Are the Palestinians referred to in Biblical Prophecy as Edom and Mt. Seir?
If one reads the historical accounts concerning Edom and their ancient hatred of Israel, many of the characteristics of the Palestinian people match those of the Edomites. Even their attitudes and actions correlate to the despised nation of Edom. The prophets has much to say about the destiny of Edom. Many people believe that the Edomites no longer exist, which is basically true with a couple caveats. The people known as the Edomites or Idumeans have seized to be a nation known as Edom. But clearly there was even in the 1st century Edomites who lived and even ruled over governments, notably Herod the Great and the long line of heirs who ruled Judea with an iron grip. But what generally is not know is that when the Kingdom of Judah went into captivity in 3338 (Jewish Calendar), The Edomites rejoiced over the misfortune of their brother Jacob and cheered on the Babylonians as they destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. This act of hatred is remembered every weekday when we recite the Birkat HaMazon:
” By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down; yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song, and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we singHaShem’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cleverness. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. Remember, HaShem, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem’s fall, who said, “Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation thereof!” O daughter of Babylon who art to be destroyed, happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
After the Jewish people were sent into captivity the Edomites moved themselves into the ancient lands of Israel and claimed them as their own. The Edomites also intermarried with the children of Moav, Ammon and with the people that were moved into the land by the Babylonians. The Torah tells us that Edom freely mixed with the Arab people’s.
The Palestinian people through the Palestinian Authority claim that they have been in the land of Israel for many centuries. Their characteristics, depravity and actions all match those of Edom. The following prophecies will bring these into sharp focus so that there is no doubt that the modern people called Palestinians prophetically fulfill the role of Edom in the Last days.
The Prophecy of Ezekiel
The prophet Ezekiel outlines the reason that HaShem hates the Edomites and has decreed their utter and complete destruction.
“Son of man, set thy face against Mount Seir, and prophesy against it and say unto it, `Thus saith HaShem GOD: Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out Mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am HaShem. Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end, therefore, as I live, saith HaShem GOD, I will prepare thee for blood, and blood shall pursue thee. Since thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee. Thus will I make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. And I will fill his mountains with his slain men; in thy hills and in thy valleys and in all thy rivers shall they fall that are slain with the sword. I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return; and ye shall know that I am HaShem. (Ezekiel 35:2-9)
The second half of this chapter reveals Edom’s lust for the heritage of Israel and their corrupt attempt to steal the land that HaShem has given to Israel. Note verse 10 which can also be applied to the modern day desires and efforts of the Palestinian Authority:
Because thou hast said, “These two nations and these two countries shall be mine and we will possess it,” though HaShem was there, therefore, as I live, saith HaShem GOD, I will even do according to thine anger and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I have judged thee. And thou shalt know that I am HaShem, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, “They are laid desolate. They are given us to consume.”Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against Me and have multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them. Thus saith HaShem GOD: When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate. As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee. Thou shalt be desolate, O Mount Seir, and all Edom, even all of it; and they shall know that I am HaShem.'”
Chapter 36 reminds the EdomitePalestinians that the Mountains of Israel are the possession of the children of Israel even though they claim, “those ancient heights have become our possession (36:2):
Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys, `Thus saith HaShem GOD: Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen. Therefore thus saith HaShem GOD: I have lifted up Mine hand. Surely the heathen who are about you, they shall bear their shame. “`But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people of Israel, for they are at hand to come. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown. And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the wastes shall be built. And I will multiply upon you man and beast, and they shall increase and bring fruit. And I will settle you according to your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings; and ye shall know that I am HaShem. Yes, I will cause men to walk upon you, even My people Israel; and they shall possess thee and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. (Ezekiel 36:6-12)
The Prophecy of Ovadyah
The prophecy of Ovadyah (Obadiah) openly condemns Edom (descendants of Esau) and Teman (northern Saudi Arabia) to annihilation for not only gloating over Israels misfortunes but for murder (vs 14). Historically, when Israel was sent into captivity, Edom also came in to possess their land. As many bible students know, Edom or Esau intermarried with Ishmael and other Arab Peoples. Many of the Arabs in the Middle East have Edomite blood and Esau’s hatred. The land that the Palestinian Arabs have claimed and stolen is according to this prophecy going to be wrested from their grip and they will be destroyed: