Among other things in this chapter, Father is going to let us know, without any doubt, that the sins of our father’s do not transfer over to the children. The sins of other people do not transfer over to us. We are responsible ONLY for the sins that we commit, not the sins of others.
Ezekiel 18:1 The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying,
Father continues speaking to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
What mean ye. What are you talking about?
In this context, a proverb is a saying or a truism that may or may not be true, but it has been repeated so many times over the years that it is BELIEVED to be true. This same thing applies to traditional beliefs/teachings of established religion.
I would bet that if you asked any person that believes in the rapture theory, if you asked them to find the verse or verses in the bible that supports that theory, they couldn’t do it, even though the verses that are twisted to support this lie, are easily found in 1st Thessalonians.
They just blindly accept it as the truth and that is so sad because it will lead many into believing that the false messiah is the True Messiah and they will worship him without question.
“Well, mom and dad said it was true, that’s what they believe. Grandma says the same thing and my preacher says that it’s true also, so it must be.”
“Did you look it up for yourself, to see if God says that it’s true?”
“Well, no. But everybody else believes that way so it must be true.”
There are people that will join a church because the church teaches the same things that they believe to start with. They go to a church that coincides with their own beliefs.
For example, I wouldn’t join a church that teaches the rapture theory, because I know that it's a lie, but the bottom line is, does what we believe coincide with what our Father or our Lord teaches. There’s the true test.
It doesn’t matter what you believe or what some church teaches, what matters is does Father and our Lord teach it. The whole reason that there are so many different churches of the Protestant faith is that some people believed differently than others and they go off and start their own church based on those beliefs.
If we took the varying beliefs of men out of it all and adhered to the teachings of our Father and our Lord, there would only be ONE church in town, and it would teach directly from this Letter that our Father gave to us.
And it would teach precept upon precept, book after book. But then again, there wouldn’t be much money in doing that, would there? There’s one ‘ole boy down in Louisiana who’s church has a 90 million yearly budget. Man, that takes a lot of tithing to put that kind of money together.
“Well, that’s just too boring, listening to all that Old Testament stuff. I want to hear something exciting.”
Yep, it’s going to bore you... right up to the gates of hell and how exciting is that going to be. I’ll bet your heart rate will really go up when that happens.
Didn’t mean to get off subject here but I think that it’s important to understand that. Do you believe what some church teaches, or do you believe what our Father teaches? The answer to that question may just keep your soul out of the lake of fire.
All right, back to verse 2.
The only saving grace is that sometimes Father will put a cloak of innocency over them, to protect them because He loves them, and they will be taught the truth of it all during the Millennium.
You don’t have to fall into that category of souls. You have an opportunity to understand the truth if you will just pick up this Letter and read it for yourself or find a good teacher somewhere. How much more will Father bless you throughout your lifetime if you believe and understand the truth of it all and not some lie.
Sometimes I think that He must have a frown on His face when He sees the people that believe in this lie, when you could put a smile on His face instead, by simply believing the truth as it is written. Stop listening to the lies of church systems. Your soul is at stake here.
Ezekiel 18:3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
As I live. Father is swearing on Himself again and there can be no higher authority. It means that if you ever believe ANYTHING during your lifetime, BELIEVE what He is about to say. These words are only written 26 times throughout the entire Bible, so He doesn’t use them lightly.
There are so many people that believe that the sins of the father ARE passed down to the children and I think that there is one place in Exodus that is supposed to add credibility to that saying and it is misinterpreted by many, thus the misconception continues even to this day:
Ref: Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; KJV
Of course, they will hate God! Even unto the 50th generation and further, if you want to take it that far. If the parents hate God, the children probably will also because they are not taught any differently. And neither will they be blessed by Him.
But if people will read Jeremiah, Father makes it so very clear, in two of those verses, that the sins of the fathers ARE NOT passed down to the children:
Ref: Jeremiah 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
This is a figure of speech, an analogy because He’s not really talking about GRAPES here.
Ref: Jeremiah 31:30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. KJV
Everyone will die a spiritual death for his or her own sins and their sins only. Of course, this can be avoided through true repentance from the heart.
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Behold, all souls are mine. It may reside within you, but you can’t do anything with it. You can’t make it go away. You can’t make it shut up when it speaks to you, that little voice that we call a conscience, it will always be present.
And it, your soul, knows and remembers everything that has happened since it was created in the beginning. Your soul knows what you did in the first heaven/earth age, it’s just that Father won’t allow it to speak to you about those events.
Your soul is the closest connection you have with the Father. It is the link between flesh and blood and the spiritual.
People that have souls that loved our Father in the age that was will, no doubt, be reflected in how they live and act in this life. They will be people that try to do the right thing, that tries to love our Father and mankind, but the souls that followed Lucifer in that previous age, they will produce a person that is vile and contemptuous, doing murderous and adulterous acts.
So, when you see a person that appears kind and amicable, you can be fairly certain that they have a good soul within them. On the other side of that coin, look at the world today. Children killing children; adults committing horrendous acts that boggle the mind, showing no remorse for what they’ve done.
It’s my belief that these are the souls that followed Lucifer, that stood with him against our Father. The dregs of heaven, as I like to call them, and I also believe that Father waited until these last days to put many of them into an earthly body. They will be a direct contrast to the lying deception of Satan.
He will make most people believe that he can fix all these problems because, after all, he will look just like Jesus Christ, and that’s what Jesus would do, isn’t it? Therefore, many will be taken in by that deception.
It’s a nasty and dangerous world out there today but if you will read and study His Letter that He gave to us, you’ll understand that He will protect us during these times. All souls have to come through this present age, the good and the bad, so use good judgment ALL the time.
Yes, He will protect us, but we have to use common sense and not put ourselves into a position where the bad souls can do us harm. Don’t walk around in the bad part of town, after dark, by yourself. Evil souls can override His protection.
I remember a time when we had just moved to Atlanta from North Carolina. I was driving on a side street by the old stadium, around 1:00 A.M., when I got a flat tire. By the time I got the tire changed while being observed by people walking and driving slowly by, I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. It will die a spiritual death, based on the sins that your earthly body commits, those that remain logged into the Book of Life at the time of your physical death. But Christ gave us a way of repenting of those sins and you should do that from time to time, to keep your record clean.
Ezekiel 18:5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,
This word man means all of His creation. Man, woman, and child. It’s the word ‘ish in the Hebrew and it means humanity in general.
If you try to live a life that is pleasing to Him, obeying not only His laws and commandments but those of mankind as well, you will be a just man or woman or child in His eyes.
And let me get off-point here, again, for just a minute, before I forget these thoughts…NEVER has anyone committed a sin and then had the Father take it out on one of your children by making them sick or giving them some horrible disease. That has NEVER happened, and it WILL NOT ever happen.
And that applies to the sinner as well. Father will never make you sick or give you some kind of disease because of the sins that you commit. IT WON’T HAPPEN. He is a fair and righteous Creator and He doesn’t do things like that just because we did something that made Him angry with us.
Yes, I’ve read the Old Testament and I’ve read of some of the things that He did to people but in most cases, it was on a grand scale, they disobeyed Him after He specifically gave them instructions on what NOT to do, and He judged them for that and it was recorded so that we could read it and learn from it.
He will dispense judgment as earnestly as He will show His love for us. In all cases, He executed judgment on people who, either individually or as a group of individuals, disobeyed Him.
So, when you read of those judgments in the Old Testament, look at the overall picture, consider how many times He warned them, that if they didn’t change their way of living, that He was going to punish them.
But don’t ever say to yourself:
“Well, I sure must have done something really wrong for Him to give my child this disease he has.”
He doesn’t do that. Generally, most diseases can be traced back to either the environment, genetic aberrations, or the way we have lived our lives, such as smoking, drinking, doing drugs or what have you.
You are playing a very dangerous game when you start blaming our Father and saying that it was He that did this to me or my child. Read what is written in Jeremiah about accusing our Father of putting burdens on us:
Ref: Jeremiah 23:33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the Lord? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the Lord.
Ref: Jeremiah 23:34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the Lord, I will even punish that man and his house. KJV
Father doesn’t use our children to put burdens on us for sins that we have committed. And any preacher that tells you differently is just trying to scare you.
Ezekiel 18:6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains,
That means to have participated in idol worship and the eating of those things sacrificed to it, referenced in Deuteronomy:
Ref: Deuteronomy 12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: KJV
Worshipping idols most always happened on top of mountains. Getting closer to the gods, I suspect.
neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,
Hasn’t slept with his neighbor’s wife or had sexual relations with a woman that was on her period.
Ezekiel 18:7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge,
Paid back that which he owed.
hath spoiled none by violence,
Hasn’t resorted to violence for any reason.
hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;
Has tried to give to the poor and the needy. In the spiritual sense, if we have knowledge of our Father’s Word, and we try to give it to other people, this is considered a righteous act and according to Revelation, these acts will weave the garment that we will wear during the eternity.
Ezekiel 18:8 He that hath not given forth upon usury,
He doesn’t charge his brother interest on a loan. This was given by Father Himself, that an Israelite should not charge another Israelite interest on a loan, although it was all right for an Israelite to charge a Gentile interest on a loan.
neither hath taken any increase,
He doesn’t mark up the price of the goods or products that he sells beyond what is reasonable.
that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity,
Tries his best not to sin.
hath executed true judgment between man and man,
A man that is fair in all his dealings with other men.
Ezekiel 18:9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.
A person that will live in this way is almost a perfect man. He will surely live in the eternity.
Now, here we go into a second generation and Father is going to point out that this hypothetical person does just the opposite of what the just and righteous man did in the previous verses, so I’m not going to comment and just let the words speak for themselves.
Ezekiel 18:10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,
Ezekiel 18:11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife,
Ezekiel 18:12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
Ezekiel 18:13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.
His blood shall be upon him. He will pay the price of his own sins.
A man who lives his life in just the opposite of what our Father requires of a just man, then that man will surely die a spiritual death.
Now we’re fixin’ to get into the third generation and this man does not do the things that his worthless father did.
Ezekiel 18:14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,
And doeth not such like. He doesn’t live a life like his father did.
Ezekiel 18:15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,
Ezekiel 18:16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,
Ezekiel 18:17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
He shall not die for the iniquity of his father. He will not lose his soul because of the sins of his father. He didn’t live by the ways or examples of his father but lived according to the statutes and commandments of our Father, so he will have eternal life and his soul will live.
Ezekiel 18:18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.
His soul will die a spiritual death because of his own sins. He won’t be there during the eternity and that’s what this life is all about. We don’t want to spend eternity living next door to a bunch of screw-ups that don’t love our Father as we do.
Ezekiel 18:19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
This son is not going to pay for the sins of his father, he’s going to live spiritually.
Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
Three examples have been given here…do you get it? We die a spiritual death based on our own sins, not the sins of anybody else.
Now, I’m going to give you an example of transferring bad events to the children. It is believed by some that if a mother-to-be is frightened by a wolf during her pregnancy, that the child will be born with a veil over him and when he grows up he will bark at the moon every time it is full.
I’m sorry, but that is absolute hogwash, it’s superstition and it seems silly to those of us that wouldn’t believe something like that to be true, but that is indeed what some people believe and it’s just plain ignorance. Ignorance.
And there are a lot more superstitions that are far worse than this, involving the rights of the father and his children. And I’ll say no more on that at this time.
Now, Father is going to give us an example of what happens to the sinful man should he change his ways and starts doing what is right in our Father’s eyes.
Ezekiel 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
He will have eternal life.
Ezekiel 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
As long as the sinner repents from the heart.
Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
Of course not! The only souls that our Father hates are those of Satan and the 7000 fallen angels, all of which have already been sentenced to die a spiritual death. Satan, at the end of the five-month period after the Millennium; and the 7000 fallen angels, when Satan kills the two witnesses in Jerusalem, shortly after the archangel Michael releases him to this earth.
EVERY other soul that was ever created is loved by Him and has a chance of spending eternity with Him. He may not like what we do, sometimes, but He loves us just the same, and He hopes that all will come to repentance before their earthly body dies.
Unless Father deems that they should participate in the Millennium, to be taught and disciplined, and then be tempted by Satan for the last five months.
Now, what happens to the person that has lived a righteous life and then turns away from Him and begins to live according to the world, accumulating sins on their soul?
Ezekiel 18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned. Regardless of how many righteous acts one may have accumulated, they will be for naught if the sins are too great to be forgiven by grace or mercy. If he hasn’t repented since he drifted away, those sins will count against him and no amount of good works will make them go away.
And there is complete finality when a soul walks into that lake of fire. It will be as though that soul never existed in the first place. Family members and friends will have no memory of him as they go into the eternity. That soul will have perished forever.
How sad that would be for a person to have lived this life, endured all the heartache and hardships of being a human being, only to have their soul disappear as a wisp of smoke in the evening breeze.
Why will they never be remembered? Well, how can there be perfect peace and tranquility in heaven if some family members are sorrowful that ‘ole uncle Ned didn’t make it?
And this also applies to this so-called place of Hell. How could there be happiness in heaven if ‘ole uncle Ned were howling in the pits of hell? I know that that sounds pretty cruel and hard-hearted but that’s the way it is. There is no everlasting, burning hell.
And before you call me a heretic, just think about it for a moment. If the soul will never get old, nor feel pain, what would be the point of placing a soul into the everlasting fires of hell? It doesn’t make sense; therefore it isn’t true.
Every occurrence of the word hell in the Scriptures means grave, sepulcher, or Gehennah. In every occurrence, it demonstrates a condition of the soul, not an actual place. It shows the condition of the soul when it is covered with unrepentant sin.
Its use is always as a figure of speech or a euphemism.
Our Lord took on all of our sins and paid an overwhelming price by being beaten, humiliated, and crucified on a cross, to give us an opportunity to have repentance.
And let me say just one more thing before we go on . . . this once saved, always saved business is a complete lie. I guess that some people feel that once they get saved, that they can pretty much do whatever they want to. Once saved, always saved is an outright lie and it may take many souls to the lake of fire if you’re not careful.
EVERY sin that you have committed that HAS NOT been repented for, MUST be answered for. There will be judgment for them, so once you get saved, you had better repent occasionally or you may build up enough sin to take you into the lake of fire.
There is a church system that believes that there are different levels of sin. That some are worse than others. Not true at all. Father says that if you break even the smallest statute or commandment that you are guilty of breaking ALL of them. It’s an equal distribution of guilt.
Ref: James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. KJV
Ezekiel 18:25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
Father is asking:
“Are you telling ME that I’M unequal in MY dealings with you?”
Better be real careful, my friend. When the pot starts telling the potter that things are unjust, better watch out.
“But that man lived a good life and only screwed up at the end.”
That might be so but the accumulation of his sins, with no repentance for them, cannot be ignored by our Father.
It might be hard to understand but Father is so holy and so pure that the sight of even one sin is repulsive to Him. We might think…
“Hey, it was just a little white lie. What difference can that make?”
It makes a big difference to Him and everyone and everything where He exists. It’s a realm of perfection and goodness. But we’re so used to the world overlooking the small sins that we commit, we fail to understand what it’s like to be or live in His world, His dominion.
In the world that we live in today, even the law is ignored, in some cases, by what’s called precedence. That is, where a jury has given out a sentence that is contrary to the law, and some years down the road, a similar case is brought before another jury, the attorneys can argue that the precedence of the earlier case, that makes the law of no effect, should also be applied in this case as well.
That kind of reasoning dilutes the law and Father doesn’t work that way. To Him, it is what it is. If you’ve broken a statute, you’ve broken a statute. Ask for repentance or be judged for it. And once it's forgiven, don't even mention it to Him again.
Ezekiel 18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
There you have it straight-up from our Father.
And committeth iniquity, and dieth in them. Has committed sins for which he has not repented for at the time of his physical death.
For his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. There’s your sentence. His soul will die a spiritual death. Not for his father’s sins, not for his mother’s sins, not for his neighbor’s sins, but his own sins.
There are no lawyers present on Judgment Day. There is no intercessory prayer applied. You’ll be standing there in a spiritual body and the sins of the past, the sins committed in this age, cannot be changed.
You’re in a different world now, a different realm. What has been done, at this point in time, cannot be undone. So, repentance is so very important in THIS life. Keep your record in the Book of Life as clean as possible, which means that you have to live a life as clean as possible.
There is no chance of repentance on Judgment Day.
Ezekiel 18:27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Now we’re presented with the opposite again. Father doesn’t deal in shadows or half-truths. He lays it out, gives us contrasting examples of what He’s talking about, and that makes it easy for us to learn.
Somebody who has lived according to the world his/her whole life CAN turn things around and start living according to His laws and upon repentance, his sins will be forgiven, and he can also enter the eternal kingdom.
You don’t have to use a lot of fancy, complicated, look-at-how-smart-I-am, kind of words to understand what our Father wants us to learn.
Ezekiel 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
He took a look at how he was living his life, maybe the Holy Spirit came into his life, maybe he started reading the Book and took to heart some of the things written therein, I don’t know. Maybe he talked to someone such as yourself and they placed a seed of truth in his mind and the Holy Spirit started working with that.
As you learn and grow in His Word, it’s important to give that knowledge to others, whenever you can. Don’t make a spectacle of yourself, don’t draw criticism to yourself. Just take a small opportunity when it presents itself and let Father take it from there.
That’s where the blessings come in. It’s not that you learned the truth but that you gave some of that truth to others. It’s called a righteous act and the robe you will wear in the eternity will get a little bit longer.
Ezekiel 18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
Again, this subject of equal/unequal comes up.
Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Every one according to his ways. According to their own sins.
Repent. This is the first time that Father has used this word in this chapter, repent, and its A key to salvation. Not THE key but A key. You cannot be repentant if you don’t know what to be repentant for, and you find out what causes a sin by reading and studying and understanding this Letter that He sent to us.
So that makes KNOWLEDGE another key to salvation.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Repentance cleanses your soul to the point that it looks just like it did when it stood before Him in heaven. Shiny and bright, if you will. But with each sin comes a little bit of darkness over it and when no light at all emits from it, you had better look at how you are living because you need to change something.
Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. KJV
There has not been one soul that has perished as of yet and Father does not want to lose even ONE. Every one of them is precious to Him.
Why were we created? To give Him pleasure and it does not pleasure Him to look forward to the time when He will have to destroy some souls. And it is our actions that will FORCE Him to do that. It’s the sins that we commit that will destroy ourselves.
If you are not living according to His statutes and commandments, you’re not living at all. You are a dead man walking. Turn away from that life and live.
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