In a historic first, the Israeli government is moving forward with a plan to reconnect with tens of millions of people that apparently have Jewish ancestry. Such a project may not only drastically change the demographics of Israel but also bring about a prophecy in Obadiah suggesting that these people will fill up the Negev region in southern Israel, paving the way for the Messiah.
“This is the first time the Israeli government is looking beyond the established Jewish world and towards those who are descended from Jewish communities that were forcibly converted or otherwise converted.” more …
Opinion: The book of Obadiah may be the smallest in all Scripture, but it is one of the most action packed. Before Israel is restored, her eternal enemy will be dealt with first.
In Obadiah 1:1-9, God tells Esau (Edom) that judgment is coming and his pride will be debased and his wealth plundered.
Obadiah 1:10-15, God lists Edom’s crimes against his brother Jacob telling him whatever he has done will be done unto him.
Obadiah 1:16-18, God tells Edom that Jacob will be delivered but there will be nothing left of Esau, corresponding with Jesus going to Edom just prior to His triumphant return with His robe stained red from the blood of Edomites (Isaiah 63:1-3).
Obadiah 1:19-21, the prophet jumps to the millennial reign of Jesus when all the lands of Israel are restored to the descendants of Abraham Isaac and Jacob by their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10, 14:4), bringing the whole house of David to the (approximate) boundaries that God originally established.
All that in one chapter.