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Ezekiel 19 – 20

Ezekiel 19

A lamentation for physical and spiritual Israel

Physical Israel [Jacob] was born to Isaac and Rebecca and Israel became a prince among the Canaanite nations.  Then all Israel went down into Egypt by reason of great famine and then was called up out of Egypt by the hand of God, to become a great nation. 

The calling of physical Israel out of Egypt being an allegory of the calling out of a spiritual Israel from bondage to sin, represented by the bondage of physical Egypt. 

Jacob [Israel] was a strong lion with God and was the father of the tribes of physical Israel, while many of the spiritually called out to the New Covenant have been strong lions of faith, perseverance and overcoming in the Eternal.

Ezekiel 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps [Israel]: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured [united Israel was a conquering nation] men.

The people were taken down to Egypt only to come up again as the nation of united Israel.

19:4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

After Israel was in Egypt for the appointed time, God called them out of Egypt and made of them a great nation climaxing in the great kingdom of Solomon.

Then because of many sins Israel was rent away from the kingdom, and Judah [with Benjamin] was left as a young lion to continue among the nations.

19:5 Now when she [When God saw there was no hope for physical Israel because of her many and continual abominations, God removed Israel from the land and exalted Judah.] saw that she had waited, and her hope [God’s hope and patience for Israel was exhausted] was lost, then she took another of her whelps [Judah], and made him a young lion.

19:6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men [conquered]. 19:7 And he [Judah] knew [found] their [the hidden palaces of the surrounding nations]  desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise [Judah dominated the surrounding nation as a roaring lion] of his roaring.

Then Judah also lapsed into many sins, and the nations rose up by God’s command and conquered Judah and took her into captivity in Babylon.

19:8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit. 19:9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds [prisons, captivity], that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

God was like a strong support for Israel and Judah, but they revolted against their Creator and turned from God’s Word and the counsel of scripture into sin.

19:10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood [fruitful with multitudes of people, like a fruitful vine planted by much water], planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches [leaders, rulers, princes] by reason of [many blessings] many waters.

Christ blessed Judah and made her strong; yet she rebelled and would not keep the Word of God and rebelled to follow idols of men. 

19:11 And she [Judah] had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches [strong nations], and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches [rulers].

Then the Creator God corrected Judah by the rod of Babylon and brought her low for Judah’s wickedness.   

19:12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods [princes, rulers] were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

19:13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

19:14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

Very very soon now Christ will correct both physical and spiritual Israel/Judah with the rod of another and latter day Babylon; the soon coming New Europe.   That includes the latter day spiritual Ekklesia (Rev 3:14-22).

 

Ezekiel 20

Ezekiel 20:1 And it came to pass in the seventh year [of the captivity of Joconiah and Ezekiel], in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me. 20:2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,

God will not hear the prayers of those who do not zealously obey him!  This effectively means that God does not hear the prayers of today’s spiritual Ekklesia.  They are doing what they are doing on their own steam, just like they are following idols of men and their own ways, and not following or having any zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.

20:3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

Here we have God’s command to Cry Out and Proclaim to them their sins and call physical and SPIRITUAL Israel to sincere repentance.  

Isaiah 58:1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Ezekiel 20:4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers: 20:5 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;

20:6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:

I call on all the brethren to turn back to a zeal to wholeheartedly learn and live by every Word of God, to turn away form their spiritual adultery with their idols of men!

20:7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes [desire], and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

A few are responding but the vast majority remain in the spiritual Egypt of their idolatry of men, as did those who were called out of physical  Egypt

20:8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

20:9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. 

God brought forth physical Israel from physical Egypt with mighty works, and God will deliver today’s spiritual Israel out of spiritual bondage to sin. 

20:10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.

God gave physical Israel his laws and statutes so that they might LIVE IN HIS  SIGHT!  God gave spiritual Israel his statutes and commandments so that we might LIVE IN HIS SIGHT! 

Those who turn away from God’s Word to follow idols of men, have rejected God and he has no choice except to reject them and cast them into great correction!

20:11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them.

To day we call God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths Holy, and then we say that we are delivered to pollute them just as ancient physical Israel did!  Shall we who are supposed to have God’s Spirit not be corrected with a double portion of affliction? 

We keep God’s Sabbaths by our own ways and not as God has commanded us; PROVING that we follow our own ways and not the Word of God:  And as we do this concerning God’s Holy Sabbaths, we also do this with everything else!  Teaching for doctrine the commandments of men and having no zeal to keep the whole Word of God! 

Listen to the rebuke of Jesus Christ!

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 15:4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 15:5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 15:6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

What are our own traditions today that make God’s law of no effect?

1) Traveling on the Sabbath and Holy Days and in particular the Eighth Day.

2) Cooking a big Sabbath meal and making the Sabbath a mere social occasion; as opposed to exhorting one another in the faith.

3) Preaching an outreach that is business oriented and not proclaiming what we are commanded to proclaim; which is a message of warning and repentance from the breaking of any of God’s commandments.

4) Exalting loyalty to men and  organizations as loyalty to God.

5) Following apostate matters such as the modern Rabbinic Calendar.

6) Divorce and Remarriage contrary to Christ’s command.

7) Compromising with God’s commandments and tolerating sin out of a false perverted and phony emotional  “love.”

8) Exalting the organizations, leaders and elders, and our false traditions; above the Word of God as our idols. 

Verse 7 is an absolutely accurate description of the majority today.

Matthew 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

This is profoundly descriptive of the Ekklesia today. For they exalt their leaders and traditions above the word of Almighty God, making idols of men and organizations.

I am NOT against organization or coming together and working together.  I am AGAINST exalting loyalty to any man or Group, as being equal with or greater than, our loyalty to God!

We are to prove all things, and to follow men ONLY as they follow Christ and live by every Word of God!

I am calling these organizations to repentance and to God our Beloved Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ.  I am calling for the organizations to focus the people on a zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God; and to repent of exalting themselves above God’s Word. I am NOT calling for a dissolving  of organizations.

15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

The words of these groups that teach men to pollute the Saturday Biblical Sabbath and the Biblical High Days, or to follow the false traditions of men are false.

The words of these men, which amount to them saying; follow me regardless of what is right and regardless of what the Bible says; are evil and depriving many of their crowns.

The words of some who would say; this commandment was for others, or the church has decided,  or that we must keep the commandments but we are weak and Christ has already paid in advance for our sins, so a little bit of sin and compromise is all right, Christ will understand and forgive: Are an ABOMINATION to Almighty God!

Such words are lies and make a mockery of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice.  Such words defile the memory of those who were sawn asunder, or burned at the stake, or subjected to torment; because they would not admit that the Emperor, or ANY MAN, was a God along with God the Father and Messiah the Christ (Heb 11).

Such words are a shame and a blasphemy against God, the apostles, prophets and the martyrs of Christ!

God’s Word is truth unto salvation, it is a healing balm for the called of God; and are words of deliverance that will ultimately heal the nations from their enslavement to Satan and sin. The words of Christ are a joy and beauty that will bring salvation to humanity.  To compromise with God’s Word and to break it on any point no matter how small, is sin and brings pain, suffering, decay and death.

REPENT and be BAPTIZED, commit yourself to live by every Word of God and to  “Go and sin no more,” and when all men do so, they will find peace!

15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

Those who reject the words of repentance and warning from Jesus Christ, will be rooted out of God’s family and will not be in the resurrection of first fruits, unless they repent.

Ezekiel 20:12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

Ancient Israel rebelled against keeping the Word of God and against any zeal for God’s weekly and annual Sabbaths.

Today spiritual Israel,  yes, the called out spiritual Ekklesia; have also greatly polluted God’s Sabbaths and rebelled against any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God,  following our idols of men, just as ancient physical Israel did!

20:13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.

Even as they were corrected in great suffering and affliction, so today’s spiritual Israel who has a greater promise of eternal life and the help of the Comforter from God, have a greater accountability before God and we will suffer a greater correction than the ancients.

The Lamb of God is patient and has suffered our continual rebellions and has forgiven us often in tender mercies; until there is no choice left but to correct those of today’s spiritual Ekklesia in power!

20:14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. 

God taught a lesson in the wilderness wondering of Israel, that all those who will not follow Christ and live by every Word of God instead following idols of men and refusing to obey God IN ALL THINGS: shall surely die in their wickedness, and will not enter into his eternal rest in the spiritual promised land of eternal life!

20:15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 20:16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

20:17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them [completely], neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.

Jesus Christ commanded the children of the faithless of physical Israel in the wilderness and he commands US today, yes, the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant called out; to learn and to keep God’s Word and to follow men ONLY as they follow the whole Word of God!

20:18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:

Today spiritual Israel is commanded by Almighty God to turn away from our corporate idols and idols of men, to stop blindly following the false traditions of men; and to learn and to live by every Word of Almighty  God! 

“My Sabbaths shall be a sign” has been quoted out of context in the past. We are really told that it not just the Sabbaths that are a sign, it is the keeping of the whole Word of God that is the sign that we are God’s people!  

20:19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20:20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.

Christ has been very patient with us as he was very patient with physical Israel, yet we have not learned and we have sinned all the more!

20:21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.  20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought [patiently] for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.

Then Jesus Christ sent Israel into captivity for the very same sins that today’s spiritual Israel is guilty of.  

20:23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.

Because the people had rejected the good laws and statutes of God to follow their own ways; Christ decided to allow the people to  follow their own evil teachings of their idols of men, just as God has allowed the Ekklesia to do today. 

This God allowed without correcting us immediately, so that we might learn and know from hard experience that our own ways and the false traditions of our idols of men are evil and bring death, and that keeping the whole Word of God is very good and brings eternal life!  Remember the lesson of Ecclesiastes.

20:25 Wherefore I gave them [gave them over to, or allowed them to follow their own evil ways] also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

God has allowed today’s spiritual Ekklesia to fall into the same sins as ancient Israel, and even allowed us to give our children into the fire of rebellion against Him, so that we might learn to hate our own ways and learn to abundantly love God’s ways through hard experience. 

For this cause Christ has permitted our wickedness for a time, but he will surely correct us in great tribulation very, very soon.

20:26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb [Our first born are a great blessing from God and belong to God and we have given them to our corporate idols.  Ought we not to teach all our children to be dedicated and faithful to live by every Word of God, and to follow men ONLY as they are faithful to the whole Word of God?], that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.

Jesus Christ condemned ancient Israel for worshiping at their own places instead of going up to God’s tabernacle or Temple.  He had commanded the people to come before him at His tabernacle or Temple and they refused to obey God,  instead offering their sacrifices at their own high places.  

They did as they wanted while making a pretense of godliness by offering his commanded sacrifices but in their own places and by their own ways. 

Today’s spiritual Ekklesia does the very same thing, making a pretense of keeping God’s Sabbaths while polluting them.

This is pretending to obey God while doing what we want, making a show of obeying God while we do what we want.

20:27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.

20:28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.

20:29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name whereof is called Bamah unto this day.

Today spiritual Israel commits the same sins with their idols of men and their high places built to honor their idols of men.  The brethren go to this or that idolatrous organization to worship their idols of men and call themselves the people of God! 

For shame that we do not keep our baptismal commitment to reject our idols of men and to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth. 

It is an appalling disgrace that we blindly follow the words of our idols of men even when they are contrary to the Word of God and have no zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God with enthusiasm.

20:30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom [committing spiritual adultery by following any other besides God the Father and Jesus Christ the Husband of our baptismal commitment.] after their abominations?

Today’s apostates which teach the brethren and their children to follow idols of men as if they were following God are leading them to destruction, and are no better than the ancients.

20:31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day:

Therefore God does not hear the prayers of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who are not zealous for him and who follow idols of men to pollute his Sabbaths.

. . . and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.

Today the called out groups claim that they are not as the heathen, and are true followers of God, but they LIE; for they follow their own ways while only making a show and pretense of living by God’s Word.  They present an illusion of godliness, deceiving themselves and provoking the Eternal by claiming to be his, while they are his in appearance only and not in substance. 

The Eternal will correct his called out from their idols of men, in fury and in power; afflicting the flesh and bringing us to sincere repentance to save the spirit.

20:32 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone [representing all idols and their false teachers.] 

God will take physical and spiritual Israel out of all our places and will correct us in the fury of a jealous Husband who is filled full up with his wife’s adulteries. 

20:33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.

Speaking of the forty years in the wilderness in which all adult Israel died except Joshua and Caleb.  They died because they did not obey the Eternal and could not enter the land of promise because of their sins.  

Likewise today’s spiritual Ekklesia shall all die and will NOT inherit the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, unless we deeply and sincerely repent and turn with a whole heart to the LORD our God.

20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.  20:36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.

In these latter days Jesus Christ will spue us out of his body into severe correction (Rev 3:16);  and the unrepentant SHALL NOT enter the promised Land of Eternal life

20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that [continue to sin by following idols of men and having no zeal to keep the whole Word of God] transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel [analogous of the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life]: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

God then tells his people to go out and worship their idols of men if they want, and suffer their correction.   

God tells today’s spiritual Ekklesia to make no more claims of godliness and to make no more pretense of serving him; when we truly worship our idols and disguise our wickedness in a hypocritical sham appearance of godliness.

20:39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.

God will accept the sincerely wholeheartedly repentant of spiritual Israel; therefore repent quickly lest your birthright of the first resurrection to spirit be lost. 

The called out of today’s spiritual Ekklesia will sincerely repent in great affliction!  Physical Israel and all humanity will also sincerely wholeheartedly repent; and when Christ comes he will pour out God’s Spirit of faithfulness on all Israel and on all mankind (Joel 2:28). 

Then there will be no more high places or idols, and all shall worship the Eternal in the Ezekiel Temple and at the places that God shall choose.

20:40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.

God will accept the sincerely repentant and then their prayers and faithful service will be a pleasant perfume in his nostrils.

20:41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.

20:42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.

Physical Israel and the wayward called out spiritual Ekklesia, will deeply repent for their sins in the flesh, and they shall be made fit to enter eternity! 

20:43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.

When spiritual and physical Israel see themselves as they really are, they will sincerely repent; and they shall acknowledge that the Eternal is God and beside him there is no other!  They shall also rejoice and be filled with gratitude and joy for they shall know that they deserve to die and were saved by His tender mercies!

20:44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

The next three verses refer specifically to the directions of the  North and the South which is a reference to Israel [north] and Judah [south].

20:45 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest [people of the south, i.e. Judah] of the south field;

When today’s Judah is defeated and occupied and her people are put in ghettos in the land awaiting deportation, suffering cruelly, the world will wonder; and when Christ comes and Judah and Israel are delivered the whole earth shall know that these things were from God!   Then when the wicked are destroyed at Jerusalem, the humbled people of the earth shall also sincerely repent and shall know that these things were from God! 

20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.

Then Ezekiel desired to understand and could not.

20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

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