Jesus Christ condemns idolatry because it is spiritual adultery against him, and God will not be inquired of by any idolater. Anyone who idolizes men, corporate groups or ANYTHING, or obeys any person contrary to any part of the Word of God; has cut themselves off from God the Father and from Jesus Christ. That is why those who follow men and false traditions have so little understanding of God’s Word.
Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Many in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia love idols, the false traditions of men and corporate organizations more than they love God and God’s Word! Because our hearts are full of our idols, we are cut off from God and have been given over to our own false ways.
14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
When those who idolize men, corporate institutions, past false traditions, material goods, positions and the adulation of the brethren, or any other thing; are cut off from God; he will answer us with rebuke when we inquire of HIM.
14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Almighty God is going to correct us for the things that are in our hearts, because it is in our hearts to follow our idols and we have no faithful zeal to live by every Word of the LORD!
14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
Jesus Christ commands us to sincerely repent of our idolatry and the false ways of our own imaginations: He commands Laodicea [Meaning: The people will be judged] in Revelation 3 to sincerely repent.
14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
To idolize any man or organization to obey them and not to zealously live by every Word of God is idolatry; and if we have made a commitment of baptismal espousal to Jesus Christ this is the sin of spiritual adultery!
Every person in the Ekklesia of Spiritual Israel who loves their own ways and does not love the ways of God, and all those with them [like their children] who do the same things; are spiritual idolaters.
14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth [everyone who departs from diligently living by every Word of God] himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face,
Those who claim to be God’s people and come before the Eternal on God’s Sabbaths and Festivals, making a pretense of godliness as they continue in their own false ways; will be rejected, corrected and rebuked by God the Father and by Jesus Christ in his fury at our idolatry, our spiritual adultery against him and our duplicity and hypocrisy! (Rev 3:15-22).
. . . and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself: 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Those who claim to be prophets and teachers of prophecy while idolizing men and false traditions are deceived; they speak their own false imaginations and not the Word of God. They will also be strongly corrected by the Eternal God!
14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
Both today’s idolatrous leaders, elders, teachers and those who follow them will face the strong correction of Great Tribulation.
This is so that the brethren may learn to love the Eternal and to live by every Word of God with all their hearts.
14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him; 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.
We are told through Ezekiel that nothing can save today’s idolatrous Spiritual Ekklesia from the tribulation in these last days; no not even the presence of the most righteous of men in the land.
Instead God will remove the few who are righteous and deliver them, saving them individually; just as he removed Noah from the flood and Lot from Sodom. This is so that the nations and today’s apostate Spiritual Ekklesia may be strongly corrected without afflicting the godly.
There will be a great famine of bread; because today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has caused a famine of the true Word of God by their apostasy.
14:12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
The righteous who are zealous to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth will be saved but no one else will be saved by the righteousness of the righteous; every person will be saved or corrected for HIS OWN WORKS.
14:15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: 14:16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
14:17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: 14:18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
14:19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
The Eternal will reject the feigning lovers of God in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; who love their own ways and their idols of men more that they love the Eternal and his Word to keep it.
The idolaters and spiritual adulterers of today’s called out Spiritual Ekklesia will be rejected by their righteously jealous Husband and cast into great correction, so that they may learn to be zealously faithful to their spiritual Husband and to live by every Word of God as he commands!
14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
During the tribulation, many of today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia will sincerely wholeheartedly repent and will be raised up at the resurrection of the godly to spirit.
When Christ comes, all physical Israel will also repent and turn to the Eternal with all their hearts, to be followed by the sincere repentance of the whole earth and millennial Sabbath following which will come the final main harvest of humanity during the seven thousand year Feast of Tabernacles main fall harvest of lives.
The imminent great tribulation will be very terrible indeed; but it will bring the sincere repentance of multitudes and righteousness will spring forth from God to cover all the earth!
Ultimately the nations will turn to God and they will be filled with joy in the righteousness of the whole Word of God
14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. 14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.
The judgment against physical and spiritual Jerusalem
Daniel and various wise men were sent to help Nebuchadnezzar in c604 B.C., then after the rebellion of Judah Ezekiel was included in the deportation of Jehoiachin [Jeconiah] c598 B.C. and after the destruction of Jerusalem after the rebellion of Zedeliah c586 B.C. there was another major deportation to Babylon, this time of all the residents of Jerusalem. Finally in 582 B.C. there was one final small deportation of Jews after the slaying of Gedaliah.
The apostate city of Jerusalem is compared to a rotten vine, fit only to be burned in the fire and good for nothing else.
The same is true of today’s physical Israel and today’s Spiritual Ekklesia whose idolatrous religious corporations will be rejected by God the Father and Jesus Christ as fit only for the fire of correction (Rev 3:14-22).
15:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 15:2 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? 15:3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? 15:4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? 15:5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?
15:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
Physical Jerusalem is the city chosen of God, and the temple in Jerusalem represents the temple of God’s Spirit which spiritually is the people in whom God’s Spirit of the New Covenant dwells.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
In the imminently coming tribulation, physical Jerusalem will be occupied by the enemy, and spiritual Jerusalem [the spiritual temple of the people in whom God’s Spirit dwells] will also be severely corrected to teach us that our idols of men and false traditions cannot save us, and that we must follow the Eternal and live by every Word of God and not the words of the seducing idols of men.
Ezekiel 15:8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.