THE DOOM OF THE ARAB CONFEDERACY
that the "controversy of Zion" is coming more frequently
into the news of the world, let us look into God's word to learn what He has
to say of the final outcome. The
dissension between the Jews and Arabs is becoming an issue, and one in which
the Jews cannot but lose if they resort to violence at this time, as they are
so greatly out-numbered. Their
eventual triumph is certain, and their possession of the land of their fathers
is decreed by the highest tribunal of the universe, but it is not final until
their Messiah comes, "in clouds descending."
name "Arab" means "mingled." Let us remember this, for Edom (Esau) and Ishmael are now known under that name. Esau married a daughter of the Ishmaelites and their posterity have
continued to intermarry. Also, Moab, Ammon and the other nations of the south and east in Bible
times are included in this "mingled people:"
message of Obadiah, to Edom
or Esau is plainly to the Arab world of to-day, for the pronouncement of doom
herein given has never been fulfilled.
we shall look into the message of Obadiah and then we shall see what other prophets echo on the same subjects. If the word "heathen"
in the text were rendered "nations" we
would receive a better understanding of the prophecy. The "rumour from
the Lord" of the Jews demanding Palestine
caused the Arabs to send special representatives to the various nations in an
endeavour to prevent the governing bodies from co-operating with the Zionists
in their efforts to occupy Palestine.
The time is coming when not only the
Jews, but other nations with them, shall go against the Arabs. And within their confederacy shall men rise up
to give them wrong counsel, others pretending peace with them will deceive them
and assist in their overthrow.
will culminate in a dreadful slaughter in the land of Esau.
The cause of their terrible punishment
is given as "thy violence against thy brother
Jacob” ... “and thou shalt be cut off forever."
(v. 10). When the land was wrested from Jacob, and he
was scattered throughout the world, Esau stood on the other side with those
who destroyed him, rejoicing over his brother's desolation, and helping the
strangers against him.
God chides Esau and tells him that he should not have stood and looked
upon his brother in his calamity, nor rejoiced over the suffering of the
children of Judah.
Seven times the Lord says. "Thou shouldest not" concerning Esau's treatment
of Jacob, and six times does the Lord describe the latter's trouble as his day
of destruction, distress and calamity (vs. 11-14).
For this, Esau's punishment is decreed;
as he sowed, he shall reap. "For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen
(or nations): as thou
hast done it shall be done to thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head."(v. 15).
prophets were given messages of warning to the children of Esau, warnings which
they do not heed. Ezekiel conveyed a decree of judgment in chapter 35. Mount Seir
is the territory originally allotted to Esau. God's reason for the punishment upon Mount Seir
is that, "thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and
hast shed the blood of the children of Israel" (vs. 5). And
furthermore, "Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine and
we will possess it, whereas the Lord was there" (vs. 10). God’s message by Obadiah to the Arabs was
repeated almost identically by the prophet, Jeremiah,
in chapter 49: 7-22.
too, saw visions of the doom of the Arabs.
In chapter 34, he gives God's message
of their final judgment. They are called the people of His curse. Beside a great slaughter, there shall be no
inhabitant left in their land, for an overwhelming natural catastrophe shall
turn the streams into burning pitch which can never be quenched, and the land
shall be turned into brimstone which shall burn continually.
we know what the end of the Arabs, the mingled people, shall be. Whether it be,
near or not depends upon how soon Jesus returns, for He will finish the
prophecy when he reigns in Jerusalem.