The Glory of God!
March Memory Verse
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
• Are We Living in the End Times? By Tim
LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, Tyndale House,1999
• The MacArthur Study Bible, NKJV, Thomas
Nelson Publishing, 1997.
• Obadiah, The Enigma of the Edomites, Dr.
Chuck Missler, YouTube Video
• www.gotquestions.org/endtimes. (Got
The Minor Prophets
• Hebrew Bible treats these as a single book
– “The Book of the Twelve Prophets”
• English versions separate into 12 books based
on the name of the Prophet
• Not in chronological order in Bible
• Major vs. Minor – based on length of writing
The Prophet Obadiah
• Book of Obadiah shortest book in OT
• Not quoted in the NT
• Cannot identify the “ghost writer” Obadiah
• Probably written between 848-841 B.C.
during reign of Jehoram of Judah after
Philistines and Arabians attacked Jerusalem
• Prophet Jeremiah (49:7-22) borrowed verses
from Obadiah (v. 1-9)
Outline of Obadiah’s 21 Verses
• God’s Judgment on Edom: v. 1-14
• God’s Judgment on the Nations: v. 15-16
– Tribulation (Great Tribulation)
• God’s Restoration of Israel: v. 17-21
– Millennial (1,000 Years Reign)
Who Were The Edomites?
• The descendants of Esau
– The firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah
– Twin brother was Jacob
– God told Rebekah they would become 2 nations
– God said the older would serve the younger
– Grandparents were Abraham and Sarah
– Esau married Ishmael’s daughters
– More Bible judgments against Edom than others
Esau Sold His Birthright
29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau
came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said
to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red
stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called
31 Jacob replied, "First sell me your birthright."
32 "Look, I am about to die," Esau said. "What good
is the birthright to me? "
Esau Sold His Birthright
33 But Jacob said, "Swear to me first." So he swore
an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil
stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
Esau’s Character Flaws
• Sold his birthright (inheritance) to Jacob for a
bowl of soup (Genesis 25)
– Showed disrespect
• Married foreign women and was a source of
“grief to his parents”
• Described in Hebrews 12:16 as a “profane
person” who wanted God’s blessings, but did
not want God
The Ongoing Conflict
• Last recorded meeting of Jacob and Esau was
at Isaac’s funeral in Genesis 35:29.
• Jacob and sons end up in Egypt for 430 years
• Esau’s dynasty thrives in Edom (Genesis 36)
• Edom refused to let Israel come thru their
land on their way to the Promised Land
• Edom continually attacked Israel before their
1 The vision of Obadiah.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom
(We have heard a report from the Lord,
And a messenger has been sent among the
"Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle"):
2 "Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You shall be greatly despised.
Obadiah 3-9 Overview
• The sin of Edom was PRIDE.
– Believe you are superior to God; no need for Him
– Pride is focus on yourself; Humility is focus on others.
– Sin of pride applies to us personally and as a nation
Psalm 10:4 (NIV)
4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
You who dwell in the clefts of the rock,
Whose habitation is high;
You who say in your heart, 'Who will bring me
down to the ground?'
4 Though you ascend as high as the eagle,
And though you set your nest among the
From there I will bring you down," says the
Pride of Strength & Location
• Edom was one of the world’s great powers.
• They thought they were impenetrable
because of mountain location with
• Who can capture us?
5 "If thieves had come to you,
If robbers by night—
Oh, how you will be cut off!—
Would they not have stolen till they had enough?
If grape- gatherers had come to you,
Would they not have left some gleanings?
6 "Oh, how Esau shall be searched out!
How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!
Pride of Wealth
• Edom controlled the trade routes going to
• The King’s Highway went through their land.
• They hid looting treasures in their caves.
7 All the men in your confederacy
Shall force you to the border;
The men at peace with you
Shall deceive you and prevail against you.
Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap
No one is aware of it.
Pride of Alliances
• Their enemies deceived them.
• In 5th Century B.C. the Nabateans attacked the
Edomites driving them out of the area.
– The Edomites had just fed them a peace meal.
• The Edomites moved west and captured
Hebron, and formed “Idumean” after Judah’s
8 "Will I not in that day," says the Lord,
"Even destroy the wise men from Edom,
And understanding from the mountains of
Pride of Wisdom
• Edom was known for its “great thinkers”.
• Job’s friend Eliphaz was from Teman and the
Shuhite was from the Edom mountain range.
• Edom’s wisdom was not “Godly Wisdom”.
9 Then your mighty men, O Teman, shall be
To the end that everyone from the
mountains of Esau
May be cut off by slaughter.
Pride of Military
• They had pride in believing that their military
• The mighty military army of Edom will become
dismayed and ineffective (self-destruct).
Obadiah 10-14 Overview
• Edom did not come to Israel’s defense.
• Edom rejoiced over Israel’s destruction.
• Edom attacked and plundered the land.
• Edom assisted Israel’s enemies.
10 "For violence against your brother Jacob,
Shame shall cover you,
And you shall be cut off forever.
11 In the day that you stood on the other
In the day that strangers carried captive his
When foreigners entered his gates
And cast lots for Jerusalem—
Even you were as one of them.
12 “But you should not have gazed on the
day of your brother
In the day of his captivity;
Nor should you have rejoiced over the
children of Judah
In the day of their destruction;
Nor should you have spoken proudly
In the day of distress.
13 You should not have entered the gate of
In the day of their calamity.
Indeed, you should not have gazed on
In the day of their calamity,
Nor laid hands on their substance
In the day of their calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the
To cut off those among them who
Nor should you have delivered up those
among them who remained
In the day of distress.
Obadiah 15-16 Overview
• Obadiah’s prophecy projects to the Great
Tribulation (“the day of the Lord”)
– The Tribulation follows the Rapture of the Church.
– A 7 year period when God’s wrath is poured out
on the earth.
– The Great Tribulation is last 3 ½ years of
– Reaping what you sow – retribution v. 15.
– Having to drink the wrath of God v. 16.
• Definition – divine administration of a period
of time, a divinely appointed age
• Primary Principles:
1. A consistently literal interpretation of scripture,
especially with Biblical Prophecy.
- Pretribulation & Premillenium (Rapture before
2. A distinction between Israel and the church in
God’s program (Not Replacement Theology).
15 "For the day of the Lord upon all the nations
As you have done, it shall be done to you;
Your reprisal shall return upon your own
16 For as you drank on My holy mountain,
So shall all the nations drink continually;
Yes, they shall drink, and swallow,
And they shall be as though they had never
Obadiah 17-21 Overview
• Obadiah’s prophecy moves to the 1,000 Year
• Israel’s will occupy ALL of the Promised Land.
• There are no survivors of the house of Esau.
• The Messiah will rule His Kingdom from Mt.
The Millennium/1000 Years Reign
• Begins with Christ returning to earth with His
own (The Glorious Appearing or 2nd Coming).
• Resurrected saints will reign with Him over
Israel and all nations on earth.
• Satan is bound in Abyss for 1,000 years.
• Major changes in earth’s climate, geography,
flora and fauna.
17 "But on Mount Zion there shall be
And there shall be holiness;
The house of Jacob shall possess their
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
And the house of Joseph a flame;
But the house of Esau shall be stubble;
They shall kindle them and devour them,
And no survivor shall remain of the house
For the Lord has spoken.
19 The South shall possess the mountains of
And the Lowland shall possess Philistia.
They shall possess the fields of Ephraim
And the fields of Samaria.
Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 And the captives of this host of the
children of Israel
Shall possess the land of the Canaanites
As far as Zarephath.
The captives of Jerusalem who are in
Shall possess the cities of the South.
21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion
To judge the mountains of Esau,
And the kingdom shall be the Lord's.
1 Corinthians 6:2a
2a Do you not know that the saints will judge the
4c And they lived and reigned with Christ for a
Are there any Edomites today?
• Edomites were forced to convert to Judaism in
126 B.C. (Maccabean wars).
• Julius Caesar in 47 B.C. appointed the Edomite
(Idumean) Herod as King over Israel.
– Bethlehem’s babies: John the Baptist; James
• Rome renamed the area Palestina (Palestine),
and they became assimilated into the
“Palestinians” of today (?).
Overcoming the Sin of Pride
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 if My people who are called by My name will
humble themselves, and pray and seek My face,
and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal
Closing Thoughts on Obadiah
• The prophecy given to Obadiah was not given
to the Edomites, but to the Israelites as a
• Any nation not recognizing God as authority
and truth will commit the sin of pride.
• Where are we in the USA along this path?
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:6 NKJV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and
the life. No one comes to the Father except
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is death,
• Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.
• Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve
death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our
• The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the
second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable,
murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters,
and all liars shall have their part in the lake which
burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23b NKJV
23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
Revelation 21:7 NKJV
7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I
will be his God and he shall be My son.”
• Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept
Jesus as our Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord
Jesus and believe in your heart that God has
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD
shall be saved.”
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