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Ezekiel: Chapter 35
Despite the shortness of this chapter and its subject, it begs the question, why this chapter is placed here in the section of Ezekiel that is concerned with her restoration as a nation and with her God. Tucked neatly in scripture, this judgment against the people who rejoiced at Israel's calamity and judgment of God by the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar has set the stage for a future event that will involve the remnant of Israel during the last half of the seven years of tribulation; her preservation during that most horrible time in mankind's history, and when her relationship will be permanent.
The overarching concept of God's judgement is found in Isiah 26:9-11, where the Lord shows His method of reaching out to the world to reveal His truth, grace and judgment where:
The context for Ezekiel 35 is that Mount Seir was part of Edom, as well as:
So why does the judgment of Mount Seir appear between these other two chapters? It is likely that as the Lord meets with his people during the second half of the tribulation, Revelation 12, the place the Lord prepared for this meeting is Petra, in Mount Seir. Thereafter, during the millennial reign of Christ, the Lord will heal the land of Israel and the world, and return the land of Israel like the Garden of Eden. Even during the exodus of Israel from Egypt to their promised land, they were instructed not to interfere the descendants of Esau as they passed through their land, Deuteronomy 2:1-6. As will be seen later on this webpage, the Edomites still held a hatred for Israel for which they were judged, Ezekiel 25:8-14.
As presented in this web site, on the page discussing Ezekiel chapter 34, Godís purpose is being fulfilled through the reestablishment of Israel in her land during the millennial reign of Jesus Christ. In Ezekiel 35, the scene shifts to the judgment of Mount Seir, or Edom. This region is located to the south of the Dead Sea. In Ezekiel 35:1-4, Ezekiel was instructed by the Lord to set his face against Mount Seir and prophesy
Since they choose not know the Lord when Israel was in her land, they would know the Lord in His judgment against them; there is no reconciliation for themGod had remembered the sins of Edom against the children of Israel, Ezekiel 35:3-9.
Ezekiel 35:5-9, one of the primary reasons for Edom's judgment was that Edom also lusted for the land of Israel as the Jews were being forced from their land when King Nebuchadnezzar sent them to Babylon in captivity, Psalm 137:7.
The Lord swears by Himself that:
However, in judgment they will know the Lord
Ezekiel 35:10-11, the countries sourrounding Israel thought to possess the land with the exile of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms of Israel
The Lord will make Himself known to them when He judges them because they chose to neglect the promise of the land made to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac, Genesis 15:18-21.
Despite their forced abandonment of the land, they were promised by the Lord that they would return and resettle the land after 70 years of captivity in Babylon. The judgment against Mount Seir, as well as Edom, and the other countries who rejoiced over Israel's peril, were judged of God, and are listed in Jeremiah 25. These countries were compelled to drink the judgment of the Lord, and forever be removed as nations, Jeremiah 25:15-28. In the following verses in the same chapter, the Lord states that if He had judged Israel for her transgressions, which were imported from her bordering countries, then those who delighted in her destruction were to be judged, Jeremiah 25:29-38. In these passages is also the dual purpose of drawing a picture of the judgment of the Lord against all nations during the end of the tribulation as God's judgments are poured out in the trumpet and bowl judgments, Revelation 8 and Revelation 9, and Revelation 16.
Ezekiel 35:12-15, Ezekiel writes that the Lord had heard all of the contemptible things that the people of Mount Seir had said against the mountains of Israel
At the time that the rest of the world is rejoicing, the Lord will make Mount Seir a desolation and they will come to know the Lord in His judgment
The book of Obadiah lists a number of the issues that God had against Edom. The first of which was their pride, which deceived them. The vision of Obadiah was about Edom, but Mount Seir is part of the country where they lived in the clefts of the rocks and made their home on the heights, Obadiah 1-3, Genesis 36:7-9
The actions against the people of Mount Seir by God, Obadiah 10-14, were because they:
Petra is inferred here in that the dwellings of these peoples were hewn from rock, which still exist today, but essentially abandoned except for those passing migrating through or tourists, Obadiah 3-4. Obadiah 10-15 pronounces the eternal judgment for the Edom, in that it will be as with Israel, but worse. Israel returned to her land after 70 years in Babylonian captivity, and then again after almost two millennia of worldwide dispersion of the Jews, they again exist as a country. The people of Edom no longer exist. The list of reasons for the judgment include:
All that Edom did against Israel was to be visited upon them, Obadiah 15.
Mount Zion will be holy and the house of Jacob will possess his inheritance, Obadiah 17-18. In addition, during the Lordís millennial reign, there will be deliverers from Mount Zion who will govern the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom will be the Lordís, Obadiah 21
By itself, Ezekiel 35 would seem have minor importance to the future of Israel, but it is interesting to reexamine Ezekiel 35:9. There is an uninhabited city today to the south of the Dead Sea, called Petra. As discussed in Ezekiel 34, during and after the middle of the tribulation period when the image of the Antichrist is erected in the Jewish temple area, the Jews are told by the Lord to flee into the wilderness. Though nowhere in scripture is the city of Petra identified as the city to where the remnant will flee, it is a convenient and likely location based on the passes cited above from Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Obadiah. The city of Petra as the future evacuation point for the fleeing Jews is only given as a possibility. However, it is at least coincidental that this is given so much prominence within these set of chapters that have such prophetic significance for the end times and Israel.
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