L. A. Marzulli
Because of the ongoing riots and the possibility of the Middle East imploding, I’m going to break away from the study in Psalms that we were doing and give you my thoughts on what is transpiring over there.
My friend, Bill Salus, author of the best-selling book, Isralestine, believes that the next event, on the prophetic calendar, will be the war that is mentioned in Psalm 83. Salus may be right, and this brings about a saying that my first pastor repeated often, and I have come to embrace and it is this: Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken.
Here’s why I mention this. Who among us would have suggested that the Middle East would erupt in what has been called a Day of Rage, creating the instability that we see now? There is a deep dissatisfaction amongst the people, with the governments of Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and other Arab/Moslem countries, that may reshape the Middle East as we know it. How does that figure into Biblical prophecy? If we go to Psalm 83, we see that there is a list of nations and these are the very countries that are imploding.
Last week the Moslem Brotherhood proclaimed that, there will be war with Israel! I believe that the Moslem Brotherhood, and Sharia Law, will emerge on top and rule the day, as Islam, is what the Egyptians know and will most likely embrace, when the dust settles.
Salus’ book covers this coming war of Psalm 83, blow-by-blow, and why I have stated that the Ezekiel 38 war will be the next event on the prophetic horizon, now, with the tumult going on over there, Salus’ scenario may be the next event, thus the adage: Blessed are the Flexible!
We know that there are three major prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled. They are Psalm 83, Ezekiel 83, and Isaiah 17. Psalm 83, is a group of Arab countries that go against Israel, similar to the 6 day war, and Israel defeats them and expands its borders.
Ezekiel 38, is a confederacy of nations – there’s not an Arab in the bunch – that: goes up against a land of unwalled villages, i.e. Israel. These nations are also defeated.
Isaiah 17, tells of the destruction of Damascus, which is the capital of Syria. This has never happened as Damascus is the longest inhabited city on the face of the earth.
The point is this, and we can apply it to the pre, mid, post, ongoing Rapture debate – I can’t believe I opened the door to endless debate, but oh well! Know and study all the positions and then watch and see which one manifests. In other words will Isaiah 17, lead to the fulfillment of Psalm 83, which then turns into the Ezekiel 38 war? We don’t know and thus, we can speculate endlessly about it, just like many of us do in regard to when we get taken out of here.
However, if we are flexible and our “doctrine” isn’t cemented in theological concrete, we can see what transpires and adjust accordingly.
In closing todays’ Bun: We see through a glass darkly, and because of that there are many opinions and interpretations of prophecy, which is one reason that we have such a diverse group on this Blog. I would suggest to hold tenaciously to the tenants of what we believe, the Virgin birth, the miracles of Jesus, the words of the prophets, the once-for-all sacrifice on Calvary, which resulted in His death, and that He rose again on the third day. That He sits at the right hand of the father, and will return physically one day to set up a literal kingdom! Then, be flexible as to what will transpire in the future in regard to Prophecy.
As a Watchman, I look and wait and ponder what I see. In my opinion, what is coming in the Middle East, is not good. The Moslems have a common enemy and that is Israel, and we see this demonstrated vociferously, once the thin veneer of civility has been removed. What will we see in the days ahead? Watch and be ready….