The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 4

Signs

     Ezekiel 4:1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:

     Take thee a tile. This was a brick, like the Babylonians used for writing, in keeping records and such, usually around 2’ long by 1’ wide. It was really just made out of mud. After the scribing of the information was complete it was dried out in the sun.

     Some think that Father wanted him to use a brick because most cities, their buildings, were constructed out of them, but the brick that Ezekiel used was still green, it had not been cured in the sun, it was still soft to a certain point, making it easier for him to write or inscribe on it because Father will ask him to do just that.

     The word pourtray means exactly that:

     Pourtray_ OT:2710 chaqaq (khaw-kak'); a primitive root; properly, to hack, i.e. engrave (Judges 5:14, to be a scribe simply); by implication, to enact (laws being cut in stone or metal tablets in primitive times) or (gen.) prescribe: -appoint, decree, governor, grave, lawgiver, note, pourtray, print, set.

     And he was to draw an outline of the city of Jerusalem on this tile, as probably would be seen from an aerial view or from a map that would show the city limits.

     Ezekiel 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.

     And lay siege against it. To show a hemming in of the city, as surrounding the city with soldiers or warriors before actually attacking the protective wall around it. This was added to the drawing on the tile.

     Seige_OT:4692 matsowr (maw-tsore'); or matsuwr (maw-tsoor'); from OT:6696; something hemming in, i.e. (objectively) a mound (of besiegers), (abstractly) a siege, (figuratively) distress; or (subjectively) a fastness:

     And build a fort against it. Not a fort as we might think of but a battering-tower, a tower from which a ram of wood could be swung, backwards and forwards, suspended by ropes, against the protective wall around the city. These were sometimes called engines, and they would punch holes in the wall so soldiers could gain access to the city:

       Fort_OT:1785 dayeq (daw-yake'); from a root corresp. to OT:1751; a battering-tower: KJV - fort.

     This is going to be a sketch showing a lot of detail, of which I am somewhat familiar, as one who worked in the fields of photogrammetry/cartography for many years.

     And cast a mount against it. This mount would be a ramp that would be built from the ground level up to the top of the wall surrounding the city. A great number of troops could walk up that ramp, stand on the wall, and shoot arrows down into the city.

      Mount_ OT:5550 colelah (so-lel-aw'); or cowlelah (so-lel-aw'); active participle feminine of OT:5549, but used passively; a military mound, i.e. rampart of besiegers:

     Set the camp also against it. These would be the troops, the army, that would surround the city, anxiously waiting for the wall to be breached so they could enter the city.

     And, finally, and set battering rams against it round about. The word battering is a generic word in the Concordance, the assigned number being 9999, but rams is pretty cool in its description:

     Rams_ OT:3733 kar (kar); from OT:3769 in the sense of plumpness; a ram (as full-grown and fat), including a battering-ram (as butting); hence, a meadow (as for sheep); also a pad or camel's saddle (as puffed out): KJV - captain, furniture, lamb, (large) pasture, ram.

     These would be long wood poles, supported and held up by many men, who would walk forward and ram or butt one end against the wall and after repeated attempts, would finally batter a hole in it, through which troops would go through.

     I thought that it was rather amusing to use an actual goat or ram to describe, perfectly, what this wooden log would do, as rams do indeed, butt with their horns.

     So, what has Father told us so far in this verse? This is the actual layout of the exact way that the Chaldean army would attack the city of Jerusalem. The soldiers, the ramps for accessing the top of the wall, battering rams, from both the ground and towers, the army surrounding the entire city.

     A battle plan scribed onto a brick. This shows exactly how the captivity will happen.

     Spiritually, we find the word against used here five times which is the number of grace, so grace from our Father towards someone seems to be eminent. Our Lord’s death on the cross gives us the opportunity to have that grace given to us. Without it we would be as lost as a Spanish galleon in the Florida straits.

     Father continues to tell Ezekiel what to draw on this tile, this brick.

     Ezekiel 4:3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.

     An iron pan, back in those days, was simply a flat piece of iron, an iron plate. They didn’t have skillets like we do and the only reason we have skillets is because of the raised sides that keeps the grease from spilling out on top of the stove. They didn’t cook with that much grease or fat.

     Why? Because they observed Father’s health laws, they knew fat wasn’t good for them. A typical hamburger from some fast-food joint has 3 patties, 3-4 strips of bacon (swine), a couple slices of cheese, french fries or onion rings on top as well, (you’re too lazy to pick them up and eat them by themselves while you eat the burger?), and some kind of sauce and we wonder why heart disease kills more people than cancer?

     The saving grace is that obesity is not the unforgiveable sin.

     Set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city. This iron was a symbolic separator between Babylon and Israel. Babel and truth. Confusion and fact. Satan and our Lord.

     Set thy face against it. This is best explained by reading Jeremiah:

     Ref: Jeremiah 21:10 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the Lord: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire. KJV

     The whole reason that Father is having Ezekiel do these things is to warn them of the coming exile. Why? Because Israel, especially the house of Israel, constantly fell back into idol worship and forgot or ignored our Father.

     And time after time, when Father chastised them, they would eventually repent and turn their faces back to Him but ONLY after He made life miserable for them. Some times, for as long as 430 years, remember the bondage in Egypt.

     This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. This is the whole reason for having Ezekiel do these things. It’s a warning, a sign, of impending exile.

     Ezekiel 4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity.

     When directions are given in Scripture it is assumed that the person is facing East. So, the right hand would be on the North side and the left hand would be on the South side.

     As applied here, for Ezekiel to lay on his left side, would indicate the north, thereby the Northern Kingdom, which is the ten scattered Tribes, thus the house of Israel. It would be an indicator to Israel, as they would understand what that particular symbolism would mean.

     Ezekiel 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

     Remember that this is spiritual, not actual. I mean, even if Father performed a miracle and Ezekiel lived through the 390 years, all the people of Israel and Judah would be long dead and the prophesy would end up meaning nothing to them.

     Father doesn’t do crazy things like this. He is natural. Supernatural.

     Ezekiel 4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days:

     Likewise, he would lie on his right side, representing the South, the house of Judah, the Southern Kingdom. Right always symbolizes power over the left.

     We see it even today in our political system, those on the right and those on the left. The left leaning towards socialism, the right leaning towards conservatism.

     And there are many examples in the bible as well. The malefactor that hung on the right side of Christ recognized Him as the Savior. We’re told to fish off the right side of the boat and so on. Right seems to indicate righteousness.

     I have appointed thee each day for a year.

     The day/year relationship in prophesy. We find that in 2nd Peter 3:8, where one day is as a thousand years and vice versa:

     Ref: 2nd Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. KJV

     Verse 7.

     Ezekiel 4:7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.

     It was exposed, he could point with it.

     Ezekiel 4:8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.

     Not only is Ezekiel not going to be able to speak, he’s not going to be able to move. That is, he won’t be able to move from place to place to spread the Word of our Father. He’s going to be bound with a spiritual restraint.

     We’re going to begin a different prophesy beginning with verse 9 and it’s going to get a little graphic but just hang in there and don’t let the Word of our Father become a stumbling block for you. Remember that we discussed stumbling blocks earlier and this is a good example of what could become one.

     Don’t get too goody-goody or self righteous, because Father intended for these particular words be used.

     Ezekiel 4:9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.

     Fitches actually being bread-corn. Could we go one step further and call it cornbread? No, because it’s just one of the ingredients, not the outcome of all the ingredients. Father wants him to mix all this together and make loaves of this mixture, enough to last 390 days. Remember that this entire chapter is symbolic.

     Ezekiel 4:10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.

     A shekel is about ½ of an ounce. That’s a pretty skimpy meal. A ½ ounce of 85/15 hamburger has about 30 calories in it and for comparison, a normal daily diet has about 1200 calories.

     Ezekiel 4:11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.

     A hin is equal to one gallon or 128 ounces and 1/6th of that, a sixth part, would be about 21 ounces or about 2 ½, 8- ounce glasses of liquid.

     This is not a whole lot to eat but the whole point of it is to let Israel know that things are going to be tough, times are going to get bad.

     Ezekiel 4:12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.

     Wow, what an abomination this is! How could Father expect Ezekiel to use the excrement of a human being as a heat source to cook these cakes?

     Because of the scarcity of wood to use for fuel to cook with, it was a common practice for those in the desert to use dried camel dung as a fuel source because camels are not carnivores, they don’t eat the flesh of other animals or birds, they’ve vegetarians, they eat straw and grass and twigs and leaves and such so what comes out the bottom end of these animals, after being dried by the sun, is burnable.

     The early settlers out West, here in America, commonly used dried buffalo dung, buffalo chips, as a fuel source to cook with. Human waste, human dung, is never to be used.

     Father is making a point here.

     Ezekiel 4:13 And the Lord said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.

     The nations around Israel knew that they were the chosen ones of God, that they were special in His eyes and by making Israel do this abomination, in front of all these nations, He will remove that special status they enjoy and make them just like the heathens around them.

     What a great analogy this is for us today. We will be doing essentially the same thing if we believe that Satan is the true Messiah when he appears in Jerusalem, in the near future. The words that he speaks will be HIS spiritual bread of life, cooked with HIS dung and what an abomination that will be in Father’s eyes when we take it in and absorb that junk.

     How much better it will be to partake of the true Bread of Life, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But you have to make that effort to gain the knowledge to be able to tell the difference between the two. Can you do that? Will you be able to do that when the great imitator stands there, looking, sounding, acting and speaking just like the true Savior?

     If you have the seal of our Father in your mind you will be able to do that.

     “Well, how do I get that seal?”

     By reading, by studying, either by yourself or with a good teacher. And Father does not leave us wanting, He has sent some good teachers into this world. Granted, they might be hard to find among the myriad of church systems out there today and it might take some effort to seek them out, but your very soul hangs in the balance so it might be worth the effort.

     This is another sign of the end times, the lack of someone to speak the truth of our Father’s Word:

     Ref: 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

     That little bit of food that Ezekiel was to prepare is to let you know that there is a famine for hearing His Word today. Educate yourself, don’t eat the dung that Satan/Antichrist will be handing out when he is released.

     Ezekiel 4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

     Ezekiel does NOT want to do this but he will if Father really wants him to.

     Which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces. Even animals that have been given to us for food cannot be eaten if the die for some unknown reason. You cannot just come up on an animal, lying on the ground and apparently dead, and take it home and eat it.

     Nor one that has been killed by another animal, such as an antelope that was killed by a lion. They haven’t been bled properly and Father’s health laws specifically require that an animal be bled before cooked and eaten.

     The blood left in the animal, after death, begins to putrefy and makes it inedible. Also, Father considers the blood to be a part of the animals soul, its life, and we are therefore to dispose of it properly.

     Ezekiel 4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.

     Father has relented and changed the fuel source to cows’ dung, which is much more acceptable. And lest we forget, the actions of the Israelite's, worshiping pagan idols and such, is compared to the dung of both humans and animals. It’s an abomination in Father’s eyes.

     Ezekiel 4:16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment:

     Very little truth being spread around today. That broken staff of bread will be the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

     Ezekiel 4:17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity. KJV

     They’re going to die in their own sins if they don’t change the way they live.

     “Well, we don’t do those kinds of things today.”

     Really? How many states have passed laws that legalize same-sex marriages? Almost all of them. How many churches teach that the rapture theory and the any-moment doctrines are biblical? Too many to count?

     Just because the law of the land allows someone to do something, it doesn’t mean that it’s following the laws of our Father. Just because some preacher or church system says that it’s biblical, doesn’t mean that it truly is.

     And let them do or say or pass whatever laws they want to, let churches teach whatever they want to, it’s up to YOU to figure out if it pleases our Father or not. And all that information, from Him, is written right here in this book called the Bible.

     “Well, I don’t have the time to sit down and read it.”

     Perhaps you need to start finding the time, if you have any regard for where your soul might end up going. It’s too easy to say to yourself that you’re going to be ‘outta here and you don’t need to read or study.

     I think that many people know in their heart that those doctrines are a lie but still they put off taking the time, taking the responsibility, to find out for sure. How many times has someone gone up to their preacher and asked him point blank if the rapture theory is true or not? And did you really expect him to say no? After teaching it to be the truth for all those years?

     The bondage of Israel, here in Ezekiel, is an actual, physical bondage. The bondage that people are under today is spiritual, it’s lies of deception and there isn’t much time left to search out and find the truth. The time for saying that you’re too busy to read and study is running out fast.

     That little bit of doubt, way in the back of your mind, tells our Father that you are not totally taken in by the lies of church systems and perhaps the door to the Millennium will not be open when you expect it to be.

     Don’t be like the five virgins who showed up too late for the marriage feast with our Lord. Don’t be standing there knocking on a door that will never open for you.

 

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