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The Prophecy for Edom/Turkey

                             OBADIAH FOR TODAY


     I first refer you to the study on this Website under
"Prophecy" called "The Migration of Nations." 

     Then if you are interested in an in-depth study of "The
Origin of Nations" you may obtain that 471 page book from
Amazon.com
     You can also obtain "The Great German Nation - Origin and
Destiny" from Amazon.com
     Both the above books are by Craig M. White of "The History
Research Projects."

     History shows us that a good portion of Esau/Edom finally
settled in the land called TURKEY today. They are predominately
Islamic in religion, which is strongly in opposition to
Christianity and Judaism.



OBADIAH

From the KJV "Personal Study Bible" Thomas Nelson Publishers,
1990,1995.


Author and Date. 

Obadiah means "The LORD'S Servant," but beyond that nothing
certain is known about him. Determining the exact date of his
prophecy is also difficult because the historical events which
are in view are not entirely clear. However, the interpretation
relates the message to the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians
in 586 B.C. Thus the book would have been written some time after
that event, possibly in light of emerging coalition threatening
the country of Edom (see v.1).

Background. 

The Edomites had acted treacherously against the inhabitants of
Jerusalem during their darkest hour. They had laughed at Judah's
sorrow, probably looted the hapless people, and helped the
Babylonian soldiers find fleeing refugees. Thus the book is a
message of doom against Edom. Edom was situated in a mountainous
area to the south of Judah. Its secure stronghold created a sense
of self-sufficiency and pride which the prophet condemns (v.3).
Her secure position would be defenceless against the wrath of the
Lord.

Purpose. 

Many have questioned the validity of the book because of its
apparently vengeful spirit. However, it shows the close
identification between the Lord and His people. Whoever misuses
God's people is the enemy of God (see Zech.2:8,9). The same is
found elsewhere in Scripture including the condemnation
pronounced upon Rome (represented as "Babylon") in Revelation
18:1-20.

Furthermore, God had already visited His own people in judgment,
and it is therefore consistent with His moral government that He
not exempt others. Thus the message of Obadiah would be a word of
comfort to those who suffered from Edomite cruelties. It
reinforces the prophetic conviction that the Lord is the
sovereign deity over all human history, not just the God of the
Israelites.
     
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From the New Living Translation


Edom's Judgment Announced


1 We have heard a message from the LORD that an ambassador was
sent to the nations to say, "Get ready, everyone! Let's assemble
our armies and attack Edom!"
2 The LORD says, "I will cut you down to size among the nations,
Edom; you will be small and despised. 3 You are proud because you
live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains.
'Who can ever reach us way up here?' you ask boastfully. Don't
fool yourselves! 4 Though you soar as high as eagles and build
your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down. I, the
LORD, have spoken!
5 "If thieves came at night and robbed you, they would not take
everything. Those who harvest grapes always leave a few for the
poor. But your enemies will wipe you out completely! 6 Every nook
and cranny of Edom* (Heb. "Esau") will be searched and looted.
Every treasure will be found and taken.
7 "All your allies will turn against you. They will help to chase
you from your land. They will promise you peace, while plotting
your destruction. Your trusted friends will set traps for you,
and you won't even know about it. 8 At that time not a single
wise person will be left in the whole land of Edom!" says the
LORD. "For on the mountains of Edom I will destroy everyone who
has wisdom and understanding. 9 The mightiest warriors of Teman
will be terrified, and everyone on the mountains of Edom will be
cut down in the slaughter."

     THERE INDEED WAS A FIRST FULFILMENT OF THIS PROPHECY.
Babylon took away most Edom people as that Empire swept away
Judah. But like the people of Judah, the Edomites did not all die
in captivity. They moved on over the decades and a great many of
them finally settled in Asia Minor or the country we call TURKEY
today.
 

Reasons for Edom's Punishment

10 "And why? Because of the violence you did to your close
relatives in Israel.* (Heb."your brother Jacob") Now you will be
destroyed completely and filled with shame forever. 11 For you
deserted your relatives in Israel during their time of greatest
need. You stood aloof, refusing to lift a finger to help when
foreign invaders carried off their wealth and cast lots to divide
up Jerusalem. You acted as though you were one of Israel's
enemies.
12 You shouldn't have done this! You shouldn't have gloated when
they exiled your relatives to distant lands. You shouldn't have
rejoiced because they were suffering such misfortune. You
shouldn't have crowed over them as they suffered these disasters.
13 You shouldn't have plundered the land of Israel (KJV "the gate
of my people) when they were suffering such calamity. You
shouldn't have gloated over the destruction of your relatives,
looting their homes and making yourselves rich at their expense.
14 You shouldn't have stood at the crossroads, killing those who
tried to escape. You shouldn't have captured the survivors,
handing them over to their enemies in that terrible time of
trouble.

Edom Destroyed, Israel Restored, 
Judgment on all Nations (KJV)

15 "The day is near when I, the LORD, will judge the godless
nations! 
"FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR..." (KJV)
"FOR NEAR IS THE DAY OF JEHOVAH...." (GREEN'S Hebrew/English
Interlinear)


HERE WE HAVE THE FINAL FULFILMENT OF THIS PROPHECY .... IT IS THE
DAY OF THE LORD THAT IS NEAR WHEN EDOM/TURKEY AND ALL NATIONS
WILL FACE GOD'S JUDGMENT!!


"As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your
evil deeds will fall back on your own heads. 16 Just as you
swallowed up my people on my holy mountain, so you and the
surrounding nations will swallow the punishment I pour out on
you. Yes, you nations will drink and stagger and disappear from
history, as though you had never even existed."


IN THE COMPARISON BETWEEN ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM AND OTHER NATIONS
AROUND ABOUT, THERE WILL BE NO COMPARISON!


17 "But Jerusalem* (Heb. "mount Zion")  will become a refuge for
those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the people of
Israel* (Heb. "house of Jacob") will come back to reclaim their
inheritance. 

18 At that time Israel will be a raging fire, and Edom, a field
of dry stubble. The fire will roar across the field, devouring
everything and leaving no survivors in Edom. I, the LORD, have
spoken!"


AS WE HAVE SEEN IN OTHER PROPHECIES. JESUS WILL RETURN, ISRAEL
AND JUDAH WILL BE DELIVERED FROM CAPTIVITY, FROM THE BEAST POWER
OF EUROPE BABYLON. AS THEY MARCH BACK TO THE HOLY LAND THEY WILL
PUNISH THE PEOPLE OF TURKEY FOR THEIR HARD HANDED CRUELTY TO JEWS
THAT FLED NORTH TO ESCAPE THE BEAST POWER AND ITS DESTRUCTION OF
JERUSALEM AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT
TRIBULATION.


19 "Then my people living in the Negev will occupy the mountains
of Edom. Those living in the foothills of Judah* (Heb."the
Shephelah") will possess the Philistine plains and take over the
fields of Ephraim and Samaria. And the people of Benjamin will
occupy the land of Gilead. 20 The exiles of Israel will return to
their land and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as
Zarephath. The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north* (Heb.
"in Sepharad") will return to their homeland and resettle the
villages of the Negev. 21 Deliverers will go up to* (Or "from")
Mount Zion in Jerusalem to rule over the mountains of Edom. And
the LORD himself will be king!"

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NOTE:

"The exiles of Israel will return and occupy the Phoenician coast
as far north as Zarephath."

Zarephath is close to Sidon. Take out your Bible Maps or Bible
Encyclopedias.

Now I want you to note what the Pictorial Bible Encyclopedia says
regarding a comment about this area and that of the ministry of
Jesus.

"....In the NT, Sidon is often combined with Tyre, almost as a
formula. ONE VISIT by Jesus to the region of Tyre and Sidon is
recorded in the gospels (mat.15:21; Mark 7:31), at which time he
had the encounter with the Syro-Phoenician woman. This is the
only recorded instance in the ministry of Jesus that he went
OUTSIDE the boundaries of Palestine ..." Vol.5, p.426-428.

THIS IS ONE CLEAR PROOF THE PROPHECY HERE IS FOR THE FUTURE!!

WHEN THE JEWS RETURNED FROM BABYLON TO JUDEA AND JERUSALEM AFTER
THE 70 YEAR CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON, THE JEWS NOR ANY ISRAELITE CAN
NEVER BE SAID TO HAVE OCCUPIED THIS PART OF THE NORTH WEST COAST.
IT WAS GENTILES WHO LIVED THERE. READ ABOUT JESUS AND THE WOMAN
IN MATTHEW 15. JESUS SAID HE WAS NOT SENT BUT TO LOST ISRAEL AND
IT WAS NOT FITTING TO GIVE THE MASTER'S MEAT TO THE "DOGS" -
WHICH EVERYONE KNEW MEANT "GENTILES."

THIS AREA OF THE COAST WAS NOT "OCCUPIED" BY ISRAELITES!  IT WILL
BE WHEN ISRAEL IS RETURNED TO THE HOLY LAND AT THE COMING OF
JESUS THE MESSIAH.

WHATEVER ELSE MAY BE SAID ABOUT ALL THE OTHER VERSES, THIS ONE
AND THE PHRASE USED "DAY OF THE LORD" IN VERSE 15, IS PROOF
ENOUGH THAT THIS PROPHECY IS YET TO HAVE A FINAL END TIME
FULFILMENT!

WHEN THE JEWS FLEE NORTH AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GREAT
TRIBULATION, TO ESCAPE THE BEAST POWER, THE KING OF THE NORTH (in
Daniel 11:40-45) THE ISLAMIC PEOPLE OF TURKEY WILL DEAL VERY
HARSHLY WITH THEM, THEY WILL BE SHALL WE SAY, ON THE SIDE OF THE
END TIME BABYLON BEAST.
FOR THIS TREATMENT OF ISRAELITE JEWS GOD WILL DEAL OUT PUNISHMENT
ON THE PEOPLE OF TURKEY BY ISRAELITES, AS THEY WILL BE A FIRE AND
FLAME AND THE HOUSE OF ESAU AS STUBBLE.

SAVIORS SHALL COME UP ON MOUNT ZION - DELIVERERS - THE SAINTS OF
GOD - RESURRECTED AT THE COMING OF CHRIST - AND THE KINGDOM SHALL
BE THE LORD'S!
 
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Entered on this Website September 2008


 
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