The utterance of him who hears the words of God,
And has the knowledge of the Most High,
Who sees the vision of the Almighty,
Who falls down, with eyes wide open: “I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
And batter the brow of Moab,
And destroy all the sons of tumult. “And Edom shall be a possession;
Seir also, his enemies, shall be a possession, (Prophecy of Balaam Numbers 24:16-18)
While Israel does valiantly.
We have been looking at the considerable attention the Word of God gives to the origin and fate of the Arab people. Genesis, the foundational book of the Holy Bible, contains prophecies of both Ishmael and of Esau, their character and descendant’s fate to the end days.
The book of Genesis doesn’t concern itself with the Norwegian , the Irish or Bantu people , but there is great interest in the Arabs, and their progeny. These children of Abraham are of great importance to God and are major players in the drama that is the end of the world. The Hebrew prophets also speak almost as much about the fate of the Arab nations as they do the Jewish state.
We want to look again at the prophecies of the Bible regarding the Arab world But first we have to establish some terminology regarding the names of places and peoples.
* Edom – Edom is a major figure featuring in Bible prophecy. Edom is another name for Esau who we looked at last time, the twin brother of Jacob. God assigned Esau the area of soutthern Jordan around Mt. Sier, that is why Edom is sometimes reffered to as Mt. Seir such as in Ezekiel 35.
Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it,And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.(Ezekiel 35:2-3)
Ethnically the Edomites are the descendants of Edom, who intermarried with the Ishmaelites, and Mideanites, and comprise the Middle eastern Arabs.
Geographically the Edomites are the Arabs of southern Jordan.
Spiritually the Edomites are the Muslim Arabs who hate Israel, boast in inhabitting the Holy land, have possessed the temple mount. Edomites rejoiced in the horrors that befell the Jews in 70 AD, and 120 AD, cutting off any escape routes the Jews would have used, and collaborating with the Romans enslavers of Israel.
Centuries later and in the same character, the middle eastern Muslim Arabs cooperated in the holocaust, rioted and performed pograms in order to block the British from receiving any Jewish refugees fleeing from the Holocaust, and rushed into East jerusalem to unlawlfully possess the temple mount, Judaism’s most sacred site.
Obadiah proclaims the indictment against Edom in his short prophecy,
For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.(Obadiah 10-14)
* The Philistines-The Philistines were not Arabs , they were greeks or phoenicians, but there is a modern people who have taken for themselves the name Palestinians, and who have made the Gaza coastal area , once the dominion of the five Philistine cities , part of their own state.
I speak of the mixed Arabs who either inhabited or who immigrated into the Holy Land shortly before and ever since the 1948 rebirth of the Jewish state. For the most part they are Muslim, and have been at war with Israel from her start. God has something to say to Palestinians, ie Philistines, regarding the end times.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them. (Ezekiel 25:15-17)
Other designations for these people, who claim the name “Palestinians” is Gaza, Ekron and Ashdod. These were the names of the major Philistinian cities, along with Ashkelon and Gath. Other than Gath ,these cities remain to this day.
* Moab and Ammon-These are the names of Lot’s sons who were born of incest after he fled Sodom and Gommorah. Geographically, Ammon and Moab are the inhabitants of central and northern Jordan. The capitol of Jordan is called Ammon.
The Ammonites and Moabites were bitter resisters of Israel, after the Exodus. God told Israel not to molest them, but they wouldn’t allow Israel to pas through their territory on it’s way to the promised land.
Balak, the king of Moab so feared Israel he actually paid a Seer to curse them, but Balaam could only bless them, prophesying ever increasing judgments upon Moab, Ammon, and the rest of Israel’s enemies until the end days.
We will look at the names of the rest of the Arab nations and some of the prophecies that concern them as well as some non Arab players like Iran, in the next few articles.