Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Obadiah's Message Concerning Edom

“The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumor from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle (Obadiah 1).” The purpose of Obadiah’s prophecy is to plead against the rebellious priests and prophets of Islam. The first few verses of this prophecy are nearly replicated in the book of Jeremiah. Therefore since there are two accounts of this same prophecy, every slight deviation between the accounts becomes a useful clue in helping determine the interpretation of the prophecy (Jeremiah 49:13-16). In Jeremiah’s account this ambassador is “gathering” the heathen, which is another way of saying that this ambassador is attempting to bring all of the Islamic nation together, as one. “I have heard a rumor from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle (Jeremiah 49:14).” “They know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor (Micah 4:12).”

One sobering thought which begins to increase the value and purpose for having the book of Obadiah, is perceiving that in God's eyes all his people dwell among the heathen. “I will take you from among the heathen… and will bring you into your own land (Ezekiel 36:24).” To interpret this first verse of Obadiah's vision, note that the Hebrew word which was translated into the word “heathen” was also translated into the words, people, gentiles, and nations. This particular Hebrew word pertains to everyone who does not know the Lord in truth, in other words, this particular word can even pertain to professed believers which are within God's assemblies of worship. This very word was used in the verses: “He shall bring forth judgment to the gentiles (Isaiah 42:1).” “He shall judge among the nations (Isaiah 2:4),” “He shall judge among the heathen (Psalm 110:6).” God will judge righteously between heathen and heathen. “As for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle (Ezekiel 34:17).” “Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon kingdoms that have not called upon thy name (Psalm 79:6).” 

“Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised (Obadiah 2).” In Jeremiah’s account of this verse, the words “have made” are scribed “will make.” This barely noticeable and seemingly insignificant change of wording reminds believers that God calls those things which are not, as though they have already been. Through this slight deviation God has prophesied that there is coming a day in which the counsel of these ambassadors will be turned back upon their own heads. “For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men (Jeremiah 49:15).” The notorious ambassador that is being exposed and reprimanded in Obadiah’s prophecy, is Moab, therefore it is important to know exactly who this name pertains to. The parable name of Moab applies to a group of Islamic prophets and priests which have been dealing with the covenant message. They were, and are, offended by it, and therefore they are keeping important truths within it a secret. They have devised crafty counsel which is purposed to come against the covenant message. “The calamity of Moab is near to come (Jeremiah 48:16).” Whereas Moab has devised an unwise and crafty decision to come against the covenant message, he is purposing to come against God’s word, and therefore he is turning back from following the Lord. Moab's followers, the heathen which are being gathered together, are being gathered to come against Christianity, despite Moab's warning that every Muslim who does this will be afflicted by God’s wrath. Moab will be despised by his own followers for his crafty practices. “Concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him (Micah 3:5).” 

“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 (Obadiah 3)?” These reproving words are written to incriminate Moab. “We have heard the pride of  Moab (Jeremiah 48:29).” But definitive proof of Moab’s identity comes from Jeremiah's account which links Bozrah’s name to the prophesy, saying, “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 (Jeremiah 49:13).” Bozrah is a city of Moab (Jeremiah 48:24). In prophecy, the city name of “Bozrah” pertains to the thoughts of those ambassadors that are gathering all of the Islamic nation together as one. “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah (Isaiah 63:1)?” “I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah (Micah 2:12).” “The Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea (Isaiah 34:6).” 

“Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence I will bring thee down, saith the Lord (Obadiah 4).” In comparing the dealings of Moab unto an exalted eagle not only has God insulted Moab’s pride, but he has also published evidence that Moab is very much aware of the covenant message. In Jeremiah’s account, God has prophesied that this adversary, Moab, would lift himself up to be chief over the covenant message. Evidence of this is published in the words "O thou... that holdest  the height of the hill." “Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as an eagle, I will bring thee down (Jeremiah 49:16).” 

In spite of all the evidence against Moab and against his counsel, Moab is acting in accordance with his own will. “Prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear the word of the Lord… My hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people… because, even because they have seduced my people (Ezekiel 13:2; 13:9-10).” “They refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears… lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 7:11-12).” The Lord has made known that he will set his hand a second time to recover the Islamic people (Isaiah 11:11), but Moab has, in essence, despised God’s word. “The soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people, because he hath despised the word of the Lord, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall be utterly cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him (Numbers 15:30-31).” 

Another sobering thought which magnifies the effect of Obadiah’s vision is that for every truth that is being prophesied against Moab, a similar truth has been prophesied against Christian leaders. Therefore the book of Obadiah reprimands every religious authority that despises God’s word, and they will all be made small and despised in the eyes of God's people. God named the Christian authorities who are gathering Christianity together as one, Assyrians. Assyrians are prophesied to be prideful and rebellious leaders which despise the truth of God's word. “The stout heart of the king of Assyria… for he saith… I gathered all the earth (Isaiah 10: 12-14).” Assyrians will be despised in the eyes of the people (Isaiah 37:22). Most of their transgressions are prophesied in verses concerning Babylon, for example, Babylon is mounting up to heaven (Jeremiah 51:53). The ultimate incriminating verse which clearly advertises both the fate of Moab and the Assyrian, is the verse which verifies that Babylon is working against the Lord, and it confirms that God has laid a snare against them: “How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! How is Babylon become a desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the Lord (Jeremiah 50:23-24).” “O priests, that despise my name… I also made you contemptible and base before all the people (Malachi 1:6; 2:9).” “I made thee a reproach to the heathen (Ezekiel 22:4).” “Behold, I will… make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil (Jeremiah 29:17).” “God hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof (Lamentations 2:2).”  

“If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? If grape gathers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes (Obadiah 5)?” This verse magnifies the awesome power that God has to fulfill his word: for God has declared that religion, with all its deceit, and with all its mistaken interpretations, will be utterly, entirely, and wholly cut off. God will not leave any of his children trapped in the lies of men, even within those newly forged lies which were devised by the likes of Moab, and the Assyrian. “None of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor any of theirs (Ezekiel 7:11).” “The Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed (Deuteronomy 7:20).” 

Moab, even unwittingly, blasphemed God’s name as he kept those truths of the covenant message silent. He stood by and watched as Muslims rose up and murdered persons of other religions, and attacked them, with violence, ruining their places of assembly. Although Moab may escape God’s afflicting pestilence, those who were seduced by his counsel will not escape. Therefore his victims will be mad. “They will destroy till they have enough (Jeremiah 49:9).” Moab will witness it as his people begin to rise up and destroy their own nation, brother against brother, until he confesses the truth of God’s word. “Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them (Jeremiah 11:11).” “I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure… They shall howl, saying, How is it broken down! How hath Moab turned back with shame… Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord (Jeremiah 48:38-42).” “The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly (Isaiah 33:7).”

“How are the things of Esau searched out! How are his hidden things sought up (Obadiah 6)?” “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 neighbors, and he is not (Jeremiah 49:10).” It is important to grasp that, in prophecy, the name of “Esau” can pertain to every believer who despises the truth of God’s word (Genesis 25:34). The covenant message publishes and advertises how prophets and priests which despise God’s word, can, and will, escape the affliction: however the covenant message will be heard, and when it goes public the people will know the deeds of their rebellious leaders, and they will be mad. “There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled… Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of slaughter; Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty… and their own shepherds pity them not. For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land… but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbor’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them (Zechariah 11:3-6).” “Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities (Jeremiah 48:15).” “The spoilers are come upon all the high places (Jeremiah 12:12).”

“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 7).” The first part of this verse manifests the snare which God crafted against Moab as well as the Assyrian, and it causes believers to know it. These crafty prophets gave their followers powerful understandings of scripture which brought them even to the border of Zion: yet they withheld truths which would have allowed their followers to enter into the everlasting gates, and escape the pestilences. Moab, and the Assyrian, grappled with their own private fears and concerns, and the temptation to withhold truth did prevail against them. The second part of this verse confirms that their followers, the priests and the congregations which will suffer the troubles and the afflictions and the pestilences, will turn upon these crafty leaders and blame them for all of their troubles. This manifested snare is designed to cause Moab, and the Assyrian, to turn from their lies and from the mistakes which they have made, and come before the Lord with humbled hearts, seeking to do his will. 

“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 8)?” This outrageous question confirms that God will not leave any Islamic leader uncertain as to whether or not the covenant message is the truth, for from the prophets of Moab, even unto all the Islamic priests who have never been briefed on the covenant message; all of them will know God’s hand. Therefore, all priests and leaders who hear these truths, be apprised that Judgment Day is reserved against all people who refuse to accept God’s instructions, and who continue to despise the new covenant (Zechariah 12:3). “The day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up (Isaiah 2:12).” “He respects not any that are wise of heart (Job 37:24).” “Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7).” Whosoever is shown the truth of God’s word, is shown the truth so that they might rise up and warn the people. “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth (Micah 4:13).”

“And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that everyone of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter (Obadiah 9).” In prophecy, the city named “Teman” pertains to the thoughts of devout Islamic priests which are strong in their religious faith. God’s messengers will convince these priests to hear the covenant message. “I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah (Amos  1:12).” “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:6).” Even with wise counsel the mighty men of Teman will still need to study the covenant message, or they will be ignorant of God’s instructions. 

“For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever (Obadiah 10).” Note that in prophesy the parable name “Jacob” pertains to believers that were shown the truth of God’s word. Whether or not these believers are aware of the covenant message, is irrelevant to the name. God is with Jacob, and God protects Jacob: but even the faithful believers of Jacob will need to have their end time understandings converted, corrected, and made perfect. “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee… I will not make a full end of thee, but will correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished (Jeremiah 46:28).” God is bringing an army against Jacob, and not exclusively as a punishment, but also as a way to supply these believers with the guidance and correction that they need. The fierceness of God’s army will convince Jacob to forsake his own ways, and to go in the way of the Lord. “The Lord… will punish Jacob according to his ways (Hosea 12:2).” 

“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).” This verse positively verifies that some of the mighty men of Teman participated in Jacob’s hurt, and they did so even after they had already begun fighting on behalf of the covenant message. In other words, even though these mighty men were aware of the covenant message, they continued to provoke God's wrath against themselves because they were despising and neglecting his instructions. Their offenses are listed in the next several verses of Obadiah’s prophecy. Each listed offense is also an implied instruction, and observing the offenses will help believers avoid provoking God's wrath against themselves. 

“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 12).” This offense is one of mistreating the deceived and of inciting violence against them by boasting against them with degrading remarks, or with condemnations, or even with celebratory comments. “In my adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not (Psalm 35:15).”

“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 (Obadiah 13).” God will not give the armies of heaven an inheritance from sanctuaries which already exist. The armies of heaven will inherit newly converted persons which were not counted among God’s people. “He hath shown his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen (Psalm 111:6).” “Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance (Psalm 2:8).” God's armies are commissioned for correction. Their desire should be to correct the deceived, and to cause them to acknowledge the new covenant. Armies that are going forth for any other purpose, shall not prevail. “That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, he shall not rejoice therein (Job 20:18).” 

“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 14).” This prophecy suggests that there will be some well informed Islamic leaders that will subtly stand by and will wickedly withhold knowledge from their Muslim brothers, supposing not only to bring affliction upon Christians, but also to cause those whom they hated in times past to violate God’s laws and be afflicted. God’s word forbids believers to abstain from warning others. When believers deliberately fail to warn others they become guilty of the sins of those whom they failed to warn (Ezekiel 3:18-21). “Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave none to remain; in that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands… that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth (Jeremiah 44:7-8)?” 

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head (Obadiah 15).” This verse makes a proclamation: God testified that it is imperative to study his instructions, and to teach them, and to warn others against breaking them. Therefore every believer that has been shown the covenant message has been informed of these truths, and will be judged accordingly. God's word also commands that those who hear the covenant message refrain themselves from boasting and be silent in that day: “Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand: for the Lord hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests. And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel. In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit (Zephaniah 1:7-9).” Hear the commanding rebukes of our God, for the day of the Lord's salvation is purposed to be a sign and a wonder that will cause every professed believer to have respect for God’s instructions, and to know that the day of God’s wrath is at hand.

“For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been (Obadiah 16).” This comparison involves “drinking,” which, in prophecy, pertains to listening to the confusing end time messages of the prophets. The purpose of this verse is to prophesy the conclusion of the rebellious heathen that refuse to accept the new covenant, and who continue to defy God’s instructions. These brute beasts will succumb to the lies of false prophets, because they are reserved for the day of God’s wrath. “The wicked is reserved to the day of destruction (Job 21:30).” No matter which side of the battle they elect to fight on, all rebellious persons will all be consumed together on Judgment Day. “Thus saith the Lord God; I have lifted mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame (Ezekiel 36:7).” “It is abomination to fools to depart from evil (Proverbs 13:19).”

“But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions (Obadiah 17).” Mount Zion is where the thoughts of all God’s people are in agreement, and where believers serve the Lord with one consent. “For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain at the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings (Ezekiel 20:40).” The words “shall possess” impress upon believers that God will cause his people to inherit other believers who will stand together in agreement with them, and who will believe as they believe. Those who did prepare and believed the covenant message, shall possess the redeemed of Jacob. “The Lord hath sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel (Isaiah 9:8).” “In that day, the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God (Isaiah 10:20-21).”

“And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them, and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it (Obadiah 18).” In prophecy, the word “fire” depicts passions which flare up out the mouths of believers. The end time "fires" of "Jacob" are blazing because these true believers have concern for the truth of God’s word. However, Jacob's passionate fires contain errors against the Lord, because these believers have misunderstood scripture. “Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled (Isaiah 50:11).” The name “Joseph” pertains to believers who went ahead of the Lord, and who have tried to study and know the covenant message. Therefore the flame that comes forth from the house of Joseph, is that powerful force that erupts when Joseph goes passionately forth and publishes truths that will consume the deceived from off the land: “He burned against Jacob like a flaming fire (Lamentations 2:3).” Also, in prophecy, the word “stubble” pertains to the false teachers and to persons who are basing their end times understanding upon the deceit of their own hearts. “As the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 5:24).”

“And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines (Obadiah 19).” This portion of Obadiah’s prophecy is set aside to announce God’s predetermined plan to give an inheritance to all believers who have put their trust in him. The blessings of these inheritances will come upon those believers who remain faithful. This first word of inheritance has to do with priests who escaped the affliction of God’s wrath, but because they feared the people, they would not speak the truth of God's message before their congregations. These priests will inherit believers who despise the covenant message. The second word of inheritance has to do with priests who were warned about the covenant message, but they mocked it, and ignored it, until the day that God rose up and poured out the affliction. They will inherit the Philistines. In prophecy the word “Philistine” pertains to vengeful believers who hate others because their hearts are hard, for they have accepted the teachings of men, and they hate people of other religions. “I have… delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines (Ezekiel 16:27).” “The Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred (Ezekiel 25:15).” 

“And they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria (Obadiah 19).” Whereas name “Ephraim” applies to believers with the Holy Spirit, the name of “Samaria” applies to believers who have transgressed God’s word, and have lost the Holy Spirit. “What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria (Micah 1:5)?” This third word of inheritance is for those priests who accept the covenant message after they suffer the affliction of God’s correction. Their word of inheritance is confirmation that those who were afflicted will inherit their very own congregations. This promise of inheritance is hope for these priests because their congregations will be offended in them, and their people will be turned against them, and they will hire new priests. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian (Hosea 5:13).” That’s only portion of Christianity’s troubles, for because Christians hire deceived false teachers, the armies of heaven will be gathered together against them and against their religion. “When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troops of robbers spoileth without (Hosea 7:1).” The challenge and calling for the afflicted and consequently converted priests, is to patiently work and bring their own congregations into proper end time understanding.

“And Benjamin shall possess Gilead (Obadiah 19).” The interpretation of this inheritance is deep, and it is astonishing. In prophecy the name, Gilead, pertains to the laws which govern the very foundations of the Christian religion. These laws are highly regarded and established in the hearts of Christian priests, because these foundational laws of Christianity are scripture verses which have been proven to cause believers to inherit the Holy Spirit. “Thus saith the Lord unto the king’s house of Judah; thou art Gilead unto me (Jeremiah 22:6).” But the foundational laws of Christianity will not always work. “Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured (Jeremiah 46:11).” “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people not recovered (Jeremiah 8:22)?” “Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood (Hosea 6:8).” “Hear ye me… all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will forsake you (2Chronicles 15:2).” 

In prophecy, the name “Benjamin” pertains to believers who unapologetically and affirmatively stand and promote the teachings of the apostle Paul: Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin. Priests who love Paul’s teachings, are, by God’s design, opposed to leaving Paul’s laws of their liberty, even when it comes to following the Lord. The priests of Benjamin will loose the Holy Spirit, for God’s word testifies that God will move, and that he will do a new thing; and whosoever is unwilling to see and believe God’s word is committing transgression. “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it (Isaiah 43:19)?” “For, behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17).” After the believers of Benjamin accept the punishment or their err, and after they believe the covenant message, then they will possess Gilead. “Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up (Hosea 6:1).” “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed (Jeremiah 17:14).”  

“And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath (Obadiah 20).” The “captivity of the host of the children of Israel” is a name which pertains to deceived believers of every sort, whose very own priest did not confess unto them the truths and answers which were needed to enter into everlasting kingdom. These believers will inherit the “Canaanites.” This name pertains to all the unbelievers that dwell in the land, even among God’s people. God left unbelievers in the land that he might prove his people (Judges 3:4). Although their changes will probably not occur until after Judgment Day, Canaanites are the Israel’s promised inheritance. “In that day there shall be no more Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 14:21).” “He that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain (Isaiah 57:13).” 

“And the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south (Obadiah 20).” The “captivity of Jerusalem” is a reference to priests and religious leaders whose congregations have risen up against them for their confession of the covenant message. The name “Sepharad” is written upon these priests to establish that these priests have already been given a new name, or in other words, they have already been delivered from their mistakes, and they have gone ahead, and have entered into the gates of the promised land. Although these priests may not see the rejoicing of their congregations until after God's pending signs, they will inherit their congregations.

“And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s (Obadiah 21).” The “saviors” which are spoken of in this prophecy, are spirit filled judges who thoroughly understand the covenant message, and who are not afraid to speak it. God will send these “saviors” unto the believers whose initial response was to despise the covenant message. Believers who are called by the name of Esau are convinced within their hearts that there is no possible way that decades of renown bible scholars, could possibly have overlooked truths which God reserved for end times. “Saviors” will come to deliver Esau by bringing proofs of God’s word unto them. These merciful acts of God's messengers, are God’s attempt to restrain the house of Esau from making mistakes which are against him. These judges will seek to deliver the deceived out of the hands of their oppressors. “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning (Isaiah 1:26).” “When the Lord raised them up judges, then the Lord was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies… for it repented the Lord because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them (Judges 2:18).” 

“They have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us (Jeremiah 2:27).” “Deliver me… cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me (Psalm 71:2).” “When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer… who delivered them (Judges 3:9).” “The Lord shall help them, and deliver them from the wicked… because they trust in him (Psalm 37:40).” “It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God… he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation (Isaiah 25:9).” “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations (Psalm 82:8).”

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