brass cymbalAsaph was a musician from the tribe of Levi who served under King David in the music ministry for the tabernacle (1 Chronicles 15). He was also a prophet. Although he only wrote 12 of the 150 psalms in the Bible’s book of Psalms, those psalms had such an impact that Hezekiah used them decades later when he rededicated the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 29:30).

His first psalm is Psalm 50 and in it we find the prophetic words foreseeing judgment day when God will judge by fire (Psalm 50:3). Asaph also prophesied about the Lord gathering his saints together in his presence to judge them in the future (Psalm 50:4-5).

The final psalm for this prophetic psalmist is one many of us know well–Psalm 83. It’s the prophecy about the Arab nations gathering together in a failed attempt to wipe Israel off the map sometime in these last days. That prophecy was partially fulfilled in the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 when Lebanon (Gebal), Syria (Tyre), Iraq (Assur), Egypt with Saudi Arabia’s help (Ishmael, Hagarenes), and Transjordan (Ammon, Moab, Amalek) all joined forces as soon as Israel was declared a Jewish State in an attempt to annihilate them. Their efforts were soundly defeated, as Asaph prophesied.

There could be more prophesies from Asaph’s psalms that speak to what will happen in these end times, and I’m looking forward to discovering what they may be. Asaph’s writings reveal he was a powerful man of God who was in tune with the Holy Spirit. His ministry is definitely worth paying attention to.

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