The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 11

Sins and Punishments

     The place and time of Ezekiel’s vision continues in this chapter but will end by the time we get to the end of it.

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

     Ezekiel is still at the east gate of the Temple and, looking eastward, what would he see? The Mount of Olives, that mount on which our Lord will place His feet when He returns. And what happens when His feet do touch that sacred ground? Do you remember?

     It will split, and half will move towards the north and half will move towards the south, opening up a path over the Kedron valley and into the east gate. Zechariah will give us that account..

     Ref: Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. KJV

     These five and twenty men are not the priests from chapter 8 but are princes of the people. And among these twenty-five, Ezekiel recognized two of them: Jaazaniah and Pelatiah. These are a part of the political structure of Jerusalem and not the religious.

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

     Who is the he in this verse? Our Father.

     This word devise means to fabricate, and mischief means nothingness. It means that they make up lies. Why would they do that? To make themselves look important. I mean, these are the princes of the people, for heaven’s sake. And when you’ve got a bunch of religious priests that do the same thing, you really got a mess.

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

     It is not near. What isn’t near? The siege of Jerusalem by the king of Babylon. These supposedly wise men are telling the residents of Jerusalem to just relax, build yourselves a house, everything is gonna be alright.

     The caldron and flesh is a euphemism that means that we’re all in a steel pot and we’re protected from anything and anybody. Have they not been listening to Ezekiel? Nope. But Father has a prophesy to give to them and here it is in this chapter as well.

     The king of Babylon is coming today as well and what do preachers tell the people? Don’t worry, you’re going to be raptured out of here before it all happens. No need to get upset. We’re just going to fly right on out of here.

     It’s a lie because you are going to be here when the events of Revelation do happen and to get through it unscathed you must have the seal of our Father in your forehead. And what is that? It’s the foreknowledge that the false messiah comes before the true messiah.

     But what do people get instead? Prosperity gospels.

     “Listen to me and I’ll tell you how great and successful you can be in this life. Buy my book, buy my DVD.”

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

     Speak the words of My mouth, Ezekiel.

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

     This word mind doesn’t mean your brain, it means your very soul…

     Mind_ OT:7307 ruwach (roo'-akh); from OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):

     Ruwach. The very essence of your being, what’s contained in your heart. That’s why you cannot ever lie to our Father. He sees into the depths of your very soul. You may TELL Him one thing but if you’re THINKING something different, He knows about it. How else could He sit in judgment on that great day?

     It’s not a contest between your lawyer and His lawyer. It’s truth verses lies. You’re going to own it whether you want to or not. And own it you will. Where will you end up?

     And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me. This is how the Holy Spirit will speak through you when you’re delivered up before the synagogues of Satan during the 5-month tribulation. Your mind will be flooded with HIS WORDS, not yours. You can override that, of course, because you have free will. He will not force you to speak HIS words.

     Only His Elect will be called upon to do this. Those that believe in the lies of established religion will not be called. They’ll sit on the sidelines and watch.

     When you repent of your sins He already knows what you’re going to say.

     “Well, then, why should I do it if He already knows what my sins are?”

     To prove and show to Him that you are a believer, that you love Him, that you want to do as He has instructed us to do. Repenting should be a humbling experience. And if it all becomes repetitious, the same sins over and over again, maybe you should take a look at how you live. Make some changes, maybe.

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

     They slew many of the prophets that Father sent to them and many within the city because they lied about the seriousness of the assault coming their way and on a spiritual sense, their souls have been slain with the lies coming out of their mouths.

     You cannot depend on the Millennium to save you from the lies that you believe because if there is even a smidgen of understanding in your brain, of the truth, you will take full responsibility of your actions. Laziness is going to send a lot of souls to the Lake of Fire. And Satan loves it because you’re doing his work for him.

     He wants your soul and you’re going to hand it to him on a silver platter.

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

     They’re not as protected as they think they are.

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

     The sword of punishment.

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

     These strangers are the Babylonians because those that don’t die during the siege will go into captivity.

     Ezekiel 11:10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

     Right there is the whole point…. and ye shall know that I am the Lord. It doesn’t matter what man says. 99.9% of what is said in most churches on any given Sunday morning are the words of man, with a verse or two thrown in to keep the subject of the sermon on line.

     If your preacher isn’t teaching Father’s Word, precept upon precept, line upon line, you are simply wasting your time, because, in the end, you will end up being deceived by the Antichrist.

     Ref: Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

     Ref: Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

     Ref: Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. KJV

     Stammering lips means that the words of men are being taught. Established religion.

     If all you are receiving in your church is milk, it’s a shame that you continue to go there. After a while you’re very soul will cry out for some meat, some spiritual substance, and you won’t get that until you study chapter by chapter and verse by verse.

     How else can you receive truth? You cannot.

     Ezekiel 11:11 This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:

     This caldron will not protect you. Only Father can.

     Ezekiel 11:12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

     But have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. What about you? When Friday afternoon comes, and everybody is leaving work, do you go out and party with everybody else? Do you do it because you don’t want everybody to talk about you? Call you a party-pooper?

     What happens after a couple of beers or drinks? You get to feeling good and before you know it, you’re doing or thinking about doing things that you would never do when totally sober. It’s trouble time, friend.

     I know. Been there, done that.

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

     Pelatiah was the son of Benaiah, who was the chief priest of the tribe of Levi. He was set by David over his body guards, one of the “mighty men”, and you can read of them in 2nd Samuel. These mighty men were some really bad dudes, probably equating with the Navy seals of today. Special forces, if you will.

     Father will never make a full end of His remnant. They were justified in the first heaven/earth age and they are among us even today, fulfilling His wishes during these end times.

     Ezekiel 11:14 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Father continues to speak to Ezekiel.

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

     Father is telling Ezekiel to look among those that live in Jerusalem and seek out only those that are still true to our Father. Their blood relatives that still love the Lord, those hated by those still left in Jerusalem after the carrying away.

     There  is a principal that runs throughout the Bible, that those that are hated of men are usually chosen by our Father and those that are loved by men are not, they are furthest from our Father.

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

     The eventual scattering of the ten Tribes. Among them would be His remnant, regardless of where in the world they ended up. Taking His truth and carrying it forward to the people. And although they may feel as though they are one among millions, He will comfort them.

     How precious it is when Father says that He will make a sanctuary for you to reside in, to hide in from a world full of heathens and unbelievers. You are special to Him because you understand the truth, you have His seal of truth in your mind.

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

     They are not lost, they are not forgotten.

     Even today the good and bad fig are returning to the land of their forefathers and it’s been happening for many, many years. Father said that there is a time coming when He will plant them and not pluck them up, He will scatter them no longer, and He will be their God and they will be His people.

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

     What are detestable things and abominations today? Church systems that do not teach His Word in such a way that it becomes understandable by everyone.

     A sermon in a church today is no more than a short, special study of one subject of the Bible and you can listen to a thousand of them and not receive the understanding and cohesion that you would get if the Bible were taught precept upon precept, mainly, one verse after another, one chapter after another, one book after another.

     There is no continuity in special studies. They may compliment certain parts or certain ideas within Scripture but a full understanding can never be accomplished.

     And the underlying cancer is the traditional teaching of the rapture theory, the any-moment doctrine and the fly-away doctrine.

     A noted preacher said one time that if he were to teach the Bible verse by verse that people would become bored and go somewhere else next Sunday morning and I think that that may be a true statement for many.

     People want to fulfill an obligation and that’s going to church on Sunday morning and when it’s over, it’s over. That’s all for another week. Leave me alone and let me get back to the rigors of my life. We went to church, we satisfied a requirement, God’s happy and so am I.

     Well, you’re wrong. God’s not happy but Satan sure is. This is his system of religion, it keeps you ignorant and that’s exactly how he wants it. Thank God for those that want to pursue more than a sermon, those what want a full understanding, because when Satan/Antichrist finally comes, they will have a foundation to fall back on and those are the ones that will make it into the eternity.

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

     Give WHO one heart? His remnant, His Election.

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

     Do you do that today? Do you try your best to keep His statutes and ordinances? Do you even know what they are? Basically, it’s trying to do the best, the right thing, day after day after day.

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

     This will happen on Judgment Day. And if you have even a sliver of truth between your ears, the Millennium will not be for you. You will have made a conscious decision to live and seek the pleasures of the world, Satan’s world, because it’s a lot more fun than sitting by yourself and reading this Book.

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

     What’s happening here? We see, again, those highly polished bronze vehicles. Father is going to depart from this area but I want you to remember where they have been since chapter one at the river Chebar:

     First, they were in the Holy of Holies in the Temple. Then they moved to the outer court and then they moved to the east gate. Where are they going now?

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

     What mountain is that? It’s the Mount of Olives. That mount that will split into two sections when the feet of our Lord touch it once more when He returns.

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

     In the vision, Father took him back to the people of the captivity and there the vision ended.

     Ezekiel 11:25 Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the Lord had shewed me. KJV

     To the outward world, Ezekiel had not moved one inch from them but Father had taken him to places and shown him things that only he knew about.

     And Ezekiel told everybody exactly what he had seen and heard during that vision.

     What was the sin that the Israelites committed over and over again? Worshiping something other than the Father. Worshiping the pagan gods of the heathen nations around them. And the same happens to us today. Most of our sins are repetitious, hopefully not habitual. Rarely do we commit something like murder or armed robbery or rape.

     So, it should not be that difficult to conquer some of the sins that we commit every day. It just takes thought and effort.

     Ignoring Him is also a great sin today. Too busy to talk to Him. Or, better said, too ashamed to talk to Him because of unrepentant sin on our souls. It's never too late to ask for repentance, I don't care how many years have passed since you last did it.

     And once you've done it, all will be forgiven instantly. He doesn't hold a grudge against us. And once done, keep your soul free of sin by asking for forgiveness daily. You'll be surprised at how good that will make you feel during your day.

     Look at the universe some clear night. Look at the earth around you on some sunny day. Look at the intricacies of the human body. Father created everything that we see around us from nothing and we’re going to worship something other than Him?

     Because it feels good to a flesh and blood body?

 

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