Does the Islamic State = ‘Assyria’ in Psalm 83?

A thought entered my mind over the weekend. When Asaph referred to Assyria in Psalm 83 could he possibly be meaning the Islamic State (IS)? Is it not interesting that IS controls territory similar to that of ancient Assyria?

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This one phrase keeps coming to me over and over again from the passage:

5 With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.

He says, ‘Even Assyria has joined them‘, as if it is unusual that Assyria would join them. Would it not be unusual for IS to help Hezbollah since they are fighting each other in Syria?  Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah (West Bank terrorists) and IS. What one thing would unite them?

If Psalm 83 war breaks out and Israel begins to defeat Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah and begins to expand territory, what might IS do? Could there one day be an alliance between Fatah and IS? That last part, ‘to reinforce Lot’s descendants‘; that would be Moab and that would be the West Bank Palestinians or Fatah. 


Food for thought.



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