“But on Mount Zion there shall be those that escape, and it shall be holy … Those who have been saved shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.” ( Obadiah 15:17a, 21 from Obadiah 15-21 )
“The Day of the Lord is coming soon to all the nations. And the evil you did to others will happen to you. The same bad things will fall down on your own head. “ (verse 15 Easy-to-Read Version) But there will be a portion of the people who will escape and they will flee to Mount Zion. It shall become a holy place, different from all other places where evil abounds and people do as they will, not caring who they hurt. But on Mount Zion there will be peace and shalom. In the valleys and nations below, survivors of the calamities and wars shall live in each other’s lands, and you know there will be squabbles and disagreements. But on Mount Zion there will be harmony and justice just as if the Lord was there ruling over the Lord’s people. So says the prophet Obadiah.
It is hard to know if this is a portent for the future, or if at some point it did come to pass but a new age overcame it. It is coming to pass soon, or it may be in the distant future. What many of these prophecies have in common is that the Lord’s justice and vengeance will be done. And that peace will spread over the whole land. Based on these two criteria we assume it has not happened yet. I like the the prophet Obadiah says that what goes around comes around – it is a more obvious statement then warning Israel and Judah that if they violate the Lord’s laws and abuse others, then they will suffer.
But what is significant I think is that this is not necessarily end times language. Those who have not followed God’s laws have not been vanquished but have been moved around; in the verses not cited different groups have moved into different lands with the “fortunate” ending up on Mount Zion. And that seems to be THE place to be, if it is indeed the Lord’s. But certain rules apply when on God’s Holy Mountain. And if you do not obey them, you may find yourself in the undesirable valleys. Which makes me wonder, actually, whether this is a physical place/event or a psychological mindset. Hmmmm …. that bears thinking about.
May you gentle reader find the good places to be, whether they are in this physical world or social/faith world you construct for yourself. And shalom for your day!