The Book of Ezekiel
Rebellion & Cause
Chapter 20 continues.....
Ref: Amos 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
These weren’t songs that were pleasant to His ears. They were a part of the abomination.
Back in the 1980s Hip Hop became popular with lyrics that promoted raping women, gang violence, killing cops and mutilating women with foreign objects. I’ll bet Father really enjoys hearing those songs come out of the mouths of His children.
What a contrast to the music that my parents listened to. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennet. Songs about love and happiness. Upbeat songs that lifted the heart.
Or the music that I listened to...southern rock, the Allman Brothers; rhythm and blues from New Orleans; Bob Dylan, Sweet Alabama with Lynyrd Skynyrd and on it goes. Have you ever noticed that most commercials today use a modified version of many of the songs from the 80s and the 90s? Have you noticed that they don't use Hip-Hop? Reckon why that is?
Vile and vulgar lyrics do not sell products well.
Kids today, under the age of 20, have no concept of that kind of music. If it doesn’t have a bass beat that rattles the windows of cars a quarter mile in each direction at a traffic light, they don’t want to hear it.
They turn those earbuds way up, they turn the stereo way up, and listen to this hate speech of violence and murder and torture and killing. I’m beginning to wonder if, along with the bad souls from the beginning of creation, if this isn’t adding to the violence we see today.
I saw just today an advertisement for a new video game whose central theme is killing people in a school. Just absolutely sick.
Ref: Amos 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. KJV
Father’s judgments will cleanse all.
Ezekiel 20:19 I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;
He didn’t say…if you get around to it. He didn’t say…if it suits your fancy. He said DO THEM.
Ezekiel 20:20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.
Take that day and think about Him. Read the Bible. Make it a family day where everybody thinks about and talks about the good things that Father has done for them, have a good meal, play with the grandkids but most of all, thank Him for all that He does in your life.
Ezekiel 20:21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
How did they pollute His Sabbath day? They worshipped idols and had sexual orgies. How do we do that today? The rapture and fly-away doctrines. I think Father would rather we got drunk than lose our soul to some tradition of some church system.
And look at what they do on the High Sabbath, Passover. They give it the name of Easter and roll eggs on the front lawn of the church or they go to a HIGH PLACE, face the East, and have their Crucifixion/Resurrection services facing the sun, with their backs towards the altar.
There is no doubt in my mind that some of these preachers know EXACTLY that what they teach is an abomination to our Father. How can they not? A hundred and fifty years ago, communication between people increased greatly because Bell invented the telephone.
And before that, it was mainly word of mouth and newspapers that transferred information. And people going to one church may not be aware of what was being taught in some church 20 miles away and maybe the rapture theory was all they were taught, so you could say that they didn’t know any better.
And since our Lord did not return in those days, believing in the rapture theory wasn’t something that was going to put their soul at risk of going to the lake of fire and the Millennium will be the place for them to learn when He does come back, so they will have a solid chance of making it into the eternity.
But with communication the way it is today, there is no need for anyone to be ignorant of Father’s Word, especially some preacher. And when you throw notoriety and money into the mix, some preachers will teach almost anything.
Preachers pollute His Sabbath days more than anything else.
Ezekiel 20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.
He held back, He bit His lip, He clenched His fists and didn’t let His anger spill from His mouth. So, they lived to see another day. And He’s always looking toward the heathen nations, not wanting to drive them away because they see Him as a vengeful God.
You never hear of a piece of wood that is shaped like a male sex organ or a gold pig threatening to punish a worshipper if they didn’t do what the idol told them to do.
But if the heathens watch what happens for any length of time, they will see that Father is not quick to punish or destroy and some of them, after seeing the light, may wonder why He DIDN’T or DOESN’T punish them or destroy them. He had good reason to do it.
It’s not a slippery slope when you fall away from our Father’s laws and Commandments, it’s not something that cannot be overcome. Christ gave us the Way to overcome and get back on the right track and it’s done through repentance. It’s done through love and understanding.
It’s a really good feeling to get right with the Father after being alienated for many years. It’s a load off of one’s back and the reason that you feel that way is because your soul is rejoicing right along with you.
Your soul DOES NOT want to walk into the Lake of Fire, it remembers the joy and peacefulness of Paradise but when the flesh and blood wants to re-experience the pleasures of drugs, sex, alcohol and anything else that makes it happy, it’s difficult to try and stop it.
Ezekiel 20:23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
When His hand goes UP, it has to eventually COME DOWN and that’s when the discipline begins.
Ezekiel 20:24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.
Ezekiel 20:25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;
There is something very interesting in this verse and it involves the verb gave. Let’s look at that verb in the Manuscripts:
✡ Gave_ OT:5414 nathan (naw-than'); a primi†tive root; to give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.):
Doesn’t seem to be anything unusual here but this here from the Companion Bible:
“Active verbs in Hebrew were used to express not only the doing of the thing, but the permission of the thing which the agent is said to do. The verb Nathan, to give, is therefore often rendered to suffer in this sense.”
In this instance, it means that Father ALLOWED men to GIVE them false instructions. This same verb is used in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11..
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: KJV
Father is saying in this verse that HE will send a strong delusion, that they will believe a lie. If people want to believe the lies of established religion, He will go ahead and allow them to do so. In other words, Father will not allow them to see or understand the truth, but they WILL understand during the Millennium.
He will not suffer them to believe. This may not mean all that much to you but it was unusual, so I thought that I would include it here since it’s not used all that much throughout the Bible.
Sometimes Father will get disgusted with people that no matter who tries to explain the truth to them, they still cling to the lie no matter how hard someone will try to change their minds. And once He determines that, that person will never understand the truth UNTIL the Millennium.
Father is not casting them aside, He’s just putting off their learning until a later time.
So, in verse 25, Father is allowing false preachers to teach lies to people, statutes and judgments that didn’t come from Him. Traditional teachings of some church system.
Ezekiel 20:26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.
And I polluted them in their own gifts. He made them unclean. The word gifts doesn’t mean a present but a sacrificial offering of a bad kind. He’ll tell you what that bad offering is in this same verse.
They caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb. Openeth the womb means a person that is birthed through the womb of a mother, through that bag of water, and basically, that means every human being on earth, because if you aren’t here through this method, then you will not be here.
Which means what, exactly? It means that science will NEVER create a human being in a test tube or grow one from a fertilized female egg WITHOUT having that human come through the opening of the mother’s womb.
Pass through the fire refers to a pagan practice by the Ammonites, to where an infant was burned to death by placing it on the outstretched arms of this pagan idol with a fire burning underneath. A horrific act no matter what the intentions.
Ref: Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord. KJV
Ref: Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, KJV
Father said that it never crossed His mind that someone should do that sort of thing.
Ref: Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. KJV
A deplorable thing to do and I think that the Lake of Fire is too lenient for them, to be spiritually killed in a moment of time. They should be made to suffer.
Ezekiel 20:27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.
This speaks to the coming apostasy when the whole world will whore after Satan/Antichrist, thinking that he is the true messiah.
Yet in this. There would be more trespasses to come, this would not be the end of it.
Ezekiel 20:28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
Plenty of trees with which to make their images of the male appendage. The offerings of sweet savour should have been pleasant to our Father but offering that to idols made of wood and stone, it became an abomination to Him.
Father never really wanted them to kill and sacrifice animals to Him. He said at one point that the smell of the burnt meat was similar to standing downwind to a fire, where the smoke was blown right into a person’s face. It was repugnant to Him.
What He wanted was love offered to Him, that they were willing to kill or destroy the best of their crop or herds to please Him because that’s what He asked them to do. It was following His statutes and ordinances and Commandments, because of their love for Him, that mattered to Him.
Heck, He would have blessed them a thousand times over for just one simple act of love. But they chose instead to offer their best to a chunk of rock or wood or something made of gold. Gold being precious in THEIR eyes, not the Father’s.
How simple it is to please Him. He has created some of the most beautiful things in the world, for us to enjoy, and all He asks in return is our love. Many of you probably went to church today, you probably tithed and sang songs.
But if the church, as a group, believes in the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrine, you simply wasted your time and money.
Ezekiel 20:29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
What is this Bamah? It’s simply a name applied to a high place where idolatry is practiced. What did Father say about these places on high mountains? He has mentioned His statutes and judgments many times in this chapter and here we have them from His mouth:
Ref: Deuteronomy 12:12 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the Lord God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
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:
Ref: Deuteronomy 12:3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. KJV
The names of many of these places and idols are in the language of the countries where they originated…the Egyptians, the Philistines, the Assyrians and so on.
Ezekiel 20:30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
This questioning by our Father is directed to the elders as before.
Ezekiel 20:31 For when ye offer your gifts,
When you offer your sacrifices to your idols. The Septuagint and the Aramaic versions have this as offering their firstfruits, as might be understood by the next part of this verse…
when ye make your sons to pass through the fire,
Put their infant sons and daughters on the outstretched arms of some brass idol with the face of a calf. Seeing that image in my mind makes the hair on my arms stand up. I don’t know the evil depth of that act but my soul and spirit does.
I’ll tell you what…there are some things in His world that we just don’t need to learn about. The activities of the fallen spirits in the netherworld should be kept to the Father because He’s the only one that has the power to control them.
And what did they do to the outstretched arms and hands of our Father, that offered His truth to them? They covered them up with kerchiefs and cloths to hide His truth.
ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day:
Even unto this day you continue the idol worship of the past. I really think that we only scratch the surface when we think of idols as houses, cars, jobs, money, and fame. Even little fat idols.
The idols of Israel, many were used in sexual practices and we know about Molech and such.
and shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel?
You continue to slap Me in the face with your sins and then you want to ask Me questions about My laws and statutes?
As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be inquired of by you. You are NOT going to sit there and ask Me questions.
When you offer your gifts today, who do you give them to? Well, the church. Here’s some news for you: if that church doesn’t teach the Word precept upon precept, line upon like, He’s not going to bless you for doing that.
Why? Because you’re giving to a religious whorehouse. A Beth-aven. One that teaches the words of men. Do you really think that Father will bless you and the church when they teach the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrine?
Boy, are you fooling yourself if you do believe that. You’re wasting your time and money. The church won’t waste your money, oh, they’ll put it in the bank and spend it just fine but your money, that could have brought you blessings, if given to a true house of God, won’t get you anything from the Father no matter how much love you put behind it.
You’re not smart enough to deserve it. You can’t even pick out a good, God-fearing preacher, for heavens sake. You’re giving it to some charlatan, some shyster, some con artist and the reward for doing so, is a free trip to the Lake of Fire.
“Tell them what they’ve won, Johnny!”
“I sure will! Betty and Frank, you’ve just won an all-expense paid trip to the Lake of Fire.
“Plus, as an extra bonus, we guarantee that you will perish and not exist for one millisecond more, after the Eternity begins!”
Gonna be a really fun trip, my friend.
Ezekiel 20:32 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.
After walking through the Red Sea, on dry land. After watching the waters close in around the Egyptian army and kill them so that they could not pursue them and kill THEM; after being fed and pampered in the wilderness, led about by a cloud, protected by our Father, they CHOOSE to worship and serve a piece of wood or stone.
It cannot speak or walk or right itself if it happens to fall over and has to be carried from place to place. It never created anything nor blessed anyone nor took anyone to Paradise.
You have to admit…that’s about the epitome of stupidity. The lies and influences of Satan can be very, very strong.
Ezekiel 20:33 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:
With this verse begins the second division of the prophesy and it extends to verse 44 and the chapter should properly end with verse 44 but it doesn’t.
These are some pretty strong words from Him and that stretched-out arm will hold a scepter of iron because He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
This is also written in Deuteronomy…
Ref: Deuteronomy 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? KJV
We’re talking about tens of thousands of people rebelling here, telling Him, to His face, that they are going to worship the idols of the pagan nations, no matter what.
Ezekiel 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
And will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered. This pretty much establishes that He’s talking about us today. He’s going to bring them back to Israel and that’s what they’ve been doing since 1948.
You know what, I do a lot of research with the past writings of some pretty good Bible scholars, for history and peoples and such, as far back as the late 1800s, and none of them had a clue as to what would happen to Israel in that year.
You and I are so fortunate to have seen that prophesy come to pass. And it also reinforces our belief that we are in the end generation and as far as an in-your-face fulfillment of prophecy, there can be none better, other than Satan, as Antichrist, standing in Jerusalem, where he ought not.
Ezekiel 20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
This word plead may sound as though He is softening His stance slightly, but I assure you, He is not:
✡ Plead_ OT:8199 shaphat (shaw-fat'); a primitive root; to judge, i.e. pronounce sentence (for or against); by implication, to vindicate or punish; by extension, to govern; passively, to litigate (literally or figuratively):
Face to face. For those that wonder if there is a God or not, boy, are they going to find out. A person can live a life as far away from Him as they chose to live and He will probably leave them alone but that one day is coming and it’s written of right here.
Ezekiel 20:36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God.
Judgment comes to all.
Ezekiel 20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:
To pass under the rod means to be counted because that’s how the shepherd’s counted their flocks at the end of the day, to make sure that all are present.
They would put the flock in one pen and then move them, one at a time, through a small, narrow walkway that leads into the other open pen, while the shepherd counted each sheep, using his rod to touch each one, as they passed before him.
When this method is applied to His children, it means that it will be face to face.
Ezekiel 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
This means that there will be no rebels or sinners in the Eternity. This is speaking specifically to the Ten Tribes but it applies to each of us and after Judgment Day is over, Heaven will be full of souls that love our Father and what a great time that will be.
No lies, no phony preachers, just the pure, white truth.
Ezekiel 20:39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.
With your sacrifices and your idols. We talked about this earlier, that sacrifices today can be your tithe and if you are giving your tithe to a church that teaches the rapture theory and fly-away doctrine, you’re just wasting your money.
And even if done with love, He will not accept it. He expects you to be smart enough to study and read His Letter to us, to determine a false preacher from one that teaches the truth. And if you go to a church that DOES NOT teach His word, then you’re not all that smart, because you haven’t read His Book.
Ezekiel 20:40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God,
That would be Mount Zion.
there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
Oblation doesn’t mean your daily sacrifice, it means your offering. Of course, what He really wants from us is our love. Not some animal, not our money but our love.
Ezekiel 20:41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
Before the nonbelievers. They will see your love demonstrated to Him.
This word sweet may be a bit misleading because it means rest:
✡ Sweet_ OT:5207 nichowach (nee-kho'-akh); or niychoach (nee-kho'-akh); from OT:5117; properly, restful, i.e. pleasant; abstractly, delight:
And the word savour means:
✡ Savour_OT:7381 reyach (ray'-akh); from OT:7306; odor (as if blown):KJV - savour, scent, smell.
And it’s from a root word OT:7306:
✡ Root Word_ OT:7306 ruwach (roo'-akh); a primitive root; properly, to blow, i.e. breathe; only (literally) to smell or (by implication, perceive (figuratively, to anticipate, enjoy):
A spirit or the Holy Spirit. A restful presence of the Holy Spirit. The highest day of any Christian is Passover and no, it’s not a holiday just for the Jewish people, and it’s not Easter for the Christians. The words of men have successfully corrupted that beyond reason.
Ezekiel 20:42 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
And that happened in 1948 when Israel established her international borders once again since 70 A.D.
The house of Judah has returned to Jerusalem, the house of Israel has not. Only Judah and a part of Benjamin have returned.
Ezekiel 20:43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
They will remember and feel sorrow for the sins that they have committed but it will only be through Satan/Antichrist and the realization that they have been deceived BIG TIME. Were they to be left on their own, they would have, no doubt, continued alienating themselves from our Father.
Ezekiel 20:44 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.
When they finally realize that they have forsaken our Lord for Satan, the Devil, the tears will flow like rain. Some will go through the Millennium while others will simply wait on the left side of the gulf in Paradise awaiting final judgment and the walk into the Lake of Fire.
Shame and sadness over the face of the earth.
Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Ezekiel 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;
You have to geographically situate yourself or you won’t understand this. Ezekiel is in Babylon and to look south means to look directly towards Jerusalem and Judah. He says to look south and warn them. What kind of warning?
Ezekiel 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
Luke 12:49 will have reference to this:
Ref: Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I if it be already kindled? KJV
That fire has reference to the Holy Spirit. And the people will be so embarrassed at being deceived by Satan that they will pray for mountains to fall on them.
Ezekiel 20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.
Father’s truth is what caused it and His Spirit will always be with us.
Ezekiel 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord God! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables? KJV
In the next chapter, Father will explain to us what this parable is so don’t miss it.
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