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ESAU


 

The book of Obadiah is a prophecy of the future of Esau. Esau was the firstborn of Isaac, but he sold his birthright, and God hated him.

 

Rom 9:13  As it is written, "JACOB I HAVE LOVED, BUT ESAU I HAVE HATED."

 

Esau is also called Edom.

 

Gen 36:19  These were the sons of Esau, who is Edom, and these were their chiefs.

 

Gen 36:43  Chief Magdiel, and Chief Iram. These were the chiefs of Edom, according to their dwelling places in the land of their possession. Esau was the father of the Edomites.

 

Esau was given Mount Seir.

 

Deu 2:5  Do not meddle with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as one footstep, because I have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.

 

Gen 36:8  So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom.

 

Idumea is included in the curse.

 

Eze 35:15  As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom—all of it! Then they shall know that I am the LORD." '

 

Edom consists of a small amount of people. It seems certain that Edomites are Bedouins.

 

Oba 1:1  The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom (We have heard a report from the LORD, And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying, "Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle"):

Oba 1:2  "Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised.

 

They dwell in high habitation. [Possibly Petra.]

 

Oba 1:1  The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom (We have heard a report from the LORD, And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying, "Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle"):

Oba 1:2  "Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised.

 

Esau tries to eradicate Israel during the time of Israel's punishment.

 

Eze 35:5  "Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end,

 

Oba 1:5  "If thieves had come to you, If robbers by night— Oh, how you will be cut off!— Would they not have stolen till they had enough? If grape-gatherers had come to you, Would they not have left some gleanings?

Oba 1:6  "Oh, how Esau shall be searched out! How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!

Oba 1:7  All the men in your confederacy Shall force you to the border; The men at peace with you Shall deceive you and prevail against you. Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap for you. No one is aware of it.

Oba 1:8  "Will I not in that day," says the LORD, "Even destroy the wise men from Edom, And understanding from the mountains of Esau?

Oba 1:9  Then your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, To the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau May be cut off by slaughter.

Oba 1:10  "For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever.

Oba 1:11  In the day that you stood on the other side— In the day that strangers carried captive his forces, When foreigners entered his gates And cast lots for Jerusalem— Even you were as one of them.

Oba 1:12  "But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother In the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah In the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly In the day of distress.

Oba 1:13  You should not have entered the gate of My people In the day of their calamity. Indeed, you should not have gazed on their affliction In the day of their calamity, Nor laid hands on their substance In the day of their calamity.

Oba 1:14  You should not have stood at the crossroads To cut off those among them who escaped; Nor should you have delivered up those among them who remained In the day of distress.

Oba 1:15  "For the day of the LORD upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.

Oba 1:16  For as you drank on My holy mountain, So shall all the nations drink continually; Yes, they shall drink, and swallow, And they shall be as though they had never been.

Oba 1:17  "But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Oba 1:18  The house of Jacob shall be a fire, And the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau," For the LORD has spoken.

Oba 1:19  The South shall possess the mountains of Esau, And the Lowland shall possess Philistia. They shall possess the fields of Ephraim And the fields of Samaria. Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

Oba 1:20  And the captives of this host of the children of Israel Shall possess the land of the Canaanites As far as Zarephath. The captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad Shall possess the cities of the South.

Oba 1:21  Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion To judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the LORD's.

 

Eze 35:1  Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Eze 35:2  "Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it,

Eze 35:3  and say to it, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you; I will stretch out My hand against you, And make you most desolate;

Eze 35:4  I shall lay your cities waste, And you shall be desolate. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

Eze 35:5  "Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end,

Eze 35:6  therefore, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.

Eze 35:7  Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns.

Eze 35:8  And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall.

Eze 35:9  I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the LORD.

Eze 35:10  "Because you have said, 'These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,' although the LORD was there,

Eze 35:11  therefore, as I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.

Eze 35:12  Then you shall know that I am the LORD. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.'

Eze 35:13  Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them."

Eze 35:14  'Thus says the Lord GOD: "The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate.

Eze 35:15  As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom—all of it! Then they shall know that I am the LORD." '

 

Ezek. 35: quoted above gives the reasons that God makes their land desolate forever.

 

Esau despised his birthright.

 

Heb 12:16  lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.

 

Esau refused to let Israel pass through their land.

 

Num 20:18  Then Edom said to him, "You shall not pass through my land, lest I come out against you with the sword."

Num 20:19  So the children of Israel said to him, "We will go by the Highway, and if I or my livestock drink any of your water, then I will pay for it; let me only pass through on foot, nothing more."

Num 20:20  Then he said, "You shall not pass through." So Edom came out against them with many men and with a strong hand.

Num 20:21  Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.

 

All through history; the Edomites have hated the Israelites. In the future when Israel are decimated by God: the Edomites try to elimate them completely.

 

The land of Idumea will be turned into a desolation, which shall last forever. Certain animals, and birds will dwell there. Isaiah 34 tells the story.

 

Isa 34:5  "For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment.

Isa 34:6  The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, It is made overflowing with fatness, With the blood of lambs and goats, With the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

Isa 34:7  The wild oxen shall come down with them, And the young bulls with the mighty bulls; Their land shall be soaked with blood, And their dust saturated with fatness."

Isa 34:8  For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Isa 34:9  Its streams shall be turned into pitch, And its dust into brimstone; Its land shall become burning pitch.

Isa 34:10  It shall not be quenched night or day; Its smoke shall ascend forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; No one shall pass through it forever and ever.

Isa 34:11  But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it, Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. And He shall stretch out over it The line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.

Isa 34:12  They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, But none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing.

Isa 34:13  And thorns shall come up in its palaces, Nettles and brambles in its fortresses; It shall be a habitation of jackals, A courtyard for ostriches.

Isa 34:14  The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the jackals, And the wild goat shall bleat to its companion; Also the night creature shall rest there, And find for herself a place of rest.

Isa 34:15  There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs And hatch, and gather them under her shadow; There also shall the hawks be gathered, Every one with her mate.

Isa 34:16  "Search from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these shall fail; Not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.

Isa 34:17  He has cast the lot for them, And His hand has divided it among them with a measuring line. They shall possess it forever; From generation to generation they shall dwell in it."

 

Latter day Esauites [Edomites] are almost certainly the Bedouins. The Bedouins are small in number, and inhabit Petra, as well as the waste places around Jerusalem; and other middle east countries. God will destroy them completely, because of their attitude toward Israel. They try to completely destroy Israel, when the Israelites get decimated by gentile nations. Esau’s land, which includes Mt. Seir, and Idumea: will be cursed forever. It will have smoke, and bitumen lakes forever. Some animals, and birds will make it their home, and they will dwell there forever, as per Isaiah ch. 34.