Good reading. Always enjoy your writing, because you read the Bible, very few people do these days.
The statement about Edom in Isaiah 63:1-4 is very interesting indeed.
As you show in Malachi 1:1-5 Edom in prophecy represents or is symbolic of those who oppose and oppress God's people. Today that would aptly represent
the religious leaders of Christendom who take the lead in opposing Jehovah and persecuting his witnesses. Although they do use their political
influences to do so.
They both oppose Jehovah and his word, and his son Jesus, and his named people on earth. So in those prophecies Edom fittingly represents Christendom
as a whole.
Getting back to Isaiah 63. The imagery should remind you of some striking prophecies about the end times in Revelation.
Edom, if you remember means red. And in that prophecy the Divine Warrior comes forth with bloodstained clothes from Bozrah, Edom's most prominent
city, he is said to have tread the winepress (obviously referring to the shedding of blood). Interestingly some have thought that this prophecy here
referring t Bozrah could be a play on the Hebrew word batsir - grape gathering.
"Then I saw, and look! a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was someone like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his
hand. Another angel emerged from the temple sanctuary, calling with a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud: “Put your sickle in and reap,
because the hour has come to reap, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” And the one seated on the cloud thrust his sickle into the earth,
and the earth was reaped.
And still another angel emerged from the temple sanctuary that is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.
And still another angel emerged from the altar, and he had authority over the fire. And he called out with a loud voice to the one who had the
sharp sickle, saying: “Put your sharp sickle in and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes have become ripe.” The angel
thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and he hurled it into the great winepress of God’s anger. The winepress was
trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress as high up as the bridles of the horses for a distance of 1,600 stadia. (Revelation
That divine warrior in Revelation rides a white horse (the same white horse of the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse), he has a name written on his
forehead, "Faithful and True," and he is called by the name "The Word of God."
The angel in prophecy at Revelation 19:11-16 is Jesus Christ (he is The Word (logos) of God, who rides forth on the symbolic white horse as king of
God's kingdom to conquer and to complete his conquest.
Some have pointed to the fact that the warrior in Isaiah 63:1 to be Jesus Christ. Others say the Jewish military leader Judas Maccabaeus. Isaiah 63:1b
tells us the warrior refers to himself as: “I, the One speaking in righteousness, the One abounding in power to save.”
That would indicate it is Jehovah God himself. Isaiah 40:26 refers to God's abundant dynamic energy (he being full of power) and in 45:19, 23 as a God
"speaking what is righteous."
This prophetic vision for the future, and pronouncement against Edom would be God's denunciations against false religion, in particular Christendom.
And when he pours out the cup of her wrath he will have the nations devastate her, make her naked, tear her apart, and burn up what is left of her.
Just as in the past God used the nations to met out divine punishment on both nations round about, and his own people, so in the future he will do the
same. And the prophecy shows us how that will be accomplished, because Jehovah is strong:
"That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Jehovah God, who
judged her, is strong." - Revelation 18:8.
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