The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 25

Ammonites and Other Nations

 

 

     They will know that I am Yahaveh. The whole point of this chapter is to show exactly that.

 

     In this chapter, Ezekiel foretells the judgments of our Father on the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Edomites and the Philistines for how they treated Israel.

 

     Father is going to start with the Ammonites. Who are these people? Well, this group of peoples were started by Ben-Ammi, a son of Lot by his youngest daughter…

 

    Genesis 19:38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. KJV

 

     I’m sure that you must remember the story. Lot had left the area of Sodom and Gomorrah after Father destroyed them and went and lived in a cave. Both of his daughters, assuming that the entire world had been destroyed by fire and brimstone, got their father drunk on wine, slept with him to have children, and preserve the human race.

 

     For those of you that are concerned about incest, remember that Father created these bodies and He can control them.

 

     Genesis 19:31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: KJV

 

     They thought that the entire world had been destroyed.

 

     Alright, chapter 25 and verse 1.

 

     Ezekiel 25:1 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

 

     Father continues talking with Ezekiel…

 

     Ezekiel 25:2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;

 

     Why was Father against them? Because the Ammonites were related to Lot which means that they were of HIS people and they turned against Him. Why?

 

     After the third siege of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar appointed a governor by the name of Gedaliah and he was ruler over Judah, the two Tribes left in Jerusalem. And after being in power for only two months, Ishmael and his boys, the Nationalists, killed him.

 

     Do you remember that Ishmael began the peoples that we know as Arabs, Saudi Arabia? Are you putting two and two together yet? Do you know who the Kenites are? And they were all from the seed of Abraham.

 

     In the Gospel of John, Christ is speaking to these Kenites and He had this to say…

 

    John 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

 

     That seed going all the way back to Cain.

 

    John 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. KJV

 

     Their father is not our Father; their father is Satan. The Ammonites turned against their own people and Father takes offense to that.

 

     Ezekiel 25:3 And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

 

     The house of Israel has been in captivity to the Assyrians for about 200 years at this time and the house of Judah, Judah and Benjamin, are about to go into captivity to the Babylonians.

 

     Ezekiel 25:4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.

 

     These men from the east are going to take your land and your vineyards and your cattle, you’re not going to have it anymore. The Arab nomads, east of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.

 

     But how would this apply to us today? Well, three items come to my mind right now. The first is socialism. Removing our Father from our everyday lives and allowing the government to take control of us.

 

     The sluggards out there, the ones that won’t work for a living when they are quite capable of doing so, would rather let the government take care of them. They LIKE the idea of socialism.

 

     Secondly, interest or usury. My bank just issued me a new credit card last week and the reason that I signed up for it is because it is interest free for the next 15 months. Charge to the limit and pay no interest for the first 15 months.

 

     Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? A few days later I received a letter from my bank telling me that after those 15 months, if I miss a payment, the fee will be a charge of 26% interest on the balance.

 

     And thirdly, taxation. If you have a small business and you don’t have many deductions, you will pay through the nose to satisfy your tax obligation.

 

     Today we don’t have to worry about the Ammonites, it’s socialism and the federal government that wants to take what you have.

 

     Ezekiel 25:5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couchingplace for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

 

     Rabbah was the chief city of the Ammonites. It was where king Og lived, supposedly the last of the giants…

 

     Deuteronomy 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man. KJV

 

     A couchingplace is where an animal will fold its legs under and then rest their body on them. Resting. Relaxing. Father is going to turn their chief city into a stable for animals.

 

     Ezekiel 25:6 For thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;

 

     Clapped thine hands is to applaud with joy. Stamped with the feet means that they danced with joy at the downfall of Israel. Father is not happy about that.

 

     Ezekiel 25:7 Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.

 

     Father will deliver them to the Chaldeans and the Arabians first. They will be destroyed and no longer be a people or a country.

 

     This was all happening because of the king of Babylon and he works against US today in the form of Satan.

 

     Ezekiel 25:8 Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;

 

     We come to Moab or the Moabites and Seir. Moab was a child of the incestuous encounter between Lot and his eldest daughter…

 

     Genesis 19:37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. KJV

 

     We’ve already discussed the reason for that encounter so get over it.

 

     Moab, Seir, and Ammon were countries that were in-line with each other, that is, their borders touching at least in one place and therefore became as one as they tried to destroy Judea. They stretched from Gilead to the Red Sea.

 

     They say that the house of Judah is as sinful as the rest of the countries and therefore has no right to think they are better than the rest just because they think that they serve the only true God.

 

     Ezekiel 25:9 Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim,

 

     Let’s look at the meaning of these words..

 

     Beth-jeshimoth--house of deserts.

 

     Baal-meon--lord of the house or habitation of Baal.

 

     Kiriathaim--Double city or double floors.

 

     It could also be stated as two foundations. Today, referring to what we believe in, what foundation do we rely on? We have Jesus Christ while others have Baal or Satan. The true Messiah and the fake messiah.

 

     Open the side of Moab from the cities. Or open the shoulder, open the strong part of Moab so that the enemy can easily destroy them.

 

     Ezekiel 25:10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.

 

     Father will open them up to the men of the east, remember them? The Chaldeans and the Arabs.

 

     May not be remembered among the nations. And they are not remembered. They mingled in with surrounding nations and became absorbed into their culture and history.

 

     Ezekiel 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

 

     I don’t think that I’ve mentioned this before but Moab means of his father. That is quite fitting, isn’t it? Since he was the son of Lot’s eldest daughter and Lot was the father of him.

 

     And they shall know that I am the Lord. That’s the whole point of all this….to show Israel and the heathen nations that there is a God and He is in control and if you don’t live according to His will or wishes, if you don’t do the right thing, He’s going to destroy you.

 

     Even those that understand that don’t always abide by that knowledge because we’re human and we slip so easily. Temptation is acted on much more easily than the knowledge of God.

 

     The Millennium is coming shortly and every knee will bow to Him on that day, regardless.

 

     Now Father moves His attention to the Edomites.

 

     Ezekiel 25:12 Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

 

     Esau held a grudge against Judah because Jacob “stole” his heritage and that grudge festered for many years, so he looked for any opportunity to avenge that situation.

 

     And during the reign of King David, they were made to serve under him and then Amaziah came in and really put it to them, so when it looked like the Babylonians needed some help in overtaking Judah, the Edomites were more than happy to oblige them.

 

     Ezekiel 25:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

 

     Teman is a grandson of Esau, also a city, and along with Dedan, it means everything from north to south will be cut off. Jeremiah also had a prophecy about this area…

 

     Jeremiah 49:8 Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep, O inhabitants of Dedan; for I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time that I will visit him. KJV

 

     It’s not a good thing when Father stretches out His hand over you. Father doesn’t like it when people gloat over the misfortunes or defeats of His children…

 

    Obadiah 1:12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

 

    Obadiah 1:13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; KJV

 

     Verse 14.

 

     Ezekiel 25:14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord God.

 

     The house of Israel, NOT the house of Judah. It may be accomplished by people that don’t even know that they are of the house of Israel. Do you? How much easier it would be for people to understand the Bible if they only knew the difference between the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

 

     This was referenced waay back in the book of Numbers so let’s go there..

 

     Numbers 24:21 And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock.

 

      Numbers 24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. KJV

 

     Asshur means the Assyrians.

 

    Numbers 24:23 And he took up his parable, and said, Alas, who shall live when God doeth this! KJV

 

     Verse 15.

 

     Ezekiel 25:15 Thus saith the Lord God; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

 

     The hatred from long, long ago. The Philistines put forth their greatest warrior, Goliath. And he was killed by a small child of God. Their army was disseminated and they have hated Israel ever since, no doubt rejoicing when the city of Jerusalem was destroyed.

 

     Ezekiel 25:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

 

     Who or what are the Cherethims? The name itself means executioners. They were hired bodyguards for the royalty. Their strength means nothing to our Father.

 

     Ezekiel 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them. KJV

 

     Retaliation from the Creator for mistreating His chosen children.

 

     The greatest sin that Israel continued to do was to ignore the words and instructions of our Father. The second greatest sin was idol worship, placing another god before Him. Don’t criticize the Israelites, because we do exactly the same thing today. It’s just that those sins today are cloaked in modern apparel.

 

     The justice that Father was going to execute on these four tribes or nations was on a much larger scale, but the results are the same. As individuals, we will see that same justice executed on Judgment Day.

 

     It won’t be nation by nation. but individual by individual. How are you fixed for blades, as the old Gillette commercial used to say?

 

 

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