An “Edomite Spirit” Is Rising Up In The Land


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After reading in Obadiah and beginning a new study, looking in detail at the veiled prophecy, I truly believe that we are living in the final days before the return of Christ Jesus.

As such, I also believe that whatever we see occurring to the nation of Israel today has already been predicted to occur from the prophets of the Bible.  In other words, I believe we should be able to find some specific prophecies in the Bible that are happening right before our eyes.

Since the Old Testament PROPHESY is centered around the Jewish people, we should be able to find out what God says about everything that’s going on today.  So we need to start our investigation by looking to see what’s happening to the Jews.

Witnessing Israel’s Struggles

Today, we are witnessing Israel’s struggles with Palestinian refugees, militants, terrorists, and their hatred toward the Jews as a people and a nation.  This CONFLICT is affecting the entire world and the world’s response in making matters more difficult for Israel pressuring her to do things to her detriment.

A War Is Coming!

I’ve come to the conclusion in my studying…this “battle” this “war” is unique and different from either of the two major battles most prophesy scholars, and I’m certainly not a “prophesy scholar”, recognize occurring in the end times.

The Middle East war is not the Battle of Gog and Magog; nor is it Armageddon.  This battle I.m referring to precedes both of these, and we can see the players in this conflict jockeying for position on the nightly news.

Asaph’s Vision of Modern Events in Psalm 83:1-8

The Stage Is Set –

  • “your people” vs. 3 [Jews]
  • “tents of Edom”  vs.[Palestinians, S. Jordan]
  • Ishmaelites  vs.[Saudi Arabia]
  • Moab  vs. 6 [central Jordan]
  • Hagrites  vs. 6 [Egypt]
  • Gebal  vs. 7 [ N. Lebanon]
  • Amon vs. 7  [N. Jordan]
  • Amalek vs. 7  [the Negev, S. Jordan]
  • Philistines  vs. 7 [Gaza Strip and Hamas]
  • “people of Tyre” vs. 7  [S. Lebanon and Hezbollah]
  • Assyria vs. 8  [Syria and N. Iraq]
  • “the children of Lot”  vs. 8 [the Ammonites and the Moabites]

This little-studied psalm shows that at some point in time Israel’s national existence will be confronted with possible annihilation by the hands of a coalition of enemies bent on wiping them off the face of the earth.  The modern equivalent of the ancient names of Israel’s enemies as I’ve pointed out is shown as Israel’s immediate neighbors.  

  • They have all fought battles with Israel in the past 60 years and lost!
  • They all share borders with her.
  • They are all predominately Muslim countries.

I might also add that the driving force behind this alliance of nations is the Palestinian push for their own national identity of the promised land to Israel.

How is this Prophecy going to play out, and what will the results turn out, and when will this prophecy take place?  The answers are revealed by God in studying the words of His prophets over thousands of years ago.

The Book Of Obadiah –

This little book in the Old Testament is only 21 verses long but so much evidence given.  The entire book is composed of God’s response to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict displayed in Psalm 83.

And for a comparison, we can also look at the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 49:7, 14).

Obadiah 1:1 – This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom [Palestinians]— We have heard a message from the LORD:  An envoy was sent to the nations to say,  “Rise, and let us go against her [Israel] for battle”– [NIV]

Jeremiah 49: 7, 14 – [7] Concerning Edom:  This is what the LORD Almighty says:    “Is there no longer wisdom in Teman [Edomite clan, perhaps Hamas?]?  Has counsel perished from the prudent?  Has their wisdom decayed?

[14] I have a message from the LORD:  An envoy was sent to the nations to say.  “Assemble yourselves to attack it [Israel]!  Rise up for battle!”  [NIV]

So in these passages, God is sending a message to His prophets about the Palestinian people, because both of them say this message concerns Edom.

Obadiah and Jeremiah are both saying,  “I’ve gotten a reply from God, and the coalition listed in Psalm 83 which is forming against Israel will be centered around Edom or the Palestinians.  They are not just forming this alliance against you.  Soon, those Palestinians are going to be sending out messengers to all their allies to come because the time is ripe for a full-out battle to begin.”

You may be wondering as I was when I began this blog, how do we know that these are prophetic Scriptures?  And, how do we know the events described haven’t already taken place in history?

The FIRST reason I discovered that these passages are prophetic in nature is that never before has there been such an alliance of nations against Israel as described in Psalm 83.  But one can be found forming today.

The SECOND reason found that these passages are prophetic and likely referring to modern times is found in The Book of Obadiah and in Jeremiah 49.  These two books in the Bible tell us what kind of condition the Edomites or Palestinians are going to be when the battle occurs.

Small Among Nations –

The FIRST condition Palestinians find themselves in–

Obadiah 1:2 (AMP)  Behold, I will make you small among the nations [Edom]; you shall be despised exceedingly [Ezek. 35.]

Jeremiah 49:15 (NIV)  “Now I will make you small among the nations, despised among men.”

It’s only today, when Israel is a nation living in their homeland for the second time, that we find the Edomites or Palestinians fit the description among the nations as being small.  The only areas they can claim is the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Likewise, these verses say they are despised.

Worldwide, while the Palestinians may receive sympathy for their refugee plight, their terrorist tactics and religious intolerance are despised.

Locally, they have the backing of the surrounding Muslim nations and yet, those same nations with contempt are refusing to allow them to settle inside their own borders, using them to promote their own goals against Israel.

Deceived By PRIDE –

The SECOND thing God tells us about these modern-day Edomites is the terror they inspire has given them a false sense of PRIDE that deceives them.  [Obadiah 1:3; Jeremiah 49:16]

The “Edomite spirit” of the Palestinians using suicide bombing and other forms of terror attacks against their enemies–in no way could defeat Israel in an all-out battle militarily.  So instead, they use scare tactics to wear down their opponents.

And since the “Edomite spirit” has spread to the international community; including America, pressuring Israel to give in to some of their demands, the Palestinians are being deceived into thinking their tactics are working.

A false belief has also increased their PRIDE.

This FALSE BELIEF is not only in themselves but also in their false religion as well.

But Jehovah God said over a thousand years before Allah even existed, “Your pride has deceived you and it will be your downfall.”

Pushed to the Border –

Let’s look at Scripture of other descriptions God gives that show us that the PROPHECY is coming to pass right before our very eyes.

Here we have the first clear mention of Edom’s co-conspirators of the Palestinian allies, the members of the coalition of hate listed in Psalm 83:

  • Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

But I noticed this alliance isn’t quite as neighborly as you might think.  Psalm 83:4 tells us why this coalition has come together.

[4] They have said, Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be in remembrance no more.

They all agree with the Palestinian cause.

They all want to see the nation of Israel destroyed so that the Arabs once again are in control of the Holy Land.

But that’s where this “friendship” ends, although the Palestinians don’t know it.

The surrounding Muslim nations who joined the Palestinian coalition are creating a trap deceiving their Palestinian cohorts and kinsmen.  They are going to use this small fragment of the Muslim world to further their own plans while at the same time trying to keep their own hands “clean.”

The BORDER mentioned in Obadiah 1:7 refers to the Israeli border.

The Palestinian people are being encouraged, perhaps even encouraged and forced to perpetuate the refugee communities along the border.  Being used as a form of insulation to Israel and neighboring countries.

The second thing verse 7 says is these nations, which the Palestinian’s think of as friends, are deceiving, overpowering, and setting traps for them.

When the Arab countries were defeated by Israel in the Six-Day War, they realized that they wouldn’t be able to cut Israel off militarily at that time, so they adopted strategies of TERROR AND PROPAGANDA, using their displaced Palestinian kinsmen as front-line, human landmines in this battle to eradicate the Jews.

The Second Lebanese War we witnessed in 2006 is a perfect example of the “trap”.

While small terrorist groups and Palestinian refugees were sending rockets into Israel and being bombed by the superior Israeli armed forces, these neighboring countries were flying under the radar.

They supplied the Palestinian effort by supplying weapons, yet not committing troops or in any other way openly backing them as not to draw Israeli or world attention.  Neither did they make any effort to absorb those “refugees” fleeing the Israeli military.  Instead, they put those innocents deliberately in places that would surely be attacked then later cry foul or claim “disproportionate amount of force.”

I believe that this short war was a dress rehearsal for the battle predicted to come in the Bible.

So as you can see, these prophetic passages I’ve listed in this blog, Psalm 83, Obadiah, and Jeremiah 49 are obviously speaking of events that are occurring now in the Middle East today and in the near future.

As I previously mentioned, this BATTLE isn’t the Battle of Gog and Magog that comes into the picture later.  We know this because of Ezekiel 38 and 39 doesn’t list any of the nations listed in Psalm 83 coalition taking part in the Battle of God and Magog.  I believe that’s because as a result of the BATTLE, Israel and the coalition of hate of the neighboring nations will no longer exist.

The spirit of the Edomite can be summed up into these characteristics:

  1. A disregard for the spiritual things (Carnal minded).
  2. Takes things by force lacking patience for growth.
  3. Prideful.
  4. Holds grudges and perpetuates hatred.

[Scripture references for the Edomite characteristics:  Exodus 17:8; Num. 20:17-20; 1 Sam. 21, 22.]

It was Herod, of Esau’s race (Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 14:1, Section 3)  who had the male infants of Bethlehem slain in an effort to destroy the Christ Child (Matt. 2:16).  Satan needs no better medium than an Edomite spirit for his evil plans.

An EDOMITE SPIRIT never surrenders to God.

An EDOMITE SPIRIT never finds peace with God or peace with himself.  Unless he (they) repents, he cannot be saved from God’s wrath to come and he will be shaking his fists at God at judgement day.

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CREDITS:

Salus, Bill, Israelestine. (Crane, Highway 2008)

Kavaes, Joe.  Psalm in a Bog, Linked to Israel’s Current War.  WorldNetDaily.com/ July 6, 2006.

Commentary:  The Edomites Today, by Gavin Finley.

PHOTOS/IMAGES:  Google Image Search –  Settings, advanced search.

Bible Translations:  NIV, AMP, or were noted in the text or Images.

 

 

 

Don’t Mess With God’s Kids! – PART 1

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As some of my readers know of late, I’ve been doing ‘detective’ investigations in The Book of Ezekiel (Hebrew -“God is strong”).  I was considering naming this study in Chapters 25 thru 32, the ‘Judgment on the Islamic nations.’  However, these verses not only cover SEVEN NATIONS, which happen to be ALL the Islamic nations, but the judgments apply to ALL other countries of the earth as well.  This includes godless or watered down Christian countries.

The SEVEN NATIONS included:

#1.  Ammon  (25:1-7)

#2.  Moab      (25:8-11)

#3.  Edom      (25:12-14)

#4.  Philistia  (25:15-17)

#5.  Tyre         (26:1 thru 28:19)

#6.  Sidom      (28:20-24)

#7. Egypt        (29:1 thru 32:32)

GOD IS STILL THE SOVEREIGN GOD OF ALL THE WORLD!!!

THE FIRST Nation we come across is AMMON (25:2). 

The Ammonites were relatives of the Jews based on being descendants of Abraham’s nephew, Lot.

Family relationships today in our culture can be…ARE at times difficult as well.  Because of this family relationship our Lord watched over and protected the people of Ammon.  The book of Deuteronomy 2 tell us,  “When you come near the territory of the sons of Ammon, do not trouble or assault them or provoke or stir them up, for I will not give you any of the land of the Ammonites for a possession, because I have given it to the sons of Lot for a possession.” (verse 19).

Even though they were blood relatives to the Israelites, the Ammonites turned out to be enemies.  [see Judges 3:13, 10:6; 2 Chronicles 20:23]

Every social and moral aspect of our behavior is under the scrutiny of God’s all-seeing eye.  Just because these nations didn’t carry Bibles under their arms, it didn’t exempt them; their CONSCIENCES were enough to condemn them!

In one of Dryden’s poems, there is a line:  “And because the fury of a patient man” [footnote [i].  Ezekiel would add the thought:  “Beware the wrath of a patient God!”

AMMON and MOAB (25:8-11):

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AMMON: Northern Jordan (Amman) and MOAB: Central Jordan.

AMMON and MOAB, being LOT’S two sons born of his incestuous relationship with his two daughters were regarded as relatives of Israel, though both treated Israel with contempt.

AMMON’S CRIME

The ‘crime’ was the Ammonites delighted in the downfall of God’s kingdom (25:3, 6).  Not from just observing Israel’s destruction from a distance; like coming upon an accident on a freeway, slowing down, rubbernecking the scene, then passing on by–but the people were clapping their hands and stomping their feet with glee!

We all too frequently find amusement in the misfortunes of others.

Ammon’s heartless response to their neighbor’s fate was not only wrong but also blind; they too would fall (25:4).

“DONT’ MESS WITH GOD’S KIDS!”

When reading and studying Scripture there always seems to be a lesson to take in for all us.  The lesson here is one of failure to appreciate that the fall of a neighbor is one that can befall us too, apart from God’s GRACE.

Every time we see another fall into SIN, even if he or she is our enemy, we shouldn’t “clap our hands” and “stomp our feet” with joy, but rather offer compassion and thankfulness:  COMPASSION, for we should LOVE even our enemies, and THANKFULNESSESS that “There go I, but for the grace of God”  (Quote by John Bradford, 1510-1555).

THE MOABITES – Ezekiel 25:8-11:

[8] “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Because Moab and Seir said, “Look, Judah has become like all the other nations,”  [9] therefore I will expose the flank of Moab, because of Moab, beginning at its frontier towns–Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon and Kiriathaim–the glory of that land.  [10] I will give Moab along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, so that the Ammonites will not be remembered among the nations;  [11] and I will inflict punishment on Moab.  Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

“DON’T MESS WITH GOD’S KIDS!”

So what did the Moabites do wrong?  Look at the indictment:  “Because MOAB and SEIR say, ‘LOOK! The house of Judah is like all the other nations.’

They were in effect saying, the God of Israel is powerless.  He is just like all the other gods.  If Judah’s GOD is supposed to be ‘All powerful’, then why didn’t he protect the Jews from being protected?

They were MOCKING that the Lord is nothing special.

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Moabite Fortress

MOAB would receive the same punishment Ammon their brother received. These desert dwellers would come and destroy the mighty fortresses and notable cities they were so proud of.

Ezekiel 25:12-14 Now it’s EDOM’S turn!

“Don’t Mess With God’s Kids!”

[12] “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Because Edom took revenge on Judah and became very guilty by doing so,  [13] therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill both man and beast. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan they will fall by the sword.  [14] I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel, and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

Southern Jordan, Edom, or Mt. Seir are slated for the grimmest JUDGMENT and it shall be rendered in places, utterly uninhabitable. [Ezekiel 35:1-7]

Ammon and Moab were BAD, but Edom surpassed these two others in its brutality against the Jews.

Psalm 137:7 (Amplified Bible):

[7] Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites, that they said in the day of Jerusalem’s fall,  Down, down to the ground with her!

When some of the Israelites tried to escape to Edom they were turned away by the sword.

Where are the EDOMITES today?

In Genesis 27 we read about Isaac’s two sons Jacob and Esau: Jacob received his father’s BLESSING by pretending to be his brother since Isaac’s eye site had failed.

Esau finding the results asks his father, “Bless me–me too, my father!” (vs. 34).

“Do you have only one blessing, my father?” (vs. 38)

[39] His father Isaac answered him:  “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above.

[40] You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother.  But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”

The “EDOMITE SPIRIT” is alive and well!

Although the land of Edom today is but a desolated and barren land today–the spirit of EDOM is apparently still alive and well.

Isaac’s Blessing on ESAU was very clear.  Isaac prophesied over his firstborn son and he gave him a “left-over” sort of blessing that provided me with some clues.

Isaac told Esau that his descendants…

#1.  They would end up dwelling in rich countries–the ‘fatness’ (KJV); the ‘fruitfulness of the earth’ (AMP).

#2.  He would live by the sword (gun).

#3.  Eventually, he would break free from Jacob’s yoke of civil behavior and run wild!  (Gen. 27:40)

If the Edomites are around today, they might be found in nations such as ours.  The richest nation is to be found in Western civilization.

Let’s face it, thousands of years have passed by and the spirit of Esau (Edom) is now flowing in nations far abroad with anti-Semitism.

The Philistines Enter The Picture!  (Ezekiel 25:15-17):

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[15]  “This is what the Sovereign LORD says…  

Don’t Mess With God’s Kids!”

‘Because the Philistines acted in vengeance and took revenge with malice in their hearts, and with ancient hostility sought to destroy Judah,  [16] therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says:  I am about to stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and wipe out the Kerethites and destroy those remaining along the coast.  [15] I will carry out great vengeance on them and punish them in my wrath.  Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I take vengeance on them.”

“Philistines” or “Palestinians”?

It is from the term “Philistines” that the name “Palestinians” have incorrectly been taken.

Actually, the ancient Philistines and modern Palestinians DO HAVE something in common: both are INVADERS from other lands.  That’s precisely the meaning of their name, not an ethnic denomination but an adjective applied to the name–Pleshet, from the verb “pelesh”: “dividers” or “invaders”.

The PHILISTINES were a confederation of non-Semitic peoples from Crete, the Aegean Islands and Asia Minor, also known as “Sea Peoples”.

The original homeland was the island of CRETE.

Invaders from Greece took control of the island and the ancient Cretans arrived in Southern Canaan and were known as “Paleshtim” by the Hebrews and Canaanites (they became allied to fight the invaders).

EZEKIEL 25:16-17:

We now see our heavenly Father directs His attention to a non-relative, Israel’s old-time arch-enemy, the Philistines.  Although they were greatly weakened by king David, they continued to exist as a people.

The God of Israel–Jehovah Roi, has finally had enough of these foreigners.  His Mercy and Grace has come to an end!

In the book of Zephaniah, chapter 2, it mentions the Cherethites or ‘Cretans’.

[4]  Gaza will be abandoned and Ashkelon left in ruins.  At midday Ashdod will be emptied and Ekron uprooted.

[5]  Woe to you who live by the sea, you Kerethite people; the word of the LORD is against you, Canaan, land of the Philistines.  He says, “I will destroy you, and none will be left.”

The world has been tricked into thinking today’s Palestinians are Descendants of the Philistines.  This is NOT true!–

To insult the Jews after the Roman army destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD, they changed the name to PALESTINE.  There never was a group of people descended from this group of people.  The Philistines as described here in Scripture ceased to be a people.

PART 2– I’ll continue with the nations and the Prophecy Against Tyre–

Ezekiel 26:1-28 thru 28:19.

 


FOOTNOTES & CREDITS

Footnote [i]:  “Absalon and A. chi top el e-notes”

Credits:  

PALESTINIAN MYTHS – Myths, Hypothesis, and Facts Concerning the Origin of Peoples.

The Edomites Today – End-Time Pilgrim by Gavin Finley, MD

Jordan; Ammon, Moab, and Edom…Islam in Prophesy by Pastor Bill Randles Blog.

Bible Translations:  New International Version (NIV), except where noted.