We know it predicts a war against Israel that has not yet been completed. It names the specific nations attacking using ancient names which translate to the ones immediately surrounding Israel today. They are a confederacy, not a union. They attack Israel because they hate Yehovah, God of Israel. Their goal is to utterly defeat Israel so that even its name will be forgotten.
Yet, Psalm 83 is a prayer. What is the Psalmist requesting? Essentially, the supplication is revealed in verses 9-12:
Deal with them as with Midian, as with Sisera, as with Jabin at the Brook Kishon, who perished at En Dor, who became as refuse on the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take for ourselves the pastures of God for a possession.” Psalm 83:9-12
The source story of Midian’s defeat by Gideon in Judges 7 holds the key.
When the three hundred blew the trumpets, Yehovah set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; Judges 7:22
Later we learn that 120,00 Middianites had fallen in the initial confusion fighting one another. Gideon pursued 15,000 who had temporarily escaped with their kings and princes before being killed.
Now Zebah and Zalmunna were at Karkor, and their armies with them, about fifteen thousand, all who were left of all the army of the people of the East; for one hundred and twenty thousand men who drew the sword had fallen. Judges 8:10
The other reference is to Sisera and Jabin in the account of Deborah, Judge of Israel from Judges chapters 4 and 5. That battle also resulted in an overwhelming victory and rout for Israel against all odds.
So we conclude that the prayer of Psalm 83 is:
1. A supernatural victory granted by Yehovah, Himself.
2. It will be a rout of the enemy.
3. It will involve the enemy fighting and killing each other. (Another example of this type of battle is found in 2 Chronicles 20 where three armies attacking Israel, instead fought one another and “none escaped”!
4. Yet, Israel’s army will finish the job. I submit to you that this is exactly what is now happening in the Middle East. It is happening in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and now even in Jordan. It is also seen in the division between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.
PRAY PSALM 83
Les Lawrence, a Voice of Christian Zionists (READ MORE)
(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)