Ezekiel (Ch 13-14)

We have established that this prophecy that Ezekiel delivered was not to be fulfilled during his time, but that there were many years to come; its timing was a great distance into the future (Ezekiel 12:27), into our time and the message is primarily and principally for the United States of America, and secondarily its European allies.

Ezekiel 13

1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts: ‘Hear ye the word of the Lord! Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel…. Who called themselves so, and were accounted such by others; though they were not true, but the Targum calls them false prophets.

that prophesy; that is, smooth things to the people; promising a speedy return from the captivity; or that Jerusalem should not be taken by the Chaldeans, and the inhabitants of it, and of the land, be carried captive.

Thus saith the Lord God: Woe unto the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! — false prophecies came into their own spirits and was agreeable to their fancies and carnal imaginations, pretending to the spirit of prophecy.

The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” saith the Lord. Jeremiah 23:28

Any dream is the chaff – it is of no value; it is as wood, hay, and stubble. Only God’s Word is the wheat – in parallel with gold, silver, and precious stones.

O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. These false prophets, as the Targum says; they are comparable to foxes, for their craftiness and cunning, and lying in wait to deceive, as these seduced the Lord’s people.

Ye have not gone up into the gaps [or breaches], neither made up the hedge [or a “fence”, a fortification] for the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord. Ye have not gone up into the gaps [or breaches as the Targum says]. The allusion is to breaches made in the walls of a city when besieged; at which time those within gather together in great numbers to meet the enemy, and prevent his entrance by the breaches. These words are either spoken to the princes of Israel, the civil magistrates; or to the prophets, who seeing the sins of the people, like a mighty torrent, opening a breach for the wrath and judgments of God to pour in upon them, should have called them, and importunately pressed them to repentance and reformation, and to have put up their prayers, and made intercession to God for them; neither of which they did, and therefore are here blamed.

They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, “The Lord saith,” but the Lord hath not sent them; and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. They have seen vanity, and lying divination…. The visions the false prophets pretended to see were nothing but the fruit of their own fancies and imaginations, and had nothing real in them; and what they divined or foretold should be were all lies, and never came to pass, and never would.

Have ye not seen a vain vision and have ye not spoken a lying divination, wherein ye say, “The Lord saith it,” albeit I have not spoken?

“‘Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Because ye have spoken vanity and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God.

And Mine hand shall be upon the prophets who see vanity and who 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. Gill: they shall not be in the assembly of my people shall have no place in the church of God, nor fellowship with the saints; they shall not join with them in religious worship here; but either shall be left by the righteous judgment of God to separate themselves from them, or shall be excluded their communion; and much less shall they stand in the congregation of the righteous hereafter: or, “they shall not be in the secret”, or “council of my people”; shall not be consulted by them on any account, civil or religious; or not be let into the secret counsels of the Lord, as the Lord’s people be, who are his favourites and his friends.

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. Psalm 25:14

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,

11 say unto those who 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. — this is another way of saying building a house upon the sands, loose sands.

The vast majority which would be no less than 99.99 percent of today’s professing Christianity make this fundamental error. This porous foundation differs greatly from the original Nazarenes where they understood what the Oracles as given to the Jews (Romans 3:1-4) would mean. Unless trained in Judaism, they wouldn’t be able to read the Sacred Text, which only had consonants written. This means our modern version of Christianity is primarily built on sands, loose sands. More here.

12 Lo, when the wall has fallen, shall it not be said unto you, “Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?”

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.

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 uncovered, and it shall fall and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. So says the Targum, “and I will destroy the city in which ye have prophesied false prophecies; and I will cause it to fall to the ground, and its foundations shall be discovered.” Much is repeated and expressed in similar words, both for the sake of confirmation and explanation of what is before said.

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,

16 to wit, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her and there is no peace, saith the Lord God.”’

One already passed, more along the way . . .

17 “Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people who prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them

18 and say, ‘Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the women who sew pillows to all armholes and make kerchiefs upon the head of those of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of My people, and will ye save the souls alive who come unto you?

19 And will ye pollute Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls who should not die and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to My people who hear your lies? And will ye pollute me among my people…. Defile the name of the Lord, by abusing it, to cover their wicked designs and practices, pretending they were seat by him, when they were not; that what they said came from him, though he spoke not by them; and that it was his will they declared, when it was their own, and what came out of their own hearts and heads: so the Targum, “will ye pollute my will among my people”; to profane his name among the Gentiles was a great sin, but to pollute it among his own people was greater; attempting to draw them aside from his fear and worship, and that for gain, for small gain too.

20 “‘Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I am against your pillows, 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 whom ye hunt to make them fly.

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.

22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous 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,

A parallel scripture is:

Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints. Hosea 11:12

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.’”

Ezekiel 14

This chapter emphasizes Israel, house of Israel rather than Judah or house of Judah. Earlier we have established that Ezekiel’s messages were actually meant for those living far into the future, in our time, to the modern house of Israel, the chief of whom is Ephraim, the United States of America. So this prophecy continues . . .

1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me. the elders of Israel unto me…. These were the elders of the captivity, the heads of the captives that were now in Babylon with Ezekiel.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face. Should I be inquired of at all by them?

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 stumbling block 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,

that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols.’

“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.

For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, who separateth himself from Me and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block 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. such men, be he an Israelite or a Gentile, come to a prophet to inquire of God, but it seems too late . . .

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. And I will set my face against that man…. And look him out of countenance, notwithstanding all his daring impudence and presumption in coming to a prophet of the Lord, and inquiring of him by him, when guilty of gross idolatry; which mast needs be the case, when the face of God is set against a man. The Targum renders it, “my fury”, or “wrath”; and indeed that is what is meant; when God sets his face against a man, he pours out his wrath, or inflicts punishment on him.

And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived [enticed] that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand upon him and will destroy him from the midst of My people Israel. — Rashi: have enticed: I opened a doorway for him to [do] whatever he wishes. And from here we can learn that if one wishes to defile himself, they open [a door] for him.

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, the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seekest [unto him]; they being both alike culpable, each pursuing the desires of their own evil hearts; the one seeking for smooth things to be spoken to him; the other speaking them, in order to gratify him.

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.’” conversion during captivity, not after.

12 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying,

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.

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. — Though – Noah, Daniel, and Job — The intercession even of the holiest of men shall not avert God’s judgments. 

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,

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. they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; meaning not adult children, but only little ones, infant sons and daughters; such as had not been guilty.

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,

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.

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, and pour out my fury upon it in blood; or, “by blood”; by corrupting the blood, which is done when a man is seized with the pestilence. The Targum renders it, “with slaughter”; by slaying a great number of persons by that disease, as a token of fury and wrath, because of their transgressions. It may be rendered, “because of blood”; and so express the cause and reason of the judgment, the shedding of innocent blood.

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.

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? My four sore judgments — SWORD, war. FAMINE, occasioned by drought. PESTILENCE, epidemic diseases which sweep off a great part of the inhabitants of a land. The NOISOME BEAST, the multiplication of wild beasts in consequence of the general destruction of the inhabitants.

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.

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.” and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God; that there was just reason for it; that he was sufficiently provoked to do it; and that it was necessary it should be done, for his own honour, and the good of others.

~ by Joel Huan on September 11, 2021.

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