Q. I wonder if you subscribe to the view that the Psalms may well correlate with major Israel-related events numerically? i.e. Psalm 48 corresponds to 1948 etc. A look at Psalm 110 raises the possibility that the Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 war might occur this year, all the more likely looking at the developments in that region now.
Also, a reading of Psalm 118 tells me that it describes the war of Armageddon and the coming of Jesus to rescue Israel – there is simply no other psalm like it. Could this point to the 7th year of the tribulation being 2018?
A. There’s no doubt that the Psalms contain great prophecies, but I don’t subscribe to the idea that they’re necessarily being prophetically fulfilled in the year of their number. For example, I believe Psalm 110 is more prophetic of the Great Tribulation than any other time. I do see hints in Psalm 118 of the Lord’s return to rescue Israel and establish His Kingdom, and their subsequent celebration. The Jews have always believed the latter part of Psalm 118 to be speaking of the Messiah’s entrance into the Holy City. That’s why the people sang it on the first Palm Sunday as Jesus rode into the city. The Pharisees understood it too, telling Him to rebuke them. They believed the people were incorrectly proclaiming Him to be the Messiah.