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  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.12:16;23-28 "The Long and Short of prophesy" (1 of 2)

    "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 theLord (v.16)."

    Power and glory of God is such all creation can bask in it. Providence is not alone for animals of the day that are taken to their stalls for the night; night owls have their task cleaning up rodents and big cats on the prowl at night have carcasses to dispose off. Land, air, sea, ocean deep deserts heath and tundra each are part of Providence so glory of God has worked out an order that underpin the well being of everthing on the earth and in heaven. Sin of man perhaps simple flouting of law creates stresses that must ripple through entire web. We know that sin of disobedience began with Adam. "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:(Ro.5:12). Adam placed his own will above that of God. It is never an individual choice but sin must spawn its own brood. So flouting of truth written in heart makes itself visible. For example when Moses ground the golden calf and made the children of Israel drink it and we know that it was not the end."And he took the calf which they had made, and burntitin the fire, and grounditto powder, and straweditupon the water, and made the children of Israel drinkof it(Ex.32:20)" . We read that when the kingdom of Israel was split Jeroboam had a ready answer:"golden calf!"

    "Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt./And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan./And this thing became a sin..(1 Ki.12:28-29)" In place of the golden calf destroyed, it doubled!
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.12:12-16"The Net and the trident" (2 of 2)

    Nations that disobey the commandment of God are taken in a net that is weighted.

    In flouting God's commandments Israel was taken in by the very laws, which they vowed to obey. Since their focus was more on flesh than on Spirit they interpreted the Law literally. "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God(Ro.10:3)". Righteousness of God is not in outward form of worship but loving God 'with all my heart, mind and soul.' Loving they neighbor is not merely an idea but is in relation to you. Any one may say I love so and so. Without showing how saying the word 'love' is merely wind. Loving another,- the only way he can be called a good neighbor, is in loving him/her how you love your own. It is what God demands from you. This being the case what shall we say of loving only the white or colored but as a travesty of God's commandment? "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets(Lk.22:40)".

    Famine, pestilence and the sword,- the trident of God's vengeance is not by stealth and a gladiator uses it only after tiring the opponent in spending all his energy ducking the short sword or the net that the gladiator may frequently wave about as a matador does with his cape. Thus in a nation's downfall there would have occurred series of events steadily weakening its resources so when these three finally pin it down the famine has taken its toll already and pestilence finish off the weak body that has depleted its auto-immune system. Here we are seeing God's judgment on Israel. It is done for all to see and learn from.

    God set Ezekiel as the watchman but he had to publicly decamp as a robber digs through mud-wall '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 ht it forth in the twilight."
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.12:12-16 "The Net and the trident" (1 of 2)

    And the prince 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.

    13My 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.

    "Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird (Pr.1:17)". It is thus the devil sets trap to take the foolish in his net. Here we are considering the entire house of Israel for their many sins of commission and omission. In general terms they played ducks and drakes with the Law by treating the Law of Moses literally. If Constitution can be argued for and against at face value is it to be wondered at that the nation would end up as a rebellious house? For example we have in the Gospel of John an incident of a woman taken in adultery. "In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women.Now what do you say? They were using this question as a trap,in order to have a basis for accusing him.(8:5-6-NIV) " In the end the Pharisees and scribes could not settle the matter because their own conscience proved they were incapable. Their heart was not right in the first place: they consulted Jesus on the point of law showed why. Secondly their own sinful nature convicted them.

    The net as we associate with the Roman gladiator is to get the opponent entangled in it. We shall consider the net used by gladiator. A gladiator with a net was a retiarus or literally net-man (The word reticule or woman's purse with draw string is derived from it.). He fought with a trident, which we can for our intent and purpose name as famine pestilence and sword. In order to finish off the man taken in the net he has his sword. His additional weapon is a dagger (pugio). Nations that disobey the commandment of God are taken in a net.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.7:10-27 "Day of Wrath" (2 of 2)

    Vv. 12-13

    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./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.

    Compare the above passages with a land transaction Jeremiah entered with his kinsman. God commands Jeremiah who was shut up to buy the land."Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it (Je.32:8-9)". It is not the case here. Ezekiel's prophecy is looking forward to the end times and Jerusalem of the rebellious nation no more would merit God's favor. They shall be like doves as mentioned in v.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.'

    "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./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."(vv.21-22)

    In v.21 we have a clear passage of Jerusalem under the Ottoman Empire. 'for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it'.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.7:10-27 "Day of Wrath" (1 of 2)

    Overview

    The time Ezekiel predicted this Jerusalem had not yet been destroyed and Judah had not yet been completely conquered. As discussed before elements of prophesy as delivered are from God and the time is God's Time,- reconstituted time so what is happening touches upon the present, also what has been determined earlier. So Time is on the wings of an arrow that moves one eternity to another. The man in the Linen who shall come in subsequent chapters is the Word of God given a shape consistent with this being a vision. The prophet is among other captives in exile yet he is in Jerusalem witnessing the abominations practiced behind a cloak of piety. It is true now as it was then. So abomination of ministers set over modern churches is cut from the same cloth of Ezekiel's time. Elders prophets and princes worshiping idols in the Holies is covetousness, another variant for idolatry. Jerusalem points to Zion that is in future,"Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken(Is.33:20)".

    V.v 10-11

    Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. /Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of their's: neither shall there be wailing for them.

    Here is Aaron's rod is referred. When it blossomed it was a clear indication of God's favor for the nation and the temple worship. Now it has blossomed into one of indignation. Judgment and Mercy are two sides of the word of God."O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation (Is.10:5)".
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:8-14 "A Remnant" -Conclusion

    "Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed(Ro.9:31-33)".

    Finally we shall examine the manner remnant moves forward. Cain slew his brother but God did not write 'finis' to the story of Adam's disobedience. Cain was rejected and how shall God's Salvation Plan move forward? "For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew(Ge.4:25)." Why a remnant? We shall understand its significance from the next verse. It was through his son Enos the world shall know the glory of God.'Then began men to call upon the name of theLord.'

    Equivalent to the remnant the Spirit gives us the Law of Moses concerning gleaning without which Ruth a Moabite woman would not have been adopted into the holy family of God.

    Gleaning of cornfields as well as of fruit trees were allowed in ancient Israel for the poor,- and it was a lowly task but according to the will of God Ruth who was alien, and outside the promise of God found her name in the book of life. She was indeed foreknown of God and become the matriarch of Davidic line.

    The lame take the prey is a Spiritual truth because the lame is in the safekeeping of God and physical circumstances do not concern Him. Lazarus was poor nevertheless his future lled him into Abraham's bosom. No less the quantity: God wanted only 300 to fight on the side of Gideon. In the face of so many evidences a remnant is no different in His sight. "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?"(Je.32:27)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:8-14 "A Remnant" (2 of 2)

    4So 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 theLord.

    God cannot deny himself. His Holiness is set in the Power and glory of His word. When the Lord God said,'Let there be light' it was so. God fashioned heart of man alike. So truth written in his inner man shall reveal the truth of God to whosoever shall seek him. So 'remnant' as a theological idea is to make the connection between God and Man understood well by man. When the Pharisees asked Jesus to restrain his disciples from shouting "And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out (Lk.19:39-40)"For this reason man is a spectacle unto angels as well."for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men (1 Co.4:9)".In this connection we shall consider the saying of Jesus to his disciples on sending them to preach the gospel,"And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet./Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city(Matt.10:14-15). A remnant is how God's sovereignty established so He shall always be justified as St Paul uses the case of Esau and Jacob.

    (Ro:9:21-23)",

    "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." It is thus a remnant of Israel shall be added to the redeemed from the earth. And these shall be found in the New Jerusalem. While discussing Ezekiel we see the rebellious house of Israel was rejected. St Paul states why,"But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Their works only made their case worse. But grace of God is greater.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:8-14 "A Remnant" (1 of 2)

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

    At many places we come across a remnant. First we shall consider this verse taken from Isaiah. "Except theLordof hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah(Is.1:9)." Curiously enough the prophet is addressing the leaders of Israel thus:Hear the word of theLord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. Disobedience is not about place names that shall be destroyed by fire and brimstone or by great flood. Now we shall consider this verse which is from the Book of Zechariah." And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith theLord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein./And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, TheLordis my God (Ze.13:8-9)".

    The preceding verse is obviously about the Son of man: 'What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends'(v.6) should leave in our mind no doubt that the prophet is referring to the suffering and death of Jesus in the 'house of Israel'.

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

    10And they shall know that I am theLord, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.7:1-9 "An End"

    Ezekiel as a watchman predicts an end to the abominations committed by the rebellious house of Israel. 'The end is come upon the four corners of the land' however is a signal that it is not the end of God's Mercy. However the remnant of them shall indeed is ahead, 'So the words 'and ye shall know that I am theLord' leave a door open for hope.

    In the light of the above let us consider what Jerusalem would mean to the remnant,"...Of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified(Re.11:8)". We considered in a previous post on Sodom from the Book of Isaiah (1:9). Sodom as a place is finished. Yet Isaiah addresses the shakers and movers of Jerusalem with these words, "Hear the word of theLord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah(v.10)". Sodom refers not to the place but unrighteous Israel and they shall not escape judgment. But God reserves a remnant so his Salvation Plan connects to the Lion of Judah and the branch, from the root of Jesse. The Son is the Rock of offense. No more Zion of old shall come to mind. Instead a spiritual Zion shall be rebuilt on the foundation of Jesus Christ." Afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city./Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness(Is.1:26-27)".

    While we consider Judgment of God it is not the full end. He judged Egypt but did not the Children of Israel carry Egypt in their hearts when they murmured over manna day in and day out in the wilderness? "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:/6But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes(Nu.11:5-6)".

    Egypt as a place was finished as was Sodom. Jerusalem shall similarly follow their fate. But all these are in relation to the crucified Christ.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.9: 1-6 " Mark Up" (2 of 2)

    "Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.

    6And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

    7And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

    8And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?(Dan.12:5-8)

    Linen in the lexicon of the Spirit indicates the Son of man and here it refers to the church that had no righteousness of its own to speak of but it was allowed on account of the work of faith. 'for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. The angel who marks those who were to be preserved is similar to those on whose foreheads the name of the Father shall be written."Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb,standing on Mount Zion,and with him 144,000who had his name and his Father's namewritten on their foreheads(Re.14:1)".

    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.

    2And, 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 inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

    "The higher gate on the north side"(v.2) refers to judgment and north here is not to be confused with cardinal direction as we use in normal sense.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.9. "Mark up" (1 of 2)

    Holiness of God is unchangeable. So we speak the word as eternal of which no iota or tittle shall be removed. The Word or the Law if cannot be enforced is deemed useless. When John saw the risen Christ he writes 'and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword:(v.16)'The word of God must be so sharp so it can upturn the soil of the heart so make the seed of gospel has the wherewithal to bear fruit.

    When one is convicted of his sins it is not merely seeing his own state in a clear glass as it were, but also realizing his need for release from bondage. So the word of God is like a scalpel in cutting away the wounds in order to work healing. The writer to the Hebrews says, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart(He.4:12)."

    Seven Spirits of God ever burning before the throne are angels made spirits as emblem before the throne of God '4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:(Ps.104:4). So seven lamps of fire burning before the throne signify Holiness of God shall be maintained forever. Power and glory of the Word ensure it from all injury. When we are shown various abominations being practiced behind a cloak of piety we may well appreciate what Ezekiel would have thought: it was in the justness of God to depart from there. "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(Re.4:5)".

    The Spirit of Christ that worked with holy men of old (1 Pe.1:10-11) as well as the seven beings mentioned in this chapter are angelic beings. Among them the man in linen with the inkhorn is seen in the Book of Daniel
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.10:14-15 "Ox-face" (2 of 2)

    The above passage refers to an earlier incident,"And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it./And the anger of theLordwas kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God(2 Sa.6:6-7)" The oxen did not make mistake. The Spirit through Isaiah tells that animals had a better understanding on the holiness of God. Balaam's ass showed better understanding when he saw the angel with a drawn sword barring passage.

    The living creature assumed the appropriate aspect as the avenging angel.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.10:14-15 "Ox-face" (1 of 2)

    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./And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.

    In the opening chapter the living creature is shown having an ox-face,"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(1:10)". The Spirit in replacing the ox-face with cherub expressly tells two points.

    Firstly the mission: Cherubim is part of the angelic host that jealously guard the Holiness of God, as two winged cherubs set up on either side of the mercy seat tell us. Emphasis is laid on the judgment of Israel about to begin with the temple.

    Secondly this change from ox to cherub is accusatory and we shall consider this well known verse from the Book of Isaiah."3The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider(Is.1:3)". We have an instance when the Ark was being brought King David ill-advisedly put it in a cart against the command of God, specified in 1 Chr.15:12-14

    "And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,/And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of theLordGod of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it./For because ye did it not at the first, theLordour God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order./So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of theLordGod of Israel".
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ze.14:10 "From Gebba to Rimmon"

    Geba is a hill , a Levitical city given to the tribe of Benjamin. Whereas Rimmon once again is associated with the tribe and it marks the rock into which the remnant of 600 Benjamites fled.(Jud.20:45). Seven thousand of them were slain meaning the tribe had been to all intent and purpose was annihilated. This 600 is a remnant and it also applies to the nation of Israel. When Jerusalem is ransacked totally, leaves yet 'and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city."(14:2). This is how God has willed and it was shown out true in the case the tribe of Benjamin. So shall be with the nation of Israel. Only they shall be brought into the body of Christ through much tribulation.

    The remnant of the Tribe of Benjamin found a rock to hide themselves. But when the Day of wrath there shall be no escape. "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places./And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

    And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:/For the great day of his wrath is come;"(Re.6:14-17)

    "All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem" and it is no longer of literal Jerusalem but lifted up in-midair. New Jerusalem it is called. I will lift up mine eyes from whence cometh my help" (Ps.12:1). Here we have the Spirit using the place name associated with Israel in the context of eternity. A cataclysmic quake to throw the old city into stones of confusion seems in the offing.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:1-7 "Rock of offense" (2 of 2)

    God has thrown His protective ring about His people. In the context of everlasting covenant we know is 'from henceforth even for ever. Christ as the Rock of Ages for His people is for eternity. "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King(Ps.48:2)" Similar to other instances we have the Spirit using the place name associated with Israel in the context of eternity.

    We have everlasting covenant and also eternal word. The Holy Spirit in organizing the narrative of Core Will must choose literary means to make it meaningful for man. Thus his Salvation covers all creation. When man is viewed in the image of God his glory covers not only man but also his world. Similarly judgment for the disobedient is not only on man but also his world.

    When the Spirit sets these into a narrative mode God sends Man having both deity as well as humanity. So the begotten Son is in relation to God the Father. The Spirit makes him bread from heaven and it has its match in Bethlehem or House of Bread. St Paul qualifies Christ as the spiritual Rock. "for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ(1 Co.10:4)". Christ as the Rock we shall come across many other places, St Paul speaks of the children of Israel slaking their thirst from the Rock that followed them Here in this verse from St Peter we read,"And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence,even to themwhich stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed(1 Pe.2:8)".
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:1-7 "Rock of offense" (1 of 2)

    "And the word of theLordcame unto me, saying,/Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,/And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LordGod; Thus saith the LordGodto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valley"(vv.1-3)

    "Ye mountains of Israel" to the valley are to be understood spiritually, signifying from the highborn to the lowest of the low."Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain." (Ze.4:7) is a classic example. Christ is a great leveller and he is rock of offense.

    Mind of God while dealing with His creation and with earth has a focus, the Son. Whoever thus has the Son has also the Father."He that hath the Son hath life;andhe that hath not the Son of God hath not life(1 John5:12). Apostle John in another place says,'the wrath of God' abides in such a person(Jn.3:36). In short Core Will of God carries Salvation as well as judgment.

    The Spirit in order to reveal this truth makes use of natural world so symbolism makes Christ Jesus as the spiritual Rock as well as a Rock of offense. Prophet Ezekiel draws on this analogy and also we find Daniel using Jesus as the stone cut without hands while interpreting the dream of the king.St Paul speaks of the children of Israel slaking their thirst from the Rock that followed them Here in this verse from St Peter we read,"And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence,even to themwhich stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed(1 Pe.2:8)".

    So Rock in the parlance of the spirit as in the case of bread and water carry much more than objects themselves. How does the Spirit indicate God's Mercy and providence for His people? We came across this verse before,"As the mountainsareround about Jerusalem, so the LORDisround about his people from henceforth even for ever(125:2)." Here we are looking at one level how Jerusalem is situated.
  • Oseas - 8 months ago
    Greetings in Christ JESUS

    Brothers in Christ

    Has eternal punishment begun? In fact it is already LITERALLY running.

    It's very hard to understand and to say, but the Truth is that we have entered in the period of sorrows, a time of great sufferings until the END of this current world, and of the coming of JESUS as was prophesied since ancient time. JESUS warned that there shall be upon the earth distress of nations, and men's hearts failing them for fear looking those things which are coming on the earth- Luke 21:25-28-, and He Himself is already executing His prophetic words, understand?

    Be sure that as was prophesied by the prophets, and the Apostles, and above all by our Lord JESUS, the ETERNAL punishment had a specific and pre-determined period of time to start, I MUST tell it has already started and we are in the transition from the period of sorrows to the period of ETERNAL chastisement is without a gap, is sequential, there will not be a gap between these two terrible events, the question is that it will NEVER END, it will NEVER STOP, it will be for ever ande ever.

    Get ready, get ready
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:12-18 (2 of 2) "Pestilence, Famine and Sword"

    By law of Gradation judgment of God are graded and set under appropriate horses color coded. But the vital point is that the Angel of his presence with the bow representing the glory of God shall restrain these from going rogue. In short the Lord God executes judgment only according to what they deserve.

    As a sign Ezekiel had to shave his head indicating the glory of the Lord has deserted them. Exiles under Assyria and Babylon came in waves culminating in the Roman occupation of Palestine. Jerusalem was depopulated and their temple was razed to the ground in AD 70. On the day of Pentecost the outpouring of the Holy Spirit St Peter explained the significance of it,"And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:(Ac.2:17). When the risen Christ sends his angels to collect the saints it is for New Jerusalem and the law shall go out of Zion from the new."And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem(Is.2:3)".
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:12-18 (1 of 2)

    Pestilence, Famine and Sword

    Judgment of God that was to come was determined not because of the sin of Israel but for man's disobedience. We shall understand it from the four horsemen of Apocalypse, which is a misconception bandied about in popular culture. While the Lamb breaks the seven seals in the Book of the Revelation it is the four beasts seated before the throne of heaven who explain one after the other and who are these horsemen?

    They are proceeding from heaven signifying all the calamities that were to descend on the earth have been foreknown but the horse in white and the rider on the bow indicate God is totally in control. "And he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer (Re.6:2)" Having understood the living creatures mentioned in the first chapter of Ezekiel let us refresh our minds. They represent the angel of his presence and the hand of man each creature had signifies their authority came from the Son. The Spirit of Christ in the Vision of John is shown as a rider on the white horse and what is the bow? "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"(Ez.1:28).

    The fourth horse carries Death."And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth(Re.6:8). The number Four establishes these riders are sent to the earth. So all pestilence (beasts of the earth), famine (hunger) and war (indicated by the sword) set out. By law of Gradation judgment of God are graded and set under appropriate horses color coded. But the vital point is that the Angel of his presence with the bow representing the glory of God shall restrain three.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:8-11 "Judgment of God"

    In order to set Judgment of God in proper perspective we need to keep in mind the Fellowship of God with Man is the driver that keeps judgment of God alongside the Salvation Plan of God. When He judges man as in the case of ten plagues we are told that animals also were affected by it. ".a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast(Ex.9:10). By Association judgment is executed upon man and his world.

    In this context when God says "And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.(Ex.25:8)" We have an emblem of which set in heaven. The four beasts with six wings is a memorial before God. The same arrangement is continued in the four living creatures that play a part in the Book of Ezekiel. These are sent from heaven and they reveal as well as execute judgment from time to time.

    In these chapters we are considering judgment on the rebellious house of Israel and the city of Jerusalem in particular. God judged Sodom; so was Egypt judged,- and the slaughter of the firstborn was a consequence of it. Weighing in balance is the emblem of the Lamb slain before the worlds began (Re.13:8) and the everlasting covenant. So mercy and Judgement go hand in hand. Holiness of God sums up his Love Mercy Truth and when God sends in fullness of time His Son it is with a view to create a body that we know is the Church of the firstborn. "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect (He.11:23)",

    God has foreknown them and the blessings He promised through Abraham covers all families of the earth and not merely Israel. In order to make this clear we have this image of the tabernacle or New Jerusalem descending from heaven. So this is as different from Jerusalem on earth. This is what the writer to the Hebrews means.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:4 "Fire and Sword"

    'Three fold judgment covers body represented by hair, the spirit (wind) and soul(fire)''. We shall examine the aspect of fire further.

    We have an incident in the life of Jesus when the Samaritans made little of receiving him and John and his brother responded in a manner that invited rebuke from their master. "And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?55But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of(Lk.9:54-55).

    Spirit when was given as promised by Jesus after his Ascension it came as many tongues of fire. It is a sign of God's judgment and it shall be as and when God determines. Fire in the present case was to be done before the other captives and the judgment of Jerusalem was what Ezekiel had to impress upon them. Elijah was a double for the Son and so was Ezekiel. In the following chapters we shall see from whence fire would come.

    We shall come across the living creatures again and while the glory of God presides over

    "Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels./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./And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings(10:6-8).

    Angel of his presence represented by the man's hand hands out the fire that shall engulf the rebellious house.. This is how the lock of hair reserved by Ezekiel would bring in. The prophet used the barber's razor and the sword of the Lord shall surely validate the prophet's action.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:1-5 "Three-fold Judgment"

    Ezekiel was required to weigh the hair in a balance that would have made him a spectacle among other captives.".. For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men(1 Co.4:9)".

    Ezekiel was required to weigh the hair in a balance that would have made him a spectacle among other captives.".. For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men(1 Co.4:9)".

    Ezekiel on dividing the hair in three parts, did as was commanded by God. Similar to what Moses did in the land of Egypt- 'a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind"And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast(Ex.19:8). The wind carries the judgment of God. Pandemic also works similarly and plague of locusts as we have seen in instances around us, can lead to famine. Pandemic in the present crisis kill of 100,000 + Why speak of culture wars when depopulated nations cannot sustain economic levels they enjoyed earlier? Famine is judgment on body and spirit is another. "For thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel (v,3)" It springs forth from the hair the Prophet had reserved in the hem of his tunic. For all the insults and injuries dealt out to God's poor and disenfranchised children reserves a day of reckoning."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(Ze. 2:5).

    Three fold judgment covers body represented by hair, the spirit (wind) and soul(fire).'.

    Hair represents glory and honour for natural man. The Spirit uses Absalom and Samson for example and we shall consider in this case why God wanted Ezekiel to use a sharp knife so 'I will draw out a sword after them'. "The hoary headisa crown of glory,ifit be found in the way of righteousness" (Pr.16:31) and another, the beauty of old menisthe gray head (Pr.20:29)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.6:1-14 Know the Lord"

    "And ye shall know that I am theLord" is the key verse for our meditation. Ezekiel like Isaiah was to warn the house of Israel where lay the fault. Judgement was coming and Ezekiel as the watchman had to warn them and make them change their ways before it was too late.

    Son of man, set thy face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,

    3And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LordGod; Thus saith the LordGodto 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.

    Nations round about Israel are compared figuratively to mountains. By the same token movers and shakers of his time are mountains of Israel. God's judgment falling upon them bring in for judgment upon their way of life. (v.6) In their idols and images we have a clue what went wrong. "Every man is brutish inhisknowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten imageisfalsehood, andthere isno breath in them.: ( Je. 10:14)"

    In contrast we have the key to knowledge: "The fear of the LORDisthe beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holyisunderstanding (Pro.9:10). God's protection ought to have been their refuge but Israel instead chose the foolish path by serving pagan gods of nations that surrounded them. "As the mountainsareround about Jerusalem, so the LORDisround about his people from henceforth even for ever(Ps.125:2)." We have David's prayer,"Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thouartmy rock and my fortress(71:3)".
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:9-17 "I, The Lord have spoken it"

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

    The Spirit while organizing it sets the period and speech as directly coming from God so seven days indicates more than number of days and 'therefore hear the word at my mouth' carries more than what it merely says. Seven denotes period for the message to be fully understood and the second which is formula we have come across at several places in its various forms. It refers to where it comes from and not to be taken literally. So Ezekiel's trust must be complete; consequently the message is to be delivered to the recipient without any dilution or addition on his part. The principle is same as Jesus said, "For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you(Matt.10:20; Lk 12:12).

    We have another example of the prayer of Jonah from the belly of the great fish, It is as finished in its composition and as in the manner the fish obeys the Lord God.."And theLordspake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land( Jonah 2:10)". It is the Spirit that helps with our infirmities and God the Spirit shall know when we pray in distress as Hannah prayer was heard, though out of intense distress no word would come out of her. Young Samuel was the proof that God heard her cry. He fully appreciates our circumstances. In this present crisis it is He who tracks and checks you so you shall not come to harm. Similarly when God chooses you for His ministry he knows how to get the best out of you. So Moses would serve His purpose as Jeremiah did. His tender age was no excuse. When the Lord Almighty has foreknown you and formed and shaped your world to which you enter as His watchman and as a sign are we to fool around with people who despise things of the Spirit?.

    Ezekiel had a task however unpleasant it was between God and him. He was under the burden.
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:5-8 "This is Jerusalem" (2 of 2)

    ncluding 'they also which pierced him.'(Re.1:7) The Jews would not hear of the offer of Pilate, instead,"When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucifyhim, crucifyhim. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucifyhim: for I find no fault in him( John 19:4-6)".

    Jerusalem as it is inhabited now is more of controversy and what is occupying all their attention: How to divide Jerusalem into two states? These are spiritually wilderness that is fit for wild asses and satyrs. Isaiah hits their problem right on spot,"But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he(the Lord) shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness(Is.34:11)".

    "And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.(Is.25:7)" So where shall Messiah-King set up his Millennial Reign? As mentioned in the quote from Hosea it shall be latter days. The Church redeemed from the earth as in the Vision of the Woman clothed with the Son (Re.12) is represented by 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14. They are on Mount Sion seen standing with the Lamb. Gentile Nations and the remnant of the Jews who are genuinely contrite over having rejected their Savior draw to the risen Christ and flock towards him. The Vail that is spread over the nations shall be lifted.

    "Thus saith the LordGod; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her./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."(vv.5-6)

    "Therefore thus saith the LordGod; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations."(v.8)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:5-8 "This is Jerusalem" (1 of 2)

    There is a literal Jerusalem, and as mentioned in the Book of the Revelation a Jerusalem spiritually called many other cities. In short literal Jerusalem and New Jerusalem, which is to be understood spiritually are entirely consistent with the Salvation Plan of God.

    When John narrates the Vision of Two Witnesses gives synonym of this great city of David with this clue, 'where also our Lord was crucified'. In rejecting the Son who was sent from God the nation of Israel brought judgment upon the city. First we shall consider the quote, "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified(Re.11:8)". Jerusalem as of old is finished. Jesus before his passion says in no uncertain terms,"For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessedishe that cometh in the name of the Lord(Matt.23:39). Perhaps question arises,'Is not the present state of Israel fulfillment of prophecies of old? The prophet Hosea refers to this,"For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, andwithoutteraphim:/Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days(Hos.3:4-5)."

    In order to set the sequence of events leading to their realization in proper order we have this word of our Savior Lord "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory(Matt.24:30-31)". We have another verse to consider,"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him(Re.1:7).
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:1-4 "A Third Part" (2 of 2)

    Here we see judgment of God in terms of the spirit. In order to show this difference we have the Spiritual Rock Christ following the Israelites in the wilderness. Babylon exile as with diaspora after the destruction of Jerusalem completes judgment of the nations- Egypt and Jerusalem thus represent body and spirit. Literal Jerusalem as the city of God is over. Instead New Jerusalem represents the soul. Jesus has completed the mandate given by his Father.( Psalms 2 and 110 make it clear the seat for Messiah is on the Mount that is not any literal place but of the new earth. It must occur before the great tribulation and at the end satan shall be loosed for a brief period- and from then on events move very swiftly to the Judgment and the Marriage of the Lamb.

    'Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.' David predicts Millennial Reign of his Lord from New Jerusalem. (He appears in mid-air and gathers his saints). These large movements of the Jews and the Gentiles constitute God's promise to Abraham (Ge.12:3) becoming fulfilled.

    God commands Ezekiel to shave his head and beard, signifies that he is shorn of his glory. As a watchmen what he speaks is as though coming from Him(4:2). As a sign what he does symbolically is underwritten by God,'and I will draw out a sword after them(v.2).

    In 4:7 we came across this line,'and thine arm shall be uncovered' while he prophesies to them, to indicate his helplessness in the iniquity of them. God shall avenge him which is made clear by vv.3-4. Shall not God avenge His children who cry unto him against those powers-that-be who think they are expendable on account of their color or station in life? Israel is a stand-in for many other nations. '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(v.4).
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.5:1-4 "A Third Part " (1 of 2)

    What is a third part? In the lexicon of the Spirit number Three refers to the Son. The third refers to the tripartite nature of man,body soul and spirit. In his human likeness he was identical with man in all aspects but without sin. In the Book of the Revelation also we come across it in connection with the seven angels with the seven trumpets (Re.8). In the Book of Ezekiel we read thus "...Divide the hair./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(5:1-2)."

    The three refers to Trinity and when we translate it in terms of judgment we are looking at sin of rebellion in terms of body, spirit and soul. In Torah we have tetragrammaton which when transliterated is YHWH. It is written without vowels, Trinity is somewhat similar. When we consider the Lord Almighty he is expressed as the Father, the Son who is he but the Great Shepherd of souls, and the Holy Ghost.

    In an earlier post we mentioned that God forbade Isaac from going to Egypt as his father did in the time of famine. God allowed Abraham to go since it was the necessity of his body. Similarly it was self preservation that necessitated the flight to Egypt surrounding the birth of Jesus. This was predicted by prophet( Hosea 11:1)

    How did children of Israel end up in Egypt? In the eyes of God what the patriarchs did to Joseph was sin against his father Jacob. The nation of Israel had to be delivered from Egypt as a synonym for sin. It was against the spirit and crossing the red sea would be in the larger picture of Salvation Plan of God a sacrament, of dying to sin in body. The deliverance of Israelites under the hand of Moses(faithful in all his house) is like a kangaroo word and the Spirit sets him a double for Jesus 'over his own house.'
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.4:13-18 "Wages of Sin"

    "And theLordsaid, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them." (v.13)

    Here the parable of the Prodigal Son comes to mind. Far away from his father's the son is reduced to eat the husks given to the swines. Diaspora of Jews exposed them to alien customs and their traditions. Defiled bread is like the catch in the Parable of the Dragnet. the bad will be thrown away.

    What a terrible thing to feel hungry despite of just having had a square meal? Body craves for nourishment may be it is on account of some ailment that body cannot absorb food. We have seen patients with Bulimea, it is a disorder. In terms of spiritual ailment what is an addiction? Your craving for drugs for instance goes deeper than your need for it.

    In a permissive society love of man and woman does not satisfy; experimenting before marriage does not prepare the spouse to find happiness; the more they seek it the end leaves them much worse. Wages of sin simply debases the user and the used. The exiled nation would consume away for their iniquity without addressing their rebellious nature.

    Isaiah would say, "Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward./Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint./From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment./Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.(Is.1:4-7)
  • Bennymkje - 8 months ago
    Ez.4:5-13 "What Defiles a man?-2

    The division of scribes and Pharisees merely created tradition for the Jew to observe. Did it make them perfect? As Jesus would observe, "All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.'For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers (Matt.23:3-4)". Law and traditions of man in themselves did not have power to restore fellowship with God. So Jesus excused the disciples who did not wash their hands before eating, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.(Matt.15:11)" Later he explained it to his disciples thus,"Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?/But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man./For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:These are the things which defile a man: (vv.17-20)"

    Ezekiel was a watchman and a sign. The sign still is as forceful now as was then. We do not know how the people took to the prophet eating defiled food. In the age where the billionaires are spared from paying taxes we see the poor scavenging. Sin has given mind its numbness, it would seem.


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