Asaph, the author of Psalm 83, cries out to God, Psalm 83:1, “Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.”
This Psalm was/ is about a then besieged Israel as well as pointing to the future defeat of her enemies.
Psalm 83:4-5, “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. 5, For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.”
Not so fast, Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Isaiah 17:1, “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”
I expected the Damascus prophecy to be fulfilled a few years ago when time sensitive chemical WMD were being produced in Syria. Nevertheless, Syria is becoming a ruinous heap.
Ezekiel 38 deals with a confederacy of Israeli’ outer ring enemies coming to “the land of unwalled villages; that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates to take a spoil.”
Israel certainly is not an unwalled village so is Psalm 83 sandwiched between Isaiah 17:1 and the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38? Psalm 83:13-15, “O my God, 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; 15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.” Stubble before the wind,” the destruction of Damascus?
Bill Salus has an interesting take on Psalm 83 in his book. PSALM 83, The Missing Prophecy Revealed - How Israel Becomes the Next Mideast Superpower. To Mr. Salus, Psalm 83 is predictive of a future war between Israel and the “inner circle,” her enemies that border her.
After the fulfillment of Psalm 83 the area controlled by Israel will be greatly increased as she wins back land promised to her by God thousands of years ago. After Israel is victorious over these “inner ring” countries she will then dwell in peace in unwalled villages. In peace that is until the Gog and Magog war involving Israel’s “outer ring” countries, those not sharing a border with Israel.
Although Israel will most likely be responsible for winning the future Psalm 83 victory, God will intervene in the Gog and Magog war. Ezekiel 38:23, “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” Indeed, He is the Lord.