Judaism of the Mosaic Covenant; they are grafted into the seed and faith of Abraham, which preceded the Law and Jewish customs. They are fellow citizens with the saints (Ephesians 2:19), but they are not Jews. Paul explains this clearly when he tells those who were circumcised (the Jews) “not to seek to be uncircumcised” and those who were uncircumcised (the Gentiles) “not to become circumcised” (1 Corinthians 7:18). There is no need for either group to feel they must become what they are not. Instead, God has made Jews and Gentiles into “one new man” in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:15). This “new man” is referring to the Church, the body of Christ, which is made up of neither Jew nor Gentile (Galatians 3:27-29). It’s important for Jews and Gentiles to remain authentic in their own identity. In this way a clear picture of the unity of the body of Christ can be seen as Jews and Gentiles are united by one Lord, one faith, one baptism. If Gentiles are grafted into Israel, becoming Jews, the purpose and picture of both Jew and Gentile, coming together as one new man, is lost. God never intended Gentiles to become one in Israel, but one in Christ. (Got Questions; Hebrew Roots)

No one culture, race, gender or person is more important than another in Yeshua! [Roles and responsibility are different matters]

3. Don’t Diminish, Distort, Disregard or Disobey Romans 14; Galatians 1-3; Colossians 2; 1 Corinthians 13 & the Whole Message of Hebrews.

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.
Hebrews 8:13

These passages are a good bulk of the Apostles’ inspired doctrine concerning the New Covenant. They apply to Messianic believers, especially as the parameters which constrain your insistence on the conformity of other believers to the Mosaic Covenant. You may not judge another believer concerning clothing, the day of worship or diet or Moadim (Mosaic Feasts, YHWH’s appointed times) and still be in good fellowship with Ruach ha’Kodesh.

Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. Acts 15:19-20

Likewise, gentile believers are not to call foolish those who observe the above-mentioned ordinances. As seen above, Hebrews who understood the Old Covenant and were Messianic, informed the early church. Indeed, there is much wisdom in understanding and practicing each of the purposes behind these elements YHWH established… the first of which would be to “provoke Israel to jealousy” (Romans 11), and the second would be living in prophectic accordance. Another good purpose would be advantage in spiritual warfare.

Nowhere in the Bible do we find Gentile believers being instructed to follow Levitical laws or Jewish customs; in fact, the opposite is taught. Romans 7:6 says, “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” (Got Questions, Hebrew Roots)

Still, we see Sha’ul (Paul) writes that the mature balance to all of this is to “become all things to all men that by all means [we] might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). We should be ready to change custom, cultural habits, societal status, and dietary restrictions for the Good News’ sake, so long as these do not lead us to worship in pagan ways and thought, or join with them in their worship (2 Cor. 6:14).

4. Yeshua ha’Mashiach Commands Not Calling Anyone “Teacher” (Rabbi, Master, etc.) in Matthew 23:10.

If Messianics are to properly purify a corrupt and paganised Christianity, then they need to see their own disobedience in revering men with titles, when the gifts are distributed and empowered by Ruach (Romans 12; 1 Cor. 12-14; Ephesians 4). Yeshua not only forbids Rabonni; he also forbids “instructor” or ‘rabbi.’

5. Keep Warning Christendom About the Infiltration of Paganism!

We live in a day of great apostasy, when little-to-no discernment is sought or exercised in churches. You Messianics must keep holding the ropes and crying aloud, so that more may be awakened out of sleep.

Warnings About the Word of Faith Movement

Even though I shared my testimony on TBN 42, I do not ascribe to or recommend the Word of Faith movement. In fact, I call it apostacy. I have only shared my testimony, as my Heavenly Father has given opportunity. Below is a compilation of warnings about that movement. May our Lord Jesus grant us discernment in these last days.

10 Ways the Word of Faith Movement Went Wrong | Charisma Magazine

Is the Word of Faith movement biblical? | Got Questions

3 Word of Faith Errors | Christianity About

What’s Wrong with the Word of Faith Movement? Part One | CRI

What’s Wrong with the Word of Faith Movement? Part Two | CRI

Audio Christian Errors: Word of Faith | CARM

The Word-Faith Movement | Rapidnet

Word of Faith Movement: A Doctrinal Critique | Evangelical Reformed Fellowship

Exposing the Word of Faith Properity Gospel | Justin Peters

Ex-Word of Faith Preacher tells “THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORD OF FAITH”