THE MIDDLE EAST IN BIBLE PROPHESY
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to
the Book of Obadiah, an interesting prophecy and one
that has to do with the End Times. We have found this
is a prophecy against Edom. Edom is Mount of Esau,
which means the descendents of Esau lived in Edom.
Edom is modern Jordan in the Middle East.
God Almighty says in Obadiah, verse 9, "That every one
(all the descendents) of the mount of Esau may be cut
off by slaughter." Then He gives the reason why in
verse 10, "For thy violence against thy brother Jacob
shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for
We go back to the birth of Esau. Isaac and Rebekah had
two children, twins, Jacob and Esau. Esau was
firstborn, but Jacob, when he came out of the womb,
had hold of his brother's heel. They named him Jacob,
which, in Hebrew, means "heel catcher" and carries the
further thought of trickster and schemer. Jacob became
a trickster and a schemer.
Later on, Esau was known as a man's man, a great
hunter. He cared not for God, the things of God, or
the things of the Spirit of God. He was a typical
worldling who lived only for the earth and time and
the satisfaction of his own passions and desires. He
left God out of his life.
Jacob was a fearer of God, even though he was a
despicable character. Now Esau, as the firstborn, had
the right of the spiritual blessings that came down
through God's covenant with Abraham, but he didn't
care anything about it. So, one day he came in from
the field and Jacob had made some pottage. Esau said,
"Give me some of that good, red pottage." Jacob said,
"Sell me your birthright." "Oh," he said, "that old
birthright is not worth anything. You can have it for
that mess of pottage." Then he gulped down that food
and did not realize what he had done until later.
Later on, he awoke to find out that he had given up
the blessings tha ...
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