This is a latter day prophecy for we are told in Hosea 5:5 that Judah and Israel will fall together and that has never happened in the past.
We are specifically told that this prophecy includes the holy place, which is analogous of the latter day called out of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia the spiritual temple also falling into severe correction.
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 21:2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places [spiritually today’s Ekklesia], and prophesy against the land of Israel,
Here we are very explicitly told that the tribulation is from God and that God used Babylon to humble physical and spiritual Israel in the days of Nebuchadnezzar as a mild fore-type of the correction of BOTH physical and the unrepentant of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia by the latter day Babylon the Great.
Just as Assyria took away Samaria, and Babylon took away Judah in the past, even so God will use Assyria and Babylon – this time united together in one collective – to correct physical and spiritual Israel/Judah in the latter days.
Once God lifts up his sword of the latter day Assyria/Babylon, no one remaining in the land will escape God’s correction. Those who have not responded to the signs and warnings to leave the land before the sword comes and remain in the land, will be corrected for their rejection of God’s warnings along with the extremely wicked.
21:3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
The term “all flesh from the south to the north” refers to all the nations of latter day Israel [the north at the time of the prophecy] and Judah [the south at the time of the prophecy].
21:4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
When all the earth is humbled and turned to God, the nations will know that the Eternal has done this thing: Then all the earth will repent.
21:5 That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
In the great correction that will come upon us, we will sincerely repent, crying and sighing over all our sins and our lack of zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God.
21:6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes. 21:7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.
The sword of war and violence
21:8 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished: 21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree. 21:11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
When our fears come upon us because we followed idols of men and not the Word of God, and because we polluted God’s Sabbaths and High Days, and because we have rejected any zeal for the Word of God: Those caught up in the great correction will mourn in their suffering.
21:12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh. 21:13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod [sceptre, king]? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.
God’s sword will be three times doubled in slaughter against Israel/Judah; and against today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who have been called to the New Covenant and offered the Holy Spirit, because we ought to have known better than to turn from the Word of our God to the false traditions of our idols of men.
The mighty and great men in our land, and those men looked up to as great in the Spiritual Brotherhood will fall before the sharp sword of God’s correction as he teaches us that the great and the lowly are all the same to God, and they will all receive the same correction from God.
21:14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together. and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers. 21:15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.
People will flee in panic when their correction comes, but there will be no place of escape for anyone who has not heeded the warnings and sincerely repented and fled BEFORE the severe correction came.
21:16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
When the people are humbled and brought to repentance, the fury of the Eternal will subside and he will extend his tender mercies to the sincerely repentant when he comes to bring peace to the earth.
21:17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the LORD have said it.
A third prophecy in this chapter
The divination’s of Nebuchadnezzar were directed by God so that the king might come up against Jerusalem and Judah as the chosen sword of the LORD. So it will be in the latter days as well, the leaders of the New Federal Europe [Babylon] will be inspired as to what they are meant to do.
21:18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, 21:19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city.
In his day Nebuchadnezzar took the whole Middle East. In our day Babylon will be allied with most nations in the Middle East (Psalm 83) except Judah and Egypt; then late in the second or early in the third year Europe will attack Asia and the armies of Asia will sweep through the Middle East until Christ comes.
21:20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath [Ammon] of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.
The ancient ruler of Babylon did not inquire of the LORD but used divination to determine his ways. The polishing of the arrow heads and the dropping of the arrows to see in which direction most of them pointed was akin to the modern divination of astrology to take a decision instead of seeking out the way that is godly.
21:21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright [polished the arrows before dropping them to see which way they fell, so giving him a direction], he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.
The results of the divination’s of Nebuchadnezzar and their interpretation were directed by God, so that the king might come up against Jerusalem and Judah as the chosen sword of the LORD.
In the latter days God will inspire the interpretation of the divination’s of the leaders of the New Europe [Babylon the Great], in order to bring them up to occupy Judah and bring down modern Israel [America and the British peoples].
21:22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort.
Babylon will not want to do this thing, either then or today. It is because Almighty God has remembered our wickedness that God will cause Babylon to come up against us contrary to the will of the leaders of Babylon and Assyria.
21:23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he [God] will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.
Because the abominations of the latter day Spiritual Ekklesia and the nations of physical Israel and Judah are come up before God, we are rejected and given over to strong correction by our God!
21:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand.
21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel [meaning Zedekiah the last king of Judah and his latter day counterpart], whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 21:26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, [Messiah the Christ] and abase him that is high.
21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more [the Davidic line would end with Zedekiah], until he come whose right it is [the resurrected David]; and I will give it him.
The “Overturn” prophecy was fulfilled as follows:
Once: King Jehoahaz reigned for three months as an ally of Babylon before his throne was overturned by Neco, king of Egypt, who dethroned him and replaced him with his brother, Eliakim. He was carried off to Egypt, where he died.
Twice: Then Eliakim using the regal name Jehoiakim reigned for 7 years before being killed by Nebuchadnezzar in the first big siege of Jerusalem c 597 B.C. His kingdom was overturned when he died during the siege.
Thrice: Then his son Jehoiachin reigned for 3 months & 10 days until King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon actually took Jerusalem and brought king Jehoiachin (Jeconiah) to Babylon, where he lived and died. Jehoiachin was replaced with Zedekiah by Nebuchadnezzar when Jerusalem was taken the first time in 597 B.C.
Later Zedekiah also rebelled against Babylon and was removed by Nebuchadnezzar on 586 B.C. Zedekiah was to be the last king of the line of David to rule over either Israel or Judah.
The last Davidic kings of Israel and Judah:
The last Davidic king of Israel was Solomon after whom the ten tribes were taken away from the Davidic line by God.
Zedekiah was the last king of Judah when his reign saw the second rebellion against Nebuchadnezzar when he rebelled and Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem in 589 B.C. Jerusalem was captured for the second time after a siege of about eighteen months in 587 B.C. and the city and temple were looted and then burned in 586 B.C. Zedekiah was blinded and taken into exile, and Judah was reduced to a province of Babylon.
This prophecy given by Ezekiel to Judah is about the end of the Davidic line, which expired with the final fall of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity,
From that date the line of David was to expire as a line of physical kings, because of their many great sins: “until he come whose right it is [the resurrected king David]; and I will give it him“.
For much more detail see The Dynasty of David article.
The Holy Scriptures tell us that:
The Davidic line lost the ten tribes of Israel [to a ruler from Ephraim and that line was replaced by Baasha of Issachar, then Jehu and others, but never again did the ten tribes have a king from Judah; and the dynasty of David then ended with Zedekiah, never again to rule in Israel or Judah until Israel and Judah are reunited under a resurrected David at the coming of Christ; Therefore the throne of David cannot exist in Judah or in one of the Ten Tribes today!
Therefore according to the Word of God Almighty; NONE of the kings and queens of Britain or any other tribe of Israel/Judah today are descended from David!
David’s line has ended because of their great and many sins in leading people away from a zeal to live by every Word of God! Yet, God’s promise to David will be fulfilled and David himself will be resurrected to spirit and will sit upon the throne of David over a united Judah/Israel forever more!
This is a very important lesson for today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; Those who are faithful and lead the brethren to live by every Word of God will have an eternal office like David, and those who depart from living by every Word of God will lose their crowns!
Ezekiel 17:22 Thus saith the Lord God; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one [David], and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent [David will be given the kingdom of a united Israel]: 17:23 In the mountain of the height of Israel [the government of Israel will be given to David] will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 34:24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them [thus showing that the whole law and every Word of God will also be kept forever!]. 37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
When Messiah the Christ comes with the resurrected David, the people of all the nations of Judah and Israel will be searched out and brought back to their land, and united under their king [the resurrected David] who’s right to rule is firmly established by the immutable promise of God the Almighty!
The Ammonites conspired against Judah in the days of Nebuchadnezzar but they were also caught in the net of Babylon.
In the latter days the Jordanians will conspire against Judah together with Babylon (Dan 11:41) and they will be overwhelmed by the Asian armies that rise up in response to an attack by the New Europe.
Ezekiel 21:28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering: 21:29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end.
21:30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee [Ammon will remain in his ancestral land of Jordan through the ages.] in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.
21:31 And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy.
In the end time Ammon [Jordan] will be crushed by the men of Asia (Zeph 2, Amos 1:13) and then they will sincerely repent and their sins will be remembered no more.
21:32 Thou shalt be for [as] fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land [The land of modern Jordan will be filled with the blood of the slain]; thou [Ammon will sincerely repent and their sins will be expunged and no more remembered at the coming of Messiah the Christ however in the millennium modern Jordan will not remain an independent nation but will be under the throne of David as an autonomous province of Israel.] shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.
This is a very powerful indictment by Almighty God, against physical Israel / Judah, and against today’s Spiritual Ekklesia of the New Covenant, who are committing the very same sins as physical Israel on a spiritual level.
This is very powerful correction from Almighty God! I did not write these words; the Great God who knows our innermost thoughts has caused them to be written for us today!
Jerusalem as the capital city represents the whole of the nations of Israel; while as the city of the physical temple it represents the spiritual temple of the called out of the New Covenant.
Most of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are full of idolatry of men and false traditions and much sin.
Ezekiel 22:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.
Today’s Spiritual Israel/Jerusalem of the called out Temple of the Spirit is full of idolatry of men and false traditions; and these human idols are full of blood, having led the people away from God to their destruction.
22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself. 22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
The apostate Ekklesia of today that Jesus Christ calls Laodicea [meaning “The people will be judged and punished”] will be mocked when their false traditions are proved fables and their exalted pride is brought low.
22:5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, [today’s Spiritual Ekklesia] which art infamous and much vexed.
The princes of physical Israel/Judah are today’s political leaders; and spiritually they are the leaders and elders of the Spiritual Ekklesia.
22:6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.
We give inordinately to these organizations what should be used to support our parents and families, just as the Pharisees did. These organizations extort from the brethren excessive offerings resulting in the neglect of parents, and even our children and family needs, and we call this godly. We condemn the ancient Mosaic Pharisees and then we do the exact same things!
Hear the words of Jesus Christ!
Jesus used this question to teach that they transgress God’s Word by their traditions. Jesus used the example that they do not help out needy parents, instead giving what should have helped their parents to the church and declares that doing that is a sin against God’s commandments.
This is not talking about tithes or reasonable offerings, it is talking about giving over much to feel righteous, while being ungodly in not caring for the families God has blessed us with.
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.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia commits the very same sin, with organizations demanding that the brethren give and give to them, to the neglect of our responsibilities to our families; thus demanding that we break the Word of God.
Not caring for the families that God has blessed us with is a great sin.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
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 today’s Spiritual Ekklesia. For they exalt their leaders and traditions above the Word of Almighty God, making idols of men and organizations
What are our false traditions today, that make God’s law of no effect?
1) Buying food and drink and cooking or traveling on the weekly Sabbath and annual Holy Days including the Feast of the Eighth Day.
2) The sin of 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; a message of warning and repentance from the breaking of any part of God’s Word.
4) Exalting loyalty to men and organizations as loyalty to God.
5) Using the non-biblical Rabbinic Calendar for religious purposes.
6) Divorce and Remarriage contrary to Christ’s command.
7) Compromising with God’s Word 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.
9) Having Winter Weekends on Christmas, while refusing to hold services on every day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread as God has commanded.
10) Rejecting knowledge in order to cleave to false traditions.
We are to prove all things, and to follow men ONLY as they live by every Word of God and follow Christ!
I am calling these organizations to repentance and to live by every Word of 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, but for their wholehearted repentance.
Ezekiel 22:7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.
We take excessively from the poor and needy by extortive promises of spiritual blessings or threats: We call the Sabbath holy and then consider ourselves delivered to pollute the weekly and annual Sabbaths: We despise any zeal to learn and to wholeheartedly keep the whole Word of God, taking delight in following the false teachings of our idols of men; blindly, thoughtlessly and without question!
22:8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
Like the ancients sacrificed on every mountain instead of taking their offerings to the temple as God had commanded and seeking to live by every Word of God! We run to every mountain [organization] of men to follow idols of men, and turn up our noses at any zeal for the Mountain [WORD and AUTHORITY] of the LORD!
We spread lies against the Word of God, saying that Christ will overlook sin, and saying that those who cleave to false ways are God’s representatives when they are not; and we commit spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal vows by following idols of me: Teaching others to do likewise!
22:9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood [spread false rumors to destroy lives]: and in thee they eat [sacrifices] upon the mountains [spiritually; eating refers to internalizing and teaching false doctrines]: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.
The following speaks of unbridled sexual lust; which is also a type of spiritual wondering away from our espoused LORD to follow others in spiritual adultery.
22:10 In thee have they discovered their fathers’ nakedness [incest]: in thee have they humbled [had intercourse with] her that was set apart for [menses] pollution. 22:11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.
The following speaks of taking bribes to do evil; which is a prime sin of many elders today who will say anything to receive their wages; not realizing that in due time they will receive the just wages for their wickedness from he who has the power of eternal life and death.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell [Gehenna].
Ezekiel 22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood [Spiritually taking wages to lead people astray from godliness.]; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.
Because of the many abominations of the nations of physical Israel, and because of the many abominations of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia: The Strong Correction of Almighty God is at Hand!
Jesus Christ is ready to reject us for our extortion and dishonest gain from the poor and needy and from the elderly and the widows whom we devour, and for shedding the spiritual blood of many, by turning the brethren away from any zeal for God to follow the false traditions and idols of men!
Jesus Christ is ready to spew us out of his body (Rev 3:14-22) and cast us into the correction of great tribulation; so that through the affliction of the flesh God may save the spirit by crushing our arrogant pride into contrition and bringing us to sincere repentance!
Jesus Christ is about to lift up his hand against us for our wickedness!
22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand [lifted up my hand against] at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.
When Jesus Christ begins to deal with and correct us, no one can stand before HIM!
22:14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.
Jesus Christ will purify us of all our abominations in the furnace of affliction, until our pride flees from us and we see ourselves as he sees us and we sincerely repent!
22:15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness [purify us] out of thee.
Once physical Israel sincerely repents and turns to the Eternal, they will be gathered into the land promised to Abraham; and once today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has learned their lesson and sincerely repented, they will be given a place in the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, and they shall receive the inheritance that is the birthright of the overcomer!
22:16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
Because of our sins God declares today’s physical and spiritual Israel as worthless rust and tarnish to him. We have taken the silver and gold of the Word of God and of our calling and polluted it; covering ourselves with the uncleanness of our abominations.
22:17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 22:18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.
God through Nebuchadnezzar besieged Judah and Jerusalem in fulfillment of this prophecy; and God will bring the affliction of Judah and Jerusalem again by the nations of Psalm 83 and latter day Babylon of the rising New Federal Europe, which is the second fulfillment.
Jerusalem is the capital city and the city of the temple, so God will also correct the leaders of God’s Spiritual Temple who have led the brethren astray from any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, to follow idols of men and their false traditions.
22:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
Physical and especially the spiritual Israel of the New Covenant called out Assemblies will be afflicted and purified from their uncleanness and the rust and dross of sin; in the fiery furnace of affliction.
As metal is refined and purified, even so Jesus Christ will use the fire of affliction to purify us from the abominations of our arrogance and many sins by crushing our overwhelming pride to contrition and bringing us to sincere repentance.
22:20 As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 22:21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst therof. 22:22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.
A prophecy against today’s called out Spiritual Ekklesia.
22:23 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Most of today’s called out Spiritual Ekklesia are full of the uncleanness of sin, just as our nations are full of abominations.
22:24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed [the nation is polluted by their abominations], nor rained upon [Spiritually speaking, the rain of God’s Spirit which today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has quenched by their rebellion against any zeal for God and his Word; replacing that zeal for God with a zeal for organizations and men in open IDOLATRY.] in the day of indignation [the great tribulation being clearly referenced here].
22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets [The spiritual leaders, elders, teachers of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia.] in the midst thereof, [they each seek to take wealth and followers to themselves; seeking to steal the flock of God] like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured [they take people away from God to follow idols of men] souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
The following verse is an unmistakable description of the vast majority of the leaders and elders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia!
We proclaim God’s Sabbaths as HOLY and then we walk all over them, openly polluting them! We reject God’s Biblical Calendar to idolize the Rabbins and their apostate calendar, so that we observe God’s High Days according to our own pleasure and contrary to the Word of God! We openly profane the holy things of the Word of God; despising any zeal to keep God’s Word in favor of leading all people to follow idols of men and false traditions!
22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 22:27 Her princes [many of the leaders and elders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia] in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey [seeking to steal God’s sheep], to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
This next verse speaks of the exceedingly many false teachers in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia (Mat 24, Jude, 2 Ti 4:3).
22:28 And her prophets have daubed [have taught the brethren false traditions] them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
The whole land is full of wickedness and the brethren who should know better have gone astray! We who are supposed to have the Spirit of God, have quenched that Holy Spirit by our idolatry and abominations.
22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
God searched diligently and found no leader in the assemblies who would take a stand for him and destroy wickedness out of the land. This was referring to the kings and priests in Judah in the days of Ezekiel, although some of the people who were already in Babylon like Daniel and his three friends and Ezekiel himself were faithful: It was the leadership in Jerusalem and Judea that God is talking about here.
In the same today, exactly as in Ezekiel’s day none of the national leaders, and almost none of the leaders and elders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will turn to God in zeal and sincere repentance to lead the brethren back to the Eternal and away from wickedness and idolizing men!
22:30 And I sought for a man [leader, king] among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Because the leaders and elders of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will not sincerely repent from leading the flock away from a zeal for God and his Word, and from following idols of men and their false traditions: The Eternal will cast us out of his body into great tribulation (Rev 3:14-22); so that we might be refined, corrected and purified from all our abominations by the fiery furnace of the great tribulation!
22:31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.