Obadiah – Dual Prophecy

Interesting … Some may be tempted to relegate the scope of the prophecy in Obadiah to only the ancient Edomites. But given the futuristic scope of some portions, it is clear it applies to modern “Edomites” as well. How do we know that Obadiah’s vision was not just against the Edomites of his day, but something future, extending to our day and beyond? Verses 15-17 about the apocalyptic Day of the Lord, and recovery of the Temple Mount, verses 19-20, geographic references to land reclamation not yet achieved, and verse 21 about God’s future rule from Mt. Zion make that very clear. => Visions that OT prophets were given are not restricted to a thin slice of time, but sometimes encompass a very expansive one. They saw events that were to occur over a long time frame in a single scene. This is especially evident in some of the Messianic prophecies, where events from both the first and second comings of Messiah are communicated in one prophetic scene.

Obadiah 1:15For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.
=> judgement is not only on Edom, but on all nations

Obadiah 1:16Because just as you drank on My holy mountain, All the nations will drink continually. They will drink and swallow And become as if they had never existed.

=> Zion = Holy mountain = The LORD’s dwelling forever
Psalm 132:11-14The LORD has sworn to David A truth from which He will not turn back: Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne. 12 If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever. 13 For the LORD has chosen Zion, He has desired it for His dwelling: 14 This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.

=> Zion = Holy mountain = Where Son reigns as King
=> Those who do not turn to Him and repent, will drink the cup of wrath and in the end it will be as if they never existed.
Psalm 2:6, 10-12But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain. …
… 10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11 Worship(serve) the LORD with reverence(fear) and rejoice(repent) with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.