The Land and The City
The Book of Ezekiel
This chapter begins as a continuation from verse 45 of the previous chapter. This is not an abnormal situation, the subject of one chapter continuing into the following chapter because in the original Manuscripts there were no book, chapter, or verse divisions, they had to be determined as the translations were performed.
What an awesome responsibility these translators had in making those determinations. Of course, there was no way that it could be accomplished without the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I read an article many years ago where the author stated that the Bible was nothing more than the words of some men and really meant very little, indicating that it was not the inspired Word of God, but if you study to any length, it will become obvious that this Scripture is extremely complex and no one other than the Father Himself could have written and produced such a complex document.
The cross-references between the Old and New Testaments, the same prophesy alluded to in dozens of places, makes this book so complex that mankind could not have put it all together to where it NEVER contradicts itself.
And it takes effort, real effort, to read and study, to make sense of it all and when a person puts forth that effort, it sure makes our Father happy and makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd. I feel that sometimes He looks at us as He once did ‘ole Job, saying…
“Look at My child down there, cracking the book every day, trying to understand and absorb what he/she reads.”
Simply going to church one day a week is minimal effort at best. Hardly makes Father take note of you, if that’s all you are willing to put forth.
NOTE: Before I go any further I have to say something about verses 44 through 49 from chapter 20. They should have been the first six verses of chapter 21 but they are not, and if you are studying from the Interlinear Bible, the Hebrew/English Bible, this is going to get pretty confusing, so I just want to caution you that there is a discrepancy between the King James and the Original Manuscripts and it falls on the translators of the King James, not the original MSS.
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Father continues speaking to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 21:2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,
This word drop means to give out gently and slowly…
✡ Drop_OT:5197 nataph (naw-taf'); a primitive root; to ooze, i.e. distil gradually; by implication, to fall in drops; figuratively, to speak by inspiration:
Don’t overload them all at once, do it slowly and gently. We should take note of that today. You may know a lot more about the Scriptures than someone else but when they ask you a question about the Bible, give them a simple, gentle answer, don’t overwhelm them with YOUR knowledge just to show them how important you are. Chances are pretty good that you’re not all that important to start with.
You can also find this same word in the Song of Moses, that song that all the overcomers will be singing when our Lord returns…the entire chapter 32 of Deuteronomy.
Ref: Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: KJV
Most scholars believe that the holy places include the courts, the holy place and the holiest.
Ezekiel 21:3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
Understand, primarily, that Father is talking about the land and not the people, although, secondarily, the people are a part of it. It’s talking about the soil of Israel. In the Hebrew, it’s written as ‘admath Israel.
What is this sword spoken of here? We’ve always been taught that the sword of the Lord is His tongue, giving us the truth of the Word, based on Revelation 1:16…
Ref: Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. KJV
But the subject of the parable, spoken of in verse 49 of the last chapter, is that this sword will be the Chaldeans and Nebuchadnezzar and he will be a type of what will happen to everyone who is present when this comes to pass in the future but still in this generation.
Nebuchadnezzar will be a servant of our Father, in this particular case. He is the king of Babylon and in this end generation, that king of Babylon will be Satan/Antichrist. The sword of Satan/Antichrist will be deception and lies, the groundwork being laid by the churches themselves when they teach the rapture theory, the any-moment and fly-away doctrines.
There will be no rapture of the saints. There will be no one flown out of here. As Paul wrote in his letters to the Thessalonians, those that are still alive and here when the Antichrist appears in Jerusalem, will remain here and go through that tribulation.
But if you have the seal of God in your brain, your mind, Father says that He will protect you and not one hair on your head will be moved out of place.
Ezekiel 21:4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:
That means worldwide. Anyone that doesn’t have the truth embedded in their mind, the seal of God, they will be in trouble because they will probably believe in the lie that the one looking just like our Lord, over there in Jerusalem, is truly the real Messiah when, in fact, he is not. He is deception. He is a false messiah.
And they will be cut off, they will not be a part of the first resurrection. Hopefully, they will participate in the Millennium, if they have truly been deceived or if Father has placed the cloak of innocency over them to protect them.
Something just popped into my mind and I want to pass it along before I forget about it. For many years churches have sent missionaries into places on this earth where it’s pretty sure that they haven’t been exposed to the Word of our Lord.
So, they send missionaries down there, into the jungles of Africa and other places, to spread the gospel to all that will accept it but what if the truth is still lost because of language barriers and such, what happens to the souls of these people. Many of whom don’t even know that an outside world exists?
They will participate in the Millennium. They had little to no chance of learning the truth and during the Millennium they will. Father loves all His children, even those that live so far from the actual world that we seem to forget that they even exist to begin with.
Ezekiel 21:5 That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
The sword of deception of Satan/Antichrist. It’s not too often that we read of Satan’s sword but here it is and you need to have on the gospel armor to protect yourself against it. Against what? The fiery darts of Satan..
Ref: Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Ref: Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ref: Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Ref: Ephesians 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ref: Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Ref: Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: KJV
But there’s no need to become upset or worried because Father gave us power over all our enemies through our Lord Jesus Christ..
Ref: Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. KJV
Ezekiel 21:6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
This breaking of thy loins is a Hebrew idiom which means extreme pain as can be caused by pleurisy, an inflammation of the lining around the lungs or the breaking of the girdle of the loins when a woman is in the throes of giving birth.
We can read of this again in Jeremiah…
Ref: Jeremiah 30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? KJV
Faces are turned into paleness because of the blood rushing to the affected area, thus causing the face to become pale from lack of blood.
Ezekiel 21:7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord God.
The sword of Satan, the opposite of the sword of our Lord, are the lies that he spews out while standing in Jerusalem claiming to be the Son of God. And the foundation of those lies is being taught regularly in many churches around this nation even today.
Many people will be disappointed when the rapture doesn’t happen, but a smile will come to their faces when they see the apparent savior standing in Jerusalem, looking just like the true Messiah. They will be hooked and no amount of talking will destroy their belief in him. That’s called the apostasy.
What happens when they understand that they have been taken in by him?
And every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water:
As we learned in the previous chapter, the embarrassment will make their faces burn with fire. And they’ll pray for mountains to fall on them to hide them from the eyes of the true Lord.
Ezekiel 21:8 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Ezekiel 21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
It has been taken from its sheath, it’s as sharp as a razor and it glistens in the sunlight. It’s His sword but the Chaldeans are His instrument, as is the king of Babylon and taking it to the futurist sense, that king of Babylon in these times is Satan/Antichrist.
Father is in control of everything, even Satan/Antichrist in these end times.
“Well, is God allowing Satan to deceive His children and take them into the Lake of Fire?”
Yes, He is. But He gave you this Book and within it, He has told us all things. All you have to do is read it with understanding. On the other hand, if you’re too lazy to do that then just keep going to that church every Sunday morning and listen to the lies of Satan and suffer the consequences.
Father loves you but He’s not going to hand feed you either. Sometimes you have to prove your love for Him, to Him, and you do that by exerting a little effort on your part by studying His Letter to you. If you’re too lazy to do that, well, believe the lies and have a nice trip.
Ezekiel 21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
Should we then make mirth? Do you think it’s time to have a party? The rod of my son is made of wood and it’s no match for this glistening sword of Satan.
Why doesn’t Father take up for His people? Because it’s time for a correction. Not just for their learning but for ours as well.
Ezekiel 21:11 And he hath give it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
This word slayer should jump out at you because it’s one of Satan’s names. He’s a slayer, a destroyer. And this also lets you know that we’re not talking about the king of Babylon, in fact, but Satan/Antichrist.
Ezekiel 21:12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.
Smite therefore upon thy thigh. This is a Hebraism that means grief or sorrow. Father is saying that you can feel sorry for Judah but it won’t make a bit of difference, it’s going to happen anyway.
Ref: Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth. KJV
Ezekiel 21:13 Because it is a trial, there is a trial being made.
And what if the sword contemn even the rod? He already said that it would back in verse 10.
it shall be no more, saith the Lord God. It will be no more because Judah will become a Roman province.
Ezekiel 21:14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers.
Their personal hidden places.
Ezekiel 21:15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.
The lies of the end times wrapped up nice and neat. They started many years ago and through generation, after generation, they have become embedded in everyone’s mind until they are accepted without question.
A friend of mine once told me some time ago that he never questioned it, the rapture theory. It was something that he took as gospel because his whole family believed it as though it was as natural as rain on a summer afternoon. Some people have the mark of the beast, even today, and don't even realize it.
Ezekiel 21:16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
The choice is yours.
Ezekiel 21:17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the Lord have said it.
The Lord Himself does what He commanded Ezekiel to do when He told him to sigh and slap his thigh.
Ezekiel 21:18 The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying,
Ezekiel 21:19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city.
Where is the head of the way to the city? The Mount of Olives. Father wants Ezekiel to choose a way that the king of Babylon will go to reach Jerusalem. And to remind you, the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar is a TYPE of Satan/Antichrist.
And Father has this written in such a way that anyone down through the centuries could understand what it will be like when Satan stands in Jerusalem claiming to be the Son of God.
Ezekiel 21:20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.
Find a place where two roads junction and you appoint one of them. To choose it, in the last verse, means to put up a sign that points towards Jerusalem. As if one were to read a road map, Nebuchadnezzar is given a route to follow, a hand pointing out the way.
Ezekiel 21:21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.
Divination is a way of determining something through “religious” means. Nebuchadnezzar was using outside help to help him make the decision as to which road to follow. He certainly did not consult with our Father and that’s all a part of Father’s plan.
One would write the name Jerusalem on one arrow and Rabbath on another and then put them in a bag and shake them up and pull one out. It was all based on chance. He looked in the liver was another way of accomplishing the same thing. The animal was killed for the sacrifice and his liver would be “read”. It was usually based on whether the liver was healthy or unhealthy.
Ezekiel 21:22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort.
Divination, false religion, a way to get over the wall. In reality, it will be the God-given ability of Satan/Antichrist to perform miracles that will open the gates of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 21:23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.
Remember when Zedekiah broke the covenant with Nebuchadnezzar and went with Egypt? This is what will be called to remembrance.
Ezekiel 21:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand.
Their unfaithfulness to Nebuchadnezzar is a type of their unfaithfulness to our Father.
Ezekiel 21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,
Profane wicked prince of Israel. Talking about Zedekiah here. He did come to an end but only after his eyes were gouged out and he was killed.
Ezekiel 21:26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.
Remove the diadem, and take off the crown. This is to say that man cannot rule. Remember when Israel cried out that they wanted a king just like the heathen nations around them? Father said that He would be their king but they didn’t want that, they wanted a human being just like every other nation.
Exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. This is a rule of our Father that will never change. Those that think highly of themselves will ALWAYS be brought down and those that are humble will be raised up, exalted, in heaven.
Ezekiel 21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.
What’s Father talking about? The crown. The diadem.
It was taken by Jeremiah’s three daughters to Ireland. This is history, so you can look it up for yourself if you want to. And it was overturned and was taken to Scotland where it remained for quite some time and then it was overturned again and taken to Great Britain.
We’re talking about Jacob’s pillar, the rock with the crack in it, the rock that Moses struck twice. There is a lot of history connected with this rock.
We can go deeper still…the end of the first heaven/earth age after Satan’s rebellion. And at the end of this present heaven/earth age, after the Millennium, it will be overturned again, and then we go into the eternity.
Ezekiel 21:28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering:
It will flash like lightning. The sword of the king of Babylon, Satan, will surely come.
Who were the Ammonites? The word itself means the inbred ones. Amon was Lot’s son by his youngest daughter. Their religion was Molech-practice and we covered that earlier in this chapter. Sacrificing their sons and daughters to the fire built beneath the outstretched arms of this pig-faced idol.
Biblical illiteracy doesn’t even begin to cover these actions. Treacherous, treacherous people and we have worse still even today. Remember a few years ago, there was a man down in Miami who killed this person and then began to eat the flesh of this one, right along side the interstate?
Sometimes the realization of what mankind can do to each other puts a dread in the pit of my stomach that is hard to make go away. How we can do what we do to each other has to be satanic driven. And only the power of our Father can protect us and if this isn’t reason enough to love Him and try to please Him, if for no other reason than for His protection, then I don’t know what is.
I don’t know, it sure makes an impression on me.
Join our church and believe what we believe or else you’ll burn in hell like a piece of meat. This coming from the good guys, so-called religious people.
Ezekiel 21:29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end.
Are you looking forward to an end? Or do you just truck along, day after day, never knowing anything more than you did yesterday? Never lifting your eyes long enough to see what comes tomorrow.
Ezekiel 21:30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity.
Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? Talking about the lies of Satan. Who is He talking to here? He’s talking to a city, remember chapter 16? Jerusalem.
She had an unclean birth by the Jebusites but still, Father took her to Him and made her His most favorite place on earth.
Ezekiel 21:31 And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy.
The brutish men, the fallen angels that come with Satan for five months. Spiritual, sexual brutes.
Ezekiel 21:32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I the Lord have spoken it. KJV
This chapter was to explain the parable spoken of by our Father at the end of chapter 20. The forest of trees that was to be consumed by fire represented Judah. The green tree and the dry tree represented the good and the wicked.
And so it will be at the end of this age but you have nothing to worry about if you understand and have the seal of God in your forehead. To understand that the sword in this chapter represented Satan/Antichrist and we have nothing to fear from him. He has no power over us but woe to those that do not see the truth because they will be taken in by his lies and his miracles.
The wicked of this age will receive their just punishment; those that do not understand or have been deceived by the lies of established religion will, no doubt, go through the Millennium and since all souls will know and understand the truth of the Scriptures during that thousand years, it will be discipline that will be taught.
The righteous will go to the right side of Paradise and await the day of final judgment while His Election will be priests and judges during the thousand years.
In a nut shell, that’s pretty much what our Father wanted us to learn from this chapter. He is angry with those that do not try to follow His statutes and Commandments. He is NOT angry with those that understand or TRY to understand.
He will use the sword of Satan/Antichrist to deliver the deception. That sword will be the flood of lies coming from Satan’s mouth as he portrays himself as the true Messiah.
He is a righteous Creator with lots of love for His children but the wicked will not escape His final judgment. And that’s as it should be. We often wonder why the wicked seemingly get away with so much during this life, but they really do not.
Father keeps good records and these souls will be weeded out and the eternity will be filled with souls that love Him. What an awesome time we have before us. Don’t blow it by living recklessly during this life. Hunker down and show Him that you love Him by living a life that is pleasing to Him.
And you will have nothing to worry about on Judgment Day.
PS: Remember that if you study with the Interlinear Bible there will be several verses that seem to be out of position in this 21st chapter so don’t let that mess you up. Just read down until the verses begin to align with the King James verses once again. When we get to chapter 22, that correction will be done away with.
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__25 June 2018__