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Introduction: 

God called physical Israel out of physical Egypt as a type of calling a kind of spiritual Israel out of bondage to sin.

God in his many tender mercies has called individual persons for the past 6,000 years into the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant; in the spiritual sense calling us out of bondage to sin and death.  God called us to come out of that wretched condition of sinfulness which leads to our ultimate sorrow and death; and into the marvelous light of the Word of God which brings life eternal. 

In these last days we have become very proud and self willed just like physical Israel did in ancient times. We need to remember what we have been called out of, who called us, who delivered us; and that we could not deliver ourselves by our own efforts. 

We need to humble ourselves and turn back to a passionate zeal for our Deliverer!  To keep his whole Word without any hint of compromise or turning aside.  And then we need to grow in godliness washing away the filthiness of sin through living by every Word of God! 

We need to continually grow spiritually, internalizing the nature of God; by rejecting and rooting out all error and sin; spiritually growing  and overcoming; rising up out of our filthiness and sin and ascending towards the holiness of God!

 

Ezekiel 16

Now speaking of physical Jerusalem again as a type of the spiritual Jerusalem of the called out; the Eternal describes the origin of physical Jerusalem as being from the lowest estate.  This is a type of spiritual Jerusalem of the called out who were also called out from the lowest estate.

Ezekiel 16:1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem;

Canaan was a type of sin and Israel was called out of that sin to come to God; just as those called out to spiritual Israel were called out of sin.

It is very important to remember our origins and how God delivered us from the bondage of sin; and not become proud of o0urselves as physical Israel and the spiritual Israel of the spiritual Ekklesia have become today. 

This is speaking of the actual city of  Jerusalem in Canaan which was built by the Amorites, Hittites and Jebusites, and is used as a type of physical and spiritual Israel being called of sin to come to God.

. . . Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. 

God describes the beginning of the city Jerusalem as a despised [small sinful] place; this is a type of physical Israel being small and nothing in the world when she was first called to God; even as each of us was nothing spiritually when God had pity on us.

16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

Then God passed by and saw Israel in Egypt and pitied them, calling them out of bondage in physical Egypt to be his people.   This was an allegory that God has been calling a few in his tender mercies and having pity on them, calling us out of our filth and sin as a kind of spiritual Israel for the past six thousand years to become the spiritual people of God.

16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

Then God reminds physical Israel of his deliverance and his many blessings; just as we should remember the deliverance of God and his blessings upon those who are called out of sin into spiritual Israel.

16:7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.

Then God reminds physical Israel of how he took her to wife in the Mosaic Covenant; this an allegory of how we are espoused to God in the spiritual New Covenant.

16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee [took thee to wife], and covered thy nakedness [with godliness]: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a [marriage] covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

God washed physical Israel with water, as a type of washing away the blood guiltiness of sin and teaching the nation the righteousness of godliness through obedience to the whole Word of God.

This as a type of washing spiritual Israel with the water of the Word, cleaning away the blood [our blood guiltiness] of our sins by turning his called out and espoused bride to whole heartedly live by every Word of God. 

Then God anointed physical Israel with oil, as a type of anointing spiritual Israel with the pure oil of the Holy Spirit of God. 

16:9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

16:10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ [Ram’s skins dyed royal blue] skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen [representing the righteousness of being filled with the whole Word of God to keep it always], and I covered thee with silk.

Then God the Husband of Mosaic Israel put jewels on physical Israel and a crown on her head as his wife and his Queen! 

In the days of Solomon there was not a nation like Israel in all the earth! Likewise God has promised to his spiritual bride of spiritual Israel, that after calling them out of spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin and after a period of espousal, he would marry those who prove faithful and bedeck his new spiritual wife with jewels and set crowns on her head!

16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. 16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

As faithful physical Israel was beautiful in God’s eyes and much beloved by God; she enjoyed much good from God as long as she was faithful to HIM.  Even so, those of spiritual Israel are much beloved and have been given the honey like sweetness of the pure wholesome unleavened bread and the pure water of life; of the whole Word of God!

16:13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

As the renown of God and physical Israel went forth over all the earth in the days of Solomon; so will the renown of spiritual Israel shine brightly in all the earth; for it is not her own glory that shines, but the glory of her Husband that reflects from her chaste faithfulness to HIM! 

When our LORD takes his bride and comes with her to rule all nations she shall be glorified in HIM, for her zeal of faithfulness to keep his Word fully!

16:14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.

The reasons for the captivity of Judah in Babylon are given 

These same sins are the reasons for the coming correction of physical Israel and spiritual Israel in the now imminent tribulation.  Once we have been humbled to sincere repentance, we can then begin to grow and ascend upwards from our wickedness towards the righteousness of diligently living by every Word of God.

As Lucifer was perverted by pride and his own beauty, so physical Israel was perverted by pride and she turned away from her Husband her Deliverer to follow other lovers.  So it is with spiritual Israel today; we have become filled with pride calling ourselves God’s people and then committing adultery against our espoused Husband by following our idols of men. 

We deceive ourselves into following idols of men without question,  following them away from the Word of God, by claiming that these ungodly men are God’s leaders; when they are false leaders, wolves in sheep’s disguise as Jesus warned us of in Matthew 7 and Matthew 24. 

Today the spiritual Israel of the Ekklesia are just as much idolaters and adulterers against God our Husband, as was Mosaic Israel!

16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: [Our Husband is appalled by the conduct of spiritual Israel and is about to cast us into great tribulation] the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

Today spiritual Israel gives God’s tithes and offerings to false teachers and idols of men and follows idols of men.

16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, 16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.

We give our offerings to those who lead us away from our Husband into spiritual adultery and destruction; and leave the zealous for God with nothing. 

Today the brethren shower these false organizations and leaders with their wealth and give God’s offerings to the wicked who teach contrary to the whole Word of God and waste millions building high places to their idols of men.

16:19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.

Just as some of the ancients threw their children into the fire of sacrifice; today’s church of God groups sacrifice their children to their idols of men, teaching them to follow these corporate idols of men contrary to the Word of God and causing their children to fall into the fire of rejection by Christ and the now imminent great tribulation..

16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, 16:21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

As physical Israel forgot the days of her captivity in physical Egypt and became filled with pride that they were “God’s people” and thought that they could do as they pleased and would still be protected by God. 

Spiritual Israel has also fallen into the same pride and forgotten the bondage to sin that they were delivered from; and  becoming filled with pride in their own idols of men and corporate entities they have begun to think that they are “God’s people” and that no harm will ever come to them.

16:22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare [naked in sin without the garments of righteousness], and wast polluted in thy blood [blood guiltiness for all our sins].

We are filled with pride in our idols of men and have wasted untold millions building high places for our idols of men. 

There is ABSOLUTELY no doubt that the modern Ekklesia groups are an Adulterous and Idolatrous people; rotten and ready for rejection into great tribulation in great wrath by Jesus Christ our Husband! 

As physical Israel built high places on every street to follow their own ways and idols, so the groups of the called out have built up high places to its idols in their various organizations, causing the brethren to follow the word of men and not the Word of God.

16:23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the LORD GOD;) 16:24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street. 16:25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred [By God], and hast opened thy feet [spread our legs to commit adultery with our idols of men and corporate entities] to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

Spiritual Israel of the called out of Laodicea has gone back into the bondage of sin that is spiritual Egypt.  We seek after worldliness and physical things, instead of seeking after any zeal to keep the Word of God; we delight in our sins proclaiming that we are delivered to commit them;  particularity our sins against the Sabbath, High Days and the sins of following idols of men.

16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

Today the Palestinians are ashamed of the Jews for their homosexuality and fornication; and our nations trust in the stranger  [because we are heathen idolaters trusting in our own ways]; rather than turning to and trusting in our only Deliverer.

Today Almighty God is ashamed of the Groups of the Ekklesia for their departure from Him and their open adultery and idolatry against Him!  We have become a vile thing in his mouth fit to be expelled from Christ into the correction of great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22)   Therefore our espoused Husband will diminish our allotment and will give physical AND the unrepentant of spiritual Israel, into the hands of our enemies in great tribulation.

16:27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters [Latter day descendants of] of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. 16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

As physical Israel was filled with the sins of Canaan, so spiritual Israel is filled with the same sins on a spiritual plane.

16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied therewith.

YHVH the espoused Husband of the called out,  proclaims to SPIRITUAL ISRAEL: How weak is our love!  We proclaim our love for Christ, but it is only lip-service and love in words only and NOT in deeds; for we attack any zeal to live by every Word of God in favor of keeping the words of our idols of men.

16:30 How weak is thine heart, saith the LORD GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; 16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

We are perverse adulteresses for we give gifts to our lovers [Idols of men ] who lead us to follow themselves, AWAY from our Husband!  We take God’s tthes and offerings to give them to false teachers who lead us away form God, while not supporting those who are faithfully proclaiming the whole Word of God! 

16:32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! 16:33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

16:34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, [for we willingly seek out and follow lovers] whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.

Because today’s nations of physical Israel were greatly blessed by God and refused to keep his Word, they shall be given into the hand of the very lovers [allies] that they trusted in [in place of trusting in God].  

In the same manner, those of spiritual Israel who trust in their idols of men and follow them instead of being zealous to keep the whole Word of God; will be rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into great correction (Rev 3:14-22)   Jesus Christ calls physical AND spiritual Israel of modern Laodicea “WHORES” for our departure from our God our Husband.

All scripture is for the instruction of spiritual Israel, therefore when scripture speaks of Israel or Judah, it is also speaking of the spiritual counterpart; spiritual Israel.  If spiritual Israel commits the same sins as physical Israel does [as we are doing], we shall face the same correction.

16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 16:36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

The nakedness of all our sins will be exposed for all to see. 

16:37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

16:38 And I will judge thee [both physical and spiritual Israel], as women that break wedlock [commits physical or spiritual adultery] and shed blood [destroying spiritually by turning people to follow them away from obedience to God] are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

All the blessings will be taken away from both physical and spiritual Israel, because we follow idols of men and have quenched all zeal to follow and obey our Mighty God.  This is now speaking of the rejection by Christ of BOTH physical and the spiritual Israel of today’s brethren; and our casting into the correction of great tribulation.

16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.  16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

Almighty God is going to correct us and break us from our spiritual adultery of following idols of men, and not being faithful to our Husband to keep his Word and please him!

16:41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

Once today’s groups of the spiritual Ekklesia have sincerely repented along with the nations of physical Israel; the Eternal will turn from his wrath and accept his sincerely repentant people.

Our Husband will correct us and we shall learn our lesson and sincerely repent, then the righteous jealous fury of our Husband will cool and he will accept our sincere repentance from following idols of men instead of zealously loving him and keeping his Word to please him. 

16:42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

Because we have not remembered our beginnings and how God called us to life and cleansed us from the filth of our wickedness, and we have become filled with pride in our own ways and our idols of men, we shall surely be corrected by a furious jealous Husband. 

How many of you would stand for your spouse taking other lovers?  Jesus Christ is no different and fury will rise up in him to powerfully correct his Bride!

16:43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations.

The latter day descendants of physical Israel are full of the same wickedness as ancient Mosaic Israel; who was full of idolatry and spiritual adultery against her Husband. 

16:44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Today’s New Covenant of spiritual Israel, is full of the same sins as her Mosaic Covenant forerunner.

16:45 Thou art thy mother’s daughter [today’s spiritual Israel is just like Mosaic Israel, full of the same sins], that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

Physical and spiritual Judah of the last days is as Sodom was, and as rebellious as ancient Jeroboam’s Israel, full of the sins of Jeroboam.

16:46 And thine elder sister is Samaria [Jeroboam and Israel] , she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

The sins of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are WORSE than Jeroboam and Sodom! 

HOW?  Because we were given God’s Spirit and should know better, and we have quenched the Holy Spirit of God, which Sodom never had; to follow our idols of men

16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways. 16:48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

The sin of Sodom was PRIDE, as is the sin of physical Israel and the spiritual Ekklesia today!  Pride in our own ways, to ignore the Word of God and to do as we and our idols of men please!  Pride to do as we please for our own gain.  

16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Christ took away Sodom which was not as sinful as modern physical Israel [mainly America and the British peoples] and Judah today.

If Christ took away Sodom, who did not have God’s Spirit, how much more shall he correct today’s brethren who were given access to the Holy Spirit of God and have cast it aside to follow our idols of men?  Yet the sincerely repentant shall be saved in the resurrection to spirit.

16:51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.

The called out to the New Covenant spiritual Israel of today, shall bear our shame when our sins are exposed to Sodom and Samaria [Jeroboam].

16:52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

Many of spiritual Israel shall repent in tribulation and then be raised up to spirit.  Those who do not repent shall be raised up in the main harvest along with latter day physical Israel and the ancients of Samaria and Sodom.

16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them: 16:54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.

All that have ever lived and died not being sincerely repentant and changed to spirit; will be raised up during the Feast of Tabernacles resurrection to flesh; and the resurrected dead of Israel will not be able to boast against Sodom or any other people, for Israel has been even more wicked than they.

16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

We would not mention Sodom in our pride today, thinking that we are so much better than she; yet our sins are worse than hers.  So shall physical Israel and the unrepentant of spiritual Israel be humbled. 

Today Israel and Judah are reproached by the Philistines of Gaza and the Syrians, even today they mock the Jewish State and America / Britain for all our wickedness in homosexuality and open adulteries and massive fornication and our many abominations; and in the days of the main harvest we shall be made to understand that we are worse than them in all our sins. 

16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, 16:57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.

Today’s spiritual Israel has broken our New Marriage Covenant with our Husband, just as Mosaic Israel has broken their Mosaic Covenant of marriage to God.

16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD. 16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath [our baptismal commitment] in breaking the [New Covenant of marriage] covenant.

Messiah will establish a New Covenant with all Israel, and then he will graft all nations into the spiritual New Covenant at his coming.

16:60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

When Messiah comes, the fully humbled and sincerely repentant of spiritual Israel shall be saved in a resurrection to spirit! 

Then all physical Israel shall be fully humbled and shall sincerely repent and be saved and called into the eternal spiritual New Covenant (Jer 31:31); and all humanity will be grafted into spiritual Israel and called into the New Covenant as well.

16:61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.

16:62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: 16:63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

 

Ezekiel 17

God uses the allegory of the kings of Judah who rebelled against the king of kings of the earth in that day, as an instruction that any who rebel against their baptismal marriage covenant King of kings will likewise be destroyed. 

Ezekiel 17:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; 17:3 And say,

The Parable

Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: 17:4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.

17:5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree. 17:6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.

17:7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation. 17:8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.

17:9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof. 17:10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

The meaning of the parable, which is about the last kings of Judah and their destruction for their rebellion, as an allegory of the destruction of the called out to the New Covenant who break that covenant to serve idols of men and corporate entities instead of being faithful to our Husband.

17:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house [Judah], Know ye not what these things mean? tell them,

In the late 7th century BCE, the kingdom of Judah was a client state of the Assyrian empire. In the last decades of the century, Assyria was overthrown by Babylon, an Assyrian province. Egypt, fearing the sudden rise of the Neo-Babylonian empire, seized control of Assyrian territory up to the Euphrates river in Syria, but Babylon counter-attacked. In the process Josiah, the king of Judah, was killed in a battle with the Egyptians at the Battle of Megiddo (609 BC).

After the defeat of Pharaoh Necho’s army by the Babylonians at Carchemish in 605 BCE, Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem, resulting in tribute being paid by King Jehoiakim to Babylon.

In the following years, the court of Jerusalem was divided into two parties, each one in support of Egypt and Babylon respectively. After Nebuchadnezzar was defeated in Battle in 601 BCE by Egypt, Judah revolted against Babylon, culminating in a three-month siege of Jerusalem beginning in late 598 BCE.

Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, died during the siege, and was succeeded by his son Jehoiachin (also called Jeconiah) at the age of eighteen. The city fell on 2 Adar (March 16) 597 BCE, and Nebuchadnezzar pillaged Jerusalem and its Temple and took Jeconiah, his court and other prominent citizens (including the prophets Ezekiel and Daniel) back to Babylon. Jehoiakim’s uncle Zedekiah was appointed king in his place, but the exiles in Babylon continued to consider Jeconiah as their Exilarch, or rightful ruler.

Despite the remonstrations of Jeremiah and others, Zedekiah later also revolted against Babylon and entered into an alliance with Pharaoh Hophra.

Nebuchadnezzar returned, defeated the Egyptians, and again besieged Jerusalem, resulting in the city’s destruction in 587 BCE. Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the city wall and the Temple, together with the houses of the most important citizens.

Zedekiah was blinded, and taken to Babylon with many others. Judah became a Babylonian province, called Yehud Medinata (Judah Province), putting an end to the independent Kingdom of Judah. (Because of the missing years in the Jewish calendar, rabbinic sources place the date of the destruction of the First Temple at 3338 HC (423 BCE) or 3358 HC (403 BCE)).

. . . Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;

Nebuchadnezzar sets up Zedekiah and makes an alliance with Judah and takes many nobles of Judah as hostage to Babylon to guarantee tribute from Judah.

17:13 And hath taken of the king’s seed, and made a covenant with him [King Zedekiah], and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land: 17:14 That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.

17:15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

God declares that the king of Judah who had broken his oath shall be taken to Babylon and die there.

Even so, those of spiritual Israel who break their baptismal commitment of espousal to God, by serving others will die in the war of tribulation if they remain unrepentant. 

17:16 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

No one can save us from the corrective wrath of the Eternal our loving and jealous Husband, against whom we have committed spiritual adultery by following our idols of men contrary to his Word!

17:17 Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for him in the war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons: 17:18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

Now it becomes clear that this covenant with Babylon as the king of kings of that time; is an allegory of our New Covenant with the Eternal.  God now begins to speak of God’s own Covenant!

17:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.

Anyone who breaks their marriage covenant with Messiah the Christ will be rejected by him!  How is his New Covenant rejected?  By following idols of men and corporate institutions instead of being zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!

17:20 And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me. 17:21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it.

Then God prophesies that he will make Messiah the Christ King of kings in Jerusalem to rule from the Holy Temple Mountain.  And all peoples – as pictured by the branches [Remember the branches of the Feast of Tabernacles and John 15] and birds – shall dwell under the mountain of the government of Christ!

17:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one [Messiah the Christ the King of kings] , and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:  17:23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.

All nations shall know that the Eternal has brought low the mighty and exalted Messiah the Christ and his faithful loyal followers.  The proud shall be brought low and the humble before Almighty God shall be exalted!

17:24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.

 

Ezekiel 18

Chapter 18 is a call to sincere repentance to physical and spiritual Israel, to all peoples!

Ezekiel 18:1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? 18:3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

We all belong to God be virtue of being his creation.

18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

The Definition of a “Just Man” is a person who zealously lives by every Word of God!

18:5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful [according to God’s Word and not according to the doctrines  of idols] and right, 18:6 And hath not eaten [making and consuming sacrifices to idols; by obeying idols of men and by not zealously following the Eternal and having HIS sacrifice applied to us]   upon the mountains [meaning our human leadership and our own High Places contrary to God, meaning our corporate entities and the edifices we erect in honor of our idols of men.]   and, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman [This is a common sin, very few waiting until the sunset of the seventh complete day after onset.]  18:7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, 18:9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

If the righteous man has a wicked son:

18:10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, 18:11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains [followed idols of men and their false teachings], and defiled his neighbour’s wife, 18:12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy [done by the major organizations of the spiritual Ekklesia today by pressuring {extorting” offerings], hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination [today’s spiritual Ekklesia Groups are full to the brim with idolizing men and corporate institutions so that they obey men and their false teachings and do not obey God], 18:13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

if the wicked man have a righteous son; even the righteous sons of the wicked shall ultimately receive eternal life!

18:14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, 18:15 That hath not eaten upon [eaten sacrifices before other gods instead of before the Eternal]  the mountains [followed idols of men], neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, 18:16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 18:17 That hath taken off his hand from [abusing]  the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

The wicked shall die for his own sins.

18:18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

God asks us why the righteous son should bear the wickedness of his father; when the son has been righteous?

18:19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

God justly decides that:

18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him [for righteousness], and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him [for judgment to death].

God then offers his mercy to all who sincerely repent!

18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather God works to bring the wicked to sincere repentance and to save the wicked out of their wickedness.

18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

If we think that we are pleasing God and have it made if we obey men;  God says the exact opposite!

The spiritually called out of the latter day church of God groups, have fallen into the wickedness of idolizing men and all of these sins in the spiritual sense. 

If we will not sincerely repent and turn to a passionate zeal to learn and live by every Word of God, if we will not reject the false traditions of our idols of men; we shall surely be corrected and if we will still not repent; we shall surely die for blindly following men contrary to the Word of God.

18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

According to this judgment; Jesus Christ will reject today’s brethren who follow the false traditions of their idols of men and have no zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God. 

How long will we pollute the Sabbath and High Days and follow idols of  men contrary to God’s Word?

18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

Those who teach that once baptized we can willfully commit some sin and that Christ knows how hard life is and will overlook that sin; those who teach the abominable “primacy of Peter”  LIE that men have been placed in authority by God and must be obeyed without question even contrary to God:  WILL SURELY DIE, along with those who follow them and are not zealous to keep the whole Word of God. 

The prophet then speaks of sincere repentance and LIFE, to which God is calling us.

18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

18:27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the LORD is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

Every person will be judged by his own actions; NO ONE will be able to use the Nazi excuse that “I was just following our appointed leaders.”  Christ will then say that these were not his appointed leaders at all and were allowed to TEST us, to see whether we will keep the Word of God or keep the words of men!  and he will ask us why we did not follow His Word and not the false words of false men! 

Indeed God will allow false teachers to do wonders to TEST his people as to whether they will follow cunningly devised fables, or even false wonders; to turn them away form zeal for keeping the Word and following the Eternal!

Deuteronomy  13:1   If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams [religious teacher or leader] , and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 13:2  And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods [to follow Idols of men and to believe them contrary to the whole Word of God as all the major COG groups do today], which thou hast not known, and let us serve them

Those who teach us to serve them without question falsely claiming that they are God’s anointed; saying that we need not have any zeal for the Sabbath or for God and his Word; no, we must be zealous for them and their organization (here comes the BIG LIE) because we are of God [even though we teach falsely and depart from God’s Word]. 

If they were of God they would teach a passionate zeal for the whole Word of God; they would focus all on God; and would never focus anyone on themselves!

13:3  Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams [religious leader or teacher]: for the Lord your God proveth [tests] you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Brethren, TODAY we are being Tested and Proven as to our loyalty and our zeal for our espoused Husband our Mighty One!  Will we blindly follow idols of men; or will we prove all things and hold fast only to that is good by the whole Word of Almighty God?

1 Thessalonians 5:19  Quench not the Spirit [by sinning] 5:20  Despise not prophesyings [warnings]. 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

God calls us to sincerely REPENT, lest we be destroyed for not proving all things and for our idolatry of obeying men and not God!

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of [physical and spiritual] Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin

Let us sincerely repent of our Sabbath and High Day pollution, which we do because “The church says it is all right;” when Almighty God warns that he will destroy those who pollute his Sabbaths! 

Let us sincerely repent of following the false traditions of our idols of men, blindly and without questioning them or holding them up to the standard of God ‘s Word. 

Let us turn to a hot burning zeal to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth!

18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of [physical and spiritual] Israel? 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

 

Ezekiel 19

A lamentation for physical and spiritual Israel

Physical Israel [Jacob] was born to Isaac and Rebecca and Israel became a prince among the Canaanite nations.  Then all Israel went down into Egypt by reason of great famine and then was called up out of Egypt by the hand of God, to become a great nation. 

The calling of physical Israel out of Egypt being an allegory of the calling out of a spiritual Israel out from bondage to sin, represented by the bondage of physical Egypt. 

Jacob [Israel] was a strong lion with God and the father of physical Israel, as the many of the spiritually called out to the New Covenant have been strong lions of faith, perseverance and overcoming in the Eternal.

Ezekiel 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 19:2 And say, What is thy mother [speaking of God as the mother of Israel]? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps [God raised Israel up among the nations]  among young lions.

19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps [Israel]: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured [united Israel was a conquering nation] men.

Then the nations of the whole world heard of Israel.  The people who were taken down to Egypt only to come up again as the nation of Israel.

19:4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

And after Israel was in Egypt for the appointed time, God called them out of Egypt and made of them a great nation climaxing in the great kingdom of Solomon.

Then because of many sins Israel was rent away from the kingdom, and Judah was left as a young lion to continue among the nations.

19:5 Now when she [When God saw there was no hope for physical Israel because of her many and continual abominations God removed Israel and exalted Judah.] saw that she had waited, and her hope [God’s hope and patience for Israel was exhausted] was lost, then she took another of her whelps [Judah], and made him a young lion.

19:6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men [conquered]. 19:7 And he [Judah] knew [found] their [the hidden palaces of the surrounding nations]  desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise [Judah dominated the surrounding nation as a roaring lion] of his roaring.

Then Judah also lapsed in many sins, and the nations rose up by God’s command and conquered Judah and took her into captivity in Babylon.

19:8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit. 19:9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds [prisons, captivity], that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

God was like a strong support for Israel and Judah, but they revolted against their Creator and turned from God’s Word and the counsel of scripture into sin.

19:10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood [fruitful with multitudes of people, like a fruitful vine planted by much water] , planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches [leaders, rulers, princes] by reason of [many blessings] many waters.

Christ blessed physical Israel and Judah and made them strong to rule; yet they rebelled and would not keep the Word of God and rebelled to follow idols of men. 

19:11 And she [Israel/Judah] had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches [strong nations], and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches [rulers].

Then the Creator God corrected Judah by the rod of Babylon and brought her low for Judah’s wickedness.   

19:12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods [princes, rulers] were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

19:13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

19:14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

Very very soon now Christ will correct both physical and spiritual Israel with the rod of another and latter day Babylon; the soon coming New Europe.  That includes the latter day church of God groups (Rev 3:14-22) and particularly v 16 where we who remain unrepentant will be spued out of the body of Christ into great tribulation.

 

Ezekiel 20

Ezekiel 20:1 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me. 20:2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,

God will not hear the prayers of those who do not zealously obey him!  This effectively means that God does not hear the prayers of the spiritual Ekklesia today.  They are doing what they are doing on their own steam, just like they are following idols of men and their own ways, and not following or having any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.

20:3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

Here we have God’s command to Cry Out and Proclaim to them their sins and call physical and SPIRITUAL Israel to sincere repentance, as I am doing.

20:4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers: 20:5 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;

20:6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:

I call on all the brethren to turn back to a zeal to wholeheartedly learn and live by every Word of God, to turn away form their spiritual adultery with their idols of men!

20:7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes [desire], and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

A few are responding but the vast majority remain in the spiritual Egypt of their idolatry of men, as did those who were called out of physical  Egypt

20:8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

20:9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.

God brought forth physical Israel from physical Egypt with mighty works, and God will bring spiritual Israel out of the spiritual bondage to sin typified by Egypt of those days. 

20:10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.

God gave physical Israel his laws and statutes that they might LIVE IN HIS  SIGHT!  God gave spiritual Israel his statutes and commandments that we might LIVE IN HIS SIGHT! 

Those who turn away from God’s Word to follow idols of men have rejected Christ and he has no choice except to reject them and cast them into great correction!

20:11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.

To day we call the weekly and annual Sabbaths Holy, and then we say that we are delivered to pollute them just as the ancient physical Israel did!  Shall we who are supposed to have God’s Spirit not be corrected with a double portion of affliction? 

We keep the Sabbaths by our own ways and not as God has commanded us; PROVING that we follow our own ways and not the Word of God!  As we do this concerning God’s Holy Sabbaths, we also do this with everything else!  Teaching for doctrine the commandments of men and having no zeal to keep the whole Word of God! 

Listen to the rebuke of Jesus Christ!

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

What are our own traditions today that make God’s law of no effect?

1) Traveling on the Sabbath and Holy Days and in particular the Eighth Day.

2) Buying into the Catholic / Protestant cooking a big Sabbath meal and making the Sabbath a mere social occasion; as opposed to exhorting one another in the faith.

3) Preaching an outreach that is business oriented and not proclaiming what we are commanded to proclaim; a message of warning and repentance from the breaking of any of God’s commandments.

4) Exalting loyalty to men and  organizations as loyalty to God.

5) Following apostate matters such as the calendar.

6) Divorce and Remarriage contrary to Christ’s command.

7) Compromising with God’s commandments and tolerating sin out of a false perverted and phony emotional  “love.”

8) Exalting the organizations, leaders and elders, and our false traditions; above the Word of God as our idols. 

Verse 7 is an absolutely accurate description of the majority today.

15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

This is profoundly descriptive of the Ekklesia today. For they exalt their leaders and traditions above the word of Almighty God, making idols of men and organizations.

I am NOT against organization or coming together and working together. I am AGAINST exalting loyalty to the man or Group, as equal with or greater than, our loyalty to God!

We are to prove all things, and to follow men ONLY as they follow Christ!

I am calling these organizations to repentance and to God our Beloved Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ.  I am calling for the organizations to focus the people on a zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; and to repent of exalting themselves above God’s Word. I am NOT calling for a dissolving  of organizations.

15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

The words of these groups that teach men to pollute the Saturday Biblical Sabbath and the Biblical High Days, or to follow the false traditions of men are false.

The words of these men, which amount to them saying; follow me regardless of what is right and regardless of what the Bible says; are evil and depriving many of their crowns.

The words of some who would say; this commandment was for others, or the church has decided,  or that we must keep the commandments but we are weak and Christ has already paid in advance for our sins, so a little bit of sin and compromise is all right, Christ will understand and forgive: Are an ABOMINATION to Almighty God!

Such words are lies and make a mockery of Christ and his sacrifice.  Such words defile the memory of those who were sawn asunder, or burned at the stake, or subjected to torment; because they would not admit that the Emperor, or ANY MAN, was a God along with God the Father and Christ (Heb 11).

Such words are a shame and a blasphemy against God, the apostles, prophets and the martyrs of Christ!

God’s Word is truth unto salvation, it is a healing balm for the called of God; and are words of deliverance that will ultimately heal the nations of their enslavement to Satan and sin. The words of Christ are a joy and beauty that will bring salvation to humanity.  To compromise with God’s Word and to break it on any point no matter how small is sin and brings pain, suffering, decay and death.

REPENT and be BAPTISED, commit yourself to live by every Word of God and to  “Go and sin no more,” and when all men do so, they will find peace!

15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

Those who reject the words of repentance and warning from Jesus Christ, will be rooted out of God’s family and will not be in the resurrection of first fruits, unless they repent.

Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

Israel rebelled against keeping the Word of God and against any zeal for God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths, and today spiritual Israel;  yes, the called out Ekklesia, have also greatly polluted God’s Sabbaths and rebelled against any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God to follow our idols of men, just as ancient physical Israel did!

20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.

As they were corrected in great suffering and affliction, so spiritual Israel who has a greater promise of eternal life and the help of the Comforter from God, which we reject and refuse to follow, to learn and keep the whole Word of God, have a greater accountability before God and will suffer a greater correction.

The Lamb of God had patience and suffered continual rebellions and forgave often in tender mercies; until there was no choice but to correct in power!.

20:14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. 

God taught us a lesson from the wilderness that all those who will not follow Christ and will follow idols of men and refuse to obey God IN ALL THINGS, shall surely die in their wickedness, and will not enter into his eternal rest of the spiritual promised land of eternal life!

20:15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 20:16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

20:17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them [completely], neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.

Jesus Christ commanded the children of the faithless of physical Israel in the wilderness and he commands US, yes, the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant called out; to learn and to keep God’s Word and to follow men ONLY as they follow the whole Word of God!

20:18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:

Today spiritual Israel is commanded by Almighty God to turn away from our corporate idols and idols of men, to stop blindly following the false traditions of men; and to learn and to live by every Word of Almighty  God! 

“My Sabbaths shall be a sign” has been quoted out of context in the past. We are really told that it not just the Sabbaths that are a sign, it is the keeping of the whole Word of God that is the sign that we are God’s people!  

20:19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20:20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

Christ has been very patient with us as he was very patient with physical Israel, yet we have not learned and have sinned all the more!

20:21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.  20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought [patiently] for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.

Then Jesus Christ sent Israel into captivity for the very same sins that today’s spiritual Israel is gyilty of.  

20:23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.

Because the people had rejected the good laws and statutes of God to follow their own ways; Christ decided to allow the people to  follow their own evil teachings of their idols of men, just as God has allowed the Ekklesia to do today. 

This, God allowed without correcting us immediately, so that we might learn and know from hard experience that our own ways and the false traditions of our idols of men are evil and bring death, and that keeping the whole Word of God is very good and brings eternal life!  Remember the lesson of Ecclesiastes.

20:25 Wherefore I gave them [gave them over to, or allowed them to follow their own evil ways] also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

God has allowed today’s Ekklesia to fall into the same sins as ancient Israel, and even allowed us to give our children into the fire of rebellion against Him, that we might learn to hate our own ways and learn to abundantly love God’s ways through hard experience. 

For this cause Christ has permitted our wickedness for a time , but He will surely correct us in great tribulation very very soon.

20:26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb [The first born are a great blessing from God and belong to God and we have given them to our corporate idols. Ought we not to teach all our children to be dedicated and faithful to live by every Word of God, and to follow men ONLY as they are faithful to the whole Word of God?], that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.

Jesus Christ condemned ancient Israel for worshipping at their own places instead of going up to God’s tabernacle or temple.  He had commanded the people to come before him at His tabernacle or temple and they refused to obey God,  instead offering their sacrifices at their own high places.   They did as they wanted while making a pretense of godliness by offering his commanded sacrifices but in their own places and by their own ways. 

Today’s spiritual Ekklesia does the very same thing, making a pretense of keeping God’s Sabbaths while polluting them.

This is pretending to obey God while doing what we want, making a show of obeying God while we do what we want.

20:27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.

20:28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.

20:29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name whereof is called Bamah unto this day.

Today spiritual Israel commits the same sins with their idols of men and their high places built to honor their idols of men.  The brethren go to this or that idolatrous organization to worship their idols of men and call themselves the people of God! 

For shame that we do not keep our baptismal commitment to reject our idols of men and to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth.  It is an appalling disgrace that we blindly follow the words of our idols of men even when they are contrary to the Word of God and have no zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God with enthusiasm.

20:30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom [committing spiritual adultery by following any other besides the Husband of our baptismal commitment.] after their abominations?

God then reveals that the ancients passing their first born into the fire, is analogous of idolatry; for it was the teachers of these idols who taught this abomination; even as today’s apostate organizations teach the children to follow idols of men as if they were following God.

20:31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day:

Therefore God does not hear the prayers of the spiritual Ekklesia who are not zealous for him and who follow idols of men to pollute his Sabbaths.

. . . and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

Today the called out groups claim that they are not as the heathen, and are true followers of God, but they LIE; for they follow their own ways while only making a show and pretense of living by God’s Word.  They present an illusion of godliness, deceiving themselves and provoking the Eternal by claiming to be his while they are his in appearance only and not in substance. 

The Eternal shall correct his called out from their idols of men, in fury and in power; afflicting the flesh and bringing us to sincere repentance to save the spirit.

20:32 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone [Representing all idols and their false teachers.] 

God will take physical and spiritual Israel out of all our places and will correct us in the fury of a jealous Husband who is filled full up with his wife’s adulteries. 

20:33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.

Speaking of the forty years in the wilderness in which all adult Israel died except Joshua and Caleb.  they died because they did not obey the Eternal and could not enter the land of promise because of their sins.  

Likewise we shall all die and NOT inherit the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life unless we deeply and sincerely repent and turn with a whole heart to the LORD our God.

20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.  20:36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.

In these latter days Jesus Christ will spue us out of his body into severe correction (Rev 3:16);  and the unrepentant SHALL NOT enter the promised Land of Eternal life

20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that [continue to sin by following idols of men and having no zeal to keep the whole Word of God] transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel [analogous of the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life]: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

God then tells his people to go out and worship their idols of men if they want, and suffer their correction; but to make no more claims of godliness; and make no more pretense of serving Him when we truly worship our idols and disguise our wickedness in a hypocritical sham put on appearance of godliness.

20:39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.

God will accept the sincerely wholeheartedly repentant of spiritual Israel; therefore repent quickly lest your birthright of the first resurrection to spirit be lost. 

Physical Israel and humanity shall also sincerely wholeheartedly repent and when Christ comes he will pour out God’s Spirit of faithfulness on all Israel and on all mankind. 

Then there will be no more high places or idols, and all shall worship the Eternal in his millennial temple and at the places that God shall choose.

20:40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.

God will accept the sincerely repentant and then their prayers and faithful service shall be a pleasant perfume in his nostrils.

20:41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.

20:42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.

As physical Israel repents, the called out shall also deeply repent for their sins in the flesh, and they shall be made fit to enter eternity! 

20:43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.

When spiritual and physical Israel see themselves for what they are, they shall sincerely repent; and they shall acknowledge that the Eternal is God and beside him there is no other!  They shall also rejoice and be filled with gratitude and joy, for they shall know that they deserve to die and were saved by His tender mercies!

20:44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

The next three verses refer specifically to the directions of the  North and the South which is a reference to Israel [north] and Judah [south].

20:45 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest [people of the south, i.e. Judah] of the south field;

When Judah is defeated and occupied and her people are put in ghettos in the land awaiting deportation, suffering cruelly the world will wonder; and when Christ comes and Judah and Israel are delivered the whole earth shall know that these things were from God!   Then when the wicked are destroyed at Jerusalem, the humbled people of the earth shall also sincerely repent and shall know that these things were from God! 

20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.

Then Ezekiel desired to understand and could not.

20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

 

Ezekiel 21

The last three verses of Ezekiel 20 introduce the southern kingdom of Judah and we now continue from there with the prophecy against Judah and Israel; while Jerusalem refers to Jerusalem as the capital and city of the king and also as the Holy Place where God dwells which is in the minds of the spiritually called out today. 

This is a latter day prophecy for we are told by Haggai 5:5 that Judah and Israel will fall together and that has never happened in the past. 

We are specifically told that this prophecy includes the holy places which is analogous of the latter day called out to be Holy People, or the spiritual Temple also falling into severe correction.

Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 21:2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places [spiritually today’s Ekklesia], and prophesy against the land of Israel,

Here we are very explicitly told that the tribulation is from God and that God used Babylon to humble physical and spiritual Israel in the days of Nebuchadnezzar as a mild fore type of the correction of BOTH physical and the unrepentant of spiritual Israel to the latter day Babylon the Great. 

As Assyria took away Israel and Babylon took away Judah in the past, even so God will use Assyria and Babylon – this time together – to correct physical and spiritual Israel/Judah in the latter days. 

Once God lifts his sword of the latter day Assyria / Babylon,  no one remaining in the land will escape.  Those who have not responded to the signs and warnings to leave the land before the sword comes and remain in the land; will be taken along with the extremely wicked for their rejection of God’s warnings.

21:3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

The term “all flesh from the North to the South” refers to the latter day Israel [the north at the time of the prophecy] and Judah [the south at the time of the prophecy].

21:4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:

When all the earth is humbled and turned to God, they will all know that the Eternal has done this thing.  Then all the earth will repent.

21:5 That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.

We are to cry and sigh over all our sins and our lack of zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God; because of the great correction that is come upon us.

21:6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes. 21:7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.

Another revelation is given to the Watchman 

Now to the spiritual Ekklesia, the word is given; the correction of the tribulation is at hand and the sword of correction has been prepared against both physical and unrepentant spiritual Israel for the multitude of our transgressions.

21:8 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished: 21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree. 21:11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.

When our fears come upon us because we followed idols of men and not the Word of God, and because we polluted his Sabbaths and High Days, and we have rejected any zeal for the Word of God;  Those caught up in the great correction will howl.

21:12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh. 21:13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod [scepter, king]? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

God’s sword shall be three times doubled in slaughter for we who have been called to the New Covenant and offered the Holy Spirit; for we ought to have known better than to turn from the Word of our God to the false traditions of our idols of men; and also against physical Israel and Judah for all their abominations! 

The mighty and great men in our land, and these men looked up to as great in the church of God groups, shall fall before the sharp sword of God as he teaches us that the great and the lowly are all the same to God, and will receive the same correction from God.

21:14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together. and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers. 21:15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.

People will flee in panic when the sword comes, but there will be no place of escape in that time, for anyone who has not heeded the warnings and sincerely repented and fled, BEFORE the sword of war comes.

21:16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

When the people are humbled and brought to repentance, the fury of the Eternal shall subside and he will extend his tender mercies to the sincerely repentant when he comes to bring peace to the earth.

21:17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the LORD have said it.

A third prophecy in this chapter

The divinations of Nebuchadnezzar were directed by God so that the king might come up against Jerusalem and Judah as the chosen sword of the LORD.  So it will be in the latter days as well, the leaders of the New Federal Europe [Babylon] will be inspired as to what they are meant to do.  

21:18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 21:19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city.

21:20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath [Ammon] of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.

The ruler of Babylon did not enquire of the LORD but used divination to determine his ways. 

The polishing of the arrow heads and the dropping of the arrows to see in which direction most of them pointed was akin to the modern divination of tossing coins or using other tricks to take a decision; instead of seeking out the way that is godly.

21:21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright [polished the arrows before dropping them to see which way they fell, as giving him a direction], he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.

The results of the divinations of Nebuchadnezzar and their interpretations were directed by God,  so that the king might come up against Jerusalem and Judah as the chosen sword of the LORD.  In the latter days  God will inspire the interpretation of the divinations of the leaders of the New Europe [Babylon the Great] in the same way, in order to bring them up to occupy Judah and make war [perhaps cyber war] against modern Israel [America]. 

21:22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort.

Babylon shall not want to do this thing, either then or in the latter days. It is because Almighty God has remembered our wickedness that God will cause Babylon to come up against us contrary to the will of the leaders of Babylon and Assyria.

21:23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight [they will reject the divination as false], to them that have sworn oaths: but he [God] will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.

Because the abominations of the latter day spiritual Ekklesia and the nations of physical Israel and Judah are come up before God, we are rejected and given over to strong correction by our God!

21:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand.

21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel [meaning Zedekiah king of Judah,  since Israel had no king at that time; and perhaps some latter day ruler], whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 21:26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.

21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more [the Davidic line will no more rule Judah], until he come whose right it is [the resurrected David]; and I will give it him.

The Ammonites conspired against Judah in the days of Nebuchadnezzar but they were also caught in the net of Babylon. 

In the latter days the Jordanians will conspire against Judah together with Babylon (Dan 11:41) and will be destroyed by the Asian armies that rise up in response to an attack by the New Europe,

21:28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering: 21:29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end.

21:30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee [Ammon in his ancestral land of Jordan] in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.

21:31 And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy.

In the end time Ammon [Jordan]  shall be crushed by the men of Asia (Zeph 2, Amos 1:13) and then they will sincerely repent and their sins will be remembered no more. 

21:32 Thou shalt be for [as] fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land [Your land shall be filled with the blood of the slain]; thou  [in the millennium Ammon will not remain an independent nation but shall be under the throne of David as a province of Israel, they shall sincerely repent and their  sins will be expunged and no more remembered as Ammon sincerely repents at the coming of Messiah the Christ.] shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.

 

Ezekiel 22

This is a very powerful indictment by Almighty God, against physical Israel / Judah, and against the spiritual Israel of the called out to the New Covenant; who are committing the very same sins as physical Israel does only on a spiritual plain. 

This is very powerful correction from Almighty God!  I did not write these words; the Great God who knows our innermost thoughts has caused them to be written for us today!

For example, we the called out commit adultery on an emotional and spiritual level by following others instead of being loyal to follow the Eternal, the Husband of our baptismal commitment. 

We throw our children into the spiritual fire by teaching them spiritual idolatry of men instead of zeal for the whole Word of God, so that they are separated from God and His Salvation unto damnation; and if God did not intervene they would end up in Gehenna because of our own teachings.

Jerusalem as the capital city represents the whole of the nations of Israel; while as the city of the physical temple it represents the spiritual temple of the called out of the New Covenant. 

Most of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are full of idolatry and sin.

Ezekiel 22:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.

Spiritual Israel / Jerusalem of the called out temple of the Spirit, is full of idols of men; and these men are full of blood; having led the people away from God to their spiritual and soon coming physical destruction. 

22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself. 22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries. 

The apostate Ekklesia of today that Christ calls Laodicea [meaning “The people will be judged and punished”] shall be mocked by all when their false traditions are proved fables and their exalted pride is brought low.

22:5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, [today’s spiritual Ekklesia] which art infamous and much vexed. 

The princes of physical Israel are today’s political and religious leaders; and spiritually they are the leaders and elders of the Called Out Ekklesia.

22:6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood. 

We give what should be used to support our parents to our organizations, just as the Pharisees did.  These organizations extort from the brethren excessive offerings resulting in the neglect of parents, and even our children and family needs, and we call this godly.  We condemn the ancient Mosaic Pharisees and then we do the exact same things!

Matthew 15:1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

Jesus uses this question to teach that they transgress God’s Word by their traditions. Jesus uses the example that they do not help out needy parents, instead giving what should have helped their parents to the church and calling that a sin against God’s commandments. 

This is not talking about tithes or reasonable offerings, it is talking about giving over much to feel righteous will being ungodly in not caring for their families.  

Today the Ekklesia commit the very same sin with organizations demand the brethren give and give to them, to the neglect of our responsibilities to our families; thus demanding that we break the Word of God. 

Not caring for the families God has blessed us with is a great sin.

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Did you know that willing property to these groups instead of our legitimate family heirs is a huge sin in the eyes of God?  If you have done so; take the time to obey God and change your will!

Brethren, did you know that by giving larger offerings while neglecting our responsibilities to our debtors and families:  We are sinning? 

Hear the words of Jesus Christ!

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

This is profoundly descriptive of the today’s spiritual Ekklesia. For they exalt their leaders and traditions above the word of Almighty God, making idols of men and organizations.

I am NOT against organization or coming together and working together. I am AGAINST exalting loyalty to the man or Group, as equal with or greater than, our loyalty to God!

We are to prove all things, and to follow men ONLY as they live by every Word of God and follow Christ!

I am calling these organizations to repentance and to God our Beloved Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ.  I am calling for the organizations to focus the people on a zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; and to repent of exalting themselves above God’s Word. I am NOT calling for a dissolving  of organizations.

Ezekiel 22:7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.

We take excessively from the poor and needy by extortive promises of spiritual blessings or threats: We call the Sabbath holy and then consider ourselves delivered to pollute the  weekly and annual Sabbaths:   We despise any zeal to learn and to wholeheartedly keep the whole Word of God, taking delight in following the false teachings of our idols of men, blindly thoughtlessly and without question! 

22:8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.

As the ancients sacrificed on every mountain instead of taking their offerings to the Temple and seeking the Word of God!  We run to every mountain [organization] of men to follow idols of men, and turn up our noses at any zeal for the Mountain [WORD and AUTHORITY] of the LORD! 

We spread lies against the Word of God, saying that Christ will overlook unrepented sin, and saying that they who cleave to false ways are God’s representatives when they are not; and we commit spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal vows!  Teaching others to do likewise!

22:9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness. 

The following speaks of unbridled sexual lust; which is also a type of spiritual wondering away  from our espoused LORD to follow others in spiritual adultery.

22:10 In thee have they discovered their fathers’ nakedness [Engaged in incest]: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for [menses] pollution. 22:11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.

The following speaks of taking bribes to do evil; which is a prime sin of many elders today, who will say anything to receive their wages; not realizing that in due time they will receive the just wages for their wickedness from he who has the power of eternal life and death. 

Matthew 10:28   And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [Gehenna].

Ezekiel 22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood [spiritually leading people astray from godliness]; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD. 

Because of the many abominations of the nations of physical Israel, and because of the many abominations of spiritual Israel;  THE STRONG CORRECTION OF ALMIGHTY GOD IS AT HAND! 

Jesus Christ is ready to reject us for our extortion and dishonest gain from the poor and needy and from the elderly and the widows whom we devour, and for shedding the spiritual blood of many,  turning the brethren away from any zeal for God, to follow the false traditions and idols of men! 

Jesus Christ is ready to spue us out of his body (Rev 3:16) and cast us into the correction of the great tribulation; that through the affliction of the flesh God may save the spirit by crushing our vast pride into contrition and bringing us to sincere repentance!  

Jesus Christ is about to life up his hand against us for our wickedness!

22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand [lifted up my hand against] at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

When Jesus Christ begins to deal with and correct us, no one may stand before HIM!

22:14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.

Jesus Christ will purify us of all our abominations in the furnace of affliction, until our pride flees from us and we see ourselves as he sees us and we sincerely repent!

22:15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness [purify us] out of thee.

Once physical Israel sincerely repents and turns to the Eternal, they shall be gathered into the land promised to Abraham; and once spiritual Israel has learned their lesson and sincerely repented, they shall be given a place in the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, and shall receive the inheritance that is the birthright of the overcomer!

22:16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

God declares physical and spiritual Israel as worthless rust and tarnish to him, because of our sins.  We have taken the silver and gold of the Word of God and of our calling and polluted it; covering ourselves with the uncleanness of our abominations. 

22:17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 22:18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.

God through Nebuchadnezzar besieged Judah and Jerusalem which is the first fulfillment of this prophecy; and God will begin the affliction of physical Israel in Jerusalem by the latter day Babylon of the rising New Federal Europe, which is the dual fulfillment.

As Jerusalem is the capital city and the city of the temple, so God will correct the leaders of spiritual Israel – along with the people who follow them;  who have led the brethren astray from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, to follow idols of men and their false traditions.

22:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.

Physical and especially the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant called out groups, shall be afflicted and purified from their uncleanness, rust and dross of sin; in the fiery furnace of affliction.  

As metal is refined and purified, even so Jesus Christ will use the fire of affliction to purify us of our abominations by crushing our overwhelming pride to contrition and bringing us to sincere repentance.

22:20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 22:21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst therof.  22:22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.

A prophecy against today’s called out spiritual Ekklesia.

22:23 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Most of today’s called out Ekklesia are full of the uncleanness of sin, just as our nations are full of abominations.

22:24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed [the nation polluted by our abominations], nor rained upon  [speaking of the rain of God’s Spirit which today’s spiritual Ekklesia  groups have quenched by their rebellion against any zeal for God and his Word; replacing that zeal for God with a zeal for organizations and men in open IDOLATRY.] in the day of indignation [The great tribulation being clearly referenced here]. 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets [leaders, teachers]  in the midst thereof, [they each seek to take wealth and followers to themselves; seeking to steal the flock of God away to follow men and enrich themselves]  like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured [taken men away from God to follow themselves as their idols of men] souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

The following verse is an unmistakable description of the vast majority of the leaders and elders of the church of God today!  We proclaim the Sabbaths as HOLY and then walk all over them, openly polluting them!  We reject God’s Biblical Calendar to idolize the Rabbins and their apostate calendar, so that we observe God’s High Days according to our own pleasure and contrary to the Word of God!  We openly profane the holy things of the Word of God despising any zeal to keep God’s Word, in favour of leading all people to follow idols of men!

22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 22:27 Her princes [the many leaders and elders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia] in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey [seeking to steal God’s sheep to follow themselves; destroying them spiritually], to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

This next verse speaks of the exceedingly many false teachers in the Ekklesia today

22:28 And her prophets have daubed [encouraged the brethren] them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

The whole land is full of wickedness and the brethren who should know better are as bad as them all on the spiritual plain!  We who are supposed to have the Spirit of God have quenched that Holy Spirit by all our idolatry and abominations.

22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

God searched diligently and found no leader who would take a stand for him and destroy wickedness out of the land.  This was referring to the kings of Judah in the days of Ezekiel [and the leaders of spiritual Israel in our day], for some of the people were faithful like Daniel and his three friends and Ezekiel himself.   It was the leadership that God is talking about here, not private individuals.

In the same today, exactly as in Ezekiel’s day; NONE of the national leaders, and NONE of the called out leaders of the spiritual Ekklesia will turn to God in zeal and sincere repentance to lead the brethren back to the Eternal and away from wickedness and idolizing men!

22:30 And I sought for a man [leader, king] among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

Because the leaders and elders of today’s Ekklesia  will not sincerely repent from leading the flock away from a zeal for God and his Word, and from following idols of men and their false traditions:  The Eternal will cast us out of His body into great tribulation (Rev 3:16); that we might be refined, corrected and purified from all our abominations by the fiery furnace of the great tribulation! 

22:31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.

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Ezekiel 23

This chapter is a condemnation of the spiritual adultery of the Ekklesia and the idolatry of physical Israel and Judah, and the correction coming from their Husband. 

Remember that this was written for our instruction, and the same correction will come upon us for our own spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment.

2 Timothy 3:16   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works [godly conduct] .

God speaks of Israel and Judah as two women who indulged in the paganism of Egypt.  God graphically describes how Israel and Judah lay before Egypt to become one with idols and false gods.  This a type of how the called out of spiritual Israel have given themselves over to become lovers of thier idols of men in this latter day.

Ezekiel 23:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: 23:3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: [the following is a euphemism for intercourse, that is; becoming ONE with the wicked] there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity [polluted their purity before God] .

23:4 And the names of them were Aholah [Israel] the elder, and Aholibah [Judah] her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria [Israel, the ten tribes] is Aholah, and Jerusalem [Judah] Aholibah.

The northern ten tribes of Israel doted on her lovers and became one with paganism through the sins of Jeroboam, who taught the people to give themselves over to the idols of the heathen. Israel repeatedly refused to keep her marriage covenant with the Eternal and gave herself over to adulterous love affairs with paganism just as today’s Ekklesia follow their corporate idols of men away from any zeal to live by every Word of God today. 

Today the brethren follow an appearance – an illusion of righteousness – as they bow to their idols of men, neglecting the deeper spiritual things of God!  Just as ancient Israel followed the idols of the nations around them; and not on the spiritual things of God.

23:5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, 23:6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

Ancient Israel made alliances with the heathen and followed their idols, just as physical Israel does today; and today spiritual Israel also follows idols of men and false traditions in spiritual adultery against the Husband of their baptismal promises.

23:7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. 23:8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

Then God put Israel away and gave here into the hand of her lovers [allies] the Assyrians.

23:9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

23:10 These discovered her nakedness [Assyria saw her wickedness and God used them to correct her.]: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed [God’s] judgment upon her.

Then Judah corrupted herself with even more spiritual adulteries than Israel.

23:11 And when her sister Aholibah [Judah] saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love [loving others more than her Husband] than she [Israel], and in her whoredoms more than her sister [and Judah committed more idolatries than Israel]  in her whoredoms.

Judah also doted on the Assyrians and on the Babylonians and the surrounding pagans to bow to their idols.

23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

Then Judah went the same way as Samaria [the ten tribes, Israel]

23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one [Israel and Judah both went the same way] way,

Then Judah saw the appearance of the Chaldeans [spiritually the Babylonian Mystery religion] and their paganism and loved them, giving herself over to them in spiritual adultery against her Husband.

In modern spiritual terms this refers to today’s spiritual Ekklesia adopting the Babylonian Mysteries church governance system.

23:14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion, 23:15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity: 23:16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

Because Judah loved Babylon and the Babylonian Mystery religion, she was alienated from God, just as Israel had been alienated form God because of her love for the Assyrians and their religion. 

Today the spiritual Ekklesia has not learned from this history and has also adopted the Babylonian Mysteries church governance system; bowing to corporate idols and idols of men and false traditions.

23:18 So she discovered [revealed] her whoredoms [spiritual adulteries], and discovered her nakedness [sinfulness]: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister. 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot [worshiped idols] in the land of Egypt.

Judah’s lovers [allies] were as strong as horses and she loved and ascribed their pagan strength to their idols; loving them more than she loved her Husband the Eternal God.  She followed after the physical appearance of strength and beauty and turned away from spiritual strength and beauty. 

Brethren, today’s spiritual Ekklesia has done exactly the same thing in adopting the Babylonian Mysteries governance system of placing idols of men between the brethren and God.

23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

As Israel and Judah sinned in Egypt, so they continued to sin in their own land.  This is a type, that as we of today’s spiritual Ekklesia sinned in our Egypt of spiritual bondage before our calling out, we have then fallen back into sin, idolatry and spiritual adultery after being delivered by our God.  Today we behave just as if we were never converted, for we follow our lovers – our idols of men – committing spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal committment.

23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

As God used the Assyrians to correct physical Israel and the Babylonians to correct physical Judah in the past, he will use Assyria and Babylon again today to correct both physical and spiritual Israel and Judah in this latter day.  God will bring an alienation between us and our lovers [the coming New Europe] so that he may bring them against us to correct us.

23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side; 23:23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.

23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly [an  alliance of nations] of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.

Our Husband is a jealous Husband and will turn our lovers against us to correct both physical and spiritual Israel and Judah in this latter day.

23:25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. 23:26 They shall also [take away thy wealth] strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

The Eternal shall correct us until we have put away our spiritual adulteries in sincere repentance and turn to Him with enthusiastic zeal.

23:27 Thus will I make thy lewdness [spiritual adulteries] to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.

As Mosaic Israel was given into the hand of the Assyrians [now the modern Germans, Austrians and Hungarians] for their correction, and Mosaic Judah was given to the Babylonians by Almighty God for their correction: In this end time physical and spiritual Israel/Judah will be delivered into the hand of the Assyrians [Germans] and Babylon [The New Europe] together;  by the judgment of Almighty God, for our correction.

23:28 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated: 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully [harshly], and shall take away [everything of value] all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: [The Israelite nations shall be left destitute and the Ekklesia shall have all their wickedness of spiritual adultery laid bare, as their pride and idolatry is destroyed  in the fire.] and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

The great tribulation is coming upon the nations for their sins, and is coming upon the spiritually called out for our idolizing of men and our complete lack of zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.

23:30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

Judah followed the same wickedness of her sister Israel in ancient times, and received the same correction from God.   In  this latter day both physical Israel and Judah have committed even greater wickedness and will face an even greater correction, of which the ancient captivity was only a mild forerunner.  

Today’s unrepentant apostate Laodicean [meaning the people will be judged and punished] spiritual Ekklesia will also be thrust into the fiery furnace of great tribulation.

23:31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.

23:32 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister’s cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.

The nations of Israel today shall be shocked and astonished at their downfall for they believe themselves to be invincible.  The same is true of today’s spiritual Israel, who believe their own false traditions and are blind to their true spiritual condition (Rev 3:14-22)

23:33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness [confusion] and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.  23:34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off [pound] thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

As both physical and the spiritual Israel of the called out Ekklesia have forgotten any zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God; instead following idols of men:  We shall bear our own sins and pay the price for our spiritual infidelity. 

23:35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

The Watchman Ezekiel is commanded to tell Judah/Israel their sins and the reason for their punishment; and in this latter day spiritual Israel is also receiving a strong warning and being told the reasons for the coming correction of both physical and spiritual Israel, including the brethren of the Ekklesia.

23:36 The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;

Brethren, WE have committed spiritual adultery with our idols of men and taught our children to follow corporate idols instead of teaching any zeal for the Word of God, so that our children will also fall in the fire.

23:37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.

Brethren, WE have defiled the spiritual temple of the Holy Spirit with our corporate idolatries of men and wickedness; and for calling the Sabbath day holy while continually polluting it. 

23:38 Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.

We teach our children to sin in following idols of men and then come before God claiming to be God’s people, as we reject any zeal for God and exalt our zeal for our idols of men. 

23:39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

We have prepared ourselves to love strange doctrines of false religions like the abominable Nicolaitane church governance system of Babylon. thereby becoming of one spirit with the  Babylon Mysteries. 

Let me be very clear:  I am NOT against organization; I am against exalting an organization above the Word of God!

23:40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments, 23:41 And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.  23:42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

Today’s brethren play the harlot with many lovers.  We have split into hundreds of groups each following its own lover [corporate idol of men], and almost none faithfully follow the espoused Husband of our baptismal commitment! 

23:43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them? 23:44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.

23:45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

The ancients were removed from their land, and many shall be deported from the land in the next few years.  Judah in Palestine will be confined to ghettos in Palestine awaiting removal to far away places as a proposed solution for the Jewish Palestinian question.  The New Europe will see itself as merciful in saving Judah for deportation instead of letting her be totally  slaughtered by her neighbors.

23:46 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed [taken from their land] and spoiled.

Yet in the tribulation very many will still be slaughtered by the enemy.

23:47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.

It is Almighty God who will give physical Judah and Israel and spiritual Israel into the hand of our enemies for the multitude of our abominations; to correct us and to afflict the flesh that the spirit might be saved through the crushing of our immense pride which has exalted our hearts above the Word of the All Wise God.

23:48 Thus will I cause lewdness [spiritual adultery with idols] to cease out of the land, that all women [nations] may be taught not to do after your lewdness.

23:49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Then Spiritual Israel of the New Covenant called out and all peoples; shall learn that the Eternal is God and beside him there is NO other; and will be healed from idolizing men and turned to a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God and to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth! 

 

Ezekiel 24

When we make a soup or stew we should first slowly cook the meat, and then strain the blood from the broth through a cloth before adding the vegetables.

God uses a stew made of choice meat, which in the cooking becomes full of oozing blood and floating scum which is not strained off and the stew of fine meats is polluted; as an allegory of the apostates.  We the spiritually called out were called to godliness and made the choicest people to the Eternal, only to become polluted in our own idolatry and wickedness. 

This parable is against Jerusalem, which Jerusalem is the pot where physical Judah was gathered; and as the city of the temple, represents in allegory the spiritual Temple of the called out of this latter day.

Ezekiel 11:2    Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city: 

We say that we are God’s people and we can do what we want and God will back us up, as we follow our false traditions and idols of men contrary to any zeal for follow Christ and the whole Word of God. 

We build our high places and monuments to our dead idol and think that we are delivered by God to follow idols of men in spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitments. 

It shall not be so; for we shall be judged by our actions not our claims of godliness

11:3 Which say, It [our correction is not close at hand] is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

Meaning that they taught that that no evil could come upon them because they had the temple, just as today’s Ekklesia believes that they are God’s people [spiritual temple] and that no harm can come upon them because  they say “we are God’s people and are inside the iron pot of God’s protection”. 

God answers us that he will not deliver us because we follow idols of men and do not live by God’s Word:  We make a pretense of godliness but we follow corporate idols of men instead of living by every Word of God.

Ezekiel 11:10   Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 11:11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:  11:12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

Jeremiah 7 drives this lesson home, claiming to be among the called out [the spiritual temple] will not save us from God’s correction for our spiritual adultery and our idolizing of men. 

Jeremiah  7:4   Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.

In Ezekekiel 24 God uses the metaphor of Jerusalem and the Temple as the city of God, and the pot that holds and protects the people, saying that Jerusalem shall fall by Babylon – by the judgment of God – and calling ourselves God’s people will not save from God’s correction for our wickedness. 

Ezekiel 24:1 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24:2 Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.

24:3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:

Even the choicest most exalted people of physical and spiritual Israel shall be corrected.

24:4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.

Like all scripture this is duel and applies both in the physical and the spiritual sense!   Who is the flock of God today?  and who considers themselves the choicest of God’s flock?

24:5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.

As Judah was and is polluted in the midst of Jerusalem, so the church of God of today is polluted in sins.  The word “scum” being a reference to uncleanness and sin.

24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.

Instead of pouring out our filthiness on the ground and covering it, physical Israel and those of spiritual Israel today, openly exalt and rejoice in their sins, by exalting our idols of men and our false traditions and zeal for our idols, replacing any zeal to keep the Word of God.

24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;

Because we revel in our sins against a zeal for the whole Word of God and against our baptismal commitment to our Creator, we have provoked our Husband to jealousy.   Therefore Almighty God will reveal our wickedness to all who pass by.

24:8 That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.

God will consume us in the fire of affliction, burning us up; that by afflicting the flesh the spirit might be saved!

24:9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great. 24:10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

Even the pot itself shall be burned up; the pot representing the city of Jerusalem; meaning that Jerusalem itself shall fall to the adversary.

24:11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness [that the wickedness of the people in physical and spiritual Jerusalem (Jerusalem being the capital represents the whole people) may be destroyed] of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

We have deceived ourselves with lies, saying “We are God’s people and the tribulation will not come upon us”;  because we are NOT God’s people if we do not exalt him and keep his Word above the words of our idols of men!” 

Romans 6:16   Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Ezekiel 24:12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum [uncleanness of sin] went not forth out of her [was not removed by sincere repentance]: her scum shall be [our sins will be corrected and removed in the fire of affliction] in the fire.

God has allowed the Ekklesia of today to be mildly afflicted by dividing us, but we would not repent.  We continue in the lewdness of the spiritual adultery of following others instead of our Husband, and will NOT listen to the warnings and correction of the Husband of our baptismal commitment; therefore in fury will he afflict us with the rod of Assyria and the staff of Babylon [the New Europe]. 

Brethren, for too long many have feared the New Europe and Germany as some kind of monsters; when it is Almighty God who is afflicting us and bringing them upon us for our many sins. 

This idea that the wicked Europeans are attacking us because we are so righteous; is a monstrous self deception; a self justifying delusion of a proud and arrogant heart. 

It is Almighty God who will USE them [against their own will] to perform His will and correct us for our idolatry and our many spiritual adulteries against HIM!

24:13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.

24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.

God takes away Ezekiel’s wife as an object lesson for those folks, and for us today who will also be corrected by Babylon.

Strong’s:  Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear 1826 8798 to cry 602 8736, make 6213 8799 no mourning 60 for the dead 4191 8801, bind 2280 8798 the tire of thine head 6287 upon thee, and put on 7760 8799 thy shoes 5275 upon thy feet 7272, and cover 5844 8799 not [thy] lips 8222 [in mourning] , and eat 398 8799 not the bread 3899 of men 582.(Forbear: Heb. Be silent)(lips: Heb. upper lip) 

24:15 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24:16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.

24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead [do not weep openly,  but sigh and groan silently inwardly], bind the tire of thine  [head coverings in the hot sun; which would normally be removed to afflict ones-self during mourning.  Here God commands that these coverings over the head not be removed in mourning.] head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet [get dressed] , and cover not thy lips [do not cover thy bead, moustache, face in mourning, refers to the traditional blackening of the face with dust as a sign of mourning; the wearing of black in mourning today comes from this practice. 

Mourning  customs included removing the (protection from the hot sun) head covering, so as to afflict ones-self and throwing dust up upon ones face in the emotional outpouring of grief in mourning], and eat not the bread of men.

Even in that emotional extremity, Ezekiel obeyed God; and the COG brethren today will not even give up their pleasure [SIN] of paying others to serve them on Sabbath!

24:18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

The people were astonished at Ezekiel’s actions when his wife died and asked him for an explanation.

24:19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

Then Ezekiel explains what God has said.

24:20 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24:21 Speak unto the house of Israel,

God destroyed the physical temple by Nebuchadnezzar and later by the Romans, and in this latter day God will correct his spiritual sanctuary, his spiritual temple; the Ekklesia in whom the Spirit of God dwells!  and God will give the nations and the called out of the New Covenant of spiritual Israel; to the correction of the sword of Babylon [the New Europe]. 

. . . Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

Those who fall into that correction will dress themselves and do up their hair in severe famine of bread [food], and they will not mourn openly for the very shock of their downfall; but will pine away  groaning inside for their shock, turning to sincere repentance for turning away from any zeal for God to commit spiritual adultery with our idols of men and false traditions.

24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips [covering the head or face, as in throwing dirt up over oneself in emotional affliction, this was an ancient part of mourning openly and publicly], nor eat the bread of men. 24:23 And your tires [hats, head coverings in the hot sun]  shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.

Again: Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead [Do not weep openly,  but sigh and groan silently inwardly], bind the tire of thine [most likely normal hair coverings in the hot sun; which would normally be removed to afflict ones-self during mourning.  Here God commands that these coverings over the head not be removed in mourning.] head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet [get dressed] , and cover not thy lips [do not cover thy bead, moustache, face in mourning, refers to blackening the face with dust as a sign of mourning; the wearing of black in mourning today comes from this practice.  Mourning  customs included removing the (protection from the hot sun) head covering, so as to afflict ones-self and throwing dust up upon ones face in the emotional outpouring of grief in mourning], and eat not the bread of men.

Ezekiel 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

24:25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, 24:26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?

When these things come upon today’s apostate church of God groups and brethren, they shall know that these warnings are true and that the Eternal is God and not their idols of men; and they shall be humbled to turn from idolizing men, to hear the Word of the LORD and to keep it.

24:27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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