The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 14

Prophets & Prophetesses

     In this chapter our Father is again addressing the house of Israel and not the house of Judah. The worshiping of idols continues to be a major sin against our Father.

     How are we doing today? What idols do we worship today? We’ve covered this before and it really boils down to self. What pleases ourselves, what makes us happy. Humanism. Thinking that humanity can save us and the world as well. We are so caught up with “self” that we have little time for trusting in our Father.

     Does anybody really think that the Creator of the world and the universe is going to let US wreck or destroy anything that He has made?

     Regardless of how important we see ourselves, He is still in control. Centuries have passed since our Lord walked this earth and we have been lulled into thinking that since there has been no interaction by our Lord or our Father, no daily miracles of healing the sick, no parables before thousands gathered together, that every day forward will be the same as the day before.

     And punishment for worshipping our idols seems too far distant for us to be worried about it today.

     "Hey, nothing ever changes. Day after day, year after year, nothing changes. I'll get around to getting right with God next week."

     This chapter deals with Israel and their continual worship of idols and this is a theme throughout the Old Testament. How it must hurt Him to see us pay homage to something made with OUR hands and not His. An object that cannot walk, speak or even move on its own.

     Take a good look at the sky some clear night and see and appreciate the majesty that He created for us. Imagine what the eternity will be like when we may have an opportunity to understand and explore those heavens.

     Father laments, in the book of 2nd Esdras of the Apocrypha, that He destroyed kings and nations for His people, He led them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea, gave them a pillar of fire to follow in the desert, and then He asks…

     ”Where are the benefits that I have done for you?”

     Of all the good things that He did for Israel they still turned their backs on Him and involved themselves with the pleasures of the world. Most people ignore Him today until they get their butts into trouble and then it’s…

     ”Oh Lord, please help me out of this jam.”

     What appreciation does He receive? And He hasn’t heard from them in many years before this. What have you done for Him lately? Have you thanked Him or told Him that you love Him?

     Let’s understand where we are, here in this 14th chapter. The house of Israel and the house of Judah are separated right now, and Israel has gone into captivity about 100 years before this chapter was written, the captivity beginning in 598 B.C, and ending in 538 B.C, approximately, this chapter being written around 483 B.C.

     And in 1st Kings, chapter 12, we found that the northern Kingdom built two golden calves to worship, rather than go down to Jerusalem for the feast days. Idol worship instead of worshipping our Father and in this chapter of Ezekiel we have our Father addressing and threatening Israel for doing this abomination.

     Judah is about to go into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar.

     Alright, chapter 14….

     Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

     They came down from the north, from Samaria.

     Ezekiel 14:2 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Before these elders could even say one word, our Father begins to speak through this prophet Ezekiel.

     Ezekiel 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?

     Father always referred to Ezekiel as Son of man.

     Here these ‘ole boys sit, with their idols in front of them, the false religions of today, and Father wonders to Himself as to whether He should even listen to what they have to ask of Him. I mean, their idols are sitting right there before them and they want to talk to our Father?

     Had these men adhered to the laws of our Father there would not have been any stumbling block to go around. False teachings will always be a stumbling block to those that want the truth. False preachers will always lead His people down the path to Satan.

     What do they teach in your church? Or are they and you too busy doing church things to even read His Word? Doing church activities will not get you into Paradise. If that church or that preacher isn’t teaching you, in a manner of continuity, book after book, so that you have some understanding of what our Father wants you to learn, you’re just playing church and wasting your time.

     “But I have compassion on my fellow man.”

     What? You can’t multitask? You can’t do two things at once? You can’t help mankind and study the Bible in the same day? Is your soul not important to you? 

     Ezekiel 14:4 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 stumblingblock 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;

     Tell these people that even though they sit there before their false idols, I will still speak to them.

     Ezekiel 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

     Bunny rabbits, rolling eggs, fly-away doctrines, rapture doctrines. New boats, cars, houses, toys.

     He wants you to enjoy this life but you seem to forget that the reason that you’re here, the entire purpose of your existence in these earthly bodies, is to decide who you will love …Father or Satan and the things of this world?

     The more Satan can get you to WANT the things of this life, the more he has you in his back pocket and the more you indicate to YOUR Father that you love Satan more than you love Him.

     I know that you probably don’t believe it but time is running short and soon there won’t be enough time left for you to get it together and Satan will have won. You will stand there with the rest of the world and worship the Antichrist and be stupid enough to believe that he is the true messiah.

     That is, if you’re still alive when he comes and I think that you will be.

     Ezekiel 14:6 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.

     “Oh, those two guys over there, just hugging and kissing on each other, isn’t that just so sweet.”

     Father doesn’t think so! He calls it an abomination! You can’t hardly turn on the television today without seeing it. Soap operas, in the middle of the afternoon, sitcoms during the evening, when your children are watching, laugh tracks played in the background to make you think that what’s going on and what’s being said is really funny, are full of that kind of sickness. Does Father still love them? Yes He does but He hates what they do.

     Read the book of Romans some time and see the list of the things that people do that will keep them out of His Kingdom. No, let me do it for you, I don’t think you care enough about your own soul to read it for yourselves…

     Ref: Romans 1:28 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;

     Ref: Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

     Ref: Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

     Ref: Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

     Without natural affection. Do you know what that means? Men with men. Women with women. Oh, to some, it’s great fun to go to a strip club and watch two women getting it on with each other. Even that is fake because all they want is your money, stupid. Satan separating you from your hard-earned cash. Cash that could be spent on your wife or your family.

     Ref: Romans 1:32 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. KJV

     They like to hang out with people that like to do the same things. Birds of a feather and all that. Someone that likes to commit the same sins as you do.

     Ezekiel 14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock 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:

     By myself.  Father doesn’t need Ezekiel to answer, He’ll do it Himself. You don’t just put a stumblingblock before your face, you put it before others around you. You’re an example to them and when they see you doing these sorts of things, you cause them to fall as well and the responsibility of THEIR soul will fall on you.

     How ‘bout them apples, friend?

     He doesn’t like it! How do you save yourself? You get down on your knees and repent and stop doing those sorts of things.

     Ezekiel 14:8 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.

     Has Father set His face against you? Can you dig that? The Creator of the universe and all that’s in it, has taken the time to set His face against little ‘ole YOU! He’s going to make you a special project of His. Had any holes in your bucket lately?

     And will make him a sign and a proverb. He’s going to use YOU as an example of how others should NOT act or live their lives. That’s getting pretty bad, dude. And while He’s putting holes in your bucket, guess who suffers along with you? Your family, that’s who.

     Ezekiel 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

     And if the prophet be deceived. That’s your preacher, accepting the lies of established religion, for whatever reason they might have for doing so.

     I the Lord have deceived that prophet. In the Hebrew it’s better clarified…I the Lord have ALLOWED that prophet…

     They will be destroyed alright because during the Millennium there will not be any false teachers. They will be set aside on the left side of Paradise and await destruction on Judgment Day. You cannot deceive His people and not be punished for it. Their soul is too precious to Him whether that individual thinks so or not.

     Ezekiel 14:10 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;

     Be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him. Those that listen to a false preacher, those that listen to the words that say that you can be wealthier than you are, words spoken by these prosperity preachers. They shall bear the same punishment as the preacher.

     I’m of a mind that some of those that say they believe in the fly-away and rapture doctrines have simply convinced themselves that it’s true, thus they relieve themselves of the responsibility of studying and reading the Scriptures for themselves. I think that they have convinced themselves that the judgment will not really be as severe as printed. Maybe that the punishment will never really happen in the first place. Maybe they'll die before the end really comes and won't have to deal with it all.

     Hoping that the grace and love of the Father will see them through. What a surprise they are in for. Just in one church system alone there are millions of people who are taught and believe in these horrendous doctrines. You cannot convince me that some of them have given this a lot of thought and realize that the rapture is just too simple, to easy a way out of the tribulation.

     In the back of their minds there have to be bells going off every once in a while. Their very soul has to be telling them that these doctrines are false. But still they ignore the truth. They will be here for the entirety of that five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, why not just believe the words of our Father and have His protection over them throughout it all?

     Amazing.

     Ezekiel 14:11 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.

     That’s all Father really wants, for Him to be our God and us to be His people and He’s not just talking to the Jewish people because on the other side of this coin, many don’t believe that Christ was the Messiah in the first place, that’s why the four angels that sit on the four corners of the earth are told to STOP. Do not let the winds blow on Jerusalem UNTIL 144,000 of them have seen the truth, have received the seal of our Father in their brain:

     Ref: Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

     Ref: Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

     Ref: Revelation 7:3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

     Ref: Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. KJV

     Father wants each and every soul to spend eternity with Him. EVERY soul. To love Him and be near Him and to worship Him and enjoy His company. Even those that have very few works will have some sort of robe to wear during that time. They will enjoy some of the fruits just like those with many good works from this life.

     He put us in these bodies, in this age, to make that all-important decision, rather than killing fully one-third that followed Satan in the age that was. He loves us that much. He changed the surface of this entire planet just to suit us and the life that we will live.

     And it’s not just Israel or Judah that thumb their noses at Him. The Gentiles do it equally as much. The Gentiles are US. The pleasures of Satan’s’ world appeal to them because it’s happening NOW, TODAY, not some lifetime down the road after they die, simply based on faith in someone or something that they can’t even see.

     “Well, I can experience pleasure and satisfaction as quickly as an hour away, if I so choose. I don’t have to wait 80-100 years for it to happen, if it happens at all.”

     Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV

     Verse 12.

     Ezekiel 14:12 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying,

     Remember that Ezekiel is still sitting before the elders of Israel…

     Ezekiel 14:13 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:

     Father is not just talking about causing a drought and having the crops fail to the point that there will be nothing for them to eat but the bread and famine refer to His Word not being taught while the lies of church systems are…

     Ref: Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: KJV

     That famine is already here. When you take the number of churches in this country that truly teach from the Word of our Father and not the words of men, and you divide that into the population of this great country, there HAS to be a famine for the truth in this land.

     Millions and millions of people in just ONE church system fully believe in the rapture and fly-away doctrines. If the truth of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians were taught correctly, there would be no famine.

     The saving grace is that there is a small percentage of the people that understand the truth, as you and I do, and they are scattered across this great country. I get a picture in my mind of a family somewhere out in Iowa, sitting in their farm house, family gathered together, Bible open, and studying. I know that this HAS to happen because they are called the remnant and their love for the Father will keep that hope alive.

     Ezekiel 14:14 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.

     Even during the times of Noah, Daniel, and Job, the people would not listen to what they had to say.

     Ezekiel 14:15 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:

     This word beast, in the Hebrew, means alive and strong and noisome means bad or evil. It’s a living thing and that’s the only description given. It doesn’t say if it’s a lion or a bear or whatever.

     Ezekiel 14:16 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.

     And if Noah, Daniel, and Job were the only ones walking through the land, they still could not deliver the truth to anyone but themselves. No one else is listening.

     How do we listen to our Father today? By reading His Word and listening to what’s put in our mind, either while we’re reading or later when we think on and consider what we’ve read. There’s no Ezekiel or Daniel or Jeremiah walking this earth today.

     There is no John the Baptist foretelling of the coming Messiah. That’s already happened. The Messiah has come, been crucified and returned to His Father so with the exception of a few genuine teachers, placed in individual churches or on national media, you had better read the Scriptures for yourself.

     The prophets of old have told us all we need to know. You just have to sit down and read it with understanding. And if you have a good bible-teaching pastor in your church, one that teaches book by book, precept on precept, you are very fortunate and you should do whatever  it takes to keep him as your preacher.

     But there will be some, as there was in the church of Thessalonia, that will try their best to destroy that truth and disrupt those gatherings.

     And from past experience, if you study for any length of time, you may end up knowing more than your local preacher.

     Ezekiel 14:17 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:

     What has Father promised to send on them so far? The sword, the beasts, a famine and a prophet that no one listens to.

     Do you get the point yet? He wants love and obedience from His children. And where there is love there will be obedience.

     Ezekiel 14:18 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.

     He’s going to let deception cover the whole land and it doesn’t matter if Noah, Daniel or Lot walks among them, He’s going to make it desolate. It sounds as though even if they WANTED to change their ways it would not do them any good.

     Why? Because He knows their hearts, He knows that they won’t have a change of heart no matter who is talking or prophesying to them.

     Ezekiel 14:19 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:

     Did that word pour bring anything to mind? How about the vials of Revelation? These judgments are the same as the vials of the end time.

     Ezekiel 14:20 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.

     Here Father tells us by what way they and we can be delivered from these judgments…by their righteousness. He has sworn on Himself three times so far…do you think that He’s serious?

     How much longer do you think that we can live with God being taken out of everything that we do? No prayer in schools, can’t display the Ten Commandments in public or government buildings. Why? Because the majority of the people don’t want that?

     Not by a long shot! It’s only a FEW that don’t want that, sometimes only one individual, and it seems that they must be catered to because the majority don't have the cajoles to stand up against them.

     Everything is being done in the name of racism today. EVERYTHING represents racism of some sort today. Take down the statues of the Confederate and Union soldiers and generals because that Civil War was a war about racism. It doesn’t matter that we want to respect the memory of those that fought and died in that war.

     Illegal immigrants are coming into this country, in violation of our laws, and we bend over backwards not to arrest them, give them free health care, free schooling, free money and sanctuary cities providing an environment free of arrest and prosecution. They are criminals and we allow them to vote, join the military and get drivers licenses.

     I’ll tell you what. Cross over the border into Mexico, without the proper paperwork, and see how much free stuff the Mexican government will give you. They’ll give you a free stay in a prison with no hope of getting out for years to come.

     It’s not Father’s way to reward people for breaking the laws of this great country.

     Ezekiel 14:21 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?

     How much more can He do? He will only try for so long and then He will let us wallow in our own self-made, sinful life and we will be left to our own destruction.

     Now, we can look at these judgments in a future sense…the sword is the tongue of our Lord which is His Word, the famine is for hearing the true Word of our Father, not some man and his words, the noisome beast is the one-world political system of the end time and the pestilence are the vials of Revelation, to be poured out in these end times.

     The only saving grace will be if He sends the stupor of innocence over many, allowing them to be taught during the Millennium….

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV

     Do you realize how much you will lose when that happens? Do you think that He will bless you if He has to put a stupor over you to protect you from your own ignorance? Do you think that He will recognize your good works if you are too lazy to study on your own and find out that your preacher is teaching you the lies of established religion?

     You cannot build good works during the Millennium, that can only be done in these flesh and blood bodies, during this life. Why? Because it’s too easy to build good works when Satan is locked up and cannot tempt you.

     Ezekiel 14:22 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.

     Throughout all His punishments in this life, He still loves us enough to have that remnant, those that know the truth of His Word, to allow them to try to get you to see the truth. They are a part of His Election. Will you listen to them? You’re ignoring the Father, you’re ignoring His prophets, will you listen to one of His remnant?

     Ezekiel 14:23 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. KJV

     When ye see their ways and their doings. They will teach you by how they live their lives, you will learn by observation. Do you have eyes that can see them?

     Without cause. Do you think that there’s not a reason for Him doing what He does? He does it because He loves you. Why can’t you get up off your lazy butt and return that love?

     “Well, how do I do that?”

     By studying and reading His Letter to us. Everything that we need to know is written on those pages. That’s why there aren’t any Daniel’s or Jeremiah’s or Isaiah’s among us today. Father has already had them speak the words, had people write them down, had those words protected against hands that would corrupt the truth within them.

     Centuries later He expects us to read, understand and learn. Not to sit in some pew every Sunday morning for thirty years or more, listening to the words of some man, and expect to be blessed every day.

     It takes effort on your part. It takes faith on your part. It takes YOU to try to save your own soul.

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