The Prophetic Psalm 83
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Pan-Arab identity
O Elohim, do not remain silent! Do not be speechless, And do not be still, O El! For look, Your enemies make an uproar, And those hating You have lifted up their head. They craftily plot against Your people, And conspire against Your treasured ones. They have said, “Come, And let us wipe them out as a nation, and let the name of Yisra’el be remembered no more.” For they have conspired together with one heart; They have made a covenant against You – The tents of Edom and the Yishmaelites, Mo’av and the Hagarites, Geval and Ammon, and Amaleq, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tsor, Ashshur also has joined with them, They have helped the children of Lot. Selah. (Psa 83:1-8)*
*a 1,000 year old book of Psalms, dated back to the years 800-1000, was found open to Psalm 83 in Ireland in July 2006.
A possible second layer of prophecy of the ten horns in Rev_17:8-13 is the Arab Summit held in Egypt in late June, 1996, whose leaders from most of the Arab nations attended. This may have been Psa_83:1-8 unfolding. Up to June 1996, this Psalm could not have yet been fulfilled. The ten kingdoms in Psalm 83 are likely the ten kingdoms over which the ten kings in Rev_17:12 who receive power as kings for one hour with the beast to rule. These are also all the key players in the so-called Arab Spring. It appears that the stage is being set and the key players are:
1. Edom (southern Jordan)
2. Ishmaelites (Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arabs)
3. Moav (central Jordan)
4. Hagarites (Egypt)
5. Geval (northern Lebanon)
6. Ammon (northern Jordan)
7. Amaleq (northern Sinai)
8. Philistines (Gaza, Hamaz)
9. Tsor (southern Lebanon)
10. Ashshur (Iraq and Syria)
Modern-day Israel is surrounded by enemies who conspire together to destroy her from the day she declared independance. This possible second layer of prophecy of the ten horns in Revelation is to be seen in the context of scenario in which eventually the whole world will summon to wage war against Israel. There are, however, two countries in the list of Psalm 83 Conspiracy, Egypt and Jordan, that are in official peace and yet they are sworn enemies of Israel.
First, let us see Psalm 83 in a broad context of the Arab Spring which started after Gog (see Chapter Two Scenarios of the War of Gog) made a tour in the Middle East and North Africa in 2009: the territory in the crosshair of ISIS. During Gog’s first presidential campaign, he made the promise that he would give a major address to Muslims from a Muslim capital during his first few months as president. True to his word, on June 4, 2009, he made his famous “New Beginning” speech in Cairo. In that speech he announced he would be negotiating with Iran, and opposing Israeli settlements. And indeed, everything started from there: a careful review of ISIS’ conquest in the region leads to the conclusion that ISIS did exactly that which is the upcoming fulfillment of Psalm 83:
• ISIS started their bloody takeover campaigns in parts of Iraq and Syria.
• ISIS has also been trying to gain some ground in Northeast and Northern Lebanon.
• ISIS has even infiltrated Gaza where Hamas rules.
• ISIS launched an offensive in the Northern Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
• Jordan is not in a better shape than its neigbors and may be the next victim of ISIS’ invasion.
So, to a certain extent, ISIS has infiltrated all the areas listed in Pslam 83, including Jordan and Egypt, the only two countries with existing fragile peace treaties with Israel. On the other hand, Israel has her worries with Hamas in Gaza Strip in the south and Hezbollah in Lebanon in the north. And how the West is responding to ISIS? The western powers in the face of U.S. and E.U. are clueless, hopeless, and helpless in handling the Middle East crisis, or are they? Therefore, we may conclude, the psalmist might have spoken prophetically and the Middle East might be getting closer to the fulfillment of Psalm 83 which was something impossible two decades ago. This leads us to believe that the grip around Israel has been getting tighter and tighter with no one but Israel to handle.
Having said that, we need to consider another player in the Middle East: the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s coat of arms: the globe in the grip of a Muslim crescent
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. Although the idea of forming an international Islamic organization had been around for centuries, the first real efforts to form such an organization only occurred after the official abolition of the Ottoman Empire. A series of conferences were held since then, including one in Cairo in which Muslim scholars called for an Islamic conference to consider what entity would succeed the Caliphate.
It is important to distinguish between the ISIS version of the caliphate which the terrorist organization wants to establish and the historical caliphate.
The Pan-Arab identity entered into a serious crisis and in the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, the British empire and French empire divided up the countries in the region between them. Following the collapse of the Turkish Empire after WWI in which Britain and France emerged victoriously, the last caliphate was formally abolished in 1924 and its former territories were swallowed up by the European imperial powers; nothing new since the Roman Empire: divide and conquer. They divided up the Middle East in such a manner that historical ethnic groups were fragmented and then grouped into artificially created “nations” with inherited ethnic conflicts which we see today.
100 years later the Arab world still has not recovered from this political and cultural catastrophe.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) comprising former empires and colonies is now the collective voice of the Muslim world to ensure the safeguard and protection of the interests of its members. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco on 25 September 1969. In 1970 the first ever meeting of Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) was held in Jeddah which decided to establish a permanent secretariat in Jeddah.
Historically, the greatest challenge facing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is its ability to establish a consensus among its members. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s existence is based on the idea that there is a commonality among its members that is stronger than their differences: and this is Islam. However, there are numerous important differences among member states, from language and culture, to political history and geographical location. Depending on a member state’s location, for instance, regional issues like Kashmir, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or joining the European Union have greater importance. OIC membership has been particularly divided in the past ten years with regard to the Sunni and Shiah split among Muslims. Accordingly, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s credibility and potency remain limited, as most member states are members of other regional organizations thought to be more of a priority than the OIC.
In addition, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) does not have any extensive record of accomplishments and impotency of resolving the Syrian conflict which makes it a marginal union of rivaling countries: Sunnis and Shiites. The only decision the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was able to take was that Syria was suspended from the OIC on August 15, 2012 for the government’s violent suppression of the revolt in the country.
What the world does not understand is that ISIS while trying to reestablish the caliphate is not the caliphate itself. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the Caliphate. ISIS is just the catalyst Elohim used to bring the world powers in the region and the substance that initiated and accelerated the end time events that needed to happen before the coming of the Messiah.