In all that we read in scripture, the Lord desires to raise a deep awareness of Christ and the dominion of His Kingdom in every sphere.
The prophetic vision of Isaiah is as relevant today as the days in which it was spoken. Isaiah saw the Lord coming from Edom having His garments dyed by the winepress He had trodden in Bozrah.
This is not an isolated scene. John the revelator also saw the Lord Jesus Christ riding on a white horse with His garment dipped in blood as He went forth in righteousness to judge and make war.
In both figurative descriptions, the white garment of the Lord dipped in blood is a picture of His righteous judgment. The objects of His fiery indignation: Esau, Edom, and Bozrah.
These three epitomize the nature and expression of the natural man. From Esau (Adam) comes Edom (a collective expression) and from Edom comes Bozrah (a system).
Edom (Edomites) is the descendant of Esau (Gen. 36:43). Edom means red. The origin of the word ‘Edom’ is “adom” (meaning red & ruddy). It is from ‘adom’ that we get the name ‘Adam’ (i.e. to be red or to show blood). Thus, it’s written of Esau that “the first came forth red” (Gen. 25:25). We can understand then that this was what had stained the Lord’s garment.
Perhaps it is clear to most who read these lines that Esau, the first born, is synonymous with “the first man Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45). Esau typifies our old Adamic mind and identity that is enmity against God. Esau represents the nature from which all the corruption we see in our streets emanate. This is why the Lord hated Esau (Rom. 9:13).
But the nature of Esau is not limited to the individual, it extends to find an expression in a collective. Edom is the corporate expression of the carnal mind among those who function under its thoughts, desires, ambitions, perceptions, ideologies, attitudes, interpretations. Today Edom can be found in everything from religious sectarianism (denominationalism), ethnic factions, identity politics, to social/political movements which are all energized and motivated by human flesh.
However, the dealings of the Lord don’t end with Edom, they extend to Bozrah. Bozrah was one of the main cities in Edom. Its Hebrew meaning is “fortress” or “enclosure”. Cities generally consist of extensive systems. Thus, Bozhrah signifies the stronghold of Adam which make up the systemic structures of domination.
Bozrah includes the political and economic systems in which we live. These have been cause for great injustices, tragedies, poverty, conflicts, and corruption. In light of this, capitalism and democracy have become the Bozrha’s held as a model throughout the globe. And despite their many benefits, we also bear witness to their divisiveness, their exploitative and coercive power and vast inequity they have produced among our Western counterparts.
And yet Bozrah is also inclusive of the religious system of man with its man-made structures, creeds, regulations, traditions, dominating hierarchies. Contrary to what many saints believe, these are all the doing of Adam and not what God is doing by His Spirit. All these devices serve as the walls of religious Babylon which, over the centuries, have been reinforced, protected, and the duty of safeguarding them passed down so that every new generation has been born to believe within the confines of their pre-established boundaries.
The stern anger and dealing of the Lord against these is summed up in the following words by Isaiah:
“For I have sworn by myself, says the Lord, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse” (Isa. 49:13).
“The sword of the Lord is filled with blood… for the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom” (Isa. 34:6).
While the Lord exposes these social and systemic structures, the judgment of these things is now taking place within every apprehended son of God. For before the absolute judgment takes place out there, the dominion of Christ must find reality in our hearts until our confidence in Bozrah becomes desolate in us, until Edom is darkened in our lives, and until Esau is no longer elevated to a position of influence in our consciousness.