Hebrews 11:20 By faith also Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning the future. (NET)
God records in scripture that He has a plan for Esau and Edom, just as He had a plan for Israel. His plan includes the use of the land of Edom for the protection of Jewish men and women fleeing from the Antichrist in the last days of this age. The plan will be carried out despite the failure of Edom in the ensuing years to honor the covenant between Jacob and Esau. The resulting prophecy from God is the destruction of the nation (Edom). As we consider the prophecies concerning Esau and Edom, we will find embedded in them an answer to the puzzle of the Raptures timing as well as to other important questions that we might have.
Genesis 36:8 Thus dwelt Esau in mount Seir: Esau is Edom. (KJV)
We see here that the people of Esau became the nation of Edom.
When instructing Israel concerning Edom we read:
Deuteronomy 2:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession. (KJV)
Deuteronomy 2:12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them. (KJV)
Joshua 24:4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. (KJV)
Deuteronomy 23:7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. (KJV)
Following some very antagonistic treatment of Israel and the passage of many years we see:
1 Samuel 21:7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul. (KJV)
What we learn as we study Edom, reveals that Edom’s children are able to come inside the covenant of Israel.
Further along in time we see prophecy speaking of the prince who is yet to come, who we call the Antichrist. In the prophecy to Daniel it was told us:
Daniel 11:41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (KJV)
This verse is important prophetically because it places Edom as a people within endtime prophecy. I’ll explain this more fully later.
If one reads all of the account of what transpired between Israel and Edom, the lands of Jacob and Esau, you will find them to have become enemies over time. But Individuals from Edom who came into covenant with God through Israel were blessed by becoming a part with Israel.
As mentioned before there actually had been a covenant of peace between the two brothers, Jacob and Esau, following the return home of Jacob from his servitude to Laban, but following Israel’s escape from Egypt, that covenant was broken by Edom.
Amos 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. (KJV)
As one can readily see there is a reversal by God concerning Edom’s outcome. Whereas before Israel was told that they would possess none of Edom’s land, now they are told that they will rule over Edom. In Amos we find that this passage actually speaks of the day of the Lord during which time Israel will be over all the world under the reign of Messiah, and we will reign with Him over these lands.
The book of Obadiah is mostly about the destruction of Edom, (the people and land given to Esau which is to occur during the day of the Lord) when all men are judged.
So let us consider the prophetic implications of what this is telling us from the Word. First we read in Daniel 11:41 that Edom is to be present and protected from the prince who is to exploit Israel during the Tribulation. Then we read:
Obadiah 1:15 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. (KJV)
Obadiah 1:19 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. (KJV)
Obadiah 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S. (KJV)
So the protection that occurs for Edom from the Antichrist during the Tribulation does not hold on the Day of the Lord. The day of the Lord brings the Judgment of the nations as Jesus returns once again in wrath to the wine press from which He has stained His garments as recorded in Isa. 63. So Edom is another piece of the puzzle helping us to understand the difference between the end-time periods of God’s timepiece. There are two periods yet to come. One is known as the Tribulation vs what scripture refers to as the Day of the Lord or the millennial one thousand year day. Dispensationalists attempt to tell us that these have the same beginning date stamp. They obviously do not.
Amillennialist’s attempt to end the heavens and earth with the beginning of the day of the Lord. Neither can be correct based on the prophetic word concerning Edom, also contained in God’s plan for the nations. Israel will rule with Messiah over Edom and the nations.
The study of Edom also allows us to realize the difference between Gods choosing of a nation vs His granting of free will to the individuals within that Nation. Edomites did become high ranking Aliens (Gentiles) in the Israelite nation. They are brothers and cousins of Israel, who, in order to come into covenant with God before Christ, joined themselves with Israel. Today they must accept Jesus even as Israel must accept Jesus.
Edom is but one of the nation’s who will remain in the kingdom unblemished by Antichrist and his reign of terror. There will be other nations who come out of Tribulation to stand before King Jesus for Judgment Based on their works (see Matt. 25, the sheep and goats Judgment).