The Prophetic Significance of the Hamas/Israel War

Posted by Olivier Melnick on March 7, 2024

On October 7, 2023, Hamas literally broke a ceasefire that had been in effect since 2005, when they sent terrorists across to Israel and murdered 1,200 innocent civilians and took over 240 hostages (several of them also murdered since that initial date.) On October 7, Hamas had declared war on Israel. Within a few hours, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu declared: “We didn’t start this war, but we will finish it!”

The war is ongoing, and many Bible students are wondering if it has any prophetic significance. Is it connected to any Bible events that are predicted for the future? Is it the war of Psalm 83? Is it the war of Gog and Magog? Is it the beginning of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, also known as the Tribulation? Maybe it is also connected to the events described in Zechariah 12. Let’s look at all four possibilities.

Is It the War of Psalm 83?

Psalm 83 was written by Asaph and is a clear example of the hatred that the enemies of Israel have for the Jewish land. Verse 4 literally reads like a news headline: “They have said, ‘Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.’

Further down into the Psalm, we are given a list of the ten nations that are “conspiring” against Israel. Incidentally, they also conspire against the God of Israel according to verse 5: “For they have conspired together with one heart; Against You they cut a covenant.” So, keep in mind that you cannot hate the Jews and love God.

The ten nations are found in verses 6-8, “The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assyria also has joined with them.

In modern times, these ten nations are divided as follows: Jordan (Edom, Moab, Ammon), Saudi Arabia (Ishmaelites), Egypt (Hagarenes, Amalek), Lebanon (Gebal, Tyre), The Gaza Strip (Philistia), Iraq and Syria (Assyria.)

Two of these countries, Egypt and Jordan, have official peace treaties with Israel and are currently not a threat to the safety of the Jewish people. Additionally, there has never been a conspiracy of all ten countries in the history of mankind.

Another way to look at Asaph’s lament is to see it as a literary device he used to express to his God that everywhere he looks, the Jews have enemies. It is akin to someone saying, “The whole world is against me” when many negative things simultaneously happen to that person. It is very likely that the war of Psalm 83 isn’t really a war to start with.

Is It the War of God and Magog?

The war of Gog and Magog is also a very debated topic among Bible students. Ezekiel chapters 36-39 provide much information on end times. Chapters 36 and 37 speak of the regathering of the Jewish people into the land, first in unbelief (36) and then, as they are being regenerated (37), with that beautiful passage about the Valley of Dry Bones.

Ezekiel 38:1-7 lists ten proper names for the reader. Gog (a person), Magog (former Soviet Union), Rosh (Russia), Meshech and Tubal (Turkey), Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Put (Libya), Gomer (Central Turkey), Beth-Togarmah (Turkey).

This is a real war and can probably be described as one of the greatest existential threats that modern Israel will know in the future. Furthermore, in Ezekiel 38:8, 11 and 14, we are told that the battle will take place while Israel is at rest and at peace, something that is clearly not the case currently, especially since October 7, 2023.

Ezekiel 38:11 and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates.

A preferred view for Gog and Magog would be after Israel has signed a peace treaty with the Antichrist, something that will indicate the starting point of the seven-year Great Tribulation. At that point, Israel will be at peace–albeit false–for the first three and a half years of the seven-year Tribulation. This is also in line with the prophecies of Daniel 9. Things are moving very fast in the Middle East right now and many events take place unexpectedly, but we are not in the midst of Gog and Magog.

Is It the Start of the Great Tribulation?

It is no secret that I adhere to a premillennial, pre-tribulational view of the end times, with the next event on the prophetic clock being the dateless, signless Rapture. Regardless of one’s view of the Rapture, serious students of the Bible agree that what starts the Tribulation is the signing of a peace treaty between the Antichrist and Israel, and this hasn’t happened quite yet.

Simply put, the current situation in Israel has not started the Tribulation. Incidentally, nowhere in the Bible do we find even one verse telling us that everything will be fine for believers all the way to the start of the Tribulation. Things can and probably will get worse before they get better, and eventually, the Tribulation will start.

Is It Connected to the events of Zechariah 12?

The prophet Zechariah sheds more light on the end times. He tells us that in the end, Jerusalem will be at risk:

Zechariah 12:3 But it will be in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who heave it up will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.

Further down in the chapter, we learn that God will go after all the enemies of Israel, something that even Asaph was praying for in Psalm 83.

Zechariah 12:9 And it will be in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

         While we still do not have an exact timing for these events, we can say with assurance that the world stage, and certainly the Middle East stage, is being set for these battles. The worldwide irrational and demonic increase in antisemitism is showing us again that we are ever so close to the return of Yeshua of Nazareth. Satan knows that his days are numbered and that he will eventually be thrown into the Lake of Fire after Yeshua has returned.

         This time, Yeshua will return as the Lion of Judah and not the sacrificial lamb of God. He will decimate all the enemies of Israel and inaugurate the Millennial kingdom in Jerusalem from where He will reign from the throne of David.

         So, while this is not the War of Psalm 83, Gog and Magog, or the Tribulation, the stage is being set, and all the players are in place. Now would be a really good time to examine your heart and make sure that you have made peace with God by trusting the atonement made by Yeshua, the Messiah, on your behalf. When all these events become a reality, while salvation will still be possible, life will be much more complicated.

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15 comments on “The Prophetic Significance of the Hamas/Israel War”

  1. Thank you for this article. I have studied end times prophecy since the early 1980’s, and I think as you do in your last paragraph that the end is not here yet, but it will come and it may be soon. Thank you Olivier for a great article

  2. Shalom Olivier!
    I'm another Messianic Jew, living in AZ. I really appreciate this article very much! You broke things down nicely. Last night and into today, we have had a real game changer. On MSNBC 'O'Biden, cursed Israel. There can be no mistake. And like the days of Lot? I (based on prophecy) believe that we're about to go home. Just more food for thought my brother. Shalom umevorach!

  3. Thank you Olivier for a very succinct, clear and inspiring article.
    We should buy the time that is left, while the stage is being set, to reach out to family, friends and colleagues with the message of salvation. As you said, salvation will still be possible once the Body of Christ has been removed, but do you want loved ones to go through the Tribulation?
    Your sister in Christ.

  4. Thank you for this thoughtful, comprehensive cover of the prophetic significance in these scriptures. I declare that sometimes when I get unnerved by my lack of knowledge, the Holy Spirit nudges me to click on this article or listen to this pastor...He never fails me and so now I think I should say that' He never fails you either. Truly I'm blessed with peace and understanding again because of your article. Shalom and agape.

  5. Dear Brother in Christ Olivier:
    Thanks for the excellent, Bible grounded article

    Comment: The Islamic world, particularly aggressive Shia Islam in Iran, wants to wipe out Israel  We know: It has always been Satan's personal goal. Yes, “cleanse” the entire world of Jews and bring Islam to world domination! Iran also wants to take control of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Liberating Jerusalem and helping the Palestinians is just a macabre pretext. Because the latter are only sacrificed for this. Only a few have noticed this so far Yahweh begins Zec 12 with the preciously reassuring universal statement:
    Zec 12.1 saying [own. Burden, so very often] of the word of Yahweh over Israel. Yahweh says, who stretches out the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth, and creates the spirit of man within him: Yahweh, the God of Israel, is the sovereign agent!
    ==> See I/I will/Yahweh will, etc. we read in the verses 8 times! 2.3.4[2x].
    On 1), verse 2: Yahweh makes Jerusalem a stumbling bowl for all the peoples AROUND. Direct neighbors are addressed here. This will result in a siege(s) of Jerusalem. E.g.: 1947−67
    On 2), verse 3: Next stage: Yahweh makes Jerusalem a burdenstone for all peoples. Anyone who charges it will be injured. It is not said which one! Anyone who tries it!
    On 3), Verse 3 Next stage: All nations will gather against Jerusalem! Yahweh will strike the horses, i.e. the war machine, that are marching against Jerusalem with blindness!
    ==> However: Israel will not be able to be extinguished, since Yahweh himself is personally watching! This is already said in Lev 26, when Yahweh speaks for the first time about deportation and judgment against Israel, an extremely important word in the actions of the God of Israel, and in Malachi:
    Lev 26:44 But even though they are in the land of their enemies, I will not despise them. And not detest to put an end to them, to break my covenant with them;
    for I am Yahweh their God. Finally:
    Mal 3:6 For I, Yahweh, do not change; and you, children of Jacob, [that is, all the seed of Israel]! you will not be destroyed {O. pass away}.
    What we have had since October 7, 2023 looks very much like the start of this 3rd stage. The final clash is described in Zec 14; Rev 12+16+19 in which Yahweh himself gathers all the nations of the earth to war against Jerusalem, which here also represents the whole of Israel

  6. Fascinating. I love listening to and reading what those who understand the times (yes, borrowing that phrase from Jan M.) better than I do. It sure seems that our world keeps getting more and more similar to the days of Noah, as well as the behavior of Sodom and Gomorrah. It doesn't seem possible that the Lord would allow this evil to continue much longer. Come, Lord Jesus!

  7. Isn't it exciting, and aren't we supremely blessed to be the generation which will likely witness the return of Christ Jesus?!
    It doesn't matter to me when or if the Rapture occurs, I just trust and pray the the Lord will guide us through whatever happens. I can't WAIT to see the sky roll back like a scroll! Everything the Lord has promised, I believe and can't wait to witness!
    Wow! We are so blessed to be alive right now!

  8. Thank you so much for helping me understand the names of the countries and nations listed in these prophecies of the end times.

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