And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob. (Genesis 27: 38-41)
We have been looking at what the Biblical prophets have to say about the future of the Arab world. Ishmael and Esau are actual historical people indeed, but also their lives are of prophetic import. Both, are children of Abraham, both are closely related to Israel, and both stories involve applicable prophecies to our current situation.
The Grievance began by the situation with Hagar and Ishmael, has festered into something called “the perpetual hatred”, in the Arab world even to this day. Islam nourishes it, with it;s insistence that Ishmael is the chosen one, and that it is Isaac who is to be disenfranchised.
As we saw in the last article, the “perpetual hatred” has been intensified in the case of Esau, against his twin, Jacob. Jacob tricked his near blind father Isaac, to bless him, instead of Esau. Therefore Esau hated and vowed to kill his brother.
When Isaac discovered that he had been tricked into passing on the Abrahamic blessing to Jacob and not Esau, he realized that God’s election had prevailed over his own carnal choice of his profane son. Isaac told the stunned Esau, “I have blessed your brother and indeed he shall be blessed!”. There could be no undoing of it, for God had chosen Jacob, and not Esau.
But Jacob did grant Esau a ‘blessing’ in response to his tearful entreaties,
And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.(Genesis 27:38-41)
* Behold your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth – Sounds good in the King James version, but what this literally says is you will dwell away from the fatness of the earth , away from the dew of the heavens..,
Here from the New American Standard bible ,
Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling,
And away from the dew of heaven from above.
Esau, or Edom would dwell in a harsh , arid, brown environment. Geographical Edom is in the area around the dead sea and in southern Jordan, a dry, parched wilderness. Spiritual Edom, the Arab/Moslem world is also parched. North Africa and the Middle east appears even from space, to be brown as opposed to the lush green of the rest of Africa. The Arabian peninsula is an arid place.
* You shall live by your sword- Edomites were a fierce, warlike tribe, ever at war with their neighbors and with each other. Modern Islamic terrorists make the boast often that “We will prevail over the west, because we love death, and they love life!”.
Esau ever lives by the sword , therefore Esau dies also by the sword. According to the world’s one billion Muslims, the best man who ever lived, lived by the sword as a pirate, raider, and terrorist.
* And you shall serve your brother- But for all of the exaltation of the sword, Esau must serve Jacob. We know that King David put the Edomites into subjection, by military conquest, and cultural superiority.
But in another, better way, the descendants of Esau have served Jacob. There are millions of Arab christians, sons of Ishmael, and of Esau, Moab, and Ammon, who have believed in the Gospel of the seed of Jacob, and worship the God of Jacob. Remember that in the earliest years of church history, all of the middle east and north Africa was christian.
* But when you shall become restless, you shall break his yoke off of your neck – This also is from the New American Standard Bible,
“But it shall come about when you become restless,
That you will break his yoke from your neck.”
The prediction is that in later times Esau would become restless and break the yoke that joined Jacob and Esau off of his neck. History has borne that out in part, by the expansion of Islam in what was once a christian middle east. They have replaced an easy yoke with a heavy and intolerable one, Islam.
This is what we are seeing in the Arab world, a restless Esau, throwing off the yoke of any subservience to the Judeo Christian world , and asserting once again the wild, violent independent spirit of Esau.
Esau is a spiritual type of the Arab Muslim world which has carried on the ancient grievance over the birthright. They hate with a passion Israel, and would wipe her out if given the chance. This hatred will lead the whole world into “the time of Jacob’s (greatest) trouble and Israel’s true night of wrestling first and then clinging to Her God until the dawn.