In Part 8 of this series we saw how an “ambassador” was sent to West Bank and Jordan (probably from Iraq) who deceived them into joining other Arab nations in invading Israel. This resulted in overwhelming military response by Israel, and the decisive defeat of the instigators of this attack. We now continue in our prophetic studies of this battle; the final judgment of God upon the Palestinians; and the complete restoration of Israel to her ancient promised land.
In addition to being invaded and conquered by Israel, Edom also will be permanently destroyed at the battle of Armageddon, forty years later. Isaiah 34 describes this event: “And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever” (Isaiah 34:9-10).
Malachi 1 also prophesies the return of Edom to their homeland (Southern Jordan) and their subsequent destruction: “And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever” (Malachi 1:3–4). This immigration probably is coincident with the return of Israel to their land after the Diaspora. However, in the case of Edom, their return is only temporary. In fact, in the millennium (when “dragons” occupy Edom), it will be known as “wickedness” and “indignation.”
These prophetic words have both near (beginning of the end times) and distant (Armageddon) fulfillments: Israel will first invade and conquer Edom; then, at the battle of Armageddon, the Lord will destroy the Antichrist’s forces and render the land of Edom a perpetual wilderness forever (“from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever”).
At the conclusion of the war, Israel is in possession of the West Bank, Jordan, and Gaza, as recorded in Obadiah 1:
“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. And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south” (Obadiah 1:19-20).
Amos 9:11–12 also looks forward to this time. The “tabernacle of David” refers to political Israel with all of its cities; Amos indicates that these will be rebuilt from their ruins “as in the days of old.” This is exactly what has happened since 1948, and now Israel will possess the “remnant of Edom”—the West Bank and Southern Jordan.
“In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 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” (Amos 9:11-12).
The rebuilding of Israel prophesied by Amos includes everything as it was “in the days of old,” including the city of Jerusalem and the temple mount being part of Israel. This infers that Israel will rebuild her temple during this time—the one which will be used during the tribulation period. Revelation mentions a temple in Israel (“measure the temple of God”; Revelation 11:1) and this is where the Antichrist will sit when he commits the abomination of desolation: “so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). After Israel destroys the nations surrounding her at the beginning of the end-times period, there will be no one remaining to object to their rebuilding of their ancient temple.
Revelation provides more detail about the temple site. The apostle John was given a reed and told to measure (spiritually evaluate) the temple and those that worshipped therein. He then is told to “leave out” the court outside the temple, and not measure it—for it belonged to the Gentiles. An explanation for this is that the actual temple site (the Holy of Holies) may be located one hundred meters north of the present Dome of the Rock under a small Islamic shrine called “the Dome of the Tablets”; therefore, Israel could build her temple on the temple mount and still leave the existing Dome of the Rock intact. This is what Revelation implies.
“And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months” (Revelation 11:1-2).
Israel now looks forward to several decades of peace and prosperity, with her enemies vanquished and her ancient land restored to her. This means her original boundaries, given by God to Abraham (Genesis 15:18) will be restored as they were at the beginning. This includes the Mediterranean coast from Zarephath (north of Tyre; Obadiah 1:20) southward to Egypt, eastward comprising all of present-day Jordan, and northward including most of present-day Syria to the Euphrates River. These boundaries approximate those of Israel under King Solomon in the tenth century BC. Israel now will begin to blossom like a rose and become like the garden of Eden (Ezekiel 36:35), as God pours out his blessings upon his promised land. The Palestinian problem has been fixed permanently.
At this point, the US and coalition forces have taken over Iraq, and all its natural resources are considered spoils of war. There is nothing in Scripture which indicates widespread destruction of oil fields in the Middle East. On the contrary, Iran and probably Kuwait (major oil producers) will be allied with the US-led northern coalition. Jeremiah 50:10 says: “And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the Lord.”
It’s interesting to note that Saudi Arabia (“Dedan”) has not participated as a coalition partner with the US in either the 1991 or 2003 wars. Perhaps that is why the Bible says, “Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan” and “they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.” These verses seem to imply destruction of people rather than geological treasures such as oil fields. Therefore, in the war which begins the end times, there may indeed be localized nuclear destruction of certain countries and populations, but worldwide, long-term economic damage may be minimal.
It seems that the favorite pastime of Arab nations is attacking Israel, and according to Psalm 83, Obadiah 1, Jeremiah 49, and Ezekiel 25, the West Bank and Jordan will participate in this activity one last time—in conjunction with their Arab neighbors—before Israel puts an end to this problem for good. It’s interesting that there only are two nations that the Bible predicts will be a perpetual waste forever like Sodom and Gomorrah: Edom (Southern Jordan [Jeremiah 49:13]) and Babylon (the kingdom of the Antichrist [Isaiah 13:19]). This indicates the seriousness with which God takes attacks upon his holy land of Israel; these nations will have no place in the millennial kingdom of Christ, and simply will cease to exist forever.
We’ll cover more about this Mideast war in Part 10 of this series, including the destruction of Saudi Arabia, and the deportation of survivors to other nations, including the United States—a process which will take one year. So stay tuned by for Part 10!
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Yours in Christ,