Obadiah: 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.
Esau became Edom; Genesis 25: 30: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. The modern nation of Jordan is biblically referred to as Edom, Moab and Ammon: Edom is southern Jordan; Moab is central Jordan; Ammon is northern Jordan.
Edom’s borders press upon Israel’s borders, especially that of the West Bank; thus the prophecy of Obadiah largely concerns the Palestinians.
The ambassador that was sent to the Gentiles (the heathen) is an angel commissioned by God to bring unrest in the Middle East.
Obadiah: 2: Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.
The Palestinians’ exhibits of excessive arrogance have made them despised by people all over the world.
Obadiah: 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.
The emblem of the Palestinian National Authority is an eagle.
Obadiah: 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.
“Teman” means “South”; Saudia Arabia is the mighty oil nation south of Israel.
The Saudis are the keepers of Mecca and Medina; they are called “mighty men” because of their political and financial clout from the sale of oil.
Verse nine is rendered in the following manner: Your mighty allies in the south, the Saudis, will be broken, and every man will be cut off from the Dome of the Rock (the Mount of Esau; see verse 21).
Obadiah: 10: For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.
The Hebrew root word for “violence” is “chamac”; “chamac”, when translated into Modern Hebrew, becomes, “Hamas”. Hamas is a Palestinian terrorist organization whose members seek to kill the Jews.
Obadiah: 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 have spoken proudly in the day of distress.
The Palestinians party on the streets after ghastly terror attacks against the Jews; they still wish that Adolf Hitler had exterminated all of the Jews during the Holocaust.
Obadiah: 13: 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;
Israel’s calamities began when the Romans sacked Jerusalem in A.D. 70, scattering the Jews throughout the world. The Palestinians are guilty of making claim upon Jewish property during the Diaspora, pillaging that which does not belong to them. They made claim upon the Old City of Jerusalem too (the gate of God’s people).
Obadiah: 14: 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.
The persecution upon the Jews during the 1930’s and the 1940’s caused the Jews to return to their homeland via the open doors of the Zionist movement. The British then slammed these doors shut because of Arab rioting and violence; the closing of these doors abandoned the Jews to mass death in Europe under the Nazi scourge.
Obadiah: 15 - 16: 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. 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.
The Islamic preachers in the mosque upon the Temple Mount consistently spew out anti-Jew hate speech in their sermons.
The emphasis on the Temple Mount (God’s holy mountain) is because it is the place where God said that His name would dwell. Because the nations of the world have joined forces in their evil attempts to commandeer that place, then they will drink the full portion of the cup of God’s wrath; they will be destroyed and exist no more.
Obadiah: 17 - 20: But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. 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. And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
Verses 17 to 20 describe Israel’s territorial gains upon being victorious in the next Arab-Jew War. The expansion of Israel will include Mount Seir in southern Jordan (this is the geographical mount of Esau compared with the spiritual Mount of Esau which is the Dome of the Rock), the Gaza Strip (the plain of the Philistines), the West Bank (Ephraim and Samaria), northern Jordan (Gilead), southern Lebanon (Zarephath) and the Negev of southern Israel (the cities of the south).
Obadiah: 21: And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.
The Dome of the Rock upon the Temple Mount is the Mount of Esau upon Mount Zion.
An earthquake will destroy the Dome of the Rock, then the Jews will remove the rubble to build their temple.