The Book of Ezekiel 32-44
Eze 32:1And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, This would be about a year and half after the destruction of Jerusalem, and at a time when Pharaoh was in power and prosperity.
Eze 32:2Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers. Give this message to Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Pharaoh thinks he is a strong young lion among the nations, but he is just a sea monster (dragon or serpent), stirring up trouble around the rivers.
Eze 32:3Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net. You will be caught in My net and hauled out of the water. (Hosea 7:12).
Eze 32:4Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee. You will be stranded on land to die.
Eze 32:5And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height. Pharaoh had been compared to a fierce young lion, and also to an immense, overgrown sea-monster, or crocodile; and here it is predicted that God would cast a net over him, by which many companies of people should drag him out of his rivers, and cast him into the open field, mountains, valleys, etc., to be devoured by birds and beasts of prey; that is, his ruin would be complete, and attended with terrible miseries to the Egyptians, and afford a large booty to their enemies.
Eze 32:6I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee. The earth will be drenched with your blood.
Eze 32:7And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. His light will be put out. (Proverbs 13:9). The heavens and stars are dark, and the moon will not give you its light. Also a reference to future prophecy of the end times. (Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12-13).
Eze 32:8All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD. The whole land in desolation and woe.
Eze 32:9I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known. Many hearts will be disturbed at your downfall. The same will happen at the fall of Babylon (the harlot religious system), of the end times. (Revelation 18:10-15).
Eze 32:10Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall. Many nations will be terrified at your fate.
Eze 32:11For thus saith the Lord GOD; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee. Babylon is coming!
Eze 32:12By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed. They will shatter the pride of Egypt.
Eze 32:13I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
Eze 32:14Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 32:15When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD. Stripped of everything they own.
Eze 32:16This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, saith the Lord GOD. Even the surrounding nations will mourn for you.
Eze 32:17It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 32:18Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit. Egypt and the nations that follow her. (Heathen nations). Will be sent down into the pit. (Isaiah 14:15).
Eze 32:19Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.
Eze 32:20They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes. The Egyptians will fall with the many who have died by their sword.
Eze 32:21The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword. Pharaoh is here represented as descending into the regions of the dead, whither many mighty warriors and potentates had gone before him, who welcome him to their dreary mansion. (Isaiah 14:9-10).
Eze 32:22Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: Asshur: Assyria.
Eze 32:23Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living. Their graves are in the depths of the pit.
Eze 32:24There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit. All share the same fate as those who have gone before them.
Eze 32:25They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.
Eze 32:26There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living. Meshech: Supposed to be the Moschi, a people between Iberia and Armenia, from whom, probably the Muscovites are descended. (Ezekiel 39:1, Genesis 10:2, 1 Chronicles 1:5). Tubal: Probably the Tibarenians, a people of Pontus, west of the Moschians.
Eze 32:27And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living. To hell: That is, to the grave; and are buried in their armor, with their weapons lying by their sides, as was a very ancient practice in various nations.
Eze 32:28Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword. Egypt will lie crushed among the outcast.
Eze 32:29There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit. Edom: Generations of Esau. (Genesis 36:1-19).
Eze 32:30There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit. The princes of the north: The kings of Media, Armenia, and other nations north of Chaldea, or of the Syrians and others north of Judah, with "all the Zidonians," kings of Zidon, Tyre, and other cities of Phoenicia. (Jeremiah 25:22).
Eze 32:31Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, saith the Lord GOD. When Pharaoh is among the dead, he will be comforted when he sees all the mighty nations and proud conquerors in the same condition as himself.
Eze 32:32For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD. Pharaoh terrorized the living. Now they lie among the outcast who were slaughtered.
Eze 33:1Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 33:2Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: Ezekiel was the watchman.
Eze 33:3If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; The watchman warns the people when the enemy approaches.
Eze 33:4Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. If the people hear the watchman's warning and refuse to take action, its their own fault. Do you hear the warning? Do you hear the watchman? (Zechariah 1:4).
Eze 33:5He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. They hear, but do not listen and just ignore the warning. Its not the watchman's fault.
Eze 33:6But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. However, if the watchman never warns the people of the danger ahead, then he is responsible for what happens to the people. So, you want to be a teacher of God's word. Just beware! If you are a priest, teacher, or Pastor, and you know the truth, but never warn the people, you will be held accountable. (You are to be a watchman).
Eze 33:7So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. Ezekiel is the watchman for all Israel. (Quite a responsibility).
Eze 33:8When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. When God tells you to warn the people, you better do it.
Eze 33:9Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. But, if you warn the people and they just blow you off, it is their own fault. You did your part and they are no longer your responsibility.
Eze 33:10Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? They were saying, our sins are heavy, how can we survive?
Eze 33:11Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. He only wants them to repent and turn from their evil ways. (Hosea 14:1, Acts 3:19).
Eze 33:12Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. Here is the way God lays it out. If you are wicked and repent, turning from sin, you will be saved. But, if you are righteous and turn to sin, you will be in trouble. (Matthew 21:28-31).
Eze 33:13When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. You can be a good person all your life, but if you turn to evil ways later in your life, all your righteous acts will do you no good.
Eze 33:14Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;
Eze 33:15If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Eze 33:16None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. i.e. Repent from sin and your sins will be forgotten.
Eze 33:17Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
Eze 33:18When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.
Eze 33:19But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.
Eze 33:20Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.
Eze 33:21And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. Ezekiel has been warning the people that Jerusalem would be wiped out for several years now. "It finally happened just as he said."
Eze 33:22Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening, afore he that was escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb. Up to this point, Ezekiel could only speak when God gave him a prophecy. Now that Jerusalem has fallen, he could speak freely again.
Eze 33:23Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 33:24Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance. The small remnant which continued in the land under Gedaliah, after the desolation of Jerusalem, flattered themselves, notwithstanding all their crimes, that they should inherit the whole land.
Eze 33:25Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land? You do everything against Gods law and you think you deserve the land. (I don't think so).
Eze 33:26Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land? These people were murderers, idolaters, and adulterers.
Eze 33:27Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence. These people will be wiped out for their wickedness. (That is what they deserve).
Eze 33:28For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through. God will destroy the land and demolish her pride.
Eze 33:29Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed. Completely destroyed! They will get what is coming to them and they will know that "I am the Lord."
Eze 33:30Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. Lets go to church today and listen to what the pastor has to say.
Eze 33:31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. They come and listen to the word pretending to be sincere, but they have no intention of doing what you say. "Their hearts are just not in it." (Matthew 15:8).
Eze 33:32And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. The pastor is very entertaining to the people and they hear what he says, but they don't act on it. (Mark 4:16-17). Sound familiar?
Eze 33:33And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them. When the trouble comes, they will know that they were hearing the truth.
Eze 34:1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 34:2Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Sorrow awaits you priests and pastors who feed themselves with luxury while the people starve for truth. Always begging for money to support their lifestyle more than the ministry. Jeremiah speaks of the same thing taking place. Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness. (Jeremiah 12:10). They have trampled My vineyard and the pastors join in and let it happen. (Just follow our doctrine and trust in us). Do not be deceived by teachers like this. They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart. (Jeremiah 12:11). The whole land empty and desolate to the truth because of false teachers like this. (No one even cares and the people let it happen). Just keep feeding them the money and they will keep feeding you what you want to hear.
Eze 34:3Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. You eat the best part of the meat, wear expensive suits and robes, drive the fancy new cars, but you let the people starve for truth, all while their paying your bills from tithes and offerings.
Eze 34:4The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. These bad shepherds (priests and pastors), don't take care of the weak, they don't tend to the sick, they don't feed the people truth, they only feed themselves, they don't go after those who are lost, if you don't send them money they ignore you, they rule with force (their rules and false doctrine), and they try to control the people with harshness and traditions of men. This describes many priests and pastors today. Don't fall for these phonies! You have the only shepherd you need, "Jesus Christ." You don't need any man or woman shepherd today. The truth is opened up to all who want to receive it.
Eze 34:5And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. Scattered with no shepherd.
Eze 34:6My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. The ten lost tribes as well as the gentile nations. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (John 10:16). Jesus tells us about other sheep that He has that are not of this sheepfold. He says that He must bring them also, and they will listen to His voice when He calls to them. Then their will be just one flock and One Shepherd. Of course the "One Shepherd" will be Christ, but who are the "other sheep" He is talking about? Some say that this is referring to the ten lost tribes of Israel that migrated to Europe and America. However, I believe that here He is talking about the Gentile nations. (Revelation 5:9), Christ's blood has bought our salvation if we accept it, and "all" can have eternal life. (Other sheep not from the fold of Israel will also make it to the flock of God).
Eze 34:7Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; A warning to the bad shepherd's.
Eze 34:8As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Deep down these false shepherds only care for themselves. Don't think that just because someone is a priest or pastor that they really care about you. If you don't believe as they do, or follow their ways, they will cut you lose. "They will get their reward." And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you. (2 Peter 2:13). Their destruction is their reward for all the harm they have done. They indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight, and they are full of deception as they fellowship with you. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children. (2 Peter 2:14). Commit adultery with their own eyes and minds. Always lusting after the flesh and their desires are never satisfied. They prey on weaker people and lead them to sin and are full of greed. (Scammers and rip-offs who only think of worldly wealth).
Eze 34:9Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; If your a priest, pastor, or teacher of the word, you better listen.
Eze 34:10Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. These type of shepherds are the enemies of God and He will hold them responsible for their lavish living and not feeding the flock the truth. God will take away their right to teach, and will rescue the flock from under their mouths, no longer to be their prey. (Psalm 72:12-14).
Eze 34:11For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. "God will find and gather His lost sheep." Again, who is the only shepherd you need? "Jesus Christ."
Eze 34:12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. In the day: Future prophecy here. "The day when Jesus returns." He will rescue the scattered sheep from all places. (Acts 2:19-21).
Eze 34:13And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. The restoration of all Israel when Christ returns. And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. (Amos 9:14). I will bring back the exiled people of Israel from distant lands. They will rebuild their ruined cities. They will plant vineyards and gardens and eat from their crops. (Jeremiah 30:3, Joel 3:1-2). And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. (Amos 9:15). I will give them back their own land and they will not be pulled out of the land again. Says the Lord thy God! (Jeremiah 24:26, 32:41, Joel 3:20, Micah 4:4), We are speaking of the complete restoration of the "kingdom of God" here on earth under Jesus Christ, "the Messiah."
Eze 34:14I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. Our shepherd (Jesus Christ), will feed the flock.
Eze 34:16I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. Our shepherd will search for the lost sheep who stray away, He will heal the broken hearted, and strengthen the weak. (Only Christ can do that, not man). But, He will also destroy those who are filled with their own pride, wealth, and power. He will feed them with judgment!
Eze 34:17And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. Cattle and cattle: "Between the lambs and kids." He will separate the rams (mighty men), from the goats (leaders of the people).
Eze 34:18Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? You false teachers keep the best things for yourselves, but you trample down the rest. You drink the clear water (the truth of the word), but you muddy down the rest of the water with your false teachings and traditions of men.
Eze 34:19And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet. My flock now eats and drinks what you have trampled down.
Eze 34:20Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Best explained in the book of Matthew by Christ Himself. (Matthew 25:31-46).
Eze 34:21Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; You false shepherds have scattered the people.
Eze 34:22Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. God will rescue those who are scattered and deceived by the false shepherds.
Eze 34:23And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. One shepherd and one ruler. "Jesus Christ, the good Shepherd." (Isaiah 40:11, John 10:11).
Eze 34:24And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. God: Elohiym. (Revelation 21:3). Prince: Jesus Christ, the "Prince of peace." (Isaiah 9:6, Revelation 19:13-16).
Eze 34:25And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. A new covenant of peace.
Eze 34:26And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. My hill: Mount Zion. (Micah 4:1-2).
Eze 34:27And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. Broken the bands of their yoke: He will break the chain of bondage that these false teachers of the world have on the people. "Don't let any man, woman, or ministry keep you in bondage with their doctrine and traditions of men.
Eze 34:28And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. Heathen: Heathen nations.
Eze 34:29And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. A plant of renown: Referring to Messiah, in His honor, authority and fame. (Zechariah 6:12, Psalm 72:17, Isaiah 9:6).
Eze 34:30Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD. All the nations will know, "I Am their God, and they are My people."
Eze 34:31And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD. My flock, the sheep of My pasture, are the people, and I am your God. "The good Shepherd." What makes a good shepherd? One who searches for the lost, feeds the people with truth in the word, helps the broken hearted and sick, helps the weak minded, and takes the side of the poor over those who are worldly wealthy.
Eze 35:1Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Another message from the Lord for Ezekiel.
Eze 35:2Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, Mount Seir: Edom. Home of the Edomites, the descendants of Esau. (Deuteronomy 2:5, Joshua 24:4). They were always a problem for Israel.
Eze 35:3And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. The mighty fist of the Lord will be against you.
Eze 35:4I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD. Your cities will be demolished. And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. (Malachi 1:3). I rejected Esau and devastated his hill country (inheritance), turning it into a desert for Jackals. (Obadiah, 1:10, 1:18 1:19-21). Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever. (Malachi 1:4). Esau's descendants the Edomites will try to rebuild what has been shattered by the Lord, but Heaven's armies will demolish them again. Their country will be know as the land of wickedness and the people will be known as the people whom the Lord is forever angry. (Ezekiel 25:14, 35:9).
Eze 35:5Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: Your eternal hatred for Israel led you to butcher them when they were helpless. Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever. (Amos 1:11). The Lord says: The people of Edom have sinned again and again, and will not go unpunished! They chase their brother the Israelites with swords, showing them no mercy. They slashed them continually in their anger. (Ezekiel 25:12-14, Malachi 1:4).
Eze 35:6Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee. Because of all the blood you shed, you will get a bloodbath of your own. For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. (Isaiah 34:5). The two-edged sword of (Revelation 1:16). Upon Idumea: This would be "Edom" (the elder twin-brother of Jacob), "Esau," and the region occupied by him), or the red nation "Rush," i.e. "Russia," the nation marked for destruction. Those nations who do not trust in the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14-17). The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. (Isaiah 34:6). Bozrah: Ancient capital of Edom. Edom will be involved when Jesus returns. (Isaiah 63:1-6, Revelation 19:17-18).
Eze 35:7Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. No escape from God's destruction.
Eze 35:8And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword.
Eze 35:9I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Your cities of destruction will never be rebuilt. (Malachi 1:3-4).
Eze 35:10Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there: They say they will take Jerusalem, we don't care about the Lord.
Eze 35:11Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee. You will be made an example that you reap what you sow. (Amos 1:11).
Eze 35:12And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.
Eze 35:13Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.
Eze 35:14Thus saith the Lord GOD; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate.
Eze 35:15As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD. Edom rejoiced at the desolation of Israel's territory. Now, "I The Lord," will rejoice over yours. (Obadiah 1:12, 1:15).
Eze 36:1Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: In (Ezekiel 6:2-3), The mountains: Specially defiled by the high places. (Place of worship). Gods warning that He will destroy their high places (places of worship), and smash their pagan shrines. "Now the Lord speaks of restoration."
Eze 36:2Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: The enemy thought they belonged to them, but they were promised to Israel. (Genesis 49:26, Deuteronomy 32:13, 33:15).
Eze 36:3Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
Eze 36:4Therefore, 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, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about; Speaking to the surrounding areas that have been mocked and destroyed by the surrounding nations.
Eze 36:5Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey. The Lord's anger is against these nations, especially Edom. Why? Because of her transgressions against Israel. (Amos 1:11).
Eze 36:6Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
Eze 36:7Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame. Their time is coming.
Eze 36:8But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. The Edomites, and other enemies of the Jews, who thought they would soon be in possession of the whole land of Judea, might be assured that the predicted seventy years of the captivity were wearing away, and the time would soon arrive when the Jews would repossess and cultivate their own land, and eat its fruits.
Eze 36:9For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
Eze 36:10And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: Future restoration. (Amos 9:14).
Eze 36:11And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. The circumstances of the Jews were never so prosperous after the captivity as they had been before; hence this prophecy must refer to the times of the Gospel and the future conversion and restoration of the Jews.
Eze 36:12Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. Speaking of the valleys and mountains of Judea.
Eze 36:13Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations;
Eze 36:14Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 36:15Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 36:16Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 36:17Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. He is talking about the people of Israel who had been unclean (sin and rebellion), before God's judgment through the Babylonians.
Eze 36:18Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: They polluted the land with murder and worship of idols.
Eze 36:19And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. They were scattered because of their evil ways.
Eze 36:20And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. The people of Israel brought shame upon the Lord with their evil ways, and the other nations said that the Lord was unable to protect them. Wrong!
Eze 36:21But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
Eze 36:22Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. You don't deserve to be brought back, but I the Lord will do it to protect My holy name that you (Israel), brought shame while you were scattered among the nations. (Psalm 106:8).
Eze 36:23And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. i.e. Our actions are a reflection of the God we serve. (If your a true Christian, act like one towards others). "Actions speak louder then words." (1 Peter 3:15).
Eze 36:24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Future restoration of all Israel. (Amos 9:14-15, Romans 11:25-26).
Eze 36:25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. Kind of like our Baptism, professing our faith and receiving the Holy Spirit of God in our hearts. (Titus 3:5-6, Hebrews 10:22, 1 John 5:6).
Eze 36:26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. A new heart through the Holy Spirit. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17). When you believe and accept Christ you belong to Him and become a new person. The old life is gone and a new life has begun! (Matthew 9:16-17, Romans 6:4-6).
Eze 36:27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. The very Spirit of God, "the Holy Spirit." (Romans 8:14-16, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Titus 3:3-6, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 3:24). We are to walk after the commandments of God as well as in the Spirit. (2 John 1:6).
Eze 36:28And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. You will live in the land I gave you, and I will be your God. (Revelation 21:3, 21:7).
Eze 36:29I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. Total restoration.
Eze 36:30And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
Eze 36:31Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. You will remember your past sins and be ashamed for the sinful things you did. i.e. Even though God forgives our past sins, you will still remember many of them as an example not to do them again.
Eze 36:32Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. You should be ashamed for all you have done. God cleanses you because grace and love, not because you deserve it, or earned it.
Eze 36:33Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. In that day: Future prophecy of the restoration.
Eze 36:34And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. Restoration of the land.
Eze 36:35And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Back to the garden of Eden like it was in the beginning. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:3). God is promising here that Jerusalem (a deserted wasteland), will be like "the garden of the Lord." Like "Eden." Reference to: (Genesis 2:8-9, 13:10, Ezekiel 31:8-10, Joel 2:3).
Eze 36:36Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. Note: The surrounding nations that survive. (Matthew 24:35).
Eze 36:37Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. The time is coming when Israel will ask God for what they had before. (Jeremiah 50:4-5).
Eze 36:38As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD. Numerous as the sands of the sea (Jew and Gentile alike), will fill the streets of Jerusalem. The cities will be crowded with people once more, and "everyone" will know that "I Am The LORD." And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (John 10:16). Jesus tells us about other sheep that He has that are not of this sheepfold. He says that He must bring them also, and they will listen to His voice when He calls to them. Then their will be just one flock and One Shepherd. Of course the "One Shepherd" will be Christ, but who are the "other sheep" He is talking about? Some say that this is referring to the ten lost tribes of Israel that migrated to Europe and America. However, I believe that here He is talking about the Gentile nations. (Revelation 5:9), Christ's blood has bought our salvation if we accept it, and "all" can have eternal life. (Other sheep not from the fold of Israel will also make it to the flock of God).
Eze 37:1The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, In the spirit: Ezekiel was taken in the spirit to a future time, just as the apostle John (Revelation 1:10), was taken in the spirit on the Lord's day (beginning of the millennium). Full of bones: The bones here represent the whole house of Israel.
Eze 37:2And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. The bones were scattered out everywhere, just as Israel was scattered among the nations. Very dry: They were spiritually dead!
Eze 37:3And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Can these bones (spiritually dead people), come alive again?
Eze 37:4Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Prophesy to these spiritually dead heads. Tell them to listen to the Word of the Lord!
Eze 37:5Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: Breath: "Ruach." The Spirit of God, "The Holy Spirit," The Spirit of life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (John 5:25). Assurance by Christ Himself that the time is coming, it is here now, when the dead (spiritual dead), those who are separated form God, will hear My voice; The voice of the Son of God. "And those who listen will live." (Ephesians 2:1, Ephesians 2:5). Been made alive through Christ, who were once living under the very curse of death. Even though we were spiritually dead, He gave us back our lives again when He raised Christ from the dead. Only by His undeserved favor have we ever been saved. "By the grace of Christ." (Ephesians 2:5).
Eze 37:6And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. I will put some flesh and muscle on you and cover you with skin. "The meat of the word will do this, not the milk." What is the meat of the Word? The milk is for babies (newcomers), but the meat (truth and depth in the word), is for the well learned Christian. "The serious bible student." God will give them the "breath of life" to know the whole truth, and they will live.
Eze 37:7So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. When you teach the truth to people, they begin to come to life.
Eze 37:8And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Coming back to life, but the spirit was not in them yet.
Eze 37:9Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. Prophecy to the wind (the spirit). The Lord says: Come (speaking to the spirit), from the four winds. Fill these bodies so that they may live again. (Acts 2:2).
Eze 37:10So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. Here the spiritual dead come back to life. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. (Revelation 20:5). This is the first resurrection. There has been no gathering back to Christ before this time and don't let anyone tell you different. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years have ended). We are speaking of the spiritually dead. (Some take part in the first resurrection, and some don't take part till the second resurrection after being tested by Satan). Paul gives a good explanation about the return of Christ, and us being changed to our spiritual bodies at the seventh trump. (I Corinthians 15:50-53).
Eze 37:11Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Note the "whole house of Israel," as distinct from the house. (They think all hope is gone, but it isn't).
Eze 37:12Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. The spiritual dead will rise and there will be a total restoration of Israel in the end times.
Eze 37:13And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
Eze 37:14And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD. Gods spirit (the Holy spirit), will be in you and you will live again returning to your own land. (Acts 2:16-17, Romans 8:2). Again, prophecy for the end times.
Eze 37:15The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Here we will be speaking of the two sticks that will be united.
Eze 37:16Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: One stick represents Judah and its allied tribes. (Benjamin and Levi). The other stick represents Israel (tribe of Ephraim, a descendant of Joseph), and the northern tribes of Israel.
Eze 37:17And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. Hold the two sticks together as if they were one in your hand. (Jeremiah 50:4, Hosea 1:11). In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. (Jeremiah 50:4). The house of Judah and the house of Israel will join back together to seek the Lord. "Referring to the last generation." (Hosea 3:5). Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel. (Hosea 1:11). The people of Judah and Israel will unite together. They will choose one leader for themselves, and they will return from exile together. "Referring to the future conversion and restoration of the Jews and Israelites, under one head, Jesus Christ; so that there will be one flock and one Shepherd. (Ezekiel 34:23-24).
Eze 37:18And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?
Eze 37:19Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. Join them together and make them one. (Zechariah 10:6).
Eze 37:20And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.
Eze 37:21And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: All Israel will be gathered back from among the nations from which they were scattered.
Eze 37:22And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: Unified into one nation. Israel and Judah became one nation in the year 1948. One King: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. (Hosea 3:5). The children of Israel will return and devote themselves to the Lord their God and to David's descendant in the last days. (Ezekiel 38:8, Micah 4:1). Who is this descendant of David in the last days? "Jesus Christ." "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." (I Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, 19:16).
Eze 37:23Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. No more backsliding and idol worship. "They will be cleansed by the Lord." They will walk in the light. (1 John 1:7, Revelation 21:3-4, 21:7).
Eze 37:24And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. "One King and one Shepherd." (Jeremiah 23:5, Hosea 3:5, Luke 1:32). Who will be your King and Shepherd in the end times? I hope it is "Jesus Christ" and not some man.
Eze 37:25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. Jesus Christ will be their Prince forever. (Luke 1:32-33).
Eze 37:26Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. An everlasting covenant of peace. (Jeremiah 32:40, Hebrews 12:20-21).
Eze 37:27My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. The very tabernacle of God will be with them and all man. (Revelation 21:3, 21:22).
Eze 37:28And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. The Temple of God among them forever. "Future prophecy at the return of Jesus Christ."
Eze 38:1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Another message from the Lord for Ezekiel about a future war that will take place.
Eze 38:2Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, Gog: (Powerful, gigantic, proud), symbolic name for nations of the north. (North and east of Palestine). Magog: Symbolic of the same lands and people. (Magog was a son of Japheth. Chief prince: The head or leader of Rosh (refers to Russia). Meshech and Tubal: Also descendants from Japeth. (Genesis 10:2). They occupied the regions about the Caucasus mountains. (photo below). This is future prophecy (battle of Armageddon), (Zechariah 12:2-3, Revelation 16:14, 17:14). This takes place before the millennium, and must be distinguished from (Revelation 20:8-10), that takes place at the end of the millennium.
Eze 38:3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: God will be against these nations of the north.
Eze 38:4And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: God will lead these nation right into battle.
Eze 38:5Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Persia: Modern Iran. Ethiopia: Cush. Libya: Phut. These were descended from Ham. (Genesis 10:6).
Eze 38:6Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Gomer: Son of Japheth. (Genesis 10:2). Togarmah: Armenia. Son of Gomer, grandson of Japheth. (Genesis 10:3).
Eze 38:7Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. Keep a watch out for the time is near.
Eze 38:8After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Again, keep in mind that this is a future invasion of Israel after they have returned from many distant lands that they were scattered.
Eze 38:9Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. A awesome army will roll down on Israel like a storm.
Eze 38:10Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: They will only have evil thoughts on their mind and they will devise wicked schemes.
Eze 38:11And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, Remember, at this time Israel will be at peace.
Eze 38:12To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. When all the people of Israel have returned from the nations they have been scattered, they will be quite wealthy compared to the surrounding nations.
Eze 38:13Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? These nations will object to the invasion of Israel, but that's about all they will do.
Eze 38:14Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? When the people of Israel are living in peace in their land, then the attacking armies will rouse themselves.
Eze 38:15And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: Your mighty army will march against them from the north.
Eze 38:16And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Israel will be attacked (future prophecy), and everyone will know. God's holiness will be displayed by what happens to Gog.
Eze 38:17Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
Eze 38:18And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. When Gog invades the land of Israel God will become real upset.
Eze 38:19For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; There will be a great trembling in the land of Israel.
Eze 38:20So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. Everything on the face of the earth will tremble at the presence of the Lord.
Eze 38:21And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. I the Lord will summon the sword against you and your men will turn against each other.
Eze 38:22And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Your armies will be punished with disease, torrential rain, hailstorms, fire, and burning sulfur. (some suggest this may refer to a nuclear war, it may be something even far worse, or it could be like what happened in Joshua 10:11, a great storm from heaven).
Eze 38:23Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD. What ever happens, the nations of the world will know that "I am the LORD."
Eze 39:1Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: Prophecy against the chief prince of Rosh. (Ezekiel 38:2).
Eze 39:2And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: I will: It is probable that none of the invaders will escape, but perhaps the inhabitants of Magog in general are meant. The immense army of Gog, led forth against Israel, will almost empty his land; and the subsequent judgments of God upon those that remain at home, will reduce them to a sixth of the whole.
Eze 39:3And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. God will be in total control.
Eze 39:4Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Your army and your allies will die on the mountains.
Eze 39:5Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 39:6And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. Judgment coming on Magog and all your allies who live safely on the coasts.
Eze 39:7So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
Eze 39:8Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken. It will all go down just as it is written.
Eze 39:9And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: The people of Israel will use the weapons left in the field for fuel. When the immense number and destruction of the invaders are considered, and also the little fuel comparatively which is necessary in warm climates, we may easily conceive of this being literally fulfilled.
Eze 39:10So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. The tables will be turned and they will plunder those who planned to plunder them. (Revelation 13:10).
Eze 39:11And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. The valley: Probably the valley near the Sea of Gennesareth, as the Targum renders, and so called because it was the great road by which the merchants and traders from Syria and other Eastern countries went into Egypt. Perhaps what is now called the plains of Haouran, south of Damascus.
Eze 39:12And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
Eze 39:13Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 39:14And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. There will be plenty of work to be done to clean up the land again.
Eze 39:15And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. All the bones are to be buried in the Valley of Gog's Hordes. (Perhaps the bones are contaminated).
Eze 39:16And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. Hamonah: To the multitude. "The land will finally be cleansed."
Eze 39:17And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. God has a way of using nature, birds, and animals to clean up the mess.
Eze 39:18Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. There will be plenty of food to devour.
Eze 39:19And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. This will be a sacrificial feast prepared by the Lord.
Eze 39:20Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD. All kinds of good eating for the vultures.
Eze 39:21And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
Eze 39:22So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. This will be a wake up call for the Jews and the rest of the world.
Eze 39:23And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. The nations of the world will know what went down and why God let the enemies destroy them.
Eze 39:24According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. They were punished because they were rebellious against God.
Eze 39:25Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After the destruction of Gog, but before the final restoration. (Before the Millennium).
Eze 39:26After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. They will accept responsibility for their past shame and unfaithfulness. 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 wipe out Israel. Discipline (Time of Jacobs trouble), is taking place now for all true believers. (Amos 9:8-9, Romans 11:5-7).
Eze 39:27When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Judgment and justice is coming. (Isaiah 5:16).
Eze 39:28Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. None of Gods people (the righteous), will be left behind. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. (Amos 9:9). The Lord will shake Israel along with the other nations as grain is shaken in a sieve. (The righteous will be caught in the sieve and won't fall to the ground).
Eze 39:29Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. Poured out My spirit: Upon the whole house of Israel. Future prophecy as spoken of by the prophet Joel. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. (Joel 2:26). Again they will have all the food (Spiritual food) you want and will praise the Lord your God without shame. (Psalm 37:19). And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. (Joel 2:27). Then you will know that I am among My people Israel and there is no other. My people will will never again be disgraced. (Isaiah 45:21-22), and so it will be at Christ's return in the end times. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. (Joel 2:28). A pouring out of His Spirit (The Holy Spirit), among all those who believe in Him, and they shall prophesy. (Galatians 3:28), we will be all one in Christ. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. (Joel 2:29). In the end times His Spirit will be poured upon all people. Servants, men, and women alike. (I Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11).
Eze 40:1In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither. Ezekiel was taken to the Millennium in a vision. This was about 14 years after the fall of Jerusalem.
Eze 40:2In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. Ezekiel was taken in a vision to the future land of Israel and was set down upon a high mountain. (Isaiah 2:2, Revelation 21:10).
Eze 40:3And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. Ezekiel saw an angel of the Lord at a gateway entrance holding a linen measuring cord and measuring rod. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. (Revelation 21:15). The reed used for measuring. (A reed to bring peace and justice). Not a reed of destruction and correction as in (Revelation 11:1).
Eze 40:4And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel. What Ezekiel will see, he is supposed to report to the people of Israel.
Eze 40:5And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. House: The Temple of God, referring to the Millennial Temple. As in (Revelation 21:12).
Eze 40:6Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad. Ezekiel was seeing the Temple of God in the end times being described piece by piece, area by area.
Eze 40:7And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within was one reed.
Eze 40:8He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed.
Eze 40:9Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits; and the posts thereof, two cubits; and the porch of the gate was inward.
Eze 40:10And the little chambers of the gate eastward were three on this side, and three on that side; they three were of one measure: and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side.
Eze 40:11And he measured the breadth of the entry of the gate, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits.
Eze 40:12The space also before the little chambers was one cubit on this side, and the space was one cubit on that side: and the little chambers were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.
Eze 40:13He measured then the gate from the roof of one little chamber to the roof of another: the breadth was five and twenty cubits, door against door.
Eze 40:14He made also posts of threescore cubits, even unto the post of the court round about the gate.
Eze 40:15And from the face of the gate of the entrance unto the face of the porch of the inner gate were fifty cubits.
Eze 40:16And there were narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within the gate round about, and likewise to the arches: and windows were round about inward: and upon each post were palm trees.
Eze 40:17Then brought he me into the outward court, and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement. Now we move into the outer courtyard of the Temple. Chambers: Possible storerooms.
Eze 40:18And the pavement by the side of the gates over against the length of the gates was the lower pavement.
Eze 40:19Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward.
Eze 40:20And the gate of the outward court that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof.
Eze 40:21And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.
Eze 40:22And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps; and the arches thereof were before them. Before them: Or, "suitable to them," that is, to the arches of the east gate. The north gate into the outward court, and every thing belonging to it, were exactly the same as the east gate.
Eze 40:23And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate toward the north, and toward the east; and he measured from gate to gate an hundred cubits. The gate of: That is, the gate of the inner court was opposite, and exactly answered to the gate of the outward court, both on the north and east side; and between the gates of the outward and inner court was a space of an hundred cubits.
Eze 40:24After that he brought me toward the south, and behold a gate toward the south: and he measured the posts thereof and the arches thereof according to these measures. According: That is, according to the measures of the eastern and northern gates. There does not appear to have been any gates on the west, though the courts seem to have extended to the western wall. These measures: Repeated phrase showing the conformity of the whole plan.
Eze 40:25And there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, like those windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.
Eze 40:26And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the arches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof.
Eze 40:27And there was a gate in the inner court toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south an hundred cubits.
Eze 40:28And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured the south gate according to these measures; Ezekiel is now taken to the inner courtyard.
Eze 40:29And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, according to these measures: and there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.
Eze 40:30And the arches round about were five and twenty cubits long, and five cubits broad.
Eze 40:31And the arches thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof: and the going up to it had eight steps. Eight steps: Eight meaning new beginings.
Eze 40:32And he brought me into the inner court toward the east: and he measured the gate according to these measures.
Eze 40:33And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, were according to these measures: and there were windows therein and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.
Eze 40:34And the arches thereof were toward the outward court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.
Eze 40:35And he brought me to the north gate, and measured it according to these measures;
Eze 40:36The little chambers thereof, the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, and the windows to it round about: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.
Eze 40:37And the posts thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.
Eze 40:38And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering. Burnt offerings: Ezekiel describes some of the things he saw in the inner court where the sacrifices are made.
Eze 40:39And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.
Eze 40:40And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, were two tables; and on the other side, which was at the porch of the gate, were two tables.
Eze 40:41Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side, by the side of the gate; eight tables, whereupon they slew their sacrifices.
Eze 40:42And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and an half long, and a cubit and an half broad, and one cubit high: whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice.
Eze 40:43And within were hooks, an hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.
Eze 40:44And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north.
Eze 40:45And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house.
Eze 40:46And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto him. The descendants of the Zadok (the just), the Levite priests in charge of the alter.
Eze 40:47So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house.
Eze 40:48And he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side. Ezekiel is brought to the inner house and describes the porch leading into the Temple.
Eze 40:49The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side. The ten steps led from the inner court into the Temple.
Eze 41:1Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle. The doorway (door-case), on each side of the Tabernacle entrance were around 10 feet thick.
Eze 41:2 And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits. The doorway was around 17 feet wide, and the Sanctuary itself was around 70 feet long and 35 feet wide.
Eze 41:3Then went he inward, and measured the post of the door, two cubits; and the door, six cubits; and the breadth of the door, seven cubits. This was the thickness of the partition wall between the sanctuary.
Eze 41:4So he measured the length thereof, twenty cubits; and the breadth, twenty cubits, before the temple: and he said unto me, This is the most holy place. The center of the Tabernacle was the most Holy Place.
Eze 41:5After he measured the wall of the house, six cubits; and the breadth of every side chamber, four cubits, round about the house on every side. Rows of rooms along the outside wall.
Eze 41:6And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house. The side rooms were built on different levels extending outward from the wall.
Eze 41:7And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward, and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst. The rooms get wider as they rose and a stairway led to the top.
Eze 41:8I saw also the height of the house round about: the foundations of the side chambers were a full reed of six great cubits. The house built on an elevated platform which provided a foundation. (You always need a good foundation).
Eze 41:9The thickness of the wall, which was for the side chamber without, was five cubits: and that which was left was the place of the side chambers that were within. This appears to have been a walk, or gallery of communication between the chambers, five cubits broad, into which the doors opened.
Eze 41:10And between the chambers was the wideness of twenty cubits round about the house on every side. As the word rendered chambers is different from that used before, it is supposed there was another row of buildings, parallel with the side chambers, with a passage of twenty cubits between.
Eze 41:11And the doors of the side chambers were toward the place that was left, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south: and the breadth of the place that was left was five cubits round about.
Eze 41:12Now the building that was before the separate place at the end toward the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick round about, and the length thereof ninety cubits. Ezekiel sees a large building to the west of the Temple.
Eze 41:13So he measured the house, an hundred cubits long; and the separate place, and the building, with the walls thereof, an hundred cubits long;
Eze 41:14Also the breadth of the face of the house, and of the separate place toward the east, an hundred cubits.
Eze 41:15And he measured the length of the building over against the separate place which was behind it, and the galleries thereof on the one side and on the other side, an hundred cubits, with the inner temple, and the porches of the court; Galleries (or balconies), on each side.
Eze 41:16The door posts, and the narrow windows, and the galleries round about on their three stories, over against the door, cieled with wood round about, and from the ground up to the windows, and the windows were covered; They were all paneled with wood and had windows.
Eze 41:17To that above the door, even unto the inner house, and without, and by all the wall round about within and without, by measure. The windows were placed above the height of the door, at the east end of the temple, and thus continued, at the same height, and at measured distances, along both sides of the holy place, to the wall of the inner sanctuary, in which there were no windows.
Eze 41:18And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces; All the walls were decorated with carvings of cherubim, each with two faces, and a palm tree between the cherubim.
Eze 41:19So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about. Face of a man (Reuben), on one side looked toward the palm tree. The face of a lion (Judah), looked toward the palm tree on the other side. Could possibly represent the standard of Israel as in Ezekiel 1:10.
Eze 41:20From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.
Eze 41:21The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other.
Eze 41:22The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the LORD. This must signify the altar of incense; which, both in the tabernacle and Solomon's temple, was covered with plates of gold. It is very remarkable, that in this temple described by Ezekiel, there is not the least mention of gold or silver, though there was such a profusion of these metals in the former; which may probably imply, that a glory of a more spiritual nature was intended under these emblems. (Your money means nothing here).
Eze 41:23And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors.
Eze 41:24And the doors had two leaves apiece, two turning leaves; two leaves for the one door, and two leaves for the other door.
Eze 41:25And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without.
Eze 41:26And there were narrow windows and palm trees on the one side and on the other side, on the sides of the porch, and upon the side chambers of the house, and thick planks. The side rooms along the outside walls had roofs.
Eze 42:1 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.Chamber: This seems to denote a row of chambers in three stories; which appear to have been situated in the inner court (here called the outer court in reference to the temple (Ezekiel 42:13-14), just before the separate place, at the entrance from the north. (Ezekiel 42:4).
Eze 42:2 Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits.The structure before the north door was around 175 feet long and 87 feet wide.
Eze 42:3 Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, and over against the pavement which was for the utter court, was gallery against gallery in three stories.The block of rooms overlooked the inner courtyard, and the other block of rooms overlooked out onto the pavement (live coal, or hot stone), of the outer courtyard.
Eze 42:4 And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.These seems to have been two rows of these chambers, and a walk between of ten cubits in width; with an entrance into it from the chambers, of one cubit in width.
Eze 42:5 Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.
Eze 42:6 For they were in three stories, but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the building was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.They were stacked on top of each other and were set back from the level beneath it. (Kind of like the way pyramids were built).
Eze 42:7 And the wall that was without over against the chambers, toward the utter court on the forepart of the chambers, the length thereof was fifty cubits.
Eze 42:8 For the length of the chambers that were in the utter court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were an hundred cubits.
Eze 42:9 And from under these chambers was the entry on the east side, as one goeth into them from the utter court.
Eze 42:10 The chambers were in the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, over against the separate place, and over against the building.
Eze 42:11 And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which were toward the north, as long as they, and as broad as they: and all their goings out were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.
Eze 42:12 And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.
Eze 42:13 Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the LORD shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy.Holy chambers: The chambers of the Holy place will be used to store the sacred offerings. The grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.
Eze 42:14 When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.
Eze 42:15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about.Now Ezekiel is taken out through the east gateway to measure the entire perimeter.
Eze 42:16 He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.A reed is 6 cubits (about 10 feet long). Five hundred reeds would be about one mile long.
Eze 42:17 He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.
Eze 42:18 He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed.
Eze 42:19 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.
Eze 42:20 He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reedslong, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place. The area was around one mile square with a wall around it to separate what was holy from what was common.
Eze 43:1Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
Eze 43:2And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. The very Glory of God upon the whole earth. (Revelation 21:23).
Eze 43:3And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. The vision was like others Ezekiel had seen.
Eze 43:4And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. The Glory: Though the personal presence of Immanuel in the second temple rendered it more glorious than that of Solomon (Haggai 2:5-9), yet this part of the vision rather relates to the times predicted in the whole of this description, those which shall succeed the conversion of the Jews, and their restoration to their own land.
Eze 43:5So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. The Glory of the Lord filled the Temple. (God will live there in the end times). The whole world will feel His Glory upon them. (Isaiah 6:3).
Eze 43:6And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
Eze 43:7And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. Showing that this is future prophecy referring to (Revelation 21:2-3).
Eze 43:8In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. No need for any wall between us and God anymore. Just as today when we have the Holy Spirit that dwells inside us. Our body is to be like the Temple of God. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Eze 43:9Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. Rather, "Now shall they put away their whoredom and the carcasses of their kings far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them forever." It is a prediction and promise, and not an exhortation.
Eze 43:10Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. Describe to the people what I have shown you, so they will be ashamed. "Let them see the plan."
Eze 43:11And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them. Make everything known to them. (Matthew 28:20, John 13:17).
Eze 43:12This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house. Everything will be Holy, the basic law of the Temple.
Eze 43:13And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar. Ezekiel now measures the altar of the Temple.
Eze 43:14And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.
Eze 43:15So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns. The top of the altar is about 21 feet square.
Eze 43:16And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.
Eze 43:17And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.
Eze 43:18And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon. Verses 18-27 would be about the Consecration of the Altar. (A one time deal, for now we have Jesus Christ and the new covenant. (Hebrews 10:4-12, 12:24).
Eze 43:19And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.
Eze 43:20And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.
Eze 43:21Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.
Eze 43:22And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.
Eze 43:23When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.
Eze 43:24And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD.
Eze 43:25Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.
Eze 43:26Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.
Eze 43:27And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 44:1Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. The outer gate of the Sanctuary. (It was closed).
Eze 44:2Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. Only the Glory of God (the full Godhead), has come through this gate, and now it is sealed forever. (No human will ever go through this gate again).
Eze 44:3It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same. The prince: It is probable that the prince mentioned here and elsewhere, does not mean the Messiah, but the ruler of the Jewish nation for the time being. For it is not only directed where he should sit in the temple, and eat his portion of the sacrifices, and when and how he should go out; but it is also ordered (Ezekiel 45:22), that at the Passover he shall offer a bullock, a sin offering for himself and the people; and to guard him against any temptation of oppressing the people, he had a provision of land allotted to him (Ezekiel 45:8), out of which he is to give an inheritance for his sons (Ezekiel 46:18). These appear plainly to be political rules for common princes, and for a succession of them; but as no such rules were observed under the second temple, the fulfillment of it must still be future. (Zechariah 6:12-13).
Eze 44:4Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.
Eze 44:5And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.
Eze 44:6And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,
Eze 44:7In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations. People who have no heart for God will be allowed in the Temple.
Eze 44:8And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.
Eze 44:9Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.
Eze 44:10And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. Levites distinguished from the priests.
Eze 44:11Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Service reserved for the Levites.
Eze 44:12Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity. The Levites had caused the people of Israel to fall from the Lord.
Eze 44:13And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed. They must keep their distance for the things they have done.
Eze 44:14But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein. They get the general duties and are in charge of maintenance.
Eze 44:15But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: However, the Levitical priests of the family of Zadok were faithful and may serve the Lord as ministers.
Eze 44:16They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.
Eze 44:17And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
Eze 44:18They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.
Eze 44:19And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.
Eze 44:20Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.
Eze 44:21Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
Eze 44:22Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before. Here to the end of the chapter they will be given various laws concerning the priests. (Similar to the laws of Moses).
Eze 44:23And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
Eze 44:24And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
Eze 44:25And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.
Eze 44:26And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.
Eze 44:27And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 44:28And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.
Eze 44:29They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.
Eze 44:30And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.
Eze 44:31The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.
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