This chapter is a condemnation of the spiritual adultery of the Ekklesia and the idolatry of physical Israel and Judah, and the correction coming from their Husband.
Remember that this was written for our instruction, and the same correction will come upon us for our own spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works [godly conduct] .
God speaks of Israel and Judah as two women who indulged in the paganism of Egypt. God graphically describes how Israel and Judah lay before Egypt to become one with idols and false gods. This a type of how the called out of spiritual Israel have given themselves over to become lovers of their idols of men and false traditions in this latter day.
Ezekiel 23:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: 23:3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: [the following is a euphemism for intercourse, that is; becoming ONE with the wicked] there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity [polluted their purity before God] .
23:4 And the names of them were Aholah [Israel] the elder, and Aholibah [Judah] her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria [Israel, the ten tribes] is Aholah, and Jerusalem [Judah] Aholibah.
The northern ten tribes of Israel doted on her lovers and became one with paganism through the sins of Jeroboam, who taught the people to give themselves over to the idols of the heathen. Israel repeatedly refused to keep her marriage covenant with the Eternal and gave herself over to adulterous love affairs with paganism just as today’s Ekklesia follow their corporate idols of men away from any zeal to live by every Word of God today.
Today the brethren follow an appearance – an illusion of righteousness – as they bow to their idols of men, neglecting the deeper spiritual things of God! Just as ancient Israel followed the idols of the nations around them; and not on the spiritual things of God.
23:5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, 23:6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
Ancient Israel made alliances with the heathen and followed their idols, just as physical Israel does today; and today spiritual Israel also follows idols of men and false traditions in spiritual adultery against the Husband of their baptismal promises.
23:7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. 23:8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
Then God put Israel away and gave here into the hand of her lovers [allies] the Assyrians.
23:9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.
23:10 These discovered her nakedness [Assyria saw her wickedness and God used them to correct her.]: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed [God’s] judgment upon her.
Then Judah corrupted herself with even more spiritual adulteries than Israel.
23:11 And when her sister Aholibah [Judah] saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love [loving others more than her Husband] than she [Israel], and in her whoredoms more than her sister [and Judah committed more idolatries than Israel] in her whoredoms.
Judah also doted on the Assyrians and on the Babylonians and the surrounding pagans to bow to their idols.
23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
Then Judah went the same way as Samaria [the ten tribes of Israel] had gone
23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one [Israel and Judah both went the same way] way,
Then Judah saw the appearance of the Chaldeans [spiritually the Babylonian Mystery religion] and their paganism and loved them, giving herself over to them in spiritual adultery against her Husband.
In modern spiritual terms this refers to today’s spiritual Ekklesia adopting the Babylonian Mysteries church governance system.
23:14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion, 23:15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity: 23:16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.
23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.
Because Judah loved Babylon and the Babylonian Mystery religion, she was alienated from God, just as Israel had been alienated from God because of her idolatry.
Today the spiritual Ekklesia has not learned from this history and has also adopted the Babylonian Mysteries church governance system; bowing to corporate idols and idols of men and false traditions.
23:18 So she discovered [revealed] her whoredoms [spiritual adulteries], and discovered her nakedness [sinfulness]: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister. 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot [worshiped idols] in the land of Egypt.
Judah’s lovers [allies] were as strong as horses and she loved and ascribed their strength to their idols; loving them more than she loved her Husband the Eternal God. She followed after the physical appearance of strength and beauty and turned away from true spiritual strength and beauty.
Brethren, today’s spiritual Ekklesia has done exactly the same thing in adopting the Babylonian Mysteries governance system of placing idols of men between the brethren and God.
23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
Just as Israel and Judah sinned in Egypt, so they continued to sin in their own land: This is a type, that as we of today’s spiritual Ekklesia sinned in our Egypt of spiritual bondage to Satan and sin before our calling out, we have now fallen back into sin, idolatry and spiritual adultery after being delivered by our God.
Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia behaves just as if we were never converted, for we follow our lovers – our idols of men – committing spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment.
23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.
Just as God used the Assyrians to correct physical Israel and God used the Babylonians to correct physical Judah in the past, he will use Assyria and Babylon again to correct both physical and spiritual Israel and Judah in this latter day. God will bring an alienation between us and our lovers [the coming New Europe] so that he may bring them against us to correct us.
23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side; 23:23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly [an alliance of nations] of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.
Our Husband is a jealous Husband and he will turn our lovers against us to correct both physical and spiritual Israel and Judah in this latter day.
23:25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. 23:26 They shall also [take away thy wealth] strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.
The Eternal will correct us until we have put away our spiritual adulteries in sincere repentance and we turn to Him with enthusiastic zeal.
23:27 Thus will I make thy lewdness [spiritual adulteries] to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.
Mosaic Israel was given into the hand of the Assyrians [now the modern Germans, Austrians and Hungarians] for their correction, and Mosaic Judah was given to the Babylonians by Almighty God for their correction: In this end time physical and spiritual Israel/Judah will be delivered into the hand of the Assyrians [Germans] and Babylon [The New Europe] together; by the judgment of Almighty God, for our correction.
23:28 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated: 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully [harshly], and shall take away [everything of value] all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: [The Israelite nations shall be left destitute and the Ekklesia shall have all their wickedness of spiritual adultery laid bare, as their pride and idolatry is destroyed in the fire.] and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
The great tribulation is coming upon the nations for their sins, and it is coming upon the spiritually called out for our idolizing of men and our complete lack of zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.
23:30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.
Judah followed the same wickedness of her sister Israel in ancient times, and received the same correction from God.
In this latter day both physical Israel and Judah have committed even greater wickedness and will face an even greater correction, of which the ancient captivity was only a mild forerunner.
Today’s unrepentant apostate Laodicean [meaning: the people will be judged and punished] spiritual Ekklesia will also be thrust into the fiery furnace of great tribulation.
23:31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.
23:32 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou shalt drink of thy sister’s cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.
The nations of Israel today will be shocked and astonished at their downfall for they believe themselves to be invincible. The same is true of today’s spiritual Israel, who believe their own false traditions and are blind to their true spiritual condition (Rev 3:14-22).
23:33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness [confusion] and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria. 23:34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off [pound] thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
As both physical and the spiritual Israel of the called out Ekklesia have forgotten any zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God: We shall bear our own sins and pay the price for our spiritual infidelity.
23:35 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
The Watchman Ezekiel is commanded to tell Judah/Israel their sins and the reason for their correction; and in this latter day spiritual Israel is also receiving a strong warning and being told the reasons for the coming correction of both physical and spiritual Israel, including the brethren of the Ekklesia.
23:36 The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;
Brethren, WE have committed spiritual adultery with our idols of men and we have taught our children to follow corporate idols instead of teaching them to be passionately zealous to live by every Word of God, causing our children to also fall into the fire.
23:37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.
Brethren, WE have defiled the spiritual Temple of the Holy Spirit with our corporate idolatries of men and wickedness; and our calling the Sabbath day holy while continually polluting it.
23:38 Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
We teach our children to sin by following idols of men and then we come before God claiming to be God’s people, as we reject any zeal for God and we exalt our zeal for our idols of men.
23:39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.
We have prepared ourselves to love strange doctrines of false religions like the abominable Nicolaitane church governance system of Babylon. thereby becoming of one spirit with the Babylon Mysteries.
Let me be very clear: I am NOT against organization; I am against exalting an organization above the Word of God!
23:40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments, 23:41 And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil. 23:42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.
Today’s brethren play the harlot with many lovers. We have split into hundreds of groups each following its own lover [corporate idol of men], and almost none faithfully follow the espoused Husband of our baptismal commitment!
23:43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them? 23:44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.
23:45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.
The ancients were removed from their land, and in our time many will be deported from the land in the next few years. Judah in Palestine will be confined to ghettos in Palestine awaiting removal to far away places as a proposed solution for the Jewish Palestinian question. The New Europe will see itself as merciful in saving Judah for deportation instead of letting her be totally slaughtered by her neighbors.
23:46 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed [taken from their land] and spoiled.
Yet in the tribulation very many will still be slaughtered.
23:47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.
It is Almighty God who will give physical Judah and Israel and spiritual Israel into the hand of our enemies because of the multitude of our abominations; to correct us and to afflict the flesh in the hpe that the spirit might be saved through the crushing of our immense pride which has exalted our hearts above the Word of the All Wise God.
23:48 Thus will I cause lewdness [spiritual adultery with idols] to cease out of the land, that all women [nations] may be taught not to do after your lewdness.
23:49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Then Spiritual Israel of the New Covenant called out, and all peoples; shall learn that the Eternal is God and beside him there is NO other; and they will be healed from idolizing men and turned to a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God and to follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth!
When we make a soup or stew we should first slowly cook the meat, and then strain the blood from the broth through a cloth before adding the vegetables.
God uses a stew made of choice meat, which in the cooking becomes full of oozing blood and floating scum which is not strained off and the stew of fine meats is polluted; as an allegory of the apostates.
We the spiritually called out were called to godliness and we were made the choicest people to the Eternal, only to become polluted in our own idolatry and wickedness.
This parable is against Jerusalem, which Jerusalem is the pot where much of physical Judah was gathered; and as the city of the Temple is an allegory the spiritual Temple of the called out of this latter day.
Ezekiel 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:
We say that we are God’s people and we can do what we want and God will back us up, as we follow our false traditions and idols of men contrary to any zeal for follow Christ and to live by every Word of God.
We build our high places and monuments to our corporate idols and think that we are delivered by God to follow idols of men in spiritual adultery against the Husband of our baptismal commitment.
It shall not be so; for we shall be judged by our actions; not by our false claims of godliness
11:3 Which say, It [our correction is not close at hand] is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.
Meaning that they were taught that no evil could come upon them because they had the Temple, just as today’s Ekklesia believes that they are God’s people [spiritual Temple] and that no harm can come upon them because they say “we are God’s people and we are inside the iron pot of God’s protection”.
God answers us that he will not deliver us because we follow idols of men and do not live by God’s Word: We make a pretense of godliness but we follow corporate idols of men instead of living by every Word of God.
Ezekiel 11:10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 11:11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel: 11:12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.
Jeremiah 7 drives this lesson home; our claiming to be among the called out [the spiritual temple] will not save us from God’s correction for our spiritual adultery and our idolizing of men.
Jeremiah 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.
In Ezekiel 24 God uses the metaphor of Jerusalem and the Temple as the city of God and the pot that holds and protects the people, saying that Jerusalem shall fall to Babylon by the judgment of God; and calling ourselves God’s people will not save us from God’s correction for our wickedness.
Ezekiel 24:1 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24:2 Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.
24:3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:
Even the choicest most exalted people of physical and spiritual Israel will be corrected.
24:4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.
This prophecy is duel and applies both in the physical and the spiritual sense! Who is the flock of God today? Who considers themselves the choicest of God’s flock?
24:5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.
Just as Judah was and is polluted in the midst of Jerusalem, so the church of God of today is polluted by sin: The word “scum” being a reference to uncleanness and sin.
24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.
Instead of casting out our filthiness of sin in sincere repentance, today’s physical and spiritual Israel openly exalt and rejoice in their sins, by exalting our idols of men and our false traditions and zeal for our idols, replacing any zeal to keep the Word of God.
24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;
Because we revel in our sins against a zeal for the whole Word of God and against our baptismal commitment to our Creator, we have provoked our Husband to jealousy. Therefore Almighty God will reveal our wickedness to all who pass by.
24:8 That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.
God will consume us in the fire of affliction, burning us up; so that by afflicting the flesh the spirit might be saved!
24:9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great. 24:10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.
Even the pot representing the city of Jerusalem will be burned [which happened when Nebuchadnezzar took the city]; and in our day Jerusalem itself shall fall to the adversary (Rev 11:2).
24:11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness [the wickedness of the people in physical and spiritual Jerusalem (Jerusalem being the capital represents the whole people) will be destroyed] of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.
We have deceived ourselves with lies, saying “We are God’s people and the tribulation will not come upon us;” because we are NOT God’s people if we do not exalt him and keep his Word above the words of our idols of men!
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Ezekiel 24:12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum [uncleanness of sin] went not forth out of her [was not removed by sincere repentance]: her scum shall be [our sins will be corrected and removed in the fire of affliction] in the fire.
God has allowed today’s spiritual Ekklesia of today to be mildly afflicted by dividing us, but we would not repent.
We continue in the lewdness of the spiritual adultery of following others instead of our Husband, and we will NOT listen to the warnings and correction of the Husband of our baptismal commitment; therefore in fury will he afflict us with the rod of Assyria and the staff of Babylon [the New Europe].
Brethren, for far too long many have feared the New Europe and Germany as some kind of monsters; when it is Almighty God who is afflicting us and bringing them upon us for our many sins.
This idea that the wicked Europeans are attacking us because we are so righteous is a monstrous self- deception; a self-justifying delusion of a proud and arrogant heart.
It is Almighty God who will USE them [against their own will] to perform HIS will and correct us for our idolatry and our many spiritual adulteries against HIM!
24:13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.
24:14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GOD.
God took away away the desire of Ezekiel, his wife whom he loved; as a prophecy that God would not spare his own wife because of her sins.
24:15 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24:16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead [do not weep for the wicked who are corrected by God], bind the tire of thine [God commands that these coverings or hats over the head not be removed in mourning.] head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet [get dressed] , and cover not thy lips [do not cover thy face in mourning, refers to the traditional blackening of the face with dust as a sign of mourning; the wearing of black in mourning today comes from this practice, and eat not the bread of men.
Mourning customs included removing the (protection from the hot sun) head covering, so as to afflict ones-self and throwing dust up upon ones face in the emotional outpouring of grief of mourning].
This was an allegory that God is furious with his adulterous bride, and that God will not mourn over the correction of his wayward bride, ancient Judah and today’s spiritual Ekklesia.
Even in that emotional extremity, Ezekiel obeyed God; and today’s brethren will not even give up their pleasure [SIN] of paying others to serve them on Sabbath!
24:18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
The people were astonished at Ezekiel’s actions when his wife died and asked him for an explanation.
24:19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?
Then Ezekiel explains what God has said.
24:20 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24:21 Speak unto the house of Israel,
God destroyed the physical Temple by Nebuchadnezzar and later destroyed the second Temple by the Romans, and in this latter day God will correct his spiritual sanctuary, his spiritual Temple; the Ekklesia in whom the Spirit of God dwells!
. . . Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.
Those who fall into that correction will dress themselves and do up their hair in severe famine; they will not mourn openly for the very shock of their downfall; they will pine away groaning inside in shock and finally turning to sincere repentance for committing spiritual adultery with our idols of men and false traditions.
24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips [covering the head or face, as in throwing dirt up over oneself in emotional affliction, this was an ancient part of mourning openly and publicly], nor eat the bread of men. 24:23 And your tires [hats, head coverings in the hot sun] shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.
Again: Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead [do not weep for the wicked who are corrected by God], bind the tire of thine [God commands that these coverings or hats over the head not be removed in mourning.] head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet [get dressed] , and cover not thy lips [do not cover thy face in mourning, refers to the traditional blackening of the face with dust as a sign of mourning; the wearing of black in mourning today comes from this practice, and eat not the bread of men.
Ezekiel 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
24:25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, 24:26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?
When these things come upon today’s apostate spiritual Ekklesia and brethren, they will know that these warnings are true and that the Eternal is God and not their idols of men; and they will be humbled to turn from idolizing men, to hear the Word of the LORD and to keep it.
24:27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.