God is the most awesome spiritual force ever. He indeed is Love on a level that most of us could never understand. If it wasn’t for him manifesting himself as a human on earth, as his spirit son Jesus, we would not be able to comprehend him. But how is it that God, who is the essence of the ultimate LOVE, can actually hate something? Well it’s best that you understand your own human-ness for a moment. Since God made us in his image, I propose we have much more in common that you might realize.
Inside of each of us is a thin line between hate and love. But God, the Almighty has this right as the creator of everything … EVERYTHING. This demands a respect and awe that most of us just don’t really get. How many of us have got into a fight with our spouse and felt a surge of anger that borderlined on hate. But after we forgave them … we loved them none-the-less? Isn’t it funny how easy it is to understand YHWH God when you give him the credit for making us in his own image. How unbelievably cool is that?
But let’s give credit where credit is due. He is the “MAN”. (said tongue in cheek). We have forgotten the concept of respecting authority. God is allowed to be “jealous” because he is God. But we are expected to follow his rules and that means to “respect his authority” and do as he says. Period. (cliches aside). We are to fear only him. But if you really understand his love for you … this would be a concept that is easy to embrace. If you knew how Glorious your eternity will be with him (Jesus Christ) as your Lord, giving him this respect would come “naturally” and with total “awe”.
So am I saying that we are not allowed to hate anyone, or be jealous of anyone, but YHWH God is? You bet! In fact, God hates sin. He makes no bones about it. But if you ask forgiveness directly to HIM ONLY, then he gives it. As long as you really mean it. And “meaning it” means that in your heart, you intend to change and do better next time. And unlike the enemy, God CAN see into your heart. So don’t MESS AROUND. There is far too much at stake. I hope you make it through this “test”on earth to the “other side”, so you can see for yourself.
That being said, God hates Esau. Look it up. But who is Esau and who are his descendants? Well I present to you, In Jesus Name, the answer to that question. It costs me a mere $20 a month to belong to the Koinonia Institute of “Pastor Chuck Missler” fame, but it is worth every penny. While I do not subscribe to all of his beliefs, he is able to tackle some of the most challenging subjects with great scriptural and historical knowledge better than most out there.
As long as the Lord so blesses me, I will take that investment and place it back to you.
I hope this message blesses you the same as it has me. There is much confusion as to the history of Esau and the Edomites and what role they play in the “end-times” and the Tribulation. Well here is a solid foundation that you can take to the bank.
BE BLESSED IN JESUS NAME
Who Are the Edomites?
by Chuck Missler (Pastor, Ph.D.)
There are more Bible passages pronouncing judgment on the Edomites than on any other nation.1 But who are they? What relevance do they have for us today? As diligent students of the Word of God, it is essential for us to understand who they are and what eschatological implications they may have on our present geopolitical horizon.
The Everlasting Hatred
The covenant birthright was a point of contention between Sarah vs. Hagar,2 Isaac vs. Ishmael,3 and which then became the root of the hb’yae ~l’A[ olam ebah—the “Everlasting Hatred”—beginning in the womb with Esau and Jacob, and Esau’s sub-sequent contempt of the covenant birthright,4 and resulting in Esau’s spiteful intermarriage with the Ishmaelites, which con-tinued the “everlasting hatred” to this very day.5 Recognition of this “Everlasting Hatred”—and its embodiment in Islam—is essential to our understanding its eschatological implications, as well as the daily newscasts that dominate our mainline press.
The tensions continued as Israel, after the exodus from Egypt, was denied passage through their land of Edom.6 The misleading nature of the maps in many of our Bibles cause us to assume that the Edomites were confined east of the Jordan, south of Moab. However, the Edomites (“Idumeans” in Greek), under pressure from the Nabateans in the east, migrated west and established their own “Idumea” (see map, right).
Migration into “Idumea”
Nomadic Nabateans migrated out of Arabia into Edom and drove the Edomites westward. Directly west of Edom were established routes of passage. Land there was historically more prosperous and resourceful than the land of Edom, which consisted of infertile deserts and jagged mountains. Further-more, the land bore a family association: after all, Esau was Jacob’s brother.
Hebron, 19 miles south of Jerusalem and 3400 ft. above sea level, became their new capital: established 1500 years earlier, unlike Jerusalem, it was left intact as prime real estate after the Babylonian deportation under Nebuchadnezzar.
As the Babylonians took Judah into captivity, and angry soldiers wrecked the walls, slew the people, and burned the city, we could have observed their neighboring citizens—the Edomites—encourage the Babylonians to ruin the city: “Raze it! Raze it!” they were calling. “Dash their little children against the stones and wipe out the Jews!”7
Hebron remained under Edomite control until Judas Maccabeus retook the city under Jewish control in 164 B.C. Thirty-eight years later, in 126 B.C., they had to be reconquered by the Jewish Army under prince and high priest John Hyrcanus. A pivotal event then took place in which Idumeans were forced to be proselytized into Judaism or flee or die. This resulted in many Idumeans pretending to become Jews, yet really were not.8
In 47 B.C. Julius Caesar promoted the Idumean Antipater as procurator over Judea, Samaria and Galilee. In 37 B.C., the Romans named Herod, son of Antipater, as King over Israel. (His mother was Nabatean). Thus, the Herods of the New Testament were Edomites: One of them killed the Jewish babies in his attempt to destroy Christ;9 another Herod murdered John the Baptist; another one killed James the brother of John.10
These “almost Jews” were—to the Roman mind—more comfortable than the true Jews. The Idumeans had five centuries of prior history in Israel by the time of the arrival of the Messiah Jesus.11 The struggle between the Israelis and the Arabs today is but a continuation of this same hatred that began in Genesis 25:21-26.
Specificity can, in some cases, be critical. Metaphors reign where mysteries reside. At the time of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., there was civil turmoil among the Zealots, the Idumeans, and the Orthodox Jews. Twenty thousand Idumean infantry slaughtered many of the Orthodox Jews. Yet, many also fought with the Jews against the Romans. Many were killed, sold into slavery, or many were among the 40,000 set free by Caesar. The distinctive hatred of the Idumeans had become obscured to the Roman mind.
During the subsequent revolt under Bar Kokhba, there were about 200,000 men at his command, with which he recaptured Jerusalem and many strongholds throughout the country. Emperor Hadrian called legion upon legion to crush the Jewish insurgents. Over 580,000 lost their lives.
Hadrian committed himself to stamp out Jewish national-ism entirely. Traditions such as circumcision, the Sabbath, and reading the Torah became forbidden under penalty of death. He also resolved to rename the region after the Jew’s worst enemy.
The Romans had two primary choices: Idumea or Philistia. Idumeans were viewed as practitioners of Judaism, and the tensions among them were regarded as simply a family squab-ble. They did not view the Idumeans as great an enemy to the Jews as the Philistines, so they named the region “Palestina,” which is the Latin for Philistia. Until 135 A.D., after the Bar Kokhba revolt, maps still dis-played Idumea. However, after the Romans chose to name the region “Palestina,” Idumea disappeared from future maps and history. The Edomites, subsequently known as Idumeans, be-came assimilated into the “Palestinians” of today. The “tents of Edom” featured in Psalm 83 appear as refugee camps in the propaganda of the Palestine Authority today.
Furthermore, many orthodox Jews today continue to view the international “globalists” as Edomites, a term they regard as referring to Rome or any other ruling empire.…
The Example of Amschel Moses Bauer
In 1743 a goldsmith named Amschel Moses Bauer opened a coin shop in Frankfurt, Germany. He hung above his door a sign depicting a Roman eagle on a red shield. The shop became known as the Red Shield firm.
Amschel Bauer had a son, Mayer Amschel Bauer. At a very early age Mayer showed that he possessed immense intellectual ability, and his father spent much of his time teaching him everything he could about the money lending business and in the basic dynamics of finance.
A few years after his father’s death in 1755, Mayer went to work in Hannover as a clerk in a bank owned by the Oppenheimers. Mayer’s superior ability was quickly recognized and his advancement within the firm was swift. His success allowed him the means to return to Frankfurt and to purchase the business his father had established in 1743.
The big Red Shield was still displayed over the door. Recognizing the true significance of the Red Shield (his father had adopted it as his emblem from the Red Flag which was the emblem of the revolutionary minded Jews in Eastern Europe), Mayer Amschel Bauer changed his name to Rothschild, the German word for “red shield.” It was at this point that the House of Rothschild came into being.
Through his experience with the Oppenheimers, Mayer Rothschild learned that loaning money to governments and kings was much more profitable than loaning to private individuals. Not only were the loans bigger, but they were secured by the nation’s taxes.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild had five sons, Amschel, Salomon, Nathan, Karl and Jakob. Mayer spent the rest of his life instructing them all in the secret techniques of money creation and manipulation. As they came of age, he sent them to the major capitals of Europe to open branch offices of the family banking business. Amschel stayed in Frankfurt, Salomon was sent to Vienna, Nathan was sent to London, Karl went to Naples, and Jakob went to Paris.
In 1838 Nathan made the following statement: “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.”
The saga continues, in the minds of many, with involvements of Adam Weishaupt with the Illuminati; the secret meetings on Jekyll Island that established the Federal Re-serve; and, other tales of struggle for global power. Apparently there may be some who still appear today as “Jews” but, in actuality, are not.
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Revelation 2:9; cf. 3:9
Many thanks to Bill Salus and his book, Isralestine, from which much of the material in this series was taken. There certainly seems to be fruitful ground for the diligent inquirer. The tale has yet to run its full course. (Study the references in Note #1.)