Minor Prophets: Major Messages

Epilogue: A Summary of the Book of Obadiah

The following summary draws and expands on the outline given in Summary Exposition of the Prophets and Psalms.

Those who are in a state of self-intelligence will pervert the Word. We need to be watchful and ready to combat such overt perversion. How will we know the intent of those perverting the Word? It will become known in the attitude they express. They will imagine themselves more intelligent then the rest, including the Lord.

The followers of Esau will cleverly defend the falsities they love with the light of the natural world. Some "apparent" truths will be used illustratively with human prudence as proof. But such natural lumen will pale in the heavenly light of the Lord and with Esauís spiritual demise, all attending falsities will dissipate, too.

Even though the Word warns of their end, Edom remains haughty and conceited. With delight, those in an Esau or Edom state will point out the deficiencies of the literal sense. Their conceit works hard to do damage to the church. For those who are in self-intelligence, there is a glee or delight in their subterfuge. Harm will slip in among those who are not alert to their falsity.

Evil might rule for a time, but the Lord will rule in the end. A new church will arise. This church will have an understanding of truth. It will love truth for truthís sake. Those within this church will be saved.

"And the kingdom shall be the Lordís." (Obadiah 1:21)

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