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The Day of the Lord of Obadiah

"The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom:..." (Obad. 1: 1)

"The pride of thine heart hath (has) deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?" (Obad. 1: 3)

"Shall I (God) not in that day,..." (Obad. 1: 8)

This is referring to the Day of the Lord of Obadiah 1: 15. It is that day when God goes into action and destroys the Edomites. Let's continue with Obadiah 1: 8.

"...saith the Lord, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount Esau?"

"And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter."
"For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut of for ever." (Obad. 1: 9 - 10)

The descendants of Esau fought and showed violence against/toward Jacob's seed, the Israelites/Jews. See Ezekiel chapter 35, and Jeremiah 49: 7 - 22.

"In the day that thou stoodest on the other side (the Jordan River or in the land of Jordan itself) in the day that strangers (Babylon) carried away captive (the Jews) his (the Babylonian) forces, and foreigners (the soldiers) entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou (the Edomites) wast as one of them (the Babylonians)." (Obad. 1: 11)

As you can see, the Day of the Lord that Joel and Zechariah mention is not the same one referred to in Obadiah. For their Day of the Lord is a future event, which will take place as Jesus returns to earth in the Revelation/Second Coming. Nor is Obadiah's Day of the Lord the same as Paul's and Peter's day of the Lord. Obadiah's Day of the Lord was prophesied to happen in the future as well. However, it would take place (be fulfilled) in Old Testament times (after 587 B.C.).

"But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou spoken proudly in the day of distress." (Obad. 1: 12)

"Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate (at Jerusalem) of My people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;" (Obad. 1: 13)

"Neither thou shouldest not have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither thou shouldest not have delivered up those of his that remain in the day of distress." (Obad. 1: 14)

Let's take a look at Obadiah 1: 15.

It says,
"For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen:..."

This is referring to the Edomites, the descendants of Esau, those who lived in Edom. Petra was one of the places in Edom.

" thou has done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." (Obad. 1: 15)

So, Esau's descendants were destroyed on this Day of the Lord sometime after Babylon invaded Jerusalem (Obad. 1: 15). The Edomites did those things that are described in Obadiah 1: 10 - 14 against Israel.

"...there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau..." (Obad. 1: 18)

By the way, other names are mount Seir, the mount of Esau. And in Ezekiel chapter 30 the Day of the Lord appears to be in connection with the desolation of Egypt, and many will die. Ethiopia, Libya, Lydia, and so forth, are also mentioned. (See Ezek. 30: 5.).

You can read other verses (1, 2, 4 - 7, 16 - 21) in Obadiah on your own.

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