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Ezekiel, "I saw visions of God"   Very detailed description of what we call today UFOs   Living creatures on board   A wheel within a wheel   God on board   God calls Ezekiel   Ezekiel is shown a book written within and without   Ezekiel is filled with the words of God   God commands Ezekiel to speak to the house of Israel   The spirit, (aircraft), takes Ezekiel to Telabib, among the captives   Stunned for seven days   God makes Ezekiel a watchman   Once saved always saved?   God commands Ezekiel to go into the plain   God prevents Ezekiel from speaking   Symbolism. The tile and the iron pan   A sign for both Israel and Judah   A strict diet for Ezekiel to represent the conditions of the coming siege of Jerusalem   More Symbolism. The sharp knife, A barber's razor, and a pair of balances   Cannibalism predicted   The sharp knife, a barber's razor, and the pair of balances described   God will destroy their pagan worship places   God will leave a remnant   A smite of the hand and a stamp of the foot   An end, The end is come   Gold and silver can't deliver   Destruction cometh   The hand of God and a lock of Ezekiel's hair   Worshiping false gods and the sun   Man's imagination   Preparing for the slaughter of Jerusalem   A mark upon the forehead   Begin at my sanctuary   More vivid details of the aircraft Ezekiel saw   God and those with Him are preparing to leave   The aircraft rise into the air   Again, the spirit, (aircraft), takes Ezekiel for a ride   The wicked counselors of the city   God can read our minds   The people will go into captivity   God will gather the scattered ones   God ends His personal visit with Ezekiel   Symbolism. Pack our stuff and be ready to move   I am your sign   Zedekiah's blindness foretold   Ezekiel's sign of the rationing of food   The people don't believe Ezekiel   Woe to the foolish prophets   Peace, peace; when there is no peace   God's word polluted for bread   God is against those that teach that you can fly, to save your soul   Idols of the heart   God will answer personally   These three men   A remnant shall be left   God compares Jerusalem to a useless vine   Jerusalem, The unfaithful wife   Jerusalem as an abandoned infant   God marries this place and people   God gave His wife everything   God's wife becomes a whore   God's wife can't be satisfied   God's wife has the whoring business backwards. She pays her lovers   Pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness   God's everlasting covenant with her   The parable of eagles and vines   The parable explained   All souls are mine, saith the LORD   We are accountable for our own sins and not another's   How the wicked can obtain eternal life   Again, Once saved always saved?   God has no pleasure in death   Lamentations for the princes of Israel   Don't listen to God and He wont listen to you   Israel rebelled against God   God works for His own name's sake   God will gather His scattered people   All the house of Israel shall serve God   Again, God does things for His name's sake   God will kindle a fire   God's well sharpened and brightly polished sword   The Royal Crown   Memory removed   To discover thy fathers nakedness   Again, God shall scatter His people   Israel to be tested in the furnace   False prophets and priest   God sought for a man but found none   God describes His whoring wives   Aholah, (Israel), is taken captive by the Assyrians   Human sacrifice   Aholibah, (Judah), is taken captive by the Babylonians   Symbolism. The Boiling Pot. God will purge Jerusalem in this fashion   The death of Ezekiel's wife   God's anger at the Ammonites   Prophecy concerning Moab and Seir   God's Prophecy against Edom   Again, God's Prophecy against Edom   God's judgment on Tyrus, for the things they think   Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, to destroy Tyrus   The city of Tyre never to be rebuilt   The Pit   More about Tyrus, who claims to be perfect in beauty   In this chapter, (28), God pronounces the death sentence on Satan   Satan described as the prince of Tyrus   Prophecy of Satan going into the pit and that he will die   Satan described as the king of Tyrus   Satan in the garden of Eden and was created, not born   Satan described as the anointed cherub   Why Satan was sentenced to death   The prideful one   Why and how Satan will die   Satan is never to be any more   Prophecies against Egypt   Egypt is to be the basest of kingdoms   In that day the power of Israel shall bud forth   More prophetic verses on the fall of Egypt   God will destroy all idol worship   The Egyptians to be scattered   Pharaoh compared to Satan. Trees are used for symbolism   The Assyrian, (one of Satan's names)   Others in the Garden of Eden were jealous of Satan   The nations shall shake at Satan's fall   A lamentation, (or sad song), for Pharaoh   When I shall put thee out   The king of Babylon shall come   Communication in hell   Terror in the land of the living. Find out the fate of terrorist   The duty of a watchman   The wicked and the righteous   The righteous who turn to sin, shall not live   Ezekiel gets the news of Jerusalem's fall   Their heart and their mouth   Then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them   Woe to the Shepherds of Israel that feed themselves   Israel, (God's flock), was scattered   God's warning to the false shepherds   God will gather His flock, (Israel), from the nations where they have been scattered.   One Shepherd   Prophecy against Mount Seir and Idumea   Because thou hast said   When the whole earth rejoiceth   Israel to be fully restored. End time prophecy   The heathen shall bear their own shame   Israel will be better off in the end, than at the beginning   For God's holy names sake and not man's   God will gather Israel from all the countries   A new heart for Israel   Israel shall be like the garden Eden   The valley of dry bones   God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones   Ezekiel is to prophesy unto the wind   The bones are the whole house of Israel   Two sticks, Judah and Israel to become one again   One King   An everlasting covenant   The heathen shall know   The prophecy against Gog, the land of Magog. That Northern Army   The countries that join with that army to come against Israel   In the latter years   A people gathered out of the nations   That the heathen may know God   All mankind will shake at the presence of God   Great hailstones, fire, and brimstone   God will destroy all but a sixth part of the northern army   God will send fire on Magog   God will make His name known in the midst of His people, Israel   The destroying of their weapons and the burying those of Gog   From that day forward   In the visions of God. From this point on, the book of Ezekiel is describing the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ   Much detail of the Millennium Temple   The table before the Lord   Where the priest approach the Lord   The glory of the God of Israel enters the temple through the eastern gate   The laws of the house   The eastern gate, the gate of The Prince   Mark well, the way to enter the temple   Instruction for the priest, including what to wear   Only the sons of Zadok shall come near to Jesus Christ   Teaching in the millennium   We will recognize our loved ones there   Land set aside for the priest   A portion set aside for the prince   The land given to Israel, according to their tribes   All there will be just   The eastern gate to be shut six of seven days   The worship of the prince, and the people   No one shall leave the way he came   Offerings   The river of life flowing from the temple   A general description of the dividing of the land among the twelve tribes of Israel   The United States Of America Foretold In The Holy Scriptures   A very detailed account of the dividing of the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel   The LORD is there

Ezekiel, "I saw visions of God"

Ezek 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar[1], that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

1 "CHEBAR": 3529. Kebar, keb-awr'; the same as H3528; length; Kebar, a river of Mesopotamia:--Chebar. Comp. H2249.

Ezek 1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,

Ezek 1:3 The word of the LORD came[1] expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

1 "CAME": 1961. hayah, haw-yaw'; a prim. root [comp. H1933]; to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary):--beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.

Very detailed description of what we call today UFOs

Ezek 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber[1], out of the midst of the fire.

1 "AMBER": 2830. chashmal, khash-mal'; of uncert. der.; prob. bronze or polished spectrum metal:--amber.

Is the whirlwind a large ship? In verse 5 are these smaller ships that came out from the larger ship?

2 Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Living creatures on board

Ezek 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Remember, we were made in the image of God and the angels.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Ezek 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

Ezek 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

They had no joints, (knees or ankles). Legs that didn't bend.

Ezek 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

Ezek 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

Ezek 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

Compare to what's around the throne of God in heaven.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.

Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Ezek 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

Ezek 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Ezek 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps[1]: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

1 "LAMPS": 3940. lappiyd, lap-peed'; or lappid, lap-peed'; from an unused root prob. mean. to shine; a flambeau, lamp or flame:--(fire-) brand, (burning) lamp, lightning, torch.

Again, around God's throne.

Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Ezek 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Today when we see someone or something moving like a flash of lightning, it's usually a scene switch on a television set.

A wheel within a wheel

Ezek 1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

Ezek 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

Ezek 1:17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

Not wheels standing upright as we know today, but on their sides. Maybe kinda like what we call a flying saucer? They went in any direction. North, East, South, and West, without having to turn the vehicle.

Ezek 1:18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

Ezek 1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

Ezek 1:20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

Ezek 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

Ezek 1:22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

Ezek 1:23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

Ezek 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

God on board

Ezek 1:25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

Ezek 1:26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

Ezek 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber[1], as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

1 "AMBER": 2830. chashmal, khash-mal'; of uncert. der.; prob. bronze or polished spectrum metal:--amber.

Ezek 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Satan will try to imitate this:
Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow[1]; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

1 "BOW": 5115. toxon, tox'-on; from the base of G5088; a bow (appar. as the simplest fabric):--bow.

This is not the white horse in Revelation 19:11. This is the antichrist. Satan himself.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

The bow is a cheap imitation of the real thing described in Revelation 4:3 and 10:1.

Rev 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. ......I ask, Who sits on the throne? The He here is God.

Rev 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

God calls Ezekiel

Ezek 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

Ezek 2:2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

Ezek 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

Ezek 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Ezek 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

Ezek 2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Ezekiel is shown a book written within and without

Ezek 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

Ezek 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

A hand with a book in it?

Ezek 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Rev 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

Ezekiel is filled with the words of God

Ezek 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

Ezek 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.

Ezek 3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.

Rev 10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

In Revelation 10:9 and 10. Just as John digested the word into his mind, so did Ezekiel. Note Ezekiel had to intake and digest this mentally. In other words, prepare himself, before speaking to others. And what was he to speak? Not his words but God's. It's important for us to know, the sequential order of things we're to do. If we should speak before we know God's word, the only things we could talk about is what we think, or repeat what we have heard others say. We must get into God's word just like Ezekiel and John. God's word is sufficient.

God commands Ezekiel to speak to the house of Israel

Ezek 3:4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

Who's words? Gods!

Ezek 3:5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;

Ezek 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

Ezek 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Ezek 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong[1] against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

1 "STRONG": 2389. chazaq, khaw-zawk'; from H2388; strong (usu. in a bad sense, hard, bold, violent):--harder, hottest, + impudent, loud, mighty, sore, stiff [-hearted], strong (-er).

Ezek 3:9 As an adamant[1] harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

1 "ADAMANT": 8068. shamiyr, shaw-meer'; from H8104 in the orig. sense of pricking; a thorn; also (from its keenness for scratching) a gem, prob. the diamond:--adamant (stone), brier, diamond.

Ezek 3:10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.

Ezek 3:11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

The spirit, (aircraft?), takes Ezekiel
to Telabib, among the captives

Ezek 3:12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.

Ezek 3:13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.

Ezek 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat[1] of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

1 "HEAT": 2534. chemah, khay-maw'; or (Dan. 11 : 44) chema', khay-maw'; from H3179; heat; fig. anger, poison (from its fever):--anger, bottles, hot displeasure, furious (-ly, -ry), heat, indignation, poison, rage, wrath (-ful). See H2529.

Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

Acts 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

Stunned for seven days

Ezek 3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished[1] among them seven days.

1 "ASTONISHED": 8074. shamem, shaw-mame'; a prim. root; to stun (or intrans. grow numb), i.e. devastate or (fig.) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense):--make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.

Stun: According to Webster's dictionary,  1. To make senseless, groggy, or dizzy by or as if by a blow: DAZE   2. To shock with noise   3. To be overcome, especially with paralyzing astonishment or disbelief.

God makes Ezekiel a watchman

Ezek 3:16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman[1] unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

1 "WATCHMAN": 6822. tsaphah, tsaw-faw'; a prim. root; prop. to lean forward, i.e. to peer into the distance; by impl. to observe, await:--behold, espy, look up (well), wait for, (keep the) watch (-man).

See Mark 13:33 thru 37.
Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Ezek 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezek 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Once saved always saved?

Ezek 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Once saved always saved?

2 Pet 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2 Pet 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Ezek 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

God commands Ezekiel to go into the plain

Ezek 3:22 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.

Ezek 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.

Ezek 3:24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.

Dan 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel[1], make this man to understand the vision.

1 "GABRIEL": 1403. Gabriy'el, gab-ree-ale'; from H1397 and H410; man of God; Gabriel, an archangel:--Gabriel.

Dan 8:17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

Dan 8:18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright.

Dan 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation[1]: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

1 "INDIGNATION": 2195. za'am, zah'-am; from H2194; strictly froth at the mouth, i.e. (fig.) fury (espec. of God's displeasure with sin):--angry, indignation, rage.

Ezek 3:25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:

God prevents Ezekiel from speaking

Ezek 3:26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.

Ezek 3:27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.

Symbolism. The tile and the iron pan

Ezek 4:1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:

Ezek 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.

Ezek 4:3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

A sign for both Israel and Judah

Ezek 4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

Ezek 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

Ezek 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

A strict diet for Ezekiel to represent
the conditions of the coming siege of Jerusalem

Ezek 4:7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.

Ezek 4:8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.

Ezek 4:9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

Ezek 4:10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

Ezek 4:11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.

Ezek 4:12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.

Ezek 4:13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

Hosea 9:3 They shall not dwell in the LORD'S land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

Ezek 4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

Ezek 4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

Ezek 4:16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:

Ezek 4:17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

More Symbolism
The sharp knife, a barber's razor, and a pair of balances

Ezek 5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.

Ezek 5:2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.

God has scattered some of His people throughout the world.

Ezek 5:3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.

Ezek 5:4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

Ezek 5:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

Ezek 5:6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.

Ezek 5:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;

Cannibalism predicted

Ezek 5:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.

Ezek 5:9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.

Ezek 5:10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.

Jer 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.

Jer 19:9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.

2 Ki 6:28 And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.

2 Ki 6:29 So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son.

2 Ki 6:30 And it came to pass, when the king heard the words of the woman, that he rent his clothes; and he passed by upon the wall, and the people looked, and, behold, he had sackcloth within upon his flesh.

2 Ki 6:31 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat shall stand on him this day.

Ezek 5:11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.

The sharp knife, a barber's razor,
and the pair of balances described

Ezek 5:12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.

Ezek 5:13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.

Ezek 5:14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.

Ezek 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.

Ezek 5:16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:

The famine of the end times:

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Ezek 5:17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

xThe beast in the end time rises out of the sea. See Revelation 13.

God will destroy their pagan worship places

Ezek 6:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 6:2 Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains[1] of Israel, and prophesy against them,

1 "MOUNTAINS": 2022. har, har; a short. form of H2042; a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used fig.):--hill (country), mount (-ain), X promotion.

Ezek 6:3 And say, 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; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

Ezek 6:4 And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

Ezek 6:5 And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

Ezek 6:6 In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.

God will leave a remnant

Ezek 6:7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 6:8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered[1] through the countries.

1 "SCATTERED": 2219. zarah, zaw-raw'; a prim. root [comp. H2114; to toss about; by impl. to diffuse, winnow:--cast away, compass, disperse, fan, scatter (away), spread, strew, winnow.

xJohn 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed[1] among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

1 "DISPERSED": 1290. diaspora, dee-as-por-ah'; from G1289; dispersion, i.e. (spec. and concr.) the (converted) Isr. resident in Gentile countries:--(which are) scattered (abroad).

Ezek 6:9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish[1] heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

1 "WHORISH": 2181. zanah, zaw-naw'; a prim. root [highly fed and therefore wanton]; to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple fornication, rarely of involuntary ravishment); fig. to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah):--(cause to) commit fornication, X continually, X great, (be an, play the) harlot, (cause to be, play the) whore, (commit, fall to) whoredom, (cause to) go a-whoring, whorish.

Ezek 6:10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

A smite of the hand and a stamp of the foot

Ezek 6:11 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.

Ezek 6:12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.

Ezek 6:13 Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.

Ezek 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

An end, The end is come

Ezek 7:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 7:2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.

This is the end time.

Ezek 7:3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.

Ezek 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 7:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

A particular evil.

Ezek 7:6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

Ezek 7:7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble[1] is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

1 "TROUBLE": 4103. mehuwmah, meh-hoo-maw'; from H1949; confusion or uproar:--destruction, discomfiture, trouble, tumult, vexation, vexed.

Ezek 7:8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

Ezek 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Ezek 7:10 Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

Ezek 7:11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.

Ezek 7:12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

Ezek 7:13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.

Ezek 7:14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

Ezek 7:15 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.

Ezek 7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.

Ezek 7:17 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

Ezek 7:18 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.

Gold and silver can't deliver

Ezek 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath[1] of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

1 "WRATH": 5678. 'ebrah, eb-raw'; fem. of H5676; an outburst of passion:--anger, rage, wrath.

The wrath of God comes in Revelation 16. It's all over for the flesh at this time. Things of this world, will not be important in that world.

Ezek 7:20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.

Ezek 7:21 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.

Ezek 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

Ezek 7:23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Ezek 7:24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

Destruction cometh

Ezek 7:25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.

Ezek 7:26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.

The famine of the end times:

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Ezek 7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

The hand of God
and a lock of Ezekiel's hair

Ezek 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.

Ezekiel saw here, the same things he saw in chapter one.

Ezek 8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.

Ezek 8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

Ezek 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.

Worshiping false gods and the sun

Ezek 8:5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.

Ezek 8:6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

My sanctuary? My house? See Amos 5:5, where God says look not in Bethel, (The house of God). Has things ever been so bad at your house, you wish you could leave?

Amos 5:5 But seek not Bethel[1], nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought[2].

1 "BETHEL": 1008. Beyth-'El, bayth-ale'; from H1004 and H410; house of God; Beth-El, a place in Pal.:--Beth-el.

2 "NOUGHT": 205. 'aven, aw'-ven; from an unused root perh. mean. prop. to pant (hence to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble, vanity, wickedness; spec. an idol:--affliction, evil, false, idol, iniquity, mischief, mourners (-ing), naught, sorrow, unjust,

Ezek 8:7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

Ezek 8:8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

Ezek 8:9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

Ezek 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed[1] upon the wall round about.

1 "PORTRAYED": 2707. chaqah, khaw-kaw'; a prim. root; to carve; by impl. to delineate; also to intrench:--carved work, portrayed, set a print.

Ezek 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah[1] the son of Shaphan[2], with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

1 "JAAZANIAH": 2970. Ya'azanyah, yah-as-an-yaw'; or Ya'azanyahuw, yah-az-an-yaw'-hoo; from H238 and H3050; heard of Jah; Jaazanjah, the name of four Isr.:--Jaazaniah. Comp. H3153.

2 "SHAPHAN": 8227. shaphan, shaw-fawn'; from H8226; a species of rock-rabbit (from its hiding), i.e. prob. the hyrax:--coney.

Man's imagination

Ezek 8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery[1]? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.

1 "IMAGERY": 4906. maskiyth, mas-keeth'; from the same as H7906; a figure (carved on stone, the wall, or any object); fig. imagination:-- conceit, image (-ry), picture, X wish.

Isa 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Their own imagination.

Ezek 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

Ezek 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz[1].

1 "TAMMUZ": 8542. Tammuwz, tam-mooz'; of uncert. der.; Tammuz, a Phoenician deity:--Tammuz.

Ezek 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

Ezek 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

Heard of any sunrise services lately?

2 Ki 23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

Ezek 8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

Ezek 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.

Preparing for the slaughter of Jerusalem

Ezek 9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

Ezek 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's[1] inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar.

1 "WRITER'S": 5608. caphar, saw-far'; a prim. root; prop. to score with a mark as a tally or record, i.e. (by impl.) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intens. to recount, i.e. celebrate:--commune, (ac-) count, declare, number, + penknife, reckon, scribe, shew forth, speak, talk, tell (out), writer.

I believe these to be supernatural.

Ezek 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

God still present and talking with Ezekiel.

A mark upon the forehead

Ezek 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Rev 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Ezek 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

Begin at my sanctuary

Ezek 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Rev 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Ezek 9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

Ezek 9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

Ezek 9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.

Ezek 9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

Ezek 9:11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

Note the man obeyed God. We should do likewise.

More vivid details of the aircraft Ezekiel saw

Ezek 10:1 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

Ezek 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels[1], even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

1 "WHEELS": 1534. galgal, gal-gal'; by redupl. from H1556; a wheel; by anal. a whirlwind; also dust (as whirled):--heaven, rolling thing, wheel.

Rev 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Rev 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Ezek 10:3 Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.

God and those with Him are preparing to leave

Ezek 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Exo 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exo 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exo 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exo 40:36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:

Exo 40:37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

Exo 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

Ezek 10:5 And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

Ezek 10:6 And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.

Ezek 10:7 And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out.

Ezek 10:8 And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings.

Ezek 10:9 And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.

Ezek 10:10 And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

Just like in chapter one. The same vehicles, still there with Ezekiel.

Ezek 10:11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

Again, just picture a wheel, instead of standing vertically, it is lying on it's side and up in the air. A good description of what we call today a UFO or flying saucer.

Ezek 10:12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.

Ezek 10:13 As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel[1].

1 "WHEEL": 1534. galgal, gal-gal'; by redupl. from H1556; a wheel; by anal. a whirlwind; also dust (as whirled):--heaven, rolling thing, wheel.

1556. galal, gaw-lal'; a prim. root; to roll (lit. or fig.):--commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), run down, seek occasion, trust, wallow.

Ezek 10:14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

The aircraft rise into the air

Ezek 10:15 And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.

Just like in chapter one.

Ezek 10:16 And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.

Ezek 10:17 When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

Ezek 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.

Ezek 10:19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD'S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

Ezek 10:20 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.

Ezek 10:21 Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.

Ezek 10:22 And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.

Again, the spirit, (aircraft?), takes Ezekiel for a ride

Ezek 11:1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

The wicked counselors of the city

Ezek 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

Ezek 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

They feel safe in their habitat. Just like in 2 Peter 3:3-4.

2 Pet 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

2 Pet 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Ezek 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.

God can read our minds

Ezek 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.

God knows what we think. We can not keep anything from Him.

Mat 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Psa 94:11 The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Psa 139:2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Ezek 11:6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.

Ezek 11:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.

They just think they're safe in their city. God says different.

Ezek 11:8 Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD.

The people will go into captivity

Ezek 11:9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.

Ezek 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.

See Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Ezek 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:

Ezek 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.

Ezek 11:13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?

I guess Ole Pelatiah couldn't take the words. Just fell dead.

Ezek 11:14 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 11:15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession.

God will gather the scattered ones

Ezek 11:16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary[1] in the countries where they shall come.

1 "SANCTUARY": 4720. miqdash, mik-dawsh'; or miqqedash (Exod. 15 : 17), mik-ked-awsh'; from H6942; a consecrated thing or place, espec. a palace, sanctuary (whether of Jehovah or of idols) or asylum:--chapel, hallowed part, holy place, sanctuary.

The Christian nations of today have little churches and large ones all over the countries they were scattered. Just look around in this country. The good ole U.S.A.

Ezek 11:17 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

This is yet to happen.

John 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed[1] among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

1 "DISPERSED": 1290. diaspora, dee-as-por-ah'; from G1289; dispersion, i.e. (spec. and concr.) the (converted) Isr. resident in Gentile countries:--(which are) scattered (abroad).

Ezek 11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.

When Jesus returns all will get it right. Or they just simply wont be.

Ezek 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Ezek 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Ezek 11:21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.

God ends His personal visit with Ezekiel

Ezek 11:22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

God is preparing to end His personal visit with Ezekiel.

Ezek 11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

God and His troupe is now over the Mount of Olives.

Ezek 11:24 Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.

Although God has departed, His Holy Spirit is still with Ezekiel.

Ezek 11:25 Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had showed me.

Symbolism
Pack our stuff and be ready to move

Ezek 12:1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,

Ezek 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

They have the ability to see and hear spiritual things, but choose not to.

Ezek 12:3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove[1] by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.

1 "REMOVE": 1540. galah, gaw-law'; a prim. root; to denude (espec. in a disgraceful sense); by impl. to exile (captives being usually stripped); fig. to reveal:-- + advertise, appear, bewray, bring, (carry, lead, go) captive (into captivity), depart, disclose, discover, exile, be gone, open, X plainly, publish, remove, reveal, X shamelessly, shew, X surely, tell, uncover.

God is having Ezekiel demonstrate that they are going into captivity.

Ezek 12:4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.

Ezek 12:5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

I am your sign

Ezek 12:6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.

God always gives examples.

Ezek 12:7 And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.

Ezek 12:8 And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,

Ezek 12:9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?

Ezek 12:10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.

Ezek 12:11 Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.

Zedekiah's blindness foretold

Ezek 12:12 And the prince[1] that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.

1 "PRINCE": 5387. nasiy', naw-see'; or nasi', naw-see'; from H5375; prop. an exalted one, i.e. a king or sheik; also a rising mist:--captain, chief, cloud, governor, prince, ruler, vapour.

Ezek 12:13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.

Ezek 12:14 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.

Ezek 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

Ezek 12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

A few, not a lot. Isn't there just a few in this end generation, that declare God's word among the people. There's several that spout their own words, but very few really teaching God's word. It appears that people don't even want to hear God's word. They love the stories of men.

Ezek 12:17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel's sign of the rationing of food

Ezek 12:18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;

Ezek 12:19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.

Ezek 12:20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 12:21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 12:22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

Ezek 12:23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.

Ezek 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Ezek 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

The people don't believe Ezekiel

Ezek 12:26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezek 12:27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.

Ezek 12:28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

Ezek 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

Ezek 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Woe to the foolish prophets

Ezek 13:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts[1], Hear ye the word of the LORD;

1 "HEARTS": 3820. leb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (fig.) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:-- + care for, comfortably, consent, X considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), X heed, X I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), X regard ([-ed)], X themselves, X unawares, understanding, X well, willingly, wisdom.

When someone prophesies out of their own heart, (or mind), they're making it up.

Jer 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.

Ezek 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isa 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Jer 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

They're full of hot air. That's how we'd say it today.

Ezek 13:4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Ezek 13:5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.

The day of the LORD is the one thousand year reign of Christ, (the millennium). This sets the time frame for this whole chapter.

Ezek 13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.

I think the big vanity and lying divination for the end time is the rapture doctrine. Starting with verse 16 thru verse 23 you'll see what God Himself thinks of it.

Ezek 13:7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?

Ezek 13:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 13:9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

 

Ezek 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar:

Ezek 13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.

There were no hailstones used for destruction in Israel at this time, so this must be referring to the future. The end time.

Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Ezek 13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?

Ezek 13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

Ezek 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

See Revelation 16:21. Read all of Revelation 16.

Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

God has done things like this before.

Exo 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

Exo 9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

Exo 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

God knows his people and will protect them from this.

Isa 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

Ezek 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;

Peace, peace; when there is no peace

Ezek 13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.

Jer 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

Jer 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.

Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Ezek 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,

The church is referred to as a woman throughout the bible. See rev 19:7,8, it talks of the marriage of the Lamb. Also Rev 21:2 where it talks of New Jerusalem as a bride. Isa 62:4,5, where the word Beulah, (Hebrew word 1166) means to marry, or wife. Read on thru Eze 13:23 to see how God feels about the rapture theory. See Jer 8:17 thru Jer 9:10.

Ezek 13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?

Woe to the women, (churches). God doesn't like the teaching that you can fly to save your soul, (the rapture theory). Yet this is the most common thing in most of the Christian churches today. In 2Th 2:11 God states that He has sent some people strong delusion, (see Greek word and trace to prime), so they will believe a lie, (singular). This is that lie. For the whole world, (and most churches), to be deceived, they must have something in common. The rapture theory is that single most common thing.

God's word polluted for bread

Ezek 13:19 And will ye pollute[1] me among my people for handfuls of barley[2] and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear[3] your lies?

1 "POLLUTE": 2490. chalal, khaw-lal'; a prim. root [comp. H2470]; prop. to bore, i.e. (by impl.) to wound, to dissolve; fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from H2485) to play (the flute):--begin (X men began), defile, X break, defile, X eat (as common things), X first, X gather the grape thereof, X take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

2 "BARLEY": 8184. se'orah, seh-o-raw'; or se'owrah, seh-o-raw' (fem. mean. the plant); and (masc. mean. the grain); also se'or, seh-ore'; or se'owr, seh-ore'; from H8175 in the sense of roughness; barley (as villose):--barley.

8175. sa'ar, saw-ar'; a prim. root; to storm; by impl. to shiver, i.e. fear:--be (horribly) afraid, fear, hurl as a storm, be tempestuous, come like (take away as with) a whirlwind.

3 "HEAR": 8085. shama', shaw-mah'; a prim. root; to hear intelligently (often with impl. of attention, obedience, etc.; caus. to tell, etc.):-- X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

Will you teach anything, (or pollute), the scriptures for money? Is this how you make your living? Be sure and trace the word barley to its prime, H8175. It means to be (horribly afraid). Are you going to scare them to death? Note the meaning of the word hear. It means to hear intelligently, to obey. Most church goers today listen to, agree, and are content with this. It's very dangerous in the last, (the fig tree), generation.

Jer 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

God is against those that teach
that you can fly, to save your soul

Ezek 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against your pillows[1], wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.

1 "PILLOWS": 3704. keceth, keh'-seth; from H3680; a cushion or pillow (as covering a seat or bed):--pillow.

3680. kacah, kaw-saw'; a prim. root; prop. to plump, i.e. fill up hollows; by impl. to cover (for clothing or secrecy):--clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. Comp. H3780.

This verse should reveal to all how God feels about flying to save your soul (rapture theory). See Isa 52:12. Read the whole 52nd. chapter.

Isa 52:12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.

Isa 25:7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering[1] cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.

Isa 52:12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Isa 45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Ezek 13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous[1] sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

1 "RIGHTEOUS": 6662. tsaddiyq, tsad-deek'; from H6663; just:--just, lawful, righteous (man).

The heart of the righteous (one). There's none righteous no not one. See Rom 3:10. There's only one righteous, Jesus Christ. I believe now that Jesus is the only one that is made sad by teaching this foolishness. Most everyone else seems to love it. But in the day when we come face to face with Him, those who believe in flying to save their souls will be greatly saddened. See Mat 7:22.

Mat 7:22 (Jesus talking). Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Ezek 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Idols of the heart

Ezek 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

Ezek 14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?

Ezek 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Ezek 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

God will answer personally

Ezek 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Ezek 14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:

Ezek 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

Ezek 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;

Ezek 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Ezek 14:12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

Ezek 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

These three men

Ezek 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

Jer 15:1 Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.

Jer 15:2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.

Ezek 14:15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:

Ezek 14:16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

Ezek 14:17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:

Ezek 14:18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

Ezek 14:19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:

Ezek 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

Ezek 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

A remnant shall be left

Ezek 14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

Ezek 14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

God compares Jerusalem to a useless vine

Ezek 15:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 15:2 Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?

Ezek 15:3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

Ezek 15:4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?

Ezek 15:5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?

Ezek 15:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Ezek 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.

Ezek 15:8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.

Jerusalem, The unfaithful wife

Ezek 16:1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 16:2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations[1],

1 "ABOMINATIONS": 8441. tow'ebah, to-ay-baw'; or to'ebah, to-ay-baw'; fem. act. part. of H8581; prop. something disgusting (mor.), i.e. (as noun) (an abhorrence; espec. idolatry or (concr.) an idol:--abominable (custom, thing), abomination.

In today's words, tell them of their faults.

Jerusalem as an abandoned infant

Ezek 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

Jerusalem was founded by the heathen.

Ezek 16:4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

Ezek 16:5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

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

God marries this place and people

Ezek 16:7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair[1] is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.

1 "HAIR": 8181. se'ar, say-awr'; or sa'ar (Isa. 7:20), sah'-ar; from H8175 in the sense of dishevelling; hair (as if tossed or bristling):--hair (-y), X rough.

Who caused this nation to prosper? God. The word hair, to me is pubic hair.

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

Here God married a people, a geographical location.

Jer 3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

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

God gave His wife everything

Ezek 16:10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

See Hosea 2. The next few verses, to me, describe how a man treats the woman he truly loves.

Ezek 16:11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.

Ezek 16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

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

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

Lot's of people say God don't like jewelry, makeup, etc. Wonder how they deal with these verses.

God's wife becomes a whore

Ezek 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

If not very careful, one can fall into this kind of situation. Just read on. Think of what's going on in our nation, (United States) today, (2006). Especially in the economics, and religion. Let's bring it on forward to 2009.

Ezek 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

Ezek 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

What would you do, if your wife or children gave away or did bad things with things you gave them.

Ezek 16:18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.

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

We take all God has given us and do terrible things with it.

Ezek 16:20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,

Ezek 16:21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

We lead our children down the broad path of destruction.

Ezek 16:22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

We forget real quick.

Ezek 16:23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;)

Ezek 16:24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street.

Ezek 16:25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

It appears that we as a nation, are almost abandoning Christianity, and are embracing all forms of religion, At least putting them on the same level as Christianity. Opened thy feet for everyone that passed by? Today we would say "You spread your legs".

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

Ezek 16:27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.

God's wife can't be satisfied

Ezek 16:28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

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

Ezek 16:30 How weak is thine heart[1], saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious[2] whorish woman;

1 "HEART": 3826. libbah, lib-baw'; fem. of H3820; the heart:--heart.

3820. leb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (fig.) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:-- + care for, comfortably, consent, X considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), X heed, X I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), X regard ([-ed)], X themselves, X unawares, understanding, X well, willingly, wisdom.

2 "IMPERIOUS": 7986. shalleteth, shal-leh'-teth; fem. from H7980; a vixen:--imperious.

7980. shalat, shaw-lat'; a prim. root; to dominate, i.e. govern; by impl. to permit:--(bear, have) rule, have dominion, give (have) power.

Ezek 16:31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

God's wife has the whoring business backwards
She pays her lovers

Ezek 16:32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

Ezek 16:33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

Ezek 16:34 And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward[1] is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary[2].

1 "REWARD": 868. 'ethnan, eth-nan'; the same as H866; a gift (as the price of harlotry or idolatry):--hire, reward.

2 "CONTRARY": 2016. hephek, heh'-fek; or hephek, hay'-fek; from H2015; a turn, i.e. the reverse:--contrary.

I think God is saying. "You have this whoring business all backward". If you're going to do it, you're the one that gets paid. You don't pay them. When you go after other gods, (little g), they'll drain you of your very soul.

Ezek 16:35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD:

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

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

See Lev. 18:8 and and Lev. 20:11 for a better understanding of discovering someone's nakedness. Read all of Lev. 18 and Lev. 20.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness[1] of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

1 "NAKEDNESS": 6172. 'ervah, er-vaw'; from H6168; nudity, lit. (espec. the pudenda) or fig. (disgrace, blemish):--nakedness, shame, unclean (-ness).

Lev 20:11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Deu 27:20 Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Ezek 16:38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock[1] and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

1 "WEDLOCK": 5003. na'aph, naw-af'; a prim. root; to commit adultery; fig. to apostatize:--adulterer (-ess), commit (-ing) adultery, woman that breaketh wedlock.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling[1] away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

[1] 646. apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee'-ah; fem. of the same as G647; defection from truth (prop. the state) ["apostasy"]:--falling away, forsake.

Ezek 16:39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

Ezek 16:40 They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

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

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

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

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

Ezek 16:45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loatheth[1] her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

1 "LOATHETH": 1602. ga'al, gaw-al'; a prim. root; to detest; by impl. to reject:--abhor, fail, lothe, vilely cast away.

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

Ezek 16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

Ezek 16:48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

Pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness

Ezek 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Ezek 16:50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

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

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

Ezek 16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

Ezek 16:54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.

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

Ezek 16:56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,

Ezek 16:57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.

Ezek 16:58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness[1] and thine abominations[2], saith the LORD.

1 "LEWDNESS": 2154. zimmah, zim-maw'; or zammah, zam-maw'; from H2161; a plan, espec. a bad one:--heinous crime, lewd (-ly, -ness), mischief, purpose, thought, wicked (device, mind, -ness).

2 "ABOMINATIONS": 8441. tow'ebah, to-ay-baw'; or to'ebah, to-ay-baw'; fem. act. part. of H8581; prop. something disgusting (mor.), i.e. (as noun) (an abhorrence; espec. idolatry or (concr.) an idol:--abominable (custom, thing), abomination.

God's everlasting covenant with her

Ezek 16:59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.

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

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

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

Ezek 16:62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:

Ezek 16:63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD.

The parable of eagles and vines

Ezek 17:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 17:2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;

Ezek 17:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged[1], full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:

1 "LONGWINGED": 750. 'arek, aw-rake'; from H748; long:--long [-suffering, -winged], patient, slow [to anger].

Who is slow to anger, and long suffering?

Psa 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

He took the highest branch of a particular cedar. Not just any cedar.

Ezek 17:4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.

Ezek 17:5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.

Ezek 17:6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.

Ezek 17:7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.

Ezek 17:8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly[1] vine.

1 "GOODLY": 155. 'addereth, ad-deh'-reth; fem. of H117; something ample (as a large vine, a wide dress); also the same as H145:--garment, glory, goodly, mantle, robe.

Ezek 17:9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither[1] in all the leaves of her spring[2], even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.

1 "WITHER": 3001. yabesh, yaw-bashe'; a prim. root; to be ashamed, confused or disappointed; also (as failing) to dry up (as water) or wither (as herbage):--be ashamed, clean, be confounded, (make) dry (up), (do) shame (-fully), X utterly, wither (away).

2 "SPRING": 6780. tsemach, tseh'-makh; from H6779; a sprout (usually concr.), lit. or fig.:--branch, bud, that which (where) grew (upon), spring (-ing).

God will nip it in the bud.

Ezek 17:10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

The parable explained

Ezek 17:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 17:12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;

Just as the King of Babylon came to Jerusalem. Satan, the King of Mystery Babylon of Revelation will come also.

Ezek 17:13 And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:

Ezek 17:14 That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.

Ezek 17:15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

Ezek 17:16 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

Ezek 17:17 Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for him in the war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons:

Jer 37:7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to inquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.

Jer 37:8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.

Jer 52:4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.

Ezek 17:18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

To this day, when two make a deal, they usually end it with a handshake.

Lam 5:6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

Ezek 17:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.

Ezek 17:20 And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.

Note who's going to do it? God.

Ezek 17:21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it.

Scattered throughout the whole world.

Ezek 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, and will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent:

Ezek 17:23 In the mountain of the height of Israel 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.

Ezek 17:24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.

Here God again is comparing His children to trees.

All souls are mine, saith the LORD

Ezek 18:1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

Ezek 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?

The children will not be responsible for the actions of their father.

Jer 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.

Jer 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

Ezek 18:3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Ezek 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Things you may or may not do will no doubt help determine what God does with your soul, but He already owns it. See Isa 57:16 where it states that God created all souls. See Psa 82:6 and Joh 10:34. See Rev 20:15.

1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

Ezek 18:5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

Ezek 18:6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,

Ezek 18:7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;

Ezek 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,

Ezek 18:9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 18:10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,

Ezek 18:11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife,

Ezek 18:12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

Ezek 18:13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

Ezek 18:14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,

Ezek 18:15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,

Ezek 18:16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,

Ezek 18:17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

Ezek 18:18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

Ezek 18:19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

We are accountable for our own sins
and not another's

Ezek 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Everyone stands on their own.

How the wicked can obtain eternal life

Ezek 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Ezek 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned[1] unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

1 "MENTIONED": 2142. zakar, zaw-kar'; a prim. root; prop. to mark (so as to be recognized), i.e. to remember; by impl. to mention; also (as denom. from H2145) to be male:-- X burn [incense], X earnestly, be male, (make) mention (of), be mindful, recount, record (-er), remember, make to be remembered, bring (call, come, keep, put) to (in) remembrance, X still, think on, X well.

Upon a true repentance, God not only forgives, He forgets it.

Ezek 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Again, Once saved always saved?

Ezek 18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

Once saved, always saved?

Ezek 18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

Ezek 18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Ezek 18:27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

Ezek 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Ezek 18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

Ezek 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Ezek 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Ezek 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

God has no pleasure in death

Ezek 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Ezek 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Mat 18:14 (Jesus talking). Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Lamentations for the princes of Israel

Ezek 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation[1] for the princes of Israel,

1 "LAMENTATION": 7015. qiynah, kee-naw'; from H6969; a dirge (as accompanied by beating the breasts or on instruments):--lamentation.

6969. quwn, koon; a prim. root; to strike a musical note, i.e. chant or wail (at a funeral):--lament, mourning woman.

A sad song.

Ezek 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

Ezek 19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 19:5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 19:7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 19:9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

Ezek 19:10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

Ezek 19:11 And she had strong rods[1] for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

1 "RODS": 4294. matteh, mat-teh'; or (fem.) mattah, mat-taw'; from H5186; a branch (as extending); fig. a tribe; also a rod, whether for chastising (fig. correction), ruling (a sceptre), throwing (a lance), or walking (a staff; fig. a support of life, e.g. bread):--rod, staff, tribe.

Ezek 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 were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

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

Ezek 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.

Don't listen to God and He wont listen to you

Ezek 20:1 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.

Ezek 20:2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,

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

Ezek 20:4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:

Ezek 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;

Ezek 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:

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

Israel rebelled against God

Ezek 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.

God works for His own name's sake

Ezek 20:9 But I wrought[1] for my name's[2] 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.

For who's sake? God's.

1 "WROUGHT": 6213. 'asah, aw-saw'; a prim. root; to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application (as follows):--accomplish, advance, appoint, apt, be at, become, bear, bestow, bring forth, bruise, be busy, X certainly, have the charge of, commit, deal (with), deck, + displease, do, (ready) dress (-ed), (put in) execute (-ion), exercise, fashion, + feast, [fight-] ing man, + finish, fit, fly, follow, fulfil, furnish, gather, get, go about, govern, grant, great, + hinder, hold ([a feast]), X indeed, + be industrious, + journey, keep, labour, maintain, make, be meet, observe, be occupied, offer, + officer, pare, bring (come) to pass, perform, practise, prepare, procure, provide, put, requite, X sacrifice, serve, set, shew, X sin, spend, X surely, take, X thoroughly, trim, X very, + vex, be [warr-] ior, work (-man), yield, use.

2 "NAME'S": 8034. shem, shame; a prim. word [perh. rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; comp. H8064]; an appelation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by impl. honor, authority, character:-- + base, [in-] fame [-ous], name (-d), renown, report.

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

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

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 20:15 Yet also I lifted[1] 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;

That generation, (except of Joshua and Caleb), did not enter into the promised land.

1 "LIFTED": 5375. nasa', naw-saw'; or nacah (Psa. 4 : 6 [H7], naw-saw'; a prim. root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, lit. and fig., absol. and rel. (as follows):--accept, advance, arise, (able to, [armour], suffer to) bear (-er, up), bring (forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact, exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on, help, high, hold up, honourable (+ man), lade, lay, lift (self) up, lofty, marry, magnify, X needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive, regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, + swear, take (away, up), X utterly, wear, yield.

Ezek 20:16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols.

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

Ezek 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:

Ezek 20:19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Here, God repeats the following, for emphasis. Which if a man do, he shall even live in them;

Ezek 20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.

For who's sake? God's.

Ezek 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;

God did scatter His people throughout the world. They're so lost, most don't even know who they are.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 20:25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

Ezek 20:26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 20:29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah[1] unto this day.

1 "BAMAH": 1117. Bamah, baw-maw'; the same as H1116; Bamah, a place in Pal.:--Bamah. See also H1120.

1116. bamah, baw-maw'; from an unused root (mean. to be high); an elevation:--height, high place, wave.

1120. Bamowth, baw-moth'; plur. of H1116; heights; or (fully) Bamowth Ba'al, baw-moth'; bah'-al; from the same and H1168; heights of Baal; Bamoth or Bamoth-Baal, a place E. of the Jordan:--Bamoth, Bamoth-baal.

Num 22:41 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high[1] places of Baal[2], that thence he might see the utmost part of the people.

1 "HIGH": 1116. bamah, baw-maw'; from an unused root (mean. to be high); an elevation:--height, high place, wave.

2 "BAAL": 1168. Ba'al, bah'-al; the same as H1167; Baal, a Phoenician deity:--Baal, [plur.] Baalim.

Josh 13:17 Heshbon, and all her cities that are in the plain; Dibon, and Bamothbaal[1], and Bethbaalmeon,

1 "BAMOTHBAAL": 1120. Bamowth, baw-moth'; plur. of H1116; heights; or (fully) Bamowth Ba'al, baw-moth'; bah'-al; from the same and H1168; heights of Baal; Bamoth or Bamoth-Baal, a place E. of the Jordan:--Bamoth, Bamoth-baal.

Ezek 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 after their abominations?

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

When God wants to emphasize something, He repeats it. As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you.......See Ezekiel 20:3.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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:

God will gather His scattered people

Ezek 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.

Jer 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.

2 Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

Ezek 20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead[1] with you face to face.

The word, plead, doesn't mean here, what it means to us in English today. Take note.

1 "PLEAD": 8199. shaphat, shaw-fat'; a prim. root; to judge, i.e. pronounce sentence (for or against); by impl. to vindicate or punish; by extens. to govern; pass to litigate (lit. or fig.):-- + avenge, X that condemn, contend, defend, execute (judgment), (be a) judge (-ment), X needs, plead, reason, rule.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod[1], and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:

1 "ROD": 7626. shebet, shay'-bet; from an unused root prob. mean. to branch off, a scion, i.e. (lit.) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (fig.) a clan:-- X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.

Ezek 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that 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: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 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.

All the house of Israel shall serve God

Ezek 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.

Again, God shall gather His scattered people, Israel

Ezek 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.

When will this happen? The Lords Day. When Jesus returns. At the 7th. and last trump.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 20:43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe[1] yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.

1 "LOATHE": 6962. quwt, koot; a prim. root; prop. to cut off, i.e. (fig.) detest:--be grieved, lothe self.

Again, God does things for His name's sake

Ezek 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.

Ezek 20:45 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

God will kindle a fire

Ezek 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.

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

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

Why parables?

Luke 8:10 (Jesus talking). And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

God's well sharpened and brightly polished sword

Ezek 21:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 21:2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,

Ezek 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.

Cut off both the wicked and righteous? When? At the 7th. trump. What sword?

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Ezek 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:

Ezek 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.

Ezek 21:6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.

What a sigh of relief it'll be on that day, when all are in spiritual bodies and there's no more flesh to contend with.

Ezek 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.

Flesh can't stand in that day.

Ezek 21:8 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:

Ezek 21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth[1]? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.

1 "MIRTH": 7797. suws, soos; or siys, sece; a prim. root; to be bright, i.e. cheerful:--be glad, X greatly, joy, make mirth, rejoice.

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 21:13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 21:16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

When flesh is over, God will do some sorting.

Jesus talking:
Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Will you be a goat or a sheep?

Ezek 21:17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the LORD have said it.

Ezek 21:18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

Ezek 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 the end time the King of Mystery Babylon, (Satan), will come with his sword of lies, trying to deceive God's very elect. If Jesus has a two-edged sword of truth from His mouth, you can bet on Ole Satan's trying to do likewise. Only his will be lies.

Ezek 21:20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.

Ezek 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, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.

The King of Mystery Babylon, (Satan), will offer another way. It'll be very tempting to some. Most I think. Make sure you stay on the right path, (or way).

Ezek 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.

Ezek 21:23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,

The Royal Crown

Ezek 21:26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem[1], and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.

1 "DIADEM": 4701. mitsnepheth, mits-neh'-feth; from H6801; a tiara, i.e. official turban (of a king or high priest):--diadem, mitre.

Ezek 21:27 I will overturn[1], overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.

Israel and Judah were dispersed among the nations. Judah not to be a nation again until 1948. That Royal Diadem overthrown three times. But the fourth time? When Jesus returns, He'll take that crown and be The One and Only LORD of LORDS and KING of KINGS.

Jer 33:17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

Where is the Royal Crown today? Israel is to always have a king. Since Saul, Israel has always had a king, (a monarchy). The British nations. Judah, (the little nation in the middle east), doesn't. All Christians should see the documentary by E. Raymond Capt, The Stone of Destiny.

1 "OVERTURN": 5754. 'avvah, av-vaw'; intens. from H5753 abbrev.; overthrow:-- X overturn.

Ezek 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:

Ezek 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.

When does their day come? At the return of Jesus.

Ezek 21:30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.

Ezek 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.

Memory removed

Ezek 21:32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it.

At this time, when God destroys them, He'll also remove their memory from those who overcome.

Ezek 22:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt show her all her abominations.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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[1] unto the heathen, and a mocking[2] to all countries.

1 "REPROACH": 2781. cherpah, kher-paw'; from H2778; contumely, disgrace, the pudenda:--rebuke, reproach (-fully), shame.

2 "MOCKING": 7048. qallacah, kal-law-saw'; intens. from H7046; ridicule:--mocking.

Doesn't this sound like the United States and Israel of today, 2006? The U.S. is looked at disgracefully and mocked, by most of the world today. Mainly by the non-Christian nations. Let's bring it forward to 2009.

Ezek 22:5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.

As near as our closest neighbors to the south, as well as those far off. We allow these nations too much influence in our internal affairs.

Ezek 22:6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 22:8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.

Ezek 22:9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.

To discover thy father's nakedness

Ezek 22:10 In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.

Lev 18:7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.

Forget God and His ways and guess what happens.

Ezek 22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

Ezek 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.

Again, God shall scatter His people

Ezek 22:15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.

God's people are so lost, most don't even know who they are. The memory of who they are is removed.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 22:17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Israel to be tested in the furnace

Ezek 22:18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross[1]: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.

The scrap of the smelting process.

1 "DROSS": 5509. ciyg, seeg; or ` cuwg (Ezek. 22: 18), soog; from H5472 in the sense of refuse; scoria:--dross.

5472. cuwg, soog; a prim. root; prop. to flinch, i.e. (by impl.) to go back, lit. (to retreat) or fig. (to apostatize):--backslider, drive, go back, turn (away, back).

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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 thereof.

Ezek 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.

1 Cor 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

Deu 4:24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

False prophets and priest

Ezek 22:23 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 22:24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.

Ezek 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

Jer 11:9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Jer 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

Jer 11:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.

Ezek 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 showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezek 22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Ezek 22:28 And her prophets have daubed[1] them with untempered[2] mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Again, false prophets, teacher, and preachers.

1 "DAUBED": 2902. tuwach, too'-akh; a prim. root; to smear, espec. with lime:--daub, overlay, plaister, smut.

2 "UNTEMPERED": 8602. taphel, taw-fale'; from an unused root mean. to smear; plaster (as gummy) or slime; (fig.) frivolity:--foolish things, unsavoury, untempered.

Ezek 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 sought for a man but found none

Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man 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.

Ezek 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.

Heb 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

God describes His whoring wives

Ezek 23:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

Ezek 23:3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

Ezek 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah[1] the elder, and Aholibah[2] her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

1 "AHOLAH": 170. 'Oholah, o-hol-aw'; in form a fem. of H168, but in fact for 'Oholahh, o-hol-aw'; from H168; her tent (i.e. idolatrous sanctuary); Oholah, a symbol. name for Samaria:--Aholah.

2 "AHOLIBAH": 172. 'Oholiybah, o''-hol-ee-baw'; (similarly with H170) for 'Oholiybahh, o''-hol-e-baw'; from H168; my tent (is) in her; Oholibah, a symbol. name for Judah:--Aholibah.

Israel and Judah:

Jer 3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

Jer 3:9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

Jer 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.

Jer 3:11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

Ezek 23:5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

Ezek 23:6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

Ezek 23:10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

Ezek 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

Jer 3:6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

Jer 3:7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,

Ezek 23:14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion,

Ezek 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:

Ezek 23:16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

Couldn't wait for them to come to her. She sent for them.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

Ezek 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

Ezek 23:20 For she doted upon their paramours[1], whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue[2] is like the issue of horses.

1 "PARAMOURS": 6370. piylegesh, pee-leh'-ghesh; or pilegesh, pee-leh'-ghesh; of uncert. der.; a concubine; also (masc.) a paramour:--concubine, paramour.

2 "ISSUE": 2231. zirmah, zir-maw'; fem. of H2230; a gushing of fluid (semen):--issue.

Ezek 23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats[1] by the Egyptians for the paps[2] of thy youth.

1 "TEATS": 1717. dad, dad; appar. from the same as H1730; the breast (as the seat of love, or from its shape):--breast, teat.
1730. dowd, dode; or (short.) dod, dode; from an unused root mean. prop. to boil, i.e. (fig.) to love; by impl. a love-token, lover, friend; spec. an uncle:--(well-) beloved, father's brother, love, uncle.

2 "PAPS": 7699. shad, shad; or shod, shode; prob. from H7736 (in its orig. sense) contr.; the breast of a woman or animal (as bulging):--breast, pap, teat.

Aholah, (Israel), is taken captive by the Assyrians

Ezek 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;

Today, 2006, all of our money bought friends, (lovers), are against us. All they want is our wealth. They hate our guts. Remember 1 co 10:11.

1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly 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.

Their judgments may be the judgments of man. Just wait till the judgment of God takes place.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

Who gave these people their nice things? God. See Ezekiel 16.

Ezek 23:27 Thus will I make thy lewdness 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.

Ezek 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:

Ezek 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour[1], and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

1 "LABOUR": 3018. yegiya', yeg-ee'-ah; from H3021; toil; hence a work, produce, property (as the result of labor):--labour, work.

All you have worked for will be theirs. About all our manufacturing is now in China. 2006.

Ezek 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.

God is comparing idolatry to adultery. A good comparison.

Ezek 23:31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.

Ezek 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[1]; it containeth much.

1 "DERISION": 3932. la'ag, law-ag'; a prim. root; to deride; by impl. (as if imitating a foreigner) to speak unintelligibly:--have in derision, laugh (to scorn), mock (on), stammering.

Ezek 23:33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria[1].

Quite a cup.

1 "SAMARIA": Samaria was the capital of Israel. The northern tribes. Sometimes used for Israel.

Ezek 23:34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck[1] it out, and thou shalt break the sherds[2] thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

1 "SUCK": 4680. matsah, maw-tsaw'; a prim. root; to suck out; by impl. to drain, to squeeze out:--suck, wring (out).

2 "SHERDS": 2789. cheres, kheh'-res; a collat. form mediating between H2775 and H2791; a piece of pottery:--earth (-en), (pot-) sherd, + stone.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:36 The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;

God always sent a messenger to warn someone before He took action. This whole Bible is our warning.

1 Cor 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come

Human sacrifice

Ezek 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.

Jer 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

Ezek 23:38 Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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,

Invite everyone from afar. Just do it with anybody. Paint yourself up to look the part.

Ezek 23:41 And satest upon a stately[1] bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.

1 "STATELY": 3520. kebuwddah, keb-ood-daw'; irreg. fem. pass. part. of H3513; weightiness, i.e. magnificence, wealth:--carriage, all glorious, stately.

Setting before them the things that should be for God.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 23:43 Then said I unto her that was old[1] in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?

1 "OLD": 1087. baleh, baw-leh'; from H1086; worn out:--old.
1086
. balah, baw-law'; a prim. root; to fail; by impl. to wear out, decay (caus. consume, spend):--consume, enjoy long, become (make, wax) old, spend, waste.

Just how long will they want you? Will they be there for you when you get old?

Ezek 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[1] women.

1 "LEWD": 2154. zimmah, zim-maw'; or zammah, zam-maw'; from H2161; a plan, espec. a bad one:--heinous crime, lewd (-ly, -ness), mischief, purpose, thought, wicked (device, mind, -ness).

Ezek 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.

Aholibah, (Judah), is taken captive by the Babylonians

Ezek 23:46 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.

Ezek 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.

Dispatch to where? To God for judgment. By doing so the wickedness will stop among the people.

Jer 52:12 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

Jer 52:13 And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:

Ezek 23:48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.

If people know there's going to be punishment, they're not as likely to do evil.

Ezek 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.

Symbolism. The Boiling Pot
God will purge Jerusalem in this fashion

Ezek 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,

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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:

Ezek 24:4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum[1] is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.

1 "SCUM": 2457. chel'ah, khel-aw'; from H2456; prop. disease; hence rust:--scum.

Ezek 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;

Ezek 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.

In the open for everyone to see.

Ezek 24:9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

Ezek 24:10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

Ezek 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 of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

Ezek 24:12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.

 Fire is cleansing.

Ezek 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.

God cleaned her up once without much chastisement, but the next time, His fury, (or anger, rage, and wrath) is poured out.

Ezek 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.

When God speaks a thing, it is done.

The death of Ezekiel's wife

Ezek 24:15 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 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.

God is going to use Ezekiel's wife, (the desire of his eyes), as an example. But God don't want him to mourn for her.

Ezek 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire[1] of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips[2], and eat not the bread of men.

1 "TIRE": 6287. pe'er, peh-ayr'; from H6286; an embellishment, i.e. fancy head-dress:--beauty, bonnet, goodly, ornament, tire.

2 "LIPS": 8222. sapham, saw-fawm'; from H8193; the beard (as a lip-piece):--beard, (upper) lip.

You get dressed up in your best, be clean shaven, and go on about life. Don't you dare to show sorrow. Don't even eat the food that is usually brought around at a time of mourning.

Jer 16:5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness and mercies.

Jer 16:6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:

Ezek 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.

Ezekiel sure was an obedient servant.

Ezek 24:19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

Ezek 24:20 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 24:21 Speak unto the house of Israel, 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.

Ezek 24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.

Ezek 24:23 And your tires 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.

Ezek 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.

Note, (and when this cometh), and not before. Some people cannot learn by example. They have to learn by experience.

Ezek 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,

Ezek 24:26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?

Ezek 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.

In that day, and not before.

God's anger at the Ammonites

Ezek 25:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek 25:2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

Ezek 25:3 And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou saidst, Aha[1], against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

1 "AHA": 253. 'ach, awkh; a var. for H162; Oh! (expressive of grief or surprise):--ah, alas.

It's OK for God to speak against His people, but He isn't going to allow anyone else to do it. Unless He's using them to chastise. Note: Israel and Judah are still separate.

Ezek 25:4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.

Ezek 25:5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couchingplace for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 25:6 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;

Be careful not to rejoice over someone else's troubles.

Ezek 25:7 Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

What a way to get to know God.

Prophecy concerning Moab and Seir

Ezek 25:8 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;

Ezek 25:9 Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Bethjeshimoth, Baalmeon, and Kiriathaim,

Ezek 25:10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.

Ezek 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Again, what a way to get to know God.

God's Prophecy against Edom

Ezek 25:12 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

Ezek 25:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

Ezek 25:14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.

Is Israel going to deliver Judah, (the little nation Israel of today)?

Zec 12:6 In that day will I make the governors[1] of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf[2]; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

1 "GOVERNORS": 441. 'alluwph, al-loof'; or (short.) 'alluph, al-loof'; from H502; familiar; a friend, also gentle; hence a bullock (as being tame; applied, although masc., to a cow); and so a chieftain (as notable like neat cattle):--captain, duke, (chief) friend, governor, guide, ox.

2 "SHEAF": 5995. 'amiyr, aw-meer'; from H6014; a bunch of grain:--handful, sheaf.

Who is Judah's, (or Israel's), friend? The good Ole U.S.A.

Getting to know the vengeance of God, isn't gonna be a pleasant experience.

Again, God's Prophecy against Edom

Ezek 25:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

Ezek 25:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

Ezek 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

God's judgment on Tyrus, for the things they think

Ezek 26:1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 26:2 Son of man, because that Tyrus[1] hath said[2] against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:

Be sure to note the meaning of the word said. With God, one can get in trouble just for thinking.

1 "TYRUS": 6865. Tsor, tsore; or Tsowr, tsore; the same as H6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Pal.:--Tyre, Tyrus.

2 "SAID": 559. 'amar, aw-mar'; a prim. root; to say (used with great latitude):--answer, appoint, avouch, bid, boast self, call, certify, challenge, charge, + (at the, give) command (ment), commune, consider, declare, demand, X desire, determine, X expressly, X indeed, X intend, name, X plainly, promise, publish, report, require, say, speak (against, of), X still, X suppose, talk, tell, term, X that is, X think, use [speech], utter, X verily, X yet.

Est 7:5 Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart[1] to do so?

1 "HEART": 3820. leb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (fig.) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:-- + care for, comfortably, consent, X considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), X heed, X I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), X regard ([-ed)], X themselves, X unawares, understanding, X well, willingly, wisdom.

Ezek 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Ezek 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

In other words, stripped bare.

Ezek 26:5 It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to the nations.

Ezek 26:6 And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

At Jesus' return, what is the sword?

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon to destroy Tyrus

Ezek 26:7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus[1] Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

1 "TYRUS": 6865. Tsor, tsore; or Tsowr, tsore; the same as H6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Pal.:--Tyre, Tyrus.

Note here the king of Babylon is a king of kings.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Rev 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Mat 11:21 (Jesus talking). Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre[1] and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

1 "TYRE": 5184. Turos, too'-ros; of Heb. or. [H6865]: Tyrus (i.e. Tsor), a place in Pal.:--Tyre.

6865. Tsor, tsore; or Tsowr, tsore; the same as H6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Pal.:--Tyre, Tyrus.

Mat 11:22 (Jesus talking). But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

Ezek 26:8 He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.

Ezek 26:9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

Ezek 26:10 By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.

Ezek 26:11 With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.

Ezek 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

Ezek 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

The city of Tyre never to be rebuilt

Ezek 26:14 And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

The city of Trye was never rebuilt. E. Raymond Capt has a good documentary about this place. The City of Petra.

Ezek 26:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

Ezek 26:16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee.

Ezek 26:17 And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it!

Ezek 26:18 Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.

Ezek 26:19 For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

Again, The city of Trye was never rebuilt. E. Raymond Capt has a good documentary about this place.

The Pit

Ezek 26:20 When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Ezek 26:21 I will make thee a terror[1], and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord GOD.

1 "TERROR": 1091. ballahah, bal-law-haw'; from H1089; alarm; hence destruction:--terror, trouble.

More about Tyrus,
who claims to be perfect in beauty

Ezek 27:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek 27:2 Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;

Ezek 27:3 And say unto Tyrus[1], O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.

1 "TYRUS": 6865. Tsor, tsore; or Tsowr, tsore; the same as H6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Pal.:--Tyre, Tyrus.

Deu 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

Note the little r in their rock and the big R in our Rock.

Ezek 27:4 Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, thy builders have perfected thy beauty.

Ezek 27:5 They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for thee.

Ezek 27:6 Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, brought out of the isles of Chittim.

Ezek 27:7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which thou spreadest forth to be thy sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered thee.

Everything great. Had it all.

Ezek 27:8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy mariners: thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots.

Had everybody working for him.

Ezek 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.

Ezek 27:10 They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness.

Ezek 27:11 The men of Arvad with thine army were upon thy walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.

Thought you were safe.

Ezek 27:12 Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs[1].

1 "FAIRS": 5801. 'izzabown, iz-zaw-bone' from H5800 in the sense of letting go (for a price, i.e. selling); trade, i.e. the place (mart) or the payment (revenue):--fair, ware.

Ezek 27:13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.

Note, in the next few verses, who all was trading with Tyrus. You'll find it to be the known world at that time.

Ezek 27:14 They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.

Ezek 27:15 The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony.

Ezek 27:16 Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.

Ezek 27:17 Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants: they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm.

Ezek 27:18 Damascus was thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon, and white wool.

Ezek 27:19 Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in thy market.

Ezek 27:20 Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots.

Ezek 27:21 Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy merchants.

Ezek 27:22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.

Ezek 27:23 Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.

Ezek 27:24 These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise.

Note, it appears the whole world, as it was known at that time, was involved in this world economy. Compare to Revelation 18.

Ezek 27:25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas.

Today, 2006, there must be a steady stream of ships from the far east to our west coast, bringing in goods, but taking nothing back, except the money.

Ezek 27:26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.

Ezek 27:27 Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.

See Revelation 18:8 thru 17, for what's going to happen in the final generation, to the one world order. That great economic system, headed up by Satan himself. As it it here, in Ezekiel's day, so shall it be then.

Ezek 27:28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots.

Ezek 27:29 And all that handle the oar, the mariners, and all the pilots of the sea, shall come down from their ships, they shall stand upon the land;

Ezek 27:30 And shall cause their voice to be heard against thee, and shall cry bitterly, and shall cast up dust upon their heads, they shall wallow themselves in the ashes:

Ezek 27:31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.

Ezek 27:32 And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?

Compare to Revelation 18:8 thru 19.

Ezek 27:33 When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise.

Ezek 27:34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.

Ezek 27:35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance.

Ezek 27:36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.

In this chapter, (28), God pronounces
the death sentence on Satan

Ezek 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Compare this chapter with Revelation 18.

Satan described as the prince of Tyrus

Ezek 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus[1], Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

1 "TYRUS": 6865. Tsor, tsore; or Tsowr, tsore; the same as H6864; a rock; Tsor, a place in Pal.:--Tyre, Tyrus.

Deu 32:31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Ezek 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

Ezek 28:3: Satan's very smart. Has lot's of wisdom.

Ezek 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding[1] thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Materialistic!

1 "UNDERSTANDING": 8394. tabuwn, taw-boon'; and (fem.) tebuwnah, teb-oo-naw'; or ` towbunah, to-boo-naw'; from H995; intelligence; by impl. an argument; by extens. caprice:--discretion, reason, skilfulness, understanding, wisdom.

Ezek 28:5 By thy great[1] wisdom and by thy traffic[2] hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

1 "GREAT": 7230. rob, robe; from H7231; abundance (in any respect):--abundance (-antly), all, X common [sort], excellent, great (-ly, -ness, number), huge, be increased, long, many, more in number, most, much, multitude, plenty (-ifully), X very [age].

2 "TRAFFIC": 7404. rekullah, rek-ool-law'; fem. pass. part. of H7402; trade (as peddled):--merchandise, traffic.

Economy. That's one of the things Satan is really good at.

Ezek 28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

He really thinks a lot of himself.

Ezek 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Prophecy of Satan going into the pit
and that he will die

Ezek 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Ezek 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

See 2 Th 2:3 and 4 and Isaiah 14:15. Who is it that is going to slay Satan? Jesus. See Gen 3:15.

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Ezek 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Satan described as the king of Tyrus

Ezek 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Satan in the garden of Eden
and was created, not born

Ezek 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

See Eze 31:8. See Isa 14:13. Note, he wasn't born. He was created.

Satan described as the anointed cherub

Ezek 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth[1]; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

1 "COVERETH": 5526. cakak, saw-kak'; or sakak (Exod. 33:22), saw-kak'; a prim. root; prop. to entwine as a screen; by impl. to fence in, cover over, (fig.) protect:--cover, defence, defend, hedge in, join together, set, shut up.

This must have been in the first earth and heavenly age.

Ezek 28:15 Thou wast perfect[1] in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

1 "PERFECT": 8549. tamiym, taw-meem'; from H8552; entire (lit., fig. or mor.); also (as noun) integrity, truth:--without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity), sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly), whole.

Why Satan was sentenced to death

Ezek 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise[1] they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

1 "MERCHANDISE": 7404. rekullah, rek-ool-law'; fem. pass. part. of H7402; trade (as peddled):--merchandise, traffic.

Economy. That's one of Satan's main games.

The prideful one

Ezek 28:17 Thine heart was lifted[1] up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness[2]: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

1 "LIFTED": 1361. gabahh, gaw-bah'; a prim. root; to soar, i.e. be lofty; fig. to be haughty:--exalt, be haughty, be (make) high (-er), lift up, mount up, be proud, raise up great height, upward.

2 "BRIGHTNESS": 3314. yiph'ah, yif-aw'; from H3313; splendor or (fig.) beauty:--brightness.

See Eze 31:10. See Isa 14.

2 Sam 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.

Compare the story of Absalom to Satan, the antichrist. God does give us examples.

Why and how Satan will die

Ezek 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries[1] by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

1 "SANCTUARIES": 4720. miqdash, mik-dawsh'; or miqqedash (Exod. 15:17), mik-ked-awsh'; from H6942; a consecrated thing or place, espec. a palace, sanctuary (whether of Jehovah or of idols) or asylum:--chapel, hallowed part, holy place, sanctuary.

Anything that he was in charge of that had any possibility of being good, he made it bad. See Rev. 20:10 for his destruction.

Luke 12:49 (Jesus talking). I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

God will bring forth a fire from the midst of Satan, it shall devour him, and bring him to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. The death of Satan described in such a way, so we in the flesh can understand it. Satan is not flesh, and neither shall we be at this time, so the fire must be some kind of supernatural likeness, capable of destroying souls etc.

Satan is never to be any more

Ezek 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished[1] at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

1 "ASTONISHED": 8074. shamem, shaw-mame'; a prim. root; to stun (or intrans. grow numb), i.e. devastate or (fig.) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense):--make amazed, be astonied, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.

Yeah, those, (Christians), that follow Satan in the end time, are sure going to grow numb, and feel stunned, when they find they worshiped the wrong Christ. They were part of the five foolish virgins. Knew just enough of God's word to make it to about the eleventh hour, but fell away to the wrong one, in Satan's hour.

Ezek 28:20 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 28:21 Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it,

Ezek 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.

Ezek 28:23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded[1] shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

1 "WOUNDED": 2491. chalal, khaw-lawl'; from H2490; pierced (espec. to death); fig. polluted:--kill, profane, slain (man), X slew, (deadly) wounded.

What sword?
Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Ezek 28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking[1] brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

1 "PRICKING": 3992. ma'ar, maw-ar', a prim. root; to be bitter or (causat.) to embitter, i.e. be painful:--fretting, picking.

When Jesus returns, things get on track real quick.

Ezek 28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered[1], and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.

1 "SCATTERED": 6327. puwts, poots; a prim. root; to dash in pieces, lit. or fig. (espec. to disperse):--break (dash, shake) in (to) pieces, cast (abroad), disperse (selves), drive, retire, scatter (abroad), spread abroad.

John 7:35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

Ezek 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.

 Prophecies against Egypt

Ezek 29:1 In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 29:2 Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt:

Ezek 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself? See how man takes credit for everything, and thinks high of himself.

Ezek 29:4 But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.

God is going to put hooks in someone else's jaws also. See Ezekiel 38:4.

Ezek 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Ezek 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

Ezek 29:5 And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.

Ezek 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Ezek 39:5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 29:6 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

Ezek 29:7 When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.

Ezek 29:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee.

Ezek 29:9 And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it.

Just brag a little, (The river is mine, and I have made it), and see what happens.

Ezek 29:10 Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.

When you have God against you, you don't stand a chance.

Ezek 29:11 No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

Ezek 29:12 And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

Ezek 29:13 Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:

Egypt is to be the basest of kingdoms

Ezek 29:14 And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base[1] kingdom.

1 "BASE": 8217. shaphal, shaw-fawl'; from H8213; depressed, lit. or fig.:--base (-st), humble, low (-er, -ly).

Base nation. Egypt has never amounted to much since this time. They haven't advanced above a basic nation.

Ezek 29:15 It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.

They haven't ruled over anyone since this time. This prophecy has taken place. I remember Anwar Sadat, while he was king of Egypt, talking about this very thing.

Ezek 29:16 And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Ezek 29:17 And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 29:18 Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:

Ezek 29:19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.

Ezek 29:20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.

In that day the power of Israel shall bud forth

Ezek 29:21 In that day will I cause the horn[1] of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

1 "HORN": 7161. qeren, keh'-ren; from H7160; a horn (as projecting); by impl. a flask, cornet; by resembl. an elephant's tooth (i.e. ivory), a corner (of the altar), a peak (of a mountain), a ray (of light); fig. power:-- X hill, horn.

More prophetic verses on the fall of Egypt

Ezek 30:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!

Ezek 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

The end generation is in place now, (2006), and the Lord's day, (the thousand year reign of Christ), is just about here.

Ezek 30:4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.

Ezek 30:5 Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled[1] people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.

1 "MINGLED": 6154. 'ereb, ay'-reb; or 'ereb (H1 Kings 10 : 15), (with the art. pref.), eh'-reb; from H6148; the web (or transverse threads of cloth); also a mixture, (or mongrel race):--Arabia, mingled people, mixed (multitude), woof.

Ezek 30:6 Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 30:7 And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted.

Ezek 30:8 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

Ezek 30:9 In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.

Ezek 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

Ezek 30:11 He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.

Ezek 30:12 And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers: I the LORD have spoken it.

God will destroy all idol worship

Ezek 30:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph[1]; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.

1 "NOPH": 5297. Noph, nofe; a var. of H4644; Noph, the capital of Upper Egypt:--Noph.

Jer 46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:

Ezek 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

Ezek 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

Ezek 30:16 And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily.

Ezek 30:17 The young men of Aven and of Pibeseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity.

Ezek 30:18 At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.

Ezek 30:19 Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 30:20 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 30:21 Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.

Ezek 30:22 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.

The Egyptians to be scattered

Ezek 30:23 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

Ezek 30:24 And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh's arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man.

Ezek 30:25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt.

God can put it into anyone's mind to do anything He desires. Use one people to chastise another.

Ezek 30:26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Pharaoh compared to Satan
Trees are used for symbolism

Ezek 31:1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Note: God gave Ezekiel the words to speak. Over and over again. He has given to us the same word. The Bible.

Ezek 31:2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?

The Assyrian, (one of Satan's names)

Ezek 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.

See Isa 14:8 thru14. Lucifer.

Isa 14:8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.

Ezek 31:4 The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.

God uses trees as a symbol of his children. Even Himself.

Hosea 14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.

Ezek 31:5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.

Ezek 31:6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.

Satan will have a lot to offer those in the end generation.

Ezek 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.

Others in the Garden of Eden were jealous of Satan

Ezek 31:8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

See Eze 28:13. Satan was in the Garden of Eden. The tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Ezek 31:9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied[1] him.

1 "ENVIED": 7065. qana', kaw-naw'; a prim. root; to be (caus. make) zealous, i.e. (in a bad sense) jealous or envious:-- (be) envy (-ious), be (move to, provoke to) jealous (-y), X very, (be) zeal (-ous).

Trees envying something, or someone? No, God's children. Trees do not have a mind.

Ezek 31:10 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Ezek 31:11 I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.

Ezek 31:12 And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.

Ezek 31:13 Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches:

Ezek 31:14 To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Ezek 31:15 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when he went down to the grave[1] I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed: and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.

1 "GRAVE": 7585. she'owl, sheh-ole'; or she'ol, sheh-ole'; from H7592; hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), includ. its accessories and inmates:--grave, hell, pit.

The nations shall shake at Satan's fall

Ezek 31:16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

There'll be a lot of shaking going on, when those who follow Satan, watch him go into the pit.

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Ezek 31:17 They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.

The blind leading the blind.

Ezek 31:18 To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 32:1 And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

A lamentation, (or sad song), for Pharaoh

Ezek 32:2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.

Ezek 32:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will therefore spread out my net over thee with a company of many people; and they shall bring thee up in my net.

Ezek 32:4 Then will I leave thee upon the land, I will cast thee forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon thee, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with thee.

Ezek 32:5 And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height.

Ezek 32:6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.

When I shall put thee out

Ezek 32:7 And when I shall put[1] thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.

1 "PUT": 3518. kabah, kaw-baw'; a prim. root; to expire or (causat.) to extinguish (fire, light, anger):--go (put) out, quench.

This takes place at Jesus' return. The Lord's day.

Isa 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isa 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Ezek 32:8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 32:9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.

Certainly, some of the countries not known at the time of this writing, was the United States, Canada, and most modern day Christian nations.

Ezek 32:10 Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.

What Sword? See Revelation 1:16.

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

The king of Babylon shall come

Ezek 32:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee.

Ezek 32:12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

Ezek 32:13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.

Ezek 32:14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 32:15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 32:16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 32:17 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 32:18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.

Ezek 32:19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.

Are you greater than Satan? You know what's going to happen to him.

Ezek 32:20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.

Communication in hell

Ezek 32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

You think they can't communicate in hell?

Ezek 32:22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:

Terror in the land of the living
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Ezek 32:23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.

Ezek 32:24 There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror[1] in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.

1 "TERROR": 2851. chittiyth, khit-teeth'; from H2865; fear:--terror.

Today, the 21st. century, it seems the world is full of terroist.

Ezek 32:25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: Terror in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.

Ezek 32:26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.

Meshech and Tubal are places in Russia. You'll have to look at an older map.

Ezek 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

This verse tells me that there are mighty people in hell. It also tells that those mighty men in hell want nothing to do, or associate, with terrorist, or people who spread fear in this flesh age.

Ezek 32:28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword.

Ezek 32:29 There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.

Ezek 32:30 There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit.

Who is the big one that goes down in the pit? Satan.

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Ezek 32:31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 32:32 For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.

The duty of a watchman

Ezek 33:1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 33:2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

Ezek 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Ezek 33:4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

Ezek 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Ezek 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Preachers, teachers, (watchmen), give that warning and blow the trumpet. Judgment is going to start at the pulpit. Jesus tells us to watch. So we're all watchmen. we have the same responsibility as Ezekiel had.

Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Ezek 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

Ezek 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezek 33:9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

The wicked and the righteous

Ezek 33:10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?

Ezek 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Ezek 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

The righteous who turn to sin, shall not live

Ezek 33:12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

Once saved, always saved?

Ezek 33:13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

Once saved, always saved?

Ezek 33:14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

Ezek 33:15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Repent, and be saved.

Ezek 33:16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

Ezek 33:17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.

Ezek 33:18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

Once saved, always saved?

Ezek 33:19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

Ezek 33:20 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

God is the Judge. It's a good thing to. I guess some of the so called Christians wouldn't allow some of the others in the world to overcome. They would surely alter God's plan.

Ezekiel gets the news of Jerusalem's fall

Ezek 33:21 And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten.

Ezek 33:22 Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening, afore he that was escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb.

Ezek 33:23 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 33:24 Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.

Ezek 33:25 Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land?

If we worship other gods, do we think God is going to overlook it? No way.

Ezek 33:26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land?

Ezek 33:27 Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.

Ezek 33:28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.

Ezek 33:29 Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.

Their heart and their mouth

Ezek 33:30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.

Ezek 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart[1] goeth after their covetousness.

1 "HEART": 3820. leb, labe; a form of H3824; the heart; also used (fig.) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:-- + care for, comfortably, consent, X considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), X heed, X I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), X regard ([-ed)], X themselves, X unawares, understanding, X well, willingly, wisdom.

Talk is easy. Cheap. The truth lies in their thoughts, (or mind). God can read our minds?

Mat 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

Ezek 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

Hearing the word is one thing. Putting them to practice is another.

Then shall they know that a
prophet hath been among them

Ezek 33:33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

The problem is. It'll be too late.

Woe to the Shepherds of Israel that feed themselves

Ezek 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds[1] of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

1 "SHEPHERDS": 7462. ra'ah, raw-aw'; a prim. root; to tend a flock, i.e. pasture it; intrans. to graze (lit. or fig.); gen. to rule; by extens. to associate with (as a friend):-- X break, companion, keep company with, devour, eat up, evil entreat, feed, use as a friend, make friendship with, herdman, keep [sheep] (-er), pastor, + shearing house, shepherd, wander, waste.

Shepherds? Pastors? What are you in it for?

Ezek 34:3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

Ezek 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Israel, (God's flock), was scattered

Ezek 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

Ezek 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

Ezek 34:7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

Ezek 34:8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

God's warning to the false shepherds

Ezek 34:9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;

Ezek 34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

Going to be a lot of moaning going on by these false preachers, and teachers, at the second coming of Christ.

God will gather His flock, (Israel),
from the nations where they have been scattered.

Ezek 34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

Whose going to do it? God, not man.

Ezek 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

What cloudy and dark day? The Lord's Day. Jesus' return.

Ezek 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

Ezek 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Ezek 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

Who is God going to feed? His flock. Not Satan's.

Ezek 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Ezek 34:17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.

 Mat 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

Mat 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Ezek 34:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?

These super preachers might think it's a small thing, but God doesn't feel that way.

Ezek 34:19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

Haven't you felt like this sometimes when you are in some of these modern day churches, or watch some of these super preachers on television.

Ezek 34:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.

God certainly knows the difference.

Ezek 34:21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased[1] with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;

1 "DISEASED": 2456. chala', khaw-law'; a prim. root [comp. H2470]; to be sick:--be diseased.

They are spiritually sick.

Ezek 34:22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

One Shepherd

Ezek 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. ..... JESUS

This is yet future.

Ezek 34:24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. ..... JESUS

In the eternity.

Ezek 34:25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

Ezek 34:26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

Ezek 34:27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

No one is safe any where now. Not in the flesh.

Ezek 34:28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

Not any animal or person can devour a spiritual body. There'll be no flesh at this time. See Jer 30:10.

Jer 30:10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

Ezek 34:29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame[1] of the heathen any more.

1 "SHAME": 3639. kelimmah, kel-im-maw'; from H3637; disgrace:--confusion, dishonour, reproach, shame.

There will be no famine at this time. Not even for the hearing of the word of the Lord.

Isa 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

Ezek 34:30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD.

When does God come to this earth?

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Ezek 34:31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.

Prophecy against Mount Seir and Idumea

Ezek 35:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 35:2 Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it,

Ezek 35:3 And say unto it, 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.

Ezek 35:4 I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

Ezek 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:

Ezek 35:6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith[1] thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.

1 "SITH": 518. 'im, eem; a prim. particle; used very widely as demonstr., lo!; interrog., whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a neg., not:--(and, can-, doubtless, if, that) (not), + but, either, + except, + more (-over if, than), neither, nevertheless, nor, oh that, or, + save (only, -ing), seeing, since, sith, + surely (no more, none, not), though, + of a truth, + unless, + verily, when, whereas, whether, while, + yet.

Ezek 35:7 Thus will I make mount Seir[1] most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.

1 "SEIR": 8165. Se'iyr, say-eer'; formed like H8163; rough; Seir, a mountain of Idumaea and its aboriginal occupants, also one in Pal.:--Seir.

8163. sa'iyr, saw-eer'; or sa'ir, saw-eer'; from H8175; shaggy; as noun, a he-goat; by anal. a faun:--devil, goat, hairy, kid, rough, satyr.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 35:9 I will make thee perpetual[1] desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

1 "PERPETUAL": 5769. 'owlam, o-lawm'; or 'olam, o-lawm'; from H5956; prop. concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; gen. time out of mind (past or fut.), i.e. (practically) eternity; freq. adv. (espec. with prep. pref.) always:--always (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end). Comp. H5331, H5703.

Because thou hast said

Ezek 35:10 Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there:

What two nations? The United States and modern day Israel?

Ezek 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.

All will get just what they got coming.

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

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

God knows all.

When the whole earth rejoiceth

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

When will the whole earth be rejoicing? See Revelation 11:9 thru 11. They wont be rejoicing too long.

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Ezek 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, and all Idumea[1], even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

1 "IDUMEA": 123. 'Edom, ed-ome'; or (fully) 'Edowm, ed-ome'; from H122; red [see Gen. 25:25]; Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him:--Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

Israel to be fully restored
End time prophecy

Ezek 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:

Ezek 36:2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:

Ezek 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:

Ezek 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;

Ezek 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[1], which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.

1 "IDUMEA": 123. 'Edom, ed-ome'; or (fully) 'Edowm, ed-ome'; from H122; red [see Gen. 25 : 25]; Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him:--Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

The heathen shall bear their own shame

Ezek 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 of the heathen:

Ezek 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.

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

Ezek 36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:

If God be for you, who can be against you?

Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Israel will be better off in the end, than at the beginning

Ezek 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:

Ezek 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.

Things will be better than ever before.

Ezek 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[1] them of men.

1 "BEREAVE": 7921. shakol, shaw-kole'; a prim. root; prop. to miscarry, i.e. suffer abortion; by anal. to bereave (lit. or fig.):--bereave (of children), barren, cast calf (fruit, young), be (make) childless, deprive, destroy, X expect, lose children, miscarry, rob of children, spoil.

Ezek 36:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations;

Ezek 36:14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 36:16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 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[1] woman.

1 "REMOVED": 5079. niddah, nid-daw'; from H5074; prop. rejection; by impl. impurity, espec. personal (menstruation) or moral (idolatry, incest):-- X far, filthiness, X flowers, menstruous (woman), put apart, X removed (woman), separation, set apart, unclean (-ness, thing, with filthiness).

Ezek 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:

Ezek 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.

Again it states that God has scattered His people.

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

They claimed to be of the Lord, yet didn't act like it.

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

t's a good thing for these people, that God had pity for His Holy Name.

For God's holy name's sake and not man's

Ezek 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.

Who is God doing this for?

Ezek 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.

God is going to demonstrate His Greatness, not ours.

God will gather Israel from all the countries

Ezek 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.

Ezek 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean[1] water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

1 "CLEAN": 2889. tahowr, taw-hore'; or tahor, taw-hore'; from H2891; pure (in a phys., chem., cerem. or moral sense):--clean, fair, pure (-ness).

Life giving waters.

A new heart for Israel

Ezek 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.

This probably means a heart not of the flesh. Because, there'll be no flesh at the return of Christ.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 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.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

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

Ezek 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.

Ezek 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe[1] yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

1 "LOATHE": 6962. quwt, koot; a prim. root; prop. to cut off, i.e. (fig.) detest:--be grieved, lothe self.

We certainly should be sorrowful for the way we treat our Creator.

Ezek 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.

Again, not for our sakes.

Ezek 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[1].

1 "BUILDED": 1129. banah, baw-naw'; a prim. root; to build (lit. and fig.):--(begin to) build (-er), obtain children, make, repair, set (up), X surely.

Ezek 36:34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.

Israel shall be like the garden Eden

Ezek 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.

Are we going to rebuild the old desolate and ruined cites? The ones described in Jeremiah 4?

Jer 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

Ezek 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.

Ezek 36:37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.

Ezek 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.

The valley of dry bones

Ezek 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

Ezek 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

Ezek 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

God tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones

Ezek 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Can you imagine what it is that Ezekiel said to these people? It was the word of God. It's sad, but unlike Ezekiel, today most preachers, teachers etc. are pretty far from God's word. At least enough to deceive, in these end times. One use for dry bones is to grind them up and use the carbon content for heat treating, (making hard), low grade steel. It will undoubtedly make your head, (or mind), hard to.

Ezek 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

See Gen 2:7 where God breathed into Adam's nostrils and he became a living soul.

Ezek 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

These people are spiritually dead.

Ezek 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

Ezek 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

Without the breath of life, there is no life.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Ezekiel is to prophesy unto the wind

Ezek 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

Ezek 37:10 So I prophesied[1] as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

1 "PROPHESIED": 5012. naba', naw-baw'; a prim. root; to prophesy, i.e. speak (or sing) by inspiration (in prediction or simple discourse):--prophesy (-ing) make self a prophet.

Be sure to do as God commands you to do. His commands for you are in this book. The Bible. Note, not only did these dry bones come to life, but they became a great army.

The bones are the whole house of Israel

Ezek 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole[1] house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried[2], and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

1 "WHOLE": 3605. kol, kole; or (Jer. 33 : 8)` kowl, kole; from H3634; prop. the whole; hence all, any or every (in the sing. only, but often in a plur. sense):--(in) all (manner, [ye]), altogether, any (manner), enough, every (one, place, thing), howsoever, as many as, [no-] thing, ought, whatsoever, (the) whole, whoso (-ever).

2 "DRIED": 3001. yabesh, yaw-bashe'; a prim. root; to be ashamed, confused or disappointed; also (as failing) to dry up (as water) or wither (as herbage):--be ashamed, clean, be confounded, (make) dry (up), (do) shame (-fully), X utterly, wither (away).

Who are these bones? These people are alive in the flesh, but spiritually they are confused. God is not the author of confusion.

1 Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Ezek 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

All Israel shall be saved.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Ezek 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

Ezek 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

Just like when God created Adam, Adam could not live until God breathed into him the breath of life.

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Two sticks, Judah and Israel to become one again

Ezek 37:15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezek 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

Ezek 37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

Here, Judah and Israel will be joined together again. They were split in 1 ki 12:20. The prophecy of the split is in 1 ki 11:29-36.

1 Ki 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

Ezek 37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?

Ezek 37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

Ezek 37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

Ezek 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

Israel has been scattered throughout the world.

One King

Ezek 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: ..... JESUS

Pretty well said. Well it should be. God is doing the talking.

King James I, (reigned 1603-1625), and commissioned the King James Bible. He referred to himself as King of Israel, and had a coin minted to reflect this Bible verse. Ezekiel 37:22.

Ezek 37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

Ezek 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. ..... JESUS

What a glad day this will be.

Ezek 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[1]. ..... JESUS

1 "EVER": 5769. 'owlam, o-lawm'; or 'olam, o-lawm'; from H5956; prop. concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; gen. time out of mind (past or fut.), i.e. (practically) eternity; freq. adv. (espec. with prep. pref.) always:--always (-s), ancient (time), any more, continuance, eternal, (for, [n-]) ever (-lasting, -more, of old), lasting, long (time), (of) old (time), perpetual, at any time, (beginning of the) world (+ without end). Comp. H5331, H5703.

An everlasting covenant

Ezek 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

An everlasting covenant means through all eternity.

Ezek 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

When is this going to be? This is yet future.

Jer 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:

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

The heathen shall know

Ezek 37:28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

The prophecy against Gog, the land of Magog
That Northern Army

Ezek 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezek 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog[1], the land of Magog[2], the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

1 "GOG": 1463. Gowg, gohg; of uncert. der.; Gog, the name of an Isr., also of some northern nation:--Gog.

2 "MAGOG": 4031. Magowg, maw-gogue'; from H1463; Magog, a son of Japheth; also a barbarous northern region:--Magog.

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Ezek 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

If you look on an older map of the world, you will see that Meshech and Tubal are located in Russia.

Ezek 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

See Jer 1:15 thr Jer 1:19.

The countries that join with that
army to come against Israel

Ezek 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Coming, prepared for battle.

Ezek 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands[1]: and many people with thee.

1 "BANDS": 102. 'aggaph, ag-gawf'; prob. from H5062 (through the idea of impending); a cover or heap; i.e. (only plur.) wings of an army. or crowds of troops:--bands.

Ezek 38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

In the latter years

Ezek 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter[1] years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

1 "LATTER": 319. 'achariyth, akh-ar-eeth'; from H310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity:--(last, latter) end (time), hinder (utter) -most, length, posterity, remnant, residue, reward.

I believe this to be the United States. We're a nation of immigrants.

Which have been always waste? Upper Alaska. A frozen waste.

Ezek 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm[1], thou shalt be like a cloud[2] to cover[3] the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

1 "STORM": 7722. show', sho; or (fem.) show'ah, sho-aw'; or sho'ah, sho-aw'; from an unused root mean. to rush over; a tempest; by impl. devastation:--desolate (-ion), destroy, destruction, storm, wasteness.

2 "CLOUD": 6051. 'anan, aw-nawn'; from H6049; a cloud (as covering the sky), i.e. the nimbus or thunder-cloud:--cloud (-y).

3 "COVER": 3680. kacah, kaw-saw'; a prim. root; prop. to plump, i.e. fill up hollows; by impl. to cover (for clothing or secrecy):--clad self, close, clothe, conceal, cover (self), (flee to) hide, overwhelm. Comp. H3780.

Ezek 38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think[1] an evil thought:

1 "THINK": 2803. chashab, khaw-shab'; a prim. root; prop. to plait or interpenetrate, i.e. (lit.) to weave or (gen.) to fabricate; fig. to plot or contrive (usually in a malicious sense); hence (from the mental effort) to think, regard, value, compute:--(make) account (of), conceive, consider, count, cunning (man, work, workman), devise, esteem, find out, forecast, hold, imagine, impute, invent, be like, mean, purpose, reckon (-ing be made), regard, think.

Ezek 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls[1], and having neither bars nor gates,

1 "WALLS": 2346. chowmah, kho-maw'; fem. act. part. of an unused root appar. mean. to join; a wall of protection:--wall, walled.

What nation is it that has never had walls around it's cities. The United States. Who is our wall?

Zec 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

Isa 52:12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.

A people gathered out of the nations

Ezek 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

The United States has been the richest nation of all times. It's people has gathered together from many nations.

Ezek 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Ezek 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

Ezek 38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

That the heathen may know God

Ezek 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter[1] days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

1 "LATTER": 319. 'achariyth, akh-ar-eeth'; from H310; the last or end, hence the future; also posterity:--(last, latter) end (time), hinder (utter) -most, length, posterity, remnant, residue, reward.

Are they going to do this on their own? God is going to bring them against His land. The land that has, (In God We Trust), written, even on it's currency. The people in the little nation Israel of today don't even believe that Jesus is the Messiah.

Ezek 38:17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

This is not a new thing in God's word.

Ezek 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog[1] shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury[2] shall come up in my face.

1 "GOG": 1463. Gowg, gohg; of uncert. der.; Gog, the name of an Isr., also of some northern nation:--Gog.

2 "FURY": 2534. chemah, khay-maw'; or (Dan. 11 : 44) chema', khay-maw'; from H3179; heat; fig. anger, poison (from its fever):--anger, bottles, hot displeasure, furious (-ly, -ry), heat, indignation, poison, rage, wrath (-ful). See H2529.

All mankind will shake at the presence of God

Ezek 38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;

Isa 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Ezek 38:20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

When is God going to be present? At Jesus' return. Then after the one thousand year reign, the full Godhead. Read Revelation 19. Jesus will be here with a rod of iron. To whip people into shape. This is the prophecy. When this actually takes place, I believe from this point on in the book of Ezekiel, all will be in spiritual bodies. Even though it appears there are flesh people. Flesh cannot stand in the presence of God. When Jesus appears, we shall be as Him.

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Ezek 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.

What sword?

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Great hailstones, fire, and brimstone

Ezek 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing[1] rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

1 "OVERFLOWING": 7857. shataph, shaw-taf'; a prim. root; to gush; by impl. to inundate, cleanse; by anal. to gallop, conquer:--drown, (over-) flow (-whelm), rinse, run, rush, (throughly) wash (away).

See Revelation 16:21. Read all of Revelation 16.

Rev 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

God has done things like this before.

Exo 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

Exo 9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

Exo 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

God knows his people and will protect them from this.

Isa 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

Ezek 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Here Jesus, (God), starts getting some of the respect He deserves.

God will destroy all but a sixth
part of the northern army

Ezek 39:1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

If God is against someone, who can be for them?

Ezek 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth[1] part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

1 "SIXTH": 8338. shawshaw, shaw-shaw'; a prim. root; appar. to annihilate:--leave but the sixth part [by confusion with H8341].

Ezek 39:3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

Who's going to do this? God.

Ezek 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Ezek 39:5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

They will be destroyed on the mountains as well.

God will send fire on Magog

Ezek 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly[1] in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

1 "CARELESSLY": 983. betach, beh'-takh; from H982; prop. a place of refuge; abstr. safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust); often (adv. with or without prep.) safely:--assurance, boldly, (without) care (-less), confidence, hope, safe (-ly, -ty), secure, surely.

Send a little something to the ones in Magog, just to let them know they're not out of reach of the hand of the Almighty God. .... Note the meaning of the word carelessly.

God will make His name known
in the midst of His people, Israel

Ezek 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

God going to make His name known to His people? Don't His people know who they are? Most don't. Ask most Christians in the United States today, they'll tell you, they're Gentiles.

Ezek 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

Ezek 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

Ezek 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

ob 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Job 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

I believe that Jesus has returned here, and there is no more flesh from here on. We have entered into the one thousand year reign of Christ. Although Ezekiel will be describing lots of things that appear to be physical, it is really in the spiritual realm.

The destroying of their weapons
and the burying those of Gog

Ezek 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:

Ezek 39:10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog[1].

1 "HAMONGOG": 1996. Hamown Gowg, ham-one'; gohg; from H1995 and H1463; the multitude of Gog; the fanciful name of an emblematic place in Pal.:--Hamon-gog.

Ezek 39:12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.

Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

Ezek 39:13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 39:14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.

Ezek 39:15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog.

Ezek 39:16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.

If any person is doing this, they must be in spiritual bodies. I guess this will be the first of many clean up jobs to come. First clean up the fleshly remains.

Ezek 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.

Ezek 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

Ezek 39:19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.

I think this is symbology, because there is no flesh to eat flesh. We now bury people, and some pets, who die the flesh death. How much better job we'll be able to do in the spirit.

Ezek 39:20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

Those that have been against God will just have to bare the responsibility for it.

From that day forward

Ezek 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

Ezek 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezek 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

From that day forward. From the start of the one thousand year reign of Christ, through all eternity.

Ezek 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

The heathen will know that they being so great wasn't the reason they controlled Israel, but that God used them to correct His children.

Ezek 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

Ezek 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

Jealous for Who? Or What?

Ezek 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

Ezek 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

Ezek 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

Then and only then, shall they know.

Ezek 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezek 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

Ezek 39:29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

In the visions of God
From this point on, the book of Ezekiel is describing
the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ

Ezek 40:1 In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither.

Ezek 40:2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezek 40:3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed[1]; and he stood in the gate.

1 "REED": A reed is about nine feet in length.

Much detail of the Millennium Temple

Ezek 40:4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.

Ezek 40:5 And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.

Ezek 40:6 Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad.

Ezek 40:7 And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within was one reed.

Ezek 40:8 He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed.

Ezek 40:9 Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits; and the posts thereof, two cubits[1]; and the porch of the gate was inward.

1 "CUBITS": 520. 'ammah, am-maw'; prol. from H517; prop. a mother (i.e. unit) of measure, or the fore-arm (below the elbow), i.e. a cubit; also a door-base (as a bond of the entrance):--cubit, + hundred [by exchange for H3967], measure, post.

Ezek 40:10 And the little chambers of the gate eastward were three on this side, and three on that side; they three were of one measure: and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side.

Ezek 40:11 And he measured the breadth of the entry of the gate, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits.

Ezek 40:12 The space also before the little chambers was one cubit on this side, and the space was one cubit on that side: and the little chambers were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.

Ezek 40:13 He measured then the gate from the roof of one little chamber to the roof of another: the breadth was five and twenty cubits, door against door.

Ezek 40:14 He made[1] also posts of threescore cubits, even unto the post of the court round about the gate.

1 "MADE": I believe the word made should mean (measured).

Ezek 40:15 And from the face[1] of the gate of the entrance unto the face of the porch of the inner gate were fifty cubits.

1 "FACE": 6440. paniym, paw-neem'; plur. (but always as sing.) of an unused noun [ paneh, paw-neh'; from H6437]; the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (lit. and fig.); also (with prep. pref.) as a prep. (before, etc.):-- + accept, a (be-) fore

Ezek 40:16 And there were narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within the gate round about, and likewise to the arches: and windows were round about inward: and upon each post were palm trees.

Ezek 40:17 Then brought he me into the outward court, and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement.

Ezek 40:18 And the pavement by the side of the gates over against the length of the gates was the lower pavement.

Ezek 40:19 Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward.

Ezek 40:20 And the gate of the outward court that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof.

Ezek 40:21 And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.

Ezek 40:22 And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps; and the arches thereof were before them.

Ezek 40:23 And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate toward the north, and toward the east; and he measured from gate to gate an hundred cubits.

Ezek 40:24 After that he brought me toward the south, and behold a gate toward the south: and he measured the posts thereof and the arches thereof according to these measures.

Ezek 40:25 And there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, like those windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.

Ezek 40:26 And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the arches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof.

Ezek 40:27 And there was a gate in the inner court toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south an hundred cubits.

Ezek 40:28 And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured the south gate according to these measures;

Ezek 40:29 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, according to these measures: and there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.

Ezek 40:30 And the arches round about were five and twenty cubits long, and five cubits broad.

Ezek 40:31 And the arches thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof: and the going up to it had eight steps.

Ezek 40:32 And he brought me into the inner court toward the east: and he measured the gate according to these measures.

Ezek 40:33 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, were according to these measures: and there were windows therein and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.

Ezek 40:34 And the arches thereof were toward the outward court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.

Ezek 40:35 And he brought me to the north gate, and measured it according to these measures;

Ezek 40:36 The little chambers thereof, the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, and the windows to it round about: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.

Ezek 40:37 And the posts thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.

Ezek 40:38 And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.

Ezek 40:39 And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.

Ezek 40:40 And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, were two tables; and on the other side, which was at the porch of the gate, were two tables.

Ezek 40:41 Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side, by the side of the gate; eight tables, whereupon they slew their sacrifices.

Ezek 40:42 And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and an half long, and a cubit and an half broad, and one cubit high: whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice.

Ezek 40:43 And within were hooks, an hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.

Ezek 40:44 And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north.

Ezek 40:45 And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house.

Ezek 40:46 And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto him.

Ezek 40:47 So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house.

Ezek 40:48 And he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side.

Ezek 40:49 The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side.

Ezek 41:1 Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle.

Ezek 41:2 And the breadth of the door was ten cubits: and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits.

Ezek 41:3 Then went he inward, and measured the post of the door, two cubits; and the door, six cubits; and the breadth of the door, seven cubits.

Ezek 41:4 So he measured the length thereof, twenty cubits; and the breadth, twenty cubits, before the temple: and he said unto me, This is the most holy place.

Ezek 41:5 After he measured the wall of the house, six cubits; and the breadth of every side chamber, four cubits, round about the house on every side.

Ezek 41:6 And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.

Ezek 41:7 And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward, and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst.

Ezek 41:8 I saw also the height of the house round about: the foundations of the side chambers were a full reed of six great cubits.

Ezek 41:9 The thickness of the wall, which was for the side chamber without, was five cubits: and that which was left was the place of the side chambers that were within.

Ezek 41:10 And between the chambers was the wideness of twenty cubits round about the house on every side.

Ezek 41:11 And the doors of the side chambers were toward the place that was left, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south: and the breadth of the place that was left was five cubits round about.

Ezek 41:12 Now the building that was before the separate place at the end toward the west was seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building was five cubits thick round about, and the length thereof ninety cubits.

Ezek 41:13 So he measured the house, an hundred cubits long; and the separate place, and the building, with the walls thereof, an hundred cubits long;

Ezek 41:14 Also the breadth of the face of the house, and of the separate place toward the east, an hundred cubits.

Ezek 41:15 And he measured the length of the building over against the separate place which was behind it, and the galleries thereof on the one side and on the other side, an hundred cubits, with the inner temple, and the porches of the court;

Ezek 41:16 The door posts, and the narrow windows, and the galleries round about on their three stories, over against the door, ceiled with wood round about, and from the ground up to the windows, and the windows were covered;

Ezek 41:17 To that above the door, even unto the inner house, and without, and by all the wall round about within and without, by measure.

Ezek 41:18 And it was made with cherubims and palm trees, so that a palm tree was between a cherub and a cherub; and every cherub had two faces;

Ezek 41:19 So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.

Ezek 41:20 From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.

Ezek 41:21 The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other.

The table before the Lord

Ezek 41:22 The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the LORD. ..... JESUS

Ezek 41:23 And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors.

Ezek 41:24 And the doors had two leaves apiece, two turning leaves; two leaves for the one door, and two leaves for the other door.

Ezek 41:25 And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without.

Ezek 41:26 And there were narrow windows and palm trees on the one side and on the other side, on the sides of the porch, and upon the side chambers of the house, and thick planks.

Ezek 42:1 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.

Ezek 42:2 Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits.

Ezek 42:3 Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, and over against the pavement which was for the utter court, was gallery against gallery in three stories.

Ezek 42:4 And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.

Ezek 42:5 Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.

Ezek 42:6 For they were in three stories, but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the building was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.

Ezek 42:7 And the wall that was without over against the chambers, toward the utter court on the forepart of the chambers, the length thereof was fifty cubits.

Ezek 42:8 For the length of the chambers that were in the utter court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were an hundred cubits.

Ezek 42:9 And from under these chambers was the entry on the east side, as one goeth into them from the utter court.

Ezek 42:10 The chambers were in the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, over against the separate place, and over against the building.

Ezek 42:11 And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which were toward the north, as long as they, and as broad as they: and all their goings out were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.

Ezek 42:12 And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.

Where the priest approach the Lord

Ezek 42:13 Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the LORD shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy. ..... JESUS

Ezek 42:14 When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.

Ezek 42:15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about.

Ezek 42:16 He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.

Ezek 42:17 He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.

Ezek 42:18 He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed.

Ezek 42:19 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.

Ezek 42:20 He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place.

The glory of the God of Israel enters the temple
through the eastern gate

Ezek 43:1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:

Ezek 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.

Jesus, (God), is entering into the temple.

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Ezek 43:3 And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.

Ezek 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

Ezek 43:4 And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.

Ezek 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Ezek 43:6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

See Jesus is here. In the temple. The seventh trump has already sounded. There's no more flesh. Ezekiel, I think must explain what he sees from here on out in a way that he can understand. And us as well. But just remember. There is no flesh from here on.

Ezek 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

Ezek 43:8 In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.

Consumed them? See flesh is no more.

Ezek 43:9 Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.

This is Jesus, at the start of His thousand year reign.

Ezek 43:10 Thou son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

The laws of the house

Ezek 43:11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, show them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

There are going to be ordinances, laws, and customs. We will have to obey. Discipline. Remember Jesus is coming with a rod of iron. Revelation 19.

Ezek 43:12 This is the law[1] of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

1 "LAW": 8451. towrah, to-raw'; or torah, to-raw'; from H3384; a precept or statute, espec. the Decalogue or Pentateuch:--law.

Ezek 43:13 And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.

Ezek 43:14 And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.

Ezek 43:15 So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

Ezek 43:16 And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.

Ezek 43:17 And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.

Ezek 43:18 And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.

There's no flesh. So what will be sacrificing?

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

We'll be giving our love.

Ezek 43:19 And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord GOD, a young bullock for a sin offering.

Only the levitical priest of Zadok will be able to approach Christ for this one thousand years.

Ezek 43:20 And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge it.

Ezek 43:21 Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.

Ezek 43:22 And on the second day thou shalt offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.

Ezek 43:23 When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.

Ezek 43:24 And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt upon them, and they shall offer them up for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

Ezek 43:25 Seven days shalt thou prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish.

Ezek 43:26 Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves.

Ezek 43:27 And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD.

How nice it will be, to be accepted by Jesus at this time.

The eastern gate, the gate of The Prince

Ezek 44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

The door to heaven shut?

Ezek 44:2 Then said the LORD[1] unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. ..... JESUS

1 "LORD": 3068. Yehovah, yeh-ho-vaw'; from H1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God:--Jehovah, the Lord. Comp. H3050, H3069.

Pretty self explanatory.

Ezek 44:3 It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same. ..... JESUS

Ezek 44:4 Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.

Mark well, the way to enter the temple

Ezek 44:5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.

Discipline.

Ezek 44:6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations,

Ezek 44:7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house, when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.

God is describing some of the things His children did while in the flesh.

Ezek 44:8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

You didn't do the work you were supposed to. You got someone else to do it. Got too lazy.

Instruction for the priest, including what to wear

Ezek 44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

Better keep our minds on God.

Ezek 44:10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.

Ezek 44:11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.

Here God is allowing them to do it again. They better get it right this time. We sure have an understanding and just God.

Ezek 44:12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.

Ezek 44:13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.

Just as it was while the children were in the wilderness. God talked to them, and it scared them so bad they didn't want God to talk directly to them, but through Moses. I believe this will carry over through the one thousand year reign of Christ. What God told them was the Ten Commandments. Maybe they just didn't like hearing that.

Exo 20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

Exo 20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

Ezek 44:14 But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.

The preachers, teachers, etc. that fall away, are going to do all the chores.

Only the sons of Zadok shall come near to Jesus Christ

Ezek 44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Ezek 44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

Ezek 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

Ezek 44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.

Ezek 44:19 And when they go forth into the utter[1] court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.

1 "UTTER": 2435. chiytsown, khee-tsone'; from H2434; prop. the (outer) wall side; hence exterior; fig. secular (as opposed to sacred):--outer, outward, utter, without.

Strict. Discipline. A rod of iron. Don't wear the same clothing in front of Jesus, that you wear in front of the people outside.

Ezek 44:20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads.

Ezek 44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.

It doesn't say they cannot drink wine. Only while they're in the inner court.

Ezek 44:22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.

Remember, no flesh.

Teaching in the millennium

Ezek 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Teaching? After Christ has come? Discern between Satan and Christ. Satan will be showing up again at the end of the one thousand years.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Ezek 44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.

They're gonna be doing it God's way. Not the way it was done in the flesh. Remember, a rod of iron.

We will recognize our loved ones there

Ezek 44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.

Dead person? There is no flesh, so it must be spiritually dead people. Those who didn't take part in the first resurrection . We must be able to recognize our loved ones.

Lev 21:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, There shall none be defiled for the dead among his people:

Lev 21:2 But for his kin, that is near unto him, that is, for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother,

Lev 21:3 And for his sister a virgin, that is nigh unto him, which hath had no husband; for her may he be defiled.

Ezek 44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days.

Ezek 44:27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.

What will be his offering?

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Ezek 44:28 And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

Num 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.

Ezek 44:29 They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering: and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs.

Ezek 44:30 And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing[1] to rest in thine house.

1 "BLESSING": 1293. Berakah, ber-aw-kaw'; from H1288; benediction; by impl. prosperity:--blessing, liberal, pool, present.

Ezek 44:31 The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

Ezek 45:1 Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, ye shall offer an oblation unto the LORD, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about.

90,000 feet X 225,000 feet.

Ezek 45:2 Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof.

4,500 square feet. 450 feet for the suburbs.

Ezek 45:3 And of this measure shalt thou measure the length of five and twenty thousand, and the breadth of ten thousand: and in it shall be the sanctuary and the most holy place.

Land set aside for the priest

Ezek 45:4 The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the ministers of the sanctuary, which shall come near to minister unto the LORD: and it shall be a place for their houses, and an holy place for the sanctuary.

Only the priest are allowed in the sanctuary. This is where they'll dwell also.

Ezek 45:5 And the five and twenty thousand of length, and the ten thousand of breadth, shall also the Levites, the ministers of the house, have for themselves, for a possession for twenty chambers.

Ezek 45:6 And ye shall appoint the possession of the city five thousand broad, and five and twenty thousand long, over against the oblation of the holy portion: it shall be for the whole house of Israel.

A portion set aside for the prince

Ezek 45:7 And a portion shall be for the prince on the one side and on the other side of the oblation of the holy portion, and of the possession of the city, before the oblation of the holy portion, and before the possession of the city, from the west side westward, and from the east side eastward: and the length shall be over against one of the portions, from the west border unto the east border.

The land given to Israel, according to their tribes

Ezek 45:8 In the land shall be his possession in Israel: and my princes shall no more oppress my people; and the rest of the land shall they give to the house of Israel according to their tribes.

Everyone will have their own place to reside.

Ezek 45:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord GOD.

All there will be just

Ezek 45:10 Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just bath.

Things will be done right in the one thousand year reign of Christ.

Ezek 45:11 The ephah and the bath shall be of one measure, that the bath may contain the tenth part of an homer, and the ephah the tenth part of an homer: the measure thereof shall be after the homer.

Ezek 45:12 And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh.

Instructions for everything. Discipline.

Ezek 45:13 This is the oblation that ye shall offer; the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of wheat, and ye shall give the sixth part of an ephah of an homer of barley:

Ezek 45:14 Concerning the ordinance of oil, the bath of oil, ye shall offer the tenth part of a bath out of the cor, which is an homer of ten baths; for ten baths are an homer:

Ezek 45:15 And one lamb out of the flock, out of two hundred, out of the fat pastures of Israel; for a meat offering, and for a burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to make reconciliation for them, saith the Lord GOD.

Keep in mind. Jesus is here. There's no flesh. So what will we be offering for a sacrifice?

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Ezek 45:16 All the people of the land shall give this oblation for the prince in Israel.

Love, that's what we'll give.

Ezek 45:17 And it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel: he shall prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.

Ezek 45:18 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the first month, in the first day of the month, thou shalt take a young bullock without blemish, and cleanse the sanctuary:

Ezek 45:19 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.

Ezek 45:20 And so thou shalt do the seventh day of the month for every one that erreth, and for him that is simple: so shall ye reconcile the house.

Remember, just because Jesus has returned and we're all in spiritual bodies, doesn't mean that all have overcome, or were resurrected.

Ezek 45:21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.

Ezek 45:22 And upon that day shall the prince prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bullock for a sin offering.

Ezek 45:23 And seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering to the LORD, seven bullocks and seven rams without blemish daily the seven days; and a kid of the goats daily for a sin offering.

Ezek 45:24 And he shall prepare a meat offering of an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and an hin of oil for an ephah.

Ezek 45:25 In the seventh month, in the fifteenth day of the month, shall he do the like in the feast of the seven days, according to the sin offering, according to the burnt offering, and according to the meat offering, and according to the oil.

The eastern gate to be shut six of seven days

Ezek 46:1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

The worship of the prince, and the people

Ezek 46:2 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening.

Ezek 46:3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons.

Everyone shall have their own place to worship.

Ezek 46:4 And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish.

Ezek 46:5 And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

Ezek 46:6 And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish.

Ezek 46:7 And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

Ezek 46:8 And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of that gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof.

No one shall leave the way he came

Ezek 46:9 But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.

This keeps an orderly arrangement.

Ezek 46:10 And the prince[1] in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth.

1 "PRINCE": 5387. nasiy', naw-see'; or nasi', naw-see'; from H5375; prop. an exalted one, i.e. a king or sheik; also a rising mist:--captain, chief, cloud, governor, prince, ruler, vapour.

It appears the people will have a leader, (prince), over them.

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Rev 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Offerings

Ezek 46:11 And in the feasts and in the solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and an hin of oil to an ephah.

Ezek 46:12 Now when the prince shall prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily unto the LORD, one shall then open him the gate that looketh toward the east, and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day: then he shall go forth; and after his going forth one shall shut the gate.

Ezek 46:13 Thou shalt daily prepare a burnt offering unto the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish: thou shalt prepare it every morning.

Ezek 46:14 And thou shalt prepare a meat offering for it every morning, the sixth part of an ephah, and the third part of an hin of oil, to temper with the fine flour; a meat offering continually by a perpetual[1] ordinance unto the LORD.

1 "PERPETUAL": 5769. 'owlam, o-lawm'; or 'olam, o-lawm'; from H5956; prop. concealed, i.e. the vanishing point; gen. time out of mind (past or fut.), i.e. (practically) eternity; freq. adv. (espec. with prep. pref.) always:--always (-s), ancient (time), any more,

Ezek 46:15 Thus shall they prepare the lamb, and the meat offering, and the oil, every morning for a continual burnt offering.

Ezek 46:16 Thus saith the Lord GOD; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his sons'; it shall be their possession by inheritance.

Ezek 46:17 But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them.

Ezek 46:18 Moreover the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession.

Everyone will keep their own substance.

Ezek 46:19 After he brought me through the entry, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north: and, behold, there was a place on the two sides westward.

Ezek 46:20 Then said he unto me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear them not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people.

Ezek 46:21 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and, behold, in every corner of the court there was a court[1].

1 "COURT": 2691. chatser, khaw-tsare'; (masc. and fem.); from H2690 in its original sense; a yard (as inclosed by a fence); also a hamlet (as similarly surrounded with walls):--court, tower, village.

Ezek 46:22 In the four corners of the court there were courts joined of forty cubits long and thirty broad: these four corners were of one measure.

Ezek 46:23 And there was a row of building round about in them, round about them four, and it was made with boiling places under the rows round about.

Ezek 46:24 Then said he unto me, These are the places of them that boil, where the ministers of the house shall boil the sacrifice of the people.

The river of life flowing from the temple

Ezek 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.

Waters of life.

Ezek 47:2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

Ezek 47:3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.

A cubic is about 18 inches. one thousand cubics equals about 1,500 ft.

Ezek 47:4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.

At 3,000 feet, the knees. At 4,500 feet, the loins.

Ezek 47:5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

At 6,000 feet, over his head. One can assume that it was another 6,000 feet to the other side. This is a very large body of water.

Ezek 47:6 And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.

Ezek 47:7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.

Ezek 47:8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.

Zec 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

Ezek 47:9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

Ezek 47:10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Ezek 47:11 But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

Ezek 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine[1].

1 "MEDICINE": 8644. teruwphah, ter-oo-faw'; from H7322 in the sense of its congener H7495; a remedy:--medicine.

Rev 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

A general description of the dividing
of the land among the twelve tribes of Israel

Ezek 47:13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.

Ezek 47:14 And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.

Ezek 47:15 And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad;

Ezek 47:16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazarhatticon, which is by the coast of Hauran.

Ezek 47:17 And the border from the sea shall be Hazarenan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward, and the border of Hamath. And this is the north side.

Ezek 47:18 And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the east sea. And this is the east side.

Ezek 47:19 And the south side southward, from Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great sea. And this is the south side southward.

Ezek 47:20 The west side also shall be the great sea from the border, till a man come over against Hamath. This is the west side.

The United States Of America
Foretold In The Holy Scriptures

Gotten thru Historicist.com:
The United States Of America Foretold In The Holy Scriptures and The Battle Of Armageddon
by Rev. F. E. Pitts Feb. 22 and 23, 1857.

We shall now select a few out of the many marked descriptions and coincidences only realized in our favored land and nation.

First:
The land of the promised nationality was to be located between two seas -- the eastern sea and the great western sea: "From the border unto the east sea, this is the east side .... The west side also shall be the great sea; from the border, this is the west side. "
Ezekiel 47:18-20. These broad boundaries of our great country are perfect; the west side being the "great sea, "is most remarkable. Judea is not bounded on the east side by a sea at all. This passage, which is taken from the prophet's geographical description of the land of restored Israel, cannot possibly apply to Palestine, if Ezekiel has given its true boundaries. All commentators understand this chapter as an inspired account that maps the country of the promised nationality; but it is absolutely impossible to locate this land in Palestine, for the want of an eastern border. No sea bounds old Canaan on the east. Learned men have generally supposed that Palestine is the country referred to, but let learned men show us that eastern boundary. This defect is fatal, and must for ever vitiate the claim of Judea to this high distinction.

Second:
This land is described as being hitherto uncultivated and unimproved -- a land "that has always been waste. "
Ezekiel 38. Of course Palestine cannot be referred to here, for it cannot be said in truth that Judea has always been waste. But our own country fully answers the description. Our primeval prairies and grand old woods presented, on the arrival of our ancestors, the same unbroken wilderness they had remained for ages, as though Heaven had specially preserved them for the glory of their future destiny. Let it not be said that the footprints of the aborigines of this country are an objection to this account; for that land is waste where tillage has never harvested its blessings for man. But such is the desert description of the country to be possessed by the nationality to come, and such was tile new continent of America. ....... The story goes on.

Ezek 47:21 So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

Ezek 47:22 And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

Ezek 47:23 And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.

A very detailed account of the dividing
of the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel

Ezek 48:1 Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.

Ezek 48:2 And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher.

Ezek 48:3 And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali.

Ezek 48:4 And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.

Ezek 48:5 And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim.

Ezek 48:6 And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Reuben.

Ezek 48:7 And by the border of Reuben, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Judah.

Ezek 48:8 And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.

Ezek 48:9 The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.

Ezek 48:10 And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof.

Ezek 48:11 It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

Only those that go not astray.

Ezek 48:12 And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.

Ezek 48:13 And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.

Ezek 48:14 And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the LORD.

Ezek 48:15 And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall be in the midst thereof.

Ezek 48:16 And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.

Ezek 48:17 And the suburbs[1] of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.

1 "SUBURBS": 4054. migrash, mig-rawsh'; also (in plur.) fem. (Ezek. 27 : 28) migrashah, mig-raw-shaw'; from H1644; a suburb (i.e. open country whither flocks are driven for pasture); hence the area around a building, or the margin of the sea:--cast out, suburb.

Ezek 48:18 And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto them that serve the city.

Ezek 48:19 And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.

Ezek 48:20 All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.

Ezek 48:21 And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof.

Ezek 48:22 Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.

Ezek 48:23 As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.

Ezek 48:24 And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.

Ezek 48:25 And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion.

Ezek 48:26 And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion.

Ezek 48:27 And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion.

Ezek 48:28 And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.

Ezek 48:29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezek 48:30 And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.

Ezek 48:31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.

Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Ezek 48:32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.

Ezek 48:33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.

Ezek 48:34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.

The LORD is there

Ezek 48:35 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD[1] is there[2].

1 "LORD": 3068. Yehovah, yeh-ho-vaw'; from H1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God:--Jehovah, the Lord. Comp. H3050, H3069.

2 "THERE": 8033. sham, shawm; a prim. particle [rather from the rel. H834]; there (transf. to time) then; often thither, or thence:--in it, + thence, there (-in, + of, + out), + thither, + whither.

God is there:
Joel 3:21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for
the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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