BIN: Orthodox rabbi, Torah scholar, and international speaker Rabbi Mendel Kessin has been helping his students understand the spiritual significance of President Donald J. Trump since Trump was a presidential candidate. In a Torah lecture given this past week, Rabbi Kessin connected the Trump impeachment hearings to an episode from the Book of Genesis.
In Genesis, chapter 25, a pregnant Rivka (Rebecca) goes to inquire of God why there is so much turmoil within her. She is told that she is carrying two nations and that one will always be stronger than the other.
and Hashem answered her, “Two nations are in your womb, Two separate peoples shall issue from your body; One people shall be mightier than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.” Genesis 25:23
Opinion: “So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” Genesis 27:41
I have only one suggestion for the rabbi. Instead of an angel of Esau, substitute descendant. Esau is mentioned over 90 times in Scripture from Genesis to Isaiah’s account of the Second Coming. In all but one passage we find Esau wreaking havoc on Jacob.
The kiss. Whenever I speak at small groups the Kiss comes up. Didn’t Esau and Jacob reconcile? For answers I turned to the rabbis:
Excerpt Antichrist : The Search for Amalek:
According to the ancient writings of the Masoretic text, the word vayishakeihu, “and he kissed him,” has a line of dots above it:
The Midrash cites two interpretations: “One is that the Torah is telling us that it was not a true kiss — Esau was really trying to kill Jacob by biting his throat. The other interpretation is that Esau kissed Jacob with all his heart — that’s what was abnormal about the kiss, since “we know that it is a cardinal law of reality that Esau hates Jacob.”
Another clue of the eternal enmity Esau has for Jacob is found in the smallest book in the Bible that is totally devoted to Esau who is Edom (Genesis 36:1). In Obadiah 1:1-18 we find Esau’s descendants helping the Babylonian army destroy Jerusalem and the temple and actually turn in any Jews that tried to escape. The year was 586 BC, over 1000 years after Jacob and Esau supposedly reconciled.
Obadiah 1:6 tells us that Esau must be searched out. Esau comes in peace but once in power it is impossible to remove him short of war. Obadiah 1:18 is God’s judgment.
Isaiah 63:1-3 provides the smoking gun: Jesus at His second coming, puts an end to the enemy of the the Jewish people. He goes to Edom in his fury their blood stains His robe.
Revelation 19 13:14 confirms:
“He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”
See our video “The First Terrorist” here