The Psalm Book Found in the Bog
Aug 01, 2006
Many have inquired about the psalm book found in the Irish bog last week. Supposedly, it was open at Psalm 83, and prophecy preachers have made a big deal of it in support of the Israelis in their conquest of Lebanon.
First of all, when Psalm 83 makes reference to "Israel," it is not referring to the Jews, who (at best) might be considered to be JUDAH, but not Israel. Israel refers to the lost tribes, the lost sheep of the house of Israel, who were carried into captivity by the Assyrians in 745-721 B.C.
Modern Jews are not descended from those Israelite tribes.
Secondly, however, the modern Jews are not even of the tribe of Judah--at least, not in the eyes of God. Jeremiah saw two baskets of figs, each coming from a different fig tree (Jer. 24). One was good, and the other was evil. Those who refused to repent and submit to Babylon as God had commanded were the evil figs. Those who did submit were the good figs.
In Jesus' day, the representative of Babylon in the succession of "beast" empires was Rome. Once again, the evil figs refused to submit to Rome, and this ultimately resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
The good figs, however, were the Christians, including Jesus' disciples, followed by the 3,000 on the day of Pentecost, and the 5,000 converted shortly afterward. These people formed the early Church, and they were the good figs of Judah. To them have now been added many people from other nations, but this does not negate the fact that the Church is the continuation of the tribe of Judah, ruled by Jesus Christ, the King of Judah.
Thus, the modern Jews, as long as they remain opposed to Jesus Christ, the King, are not of the tribe of Judah but are in revolt against Him. They revolted and killed the King, usurping the scepter for themselves. Their use of the name "Judah" (or "Jew" for short) is part of the usurpation.
On the other hand, Edom was forcibly converted to Judaism in 126 B.C., and thus were known as "Jews" from that point onward. Jerusalem is also called "Hagar" in Gal. 4:25. For this reason, Psalm 83 actually references the Jews under the names of Edom and Ishmael and Hagarenes (83:6, 7). They are the ones fighting against the true Israelites, for they have now usurped the name of Israel that had been given to Joseph and his sons (Gen. 48:16), along with the birthright itself (1 Chron. 5:1, 2).
Even so, now the TV evangelists are wiping the egg off their faces, because it is now revealed that the Psalm Book was not open to Psalm 83 at all, but Psalm 84. While Psalm 84:6 does mention the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, which is the focus of the current war, it does not say anything particularly derogatory against those people living there. See the web address below for details.