God hates certain things. “These six things the LORD hates; yes seven are an abomination to Him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet swift running to evil, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6: 16-19). These are all, of course, attributes of evil people.
The word “hate” in Hebrew is sane, #H 8130. This same word is used when God states, “I loved Jacob, and I hated Esau, and laid his…heritage waste…” (Malachi 1: 2-3).
In John 8: 44, the Savior calls the Pharisees the children of the devil. “Ye are of your father the devil,” Christ told them. Ironically, they were the most religious people in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. They professed God, spoke about Him all the time, yet they were not His children. To the contrary, they had a different origin–different spiritual genes–a different generation from a different progenitor.
This theme of two completely different spiritual seeds is found back in the seed book–Genesis. “Two nations are in thy womb and two manner of people,” Yahweh said to Rebekah, referring to Esau/Edom and Jacob/Israel. God would later say, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” (Gen. 25: 23; Rom. 9:13). Interestingly, the descendants of Esau/Edom would convert in 125 B.C. to Judaism and become the Pharisees and chief priests and rulers that Christ would encounter a century later. “They were again subdued by John Hyrcanus (c. 125 BC), who forcibly converted them to Judaism and incorporated them into the Jewish nation” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edom).
They took over Jerusalem religiously, politically and economically. They were the ones who Christ rebuked when He told them, “You are of your father the devil.” To this day, Esau strives through his offspring to get back the birthright that he sold in Genesis. Esau’s children today are still masquerading as God’s chosen people, but their end is disastrous (the whole book of the prophet Obadiah).
The Spirit of God spoke of Esau’s demise through the prophet Malachi about 400 B.C., some 1,400 years after Esau and Jacob were born! God has a long memory. He evidently does not forget His own words.
Actually, all of us “spend our years as a tale that is told.” It is all written in the Lamb’s book of life. “Jacob have I loved,” God said of His true chosen people, who would be a company of many nations, the most blessed nations in the earth. The modern day Israeli nation cannot fulfill the prophecies that both Jacob and Moses spoke over the twelve sons of Jacob in Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33. There is no way because they are only one tiny desert nation, totally dependent on the United States of America for their survival, and have been for 65 years. They are interlopers and are destined for a disastrous fall, according to the word of God.
“Ye serpents. Ye generation of vipers!” were the words Christ pronounced upon them during His earthly ministry. Nothing has changed. Past is prologue to the present and the future. They are still in control of this world’s system, and they think that they have it all wrapped up.
But God has a secret weapon up His sleeve. He will do “His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act.” It will be as in Mount Perazim and when God showed His wrath in the valley of Gibeon (Isa. 28: 21). And what happened to their enemies when God did this strange act? “The LORD (Yahweh) cast down great stones from heaven upon them…and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword” (Joshua 10: 11-13). This anticipates the heavenly bodies of Revelation’s trumpets and vials of wrath when God puts an end to the present world system, Babylon the Great, at the end of the Tribulation Period.
And all of the “merchants of the earth” will mourn when that happens [Think international banking families who monopolize the world’s wealth as in Rev. 18: 11-19]. Then our Savior will return to set up His kingdom and rule right here on earth for 1,000 years of peace. That’s the ticket that His followers have purchased through the fellowship of His sufferings, as they “present their bodies a living sacrifice.” Only their ticket into His kingdom is not just as spectators, but rather as His family of rulers in the earth–administrators and ambassadors, ruling with Him. KWH