Q. I have a question for you. concerning the war predicted In the Prayer of Psalm 83, and the Ezekiel war of 38-39. There is a split in the Arab world right now, on one side you have Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan. On the other you have Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Algeria and Sudan. The Egypt group is on the same side as Israel, but not in support of Israel, (not openly against Israel) The Iran side is anti Israeli. There is a strong rift between these two groups. Not solely because of Israel but other things as well.
My question is: Is this rift between these two groups supported by prophecy, or do you think this present situation is one that needs to be ironed out between these countries for prophecy to move forward?
A. Daniel 11 describes the ongoing contention between the King of the North and the King of the South following the death of Alexander the Great. The King of the North represents the Seleucid family who took over Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon, while the King of the South is the family of Ptolemy who controlled Egypt. Up until verse 35 the chapter is history to us and contains 135 historically fulfilled prophecies. Verse 36 onward is still in our future, but the animosity between the King of the North and the King of the South will continue to the very end. The alignment you describe shows this ongoing contention as it has manifested itself in the Gaza War.
Daniel 11 also disproves the view held by some that the combined defeats of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 will put the Moslem world to naught . Daniel 11:40 describes the Kings of the North and South separately engaging the forces of the anti-Christ in battle after he has been officially revealed, in other words during the time of the Great Tribulation. This indicates that they will have recovered from their earlier defeats.