ISRAELS’ MANY ENEMIES BROUGHT DOWN IN THE END
"The Kingdom shall be Jehovah's" Obadiah 21
That has always been the ultimate hope of the men of faith. The prophets of God have always insisted upon His PRESENT AND ACTIVE SOVEREIGNTY; but they have also declared with perfect unanimity that the day will come when that sovereignty will have its PERFECT VICTORY in the subjugation of all things to Himself in the MIND and HEART and WILL of man. That victory is not yet. Men are in His Kingdom, but not WILLINGLY. Therefore, they know nothing of the PEACE AND JOY which are His will for them. They fight against RIGHTEOUSNESS, and so fail to find PEACE AND JOY, because RIGHTEOUSNESS fights against them. When in the final order, RIGHTEOUSNESS is the condition of human life; PEACE AND JOY will inevitably follow. That is what we pray for when we say, "Thy Kingdom come." Faith is the assurance that this prayer will be answered. These final words of Obadiah's prophecy are the more remarkable, seeing that the burden of his message was that of the doom of Edom, the people who had persistently opposed Israel, and practiced cruelty towards her. For this sin God would bring her down from her high and proud place and all the others in the end that amass against her, and utterly despoil her and her accomplices; and Israel should be given possession of her rightful inheritance, the Promised Land. Having uttered this message, the prophet rose to a greater height, and saw the outworking of the DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY, bringing deliverance even to Edom. Out of Zion saviors would come to judge the Mount of Esau, and then "the Kingdom shall be Jehovah's." That remains the one hope for the world; and it is the one sufficient secret of confidence in all the days of darkness and travail which lead to the victory after the seven years of great tribulation for Israel.