Chapter 3 and Father continues to prepare Ezekiel. Once again, he is going to the house of Israel, who’s been thinking and living like it’s party time, giving no thought to our Father, and they are not going to respond all that well to the message that will be given, which comes from the mouth of our Father.
Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
Father will touch his mind and his heart, He will put those words into his head, his brain and only those words will he speak.
Does this remind you of any other place where we were told to NOT speak our words but the words of the Holy Spirit? Yep, in the book of Mark, when we are brought before the synagogue or councils of Satan/Antichrist during his five-month tribulation:
Ref: Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. KJV
The only place where the unforgivable sin can be committed.
Ezekiel 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
Doesn’t sound like Ezekiel had much of a choice in the matter, does it? No, he didn’t. This is a good example of how Father can intervene in the lives of His Election and Ezekiel was definitely one of His election. He and the others stood with the Father in the age that was, against the revolution led by Lucifer.
Ezekiel 3:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels
Absorb each and every word.
with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
That natural food, along with locusts, that kept John the Baptist nourished while he was in the wilderness. If you eat local honey, local to the area in which you live, it can help ward off allergies and such but it’s the truth of God’s Word that is sweet and that can make your life sweeter by taking away any anxiety of what the spiritual future might hold for you.
Maybe you take comfort in the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrine, thinking that you will not be here to go through the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist, but that sense of security is based on a lie and there is no sweetness to lies.
How much better it will be to know that we will go through those times, BUT you’ll have the protective hand of our Father over you, as He will protect Ezekiel here before the house of Israel.
Ezekiel 3:4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
The time has come for Ezekiel to go to work.
Ezekiel 3:5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
Strange speech and of an hard language. In the Hebrew this reads: "For you are not sent to a people of deep lip and hardness of tongue, but to the house of Israel."
Father is not sending him to a bunch of people that speak a language that is different from Ezekiel but to his own people.
Ezekiel 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
Had Father sent him to these other people they WOULD have listened to him but he’s going to his own people and they don’t WANT to listen to him. They like the way they’re living. Party, party, party. Getting drunk, participating in orgies…does the Burning Man party come to your mind? Over 60,000 people, out in the Nevada desert, reenacting Sodom and Gomorrah. Sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Fifty-five-gallon drums filled with condoms…take as many as you need. They make the flower-children of the 60’s and 70’s look like altar boys. Don’t tell me that we’re different today than back in those times.
Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me:
Father knows their hearts, they won’t listen to Him, why would they listen to Ezekiel?
for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
Father knows that they’re not going to listen so why send a prophet? Because He is going to warn them about His coming punishment. He’s fair so He’s going to tell them whether they listen or not. It’s up to them.
Just like it’s up to you today. Does that little voice in the back of your mind ever bother you? Do you wonder why it’s there? Perhaps He’s talking to you. Try listening to it.
Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
Ezekiel is going to be able to ward off their words and their looks of disdain. He will become as stubborn about giving them the warning as they will be in not listening to it.
Ezekiel 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
Hard as flint is pretty hard.
Ezekiel 3:10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
Your heart must be prepared for what your ears are to hear.
Ezekiel 3:11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
This is the captivity of the Babylonians in Chaldea. Who’s being held captive today? Those that believe in the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrines. Satan has them captive with those two lies. They think that they’re going to fly away and escape his tribulation, but they will not. They will be unpleasantly surprised when see that they are still here during that time.
Will they know it? No, they won’t because the one standing in Jerusalem is the false messiah and they’ve been taught that he is the true.
Ezekiel 3:12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place.
That rushing was the sound of the host of angels behind our Father, no doubt, multitudes of them because they are with the Father no matter where He goes. Worshiping Him constantly, day and night.
The glory of the Lord from his place. As He and His vehicle, containing His Throne, moved to Tel-Abib from where they were by the river Chebar.
He, no doubt, moved as did Phillip from the eunuch:
Ref: Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. KJV
Ezekiel 3:13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another,
Touched one another means to kiss or closely embrace.
✡ Touched_OT:5401 nashaq (naw-shak'); a primitive root [identical with OT:5400, through the idea of fastening up; compare OT:2388, OT:2836]; to kiss, literally or figuratively (touch); also (as a mode of attachment), to equip with weapons:
and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.
Father is still on His vehicle, that craft.
Ezekiel 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
Why would Ezekiel feel bitterness? In the Targum it reads: “…in the indignation of my spirit” and in the heat means that he was hot and angry because Father’s message centered around the coming judgment for the house of Israel, even though Ezekiel was of the house of Judah, he was still troubled and upset.
But the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. Even though Ezekiel probably didn’t want to go through with delivering our Father’s message, Father would not turn him loose from His purpose.
Ezekiel 3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
In this verse, is the river of Chebar the same as the place in chapter 1:1? And, if so, why would it say in the previous verse that the spirit lifted him up? To set him back down in the same place? Of course not. And since we know that he was taken to Tel-Abib, where was Ezekiel in chapter 1:1?
The mystery is solved when you understand that in chapter 1:1, he was near Carchemish, or Circesium. That place was 200 miles north of Babylon, while Tel-Abib was 45 miles north of Babylon.
In essence, Ezekiel was taken in the spirit about 155 miles away from the river Chebar in chapter 1:1. Pretty cool. One of the few places in the bible where distances can be calculated when the spiritual is involved.
Astonished really means stunned and what about the seven days? Why was he to wait seven days? It has to do with dispensations, of which there are seven established but the first heaven/earth age was never included because in years past, it was never taught all that much, so in reality, there are really eight. I won’t go into it any deeper than that other than to say that here it points out that it’s THIS dispensation that this is concerned with, the disposition of TODAY.
Ezekiel 3:16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Father begins to speak to Ezekiel again after those seven days.
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
If you’re keeping up with it, there have been 17 verses, so far, of Father preparing Ezekiel.
And even though He doesn’t speak to people like He did with Ezekiel, today, there are many signs of warning given to us by events around the world, the most prominent one happening in 1948, when Israel established her national borders again, which is the beginning of the generation of the fig tree which, as our Lord told us, is the LAST generation, when all prophesies that have been given, will come to pass, just before His return, and that NEXT dispensation, the Millennium, will begin.
Father called Ezekiel a watchman and what does that mean today? There are certain people, His election, that should be calling out the warning that the rapture theory and the fly-away doctrines are Satan’s lies, picked up and expounded on by certain church systems.
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
This is a warning, not only to Ezekiel, but to the rest of us as well. To Ezekiel, it may be Father’s response to Ezekiel’s feelings in verse 14 where he was heated and upset that he had to deliver this message of judgment to Israel.
Somewhat similar to Jonah jumping on a ship to avoid giving Father’s message to the Ninevites and ending up in the belly of a whale.
And Father is saying that when He gives someone a message to relay to someone else, you had better deliver it. When He tells you to tell someone that if they don’t change their ways, that they will surely die if they don’t, because it may save their mortal soul from the Lake of Fire, then the judgment meant for THEM will come back on YOU, and that’s something that you surely do not want.
The wicked will STILL die but their blood will be on your hands and you will be held responsible and you will pay the price.
I think that all of us have felt a prodding in our mind to say something or do something and a lot of times we just ignore it, dismiss it, and go on with our day. It may end up being a warning from your guardian angel about not going somewhere that might put your physical life in danger.
Or it may be the Holy Spirit wanting to take some knowledge that you have in your mind and pass it on to others. It’s difficult to respond to all those promptings because we’re all busy and maybe don’t want to take the time, but in most cases, it’s best if we do act on that little voice.
It’s a pretty serious thing when our Father is involved in it.
Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
However, if you DO deliver Father’s message and they don’t take heed, then they will die because of their wickedness but YOUR soul has been relieved from all responsibility.
If someone knows that you study the bible frequently and they ask you a question concerning the Scriptures, and you don’t answer them to the best of your ability, you will be held responsible for doing nothing.
At the very least, if you don’t know the answer to their question, tell them that you’ll research it and get back to them, and then be sure that you do just that. Don’t just use that as an excuse to walk away from them without answering their question.
There’s a great deal of responsibility in understanding a lot of His Word and when Father decides to use the knowledge in your mind, you had better deliver or He’s not going to look at you with favor.
Ezekiel 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness,
He begins to live according to the pleasures of the world again.
and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock
What would be a stumbling block from our Father? A good example of a stumblingblock is Satan coming as the false messiah, the Antichrist.
before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
If you understand that Satan comes as the Antichrist, before the true Messiah, and you don’t warn others and they believe in and follow the Antichrist, then all the good and righteous acts that that person has done during their entire lifetime will be for naught.
That should be pretty easy to understand. If someone goes to a church that teaches the rapture doctrine and they don’t understand that Satan comes before Christ, as savior, then they are doomed to the Lake of Fire and all their good works will amount to nothing.
In addition, if you had a chance to tell that person that the fake jesus comes before the true Christ and you keep your mouth shut, they will end up in the Lake of Fire and you will be held responsible and be judged for that.
Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to stand on the corner of 10th Street and Peachtree, or Central City Park, bible in hand, telling all who pass by that Satan, as Antichrist, will come before the true Messiah.
It means that IF the opportunity to give that information to someone that doesn’t know it comes before you, and you don’t tell them about it, you will be held responsible.
Another example of a stumblingblock would be if someone doesn’t read or study the bible to see if what’s being taught in the church that they go to is the truth or not, Father will put the spirit of slumber over them and KEEP them from ever understanding the truth UNTIL the time of the Millennium and there they WILL understand the full truth of it all and we can find that in 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV
Ezekiel 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
However, if you warn people that Satan/Antichrist comes first and they accept that as truth, then perhaps their soul will be saved and you will have done your job but if they DON’T believe you, they you have also done your part, they will probably end up in the Lake of Fire but you are free of any responsibility.
This is really not all that difficult. Simply said, if someone asks you a question, about the Antichrist or some other question regarding the bible, answer to the best of your ability or knowledge and go from there. You will have fulfilled your obligation and are free of responsibility.
Ezekiel 3:22 And the hand of the Lord was there upon me;
Father’s hand was on Ezekiel, to steady him, reassure him.
and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.
Let’s briefly recap where we are right now. Ezekiel was physically transported from where he was living by the river, to ANOTHER place near Tel-Abib, which was also a place by the river, where a group of Israelites, in captivity, were living.
Father kept him there for seven days and now it’s time for Ezekiel to go to work. This word plain has a special meaning to it:
✡ Plain__OT:1237 biq`ah (bik-aw'); from OT:1234; properly, a split, i.e. a wide level valley between mountains:
✡ Root Word__OT:1234 baqa` (baw-kah'); a primitive root; to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open:
It means to strike something until it’s split in two. Generally, today, we understand a plain to be a flat level area. Out west, you can drive for days on end without ever seeing a ridge or a mountain or even a small hill.
But spiritually and prophetically, Ezekiel was sent to a plain that was between two mountains and mountains, in Scripture, always represents power or powers, such as governmental powers, even on the spiritual level.
And the soil on a plain is usually rich in nutrients, being washed there from the rain flowing down the sides of the two mountains. It’s a very rich soil that produces good fruit or vegetables.
But here it represents goodness, with good and evil on either side of him, Satan on one side and Father on the other. This will be made a little clearer in the next verse.
Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the Lord stood there,
Father is not going to stand in a swamp or on gravel or a place covered with briars and thorns. He might make US stand there but He won’t. On this plain, Father was standing on the richest ground, indicating that all that is good comes from Him.
as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.
Don’t overlook the fact that…as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar…Father is still on His Throne on that vehicle. He’s still traveling with His Throne and Altar and the four Zoon and the cherubim. Isn’t that just incredible?
I would bet the farm and all that’s on it, that if you were to ask just about anybody, if they believed that our Father traveled around on some sort of vehicle, a craft that shined like polished brass, in a cloud with in-folding fire and lightening, they would probably look at you as though you were crazy.
It would be the topic of the day with those that stood around the water cooler at the office.
Ezekiel 3:24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house.
Go, shut thyself within thine house. Wow. All the way back from where he just came from? The thought here is that Ezekiel must be alone and not depend on any humans for comfort or support. He is already probably scared to death but this phrase, shut thyself within thine house, probably means to shut himself up within himself and not a physical house. It would not make sense for Father to send him back from where he just came.
As he waited for seven days earlier, before he went to the plain, there is still time for him to wait. It’s not the proper time yet.
Ezekiel 3:25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:
Father is telling him to wait because if he doesn’t, the people that he’s supposed to deliver the message to, might just lock him up. It isn’t the right time yet.
Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.
To make sure that Ezekiel doesn’t speak to the people, Father is going to make his tongue stick to the roof of his mouth. Have you ever tried to speak with your tongue pressing against the roof of your mouth? It’s impossible to say a word.
Contrary to the time of Ezekiel, we live in a time when the truth needs to be shouted aloud to all the world. We’re living in the generation of the fig tree and time is becoming short for that message to be delivered.
Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.
When Father finally allows Ezekiel to speak there will be some that will hear the truth and some that will not. Some will have ears to hear and some will not.
How about you? Do you have ears that hear the truth of our Fathers Word or do you listen to the words of men? Of some church system?
The only qualification for entering into the kingdom of God is to believe, with all your heart, that Christ died on the cross, to give all mankind the opportunity to have their sins forgiven. But there is so much more to it all.
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