The Amazing Hidden Prophecy In Psalm 108, and the War on Terror Are They Connected? Scholar Helena Lehman Uses the Language of God to Find Out
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Many people are filled with anxiety today, wondering what is going to happen in regard to the war on terror, and America’s place in it, as well as the part the Middle East nations will play in upcoming world events.
In that regard, the God of Israel has hidden much in Scripture about this very time in history. However, few scholars seem to be aware of the hidden prophecies in the Book of Psalms attributed to King David. For thousands of years, the Psalms have primarily been seen as praise and worship songs, with only a few directly prophetic psalms like Psalm 22, which clearly pertains to Christ’s First Advent. For this reason, few books on End Time events discuss these prophecies.
In my book, ”The Language of God in Prophecy,” I show how many Psalms - especially the Hallel Psalms 110 through 118 - may be directly related to global prophetic events occurring in the years 2010 through 2018. These nine psalms appear to describe unfolding events that will usher in the most terrible time in world history prior to the Great Flood: the seven-year Great Tribulation! My book on prophecy gives a thrilling glimpse into future world events, even though I neglected to look at Psalm 108, which is directly connected to the years 2008 through 2009.
If I had looked at Psalm 108 closely while writing my book, it would have added greatly to my prophetic interpretation of what the Hallel Psalms may mean in regard to the West’s ongoing war on Terror. In this article, I would therefore like to explain what this Psalm might foretell for the United, States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and the rest of the world in the next two years leading up to 2010 - a year signaled out in several prophetic channels.
Throughout Psalm 108, there are many terms that apply to nations and people groups in the past, as well as the present and future. What is doubly thrilling about this is that all the nations mentioned are directly involved with the current, globally felt war against Terrorism. To show how Psalm 108 reveals this, abridged portions of its thirteen stanzas will be quoted, followed by interpretations of what people groups and events these verses pertain to.
Let’s begin with the first seven stanzas:
“O God (Elohim), my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise… Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O LORD (Yahweh)… among the nations… Be exalted, O God (Elohim), above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth; That Your beloved (i.e. Jerusalem) may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and hear me. God (Elohim) has spoken in His holiness: ‘I will rejoice; I will divide (or separate) Shechem (a city of refuge in Ephraimite territory which now refers to the Palestinian allotment of land in the West Bank) and measure out (i.e. set apart) the Valley of Succoth (part of Gad’s ancient territory - refers to the Palestinian occupied Gaza Strip).” -Psalm 108:1-7 (NKJ)
Fascinatingly, one of the two portions of land that have been portioned out to the Palestinians is the West Bank, which surrounds Jerusalem on three sides. This portion of land is called Shechem in Psalm 108, and it was rich pastureland when Jacob’s sons tended their father’s flocks there. It was near Shechem that Joseph made his fateful trip out into the fields to check on the welfare of his brothers, only to be beaten, imprisoned, and sold into slavery by them (Genesis 37:13-28). It was also in Shechem where Joseph was later buried.
Interestingly, the story of Joseph’s slavery, and later rise to power in Egypt echoes the current conflict between the West, and the Muslim nations. Perhaps this is why Joseph’s tomb is located in Shechem, or the West Bank, and why the Palestinians barbarically destroyed his tomb in 2003. As shown in my book “The Language of God in Humanity,” Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh would come to represent two powerful Gentile nations in the Last Days: The United States (Ephraim), and the United Kingdom (Manasseh).
The Scripture “I will divide (or separate) Shechem” directly states that it is God’s Will that there should be a separation of the West Bank from the rest of Israel through the auspices of the United States, United Kingdom, and United Nations! In double fulfillment of this, the West Bank is now separated, or divided by political strife as well since it was set up as a secular democratic state, but was quickly overrun by fundamentalist Islamic terrorist groups.
Even more fascinating is the fact that “the Valley of Sukkoth” in the preceding Scripture may be referring to the Gaza Strip, which is indeed measured out, or set apart from Israel and the West Bank! These two sections of land were recently given to the Palestinians in order to secure peace with them, and the rest of the Middle East. However, this grand gesture of generosity by Israel has failed miserably in winning support and friendship from the Palestinians, or other Muslim nations.
The reason this modern bid at peace is failing is bound up in the past, and directly relates to the seemingly perpetual blood feuds between Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau. It is also tied to the failure of the Israelites to make any lasting peace with the hated Philistines, and Amalekites after the Exodus, and the conquest of Canaan.
Intriguingly, the next two stanzas of Psalm 108 tell us what nations are intimately involved with, or opposed to this dividing up of Israel in an effort to bring peace to the region. It also states which nations are under God’s current control, or acting on His behalf, and also which ones are the targets of His wrath:
“Gilead (i.e. the grandson of Manasseh, likely referring to Australia and/or Canada today) is Mine; Manasseh (the United Kingdom) is Mine; Ephraim (the United States) also is the “helmet for My head” (or chief stronghold); Judah (the nation of ISRAEL) is My lawgiver. Moab (Syria, Iraq, and Iran) is My washpot; over Edom (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Yemen and Oman) I will cast My shoe; over Philistia (Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian territories) I will triumph.’ ” -Psalm 108:8-9 (NKJ)
This portion of Scripture indicates that the Western nations with the most troops in Iraq and Afghanistan today, and those most closely allied with Israel today in friendship - the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia and/or Canada - are doing God’s will in the Middle East. So, no matter what people in these countries may think of their current political leaders, or government decisions concerning the War on Terror, these governments are (most likely unwittingly) acting on God’s behalf right now, though I must strongly emphasize here that this situation will change dramatically when the Antichrist becomes leader of the West in Europe sometime during, or after the predicted war described in Psalm 108.
The remaining portion of Psalm 108 tells us that the Western nations allied to Israel are going to have a major military show down with the Islamic terrorists allied against them, which include those living in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. Now based on my interpretation of Psalms 110 through 118 in ”The Language of God in Prophecy,” this war will likely be waged for two to three years, or until just before the Rapture of the True Church - which could occur in 2010 through 2012 AD. Furthermore, based on the final stanza of Psalm 108, the armies of the West will not be able to defeat their Terrorist enemies unless the people of the West (particularly the USA) openly call upon the God of Israel to help them:
“Who will bring me into the strong (or fortified) city (i.e. Babylon; a.k.a. Iraq - with its many US-built military bases surrounding it)? Who will lead me (in)to Edom (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and possibly Yemen, and Oman)? Is it not You, O God (Elohim), who cast us off? And You, O God (Elohim), who did not go out with our armies? (OR: Elohim, will You cast us off? Elohim, will You abandon our armies?) Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God (Elohim) we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” -Psalm 108:10-13 (NKJ)
In this final section of Psalm 108, the passage which reads: “it is He who shall tread down our enemies” suggests that God will miraculously intervene, and bless the West with a temporary victory in the Middle East. Furthermore, the lamentations and pleas to God in Psalm 109 - the psalm tied to events in late 2009 through 2010 - indicates that this war will lead to both suffering, and great spiritual revival (as witnessed in this psalm of prayer and lamentation) in the land of Israel, and the countries allied to it:
“But you, O Sovereign LORD (Yahweh), deal well with me for your name's sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust. My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.” - Psalm 109:21-24 (NIV)
Psalm 109 also suggests that the resolution of this war may lead to a much greater openness among Jews and Arabs to hear the Gospel, and be saved. Perhaps the miraculous events leading to this short-lived victory of Israel and the West against the Arabs will spur this revival, and the sharing of the Good News of the Kingdom of God with all of Abraham’s descendents through Ishmael and Isaac in preparation for the Rapture, and Great Tribulation:
“Help me, O LORD my God (oh Yahweh my Elohim); save me in accordance with your love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O LORD (Yahweh), have done it.” “With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD (Yahweh); in the great throng I will praise him. For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.” - Psalm 109:26-27, 30-31 (NIV)
Could this worldwide time of peace and revival be the result of a peace treaty between Israel and the Arab world that will be signed with the diplomatic help of a politician who either represents, or will become the Antichrist? Based on other clues in Scripture, this peace treaty will likely allow the Jews to build a new Temple adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But that, my friend, is another story.
For those who want to study the clues in the Psalms, and the other prophetic books of the Bible, and learn more about the spiritual and political implications of this current time in history, go to my Pillar of Enoch Ministry web site at http://pillar-of-enoch.com, and check out the heavily-researched, fascinating “Language of God” four-book series - particularly the book in prophecy.
NOTE: All Scriptures quoted in this article were taken from the PC Study Bible using either the Holy Bible: New International Version ®, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society; or the New King James Version of the Bible, Thomas Nelson, Inc. © 1982.
- Copyright 2007 by Helena Lehman
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