Overview. In a sense we could see this conspiracy to destroy Israel from being a nation (Psa 83:4) since their national rebirth May 14th 1948, when the next day five Arab armies descended on Israel to destroy it at birth. So that after six wars and hundreds of skirmishes, Pslm.83 has been fulfilling. A further war to annihilate Israel, before Armageddon, coinciding with the Lord's return when the nations are ''angry" (Rev.11:18), seems highly likely.
1 (A Song or Psalm of Asaph.) Keep not thou silence, O Elohim: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O El.
This is a cry from the heart when Israel faces destruction, and faces an existential threat.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
Protesters cry against Israel alleging war crimes.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
Hidden ones. Glory of the immortalised saints not yet revealed
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
This shows the rabid hostility and anti-semitism that resurfaces at the time of the end, which is plain to see now. They have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee. The solution to the confederate nations is to get rid of Israel once and for all. No doubt Hezbollah will reign missiles on Northern Israel (Haifa, Tel Aviv) as well as from Hamas, and Iran, with Syria attempting to retake the Golan Heights. There is no stopping at the pre 1967 borders.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
Proximate, partial and typical enactment: Confederacy against Israel pos. Jehoshaphat's reign (2 Chron.12).
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Many hostile Arab nations whom Yahweh describes as 'evil neighbours' in Jer 12: 14, but not Saudi Arabia (Dedan), or Tarshish friendly Arab gulf states (Sheba). The inclusion of Edom and Amalek indicates it is an anti-semitic conspiracy, probably involving the Vatican desiring to regain possession of the holy places of Christendom, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but also Jerusalem as a whole.
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
Assur: Northern enemy could be Russia
9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of Elohim in possession.
In a renewal of a cry for help the battles of Deborah and Barak and of Gideon are recalled. Such amazing victories over Israel' s deadly enemies (Jdg 4,5, Jdg, 6,7) have long been remembered by Israel and are an inspiration for their armies 'to rise up and fight Jdg 6:25: And, they took the two princes of the Midianites Oreb (raven. to be black. unclean) and Zeeb ( wolf, nocturnal killers of defenceless sheep and lambs). They were slain at the Rock and the Winepress (Rev. 14. 14-20).
13 O my Elohim, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
Here. are echoes of Ezk 1. the cherubim, but here as knocking off the heads of artichoke Mal 4.1.2. the Sun of Righteousness burning up the wicked like stubble, Pslm,29 the seven thunders. and Zech.12.6. Obad. 17.18.
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
The time of judgment. Divine power unleashed - the irresistible forces of nature will be gathered to vanquish Israel's enemies.
'And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed Deity because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great'. (Rev 16:21)
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Yahweh.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Yahweh, art the most high over all the earth.
This is the consummation of the Asaphite prayer, vindication of'Yahweh 's name.
Bro Richard Lister