In this chapter Father is going to use a metaphor of two sisters, with the same mother. These two theoretical sisters are presented as harlots. Harlots, as in ignoring our Father and living in the traditions of men and religion, selling themselves for the price of glory, many times not even accepting money for the pleasures they offer.
The house of Israel, the Ten Northern Tribes, are called by the fictional name of Ahola, and the two remaining Tribes, of the house of Judah, the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, are called by the fictional name of Aholibah.
Father will use the Assyrians, the Babylonians and the Chaldeans to chastise them, to get them to stop their whoredoms and their practices of idolatry. Father’s language gets pretty graphic at times and it’s not my responsibility, duty, or right, to soften or change those words.
It’s not something a normal person can’t handle and if your sensibilities are offended by those words, then you may have placed yourself higher than you need to be, and you need to get off your high horse and deal with Father’s reality.
“Well, we wouldn’t use those words in OUR church.”
And I agree that maybe you could set the children aside when this chapter is being taught, but then, this chapter will probably never be read or taught in your church anyway, so you have nothing to worry about.
Don’t forget this as we study this chapter….Ahola and Aholibah are groups of people, not just two individuals. One represents the house of Israel and the Tribes were Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon and Zebulun.
The House of Judah were the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
And if you want to get down to the nitty-gritty of it all, these two fictitious women represent the capital of the house of Israel, which is Samaria, and Jerusalem for the house of Judah. Mankind would rather live by the traditions of men rather than the laws and commandments of our Father.
So, for those that wish to hear the truth of our Father’s Word, let’s get into it.
Ezekiel 23:1 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,
Father continues speaking to Ezekiel…
Ezekiel 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:
Who was this mother? It could be said that Sara, the wife of Abraham, was the mother but in my mind, it would be our Father who ultimately would be the mother.
Ezekiel 23:3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.
There was probably never a time in history when people withdrew as far away from our Father as during this time. Israel was influenced greatly by the surrounding nations and during the many years that they were in Egypt, they incorporated the religious practices of the Egyptians into their religion and drifted far away from our Father.
There were their breasts pressed. Pressed means to be handled as during sexual intercourse. Bruised means to be squeezed, as in natural use during sexual intercourse. They were not bruised as in an act of violence.
Ezekiel 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.
Samaria is Aholah. Samaria was the capital of the Northern Kingdom.
Jerusalem Aholibah. Jerusalem was the capital of the Southern Kingdom.
✡ Aholah_ OT:170 'Oholah (o-hol-aw'); in form a feminine of OT:168, but in fact for 'Oholahh (o-hol-aw'); from OT:168; her tent (i.e. idolatrous sanctuary); Oholah, a symbol. name for Samaria:
Aholah means having her own tent for idol worship. Here you can also see that the capital of the Ten Northern Tribes was Samaria, so we know that Father is talking about the house of Israel.
✡ Aholibah_ OT:172 'Oholiybah (o''- hol-ee-baw'); (similarly with OT:170) for 'Oholiybahh (o''- hol-e-baw'); from OT:168; my tent (is) in her; Oholibah, a symbolic name for Judah:
Aholibah also means Father's tent is in her, for the same purposes and a symbolic name for Judah and it lets us know that the capital of the house of Judah was Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 23:5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors,
When she was mine. This is our Father claiming her for Himself.
When the Ten Northern Tribes moved to the north of Jerusalem they pretty much set up their own religion. King Jeroboam, the first king of these ten Tribes, decided that it was too far to travel to Jerusalem for the yearly feast days, so he had two golden calves constructed and they worshipped there among themselves.
But while there, they took on a lot of the traditions and idol worshipping practices of the Assyrians, it all looked really holy, I suppose, and they separated themselves from our Father totally.
Ezekiel 23:6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.
I think that most everybody admires a serviceman attired in his formal uniform. These were young men, in the prime of their youth, strong and virile, riding on great stallions. I think that this would turn the head of most young women.
Ezekiel 23:7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.
With all their idols she defiled herself. I’m going to bring this into our modern-day lives by explaining what these idols actually were. What is the word idol in the Hebrew?
✡ Idol_ OT:1544 gilluwl (ghil-lool'); or (shortened) gillul (ghil-lool'); from OT:1556; properly, a log (as round); by implication, an idol:
It’s an extension of the practices of grove worshipping, where a tree was cut down, the limbs trimmed off, and it was shaped, although crudely, into the form of a male penis. These idols here were a much smaller version of those grove idols and you can find them in any adult book/toy store in most parts of the country today. They are small enough to be carried in a purse and many are battery operated to enhance the pleasure while performing self-gratification.
I point this out to show you that we are no different today than the Israelites were back then. There are not billions of different types of sin, in fact, most sin can be narrowed down to less than a handful and human nature being what it is, the sins that were committed back then are the same sins committed today. Committed by both men and women.
So, when Samaria and Jerusalem, the house of Israel or the house of Judah, when they weren’t committing acts of illicit sex with a partner, they were using personal satisfaction devices.
Let’s understand that the very act that was supposed to repopulate this earth with souls in flesh and blood bodies, is going to send a lot of souls into the Lake of Fire because they are doing things THEIR way and not FATHER’S way.
I think that explains it well enough. This is a chapter where Father does not mince words, He’s going to lay it out so most anyone can understand His words.
Ezekiel 23:8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
I think we covered this well enough in prior verses.
Ezekiel 23:9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.
Father left them to their own devices of evil.
Ezekiel 23:10 These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.
She had made herself internationally famous with her sexual parties.
Ezekiel 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.
Instead of learning from the sins of the house of Israel, and how Father hated them, the house of Judah not only committed the same sins but went to greater lengths while committing them.
Ezekiel 23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.
She loved to party with those desirable young men.
Let’s bring this into today’s way of living. When Satan is released from heaven by the archangel Michael, he will bring with him the 7000 fallen angels, currently being held in chains in a place called Tartarus.
Ref: Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Ref: Revelation 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV
Where these young Assyrian men were so beautiful to look at, these 7000 angels will be much more beautiful and desirable, and they will walk among us during the five-month tribulation of Satan, during these end times.
What was the sin that caused these angels to be put into prison by our Father?
Ref: Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. KJV
All of the host of heaven could look down and see what was happening on this earth, but it was only 7000 of them that took it upon themselves to leave their place of habitation, they left heaven, and came down and physically had sex with women.
And the result of having sexual intercourse with women of flesh and blood, while these angels were spiritual in nature, the children that were created from that union were called geber, they were hybrids, they were giants in size compared to normal people, a mixture of spiritual and flesh and blood.
Ref: Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. KJV
Are you getting the picture? What’s happening here in Isaiah is the same thing that’s going to be happening when Satan is released from heaven at the end of this age that we’re currently living in. He’s trying to teach us by using the same sins of Israel and Judah, way back then, to educate us that it’s going to happen again.
I am truly surprised that Father didn’t just start everything over after what happened in Genesis, chapter 6. In fact, we can read of His disgust at what they/we were doing back then…
Ref: Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. KJV
Obsessed with having illicit sex.
Ref: Genesis 6:6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. KJV
Repented means that He was sorry that He had ever created mankind in the flesh.
✡ Repented_OT:5162 nacham (naw-kham'); a primitive root; properly, to sigh, i.e. breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, i.e. (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue; or (unfavorably) to avenge (oneself):
He had sorrow in His heart that He had created man in flesh and blood bodies and that the very act that was to repopulate this earth was being abused by so many. So, rather than destroy every soul that He had created, what did He do?
Ref: Genesis 6:3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. KJV
He shortened our lifespan from 800-900 years to just 120 years.
Free will. Father gave us the ability to choose what we would do and how we would live our lives, to live according to His laws and commandments or according to the desires of the flesh. Without free will, He would have a bunch of robots walking around and that is not the companionship that He desired.
He wanted people with free will to CHOOSE to love Him, not to have it ingrained in our DNA.
Same-sex marriage, now sanctioned by countries and governments around the world, expands that forbidden sex into other areas of our lives. Father says that that also is an abomination in His eyes.
Ref: Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. KJV
Father WANTS us to have sex with our marriage partner, but it HAS to be according to HIS laws, not the laws of mankind. It HAS to be between a man and a woman, it HAS to be under the contract of marriage and under that contract, whatever two people consent to do in THEIR bedroom is fine with Him.
Illicit sex has been the downfall of humanity since the sixth-day creation and it will continue to be that way, right up to the day that the Lord returns to us. Right up to the day that there are no flesh and blood bodies walking around.
Ezekiel 23:13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way,
They both, Israel and Judah, were both doing the same thing, the same sin.
Ezekiel 23:14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion,
Vermilion is bright red. So impressive, so religious.
✡ Vermilion_ OT:8350 shashar (shaw-shar'); perhaps from the base of OT:8324 in the sense of that of OT:8320; red ochre (from its piercing color):
They put pictures up on the wall of these gorgeous men.
Ezekiel 23:15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity:
The Babylonians loved bright vivid colors.
Ezekiel 23:16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.
After looking at the images painted on the walls, she sent pimps out to drum up more business.
Ezekiel 23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.
Alienated means that her lovers left her as soon as the party was over.
✡ Alienated_ OT:3363 yaqa` (yaw-kah'); a primitive root; properly, to sever oneself, i.e. (by implication) to be dislocated; figuratively, to abandon; causatively, to impale (and thus allow to drop to pieces by rotting):
They didn’t care about her nor did they have any respect for her.
Don’t let the sexual overtones hide the religious aspect of what Father is saying. Dress up that message on Sunday morning, make it sound attractive, and they’ll keep on coming every Sunday morning.
It doesn’t matter if what’s being said is the truth or not, just give their itching ears something pleasant to hear. Maybe they’ll tell their friends and we’ll get more tithes from them.
Ezekiel 23:18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.
Even Father abandoned her and her sister.
Ezekiel 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
As a young beautiful woman, giving away her favors to men, to satisfy herself, in her own mind, that the more men that she can seduce, the more beautiful she considers herself to be, and then age begins to set in, the number of lovers begins to dwindle, causing her to search out more men to convince herself that she still remains attractive and seductive when that is the case no longer.
Ezekiel 23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.
Paramours means that she had her own concubine of young men.
✡ Paramours_ OT:6370 piylegesh (pee-leh'-ghesh); or pilegesh (pee-leh'-ghesh); of uncertain derivation; a concubine; also (masculine) a paramour:
Whose flesh is as the flesh of asses. Their “manhood” was as large as that of an ass.
Ref: Ezekiel 16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. KJV
And whose issue is like the issue of horses. The seminal fluid, the sperm, was of the amount given out by a horse.
Ezekiel 23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.
The paps of thy youth. The breasts of thy youth.
✡ Paps_ OT:7699 shad (shad); or shod (shode); probably from OT:7736 (in its original sense) contracted; the breast of a woman or animal (as bulging):
Remember what you’ve done long ago when you were young.
Why is Father using the form and shape of a woman to describe the lewdness and idolatry of both Israel and Judah? Because we can relate to it. I don’t care who you are, where you were born, how you were raised, we all know quite well the functions and desires of our own body.
And so does He, after all, He created them. He put the desires in each of us. He designed these bodies to develop and mature over time and He knows how we feel as we go through each stage of development.
Simply put…He knows what turns us on and what doesn’t. And He has many feelings just like we do. Not the sexual overtones, of course, but the love, the jealousy. And when He teaches through those aspects of our life, He knows that we will understand.
He doesn’t like idolatry. And He told us how to control these desires and how to live with them but Israel and Judah and us, as well, use those desires in ways that are contrary to our best interests.
Look at the world around you. AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases: Chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, herpes, HIV and HPV. None of these diseases would affect us if we chose one partner, one wife or one husband, who are clean and free to begin with, and sanctioned by the vows of marriage, you can have all the fun you want in bed.
But you have to do it His way.
Ezekiel 23:22 There, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;
Once the desires have been satiated, fulfilled, often times disgust and resentment towards the other participants rise to the surface and that’s why Judah’s lovers will come against her. They used her and once fulfilled, throw her away like yesterday’s newspaper.
And Father will use the resentment of her lovers to chastise her and they would be the Babylonians. And Babylon will raise her ugly head even in this generation and it will come in the form of Satan/Antichrist. And he will use confusion to make people believe that he is the true Messiah.
Ezekiel 23:23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
Pekod, Shoa, and Koa are districts within Assyria.
The young men, the captains, and the rulers are so impressive to look at, especially riding atop great stallions.
Ezekiel 23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.
This is how they will come against them. Father using Satan to incur judgment on His own people. Will it be that way today, in these end times? No, not by a long shot. Not according to Daniel 11:21..
Ref: Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. KJV
Satan, as Antichrist, will come in peaceably because this is how our Lord would do it. Many people are expecting the Antichrist to be this vile, hideous-looking being, causing blood to run as high as the shoulder of a horse.
How could he win souls if he came in that way? He couldn’t. He’s going to look and speak and act just like the true Lord and Messiah. Revelation tells us that he will come as the religious “beast” and look just like the Lord but his words will be those of a dragon…
Ref: Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. KJV
He will look like the Lamb of God, but his words will be those of a dragon, the dragon being another name for Satan. Smiling and saying words like “my child, my child”. He will tell the world that he will forgive all debt, he will cure the wound suffered by the new world order, he will make everybody believe that all is well and it’s going to get much, much better.
Here’s where we need those sunglasses again. Underneath that façade will be a vicious entity that wants to devour your soul. Oh, he was once more splendid looking than all of Father’s creation and we can read of that in the 28th chapter of this very book…
Ref: Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Ref: Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. KJV
But his intentions, when released from heaven, will be to take your soul, along with his, into the Lake of Fire.
Ezekiel 23:25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee: they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.
They shall take away thy nose and thine ears. That was the penalty given out to women, by the Babylonians, for committing whoredoms. Their noses and ears were cut off.
Ezekiel 23:26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.
The outward apparel and trinkets that they wore, to attract these young, virile men, will be taken away from them. Add on to that that their noses and ears will be cut off, how sexy will that look to a young man?
Some pretty strong actions being allowed by our Father.
Ezekiel 23:27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.
Father is going to use the Babylonian army to stop their whoredoms.
Ezekiel 23:28 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated:
How ironic it is to hate the ones that you try so hard to seduce.
Ezekiel 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
And shall take away all thy labour. Take away all the fruits of their labors, if one can consider having sex to be a laborious task.
Ezekiel 23:30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols.
Father doesn’t want anything to do with them after they have whored around with the heathens. How would a person whore around on our Father in these days? False religions and false teachings. Going to bed with Satan because you never educated yourself to the fact that the false messiah comes first, before the True One.
Believing the lies of established religion and not the words of our Father.
Ezekiel 23:31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.
They will both drink of the same cup of wrath because they share the same sins.
Ref: Psalms 11:6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. KJV
There is another cup that will be emptied and our Lord prayed to the Father that if there was another way of serving judgment, rather than the pouring out that cup, that He should please let Him know but, of course, there wasn’t.
Ref: Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. KJV
We find that cup also in Revelation..
Ref: Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
Ref: Revelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: KJV
Judgment for unrepented sins. It is so important that you repent from time to time, even daily, if you feel the need to do so. And coming before Him, every once in a while, for the sole purpose of cleansing your record in heaven, is not a good way of bringing yourself closer to Him.
It’s best if you establish a relationship with Him to where you can talk to Him several times a day, if you want to. Show Him that you love Him and think about Him throughout your busy day and THEN repent from the heart.
The contents of that cup will not hurt you if you live your life according to His laws and commandments. And if you are alive and here when Satan/Antichrist appears in Jerusalem and you have His seal of knowledge in your mind, absolutely nothing will harm you during that time either.
Ezekiel 23:32 Thus saith the Lord God; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.
They are both going to drink every single drop in that cup.
Ezekiel 23:33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.
Astonishment means ruin, not surprise or amazement.
✡ Astonishment_ OT:8047 shammah (sham-maw'); from OT:8074; ruin; by implication, consternation:
The contents of that cup will ruin you spiritually. And desolation means devastated:
✡ Desolation_OT:8077 shemamah (shem-aw-maw'); or shimamah (shee-mam-aw'); feminine of OT:8076; devastation; figuratively, astonishment:
Ezekiel 23:34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
The cup will break because of the fierceness of your sucking.
Ref: Jeremiah 51:7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. KJV
And pluck off thine own breasts. They will attempt to mutilate themselves because of their humiliation and shame.
This will also happen in these end times when people will have their eyes opened and realize that they have followed Satan/Antichrist and were deceived by him, they will pray for mountains to fall on themselves because of their embarrassment…
Ref: Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: KJV
Ezekiel 23:35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
Turn your back on Him, He will turn His back on you. How would we cast Him behind our back today? By not studying His Word line by line and precept upon precept.
Ref: Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. KJV
A person cannot learn anything from the Bible if all you get are a couple of verses one day a week. It has to be taught in context. One chapter after another or how else can it make sense to you? It cannot.
Case in point…if someone in your family was sick, where would you get help on anointing them from the Bible? The book of James.
If you wanted to know what foods are good to eat and what are not, where would you go? The book of Leviticus.
If you wanted to know what the Millennium will be like, where would you go? The last eight chapters of Ezekiel.
If you wanted to know about the three heaven/earth ages, where would you go? The book of Second Peter.
What about the two witnesses? Revelation, chapter eleven.
And on and on it goes. But you go to church one day a week and instead of getting something of substance, you get the traditional teachings of some church system; a sermon, predetermined before hand, by the “religious fathers” of that denomination.
A preacher that I once knew would have some of his sermons written by HIS WIFE if he would do some serious house cleaning for her. He took a course on marriage counseling and went to bed with one of the wives he was counseling.
Yes, we’re all human but for heaven’s sake, put your own mind and soul into your sermons. Let the Holy Spirit guide you once in a while.
Ezekiel 23:36 The Lord said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them their abominations;
Tell them what they’re doing wrong according to what I’M telling you to say to them.
Ezekiel 23:37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them.
There, again, is the practice of Molech worshipping. Take your infant children, place them on the arms of this pagan statue, light a fire beneath, and burn them up. How, in the name of religion, could a parent do that to one of their own? And call it worshipping God?
Ezekiel 23:38 Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
They have defiled my sanctuary in the same day. At one point, they put the idol of grove worshipping right there in the Temple itself. A crude carving of a male penis right there in the Temple itself.
Ref: 2nd Kings 23:6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. KJV
Oh, we act so holy and religious in our fancy clothes on Easter Sunday, while we have our children roll eggs on the front lawn of the church or stand on some hill, with our faces towards the sun, and have sunrise services on the day that He rose from the dead.
We, today, are as abominable as Israel and Judah were back then.
Ezekiel 23:39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.
After they had killed their children by burning them up with fire, they went into the Temple and asked for His blessings!
Ezekiel 23:40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments,
This word men is not Adam but ‘iysh….man in his depravity.
She sent her pimps, her messengers, out across the countryside looking for new lovers, maybe with a new slant on some sexual practice, while she painted herself up, perfumed herself, and waited patiently for them to come to her.
Old age takes its toll on everybody and there’s nothing sadder than seeing a woman, far past the age of beauty and youth, covering her face with pancake mix to fill in the grooves of wrinkles, smearing lipstick beyond the natural line of the lip, and smelling like a broken bottle of cheap perfume.
A lot of times the smell of cheap whiskey coming from her mouth as she purses her lips for that kiss and embrace.
Ezekiel 23:41 And satest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.
Sitting on the edge of her bed, patiently waiting for her lovers to come to her, incense burning on the night stand. Incense and oil that was supposed to be offered to our Father.
Ezekiel 23:42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.
Remember at the beginning of this chapter where she was whoring after the young, virile men on horseback? Here, she’s old and she’ll take on anybody, it doesn’t matter. Who were the Sabeans? They were a bunch of drunkards from the wilderness.
Scraggly, unkempt and unshaven, smelling to high heaven. Oh, they tried to make themselves look stately by putting bracelets on their wrists and cheap crowns on their heads.
Do you know who else is going to be wearing a cheap crown on his head? You guessed it and it will happen in these days that we’re living in…
Ref: Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. KJV
Yeah, that’s ‘ole slewfoot himself, trying to look like our Lord at His coming. This word bow is supposed to represent the rainbow or Shekinah glory that surrounds our Lord but instead it means toxon…
✡ Bow_ NT:5115 toxon (tox'-on); from the base of NT:5088; a bow (apparently as the simplest fabric):
A cheap imitation, just like the Sabeans wore.
Ezekiel 23:43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them?
She’s old and wore out and Father is asking her if she still thinks that they’ll come and sleep with her.
Ezekiel 23:44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women.
Yep, they still came in to her, both Israel and Judah.
Ezekiel 23:45 And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.
The righteous know the score, they know what’s going on. If you look like a whore and you act like a whore and you dress like a whore, what are the righteous going to call you, a saint? Hardly.
Ezekiel 23:46 For thus saith the Lord God; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled.
Father will use His own to get rid of them.
Ezekiel 23:47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.
This company is under the direction of our Father and today He will do it all Himself. Everything that offends, everything that is evil, will be done away with. And those that continue to follow Satan will be burned up in the Lake of Fire, they will perish, they will not be seen again.
Ezekiel 23:48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.
Father is telling us to start with our young ones, teach them from His Word.
Ezekiel 23:49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. KJV
That’s the whole point, that Father is in control, but our free will must coincide with His will.
If you study this Book for any length of time, you will find out that idol worship is first and foremost in the doings of humanity that He hates the most. And why not, why should it be any different?
The Creator of all that we see, our very souls created for His pleasure, a Book written to us to tell us what it takes to make Him happy with us and we ignore it all and seek the pleasures of human flesh. The pleasures of Satan’s world being immediate, while the glory of the eternity takes a lifetime to even approach.
Neither our Father or our Lord interact with us today as they did long ago. Why is that? Because throughout the Old and New Testaments they were teaching us through the actions of other people and nations and it’s all been written down and recorded. All we have to do is pick up the Book and read it and learn from it.
It seems as though Satan has the upper hand in this world and he does, but only if you let him. It all comes down to love. The love of our Father or the love of worldly things.
This was quite a chapter and things got a little graphic at times but that’s the way Father teaches. Never get too good or too holy to read ALL of His Letter to us. You might just miss something important.
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