Jordan’s Reversal in the Last Days
What will go wrong with Jordan?
Jordan has had a peaceful history with Israel since 1967, after its defeat in the Third Arab – Israeli War.
The current King Abdullah of Jordan is the offspring of a Muslim father, and a Christian mother.
He has what seems to be a tolerant, friendly and open relationship with Christians and Jews .
Will something change with his country, or with him?
However, there are some passages which show that Jordan is not favor with God in the end times.
Even though it has a current positive relationship with Israel, as of this writing, something will go wrong.
Jordan is the modern name for the territories of Moab, Edom, and Ammon.
Isaiah 34 describes Edom in the last days, starting with the 6th seal.
Isa 34:2 For the indignation of the LORD [is] upon all nations, and [his] fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.
Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling [fig] from the fig tree.
This passage is equivalent to Rev 6:14
Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
At this point, the wrath of God turns toward Edom. It is as if Edom is top on the list for vengeance.
Isa 34:5 ¶ For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea [Edom], and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
Isa 34:6 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.
The wrath is due to its treatment of Zion
Isa 34:8 ¶ For [it is] the day of the LORD’S vengeance, [and] the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.
The destruction is forever. Edom will become a wasteland.
Isa 34:10 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.
Who is Edom?
Moab and Philistia
There are similar prophecies about Moab and Philistia (Gaza), but it is not in the context of the end times, that I can find, so these passages are less specific.
However, in passages like the following, the punishment for them is “perpetual desolation,” which has not happened yet.
Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD [is] against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
And the coast [Gaza] shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.
I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified [themselves] against their border.
Therefore [as] I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, [even] the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
Will Jordan really be a safe and protected place?
Right now, at the beginning of 2012, Jordan is a neutral country, and has open doors to Israel.
Many think that Jordan will be a blessed and safe place for Jews during the Tribulation, so this would be reason to for Jordan to avoid the wrath of God.
The justification for this is indirect reasoning from scriptures, which seems to be logical on the surface of things, although none of the passages directly confirm this assumption:
Reference for the following passage , Petra as a safe place:
There are three clues that hint at Petra being the hiding place for the Jew during the Great Tribulation.
One is in Daniel 11:41 where we learn that Jordan will be one of the only places that elude the Anti-Christ’s control during the Great Tribulation.
The second is in Rev. 12:14 which says that the woman, who represents the believing remnant of Israel, will flee into the desert to a place prepared for them during the Great Tribulation.
The closest desert hiding place is Petra.
And the third is in Isaiah 63:1 where the Lord is shown coming from Bozrah, the region where Petra is located, having defeated His enemies there.
Many scholars believe that He will do this just prior to arriving in Jerusalem at the 2nd Coming, to protect the believing remnant.
Who [is] this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this [that is] glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
From the non-Biblical side, Jordan does have a peace treaty with Israel, and Petra is an ideal location for the Jews to seek refuge.
End of reference .
In the reasons above,
1. there is more than one reason why the Antichrist would avoid destroying Jordan.
a. One is that it is a safe place for Jews.
b. Another is that Jordan has an alliance / covenant with the Antichrist, and may even provide safe passage through the country to get to Israel.
c. The antichrist is from there, and would not destroy his own territory
In the post below,
it is seen that the fierce leader of the last days has to travel south first, then spreads both east, and west into Israel.
Dan 8:9 ¶ And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the (1) south, and (2) toward the east, and (3) toward the pleasant [land- ie Israel].(only direction left is west)
If the passage came directly south into Jordan, there would have to be unobstructed passage through Jordan to reach Israel.
2. Jordan is not the only “wilderness” or desert available to Israel for flight away from the Antichrist’s oppression.
Jews were told to flee to the hills of Judea by Jesus.
Jews could possibly flee from Jerusalem, and head south toward the Judean desert.
3. Yes the Lord is showing coming from Bozrah, having defeated enemies there.
This could also be the first place God’s wrath is executed, and has nothing to do with hiding Jews in Petra, and protecting Jordan.
Petra is not actually mentioned here as a place of refuge. This is inserting a context that was not there originally.
Jordan in the War Scroll
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation
by: Michael Wise Martin Abegg, Jr. Edward Cook
The first lines of the scroll (1QM 1:1-7) lay the framework for a three-stage conflict between the Sons of Light–that is, members of the Yahad (see 1QS 3:13)–and the Sons of Darkness.
2 alliances (covenants) and 2 battles
The first battle finds the adversaries led by the Kittim of Assyria.
(Although the name Kittim is often used in the scrolls as a reference to the Romans, its basic sense seems to have been "archetypical bad guys.")
The Kittim of Asshur (Modern Iraq) come in alliance with the biblical enemies Edom, Moab, Ammon (all Modern Jordan), and Philistia (Gaza).
Cooperating with this unholy alliance are the "violators of the covenant": Jews who had spurned the message of the Yahad and in so doing aligned themselves with the Sons of Darkness.
**Note: Observation so far
The Kittim of Asshur represents Iraq and the surrounding regions. This is all Islamic territory, mainly Shiite.
Edom, Moab, Ammon is modern Jordan.
Philistia is Gaza.
Is this alliance the covenant spoken of by Daniel?
Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The “many” would be about 1.6 billion Muslims.
If so, then “HE” who is the Prince to come, comes either from
Asshur (Iraq and surrounding area) or from
Edom / Ammon / Moab ( Jordan), or from
Philistia ( Gaza)
Also, this indicates 2 covenants:
1. The covenant (alliance) between Asshur, Jordan and Gaza.
2. The covenant between the Jews who reject the Yahad, and embrace the other alliance.
These Jews align with the enemy to save themselves.
This can be seen already in some of the political controversy present in Israel.
It is a balancing act between Jewish loyalty to Israel, and avoiding annihilation.
King Abdullah and wife Rania with their son Hashem
(Hashem is how Jews address YHVH)
Summary in light of current world events.
Jordan’s position with respect to Israel will change, according to prophecy.
Currently, the Muslim Brotherhood is working to over throw all governments who are at peace with Israel, and convert them into hostile nations that would do Israel harm.
Will King Abdullah remain in power?
Certainly, this country, King Abdullah, and his family need our prayers.
If King Abdullah becomes part of the alliance against Israel, then he is in serious trouble with God.
If the Muslim brotherhood go against him to remove him, and replace him with a radical terrorist, then he is in danger.
Israel is also in the greatest danger, since this will open the way for an invasion of Israel, if Jordan becomes a radical terrorist state.
Jordan is certainly a country to watch at this time.