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Ezekiel 16

Introduction: 

God called physical Israel out of bondage in physical Egypt, as a type of calling a kind of spiritual Israel out of bondage to sin.

God in his many tender mercies has called individual persons for the past 6,000 years into the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant; in the spiritual sense calling us out of bondage to sin and death.  God called us to come out of that wretched condition of sinfulness which leads to our ultimate sorrow and death; calling into the marvelous light of the Word of God which brings life eternal. 

In these last days we have become very proud and self-willed, just like physical Israel and Judah did before their captivity in ancient times. We need to remember what we have been called out of, who called us, who delivered us; and we must remember that we could not deliver ourselves by our own efforts. 

We need to humble ourselves and turn back to a passionate zeal for our Deliverer!  We need to live by every Word of God without any hint of compromise or turning aside: And we need to grow in godliness, washing away the filthiness of sin through living by every Word of God! 

We need to continually grow spiritually, internalizing the nature of God; by rejecting and rooting out all error and sin; spiritually growing  and overcoming, rising up out of our filthiness and sin and ascending towards the holiness of God!

 

Ezekiel 16

Now speaking of physical Jerusalem as a type of the spiritual Jerusalem of the called out spiritual Ekklesia; the Eternal describes the origin of physical Jerusalem as being from the lowest estate.  This is a type of those who were also called out from the lowest estate.

Ezekiel 16:1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem;

Egypt was used as a type of bondage to sin and Israel was called out of that bondage to come to God; just as those called out to spiritual Israel were called out of bondage to Satan and sin.

It is very important to remember our origins and how God delivered us out from our bondage to sin, and not become proud of ourselves as we have become today. 

This is speaking of the actual city of  Jerusalem in Canaan which was built by the Amorites, Hittites and Jebusites, and is also used as a type of physical and spiritual Israel being called of bondage to come to God.  Here God says that Israel [Jacob] dwelt in Canaan among the Canaanites and that he figuratively was a Canaanite himself. 

. . . Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. 

God describes the beginning of the city Jerusalem as a despised [sinful] place; which is a type of physical Israel beginning with Jacob as small and nothing in the world; even as each of us was nothing spiritually when God had pity on us.

16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

Then God passed by and saw Israel a little people in Canaan; and pitied them, calling them  to be his people Israel [Jacob] because of the faithfulness of Abraham.   

This was an allegory that God has been calling a few in his tender mercies and having pity on them, calling us out of our filth and sin as a kind of spiritual Israel for the past six thousand years to become the spiritual people of God.

16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

Then God reminds physical Israel of his deliverance and his many blessings; just as we should remember the deliverance of God and his blessings upon those who are called out of bondage to Satan and sin into a  spiritual Israel.

16:7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.

Then God reminds physical Israel of how she grew and matured in Egypt and how he took her to wife in the Mosaic Covenant; this is an allegory of how we are espoused to God in the spiritual New Covenant.

16:8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee [took her to wife], and covered thy nakedness [with the garments of godliness]: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a [marriage] covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.

God figuratively washed physical Israel in the Red Sea, as a type of the baptismal washing away of the blood guiltiness of sin.

1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

This is a type of washing spiritual Israel with baptism and with the water of the Word, cleaning away the blood [our blood guiltiness] of our sins by turning his called out and espoused spiritual bride to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God. 

Then God anointed physical Israel with oil, as a type of anointing spiritual Israel with the pure oil of the Holy Spirit of God. 

Ezekiel 16:9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

16:10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ [Ram’s skins dyed royal blue.] skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen [representing the righteousness of being filled with the whole Word of God (Rev 19:8) to keep it always], and I covered thee with silk.

Then God the Husband of Mosaic Israel gave jewels [typical of the wisdom of the Word of God] to physical Israel and a crown on her head as his wife and his Queen! 

In the days of Solomon there was not a nation like physical Israel in all the earth!

Likewise, God has promised that after calling them out of bondage to Satan and sin and after a period of espousal in the flesh, he would change his beloved to spirit and give them the gift of eternal life; and marry those who have proved faithful and set crowns on her head to help him to rule all nations!

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Ezekiel 16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. 16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

Just as faithful physical Israel was beautiful in God’s eyes and much beloved by God; she enjoyed much good from God as long as she was faithful to HIM.  Even so, those of spiritual Israel are much beloved and have been given the sweetness of the pure wholesome unleavened bread and the pure water of life of the whole Word of God!

16:13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

The renown of God and physical Israel went forth over all the earth in the days of Solomon; and the renown of spiritual Israel will shine brightly in all the earth; for it is not her own glory that shines, but the glory of her Husband that reflects from her chaste faithfulness to HIM! 

When our LORD takes his resurrected bride and comes with her to rule all nations, she shall be glorified in HIM, for her zeal of faithfulness to wholeheartedly live by every Word of God!

16:14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.

 

The reasons for the captivity of Judah in Babylon are given 

Today we are full of the same sins of the past which is the reason for the coming correction of physical and spiritual Israel in the now imminent tribulation.  Once we have been humbled to sincere repentance we can begin to grow and ascend upwards from our wickedness towards the righteousness of diligently living by every Word of God.

Just as Lucifer was perverted by pride and his own beauty, so physical Israel was perverted by pride and she turned away from her Husband her Deliverer, to follow other lovers.  So it is with spiritual Israel today; we have become filled with pride, calling ourselves God’s people and then committing adultery against our espoused Husband by following our idols of men. 

We deceive ourselves into following idols of men without question.  Following them away from the Word of God, by claiming that these ungodly men are God’s leaders; when they are false leaders, wolves in sheep’s disguise, as Jesus warned us of in Matthew 7 and Matthew 24. 

Today the spiritual Israel of the Ekklesia is just as much idolaters and adulterers against God our Husband, as was Mosaic Israel!

16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: [Our Husband is appalled by the conduct of spiritual Israel and is about to cast us into great tribulation.] the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

Today spiritual Israel gives God’s tithes and offerings to false teachers and idols of men and follows idols of men.

16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them, 16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.

We give our offerings to those who lead us away from our Husband into spiritual adultery and destruction; and we leave the zealous for God with nothing. 

Today the brethren shower these false organizations and leaders with their wealth and give God’s offerings to the wicked who teach contrary to the whole Word of God and waste millions building high places to their idols of men.

16:19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD.

Just as some of the ancients threw their children into the fire of sacrifice; today’s church of God groups sacrifice their children to their idols of men, teaching them to follow these corporate idols of men contrary to the Word of God.

16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, 16:21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

Physical Israel forgot the days of her captivity in physical Egypt and became filled with pride that they were “God’s people,” and thought that they could do as they pleased and would still be protected by God. 

Spiritual Israel has also fallen into the same pride and forgotten the bondage to sin that they were delivered from; and  becoming filled with pride in their own idols of men and corporate entities they have begun to think that they are “God’s people” and that they can do whatever they want and no harm will ever come to them.

16:22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare [our sin exposed], and wast polluted in thy blood [blood guiltiness for all our sins].

We are filled with pride in our idols of men and we have wasted untold millions building high places for our idols of men. 

There is ABSOLUTELY no doubt that the modern Ekklesia groups are an Adulterous and Idolatrous people; rotten and ready for rejection into great tribulation in great wrath by Jesus Christ our Husband! 

Like physical Israel built high places on every street to follow their own ways and idols; so the groups of today’s called out have built up high places to idols in their various organizations, causing the brethren to follow the word of men and not the Word of God.

16:23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the LORD GOD;) 16:24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street. 16:25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred [by God], and hast opened thy feet [figuratively spread our legs to commit adultery with our idols of men and corporate entities] to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

Today’s Laodicean called out have gone back into bondage to Satan and sin.  We seek after worldliness and physical things, instead of seeking after a zeal to keep the Word of God; we delight in our sins, proclaiming that we are delivered to commit them;  particularity our sins against God’s Sabbath, High Days and the sin of following idols of men. 

Ancient Judah allied herself to the Egyptians and would not obey God, who had told them to give way before Nebuchadnezzar by Jeremiah.

16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

Today the Palestinians are ashamed of the Jews for their homosexuality and fornication; and our nations trust in the stranger  [because we are idolaters, trusting in our own ways]; rather than turning to and trusting in our only Deliverer.

Today Almighty God is ashamed of the Ekklesia for their departure from him and their open adultery and idolatry against him!  We have become a vile thing in his mouth fit to be expelled from Christ into the correction of great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22)   Therefore our espoused Husband will diminish our allotment and will give the unrepentant of physical and spiritual Israel into the hands of our enemies in great tribulation.

16:27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters [latter day descendants of] of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. 16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

Just like ancient physical Israel was filled with the sins of Canaan, today’s spiritual Israel is filled with the same sins on a spiritual plane.

16:29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied therewith.

YHVH the espoused Husband of the called out,  proclaims to SPIRITUAL ISRAEL: How weak is our love! 

We proclaim our love for God the Father and Jesus Christ, but it is only lip-service and love in words only and NOT in deeds; for we attack any zeal to live by every Word of God in favor of keeping the words of our idols of men.

16:30 How weak is thine heart, saith the LORD GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman; 16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

We are perverse adulteresses for we give gifts to our lovers [idols of men ] who lead us to follow themselves, AWAY from our Husband!  We take God’s tithes and offerings to give them to false teachers who lead us away form God, while not supporting those who are faithfully proclaiming the whole Word of God! 

16:32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband! 16:33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

16:34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.

Because the ancients and today’s nations of physical Israel were greatly blessed by God and then refused to keep his Word, they shall be given into the hand of the very lovers [allies] that they trusted in [in place of trusting in God] in this latter day as well.  

In the same manner, those of spiritual Israel who trust in their idols of men and follow them instead of being zealous to keep the whole Word of God; will be rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into great correction (Rev 3:14-22)   Jesus Christ calls physical AND spiritual Israel of modern Laodicea “WHORES” for our departure from our God our Husband.

All scripture is for the instruction of spiritual Israel, therefore when scripture speaks of Israel or Judah, it is also speaking of the spiritual counterpart; spiritual Israel.  If spiritual Israel commits the same sins as physical Israel does [as we are doing today], we will face the same correction.

16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: 16:36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

Our sins will be exposed for all to see. 

16:37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

16:38 And I will judge thee [both physical and spiritual Israel], as women that break wedlock [commits physical or spiritual adultery] and shed blood [destroying spiritually by turning people to follow them, away from obedience to God] are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

All our blessings will be taken away from both physical and spiritual Israel, because we follow idols of men and we have quenched all zeal to follow and obey our Mighty God.  This is now speaking of the rejection by God the Father and Jesus Christ of BOTH physical Israel/Judah and the spiritual Israel of today’s brethren; and our falling into the correction of great tribulation.

16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.  16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

Almighty God is going to correct us and break us from our spiritual adultery of following idols of men and not being faithful to our Husband to live by every Word of God!

16:41 And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

Once today’s spiritual Ekklesia has sincerely repented along with the nations of physical Israel; the Eternal will turn from his wrath and accept his sincerely repentant people.

Our Husband will correct us and we will learn our lesson and sincerely repent, then the righteous jealous fury of our Husband will cool and he will accept our sincere repentance from following idols of men instead of zealously loving him and living by every Word of God  to please him. 

16:42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

Because we have not remembered our beginnings and how God called us to life and cleansed us from the filth of our wickedness, and because we have become filled with pride in our own ways and our idols of men, we shall surely be corrected by a furious jealous Husband. 

How many of you would stand for your spouse taking other lovers?  Jesus Christ is no different and righteous fury will rise up in him to powerfully correct his Bride!

16:43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations.

The latter day descendants of physical Israel are full of the same wickedness as ancient Mosaic Israel; who was full of idolatry and spiritual adultery against her Husband. 

16:44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Today’s New Covenant of spiritual Israel, is full of the same sins as her Mosaic Covenant forerunner.

16:45 Thou art thy mother’s daughter [today’s spiritual Israel is just like Mosaic Israel, full of the same sins], that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

Physical and spiritual Judah of these last days is just like Sodom was, and is just as rebellious as ancient Jeroboam’s Israel, today’s spiritual Ekklesia is full of idolatry, the sin of Jeroboam.

16:46 And thine elder sister is Samaria [Jeroboam and Israel], she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

The sins of today’s spiritual Ekklesia are WORSE than Jeroboam and Sodom! 

HOW?  Because we were given God’s Spirit and should know better, and we have quenched the Holy Spirit of God, which Jeroboam and Sodom never had; to follow our idols of men

16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways. 16:48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

The sin of Sodom was PRIDE, which is the sin of physical Israel and the spiritual Ekklesia today!  Pride in our own ways, ignoring the Word of God to do whatever we and our idols of men want!  Pride to do as we please for our own gain.  

16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Christ took away Sodom which was not as sinful as modern physical Israel [mainly America and the British peoples] and Judah today.

If Christ took away Sodom, who did not have God’s Spirit, how much more shall he correct today’s brethren who were given access to the Holy Spirit of God and have cast it aside to follow our idols of men?  Yet the sincerely repentant will be saved in the resurrection to spirit.

16:51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.

16:52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

Many of spiritual Israel will repent in tribulation and then be raised up to spirit.  Those who do not repent shall be raised up in the main harvest along with latter day physical Israel and the ancients of Samaria and Sodom.

16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them: 16:54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.

All who have ever lived and died not being sincerely repentant and changed to spirit; will be raised up during the Feast of Tabernacles resurrection to flesh; and the resurrected dead of Israel will not be able to boast against Sodom or any other people, for Israel has been even more wicked than they.

16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

We would not even mention Sodom in our pride today, thinking that we are so much better than she; yet our sins are worse.  

Today Israel and Judah are reproached by the Philistines of Gaza and the Syrians, even today they mock the Jewish State and America / Britain for all our wickedness in homosexuality and open adulteries and massive fornication and our many abominations; and in the days of the main harvest we shall be made to understand that we have been worse than them in all our sins. 

16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, 16:57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.

Today’s spiritual Israel has broken our New Marriage Covenant with our Husband, just as Mosaic Israel broke their Mosaic Covenant of marriage to God.

16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD. 16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath [our baptismal commitment] in breaking the [New Covenant of marriage] covenant.

Messiah will establish a New Covenant with all Israel, and then he will graft all nations into the spiritual New Covenant at his coming.

16:60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

When Messiah comes, the fully humbled and sincerely repentant of spiritual Israel will be saved in a resurrection to spirit! 

Then all physical Israel will be fully humbled and will sincerely repent and be saved and called into the eternal spiritual New Covenant (Jer 31:31); and all humanity will be grafted into spiritual Israel and called into the New Covenant as well.

16:61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.

16:62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: 16:63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

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