The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 8

The Second Vision

     This eighth chapter begins a second vision for Ezekiel and continues on through the 11th chapter, as chapter3 through chapter 7 dealt with the first. Let me say this again: chapter 8 through chapter 11 is concerned with the 2nd vision.

     Let’s set the time frame: this would be the 6th year of the captivity of Jehoiachin and the month would be Elul, which covers part of our August and part of our September and it would be the 5th day of that month.

     This is a year and two months after the vision in chapter 1.

     Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me.

     These elders of Judah are the 24 priests that observed the courses of service in the Temple, plus the high priest, making 25 in all. Basically, we are looking at the religious leaders of Judah.

     Ezekiel 8:2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.

     As the appearance of fire. Let’s look at this word fire for a moment, in the Hebrew…

     Fire_ OT: 'esh (aysh); a primitive word; fire (literally or figuratively): KJV - burning, fiery, fire, flaming, hot.

     Now, there is some controversy concerning this word, fire. Some will quote the Septuagint and say that it’s the Hebrew word ‘ish, meaning a man, instead of the Hebrew word ‘esh, which means fire.

     Personally, I’m going with the meaning of fire, and not man, because further down in this verse we have the word man implied by the use of the pronoun his, so the verse would be a description of a man surrounded by fire.

     And this man would be the manifestation of the Lord’s Spirit or the Spirit of the Lord or the angel of the Lord. It’s a way of our Father letting us see our Lord without having to be in that dimension within which He lives. This has been a description of our Lord in many places, here in Ezekiel, and other books.

     Over the years that I’ve been doing research for this website I’ve come to not trust the Septuagint 100% because there are too many of them out there. I’ll rely on the Companion Bible and Dr. Strong’s Concordance, in most cases.

     The Septuagint is a Greek language translation of the Hebrew Old Testament and, granted, there are some errors in the Companion bible as well. It took a while to come across it but Dr. Bullinger believes in the rapture theory, but since we know that it’s a lie, don’t let it bother you, as to the correctness of his bible.

     It’s still the most accurate bible that you can buy and study from, it’s as close to the original Manuscripts that’s available to ordinary people today, without spending thousands of dollars, it contains most of the notes that comprise the Massorah, the Greater and the Lesser, and the 198 appendixes in the back of the bible are really, really helpful when studying.

     If you know the truth of our Father’s Word, don’t let a few errors become a stumbling block to your studies. Satan would like that immensely, if he could stop you from studying. Don’t let him win.

     Dr. Christian David Ginsburg is also an excellent bible scholar and if you have the money I’d recommend buying his 4-volume set of the Massorah. I personally don’t have a set, but I hope to sometime in the near future.

     There are lots of ways that one can study on their own, good reference materials, but I feel that most people, in the age bracket of 18-50, simply don’t have the time to do all the in-depth research. Raising children, furthering their career and so on but don’t let that be an excuse for NOT studying on your own. It’s very important that you do.

     I have always felt that it’s important to read the Words with your own eyes and understand as much as you can with your own mind and, even though we will all have complete knowledge of the Scriptures during the Millennium, having those words inscribed somewhere deep inside your memory banks will profit one a great deal during the Millennium, especially if you happen to be one of Father’s Elect.

     That’s just my opinion on it. Alright, enough said.

     Here in verse 2, Ezekiel can see the angel of the Lord. But what about the words colour of amber? Those words are only used 3 times throughout all of Scripture and all three occurrences are here in Ezekiel, 1:4 and 1:27, and two of those times it refers to the vehicle on which our Father has His Throne and Himself, so the same must apply here in 8:2, the third place where they are written.

     Ezekiel 8:3 And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.

     And he put forth the form of an hand. Our Lord stretched out His hand and lifted Ezekiel up by a single lock of his hair and that’s a figure of speech since Ezekiel is being transported, spiritually, to Jerusalem….remember that he is still by the river Chebar.

     To the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north. If you have a Companion Bible, you can go to Appendix 88, page 125, and see the drawing that shows the inner gate that looks toward the north. To get yourself orientated, North, on that drawing, would be on your right side as you view the drawing.

     If you don’t have a Companion Bible, go to the top menu bar, click on Bible Topics and scroll down to the page called the 1000 Years Images, and you can see the drawing there.

     This inner gate is called the altar gate and it led to the altar of sacrifice in the Inner Court.

     Where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. This seat was the Mercy Seat, the place where Satan always wanted to sit. Quite the reason that we’re all in flesh and blood bodies today, as the rebellion in heaven was Lucifer trying to take control of that Seat.

     This image of jealousy would refer to Satan himself. He was jealous of Father sitting there, in control, and he wanted to sit there himself:

     Ref: Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: KJV

     Father ALWAYS sat on the side of the north in the Temple.

     Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.

     The glory spoken of here is the Shekinah glory that surrounds our Father, referenced in verse 2 above and in Revelation 6:2. This plain is the same place spoken of in chapter 3:22 and 23. That place between the two mountains in the prior vision.

     Ezekiel 8:5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.

     Ezekiel looked toward the north and saw the image of Satan standing there in the gate of entry.

     Even though Satan is held behind the Throne of our Father in Paradise today, and he knows that he will eventually experience a spiritual death, he still has the rest of the time left in this dispensation and a 5-month period at the end of the Millennium, to practice his deception on Father’s people, those that love Him.

     In this dispensation, after our Lord banished him to being held behind His Throne by the archangel Michael, only his spirit can tempt and deceive, but after the Millennium, he will be able, in person, to try to deceive souls and take as many with him into the Lake of Fire as he possibly can.

     He will come back, in person, when the five-month tribulation begins shortly, impersonating the true Messiah.

     Ezekiel 8:6 He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do?

     Who are the they here? Don’t forget the subject…it’s the 25 elders, the religious leaders, the supposed shepherd’s of Father’s flock.

     even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.

     What were the abominations within the church/Temple at that time?

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.

     Remember what was involved in grove worshiping? Hand-hewn images of the male appendage, right inside the Temple itself.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people.

     There you have it, they took this monstrosity out of the Temple and burned it.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

      There were houses of ill repute, right outside the Temple doors. Men having sex with men; women having sex with women. And the women, probably the wives of the preachers, would weave coverings to put over the Asherah.

     We have a church organization today, whose priests molest our young boys as they serve and go to school in these places of worship. Today! In the year of our Lord, 2018! Not thousands of years ago, but today.

     And what does the church do about these men? They don’t get them counseling, they don’t turn them in to law enforcement to be punished, they transfer them to a different area of the country or the world, not telling the people what kind of priests these men are, and they give them a new crop of young men, young boys, upon which to prey. It’s an unspeakable abomination!

     And instead of the members of these congregations burning down the doors of these churches and dragging these men/priests out on the street and exposing them for what they are and what they do, they still attend the services as though nothing has happened.

     Are the other churches innocent? With the rapture theory, the fly-away doctrines, speaking in tongues and all that other religious nonsense, of course not.

     That I should go far off from my sanctuary. In the tenth chapter He will do that, He will go far off from His sanctuary.

     Ezekiel 8:7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall.

     There’s not supposed to be any holes in the houses of our Father. What do you use holes for? To hide things in.

     Ezekiel 8:8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.

     He discovered a hidden door.

     Ezekiel 8:9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.

     There is nothing that can ever be done by us that our Father does not know about. There is no place in the universe that one can go to hide themselves and their actions and thoughts, from our Father. He is in complete and total control.

     And digging a hole in the wall or hiding behind a closed door will not obscure you from the sight of our Father. He not only sees and remembers, He writes it all down, figuratively speaking, of course. I hope that you understood that without me explaining it.

     Ezekiel 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.

     Everything that was an abomination to our Father was portrayed on those walls. Inside the Temple walls themselves. These rooms have been found in Egypt with these drawings on the walls.

     Ezekiel 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

     These seventy men were probably the members of the Sanhedrin, the leaders of the Great Council of Israel. Jaazaniah might have been the chief of the leaders.

     What does the name Jaazaniah mean? “Whom Yahaveh hears.”

     “Yes, I spoke to God today.” “And God told me to do this or that today”

     What does the name Shaphan mean? It means “coney”. Which is a rabbit. There you go, let’s bring a rabbit into the house of God today. Better yet, let’s make it an Easter rabbit as well.

     Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

     Ever been to one of those peep show places on the seedy side of your town? A place so dark inside that one can hardly find the door handle. Unseen men putting their hands on you while watching pornography, either in the flesh or on a screen or monitor. That’s one of Satan’s churches for sure.

     The Lord’s not with us any longer so what does it matter what we do in the dark. We’ll make our own religion, worship our own idols and images.

     These men were the religious leaders of the people. Much like preachers are supposed to be the religious leaders of the people today but they are supposed to teach the people the truth, not what some organization tells them to teach or what they might think up on their own to teach.

     And they do it without fear of reprisal from the people.

     “Hey, they’re all ignorant of the Scriptures anyway so I can pretty much say and do whatever I want to, to make myself look good in front of them. Show them what a holy man I am.”

     Ezekiel 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

     The above wasn’t bad enough, I guess.

     Ezekiel 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

     Tammuz was pretty much like Ishtar, except it was Greek, the Adonis of the Grecians, but it took on the same pagan and sexual rituals as Ishtar. They were crying for HIM because, unlike Ishtar, Tammuz was male.

     An annual feast was celebrated to him in the month of June, hence the fourth religious month of the year, on the Jewish calendar, was named after him. There’s over a dozen different stories about Tammuz but suffice it to say that worshiping him was considered an abomination to our Father.

     Ezekiel 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

     It gets even worse.

     Ezekiel 8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar,

     We’ve now gone from the outer gate to the inner gate of the Temple.

     This was just before the entrance to the Holy of Holies, that room separated by the giant curtain that our Lord ripped from top to bottom.

     Do you understand the significance of that ripping? It’s easy to rip a curtain from the bottom to the top because the bottom hangs loosely just above the floor, but the top is incredibly harder. All of the rings that hold the curtain to the rod from which it’s suspended impair one’s ability to pull it far enough apart to rip it downward.

     It took a supernatural act to tear that curtain from top to bottom. And what it did was open up the door for any one of us to come to Him, without having to go through another human being. The door to Christ was now open to all, to come at any time, in reverence and prayer and humility.

     were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

     The chief priest and the 24 elders. They stood in front of the Temple, at the east gate, the gate through which our Lord enters, and they turned their backs to Him and worshipped the sun. Been to any Easter sunrise services lately? Well, it’s coming up in a few weeks…get your pretty clothes together.

     Sun_OT:8121 shemesh (sheh'-mesh); from an unused root meaning to be brilliant; the sun; by implication, the east; figuratively, a ray, i.e. (arch.) a notched battlement: KJV -  east side (-ward), sun ([rising]), west (-ward), window.

     Ezekiel 8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

     And, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Our Lord is called The BRANCH in the book of Zechariah..

     Ref: Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. KJV

     But that’s not what’s being talked about here. This branch is the Asherah, the whittled image of the male appendage. While standing there worshipping the sun, the priests and the people put the Asherah to the side of their nose.

     While standing with their backs to the Temple of God.

     Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them. KJV

     How despicable we are as human beings. If we don’t bathe or shower every day we begin to stink from our own decay, though blood and life flows through our bodies at the same time. Take the time to look and see what products we use to keep us from stinking.

     Tooth paste, mouth wash, underarm deodorant, douches, after shave, perfume and on and on. Two days without some of these products and we can’t stand to smell ourselves. And that’s just on the outside. Consider the decay that comes from the inside, our minds. The deception we look at as though it were the truth. That’s what makes our Father angry with us.

     Some of the things that mankind has done to each other would make you vomit upon hearing or seeing them. Just the other day on the DrudgeReport there was an article about twelve pairs of hands floating up on shore. No bodies, just the hands.

     Remember the Holocaust and the Jewish people. Horrific.

     How wonderful it will be to finally get out of these transient bodies and back into one that is pleasing to our Father, most of the time. Sin runs rampant in the world of humanity and every instruction that we need, on how to find out how to live in these deplorable bodies and still please our Father, somewhat, is written in that great Book.

     These last few paragraphs sound a little gross, don’t they? Have you forgotten what our Father said to Ezekiel in chapter 4? Let me remind you…

     Ref: 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. KJV

     Ezekiel knew that the atoms and the minute particles that make up the smoke that comes from a fire made with human feces would be an abomination for him to intake or eat. It was a representation of the degradation that mankind had sunk into because they had rejected all that was good in their lives…our Father.

     Father said that if you want to live at that level, then eat at that level.

     We’re at a time when we need to stop playing around with fake church doctrine and take a hard look at our minds and souls. When you think that you can thumb your nose at the Creator of all that exists and get away with it unscathed, then you are truly living in a world of fantasy.

     The world that our Father lives in is so powerful, so destructive, so invasive, that if it wasn’t for His love for us, we would all be consumed by our own sin and the occupants of the nether world. Satan lives in that sphere and when he sees you reduce yourself to that level, he and his followers will swoop in and eat you up.

     They don’t care about you, they want your soul and the only way to escape the clutches of his grim hand is through the power and love of Him above. And if you lose that protection, when you think that you’ve got things under control, when you play church every Sunday morning and think that the rapture is going to save you, Satan’s already got you.

     You’ve already got the mark of the beast and you don’t even know it.

 

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