Ezekiel 35:1–15 (NKJV)
35:1 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it, 3 and say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you;
I will stretch out My hand against you,
And make you most desolate;
4 I shall lay your cities waste,
And you shall be desolate.
Then you shall know that I am the Lord.
The Lord opens this chapter with a promise to judge Mt. Seir and make them desolate. This would establish that God is God in their minds.
5 “Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, 6 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you. 7 Thus I will make Mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it the one who leaves and the one who returns. 8 And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall. 9 I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the Lord.
The judgment of God will take the form of bloodshed. They had shed the blood of the children of Israel, and God promised to make them desolate as well.
10 “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess them,’ although the Lord was there, 11 therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. 12 Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’ 13 Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.”
The cause of God’s wrath and judgment are related to their arrogance against God. They spoke against Israel’s ability to resist, and–in so doing–insult God’s ability to protect them. They disregard the plan of God as able to include twists and turns along the way and simply assumed that God was unable to care for Israel.
14 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate. 15 As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom—all of it! Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’
The Lord again promises desolation, and additionally states that the world will rejoice at their demise. God’s judgment is fierce. Although we live in a different era of God’s plan. God may and sometimes does send judgment today. Most of what happens to individuals today is simply the results of their sinful acts, consequences if you will. Instead of large-scale warfare and pestilence, people simply suffer the results of their bad decisions and sinful behavior. However, there have been some large-scale examples of things happening that resemble the armed judgment of God upon the enemies of his people. One that comes to mind is the allied forces in World War II that came against Hitler and Germany’s allies as they sought to eradicate the Jewish nation. Germany was desolate in many ways after Hitler was defeated. While this may not have been a holy war, it was an example of the type of retribution that was brought against those who take sinful acts of war against innocents. Don’t be arrogant enough to mess with God’s people. Eventually, it will cost you!