Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah ? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.(Isaiah 63;1-4)
How important is the Arab world to Bible prophecy ? Isaiah predicts that Jesus himself comes to his own people, from Edom, which is the territory south and east of the Dead Sea currently known as Southern Jordan and Northern Saudi Arabia. In the process of saving his people, Jesus’ garments become spattered in the blood of God’s enemies who sought to annihilate those people!
Such is the day of Divine vengeance, and the time of the Redemption of the “seed of the woman”.. It starts in Edom, and works its way out to the whole world, ending in the judgment of the nations and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
Israel, besieged and surrounded, will be rescued on that day by her Redeemer/husband, the LORD.
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives…(Zechariah 14:1-4)
Edom, or Esau as he is known, was Jacob’s twin brother. He was the firstborn, the son expected by man to have the birthright. But the birthright of Abraham, and Isaac, which involved the very purpose of God for the salvation of the world was a matter of God’s choosing, not man’s.
God didn’t choose Esau to bring into the world the Messiah, the promised “the seed of the woman”.God chose the second born, Jacob. He would be the God of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob”. Esau could have accepted this, he could also have entered into the salvation of God, by faith, as Abraham did.
But instead Esau cultivated a sense of grievance, which turned into bitterness. He hated Jacob, and vowed to murder him, believing that Jacob had swindled him out of his birthright. The descendants of Esau, have also nurtured that hatred, in fact it exists to this day, it is called in scripture, “the Perpetual hatred”.
Edom has been destroyed as a national entity, as has Moab, and Ammon, they are no longer Kingdoms as they once were.. But there are a people whom God addresses as Edom, or Esau, or Mt. Sier, who feature heavily in end times prophecy.
The descendant Ishmaelites, Edomites, Moabites, Midianites, and the rest of the traditional, ancient enemies of Israel, constitute the Arab middle east. A good many have been christianised, but the bulk of them are Muslim. I believe that Edom is a designation for the Arab Muslim world, who are the near neighbors of Israel and who hate her very existence.
The prophet Obadiah addresses the coming judgment on Esau, and gives the reasons why;
- Violence against His brother Jacob-
For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. Obadiah 10
- Joining those who plundered Jerusalem-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.(Obadiah 11)
- Taking Joy in the suffering and humiliation of Israel-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.(Obadiah 13)
We see shades of this in the recent spectacle of “Palestinian” Arabs dancing in the streets and passing out sweets at the news of the slaughter of the Udi Fogel family in their beds, including the slitting of an infant’s throat, and the stabbing of a three year old in the heart by grown men. God has seen this and taken note.
- Assisting the persecutors of Israel and hindering their escape from them- The Hadith’s of the Koran teach Muslims that this very thing will be done in the last days, that even the rocks and trees will betray the hiding places of Jews, that they might be slaughtered.
No wonder then , that Esau’s modern sons were so willing to assist the Nazi’s in the holocaust, and by rioting and pograms, to prevent their return to the Holy Land in the days of the Nazi terror. This is the murderous rage of Edom, called the “perpetual hatred”, in Ezekiel.
- Loving bloodshed –
Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.(Ezekiel 35:5-6)
Esau’s spiritual descendents boast that they love blood. They name city squares in Gaza and the West Bank after mass murderers, and pass out sweets when Jewish children are murdered. Mothers aspire that their sons will be mass murderers, and hold wedding ceremonies for them after they perform cruel murder.
They tell us in the west that they will prevail, because we love life but they love death. Should we even imagine that God doesn’t see this and hate it ? Christ will have the last word, not the USA or the EU.
Edom is sick, it is doomed, Christ is coming to make war on it. This death and blood loving culture will be pursued by blood in the day that Christ comes back.
- Claiming the Holy Mountain as theirs-
And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.( Ezekiel 35:12-13)
Even after the 1967 six-day war and the retaking of Jerusalem, the Jordanian Waqf has been given by Israel, stewardship of the temple mount in Jerusalem. This mountain is the holiest place to the Jewish people, the only place on earth where God says He has placed His name, yet it is controlled by Edomites.
They are feverishly destroying any archeological evidence of a Jewish temple, hollowing out the Holy Mountain, and hauling off the rubble containing crushed, but precious relics of first and second temple, and dumping them as fill! God is allowing this until the appointed time.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.(Ezekiel 36:5)
Judgment is coming to Edom, there are places in southern Jordan that are going to be rendered uninhabitable even into the millennium, so great is the wrath. Christ himself returns to Edom, because his own people are trapped there, and He comes to rescue them.
Pray for the Moslems, the Arab people, many are being converted by dreams visions and revelations of Jesus, God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance…Whosever will call upon the name of Jesus will be saved!