The Book of Ezekiel

                 Chapter 9

The Punishments

     Ezekiel 9:1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

     Who is the He in this verse? It’s our Father. He is the one directing this punishment. And He’s not speaking in a soft, comforting voice, it’s loud and commanding.

     Man, that sounds ominous. What’s being talked about here? Well, the city is Jerusalem and the word man doesn’t refer to a human being, like the 26 elders or the 70 Sanhedrin of the Central Council. These men are spiritual, and they come from the Father.

     Physically, a destroying weapon would be a sword, an ax or something similar. I don’t believe that a bow and arrow would be in that category because of the closeness of the combatants. But, spiritually, some would call this a crushing weapon.

     And understand this as well….this is not an actual event, this is within the vision in which Ezekiel was taken. This is also prophesy so the thought is applicable to today as well.

     Ezekiel 9:2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.

     These six men are angelic, they’re angels, and there was a 7th among them. Only the High Priest would wear garments made of linen. Some think that this seventh "man" was our Lord but I'm not totally convinced of that. In chapter 10 we will see this "man" take coals of fire from under the altar and I don't see our Lord doing that sort of thing.

     So I'm going to consider this seventh to be another angel.

     As we learned earlier, this higher gate would be the gate between the Outer and Inner Court. We saw that when I referenced the drawing of the Temple. And it’s on the north side of the Temple, the gate through which our Lord will enter, and at the end of this dispensation, at His return, when He places His feet on the Mount of Olives, it splits into two separate hills, and a direct path to this gate is obtained.

     The brazen altar is made of brass and as you pass through this gate, the sacrificing tables are both on your left and right.

     Ezekiel 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

     And the glory of the God of Israel. This word God identifies our Father in His capacity as the Creator. It’s Elohim

     Gone up from the cherub means the two cherubs by the Mercy Seat, within the Holy of Holies.

     Ezekiel 9:4 And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city,

     Spoken to the man with the inkhorn…

     through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

     This word mark means tav which is a cross…

     ✡ Mark_ OT:8420 tav (tawv); from OT:8427; a mark; by implication, a signature:

     Now, the description doesn’t say cross but that’s exactly what it was back in those days or, more accurately, two crossed sticks.

     And who were the men that sigh and that cry? They were those that loved the Father and were sickened by what the priests were allowing and participating in, within the church of God.

     And, if you today, are not sickened by the teachings of the rapture theory and all the other garbage that is taught in churches today, then maybe you just don’t have a good understanding as to how this offends our Father.

     And when I speak of churches, I’m usually referring to main-stream religion, not the off-shoots or cults that exist in the outer fringes of religion today. That’s where the bad abominations really happen.

     You should remember, back in Exodus, the mark that was placed on the doorposts of those that were to escape the anger of the angel of death. The Passover mark. And, of course, we also have the mark placed on Cain as he was booted out of the Garden.

     Ezekiel 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing,

     Ezekiel is hearing exactly what’s being said…

     Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

     This is said to the other six angels with the destroying weapons…

     Ezekiel 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.

     Begin the destruction at the church, with the preachers that were supposed to teach the Word and not worship idols or spout false teachings.

     And there were none to be spared, meaning that all were involved in these abominations, all were being taught the same message. Old, young, children, everybody. When you take your family to church, everybody hears the same message.

     “Oh, the little ones won’t know anything. They don’t really listen.”

     Really? They know how to find colored, plastic Easter eggs with candy inside…on the church ground….on EASTER. If a stranger were to walk up to one of your children, on the street, and try to entice them with candy, you would call the police in less than a heart beat.

     But you think nothing of it when your child’s soul is concerned. They do hear, they do learn, they do remember.

     Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

     The false shepherds. The supposed men of God. Do these preachers have a cross on their forehead? Nope. Why not? Well, figure it out. Understand. They were the ones committing the abominations in the House of God.

     Ezekiel 9:7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

     They’ve defiled the Temple, the sanctuary, the church already, might as well throw the dead bodies in there as well.

     And, of course, we’re talking about souls here, not physical bodies. It’s the souls that concern our Father because these flesh and blood bodies are just temporary, they’re a throw-away item just like electronics are today. Use it for a while and when it gets old, just throw it away.

     It’s the souls that are important to our Father.

     Ezekiel 9:8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?

     Ezekiel is worried that everybody will be destroyed by our Father, that not even a small percentage will be left. The only ones that are left, here in Jerusalem, are the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

     In this end time it will seem that everybody will worship or believe that Satan/Antichrist is the true Messiah. When it happens, just look around at all the people that are happy and jumping around. Watch your TV. It will show millions around the world that will be happy and excited about Jesus finally returning.

     The only problem is that he’s a fake and not too many know it because they never studied or were never taught. Why do you depend on someone else to take care of your very soul? There will be only two standing there on Judgment Day…you and the Father. All the others will be waiting in line just like you and I.

     This will be a day of great joy to those that knew the truth and stayed true. This will be a day of rewards for some, not a day of being cast into the Lake of Fire.

     Ezekiel 9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.

     The land is full of spiritual blood, the blood of souls deceived. It’s a quagmire in some of these churches today with the junk and nonsense that they teach.

     I used to live in the Atlanta area and every Easter morning there would be thousands of people up on Stone Mountain, for sunrise services. Innocently worshiping the sun? Probably. They were probably told by their preacher that it was a good thing to do. I don’t know, I never went to a church that did that sort of thing.

     Is it done in ignorance? Probably but that’s no excuse. When a preacher takes on the role of shepherd to a flock of people that come to his church, to be educated and fed the Word of God, and they end up with lies and church traditions, he ought to be shot out in the public square.

     It’s not good enough that he will pay on Judgment Day because all the souls that he deceived may live the rest of their lives believing in those lies and, yes, thank God for the Millennium, but still they live in those lies and it’s difficult to receive Father’s blessings under those conditions.

     Ezekiel 9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

     They’re going to get what they deserve. Father created these souls so it will be hard for Him to have them spiritually killed.

     Ezekiel 9:11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me. KJV

     Obedience to the Father was fulfilled.

     We are closer to the end of days than we have ever been in the history of mankind. And what happens if Satan, as the Antichrist, appears in Jerusalem in a few months? We are at the end of a 70-year generation in this year of 2018. The next generation will not come to a close until 2068.

     That’s 50 years from now. Can this world continue to go on at this rate for another 50 years? Degradation is overtaking this world faster than we can account for it. As I’ve said before, it’s my belief that the souls within these people that are committing the carnage in our schools and around the world, are the dregs of heaven, held back specifically for this time.

     Children killing children in middle schools, when they should be concerned and occupied with thoughts of how they can impress that girl that sits two rows over in mathematics class.

     If this isn't a mess, it'll do until a real mess gets here.

 

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