Islam is indeed obsessed with the destruction of Israel. Their mantra of come and let us cut them off from being a nation is astoundingly heard throughout Islam – even in remote places such as Morocco and Indonesia, which have almost no contact with Israel. That wording appears in Psalm 83:4, and is the current battle cry of all Islam, but especially the nearby enemies of God. But their obsession is futile; it is impossible to implement against the God of Jacob. For He has long since set His judgments in stone upon Esau and Ishmael. Their destiny is to be utterly destroyed. But His people of Israel shall be preserved and protected from all harm. See Jeremiah 24: 6; Isaiah 11:12 – 16,.
Today we behold what seems like infinite patience of the Father with these vile enemies of His people, yet for their aggressive ideology Islamicists have not been able to harm Israel significantly for an hundred years or so! His longsuffering is astonishing in light of intractable Islamic insults and vilification of His people; yet His patience stretches out to the horizon!
But it shall not be so very much longer. Islamic territory is several hundred times greater than that of Israel, yet Islam covets Israel’s tiny land as well. Its greed for land and for revenge upon God’s people is well known to the entire world. Its insults upon God’s people are vile and blasphemous.
Ezekiel 35 is a remarkable prophecy against Edom (Esau) and is parallel to the prophecy of Obadiah against the same entity. In Ezekiel’s prophecy He says: Ezekiel 35:11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume. 13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.
As we have previously noted, Edom in prophecy is equivalent to the modern-day “Palestinians,” as defined by the pockets of Edom outlined for conquest by Obadiah; her demographics are here clearly delineated for us. In a sense these six areas doomed for conquest by Israel are only representative of a far wider area of conquest of Proximal Islam (the nearby enemies) by Israel. Notice carefully in Ezekiel 35, that the “judgment” of Esau (verse 11) brings a sudden, divine adjustment in Israel’s state of mind, for the Almighty here states that I will make Myself known among THEM, when I have JUDGED THEE (Edom).
So we see the subtle and exquisite endpoint of God’s eternal plan – at least one of the final steps in that plan – outlined here; in this specific conflict He shall make it entirely clear to Israeli minds that He, their Father, is WHO HE DECLARES HIMSELF TO BE regardless of the faithlessness of some Israelis (the atheists among them), and that He is at that time executing measures toward their temporal and eternal salvation even though they do not deserve such pity.
In another prophecy He makes it clear to them that He is doing this for the sake of His holy name: Ezekiel 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
You see, this enormously gratuitous act of mercy toward Israel accomplishes several desired ends: (1) the preservation of His holy name (by honoring His earlier promises), (2) the sanctification of the Father’s name (Himself) through Israel; (3) the enlightenment of the “heathen” (the nations); (4) and in the verses following these, His placing His spirit within Israel, and the replacement of their stony hearts with hearts of flesh, so that they obey Him. Please ponder the remaining text of this chapter. Israel’s resultant nature shall be eternal testimony to the Almighty’s innate mercy, and His infinite capacity for forgiveness after the abject repentance of His people (Zechariah 13 and 14).
Ezekiel 36 continues this benevolent stream of the glorious restitution of Israel.
Conclusion: we see God’s eternal plan in this convoluted series of events which He has determined upon Islam and upon His people. The end point is reached when the Father’s name is glorified and sanctified in His people – both natural and spiritual – although in Ezekiel the “spiritual” seed are not visibly accounted for. [In reality they ARE accounted for because the eternal blessing of natural Israel includes those of the New Covenant, as the Covenant of Abraham encloses and benefits both peoples!]