Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel Chapter 12

 

  • Ezekiel 12:1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, 
  • 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. 

This is the majority of the world today. They have eyes to see but they do not see. They have ears to hear but they do not hear. 

We've had preachers warning against the sin of abortion. We've had proof that babies still in the womb even at the very beginning are live human beings that can feel pain. Yet the selfishness and cry for women's rights override the silent screams of the little children in the womb whose blood cries out from the ground like the voice of Abel the very first murdered human being. 

We've had preachers warn constantly against sexual immorality and lifestyles that can shorten lives and bring disease but now they are considered hate mongers and bigots instead of ones who are concerned for the lives and the souls of people who break the bounds that God sets up to protect us, not harm us. Rebellion against God's rule and authority is rampant and is getting worse. Warnings fall on deaf ears while sexually transmitted disease continues to kill, steal and destroy the body and souls of those who ignore the cries of warning. In fact there are new diseases popping up all the time. God loves us and makes commandments for our good but we throw Him out of our public society and the nation is continually in deep moral decline. Some are warning that this nation will not last much longer.

Divorce, couples living together without marriage, rape, drugs, alcoholism, murders and lack of respect for law and order are getting worse. No fear of God is in the land. To mention the name of Jesus is considered unconstitutional. Now we have people who say there are other ways to God besides Jesus when God's word declares there is none other name under heaven whereby anyone can be saved. 

  • Ezekiel 12:3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby. 

When they see Ezekiel move his stuff, it will be a sign that they too will be moving their stuff and having to flee. The the 70 years of captivity shall come to pass. They had a chance to repent and turn back to God but instead of listening they attack the messengers just like they do today. 

  • Ezekiel 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. 
  • 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 bore it upon my shoulder in their sight. 
  • 8 And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying, 
  • 9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou? 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 12 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. 

This is a prophecy concerning Zedekiah, king of Judah. Because of his rebellion when he did not surrender and rebelled against Babylon even though he was warned that the captivity of Babylon was going to occur and it was the will of God. he resisted this. He was made blind by his enemies and did not see the land to which he was taken. This is why Ezekiel covered his own head that he couldn't see the ground symbolizing what was to happen to Zedekiah. This was all the result of rebellion against the word of God. 

Rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft. When we rebel against the known word of God, we sin and harm our own well-being. I'm grieved continually by the rebellion and attitude of those in my own country today because I can see the destruction ahead. Only a national repentance and turning to God can stop or delay it. 

I'm not talking about all rebellion. We must rebel against evil dictators and rulers who are leading us away from God and away from the truth. We must rebel against evil and even evil leaders in the church. However, we must do this with caution and lots of prayer so that we do not rebel against authority that is from God. 

Babylon was an evil nation but God used them to come against Israel because of their sin. When Zedekiah rebelled he was actually rebelling against God because prophets had previously come to him telling him of the coming judgment. He refused to believe them and ended up losing not only the throne of Judah and his freedom but his eyesight as well. 

We must submit to law and order. The bible says not to speak evil against the ruler of the people. However, if an evil dictator orders a mass execution of a certain group of people or religion like the Jews in the days of Hitler for instance, we are not to submit to that kind of authority. We are under a higher authority than Adolph Hitler and that is the authority of God. 

I believe someone who really seeks to know God and learn the will of God will be able to discern the difference between the sin of rebellion against God or obeying God for standing up against evil, whether it is evil religious leaders or evil government officials. 

This is why God supplied us with a copy of His written word contained in what we call the bible. I prefer the KJV version which is a word for word translation instead of a thought for thought translation. I don't care for paraphrases. I like to have one the closest to the original meaning as possible. Thought for thought translations make it easier to get manmade opinions of the word instead of "the word." 

The word will let us know what God calls rebellion and when God allows us to stand up for right and wrong. 

The law of the land in the United States at this time, 2021, allow for legalized abortion or termination of unwanted pregnancies. 

By law we can't prevent any women from getting an abortion. We can however preach, teach, warn and try to get them to decide not to get one. If they pass a law forbidding us to try to tell them they are wrong at least on our own property or in church, we must do whatever God lays on our heart even if the law forbids it. 

If the United States would pass a law against preaching the gospel or teaching the bible, we would have to obey the higher law of God which says to go into all the world and preach the gospel. 

  • Ezekiel 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. 
  • 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. 

God was even going to punish all that try to help the king to escape the coming invasion of Babylon. 

  • Ezekiel 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. 

It sometimes takes drastic action for people to wake up. If we would only listen the first time we hear a message calling us to repentance we would avoid getting into trouble and destroying our families, cities and even the whole nation. 

  • Ezekiel 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. 

Few are left to share the message to others. God always has a remnant. 

  • Ezekiel 12:17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 
  • 18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness; 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

This actually happened twice. This prophecy had an immediate fulfillment in the days of Ezekiel and in 70 A.D. a few years after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. 

  • Ezekiel 12:21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 
  • 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? 

Sometimes when a prophecy's fulfillment is delayed, people assume its not going to happen and get a false sense of security. 

David Wilkerson and others have predicted a stock market crash, a depression and hard times for the United States. Every time it gets close but the stock market rebounds and we have more good years, people stop listening. Yet I believe the day is coming maybe closer than we think. 

I don't know what the prosperity preachers are going to tell their people. 

When God's judgment is delayed, it is because He is being merciful. We rest in His grace. But if the church continues in apostasy and does not warn its people to repent, we must remember as with Israel, judgment begins at the house of God. We are not going to get by with sin in the camp and still expect God's blessing. If God judged Israel, the church has had so much more than Israel. 

We have had the gift of salvation, the presence of the Holy Spirit and the written word. We are without excuse if we go into rebellion against God's word. Where in the New Testament does it tell us we can be saved by repenting of sin and believing in Jesus then we can turn around, go back into the sin Jesus died to save us from and continue in that sin without repentance and still expect to inherit eternal life because we are under grace and not under the law? They use the words of Paul but Paul says just the opposite. Look at his words:

  • Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 
  • 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 
  • 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 
  • 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 
  • 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 
  • 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 

God's word is so beautiful and brings freedom, never bondage. Here is the real gospel of grace:

  • Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
  • 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
  • 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
  • 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
  • 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

The gospel of grace if taught correctly will give us joy, peace, and many good things from the Lord. With men we suffer persecution but from God is His presence always dwelling within us.

  • Ezekiel 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. 

The proverb referred to here is in verse 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? They will no longer be saying that the days of judgment are prolonged but they are at hand. 

We talk of the coming of Jesus now like it it far into the distant future. I remembered the old Church of God saints used to talk of His coming as being very near. 

We need to start talking like that again because it is closer now than when those old saints lived. 

  • Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. 
  • 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. 
  • 26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

I can almost hear God saying that to us today. For this nation is getting as evil as Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed them. We know they committed sexual immorality and they might have had the sin of abortion but the bible doesn't speak of it. They did have legalized rape of men raping any visitors that came to them. The United States and many nations of the world are walking on dangerous ground. 

I don't go around picketing abortion clinics, I don't go around carrying a gun and threatening someone's life, I don't yell and scream at people who do these things and call them names but I do say with a heart that loves to see people find peace, joy and the love of God, that whatever the bible declares as sin, is still sin. 

If God says something is an abomination, it is still an abomination. If God says he hates divorce, He hates divorce. If God says not to make images to use in our worship then He means that we do not make them. I don't even want them for decoration. 

Jesus didn't die for our sins and pay the price for our salvation for us to ignore all His words and return to the same sins He saved us from, and we be able to say, we are covered by grace. 

It was His grace that called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. It was His mercy that saves us when we were lost, we could not save ourselves. We can't be saved without His grace. His grace and mercy is what sends out His Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and call us to repentance. When we listen to that call and believe in Jesus Christ, we can become "born again" by God's spirit. 

We are born again when the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin and draws us to the knowledge that Jesus came to save us from sin and give us eternal life. 

Why would the Holy Spirit convict of sin if we are knowingly and willingly allowed to return to it at some point after we believe and still expect to be saved. It doesn't make sense. 

If we sin, we must repent. It is that simple. It is His grace that brings us to repentance not allows us to remain in sin without any repentance. 

Just as Israel refused to listen, we are refusing to listen. 

Christian organizations who just feed the hungry and build hospitals are okay and are excepted by the media but let one of them start preaching a message of repentance and that Jesus is the only way to be saved, that is another story. Repenting from sin accompanies true salvation but it is message we hear less and less. They will accept a compromising watered down message about Jesus as being a good guy and one way to salvation but it is getting a little unpopular to tell it like it is. Jesus is the only way to salvation along with repenting from sin.

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