Obadiah – Revealing Our Deliverance

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Obadiah, Jesus Christ is the deliverance that shall be on Mount Zion. He is the hope of Israel, and the Savior of the world.

In the Old Testament, there were no references to the mysteries of the current Church of God living in His grace and enjoying the freedom that would come with Christ and the Church of God which has now become immersed in the grace of God.

The Epistles call the grace period of today a mystery, and it is not recorded in any detail in the Old Testament Scriptures, yet the prophets of old knew beyond any doubt that something was coming between the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow (I Peter 1:10-12).

The sufferings of Christ can be followed throughout the Old Testament, and are written in explicit detail in the Gospels, while the glory of Christ can also be seen throughout the Old Testament, and in the Book of Revelation, as well from many passages now recorded in the New Testament.

In Obadiah 17 we read, “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness.” This is a reference to the times of the glory of Christ and of Israel, still a future event.

Luke 4:17-21:
-17: And there was delivered unto him {Jesus} the book of the prophet Esaias {Isaiah}. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
-18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
-19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
-20: And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
-21: And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

These verses that Jesus read are recorded in Isaiah 61:2-3, but after Jesus read “to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” he stopped reading, he closed the book, he sat down, and then said, “this day is this scripture is fulfilled in your ears.”

In Isaiah where Jesus was reading he stopped right in the middle of a verse of Scripture, which continues “and the day of vengeance of our God.” Why did Jesus not finish the verse? Because the day of vengeance has yet to happen, and if Jesus would have read “the day of vengeance,” then Jesus would have been wrong. However, at that moment in time the acceptable year of the Lord was happening right before the eyes of those living in the first century.

The day of vengeance is a period of time in the future and we should note that that day (which is an entire age, not simply one single day) is specifically a day of vengeance against Lucifer and his legions of Devil spirits, and unbelievers. However, the vengeance of God is not imposed against us in the Church of God, or the believers who will be living on earth during those days.

The conclusion to the day of vengeance was the period of time that Obadiah was speaking of, the deliverance in Zion; it would be the time that the glory of Christ is manifested with his personal presence again on earth when he reigns supreme as King of kings and Lord of lords.

Something incredibly wonderful happened after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, and that was that a new age of divine grace began to be enjoyed by believers.

The age of grace will remain in effect until our gathering together, when we meet Jesus Christ in the clouds above (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Isaiah 61:3 reads, “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.” The acceptable year was when Christ was physically here. The day of vengeance is still a future time, but the current time in which we live is represented with only a single comma between: “. . . the LORD, and the day of vengeance. . .”

When Jesus proclaimed the acceptable year, it certainly was; however, he was rejected and eventually crucified. The acceptable year concluded with his sufferings on the cross and then his resurrection ushered in our current age of grace when anyone can be saved.  Today in God’s grace is the day of Our Deliverance because we have believed in our Lord and Savior’s completed work.