The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 15

Symbol & Vine

     This is a comparably short chapter and Father is going to give us an example, a parable, if you will, using a vine, a grape vine. The vine is supposed to bear fruit and if it doesn’t then it’s no better than the fig tree that Christ cursed, that had no fruit on it.

     Ref: Mark 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

     Ref: Mark 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

     Ref: Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. KJV

     Alright, verse 1.

     Ezekiel 15:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Father speaking to Ezekiel…

     Ezekiel 15:2 Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?

     What is the vine tree more than any tree. Is the vine any better than any other tree in the forest? The answer is no, it is not. This vine, here, is a grape vine. Is it better than, say, a red oak? No.

     Or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest. Is it stronger or of better use than a branch off of a large tree? A grape vine is not strong, it’s wiggly. In some cases, you could almost use this vine for a rope.

     When I was a child we used to take a dead piece of grape vine, cut off a small piece, light the end and try to smoke it, like our parents did cigarettes. The center of the vine was hollow and it tasted awful and made us cough something fierce. And it wouldn’t even burn right, it just kind of smoldered.

     Ezekiel 15:3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

     Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? Can you make an ax handle out of it? Nope. Can you make a walking cane out of it? Nope.

     Will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon. Can you take a piece of it and drive it into the wall and hang a jacket or a pot on it? Like a wood peg? Nope. It would just droop and whatever was hanging on it would fall to the floor.

     Ezekiel 15:4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?

     What if you put it into a fire, to use it to cook with or to warm yourself with? Won’t work either. Maybe the ends will burn but the middle of it will just smolder. It can’t hardly be used for much of anything except growing grapes.

     What is the spiritual truth of the vine? The vine always represented Jesus Christ and the juice of the grape, made into wine, always represented His blood.

     Ref: John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. KJV

     Ref: John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. KJV

     Verse 5.

     Ezekiel 15:5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?

     It wasn’t worth anything BEFORE it was burned, it’s of no use AFTER it is burned.

     Ezekiel 15:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

     The forest is full of trees that can be made useful for something. They can also be used as firewood.

     So will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Into the fire. And so it is with everybody else that would rather live in the pleasures of this world and do the very acts that make Him hurt and angry. The people of Israel are His chosen people and I think that He expects more of them than He does the Gentile because through them would come the Messiah.

     Ezekiel 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them.

     And I will set my face against them. In His anger and disappointment, He will turn His face to one side and not look at them or regard them. Worse yet, neither will He bless them even though He truly wants to be their God and for them to be His people.

     What a disappointment we must be to Him today. The lies that are taught in some churches, the morals of this country having gone by the wayside, our leaders acting like little children, the abomination of men, taking the part of women in sexual practices, with other men, the same with women with other women, and on and on it goes.

     Should we be surprised? Of course not. It was prophesied that it would be this way just before His return.

     And another fire shall devour them. Even if they get through the destruction of Jerusalem they will encounter a future calamity that will destroy them.

     Ezekiel 15:8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord God. KJV

     Desolate of any knowledge of Father or our Lord. Spiritually and biblically void. People totally happy in their depraved lives, loving the pleasures of Satan’s world. And how desolate will the land and all the people in it be when the great “desolator” stands in Jerusalem claiming to be the true messiah. I’m talking about Satan in his role as the Antichrist.

     Now, the Hebrew MSS have this verse 8 with just a little more clarity. Here’s how it reads…

     “And I will give them My face, the land to be desolate, because they have slyly betrayed, states the Lord Yahaveh.”

     This word slyly means a little more than to trespass or sin…

     Slyly_ OT:4604 ma`al (mah'-al); from OT:4603; treachery, i.e. sin:

     And the root word is OT:4603

     Root Word_ OT:4603 ma`al (maw-al'); a primitive root; properly, to cover up; used only figuratively, to act covertly, i.e. treacherously:

     To treacherously cover up. How did they do that? Father is taking us right back to the kerchiefs and pillow coverings that they used to cover up His outstretched hands and fingers, to hide the truth that comes out of His mouth and make people believe in the lie of the fly-away doctrine. Remember that we read of that in chapter 13…

     Ref: Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore 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 that ye hunt to make them fly. KJV

     That’s pretty arrogant of a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites to mask His Words for their own, simply to bring a feeling of safety to people so that they think that they won’t have to go through that five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist. That feeling of safety hands their soul over to Satan/Antichrist.

     The truth is that they will still have to go through that tribulation and if they believe on HIM, rather than believing the lies of men, they will be totally protected from all harm.

     BUT, by believing the lie of the fly-away doctrine, a doctrine of Satan himself, they will become a part of the apostasy and believe that Satan, in his disguise, to be the true messiah.

     How messed up is that kind of thinking? They would rather believe a lie than to believe the truth given to us by our Father and our Lord. And it’s all because they don’t study on their own. Some will go through the Millennium, but many will not.

     How about you? If you’re reading this, you have been exposed to the truth. I hope that that was what you were looking for. Now it’s time to act on it.

     What was the point of this chapter? That the vine is nothing more than a vine, in and of itself, and it is no more useful than to fulfill it's original purpose, which is to grow grapes, and to use it for something else is a waste of time.

     Sinning against the Father makes us just as worthless as a dead vine. Habitual sin makes it even more so. Father directed this chapter to Israel but it applies to each and every one of us because we are all habitual sinners just like they were. The shape and form of some of their idols may have changed but the overall enjoyment applies to us even today. And it's just as wrong today as it was back then.

     And while we spend a great deal of our time looking for the pleasures of this world, because we tell ourselves that we deserve them, it always takes us away from our Father and it hurts Him deeply. He gets angry and upset when we fall away from Him but when we come back, through repentance, His heart bursts with love and joy and His blessings will flow like water.

     If we took the time to think about Him occasionally and tell Him that we love Him and then back that up by really trying to sin less, how happy that would make Him. He has emotions just like we do and He longs for us to afford Him an opportunity to bless us but it seems that we think more of this world, most times, than of Him and for that we should be punished.

     Of all the words that I've read in the Bible I think the ones that have impressed me the most are that He simply wants to be our God and for us to be His children. And once we get out of these dreadful earthly bodies and back in a body and time where sin has been abolished forever, maybe we will let Him be our God and enjoy being His children. Without the constant and ever present temptations that come with being human in Satan's world.

     How happy it makes Him when we do resist these temptations because, to some degree, it shows Him that we do love Him. We will never be perfect and thank heavens for our Lord, who gave us the possibility of becoming free of sin if we will only repent, through His blood shed on the cross.

     Even the earth itself longs for the time when all will be right with Him and through Him. Thank you for all that you do for us Father.


__17 May 2018__