Genesis 25 is the account of the birth of the twins Esau and Jacob. When grown, Esau came in from hunting and smelled the food Jacob prepared and traded his birthright for a bowl of stew. The spirit of Esau is the desire of the flesh and he was willing to trade his entire spiritual heritage for a whim of the moment. Esau, representing the flesh, is the father of the Edomites. Jacob, who became Israel and a prince with God, represents the spirit of righteousness. When Esau traded his birthright in effect Esau said, “I would rather have a bowl of soup than have a relationship with God.”
How is this story relevant to Americans today? In today’s age of selfies and entitlements, sexual licentiousness and online vilification, and an out-of-control government that is usurping the role of God as the provider and protector, it is clear that the spirit of Esau is dominating our culture. Esau Rising: Ancient Adversaries and the War for America’s Soul analyzes the characteristics and mind-set of the biblical figure Esau and explains why these traits have prophetic ramifications for our day. Specifically, author Bill Cloud relates them to current political and societal developments transpiring in the world and particularly in the United States of America. Cloud skillfully explains how the spirit of Jacob has always been a light to the nations, a blessing to the people, and he offers hope for restoring righteousness and favor to this great country.
Esau Rising is a masterpiece that will truly impact the lives of those who read it. Esau Rising exposes the spirit of Amalek in our day that wants to destroy Israel and extinguish any light that reveals their self-indulgence lifestyle without regard to the consequences. The Bible says it declared the end from the beginning and if you want to know the end you need to go to the beginning of the rise of Esau to see how history is repeating itself in our day. Thank you Bill Cloud for a real eye-opener!
—Mark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries and author of Blood Moons
Solomon wrote, “The thing that has been is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done” (Eccl. 1:9). This unusual spiritual principle is repeated in Ecclesiastes 3:15: “That which has been is now and that which is to be has already been.” In contemporary terms, we would say, “History repeats itself.” For those who believe in biblical patterns this truth is validated time and again; biblical events which occurred thousands of years ago are being played out in our time. For instance, the story of two brothers – Jacob and Esau – contains numerous clues to understanding events we now see unfolding in Israel, the Middle East and even in America.
I have known Bill Cloud for almost thirty years. Bill is known nationally for his incredible teaching on the Hebrew roots of our faith and for bringing to light the wonderful scriptural nuggets found in the Hebrew text. He is gifted in reading these ancient stories and recognizing how the events of long ago are reflected in today’s headlines. In this eye-opening book, Esau Rising, you will discover new and relevant insight as Bill examines the conflict that divided an ancient family and that continues to affect the world today.
If you want to know the end of the story you must start at the beginning; and if you want to understand what is happening in our world, you can learn a lot by examining the story of Jacob and, most definitely, Esau. This book clearly explains what it is really all about. Esau Rising is like a treasure hunt only, in the end, you discover the treasure.
—Perry Stone, host of Manna-Fest, author, and international evangelist