But is that significant? There have been MANY kingdoms and lands that used to exist throughout history, not just in the Middle East but all over the entire WORLD, that do not continue to exist today. Were they ALL prophesized to be destroyed? The geo-political landscape is always changing.then you should research the scriptures more closely.
Jeremiah 49:7 says
"Against Edom, Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Is wisdom no more in Terman?(Edom) Has counsel perished from the prudent? has their wisdom vanished?"
verse 17 says that anyone who passes by Edom would be astonished and will hiss at all its plagues.
Malachi 1:4 says
"Even though Edom has said, "we have been improverished, but we will return and build the desolant places."
now listen to what God said to the Edomites after God made Edom desolant and they said to God they would rebuild it.
Thus said the Lord of Host:
"They may build but I will throw down; they shall be called the territory of wickedness; and the people against whom the Lord will have indignation FOREVER."
Jeremiah was right, because that Edom would be a perpetual wasteland. still is today.
Edom is located southeast of Israel.
there is a photo of it today.
you will not find any such kingdom called Edom today.
and God said, from Generation to Generation of those who dwelled there would be under the curse of the lot God cast on Edom.
there is no such kingdom today called Edom.
But, the geographical landscape changes much slower. The region of Edom is a desert. It always has been. It wasn't once a tropical paradise, and then transformed into a desert. It's always been a desert. Proclaiming that a desert shall be a wasteland is hardly a great leap to make. Is this something we can assume about ALL deserts? Has God cursed the Sahara, Gobi and Mojave regions as well?
This seems as interesting as if I were to step outside, point to Mount Rainier, and say "God curses you to be tall and snowy!". It was ALREADY tall and snowy, it's going to be tall and snowy for decades, if not centuries (barring eruption). Cursing a desert region to be a barren wasteland is a bit obvious. It would have made much more impact for Edom to have been cursed with perpetual ice and snow. Such an anomaly in such a hot, arid part of the world would have been MUCH stronger evidence for the veracity of the Bible.
One also wonders why God would proclaim this curse against the land "forever". Does this mean that the present residents (again, not uninhabited) are doomed to lives of misery and failure? If so, why? Why should descendents be saddled with the punishments of their forebears' crimes? This seems drastically unjust to me. A child is not responsible for their parents' crimes. This reminds me of Pat Robertson claiming that the Haiti earthquake was due to a pact with the devil that the people of Haiti once entered into, to free themselves from slavery under the French. But that supposed event was hundreds of years ago. The people living there today had nothing to do with it. How is this a fair way to mete out justice? It seems atrocious to me!