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Obadiah Part One
Obadiah 1:1 “The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; “We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.”
Obadiah (Strong’s 5662) serving or servant of Jah; (from Strong’s 5647) to work, serve, till or enslave, and (from Strong’s 3050) Jah, the sacred name: the Lord, most vehement.
Edom (Strong’s 123) red Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him; (from
Strong’s 122) rosy, red, ruddy; (from Strong’s 119) to show blood (in the face), i.e. flush or turn rosy; be (dyed, made) red (ruddy).
In this book of Obadiah, meaning servant of Jah or God, we see prophesy to Edom, meaning red, the descendants of Esau who sold his birthright to Jacob, his younger brother, for a bowl of pottage. Esau could care less about God’s blessing and His Word, and so we see this prophesy. Now let’s go here to see where Obadiah is spoken of here:
I Kings 18:3 “And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:”
I Kings 18:4 “For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)”
bread (Strong’s 3899) food (for man or beast) especially bread, or grain (for making it); (from Strong’s 3898) to feed on; figurative to consume; by implication to battle (as destruction).
Here Obadiah was protecting them from Ahab who because of his wife Jezebel was killing all of God’s prophets. They were fed with bread and water, symbolically for us today to only hear the Word of God. The base of the word “bread” meaning bread or grain or to feed on by implication to battle. We are going to be in the biggest spiritual battle ever when Satan will sit where he should not in God’s throne as in II Thessalonians 2:3-4. So hear only what the Bread of life:
John 6:35 “And Jesus said unto them, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.”
If we eat and drink only His Word, and not pick up the traditions of man, church, religions of this world we will be in good shape keeping that gospel armor of Ephesians 6:12-18 over us so we can fight that spiritual battle with Satan and his wiles when he comes first before Jesus at the sixth trumpet of Revelation as his number is six, six and six, the sixth trumpet, vial and seal of Revelation is when he appears, before Jesus at the seventh trumpet. Now let’s continue
Obadiah 1:2 “Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.”
Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, ‘Who shall bring me down to the ground?’”
clefts (Strong’s 2288) to take refuge; a rift in rocks, cleft.
This location today the nation of Russia, not the people, as the government is Communist and atheistic, not allowing the free worship of God’s Word. This then country of the descendants of Esau, or Edom, the red nation, is small among the heathen, meaning the nations, as today we see there is no more Soviet Union as the communist countries evolving from it never successful as communist to this day has ever been successful. The reason God is behind those that love Him, it’s no wonder that the United States is the superpower of all superpowers in these last days. It’s the nation as a people who have forgotten about God. Then we see here because of pride they are taking refuge. Satan then being that fake rock as he is playing Jesus or God and as here in the Song of Moses of Revelation Chapter 15 we see:
Revelation 15:3 “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Thy works, LORD God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints.”
The people that overcome are singing this victory song of Moses. So in order to know how to succeed, we need to see the things they were singing of and learn the song here in:
Deuteronomy 31:30 “And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.”
Deuteronomy 32:1 “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.”
Deuteronomy 32:31 “For their rock is not as our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges.”
Deuteronomy 32:32 “For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, And of the fields of Gomorrah: Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter:”
Deuteronomy 32:33 “Their wine is the poison of dragons, And the cruel venom of asps.”
So Moses spoke this song of Moses out loud to all the people, just as God’s elect will herald or proclaim out loud when God’s Holy Spirit will speak through them as in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 when delivered up to those synagogues of Satan for a testimony just as that Pentecost tongue in Acts Chapter 2 that went out to all nations of the world in the language in which the people spoke. This is not as speaking “in tongues” as many false religions and churches teach today, but the perfect voice of Almighty God and His Holy Spirit giving the world the witness to choose either God or Satan. Now then here in the Song of Moses the message is to both in heaven and on earth to hear God’s Word. Then why we came here, their rock, meaning Satan, is not as our Rock, Almighty God, even our enemies, the sons of Cain, or Kenites, being judges, or spiritual leaders. Their vine or their religion is of the vine of Sodom and Gomorrah, as remember God destroyed that nation that committed and accepted sodomy and no life to this today exists at that location. Their grapes, meaning their fruit, is bitter gall, or lies and deception of Satan as he is the dragon and the serpent. This will be the world when they take cover they think under Satan who will be playing God or Jesus as in II Thessalonians 2:3-4, We know that in our generation of the fig tree of Mark 13:28, this final generation which began as in Jeremiah Chapter 24 when the good figs and the bad figs, the sons of Cain, or the Kenites, formed the nation Israel, May 1948 as here:
Jeremiah 24:1 “The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.”
Jeremiah 24:2 “One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.”
Jeremiah 24:3 “Then said the LORD unto me, “What seest thou, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.”
Jeremiah 24:4 “Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,”
Jeremiah 24:5 “Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.”
Jeremiah 24:6 “For I will set Mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.”
Jeremiah 24:7 “And I will give them an heart to know Me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be My People, and I will be their God: for they shall return with Me with their whole heart.”
Jeremiah 24:8 “And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, them that dwell in the land of Egypt:”
Jeremiah 24:9 “And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.”
Jeremiah 24:10 “And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.’”
God showing us the house of Judah or Jews, the good figs, and the bad figs, the Kenites or those that say they are of Judah, or Jews, but are the synagogue of Satan, as in Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9, this generation of the fig tree then began in 1948. As Jesus told us in Mark 13 that all the signs HE listed in that chapter must happen before His return and to know it. Now let’s look at what happened in the Word in history or our example as:
I Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
We will see here the house of Judah defeated the Edomites that thought they could not be beaten as here:
II Kings 14:1 “In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.”
II Kings 14:3 “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did.”
II Kings 14:4 “Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as ye the People did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.”
II Kings 14:7 “He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.”
high (Strong’s 1116) (to be high) an elevation, height, high place, wave.
places (Strong’s 4725) proper a standing, i.e. a spot; but used widely of a locality; also of a condition; (from Strong’s 6965) to rise, abide, accomplish, enemy, lift up, ordain, perform, strengthen
Joktheel (Strong’s 3371) veneration of God; (from the same as Strong’s 3348) to obey; obedient; and (from Strong’s 410) strength, mighty, esp. Almighty (but used also of any deity); God, (god), goodly, great, idol, mighty one, power, strong;
We will see in II Chronicles 25:15 not like his ancestor David, as there is no word so father used here in the Hebrew, as he took and worshipped the gods and idols of Edom after they won the battle. Now let’s get more details of this here in:
II Chronicles 25:11 “And Amaziah strengthened himself, and left forth his People, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.”
II Chronicles 25:12 “And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.”
II Chronicles 25:13 “But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Beth-horon, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.”
II Chronicles 25:14 “Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.”
II Chronicles 25:15 “Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and He sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, “Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?”
Seir (Strong’s 8165) rough, Seir, a mountain of Idumaea and its aboriginal occupants, also one in Palestine; (formed like Strong’s 8163) shaggy; as noun, a he-goat; by analogy a faun, devil, goat, hairy, kid, rough, satyr; (from Strong’s 8175) to storm, by implication to shiver, i.e. fear, be (horribly) afraid, fear, hurl as a storm, be tempestuous,, come like (take away as with) a whirlwind.
So Amaziah, king of Judah, was successful and defeated the Edomites. He takes the gods and worships them, which the LORD was then against him. We can learn from this today. Seir, which are the mountains of Idumaea, which mean hairy, just as Esau was hairy. Take note the base of the word “Seir” means faun or devil or to fear or shiver. Now let’s go here in the Word of God and see who said he thought he could be God and lift himself up high, but then God will bring him down to the ground:
Isaiah 14:12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
Isaiah 14:13 “For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:”
Isaiah 14:14 “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the MOST HIGH.’”
Isaiah 14:15 “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
Isaiah 14:16 “They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;”
Isaiah 14:17 “That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?’”
Isaiah 14:18 “All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.”
Isaiah 14:19 “But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.”
Isaiah 14:20 “Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.”
Isaiah 14:21 “Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.”
Isaiah 14:27 “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”
Lucifer (Strong’s 1966) the morning-star; Lucifer; (from Strong’s 1984 in sense of brightness) to be clear, to shine, to make a show, to boast, foolish; to rave; to celebrate; to stultify or irresponsible and of unsound mind)
Lucifer, which means morning-star, as Satan is always trying to be like Jesus and copy Him. Then we see that Satan in the first earth age as in Revelation 12:1-4 was cut down to the ground, or to the earth as God will soon test the world again to see their choice, from his high position of one of the two cherubims that were supposed to protect or cover God’s throne of Ezekiel 28:14. Then we see why. Lucifer said that he could be as God and be over all the stars, or angels God’s children in spiritual bodies as in Revelation 1:20. So we see what happened that because of pride Satan decides to play God and be as God sitting in His throne, instead of protecting it as his role in Ezekiel 28:14. Then we see here in Isaiah 14:15 that God sentences Satan to be brought down to hell and to the pit. Then we see the stars, or God’s people, seeing that Satan because of his pride and getting full of himself because he was made the full pattern and full of wisdom and beauty as in Ezekiel 28:3, got so full of himself. Satan then thought he could really be God and sat in his throne, deceiving one third of God’s people. Then we see God’s people saying is this the man, not God, that made the earth tremble. Then the LORD of hosts, or armies, as we are in a spiritual battle. Who can say anything against God and His Word as it is written! Satan will be destroyed and is sentenced to perish as in Ezekiel 28:18 to be burned with a fire in the midst of him and be ashes and be no more. Jesus is that true Morning Star as here:
Revelation 22:16 “I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches, I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star.”
As we know Satan will be transformed or disguised as an angel of light here:
II Corinthians 11:1 “Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.”
II Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
II Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
II Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”
II Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
II Corinthians 11:15 “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
beguiled (Strong’s 1818) to seduce wholly, beguile, deceive; (from Strong’s 1537) from, out, completion, and (from Strong’s 538) to cheat, i.e. delude or to mislead the mind or judgment of the mind, deceive.
transformed (Strong’s 3345) to transfigure or disguise; figuratively to apply (by accommodation); (from Strong’s 3326) accompaniment, amid, proximity, and from (derivative of Strong’s 4976) a figure, condition, external condition.
As just as Eve was beguiled, meaning to be seduced fully, we are to stay true to Jesus and not jump into bed spiritually with Satan. Then we see how it will happen. If we listen to some other religion, philosophy that teaches something other than God’s word, than that religion or church is not of God but of Satan as it will lead us away from the Truth of God’s Word. This is how Satan operates through churches and religion. Then we see why because it will be no marvel or surprise that Satan, himself, is transformed, which means to be disguised or change the external condition, as an angel of light. Then it is no wonder that ministers of righteousness or religious people that are supposed to be bringing God’s Word will be working for him, today mostly unknowingly as the world is mostly ignorant of God’s Word. Then when Satan is kicked out with his fallen angels as here:
Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,”
Revelation 12:8 “And prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.”
Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world, and his angels were cast out with him.”
The fallen angels will probably appear as the disciples or apostles that come with Satan as remember he is playing the lamb of God, but when he speaks his lies and deception, we know it is the dragon or Satan as here:
Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.”
Revelation 13:12 “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
Revelation 13:13”And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”
fire (Strong’s 4442) fire; specifically lightning.
Satan, the dragon as we just read in Revelation 12:9 just another role or one of his names, will then appear to heal the wound of the world. The first beast the one world kingdom or system. The devil will look like a lamb, or Jesus, as remember he is disguised as an angel of light, and able to do miracles as bring lighting from heaven. It will be no wonder that this world will go crazy after him as most people today are Biblically illiterate as they have not been taught God’s Word with understanding or they could care less about God and His Word, but just want to make it here on earth materialistically. Now let’s continue on here:
Obadiah 1:4 “Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.”
God then continuing speaking against Edom, the red nation, that they think they are sitting high above His people, God will bring the nation down. Now let’s go here:
Numbers 24:21 “And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, “Strong is thy dwellingplace, And thou puttest thy nest in a rock.”
Numbers 24:22 “Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.”
Here we see the Kenites, or sons of Cain, as Cain is the serpent seed, or offspring. The Kenites, or sons of Cain, will be wasted and Asshur, another name for Satan as in Ezekiel Chapter 31, meaning a plain box cedar tree, instead of the cedars of Lebanon who are God’s People. They put their nest in that rock Satan instead of on that Rock Which is Christ as here:
I Corinthians 10:4 “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
I Corinthians 10:5 “But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.”
I Corinthians 10:6 “Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”
That’s why we must stick with God’s Word and not drink or take in other philosophies, church ideas or religions so we are not overthrown for in our very near future we will all be in the wilderness when Satan sits on God’s throne and the whole world will be deceived by him as in II Thessalonians 2:3-4. We are to learn from the examples in God’s Word. Now the sons of Cain or Kenites, the house of Judah used them for menial tasks as here:
I Chronicles 2:55 “And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.”
Hemath (Strong’s 2574) walled; Chamath, a place in Syria; (from same as Strong’s 2346) to join; a wall of protection.
Rechab (7394) rider; Rekab, the name of two Arabs and of two Israelites; (from Strong’s 7392) to ride (on an animal or in a vehicle); to place upon (for riding or general) to despatch; bring on horse, carry, ride in a chariot.
Kenites (Strong’s 7017) a Kenite, or member of the tribe of Kajin; (patrimony from Strong’s 7014) Kajin; the name of the first child, also a place in Palestine, and of an Oriental tribe; (from Strong’s 7013) a lance (as striking fast); spear; (from Strong’s 6969) in the original sense of fixity) to strike a musical note, i.e. chant or wail (at a funeral); lament; (with a play upon the affinity to Strong’s 7069) to erect, i.e. create; by extension to procure; especially by purchase; to own, attain, buy, teach to keep cattle, get, provoke to jealousy, possess, recover.
They were counted as part of Judah and the Kenites, or Cain’s offspring, came from Hemath meaning walled, and the house of Rechab, meaning rider. Now let’s see where Jesus told us exactly who Cain is and was from:
John 8:42 “Jesus said unto them, “If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth, and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but He sent Me.”
John 8:43 “Why do ye not understand My speech? Even because ye cannot hear My word.”
John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
What is Jesus talking about here? We now have to go to the beginning and find out who the first murderer was. Let’s go to:
Genesis 4:3 “And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.”
Genesis 4:4 “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:”
Genesis 4:5 “But unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.”
Genesis 4:6 “And the LORD said unto Cain, “Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?”
Genesis 4:7 “If thou does, well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.”
Genesis 4:8 “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.”
Genesis 4:9 “And the LORD said unto Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother?” And he said, “I know not:”
Genesis 4:10 “And He said, “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground.”
Genesis 4:11 “And now art cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand:
Genesis 4:12 “When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.”
So Jesus is telling us that Cain is that first murderer. His father was the devil as we know in Genesis 3:15, that serpent’s seed, Cain, there is enmity between his group of people, and God’s People, that woman’s Seed, Jesus, which would come from the Israel through Adam’s bloodline. Then we see here that Cain jealous of his twin brother, Abel as he considered God, Cain then killed him! God does not put the spirit of murder in His children, but it was Cain, Satan’s son, that performed the first murder. The reason was Satan was trying to destroy that Seed, the woman’s Seed, Jesus of Genesis 3:15 to come. Satan does not want God’s plan of salvation to happen as then Satan will be destroyed as God promises in Genesis 3:15 as God will bruise his head as here in:
Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast in to the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
This will not happen until the end of the Lord’s Day, which happens when Jesus returns and then is for one thousand years as:
II Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
So day equals one thousand with God. Now let’s continue in Obadiah, again, the subject God’s prophesy to Edom, or the red nation, here:
Obadiah 1:5 “If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegathers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?”
We see here that God is saying not a thing will be left of this nation and we will soon learn in the Lord’s Day or the thousand years after this earth age, the locations of Gog and Magog will be just like Sodom and Gomorrah, an empty wasteland with no life. Now let’s go here:
Isaiah 24:1 “Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.”
Isaiah 24:13 “When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.”
Here we see that the LORD will make that place empty and not one left there. As here God’s Word tells us:
Deuteronomy 24:21 “When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.”
Deuteronomy 24:22 “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”
stranger (Strong’s 1616) a guest; by implication a foreigner; alien, sojourner, (from Strong’s 1481) to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), i.e. sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid).
We are to leave some grapes on the tree for the stranger, meaning foreigner not of Israel, and the widow. So spiritually the fruit of God’s Word leave for the foreigner and the widow, as remember we are all spiritually widows as Jesus was crucified and then will come back to take a Bride, the many membered body of Christ. Remember too that the elect, those that withstood Satan in the first age, are already judged and married spiritually as here:
Revelation 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.”
Revelation 19:8 “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”
The elect is called the Wife as they are already married to the Lord or judged and have received eternal life, not because they are special people, but withstood Satan in the first earth age. They wear the fine, white, clean linen for their clothing which we all wear our righteous actions in heaven that we do on this earth. This is here where we see God has chosen us that did withstand Satan and have eyes to see HIS Word with understanding and hear it with understanding:
Ephesians 1:4 “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:”
Ephesians 1:5 “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”
foundation (Strong’s 2602) a deposition, i.e. founding, figuratively conception; (from Strong’s 2598) to thrown down, lay down; (from Strong’s 2596) down, opposition, distribution, intensity, and (from Strong’s 906) to throw, lay down.
world (Strong’s 2889) orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication world; (probably from base of Strong’s 2865) to tend, provide for, to carry off.
predestinated (Strong’s 4309) to limit in advance, i.e. predetermine; (from Strong’s 4253) fore, i.e. in front of, prior, and (from Strong’s 3724) to mark out or bound (“horizon”), i.e. to appoint, decree or specify.
So before the foundation, meaning the laying down of this world, the age, God chose His elect. These are people that by their previous actions of withstanding the devil and not worshipping him, God can trust them and use them in this earth age to bring forward His Word and in the final days to be delivered up to those synagogues of Satan as in Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9 for a witness and testimony. Now let’s get back to:
Obadiah 1:6 “How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!”
Obadiah 1:7 “All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.”
Obadiah 1:8 “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?”
Obadiah 1:9 “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.”
Obadiah 1:10 “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.”
hidden (Strong’s 4710) secret (place or thing, perhaps treasure); (from Strong’s 6845) to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve; figurative to deny; specific (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk, keep secret.
Esau (Strong’s 6215) handling; rough (i.e. sensibly felt); (passive participle of Strong’s 6213) to do or make, become , bear, bestow.
Teman (Strong’s 8487) Teman, the name of two Edomites, and the region and descendants of one of them; south; (from Strong’s 8486) the south (as being on the right hand of a person facing the east); (denom. From Strong’s 3225) the right hand or side (legal eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south; (from Strong’s 3231) to be right (i.e. firm); but used only as denom. from Strong’s 3225 and transit to be right-handed or take the right-hand side; go turn to on the right hand.
So here we see these nations are the descendants of Esau. The hidden things, meaning secret or protected ideas, but there is nothing that man can hide from Almighty God. We then will see here in the past in the Word what happened to them. Then we see that the LORD took the understanding of His Word from their wise men as God is in control. As here Esau hated Jacob as his father, Abraham, blessed him. Esau went to Abraham instead of God and in the beginning gave up his right as the firstborn to receive the double blessing, so he only had himself to blame. He sold away his birthright for a bowl of pottage. Then Esau because of this wants to kill Jacob here:
Genesis 27:41 “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.”
God only knows our minds, not Satan or anyone else. Satan watches us as the serpent watches and studies his prey learning their weaknesses. Now God tells Israel to not hate Edom or the descendants of Esau as they are related as here:
Deuteronomy 23:7 “Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.”
God’s Word also saying to the Egyptian as God will always protect us if we listen and do His Word. Now the mighty men of Teman, meaning to be right. Then we see why God’s angry it is for what Esau, their ancestor, did to Jacob, who God renamed Israel. Let’s now go here and learn more:
Jeremiah 49:7 “Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts; “Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished?”
Jeremiah 49:8 “Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him.”
Jeremiah 49:9 “If grapegatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes? If thieves by night, they will destroy till they have enough.”
Jeremiah 49:10 “But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.”
Jeremiah 49:11 “Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in Me.”
Jeremiah 49:12 “For thus saith the LORD: “Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.”
Jeremiah 49:13 “For I have sworn by Myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.”
Bozrah (Strong’s 1224) Botsrah, a place in Edom; (from Strong’s 1223) an enclosure, i.e. sheep-fold; (feminine from Strong’s 1219) to clip off; to gather grapes; also to be isolated (i.e. inaccessibly by height or fortification).
We have another witness here to Edom, the red nation. We see no wisdom meaning that from God’s Word is left in Teman, meaning to be right. They obviously are not right with God. Then God says that HE will bring calamity for the sins of Esau. Then God is saying that HE will strip them bare and they will not have anybody to protect them from Almighty God. Then God saying those widows and orphans, as we then are adopted children of God who believe on Him here, and are widows as Jesus has died in the flesh by crucifixion and we await His return as here. :
Romans 8:13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”
Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”
Romans 8:15 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, “Abba, Father.”
So those that trust in God and His Word, God will preserve them even if they are of Esau or Edom. It is the nation as a whole the prophesy is regarding as they rob the people of learning God’s Word and atheism is the practice of communism with no freedom of religion. Now let’s finish this up here:
Jeremiah 49:14 “I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, “Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.”
Jeremiah 49:15 “For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men.”
Jeremiah 49:16 “Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rocks, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.”
Jeremiah 49:17 “Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.”
Jeremiah 49:18 “As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.”
Jeremiah 49:19 “Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like Me? and who will appoint Me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before Me?”
Jeremiah 49:20 “Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that He hath taken against Edom; and His purposes, that HE hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely He shall make their habitations desolate with them.”
Jeremiah 49:21 “The earth is moved at the noise of their fall, at the cry the noise thereof was heard in the Red Sea.”
Jeremiah 49:22 “Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.”
Edom thinking that they can get away with them thinking they can overtake the world, God will put them in their place. Then we see in Jeremiah 49:22 this then being prophesy to us today as this is talking about the last days. As a woman in her pangs, or at the birth of the new age, the Lord’s Day, when Jesus returns after Satan makes his five month appearance claiming to be God as in Revelation 9:5. This is that final battle that God, Himself, will fight to show the world HE IS WHO HE IS – ALMIGHTY GOD JEHOVAH! Now let’s learn of this here:
Ezekiel 38:1 “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,:
Ezekiel 38:2 “Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meschech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,”
Ezekiel 38:8 “After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.”
Ezekiel 38:9 “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.’”
Ezekiel 38:10 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:”
Ezekiel 38:11 “And thou shalt say, ‘I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.”
Ezekiel 38:12 “To take a spoil, and to take a prey;’ to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the People that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”
Ezekiel 38:14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, ‘Thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘In that day, when My People of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?”
Ezekiel 38:15 “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:”
Ezekiel 38:16 “And thou shalt come up against My People of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.’”
Ezekiel 38:18 “And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that My fury shall come up in My face.”
Ezekiel 38:19 “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;”
Ezekiel 38:20 “So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.”
Ezekiel 38:21 “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all My mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against my brother.”
Ezekiel 38:22 “And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”
Ezekiel 38:23 “Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.’’”
Chief (Strong’s 7218) to shake; the head (as most easily shaken), captain, chief, highest, principal, ruler.
Prince (Strong’s 5387) an exalted one, i.e. a king or sheik; also a rising mist, captain, chief, cloud, governor, prince, ruler, vapour; (from Strong’s 5375) to lift,.
Meshech (Strong’s 4902) Meshek, a son of Japheth, and the people descending from him; (the same in form as Strong’s 4901) a sowing; also a possession, precious, price; (from Strong’s 4900) to draw, to sow, to sound, to prolong, develop, march, remove, be tall.
Tubal (Strong’s 8422) Tubal, a postdiluvian or person living after Noah’s flood patriarch and his posterity and offspring.
The location is in Hebrew “roshe” or today Russia in English, the chief prince or the head ruler of Meschech, the people of Japheth and Tubal or offspring living after Noah’s flood. So they are of Esau’s people that red nation. We see then that the land of Israel they will think to take over, and we see here that this is not the land of Judea, but a land where the people dwell safely in it. So think of where Russia borders our nation, the United States, at Alaska. No need to worry for God, Himself, will fight that final battle as we have unwalled villages and no bars or gates, in other words, we can go from state to state. Then God we will see when God will fight that final battle and every man sword against his brother, for remember as in Genesis chapter 25 Jacob, the father of Israel, and Esau, the father of the red nations, were in Rebekah’s womb. Then God, Himself, will fight with pestilence, rain, hailstones, fire and brimstone.
Now let’s go here and see where God fights this battle as we just read in Ezekiel 38:
Revelation 16:17 “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the Temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
Revelation 16:18 “And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.”
Revelation 16:19 “And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.”
Revelation 16:20 “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.”
Revelation 16:21 “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
The seventh vial then when Jesus appears. HE will pour out God’s wrath that’s why Jesus was saying and crying to God to remove this cup as in:
Mark 14:34 “And saith unto them, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.”
Mark 14:35 “And He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.”
Mark 14:36 “And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee; take away this cup from Me: nevertheless not what I will, but what Thou wilt.”
Mark 14:37 “And He cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, “Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?”
Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, let ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
Jesus tells the disciples to watch. This is speaking to us today to watch for the signs that Jesus tells us in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 for His coming. Then Jesus is pleading, and praying to God that the hour, meaning this final hour of temptation when Satan comes playing God or Jesus. Then Jesus is the One that will pour out God’s wrath onto the earth to those that listen to Satan. Then Jesus comes and finds the disciples sleeping. Then asks Peter why are you sleeping instead of watching for one hour, meaning the hour or the final hour of this earth age when Satan will be claiming to be God or Jesus and sits on God’s throne playing Him as in II Thessalonians 2:3-4. Then Jesus warns us to watch and to pray for our flesh is weak even though our spirit ready to stand up for Him. We cannot do this on our own, but need to keep speaking to God and praying to Him for strength to stick to His Word so we are not deceived. Now many churches today teach that Jesus was trying to get out of being crucified when this is a lie and an abomination as Jesus is thinking about our final generation today that HE knows the majority of people living in the flesh on earth today will fail. They will be deceived by Satan. Jesus when He cries:
Mark 15:34 “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
Jesus is quoting the entire Psalms 22 here:
Jesus never calls God only Father, as David wrote the Psalm as here:
Psalms 22:1 “(A Psalm of David.) My GOD, my GOD, why hast thou forsaken me?” Why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”
Psalms 22:18 “They parted my garments among them, And cast lots upon my vesture.”
Jesus quoted this entire Psalms 22 telling us while HE was bleeding, the thorns in His head and after being whipped, spat on and beaten, and yelled names during the entire time of His dying with His bones pulled out of their sockets, His mouth dry from no food or water, telling us because HE loves us all. Teaching us on the Cross, not as some mislead ignorant preachers that say He is showing some sign of weakness, but Jesus that Perfect One without spot is dying for us all for our sins! The Roman soldiers gambled for His clothes as here:
Mark 15:24 “And when they had crucified Him they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.”
Just like Jesus was reciting in some of His last words before dying, they parted His clothes and gambled for them. Then:
Mark 15:37 “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.”
Jesus then gives us the Spirit, not ghost, as He is the God of the Living, not of the dead, that is Satan the son of perdition. Then finally:
Psalms 22:31 “They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness unto a People that shall be born, That He hath done this.”
This is for us, guys, future generations later, especially us today that are to stand up not fly away for God and His Word, for look here what Jesus Christ, the Anointed One in the Greek, what He did because He loved us. He gave up His own life. Jesus is quoting here the last line of Psalms 22:31:
John 19:30 “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished.”
Then it is finished is equivalent to that He hath done this in the Hebrew in Psalms 22:31. Now continuing here in:
Obadiah 1:11 “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 1:12 “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 spoken proudly in the day of distress.”
Here we can see what happened in the past in the Word of God. When the house of Israel was taken captive and then the house of Judah, Edom could care less about his brother, Israel, and rejoiced over this. Let’s go here:
Isaiah 57:1 “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”
Isaiah 57:2 “He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.”
Isaiah 57:3 “But draw near hither, ye sons of sorceress the seed of the adulterer and the whore.”
Isaiah 57:4 “Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,”
Isaiah 57:5 “Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?”
So here the evil in mind, just as God’s Word is telling us Edom is thinking evilly against Israel. We learned in Ezekiel Chapter 38 the thought of Edom to take over the superpower of all nations, the United States, in the last days when we will all be under Satan under his one world kingdom. God knows everything that is going on and that is why HE will fight this last battle. Today we can look are around in this world that the righteous do perish. Satan will come in peaceably as in Daniel 11:21 and the world thinking that the devil is God or Jesus as in II Thessalonians 2:3-4 when the world is falling away or in apostacy, going against one’s religious beliefs. Now let’s go here:
Ezekiel 35:1 “Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me saying,:
Ezekiel 35:2 “Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it,”
Ezekiel 35:13 “Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against Me, and have multiplied your words against Me: I have heard them.”
Ezekiel 35:14 “Thus saith the Lord GOD; ‘When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate.”
Ezekiel 35:15 “As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.’’”
Again here Seir, meaning hairy as Esau was and the base even means faun or devil. So the mount or nation of Seir, the red nation, God is prophesying against. The Lord hears it all. As we saw when God fights that final battle as in Ezekiel 38 the world will see that God is God and there is none else! That place then in the Lord’s Day or the thousand years after this earth age will be desolate and a reminder to those that do not make it in this earth age and are deceived by Satan to see that nothing came to those that went against God and His Word. Taking the base of the word “Seir” it can even mean goat. Jesus tells us here that God will separate the sheep, God’s children, and the goats, Satan’s children, here:
Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory:”
Matthew 25:32 “And before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:”
Matthew 25:33 “And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”
Matthew 25:34 “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, 'Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:”
Matthew 25:35 “For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in:”
Matthew 25:36 “Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me.’”
As in Revelation 20:12-15 at the white throne judgment after the Lord’s Day when Satan is re-released from his prison to deceive the world, those that do not overcome in this flesh age, but then are tested again at the end of the next age, or the thousand years and Lord’s Day. The Lord will separate the goats, Satan’s offspring as they are so mixed in today, and the sheep, God’s children. God is fair in all things and only He is Judge. Stick with God’s Word and ask His help. He knows that you are trying and loves you for it. So do I. We can only get through this earth age with His help so overcome by knowing His Word and then doing it!
Thank you dear God for your Word!
At His Service,
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