What Does Obadiah 1:21 Mean?

The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion To judge the mountain of Esau, And the kingdom will be the LORD'S.

Obadiah 1:21(NASB)
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Verse Thoughts

Although it is only has 21 short verses, the book of Obadiah has a major message to deliver. It rehearses, with powerful candour, God's hatred of sin, His righteous demand for vengeance on His enemies, and His judgement on the gentiles, who oppress His people.

But Obadiah also identifies God's wonderful plan of redemption for the oppressed nation of Israel. He speaks of God's gracious blessing on believing Jews, which will be finalised with the establishment of the Kingdom of God, and the millennial rule of Jesus Christ our Saviour - for the deliverers will ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and the kingdom will be the Lord's.

The message from Obadiah is a thumbnail sketch of all the prophetic writings in Old Testament scripture, which outline God's wrath against a Christ-rejecting sinful world. He gives a profile of the crimes of Edom, and pinpoints their destruction, which will take place on the mountains of Esau. He uses 'Edom' and 'Esau' as a picture of His judgement on ALL the ungodly gentile nations of the world, and on those who reject God's word and abuse His people.

This powerful message indicates what will happen to all God's enemies globally. A day is coming when all Israel will be saved. God's people will be fully restored to their promised land, and Christ will be enthroned as King of kings and Lord of lords, upon Mount Zion's holy hill.

The land, which was stolen from the people of God and divided amongst the nations will be fully restored, and in the final section of his discourse, we are presented a picture of the terrible consequences, for those that rise-up haughtily against the God of the universe, foolishly renounce His Word and pridefully reject His gracious offer of salvation.

Obadiah begins by prophesying the destruction of Edom, which can also be identified as the land of Esau, on the other side of the Jordan and beyond the Dead Sea. But he ends by reminding us that God is in control and that the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will never fail. He prophecies of Israel's future deliverance, where God will use His people to be a flame to devour... the house of Esau,

On that day, a joyful procession will take place.. where the deliverers will ascend Mount Zion, to judge the mountain of Esau, and the kingdom will be the Lord's. We know that time is fast approaching, but first, Israel must go through that terrible time of Jacob's trouble - that great time of tribulation, during which period God's people will be purged and purified - redeemed and restored.

As for the Church, which is Christ's body? - the trump of God will sound, the voice of the archangel will shout, the dead in Christ will rise first and we that are alive and remain will be caught up, with them, into the air, to be with the Lord - forever. Let us comfort one another with these words, as we occupy until Christ comes, and tell forth the wonderful glory of His name, to a lost and dying world, who need Jesus as their God and Saviour.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, as the world gets darker and increasingly dangerous, we recognize that we are living in perilous times. But praise Your holy name that You have told us the end from the beginning, through holy men of God, like Obadiah - and Jesus Christ, Whom You sent to be our kinsman-redeemer. Give each one of Your children an increasing urgency to share the good news of the gospel of grace, with those that are dead in their sins, before that great and terrible day of the Lord begins. Give us courage, patience, endurance and a heart to seek the lost - this I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

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