Ezekiel’s Message for Our Time

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(Copyright ©OneTruthOneLaw.com 2020)
The prophet Ezekiel issued a number of warnings
to different nations, but their fulfillment was not
always intended to be imminent. Therefore,
before examining these, it is important to
establish the time frame. Specifically, were they
meant to be fulfilled during Ezekiel’s lifetime or
in the future, perhaps even thousands of years
after his death? As we will see, one prophecy in
the 6th and 7th chapter of his book pertains to a
specific group of people living in this generation.
Before confirming this fact, and examining
Ezekiel’s message, a quick review of history is
necessary.
In the opening verses of the 6th chapter of
Ezekiel, the message is directed toward the
nation of Israel, which had been taken into
captivity during a period of time from 726 – 721
BCE by Shalmaneser V, king of Assyria (Eze. 6:1-
3).
In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah
(based in Jerusalem), Hoshea the son of
Elah became king of Israel in Samaria,
and he reigned nine years.
2And he did evil in
the sight of the Lord, but not as the kings of
Israel who were before him.
3Shalmaneser
king of Assyria came up against him; and
Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him
tribute money.
4And the king of Assyria
uncovered a conspiracy by Hoshea; for he had
sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and
brought no tribute to the king of Assyria, as he
had done year by year. Therefore the king of
Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.
5Now the king of Assyria went throughout all
the land, and went up to Samaria and
besieged it for three years.
6
In the ninth year
of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took
Samaria and carried Israel away to
Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the
Habor, the River of Gozan, and the cities of the
Medes (2Kgs. 17:1-6; NKJV used throughout
unless otherwise noted; Ed. note in
parenthesis; emphasis added).
This confirms that the descendants of 10 sons of
Jacob were located in Samaria, which is north of
Jerusalem. The remaining descendants of Jacob
consisted of Judah, Levi, and some from
Benjamin who lived in Jerusalem until the
Babylonian captivity, which occurred
approximately 598/7 and 587/6 BCE (1Kgs.
12:21, 23; 2Chron. 11:1). Therefore, when
Ezekiel issued his prophecy about the
descendants of Israel, he was not referring to
those from Judah, Levi, or Benjamin, who are
collectively referred to as “the Jews” (2Chron.
32:18). Instead, he was addressing primarily the
descendants of Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun,
Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, and Joseph
(Ephraim and Manasseh) who are Israelites, but
not Jews.
Ezekiel lived approximately 622 – 570 BCE, but
the descendants of Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun,
Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, and Joseph
(Ephraim and Manasseh) had been taken captive
and removed from their homeland two centuries
before Ezekiel’s warning. Therefore, when
Ezekiel describes various forms of judgment
against “Israel”, he was not referring to events
that would occur in his lifetime. Instead, Ezekiel
was describing what will occur at a future date.
In order to establish the approximate time for the
fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy, certain trends
need to be identified within the 6th and 7th
chapters of Ezekiel’s book. One of these trends
involves an increase in violence and lawless
behavior.
Violence has risen up into a rod of
wickedness; none of them (involved with
this behavior) shall remain, none of their
multitude, none of them; nor shall there be

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wailing for them (Eze. 7:11; Ed. note in
parenthesis; emphasis added).
Make a chain, for the land is filled with crimes
of blood, and the city is full of violence
(Eze. 7:23; emphasis added).
Violence takes many forms including, but not
limited to, divorce which is violence against
children, exploiting the poor, fatherless, widows
through predatory business practices/ schemes/
loans; partiality in judgment against the poor,
fatherless and widows, by not upholding God’s
law and commandments within a nation’s legal
system. Violence against vulnerable people who
make the mistake of trusting those in authority
within religious organizations. Finally, out and
out rebellion and violence by radical elements
who want to destroy a society (see study:
Entering America’s Darkest Chapter).
The conspiracy of her (Israel’s) prophets in her
midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey;
they have devoured people; they have taken
treasure and precious things; they have
made many widows in her midst.
26Her
priests have violated My law and profaned
My holy things; they have not distinguished
between the holy and unholy, nor have they
made known the difference between the
unclean and clean; and they have hidden their
eyes from My Sabbaths (which include God’s
appointed Holy Days), so that I am profaned
among them.
27Her princes (leaders) in her
midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to
shed blood, to destroy people, and to get
dishonest gain (Eze. 22:25-27; Ed. notes in
parentheses; emphasis added).
When a nation’s leaders conduct themselves in
this manner, the population at large copies them
to one degree or another.
The people of the land have used
oppression, committed robbery, and
mistreated the poor and needy; and they
wrongfully oppress the stranger (Eze. 22:29;
emphasis added).
Jesus Christ’s disciples asked when he would
return to rule this planet, and he confirmed that
this lawless behavior would be a prelude to this
event.
And because lawlessness will abound, the
love of many will grow cold (Mt. 24:12;
emphasis added).
According to what Ezekiel foretold, no one will be
spared from the trouble that God will bring upon
the descendants of Israel due to their sinful
conduct, and this judgment will occur suddenly.
For the seller shall not return to what has been
sold, though he may still be alive; for the
vision concerns the whole multitude, and
it shall not turn back; no one will strengthen
himself who lives in iniquity (sin; 1Jn. 3:4)
(Eze. 7:13; Ed. note in parenthesis;
emphasis added).
For you yourselves know perfectly that the day
of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then
sudden destruction comes upon them, as
labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they
shall not escape (1Thes. 5:2-3; emphasis
added).
The pursuit of material things is central to Israel’s
demise because they do not seek God’s values,
as summarized by His law and commandments.
They will throw their silver into the streets, and
their gold will be like refuse; their silver and
their gold will not be able to deliver them in
the day of the wrath of the Lord; they will not
satisfy their souls, nor fill their stomachs,
because it became their stumbling block
of iniquity (Eze. 7:19; emphasis added).
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Even though the descendants of 10 of Jacob’s
sons’ families are scattered among other nations,
they will not be protected from God’s judgment.
However, a remnant will escape.
In all your dwelling places the cities shall be
laid waste, and the high places shall be
desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste
and made desolate, your idols may be broken
and made to cease, your incense altars may
be cut down, and your works may be
abolished.
7The slain shall fall in your midst,
and (then) you shall know that I am the Lord.
8Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you
may have some who escape the sword
among the nations, when you are
scattered through the countries.
9Then
those of you who escape will remember Me
among the nations where they are carried
captive, because I was crushed by their
adulterous heart which has departed from Me,
and by their eyes which play the harlot after
their idols; they will loathe themselves for the
evils which they committed in all their
abominations (Eze. 6:6-9; Ed. note in
parenthesis; emphasis added).
In Ezekiel 6:9, Israel is described as “playing the
harlot after their idols.” This may seem like a
foreign concept today; so putting this into a
modern perspective, “Whatever, or whoever,
replaces God in one’s life is regarded as an idol.
This includes one’s priorities.”
For instance, if pleasing one’s family is more
important than obeying God’s laws, this is a form
of idolatry.
He who loves father or mother more than Me
is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or
daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me
(Mt. 10:37).
An extreme example of this is Abraham being
told to sacrifice his son Isaac. In other words,
would Abraham obey God’s command, or would
he disobey and choose to save his son’s life
instead.
And Abraham stretched out his hand and took
the knife to slay his son.
11But the Angel of the
Lord called to him from heaven and said,
“Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
12And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the
lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that
you fear God, since you have not withheld your
son, your only son, from Me (Gen. 22:10-12).
There are many easier tests than the one
Abraham endured, but most people would fail at
these. One simple example pertains to observing
pagan holidays, disguised as being “Christian.” If
it was clearly shown that Christmas, New Year,
and Easter celebrations are contrary to God’s
word and will, how many would stop observing
them (see website section entitled: God’s Holy
Days)?
Returning to the 6th and 7th chapter of Ezekiel, it
has been shown that the message pertains to 10
specific families that descended from Jacob.
These people were progressively scattered
among other nations beginning around 726 –
721 BCE, and by the time of Ezekiel’s writing they
had not lived in Samaria for about two centuries.
Now we can examine the warning that applies to
them today.
Thus says the Lord God: “Pound your fists and
stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all the evil
abominations of the house of Israel! For they
shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by
pestilence.
12He who is far off shall die by the
pestilence, he who is near shall fall by the
sword, and he who remains and is besieged
shall die by the famine. Thus I will spend My
fury upon them (Eze. 6:11-12).
So I will stretch out My hand against them and
make the land desolate, yes, more desolate
than the wilderness toward Diblah, in all their
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habitations. Then they shall know that I am
the Lord (Eze. 6:14).
Another prophet, who was a contemporary of
Ezekiel, confirmed that this will be the time of
“Jacob’s trouble”, culminating with the
resurrection of King David.
Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like
it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but
he shall be saved out of it.
8 For it shall come
to pass in that day, says the Lord of hosts, that
I will break his yoke from your neck, and will
burst your bonds; foreigners shall no more
enslave them (the bondage of deception
fostered by Satan and the fallen angels; cf.
Isa. 14:16-17). 9
(Instead of Satan) they
shall serve the Lord their God, and David
their king whom I will raise up for them
(Jer. 30:7-9; Ed. notes in parentheses;
emphasis added).
However, just prior to Christ’s return and the
resurrection of King David, there will be a great
deal of upheaval and destruction as described by
Ezekiel.
Destruction comes; they will seek peace, but
there shall be none.
26Disaster will come upon
disaster, and rumor will be upon rumor (cf. Mt.
24:21-26). Then they will seek a vision
from a prophet; but the law will perish
from the priest, and counsel from the
elders (cf. Amos 8:11-12). 27The king
(national leadership) will mourn, the prince
will be clothed with desolation, and the hands
of the common people will tremble. I will do to
them according to their way, and according to
what they deserve I will judge them; then they
shall know that I am the Lord (Eze. 7:25-27;
Ed. notes in parentheses; emphasis added).
One of the main reasons that Ezekiel’s message
to the descendants of Israel is ignored is due to
the “cunning” deceptions of Satan and the fallen
angels (Gen. 3:1; 2Cor. 4:3-4; Rev. 12:9).
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle
(in both of which I stir up your pure minds
by way of reminder), 2
that you may be
mindful of the words which were spoken by
the holy prophets [including Ezekiel’s
warning], and of the commandment of us, the
apostles of the Lord and Savior,
3 knowing this
first: that scoffers will come in the last
days, walking according to their own
lusts,
4and saying, “Where is the promise
of his [Christ’s] coming? For since the
[fore] fathers fell asleep [died], all things
continue as they were from the beginning of
creation (2Pet. 3:1-4; Ed. notes in
parentheses; emphasis added).
These scoffers are functioning primarily in the
spirit realm, but they are still capable of
influencing the attitudes of human beings. The
greatest scoffer of all time is Satan who refuses
to listen to his heavenly Father’s correction, even
though it is for his ultimate good.
A wise son (Jesus Christ; cf. 1Cor. 1:24)
heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer
(Satan) does not listen to rebuke (Prov. 13:1;
Ed. notes in parentheses).
The greatest scoffer of all time is also the
proudest being that has ever existed.
Your (Satan’s) heart was proud because of
your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for
the sake of your splendor; I (God) cast you to
the ground, I laid you before kings, that they
might gaze at you (Eze. 28:18; Ed. notes in
parentheses added; emphasis added).
A proud and haughty man – “Scoffer” is his
name; he acts with arrogant pride (Prov.
21:24; emphasis added).
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Once the greatest scoffer of all time is removed
by Jesus Christ (Rev. 20:1-4), all conflicts will end
and peace will permeate this planet.
Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave;
yes, strife and reproach will cease (Prov.
22:10).
As cunning as Satan thinks he is, his proclivity to
scoff at God is regarded as foolishness because
it contributes to mankind committing sin by not
taking God, or His law and commandments,
seriously.
The devising of foolishness is sin, and the
scoffer is an abomination to men (Prov.
24:9; emphasis added).
So everyone who ignores, or scoffs at God’s
warning through His prophet Ezekiel about the
conduct of Israel’s modern-day descendants, will
reap the consequences described in the 6th and
7
th chapters of Ezekiel’s book. In contrast,
everyone who takes his warning seriously and
acts on it, will have the opportunity to repent and
change the course they are currently on. In
which case they will avoid the consequences of
sin, which is everlasting death (Rom. 6:23a).
For You have been a strength to the poor
(humble in attitude), a strength to the needy
in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a
shade from the heat (of trials and tribulation);
for the blast of the terrible ones (Satan and
the fallen angels; cf. Eph. 6:12) is as a storm
against the wall (Isa. 25:4; Ed. notes in
parentheses).
Hopefully, many will respond positively to
Ezekiel’s message and avoid the scenario he
described because it is coming closer by the day
(Heb. 3:15).
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Author: Alfred E. Neuman

EDITOR ONLY, 74 year old geek, ultra-conservative patriot.

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