Obadiah 17–21 (NKJV)
17 “But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,
And there shall be holiness;
The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
And the house of Joseph a flame;
But the house of Esau shall be stubble;
They shall kindle them and devour them,
And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,”
For the Lord has spoken.
After the bleak prophecy concerning the destiny of Edom, the Lord proclaimes the restoration of Israel. Zion shall be restored, and the house of Jacob (Israel) will exact revenge on Edom, among other nations. Esau will be the stubble burned up by the fire of Israel.
19 The South shall possess the mountains of Esau,
And the Lowland shall possess Philistia.
They shall possess the fields of Ephraim
And the fields of Samaria.
Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 And the captives of this host of the children of Israel
Shall possess the land of the Canaanites
As far as Zarephath.
The captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
Shall possess the cities of the South.
21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion
To judge the mountains of Esau,
And the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.
The prophecy continues by declaring which regions of Israel will take back land stolen by Edom, Philistia, and Samaria. Gilead, and the lands of the Canaanites will come to Israel as well. Jerusalem will be the center of refuge for the exiles, who will come from the far reaches of Babylon to Jerusalem. Edom will be subject to Israel. Yahweh will again be acknowledged as supreme. None of this was true at the moment of Obadiah’s prophecy, but would happen as the prophecy unfolded among the people of God. Know that what God says will come to pass. Trust Him!