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Monday, January 16, 2017

Obadiah 16

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.

For further study - Obadiah 16-21

You will notice once again Joel's "the day of the Lord" is in play here, verse 15. This passage is describing the days leading up to the return of Jesus Christ back to earth. A key verse, verse 16, speaks of the descendants of Esau, drinking upon the Lord's "holy mountain".

This phrase, "holy mountain" used in the Old Testament is describing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as it does in each of the passages where God uses that phrase.

I do not believe that the Lord is referring to someone actually drinking from a bottle of whiskey on the Temple Mount. Instead, the Lord is referring to Zechariah's prophecy in chapter 12:2, of that prophetic message about the city of Jerusalem and in particular the Temple Mount.

Zechariah is describing how those who have control over the Temple Mount have become "intoxicated with power". The words, "cup of trembling" are referring to when the juice of the vine, the grape juice, has fermented in the cup and has become intoxicating.

Notice it says those who have drunk on the Temple Mount shall continue to do so continuing to be intoxicated with power until they shall be as if they never have been. This is a prophecy written to Esau and his descendants, the Edomites, which are the Palestinian people of today.

This small prophetic book of Obadiah is both historic and prophetic. The truth is that at the time it was written the entire book was prophetic. The book was written around 850 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.

Verses 1-14 are those prophecies that have been fulfilled, prophecies and historic events that have already come to past. Verses 15-21 are now the prophetic passages in this book.

All the evidence today is available for anyone to investigate and come to the same conclusion that Orthodox Jewish scholars have made. The Edomites of biblical times are the Palestinians of today (see my study, Esau and the Palestinians).

We are now living in a time like never before in history. The Jews and the Palestinians are in a conflict that is key in the Middle East. In fact, the United Nations Secretary General Ban ki Moon says that the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is key to peace in the Middle East.

The conflict will be resolved - the Palestinians shall come to a time when they will be as if they have never been, verse 16. We are very near to that time in history. Jesus is coming and it could be today when He calls us up to be with Him at the Rapture.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Help me to live as if this is the day Jesus will come, because it could be the day.