This chapter concerns Israel and her restoration. It is Fathers’ prophesy that His people will be taken back to the homeland and He will watch over them. This should also tell us that we’re not talking about Judah but of the house of Israel, those scattered ten Tribes.
It’s also broken up into three sections: verses 1-15 are written to the land itself and verses 16-28 are written to the people, and 29-36 is back to the land once more.
Ezekiel 36:1 Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord:
Many times, in prophecy, mountains are used for nations, but here it means the actual mountains of the land of Judea.
Ezekiel 36:2 Thus saith the Lord God; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:
Because the enemy hath said against you. That would be primarily the Edomites and the Idumeans from the last chapter, and, secondarily, the Ammonites and the Tyrians.
Aha. An exclamation of laughter or joy.
Even the ancient high places are ours in possession. The everlasting hills promised to Israel back in Genesis 49:26…
✡ Genesis 49:26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. KJV
Ezekiel 36:3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side,
Because they have made you desolate. After the Chaldean army defeated Israel the surrounding pagan nations went in and took whatever they chose and destroyed that that they didn’t want.
Swallowed up as a beast going after his prey. They weren’t timid about it, they went after Israel’s possessions with gusto.
that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:
The Goyim, the heathens or non-Jews, scorned them.
Ezekiel 36:4 Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about;
This includes all the surrounding nations and all twelve of the Tribes. The cities were also destroyed and ravaged by these heathen peoples.
Ezekiel 36:5 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.
Idumea. This brings the red nation back into the mix.
✡ Idumea_ 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:
The residue of the heathen. The “remainder” of the heathen.
They took the land that Father had given to His people and laughed and partied while doing it, and when they were done, it left Israel barren and defenseless, as a rabbit being chased by a fox.
The word minds is nephesh in the Hebrew which means soul.
✡ Minds_ OT:5315 nephesh (neh'-fesh); from OT:5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):
The souls of these heathens were despiteful.
Ezekiel 36:6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen:
It made Father very angry and Jealous when He saw what was happening to His land and His people.
Ezekiel 36:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
This will be a perpetual shame on the heathen while only a temporary shame on Israel.
Ezekiel 36:8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.
For they are at hand to come. Father is going to see that those scattered Tribes come back to the land of their forefathers and that began in 1948 when Israel established her international borders once again.
Ezekiel 36:9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown:
After Father created all the different races on that 6th day of creation He said to Himself that He had no one to till the soil…
✡ Genesis 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. KJV
And that’s when He created Adam on the 8th day. Of course, on a much deeper level, we know why He created Adam and Eve and subsequently the entire Hebrew race and that would be to have His Son come here in a flesh and blood body to die for the sins of all mankind.
It wasn’t the sins of Adam that got us here, it was the disobedience of Satan in the first heaven/earth age that did it.
And I will turn unto you. Because of disobedience, corruption of values and idol worshipping, Father had turned His head away from Israel which is why He allowed the Chaldean army to overtake them and the neighboring nations to ravage and pillage what was left.
But here He promises to turn His head back to them and He will care for them as a farmer takes care of the land before and after planting. Father is going to restore them to a previous time of comfort.
But it will not last if they don’t continue to obey Him.
Ezekiel 36:10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded:
They will begin to multiply among themselves and not the heathen and He specifically addresses this to those ten “lost” Tribes called the house of Israel. Everything will be rebuilt, and they’ll be prosperous once again.
Father WANTS us to grow and be successful in the life that we live here on earth, but you have to do it according to HIS laws and commandments and statutes. If you don’t do it His way then you might end up as the Israelites here in this chapter. Don’t be your own worst enemy.
We’re talking about the LAND here and I think I should point out that the ISIS caliphate in the Middle East has been eradicated but the people that make up that group and their ideology has not. The bombing in Sri Lanka demonstrates that because ISIS took credit for doing it.
There has been an effort, by Satan and his followers, to eradicate Christians around the world and if you can’t see that then you need to get out more often. That bombing in Sri Lanka was meant to kill Christians.
Ezekiel 36:11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
IF they follow Him and obey Him THEN He will bless them. And as with Job, they shall be more prosperous than before.
And ye shall know that I am the Lord. That’s the whole point. Get them back on the right track so that He CAN bless them and you and me as well.
Ezekiel 36:12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.
Bereave them of men. Bereave means to be childless..
✡ Bereave_ OT:7921 shakol (shaw-kole'); a primitive root; properly, to miscarry, i.e. suffer abortion; by analogy, to bereave (literally or figuratively):
Ezekiel 36:13 Thus saith the Lord God; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations;
The land itself devours the men.
✡ Numbers 13:32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. KJV
How does that happen? Through famine and war.
Ezekiel 36:14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith the Lord God.
Remember that Father is talking about the LAND here. The land can also devour men through a drought. They work night and day for months on end, taking care of the crops, and end up with nothing.
Ezekiel 36:15 Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith the Lord God.
They will not be a laughing stock to the other nations any more. They will regain their self-pride and know who they are, that they’re NOT Goy.
Verse 16 begins with a new subject and it concerns the people of Israel.
Ezekiel 36:16 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
The Holy Spirit continues talking to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
They sinned by worshipping idols, whoring around with anyone at any time. They defiled their own land by doing this.
Their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. This is referring to a woman who is in the time of the month when she is having her period. It was a time when the women removed themselves from the general population for the length of that condition.
Although a necessary part of being a female, Father compares their lifestyle to this condition. Unclean.
Do we have any heathenistic practices today? Yep. We just went through one. After going to Easter services on top of a mountain to face the rising sun they then go to the churchyard and have the children search for colored fertility eggs.
On the holiest day of Christianity. This is ignorance to the Nth degree. Biblically stupid.
Ezekiel 36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it:
Their false religions brought to the people by the fake shepherds. Grove worshipping. Taking the idol that they carved out of a tree and putting in INSIDE the temple.
Ezekiel 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
The ten “lost” Tribes of Israel. Maybe THEY don’t know who they are, but Father sure does. They went across the Caucasus Mountains and into Europe, the British Isles, Canada, and America and around the world eventually.
Ezekiel 36:20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land.
And when they finally settled in a foreign country they profaned Father’s holy name. The people of the Gentile nations, to which they went, knew who they were and where they came from, to begin with, but they blended in and took up with their false religions and traditions and practices.
They dishonored our Father’s name and by doing so gave the Gentile nations the wrong impression of who He was and how He treated His own people.
Ezekiel 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
Father had pity on them for HIS NAME’S SAKE.
Ezekiel 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Did you know that Father is concerned about how we talk about Him? Commandment No. 3 bids us to not use His name in vain, and we all know that, but He doesn’t want us to throw other people off track by talking badly about Him and maybe discouraging others from seeking Him.
So, when He tells Israel that He’s not doing it for THEIR sake but for His own, that might be one of the reasons. They also profaned His name by the way that they lived which was constantly and continually in sin, disregarding Father’s laws and commandments.
And the heathen/Gentile nations saw it and remembered it.
“If your God is so good to you, why do you keep disobeying Him? Why do you pray to your idols?”
Ezekiel 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
And I will sanctify my great name. I will vindicate my great name. Not through punishing the Israelites but in gracious mercy.
Ezekiel 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
He scattered them and now, as we approach the end times, He will bring them back to the land of their forefathers. They messed up badly when He first took them to the promised land but that won’t happen this time because it will be in the eternity.
Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
The sprinkling of water is on the outside but it’s a change of heart on the inside that will work and then when the heathen see the transformation of His children BACK to Him, THEN will be the sanctification of His name.
This sprinkling of water can also be seen as the latter day rain.
Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
A new mind and a new will. As His love fills your heart, so it will remove the stony one. In Ezekiel 18:31 Father told them to make a new heart and a new spirit..
✡ Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? KJV
Here He will GIVE them a new heart and a new spirit.
Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The stony heart was what led them into sin and disobedience but with this new heart and spirit they will WANT to follow His laws and commandments for the sole purpose of showing Him that they love Him back because love is a two-way street.
Ezekiel 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
In the book of Hosea, Father calls the people ammi and lo-ammi. Ammi being My people and lo-ammi being NOT My people.
✡ Hosea 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ru-hamah. KJV
✡ Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. KJV
Not My people.
Preachers like to ask… ”Is Jesus your PERSONAL Savior?”
How personal can you get with someone that you don’t know anything about? Have you read, and do you understand, the Old Testament? How about the New? Would you leave your good paying job to follow Him?
The Israelites had an opportunity to do just that, as they wandered throughout the desert, and all they did was gripe and complain. Would you have done it differently? You can’t just sit there on that pew and nod your head in agreement, you actually have to DO something to make Him your personal Savior.
Father is talking about the eternity, here, and it’s quite literal because the eternity will be spent right here on Mother Earth and they will live in and around Jerusalem.
The subject changes from the people back to the land.
Ezekiel 36:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
How are they unclean? Through the human sins of lust, pride, envy, whoredom, and blasphemy, to name just a few. It will be the Holy Spirit that will save them, through His love and your repentance.
And I will call for the corn, and will increase it. Blessings will come. Why? Because, at this present time, you will have a clean soul and a tender heart.
And lay no famine upon you. In these end times, as stated in the Book of Amos, the famine will not be for food but for hearing the Word of God. How fruitless and depressing it must be for someone to have attended a church for the better part of their life and to get no more out of it other than…. ”Jesus loves you.”
✡ 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
Oh, my, there’s going to be a price to be paid on Judgment Day for some of these preachers.
Ezekiel 36:30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
Fruit will grow on the trees and will be plentiful. The crops that you plant in the field will yield 200%. And the land that once swallowed them up will now provide for them with plenty.
Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
And now that you feel good about everything, the blessings keep flowing from the Father, you feel comfortable in quiet places, then you will remember the sins that you had committed, and you will loathe yourself for committing them.
Ezekiel 36:32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel.
He’s not doing it for THEIR sake, He’s doing it to sanctify His own name. How does that happen? When the heathen/Gentiles see that the Israelites have reconciled themselves with their Father and the blessings keep on a’comin.
But don’t let it go to your head, don’t forget how you acted in the past. Remember and be ashamed and humble.
And that’s the problem with human beings: the blessings are flowing, they’re in a good place with the Father, they relax a bit and then Satan hits them, and they begin to go out and party again, they forget about the Father and they find themselves right back in the septic tank once again.
Father called Israel “Jeshurun” when they did that. Good time Charlies.
Ezekiel 36:33 Thus saith the Lord God; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities. All sins are forgiven through repentance.
I will also cause you to dwell in the cities. Jerusalem won’t be rebuilt at this time; the new city will come down from heaven. One mile square and glistening like diamonds and gold.
✡ Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. KJV
Ezekiel 36:34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
Everyone will see how blessed they are.
Ezekiel 36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
The heathen nations will see that Israel has reunited with their God and He has accepted them back.
Ezekiel 36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it.
Those heathen people that live close by will remember how it used to look when they were separated from their God and how it looks now. What a change! Learn from this, people. Get right with the Father and quit stumbling around in THIS heathen world.
Ezekiel 36:37 Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
Israel will look forward to the fulfillment of these promises and many will gather back to their homeland.
Ezekiel 36:38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Lord. KJV
It’s called the restoration of Israel. Some take offense to Israel being Father’s favorite people but it had to be either one of the races He created on the 6th day or create a different race on the 8th day and have our Lord be born in the flesh through it.
At the end of the war in heaven in the first heaven/earth age, Father knew what He was going to do. The other races were created for various other reasons, two of which were to hunt and fish but the Hebrew race was SPECIFIC for the reason stated above.
And eventually ALL of us were grafted into that same Tree and ALL of us have the same chance of salvation. The truly sad part is that Israel, by and large, doesn’t believe that Christ was the Messiah.
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