The Psalms are a book of the Old Testament composed of sacred poems meant to be sung. The dating of individual psalms poses an extremely difficult problem, as does the question of their authorship. They were evidently written over a number of centuries, from the early monarchy to post-Exilic times, reflecting the varying stages of Israel’s history and the varying moods of Israel’s faith. They were an integral part of the ritualized activities that the Hebrew community developed for marking important public and personal situations.
Biblical scholars like J.R. Church have found that many of the key events for the Jewish people and for Israel are accurately reflected by the corresponding chapter (year) in the Psalms. They are in the 19th book of the Bible, and have a prophetic significance dealing with Israel for each year in the 1900s, carrying over into the 2000s. For example, Psalm 17 points to 1917 (A National Home for the Jewish People, Jerusalem freed from the Ottoman Empire), Psalm 67 points to 1967 (The Jews return to Jerusalem), Psalm 117 points to 2017 (Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital), and so on.
As you study the Psalms, please keep in mind that the Jewish years starts somewhere in our month of either March or April, so there is an overlap. This is why a few of the Psalms may seem to reference events from the previous year of the Gregorian calendar.
The Psalms of Ascents were sung by Hebrew pilgrims on their way up to Jerusalem, and while ascending the steps of the Temple.
The hidden prophecies in the Psalms of Ascents points to the years 2020 to 2026 being the 7 years of the Tribulation Age. These Psalms prophesy the time of troubles and victory, from the perspective of the Jewish people. We will explore these Psalms in light of this prophecy.
2020 and Psalm 120 – A Cry for Peace
What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,
that I have lived among the tents of Kedar!
I have lived too long
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war. (Psalm 120:5-7)
Psalms 120 is a piteous declaration of the unhappy lot of Israel, who is surrounded by the false, the treacherous, and the cruel. One name specifically pointed out is Meshech.
In the Bible, Meshech or Mosoch is named as the sixth son of Japheth (Genesis 10:2), the founder of a tribe (1 Chronicles 1:5; Ezek. 27:13; 38:2, 3). They were the Moschi, a people inhabiting the Moschian Mountains, between the Black and the Caspian Seas. This is the area we now know as Russia.
“During the ascendency of the Babylonians and Persians in Western Asia, the Moschi were subdued; but it seems probable that a large number of them crossed the Caucasus range and spread over the northern steppes, mingling with the Scythians. There they became known as Muscovs, and gave that name to the Russian nation and its ancient capital by which they are still generally known throughout the East” (Easton’s Bible Dictionary).
Musku is related to the Russian spelling of Moscow, which is Moskva. Even the capital city of Russia, through which the Moskva River flows, helps identify the nation as a participant in the Ezekiel 38 prophecy.
The name Tubal is also featured in Russia, on the eastern side of the Urals, through the name of the Tobol River and the city named after it, Tobolsk. Though no longer a prominent city, Tobolsk was once the seat of Russian government over Siberia as the Russians expanded east of the Urals.
Meshech and Tubal are specifically named as the land from which an immense army comes to invade Israel:
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, turn your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him and say: This is what the Lord God says: Look, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws, and bring you out with all your army, including horses and riders, who are all splendidly dressed, a huge company armed with shields and bucklers, all of them brandishing swords. (Ezekiel 38:1-4)
“Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog: This is what the Lord God says: On that day when My people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know this and come from your place in the remotest parts of the north—you and many peoples with you, who are all riding horses—a mighty horde, a huge army? (Ezekiel 38:14)
In any map, draw a line straight north of Israel, and it will point directly to Moscow:
Vladimir Putin’s Regime Is Battling To Survive / Forbes, September 6, 2019
Vladimir Putin, whose regime’s legitimacy is derived from his unparalleled popular support, is facing the biggest political challenge since his return to the Kremlin in 2012.
In light of internal power struggles, Vladimir Putin has previously succeeded in diverting the attention away from Russia by outsourcing the domestic issues to other countries or conflicts such as in Crimea. Its annexation drowned out any opposition at home and secured him high approval ratings. However, with the popular support nearing his all time low and with no new obvious Crimea to annex, Putin is bound to meet the domestic challenge head on.
Israel Has Become A Five-Front War / Jewish Journal, August 28, 2019
Israel is active on five fronts: the West Bank, where violence is contained and yet the situation is volatile; Gaza, where violence threatens to erupt daily; Syria, where Iranian forces keep trying to form a base against Israel that Israel won’t allow; Lebanon, where pro-Iranian forces feel compelled to act in response to Israeli actions; and Iraq, where Israel reportedly operates as part of the war against Iranian expansion.
2021 and Psalm 121 – The Lord Our Protector
I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
your Protector will not slumber.
Indeed, the Protector of Israel
does not slumber or sleep. (Psalm 121:1-4)
Psalm 121 begins by acknowledging that God is our helper, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (vv. 1–2). The psalmist tells us that God is always watching over Israel, “He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (vv. 3b–4). It also says that He watches over us continually, “The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore” (v. 8). Special protection by God is for all those who believe in Him.
It is traditional for some Jews to place a copy of Psalm 121 in the labor and delivery room to promote an easy labor by asking God for mercy.
Prophetically, this shows that deliverance for the Jewish people will be found in a return to their ancient territory.
“They are to make a sanctuary for Me so that I may dwell among them. You must make it according to all that I show you—the pattern of the tabernacle as well as the pattern of all its furnishings.” (Exodus 25:8-9)
One key sign pointing to the imminent Rapture of the Church is a Middle East Peace Agreement that allows the building of the Third Temple. Just like the events leading up to the building of the Second Temple, there is a great deal of opposition. Signs of the Third Temple being built are in the news with greater frequency in these last days.
Could the upcoming Ezekiel war lead directly to the desire to rebuild the Temple?
2022 and Psalm 122 – A Prayer for Jerusalem
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
within your gates, Jerusalem—
Jerusalem, built as a city should be,
solidly joined together,
where the tribes, Yahweh’s tribes, go up
to give thanks to the name of Yahweh. (Psalm 122:1-4)
Psalm 122 was partially fulfilled in 1967, when the Jews captured all of Jerusalem.
The Six-Day War was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, backed by the Soviet Union. On the morning of June 7, the order was given to recapture the Old City. Israeli paratroopers stormed the city and secured it. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan arrived with Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin to formally mark the Jews’ return to their historic capital and their holiest site. At the Western Wall, the IDF’s chaplain, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, blew a shofar to celebrate the event.
Psalm 122 speaks of the great joy the Israelites felt when they made their pilgrimage to worship and give thanks together at the Temple in Jerusalem. It also urges us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” When we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we are seeking God’s fulfillment for His city, which includes a future time when there will be complete peace when Messiah is ruling and reigning. This psalm is like a slide show of Jerusalem through the ages. Can you picture the thousands of families going up to ancient Jerusalem with great anticipation? The next scene takes place when they arrive at the city gates, at the house of the Lord. Picture the City of David with walls all around it for protection. It is close and compact like each family and community. Next a scene of the future Jerusalem flashes before us with the thrones of the house of David, established there for judgment.
The last picture is of Jerusalem in the end of days experiencing a time of complete peace, a peace that will spread out to everyone as it becomes a house of prayer for all nations.
2023 and Psalm 123 – Looking for God’s Mercy
Show us favor, Lord, show us favor,
for we’ve had more than enough contempt.
We’ve had more than enough
scorn from the arrogant
and contempt from the proud. (Psalm 123:3-4)
The next step in the journey is Psalm 123, where the author is in a place of increasing scorn and contempt from those around him. His response is to acknowledge God and look to Him for mercy. “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until He has mercy on us” (vv. 1–2).
We believe that the Peace Treaty and Third Temple will begin the dark one “week” or 7 year period called the Tribulation, and that this will start very shortly. Then, half way through the treaty the Antichrist (or Beast) will enter the Temple and declare himself to be God.
What did Jesus Christ say about the “abomination of desolation”?
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. (Matthew 24:15-22)
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Erdogan: Whoever is on Israel’s side, we are against them / Israel National News, July 19, 2019
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that his country will oppose anyone who supports Israel.
Erdogan made the comments while addressing senior provincial officials from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara. He was quoted by Iran’s Press TV.
“Whoever is on the side of Israel, let everyone know that we are against them,” stated Erdogan.
Erdogan added that Turkey will continue to promote the Palestinian cause regardless of efforts to undermine it mainly by supporters of the Israeli regime.
“We do not approve of silence on the state terror that Israel blatantly carries out in Palestine,” said the Turkish president, according to Press TV.
2024 and Psalm 124 – Praise for National Deliverance
If the Lord had not been on our side
when men attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger against us.
Then the waters would have engulfed us;
the torrent would have swept over us;
the raging waters would have swept over us. (Psalm 124:2-5)
Psalm 124 recounts how God saved His people from destruction in the Exodus. Prophetically, this points to Satan trying to destroy all of the Jews during the Great Tribulation. They are airlifted to a secure location. This is symbolically detailed in Revelations:
When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time.
From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent.
But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. (Revelations 12:13-16)
It ends as they acknowledge, “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (v.9).
2025 and Psalm 125 – The Lord surrounds His people
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion.
It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
Jerusalem—the mountains surround her.
And the Lord surrounds His people,
both now and forever. (Psalm 125:1–2)
This Psalm says we are immovable if we are in Him and that He has us surrounded. Here the author has left the world and its problems behind to dwell securely in the peace of the Lord. Prophetically it looks forward to the Jews returning to their Promised Land, never having to fear pogroms or holocausts again.
2026 and Psalm 126 – Zion’s Restoration
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Our mouths were filled with laughter then,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord had done great things for us;
we were joyful. (Psalm 126:1-3)
The pilgrimage is no longer just a visit in Psalm 126, but it is the future gathering of the exiles to the land of Israel. Psalm 126 is traditionally recited before the Grace After Meals on Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and other festive occasions in keeping with its themes of joy and redemption. Prophetically, it points to the restoration of Temple worship, deliverance from the Tribulation, and the coming of the Messiah to establish the Millennial Age.
Unless the Lord builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain;
unless the Lord watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in My people.
The sound of weeping and crying
will no longer be heard in her.
In her, a nursing infant will no longer live
only a few days,
or an old man not live out his days.
Indeed, the youth will die at a hundred years,
and the one who misses a hundred years will be cursed.
People will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
They will not build and others live in them;
they will not plant and others eat.
For My people’s lives will be
like the lifetime of a tree.
My chosen ones will fully enjoy
the work of their hands.
They will not labor without success
or bear children destined for disaster,
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord
along with their descendants.
Even before they call, I will answer;
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
but the serpent’s food will be dust!
They will not do what is evil or destroy
on My entire holy mountain,”
says the Lord. (Psalm 65:19-25)
If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”