Major Truths from Minor Prophets

Jun 06, 2021 | Chad Gilbert

Start With the End in Mind.

"Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus,

who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
as something to be exploited.
Instead he emptied himself
by assuming the form of a servant,
taking on the likeness of humanity.
And when he had come as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.
For this reason God highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow—
in heaven and on earth
and under the earth—
and every tongue will confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father." — Philippians 2:5-11 

A Day Is Coming When God will bring to an end the reign of His enemies.

"The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord God has said about Edom:

We have heard a message from the Lord;
an envoy has been sent among the nations:
“Rise up, and let’s go to war against her.”
Look, I will make you insignificant
among the nations;
you will be deeply despised.
Your arrogant heart has deceived you,
you who live in clefts of the rock
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?”
Though you seem to soar like an eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

If thieves came to you,
if marauders by night—
how ravaged you would be!—
wouldn’t they steal only what they wanted?
If grape harvesters came to you,
wouldn’t they leave a few grapes?
How Esau will be pillaged,
his hidden treasures searched out!
Everyone who has a treaty with you
will drive you to the border;
everyone at peace with you
will deceive and conquer you.
Those who eat your bread
will set a trap for you.
He will be unaware of it.
In that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
will I not eliminate the wise ones of Edom
and those who understand
from the hill country of Esau?
Teman, your warriors will be terrified
so that everyone from the hill country of Esau
will be destroyed by slaughter."Obadiah 1:1-9 

  • No matter their geographical advantage (vv.3-4) 
  • No matter their political height (vv.5-7) 
  • No matter their wisdom and might (vv.8-9) 

A Day is Coming When God will bring additional charges against His enemies for crimes committed against His people.

"You will be covered with shame
and destroyed forever
because of violence done to your brother Jacob.
On the day you stood aloof,
on the day strangers captured his wealth,
while foreigners entered his city gate
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were just like one of them.
Do not gloat over your brother
in the day of his calamity;
do not rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction;
do not boastfully mock
in the day of distress.
Do not enter my people’s city gate
in the day of their disaster.
Yes, you—do not gloat over their misery
in the day of their disaster,
and do not appropriate their possessions
in the day of their disaster.
Do not stand at the crossroads
to cut off their fugitives,
and do not hand over their survivors
in the day of distress."Obadiah 1:
10-14 

"When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the word of God and the testimony they had given. They cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, the one who is holy and true, how long until you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” So they were each given a white robe, and they were told to rest a little while longer until the number would be completed of their fellow servants and their brothers and sisters, who were going to be killed just as they had been." — Revelation 6:9-11 

  • When as you have done, it shall be done to you (vv.15-18) 
    • You judged, you shall be judged.
    • You took, it shall be taken.
    • You consumed, you shall be consumed.
    • You gave, it shall be given.
    • You surrendered, you shall be saved.
    • Everyone wants justice until you have done what is unjust – then you want mercy, but that day shall be too late.

A Day is Coming When every knee shall bow.

"People from the Negev will possess
the hill country of Esau;
those from the Judean foothills will possess
the land of the Philistines.
They will possess
the territories of Ephraim and Samaria,
while Benjamin will possess Gilead.
The exiles of the Israelites who are in Halah
and who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath
as well as the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
will possess the cities of the Negev.
Saviors will ascend Mount Zion
to rule over the hill country of Esau,
and the kingdom will be the Lord’s."Obadiah 1:19-21
 

  • The kingdom will be The LORD’s 
  • The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying,

    The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom
    of our Lord and of his Christ,
    and he will reign forever and ever.

    The twenty-four elders, who were seated before God on their thrones, fell facedown and worshiped God, saying,

    We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty,
    who is and who was,
    because you have taken your great power
    and have begun to reign.
    The nations were angry,
    but your wrath has come.
    The time has come
    for the dead to be judged
    and to give the reward
    to your servants the prophets,
    to the saints, and to those who fear your name,
    both small and great,
    and the time has come to destroy
    those who destroy the earth." — Revelation 11:15-18 

  • "For this reason God highly exalted him
    and gave him the name
    that is above every name,
    so that at the name of Jesus
    every knee will bow—
    in heaven and on earth
    and under the earth—
    and every tongue will confess
    that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father."Philippians 2:9-11
     

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