Now all these things happened unto them
and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Always keep this in mind when you read and study the Bible and also read our interpreations.
Psalm 83 - Who are the enemies?
A PROPHETIC INTERPRETATION
The end time according to Matthew 24:14 does not describe the end of the world, which God will bring about at the end of the years (see footnote-1), as the apostle Peter explains in the third chapter of his second letter. The end time describes the end of the present age, which will culminate in total rebellion against God. Through his judgments, see Revelation, the Lord will put an end to the whole spook. It will be followed by the seventh age, the time of the 1000-year kingdom of peace of the Messiah.
"End of the years" is a linguistic expression that occurs only once in the Bible and points to the end of the 1000-year kingdom of peace; according to Ezekiel 38:8, the Lord will force Gog - an allegory of Satan - to wage war against Israel. He will attack Israel with his armies (demons) and with many nations. See also Revelation 20:8, where the same event is described.
Before this kingdom can be established, the world, like a pregnant woman, suffers ever-increasing contractions, see Matthew 24. The first contraction heralds the birth, but it is still a long time coming. Only when the contractions occur at very short intervals and become increasingly violent and painful is the birth imminent.
The atrocities committed by Hamas can also be understood as a severe woe, but they are not the end. At best, the events of October 7, 2023 are harbingers of the beginning of the end, because a number of events must necessarily take place first: the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom (of the Messiah) to all nations as a testimony. The red heifer must be slaughtered in order to start building the third temple and much more; see also The Third Temple and the script for Matthew 24.
October 7, 2023 will be an important date in Jewish history. Both religious and non-religious Jews see this day as a clear turning point. However, before a new beginning can be made, the perpetrators must be brought to justice militarily. Without ifs and buts, Israel also has the right to self-defense. It is true that the IDF is hitting back with all its might and yet they are trying to spare the Palestinian civilian population as much as possible. The inhabitants of the Gaza Strip are warned of a military strike in good time so that they can leave their homes. The warnings are given by leaflets, text messages and telephone calls. What army has ever spared the civilian population so consistently for years?
In a war, the argument put forward by so-called Christians about their soft-spoken commandment to love does not hold water. "Love thy neighbor" is, from our point of view, a civil law concept and is aimed in the truest sense of the word at my neighbor, my neighbor, i.e. at the person who has fallen among the robbers. The commandment of love does not apply to the robbers, rather the law and the public demand that the criminals be prosecuted, or not? A military-terrorist attack, such as that carried out by Hamas, makes even the robbers of Luke 20 seem almost pale. Certainly the robbers were evil, but the atrocities of Hamas are demonic.
Well, Hamas is not only their name, it is also their program: Chamas in the Bible means: wicked, malicious, violence, injustice. See the Hamas charter. They are not waging war for land, that is just a pretext, their real goal is the complete destruction of the state of Israel and the complete extermination of the Jews. By the way: next on Allah's agenda are the Christians. They are already proclaiming it boldly and freely under the battle cry: "After Saturday comes Sunday." (October 7 was a Saturday - a Sabbath.) If you don't want to believe it, read the Koran, e.g. Sura 9. The video of a former Muslim is also helpful. He explains briefly and concisely what Hamas and its brothers are actually planning; see here.
Dr. Roger Liebi has already published a second video on the events in Israel on YouTube - see here - and there are more to follow. We strongly advise Roger Liebi to refrain from his "literal" interpretation of the biblical texts. We agree with him on one point: the Psalms are prophecy. But this knowledge is nothing new; it is and always has been common knowledge. What is really told in Psalm 83 requires, dear Roger, instruction from the Lord. We miss such an understanding from you. When we speak in this way, it is not to cut honorifics, but is based on facts. We counter your explanations with the results of our research.
The context of Asaph's songs
The 12 Psalms of Asaph all point to the end times, they deal with themes of the last seven times, which have not yet begun, but are imminent. For a long time, dear Roger, we have remained silent about your "prophetic interpretations", but because of your erroneous comments on Psalm 83, we were almost challenged to answer the question: To whom do the 10 nations that Asaph names in Psalm 83, in verses 7-9, point?
Briefly about the Arab League
The founding members of the Arab League include Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and, a short time later, Yemen. Their core objective at the time was to expel the many Jewish refugees coming from Europe and to wipe them out. The word Yishuv describes the Jewish population including their community. The plans to establish the League were probably intensified in 1943 at the latest. At the beginning of 1945, they drew up the pact, which came into force on May 11, 1945, three days after the end of the Second World War (in Europe). It was not until years later that the State of Israel was proclaimed by Ben Gurion on May 14, 1948. Only since that day has Israel been a nation again, Hebrew Goy (גוי ) as in Isaiah 66:8 (the plural is Goyim).
The enemies of Psalm 83 want to wipe out the nation of Israel and they are conspiring to do so. However, they can only conspire against Israel if Israel is a nation, but when the Arab League was founded in 1945 there was no state of Israel. For this reason alone, the Arab League can never be found in Psalm 83, at most their desire to make a pact against the Jews. The names of the nations in Psalm 83 are also arbitrarily assigned by Dr. Liebi. Although most of the nations no longer exist today, he conjures up a magic formula: 10 becomes 7!
The seven founding members of the Arab League are, without exception, Muslim states. They derive their refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist from the Koran, the Hadith (the tradition of Mohammed's words and deeds) and the Sira (Mohammed's biography). Muslims never violate the order of their God - Allah. They must not make peace with the unbeliever - the kafir. And they would never conspire against Allah (their God, see here, that would be a sacrilege.
Who or what a kafir is is explained in the following video in 2 minutes; see here.
Under no circumstances do the 10 nations point to the Arab League, because:
- Asaph speaks of the last seven times and they have not yet begun;
- they have not acted with cunning, but have always made it clear that they will not tolerate the Jews in Palestine.
- Israel was not a nation when the Arab League was founded;
- they did not make a special covenant against God when they founded it.
But who are the enemies that Asaph speaks of in Psalm 83?
Our interpretation will show that the writings of the Bible are leading up to the end times, to the grand finale. The key in Psalm 83 is hidden in verse 9. Asaph writes: Asshur also has joined them; they have become an arm to the sons of Lot. (Sela.) The key lies with the sons of Lot, they are mentioned in verses 7 and 8. Lot, the nephew of Abraham, is connected with the end times. Jesus himself refers to this when he says in Luke 17:29: "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot: they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but in the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
The firstborn of Lot is called Moab, verse 7, and the secondborn is called Ammon, verse 8. We asked ourselves: Why does Asaph call the brothers in separate groups? Well, in quite a few scripts we refer to the first-, second- and later-born. This acquired knowledge enables us to make a plausible interpretation.
Verse 7 only mentions the firstborn. Is this just a coincidence or is there more to it?
- Moab, the firstborn of Lot;
- Edom, that is Esau, is the firstborn of Jacob;
- Ishmael is the firstborn of Abraham;
- Hagar, the Egyptian mother of Ishmael, must therefore also have been a firstborn.
Verse 8 names the second- or later-born
- Ammon: the second-born of Lot is called Ben Ammi: "son of my people";
- Gebal: a place north of Tyre; the word is a hapax legomenon, which is a word that only occurs once in the Bible and refers to the end times. Who or what is Gebal? To find out, we need to look at a second word with the same meaning, the word G'bal. It refers to a mountain. The root of the word gabal gives us information about the characteristic of this "mountain": a cord of two or more threads twisted together, like the weaving of a plait.
- Tyre, a city in Lebanon;
- Philistaea, today's Gaza Strip including the cities of Ascalon, Ashdod and Ekron;
- Amalekites: they are descendants of Esau; their territory lay between Edom and Judah, almost bordering Gaza to the west and Sinai, which belonged to Egypt, to the south.
Gebal is mentioned first in this group, and not without reason. It is associated with Lebanon. A city of the same name is said to have been located not far from Tyre. Metaphorically, a mountain stands for a political power; prophetically, the mountain stands for Rome, which is associated with all the enemies of the God of Israel. The Amalekites are also to be understood spiritually; they are people who desire to sit on the throne of God.
- Assyria: This mainly described the area of Iraq, then the north of Syria, the east of Turkey and the west of Iran.
This gives us three groups that are closely "intertwined" through Gebal. Remember: Gebal is both a place and a mountain, the root of which means "to intertwine".
What does Asaph describe in his song?
With his song, Asaph, whose name is Collector, points to a war, a spiritual war that is primarily directed against God; that is why the Collector turns to the Lord: "Behold, your enemies rage and your haters lift up their heads. And in verse 6 he adds: "They have taken counsel with one heart, they have made a covenant against you. Let us repeat it emphatically: Psalm 83 describes a spiritual rebellion against God and against his people, whom he has acquired from all nations, such as a few Ishmaelites, Edomites, Moabites (see the story of Ruth) and Hagarites. Asaph does not describe a military war.
So who are the spiritual enemies? They are the religious with their religions. The essential characteristic of their religions is the keeping of laws and commandments in order to appear righteous and pleasing before God. Asaph speaks prophetically in Psalm 83:
- from religious Judaism;
- religious Christianity, mixed with pagan cults;
The harbingers of this alliance directed against the true God can be seen in their buildings, such as the "Abrahamic Family House" in Abu Dhabi. see here . In Berlin, the German capital, people are moving even closer together. The "House of One" is being built on "Petriplatz". The THREE will then be under one roof.
Petri means Peter; according to Catholic doctrine, all bishops of Rome are legitimate successors of Peter.
Many will gather under this roof. But those who sit under the umbrella of the Most High need not fear or be in a hurry. In the script to the letter to Jude, we describe the timetable for the end times and the tools for Christians. Jude, John, Peter and James show us how we, who will not be raptured, must arm ourselves in order to be victorious in the end-time battle. If we remain faithful to our Lord and uphold the truth, we will snatch many more precious souls from the fire.
Our script could end at this point, but we want to use examples to show that our interpretation could not be more accurate.
In Genesis 16 we read about the maidservant Hagar. Because Sarah is childless, Abraham marries the maid at Sarah's request. And indeed, Hagar becomes pregnant and, according to the words of the Lord, she is to name her son Ishmael. The Lord then prophesies to her that her son will be a wild ass of a man. The word wild ass describes an onager, see here, who will live in the presence of his brothers.
The prophetic dimension of the story of Hagar and her son can only be reliably interpreted if we take the New Testament as our guide. In Galatians, the apostle Paul says that the stories of Hagar and Sarah must be interpreted allegorically, i.e. figuratively. (The word allegories used in Greek is not only plural, it is also a hapax legomenon, a word that occurs only once in the Bible and refers to the end times). Hagar, according to the apostle, figuratively stands for the earthly Jerusalem and Sarah for the heavenly one. Ishmael is therefore a firstborn of the earthly. Hagar, she is the earthly Jerusalem, is in bondage, under the thumb of the law. It is interesting to note that this applies to the Jews as well as to the Ishmaelites. The Jews are under the law of Moses, the Arabs under the laws of Mohammed or Allah.
To all those who are oppressed and subjugated by their laws. There is good news: Jesus sets you free! He liberates to a new law, the royal one: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Therefore: Shake off the dominion of the law and believe in the gospel, because whoever believes in Jesus, as the Bible says, has eternal life.
This also applies to the anti-Christian commandments or laws, the so-called Noachide 7 commandments, which are a perfidious lie.
In Genesis 25 we read about Esau. He is the first-born of Isaac and his twin brother Jacob is the second-born. In the course of their story, we learn that Esau sold the birthright to Jacob and thus forfeited all legal claims to it. The sale is legally valid and there is nothing Jacob can do about it. Jacob obtained the birthright for a ridiculously low price. The price he had to pay: a dish of lentils. Figuratively, the lentils stand for life on earth, because the lentils are a metaphor for the red blood cells, which are responsible for transporting oxygen in the bloodstream. This is indicated by another detail in the story. Esau had exhausted himself on the hunt and was suffering from a lack of air. Exhausted, he sat down in Jacob's tent and asked for the Red. The text emphasizes the facts by repeating them in order to draw attention to the red: "Then Esau said to Jacob, 'Let me eat of the red, the red there, for I am faint. From that day on, Esau is called Edom – red.
This is Esau! The contempt for the birthright prophetically points to the contempt and rejection of the Messiah. Nevertheless, Esau was blessed when he turned to his father in tears, which is explicitly confirmed by the apostle Paul in Hebrews 11:20: By faith Isaac, concerning things to come, blessed Jacob and Esau. Jacob is not only in possession of the right of the firstborn, but the blessing with which Isaac blessed Jacob cannot be reversed. Esau is compensated by his father and receives the blessing of the second-born.
With this understanding, we not only come closer to the verse in Hebrews 12:17 from a factual point of view, it suddenly becomes clear and understandable. First, we read the text according to the 1905 Elberfelder: "For you know that even afterward, when he (Esau) wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected - for he found no room for repentance - even though he sought it (the blessing) diligently with tears.
The more accurate translation could then read something like this: For you know that even afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, (his request) was rejected, for he found no (legal) basis for reversing the decision, notwithstanding that he sought it (by legal means) with tears.
This scene is described in Genesis 27:30-41.
And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.And he also had made savoury meat, and brought it unto his father, and said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau.And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing.And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants; and with corn and wine have I sustained him: and what shall I do now unto thee, my son?And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.
Jacob flees to his uncle Laban and returns after more than 20 years. The brothers are reconciled in Sukkot (Tabernacles). Prophetically, the place Sukkot points to the 1000-year kingdom of peace and Jacob's 20 years point to the 2000 years of Christianity. After the twenty years, Esau and Jacob are reconciled and only then is there complete peace between the twin brothers. (This peace can be experienced beforehand in Philadelphia, because the brothers (Adelphois) become friends (Philois)
Genesis 36 lists Esau's descendants, whose names also tell the story of Israel.
As mentioned above, his story is connected to the story of his father Lot. The events in Genesis 19 in particular point to the end times. The story of the Moabite king Balak must also be interpreted prophetically in terms of the end times. Balak had hired the Assyrian prophet Balaam to curse Israel. But God did not allow him to do so; instead of cursing, blessing was the order of the day. Out of greed, Balaam advised Balak to seduce Israel into fornication, which points to Sardis; see the interpretation of the Epistle of Jude. Sardis and Moab will come to a bad end. And yet, even in Sardis God has left himself a remnant and this is told in one of the most beautiful stories in the Bible, in the book of Ruth.
From this book we learn that Ruth is a Moabite, i.e. she comes from the line of a firstborn - Moab. She is probably also a firstborn. After the death of her husband and father-in-law, Ruth traveled with her mother-in-law to Israel, more precisely to Bethlehem, where she met the man who would change her whole life, Boaz. Although she is a Moabite, Boaz marries her. Ruth represents the few from Sardis who have not defiled their clothes (fornication by Balak, in the bed of the harlot from Thyatira). And the apostle John writes to "Ruth" and calls her mistress. (The second letter of John is assigned to the church of Sardis; see also: Structure of the Bible.)
The Hagarites are descended from Hagar and because the Hagarites are counted among the group of firstborns, all their descendants are also firstborns. What does this tell us spiritually? Let us explain it with a well-known saying: He who is born once dies twice and he who is born twice dies only once. Figuratively, the Hagarites indicate to us that all the firstborn in verse 7 have not experienced rebirth, but have instead conspired against God, whom they do not know, including Edom, Moab and Ishmael.
Nevertheless, despite all this evil, we must not give up hope and continue to proclaim the gospel. God still has a remnant in every nation who will believe in Jesus Christ. Therefore: "Whoever calls on the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved."
The firstborn will be judged, killed like the firstborn of Egypt, because they have hardened their hearts and rebelled against God. And yet God still has those among the firstborn who turn to the true God and keep his commandments, like the Moabitess Ruth. Which commandments?
"Love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strenght and your neighbor as yourself."
Berlin, November 20, 2023
Copyright H. Randy Rohrer