Daniel and certain others were taken to Babylon about 605 B.C.
Later in c 598 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon removed Jehioakin [Jeconiah] from the throne of Judah and replaced him with Zedekiah his brother. This event indicates that Babylon had replaced Egypt as the regional power.
Ezekiel was taken to Babylon at the removal of king Jehioachin [Jeconiah] c 598 B.C.. Josephus claims that three thousand leading Jews were removed to Babylon with king Jehioachin [Jeconiah].
Daniel and various others had already been removed from Jerusalem to Babylon about 605 B.C.
Ezekiel dates his first Divine encounter and the beginning of his prophetic calling as five years after the exile of Jehioachin [Jeconiah] (Ezekiel 1:1-3).
Since Zedekiah ruled in Jerusalem for eleven years after the removal of Jehioachin [Jeconiah], and Ezekiel began his ministry in the fifth year of the removal of Jehioachin [Jeconiah]; Ezekiel was called to be a prophet six years BEFORE the final fall of Jerusalem in Adar [Feb – Mar] 586 B.C.
The book of Ezekiel records seven visions of the prophet Ezekiel over a 22 years from 593 to 571 BCE.
The visions, and the book, were about a coming tribulation or captivity of physical and spiritual Israel in the latter days tribulation on the nations; the coming of Messiah; and the building of a millennial Temple.
The book is structured around three themes:
(1) judgment on Israel and the events of the end time tribulation [at the time Ezekiel wrote physical Israel was already in captivity and Ezekiel’s message refers to the coming end time tribulation] (chapters 1–24);
(2) judgment on the nations during the tribulation just before Messiah comes. (chapters 25–32);
(3) and the coming of Christ; and then the millennial Temple and future blessings for the earth. (chapters 33–48).
The book begins in the fifth year of king Jehoichin’s [Jeconiah] captivity. Ezekiel was already in captivity when he saw a vision from God, but the final destruction of Jerusalem and the temple with the captivity of Zedekiah had not yet come.
Please keep the distinction between Israel and Judah in your mind as you study these prophecies.
Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year [when Ezekiel was thirty years old], in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity, 1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.
In the vision Ezekiel saw what looked like rushing wind around a cloud, and the appearance of a fire burning by itself inside the cloud. The darkness of the cloud would have made the light seem all the brighter.
1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
Inside this cloud and fire were four Cherubs who appeared as men with a different kind of face on each side of their heads and four wings for each. They had arms and hands like men, and feet like cattle and not men and shined like polished brass in the light.
1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.
Two wings of each Cherub were touching the wings of the next Cherub, while the other two wings of each Cherub were folded back on their bodies v 11.
1:9 Their wings were joined [touching] one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
Their wings were set such that they moved straight in any direction without turning the body. They each had the same face in any direction so that one face was on each for the North, the South, the East and the West, and there was a face for each direction.
The faces described
1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.
1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
The Cherubs went like the speed and flash of lightening.
1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
There were separate wheels beside each of the four cherubs, each wheel appearing like a one wheel inside another wheel.
The appearance of the wheels.
1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
1:17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.
1:18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes [windows] round about them four.
1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.
The wheels made the machine to go in the direction that God wanted, like a steering wheel but vastly more advanced and made of spirit.
1:20 Whithersoever the spirit [God thought to go] was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was [God controlled the machine through its wheels] in the wheels.
On top of this spiritual conveyance was a platform of pure clear crystal which reflected the light of God into the many colours of the rainbow.
1:22 And the likeness of the firmament [platform] upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.
The Cherubs and this spiritual machine were BELOW this platform of crystal.
1:23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.
The being who was sitting on a throne on top of the crystal, controlled the living spiritual machine.
1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.
1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
The being sitting on the Sapphire Throne was YHVH the Eternal God. Here the word YHVH represents the one who became the son, for no man has yet seen the Father!
John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
YHVH himself, in this case the Creator who became the Son, gave the prophecies of the end time to Ezekiel. He appeared as a brilliant light surrounded by a rainbow, the bow of God.
Ezekiel 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD [YHVH]. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
The Creator who became Messiah the Son, spoke to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2:2 And the spirit [Ezekiel had fainted and was revived by] entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
Ezekiel was a captive of Judah in Babylon and he is here called and sent by God to the House of Israel which had been in captivity to Assyria for more than a hundred years.
Ezekiel could not go with this message to Israel; he had to record it for the latter day descendants of Israel. Ezekiel is a series of end time prophecies about the sins of Israel, their final correction and then prophecies about the correction of the nations, and finally about the coming of Christ and the millennium including the millennial temple. Refer back to the Introduction at the beginning of this study.
As Jeremiah witnessed to the physical and spiritual JUDAH of Nebuchadnezzar’s time and for today; Ezekiel is a message to physical and spiritual ISRAEL at the very end time and their final correction in great tribulation.
Today BOTH physical AND spiritual Israel are a proud, hardhearted stiff-necked, stubborn people. Impudent in exalting their own ways above the whole Word of God. Therefore God in his mercy has sent a warning to BOTH physical Israel and the spiritual Israel of the church of God groups.
That warning is the Book of Ezekiel!
Brethren, Ezekiel is a series of prophecies and warnings directly to US! To physical Israel in the end times immediately before the tribulation; and also to spiritual Israel immediately before our correction in the great tribulation.
2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 2:4 For they are impudent [proud] children and stiffhearted [stubborn]. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
This part of Ezekiel is a message to BOTH physical and spiritual Israel at the very end time just before their final correction in great tribulation.
When these things are fulfilled we shall know that Ezekiel was indeed a prophet of God and that these words have been proved out to be true.
2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
Ezekiel – and those like him – are not to be afraid of the apostate spiritual leaders of the Ekklesia! Many of whom are not only tares but often outright briars, thorns and scorpions hiding inside the Ekklesia and its elders and leaders; and the wicked of this society.
Brethren, godly people are t0o put their trust in God and not to fear the wicked!
2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Men of God are commanded not to fear what men can do, but to speak the whole Word of God; fearlessly speaking the truth to all!
2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
Ezekiel was commanded to eat [to internalize, to remember, to make a part of himself] the words of the book and to write them out, just as John was commanded to do in the Revelation.
2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat [internalize] that I give thee.
The prophecies recorded by Ezekiel were copied from an actual scroll written by YHVH himself! These are not Ezekiel’s words; they are God’s words! Other words like the dates and descriptions are Ezekiel’s words, but the actual prophecies were written by YHVH himself and copied by Ezekiel for US today!
2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.
As John was made to eat the scroll of Revelation as a type of internalizing the words, so was Ezekiel; so that John and Ezekiel could later speak and write out the words of YHVH himself.
Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
The words of God are as sweet as honey in the reading because of the ultimate joy of their completion with the coming of Messiah the Christ, yet they are very bitter in the belly because of the bitterness of great tribulation which must come in the process of their fulfillment.
3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
The prophecies of God are to the Houses of physical and spiritual Israel.
3:4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. 3:5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
Jesus Christ already knew that the end time physical and spiritual Israel – including today’s Laodicean Ekklesia – would not listen to his warnings, for we are a self exalting, proud, stubborn and hard hearted people; who will not be entreated.
3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
As Jesus Christ strengthened Ezekiel to stand up to the great and the strong in his day; even so Jesus Christ strengthens those who proclaim His Word and warn the called out in this end time.
Today the factions of the latter day Ekklesia of spiritual Israel are a rebellious house, exalting their own ways above the Word of God; and a warning is being proclaimed to them.
3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
All of God’s people are to proclaim his Words and not their own ways and false traditions. To discern between the faithful and the false teachers, it is only necessary to discern between God’s Word and the false way (Mat 7:15-29).
3:10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
All of God’s people have his commandment to SHOUT OUT the Truth to all people, especially to the Called Out; with all their might!
3:11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity [Today spiritual Israel is in spiritual captivity to pride and rebellion against the truth of God’s Word], unto the children [the latter day descendants] of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
All of this happened in a vision, and after Ezekiel ate the scroll and made the words of YHVH a part of himself, Ezekiel saw YHVH leave him in the vision and the vision ended.
3:12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. 3:13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.
The vision being ended, Ezekiel went his way; but the Spirit of God was strong upon him to direct him.
3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness [mourning over the words of the book], in the heat [excitement] of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
Then Ezekiel remained astonished and thinking of the meaning of the vision for seven days by the river.
3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
After seven days YHVH speaks to Ezekiel again and commissions him as a watchman to physical and spiritual Israel.
Ezekiel is to speak the Word of God and not his own words to physical and spiritual Israel by writing them in a book for the latter days.
3:16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Brethren, all people of God are to be Ezekiel type watchmen for the world and to proclaim the gospel of warning and repentance. The church of God groups are NOT doing their jobs! and because they are not warning the nations, they will themselves suffer along with the wicked!
3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
It is incumbent on godly people to preach the gospel of warning and sincere repentance as Ezekiel type watchmen; teaching all people to live by every Word of God! None of today’s Ekklesia are doing this: except our sites!
3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
If a godly person does not warn the righteous who have gone astray from zeal to keep the whole Word of God; that man who has turned aside will die in his sins and the person who knew and said nothing will be guilty of the sinners blood because he saw him turn aside and said nothing.
Brethren, hear the Word of God and fear to keep quiet when the church organizations have gone astray and no longer openly rebuke sin; either in their atrocious business model outreach programs, or in their assemblies!
3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
All godly people have a command to: Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the [physical AND spiritual] house of Jacob their sins. and the Ekklesia is NOT doing this, either publicly or within their own assemblies!
Ezekiel 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
All the faithful of God are to obey God and love others. Is it really love to let others die in their sins without warning them?
If we say we love others and yet tolerate sin in our brothers out of that love; is it not a far greater love to refuse to tolerate the sin that will destroy our brother and warn him of the danger he has fallen into?
In truth all God’s people should by Ezekiel’s!
James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of [his] sins.
Then God led Ezekiel away from the river and into the desert
Ezekiel 3:22 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.
Then in the desert plain Ezekiel saw the one who became the Son in part of his glory and brilliant light, and fainted, falling on the ground.
3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD [YHVH] stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.
Then Ezekiel revived and was moved to go back to his own house.
3:24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
Ezekiel is told that God will not allow him to speak his own words, and that he must speak only the words that God commands him to speak.
3:25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: 3:26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.
Ezekiel was sent mainly to warn the latter day physical and spiritual Israel.
3:27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.
Brethren, it is the duty of the leaders and elders to cry aloud and proclaim the gospel of warning, sincere repentance and salvation to the world.
Next Ezekiel begins to record actual prophecies for our day!
God commands Ezekiel to act out a siege of Jerusalem. If we also obey this command and act out this siege we shall learn something more than just reading the words. I ask each of you to act out this as Ezekiel was instructed to do, If you do not have a tile simply drawing on paper or using something in place of a tile for the city will still reveal the lesson.
Ezekiel 4:1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
We are to set up something representing Jerusalem, and then we are to besiege the city. Then we are to place an iron barrier between the city and the besiegers.
It should be immediately obvious that the city would be protected from the besiegers by the iron barrier between it and the besiegers.
4:3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.
Then Ezekiel is told that he is to lie on his left side to bear the iniquity of Israel for 390 days and then to lay on his right side to bear the iniquity of Judah for 40 days; as a allegory of God bearing their iniquity for the same number of years.
There is a discrepancy in the texts for Israel; the Masoretic text reading 390 and the Septuagint reading 190. We can resolve this by knowing that both Israel and Judah will fall together, therefore both periods end at the same time and we need only find the end for Judah – which being only forty years is relatively simple – to have the end for both Israel and Judah.
To bear the iniquity of, means to put up with – to endure, to overlook – the sins of the people of Israel for 390 [or 190] years, and the sins of the people of Judah for 40 years at a year for a day.
4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days:
I have appointed thee each day for a year.
4:7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. 4:8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.
The city of Jerusalem being besieged with an iron barrier protecting the city; represents Judah being under God’s blessing and protection for 40 years and represents Israel being under God’s blessing and protection for 390 years in the latter days. Then when the years of the siege and God’s protection and blessing are completed, Israel and Judah will fall together.
We know from Hosea 5:5 that in the end time BOTH Israel and Judah shall fall together.
Hosea 5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also shall fall with them.
Ezekiel was only one man and he could not lie on both sides at once, but it is clear that BOTH periods of years end at the same time; and that BOTH Israel and Judah shall fall together which has never happened before in history.
This strange exercise means that in the end times Jesus Christ our High Priest will intercede for Israel and for Judah these set numbers of years, as our spiritual intercessional Daily Sacrifice, so that the promises made to Abraham, and the prophecies of the end times blessings of Jacob [Israel] might be fulfilled (Gen 49, Deu 33)!
These periods of years picture Israel and Judah as being under attack by enemies but blessed with the blessing of strong protection from God; that the promises of God to our ancestors regarding the blessing on our people for the last days, might be fulfilled that the promises of God be not broken!
As the years pass knowledge has been increased and we now know that Judah came under the blessing of this protection in October 1978 when the Jewish State was guaranteed protection by the United States as part of the Israeli Egyptian peace treaty.
In October 1978 a peace treaty with Israel, while the United Stated guaranteed the security of Israel against all enemies.
Now comes a complication that has confused people throughout the generations. People have naturally assumed that the following famine takes place during the time of siege: Which it does NOT!
It is AFTER the siege; that the Eternal will send Israel and Judah into a final captivity. It is after the siege is over and the iron pan of the heavenly protection and blessing for Israel and Judah HAS BEEN STOPPED; that physical and spiritual Israel; and Judah ;shall go into captivity and be driven about in great famine!
Remember that it is when the siege [God’s protection which keeps Israel and Judah from falling] ends [v 13] and the city falls, that the Judah and Israel will fall.
Ezekiel 4:9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. 4:10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.
4:11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin [about a pint] : from time to time shalt thou drink. 4:12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.
This famine will fall on Israel and Judah after God’s blessings and protection ends, pictured by a stopping of the spiritual Daily Sacrifice; which is the intercession of the spiritual High Priest, Jesus Christ in heaven!
The siege is all about God’s IRON protection and the spiritual Daily Sacrifice represents Christ’s daily intercession, blessing and protection for end time Israel and Judah, to give to them the promised end times blessings of God!
The end of the siege pictures the stopping of the heavenly spiritual Daily Sacrifice and the sending forth of the people into a final captivity called the great tribulation for 42 months (Rev 11:2).
It is at the end of the period of the end times blessings of 390 years for Israel [Britain and America] and the 40 years protection for Judah; the intercession, blessing and protection of the spiritual Daily in heaven will be stopped because of our wickedness and the people will go forth into great tribulation including severe famine.
4:13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.
Ezekiel protests to YHVH that he would not eat anything unclean. Do you get that, here Ezekiel is protesting to the Eternal that he would not violate the law of God even at God’s command! Centuries later Peter would do the same thing in Acts 10!
Was God testing Ezekiel as to his zeal for the Word of God? Nearly all of us have disgracefully failed similar tests such as the temptation to buy in restaurants on Sabbath and Holy Days!
The unclean food was to represent that physical and spiritual Israel / Judah would be forced to eat all manner of filth just to survive in the last 42 months, and after making that point the Eternal allows Ezekiel an alternative so that Ezekial could keep God’s Word.
4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. 4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.
Then God makes the prophecy of famine specific to Jerusalem and this will spread from Jerusalem [as the capital city representing the whole nation] to those of Israel Judah who remain in Jerusalem as well as to those in other places during the tribulation.
4:16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: 4:17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
Now AFTER Ezekiel 4 and the iron protection of God ends and the city is given over to correction, God reveals the extent and horror of the intense correction that an overwhelmingly wicked America and Judah and the perople of physical and spiritual Israel have earned for themselves!
The hair of the head and face of Ezekiel is used as a type of physical and most especially spiritual Israel. All the head and face hair of Ezekiel is to be weighed in a balancer and divided equally into three parts.
Ezekiel 5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
Notice the time frame is confirmed as after the END of the siege or protection of the city Jerusalem. The city Jerusalem represents and is a type of BOTH physical and spiritual Israel!
The following reference to thirds refers specifically to those in Jerusalem, but much similar suffering will also come to the whole nations of Judah and Israel.
5:2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
The meaning of the few hidden in the garments of Ezekiel after which most of those are also cast into a fire is that: A few in physical Israel have been Called Out to God, but that most of them will also be cast out from Christ into tribulation as per Revelation 3:15-22, and only a tiny few will continue to be faithful and will remain under the protection of God.
5:3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number [representing God’s Called Out few], and bind them in thy skirts. 5:4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; [most of the Called Out of God hidden in Ezekiel’s garments, will reject living by every Word of God and will be rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into the fire of affliction that by trying the flesh the spirit might be saved.] for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Jerusalem is a type of the whole nations of physical and spiritual Israel and Judah
5:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
Jerusalem is the place of the temple where God placed his name, and therefore is the symbol of the SPIRITUAL Temple of the Ekklesia, where God dwells today.
Spiritual Israel, today’s Ekklesia, has utterly failed in our commission to be a LIGHT of godly example and zeal for the whole Word of God to the entire world!
We have rejected large parts of God’s Word, and changed much, turning away from the Word of God to follow our own false traditions. Today the brotherhood DOES NOT follow the Word of God, but walks in their own ways and in the false traditions of men.
Jerusalem being the capital is also symbolic of the physical nations of Judah and Israel wherever they might be.
5:6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
Because God has blessed us with the ancient promises, and neither physical nor spiritual Israel has shown gratitude by obeying the whole Word of God; because, today’s p0hysical and spiritual Israel has rejected the truth of God to cleave to their own ways, false traditions and their idols of men and corporations: Almighty God is AGAINST US! and will reject us Revelation 3:15 and cast us into the furnace of correction!
5:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you; 5:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee [BOTH physical and spiritual Israel], and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.
5:9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.
Yes, today’s Ekklesia is FULL of ABOMINATIONS; from Sabbath and High Day pollution to the idolatry of men! Therefore we shall be cast into great tribulation along with the wicked of the land!
Watchmen who neither watch nor warn the people; shall receive the same affliction of correction as the wicked who they failed to warn!
5:10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
We who have been spiritually called into the sanctuary, into the very presence of God! We have defiled God’s sanctuary with our rebellious ways and our detestable rejection of the truth of God for our idolatry and our own false ways!
5:11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
The shaved hair is now explained as one third dying with famine and disease, and a third by war; with the remaining third scattered and chased by the sword.
This prophecy is specific to Jerusalem but in type will fall on all physical and spiritual Israel and Judah; nevertheless it may not be every third person everywhere, but could be, many in one place and fewer in another place to average out.
One third will die by violence and one third by famine and disease while the remainder will be scattered and many of those will also perish.
5:12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Almighty God is angry with physical and spiritual Israel who have departed from him and his Word in spite of the blessings God has showered on them. At the same time Almighty God is very angry at those he has called and given his Spirit to, who are keen to follow their idols of men and to exalt their own ways above the Word of God.
Today the Ekklesia have fallen into idolatry and spiritual Porneia and a multitude of sins just like Mosaic Covenant physical Israel in Jeremiah’s time.
5:13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.
Because WE have brought a spiritual drought of the truth of God’s Word; God will make our land a waste as is already being done with huge areas of physical drought.
5:14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by. 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
5:16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
Brethren, this has already begun in a very small way in comparison to what is coming; yet we will not yet sincerely repent in the nation nor in the Ekklesia until this correction comes in its fullness.
5:17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee: and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.
This is an extremely strong prophecy about what is coming on the latter day physical and spiritual Israel for our wickedness.
Ezekiel 6-7 reveal what God plans to do to physical and spiritual Israel and Judah. God will bring a sword [violence] to destroy our idols; that means that the corporate church organizations and many leaders will be destroyed because they have exalted themselves above God and His Word to become our idols.
Ezekiel 6:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 6:2 Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains [Governments] of Israel, and prophesy against them, 6:3 And say, Ye mountains [Governments] of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains [National Governments], and to the hills [Lesser Governments], to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.
Many in physical Israel will die before their false idols and false religions; and the spiritual organizations that we idolize shall be destroyed, along with their high places [places of worship and corporate entities]; and the worshippers of idols will be slain in tribulation. Some will die in their idolatry and some will repent in the tribulation, and even the sincerely repentant will have to prove their repentance by dying for the faith.
6:4 And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. 6:5 And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
The cities will be laid waste and the false religions destroyed, including the false teachings of the corporate Ekklesia groups.
6:6 In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
All false religions and false teachings will be destroyed so that BOTH physical and spiritual Israel may KNOW that the Eternal is God, above ALL organizations and men.
Yes, those who follow any man blindly in idolatry, and do not prove all things to hold fast and follow the Word of God will fall into the correction of great tribulation so that they may learn that the Eternal is God and beside Him there is no other!
6:7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD [YHVH].
A remnant shall survive and shall remember their God after their correction in tribulation, and they shall then KNOW that the Eternal is God indeed. The great tribulation will come upon us to humble us and to teach us not to exalt any man above the Word of God!
6:8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.
6:9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with [They shall repent because God has corrected their rebellious heart of Porneia with idols] their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
This terrible correction to afflict the flesh, is for the purpose of humbling and bringing us to sincere repentance so that the spirit may be saved.
The great tribulation is a very hard spanking for our rebellious wickedness in exalting our idols of men above the Word of God in an effort to save us from eternal spiritual death.
God’s correction SHALL SUCEED, and the Called Out of this latter day shall surely sincerely repent and be saved!
God’s correction shall not be in vain, for in their affliction the Called Out shall KNOW that the Eternal is God and will turn from their idols of men and corporate entities
6:10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.
Then the called out shall smite themselves on their chests in bitter repentance, for all the evil which shall befall them because of our many sins.
6:11 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. 6:12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.
When the idols of false religions throughout physical and spiritual Israel and Judah are destroyed, and the grand buildings of their high places of worship are in heaps; when they suffer in famine and their slain are many; the remnant shall turn to the Eternal in sincere repentance!
6:13 Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.
Jesus Christ is going to correct his wayward spiritually called out Ekklesia along with physical Israel, for our many idol’s and rebellions against His Word.
6:14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
The judgment of the end time tribulation
Ezekiel 7:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners [the whole land] of the land.
Physical and spiritual Israel will be judged and corrected for their many abominations. The called out of spiritual Israel are just as wicked in the spiritual context as physical Israel is wicked in the physical sense. Physical Israel follows the idols of false religion, and the Ekklesia follow idols of men and false teachings as well!
7:3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
God is about to bring an end to our evil deeds
7:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. 7:6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.
The pride of physical and spiritual Israel has reached to high heaven in its ugliness and perversity; and the time of our great correction is at hand!
Almighty God is about to reject physical Israel AND the wayward Ekklesia (Rev 3:15); into the correction of great tribulation, for our arrogant pride in exalting their own ways above the Word of God.
The day of trouble of the great tribulation is at hand! Quickly turn back to your God, oh spiritual and physical Israel!
7:7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. 7:8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.
7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of their’s: neither shall there be wailing for them.
The hour of trial is nearly upon us and we rejoice in our empty vain physical wealth, and our high places of idolatrous edifices of auditoriums, buildings and corporate entities; which we regard as representative of our own supposed godliness; when we should be seeking the spiritual wealth of the whole Word of God!
Physical wealth and numbers are no indication of our acceptability to God; the proofs of godliness are not the numbers of followers, but how committed we are to live by every Word of God.
7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
7:13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
When the tribulation begins, God will smite our people with fear and weakness and none can defend the nations of Israel against God’s correction.
7:14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. 7:15 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword [by violence]; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
Judea will be occupied by a terrible foe and America will collapse on itself and will be filled with violence as each race, religion and family seeks the means to survive. From massive violent riots to friend murdering friend for a piece of bread violence will fill the land. People will seek to hide themselves from the correction and shall mourn for their sins and the correction thereof; and they shall suffer from the famine and pestilence.
7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.
God shall fill everyone with terror so that they are unable to fight foreign oppression and they will flee in fear even when none pursues.
Brethren this is not so much about the power of other nations; it is about a strong correction from Almighty GOD!
7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. 7:18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.
Our silver and gold and all our precious physical things shall not save us from God’s just and righteous correction on physical and spiritual Israel for all our idols and rebellions against the Word of God!
7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD:
In the famine we, yes today’s Ekklesia along with physical Israel, shall hunger and thirst physically; that we may learn to hunger and thirst to learn and live by every Word of God!
. . . they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels [stomachs]: because it is the [our pride and wealth] stumblingblock of their iniquity.
We have despoiled and corrupted the land that God has given to us in his bountiful blessing; Therefore he will take it from us.
7:20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them. 7:21 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.
God will turn away from physical and spiritual Israel; and open the land up to our enemies.
7:22 My face will I turn also from them, [because wicked men have come into the flock and turned many away from God, polluting the holiness of the flock] and they shall pollute my secret place: for [Because the robbers and wicked deceivers have stolen and defiled the flock, into following idols of men away from Christ and the Word of God (John 10). Yet some pillars are saved from deception by being faithful to the Lamb of God.] the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.
Both physical and spiritual Israel are full of bloody crimes; physical Israel is full of physical crimes and spiritual Israel is full of spiritual crimes, rejecting any zeal for the Word of God and persecuting those who are zealous to follow the Mighty One of Jacob!
7:23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.
The tribulation will begin in Jerusalem and Judea (Mat 24:15) and God will allow the worst [most blood thirsty] of the heathen (Psalm 83); to take possession of the Jewish state!
7:24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.
Judah shall be overcome and will finally sincerely seek peace, and find only occupation and captivity.
7:25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
The false human wisdom of the Rabbins and the religious leaders in the nations of Israel and the leaders of the Ekklesia who follow men and exalt their own ways; shall perish and the people will finally mourn and sincerely repent to finally seek their God!
7:26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.
7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Why physical and spiritual Israel will go into great tribulation
This is a very powerful warning and indictment of today’s Ekklesia, who idolize men and have no zeal to keep the Word of God, preferring instead to follow the false traditions of men.
Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.
A description of Messiah in part of his glory
8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber [like the sun] .
The idolatry of physical Israel is an allegory of the idolatry of the called of the spiritual Ekklesia today. Everything that happened to physical Israel was meant for our instruction, and is an allegory for Spiritual Israel who are supposed to have God’s Spirit and are supposed to know better.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Christ shows Ezekiel the idolatry of the Ekklesia who have provoked him to Jealousy. Remember this is about the end time physical and spiritual Israel, and most particularly about the end time spiritual Israel of the Ekklesia
Ezekiel 8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
Christ directs Ezekiel to see his glory in the north, and at the gate of the altar sits the image of jealousy which is the Babylonian Mysteries Nicolaitane governance system of layers of men between the brethren and God. Instead of exalting, worshipping and obeying the Eternal the people exalt, follow and obey their own corporate idols of men and doing so supposedly in the name of the LORD!
This is exactly what is done in the church of God groups today; as they claim to worship and obey God, while exalting their idols of men, corporate entities and the traditions of men above the Word of God, zealously keeping the false traditions of men, and condemning any zeal to keep the whole Word of God!
These men and corporations are a modern “Image of Jealousy” because they have replace God and have become the objects of the Ekklesia’s affections. The Ekklesia have exalted their love for their own ways, above any love or zeal for the Word of their Father in heaven or their espoused Husband!
8:5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
Brethren, today’s Ekklesia have set up an “Image of Jealousy” with its Roman Catholic church governance system and its exalting of men against the Word of God, because God the Father and Christ must compete with the idols of men, corporate entities and false traditions for the affections of the brethren!
8:6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.
Today’s Ekklesia commit great abominations in rebellion and idolatry and spiritual adultery against the Husband of their baptismal vows; following and obeying men contrary to the Word of God.
They call Sabbath and High Days holy, and then claim they are delivered to pollute them; they make an idol out of the contrary to scripture Rabbinic Calendar and when they learn they are wrong they try to justify themselves by claiming that THEY are in authority [Not God] and have made the decision, and lying that anyone questioning them is in rebellion against God!
Then Ezekiel is brought to a wall and told to dig a hole through the wall to view what is hidden by the wall.
8:7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.
Behind the wall was a door, meaning the wicked deeds of the leaders and elders are doubly hidden from the brethren [but God sees what they do] who have been deceived ito following men as if they were God.
8:8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.
Ezekiel is told to go in and look, and write these things as a warning for the latter day Ekklesia! Brethren this is a prophecy about US in our latter day!
8:9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
Ezekiel went in saw the place filled with idols and abominations; just as today’s COG Groups are full of the idols of men and the abominations of sin; from spiritual adultery by following others away from the Husband of our baptismal Covenant, to physical divorce and remarriage at will, from Sabbath and High Day pollution to oppressing the brethren to take from them more than is right; and exalting a love for organizations to follow idols of men, above our love for our espoused spiritual Husband to live by every Word of God.
8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
Here there are seventy senior leaders of today’s spiritual Israel who are full of the wickedness of leading the brethren into sin!
8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients [senior leaders] of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
They think the LORD delays and each one seeks his own ways!
8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his [own imagination] imagery? for they say, the LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath [delayed and while he is away I am in charge to do as I please.] forsaken the earth.
There is a greater evil yet, for the women [the called out bride] weep [mourn and long] for the ways of worldliness. For who is Tammuz, but the god of this world? The brethren long for the things of worldliness and have no zeal to learn and to keep the Word of God.
8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.
There is a greater abomination yet
8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.
Twenty five leaders of today’s Ekklesia have even knowingly turned from exalting the Eternal, to follow worldliness and worshiping the sun [quite likely Masonry which worships towards the East], turning their backs on God and rejecting God’s Word!
8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east [the sun god Baal] toward the sun toward the east.
Today the spiritual Israel of the Ekklesia have turned up their noses at any zeal to keep the Word of God and instead they keep their own imaginations and follow idols of men; therefore they will be cast into great tribulation by a furious Husband, Jesus Christ, who is jealous that his bride should love others in spiritual adultery!
8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.
Brethren, BOTH physical and spiritual Israel shall surely be corrected in fury; if they do not speedily and sincerely repent. Do not believe the lies of apostates who say “follow me and you need not fear”; only faithfulness to our espoused Husband will ensure his confirming of the New Covenant between with us.
Our spiritual adulteries in following idols of men, will surely incur his jealous and righteous wrath!
8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
The wrath of Christ against his adulterous wife physical Israel; how much greater is his wrath on spiritual Israel the espoused bride of the New Covenant who have these examples of instruction, and have been given God’s Spirit to understand that they might avoid such wickedness?
Ezekiel 9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them [the angels] that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
Six angels gather to the slaughter; using the nations to correct physical and spiritual Israel.
9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
Christ rises up and instructs the angel clothed in linen to go through the people and set a mark on the ones who love him and zealously keep his Word; why weep and despise the evils in his Ekklesia.
9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem [a type of spiritual Israel], and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Today this marking out and separating the zealous for God from the profane is in the process of taking place.
All those who loath wickedness, and who are zealous for the Eternal and the whole Word of God to learn it and to keep it; will be spared from the great tribulation of correction, while today’s corporate Ekklesia, who scorn any zeal to keep the Word of God and follow their idols of men, will be destroyed; beginning with the leaders, elders and corporate entities!
9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.
9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? 9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not. 9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.
9:11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.
The zealous faithful will be measured out and cared for, while all those who scorn any zeal to live by every Word of God will be corrected.
The spiritual temple and altar of the Eternal are those who are the temple of God’s Spirit, full of zeal for God and his Word, who passionately love their espoused Husband and would never follow any other.
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
Those who are zealous to follow idols of men and cling to false traditions contrary to the Word of God, with no zeal to learn and keep the Word of God; have quenched the Spirit of God and are no longer the temple of God. Not being a part of the true spiritual temple, they shall be strongly corrected in the tribulation for 1,260 days [42 months].
11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Ezekiel sees the same flying object as he saw at the first time and again mentions the crystal base above the cherubs and the Sapphire Throne set on that crystal base.
Ezekiel 10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.
The one on the throne bade the man clothed in linen who was responsible for marking out the faithful to God, to come and take hot coals of fire and scatter them over Jerusalem.
10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
This scattering of hot coals of fire on Jerusalem is a prophetic warning of what is now coming upon physical Jerusalem, Judea and the nations of Israel, and upon the spiritual temple of the called out.
10:3 Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house [temple], when the man [angel clothed in linen] went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
The inner court of the temple is figurative of the faithful who cry and sigh over all the evils in the temple [the faithful Ekklesia], who will be measured out and placed under the protection of a loving Husband! The zealously faithful to the whole Word of God are surrounded by the power and glory of the LORD!
The outer court of the temple, represents those who are NOT zealous to keep the whole Word of God, who are not concerned not crying out over the idols and sins of today’s idolatrous Ekklesia who are to be rejected and have the hot coals of the wrath of the Eternal scattered upon them in the just correction of a jealous God!
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein 11:2 But the court which is without the temple [the outer court of the temple] leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
The inner court was filled with the glory of the LORD, for the inner court represents the faithful zealous brethren who are passionate to follow the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth! The faithful are acceptable to God because they are full of love for their Husband to please Him; and they are the Beloved of the LORD, like the Shulamite; they are the apple of God’s eye! and the Glory of the Eternal shines upon them!
Ezekiel 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s glory. 10:5 And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.
The angel clothed in linen went into the cherubs and received the hot coals.
10:6 And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels. 10:7 And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out.
It is revealed that under their wings these cherubs had arms and hands like a man.
10:8 And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings.
A second description of the Cherubs and the conveyance that Ezekiel saw at the beginning of the book.
10:9 And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.
The four wheels each looked the same, each one appearing to be one wheel inside another wheel.
10:10 And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
Imagine that; a conveyance directed by eye or head movements!
10:11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.
10:12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
The wheels also took voice commands
10:13 As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.
Each Cherub had one head with a different face on each side.
10:14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
This is the same living conveyance that Ezekiel has seen by the river at the first.
10:15 And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.
The wheels coordinated with the Cherubs seemingly being a part of the Cherubs.
10:16 And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them. 10:17 When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.
Then YHVH departed from the temple to be taken away by this living conveyance.
10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
Let the reader understand; especially those in the craft. God’s faithful put their backs to the East and journey to the West to find God the Father. The heathen put their backs to the West and journey away from God to the East.
10:19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one [of the wicked. Ezek 11:2] stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’s house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
10:20 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims. 10:21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
10:22 And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.
This was a vision of the last days
The men that were seen in the vision were types of the end time wicked leaders of the latter day Ekklesia, who lead the people into idolizing men the false traditions of men and exalting corporate idols.
Ezekiel 11:1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD’s house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
These people may say that the end is near to extract wealth from the people, but secretly they think “My LORD Delays” and they do their best to exalt themselves; dominating and seeking their own personal gain; leading the brethren astray to follow themselves away from God.
11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city: 11:3 Which say, It is not near [My LORD Delays]; let us build houses: this city [Jerusalem, the Ekklesia] is the caldron [more properly an iron pot see Ezek 4:3, Strong: H5518], and we be [the flesh or people of God inside Jerusalem (the Ekklesia the people Strong: H1320 ) inside an iron plate of protection] the flesh.
This is difficult; but it is about these folks claiming that they are the people of God under the protection of God as represented by the protective walls of the holy city Jerusalem, and that no matter what they do no harm can befall them because they call themselves by God’s name.
Like the elders who say “I am a minister of Jesus Christ and I can do anything I want and God must back me up:” They say: “We are in the holy temple either physical or spiritual, and we call ourselves God’s people; therefore we can do as we want, and we will be protected by God’s iron defense and no harm can befall us.”
Today most of the spiritual Ekklesia say the same thing; falsely claiming that they are God’s people as they follow their idols of men in spiritual adultery against their espoused Husband, saying: “We are God’s church and shall never fall into the tribulation.”
God’s Ekklesia is NOT a corporate organization! No, Never! God’s Ekklesia is the people who live by every Word of God through the indwelling of God’s Spirit; wherever they are!
See Jeremiah 7, particularly 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.
God warns us by Jeremiah that we are not God’s people, if we do not live by God’s Word.
Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying. 7:2 Stand in the gate of the Lord‘s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord.
Remember that physical Judah and Israel are an allegory of spiritual Israel, and that every physical sin has its spiritual implications. Physical adultery is sinning against a spouse, and spiritual adultery is turning away from one’s spiritual spouse to false teachings and idols.
Stealing physically is taking what one has no right to have, and spiritual stealing is to take what one has no spiritual right to take; like stealing God’s flock to turn them to follow an idol of men.
Repent and learn and keep the whole Word of God; and we shall be established; reject the Word of God for our own ways and corporate idols, and we shall be corrected.
7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
Do not trust in lying words saying that we are the true spiritual Ekklesia the true church of God and no evil shall come upon us; for as Christ allowed his temple in Jerusalem to be destroyed twice; he will most certainly correct us for committing the same sins on a spiritual plane that Judah committed on the physical plane.
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.
If we sincerely repent of polluting the Sabbath and idolizing men, corporate organizations and false traditions; if we sincerely repent of our spiritual idolatry and spiritual adulteries with false gods of our own devising; We shall be forgiven and established.
7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
Do not trust in the lies of men; who lie saying that organizational loyalty is synonymous with loyalty to God.
7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
We commit spiritual adultery, we sin against our baptismal vow, the leaders steal God’s funds to spend excessively on their false gods [building great buildings and buying memorabilia of some man to remember their human idol] and on themselves.
We follow leaders and elders who deceive with part truths and often lie, we call ourselves godly and then persecute those who are zealous to live by every Word of God. For the most part we will not rebuke sin, nor will we teach the righteousness of the whole Word of God.
We pollute Sabbath and Holy Days and reject the Biblical teaching regarding the calendar, keeping God’s High Days on our own humanly devised dates and not on God’s dates. We are self exultant and full of stubborn self-will and pride, imagining ourselves righteous and godly and in need of nothing, to the point where we will not even faithfully keep the Word of God.
7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.
Look and see what Christ did to the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh, and today we also have the example of the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the later destruction of the temple by the Romans!
Let us sincerely repent and quickly lest this evil come upon the spiritual; Ekklesia for the same sins.
To call ourselves the people of God in a meaningless lie, unless we become the people of God by learning and zealously living by every Word of God.
7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
Christ tells the people that he will destroy the temple at Jerusalem as he destroyed the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh. And this is an example for today’s physical and spiritual Israel, that he bring us down as he brought down Shiloh and later Jerusalem.
7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; 7:14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
If we sin as they did, and we most certainly are sinning as they did; we shall meet the very same correction that they did; regardless of the claims we make and the name we label ourselves with.
Jeremiah calls on Judah to remember how that Ephraim had been cast out of the land and had already in captivity for almost 150 years when Jeremiah wrote.
Calling ourselves godly; does NOT make us godly!
7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. 7:16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.
Making cakes to the Queen of heaven refers to Easter [Astarte, Diana] buns; and the traditional round birthday cake, with the smoke of its candles rising up to the Queen of heaven.
A point of interest: The statue called Liberty in New York, is Aphrodite [Astarte, Diana] given to the Masons of the United States as a gift from the Masons of France. And we swell with pride before it.
Physically and spiritually we worship false gods by blindly following the teachings of men contrary to the Word of God.
7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
The anger of God the Father and Jesus Christ will be poured out on all those who break either the letter or the spirit of the law and the whole Word of God.
7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
Christ wants our sincere repentance and he wants us to learn and live by every Word of God so that we may be perfect as he is perfect, so that we may become like God, living as God lives. Sacrifice implies that sin has been done; God does not want sacrifice he wants us to live by every Word of god so that there will be no more need for sacrifice.
7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. 7:22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
LEARN and KEEP the whole Word of God! That is what we have been called to do!
7:23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
As physical Israel was hardened against the whole Word of God; so the Church of God groups have been deceived and led away from the whole Word of God; into man worship, false traditions and organizational idolatry.
7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: 7:26 Yet they [Israel the Called Out of Egypt] hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
Tragically these words can be said to and about the Church of God groups today.
7:27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. 7:28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
Jesus Christ will reject those who have espoused themselves to him as a spiritual Israel and then turned to follow after other lovers [idols of men]. Those who have become cold for their espoused Husband and the whole Word of God; only to be hot for false traditions and running after and bowing down before idols of men who cannot save.
Today, many love a corporate entity or some of its elders, leaders or social life; MORE than they love Jesus Christ and the Word of God!
People tell me all the time: “Oh how I love the Church” not realizing that loving men and organizations overmuch; and loving them more than they love God the Father and Jesus Christ and the Word of God is IDOLATRY; it is a major sin that separates us from God the Father and Christ.
Jerusalem was the place of the physical temple and this is a reference to US as the spiritual Temple of God the Father through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The hair of a woman is her glory and her pride; God commands Jerusalem to shave their heads as a type of casting aside our pride, because we are full of spiritual adultery, loving false gods instead of our spiritual Husband.
God calls us to mourn in true sincere repentance!
7:29 Cut off thine hair [cast aside our pride], O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
Physical Judah and Spiritual Judah have turned away from God, and need to quickly repent.
Spiritual Judah, the church of God, has polluted the temple of God; by teaching false traditions and the exalting of men to be equal with or superior to the Word of God.
7:30 For the children of [physical and spiritual] Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it.
Do we not sacrifice our own children to our idols by teaching them to exalt men and organizations [our idols] above the whole Word of God?
Do we not teach our children to obey our idols of men and our false traditions above living by every Word of God. And in so doing we dedicate them to our idols and set them on the path to their destruction.
7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.
Our idols shall be destroyed, and we shall become totally disillusioned with false traditions and false teachings, until we sincerely repent and turn to live by every Word of God. And the unrepentant shall die in their sin of fearing and obeying men and not God.
7:32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. 7:33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.
Both physical Judah and Israel and spiritual Judah and Israel shall be corrected until they sincerely repent or there is no more hope for the unrepentant.
7:34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.
This is what the Eternal has appointed for the spiritual temple of the last days, yes, for the called out Ekklesia of spiritual Israel who exalt themselves and not the Eternal.
Ezekiel 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.
The Eternal knows the very thoughts in our heads.
11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
The corporate groups of spiritual Israel have led the brethren astray from the Word of God, to their spiritual destruction.
11:6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
Therefore Jesus Christ will reject these corporate idols and will destroy them with their idols of men. Those who lead the brethren to follow themselves away from God and his Word (Rev 3:15) will be cast into the tribulation that they fear.
11:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it. 11:8 Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD. 11:9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.
Physical Israel shall be judged and spiritual Israel shall be corrected along with them.
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.
Neither the walls of Jerusalem nor calling ourselves God’s people will protect the wicked from the wrath of God. Claiming to be the people of God will be no defense for those who have no zeal to live by every Word of God.
11:11 This city shall not be your caldron [your defense see Ezek 4:3, Strong: H5518], neither shall ye be the flesh [God’s people Strong: H1320 ] in the midst [of God’s iron protection] thereof; but I will judge [correct you] you in the border of Israel:
Why? Because neither physical nor spiritual Israel has kept the Word of God!
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.
One wicked leader died during the prophetic declaration of Ezekiel.
11:13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?
Physical Israel and Judah say that they were given the land, forgetting that possession of the promised land physical or spiritual, is entirely dependent on living by every Word of God, the whole Fifth Book of Moses.
The church of God groups claim that they are the called of God and that the tribulation will not come near them; forgetting that to remain God’s people, they must zealously live by every Word of God.
They say “follow us to be saved” as they lead the people to destruction, because we MUST follow God and not idols of men to be saved!
11:14 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 11:15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession.
In the correction of the tribulation; God will make sure that a remnant survives
11:16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.
Then Christ promises that after they have been corrected and have sincerely repented, physical Israel will return to God and to the physical promised land; and that spiritual Israel being corrected will sincerely repent and will return to God and inherit the Promised Land of eternal life.
11:17 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
All wickedness and idolatry will be removed from BOTH physical and spiritual Israel.
11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
Then Christ will remove our proud stubborn hearts of stone; and fill us with his Spirit writing his Word in our minds that we may zealously keep the whole Word of God forever more.
Today’s Ekklesia think that they are filled with God’s Spirit and that they have all spiritual knowledge; not realizing how spiritually wretched, blind and naked of God’s righteousness they really are (Rev 3:15)
11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God (Jer 31:31).
Those in physical and spiritual Israel who will not sincerely repent will face destruction.
11:21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.
Then the Eternal left and the vision ended
11:22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. 11:24 Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.
Then Ezekiel told those in captivity in Babylon all these things about anther coming trial, and wrote them out for the instruction of the end time Ekklesia.
11:25 Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had shewed me.
As those people in that time were spiritually blind, so most of today’s Ekklesia are spiritually blind, because they will not see; for they idolize their own ways in rebellion against the Word of God.
Ezekiel 12:1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
Christ commands Ezekiel, to act out the going forth into captivity as a warning to us in this our latter day.
Ezekiel 12:3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house. 12:4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
This refers primarily to the Jews in Palestine who will be closed up in ghettos and very many removed from the land at the insistence of the Palestinians, and other local peoples.
12:5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby. 12:6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.
To act out the final removal from a destroyed Jerusalem and the tribulation captivity, Ezekiel prepared his possessions to go forth into captivity, and went out into captivity at twilight after the wall had been broken; showing that at the end of our period of protection and blessing we shall also be sternly corrected.
12:7 And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.
The next morning Christ teaches Ezekiel the meaning of his commanded actions.
12:8 And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying, 12:9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
Physically this concerns the final captivity of physical Jerusalem while the temple and city were destroyed at that time, as a type of the end tribulation of physical Israel [pictured by the city] and spiritual Israel [pictured by the temple]. Spiritually, Jerusalem and the physical temple are types of the spiritual Ekklesia, the temple and city of God.
12:10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.
In those days the temple and Jerusalem were completely destroyed and the inhabitants taken into captivity in Babylon, while a small number of the rural folk were allowed to remain to tend the land. Jerusalem [a type of physical Israel] and the temple [a type of spiritual Israel] will be corrected during the tribulation, except for a very few faithful who will see the coming correction and put their trust in God.
12:11 Say, I am your sign [example]: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.
12:12 And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.
This is ALMIGHTY GOD doing these things by the hand of Babylon! This is not about any supposed contest of power between Israel and Babylon, it is about the POWER of ALMIGHTY GOD, TO PERFORM HIS WILL!
12:13 My [God’s] net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there. 12:14 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.
When our captivity in tribulations comes, we shall be humbled and will then understand that this has come from God for our idolatry and our many sins!
12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.
When we are scattered, a few will be delivered so that they might testify of their sincerely repented sins, and of why this has befallen them; as a light of instruction and witness to all nations.
Yes, very many of the Laodicean Ekklesia who hear this warning and reject it for now, will learn a lesson in the tribulation and will ultimately sincerely repent! Then they shall be a true light of godly example and witness to very many, doing a far more powerful work by personal example and instruction than they ever did in their idolatrous organizations!
12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
During the tribulation when Jerusalem is occupied by the Gentiles, the Jews in Jerusalem shall be forced into ghettos awaiting deportation and shall suffer great drought and famine.
Many in physical and spiritual Israel will also suffer greatly. We have warnings of this today in our drought whether patterns in North America and Australia.
Yet, in our day we have been given a little relief on occasion because of the promised blessings to our ancestress; but in the tribulation what is now a light burden will become a very heavy burden of drought and famine.
Deuteronomy 28:23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
28:25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
Ezekiel 12:17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 12:18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water [in time of drought] with trembling and with carefulness; 12:19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.
12:20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
The children of darkness and of the night in the physical nations and in the spiritual Ekklesia who idolize men and corporations, and their own imaginations, and their own false teachings and false traditions; those who think that “My Lord delays:” will be surprised when these things come upon them.
12:21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 12:22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth [time will continue and the trial is delayed for a few years longer]?
12:23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect [the realization of scriptural end time prophecy is at hand.] of every vision.
The false teachings will come to nothing; when the Word of Almighty God is fulfilled!
12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.
The time for the fulfilling of the Word of God is at hand!
The sins and pride of the spiritual Ekklesia, and the nations have come to the full!
Jesus Christ is about to reject his called out spiritual Ekklesia corporations and stop his daily intercession for us; to correct the Ekklesia and the nations and humble them in preparation for the coming of Messiah the Christ!
12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days [These things shall come in the generation that an understanding and warning of these things begins.], O rebellious house [Spiritual AND Physical Israel], will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.
12:26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
Today’s Ekklesia, Spiritual Israel; teaches that the time is close but not yet teaching falsely that they will have another 3 1/2 years to do an Elijah work AFTER the coming Mideast peace deal and BEFORE the tribulation begins.
Because they reject the scriptures for their false traditions they will be taken by surprise (1 Thess 5:3, Mt 4:15)
We worship and obey men and corporations, in spiritual adultery against our espoused Husband; and His righteous jealousy is engendering a righteous wrath against our idolatry!
12:27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
12:28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.
Here the Word of the Lord; If we are zealous in our love for the Eternal, to live by every Word of God, he will shower his blessings upon us. If we compromise and turn from His Word to do as we think right, we shall be sternly corrected!
In this latter day, Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon, Low Countries and Scandinavian peoples] and Judah are under the protection of God, so that God may fulfill the promises he made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses.
We have been given choice blessings and we have responded by filling our lands with abominations and great rebellion against the Word of God.
Therefore hear the warnings of God as recorded by Moses.
At this moment there is a great regional war brewing in the Middle East. God will give Israel and Judah one last victory! After which [if they do not repent and turn from their sin] they shall be taken into a new captivity, as soon as Peace and Safety is declared (1 Thess 5:3, Mat 24:15).
The Blessings For Living by Every Word of God
We have been blessed and made the chief peoples on the earth for the past several hundred years. Now God is preparing to correct Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon, the Low Countries and the Scandinavian peoples] and Judah, one last time in preparation for the coming of Messiah the Christ.
Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
28:3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
28:5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
28:6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
28:7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
28:8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
28:9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
28:10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
28:11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
28:12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
28:13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
The curses for disobedience, or compromising with any part of God’s Word; which are beginning to fall upon the people of God [the New Covenant spiritual Israel] and physical Israel [mainly the Low Countries, and the Anglo Saxon and Scandinavian peoples] and Judah, as a final warning; after which is coming a final correction AFTER the coming LAST victory over our enemies in this dispensation.
Organized Islamic Extremism in the Middle East will be defeated and a regional peace deal is achieved; a man in the Vatican will be set up doing miracles and when he goes to the Holy Place 75 days after being set up doing miracles; the correction of our people will begin with the occupation of Jerusalem and will spread from there to all of Judah and will include the collapse of the Anglo Saxon peoples.
This is a long list of the horrors that will come upon us for the overspreading of our many abominations; which curses could easily begin in the next two or three years.
28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
28:16 Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
28:17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
28:19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
28:20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
28:21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption [wasting away], and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
28:23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
28:24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
28:25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
28:26 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away.
28:27 The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
28:28 The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
28:29 And thou shalt grope at noonday [seeking solutions in confusion of mind], as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee.
28:30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.
28:31 Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.
28:32 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.
28:33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:
28:34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
28:35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.
Because we serve the strange gods of idols of men; we shall be made to serve men with extreme affliction.
28:36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.
28:37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.
28:38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms [caterpillars, maggots and pests] shall eat them.
28:40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
28:41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
28:42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
28:43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
28:44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
28:45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
28:46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
28:47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things [Because we will not zealously serve God during the abundance of God’s blessings, we shall be given over to the curse to humble us.];
28:48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
28:50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:
28:51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.
28:52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.
28:53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:
28:54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate [meek and timid], his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:
28:55 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.
28:56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,
28:57 And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
28:58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;
28:59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful [great], and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
28:60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
28:61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
28:62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.
A final captivity
28:63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.
28:64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
28:65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
28:67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.
28:68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
Right now the nations of Israel, both physical and spiritual, think obedience to God is a little thing. The Israelite nations [including spiritual Israel] are immersed wholeheartedly in sin and about to receive God’s just correction in its fullness; while the people of God continue to idolize men and count their espousal to Christ as meaning that they are to obey lovers who claim to come in his name, rather than keep their commitment to obey their God and obey the scriptures.
The brethren are relying on their false traditions instead on the commandments of their Husband. The Ekklesia of the New Covenant called out is now also facing the strong correction that Moses warned us of and the Christ in Revelation 3 warned us of.
Christ condemns foolish prophets who prophesy from their own imaginations and not from the Word of God. This covers the most of the self-proclaimed prophets and prophetic teachings in the Ekklesia today. They prophesy out of their own imaginations or from false traditions; often saying the opposite of the scriptures. In the long term neither they nor their false prophecies will stand.
Ezekiel 13:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts,
Today none of the major corporate entities of the spiritual Ekklesia have any zeal to keep the Word of God and they lean to their own ways or to the ways of their idols of men. They are spiritually wretched and blind while thinking that they know it all, and in reality knowing nothing as they ought to know, being ignorant of both sound doctrine and prophetic understanding. And those who have proclaimed themselves prophets are false prophets indeed.
. . . Hear ye the word of the LORD; 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
Today’s teachers have not taught sound doctrine, nor have they taught any zeal to live by every Word of God; instead they teach the people to be zealous to exalt themselves and their organizations above the Word of God!
For shame brethren, we ought to follow and serve Almighty God and not idols of men and corporate organizations!
13:4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 13:5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
Today’s leaders in the Ekklesia have not stood in the breach to teach zeal for God and his Word; and they have no understanding of prophecy; teaching lies in the name of the LORD! They prophesy the lie that their own ways are righteous and that following them will bring safety, and the people hope that there false prophecies of safety will be confirmed.
13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
Today the majority of the Ekklesia are also deceived into teaching their own imaginings above the Word of God.
13:7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?
Almighty God is against the false prophets of the nations and against the false doctrines and false prophecy of the spiritual Ekklesia, both the individuals and the organizations who teach falsely out of their own imaginations, contrary to the Word of God.
13:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.
False prophets and organizations that have no zeal for the Word of God and also lean on their own imaginations on prophecy and doctrine as well as the various people and organizations that teach falsely: Will be in the tribulation, and if they do not repent wholeheartedly, they will NOT be in the resurrection to spirit.
13:9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
What is the main false prophecy teaching today? The teaching that there will be 3 1/2 years AFTER a Mideast peace deal, BEFORE the tribulation begins! They teach peace when war is at hand, they teach that the Lord delays for a few more years when his correction is coming upon them as soon as peace is declared (1 Thess 5:3, Mat 24:15)!
13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
These false prophets and apostate organization build up their organizations and false teachings, but these organizations are not built upon and united together with the mortar of the whole Word of God.
These organizations are built with the untempered morter and shifting sands (Mat 7) of the imaginations of men!
These false prophecies, conceived in human pride and imagination shall surely fail, and the Word of God shall surely prevail. Their peace shall be consumed by God’s correction and these false teachers shall be humbled before Almighty God.
The storm of war and tribulation will fall upon them like a torrential rain mixed with great hailstones.
13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter [The thoughts and imaginations of men.], that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.
When they fall; they will be asked; why they did not build with the Word of God instead of the vain imaginations of men!
13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?
God will destroy the false teachers and their followers along with their false teachings in his fury at their spiritual adulteries against Him.
13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.
God will utterly destroy the wall of false teachings, the false doctrines and the false prophecies; of those who reject any zeal to keep their baptismal Covenant to live by every Word of God as they seek their own ways.
13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
The false prophets of spiritual Israel, and this includes any who falsely teach contrary to the Word of God shall perish, if they do not quickly and sincerely repent.
13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it; 13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.
Lest there be any attempt to apply this to the past, God then addresses the latter day descendants of Israel.
13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters [descendants of] of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,
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The women [churches] of the descendants of Israel, including most of the Ekklesia groups; are typified as adulterous women who adorn themselves to deceive.
13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows [LINK: devices for divination, imaginations, false teachings] to all armholes, and make kerchiefs [Veils of false humility to deceive] upon the head of every [person, leader, elder] stature to hunt [to deceive people to follow them and not live by every Word of God] souls!
Like an adulterous woman entices men to come to her, false teachers hunt the people of God to deceive them into following idols of men, away from any Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God!
The false religions in this world as well as most of the Ekklesia cannot save anyone, not even themselves. Only the Eternal can save! Follow the whole Word of God the Savior; who alone can save!
. . . Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
False teachers pollute the Word of God by compromising with the Word for the reward of personal gain.
13:19 And will ye pollute [twist the Word of God to exalt the words of men for gain] me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
Jesus Christ will deliver the people from the false teachers of all religions that do not zealously serve HIM! The Eternal in his fury will destroy all false teachings, imaginations and divination’s; ALL false prophecies and false doctrines; and the whole Word of God SHALL PREVAIL!
13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows [divinations, imaginations, false teachings], wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
13:21 Your kerchiefs [false humility] also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: 13:23 Therefore ye shall see [no more will men teach the imaginations of their own hearts.] no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Christ condemns idolatry because it is spiritual adultery against him, and God will not be inquired of by the idolater. Anyone who idolizes men, corporate groups or ANYTHING, and obeys any person contrary to the Word of God, turning from Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God; has cut themselves off from God the Father and from Jesus Christ. That is why those who follow men and false traditions have so little understanding of God’s Word.
Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Today the spiritual Ekklesia love certain men, corporate organizations and false imaginations, more than the love God and God’s Word! Because our hearts are full of our idols, we are cut off from God and given over to our own false ways.
14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
When those who idolize men, corporate institutes, past false traditions, material goods, positions and the adulation of the brethren, or any other thing; they are cut off from God and he will answer us with rebuke when we inquire of HIM.
14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Almighty God is going ot correct us for the things that are in our hearts, because it is in our hearts to follow our idols and we have no faithful zeal to keep the Word of the LORD!
14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
Jesus Christ commands us to sincerely repent of our idolatry, and the false ways of our own imaginations; as he commands Laodicea [Meaning: The people will be judged] in Revelation 3 to sincerely repent.
14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
To idolize any man or organization to obey them, and not to zealously live by every Word of God is idolatry! and if we have made a commitment of baptismal espousal to Christ it is also spiritual adultery!
Every person of the Ekklesia of spiritual Israel who loves their own ways and does not love the ways of God, and all those with them [like their children] who do the same things; is a spiritual idolater
14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth [departs from diligently keeping the Word of God] himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face,
Those who claim to be God’s people and come before the Eternal on God’s Sabbaths and festivals, who make a pretense of inquiring of God and of godliness, as they continue in their own false ways; will be rejected, corrected and rebuked by God the Father and Jesus Christ in his fury at our idolatry, our spiritual adultery against him and our duplicity and hypocrisy! (The letter to Laodicea Rev 3).
. . . and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Those who claim to be prophets and teachers of prophecy, but who idolize men and false traditions are deceived, and they speak their own false imaginations and idolatries and not the Word of God. They shall also be strongly corrected by the Eternal God!
14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
Both the idolatrous prophetic teacher and those who follow them, shall face the strong correction of Great Tribulation.
This, so that the brethren may learn to love the Eternal and keep his Word with all their hearts.
14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him; 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.
We are told through Ezekiel that nothing can save the idolater from the tribulation in these last days; no not even the presence of the most righteous of men in the land. Instead God will remove the few righteous and deliver them, saving them individually, just as he removed Noah from the flood and Lot from Sodom, so that the idolaters of the nations and of the Ekklesia may be strongly corrected. The emphasis again being on great famine off bread because men have caused a famine of the true Word of God.
14:12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
The righteous who are zealous to follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth will be saved; but no one else will be saved by the righteousness of the righteous; every person will be saved or corrected for HIS OWN WORKS.
14:15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: 14:16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
14:17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: 14:18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
14:19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
The Eternal will reject the feigning lovers of today’s Ekklesia; who love their own ways and their idols of men more that they love the Eternal and his Word to keep it.
The idolaters and spiritual adulterers of today’s called out Ekklesia, will be rejected by their righteously jealous Husband and cast into great correction, that they may learn to be zealously faithful to their spiritual Husband; to live by every Word of God!
14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
During the tribulation, many of spiritual Israel will sincerely wholeheartedly repent and be raised up at the resurrection of the chosen to spirit. Then when Christ comes all physical Israel shall also repent and turn to the Eternal with all their hearts, to be followed by the sincere repentance of the whole earth, and then the final main harvest of humanity at the Feast of Tabernacles main harvest.
The imminent great tribulation shall be very terrible indeed; but it shall bring the sincere repentance of multitudes and righteousness shall spring forth.
The main harvest will meet their children [their physical descendants] and see their joy in righteousness and be comforted; themselves also turning to the righteousness of the whole Word of God
14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. 14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.
The judgment against physical and spiritual Jerusalem
The captivity of Judah took place in stages with Daniel in the first deportation, Ezekiel in the second and finally ending with the destruction of Jerusalem and the final deportation.
The apostate city of Jerusalem is compared to a vine, fit only to be burned in the fire and good for nothing else.
The same is true of today’s spiritually adulterous church of God groups. These idolatrous corporations will be rejected by Christ as fit only for the fire of correction (Rev 3:14-22).
15:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 15:2 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? 15:3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? 15:4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? 15:5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?
15:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
Physical Jerusalem is the city chosen of God, and the temple in Jerusalem represents the temple of God’s Spirit the people called of God into the New Covenant.
In the imminently coming tribulation, physical Jerusalem will be occupied by the enemy, and spiritual Jerusalem [the spiritual temple, the people in whom God’s Spirit dwells] will also be trodden underfoot by our enemies; to teach us that our idols cannot save us and that we must follow the Eternal and live by every Word of God and not the words of the seducing idols of men.
15:8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD