Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel  Chapter 24

 

  • Ezekiel 24:1 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 

This is the very day Nebuchadnezzar came against Jerusalem and destroyed it completely. This was a result of Zedekiah's rebellion instead of submitting to the authority of Nebuchadnezzar. This he did as a result of not believing the warning sent by God by His prophets.

  • Ezekiel 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. 
  • 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: 

Here we see another prophetic type of demonstration or pantomime. 

  • Ezekiel 24:4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones. 
  • 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. 
  • 6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it. 
  • 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; 
  • 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. 
  • 9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great. 
  • 10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. 
  • 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. 

This demonstrates the total judgment with no one left. Under the reigns of Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin the siege of Babylon was only partial. Some were left in the country and allowed to remain. Under Zedekiah though things changed because he rebelled and tried to turn to Egypt for help. This made Nebuchadnezzar furious and it caused this total waste of Judah. As the pot was boiled and all consumed by the fire, the whole city was destroyed by Babylon. 

The following verses give the reason for God allowing this judgment. Before the Babylon invastion, God sent prophets to tell them why judgment came upon them. They were not left in the dark. They remained in the dark about things when they refused to listen. 

  • Ezekiel 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. 

They preferred to believe in lies and refused to acknowledge that they had any sin and didn't need any repentance. 

The Jews in the time of Jesus did the same thing. Except for a remnant that believed in Jesus Christ and accepted His offer of salvation by repenting of sin and believing in Jesus as the one God sent to save them, the main body of Jews rejected Him and believed the same kind of lie. That lie is the fact that they were okay and had no need to repent. 

This is the problem with those in today's world. We preach the gospel but so many do not see any need of repentance. They are blind to the fact that they are "in sin" and in need of repentance. This will get worse as evil grows and people will sin and not think it is wrong. 

This is why what was wrong in our grandmother's day is not wrong today in our minds and hearts. Our conscience is slowly beginning to sear. 

When we read the book of Revelation we see that the world is progressing backward to idolatry and slavery in which the gospel has freed us from. It took years since the coming of Jesus but slavery in the free world was wiped out. Idolatry except for churches which use images was literally gone. Now we see it coming back. Slavery will follow. Actually we have a form of slavery in human trafficking which is getting bad. As of now the government of the US doesn't sanction it but if we don't change our ways, it may come to that. When people begin to reject Jesus Christ either by refusing to believe that He is the Son of God that came to take away sins or they will claim to believe in Him but deny Him by their lifestyle caused by rejecting His words, the evil of idolatry, slavery, sexually immorality, gradually allowing murder and theft will return as being acceptable.

We see this occurring today already. Murder is legal in the form of abortion. They are starting to kill even those that are still alive after they are born by abortion. Now they use the cells and body parts of aborted babies. This is only the beginning of legalized murder. Euthanasia will follow. Then we will have murder of those who disagree with whoever is in charge of the government. We will have murder of those who still believe in Jesus Christ and the doctrine of the bible being the word of God. They already call us fundamentalists. This has become a word that aligns a true Christian believer with those religions that are intolerant and evil.  Believers in the literal interpretation of the bible are already considered dangerous and extreme.

There may be false so-called Christian cults that are evil and misuse the bible for their purposes but the true Christian believes in the bible also but interpret the scriptures the right way but the world will not see it that way. 

Instead of being motivated by love and preaching the gospel to save the lost so that they will not go into a burning hell, we will be seen as hate-mongers and bigots who hate those that disagree with what they consider normal lifestyles. The devil will make sure to raise up a enough fakes and charlatans among us so the world will be deceived into believing we all are like that, hating instead of representing the true Christ in love and compassion. 

  • Ezekiel 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. 

It would seem as if God gave up on them at this point and refused to purge them from filthiness but allowed them to remain in that state. This is similar to Romans chapter 1 where God gives up on those that practiced idolatry which led them into immoral lifestyles refusing to repent and turn back to the true and living God who can deliver all from any type of sin. 

Idolatry and false religion will lead to sexual immorality. Following that will come slavery, theft and murder. 

  • Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
  • 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 
  • 23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 
  • 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: 
  • 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 
  • 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 
  • 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. 
  • 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
  • 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
  • 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
  • 31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
  • 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

So we can see from scripture that evil in a nation starts out by simply denying who created them.

  • Ezekiel 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. 

As God judged Israel for these things, He will also judge us in this day. Sometimes God doesn't have to actually do anything. The natural result of our actions eventually will destroy us without the intervention of God. Without His protecting hand, outside forces can destroy us either with military attacks, disease or natural disasters. America will not escape this judgment also if we do not repent. I say this in anguish and with compassion. We are not going to get by with government sanctioned abortion, sexual immorality, perversion, filth, pornography, euthanasia, and if we continue in this way eventually we will have slavery, murder, theft and other things which we will be judged for. Unless God stops us before we get that bad, we will have the murder of people who stay true to God's word and believe in Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. I don't believe true believers in Jesus will neglect to keep His word. To not keep His word is to deny Him just like those that deny Him as the Christ. 

  • Ezekiel 24:15 Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 
  • 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. 
  • 17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. 

Ezekiel's wife died as a sign from the Lord. He was not to mourn and weep for his wife showing what was to come upon Judah. 

This judgment was to be so severe that people have no time to mourn or weep for their dead. They will only be concerned with their own misery and despair. 

  • Ezekiel 24:18 So I spoke unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded. 
  • 19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so? 
  • 20 Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 
  • 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. 

The desire of their eyes was to be destroyed and that was the temple. They regarded the temple highly but in works they denied what the temple of the Lord stood for and that was true worship of God. They had allowed idolatry and the sin that accompanies idolatry to profane and pollute the temple so it was destroyed. 

  • Ezekiel 24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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, 
  • 26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears? 
  • 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. 

Here is why all this came about:

The first step to this happening to Judah and to any nation that once knew God but has turned from Him. After that are steps to becoming so evil that God has to bring judgment. 

  1. First they refuse to change or repent when a prophet, preacher or teacher brings a word of warning from the Lord. 
  2. Turning to false religion, counterfeit Christianity in today's world, idolatry or religions that teach no repentance from sin. 
  3. Doing evil and not seeing it as evil. 
  4. Calling evil good and good evil.
  5. Sexual immorality. This shortens life and brings disease, it brings confusion of the mind which is why we have so many that do not know what gender they are. Without God within us there is total confusion.
  6. Making fun of the word of God and those that believe in it. 
  7. Persecuting and even killing those that try to bring us to repentance. 

Israel in the Old Testament is a pattern to what I see now in Europe and the United States. What happens to them will happen to us. They once knew God like we once knew not only God but had the gospel of Jesus Christ the presence of the Holy Spirit and the written word we call the bible. 

We are without excuse just like they were without excuse. God send them prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and many others but they refused to see their sin. 

God sent Noah before the first flood to preach the way of righteousness but only 8 people were saved. 

God is sending many now to call us back to repentance but it is falling on deaf ears. We are more concerned with the economy and our possessions than we are righteousness. 

God has a better way if we would only walk with Him. DJC

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