Today I feel like sharing an idea on my mind regarding Edom, Moab, and Ammon, which are located in modern day Jordan, as a way to help myself collect my thoughts on something I’m studying. I also want to share this idea because it may give something for people to think about.
Daniel 11:41 suggests that the Edom, Moab, and Ammon will escape out of the Antichrist’s hand.
“He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” (Dan 11:41)
I think the reason for this is that there will be some people of Israel attempting to seek refuge at these locations.
Although Daniel 11:41 suggest that Edom, Moab, and Ammon will be spared from the Antichrist, I’m not sure that Edom, Ammon, and Moab will be completely spared from an attack by the nations during the End Times. The reason I’m not sure is that Jeremiah 49 appears (at the moment) to be a chapter that possibly could have some End Times implications, particularly when it comes to Edom.
I think the entire chapter of Obadiah may have some End Times relevance. This is important because the sections concerning Edom in Jeremiah 49 parallel Obadiah 1:1-8 very closely. For instance, Jeremiah 49:14 and Obadiah 1:1-2 suggests that Edom will be attacked by heathen forces:
|Gathered for Battle||The Heathen|
|Jer 49:14-15: “(14) I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle. (15) For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men. (Jer 49:14-15)|
|Oba 1:1-2: (1) The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. (2) Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.”|
Another consideration is that Jeremiah 49:12 closely parallels Jeremiah 25:28, which is part of a passage (Jeremiah 25:15-38) that mentions Ammon, Edom, and Moab as recipients of punishment and is a passage that I believe is very relevant to the End Times.
“For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.” (Jer 49:12)
“(21) Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,…(28) And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.” (Jer 25:21, 28)
A third consideration is how Jeremiah 49’s characterization of Bozrah’s (the capital of Edom) desolation parallels Isaiah 34’s characterization of Bozrah’s desolation. The parallel is important because Isaiah 34 is a chapter that is definitely associated with the Day of the Lord.
|Bozrah||Uninhabitable||Slaughter in Edom|
|Jer 49:13, 17-18: “(13) For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes… (17) Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof. (18) As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD, no man shall abide there, neither shall a son of man dwell in it.”|
|Isa 34:6-10: “(6) The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. (7) And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. (8) For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. (9) And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. (10) It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.”|
I’m evaluating the idea/the possibility that there could be a Gentile military force-unaffiliated with the Antichrist-that attacks Edom, Moab, and Ammon at some point in the End Times given the possibility that Jeremiah 49:14, which recall mentions a heathen military force, may have some End Times relevance.
The main thing that makes me question whether a Gentile military force will attack these areas is that I have yet to find convincing evidence that Moab and Ammon will be attacked by a Gentile military force during the End Times. I’ve been reviewing Isaiah 15, Isaiah 16, and Jeremiah 48, and Jeremiah 49:1-6 closely in search of the evidence, but I’m not sure yet about these chapters.
- However, Moab and Ammon are north of Edom geographically. One would think that a military force would have to go through Ammon and Moab before arriving in Edom (unless the military force attacked from the east).
Another thing that makes me question whether a Gentile military force will attack these areas is the question: “Why would Moab, Ammon, and Edom be attacked by a Gentile military force that is unaffiliated with the Antichrist when it is spared from an attack by the Antichrist?”
Feel free to share any ideas or thoughts that you may have pertaining to this topic (or others). My Christmas weekend is probably going to be spent trying to figure this out.
- Updated thoughts can be found at the following link