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Ezekiel 35 – 36

Ezekiel 35

Mount Seir was named for Seir, the Horite, whose offspring had inhabited the area (Genesis 14:6, 36:20) until the children of Esau (the Edomites) completely destroyed or absorbed the Horites and took possession of the city (Deuteronomy 2:4-5, 12, 22).

From that time Mount Seir has become synonymous with Esau who took possession of Seir and destroyed the Horites living there. (Genesis 32:3; 33:14, 16; 36:8; Joshua 24:4).  

The main cities of Esau  [Edom] were Seir and Petra until they migrated into the area of Turkmenistan with most later moving on to Turkey. SEE The Origins of the Ottoman Empire to view the history of how the Turks of Turkmenistan migrated to and took control of Turkey. 

The Isaiah 11 and Amos 9 prophecies are about the millennium and the countries that Israel will rule over at that time. 

Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 9:12  That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doeth this.

 Edom is also the subject of Obadiah

Ezekiel 35:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 35:2 Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir [Edom, modern Turkey], and prophesy against it, 35:3 And say unto it,

Late in the tribulation and at its end, Jesus Christ will correct and humble the Edomites of Turkey by the sword of the armies of Asia which will pour through the land of the Turk towards Jerusalem; and after they have been corrected they will turn to the Eternal in sincere repentance at the coming of Christ and the millennial kingdom.

. . . Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. 35:4 I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

Because the Turks will come against Judah (Psalm 83) the Turks and all the people surrounding the Jewish State will be sorely corrected by the men of Asia.

See Psalm 83:  Edom [mainly Turkey], Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon and the true Arab people will ally themselves with Ashur [Germany and the New Europe] against Judah, Israel [America, the British peoples, the Scandinavians, and the Low Countries] and Egypt in the last days. 

When the tribulation comes to humble Israel and make an end of their iniquity, these surrounding nations will not sincerely repent at the example of God correcting his people; no, they will rejoice and take part in the shedding of the blood of their brother and they will continue in their own wickedness.

35:5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:

Then vast armies from Asia, armies of scores of millions will sweep through the land of the Turks, the land of the Syrians and Lebanese, the land of Jordan, the Arab States and the land of Gaza.  Those nations will all be crushed in their correction from God through the sword of the east; so that all Israel may be saved and become the dominant nation over the entire region.  All these nations will end up serving God, Christ, David and Israel during the millennium!

35:6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee. 35:7 Thus will I make mount Seir [Edom, Turkey] most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. 35:8 And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword. 35:9 I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not [be rebuilt] return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

The two countries being Judea [Judah] and Samaria [Israel]: Esau [Edom] proposing to take by force the land that he had sold to Jacob.

35:10 Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it;

By selling his birthright for a bowl of stew, Esau showed how little he regarded his birthright, and disqualified himself to receive it.

Even so, those of spiritual Israel who do not value their birthright and disregard it for temptation or in the face of trials in this life, have lost the birthright of being kings and priests of God forever (Rev 5:10)! 

Esau sold his birthright of possession of the physical promised land for a bowl of stew; and a great many in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia have sold their birthright of eternal life as kings and priests in the spiritual Promised Land, by seeking their own pleasure and buying food and drink on God’s Sabbath days; both weekly and annual! 

Was not the sin of Esau recorded for our example and instruction?  Yet today the spiritual Ekklesia of the New Covenant Called Out are even worse than Esau was!  For we are supposed to have God’s Spirit! We are supposed to know better! 

Esau [Edom and  Mount Seir; modern Turkey and Turkmenistan] will be corrected for hating their brother and shedding the blood of Judah; and Esau will be overrun by the men of Asia and will then be given to king David to rule over them in the millennium. 

Esau will be corrected for his hatred and envy against his brother.  Yes, Jacob took advantage of Esau, yet Esau was not forced to sell his birthright and did so out of his own disregard for the value of his birthright; just as most of today’s brethren have no regard for the birthright of their calling. 

The next time you enter that restaurant or your organization has a catered meal on any Sabbath or Holy Day: Remember the birthright of your calling; and turn around and walk right out again!

. . . whereas the LORD was there: 35:11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.

35:12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies [invective]  which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.

When Turkey [Edom] vents his rage with cursing against Judah and Israel; he is also blaspheming the God who has chosen them for his own.

35:13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.

When Christ comes to begin the millennium, the whole earth will have been humbled and will accept Messiah with great rejoicing.  Then the small remnant of Turkey [Edom] will also repent, but their land will be desolate and given to Israel as a vassal state.

35:14 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate.

Because Turkey [Edom] will rejoice at the desolation of Judah and Israel; God will make Edom [Turkey] desolate.

35:15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir [Esau, Edom: Modern Turkey], and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 36

A proclamation of the millennial restoration of Israel and the desolation of the surrounding countries

In this case the prophecy is directed at the actual physical land of promise, promising that she will again be inhabited and be abundantly productive in the millennium.

Ezekiel 36:1 Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains  of  Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:

36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: 36:3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:

36:4 Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;

Messiah will correct apostate physical and spiritual Israel in the tribulation, because she is greatly beloved and Christ wants her to sincerely repent and return to him! 

At Christ’s coming, physical Israel will repent and be grafted into spiritual Israel!  The surrounding nations that rejoiced and tried to gain advantage from the fall of God’s beloved – when they were wicked themselves – will also have been corrected and they will sincerely repent and be grafted into spiritual Israel themselves!

Jesus Christ will pour out his wrath on Turkey and the nations surrounding Israel because of their hatreds and lust to take the land and destroy the sons of Jacob;  for God corrects Israel, not to destroy her; but to turn her BACK to HIM for she is his beloved, the apple of his eye!

36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea [Turkey], which have appointed [sought to take the land] my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.

After Israel has been corrected those who have hated and vexed Israel and Judah; and desired the complete destruction of those called out of Egypt; shall surely bear their own sins. 

36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame [been hated by] of the heathen:

The nations surrounding Israel will also be corrected like Israel for their sins.

36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.

The millennial blessings on physical Israel

Spiritual Israel shall be exalted to the gift of eternal life, and physical Israel will inherit the land promised to Abraham and will dominate the surrounding nations.  Yet both physical Israel and the nations will be grafted into a Spiritual Israel and will also have an opportunity to receive eternal life.

36:8 But ye, O mountains [governments, tribes, nations] of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.

36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: 36:10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

The restoration of physical Israel to the physical promised land

36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.

In the millennium the nations of Israel will no more be bereaved by violence and they will be blessed beyond today’s imagination, for all shall know and be zealous for the LORD GOD of Israel.

36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations: 36:14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.

No longer will the nations hate any more, but they will all come up to worship the Eternal at Jerusalem, sincerely repenting and being grafted into spiritual Israel themselves!  

36:15 Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD.

The correction of great tribulation of BOTH physical and spiritual Israel will come upon us for doing our own ways and not being zealous for the ways of God.  Today physical and spiritual Israel are disgusting to Jesus Christ, for we follow our idols of men and their false traditions, and we reject any zeal to follow the Husband of our baptismal commitment. 

36:16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.

Because the nations of Israel and today’s apostate Spiritual Ekklesia have rejected the Eternal: We will be rejected by Jesus Christ the Husband of our baptismal commitment, because we have rejected any zeal for HIM and because we are full of spiritual adulteries with many idols of men (Rev 3:14-22). 

Therefore the called out of spiritual Israel along with physical Israel; will be cast into the fiery furnace of correction in the great tribulation, so that we might be humbled and return in sincere repentance to our Mighty God.

36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.

In calling ourselves the people of God or the church of God, we blaspheme and profane God’s name, because we will not live by the Word of God and therefore we are NOT the people of God.

36:20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they [physical and spiritual Israel] profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.

Then God will deliver his people, not for their sakes, for they are wicked; but for the sake of HIS own reputation so that he might be glorified by all people.

36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.

Then Messiah will come and his holiness will be revealed, and all peoples shall glorify God!

36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

The Eternal will correct Israel and all humanity to humble them and then he shall deliver all Israel and all of humanity; and Israel and all people will know him and exalt him above all their idols. 

36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

When Messiah comes; he will wash away sins with the washing of the whole Word of God and the water of the Holy Spirit; so that our own ways may be washed away and replaced with the holiness of the Word of God. 

Ephesians 5:25 . . . . even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church [Ekklesia, Bride], not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water [the Word of God and the Holy Spirit] upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

Jeremiah 31:31   Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

31:32  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

31:35  Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:

No more will spiritual or physical Israel follow idols of men and the false traditions of men!  Then every person will live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God! 

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

Matthew 4:10   Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Physical Israel will enter the physical promised land on their repentance and the Holy Spirit will be poured out on them, enabling them to keep and to live by every Word of God (Joel 2:28);  and those in called out spiritual Israel who sincerely repent of their apostasy of following idols of men, and who  fully internalize the whole Word of God, living by every Word of God,  shall enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Physical Israel and all of humanity will sincerely repent and be cleansed from all uncleanness of sin; and the sincerely repentant of spiritual Israel shall be cleansed from all uncleanness of sin, and from all blemishes of evil (Eph 5:27).

Physical Israel will have no more physical famine and spiritual Israel will never again suffer from a famine, a lack of, or scarcity of the Word of God, as they do today!

36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn [grain], and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.

Much physical fruit is analogous to the bountiful spiritual fruit of the millennium and beyond.  The tree of life is Jesus Christ, not any particular man or organization. 

If we abide in men and organizations, and have no zeal to learn, to keep and to fully internalize the whole Word of God; we have no spiritual life abiding in us! 

It is only by abiding in Christ and the whole Word of God that we may be spiritually fruitful and have eternal life abiding in us.

John 15:1 I am the true vine [the trunk of the tree, the Logos the whole Word of God], and my Father is the husbandman. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit [is NOT faithful and zealous to live by every Word of God as Christ does] he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit [living by EVERY WORD of GOD], he purgeth [trims, prunes and trains] it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

If we abide in the Word of God, doing those things that please Jesus Christ and God the Father; they will abide in us through the Spirit of God.  If we are NOT zealous to live by every Word of God; WE ARE NONE OF HIS!

Remember that, when you are asked by your elder to pollute the Sabbath; take Passover and observe High Days on the wrong dates, or in the wrong ways; or are told that you need not eat Unleavened Bread every day of the Feast as God has commanded. 

Remember that after washing the disciple’s feet; they were all clean except one.  That one being the person who did not spiritually abide in Christ the true VINE

15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Beware false Christ’s who tolerate sin and are not filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God; Because without a firm close FULL UNITY with the true Christ who lives by every Word of God; our religion is vain and meaningless, and falls to the status of a human social club.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

To be grafted into the true vine of Christ; we MUST be called by and to God the Father; we must believe, repent and be baptized for the remission of sins to be granted. And IF we remain abiding in God with him dwelling us; IF we follow the Holy Spirit’s lead into all truth diligently keeping God’s Word, then we shall bear much fruit!

15:6 If a man abide not in me  [living in Christ-like zeal to live by EVERY WORD of GOD], he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Those who compromise with any part of the whole Word of God , which Christ loves; and who tolerate sin, which Christ hates; will be rejected and cast into the furnace of affliction; and if they still do not repent, cast into the fire of ultimate destruction.

15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

“Continue in my love” means that Christ wants our loving relationship with HIM to continue, through our learning and keeping the Word which he has preached; which is to do God the Father’s will and to live by every Word of God.

Watch Out!  Many will teach to keep the commandments, but by commandments they mean their own false traditions and not the whole Word of God.

15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

What did Christ command us?  He kept the whole Word of God fully and we are to do likewise, living as he lived and as he will live in us. 

Jesus Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to God his beloved Father, and he will live a life of perfect obedience to God the Father in us!

Matthew 19:17 . . . . but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments

Ezekiel 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

When Messiah comes, there will be sincere repentance in physical Israel and Judah, and for many of today’s apostates among spiritual Israel!

36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

God will do this to keep his promises and not because of any good in us.

36:32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.

The millennial blessings of physical Israel are a type of the tremendous abundance of godliness and passionate zeal to learn and to live by every Word of God that will cover all the earth. 

Isaiah 11:9   They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Ezekiel 36:33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. 36:34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.  36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

When the Eternal has done this; the deceits of the idols of men who seek their own followings for their own false traditions will perish, and all the earth shall know that the Eternal is God, and the nations will come up to Jerusalem to worship God the Father and to accept the Kingship of Messiah and his resurrected chosen; to learn and to keep the righteousness of the whole Word of God! 

36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.

Then all the earth shall know

Deuteronomy 4:35   Unto thee it was shewed [and recorded for us today], that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

We are to hear and keep the whole Word of God: Which was written by the authors under heavenly inspiration from God Almighty!

4:36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

4:37 And because he loved thy fathers [God has kept his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob], therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;

Spiritually the Lamb of God has overcome the Adversary by the mighty deeds of a perfect godly life and a perfect sacrifice to redeem his people.   

4:38 To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.

4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.

In the tribulation, spiritual and physical Israel will be humbled to seek the Eternal and they will seek Him!  Then the whole earth will also turn to the Eternal and will be grafted into the tree of life, Jesus Christ (John 15); and all humanity will become a part of spiritual Israel.

Ezekiel 36:37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.  36:38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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