Obadiah (Part 3)
Ghe WAICHITOWER AND HERALD OF CHRIST'S PRESENCE Vou. LVIL Juny 15, 1936 No. 14 OBADIAH PART 3 “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.” —Obad. 10. there is no ether. Any creature who exalts him- self to a high place commits a presumptuous sin and so is an abomination in the sight of God. It was Lucifer who said: ‘I will aseend above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the Most High.’’ (Isa. 14:14) The Devil formed a conspiracy against God and drew into that conspiracy a host of spirit creatures and a multitude of carthly creatures. Those conspir- ators have defied God and reproached his holy name. The end of such conspirators is destruction, and Je- hovah has so written the judgment, (Hzck. 28:18, 19) God's rule is established, and he changes not. De- struction is the fate of all the wicked conspirators, The name of Jehovah is dircetly related to his faithful people. Those who hate them hate Jchovah and Christ Jesus. Those who conspire against the people of God conspire against the Lord himself. Jehovah has ex- alied Christ Jesus to the highest place in his organiza- tion. A hill is the highest part of the mountain, that is to say, it is the very pinnacle of the mountain; and coneerning the position in which God places Jesus he says: ‘“Yct have I sct my kimg upon my holy hill of Zton.’’—Ps, 2: 6. 2The Devil, Gog, the wicked angels, the clergy and others conspire together against God and against his anointed. (Ps. 2:2,3) Christ Jesus, the King and Judge, now at the temple sends forth his anointed and approved ones to proclaim the message of the king- dom, and those who prove true and faithful to him in declaring that message form a part of the holy na- tion of Jehovah, The haters of God and of Christ and of the faithful remnant conspire togcther to destroy the remnant or ‘“‘holy nation’’, as it is written: “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones, They have said, Come, and }et us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remem- prance. For they have consulted together with one con- sent; they are confederate against thee.’’—Ps. 83: 3-5.
- In the conspiracy here mentioned the Edomites are
speeifically named. (Vs. 6) Im the present-day con- spiracy to destroy Jchovah’s witnesses the chicf ones J ithove is GOD is the Most High, and before him on earth are the Roman Catholie Hierarchy or clergy. Into that conspiracy or confederacy have been drawn the commercial traffickers and professional political rulers. Now, says dchovah by his prophet Obadiah: ‘‘All the men of thy confederacy [All thy covenant- men (foth.)] have brought thee even to the border; the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that cat thy bread have Jaid a wound under thee; there is none understanding in him,.’’—Obad. 7,
- The clergy have taught their other confederates
to hate those who are on the side of Jchovah and his King, and for that reason the faithful witnesses of Jchovah now are ‘‘hated of all [nations] for my name's sake’’, says the Lord. (Matt. 10:22) The eon- spirators are all against God and Christ and his king- dom and all who are favorable to that kingdom, Those in the conspiracy or confederacy aside from the clergy are doubtless the ones deseribed as ‘‘the principal of the flock’? of the religionists. These are the ‘kings of the earth’? who have “committed fornication’? with dom, the old “‘whore’’, the religious systems. (Rev. 17:1,2) They constitute the ‘‘threeseore and stx’’ clements in the number of the beast. (Nev, 13:18) Coneerning these confederate men, the principal of the flock, the Lord by his prophet says: For they “brought thee [(2.V.) brought thee on the way] even to the border’’, that is, to the boundary line or to the limit, to the exit or jumping-off place. Those cove- nant men, that is, the commercial and political cle- ments, come to discern the hypocrisy of the modern- day Edomites and they show those Edomites the exit and tell them to get out. In this connection it is in- teresting to note that at the battle in the valley of Berachah Jehovah of hosts, the God of battle, con- fused the allied forecs so completely that Moab and Ammon fought against Edom first and destroyed the Edomites, and thereafter ‘‘every one helped to de- stroy another’’, (2 Chron. 20:23) This picture seems to imply that the ‘‘prineipal of the flock’’ will drive the clergy into the hands of a mob from which they will receive no sympathy. That docs not at all mean that the principal of the flock or the mob will then 211