The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 12

Signs

     In this chapter, Father is going to have Ezekiel do certain things that will represent the removal of the king of Judah and the moving of the people from their own land into the captivity. We will find that Israel would still not come to grips with what Father is telling them, thinking, or hoping, that this prophesied captivity wouldn’t happen for some time to come, so why get upset and worry about it.

     What about you? What spiritual things are you putting off, thinking that you have many years of life ahead of you to get it all together and be prepared for entering into the Kingdom after the death of your earthly body?

     I lived that way for the better part of my entire life, satisfying myself with the belief that it would be good enough if I simply entered the eternity by the skin of my teeth. Smoke a joint every night, followed by a few cold Coors or a couple fingers of Jameson’s Irish whiskey in a brandy sniffer.

     I don’t drink any more, by personal decision, nor do I smoke a joint either. Two packs of cigarettes every day for 50 years gave me heart disease and bullous emphysema in my lungs so that I CAN’T smoke any longer, even if I wanted to.

     This was before I began to study, in earnest, with a pastor that knew what he was talking about.

     Only then did I change and begin to study with an earnestness that I had never felt before. Hearing and understanding the truth of our Father’s Word will do that to you. Like a lot of people, I struggled to understand the verses that I read for many, many years but once I began to see and hear the wonderful truth hidden therein, it was hard to put the Book down because I had developed a hunger for more truth.

     Quite the reason that I put this website together. I want to spread what I’ve learned to as many other people as I can, in what time is left. It’s vital to your very soul that you have a foundation of truth in your mind before Satan comes as the Antichrist. In fact, it’s so serious that Father shortened the seven-year period of tribulation to five-months, else even the Elect would succumb to his lies.

     Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV

     And…

     Ref: Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV

     And as far as the Elect believing those lies…

     Ref: Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. KJV

     It’s important that you study now because you have to know somewhat about the Scriptures before you can plant seeds, before you can recognize an opportunity to do so when it presents itself.

     Most people are living in captivity, even today, and they don’t realize it. It’s called ignorance of our Father’s Word. And every preacher, priest or whatever, that puts on a suit or a white collar and stands before the people every Sunday morning and DOESN’T teach the Word, precept upon precept, line by line or chapter by chapter, should rot in hell for an eternity for misleading the people that sit before them.

     Preaching the lies of established religion over and over again and for what? A pension? A house to live in should they retire from one church? Accolades from his peers because of the huge following they might have attained?

     Sadly, they won’t rot in hell for an eternity, that’s not a part of Father’s Plan. They will be judged, first, then sentenced, and then walk into the lake of fire, which will then be sealed over and no memory of them will ever exist again.

     Ref: 1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

     Alright, chapter 12….

     Ezekiel 12:1 The word of the Lord also came unto me, saying,

     Father continues instructing Ezekiel….

     Ezekiel 12:2 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.

     They have physical eyes and physical ears but not spiritual. They are still caught up in Satan’s world and the pleasures that come with it.

     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.

     Stuff for removing. These would be items that one would need to take with them before they went into captivity…a staff, a knapsack, some food and extra clothing and so on.

     And he was supposed to gather these items together, in front of the people, and take them from his house to the wall that went around the city. Father wanted the people to SEE what Ezekiel was doing, even though they probably didn’t understand what it was all about at first.

     Ezekiel 12:4 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.

     Father wanted Ezekiel to act as though he was going into captivity very soon. That was the divine message that was supposed to be transferred to the people by Ezekiel’s actions.

     Ezekiel 12:5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

     Make your way through the wall, the only way of escape from the city.

     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.

     Ezekiel was to cover his face so that he could not see the ground of Israel. A sign to Zedekiah that he would have his eyes put out and not see the land to which he would be taken.

     Twilight means a time of day at dusk, but the deeper meaning is to let you know that this refers to the twilight of this earth age, this heaven/earth age.

     Do you think that Israel is picking up on all this? If nothing else they should see the confusion all around them and that’s what Babylon means, confusion.

     A lot of confusion in the world today. I read a news item this morning, concerning the Millennials, that group of young people between the ages of 18 to 25, or thereabouts, that some were asked the question…is the earth round?

     Fully 1/3 of them did not believe that the earth was round. The astounding thing is that they were raised in the age of technology, space exploration and such, and STILL 1/3 did not believe that the earth was round.

     How in the world can you make someone like that understand that the false messiah comes first? Especially when the fake christ will look EXACTLY like the true Christ. That is absolutely mind blowing. A lot of souls are going to whore after the Antichrist, thinking that He is the true Savior, come to rapture them out of here.

     Thank God for the period of time known as the Millennium. (A play on words here? Nope.)

     Ezekiel 12:7 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 bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.

     He got through the wall, gathered up all his stuff, and did according as Father commanded, did it in front of all the people.

     Now, you know, humans being who and what we are, there must have been a lot of jeering and taunting directed at Ezekiel. But when you ignore humans and do the will of our Father, you’re going to be blessed in the end. So, let them laugh and jeer and make fun and all that.

     If you see an opportunity to plant a seed, do you sometimes feel intimidated by the person that you’re talking to or those around you? Don’t let that stop you. If you had the prompting in your mind to plant the seed with this person to start with, carry through with it. If there’s good-natured ribbing from others, just let it slide, but if any one is serious when they poke at you, then let it lay, choose another time, or, in the future, make sure that person isn’t around the next time you feel the need to plant.

     The Holy Spirit expects us to make good judgments and if the time turns sour, walk away gracefully. Don’t let them see that you’ve been intimidated. Father understands and will still bless you for your efforts. Above all, protect your credibility.

     It’s not really good to bring religion or politics into the workplace. If you can, try to do it in a neutral place, outside the office or whatever. Just use good common sense.

     Ezekiel 12:8 And in the morning came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,

     Father speaking to Ezekiel the next day.

     Ezekiel 12:9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?

     Is Ezekiel crazy, they might ask? What the heck are you doing, bro?

     Ezekiel 12:10 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.

     This is not showing what will happen to the religious system, at this time, but to the political. The prince representing that factor. Who is this prince? It’s king Zedekiah. And, of course, this prophesy concerns king Zedekiah.

     You can go to 2nd Kings 25:1-7 and read of what is happening in Jerusalem at this time.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon. KJV

     Verse 11.

     Ezekiel 12:11 Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.

     Father instructs Ezekiel to tell them all that what they have just seen him do, so shall it be done to them as well. Not years from now but eminent.

     Ezekiel 12:12 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.

     King Zedekiah will also go with them. He shall cover his face, that is, the king will cover his face and that is a humiliating thing for a king to do. Why would he do that? So that he wouldn’t be recognized.

     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.

     As we read in 2nd Kings above, in verse 7, they will put out the eyes of this king and blind him. They will gouge out his eyes. Not only that but they will kill all of his sons in front of him BEFORE they gouge his eyes out.

     His daughters will be spared due to the help of Jeremiah.

     Ezekiel 12:14 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.

     It’s not Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, that is capturing him, it is God Himself doing it, evidenced by the words: My net will I spread upon him.

     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.

     Right there is the reason for Father doing all of this: And they shall know that I am the Lord.

     He is in control, always has and always will. You know what? Father doesn’t do this sort of thing directly to the people these days, but what if you woke up one morning and on the news it was reported that all of the people of Atlanta, Georgia had been taken captive by God and held in bondage for the next 70 years. Wouldn’t you want to know the reason for Him doing that?

     And if it turns out that the reason for it was because they didn’t listen to Him, didn’t live by His commandments, thumbed their noses at Him constantly, do you think that that would turn a lot of people back to paying attention to what’s written in this great Book?

     I don’t think it would. Many people wouldn’t even be curious about why He did it. Some might say:

     “Hey, if it doesn’t affect me in my little world, why should I care about it? I mean, the world is flat anyway, isn’t it?”

     Father is going to take those ten Tribes and scatter them around the world.

     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.

     The few that are left behind are called the remnant. His Election.

     Ezekiel 12:17 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

     Father continues to speak to Ezekiel.

     Ezekiel 12:18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;

     A representation of how tough it’s going to be during the captivity.

     Father tried to ease some of the stress of that time by telling them to build houses, settle in, have children, worship Him:

     Ref: Jeremiah 29:28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. KJV

     Still, they would live in the land of others, not the land that they loved, the land of their forefathers.

     Spiritually, the bread and water would represent the Bread of Life and the Living Waters of truth.

     Ezekiel 12:19 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.

     This land. The land in which they are being held captive, Chaldea. It then goes to those still living in Jerusalem.

     This word astonishment comes from a root that means to stun:

     Astonishment_OT:8078 shimmamown (shim-maw-mone'); from OT:8074; stupefaction:

     Root Word_OT:8074 shamem (shaw-mame'); a primitive root; to stun (or intransitively, grow numb), i.e. devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense):

     That they will be stunned at the violence of the invasion and the devastation that will soon happen to them and the land. Those being held captive had already experienced the worst of their fears, that of, being taken away, but those remaining in the city still had much to face, many fears yet to experience.

     Ezekiel 12:20 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.

     The other cities of Judea, not Jerusalem. The land will not be cultivated, and the cattle will be taken away and all will become desolate.

     And ye shall know that I am the Lord. You won’t have to ask if God is dead, as many do today. God is very much alive today but the influence of Satan on those that deny the existence of a higher force seems to override Christianity.

     Why is it that Christians seem to put themselves into a minority? If we were to stand up and be as bold as some of the heathen or nonbelievers are, passing laws forbidding prayer in our schools, forbidding the displaying of the Ten Commandments in our court buildings, putting statues of Satan in front of government buildings, making a place for children to sit on while parents take their picture in front of these statues, things would be a lot different today.

     I guess it’s for the same reason that they sit in church every Sunday and listen to the lies of church systems and don’t stand up and speak against it. Why do they sit there like a bunch of dumb masses and listen to that nonsense, that spiritual junk?

     Laziness. Too lazy to get off their fat butts and cause a commotion for our Father. Christ caused a commotion when He was here, He died on the cross for them, suffered tremendously for them, and still they sit there and listen to the lies of Satan.

     Too darn lazy to even think about their own souls.

     “But I didn’t know that the rapture theory was a lie.”

     Yes, you did. There’s too much information out there, available to anyone, that proves that it’s a lie. You just didn’t care enough to change the way you lived, it was more comfortable to sit on that pew every Sunday.

     Ezekiel 12:21 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Father continues…

     Ezekiel 12:22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

     What is a proverb? If enough people say something, it will soon become a proverbial saying.

     The days are prolonged. It’s never going to happen. The prophesy had been given so many years ago that people scoffed at the idea that it would ever come to pass. It had been repeated so many times, over such a long period of time, that it became a proverb.

     Even today, the promise of the coming Messiah happened so long ago that many don’t believe that it will ever happen. Read what it says in the book of 2nd Peter…

     Ref: 2nd Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. KJV

     Technology advances so quickly today that it’s hard to keep up with it but the promise of His coming still remains in darkness.

     Father has a timetable that is sure and true and regardless of whether people believe in these prophesies, they will still come to pass as they have been written, so humanity can scoff at unfulfilled promises of our Father, and some will be shocked when they finally do happen.

     Father doesn’t care if you believe in them or not. He HOPES that you will but if you don’t, it won’t change a single thing in His world. How important we see ourselves sometimes.

     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.

     Father is going to make these so-called proverbs stop. The fulfillment of whatever the prophets have spoken will happen.

     It’s easy to discount the Word of our Father and tell ourselves that nothing is going to happen, especially in our lifetime, so we might as well live however it makes us happy because there will be no judgment to harm us. That's a dangerous way to live.

     Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

     No more shall they say….

     Ref: Lamentations 2:14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment. KJV

     Flattering divination is somebody saying something to make you feel good.

     Ezekiel 12:25 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.

     As you live today, these things will happen, they will come to pass. Why? Because He is the Lord and His Word is sure and true.

     Let me ask you something…have you ever read Psalms 22? Everybody is totally familiar with Psalms 23 because it has been read at the graveside for hundreds of years, but have you ever read Psalms 22?

     Within that Psalm are the words spoken by Christ on the cross. The actions of the Roman soldiers at the foot of the cross are also written there, and when was that Psalm written by David?

     They happened a 1000 years before the fact. A 1000 years before His crucifixion. Took some time to happen but it proves that His Word is sure and true.

     Ezekiel 12:26 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

     Father continues…

     Ezekiel 12:27 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.

     This is what the people say. This captivity is far off so don’t worry about it.

     In actuality, the third siege of the city of Jerusalem is about to take place and that’s when the captivity will begin but a lot of preachers, back then, are still telling the people that it’s never going to happen. And even if it does, it’s so far into the future that we’ll probably all be dead when it happens.

     Ezekiel 12:28 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. KJV

     And so it will.

     Don’t miss chapter 13. It’s a good one!

 

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