The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 19

The Prince of Israel

     This is a fairly short chapter with some symbolism in it. Overall, it’s a lamentation for Israel. And what it a lamentation? It’s a sad song, usually sung at funerals. The ruin of Israel is being lamented here. There are no happy times in Israel’s future.

     Ezekiel 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

     Father speaking.

     Who are the princes of Israel? The princes of Israel are her religious leaders and her prophets. Specifically, it refers to Zedekiah. He was the last king of Judah and not a very good one either and I’ll qualify that by saying that he was more weak-willed than corrupt and cruel.

     You might remember him because Nebuchadnezzar had all of his sons killed before him, just before they gouged out his eyes. This was one of the final acts of cruelty before Father touched his heart and he became one of the good guys.

     The prophets of his time were Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah.

     Ezekiel 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

     What is thy mother? Basically, this refers to the mother of Jehoiachin, Nehushta, but also refers to the Tribe of Judah as a whole and lioness fits well because there was a lion on the standard (flag) that identified Judah.

     Ezekiel 19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

     One of her whelps. This would refer to Jehoahaz, son of Josiah. His father was a good king, but he wasn’t.

     Ezekiel 19:4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

     The nations also heard of him. That’s the Gentile nations surrounding Israel, they knew about him.

     He was taken in their pit. The analogy being that lions are usually captured in a pit.

     Pharaoh-necho sent troops into Jerusalem to depose him and they took him to Riblah. From there he was taken in chains to Egypt and there died.

     Ezekiel 19:5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

     Her would be the mother of these sons of whom she would make king and this particular one was Jehoiakim. Some believe that this was Jehoiakin, but it was not. Jehoiakim being the father while Jehoiakin was the son.

     We’ve gone over this before and it’s the last letter of these two names that confuses people: JehoiakiM, with an M, the father and JehoiakiN, with an N, the son.

     And made him a young lion. Made him king.

     Ezekiel 19:6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

     And devoured men. He devoured men as a lion would devour men. He was a cruel king.

     Ezekiel 19:7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

     Desolate palaces, means that they cared not for the people. They didn’t look out for the poor or the widows, they focused mainly on the carnal aspects of life and he paid little attention to our Father. The Septuagint has it as: injured or defiled his widows and that means that he sexually knew the widows. He raped them.

     Ref: 2nd Chronicles 36:8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and his abominations which he did, and that which was found in him, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah: and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his stead. KJV

     Verse 8.

     Ezekiel 19:8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

     This was the first siege of Judah and Jerusalem.

     Ezekiel 19:9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

     Again, this is all recorded history and can be found in 2nd Chronicles and it would be a good study if you’re interested in it.

     Ezekiel 19:10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

     The symbology changes from that of a lion to that of a vine but we’re still talking about the same people. This is actually called a simile.

     The vine is the chief of the trees that bear fruit as the lion is the chief of the animal world. Mother would be that of Zedekiah and she did bring forth fruit through her sons and daughters, although through her sons, it wasn’t very good fruit.

     Ezekiel 19:11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.

     These strong rods would be her sons and they would become kings, they were princes of the royal house of David. 

     Ezekiel 19:12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.

     The east wind can be thought of as the Holy Spirit. When you turn away from our Father, He may turn away from you also.

     Ezekiel 19:13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

     The daughters of Zedekiah have yet to be mentioned in this chapter until this verse. He had three of them and they would eventually make their way to Ireland where they would marry kings of the ten scattered Tribes of Israel.

     And this is the same lineage that sits upon thrones across Europe today and this would include the Czar of Russia, whose name was Nicholas ll.

     Ezekiel 19:14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation. KJV

     This is a sad song for Israel, but it was through their own defiance of our Father that brought them to this point of destruction. The king line may have stopped here with Zedekiah, but the true King would soon come, and He would offer salvation to the entire world.

     I sure hope that your life isn’t and doesn’t eventually end up as a sad song. It would truly be sad to have lived the extent of this life and end up in the lake of fire. I wish for you to take a good look at your spiritual life and just ask yourself one question: how much of the Word of God am I taught on a typical Sunday morning?

     And if there is one shred of doubt that enters your mind every time your preacher mouths the word rapture, that shred of doubt is coming from the Holy Spirit and I hope that it gnaws at your conscience until you finally decide to research the truth for yourself and come to the knowledge that it is a fabricated lie, originated by a sickly woman in the year 1830.

     An event of this magnitude should have been written of in the Bible but it’s not and twisting the Scripture verses to make it APPEAR to be written there, is a tragedy of untold magnitude.

     Other than the preachers that continually teach it, there is no greater tool, the lie itself, at Satan’s disposal to rob and deceive the children of God.

     It’s true that you may pass on before the false christ appears in Jerusalem and you will have escaped the opportunity to pray for mountains to fall on you, to hide you from the embarrassment of being taken in by his lies, but how much more could you have pleased Him by understanding His truths during your life?

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