The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 24

The Babylonian War--Jerusaloem

 

     The subject that Father will be talking about for awhile is going to extend from this chapter 24:1 through chapter 32:32, or thereabout. Father is going to give us a parable and there’s going to be the Babylon war.

 

     What should we learn from these coming verses and chapters? The king of Babylon is a type of what’s going to happen during these end times. Satan will be the king of Babylon in these days but only through deception. After all, that’s what babel means…deception and confusion.

 

     The confusion will come as Satan will present himself as the Antichrist and, as we have studied and learned before, the Greek prefix, anti, doesn’t mean against as we use it today, but rather it means instead of. Satan will come instead of the true Messiah.

 

     And what did Paul teach us quite plainly in the books to the Thessalonians? That there are two events that must happen before the true Christ returns: the apostasy and the presence of the false one standing in Jerusalem claiming to be the Son of God.

 

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

 

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. KJV

 

     There is absolutely no mention of a rapture or the saints being taken out of the way before either of these two events happen.

 

     The apostasy is fulfilled when billions of people believe that he is the true Christ, as he will claim to be, when in fact he is not. They will have been seduced into thinking that he is the true Son of God because they haven’t studied or been taught otherwise.

 

     And why should preachers, today, teach those two truths when they have convinced billions of people that the rapture is going to take them out of harms way before it all happens, so why should you, as one the loves the Lord, even study or be aware of something that you will never experience?

 

     What a great job Satan has done on the people that stand behind that pulpit each and every Sunday. They have the mark of the beast in their forehead, hundreds of years before he even comes. They have laid the groundwork for Satan and that’s going to make it so easy to deceive so many.

 

     I pray that you are not one of those billions that are deceived. And if you are deceived by the teachings of these preachers and their church systems, you also have the mark of the beast as well. It’s so sad that so many think that they are serving the living God today only to be taken in so quickly by Satan/Antichrist.

 

     But that can all change simply by studying His Word, either on your own or with a good teacher. There are some out there but they are few and far between. And you have to be careful, even if they teach chapter after chapter because when they teach 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, they will continue to teach the rapture because they will continue to twist the Scriptures to substantiate their own predetermined beliefs.

 

     Much of it handed down to them by the hierarchy of whatever denomination they represent. The original church is set up in the book of Acts by the disciples, having only 120 people, and as the church grew, so did the heretical teachings, so Satan was doing his work even at the beginning.

 

     This is the reason that Paul wrote that second letter to the Thessalonians.

 

     According to the book of Revelation, the king of Babylon is coming and there’s no getting away from it. There is no rapture, no one will fly away to some other place. These two theories are simply a safety net for those that are too afraid to accept the truth that Father will protect them. They would rather believe in a lie from Satan, taught to you by his preachers, rather than believing the truth coming from the mouth of the Creator of all things.

 

     What has Satan created, other than confusion? Nothing. But people are afraid of being hurt during the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist and even though Father tells us all that He will protect everyone that believes in Him, they would still believe the words of some human being.

 

      And to those people that have even a mere semblance of the truth in their mind and still believe in those lies, the Millennium will not be for you. You will go to the left side of the Gulf in Paradise and eventually into the Lake of Fire.

 

     So, be very, very careful because your soul is at stake here.

 

     All right, chapter 24. Let’s get into it.

 

     Ezekiel 24:1 Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, KJV

 

     The ninth year of Jehoiachin’s captivity. Jehoiachin was only king for three months and ten days and was the son of Jehoiachim. Notice the difference between father and son by only the last letter of their name.

 

     Zedekiah was the last king of Judah and Jerusalem while Jehoiachin was king just prior to Zedekiah.

 

      Ezekiel 24:2 Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day.

 

     That would be Nebuchadnezzar. This would be the third and last siege of Jerusalem and that’s the time when this book was written by Ezekiel.

 

     Father is going to include various nations in these chapters and will give the position of some of these nations just before Satan is released so it’s important that we read and understand what Father has to say. And He begins with a parable…

 

     Ezekiel 24:3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it:

 

     This should sound familiar to you because back in these times even the priests would prepare some sacrifices in this manner. They didn’t have electric or gas stoves back then, so they would build a pretty good fire and when the wood turned into hot embers, they would place a pot on them and the cooking would begin.

 

     Now, since this is a parable, the pot is going to represent Jerusalem.

 

     Ezekiel 24:4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones.

 

     Not only should Ezekiel put the normal people in this pot, put the good pieces in it as well. These good pieces would represent the princes, the priests, the governor and so on. Everybody is going to be put into this pot. In actuality, these pieces would be parts of a lamb, which would represent Father’s people.

 

     Ezekiel 24:5 Take the choice of the flock, That means the big man on campus as well.

 

     and burn also the bones under it, Many scholars, including Dr. Ginsburg, think that the word bones should be translated as wood. And that makes sense because it takes extreme heat to destroy bones and they don’t add anything, as far as burning or adding heat to the fire.

 

     and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein.

 

     Father says to heat everything and make it boil until the meat falls off the bone and then boil it some more.

 

     The fire is symbolic of the war and even in this day there is a spiritual war going on between our Father, His children and Satan and his dominion. We didn’t see it all that much in this country in years gone by but it’s as plain as the nose on your face when you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and around the world today.

 

     Christians being murdered by having their heads cut off, tortured, raped and mutilated, all in the name of Allah. Those are the souls that are spoken of in Revelation..

 

     Ref: Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: KJV

 

     We are presently in the time of the fifth seal today because Satan, as the Antichrist, comes in the sixth seal, and he currently is not standing in Jerusalem, claiming to be Christ, today. The sixth seal will last about five months and the seventh will be over in the blink of an eye when Christ descends onto the Mount of Olives and this earth age will come to a close.

 

     Ezekiel 24:6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall up on it.

 

     Let no one escape. Lord God, in this verse, is Adonai Yahaveh.

 

     Scum is also called verdigris, the green stuff that forms on brass but here, in the Hebrew, it means rust or disease:

 

      Scum_OT:2457 chel'ah (khel-aw'); from OT:2456; properly, disease; hence, rust:

 

     The people are diseased, spiritually. They have ignored Him, turned their backs on Him, not listened to Him and worshipped idols and had orgies in front of Him.

 

     Let no lot fall up on it. The punishment was not to be only to a certain few or those selected by lot, but was to be complete. Scum is also that brown, foamy stuff that floats on top of boiling meat, probably from the blood and bone marrow but that also indicates complete. How good can your works be if you go to and participate in the doings of a church that teaches the rapture theory and the fly-away theory?

 

     People that love our Father and our Lord, go to church every Sunday and maybe some Wednesday nights as well, when they don’t have church business to take care of on that particular  evening, they read the Bible and try to understand as much of it as they can.

 

     They lead lives according to the civil laws and our Father’s laws, they’re kind to people and they are just all-around good people. But they have been taught to believe that the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrines are Father’s doctrines and they’re never taught that Satan, in his role as the Antichrist, is going to come before the true Messiah.

 

     And when Satan shows up in Jerusalem they will believe that he is the true Messiah, they will commit the apostasy and stand a very good chance of going into the Lake of Fire. All their good works may have come to naught.

 

     It’s not for me to judge, Father will do that, and many may go through the Millennium and receive the truth but many will not. That’s sad. To believe that all your works will bring rewards on Judgment Day and end up with nothing.

 

     It’s worse than sad, it’s detestable, and all these fake/false preachers that teach this junk as gospel should be taken behind the barn and taught some real truth BEFORE Father judges them.

 

     Be careful, my friend, Father doesn’t judge with a cavalier hand or attitude.

 

     Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;

 

     Why would they put the blood up on a rock? Because a rock will not absorb the blood as the ground will. And what the ground will not absorb you can cover up with other dirt or dust.

 

     But these people put it on a rock that will absorb nothing because they’re not ashamed of their sins. They want it to be seen, as though they’re proud of it.

 

     The princes and governors from the last chapter, that treated mothers and fathers and the poor so badly, even murdering them, seemed to be proud of what they have done. They don’t even care to hide it.

 

     It seems like today that you can do pretty much whatever you want to and all you have to do is show repentance for your actions, say you’re sorry, and judgment goes from the death penalty to only five years in prison.

 

     Ezekiel 24:8 That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.

 

     There’s no one there to judge them. The ones that do the judging are as guilty as the others.

 

     Ezekiel 24:9 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

 

     Father is saying that He will judge, He will build the fire and He will put a huge amount of wood on the pile before it’s lit. It will make the contents of that pot really boil.

 

     Ezekiel 24:10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

 

     Make the fire great, keep throwing wood on it and let it boil down until it’s dry and it’s burning the bones inside the pot. Nobody is going to escape, all will be judged.

 

     Has it occurred to you that this is very similar to a smelting pot where gold and silver are put into it and the slag is poured off to one side like it was in the last chapter? The slag in this chapter is the scum from boiling flesh and bones.

 

     Ezekiel 24:11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.

 

     Take that empty pot, leave it on the fire, and let the scum burn up and become black and turn it into ashes. Ultimately Father is the all-consuming fire when this age is over.

 

     The Targum explains it this way…

 

     ``I will leave the land desolate, that they may become desolate; and that the gates of her city may be consumed; and that those that work uncleanness in the midst of her may melt away, and her sins be consumed.''

 

     Some of you may be unfamiliar with the Targum so let me give a short explanation of it: it was a work done in the 1st century A.D., also called the Tanakh, that was a paraphrasing of the Hebrew Bible because the Hebrew language was losing favor with the people. It was a way that a Rabbi could explain the Bible to the people that could be easily understood by them.

 

     What is the pot again? The city of Jerusalem. What are the meat and the bones that were put into the pot? The people of the city. Why was it all burned up and consumed? This is the punishment that our Father will put on them for ignoring Him and His instructions, His laws, His commandments. The scum is symbolic of their sins.

 

     In later years, the city of Jerusalem would indeed be burned up and destroyed. Literally. The Northern Kingdom would be scattered across the face of the known world and the Southern Kingdom would, for many years, go into obscurity.

 

     Ezekiel 24:12 She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.

 

     It will all be corrected, eventually.

 

     Ezekiel 24:13 In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee.

 

     Purged means that He will cleanse them from their sins. But only if they repent, change the way they live and endure the punishment.

 

     Has this happened yet? No, because there is still sin in the world, there are still human beings walking on this earth and where flesh and blood still exists, so will sin.

 

     Ezekiel 24:14 I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord God.

 

     He’s not going to change His mind. There’s no meeting with Him, no coming together with understanding. Their sins have been committed and someone will have to pay. He has sent prophets to warn them, as Ezekiel is now doing, He has given them the law, they know what He expects of them and still they live according to their own desires.

 

     I guess the pleasures of the flesh override their fear of punishment from our Father. I said this earlier…the pleasures of the world are immediate. Fire up that crack pipe and let ‘er rip. Hop into bed and let’s get it on. Grab that street sweeper and let’s go get some money.

 

     Things are a little different with our Father. As a general rule, if you do something and Father intends to punish you for it, you can bet that it won’t happen for about 30 days. I don’t know why it’s 30 days, but it seems that that’s just the way it works out.

 

     Ezekiel 24:15 Also the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

 

     Here comes the second part of this parable..

 

     Ezekiel 24:16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.

 

     Father is going to take the life of Ezekiel’s wife, He’s going to cause her to die and yet He tells Ezekiel not to show any sorrow when it happens.

 

     With a stroke. It will happen suddenly and quickly. Does this word stroke mean that she will die from a blood clot to the brain or to the lungs?

 

      Stroke_ OT:4046 maggephah (mag-gay-faw'); from OT:5062; a pestilence; by analogy, defeat:

 

     Let’s look at the root word, OT:5062:

 

      Root Word_ OT:5062 nagaph (naw-gaf'); a primitive root; to push, gore, defeat, stub (the toe), inflict (a disease):

 

     The Hebrew says a pestilence or a disease. Personally, I think that it was a heart attack, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

 

     Ezekiel 24:17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.

 

     Ezekiel is told to not make his sorrow public. Don’t cry where men can see you, don’t rent your clothing, don’t cover your quivering lips and don’t eat the food that the mourners will bring over.

 

     Bind the tire of thine head upon thee. You put on your best hat.

 

     And put on thy shoes upon thy feet. Put on your best pair of shoes.

 

     What is Father telling Ezekiel to do here? Do not follow the traditions of men when it comes to mourning. Don’t cry in public, don’t rent or tear your clothing and don’t pop your lip out and show how badly you feel inside.

 

     There’s no doubt that Ezekiel’s wife was one of Father’s Elect, so He could interfere in her life to the point that he would take it from her.

 

     Ezekiel 24:18 So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.

 

     This is the day that Father was talking about back in verse 2. Ezekiel prophesied this event that morning and by the evening it had come to pass.

 

     Ezekiel 24:19 And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so?

 

     Notice that the people are concerned about what all that’s just happened to Ezekiel, what does this have to do with THEM. They didn’t say..

 

     “Oh, Ezekiel, we’re so sorry about what happened to your wife.”

 

     No, they wanted to know how her death will affect them. What’s the Father going to do to them? I mean, Ezekiel is Father’s prophet and if He will kill Ezekiel’s wife, what’s Father going to do to them?

 

     Ezekiel 24:20 Then I answered them, The word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

 

     Father speaking to them..

 

     Ezekiel 24:21 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

 

     The Temple was their pride and joy, they were proud of the house that they had build for Father. But even though He told them exactly how to build that building, He also said that why would you want to do that? He doesn’t need a house; the entire world is His footstool....

 

     Ref: Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? KJV

 

     But He will have it destroyed just the same. And it will be rebuilt and destroyed a second time and it will not be rebuilt after that. The Kenites will put their church on that foundation. It’s called the Dome of the Rock.

 

     And that’s where Satan, in his role as the Antichrist, will represent himself as the Son of God and the whole world will whore after him, believing that he truly is.

 

     What happens to the billions of people that don’t believe in what this Book has to say? Those that worship other gods? Well, that’s up to our Father for only He knows what’s in their hearts.

 

     And your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword. Those that are left behind after the captivity.

 

     Ezekiel 24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.

 

     The calamity will be so widespread that there will be no signs of mourning.

 

     Ezekiel 24:23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.

 

     While in exile they could not publicly show their sorrow so they will keep it among themselves.

 

     Ezekiel 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God.

 

     Ezekiel is telling them what’s going to happen, the death of his wife is a sign, and it’s coming whether they like it or not.

 

     These events are a sign for us today as well. There will be joy around the world when Satan stands in Jerusalem, beaming from ear to ear, convincing the entire world that he is the Messiah but when that seventh angel blows that seventh trumpet and the true Messiah descends from the clouds with a shout, there will be no time for mourning.

 

      Only shock and humiliation.

 

     You don’t have to experience that. If you are reading and studying His Letter, and understand what you are reading, that He gave to us and you know and understand that the false one comes first, Father will protect you as never before.

 

     That’s going to be pretty hard for many to believe, that they will be safe during that time, because the lies of established religion will be so ingrained in their minds that they will accept nothing else.

 

     “Well, I’ll probably be dead and gone before all this happens so why should I take the time to read about it?”

 

     And you’re probably right, you may already be in Paradise when this comes down. Are you willing to miss the blessings that will come when you do take the time to read and understand, even though you think that you will probably not be here when it all happens?

 

     Ezekiel 24:25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters,

 

     Their sons and their daughters. The pride of their lives. Will you not take the time to teach them before it all happens? Maybe you won’t be here but what about them? This generation of the fig tree began in 1948 so that generation is getting some age on it.

 

     Ezekiel 24:26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?

 

     You know what that day is…it’s the Lord’s Day.

 

     Ezekiel 24:27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the Lord. KJV

 

     The mouths of His election will be open on that day. The Holy Spirit will speak through them to have His truth spread over the entire world throughout that period of time.

 

     “Well, I don’t know if I’ll be able to stand there and let the Holy Spirit speak through me.”

 

     Then you don’t have to worry about it. If you have that kind of doubt and fear within you, you probably are not one of His election to begin with.

 

     Fear keeps us from doing a lot of things in this life but faith in our Father will get rid of it. All you have to do is trust in Him.

 

     Father taking the life of Ezekiel’s wife must have hurt Ezekiel very, very much, especially when the purpose of doing so was to be an example within a parable. But it was to be an example for the whole of the house of Israel.

 

     To take one flesh and blood life for the souls of so many? Father thought that it was worth it, or He wouldn’t have done it. How much easier would it have been, for one of us to experience that, if the voice of our Father was ringing in our ears, telling us that it would be so done and giving the reason why?

 

     Would that have relieved the heartache? I don’t think that it would but it would be something that Ezekiel would have to bear, like it or not.

 

     Father loves us and He knows how our emotions are but His primary focus is our soul, not this flesh and blood body. It’s my belief that the two souls within both Ezekiel and his wife stood against Satan when that war in heaven took place.

 

     And that makes each soul one of His election and therefore He can intervene in those two lives if He sees that it benefits so many others. And both of those souls are on the right side of Paradise today.

 

     Trust and faith. Father didn’t do this to test Ezekiel, He did it for the greater good of all the souls of Israel, to try and bring them back to Him and still they revolted. And He did it for us as we read of those events today.

 

     In these flesh and blood bodies, we are minuscule little creations running around, thinking about how great we are and what great things we have done or will do. We don’t think outside this body we walk around in, it’s ever so important that we satisfy all of its needs, but Father sees the overall picture and it’s not these earthly bodies that mean anything to Him, it’s our souls and keeping them out of the grasp of Satan is one of His greatest priorities.

 

     Sometimes it hurts a lot to love and have faith and trust in Him.

 

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