The Judgment of Esau
May 13, 2009
God is getting ready to fulfill the vision of Obadiah. In his short prophecy in the Bible, Obadiah speaks of God in His final dealings with Esau, Edom, and his descendants. This same end time judgment is repeated even more emphatically by the prophet Malachi, where he writes:
“…yet I loved Jacob…and I hated Esau.” (Malachi 1:2b-3a)
Most of us do not have a Biblical view of history at all. We watch the news and believe what they tell us, for the most part. We are being fed propaganda concerning the Middle East and Israel that tries desperately to demonize Israel in every way it can. It has now become “politically correct” to call the Jews and the nation of Israel “racist” with the majority of nations of the earth in total agreement. There was a recent conference in Switzerland that featured Iran’s fanatic leader in a speech calling for the total destruction of Israel. The scary thing was that this statement was met with long and enthusiastic applause. This wasn’t in the Middle East, but in “neutral” and “Christian” Switzerland. Have the nations gone mad? The answer is, “Yes, they have.”
The Biblical prophets are all quite clear and consistent in stating that whoever comes against the restored nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in the last days will be swiftly and mightily judged by God Himself. In fact, to underscore this, God states His Name in many of these prophecies as, “The LORD of Hosts” or the “LORD of Heaven’s armies”. As commander-in-chief of the heavenly, warring, armies of angels, God is declaring that He is going to war against all the nations that try to “divide His land” and “destroy His people”. The Lord is totally identified with the land He gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as with their descendants.
These particular judgments are progressive and geographic in nature focusing on the Middle East of our time. But then they rapidly expand into a global outpouring of God’s wrath upon ALL the nations that have rejected Him. Obadiah writes:
“Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever…For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee; thy reward shall return upon thine own head…But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
AND THE HOUSE OF JACOB SHALL BE A FIRE, AND THE HOUSE OF JOSEPH A FLAME, AND THE HOUSE OF ESAU FOR STUBBLE, AND THEY SHALL KINDLE IN THEM, AND DEVOUR THEM; AND THERE SHALL NOT BE ANY REMAINING OF THE HOUSE OF ESAU; FOR THE LORD HATH SPOKEN IT.” (Obadiah vs. 8-10,15,17-18)
Obadiah is echoed in many other passages in the Bible prophets. Who and what is Esau? Well, Esau was the twin brother of Jacob in the book of Genesis. The Bible says that he despised both his birthright as the firstborn and his blessing. God states very clearly that he chose Jacob and NOT Esau, because Esau did not choose to honor or follow God.
The descendants of Esau are the Arab nations of today. They are surrounding Israel on every side but the sea. Now, please understand that when God is speaking of judging nations, He is not talking about every individual in those nations. There is always a remnant in every nation that the Lord has preserved as His own. If you study the prophets, you will discover that the Lord gives quite a few prophecies of the final outcome of the nations and ancient people groups that directly surround Israel. These include Esau, Edom, Moab, Persia (Iran), Babylon (Iraq), Philistia, Teman, Dedan (Saudi Arabia), and Egypt, among others. In fact, the Bible precisely identifies them and predicts the present day powder-keg in the Middle East with 100% accuracy.
The LORD says,
“I am about to judge the Arab nations that have boasted against My land and My people. I will do to them exactly as they have desired to do to Jacob. The nations surrounding Israel will be destroyed by fire.
As they have shouted “death to Israel and America”, so shall their words of hatred and murder be released upon them. As they have vowed to wipe Israel “off the map”, so shall I wipe them off the map of nations, never to be rebuilt again.
As they have lusted for the weapons of nuclear fire to destroy My land, so shall I visit upon them the very same weapons.
I will destroy all the nations surrounding Israel by fire. Their hatred and their works have come up before My throne. As they have terrorized My land and My people, so shall they be visited with eternal terror. They shall perish and never be remembered again.”
This is the Word that came today concerning the upcoming war in the Middle East.
Please pray for those millions of precious souls that are trapped in these Arab nations that they would come to Yeshua before they perish.
In our Messiah,