The Book of Ezekiel 1-16
Ezekiel, meaning (God will strengthen), lived at the time of the prophet Jeremiah. The time of the destruction of Judah and the Babylonian captivity. Ezekiel was one of the captives taken to Babylon. Ezekiel as well as Daniel, prophesied in Babylonia. Ezekiel was a priest (Ezekiel 1:3), carried away eleven years before the destruction of the city temple (Ezekiel 1:2, 33:21, 2 Kings 24:14). He was married; and his wife died in the year when the siege of Jerusalem began. Ezekiel, the author of the book of Ezekiel, reveals prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem, the restoration to the land of Israel, and the Millennial Temple visions, or the Third Temple. Ezekiel describes his calling to be a prophet, by going into great detail about his encounter with God and four living creatures or Cherubim with four wheels, or (vehicles), that stayed beside the creatures. Chapters 40-48 of the book of Ezekiel, describe end time prophecies that give us insight to the book of Revelation.
Eze 1:1Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, 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. The heavens were opened to Ezekiel and he saw visions given by God. Prophecy from the Holy Spirit, not man. (2 Peter 1:21). Keep in mind that Ezekiel, without a doubt, received the letter to the captives sent by Jeremiah the prophet. (Jeremiah 29:1-32).
Eze 1:2In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, Fifth year: B.C. 484. (2 Kings 24:12-15).
Eze 1:3The 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. The priest: Ezekiel was a descendant of Aaron (the line of priests). He was also called, as Jeremiah was, to the office as prophet.
Eze 1:4And 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. Keep in mind that Ezekiel was given visions by God. (Things that you see when you are awake, not as a dream when you are asleep). Ezekiel looked up and saw a whirlwind: Strong's H7307 "ruach" (Spirit), but it came to be rendered "storm, whirlwind, or hurricane." (H5591, saar sarah). Note: The three symbols of Yahveh's glory, Storm, Cloud, and Fire. (Nahum 1:3, Revelation 4:5). Enfolding itself, and brightness about it: Fire inside the cloud and brightness around it. "Something glowed in the middle of the fire." (Possibly spontaneous ignition). The color of amber: Strong's H2830 "chashmal" meaning polished bronze, or spectrum (unknown) metal. Could we be talking a type of aircraft here, or was it the very throne (ark of the covenant), of God itself? (Below are a few artist interpretations).
Eze 1:5Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. Many scholars believe these four living creatures are "the Cherubim," (Zoon or Zoa, living Protectors), to guard the throne of God. (Revelation 4:6). Some believe these were men aboard a vehicle. (You decide what makes or sense).
Eze 1:6And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. (Possibly representing the four directions of the earth, or in which they were moving). These living creatures were probably hieroglyphical representations of the holy angels, the attendants on "the King of Glory," and the ministers of his providence. They were four, apparently to denote that they were employed in the four corners of the world; and they had the likeness of a man, to signify that they were intelligent and rational creatures. Lets go to the book of Revelation for a better understanding. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. (Revelation 4:7). Again, these four beasts (living creatures), with wings are Cherubim, symbolic representation of the Glory of God in His divine attributes. The face of a lion is the image depicting God's strength, the face of a calf depicts His sacrifice, the face of a man God as He was manifested in the flesh, and the face of the flying Eagle, His judgment or protection over us. These symbols point directly to the Glory of God. For the deeper student, whenever Israel camped it was according to a standard. Dan (The Eagle), took the north, Judah (The Lion), took the east, Reuben (Man). took the south, and Ephraim (The calf or Ox), took the west. Reference: (Numbers chapter 2). And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8). These four beast (living creatures), were created without free will to guard the throne of God. Believed by most scholars to be the same living creatures described in Ezekiel chapter one between 550 and 600 B.C., when God's throne was said to be aboard the vehicles described by Ezekiel. (Ezekiel 1:4-14).
Eze 1:7And 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. Straight legged and feet like hooves. (The creatures did not move by walking). Their hooves shined like burnished bronze.
Eze 1:8And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. Appearance (or likeness), of human hands under their wings. (Ezekiel 10:21).
Eze 1:9Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. It appears that they were in a organized formation. They moved straight forward in any direction and didn't need to to turn their heads because (having four heads), their eyes were in front, on the sides, and in back. (If it was a flying vehicle, it would move in this type of formation).
Eze 1:10As 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. These likeness of faces could represent the standard of Israel. Again, whenever Israel camped it was according to a standard. Dan (The Eagle), took the north, Judah (The Lion), took the east, Reuben (Man). took the south, and Ephraim (The calf or Ox), took the west. Reference: (Numbers chapter 2).
Eze 1:11Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. The protecting Cherubim.
Eze 1:12And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. Spirit: "ruach." Wherever the Spirit went they followed in a straight formation.
Eze 1:13As 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. It appeared as lightning flashed back and forth among them. (Enormous amounts of energy).
Eze 1:14And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. What appeared as living beings, moved as fast as lightning. (Way faster than the flying vehicles of our time).
Eze 1:15Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. Possibly a type of landing gear when they touched the earth. Some have suggested this would be a type of space craft, and some a chariot of fire. Remember when Elijah was taken up to heaven in what was described as a chariot of fire? And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (2 Kings 2:11).
Eze 1:16The 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. A wheel within a wheel, possibly making it able to move in any direction, even when on the ground. (Wheel within a wheel artist interpretation).
Eze 1:17When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. Turned: They could move in any direction they faced without turning. Note: The 1611 edition of the authorized version King James reads "returned." We could read it as: They could return from any direction without turning around. (A circular vehicle does not need to turn around to fly in the opposite direction like one of our Jets of today needs to do).
Eze 1:18As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. Perhaps the tall looking rim with eyes all around were like port hole windows. (Note the tall rim with what looks like eyes, or port holes in the artist interpretation).
Eze 1:19And 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 being attached when they moved upward, then the wheels were lifted up too. (Again, maybe a type of landing gear).
Eze 1:20Whithersoever the spirit 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. Spirit: "ruach." Wherever the Spirit went, the wheels (or vehicles), followed.
Eze 1:21When 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 in the wheels. The Spirit (or living beings), were within the wheels.
Eze 1:22And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. Over their heads was a terrible crystal: Terrible here is "yare," Strong's H3372, "to revere, or frighten." Crystal here is "qerach qorach," Strong's H7140, "smooth, rock crystal, frost, or ice." (Like a sea of glass). John would give us this description in the book of Revelation. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. (Revelation 4:6). Crystal represents purity. The four beasts are the Cherubim's (Zoon or Zoa, living Protectors), to guard the throne of God. These are living creatures that are all knowing. Reference to God's throne at the beginning of the millennium. (Was this the very presence of God's throne that Ezekiel has seen)? "I believe it was."
Eze 1:23And 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. Stretched out to protect the very throne of God.
Eze 1:24And 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 noise of roaring waters, or the voice of a mighty army. (Did you ever hear the sound of an F-16 when it fly's by real low)? Not that these were jets flying around, but the sound could have been very similar.
Eze 1:25And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. The voice from God Himself! They lowered their wings (possibly landing and touching the ground), then God spoke, "from the sea of glass above them."
Eze 1:26And 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. Above the sea of glass (or firmament), was the appearance of the "Throne of God."
Eze 1:27And 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. What did John see when he was in the spirit? And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. (Revelation 4:2). Again, it was John that was in the Spirit and we are talking here about the throne of God. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (Revelation 4:3). On the breastplate of the priest there were twelve stones, each representing a tribe of Israel. The jasper and the sardis stone were the first and the last of the twelve stones. (Exodus 28:17-21). These two stones were symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel. (The rainbow being the prism of all the stones). So, who was sitting upon the throne? "Was it Jesus Himself?"
Eze 1:28As 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. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. Ezekiel saw the very likeness of the glory of God. What did John see when he was taken in the spirit? And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:13). He seen the Lord's day, when every knee shall bow before Him. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (Revelation 20:11). The white throne judgment... The very presents of the full God head. (Yahveh Shamah), "God is there." What was Ezekiel's response when he seen this? "He fell face down on the ground before God." (God will now speak to Ezekiel).
Eze 2:1And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. Ezekiel called the son of man (a human being and natural descendant of Adam, refers to his human limitations). Jesus was also called the Son of man (He was the Son of God).
Eze 2:2And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. Ezekiel was touched by the Holy Spirit, and he listened carefully to His words.
Eze 2:3And 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. God is about to send Ezekiel to the nation of Israel (a rebellious nation), who has been rebelling against God to this very day.
Eze 2:4For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people who never listen. "Tell them this is what the Lord God says!"
Eze 2:5And 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. Whether they listen or not, they will know that a prophet has spoken to them.
Eze 2:6And 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. Don't fear them and their words. Even if they surround you like briers and thorns, because they dwell among scorpions. i.e. when you teach the truth in Gods word, "it's a jungle out there." (People are going to try to cause trouble). Running a ministry is not an easy job as many may think. (Especially when you are a one man ministry as Christ was).
Eze 2:7And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. Ezekiel's job is to bring them God's message (nothing more, nothing less), even though they will not listen. Sound familiar?
Eze 2:8But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. Listen to what God says and do not join them in their rebellion. "Open your mouth and eat what I give you." Reference to (Revelation 10:9-10). And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. (Revelation 10:9). We need to ask for the knowledge of the Word before we receive it. To eat it means to gain knowledge, or to digest the Word. When you first take the Word in it is as sweet as honey, but as you digest the truth, and see the things that will happen in the end times to the unbelievers (those who follow Satan), it will sour your stomach. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. (Revelation 10:10). The bitterness is what you are going to see in the near future. (Ezekiel is going to see a lot about the future).
Eze 2:9And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; Ezekiel had seen a hand reach out to him that held a scroll.
Eze 2:10And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. The scroll was unrolled. What was unusual about this scroll, was it had writings on both sides. (Scrolls are usually written on the inside only). This scroll had so many funeral songs, words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom, that it took both sides of the scroll. "This is to show the abundance and completeness of his prophecies." (Revelation 5:1).
Keep in mind that Ezekiel was around in the time of Jeremiah during the destruction of the nation of Judah and the Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah ministered to the people who stayed in Jerusalem, but Ezekiel's ministry was with those who were in the captivity in Babylon.
Eze 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.Receive My word into your mind and let it enter your soul. Digest it and let it be your nourishment. (The meat of the word). "Give this message I have given you to the house of Israel."
Eze 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.Ezekiel obeyed the Heavenly Father and took in the message of the scroll. (Gods word).
Eze 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.When you take in the truth of Gods word, it is as sweet as honey and it nourishes the soul. (Psalm 119:103, Proverbs 2:10-11, Revelation 10:9-10).
Eze 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.Go to the exiles in Babylon and give them My message.
Eze 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;Ezekiel was going to his own people, so they should understand. Would they?
Eze 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.I am not sending you to strangers, if I did, they would listen! (Teaching to strangers can at times be much easier that teaching your own people). Why? People who know you, usually won't listen. Did you ever try to give a truth to a friend or family member? "You know how that usually plays out."
Eze 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.They won't listen to you any more than they listened to Me! They are a stubborn and hard-hearted people. "Just because people won't listen to you, does not make your ministry unsuccessful." It's not how many people you pack in your church, and sometimes it's not the quality of truth that you teach. Even when you teach truth, many won't listen. However, if you are called to the ministry, it is the obedience to God and your calling that is most important and makes a successful ministry. (Luke 10:16, 13:34, 19:14, John 5:40-47, 15:20-24).
Eze 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.Since they are hard-heads, I will make you as hard-headed as they are. What does Ezekiel's name mean? ("God has strengthened"). When you face hard-heads, God will make you even harder. When you face smart people, God will make you smarter. When you face strong minded people, God will make you stronger. (You can't outwit our Heavenly Father).
Eze 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.These people think they are tough. "God is going to make Ezekiel tougher!" (Never be afraid of anyone when God is on your side).
Eze 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.Listen to all My words and learn them. (At least have a working knowledge of Gods plan). Do you have ears to hear?
Eze 3:11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear."Teach them the truth whether they listen or not." (Acts 20:26-27). Do it Gods way... When you teach the word of God, give it your best shot, plant the seed of truth, and God will take care of the rest.
Eze 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.Spirit: "ruach," breath of life, "The Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:2, Revelation 1:10). A voice: Probably an angel. The glory of the Lord was lifted from it's place. (The vision was withdrawn).
Eze 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.
Eze 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.Ezekiel was lifted in the spirit (the Holy spirit will always lift you up). However, now he was shown the bitterness he would experience in his ministry. (There is going to be tough times when you teach truth in the word).
Eze 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.Ezekiel's vision blew his mind. He was so overwhelmed by the vision that he was speechless and sat among the people (exiles), for seven days. (Seven represents spiritual completeness).
Eze 3:16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,After the seven days, Ezekiel gets another message from the Lord.
Eze 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.Ezekiel was appointed a watchman for Israel by God. He was to warn the Israelites of the trouble ahead. God gives the message, Ezekiel tells the people. (Many of us are to be watchman in the end times to warn the people what will happen). Just one of the many gifts of God. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers. (Ephesians 4:11). The sent forth ones, some are teachers, some are seed planters, some for winning people to Christ, and some for caring for God's people.
Eze 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.If God gives you a message to deliver to the people, "do it." If not, you may be held responsible. (1 Timothy 4:16). "Judgment begins at the pulpit."
Eze 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 you warn the people about what I (the Lord), have said, and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die in their sins. But, because you have obeyed Me, you save yourself.
Eze 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock 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.Even those with righteous deeds, if they ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die a spiritual death. If you do not warn them, they will die in their sins, and none of their righteous acts will be remembered. You will be held responsible. i.e. Those who think they are right with God in their own ways (traditions of men), will stumble at the truth. We need to warn them, but then they are on their own if they won't listen.
Eze 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.However, if you warn the righteous people and they listen to you, accept the truth, and do not sin, they will live, and you will have saved yourself too. (i.e. the righteous need to be warned just as the wicked people when they stray from God).
Eze 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.The Lord tells Ezekiel to go to the valley, and He will speak to him there.
Eze 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.Ezekiel sees the "Glory of the Lord," just as he had seen in his first vision.
Eze 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 kind of under house arrest.
Eze 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:Stay there till I tell you to go to the people. (Timing is everything).
Eze 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.You won't be able to rebuke the people on your own because I will make you speechless.
Eze 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 area rebellious house. When I (the Lord), give you a message, I will loosen your tongue to speak My message. (Luke 21:15, Ephesians 6:19). Those who choose to listen will hear you. But, those who refuse to listen will not hear, because they are rebels. i.e. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear. (Matthew 13:9, Revelation 22:10-11).
Eze 4:1Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: Ezekiel is to draw a map of Jerusalem on the clay brick. The bricks in common use among the ancients were around "two feet long, one foot broad, and four inches thick;" and on such a surface the whole siege might be easily portrayed. Perhaps, however, it may here denote a flat tile, like a Roman brick, which were commonly used for tablets.
Eze 4:2And 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. Looks like Ezekiel is going to play army here. He is to draw the city under siege with every detail.
Eze 4:3Moreover 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. The iron plate was to be placed between Ezekiel and the city to show that God would separate Himself from the people that would not listen. Why? Because of their iniquities. But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2).
Eze 4:4Lie 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. Ezekiel was to prophecy to the people, and while he did, he was to lie on his left side as a sign to bear the sins of Israel.
Eze 4:5For 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. Ezekiel was to do this for 390 days, representing 390 years of Israel's sin.
Eze 4:6And 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. Ezekiel was then to turn over and lay on his right side for 40 days, representing 40 years of Judah's sin.
Eze 4:7Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. Ezekiel was to keep staring at the model siege and prophecy of Jerusalem's destruction.
Eze 4:8And, 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. Ezekiel was not going anywhere as he was bound by ropes. Just as the people were not going to escape the siege till all the days have been completed.
Eze 4:9Take 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. Ezekiel was to make some bread from these ingredients. This was one of the most healthy breads ever made at the time, and it still is to this very day. Yes... You can buy this bread made from the same all natural ingredients that Ezekiel used. What is it called? Ezekiel 4:9, and you can get it in most grocery, or health stores in the freezer section. (They also make awesome English muffins).
Eze 4:10And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it. Ezekiel was to ration his food for the day. (About a 1/2 pound total food for the day). Moderation is the key here. (Eat to live, don't live to eat).
Eze 4:11Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink. Measure out a jar of water a day. A hin: About 24 ounces of water a day. (Plenty to sustain life).
Eze 4:12And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight. An oven fueled by human dung, as the people of Israel would be doing. (Symbol of defilement).
Eze 4:13And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. This is how Israel will eat defiled bread in the Gentile lands to which God banished them.
Eze 4:14Then 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. Ezekiel didn't want to defile himself with this practice. Since he was a child, he never ate anything forbidden by the law.
Eze 4:15Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. Dried cow-dung is a common fuel in the East, as it is in many parts of England, to the present day; but the prophet was ordered to prepare his bread with human dung, to show the extreme degree of wretchedness to which the besieged should be exposed, as they would be obliged literally to use it, from not being able to leave the city to collect other fuel.
Eze 4:16Moreover 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: The prophet was allowed each day only twenty shekels weight, or about ten ounces, of the coarse food he had prepared, and the sixth part of a hin, scarcely a pint and a half, of water; all of which was intended to show that they should be obliged to eat the meanest and coarsest food, and that by weight, and their water by measure.
Eze 4:17That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity. This word "astonied" is Hebrew H8074 "shamen," to stun, grow numb, devastate or stupefy. Because of the lack of food and water, the people will look to one another in devastation and terror. They will be stupefied because of hunger and waste away under their punishment. Why? "Because of their iniquity." God wants them to repent, but they won't.
Eze 5:1And 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. Sharp knife: The sword, a sign of the Chaldeans (Assyrian army). The cutting of the hair: Symbol of morning, because of the calamities and disgrace coming upon them. Balances: The exact distribution of Divine judgments. Divide the hair: Ezekiel was to divide the hair into three parts. (Lets see what the hair represents in the next verse).
Eze 5:2Thou 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. Burn with fire: One third part of the hair represents (1/3 of the people), who were destroyed in the city. Smite with a knife: Another third part of the hair representing those who were slain attempting to escape. Scattered to the winds: The last third of the hair represents one third of the people who escaped to other countries.
Eze 5:3Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. Ezekiel was to keep just a bit of the hair and tie it to his robe. I believe this would be a remnant of people. (Possibly those left with Gedaliah). Gadaliah was the son of Ahikam. He was appointed governor over those left in Judah by Nebuchadnezzar.
Eze 5:4Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel. The destruction will spread from the remnant and destroy all of Israel.
Eze 5:5Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. This is what the Lord says! "This is what will happen to Jerusalem in the center of all nations."
Eze 5:6And 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. Jerusalem has become more wicked than the surrounding nations. "She has refused to obey the Lord." (Jeremiah 9:6, 11:10, Zechariah 7:11).
Eze 5:7Therefore 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; You are worse than your neighboring countries. You can't even meet the standards of the nations around you. (2 Chronicles 33:9, Jeremiah 2:10-11). This is a direction that the United States does not want to follow, but they are becoming a rebellious nation, trying to take God out of everything. We need to get back to the ways of God, in which this country was built upon. What does it say on our money. "In God we trust." Now we need to practice what we preach, instead of straying away from the truth.
Eze 5:8Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. God has become their enemy, and they will be punished publicly while all the nations watch. "See what will happen when you stray from God."
Eze 5:9And 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. The sentence here passed upon Jerusalem is very dreadful, and the manner of expression makes it yet more so. The judgments are various, the threatening of them varied, reiterated; so that one may well say, "Who is able to stand in God's sight when he is angry?" (Amos 3:2, Matthew 24:21).
Eze 5:10Therefore 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. Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. Reference to: (Leviticus 26:29, Deuteronomy 28:53). I will punish you and scatter to the winds the few that survive. (The remnant). "God always leaves a remnant to work with."
Eze 5:11Wherefore, 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. Mess around with false idols and false teachings, and God will cut you off.
Eze 5:12A 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. A third of the people will die from disease and famine. A third of the people will be slaughtered by the enemy outside the city walls. A third of the people will be scattered to the winds, chasing them with the Sword of the Lord. Reference to Jeremiah: Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. (Jeremiah 44:27). The only watching after you I will do will be for your disaster, because you are all spiritually dead to Me. Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs. (Jeremiah 44:28). The only ones that will escape My wrath and survive are the ones who escape Egypt. (They will return to Judah).
Eze 5:13Thus 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. The Lord's anger will then be satisfied. Then all Israel will know that, "I The Lord Have Spoken." Reference to: (Deuteronomy 32:36).
Eze 5:14Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by. You will be turned into ruin, and a mockery in the eyes of the surrounding nations. Reference to: (Leviticus 26:31-32).
Eze 5:15So 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. "You will become a warning to all the nations around you." "All nations." Yes... This includes this nation.
Eze 5:16When 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: Famine will become more and more severe, until every crumb of food is gone. However, let me ask you this? What is the famine in the end times? Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: (Amos 8:11).
Eze 5:17So 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. Evil beasts will come among you. Disease and war will stalk your land. God will bring the sword of the enemy against you. (There will be an evil beast coming upon us in the end times). Do you know who it is?
Eze 6:1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, We have a new prophecy here, probably given after the 430 days of his lying on his left and right side were accomplished.
Eze 6:2Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, The mountains: Specially defiled by the high places. (Place of worship).
Eze 6:3And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. Gods warning that He will destroy their high places (places of worship), and smash their pagan shrines.
Eze 6:4And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. Going after the people as well as their idols.
Eze 6:5And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. Desecrating their altars.
Eze 6:6In 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. Wherever these people decide to live there will be desolation and God will destroy all your altars and pagan shrines. (i.e. all your religious objects that are man made will be destroyed).
Eze 6:7And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Their places will be full of dead bodies and you will know "I am the Lord."
Eze 6:8Yet 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. God will leave a remnant that will be scattered among the nations of the world.
Eze 6:9And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with 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. They shall: They shall humble themselves on account of their abominations, forsake their idolatry, and worship Me alone, and this they have done from the Babylonian captivity to the present day.
Eze 6:10And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. God is always fair and knows how to get the attention of His children when necessary. (It's called tough love). Something many have forgot about in this country when it comes to raising their children.
Eze 6:11Thus 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. God is telling Ezekiel to demonstrate His frustration with the people of Israel the way a human would. (Kind of like a hissy-fit or tantrum).
Eze 6:12He 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. Some killed by war, some by famine, and some by disease. (i.e. no one will escape His wrath).
Eze 6:13Then 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. The dead will be scattered among their own altars and idols that brought on God's judgment. (Hosea 4:13).
Eze 6:14So 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. i.e. the entire country would be made desolate. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. (Isaiah 5:25). The Lord is not happy with the people and their ways. (Those who are against His ways and His Word). God is not happy with many things going on in the world today, including the United States. "Judgment is coming."
Eze 7:1Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying. Another message from the Lord to Ezekiel.
Eze 7:2Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. The end is here for Israel. Babylonian destruction from the four corners of the earth. Also applies to the end times for Israel. And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. (Amos 8:2). The Lord asked. What do you see Amos? "A basket of ripe fruit." Then the Lord said: Just like this fruit, Israel is ripe for punishment. Amos was starting to realize that the end was near for Israel. And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. (Amos 8:3). In that day... What day? "The day of the Lord." The singing in the temple will turn to wailing and dead bodies will be scattered everywhere.
Eze 7:3Now 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. No hope when God's anger is against you.
Eze 7:4And 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 will turn His favor and show no pity for the detestable things Israel has done. Will God's favor turn on the United States? "If we don't change our ways He will." Hmmm. Do we deserve His judgment? There are places in the U.S. that are worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. "Are moral standards have sunk to an all time low."
Eze 7:5Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. Disaster after disaster is coming your way! "Wake up and look around you."
Eze 7:6An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. The end has come and your final doom is coming!
Eze 7:7The 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. Your day of trouble is drawing near. (Day of confusion). Israel is in the state of confusion, as the United States as well. Why? Because of false teachings and traditions of men. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17). Judgment is near, and it begins with God's household. (We are all equal in God's eyes when doing His work). But, just think what lies for those who ignore the Word of God.
Eze 7:8Now 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. The people will be held accountable for all the detestable sins.
Eze 7:9And 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. Again, The Lords eye (His favor), will turn away from the people and He will show no mercy. (People think they can just go with the flow and live along side all this detestable sin and perversion going on). Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7). You can't fool God. You will reap what you sow. Do good and good things will happen to you. Do evil and expect trouble coming your way.
Eze 7:10Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. The rod has blossomed: i.e. Nebuchadnezzar's scepter is ready. "Babylon is coming."
Eze 7:11Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them. Their own violence has grown into a rod that will beat them for their wickedness. "The proud and wicked will not survive."
Eze 7:12The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. No need to rejoice over a bargain because money will do you no good, and your property values will be worthless.
Eze 7:13For 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. Even if the merchants survive, they will never return to their business. i.e. everyone will be affected. Not one person whose life is twisted by sin will recover. (Psalm 52:7). Think what you want; but if you are rich in this country today, your wealth probably came form some type of corruption.
Eze 7:14They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
Eze 7:15The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
Eze 7:16But 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. You might be able to escape to the mountains, but you will mourn over your sins.
Eze 7:17All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. Their hands will hang limp, and their knees will be like water.
Eze 7:18They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. Their shame will cover them and they will shave their heads in sorrow. "Sackcloth and baldness from shaving their heads are signs of mourning and repentance."
Eze 7:19They 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: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity. They will try to buy their way to heaven (like many do today), but it won't help. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26). (Don't think just because you tithe to a church that you are right with God and you will gain salvation). In the day of trouble, even food will become more valuable than gold or silver. "People are starving today, but mostly for the truth in the Word of God." (They have been deceived long enough).
Eze 7:20As 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. Man has perverted Gods temple with idols and images. (Look around at many churches today). "They look pretty majestic." The problem is that, "looks can be deceiving."
Eze 7:21And 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. It will be as plunder to the wicked nations of the world.
Eze 7:22My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it. God will turn His eye as they invade and defile His treasured land.
Eze 7:23Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. The people are to be bound in captivity because the city is full of violence.
Eze 7:24Wherefore 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. Worst of the heathen: Referring to Babylon.
Eze 7:25Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. The people will be in terror. They will want peace, but won't find it.
Eze 7:26Mischief 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. Calamity will follow calamity, and rumor will follow rumor. "They will look for the truth, but will not find it." It's to late! They had their chance, and their priests and leaders will not be able to help them. (Don't put all your faith in your priest or pastor as many do, they may lead you astray). "Put you faith in God!"
Eze 7:27The 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. Your leaders will stand helpless, weeping in despair, and the people will tremble with fear. Evil is coming upon the people, just like the evil they have done to others. "They will receive the punishment they so richly deserve." Judgment is coming upon this world very soon my friend. "It is known as the great tribulation." We who know the the truth are the watchmen of the end times. Our job is to warn the people and show them the way to salvation through the truth in the Word. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24).
Eze 8:1And 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. This would be on September 17, during the sixth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity. The leaders were gathered at Ezekiel's house when he received another message from the Lord.
Eze 8:2Then 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. Was it the appearance of a man, and angel, or the appearance of God Himself? (Probably an angel). Ezekiel doesn't say exactly what he saw. (Maybe it wasn't clear enough for description).
Eze 8:3And 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. Ezekiel was not necessarily physically taken (like many believe), to Jerusalem, but he was taken in the spirit (in a vision), from God. He was taken to the north gate of the inner courtyard of the Temple. He saw a large idol that made the Lord very jealous.
Eze 8:4And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. Ezekiel sees the Glory of God of Israel that was there, just as he had seen before in the valley.
Eze 8:5Then 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. There Ezekiel sees the idol.
Eze 8:6He 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. God asked Ezekiel if he sees all the detestable sins that the people of Israel are committing to drive Him from the Temple? Now He is going to show Ezekiel even more detestable sins than these!
Eze 8:7And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Now he is in front of the Temple door where he could see a hole in the wall. (Ezekiel had seen something a little unusual here).
Eze 8:8Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. Ezekiel dug into the wall as the Lord commanded and found a hidden door.
Eze 8:9And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. Go inside the door and see the wicked and detestable sins they are committing in there!
Eze 8:10So 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. These images portrayed on the wall were no doubt the objects of Egyptian idolatry, the ox, ape, crocodile, ibis, beetle, etc., as we find those idols were painted on the walls of the tombs of kings and nobles.
Eze 8:11And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Seventy leaders of Israel were standing there with Jaazaniah, son of Shaphan in the center. Jaazaniah was the trouble maker (black sheep), of the family. They were burning incense to an idol.
Eze 8:12Then 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 imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth. These leaders of Israel think that the Lord does not see them and their detestable sins. Not only does God know what is going on in the minds of these leaders, but he gives Ezekiel a look inside their heads.
Eze 8:13He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Come and I'll show you even more.
Eze 8:14Then 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. Now the Lord brought Ezekiel to the north gate. There the women were sitting weeping for the god Tammuz (a Phoenician deity).
Eze 8:15Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. Look at what they are doing. Do you believe what these women are doing? I will show you even more detestable sins than these!
Eze 8:16And 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; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Here we have twenty five men (priests), that turned their backs on the Lord and were worshipping the sun. It seems that the Jews had incorporated every species of idolatry into their worship, Egyptian, Phoenician, and Persian; for this evidently was the Magian worship of the sun.
Eze 8:17Then 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. Do you believe this Ezekiel (O son of man), asked the Lord? It means nothing to these people of Judah that commit these detestable sins. They are leading the whole nation into violence, thumbing their noses at Me. "They are provoking Me to anger!"
Eze 8:18Therefore 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. "Therefore, I the Lord will respond in fury." Can you see why the Lord is so angry at these people and would bring judgment on the nation? The same is going to happen to this nation if we do not get our act together. (Probably to late for that). Any nation that takes God out of the equation because of none believers is going to feel His wrath. Our country is heading in the wrong direction, and it better get back to the bible.
Eze 9:1He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. The Lord cries out with a thundering voice! Bring on the men (angelic beings), who are appointed to punish the city.
Eze 9:2And, 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. Here comes six men (angelic beings), each carrying a deadly weapon in their hand. One of the men (angels of the Lord), clothed in linen, had a writers cup in his hand.
Eze 9:3And 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; God of Israel: Isaiah 29:23). Called to the man clothed in linen. (About to use his pen or marker).
Eze 9:4And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, 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. Mark upon their foreheads: Sound familiar? Kind of like the "Seal of God," in Revelation 7:2-3). Everyone in the city who would "weep and sigh" because of all the wickedness of the city would have a special mark. (Separation between the good, the bad, and the ugly). Just the opposite of the "beast mark" of (Revelation 13:16-17).
Eze 9:5And 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: Destroy those who do not have the mark (seal of God), upon (or in), their heads.
Eze 9:6Slay 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. Destroy all who do not have the mark, men, women, and children. Begin at My sanctuary with the seventy elders (priests). Remember, "Judgment begins at the pulpit."
Eze 9:7And 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. Defile the Temple! The Lord commanded. (The temple would be defiled by all the dead corpses).
Eze 9:8And 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? Ezekiel was worried that the Lord would destroy everyone left in Israel. Residue: Remnant. "God always saves a remnant." (The one's with the mark would be saved).
Eze 9:9Then 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. The Lord tells Ezekiel that the sins of the people of Israel and Judah are so great, that the entire land is full of murder and injustice. "These people think that God does not see their evil." God sees everything, and He is about to abandon the land.
Eze 9:10And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head. I will not spare them or have pity on them "says the Lord." (Those without the mark, or seal of God). They are going to get what they have coming!
Eze 9:11And, 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 angel of the Lord had finished what the Lord commanded him to do. Ezekiel 10
Eze 10:1Then 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. Ezekiel sees in his vision what appears to be a throne over the heads of the cherubims. (Could this be the actual throne of God)?
Eze 10:2And 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. Another description of the chariot of God like in chapter one. The angel of the Lord takes the burning coals of destruction from between the wheels (or vehicle), beneath the cherubim and scatters them over the city.
Eze 10:3Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. The man: The steward (angel) of the Lord. A cloud of glory filled the inner courtyard.
Eze 10:4Then 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. Lord: Yahveh. The glory of Yahveh rose from above the cherubim and went over the door of the temple. Again, "the courtyard filled with the glory of the Lord." Compare to Revelations. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. (Revelation 15:8). The temple (heaven here), was filled with the glory of God, and was closed until the seven plagues of wrath were finished. Here, the city was not only filled with the glory of the Lord, but would be closed till after the destruction of the city.
Eze 10:5And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh. The sound: i.e. their movement, as though about to depart in flight. Almighty God: "El Shaddai."
Eze 10:6And 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. Here we have a wheel (H1534 "galgal," a wheel, whirlwind, rolling thing), within a wheel (H212 "ophan ophan," a wheel, to revolve). Remember the photos in verses 1:16, and 1:18.
Eze 10:7And 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.
Eze 10:8And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings. Appearance (or likeness), of human hands under their wings. (Ezekiel 1:8).
Eze 10:9And 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 wheels sparkled like beryl (like a topaz), "gold or yellow in color."
Eze 10:10And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. Reference photos in verse 1:4.
Eze 10:11When 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. Moved in a straight formation. (Ezekiel 1:17).
Eze 10:12And 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. Ezekiel continues his description of the cherubim and the chariot of God, similar to his description in chapter one. We will pick it up in verse 17.
Eze 10:13As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.
Eze 10:14And 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.
Eze 10:15And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.
Eze 10:16And 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.
Eze 10:17When 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. Spirit: H7307 "ruach," "The Holy Spirit," the spirit of life. (Genesis 2:7, Romans 8:2, Revelation 11:11).
Eze 10:18Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
Eze 10:19And 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 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. The cherubim flew upwards and the wheels were beside them.
Eze 10:20This 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. The cherubims: As seen in chapter one.
Eze 10:21Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
Eze 10:22And 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. The faces Ezekiel saw were like the faces he had seen at the Kebar, and they traveled the same way. These are the cherubims that dwell in the very presence of God and His throne.
Eze 11:1Moreover 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. Spirit lifted me: Spirit here is "ruach." As in (Ezekiel 2:2, 8:3), taken in the spirit. Who were these twenty five men? Many believe these were the same 25 men in (8:16), the priests that turned their backs to worship the sun. However, these were princes of the people (Jeremiah 38:4), a title never given to priests, who were called "princes of the sanctuary," as in the book of Isaiah. Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. (Isaiah 43:28).
Eze 11:2Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city: Leaders who were corrupt, planning evil, and giving wicked counsel in this city.
Eze 11:3Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh. Don't worry, trouble isn't coming, we are safe. This city is like an iron pot, and we are like meat inside. i.e. well protected. (Lying and leading the people astray like many of our leaders today).
Eze 11:4Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man. Prophecy clearly against them and let them know about their transgressions.
Eze 11:5And 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. God knows every thing you say and think.
Eze 11:6Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
Eze 11:7Therefore 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. The righteous ones you have killed are the only ones who will be safe in this city. The rest of you are like "dead men walking."
Eze 11:8Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD. The sword of war will come upon you.
Eze 11:9And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you. You will be handed over to foreigners who will carry out My judgment against you.
Eze 11:10Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. You will be slaughtered all the way to the borders of Israel.
Eze 11:11This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel: Your city will no longer be safe as an iron pot.
Eze 11:12And 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. You refuse to obey My decrees and regulations. Instead, you copy the standards of the heathen nations around you. (Jeremiah 10:2).
Eze 11:13And 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? Pelatiah was one of the corrupt leaders. God struck him dead while Ezekiel was still prophesying. (A precursor to the judgment coming). "This shook up Ezekiel a little." Ezekiel, alarmed and distressed for the welfare of his people, anxiously enquired whether the Lord meant to destroy the remnant of Israel.
Eze 11:14Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 11:15Son 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. These people still left in Jerusalem were accusing the people of Israel in exile of being abandoned by God. However, it was the people left in the city that God would abandon. Jeremiah had a vision also (Jeremiah 24:1-5), about the good figs and bad figs. Guess who the good figs were? "Those who were in captivity." The bad figs were the ones left in Jerusalem. Just because we live in the land of the free, does not mean that God will always be on our side. This country is spiraling down on the road to destruction if we do not change our ways. What ways? (Corruption, deception, idolatry, perversion, murder, rape, hate crimes, drug abuse, more scammers and rip-offs than any other country). "Don't worry, our wake up call is coming, and we definitely deserve God's judgment."
Eze 11:16Therefore 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. God will protect the ones in captivity. (The righteous). For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. (Jeremiah 30:11). Even though God would destroy the other nations He would not totally wipe out Israel. (A remnant will always remain). Don't worry, even if God brings judgment to the U.S., which He will, the righteous will not be harmed, only the wicked. (God will always protect those who truly believe in Him and follow His ways). Judgment from God is not always bad. If you are a good person, you will receive rewards form God as your judgment (according to your good works). If you are a bad person, you will receive punishment from God as your judgment.
Eze 11:17Therefore 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. The gathering back is taking place now, and has been for a while.
Eze 11:18And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. Everything will be made right. (Titus 2:12).
Eze 11:19And 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: A new heart of righteousness and spirit within them. (Jeremiah 32:39-40).
Eze 11:20That 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. They will truly be Gods people. (Jeremiah 24:7).
Eze 11:21But 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. Those who long for and pray to vile images, God will repay them for their sins.
Eze 11:22Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
Eze 11:23And 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. The glory of the Lord departed form the city, and stopped above a mountain to the east.
Eze 11:24Afterwards 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. Ezekiel was back in Babylon in a vision to the people in exile there. (This ended his vision of his visit to Jerusalem).
Eze 11:25Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had shewed me. Quite a vision Ezekiel had; now he tells the exiles everything the Lord had shown him.
Eze 12:1The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, Message from the Lord.
Eze 12:2Son 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. The can't see the truth and they won't listen to the truth. Just as many are blinded and deaf to the truth today. (Rock heads)! God will even put a stupor (strong delusion), on these kind of people. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).
Eze 12:3Therefore, 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. Pack up your things and show the people you are going into exile.
Eze 12:4Then 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. Bring all your luggage out in the day, then at night, as they are watching, leave your house as the captives do.
Eze 12:5Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby. Dig a hole through the wall and escape through it.
Eze 12:6In 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. Pack up your shoulders and escape at night. Cover your face so you cannot see the land your leaving. (These were all signs for things to come). The signs that the prince (Zedekiah) would be doing as he tried to escape his captivity. (2 Kings 25:4, Jeremiah 39:4).
Eze 12:7And 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. Ezekiel did as he was commanded by the Lord.
Eze 12:8And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying, Another message from the Lord.
Eze 12:9Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou? The people wanted to know what was going on.
Eze 12:10Say 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. It was a message to King Zedekiah and all the people of Israel.
Eze 12:11Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity. This was to show the people what would happen to them when driven into captivity as exiles.
Eze 12:12And 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. All the things explained would happen to king Zedekiah as he leaves Jerusalem at night.
Eze 12:13My 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. Problem is that Zedekiah is not going to get away. He would be brought to Babylon, though he would never see it, and die there. Remember, Zedekiah's sons were killed, and his eyes were gouged out. (Jeremiah 52:8-11).
Eze 12:14And 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. They will be scattered and the sword after them.
Eze 12:15And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries. Scattered among foreign countries.
Eze 12:16But 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. A few of them will make it our of Jerusalem alive. (Jeremiah 4:27, 30:11).
Eze 12:17Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Another message.
Eze 12:18Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;
Eze 12:19And 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. The land will be stripped bare because of their violence.
Eze 12:20And 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 cities destroyed and the farmland made desolate.
Eze 12:21And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Another message.
Eze 12:22Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The people have been warned by Jeremiah about what was coming. Ezekiel warns them about the coming judgment. However, the people just say, "we have been hearing about the coming judgment, but nothing has happened." "Everything will be fine." (Jeremiah 5:12-13, 2 Peter 3:3-4). Sound familiar? "We have a lot of scoffers around today."
Eze 12:23Tell 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 of every vision. The old saying will end! (Now they have a new saying). "The time has come for every prophecy to be fulfilled!"
Eze 12:24For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. There will be no more false visions and flattering predictions in Israel. (Something all preachers and teachers of the word should be aware of). "God is not happy with false teachings and traditions of men." (2 Peter 2:2-3).
Eze 12:25For 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, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. If God says it will happen you better believe it. No more delays, destruction is coming in your own lifetime. This applies to us also as we enter the last days. "The generation of the fig tree, or last generation." Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. (Mark 13:30). This generation shall not pass, before all these things come to pass. What generation? The generation of the fig tree. "This is the generation." (They are living today and are getting a little grey). The time is real near my friend. Time for us to rejoice because Christ will be returning soon, and many of us will be here to see it.
Eze 12:26Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Another message from the Lord to Ezekiel.
Eze 12:27Son 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. These people were looking to far into the future. Maybe even to our time today. However, they didn't think about their near future and the Babylonian captivity.
Eze 12:28Therefore 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. No more delay! "I will now do everything I have threatened. I, the LORD, have spoken!" Again, an example for us of what will take place in the end times, "the day of the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, Revelation 3:3).
Eze 13:1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Ezekiel gets another message from the Lord.
Eze 13:2Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Speak against the false prophets of Israel. Those coming up with their own prophecies and false teachings. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1). There were false prophets in Israel in that day and there are false teachers among us today. They work their false teachings and traditions of men into their doctrine and lead many people astray.
Eze 13:3Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! They follow their own minds and see nothing at all. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (2 Peter 2:2). Many will follow their evil teachings and destructive ways. Because of these teachers, the real truth will be slandered. (Give someone a truth and they scoff and make fun of it). It is because they have been so brainwashed by a bunch of nonsense and traditions.
Eze 13:4O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. They become slick as a fox. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. (2 Peter 2:3). They think up clever lies and twist the truth of the Word to make it fit your way of thinking, so they can get a hold of your money. Their time is coming.
Eze 13:5Ye 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. Do nothing to repair the breaks in the wall. (The morality of the people). No morals to help them stand in the day of the Lord. Take a good look at the morals in our society today. (They are slowly dwindling away).
Eze 13:6They 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. They just tell lies and make false predictions. You know the ones. "I had a dream last night from the Lord." (Problem is that the Lord never sent them).
Eze 13:7Have 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? They claim they represent the Lord, but the Lord has nothing to do with them.
Eze 13:8Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD. Because these prophets and teachers give false visions and lie to you, God will stand against them.
Eze 13:9And 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 God is saying here is that all these false prophets and teachers who make up lies leading the people astray will be blotted out of the record book. What book? "The book of life." (Revelation 20:12, 20:15).
Eze 13:10Because, 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 pretend to be a wall of defense; but their wall is bad and weak, and their mortar is worse. One gives a lying vision; another pledges himself that it is true; and the people believe what they say, and trust not in God, nor turn from their sins. Look at all the people today who put all their trust in some priest, pastor, or teacher. As long as they feel comfortable hearing what they want to hear, the people don't care what the truth is. (All will be well, my pastor told me so). Quit hanging onto the skirts of some man or woman! Study God's word yourself, He wrote this personal letter to you (the bible), so that you will have all truth opened to you. God has given you a mind of our own, and all the tools are available to you like never before in time.
Eze 13:11Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. These whitewashers (false teachers), and their teachings won't hold up. (Their built on a weak foundation). The truth of God's word is built upon a rock (a strong foundation), which is Christ.
Eze 13:12Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? Their false teachings will just not stand against the time of trouble.
Eze 13:13Therefore 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 sweep away all your false teachings like a great hailstorm.
Eze 13:14So 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. Your own false teaching will testify against you and crush you.
Eze 13:15Thus 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; Gods wrath is coming to those who lead His people astray.
Eze 13:16To 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. Lying prophets who claimed peace would come to Jerusalem when there was no peace.
Eze 13:17Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, Jewish women (sorceresses), who prophesy from their own imaginations. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:20). Jezebel is a type that would teach that sexual sin is not important, practice immorality, and idolatry. (False religions, sexual immorality, and traditions).
Eze 13:18And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? These women are sewing pillows and covering (with lies and deception), the outreached arms of the Lord. They try to ensnare the souls of the people with their magic charms and spells. (We have a lot of so called physic women in our society today that just amaze the people). Don't be conned and deceived by these phonies.
Eze 13:19And will ye pollute 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? You bring shame on Me and My people says the Lord. Lying to Gods people for piece of bread. (Watch your wallet)! These people fall for anything you tell them, and believe you, rather than God.
Eze 13:20Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows, 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. You hunt the for the souls of the people to make them fly (Hebrew H6524 "parach," to break forth, bloom, fly (as extending wings), to flourish, or grow). i.e. You cover the outreached arms of the Lord with false doctrine and lies. I the Lord will tear these pillows (false teachings and lies), from your arms, setting My people free. "They will be exposed because they are fools, just like Jannes and Jambres." Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (2 Timothy 3:8). These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was. (2 Timothy 3:9). But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres. All these false teachers will be put in their place when Christ returns.
Eze 13:21Your kerchiefs 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. God will tear off your magic veils and save His people from your grasp. (They will no longer be your victims).
Eze 13:22Because 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: You discouraged the righteous with your lies. Then you encouraged the wicked by promising them life. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. (2 Peter 2:18). Always bragging and talking about themselves, they suck you in with their deception and ways of the world because of your weak flesh. A bunch of nothingness with their vanity. (Have you ever heard the saying: I tried to get out; but they just keep pulling me back in). Beware of false teachers. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. (2 Peter 2:19). They promise you freedom, but they are slaves to sin and corruption themselves. Never let anyone put you into spiritual bondage. The truth of God's Word will always set you free. Beware of the tricks of Satan that he uses through pulpits.
Eze 13:23Therefore ye shall see 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. i.e. "God will close up their big mouths!" They will no longer talk of visions they never saw, and they won't make any predictions that will come true. (Kind of puts an end to these so called physics).
Eze 14:1Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. Elders of Israel: To be distinguished from the elders of Judah. They probably had no knowledge of what was transpiring in Judah.
Eze 14:2And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 14:3Son 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? These leaders have iniquity (perversity), in their hearts instead of God's law. (This has put a stumbling block before them).
Eze 14:4Therefore 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; They have hearts full of iniquity and then go to the prophets for a message. The Lord is going to give them the kind of message they deserve. (Isaiah 66:4).
Eze 14:5That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. If they want to believe in lies and worship detestable idols I will alienate them from the life of God. (Ephesians 4:18).
Eze 14:6Therefore 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. Repent and change their ways.
Eze 14:7For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: Those who reject God and set up idols in their hearts, will have no communication with God through the prophets. "They will be cut off!"
Eze 14:8And 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. God will turn away from such people and make an example of them.
Eze 14:9And 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. If they think they are going to trick a prophet into giving them a message from the Lord, I will deceive that prophet into giving them a lie, and cut that prophet from the community of Israel. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).
Eze 14:10And 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; Both the prophet and the one who hears him will be held guilty. (Jeremiah 14:15, Galatians 6:5).
Eze 14:11That 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. This way the people of Israel will learn not to stray from Me, polluting themselves with sin. (Makes you wonder what is in store for the U.S., as more people are straying from God and polluting themselves with sin).
Eze 14:12The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
Eze 14:13Son 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: Famine and shortage of food will be coming to this country and it has begun already. However, the real famine we need to acknowledge, "is for hearing the truth of Gods word." (Amos 8:11-12).
Eze 14:14Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD. Even Noah, Daniel, and Job being righteous, could save no one but themselves. Just because the U.S. is the super power of superpowers, and many of us follow Gods ways, does not mean that God will not judge us. The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. (2 Peter 2:9).
Eze 14:15If 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:
Eze 14:16Though 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. Kind of like every man for himself.
Eze 14:17Or 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: God sending war against the land.
Eze 14:18Though 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.
Eze 14:19Or 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: Sending an epidemic upon the land.
Eze 14:20Though 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. Still could only save themselves.
Eze 14:21For 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? How will it be when God unleashes all the punishments upon Jerusalem? "Not to good." It won't be good for the U.S. either, if God brings His judgment upon us. (He is not real happy with us right now). Look around you and see what going on.
Eze 14:22Yet, 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. The remnant He is speaking of here is a wicked remnant. (As an example to those who are in captivity in Babylon, so they will see how wicked they really are). There will always be a remnant when God's judgment is poured out. God is always fair... He is not after you if you are following His ways and believe on Him. "Your part of God's elect." (Mark 13:20). However, if your part of a wicked remnant, your in trouble.
Eze 14:23And 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. Now when you see this wicked remnant and their behavior, you will understand that these things done to Israel are not without cause. "They deserved it." (Revelation 16:6).
Eze 15:1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 15:2Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? The vine (representing Israel), is only good when it is producing fruit. When the fruit is gone, you cut down the vine, and it becomes fuel for the fire. Israel ceased being fruitful, good for nothing, just as the withered vine, only good to be burnt. Jesus would explain this in: (John 15:1-6). I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. (John 15:1). Christ is the true vine, and the Heavenly Father is the gardener. The vine speaks of Israel's temporal and spiritual blessings (Psalm 80, Isaiah 5). That vine failed. Henceforth there is no blessing for Israel as such till He comes Who is the true Israel (Isaiah 49:3), as He is the true vine. Then shall (Isaiah 27:6), be fulfilled. The interpretation of this passage is for Israel alone, though many blessed lessons may be drawn from it, by way of application.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:2). He cuts off every branch of Mine that does not produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that bear fruit so that they will produce even more. i.e. if you do not learn anything or care about the Word, you will be cut off like the branch that does not bear fruit. If you study the Word and care enough to learn the truth, God will teach you more and give you better understanding of the Word, so you will produce more good fruit, just like the pruned branch.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (John 15:3). Jesus is saying here that the disciples have already been pruned from the things they have learned from Him. Pruned with the Word of truth, right from Christ.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (John 15:4). Remain in Me and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit if it has been severed from the vine. So, you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. i.e. You must stay in and follow the teachings of Christ if you want to produce good fruit.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:5). Christ is saying here, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. Apart from Me, you can do nothing. (Colossians 1:10), Honor the Lord in the way you live, always doing good and kind things for others. Learning from God the truth in the Word so that we can share it with others.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:6). Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. These branches are gathered in a pile to be burned. Referring to the second death: (Revelation 20:15, Revelation 21:8), It is the second death to those who enter the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:14, Matthew 10:28), Only God can destroy your soul. Your soul is yourself. The spirit is the intellect of the soul. (Destroy #622 in the Strong's is to perish). God can blot you out as though you never existed, just as Satan is sentenced to perish. Once the anointed cherub that guarded the mercy seat of God will perish forever. (Ezekiel 28:14-19).
Eze 15:3Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? Not really good to make anything. Once it loses its fruit, it just withers. Kind of like when salt loses it's savor. (Matthew 5:13).
Eze 15:4Behold, 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? Only good for fuel in the fire, but it even burns to fast, like the chaff from wheat. (Matthew 3:12).
Eze 15:5Behold, 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? So, these vines are useless both before and after the fire.
Eze 15:6Therefore 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. The people of Jerusalem are like the grapevines growing among the trees. They are useless, so God is going to throw them on the fire to be burned. (Don't anger God)!
Eze 15:7And 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. If they escape one fire, another will devour them.
Eze 15:8And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD. They have been unfaithful to the Lord, and now He will make the land desolate. (2 Chronicles 36:14-16).
Eze 16:1Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Another message for Ezekiel and Jeruslem.
Eze 16:2Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, Confront Jerusalem with her detestable sins.
Eze 16:3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. Referring to the first builders of Jebus; not Abraham and his seed. Jebus was a Canaanite city. Satan occupied in advance both land and capital as soon as the promise to Abraham was known. (Genesis 15:18-21). See appendix 23 & 25. Israel was to destroy these people (Deuteronomy 20:17), but instead they joined in their abominations. (Ezra 9:1).
Eze 16:4And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. Rubbed or washed with salt to make it clean. (A custom in the land). Spiritually speaking, Jerusalem did none of these things.
Eze 16:5None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. No one had the slightest interest in these people.
Eze 16:6And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. God seen how helpless they really were. Referring to the city of Jerusalem.
Eze 16:7I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare. Again, referring to the city of Jerusalem.
Eze 16:8Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine. God took the city under her protection.
Eze 16:9Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. Cleaned her up and cared for her.
Eze 16:10I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. Clothed her and made her look real good.
Eze 16:11I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.
Eze 16:12And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head. Referring to decorations of the city after being occupied by David.
Eze 16:13Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. The city was exceeding beautiful.
Eze 16:14And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD. Your fame spread among the heathen nations and you became "The perfection of beauty." (Lamentations 2:15).
Eze 16:15But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. But, you thought you did this on your own. So, you gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. i.e. turning to idols and making alliances with heathen nations instead of trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 106:35, Isaiah 1:21).
Eze 16:16And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. You took the beautiful things I the Lord have given you and made shrines for idols, where you play the prostitute.
Eze 16:17Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, You took the very jewels, gold and silver ornaments the Lord has given you, and made statues of men to worship. "This is adultery against the Lord!" (Sound familiar)?
Eze 16:18And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them. You dress up your idols with the beautiful clothes I have given you. Not only that, but then you take the very anointing oil of God, and the incense, to worship them.
Eze 16:19My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD. You set before these idols (to sacrifice), the very choice flour, olive oil, and honey I have given you.
Eze 16:20Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, You even took your own sons and daughters (the children born to God), and sacrificed them to your idols. (Jeremiah 7:31, 32:35).
Eze 16:21That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? Must you slaughter My children by sacrificing them to idols? They became murderers against the laws of God. (Leviticus 18:21).
Eze 16:22And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood. You have forgotten what you were like before. Many of us forget where we came from, or the state we were in before we came to know the Lord.
Eze 16:23And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;) Only sorrow will await you now. (Jeremiah 13:27).
Eze 16:24That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street. Your idols are everywhere.
Eze 16:25Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms. On every street corner you have defiled your beauty.
Eze 16:26Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. Now you have added the Egyptians gods to your collection of worship and made alliances with them.
Eze 16:27Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. This is why I the Lord, handed you over to the Philistines. Even they were shocked by your lewd conduct.
Eze 16:28Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. But, you were not satisfied yet with your new lovers! You alliances with the Assyrians, and worshipped their gods. You still were not satisfied and followed every idol which was worshipped between Canaan and Chaldea.
Eze 16:29Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.
Eze 16:30How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; You have a sick heart, says the Lord, to do such things as these, and acting like a shameless prostitute. (Jeremiah 4:22).
Eze 16:31In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire; Your pagan shrines are everywhere and your idols on every corner. Your like a prostitute, but your so eager to sin that you have forgot to charge. (More like a harlot, who whores abound for free).
Eze 16:32But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! Fools around with everyone, instead of her true husband. Chasing after idols and false gods is like committing spiritual adultery towards God. Our heavenly Father is the one who feels the pain when we follow false teachings and traditions of men.
Eze 16:33They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom. At least a prostitute charges for their service. Jerusalem gives gifts and bribes her lovers to commit harlotry with her.
Eze 16:34And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary. Your just the opposite of a prostitute. You pay your lovers instead of them paying you. "Look what many churches do today to get you to join their congregation." (They promise they can forgive your sins, they promise you salvation, they promise you will become wealthy, they promise if you follow them you won't be here during the tribulation). "Sounds like bribery to me."
Eze 16:35Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Listen up you idolatress; hear the words of the Lord! (Hosea 4:1).
Eze 16:36Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them; They were doing some real abominable things. Acting like harlots, worshipping idols, sacrificing their own children to false gods. (These were really sick (weak), minded people spiritually corrupted by Satan).
Eze 16:37Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. Judgment is coming upon Jerusalem from her own allies (lovers), with whom she has sinned. She will be stripped naked right in front of them! (Hosea 2:3, 2:10).
Eze 16:38And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. Your judgment will be by death. (Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22-24).
Eze 16:39And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. For the enormous idolatries and cruelties of Judah and Jerusalem, Jehovah determined to gather together the surrounding nations, both those with whom they had formed alliances, as the Egyptians and Assyrians, and such as had always been inimical to them, as Edom, Ammon, Moab, and Philistia, to inflict, or to witness, his judgments upon them. Having exposed their enormous crimes to view, He would pass sentence upon them: He would give Jerusalem into the hands of the Chaldeans, who would destroy the city and temple which they had polluted; level their cities and high places with the ground; slay, plunder, and enslave the people.
Eze 16:40They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords. They will band together to come against you. (Jeremiah 25:9).
Eze 16:41And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more. You will burn with fire in front of your idolaters. An end will come to your prostitution and payments to your lovers. (Zechariah 13:2).
Eze 16:42So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. Then after this, My fury against you will be over, and My jealously will subside.
Eze 16:43Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations. Remember when you were young and everything seemed to be fine. Then you grew up and things became a little more complicated. Now we need to pay for the sins we have committed along the way. Especially if we have abandoned the Lord. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath. (Romans 2:8). God will pour out His wrath on those who live for themselves and refuse to obey the truth in the Word. Those who choose to live lives of wickedness and follow evil ways of the world. (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile. (Romans 2:9). There will be trouble and chaos for everyone who keeps doing evil, Jews and Gentiles alike. (I Peter 4:7). However, if we acknowledge our sins and repent to the Heavenly Father, He is willing to forgive us, because Christ died for our sins, and upon true repentance, we have a clean slate.
Eze 16:44Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. Like father, like son; like mother; like daughter. i.e. These people were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. (Psalm 106:35-38). How do you want your kids to grow up? Who do you let them mingle with?
Eze 16:45Thou art thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite. Now you act like your sisters and follow their detestable ways.
Eze 16:46And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters. Your older sister Samaria: Taken into captivity by the Assyrians. (Ezekiel 16:51, Micah 1:5). Your younger sister was Sodom: A wicked city that was destroyed by fire and brimstone. (Jeremiah 23:14, 2 Peter 2:6, Jude 1:7, Revelation 11:8).
Eze 16:47Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways. You have surpassed these cities with your wickedness and corruption. "Are we as a nation surpassing these cities with our wickedness and corruption?" Take a good look around you.
Eze 16:48As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. These cities were never as wicked as you (Jerusalem), and your daughters.
Eze 16:49Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. We always connect the people of Sodom with just perversion. However, Sodom was kind of a laid-back city. The people had too much to eat, too much free time on their hands, and didn't care to much for the poor. Sound familiar? And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (Luke 21:34). Don't let the way of the world cloud your mind. "Be aware." (I Thessalonians 5:6-8).
Eze 16:50And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. Another sin of Sodom was her pride. But, lets not forget her abominations. "Disgusting practices!" (Genesis 13:13, 19:5, Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, Jude 1:7).
Eze 16:51Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. Your sins are worse then Samaria and Sodom.
Eze 16:52Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters. The sins of Jerusalem are so terrible, that Samaria and Sodom seem righteous compared to you. (Not looking to good)!
Eze 16:53When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them: Restoration of fortunes will come to Samaria and Sodom, as well as Israel too. (This would be an end time prophecy when Christ returns to set up His new kingdom on earth).
Eze 16:54That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.
Eze 16:55When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate. God is always fair. (All will be restored).
Eze 16:56For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, In your proud days you held Sodom in contempt.
Eze 16:57Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about. But, your greater wickedness has been exposed all over the world, now you are the one who is scorned by other nations.
Eze 16:58Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD. Now your punishment is coming for all your detestable sins.
Eze 16:59For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant. You will get what you deserve by breaking your covenant. (Isaiah 24:5, Jeremiah 22:9, 31:32).
Eze 16:60Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. Even though Jerusalem will go through her judgment, God will still forgive her and establish an everlasting covenant. (Isaiah 55:3, Jeremiah 32:38-41).
Eze 16:61Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. Your sisters Samaria and Sodom will become your daughters, even though they are not part of the covenant. (Jeremiah 50:4-5).
Eze 16:62And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
Eze 16:63That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD. However, Jerusalem (and all Israel), will remember their sins in silent shame when the Lord forgives them for all that they have done. It is by God's grace that they will be saved. "It is by His grace that we will be saved." (Ephesians 2:3-5).
Keep The Faith,