“A study of the ancient people groups in the Bible that were the forefathers of the current Arab populations in the Middle East, reveals that they are a people of conflict and war. In Biblical days, the Arabs were those who settled in an area that was southeast of Israel, primarily the area known today as Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The study of the forefathers of the Arabs is a very complex consideration. The Arabs are a mixture of three groups: the descendants of Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-16), the descendants of Esau (Genesis 36:1-43) and the descendants of the concubines of Abraham. (Genesis 25:1-6) All three of these groups intermarried and resided in the east, currently known as Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
While speaking to Hagar about her son Ishmael, the Lord gave the fol- lowing prophecy about Ishamel and his descendants. “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
(Genesis 16:12) The words translated “wild man” could be translated “a wild donkey of a man.” This means that Ishmael and his descendants would be people who would be like the donkey of the desert in ancient days. The donkey had a free, independent spirit and preferred to be a desert dweller. This is a very fit- ting description of the descendants of Ishmael who settled in the desert. Furthermore, this verse said that he would “dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” The word “presence” literally means “in the face of.” This indicates that Ishmael would be constantly in the face of all his brothers. This communicates today what it did in ancient days. A person who is “in your face” is being confrontational. Therefore, this prophecy is saying that the descendants of Ishmael will be an argumentative, confrontational kind of people, who will be very strong-willed and exhibit a very stubborn, independent spirit.
Concerning Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, the Bible tells us that these two siblings were in conflict while they were still in their mother’s womb. (Genesis 25:22) When their mother, Rebecca, inquired about this, the Lord spoke to her and said: “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels: and the one shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23) This amazing prophecy has been fulfilled in the Jewish and Arab people for over 3,700 years! These two brothers remained in conflict for the rest of their lives. When their father blessed them, he uttered an amazing prophecy for each one that is being ful- filled today. To Jacob he said: “Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be
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he that blesseth thee.” (Genesis 27:28-29) To Esau he gave the fol- lowing prophetic blessing: “Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; and by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.” (Genesis 27:39-40) Notice that this prophecy about Esau indicates that he will have a warring spirit and live by the sword. The prophecy also says that he will for some time be in a dominate position over his brother, whom he will eventually serve. Once, again this is an amazing prophecy that is being fulfilled in our day!”
May/June 2010 Newsletter
(Examining Current Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy)
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