The Spirit Of Edom
n my youth, as a young man reading the Bible, I remember having considerable difficulty with the identity ofEdom. I understood the fact that the name was actually a variant of Adam as Old Testament place/names have many variations in the placement of vowels, but whenever I encountered verses where God spoke about an eternal hostility towards Edom, I often found myself bewildered by what was really going on.
Predictably, the churches I attended usually focused on the everlasting love of God, rather than verses where God vowed to hate someone forever. Now that I've become a man and put away "childish things" (I Corinthians 13:11), I've learned it's just as important to know what God despises, as it is to know what He loves -- and when it comes to the mysterious identity of "Edom," there is no comparable example of anything which is denounced to severely as this. The prophet Malachi describes God's wrath against Edom:
"And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. And they shall call them....the people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever" (Malachi 1:3,4).
The first thing to point out is the fact that, although this verse says the LORD hated Esau -- the name Edom is the name by which Esau became known -- thus, they are essentially synonymous. However, we've learned that whenever God has some kind of name change, it always means something, and the case of Esau becomingtransformed into Edom is no exception.
Most of us know that Esau is the one who couldn't care less about his birthright (his "heritage" in the verse just cited), and traded it for a bowl of soup. This was certainly a slap in the face of God, for Esau was the first born ofIsaac and, as such, was the direct descendant of Abraham. The Scriptures tell us that after Esau replaced his first born sonship honour with physical comfort (the meal in exchange for the invisible birthright), he was then known as Edom:
"And Esau said to Jacob, feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom" (Genesis 25:30).
Those who have yet to discern how all of the things which happened to Israel in the Old Testament are symbolic and allegorical signposts (I Corinthians 10:11) for the believers will never receive this, but the reason that God hated Esau is simply because he despised the enormous honour the LORD had bestowed upon him by making Esau the firstborn son of Isaac. It is crucial that we also recognize the fact that the Scriptures show Esau and his descendants, known as the Edomites, perpetually sought to get back the birthright which was permanently lost.
Because Esau further displeased his parents Isaac and Rebekah by marrying into the lineage of the Hittites and the Ishmaelites, this mingling of the Abrahamic family line compounded the estrangement of Esau from his family -- and because Jacob had become the recipient of the extremely important birthright blessing of Abraham and Isaac, Esau announced his hatred of Jacob, and vowed to murder him:
"And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing....and Esau said in his heart...then will I slay my brother Jacob" (Genesis 287:41).
Thus, the Scriptural storyline not only shows the transition of Esau from the firstborn, into a bitter and hateful person who has forfeited his royal birthright, it shows him continuing to make the wrong choices in terms of the events which transpire throughout his life. Instead of realizing it was his choice which brought him to desolation, he became envious of Jacob, and blamed his brother for his own mistakes. In short, Esau/Edom goes all the way bad.
The primary theme of the Spirit of Edom is the urge to get back that which that unclean Spirit believes was unfairly taken from it. This is related to the "root of bitterness" (Hebrews 12:15) mentioned in the New Testament; however the Spiritual identity which takes shape after studying the Scriptures dealing with "Edom" speaks of a restless Spirit which is in a perpetual state of turmoil trying to get back that which is now forever lost.
For example, a century before Christ, the Jews had yielded to the incessant effort of the Edomites (there seen in another variant spelling as Idum, as in Idumaean) to rejoin the family of Israel, and the Idumaeans had stolen the historic lands of the tribe of Simon. The powerful Idumaean military leader Antipater came to power, and his son began the dynasty of Herod -- thus the kingship of Judah was seized by the descendants of Edom.
When the leadership of Israel in Judaea and Jerusalem refused to respond to the Spirit of truth which was inJesus Christ, they were offered the opportunity to sustain the position of the first born of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob -- with Israel termed the offspring of God by the prophet Isaiah:
"And the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying....Israel mine inheritance" (Isaiah 19:25).
Throughout the prophets, Israel was seen as the sons (and daughters) of God, where we see such terms as "Israel mine elect" (Isaiah 45:4), "Israel...my servant" (Isaiah 41:8), "Israel my called" (Isaiah 48:12), and Israel as "a light to the Gentiles" (Isaiah 49:6, 10:17). Clearly, just as Esau was once given the birthright, Israel was chosen by God.
As we have repeatedly sought to show, the Gospel was the good news which was offered to Israel, but only those who responded to the call of God through Jesus Christ inherited the Spiritual identity of born again Israel. Thus, the LORD turned the world upside down when He engineered the identity of Spiritual Israel, which was then placed inside people who were formerly Jews and Gentiles.
On the other side of the coin, in the nation which rejected Jesus, we find the physical Israelites (commonly called Jews in the New Testament), who no longer had the Spirit of God within them, for that honour was given to those in Christ. Thus, in seeking to identify the Spirit which resided in the Christ rejecting people, we encounter the concept of Spiritual Edomites, inhabiting the physical Jews.
The New Testament helps us to identity the true Spirit within the Christ rejecting people, for as the Gospel flourished in their midst, they continued in precisely the same pattern as the Edomite/Idumaean descendants of Esau before them:
"Therefore when they were gather together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him" (Matthew 27:17,18).
"But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming" (Acts 13:45).
"But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar...." (Acts 17:5).
As Israel saw their own standing removed as the chosen of the LORD, even as it was plain the Christians had inherited the blessings of the father through His Son Jesus, they continued to manifest the Spirit of Edom -- and over the centuries have made every possible effort to get back the birthright which they lost at the cross of Jesus Christ.
There are Jewish Supremacists in the various groups such as the Rapture Cult, Messianic Jews, the so called Lost Tribes, the Sacred Name proponents, and those teaching the Two House heresy, and every one of them tries to put forth the idea the Jews are still chosen before God, whereas the LORD Himself has repeatedly identified theSpirit of Edom as that which resides within them:
"Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou are greatly despised. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee...." (Obadiah 1:2).
In an irony of ironies, that hideous Spirit of Edom has now repeated the cycle, and seduced the Spiritual Israelites (those who were truly in Christ), and convinced them to forfeit their own birthright as Spiritual Israel, and return it to the Spiritual Edomites. This is the end time's "falling away" (II Thessalonians 2:3) spoken of by the Apostle Paul, and it is a stark indicator that the end of the age is now at hand.
Woe, woe, woe to the "Christians" who have recapitulated the sin of Esau......
-- James Lloyd
For more on how the Spirit of Antichrist, herein identified as the Spirit of Edom is now rising, listen to the online audio on THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST.