Summary: A teaching based on the 83rd Psalm.

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A Coalition of Hate

Part 1: The Prophecy of Psalm 83

I don’t know how much any of you have studied Bible prophecy, but you probably know by now how much I enjoy it. But I’ll also be the first to admit just how difficult it can be to understand.

Have you ever sat down and tried to read through one or more of the prophetic books in the Old Testament? Did you understand what you were reading? The books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos, etc. are fascinating and informative. But they are among the most difficult to get a good understanding of. To study them you need to know when they were written, what was happening in Israel and the Mid East when they were written, and have a working knowledge of Ancient Middle Eastern history.

You will find prophecies in these books that have already been fulfilled – although if you don’t know ancient history, you probably wouldn’t know it. You’ll also find prophecies yet to be fulfilled, as well as passages that have dual fulfillment – meaning they were fulfilled, at least partially in the past, but are still awaiting complete fulfillment sometime in the future.

There are certain prophetic passages that have been examined and studied almost exhaustively. And scholars and students usually have a pretty good understanding of their topics and future applications. However, there are just as many, if not more, prophetic passages of Scripture that are not so easily understood and have therefore been ignored or lumped together under the heading of something that will occur during the seven-year Tribulation.

So, you can see just how puzzling Bible prophecy can be, even to those who dedicate their lives to studying it. To the average layman, understanding comes only by revelation of the Holy Spirit and the teaching of others.

Now, I’ve said all this because this morning we are going to start another prophetic Bible study based on some of those less studied and understood prophetic passages. I seriously debated starting such a series so close to the holiday season, but found this topic so compelling, I really felt the desire to share it with you.

For quite awhile I have wanted to bring you a teaching based on Psalm 83. This is one of those prophetic passages that have not been studied often. It is a fascinating prophecy that once you understand the players involved, will raise several interesting questions.

However, the reason I haven’t brought this teaching to you before is because I didn’t know where this prophecy fit into the end time events that have already be revealed. In fact, there are many prophecies that haven’t been fulfilled, yet don’t appear to fit into known endtime events. The reason for this is because the Holy Spirit has not revealed the timing of the events they foretell, yet.

But a few months ago, James brought to my attention a book entitled Isralestine, by Bill Salus. In this book, Mr. Salus has painstakingly studied the prophecy of Psalm 83 as well as other connected prophetic Scriptures and has come to a startling, but in my opinion, accurate interpretation of these passages.

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Bruce Ball

commented on Nov 16, 2008

Another excellent sermon, Ms. Bickel. You are my wife''s best teacher! God bless you.

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