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Book of Ezekiel
In this chapter, under the sign of the prophet's removing household goods, represents the removal of the king of Judah and his people from their own land into captivity; and under another sign, of the prophet's eating and drinking with quaking, and trembling, and carefulness, is set forth, either the famine that should be during the siege of Jerusalem, or the desolations following the taking of it. The chapter concludes with a rebuke of the Jews flattering themselves that these prophecies respected times a great way off, and therefore hoped they would never be accomplished. The introduction to the first sign is in 12:1; which describes the Jews as rebellious (2:3,5-8; 3:26-28), and given up to judicial blindness and hardness; which is the cause of all their calamities.
It is performance time again. God tells Ezekiel, who now seems to be in Jerusalem, to act like he was going into exile in the sight of everyone, by packing his bags and digging through the wall in plain sight. He will cover his face so that he will not see the land as he symbolically walks through it.
God says that the House of Israel might take the hint, even though they are so stubborn and rebellious.
After Ezekiel does all this, God tells him that if people ask him what he is doing, he is to say that he is foretelling and showing what will happen to them and their king (Zedekiah).
He predicts that King Zedekiah will try to escape and walk away just as Ezekiel had done, but he will be caught by the Babylonians, and his servants and troops will be scattered and killed. Some people will survive to tell other nations about their destruction and humiliation.
Eat and Quake: God's Word comes to Ezekiel yet again. It tells him to eat bread and drink water with quaking terror and to tell everyone else to do the same: because their land is going to be destroyed and stripped of all its inhabitants.
God says that He will put an end to the people's proverb, the days are prolonged and every vision come to nothing. God will totally fulfill Ezekiel's visions of destruction and doom.
When the people start to say that these visions probably relate to the distant future, God tells Ezekiel to tell them that they would be fulfilled sooner, rather than later.
Chapter 12 opens a section in which Ezekiel continues to proclaim that judgment is imminent (looming, pending, sure to come), but the people still refuse to believe it. The important thing here is that the proclamation IS the Word of God; and Ezekiel is to make sure that he gives the Word of God just as it is given to him.
One commentator says this command to Ezekiel, stands under the same date as Ezekiel 8:1, and this means that the fulfillment of it was only about four or five years after that prophecy was enacted.
Although the vision of God's glory had gone up from the prophet, yet the Word of the LORD is still coming to him, and is by him, then transmitted to the people, and these words were of the same importance with that which was discovered by him in the vision, meaning to reveal the terrible judgments that were coming upon Jerusalem, by which the city and Temple would be entirely destroyed.
Ezekiel 12:1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, (KJV)
The word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . . the word of prophecy, as the Targum; the vision of the cherubim being over . . . this very likely, immediately followed the former one; even though the exact time of the prophecy cannot be fixed, because the date is not given; it must be between the sixth month of the sixth year of Jehoiachin's captivity (8:1); and the fifth month of the seventh year (20:1).
Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. (KJV)
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house . . . rebellious (2:3, 5-8; 3:26-28), the captives in Babylon, who murmured at their present condition and circumstances, and looked on the inhabitants of Jerusalem to be the happy ones, and believed they would continue in them, as the false prophets persuaded them; refusing to believe the prophets of the LORD. Which have eyes to see, and see not: they have ears to hear, and hear not . . . these Jews had natural sense and understanding, and opportunities of being better informed (by the prophets of God), and of knowing the true state of things, and how they were and would be . . . but they willfully shut their eyes against all light and proof, and plugged their ears, and refused to listen to the words of the prophets of GOD.
For they are a rebellious house . . . rebellious (2:3, 5-8; 3:26-28), stubborn, adamant, and determined to do what they desired . . . a house of rebellion!
Ezekiel 12:3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house. (KJV)
Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing . . . or, vessels of captivity, such as people take with them when they go on a journey, or into a far country; such as clothing, staff, purse, shoes, and/or household goods; such as tables and chairs, which are removed when a person goes from one house to another. It was by this sign, they of the captivity were to be shown that Zedekiah and the people of the Jews would in like manner be carried captive into Babylon; which they were NOT willing to believe, because the false prophets had told them the opposite. False prophets: (Deut.13:1-3; 18:20-22; 1 Ki.22:6-37; Neh.6:14; Isa.28:7; Jer.14:13-16; 23:11-14, 30-32; 28:16-17; 29:32; Eze.13:9-23; Zec.13:3; Mat.24:24; 2 Pet.2:1-3, 12-19; 1 Jn.4:1-3).
And remove by day in their sight . . . carry the stuff out in the light of day, several days in a row, as some interpret it; that the people may clearly see, and ask him for the reason of it . . . which, when known, they might send to their reporters at Jerusalem, and make them aware of it.
And thou shall remove from thy place to another place in their sight . . . from the house where the prophet lived (3:24; 8:1) . . . to another house some distance away. This was all to be done during the day . . . so as to be clearly seen by them . . . both from where he came and to where he moved.
It may be they will consider . . . maybe then they will make use of their eyes, and of their understandings, and think better of things. The Targum is, perhaps they will fear; the Lord, and regard his prophets, and be afraid of his judgments.
Though they be a rebellious house . . . even though these were the most obstinate people, maybe they may be reclaimed.
*****The Lord GOD instructs His ever-obedient prophet in what he wishes him to do now. He tells him to take stuff for removing, for He wants the prophet to prepare for a long journey, even for exile . . . because EXILE is the subject here.
But . . . he who is forced to leave home to go into a foreign land . . . what is it that he takes with him? He simply gathers whatever he can carry with him: clothes, shoes, hat, staff, pots and pans, money if he has any.
So, Ezekiel is told to gird himself for his journey, and by doing so, he represents those who were just about to be dragged into exile. For this reason he is ordered to prepare for himself vessels for traveling. He is told to do this in the daytime, so the Israelites may see exactly what is done.
Ezekiel 12:4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity. (KJV)
Then shall thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight . . . the prophet was to bring out the stuff from his house, in broad-daylight, so that they may watch, and that it might be clear to them what was carried out.
As stuff for removing . . . things intended to be removed from one place to another, and is carried away in the daytime, in the view of everyone.
And thou shall go forth at even in their sight . . . as a man, having removed his goods in the daytime, then goes forth himself at evening: this indicates the flight of Zedekiah from Jerusalem in the night (2 Ki.25:4; Jer.52:7).
As they that go forth into captivity . . . with a sorrowful countenance in a mournful way, and with appearances and gestures showing anger, anxiety and distress . . . with a pack on their shoulder and a staff in their hands.
*****The statistics which Ezekiel here foretold really did happen (2 Ki.25:4-7; Jer.39:4-9); but at that time Zedekiah SEEMED to be flourishing, and the Jews at Jerusalem were expecting a long continuance of his prosperity.
The prophetic character of the Passage is that the prophet himself is declared to be a sign (verse 6), and the authenticity of the Book and of the position of the Passage in the Book, are beyond dispute; for in the historical event we have the exact fulfillment. The only reasonable and valid conclusion is that the prophet received his knowledge from the Lord GOD Himself above.
Ezekiel 12:5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby. (KJV)
Dig thou through the wall in their sight . . . dig, as Zedekiah did when he was trying to escape, by secretly digging through a wall, trying to escape (verse 12).
And carry out thereby . . . not his stuff, as before; but provisions for himself, necessary for his journey or flight; as no doubt Zedekiah and those with him did.
*****Dig thou through the wall . . . this is a following action, as shown by verse 7. The wall was probably adobe or sun-dried brick, the common building material of the country, and there was no trouble digging through it . . . BUT . . . this way of entering the house, point out deceit and secrecy. Ezekiel was to carry his things openly through his door during the day, and then to re-enter at evening. For Zedekiah to secretly carry forth things, would mean things he would not otherwise be allowed to take away.
Ezekiel 12:6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel. (KJV)
In their sight shall thou bear it upon thy shoulders . . . the pack or bundle, packed up for his use and service, carried out through the wall dug by him. This was to show that even King Zedekiah would carry out some of his most precious things upon his shoulders when he fled (verse 12). This was a disgraceful thing for a king to do, for he had many servants.
And carry it forth in the twilight . . . twilight (verses 6-7, 12), suggesting the same as before.
Thou shall cover thy face, that thou see not the ground . . . or land; not the land of Israel, but the land of Chaldea, where the prophet was: this shows that great shame and confusion which would be present with the king of Judah when he fled, and also great fear and terror.
Zedekiah’s eyes would be put out by the king of Babylon, so that he did not see the land into which he was carried captive (Jer.52:11). Cover thy face . . . as one who muffles his face, afraid of being recognized by anyone meeting him, so the Jews and Zedekiah would make their exit deceitfully, afraid to look around, so hurried would be their flight.
For I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel . . . to show them by your actions, as well as your words, what shall befall them (Isa.8:18). http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_isaiah_ch.8.htm
*****Ezekiel was to cover his face, stating the fact that Zedekiah would be made blind (Jer.39:7). For the LORD had set the prophet as a sign . . . foretelling the people going into captivity. Ezekiel did everything that the LORD commanded him to do. During the day he gathered the few things that a person would take into exile and bound them up to carry. That evening he dug a hole through his wall with his hands. When night fell, he went out through the hole in the wall as the people watched. Zedekiah and many other Israelites tried to escape from the city at night (Jer.52:7). The fact that Ezekiel went out at night may also symbolize the dark conditions that would exist for Israel when the final exiles departed from Jerusalem (Jn.13:30).
Although the vision of GOD'S Glory had gone up from the prophet, yet the Word of the LORD was still coming to him, and was by him, then transmitted to the people . . . and the Words of God were to Ezekiel, of the exact same importance as the vision, and were meant to reveal the terrible judgments that were to come upon Jerusalem, by which the city and Temple would be entirely destroyed. A tremendous lesson here for us today! Do we even come close to the obedience of this man of God?
Ezekiel 12:7 And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight. (KJV)
And I did so as I was commanded . . . Ezekiel is ready, willing and quick to obey any orders the LORD gave him. He did as he was commanded; teaching us all what we SHOULD do! We should cheerfully obey every command of the LORD GOD, even the most difficult. Christ obeyed, and so should we! (Jn.14:31; 17:4).
I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity . . . the prophet brought his goods out of his house, so they could be taken to another place, as a symbol of the captivity of his countrymen the Jews.
And in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand . . . not with an iron tool, with which walls are dug; but with his hand, for he had no such tool with him, and being in a hurry, and also that it might be done without noise; indicating the suddenness of Zedekiah's flight, and the hurry he was in; not having time and freedom to take proper tools with him, he and his men pulled out the stones of the wall with their own hands, and silently made their way through the wall and escaped (verse 12).
I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight . . . that it might be a sign of the above things to them, and they might learn some course of action from it.
*****Although it might seem ridiculous in the sight of those men, and Ezekiel was despised and mocked for it . . . yet he knew that it was the will of God, so he was obedient to it. Dear one, it would only be right for all the servants of the LORD to move with all readiness and cheerfulness; even in things for which they may be laughed at by others.
Ezekiel 12:8 And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying, (KJV)
And in the morning came the word of the Lord unto me, saying . . . in the morning after he had done all the above things commanded him; and explaining the meaning of them, and showing them to whom it meant.
Ezekiel 12:9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou? (KJV)
Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee . . . the Jews that were in captivity; and with these the prophet was, and before their eyes he had done all the above things; and they only could put the following question to him . . . for it was these who were the rebellious house (verse 12).
What dost thou? . . . this question they did NOT ask seriously, as desiring to know what he meant. They were ridiculing the prophet for acting out such a pathetic and silly part.
*****It was supposed that the people would ask the meaning of what he did, or at least they should have. Even though they are a rebellious house, yet they do pry concerning the mind of God (Isa.58:2), as those who seek God should. So the prophet did a strange and rude thing, that they might ask what it meant; and then hopefully, they will take notice of what is told them, and profit by it, when it comes to them in answer to their questions.
Dear one, when God sends to us some sort of message, He carefully watches just what we do with the messages He sends to us . . . He listens to what we say, and what questions we ask of them that has brought the message (the Bible, pastors, internet), and is very displeased if we pass them by without taking any notice of them. When we have heard (or read) the Word, we should go to TRUE servants of God for further instruction. We must be extremely careful that NO one leads us astray. BEWARE!
Ezekiel 12:10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them. (KJV)
Say thou unto them, thus saith the Lord GOD . . . in answer to their mocking question; or aside from their stupidity and laziness, and in order to awaken them out of it.
This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem . . . burden is a word used to show a prediction of woe to be borne by some individual or people (Isa.13:1; 15:1; 19;1; 21:1, 11; 23:1; etc.)
Ezekiel, bearing his stuff on his shoulder was a sign of the weight of calamity coming upon the king and the people. The present reigning prince in Jerusalem, was King Zedekiah. The prince refers to Zedekiah, in whom they trust for safety, and is to be the main one to suffer. Josephus [Antiquities, 10.7] reports that Ezekiel sent a copy of this prophecy to Zedekiah. Just as Jeremiah had sent a letter to the captives at the Chebar (Jer.24:8-9; 29:1), so it was natural for Ezekiel to send a message to Jerusalem confirming the warnings of Jeremiah.
And all the house of Israel which are among them . . . the people were also concerned about it, and would be carried captive along with their prince.
*****The burden concerned not only the prince (king, leader, ruler) in Jerusalem; it included the whole house of Israel that are with him.
Ezekiel 12:11 Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity. (KJV)
Say, I am your sign . . . in other words, Ezekiel represented the Jews, and shows what will befall them.
Like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them . . . just as he had carried out his stuff (verses 4, 7), and had removed it from one place to another, so too, would they be carried away out of their own land into a foreign country.
They shall remove, and go into captivity . . . they would be removed in the Babylon captivity.
*****Just as the words of pastors should teach the people what they should do, so too, the providences of God concerning them are often intended to tell them what they should expect. The unsettled state and removals of ministers often give warning to people that they must expect nothing to stay the same, but have constant changes. When times of trouble came on Christ Jesus, He tells His disciples: Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.(KJV)
The people shall be led away into captivity. They shall be forced away from their own houses, no more to return to them, neither shall their place know them anymore. NONE of us (like the Jews in Ezekiel’s time) can ever say that our homes will be our resting place; because we do NOT know what tomorrow may bring, nor how far we may be tossed from it before we die. We CANNOT foresee what is to come.
The prince (king) shall in vain try to escape; for he also shall go into captivity. Jeremiah had told Zedekiah the same to his face. Jeremiah 34:3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon. (KJV)
And here, Ezekiel foretells it to those who made the king their confidence and promised themselves relief from him. How utterly foolish it is to trust anyone except the Almighty LORD GOD!
Ezekiel 12:12 And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes. (KJV)
And the prince that is among them . . . Zedekiah their king that reigned over them, was a profane, wicked prince (21:25), in whom they trusted, and under whose government they thought they were safe and secure.
Shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth . . . (12:6) out of Jerusalem, where Zedekiah’s palace and throne were, leaving the main of his riches behind him. He would only carry what he could on his shoulder, many think it was only his clothes; and most likely the king was disguised as a common ordinary servant, in hope to escape as he flees, choosing the twilight as the time the best time (2 Ki.25:4; Jer.39:4-7). His precious things (see on Ezekiel 12:6).
They shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby . . . it seems by this, that when the king, and his nobles and servants, made their escape, they not only went out between two walls, but broke through one, in order to get away; which was done, not by the king himself, but by his servants; so the Targum, in a wall shall they dig to bring him out by it; and therefore the number is changed, not he, but they, shall dig, although in the following words the singular is again used. They shall dig through the wall . . . fulfilled when they broke down the wall to flee (Jer.39:4).
He shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes . . . (verse 6) either by shame at leaving the city, his palace and all his splendor. The Targum is, he shall cover his face because he hath sinned. He did not want to be known and be discovered as to who he was; so it was through fear of being betrayed by a false friend, or taken by the enemy. This also may concern his having his eyes put out at Riblah (Jer.39:1-10), so that he could not see the land he was carried into; although it seems to refer to his first escape out of Jerusalem with a mask or visor on him, which would hinder his seeing the ground.
*****Evil king Zedekiah (2 Chron.36:12-13), shall himself carry away his own goods (stuff, verse 4). The righteous judgments of God can turn a majestic prince into a lowly porter. He that was used to having the symbols of his office carried before him, as he marched through the city at noon-day, would himself now carry his stuff on his shoulder (verse 6) and in secrecy creep out of the city in the twilight. What a drastic change sin makes in people’s lives! He who had lived in pomp and splendor, now that he is fleeing, is afraid to be seen! This should be a warning to all of us! No one should be proud of being looked at, or overly pleased with looking around them at all they have attained in the world, for pride goes before a fall! Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (KJV) Isaiah 2:11-12 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: (KJV) . . . The LORD always has the last word! BEWARE!!! Judgment Day comes to ALL people! . . . . . . . . . .http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_judgment_day_IS_coming.htm
Ezekiel 12:13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there. (KJV)
My net also will I spread upon him . . . meaning the Chaldean army, which the LORD raised up, and brought against him (Zedekiah), and gave success to.
And he shall be taken in my snare . . . Zedekiah would be as a bird, taken in the snare of the fowler. The Jews have a belief, which is mentioned by some commentators, that there was a cave that reached from Zedekiah's house to the plains of Jericho, and that it was by this cave which he fled; but the LORD had prepared a deer, which went on the top of the cave; and the Chaldeans pursued it; and when it came to the mouth of the cave, King Zedekiah was coming out, and they took him.
And I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans . . . but the king would not see it, because his eyes would be put out at Riblah (Jer.39:7; 52:11). The prophet Jeremiah says that Zedekiah’s eyes would behold the eyes of the king of Babylon (Jer.34:3), and yet here Ezekiel says that he would not see the land of the Chaldeans. Zedekiah thought these two prophecies opposed each other, and so gave credit to neither; but they both proved true; because Zedekiah DID see the king of Babylon at Riblah.
Yet shall he not see it . . . Zedekiah’s eyes were put out at Riblah (2 Ki.25:6-7; Jer.39:6-7; 52:10-11); and yet, a greater blindness befell him than this. Josephus testified that Zedekiah did not understand these words of Ezekiel, and thought they were contrary to Jeremiah’s words, so he did not believe either of them.
*****Zedekiah was made a prisoner and carried captive into Babylon. God’s net: (Eze.17:20; 32:3; Job 18:8-10; 19:6; Ps.11:6; Isa.24:17-18; Jer.50:24; Lam.1:12-13; 3:47; Hos.7:12; Hab.1:14-17; Lk.21:35), does not fail. When the LORD spreads a net on a person, peoples or a nation, He always CATCHES what He snares!
It seemed to be the Chaldeans' net and their snare, but dear one, the Lord GOD was behind it all. Those that THINK to escape the sword of the LORD will find themselves taken in His net. Jeremiah had said that king Zedekiah would see the king of Babylon and that he would go to Babylon; Ezekiel says, He shall be brought to Babylon, yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. Those that are ready to complain would possibly object that these two prophets contradicted one another; for one said, He shall see the king of Babylon, the other said, He shall not see Babylon; and yet both proved true: he did see the king of Babylon at Riblah, where he passed sentence upon him for his rebellion, but there he had his eyes put out, so that he did not see Babylon when he was brought there. The captives expected to see their prince come to Babylon as a conqueror, to get them out of their trouble; but instead, he would come there as a prisoner, and his disgrace would add to their troubles.
Ezekiel 12:14 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them. (KJV)
And I will scatter to every wind all that are about him to help him . . . meaning his bodyguards, and/or the men of war that were with him when he fled (Jer.52:7), or maybe the Egyptians, whom he had paid for help (Isa.30:7; 31:1-5).
And all his bands . . . or wings, the wings of his army (Isa.8:8). The Targum interprets it his army; these were all scattered from Zedekiah when he was taken (Jer.52:8).
And I will draw out the sword after them . . . those that fled into Egypt, and other countries; so that they would not escape, even though they did not go into captivity, but scattered into all the winds (5:2, 12). Draw out the sword after them . . . send the enemy after them with drawn swords, and they shall be killed (Jer.42:22; 43:10-11).
*****All Zedekiah’s guards would be dispersed and totally unable to help him. The LORD will scatter all those around him, so that he would be helpless. Even though Zedekiah had many soldiers, and was used to the people obeying him, yet all this would not profit him, because God would scatter all the guards in whom he trusted. He says then, that he would scatter to every wind all who were around Zedekiah (5:2,12). These unbelievers were deceived when they saw the king surrounded by enemies, for the people of the city were trained to fight; and since Zedekiah was so well armed for the defense of the city, they thought it could never be taken by the Chaldeans. So the LORD, as a result, here first teaches that the war was carried on under His power and command, and also that there was no doubt of His taking the city. He does NOT speak of the Chaldeans, the LORD says ‘I’ will scatter and ‘I’ will draw out the sword after them! HE would do it . . . but do it through the Chaldeans! God does NOT draw His sword from Heaven, neither do angels openly appear with drawn swords . . . the Chaldeans do that; but as it is said in Isaiah: Isaiah 10:15-16 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. 16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire. (KJV) . . . God armed the Chaldeans and then He gave them the success that He desired.
Ezekiel 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries. (KJV)
And they shall know that I am the LORD . . . the LORD God is omniscient (all-knowing), and can and does foresee and foretell future events . . . and when the above things come to pass, it shows how omnipotent (all-powerful) GOD is, well able to do what He planned and stated He would do; and true and faithful to His Word, and He is ALWAYS holy and righteous in ALL His ways. And they shall know that I am the Lord: (Eze.5:13; 6:7, 14; 7:4; 11:10; 12:15-16, 20; 24:27; 25:11; 26:6; 28:26; 39:28; Ps.9:16-17). The Lord GOD of Heaven, is the great and terrible God (Neh.1:5). They shall know their great wrong, for they would not pay attention to what was told to them by the Lord’s prophets. We today do not have prophets, but we do have the Bible and there are a few good pastors that teach the Truth!
When I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries . . . scattered in many countries, scattered into all the winds: Egypt, Babylon, Media and other places (5:10, 12; 17:21).
*****The Lord GOD insults both Jews and Israelites who had united themselves. He says that He would so display His power that they would be forced to recognize Him, but that it would be to their own destruction. God would show them His power by certain proofs. Zedekiah was not completely without the fear of God; he respected Jeremiah, and the seed of godliness was not altogether gone from his mind. As for the people, since they did offer the daily sacrifice, they surely valued some opinion of the LORD’S lovingkindness, and also of His power.
But because they despised the prophets of God, they were made a laughing-stock of their threats, and because of this, they are said NOT to acknowledge GOD. Dear one, we must carefully consider this, for even the most sinful ones are not so stupid as to refuse to give Almighty GOD His rightful honor . . . yet when God does call them, they turn their backs, and when He sets before them His message, even though it is for their own good, they not only stop up their ears, but they even riot and ridicule all His threats like idle stories.
It is certain that NO knowledge of God can flourish when such ungodly contempt of His doctrine wins out. Jeremiah had diligently instructed them in God’s Word, but they were SO hardened that they treated it as nothing. Let us learn that to acknowledge God by faith, because this is the fitting thing to do. We should NOT abuse His patience when He rages against us with an out-stretched hand, because at times, He does chastises His own people for their good (Heb.12:5-11; Rev.3:19), but when it comes to pass that there is NO hope of repentance with the sinner, He then lowers the boom.
Ezekiel 12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)
But I will leave a few men of them . . . or a small number, such as are easily reckoned up; which will require no great skill in numbers, nor be any trouble to count them.
From the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence. . . a few would be left during the siege of Jerusalem, and at the breaking of it up; but they would be carried captive into other countries,
That they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come . . . when the heathens see their calamities and distress, they would think that their punishment was because of their sin, and come to the conclusion that they must have been guilty of great wickedness, to be punished in such a way . . . so that their punishment was a visible and standing declaration to the heathens of the abominable sins they had been guilty of.
And they shall know that I am the LORD . . . (verse 15), not the Heathens, among whom this declaration would be made; but the Jews, brought under a conviction of their sin, and of the justice of a righteous God in His dealings with them.
*****They themselves would declare all their abominations (wicked sins) by the punishment they received. They gave others the false impression that God was NOT able to protect His people. The truth was that the LORD was punishing them for their sins was to be made known, and that they would do it both by word of mouth (Jer.22:8-9), and also by their conduct (Eze.14:22-23). The word few (Mat.7:14) means a number that can easily be counted.
Those that by their afflictions are brought to this are then made to know that GOD is the LORD and may help to bring others to the knowledge of Him. God can bring good out of evil. The scattering of sinners, who had done God much dishonor and disservice in their own country, proves the dispersal of penitents, who would do the LORD much honor and service in other countries.
Ezekiel 12:17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (KJV)
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying . . . this is another sign of the desolation of the Jews, which the prophet was to be to them; as the former sign indicated their going into captivity, this sign showed their famine and distress at the siege of Jerusalem, and the dreadful disasters attending and following that.
*****Ezekiel was a sign to them in digging the wall (12:5) and bearing his stuff (12:4), now he would be a sign to them in yet another way.
Ezekiel 12:18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness; (KJV)
Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking . . . as one in surprise or fear, or one that has an ague (fever or shivering fit).
And drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness . . . fearing a lack of it, or as worried of danger of its being taken away (4:16-17).
*****Ezekiel would enact this prophecy of the hardships of the siege, and it will be similar to that in Eze.4:9-17. While the earlier Passage stresses the scarcity of food and water during the siege, this Passage is intended to forewarn the fear and horror of it. An additional truth here is that all of the neighboring cities of Judah will also be destroyed along with Jerusalem, as stated in verse 19.
The prophet is now ordered to represent the famine which awaited the Jews in both the siege and exile. This prophecy should especially be referred to the time of the siege; for the Jews were in constant fear, and thought that by means of their stronghold they would be indestructible. But, as the LORD had often removed this trust from them, He does so now . . . so there was such miserable anxiety and fear, that they always ate their bread in fear and drank their water by measure, and with astonishment (4:16).
A besieged city always fears and then the enemy harasses them so, that before long fatigue, forces those being plagued to surrender.
Ezekiel 12:19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein. (KJV)
And say unto the people of the land . . . land of Chaldea, where Ezekiel now was; not to the natives of the land, but to the Israelites, who were captives there; who were quick to murmur and mumble because they were miserable; and that the Jews at Jerusalem were happy . . . so they are taught by this sign, as well as by the following prophecy, that they were wrong.
Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem . . . or to them whom the captives in Chaldea thought were so happy, and would continue so.
And of the land of Israel . . . or those upon the land of Israel,
They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment . . . (4:16) meaning at the siege of Jerusalem, when they could not eat and drink in peace; but while they were eating and drinking, were troubled and put into fear and surprise by the besiegers; and also, hearing that their provisions would not hold out, were careful how they ate and drank, and were frightened with the thoughts of being reduced to extreme want.
That her land may be desolate from all that is therein . . . the land shall be stripped bare of all its fullness and of all good things.
Because of the violence of all them that dwell therein . . . NOT from the violence of the Chaldeans, making a prey of all they came in contact with as they plundered cities and towns, and making forage of the fruits of the Earth, by which means the land was desolate . . . BUT instead . . . by the rapine (the violent seizure of someone's property), the oppression and injustice of the Jews, which were the reason of all these calamities which came upon their country.
*****The cause of this terrible judgment was because of the violence of all those that lived there, their injustice, oppression and mischief they did to one another. The decay of virtue in a nation brings on a decay of everything else; and when neighbors are so wicked as to devour one another, it is right with the Lord GOD to bring enemies upon them to devour them all. There is a definite lesson here for us today!
How good would the effect of this judgment be? You shall know that I am the Lord (verse 15); and if, by these judgments, they learn to know Him as they should, that will make up the loss of all they are deprived of by the desolations. Dear one, those are happy afflictions, no matter how grievous they may be to flesh and blood, which would help to introduce us and improve our knowing God.
Ezekiel 12:20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. (KJV)
And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste . . . the cities, the lesser cities of the land, would be laid waste when Jerusalem is destroyed,
And the land shall be desolate . . . the whole land of Judea would be destitute of men and cattle, and lie uncultivated, and become barren and unfruitful (Isa.24:3; Jer.34:22).
And ye shall know that I am the LORD . . . those who were then captives in Babylon, as well as those who should be dispersed among the nations would KNOW that I am the LORD (12:15).
*****Ezekiel himself, must eat and drink in care and fear, especially when he was in their company (verses 17-18). Even though he was under NO anxiety or fear of danger to himself, but lived in safety and plenty, yet he must eat his bread with quaking (the bread of sorrows Ps.127:2), and drink his water with trembling and with carefulness, that he might show the dreadful condition of those that would be in Jerusalem during the siege; not that he should mislead and pretend to be in fear and care when really he was not; but since he was to act out this judgment, he must show that he firmly believed it himself, and was himself affected with grief and fear. When pastors speak of the ruin coming upon impenitent sinners, they must try to speak with feeling, as those that know the terrors of the LORD.
Ezekiel 12:21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (KJV)
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . . (verse 1), after he had been a sign unto the people, in the two cases mentioned above . . . and they had hardened themselves against the belief of the things indicated by them, because they believed the time of their accomplishment was not yet.
*****These words and some of the following prophecies deal with the problem of true and false prophecy. The unbelievers were encouraged by false prophets (Jer.29:9,21; 37:19), were telling them that . . . We heard all this before, and nothing has happened.
The LORD was fed up with them, and would now take action. Their wicked generation is the one that would see every vision fulfilled, every prophecy vindicated, and all the predictions against the apostate nation happening, exactly like the TRUE prophets said. This also looks forward to the future, and we are seeing it starting now! 2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (KJV)
Ezekiel 12:22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? (KJV)
Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel . . . this question is put, as their being ignorant of it, but as being filled with anger at the irreverence and self-assurance of those that used it, and in order to reveal the wickedness and stupidity of it. Son of man is found 94 times in the Book of Ezekiel.
Saying, the days are prolonged . . . the days of affliction and distress; the time of Jerusalem's destruction, and of the Babylon captivity, are not to be for a long time . . . so they would flatter themselves that it would never be, at least not in their days; and therefore, because judgment was not immediately executed, their hearts were set in them to do evil . . . they sadly abused the patience and long suffering of the Lord GOD, using this and the following expression so often and so long, that they became proverbs to them.
And every vision faileth? . . . every prophecy comes to nothing; not one is fulfilled . . . because the prophecies were not fulfilled at once, they therefore decided it never would be. So, they continued on in their un-repentance, unbelief and contempt of prophecy, which was direct from Almighty GOD!
*****The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?. . . These are the words of the infidels and scoffers, who because God’s vengeance was not speedily executed on an evil work, they set their heart to do iniquity. They figured that these predictions would not come in their days, or would totally fail . . . so why should they worry themselves about them?
Various methods had been used to try to awaken this confident and careless people to expect the coming judgments, none were working on these rebellious ones (2:3-8). The prophecies of their utter ruin was confirmed by the prophet’s visions, and illustrated by the signs acted out by him. They sustained themselves in their security, which is here answered and shown to be vain and groundless.
Ezekiel 12:23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. (KJV)
Tell them therefore . . . plainly and boldly, with great assurance and confidence, as from God Himself.
Thus saith the Lord GOD, I will make this proverb to cease . . . by quickly accomplishing the things which they, by this proverb, represented as being at a great distance, and what would never be brought about.
And they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel . . . when the things predicted would take place.
But say unto them, the days are at hand, and the effect of every vision . . . the time was rushing on, and will quickly come, when every prophecy shall be fulfilled. It was in the sixth year of Jehoiachin's captivity that these prophecies were delivered; and in the ninth year Nebuchadnezzar came with his army, and besieged Jerusalem; so that the days were at hand; in three years' time there began an accomplishment of the above predictions, which were scoffed at in the proverb used.
*****Very diversified were the ways by which God communicated His Mind to His ancient people. At Mount Sinai, He spoke to them by an audible voice (Neh.9:13), and by legible characters engraved on tables of stone (Ex.31:18). To the high-priest he imparted the knowledge of His will, by means of the Urim and Thummim (Ex.28:30), which constituted his breast-plate. To the prophets he revealed Himself by dreams, visions and inward inspiration. The prophet Ezekiel was favored with many, forceful and extraordinary visions; some of which were very unclear; while others were either clear in themselves, or were made clear by a special revelation of their importance.
Many of the Jews had been carried captive to Babylon, but because there still remained many in Judah, a king the people who lived under him, thought that he would protect them from any invasion, and even liberate their captive brethren also from the Chaldeans.
But these rebellious people continued to rebel against God, even though God had clearly warned them all . . . that both king and people would go into captivity. These warnings they had often received from the mouths of other prophets, but because God had patience towards them, they thought that the threatened judgments would never take place. We do not have prophets today, but we do have the Holy Word of God, the BIBLE! But . . . how many people pay attention to what God has to say in His Book? When I think of this, Jesus’ words immediately come to mind! Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV) . . . There are only TWO gates leading to eternity. To me, it is so sad that millions CHOOSE the broad way that leads to Hell. That wide gate leads to a big broad road. Actually, BOTH these roads picture a funnel. Think about it. If you enter the funnel at the broad end, it keeps getting smaller and smaller. The longer a person stays on the broad, dark road, the harder it is to get off! It is dark because it is the devil’s road! That road keeps narrowing until you come to deeper darkness, death, destruction and finally Hell. Now, consider the narrow road. Picture it too, as a funnel. On this narrow road, that only a few ever walk, you enter the funnel at the narrow part. That’s where Jesus is! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He says, “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Now, on this narrow road, the longer you walk with Him, the wider it gets. Remember that Jesus is Light (John 1:4,9; 8:12), and as long as we walk with Him, the road is brightly lit. In Ezekiel’s prophecy (ch. 47) there was a river flowing out from the throne of God which began as a little stream and widened out until it became a great river. That pictures the life of a child of God . . . it gets better every day. And the longer we stay on that narrow road, the wider it becomes, and the easier it is to stay on. Words of wisdom: When you pray, thank GOD, in Jesus’ Name, for His blessings each day.
Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. (KJV)
For there shall be no more any vain vision . . . or prophecy, such as the false prophets had spoken, that the people would be in peace and safety, and would NOT be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon, which they listened to, thus encouraging the lying prophets to go on prophesying smooth things (Isa.30:10, below). When the prophecies of the TRUE prophets were accomplished, then the false ones were rejected, and their prophecies were no more considered.
Nor flattering divination within the house of Israel . . . some versions read, in the midst of the children of Israel. Among the people of Israel, there will be no more false visions or deceptive prophecies.
*****The false prophets puffed up these rebellious ones (2:3-8) with sweet talk, like SO many false preachers do today! Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: (KJV) . . . Times have not changed much from Isaiah’s time! People still do NOT want to hear the Truth!
When the Jews heard prophecies of sadness, they hated them, and hardened themselves to what was being told to them. The false prophets told them that God would never be so severe, and that those predictions about the destruction of the city and Temple opposed many Promises of God. We see that the TRUE prophets were shunned by the stubborn refusal of the people to obey. Again I say, that times have not changed much from back then. People still do NOT want to hear the Truth!
Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
For I am the Lord: I will speak . . . the Almighty GOD is a Sovereign and Holy Being, immutable (Heb.6:18, permanent, unchangeable) and eternal (Gen.1:1; Ps.90:2,4); who speaks by His prophets what is in His mind and His will . . . which shall be done.
And the word that I shall speak shall come to pass . . . the word of prophecy (God’s Word), delivered out of His nature by the TRUE prophets NEVER fails! Deut.18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. (KJV) . . . The people were listening to false prophets . . . turning away in hatred and disgust from TRUE prophets of God. This is happening today, everywhere! BEWARE!!!
It shall be no more prolonged . . . the judgment threatened shall no longer be held back by the love of God for His people, but would be brought down on them in a very short time, because they refused to repent of their wickedness.
For in your days, O rebellious house . . . rebellious house (2:3-8) . . . the terrible judgment that Ezekiel has been trying to warn them of, would take place while they were living; and within five or six years after this, and it DID come to pass.
Will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD of hosts . . . not only the prophecy of their ruin would be given out in their days, but the prophecy would be accomplished in that time; which they could depend upon, because He Who said it is the Almighty God, the LORD of armies in Heaven and in Earth.
*****The Lord GOD will without doubt, very shortly, bring about EVERY Word that He has spoken. It is with great magnificence that He does say it! I am the LORD! I am Jehovah! Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. (KJV) . . . That Glorious Name of His speaks of Him as being a God being TRUE to His Word. He was not known to the patriarchs, who lived by faith, by His Name Jehovah, but as HE IS Jehovah, He makes good His Promises and also His threats.
The Lord GOD says that He will speak, whether they will hear or whether they will restrain themselves is up to them! He will speak, whoever opposes it shall regret it because the Word that He speaks shall come to pass; for His Mind is not changed, nor His Arm shortened, nor is Infinite Wisdom ever confused. With men, saying and doing, are two entirely different things, but they are not so with GOD; with the LORD it is stated and done. In the works of providence, as in those of Creation, He speaks and it is done (Gen.1). Those Godly prophets that saw the visions of the Almighty, did NOT see vain visions; God confirms the word of his servants by performing it.
It shall be no more prolonged . . . the days are at hand when they would see the effect of every vision (23). Rev. 10:5-6 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: (KJV) . . . Then the mighty angel standing on the sea and on the land lifted his right hand to Heaven. And he swore an oath in the Name of the One who lives forever and ever, who created Heaven and everything in it, the Earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it. He said, Time for judgment is here.
Behold, the Judge stands at the door, then and now! The righteous are taken away from the evil to come, but this rebellious house shall not be so quietly taken away. This is how it is in today’s world as well! 1 Thes.4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (KJV) . . . Are YOU ready for this day to come? This is the NEXT event on the calendar of the Lord GOD! Many do NOT believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, but dear one, the Bible clearly teaches it! http://www.godcannotlie.org/1_thes_ch4.htm
1 Cor. 15:50-53 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (KJV)
Ezekiel 12:26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (KJV)
Again, the word of the LORD came to me, saying . . . this is repeated to confirm what was said before that they might be assured that there would be a certain and speedy accomplishment of what the LORD had said by His prophet.
Ezekiel 12:27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. (KJV)
Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say . . . either the ten tribes in Babylon, or the Jews in Judea, who were also Israelites . . . these the LORD directs the prophet to take notice of, and be a witness of what they said; since he himself, as a prophet, was troubled in it.
The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are afar off . . . that is, according to these rebellious ones, the vision that Ezekiel the prophet saw concerning their ruin, and the prophecy that he spoke relating to that which was not to be fulfilled as yet; there were many days and years still to come . . . it was at a great distance, and so they put that evil day far from them. They admit that he had a vision and prophecy, but it respected future times, in distant ages; and therefore they did not trouble themselves with it, giving it no great concern, because they considered it as far off.
*****A wise person would think that if the Almighty Lord GOD, sent His servants to speak to men of the way of salvation, that ALL mankind would be delighted to hear the message. But, so sad, it simply is not how it is in this wicked world!
Man’s opposition to God started way back in the Garden of Eden, where everything was perfect! Both Adam and Eve listened to the devil instead of God. Man’s opposition to the Lord GOD is far too deep and too stubborn. People display great cleverness in making excuses for rejecting the message of God’s love. The evil argument of Judgment Day being far off, has been used from Ezekiel’s day right down to the present moment . . . and it has served Satan so wonderfully! When people hear of the great atonement made available to ALL on the cross of Calvary by the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and are offered to reach out and grab hold of eternal life in Him . . . still they think eternal life is yet many days away, and is prophesied of times that are far off. That is NOT true! Eternal life is for TODAY!
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV) . . . Hath = HAS! We have eternal life NOW! Jesus says so! http://www.godcannotlie.org/john_commentary_ch5.html
The majority of people never even think of eternal life . . . and they put off the day of conversion, as if it were a day of terror, whereas it is NOT something to be feared but instead it is really a day most calming comfort and peace! Do NOT put off believing GOD and accepting His only begotten Son!
I bring this to you because we do NOT know the mind of God! Judgment of God’s people (Jews) is coming! The Book of Revelation tells us what they, and all those left behind at the Rapture SHALL go through the Tribulation Period! BEWARE!!! I believe that the LORD Jesus coming in the clouds at the Rapture is very near. NO one knows the day. We simply must live as if He could come TODAY!
Ezekiel 12:28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
Therefore say unto them, thus saith the Lord GOD . . . carry this message to them from me, and even though they willingly hear it or not . . . so shall it be!
There shall none of my words be prolonged any more . . . the fulfilment of prophecies delivered in the Name of the LORD by the prophets shall no longer be put off, but shall quickly be.
But the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD . . . not one jot and tittle of it shall pass away until all is fulfilled, it is forever settled in Heaven, and shall be fulfilled on the Earth . . . for He that has spoken it is of one mind, and NO one can turn Him from it . . . for He is well able to do whatever He so pleases to do. It is strange that the majority of the world does NOT believe this!
*****For these rebellious ones, the hour was come. There would be no more delay. Judgment would come. The day of the Lord GOD was here. All the terrible things He had spoken of would happen. It would be done, for GOD Himself would see to it! These were the words, NOT of a minor god, but of the Almighty Lord GOD!
The church today faces a similar position in regard to the Second Coming of Christ! Far too many see it as something that will not happen just yet . . . so they keep on keeping on in their sin. And so sad, but SO many NEVER think of eternity! Dear one, your soul is eternal and shall spend eternity in ONE of two places: Heaven OR Hell! I believe that we are granted this brief life on Earth, to decide WHERE we shall spend eternity! We must watch, lest coming suddenly He find us sleeping. Mark 13:35-37 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. (KJV)
Practical Application: The Book of Ezekiel calls us to join in a fresh and loving encounter with the God of Abraham, Moses and the prophets. We must be overcomers or we will be overcome. Ezekiel challenges us to experience a life changing vision of God's awesome love, power, patience, knowledge, eternal Presence and holiness. We must learn to allow the Lord GOD to lead, guide and direct us in our lives! We must be able to realize the depth of and commitment to evil that lodges in each human heart.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (KJV) . . . We must KNOW that God holds ALL of His servants responsible for warning wicked men of their peril. And we must experience a close, loving relationship with Jesus Christ, because eternal life in Heaven can be found NO where else (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12), than in His precious Blood. 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (KJV)
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