The Book of Ezekiel
Judgment on Enemies
From this chapter 35, through the end of the Book, chapter 48:35, everything is collectively called The Restoration and it’s referring to the restoration of Israel.
However, this particular chapter is called the Judgment on Enemies. This is a pretty short chapter, compared to some others that we’ve studied so far, so let’s get into it.
Ezekiel 35:1 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Ezekiel 35:2 Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it,
This is pretty interesting and if you don’t know the background of it all, you’ll miss that fact that Father is talking about Russia. Yep, that’s right. Russia.
Mount Seir obviously means a mountain but what about Seir? Seir means shaggy or hairy and that should be a clue for you. It’s also in the area called Idumea and that should be a second clue.
✡ Seir_ OT:8163 sa`iyr (saw-eer'); or sa`ir (saw-eer'); from OT:8175; shaggy; as noun, a he-goat; by analogy, a faun:
It was the Edomites that originally settled here, and the beginning of that Clan was Esau. Do you remember what the name Esau means? Hairy. Because of how he looked when he was born.
✡ Genesis 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. KJV
He was hairy and RED all over and it’s important to remember that color. Father changed Esau’s name to Edom…
✡ Genesis 25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. KJV
Edom also means RED…
✡ Red_ OT:123 'Edom (ed-ome'); or (fully) 'Edowm (ed-ome'); from OT:122; red [see Genesis 25:25]; Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him:
And don’t overlook the fact that he ate a bowl of RED pottage. A lot of “RED’s” going on here.
In the 38th chapter of this Book, we have the chief prince given to us and in the Hebrew, it is the word “Rosh”, and in the Vulgate Bible it was “Rush” and eventually it became the word Russia. We’ll get into that more deeply when we get to that chapter.
But the word RED locks in the relationship between Esau, Edom, Idumea, the Edomites who settled in that area and Russia so clearly that it’s hard to just discount it as circumstantial.
Back in the day, when Russia was the U.S.S.R., their flag was solid RED with a gold cycle and hammer on it. A country ruled by communists was labeled a RED country with China being considered RED China.
And, finally, again, back in the day, anyone who sympathized with either Russia, China, or communism was said to be a “pinko”, a mixture of white and red.
Let there be no doubt that Father is referring to Russia.
Ezekiel 35:3 And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
If you look at a world map, you’ll see that the 50th parallel crosses into Russia some 14 times. Almost 2200 miles of the Canadian-US border runs along the 49th parallel. What am I trying to say here? That Russia is a most desolate country. Their southern border is 10 degrees further north than our northern border.
They raise hardly any crops having most of it shipped in from other parts of the world. America, in contrast, is known as the world’s breadbasket and we feed many billions of people around the world. Do you think that is just happenstance? It’s not.
I’ve said this many times in the past that we are “Jacob” and Russia is “Esau”. It’s the way Father wanted it and it’s the way it is.
Ezekiel 35:4 I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.
The people of Russia are not communists, by and large, nor do they hate our Father. It’s the government that is socialistic and haters of our Father. And the people suffer for it.
Ezekiel 35:5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end:
Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred. Esau hated Jacob for stealing his inheritance and chased him across the desert in order to kill him.
In the time of their calamity. Father was in the process of correcting His people and they laid it on them more than they should have, and Father resented that. He may use another country and their army to correct His people, but He expects them to do it with a little humanity. He doesn’t like it when they go overboard with their war against Israel.
If you’ll remember, Esau cared nothing for his heritage, selling it to Jacob for a bowl of soup. And Jacob, with his mother’s help, Rebekah, pulled a con job on ‘ole Isaac and made him believe that it was Esau that he was giving the inheritance to because his sight was so poor that he could hardly see.
Ezekiel 35:6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
I will prepare thee unto blood. Father will prepare him for slaughter by others.
The Hebrew word for blood is dam…
✡ Blood_ OT:1818 dam (dawm); from OT:1826 (compare OT:119); blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e. drops of blood):
And since Esau, in the Hebrew, means RED, it’s an easy transition to come to blood, which in and of itself, is also RED.
Even blood shall pursue thee. You can really translate blood into war, because as Esau liked to shed the blood of others, so shall his blood be shed by those that war after him.
Ezekiel 35:7 Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.
There will be very little merchant trade coming into and out of Seir.
Ezekiel 35:8 And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword.
The battle of Hamon-Gog. This will be explained further in chapters 38 and 39 but there are scholars, one in particular, whose word I trust, that say that this war will be fought in Alaska.
From the website foreignpolicy.com we find this recently…
“In recent years, Russia unveiled a new Arctic command, four new Arctic brigade combat teams, 14 new operational airfields, 16 deepwater ports, and 40 icebreakers with an additional 11 in development. (The United States has one working icebreaker for the Arctic — it’s only other one is broken.)”
President Trump is exploring ideas that will change that situation and make it more equal for us. That part of the globe seems to be very important to Russia today while it has never been in the past.
Ezekiel 35:9 I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
There will be no atheism there because our Lord will return and take it all away.
Ezekiel 35:10 Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the Lord was there:
Who are these two nations? America and Russia. America is represented as Jacob and Russia is represented as Esau. These two nations came from the womb of Rebekah…
✡ Genesis 25:23 And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. KJV
And verses 25 and 26 will give us the names of these two brothers…
✡ Genesis 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
✡ Genesis 25:26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. KJV
And before either one was born, while still in Rebekah’s womb, Father said that He loved Jacob, but He hated Esau…
✡ Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. KJV
There has been perpetual tension between us and Russia since the beginning and there will never be peace between us.
Ezekiel 35:11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord God, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee.
He will have judgment without mercy as you have dealt to others without mercy.
Ezekiel 35:12 And thou shalt know that I am the Lord, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.
And thou shalt know that I am the Lord. That’s the whole purpose. Esau will KNOW that Father is in control.
Thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel. Mountains translates as nations and the reference here is to the house of Israel, not the house of Judah.
Ezekiel 35:13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.
Father hears even if you whisper, He even knows your thoughts. The government of Russia is what’s atheistic, not the people.
Ezekiel 35:14 Thus saith the Lord God; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate.
And desolate they are, even today.
Ezekiel 35:15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the Lord. KJV
Seir and Idumea, settled by the Edomites, the people of Esau before his name changed. It’s a very hard country compared to America. Very little land on which to grow crops which is why they buy most of their wheat, soy beans and corn from us.
The leaders of that nation, present and past, will pay dearly for how they have treated Father’s children.
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__22 April 2019__