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- History and Prophecy of the Middle East
- Prophecy in the Ancient Near East - A Philological and Sociological Comparison
- The Middle East in History and Prophecy
This suggests that this war will happen before the "Mystery Babylon" religion rises at the beginning of the Tribulation. Also, the beginning of Zephaniah 2 describes the gathering of Israel before the "day of the Lord," which is a term used throughout Scripture to describe the Tribulation period and beyond.
In addition to this passage paralleling other passages to the "Great Middle East War," another possible indicator that this prophecy still has future fulfillment is that the modern-day city of Mosul lies over much of the ruins of Nineveh, so it is not in "perpetual desolation," as indicated by the prophet. Zechariah - These passages include a mixture of fulfilled, unfulfilled, and dual prophecies, with partial fulfillment of some passages at the time of Alexander the Great. I have only included in this study the verses that suggest yet future judgment against the surrounding nations listed in Psalm Though I will be leaving them out of this study, the fulfilled prophecies in these passages are pretty easy to spot, such as the coming King riding on a donkey Zechariah 9: Numbers 24 - This passage may seem out-of-place, being that the book of Numbers is not regarded as a prophetic book.
Nevertheless, there is a curious prophecy the Spirit of the Lord gave to the pagan prophet Balaam about Israel's neighbors who are also listed in Psalm There has been a partial fulfillment of this prophecy when Israel gained dominion over most of the territories listed at the time of David's rule.
History and Prophecy of the Middle East
Part of this prophecy was also fulfilled in history against the Kenites, a clan of the Midianites who had moved to an area near Kadesh, which was part of the northern kingdom at the time of the Assyrian conquest and exile. However, it is clear that this prophecy would see fulfillment in the "latter days," where Israel would destroy her enemy neighbors, leading up to the time of the earthly rule of the coming Messiah. I placed the parallel passages of the "Great Middle East War" in each section side-by-side.
The partially fulfilled and unfulfilled passages mentioned above are all included throughout the rest of the study. After going through this study, I implore you read each passage in its whole to gain a better understanding of what the "Great Middle East" War entails. For your convenience, you can find all these passages on Page 4 of this study. Psalm 83 opens with a plea to God to save Israel from their enemy neighbors who have come together making threats to destroy them. Destruction of Israel has been the goal of these surrounding Arab nations since the day Israel became a nation in These nations not only hate Israel, they hate God; they continue to speak blasphemies against God and make threats against Israel.
One thing to point out that we will come back to at the end of the study, is that Israel will be crying out to God for help as they see their enemies gather against them. They will look to God at this point, but not the Messiah. Israel as a nation is spiritually dead because most of them have rejected Jesus as their Messiah, as seen in the imagery of the "dry bones" coming alive in Ezekiel 37 , when the people have returned from exile:.
The people of Israel are coming together as a nation. Israel is yet to have a personal relationship with the Lord corporately; His Spirit is not in them. As we will see later, the "Great Middle East War" will be the spiritual turning point for corporate Israel that will eventually lead to their acknowledgement of Jesus as Messiah by the end of the Tribulation. By comparing an ancient map to a current map, it is easy to find the political areas that come against Israel in the "Great Middle East War.
Gaza is technically part of Israel, but today, Arab refugees occupy the land. These refugees are known today as the Palestinians, who are trying to form a nation apart from Israel, consisting of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The people groups are a little fuzzier to discern. Why are the people groups listed separate from the nations?
I think the answer lies in the political situation that will be in place in the areas surrounding Israel at the time that this war takes place. Israel is not only surrounded by hostile nations, but also hostile refugee and terrorist groups that live within Israel's borders and her neighbors' borders. The historical migration of these people groups will help show who they are today.
Prophecy in the Ancient Near East - A Philological and Sociological Comparison
In the following section, we will take a closer look at just the people groups and who they are. Bill Salus, author of the book "Isralestine," has presented convincing research identifying the "tents of Edom. The following history is what you need to know for the purpose of this study. Jacob's brother Esau founded the nation Edom, which lies in the southern area of current day Jordan. Jacob and Esau's mother Rebekah had a difficult pregnancy because the twin brothers struggled within her womb Genesis The struggle continued through their lives.
Esau despised his birthright and Jacob tricked Esau into receiving the blessing of the firstborn, which included the promises made to Abraham by God. Esau's descendants have continued to struggle with Israel throughout history. Edom eventually became a smaller area known as Idumea. Many of the Edomites migrated north and lived among the Jews.
The Idumeans were still recognized during the time of Christ. Many Idumenas lived in the kingdom of Judah during Jesus' time. Herod the Great was himself an Idumean. The Idumeans as a people, disappeared around the same time of the exile of the Jews around 70AD. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia ; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: Remember, Daniel received this vision during the third year of Cyrus the Great—the founder of the Medo-Persian Empire.
God said there would be four more kings to reign after Cyrus. Actually, there were at least 12 more Persian kings after Cyrus, but there is a reason God only drew attention to the four who followed him. Cyrus had two sons, Cambyses and Smerdis. Cambyses ruled from to b.
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Cambyses was so disheartened he committed suicide. After discovering the imposter, however, Persian nobles rejected him in favor of Darius I, who ruled from to b. He was the strongest and richest of all Persian kings, just like it says in Daniel Just as Daniel said! Xerxes stirred up his empire against Greece. After Cyrus, Myers feels that only four other Persian kings are worth mentioning! As we continue from this remarkable prophecy, you will see that there are just too many historical details revealed in advance for this to be mere coincidence.
He arrived in b. It had been in a steady decline for over a hundred years, ever since Xerxes made the mistake of attacking Greece. Myers notes that once Alexander slew the weak Persian king, he regarded himself not only as conqueror, but as successor to the Persian throne.
This is especially interesting considering what God revealed in Daniel 2 about four world-ruling empires that succeed each other up until Jesus Christ returns to this earth to set up His Kingdom. Continuing in Daniel 11, verse 5: There was no one strong enough to rule the vast expanse of his territory. Their rulers were Cassander, Lysimachus, Seleucus Nicator, and Ptolemy, who had each assumed the title of king. In that last sentence, Myers refers to Daniel 8: These two were the weaker of the four generals. The other two, however, are significant, especially in how they set the stage for two centuries of conflict and struggle in the Middle East.
The Middle East in History and Prophecy
It is these two kingdoms, one north of Jerusalem, the other south, that Daniel 11 primarily focuses on in the next several verses. His western boundary included the region of Syria. He ruled the same general region of ancient Assyria, and also Babylon. Ptolemy captured Egypt, Judea, and part of Syria. This kingdom was perhaps the most important of the four divisions, insofar as its influence upon civilization. This verse more specifically explains how the two strongest empires of the four divisions developed.
And as verse 5 says, this dynasty actually exceeded the king of the south in power and might. It was the kingdom of Seleucus that then most closely resembled the great empire under Alexander. Notice the amazing details God provides in verse 6: After 50 years, this prophecy was fulfilled to the letter. The two married and both kingdoms temporarily joined themselves together. In other words, though strengthened by that union, neither Antiochus Theos nor Bernice could retain that power. Continuing from this incredible verse: Still fuming from being banished years earlier, Laodice stayed with Theos long enough to conceive and then promptly murdered her husband, thus securing the throne for her son, Seleucus II.
The story continues in Daniel He invaded Syria in b. Verse 8 says Ptolemy III would carry many captives and spoils back to Egypt, which he did—history confirms more than 2, molten images and vessels. God was right again. Ptolemy outlasted him by four years. The prophecy in verse 10 quickly narrows its focus to one of these sons, Antiochus III, no doubt because the other died three years into his reign. Verse 10 describes the two expeditions Antiochus led against Egypt. The second one, after 27 years, enabled him to re-capture his fortress, Seleucia. Verses prophesied that the young Egyptian king, Ptolemy IV Philopater , would not wallow in defeat: Once again, Egypt gained control of Judea, but only for a short time.
Verse 13 foretold another resurgence by the king of the north in this see-saw battle over the Middle East. Antiochus garnered military support from Philip of Macedonia and others. Jewish historian Josephus says many Jews helped in this fight against Egypt. Now consider how accurately God foretold of this anti-Egyptian alliance hundreds of years in advance: Indeed, Daniel 11 is an astonishing prophecy! The next time someone tries to cast aside the Bible as flawed and uninspired, have them try to explain away this prophecy!
This fulfilled prophecy is important because it sets the stage for a latter-day prophecy discussed at the end of Daniel 11, which will again revolve around the glorious land. Cleopatra knew she was only being offered as bait. She betrayed her father and gave her full support to her new husband, the king of Egypt. Antiochus focused his energies elsewhere. Librarian administrators click here. Since the s there has been an emphasis on the study of ancient Israelite prophecy in its ancient Near East context. The author analyzes prophecy in each culture independently before comparisons are made.
This method demonstrates how prophecy is a part of the wider system of divination, but also shows where scholarship has unduly imported concepts found in one corpus to the other two. This method, for example, calls into question the supposed link between music and prophecy from the Hebrew Bible to the ancient Near East.
This work provides an up-to-date analysis of ancient Near Eastern, including Israelite and Judean, prophecy to scholars and students alike.