The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 34

Shepherds & Flock

     This chapter is dedicated to the preachers of the flock. Fathers’ flock. Those that love Him.

     Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

     Father speaking to Ezekiel.

     Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

     The shepherds are the preachers and the flock is the people that look to him/her for spiritual guidance and knowledge and what do they get? The preachers feed themselves and ignore the people.

     Back in the time when this was written the word shepherd also referred to a ruler like a governor and such. They would tax the people into the poor house while they ripped off the tax dollar and ate the best food, wore the best clothing and lived in the finest houses.

     Ezekiel 34:3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

     Does this word fat really mean what we think it does?

     ✡ Fat_ OT:2459 cheleb (kheh'-leb); or cheleb (khay'-leb); from an unused root meaning to be fat; fat, whether literally or figuratively; hence, the richest or choice part:

     The priests would look over the stock and choose a few that would be fed more than the others and the butchers knew that this meat was for special priests, while the people were fed the meat from lesser fed cows and bulls. This meat was, no doubt, more stringy and tough than the others.

     Ye kill them that are fed. Rulers and politicians would bring false accusations against people that lived well and had nice houses and after they were convicted they would levy against that property and take it for themselves.

     Spiritually, the preachers feed the people mistruths and lies about what’s contained in Fathers’ Book. The despicable rapture theory and all that comes with it and they sentence these people to a spiritual death because they won’t study on their own and allow themselves to be deceived.

     You see, it takes two people to make a good deception. One furnishing the lie and the other believing it.

     But ye feed not the flock. Many of them are hungry for the truth. What does it say in Amos?

     Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: KJV

     Is Father to blame for the lack of truth in churches today? Or is He just allowing the people to deceive themselves? He is not to blame, and the people LIKE to deceive themselves. They like feel-good stories, telling them that they won't be hurt during the time of the tribulation.

     Well, if you believe in and love our Lord, NOTHING is going to happen or hurt you.

     Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

     There is no one to lead them or take care of them. A shepherd cannot relieve the ailing’s of the people, it takes our Father to do that.

     Their soul is blackened with the disease of sin and the preachers don’t really care. All he wants to do is have the altar call, have a LOT of people come up to the front and three or four deacons, with hot, bad breath, praying in their ear.

     And after the service is over, everybody goes on their way and you’re left alone to figure it out on your own.

     “But the preacher really looked good with all those people coming down to the front. His words really touched some hearts.”

     The whole point of it all. It made him look good.

     Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

     They became a prey to the Syrians, Ammon, Moab, and Assyria. They became a prey to Satan as well and when he sees that they have no shepherd he will place all kinds of obstacles in their way, most of them associated with some weakness of each ones’ will.

     Our Lord addressed this in Matthew…

     Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. KJV

     And scattered they were as those ten Tribes went over the Caucasus Mountains into Europe. In essence, they became Gentiles instead of Hebrews when they did that.

     Ezekiel 34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

     Many call those Tribes the “ten lost Tribes of Israel”. They’re not lost because you and I know exactly what happened to them and our Father knows better than we. Many of them coming to this great nation which is why we are so blessed and have been for many years.

     Ezekiel 34:7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;

     You people that are supposed to take care of My children, listen to the Word of our Father.

     Ezekiel 34:8 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

     As I live. This is Father swearing on Himself again and there is no higher authority to swear to than Himself. The so-called shepherds made sure that they wore the best suits, ate the best food, lived in the best housing and soaked in the praises of the town.

     They stood behind the pulpit and taught nonsense, lies, and hypocrisy when they should have been teaching the Word of God. Fancy stages with bright lights, beautiful flowers, and a 50-person choir behind them singing hymns that sound oh so religious.

     Ezekiel 34:9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;

     In case you missed it in verse 7, here it is again.

     Ezekiel 34:10 Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

     The day will come when Father will take those false shepherds away and HE will take control. And those of the flock, whose souls have been put in spiritual danger by them, their blood will be on their soul.

     Ezekiel 34:11 For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

     The only reason for the Millennium is to allow souls to hear the truth for the first time. There will be and there ARE many who sit in front of some smiling preacher every Sunday morning who will not receive the truth.

     Father will let them believe the lies because they are being protected by a cloak of innocency placed over them by our Father…

     ✡ 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.

     ✡ 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

     ✡ 2nd Thessalonians 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. KJV

     They thought that they were doing the right thing, they thought that what they were being taught by this false shepherd was the truth, and Father saw that, and it touched His heart, so He allowed them to believe the lies right up to the time of their death, knowing that He will teach them during the Millennium.

     Ezekiel 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

     As a flesh and blood shepherd will look all day long for that one lost sheep, so will the Father do the same thing spiritually and He’ll do it, not on a sunshiny day, but a day that is cloudy and dark. He will find them and bring them back into His fold.

     Father knows the condition of each and every soul that He ever created 24/7/365. None escape His attention, and that includes you and me. And if you are not capable of searching out the truth on your own, He will protect them and teach them.

     That’s one of the great things of being one of His Election. We will find out in later chapters that they are the ones that will be teachers and judges during the Millennium…

     Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

     Ezekiel 44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment, and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths. KJV

     How are you doin’? Are you one of His Elect? Do you even know who they are? If you’ve studied here for any length of time you SHOULD know who they are but just in case some do not I’m going to tell you once more….Father’s Elect know the difference between the holy and the profane.

     What does that mean? It means that they know the difference between the true Shepherd and the false shepherd, and they also know which one comes first. They have the seal of God in their mind, their brain, their forehead.

     Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

     Those ten Tribes are scattered around the globe today, in many different countries, and He will find them and bring them home to the land of their forefathers…

     Jeremiah 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. KJV

     Those days are coming, my friends. It seems like forever but they are acomin’.

     Ezekiel 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

     I will feed them in a good pasture. Does that phrase sound familiar to you? It should because it’s the first part of Psalms 23 that’s preached at every funeral in this country for over 200 years…

    Psalms 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. KJV

     Sadly, no one ever teaches Psalms 22 which gives, in great detail, the events that will be happening on Golgotha before and during our Lords’ crucifixion. And it was given to us 1000 years before the fact. How amazing is that? How amazing is it that hardly anyone knows that?

     Ezekiel 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.

     He will feed them with the truth and they shall lie down and rest.

     Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

     And bring again that which was driven away. Who drove them away? The false shepherds did. Some of them come to church to actually seek some truth and not just to socialize and gossip. And after a while, they wander away, disappointed and discouraged.

     Perhaps they tried to study on their own and were not successful in understanding enough and they come to this shepherd, who knows less about the Scriptures than they do, and they can see through the lies that he spreads.

     And they are not willing to sit there with a smile on their face and make believe that they are enjoying the sermon.

     It really irritates me when I watch a TV preacher stand up there and go on and on and on, telling people HIS thoughts and words on how to be successful in this life, and they sit out there in the audience with pen and paper in hand, quietly waiting for some words of wisdom to be spoken, so they can write them down and treasure them, and there are none. None that I hear anyway.

     And by the way…..

     “Did I look good on camera this morning? Was my hair out of place? Did I look holy and religious?”

     But I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. How religious are you going to look when Father gets through with you, Mr. preacher? The flock will be fed the truth, YOU will be fed punishment.

     Father changes the subject from the preachers to the flock with this next verse.

     Ezekiel 34:17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.

     The rams representing the sheep while the he-goats give contrast to the comparison. Didn’t we read of goats in Matthew recently?

     Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

     Matthew 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. KJV

     Father is separating the good from the bad for judgment. The goats, in part, represent the Kenites but it seems that it’s not a good thing to be on Father’s LEFT. How true is that today? Politically, those on the LEFT, the Democrats, are trying to introduce legislation that will absolutely destroy this country.

     New Green Deal, Socialism, trying to destroy this President with their ever-waking moment. I think that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer are going to die of their own hatred for this President. They hate him because he doesn’t play the political game like they do. They can’t threaten him by taking away his power.

     He’s an outsider, a businessman, and he plays a different game than they do and it’s driving them nuts! The Presidents’ policies have this country and the people in it just clicking along right now. And they can’t take credit of any of it.

     Take heed…don’t be on the spiritual left either.

     Ezekiel 34:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures?

     But ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? Unlike cattle, when sheep feed they clip the grass right down to the roots and what roots are left they trod down so that almost no grass will grow again. Spiritually, these fake preachers teach their own lies and rob the people of any truth that might be left.

    And to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? When cattle go to a pond or a stream to drink water they usually have to walk through a muddy bank to get to it and it muddies up the water before they even get to it and they end up drinking muddy water instead of the clear.

     That’s what these preachers do: they muddy up the truth until there is none left.

     Ezekiel 34:19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

     Fake shepherds screw it all up to where there is nothing good coming to the flock.

     Ezekiel 34:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.

     Remember reading earlier about the preachers that overfed the cattle that they were going to eat while the congregation gets cattle that is skinny and stringy? Father hasn’t overlooked that fact and they will be judged for it.

     Ezekiel 34:21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;

     That’s what the strong do to the weak. They weren’t strong enough to fight back and were eventually pushed out of the entire pasture.

     Ezekiel 34:22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

     Between the sheep and the goats.

     Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

     Remember that this is Father speaking and David was a precursor to our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord will be our Shepherd and we simply have to listen to His voice and follow that voice for it will not lead us astray.

     I’ll tell you what. I’m old and tired and sick to death of watching ignorant, stupid people eat up every bit of the crap that fake shepherds and politicians feed to them, just for the sake of getting something for free, while it empowers corrupt politicians and gives fake glory to preachers.

     Universal basic income. Free money for not doing anything. Some States want to give $1000 a month to people. Too lazy to work; too lazy to study the Bible on their own and Satan is grinning from ear to ear.

     “I knew it would work,” he’s saying.

     Ezekiel 34:24 And I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.

     His servant David, the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah but that holds no weight with our Father. It was David’s devotion and love towards our Father that endeared him to Him. Always willing to be His servant.

     Father is talking about a future time here and where will David be during the Eternity? It doesn’t seem that he will be one of the twenty-four that gathered in a circle around Fathers’ Throne, but you can bet that he was close at hand.

     Ezekiel 34:25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.

     Father is giving us a picture of complete peace and safety. The evil beasts include Satan, the Kenites, and all the false preachers that took so many souls and placed them at the foot of Satan, through deception, of course.

     This is certainly not talking about today to where you can’t let your guard down for even a minute. Doors and windows locked; security cameras; doorbell video and so on.

     Ezekiel 34:26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

     Where is Father’s hill?

     Psalms 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. KJV

     Mount Zion, of course.

     And there are two seasons of showers called the former and the latter rain. Physically speaking, the former rain comes down early in the spring when the seeds and seedlings are placed in the ground and water and warmth is necessary to begin the growing process.

     The latter rain comes just before harvest, to fill the grain and the vegetables and make them plump and juicy.

     Spiritually, the former rain comes from our Father as one begins to study and understand the Scriptures. It comes in the form of blessings and knowledge. The latter rain comes just before our Lords’ return, where the knowledge of the false messiah is prominent in our minds.

     It’s called the seal of God and if the Holy Spirit has opened your mind and heart to that knowledge, then you must distribute that knowledge to others so that they too can overcome. That's the purpose and focus of this website. Unvarnished truth.

     Ezekiel 34:27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.

     Those that served themselves of them. The false prophets, the false shepherds, that took their money as they filled their unsuspecting minds with comforting thoughts of the rapture and any-moment doctrines.

     Selling prayer cloths and glow-in-the-dark crucifixes to the elderly for just a small donation.

     I received one of those prayer cloths just a couple of weeks ago through the mail and it wasn’t even a cloth, it was a piece of paper printed with a cloth-looking design. Just downright pitiful that so many fall for that crap and think that it’s so holy.

     Ezekiel 34:28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

     In the Eternity there will be no false anything. They are all done away with. There is nothing that offends during this time and how wide will our eyes be as we look on that holy city, Jerusalem.

     Ezekiel 34:29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.

     And I will raise up for them a plant of renown. That would be our Lord Jesus Christ who is frequently called The Rod or The Branch…

     Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: KJV

     Verse 30.

     Ezekiel 34:30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.

     Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them. Of this, there will be no doubt. While human beings pat themselves on the back for all their achievements, nothing could be accomplished without our Father.

     We have figured out how to do many things with a tree but who can go into an empty room and come out with a seedling? NO ONE. Only Father can do that but we overlook that part of His creation and pride ourselves on what pitiful things we have created.

     Ezekiel 34:31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God. KJV

     Are you a part of His flock? I’m not talking about being a member of the First _____ church of whatever. It doesn’t make a hill of beans to our Father as to what church you attend. The only thing that concerns Him is that you are presented with His truth and that you understand it and absorb it.

     The subject of this entire chapter was false shepherds. Those that mislead His children by lies and traditions of religious systems. Let me ask you a question. Which of these two situations would you consider to be the most abominable: a Catholic priest molesting a young boy or a church with a pastor that lies to the congregation?

     Lying shepherds are a cancer on unsuspecting souls but you can change that. You know in your heart that some of what you’ve been taught is a lie because you intuitively feel it, so why not get off your lazy butt, pull that Book out from waaaaaay back in the closet, dust it off, and start reading and understanding it.

     Don’t let these insidious, lying shepherds have the victory over you.

 

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