The Messiah and the Har Magedon Conflict in the Psalms

This paper argues that several psalms (2, 24, 46-48, 97, and 110), when read together, function as sequential and synoptic witnesses to the same eschatological events: namely the enthronement of the Messiah and the subsequent Har Magedon conflict.

The eschatological portrait weaves together temple, city, and mountain themes alongside imagery of cosmic warfare, rebellious nations, and victorious saints. Figures such as Yahweh and the divine Davidic king face off against an antichrist adversary. Redeemed sinners follow their priest into a new Eden before the dawn of eternity breaks. Angelic guards by the Spirit proclaim the reign of the Son.

The argument of the paper will be organized according to a thematic structure using the above categories. The basis for detecting the noted elements of the eschatological vision will be (1) thematic and literary cohesion of the relevant psalms, (2) parallels to Old Testament narrative patterns, (3) parallels to features of prophetic literature, and (4) New Testament fulfillments.

This paper will contribute to current discussions of theological hermeneutics by critically applying the methodologies of typological and theodramatic/prosopological exegesis. It aims to integrate psalms scholarship more fully as a resource for Christian eschatological reflection, building off the work of David Mitchell, Meredith Kline, Matthew Bates, and Greg Beale.