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Book of Ezekiel
Chapter 32 continues on with the destruction of Pharaoh and Egypt, which is nicely enlarged upon, and with greater emphasis. When we read of Egypt's ruin, there are no less than six prophecies given at different times concerning it. Is there some special reason for it?
(1.) We see as far back as the Book of Genesis, where God determined to judge Egypt for oppressing His people (Gen.15:14); and even though that was in part fulfilled in the plagues of Egypt (Ex.7:14-25; 8:1-15; 8:16-19; 8:20; 9:1-7; 9:8-12; 9:18-34; 10:1-20; 10:21-23; 11:4-7; 12:17; 12: 29-30), and the drowning of Pharaoh (Ex.22-28), the total destruction was to have its full accomplishment later.
(2.) We can also look as far forward as the Book of the Revelation, where we find that the great enemy of the Gospel Church, who makes war with the Lamb, is spiritually called Egypt (Rev.11:8). And so, the destruction of Egypt and its Pharaoh was a type of the destruction of that proud enemy of GOD; and between this prophecy of the ruin of Egypt and the prophecy of the destruction of the anti-Christian generation there is some similarity. We have two different prophecies in Chapter 32 involving Egypt, both in the same month, one on the first day, the other 14 days later, most likely both on the Sabbath day. They both are expressions of grief, not only to show how dreadful the fall of Egypt would be, but also to reveal how much Ezekiel himself would mourn it, from the generous standard of love to mankind.
The destruction of Egypt is here represented under two likenesses:
- The killing of a lion, or a whale, or some kind of devouring creature (32:1-16).
- The funeral of a great commander, captain or general (32:17-32).
Both prophecies of this Chapter are about the same length.
This is the final Chapter against Egypt with prophecies #6 (32:1-16) and #7 (32:17-32. This chapter has the final two of seven prophecies against Egypt in Ezekiel Chapters 29-32. The first is a prophecy of the Monster of Egypt, caught, slain and devoured. There are two parts of this prophecy, (a) the symbolic representation of it (32:1-10), and (b), an explanation of what it meant (32:11-16).
The final prophecy describes the transfer of Egypt and his multitude to Sheol, the place of the dead, a remarkable paragraph which establishes the most extensive discussion in the Old Testament on the subject of Hell. It has the most graphic portrayal of the Pit or Sheol, in the Old Testament.
There are those who states that this final prophecy illustrates more vividly than any other Passage in the Old Testament the beliefs and ideas of the Underworld existing in those times.
(1) Hell is international and universal. Great and small, foreign and remote peoples are ALL there.
(2) It is considered as in the depths of the Earth. The temporary grave is only six feet deep; but in the sense of its significance, it indeed goes to the heart of the Earth, as Jesus stated in Matthew 12:40.
http://hisservantsministry.org/p_hell.html . . . See poem: Have You E‘er Thought About Hell . . . for my personal thoughts about Hell.
(3) The dead lie there flat and harmless, until the resurrection, when ALL people shall be judged.
(4) Such differences as race and rank that are so visible on Earth, seem still to be retained in death.
(5) Isaiah even conceived of the dead as being capable of emotions, and even of speech (Isaiah 14), using such an idea to teach spiritual truth, but probably not intending that we should understand that there is any capability whatsoever referring to the dead. http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_isaiah_ch.14.htm
The Continued Mourning over the Fall of Pharaoh (32:2-32)
Chapter 32 continues the lamentation.
Ezekiel 32:1 And 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, (KJV)
And it came to pass in the twelfth year . . . of Jeconiah's captivity, over a year and a half after the taking of Jerusalem, one version says in the eleventh year.
In the twelfth month, in the first day of the month . . . the month Adar, which answers to part of our February, and part of March; one version says the tenth month.
That the word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . . the LORD told Ezekiel exactly what to say.
*****In the twelfth year . . . this was about one year and six or seven months after the destruction of Jerusalem, and when a great hindrance to Nebuchadnezzar’s march upon Egypt had been removed. It is also nearly two months (33:21) since Ezekiel had heard of this calamity through a fugitive. It could not have been very long before the arrival of the fugitive Jews in Egypt, after the murder of Gedaliah (2 Ki.25:25-26; Jer.41:1-10),
yet it seems it was somewhat earlier (33:24). It could have been about the same time with the similar prophecies of Jeremiah (Chs.43, 44); but as the date both of the murder and of the flight are unknown (except that the murder occurred in the seventh month Jer.41:1) . . . but of what year, is not stated, so the exact chronological date of these things remains unclear.
Ezekiel 32:2 Son 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. (KJV)
Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt . . . son of man is found 93 times in Ezekiel, take a lamentation (19:1; 27:2), for Pharaoh, Hophra, say a funeral song for him. This is ordered, not out of honor and respect to him, nor in compassion for his misery and ruin, but to assure him of his death.
And say unto him, thou art like a young lion of the nations . . . like a young lion (19:3, 6), for strength and fierceness, for cruelty and tyranny, which tactics he used, not in one nation only, but in many; a vibrant symbol of the beast of Rome, spiritually called Egypt and Sodom, compared to a leopard, bear, and lion (Dan.7:3-8; Rev.11:7-9).
And thou art as a whale in the seas . . . or like a crocodile, which was common in the rivers of Egypt, but not a whale, for it does not have scales, nor does it go upon land (29:4-5), nor is it taken in a net; all which is said of this creature here. There is a reference to the crocodile [dragon] being Pharaoh (29:3).
And thou camest forth with thy rivers . . . or by thy rivers; as the crocodile does in the river Nile, and the canals made out of it, sometimes went out from there to other parts. Pharaoh came out of thy rivers upon the land, as the crocodile does . . . the king of Egypt left his own land, into other countries, to disturb them.
And thou troublest the waters with thy feet, and foulest their rivers . . . just as the feet of men or beasts do in shallow waters, raising up the mud at the bottom, to dirty them. This too agrees with the crocodile, which has feet; meaning that Pharaoh with his soldiers entered other nations, made war upon them, and disturbed their peace and tranquility. The Targum is, thou hast been strong among the people, as a whale in the seas, thou hast fought with thine army; and thou hast moved the people with thine auxiliaries, and thou hast wasted their provinces.
Ezekiel 32:3 Thus 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. (KJV)
Thus saith the Lord GOD . . . the Almighty Lord GOD, is well able to manage this fierce and raging creature, this mighty monarch who disturbed the nations.
I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people . . . My net; a large, long and wide net, drawn out to full extent, meaning the Chaldean army, which the LORD would activate, and by His wisdom bring against the king of Egypt, and surround him as fishes in a net, and take him and his people (12:13-15).
And they shall bring thee up in my net . . . out of his rivers, out of his fortresses, out of his own land, and carry him captive, or destroy him (29:4).
*****Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will therefore spread out my net over thee, just as you put nets in the Nile River to get fish. That is how the LORD was going to catch Pharaoh, the monster of the Nile River. It is as if GOD is saying, "I will pull you out and move you, and it will not be in a palace.” Death certainly levels out all people, be they rich or poor, kings or paupers, wise or fools! That temporary grave awaits us all. What YOU do with your life on Earth now, decides WHERE you will spend eternity! Will it be Heaven or Hell?
Ezekiel 32:4 Then 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. (KJV)
Then will I leave thee upon the land . . . like a fish laid on dry land, gasping and dying, where it cannot live very long. So it will be with Pharaoh, compared to a water monster (32:3). Leave thee upon the land; his beaten army shall be slain (29:5). This was literally fulfilled in the deserts of Libya, where the slain of Hophra’s army were left to be devoured by fowls and beasts, and as it will also be in the latter days (Rev.19:17-18).
I will cast thee forth on the open field . . . the same as above, but in different words, indicating that his army would fall in battle by the sword of the Chaldeans, and be left on the surface of the Earth not buried (2 Ki.9:10; Pro.30:17; Jer.16:4; 22:19; Eze.39:15; Rev.19:17-18).
And will cause all the fowls of the heavens to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee . . . taken from the water, he would be thrown into the open field to die and be devoured by animals and birds of prey. To remain upon thee; they would not be removed, but would be filled with the spoils of Egypt.
The beasts of the whole earth; the foreign and mercenary soldiers would be enriched by the slaughter and plunder of the Egyptians.
Ezekiel 32:5 And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height. (KJV)
And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains . . . whatever is left by the birds and beasts of prey, who might carry it there; or possibly this means the Egyptians who would flee to the mountains for safety, but then would fall by the hands of the enemy there. The Targum is, and I will give the flesh of thy slain upon the mountains.
And fill the valleys with thy height . . . his huge army, with which Pharaoh prided and lifted himself up, and thought himself safe, which would fall in such great numbers as to cover the plains and valleys where the battle was fought. The Targum very rightly paraphrases it, the valleys shall be filled with the carcasses of thine army.
Ezekiel 32:6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee. (KJV)
And I will also water with thy blood the land wherewith thou swimmest . . . water with thy blood which would most plentifully be poured out, as water is poured out to water land. Now, instead of being watered with the waters of the Nile, by which it became fruitful, it would now be flooded with the blood of his army. This could be referring to the plague (Ex.7:19; Rev.8:8). Land wherein thou swimmest . . . Egypt, the land watered by the Nile, which was the source of its fertility, wherein thou swimmest . . . this is still carrying on the symbol of the crocodile, where Pharaoh exercised his cruel power at will. The Lord GOD is mocking the proud king!
Even to the mountains . . . this express the massive amount of blood that would be shed (Rev.14:20).
And the rivers shall be full of them . . . full of the dead bodies of his army, and of the blood of them would be everywhere, on mountains and valleys, on the land and in the rivers; and which would now be turned into blood, as the rivers of Egypt of old were (Ex.7:20); and which symbol is used to express the utter destruction of the anti-Christian states in the latter days (Rev.8:8; 16:4).
Ezekiel 32:7 And 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. (KJV)
And when I shall put thee out . . . as a candle is put out, or blazing torch is quenched. So great was the king of Egypt’s splendor and glory . . . but now his magnificence would be like a candle put out, leaving darkness, for all his brightness and glory was removed from him (Job 18:5). Put thee out; as a torch is extinguished (Isa.43:17), so will the LORD put out Pharaoh’s light, and turn him into darkness.
I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark . . . cover the heaven either by dark vapors that arise from the blood and decaying bodies, which darken the heavens; or maybe it is describes the great sorrow, fear, trouble and confusion . . . or it may mean the total ruin of the whole kingdom, in which the best, greatest and noblest parts are; as supposing heaven to be the government, the sun the king, the moon the queen, the stars the princes and nobles.
I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light . . . all these symbols are sometimes used to mean the ending of kingdoms and states. Heaven at times being a symbol of a kingdom itself; the sun of a kingdom is the king, the moon is the queen, the stars are nobles, princes, counsellors, and all well-known persons, useful in government . . . and IF they are destroyed or removed, the light and glory, the prosperity and happiness of a kingdom are gone (Isa.13:10). The Targum is, tribulation shall cover thee when I shall extinguish the splendor of the glory of thy kingdom from heaven; and the people of thine army shall be lessened, who are many as the stars; a king with his army shall cover thee as a cloud that ascends and covers the sun, and as the moon, whose light does not shine in the day.
Ezekiel 32:8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee . . . (32:7). All this shall actually befall the world, without any exaggeration, int the latter days (Isa.13:10; 24:23; Jer.4:23-28; Eze.32:7-8; Joel 2:10, 30-31; 3:15; Amos 5:20; 8:9; Zep.1:14-15; Mat.24:29; Mk.13:24-25; Lk.21:25-26; Acts 2:19-20; Rev.6:12-17).
And set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD . . . as there surely would be, if the sun, moon, stars and all the lights of heaven, were darkened above. There seems to be a reference to the thick darkness that was formerly over the land of Egypt (Ex.10:21-23); and this is also a symbol and representation of that darkness that shall be in the kingdom of the beast, or spiritual Egypt, yet to come (Rev.6:12-14; 16:10). The Targum is, tribulation as darkness shall cover thy land.
*****The two previous verses contain the same thing four times with little difference, repeated to have emotional impact on the hearers [and readers], and to impress it the more deeply on their minds.
The heavens shall be dark, the stars darkened, the sun hidden, and the moon deprived of her copied light. It is only from the upper world that this lower world receives its light; and when the bright lights of Heaven above are made dark, darkness as a result is set upon the land, and upon the Earth; so it shall be on the land of Egypt. Here the plague of darkness, which was upon Egypt of old for three days (Ex.10:22), seems to be referred to, as, before, and the turning of the waters into blood (Ex.7:19-21).
When former judgments of GOD are forgotten, it is only right that they should be repeated. When their counsellors, statesmen and those that are in control of the public affairs, are deprived of wisdom and made fools, and the things that belong to their peace are hidden from their eyes, then their lights are darkened and the land is in a mist. Isaiah foretells this (Isa.19:13-15). When the report of the fall of Egypt spread, and the news was brought to remote countries, countries which they had not known (32:9), people would be greatly affected, and feel themselves touched by it.
Ezekiel 32:9 I 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. (KJV)
I will also vex the hearts of many people . . . vex, irritate, provoke to anger or grief (Rev.11:18; 18:15-25). Vex speaks of a passion mixed and made up of anger and grief for what is done, fear of the result of it, anger against Him that did it, and astonished at the report, as it seizes the heart and spirits of the hearers. Many people, great nations.
When I shall bring thy destruction among the nations . . . when I shall bring (29:12; 30:23-26), thy destruction, which by one way or another would come to their ears, and fill them with great concern and anxiety of mind, that so rich and powerful a kingdom was subdued (Jer.25:15-26).
Into countries, which thou hast not known . . . countries far from Egypt, which had no commerce nor communication with them, nor were their friends and allies; yet when their destruction would reach their ears, it would affect their hearts, and fill them with anger and grief; not so much because of Egypt, but the growing power of Nebuchadnezzar, and the danger they were in of falling into his hands.
Ezekiel 32:10 Yea, 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. (KJV)
Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee . . . many people, mighty people would be amazed, astonished and puzzled, not knowing what road to take, what advice to follow, or what to do.
Their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee . . . who are afraid with good reason, for they shall have both fear and doubt, both for Egypt and themselves. Horribly afraid (26:15-18; 27:35), that such a strong, flourishing kingdom, would all at once be so easily subdued and conquered. So too, the kings of the Earth (Rev.1:5; 6:15; 16:14; 17:2, 18; 18:3, 9; 19:9; 21:24), will be afraid when GOD'S judgments are executed on mystical Egypt (Rev.17:2, 12-13; 18:3, 7, 9).
When I shall brandish my sword before them . . . brandish my sword; GOD would make His sword pass with great speed, as if it flew along their borders.
And they shall tremble at every moment . . . moment to moment, continually; they shall never be free from fear, for they were very afraid, for fear that Nebuchadnezzar, who here is GOD’S sword, would smite them. The Targum is, when I shall bring upon thee those that kill with the sword.
Every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall . . . every man; every one of the kings and their people, whose kingdoms were close to Egypt, and by whose borders the Babylon army must pass in their marches. For his own life, each king should be attentive and caring, not for the outmost parts of their kingdoms, or for their subjects, but for their own life. In the day of thy fall; when they would hear of Pharaoh Hophra beaten, taken, imprisoned, his kingdom taken from him, and he dead by a shameful death, and all his people slain, captured, ruined or fled . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.biblehistory.net/newsletter/Hophra.htm
Ezekiel 32:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee. (KJV)
For thus saith the Lord God, the sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee . . . The king of Babylon will take Egypt (30:24-26). Upon Pharaoh and his kingdom; having a commission and a direction from the Almighty Lord GOD, and which would be the instrument of destruction, before threatened. The Targum is, those that slay with the sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon or against thee. Upon thee; both king and kingdom of Egypt.
Ezekiel 32:12 By 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. (KJV)
By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall . . . Pharaoh's many subjects; or his army and the vast number of soldiers in it, whose carcasses would fall in battle by the sword of the mighty men of Nebuchadnezzar's army. The multitude; the people of the land, which were numerous before they were destroyed by these wars.
The terrible of the nations all of them . . . (31:12), which army consisted of men of several nations, and they were the most terrible, fierce, and cruel, by whose swords this slaughter would be made.
And they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt . . . cut off the king, the princes, the nobility and the prime of the nation; plunder the king's palace of all the wealth and riches in it, the treasury of the kingdom; destroy the capital of it; demolish its cities and fortified places, and take away all its strength and glory. Spoil the pomp, break her strength, rob her treasures, sack her cities, capture her people, and make the kingdom a branch, and so stain all her glory.
And all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed . . . all the people of the land, high and low, rich and poor; the destruction shall be over-all, all ranks and degrees of men shall share in it. All the multitude thereof, from high to low, the great and the small shall perish.
Ezekiel 32:13 I 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. (KJV)
I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters . . . all the beasts, the sheep and oxen were devoured by the army, or driven away; the horses taken to mount the horsemen, whose own horses were tired or damaged or dead. Beside the great waters . . . lush pasture along the river would be emptied of all its cattle, which once was full.
Neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them . . . there were so few remaining, of either men or beasts, that the waters of the rivers would not be disturbed, either by men passing over them, and doing any business upon them, or by beasts drinking at them.
Neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more . . . there would be so few people left in Egypt, that they would not disturb the waters by digging, swimming or rowing on them; nor would they trouble the waters any more with the passing of huge armies over them to invade their neighbors.
Ezekiel 32:14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV)
Then will l make their waters deep . . . the sense is literally this, the waters of Egypt undisturbed shall be clear, the mud settled at the bottom, and the waters above it of good depth; or symbolically, other nations, compared to waters for their numbers, who before had been disturbed by the Egyptians; but now they being destroyed, these would be at ease, like troubled waters, after they subside, become deep and clear, when there is none to trouble them.
And cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD . . . to run like oil, smooth and gently, as oil slides along, which will be when neither men nor cattle disturb the rivers. Waters and rivers are symbols of people and nations (Jer.47:2; Is.17:12; Rev.17:15), and once disturbed and put into confusion by Egypt, at whose fall all those troubles shall cease, the people shall settle in a quiet state, and affairs shall, like a quieted river, run smoothly and in great peace. The Targum is, there will I cause the people to rest, and I will lead their kings quietly, saith the Lord GOD.
*****Verse 14 tells us of what it foretold, and our assurance is the Word and Truth of GOD; verse 15 tells us when this shall be.
Ezekiel 32:15 When 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. (KJV)
When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate . . . it shall happen when the cities are demolished, the inhabitants destroyed with the sword, or carried captive.
And the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full . . . shall be destitute: (see 12:19-20); of that whereof it was full; people, cattle, food, corn and other fruits of the Earth, wealth and riches, splendor and magnificence and peace.
When I shall smite all them that dwell therein . . . with the destroying sword of the Chaldeans.
Then shall they know that I am the LORD . . . dear one, the One and Only TRUE and Almighty GOD is known for the absolute perfections of His nature, omnipotence, omniscience, holiness, justice, etc., and by the judgments He executes. This is not to be thought as a spiritual knowledge of Him, but of a sobering belief of the Truth of His Being and His attributes, and by the dreadful dispensations of His wisdom. One day, all people shall know and confess that He is the LORD, to the honor and glory of God’s awesome power and fairness. . . . . . . . . . http://hisservants.org/describing_god_h_s.htm . . . http://hisservants.org/is_jesus_god_h_s.htm
*****When GOD would bring the foretold dreadful calamities upon Egypt, then shall they know that I am the LORD! The dreadful and destructive visitation shall be holy to those that survive, for it shall give them important instruction, and they shall give honor and glory to His power and justice. They shall form a wise opinion of the vanity of the world (Ps.73:8-9; 1 Cor.3:20; 2 Pet.2:18-20; 1 Jn.2:15-17), and of the fading and perishing nature of all things in it. They shall draw their affections away from the world and the things that it contains and offers, and attract them to seek an acquaintance with the LORD as their portion and happiness.
Egypt is Sentenced to the Underworld (32:16-32)
Explaining what it means.
Ezekiel 32:16 This 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. (KJV)
This is the lamentation with which they shall lament her . . . the Egyptians themselves, or maybe those that are afterward mentioned. Ezekiel was bid at the beginning of this prophecy to take up a lamentation (29:2), and now at the end of the prophecy, he pronounces it to be a lamentation [funeral song], and that it should be sung as such.
The daughters of the nations shall lament for her . . . this is either literally understood, it being the business and custom of women to say or sing the funeral dirge, or the lamentation at the burial of the deceased; or it could be symbolically, the inhabitants of other nations . . . that were in alliance with Egypt, and under its protection. Daughters of the nations is a common expression for the nations, but is quite suitable in connection with a lamentation, because the formal mourning of the East was always performed by women.
They shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude . . . they shall mourn for the desolation of the land and for the massive number of people that would be slain with the sword, or carried captive.
Saith the Lord GOD . . . which is added to confirm it; for what GOD has spoken shall surely be done.
Ezekiel 32:17 It 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, (KJV)
It came to pass also the twelfth year . . . in the twelfth year (32:1), another similar prophecy was delivered the same year.
In the fifteenth day of the month . . . of the twelfth month, the month Adar, which is not here expressed, because mentioned before (32:1), it was about a fortnight [two weeks] after the other prophecy. The fifteenth day of the month. The month is not mentioned since the previous prophecy was in the twelfth, or last month of the year, this must be in the same. There was thus an interval of just fourteen days between them. This funeral song, which occupies the rest of the chapter, could be compared with Isaiah 14, on which it is evidently founded.
*****The prophet closed his last prophecy by bringing into view the funeral song of the dead Egyptian Empire, in which the daughters of the nations, who represent the surrounding nations which still lived, appear chanting the funeral dirge. In this prophecy, which seems to have been spoken two weeks later, the prophet sees the entire procession, mourning women and all, engulfed in Sheol. Their sins have found them out and judgment has overtaken them. This should be a warning to us all in today’s world . . . for most people believe the damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1), of universalism. BEWARE!!! . . . . . . . . . . . http://hisservants.org/f_pluralism_universalism.htm
And too, there are millions who simply believe that times have changed, and they simply turn their backs on GOD, and do their own thing! The vast majority of people in today’s world NEVER think of the judgment that is sure to come and of eternity! BIG mistake! . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/judgment_day.htm
GOD has given us this time on Earth, for us to decide WHERE we shall spend eternity. The choice is in OUR hands! GOD has NOT changed! He always has and always will punish SIN! BEWARE!!! http://www.hisservants.org/books_heaven_vs_hell.html
Ezekiel 32:18 Son 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. (KJV)
Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt . . . compose a funeral song to be sung by the mourning women, because of the huge number of the inhabitants of Egypt that shall be slain. The prophet himself would mourn because he had to deliver such message for this occasion . . . this is said to show the certainty of the destruction, and the mourning that would be made on that account.
And cast them down, even her and the daughters of the famous nations . . . cast them down (26:20; 31:16); tell them that they shall be cast down from their height and glory; Egypt and all the countries that were in alliance and friendly with her; were declared by prophecy that they would be cast down and destroyed, or be brought down from the height of grandeur and prosperity in which they once were.
Unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down to the pit . . . the nether parts of the earth; a well-known description of the state of the dead and the grave. Go down into the pit, a synonym for Sheol (Ps.28:1; 30:3; 88:3-4). Usually there is no more than a common description of men’s going to the dust in their burial, but here it contains more. The Egyptians kings wanted to be buried either in the isle Chemnis, or in the pyramids . . . their kings and great ones would be laid by themselves; but here Ezekiel provides them their grave among the common people, buries them where they fall . . . they shall not have what they figured on in their funeral. They would NOT be put into stately tombs built on high, such as were made for the kings of Egypt; but unto common pits or graves, dug in the lower parts of the Earth, where the lower and common sort of people were buried . . . for there would be no difference between them and others, they all would have one common burial. The Targum is, son of man, prophesy concerning the multitude of Egypt, and break her, even her, and the villages of the mighty people; prophesy that they shall be delivered unto the lowest earth, with those that go down to the pit of the house of perdition.
*****Ezekiel was to prepare the funeral ceremonies for the burial of Egypt, compose a suitable song or speech, utter it with suitableness sadness for the occasion (Jer.9:17-19; Amos 5:16-20). This dead corpse of a kingdom is here brought to the grave. The prophet is ordered to cast them down to the pit (32:18), and to foretell their destruction as one that had authority, as Jeremiah was set over the kingdoms (Jer.1:10). Here Ezekiel was to speak in GOD'S Holy Name, and as from Him who would cast them down. Yet he must foretell it as one that had an affectionate concern for them; he must wail for the multitude of Egypt (32;18), even when he casts them down.
Would Egypt think she was exempt from the common fate of proud and arrogant nations? No, she was NOT exempt! She would take her lot with the other over-confident ones.
Ezekiel 32:19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised. (KJV)
Whom dost thou pass in beauty? . . . Ezekiel begins with this question . . . do you think that you are better than others, that thou should not die and be laid in dust? Do you excel in wisdom, in riches, or in strength, in the multitude of subjects, or extent of dominions, that you think that you are secure from destruction? Consider other kingdoms mightier than you, and see how they were brought to ruin, and expect that this will quickly be what shall happen to you. The prophet told Pharaoh to speak, if you think that you have any privilege to plead, that makes you think that you should not go down to the pit as a despised mortal.
Go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised . . . go down to the grave, and take your place, as you lie there among the wicked and most extravagant of mankind, and such as might be most despised by the Egyptians, since they used circumcision. Go down: the prophet, hearing no plea of privilege, sentenced Pharaoh to the grave, laying him down with sarcasm, Go down like others. The Targum is, go down and sleep with sinners.
Be thou laid; Egypt’s king would take up lodging, in a long, dark and dismal recess, where his dust and bones shall never be known by any royal figure. With the uncircumcised; surrounded by profane and loathed corpses; for such were the uncircumcised in the opinion of the circumcised. A burial with the uncircumcised was considered a dishonor and disgrace for kings and princes.
*****This verse, is a most elegant representation of the dead, as if real and familiar, talking with and rejoicing at the fall of proud tyrants, who took no warning by their fall. Such an imagined condition is found in Isaiah 14.
Whom dost thou surpass in beauty? Was Pharaoh so much better than any other nation that he should expect to be excused? Ezekiel says a definite ‘No.’ Others as rich and powerful as Pharaoh and having great splendor and glory had sunk down into the pit; and now, he would also go down and be thou laid with the uncircumcised. The king was like them and he too would lie among them. Pharaoh will find that the other rulers are down there in Sheol. http://www.hisservants.org/hell_abraham's_bosom.htm . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/hell.htm
And see our article: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_hell_what_happens_to_souls.htm
Ezekiel 32:20 They 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. (KJV)
They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword . . . they, the Egyptians shall fall in battle by the sword of the Chaldeans. Now the prophet determines about the people, which die as others, fall undistinguished, and, as undistinguished, must be laid in the pit.
She is delivered to the sword . . . she, Egypt is given to the sword, to perish by it, for her sins, according to the just judgment of Almighty GOD.
Draw her and all her multitudes . . . to the place of burial; NOT in pomp and splendor, as great persons are drawn in hearses; but in great disgrace, as carcasses that are dragged into a common pit or grave, and cast into it. This is said to the Chaldeans, who had a commission from the LORD to slay Egypt, and to bury her, and all her people.
*****The corpse of this kingdom is bid welcome to the grave, and Pharaoh is joined to the congregation of the dead, and admitted into their regions, with absolutely NO pomp and ceremony. As the surprising fall of the king of Babylon is thus illustrated, Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming, and to introduce thee into those mansions of darkness. Isaiah 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. (KJV)
Be wise, consider the following:
Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (KJV)
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (KJV)
Jeremiah 21:8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. (KJV) . . . The choice is up to YOU, which WAY you take!
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)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) . . . There are NOT many ways to Heaven, there is only ONE Way, JESUS!
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) . . . Only JESUS can save your soul from Hell!
Ezekiel 32:21 The 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. (KJV)
The strong among the mighty shall speak to him . . . the strongest of them, those who have excelled in strength and courage, and were famous for military achievements, who have been great warriors and conquerors; and yet with all their power were subdued by death, and brought down to the grave. These all are a symbolic figure, represented as meeting Pharaoh king of Egypt, when he came to his grave, saluting and welcoming him to the state of the dead in which they were; taking a kind of comfort in it, and offending him as being as weak as they (Isa.14:9), which they would do.
Out of the midst of hell . . . or the grave, Hades, the state of the dead: http://www.hisservants.org/hell_hades.htm
http://hisservants.org/hell_what_is_it_like.htm . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/hell_hades.htm
With them that help him . . . the associates, allies and friends of Pharaoh, all those that fell with him, and were brought to the grave at the same time with him; these would be greeted, saluted and welcomed in like manner.
They are gone down . . . to the grave (32:18), those mighty ones that are represented as speaking, and the Egyptians and their helpers who are spoken to.
They lie uncircumcised . . . (32:19), among them that are so, uncircumcised; neglected and forgotten, or remembered with contempt.
Slain by the sword . . . of their enemies, who had gotten the victory over them.
*****The strong mighty ones, the residents of Sheol greet these incoming nations, who in life considered themselves infinitely their superiors, with belittling comments. Their souls had not entered Sheol with pride, after the sacred rites of a religious burial, but had been hurried there from the battlefield where their bones were most likely were left uncovered (31:16-18). The entire Passage makes a sharp distinction between those who were buried in state with their weapons about them (32:27), and those who, like the uncircumcised barbarians, lay buried where they fell, without the funeral rites which supposedly prepared them for a favorable entrance into Sheol.
Ezekiel 32:22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: (KJV)
Ashur is there, and all her company . . . Ashur, the famous, warlike, victorious kings of Assyria, is there; in the state of the dead, in the land of darkness and oblivion; and all her company; princes, captains, soldiers, subjects, and confederates. In the state of the dead, or in a most desolate and ruinous condition; the great Assyrian monarchy, the kings of it, the princes, nobles, generals, soldiers, and the vast number of subjects in all the dominions of it; all his army, shows who the mighty are, and they would meet and address the king of Egypt at his entrance into Sheol.
His graves are about him . . . either the graves of Pharaoh and his multitude are round about the graves of the Assyrian monarch and his subjects, or maybe the graves of his subjects and soldiers are round about him. This seems to represent the king of Assyria as having a statelier monument, and the graves of his people as lesser ones round about him, but all are in the same condition. There seems to be rewards in Heaven and degrees of punishment in Hell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_hell_degrees_of_punishment.html http://hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
All of them slain, fallen by the sword . . . all of their enemies, the Medes and the Babylonians, by whom the Assyrian monarchy was destroyed.
*****They shall speak to Pharaoh out of the midst of Hell, as it were cheering his arrival and calling him to join them, and finally admit that it is in vain to think of opposing GOD, and that none who ever hardened their hearts against Him had prospered. They shall say to him, and to those with him, where are you now? What have your last attempts brought you?
Many nations are here mentioned as gone down to the grave before Egypt, that are ready to give her a scornful reception and rebuke her with coming to them at last. These nations here spoken of were probably such as had been of late years ruined and wasted by the king of Babylon, and their princes cut off. When Egypt goes to the grave she migrates with the majority; for there are uncountable ones before her (Mat.7:13-14).
But it is apparent that although Judah and Jerusalem were just about this time, or a little before, utterly ruined and laid waste, yet they are not mentioned here among the nations that welcome Egypt to the pit . . . for though they suffered the same things that these nations suffered, and by the same hand, yet the kind intentions of their affliction, and its happy issue at last, and the mercy God had yet in reserve for them, altered the end result of it. It was not to them as going down to the pit, as it was to the heathen; they were not smitten as others were, nor slain according to the slaughter of other nations (Isa.27:7).
But, in the following Scriptures, we shall see who those are that have gone to the grave before Egypt, that lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword, and with whom she must now take up her lodging. The first one mentioned is the Assyrian Empire, and all the princes and mighty men of that monarchy (32:22). Ashur is there and all her company, all the countries that were tributaries to and had dependence upon that crown. That mighty monarch who used to lie in state, with his guards and dignitaries around him, now lies in obscurity, with his graves about him and his soldiers in them, no longer able to do him service or honor; as they all of them are slain, fallen by the sword.
Ezekiel 32:23 Whose 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. (KJV)
Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit . . . this refers to the niches in the sides of the subterranean caves or burying-places, where the bodies are laid. These are many in Egypt. In the sides of the pit, sepulchers in the East were caves hollowed out of the rock, with the bodies laid in places notched or formed at the sides (Isa.14:3-11, 13, 15).
And her company is round about her grave . . . the company of the king of Assyria, or his army, the common subjects and soldiers of the Assyrian empire, all buried commonplace about her (32:22). Her grave: the ruins of an empire are its grave; and so all the subjects of this empire lie buried with it.
All of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living . . . those who now are in the state of the dead, can no more disturb and distress anyone anymore! While they were alive, they struck terror in all neighboring states and kingdoms; threatening destruction to them, and forcing them to submit to their tyranny and exactions. Some interpret the land of the living to be the land of Israel; and the Jewish writers commonly understand by the land of the living to be the land of Canaan, because here men worshipped the living God, and lived before Him; and the inhabitants of this land were often terrified by the king of Assyria. Caused terror . . . Assyria had been a terror to all they would be enemies to, and proudly boasted of and cruelly used their power, but now lie quiet, their dust little considered, less feared, and least of all pitied.
Ezekiel 32:24 There 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. (KJV)
There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave . . . the kingdom of the Medes and Persians lying in ruin, and their potent kings in the state of the dead; along with their army, as one version states, slain and destroyed, and placed around the grave of the king of Persia. The Persians, who in the reign of Cyaxares had been subdued by the Scythians, and slain in great number (Jer.49:34). The Persians, and their great, famous kings, who lived in former days, and all her multitude.
All of them slain, fallen by the sword . . . either by the Scythians in the reign of Cyaxares; or of Nebuchadnezzar a few years before this, in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah (Jer.49:34).
Which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth . . . uncircumcised (32:31) is unholy persons, profane sinners, destitute of the grace of God; who were gone down into the grave, and even into Hell and everlasting destruction, as their sins deserved.
Which caused their terror in the land of the living . . . their terror (32:23), made a great noise in the world, striking panic in the neighboring nations, invaded and conquered by them. These things they did while living, but now, being in the state of the dead, nothing was to be feared from them: yet they have borne their shame with them that go down to the pit; they were forced to submit to a shameful death, by the hands of their conquerors, and to be laid with humiliation in the grave with others, with no mark of distinction; for all being upon one level, all cast into the same pit of destruction, and into the lower parts of it.
Yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit . . . they borne their shame, carried their shame to Hell with them, where there is perpetual shame and confusion, beside the frustrating misery they have left behind them upon Earth. Into the nether parts of the earth (32:18), into Hell, such as the greedy rich man (Lk.16:23), where our Saviour seems to refer to this place. Their shame, GOD and man poured contempt upon them, and punished them for their pride, and turned their glory into shame, whose evils and failures are much more remembered than their noble facts and glorious achievements.
*****Jeremiah had already prophesied against Elam twelve years before (Jer.49:34). Elam is Persia, and had been repeatedly conquered by Assyria and Chaldea. It was a fierce and warlike nation, and its soldiers had served long in Nebuchadnezzar’s army. It was by the aid of Persia that he had succeeded in overthrowing Assyria. It was by a succeeding union of the same power with the Medes that the Babylon was overthrown. Not until after that union did Persia become a very prominent nation. It continued a great power until its defeat by Alexander. Ezekiel is therefore anticipating the events of the future when he represents Elam as already in the pit.
The body of Elam and all her multitude was put in the grave, but they in reality, have gone to another place, to Sheol, the unseen world of the dead. Our LORD Jesus called it the place of torment for those who are lost. All those that are saved are in the section which JESUS called Abraham's Bosom; then later to the repentant thief on the cross He called it paradise (Lk.23:43). Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.
There are others Pharaoh finds in Sheol.
Ezekiel 32:25 They 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. (KJV)
They have set her bed in the midst of the slain, with all her multitude . . . the grave is called a bed (Isa.57:2), where the body is laid or put in a coffin, in which it rests, as on a bed. The king of Elam, with his army, and the generals of it slain in battle, placed all around him, in less stately beds, coffins, and graves, as explained in the next clause:
Her graves are round about him . . . the king of Persia and his grave, surrounded with the graves of his soldiers and officers:
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 . . . which is repeated to confirm it.
He is put in the midst of them that be slain . . . the king of Elam or Persia; is laid among the slain, having fallen with them, and his grave is placed in the midst of them, and in the hottest fire of Hell.
*****All those who cause terror in their days shall, sooner or later, bear the shame of it, and would be made a terror to themselves. The king of Elam is put in the midst of those that are slain.
Ezekiel 32:26 There 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. (KJV)
There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude . . . Meshech, Tubal (27:13), northern nations, between the Black and Caspian Seas. One mentions them as a conquered people, branches to Darius Hystaspes. They were a powerful and warlike people. It is true that they were barbarous people, but there is no record that they ever were lords of the world; but they did cause their terror in the land of the living, and were slain by the sword under the command and in the expeditions of their kings into Asia, who were accompanied with her multitudes.
Her graves are round about him . . . this is not the king of Egypt, nor the king of Assyria, nor the king of Persia; but the chief commander of the Scythians, called the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (38:2; 39:1).
All of them slain by the sword . . . of Halyattes, king of Lydia, and Cyaxares, king of Media, who was assisted by the former in subduing the Scythians.
Though they caused their terror in the land of the living . . . as they did in Media, and other countries, and especially in some parts of Asia.
*****It is hard to obtain historical data for the exact time of the fall of these more obscure kingdoms; but at this time period of the world, these smaller states were being rapidly swallowed up and absorbed by the greater powers who were contending for the world’s empire. Meshech and Tubal, like Persia, do not appear at this time to have yet attained their greatest progress.
Ezekiel 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised,: 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. (KJV)
And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised . . . they shall not lie in such state, or be buried with such pomp and magnificence, and have such monuments erected to their memory, as other heroes among the heathens have had; such as the mighty kings of Assyria and Persia before mentioned. They shall not lie with the mighty . . . the leaders of these Scythians were not buried with a splendor like that of Asshur or Elam, but were surprised by the fraud of Halyattes and Cyaxares, and were cut off with all their multitude, and tumbled into pits with the rabble.
And they have laid their swords under their heads . . . as a sign and token, that the sword did not rule over them, that they did not fall by it; either their statues and sepulchral monuments were adorned with these, and other instruments of war, as was the grave of Misenus by Aeneas; and as is still the custom where the heads of such mighty ones are laid, to engrave them on them: or, possibly their swords and other weapons of war were put in their graves under their heads; as it was usual, in former times, in some places to put swords, shields, and other armor, in the graves of military men, as were in the grave of Theseus, on the bier of Alexander the great, and others. The Scythians were not buried after this grand and arrogant manner.
But their iniquities shall be upon their bones . . . the punishment of their sin would be, that their bones would lie unburied and scattered about, or be dug up and broke to pieces, and treated with aggression and contempt, as a just reward for their savageness and cruelty.
Though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living . . . Though they were the terror, because they were cruel, bloody, ravenous and oppressive while they lived. The mighty, Cyaxares and the Persians, that dared
not again attempt Nineveh, until the Scythians were fallen.
*****They shall not lie with the mighty, they shall not have separate tombs, such as mighty conquerors have, but shall all be heaped together in one pit, as is the case with the vanquished. One reads it: Shall they not lie with the mighty that are fallen? One version is supported by the parallel (Isa.14:18-19) to which Ezekiel refers, and which represents them as not lying, as mighty kings lie, in a grave, but cast out of one, as a carcass trodden under foot.
Ezekiel 32:28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword. (KJV)
Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised . . . thou, chief of Meshech and Tubal, respects the prince of the Scythians, who would fall into the hands of Heathens, and be destroyed by them, although not named; while some think this is said to Pharaoh king of Egypt.
And shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword . . . be buried with them, or in like manner as they are; and not as mighty warriors, who die a natural death in their own country, and are buried in a stately and magnificent way; but like those that fall by the sword of the enemy, and are thrown into one common pit.
Ezekiel 32:29 There 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. (KJV)
There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes . . . Edom; the posterity of Esau, the name of the country too in which they dwelt. In this place, near the graves of the above mentioned, and in the same catastrophic and desolate condition, lie the famous kingdom of Idumea, and the several kings and dukes of it, from the first setting of it up, to its last destruction prophesied of (25:12), of many of which mention is made (Gen.36:15).
Which with their might are laid by them that are slain with the sword . . . who, aside from their powerful armies, and ability and skill in war, yet are conquered and destroyed, and laid in graves in the same way as all others slain by the sword of the enemy were.
They shall lie with the uncircumcised . . . for though they themselves were circumcised, being the descendants of Esau the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, on whose seed circumcision was ordered; this did NOT secure them from a violent death, and an disgraceful burial; for they were NOT circumcised in their heart, they were wicked and ungodly men, and so should be joined in their death and burial with such. Spiritual circumcism: (Deut.10:16; 30:6; Jer.4:4; 9:26; Eze.44:9; Acts 7:51; Rom.2:29; Col.2:11).
And with them that go down to the pit . . . the common container of the slain.
*****Inscriptions tell us that Edom became a vassal-state of Assyria around 736 BC. They may well have assisted them against Israel and Judah which would have helped to nurture the undying hatred shown to them by Israel (Ps.137:7; Isa.34:5-15; 63:1-6; Jer.49:7-22; Lam.4:21-22; Joel 3:19; Amos 1:11-12; Oba.1:7-9). It seems that they had a policy of turning back Israelites when they fled for refuge from invading enemies, a callous and cynical attitude (35:5). They too finally suffered at the hands of the Babylonians. They are probably mentioned here because of Israel’s undying hatred. They have joined their former masters. They probably practiced circumcision, but like Egypt they joined the uncircumcised, because their hearts were not circumcised.
Ezekiel 32:30 There 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. (KJV)
There be the princes of the north . . . of the north; of all those countries, Tyrians, Zidonia, Assyrians, and Syrians, etc., which lay north of Judea, were now swallowed up by Babylon.
And all the Zidonians . . . one version renders it, and all the hunters; but wrongly, as other versions read the princes or soldiers of Assyria. The Zidonians or inhabitants of Zidon are meant; a famous maritime city, as Tyre also was, in Phoenicia.
Which are gone down with the slain . . . into the grave, being conquered and destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar (28:21). With the slain, the conquered and slain. The kings of Babylon, which lay north of Judea; or the princes of Syria, Damascus, and Tyre, especially the latter, which commonly goes along with Zidon, being near it, as follows:
With their terror they are ashamed of their might . . . the number and strength of their armies, the valor and courage of their soldiers, and the fortifications of their cities, in which they trusted, and of which they boasted; yet none of this could preserve them from ruin.
And they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword . . . lie in common with other profane and wicked persons that have fallen by the sword as they have done: By the sword of their conquering enemy.
And bear their shame with them that go down to the pit . . . (32:24), bear their shame; they lie under shameful fall, from a seeming glory to a real humiliation.
*****There lie the princes of the north, and all the Zidonians. These all were as well acquainted with maritime affairs as the Egyptians were, who relied much upon that part of their strength, but they too have gone down with the slain, down to the pit. There in the pit, they now are ashamed of their power, ashamed to think how much they boasted of it and trusted to it; and, as the Edomites with their might, so these with their terror, are laid with those that are slain by the sword and are forced to take their place with them. They bear their shame along with those that go down to the pit, die in as much disgrace as those that are there. All this is applied to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, who have no reason to flatter themselves with hopes of peacefulness when they see how the wisest, the wealthiest, and the strongest of their neighbors have been laid waste (32:28). All shall be broken in the midst of the spiritually uncircumcised; for GOD shall pull down all the proud and unreformed nations of the world. This also looks to the latter days.
Ezekiel 32:31 Pharaoh 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. (KJV)
Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over his multitude . . . Pharaoh shall see them, this is the conclusion of this doleful song. When Pharaoh is brought to the grave, and into the state of the dead, he shall look around him, and see who lie by him; and he shall see all the above mentioned kings of Assyria, Persia, Idumea, and the princes of Tyre and Zidon, and all their mighty armies, generals and soldiers, all in the same condition with himself. This would be a small comfort to him in his own death, and at the loss of so great a kingdom, such numerous subjects, and a vast army, that others as rich, as powerful as himself, lie in the same low and miserable condition; although such comfort as this must be poor comfort indeed! But this shall be all the comfort wicked men shall have in Hell . . . that they shall have company with them there.
Even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword . . . Pharaoh Hophra and his numerous army slain by the sword of the king of Babylon. This explains who is meant by Pharaoh and his multitude: and that this would certainly be his case, it is added,
Saith the Lord GOD . . . dear one, when GOD has spoken it, and it shall surely be done. His Words are continued in the verse 32.
*****Pharaoh Hophra shall go to the underworld by a similar destruction, and when he saw them all ruined as he was, would be comforted and rejoice that others before him had met with the same fatal end, and what little comfort this might be, it would be all he shall ever have, for there is absolutely an everlasting HELL!
Mark 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (KJV)
Luke 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (KJV) . . . Even demons have enough smarts to know that only JESUS can keep you out of Hell! (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12).
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (KJV)
Luke 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (KJV) . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/luke_ch16.htm
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (KJV)
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (KJV) . . . Hell, the lake of fire, has NO exit gates! You do NOT want to go there! JESUS can take you to Heaven!
NO EXIT GATES IN HELL
Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (KJV) . . . Gates are used for opening and shutting. The torment of Hell has gates that will OPEN to let one in, and SHUT to keep them there FOREVER. The gates of Hell will NEVER close upon a TRUE Christian.
There seem to be many gates, into Hell,
This place of torment, where millions shall dwell.
Are you on your way, to one of those gates?
You can change your course, for it’s not too late!
Since Heav’n has twelve gates, maybe Hell does too,
We could guess all day, but we have no clue.
It matters not, how many gates there be,
Enter into one, it shuts eternally!
Any sin, can put a person in Hell,
A place where you, do NOT want to dwell!
Multiple sins are rampant, the world wide,
Instead in Christ Jesus, you must abide.
Cast away all sin, from your life today,
Believe God, accept Christ, is the right way.
Because all do it, does NOT make it right,
Wickedness in God’s eyes, is black as night!
God is a just God, so holy and pure,
My friend, there is NO sin, that He will endure.
E’vn a small sin, He will not tolerate,
All sin will lead you, to one of Hell’s gates!
Are on Satan’s road, to Hell’s eternity.
Sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars,
Are speeding their way, to the Lake of Fire.
Heav’n is yours, if in Christ Jesus you believe,
Eternal life is what, you will receive.
If you care for your soul, choose carefully,
Heav’n, or the gates of Hell, eternally!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Aug.29, 2015 #1380
Salvation: (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8,15-16,36; 5:24; 1 John 5:10-13) Hell: (Deut 32:22; 2 Sam.22:6; Job 11:8; 26:6; Ps.9:17; 16:10; 18:6; 55:15; 86:13;116:3; 139:8; Pro.5:5; 7:27; 9:18; 15:11,24; 23:14; 27:20; Isa 5:14; 14:9,15; 28:15,18; 30:33; 33:14; 57:9; Eze.31:16-17; 32:21,27; Amos 9:2; Jonah 2:2; Mat.3:12; 5:22;29-30; 7:13-14; 8:11-12; 10:28; 11:23; 13:38-42,49-50; 16:18; 18:8-9,34-35; 22:13; 23:33; 25:28-30,41,46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 3:17; 10:15; 12:5; 16:23-28; Acts 1:25; 2:27,31; 2 thes.1:8-9; Jam.3:6; 2 Pet.2:4; Jude 1:6-23; Rev.1:18; 2;11; 6:8; 9:1-2; 11:7; 14:10-11; 19:20; 20:10,13-15; 21:8) Sinful Lifestyle: (Mal.3:5; Mat.15:18-19; Mark 7:21-32; Rom.1:21-32; 1 Cor.6:9-10; 10:20-21; 2 Cor.12:20-21; Gal.5:19-21; Eph.4:17-19; 5:3-6; Col.3:5-8; 1 Tim.1:9-10; Tit.3:3; Heb.12:24; 13:4; Jam.3:14-15; 1 Pet.4:3-4; 1 John 3:15; Rev.21:8; 22:15) BEWARE!!!
God can and will forgive ANY sin IF you accept what His only begotten Son, Jesus did on the cross for you. NO one has to go to Hell! NO one has to hear those gates slam shut after them! Heaven is available to whosoever! That means YOU! Believe God!
Ezekiel 32:32 For 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. (KJV)
For I have caused my terror in the land of the living . . . it is the Lord GOD that speaks, it is HE Who had punished former tyrants by His revenging wrath, that the world might see and KNOW that He is the Lord GOD (13:9; 20:20, 44; 23:49; 24:24; 28:22, 24, 26; 29:16; 34:30; 36:23; 39:22, 28), and that His judgments are ALWAYS just and right! These nations were a terror to the world by their cruel oppression and nonstop violence, by their greed and arrogant pride; so GOD had brought the terror of His rightful severities down on them as their punishments. The Targum expressly mentions as the land of the living; and now I will terrify him who has terrified others.
And he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with those that are slain with the sword . . . he, Pharaoh, shall have a common burial with all the other Heathen nations; in a similar way of judgment, having perished by the sword of their victorious enemies, so shall Pharaoh also perish.
Even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD . . . the king of Egypt, his subjects and his soldiers, as many as they are. This ends this mournful song and funeral lamentation, composed, taken up by Ezekiel and sung for Pharaoh as ordered, for in so doing, it assures the king of his certain destruction.
Pharaoh Hophra shall suffer as the other nations did; since he sinned as they, he made himself like them by his choice of their vices, and GOD will make him like them by similar miseries and fair judgments and these shall be to his subjects as well as to himself. Hophra, who was strangled, and likely cast out without burial; to Amasis, who was taken out of his tomb and burnt to ashes: so unlike the condition of the dead, which usually is rest to the body, was their condition after death, who in life made it unlike, and imagined it was above, the condition of mortal men. http://biblehub.com/topical/h/hophra.htm
Much of the wording of this chapter may be clarified by comparing it with Isaiah 14, which the wise reader would do well to consult.
*****Ezekiel only gives us a glimpse of that unseen world called Sheol. Remember, we see only a brief, fleeting view of this terrible place. All we have here is a little peek into this actual, unseen world, and it is all God intended for us to see. Millions never consider it, but those of us who KNOW it exists, do wonder about it, and want not that any should go there. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/2_peter_ch3.htm . . . We must do all we can to keep people from Hell. http://www.hisservants.org/hell_abraham's_bosom.htm
And see our article:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.judgmentcoming.org/j_c_hell_what_happens_to_souls.htm
This closes the series of prophecies against foreign nations. There are other prophecies against these nations in Ezekiel Chapters 35, 38, 39; but the prophecies here, have greater appeal of the Promises to Israel, than of simple condemnation of their enemies. The larger part of this series was uttered between the beginning and the close of the siege of Jerusalem, a time during which Ezekiel was to not to speak to his people, and at the close of which, his mouth was again to be opened to them. So, at this time, Ezekiel’s prophetic words were properly applied to foreigners, and at the close, with the renewal of his instructions to Israel, a renewed charge is then given as a sort of fresh introduction to his prophetic office (33:1-30).
The Jewish calendar has the following months:
1. Nissan 30 days March-April
2. Iyar 29 days April-May
3. Sivan 30 days May-June
4. Tammuz 30 days June-July
5. Av 30 days July-August
6. Elul 29 days August-September
7. Tishri 30 Days September-October
8. Cheshvan 29 or 30 days October-November
9. Kishlev 30 or 29 days November-December
10. Tevet 29 days December-January
11. Shevat 30 Days January-February
12. Adar I (leap years only) 30 days February-March
13. Adar (leap years only) 29 days February-March
Son of man: (Job 25:6; 35:8; Ps.8:4; 80:17; 144:3; 146:3; Isa.51:12; 56:2; Jer.49:33; 50:40; 51:43; Eze.2:1, 3, 6, 8; 3:1, 3-4, 10, 17, 25; 4:1, 16; 5:1; 6:2; 7:2; 8:5,6, 8, 12, 15, 17; 11:2, 15; 12:2, 3, 9, 18, 22, 27; 13:2,17; 14:3,13; 15:2; 16:2; 17:2; 20:3-4, 27, 46; 21:2, 6, 9, 12, 14, 19, 28; 22:2, 18, 24; 23;2,36; 24:2, 16, 24-25; 25:2; 26:2; 27:2; 28:2, 12, 21; 29:2, 18; 30:2, 21; 31:2; 32:2, 18; 33:2, 7, 10, 12, 24, 30; 34:2; 35:2; 36:1, 17; 37:3, 9, 11, 16; 38:2, 14;
39:1, 17; 40:4; 43:7, 10, 18; 44:5; 47:6; Dan.7:13; 8:17; Mal.3:17; Mat.8:20; 9:6; 10:23; 11:19; 12:8,32,40; 13:37,41; 16:13,27,28; 17:9,12,22; 18:11; 19:28; 20:18, 28; 24:27, 30, 37, 39, 44; 25:13,31; 26:2, 24, 45, 64; Mk.2:10, 28; 8:31, 38; 9:9, 12, 31; 10:33, 45; 13:26, 34; 14:21, 41, 62; Lk.5:24; 6:5; 7:34; 9:22, 26, 44, 56, 58; 11:30; 12:8, 10, 40; 17:22, 24, 26, 30; 18:8, 31; 19:10; 21:27, 36; 22:22, 48, 69; 24:7; Jn.1:51; 3;13-14; 5:27; 6:27, 33, 62; 8:28; 12:23, 34; 13:31; Acts 7:56; Heb.2:6; Rev.1:13; 14;14. (son of man 93 times in Ezekiel).
The great lesson of this chapter is the expected justice with which God administers to the world. At times it seems as though wicked men are allowed to complete their evil plans without any hindrance; but dear one, we cannot see beneath the surface, where the eye of mortal man cannot penetrate . . . but, GOD is surely endowing His eternal verdict of reward to the righteous and destruction to the ungodly. Any time that we are wronged, let us leave our cause with the Lord GOD, the righteous and Holy Judge; and having handed the matter over to Him, we shall be blessed by Him.
(1.) The nations mentioned are those that have come into conflict with Israel, although their sin is regarded as more common than this. The end result is the judgment of the Lord GOD upon them, His verdict in regard to their life as nations. Their shared sin is violence, for they put terror in the land of the living, and their fate is as their conduct; taking the sword, they shall perish by it. The history of nations is GOD’S judgment of nations.
(2.) All the rebellions and convulsions that take place in the history of the nations, are permitted and ruled by GOD, to reveal His purpose. As His judgments go far beyond man’s plans, men are forced to realize that there is indeed a wise GOD that judges in the Earth. How thankful we should be, that we may hear the voice of JESUS, from the Bosom of the Father, proclaiming that He is love (Jn.1:18; 14:21).
As we read, let us pause, as the Prophet himself has done, in closing this Chapter. Here he finishes his judgments upon the several heathen nations, and in Chapter 33, we find him returning to his instructing the people of Israel. Before we follow him there, let us look back, and ponder over those serious judgments that the LORD had decided to put upon the heathen nations.
Sin has entered into the world, and death comes by sin (Gen.2:17; 3:3). This is the unchangeable declaration of GOD’S Holy Word! http://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_bible_what_it_says_about_sin.htm
Dear one, whenever sin is found, death must follow: temporal death, spiritual death, eternal death. See our article, Death, Then What? http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
Death passes upon all men, because all have sinned (Rom.3:10, 23). So, where ever sin is found by GOD, unless it is done away with in Christ, there shall be resentment and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of mankind that does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Gentile (Rom.1:16; 2:9-10). We all should pause over this subject; and with these solemn Scriptures in view, read over all that the Prophet hath said about this, in this Chapter and the many preceding Chapters, concerning GOD’S condemnation of the ungodly. As we read, may the Holy Spirit accompany us as His Almighty Presence leads, guides and directs us, in these solemn considerations. And from the uniform messages of Scripture on those momentous events, may we learn how very important it is to reverence the remarkable rulings of Almighty GOD.
Here in Chapter 32, we find the LORD speaking in similar language, by his servant the Prophet Ezekiel, as in another Scripture where He does by His servant the Apostle John. In Chapter 32, the LORD declares, that He will cover the Heaven, and that the sun shall become black as sackcloth, the moon shall be as blood, and the stars of heaven shall fall upon the Earth (Rev.6:12; 8:12; 16:10); and that many people shall be astonished, and their kings shall be totally afraid. And the kings of the Earth, and the great men, and the rich men; and every bond man, and every free man, shall call to the mountains and rocks to fall on them, and hide them from the face of Him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb (Lk.23:28-30; Rev.6:12-17).
Precious Lord JESUS, grant to anyone that reads, grace to know Thee in Thy exceptional and unique love, and in Thy great salvation, that when You return to shake this Earth, we may be found safe in Your everlasting Arms, as the Lord Our Righteousness! Amen.
CONSIDER: Although Egypt was an idolatrous nation, and Pharaoh was a wicked king, the prophet must take up a lamentation over them, for the servants of God, when they can do no more, must weep over those who, hardened in sin, refuse to shed a tear for themselves.
(1.) The king of Egypt is compared to a lion, fierce, devouring and ravenous; to a whale, or crocodile within his rivers, a multitude of people from his rivers, attacking in search of prey; and as this animal with his feet troubling the waters, so he did with his armies, disturbing the tranquility of his neighbors. Ambitious, greedy princes are the trouble makers of the earth, and the scourge of mankind.
(2.) Pharaoh’s destruction is foretold. The same likeness is continued; GOD, the author of His punishment, shall take the king as a great fish in his net, with all his abundant forces, and drag him to land; where, like a fish out of water, he must perish, and, being cast into the open field, would become a prey for every fowl and every beast. So immense will be the massacre, such a torrent of blood be shed, that the valleys shall be filled with the corpses of the slain, and the rivers swelled with human blood, speaking in an exaggerated way, as high as the mountains. The sword is in GOD'S control, the executioners of vengeance is the Chaldeans, mighty men, the terrible nations, who shall spoil the pomp, plunder the wealth, and slay the multitude of the Egyptians. The cattle shall be destroyed, and the foot of man or beast shall no more disturb the waters, because so few would remain. The whole land shall be deserted, with all its plenty coming to an end. Even the lights of Heaven, as if shocked to see these results, shall be darkened, and clothed in sackcloth; and the once rapid rivers, as if congealed with grief, shall with difficulty roll slowly with their heavy flood.
(3.) The news of Pharaoh's fall, with his multitudes, will alarm, surprise and bitterly affect the nations. Not only the neighbors and allies would be aggravated at their overthrow, lament them, and tremble at the judgments which they beheld; but even the most remote countries, which had no connection with the Egyptians, shall hear with astonishment the report, and dread every moment, lest that sword of the LORD, wielded before them by the king of Babylon, would fall at last upon their heads.(a.) When the sword of GOD’S judgment is wielded before us, and we see others smitten, it is time for us to tremble. (b.) Instead of being humbled by the visitations of the Lord GOD before them, hardened sinners murmur and fret against GOD.
(4.) The LORD will make Himself dreadfully known by these strokes of vengeance: the folly of pride and creature-confidence will then appear, and GOD be found the only true abiding support, and satisfying portion.
About two weeks after the former prophesy, according to one version, another prophecy was delivered. It brings Pharaoh, with his multitude, to their graves; and the prophet must lament over them, or rather compose a funeral song to be sung on this melancholy occasion.
Egypt is brought to the grave, and received among the dead. The prophet is ordered to cast them down, because GOD’S power accompanied Ezekiel’s prophetic word. Like other famous nations, she would not be exempted from the common fate of those, whom she rivalled. She is delivered to the sword and dragged, as the corpses of scoundrels, in humiliation to the pit. The mighty rulers among the dead, are poetically represented as rising to congratulate Pharaoh on his arrival (Isa.14:9) and welcome him to their dark underworld.
There are an assortment of nations mentioned who had gone down before Pharaoh to the grave, and the midst of Hell (32:21), and waited in contempt and hatred to pay him mock honor, for now he has become like one of them.
(1.) The Assyrian monarch (32:22) with his subjects, a vast congregation, once the terror of the living, now slain by the sword, and their graves in rows placed round the burial chamber of their king. They who had been a terror to others, had themselves fallen before the King of Terrors [the Lord GOD].
(2.) Then comes Elam [the Medes and Persians] with their king next appear (32:24); for they too had also raised a mighty upheaval in the world, but are now gone down uncircumcised, unholy and profane, into the nether parts of the earth, slain by the sword, and hidden in a humiliating grave.
(3.) Meshech and Tubal lie there (32:26), made-up of the Scythian nations, not buried in state as the mighty, but with their swords under their heads, as warriors; and their iniquities shall be upon their bones, dug out of their graves, and ignominiously exposed, though once the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
(4.) There also lies Edom with her kings and princes (32:29); their power not able to protect them, and forced to give way to the devouring sword. Even though they were circumcised descendants of Abraham, they were not like Abraham their spirit and character, and they fall among the uncircumcised [heathen, ungodly, wicked]. There are absolutely NO outward privileges that can protect those whose hearts are turned against GOD!
(5.) The princes of the north, with the Zidonians (32:30)aside from their maritime forces, were strong fortifications, are fallen, their pride confused, they also went down to the pit.
Pharaoh, along with all his multitude slain by the sword, shall make his grave with these, and share the same as all those before him. If such a wretched image of the underworld can be supposed to give comfort, it would be only, that as he looks round and sees the other powerful monarchs were as low and wretched as himself.
In Ezekiel’s account of Egypt's fall, maybe something quite common could be intended, that being the ruin of ALL anti-Christian enemies (Rev.11:8,13; 14:8; 16:8-11, 17-21; 17:1-5; 18:2, 18-21), which may make the prophet to stay longer upon it, for this also looks forward to the latter days; and too, that we may read and tremble, as we see those sinners, so many and so mighty, cast down into the pit of destruction [Sheol, the pit, the underworld, the lake of fire]; and also learn how fearful a thing it is to fall into the Hands of the living GOD.
Again I tell you, you do NOT want to be condemned to the lake of fire, which is HELL! But, IF a person continues on in willful sin, knowing in their heart that it is wrong and goes against what GOD wants for you, He will have no choice but to sentence you to an eternity in an everlasting HELL! Dear one, the Lord GOD does not want to do that! PLEASE make the right decision an ask JESUS to save your soul and put your name in the book of life. Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV) . . . The Bible tells us that only JESUS can put your name in that book, no matter who tells you there is some other way. Believe GOD . . . not some false teacher! GOD does NOT lie!
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