It is significant to notice that the four major prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel can be seen to reflect the four Gospels of Matthew Mark, Luke and John, respectively. In the first of Ezekiel’s visions, which, described simplistically, is a vision of the glory of God in the form of a man, with four faces. These faces comprise a Lion, an Ox, a man and an Eagle. These images are a clear prophetic images of the Lord Jesus as he is seen through the eyes of the four gospel writers. Matthew sees him as a King, Mark as a Servant, Luke as a Man and John as the son of God. The Most striking of the similarities is that of Luke and Ezekiel., both reveal the Humanity of God. While from a human point of view we may concur with Paul’s description of the incarnation as a glorious mystery of godliness, yet from God’s point of view, it should be quite reasonable, for having made man in his own image, we know that the human body fitted him like a glove. "In his own image - Father, Holy Spirit and Son is reflected in our own being as Spirit Soul and Body God the Father is a Spirit, The Holy Spirit is the Soul or Personality of the Godhead, (Fruit gifts, mysteries) and Jesus is obviously the Body of God. Jesus said "he that has SEEN me, has seen the Father. In The Son was also the Father and the Holy Spirit In the Holy Spirit is also the Father and the Son In the Father is the Holy Spirit and the Son ( see Pattern of threes for more.)
So in Ezekiel and in the Gospel of Luke, we see the humanity of God, However, it should go without saying, that the implications of the Incarnation, are evident on every page of the bible from Genesis ch 1 to Revelation ch 22, no less than in all the references to the priests and temples.
The things to note to compare Ezekiel with Luke 1. The Phrase "Son of Man" 2. Secondly, the Humanity of God 3. The Temple First of all we should notice the continual references to “The Son of Man” which occurs no less than 96 times. Though this title refers to Ezekiel, yet one can be sure that this title would ring true in the heart of the Son of God, as he read the scriptures while on earth. For he recognised that the scriptures testified of him. Secondly, the Humanity of God is revealed Clear aspects of God’s humanity are seen in Ezekiel, through his emotional involvement with his creatures, namely his people Israel. Man could be described as a bag of skin, full of feelings (emotions) In Ezekiel, the feelings of God are revealed. a, God desires a loving relationship with his people. In Jeremiah he states that He is married to Israel. He says that he has an everlasting love for Israel and that they have been chosen from all the other nations of the world as special unto Himself. Jer 3:14; Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you. Jer 31:3; Yea, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you. b. He displays his jealousy when he sees his people flirting and “committing adultery” with the false Gods of the heathen nations Exod 20:3-5; you shall have no other gods before me. you shall not make for yourself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Exod 34:14; For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: c. He displays his anger and fury Ezek 16:26; You have also committed fornication with the Egyptians your neighbours, great of flesh; and have increased your whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. Ezek 16:38; And I will judge you, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give you blood in fury and jealousy. d. He lets out his anger and fury by assigning his people to 70 years captivity in the strange land of Babylon. Ezek 5:15; So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, unto the nations that are round about you, when I shall execute judgments in you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it. Ezek 13:13; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. e. He uses earthy language; Although he is an Holy God, he is not short on describing the adulteries of his people. He expresses the vulgarities and lewdness of their sexual acts and thoughts, with such basic human language that I have to refrain from even reprinting or quoting verbatim. f. He settles down afterwards, Ezek 16:40-42; They shall also bring up a company against you, and they shall stone you with stones, and thrust you through with their swords. And they shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments upon you in the sight of many women: and I will cause you to cease from playing the harlot, and you also shall give no hire any more. So will I make my fury toward you to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from you, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.
Thirdly, both Ezekiel and Luke begin and end in the Temple.. Ezekiel was a priest. His prophecies and visions can be seen to be centred around the Temple and the glory of God. He sees the glory of the Lord leaving the temple towards the east and at the end of the book he sees the glory of the Lord returning to the temple from the east. This is similar to the beginning and end of Luke’s Gospel, which begins and ends in the temple. Luke begins with a priest who is struck dumb through unbelief, which serves as a picture of the poverty of the Jewish religion. There was no Ark of the covenant, and no true Holy of Holies. The Emperor Pompei once entered the Holy of Holies much to the distress of the Jews, who pleaded with him not to enter. He disregarded their appeals on the basis that being the Emperor he could go anywhere, but when he came out he exclaimed “There’s nothing there” However the end of the gospel shows the believing and blessed disciples, in the temple daily praising and glorifying God. The Vision of a New temple. From ch 40 to the end , Ezekiel describes his final vision as that of a massive temple, and a man who comes to measure every detail of this temple. He measures it with a rod, or reed, which is about 9-10 ft long, (270-300 cms). In scripture, measurements are in cubits and a cubit is usually accepted as about 18 inches or 45 cms. There appears to be a great discrepancy between the KJV and the NIV in ch 43. For whereas the KJV continues the measurements in rods or reeds, the NIV changes and measures the same items in cubits, which is six times smaller than the KJV measurement, and therefore six times out of proportion to the rest of the temple. Note the following; N.B. KJV: Ezek 42:16-20; He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about. ( approx. 4500 - 5000 ft ) He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about. He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed. He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed. He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place. NIV: Ezek 42:16-20; He measured the east side with the measuring rod; it was five hundred cubits. He measured the north side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod. He measured the south side; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod. Then he turned to the west side and measured; it was five hundred cubits by the measuring rod. So he measured the area on all four sides. It had a wall around it, five hundred cubits long and five hundred cubits wide, to separate the holy from the common. 500 cubits = 750 ft = 250 yards There is a widespread belief among the Christian community that these chapters infer that the Jewish temple has to be rebuilt. Therefore much time, money and effort is put in, to bring this about by money and prayers. For the big problem at the present time, is that there is a Mosque on the site which the Christians believe the temple should be built upon. HOWEVER FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE AS YET NOT BEEN INDOCTRINATED BY SUCH INTERPRETATIONS, MAY I SIGGEST ANOTHER WAY OF SEEING THE PROPHESY CONCERNING THIS VISION. I am persuaded that most Christians believe the first teaching they receive concerning the controversial interpretations in the bible. They are usually unaware that there are differences of opinion among bible-believing-born again Christians. Many will tell you that the temple needs to be rebuilt in Jerusalem, but few if any, can show you where it speaks of this necessity. Those who attempt to do so, take wide liberties in their interpretations yet seem to unashamedly accept the literal meanings of the passages in question. A great many of the prophecies in the Old Testament, which are revealed in the New Testament are not blatantly obvious, but secretly woven into the script of the Old Testament so that only the spiritual eye of the spiritual man in the New, can see them. (1 Cor 2:14) So many earthly things in the scriptures are symbols or illustrations of spiritual things, that one could be persuaded to believe that the whole natural, visible, universal creation is really an expression of the spiritual, unseen, realm in which God exists. We know therefore that all we see naturally, will one day disappear. Any spirit-led study of the Tabernacle, or the Temple of Solomon will lead one to see the Lord Jesus. So the question should arise, why can some not see, or even suspect, that Ezekiel’s temple does so also. For as the temple of Solomon outshines and is bigger than the Tabernacle of Moses, why should this even larger temple filled with his Glory, not be speaking to us of Christ. The other temples do. Was he not “tabernacled” among us? Was not his body a temple of the Holy Ghost? Is the incarnation a lesser phenomenon than a new stone temple in Jerusalem? Of the tabernacles and temples built in Old Testament times, is there one remaining? Even the magnificent temple of Herod, which Jesus attended, was destroyed by the armies of Titus and Verspatian- not one stone was left upon another. It was totally demolished. If they were so important to God would he not have preserved them? Is there any man-made thing that God makes sure survives, apart from the bible? Will not the whole world pass away one day? If Hebrews tells us that the Old Testament temples were a shadow of the real thing, and the real thing was Jesus, why the need to go back to Moses and the Law, with its religious ceremonies and sacrifice? Will that avail anything? Will it bring salvation to the Jews? Is there another WAY other than Jesus? So what’s the point of expecting a temple to be built in Jerusalem?
Knowing Christians as I do, I doubt if any will today change their belief simply because of reading this. They are like football supporters who keep their commitment to their team for life, through thick and thin their team remains “the best team in the world”. May I offer to you the reason why some Christians like myself, don’t believe that this Temple in Ezekiel is referring to any temple made of stone. Rather, this temple speaks of Jesus Christ. To understand this we need to take a closer look at the Epistle to Ephesians. There we see the church symbolised by four earthly things- Body, Building Bride and Battalion (army) What does it say about the body? It says the church is the body of Christ. Is not the church therefore a temple? The analogy of the building tells us that we are all “living stones” built in Christ and fitly framed together to form a Holy Temple. Besides being “living stones” in the temple, our own personal bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost. So who should we resemble as a temple of God. Surely the Lord Jesus? Is he not the pattern mentioned in Ez 43:10? (more later) Have we not been made to be like Him. Are we not new creations, having his righteousness, and being fit for the HOLY Spirit to live in? What kind of temples are we? What might we look like? Ephesians tells us that we are temples built not with physical stones but with our praises to the glory of God. David says in his Psalms that God lives in the praises of his people. The praises we offer are sacrifices of thanksgiving for the riches of his grace and our inheritance in Jesus Christ. Surely these eternal treasures are the only things of earth that are worth rejoicing over. Compare the “religious life” of the Jews under the Law to the glory of the church. Note the poverty that such a religion had come to by the time of Christ. Even Jesus hated it. Compare that to the riches and glory referred to many times in Ephesians. Then let us consider the body becoming a Bride, a bride, arrayed in purity and clothed in Glory, ready for the coming of the bridegroom? God counted himself married to Israel, but they were un-FAITH-ful, were they not? God called such unfaithfulness as playing the harlot, a prostitute, but made promises that one day things would be different. “His people” would one day be full of faith. Upon them he would pour out the riches of His grace. If ever a bride felt beautiful and desired and loved, surely the church is that bride. God has always wanted a love relationship with his people. Are we not that people. Paul goes to great lengths to try to get the Jews to understand that the true children of Abraham, are, and always were, those with the faith of Abraham who stagger not at the amazing promises of God through unbelief, but are strong in FAITH. We are a FAITH FULL bride. It is by faith that we are saved and have entered the kingdom. It is by faith we continue in that relationship; Check out the beginning of Romans ch 4, and then you will understand v 16 of the same chapter. Unbelief was the first sin to enter the world. Adam doubted God’s word. He was as it were, set two paths, but told that only one led to life. He did not believe that the other path would lead to disaster, so he chose to trust in his own judgment and took that path. Similarly those who received the Law of Moses were told that one path led to trouble, famine, sickness, pain, and death. But they did not believe, for who would take that path if they believed such a warning? They chose to go their “own way”. So you see that it is not disobedience that made the Jews break the commandments, it was their unbelief, - their lack of Faith in what God said and promised. So we can confidently affirm that God has always looked for faith. The Faith in Abraham was why God counted him righteous. So God’s idea of right and wrong is not basically whether we obey, but whether we have faith. We show our faith by our obedience. We live according to what we believe. Faith is the Life of God. He created the universe by it. So when we have faith in his word we have the life of God . This is what God looks for in mankind. All those who are part of the true body of Christ, who are of this temple fitly framed together, live by faith. They came alive by faith and continue to stay alive by continuing to believe. That is why most of the New Testament epistles are letters of concern that the recipients continue to believe. There are over 450 commands in the New Testament from Romans to Revelation; Three hundred direct commands, and 150 commands of exhortation and implication. Commands come with promises. We are motivated to obey because we believe the promise. You will search long and hard before you find a promise that is not conditional. That may sound as though it is a hard thing to do, but in fact it is the simplest thing a person can do, for once a person believes truly in their heart, not one will go against what they believe in their hearts. God loves to see people who believe in the invisible and put their trust in Him simply on the basis of His word. That is why the Devil creates circumstances which seem opposite to what God promises. Therein is our faith tested. If we continue to believe despite what we see and how we feel, our faith will not only be rewarded but our faith will become stronger. “Living in the spirit” is living by faith and not by sight. The Israelites committed adultery in God’s sight because he was out of sight and they preferred the gods of wood and stone which they could see. We know that adultery is committed when spouses are out of sight. Perhaps this is the reason that God told Ezekiel to make his message, one that they could see. “In their sight” is a common phrase in the book. In chapter 12, it occurs seven times So back to the true temple- the church. Who will deny the glory, lost through Adam, has returned through Jesus Christ. He is the true temple. Should you still need more encouragement to believe this, then read the following verses from Ezekiel carefully, and ask yourself, what is the “pattern” we are to measure our own temple by. Note the words underlined. Ezek 43:6-10;And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. 7And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. 8In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. 9Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever. 10Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. Who can compare with Jesus? The lily of the valley, the Rose of Sharon, the bright and morning star, the one and only son, beloved of His father. We certainly cannot compare with the pattern, but we are accepted in the beloved and all he is we have become and will be forever. Such glory! Can the glory of God be seen in greater fashion that sinful man transformed, into a spotless, diamond covered Bride. Note how God reminds Israel of all the jewellery and riches he had made available to them, but they had spent them on the false gods of the heathen nations. Ezek 16:11-18 11I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon your hands, and a chain on your neck. 12 And I put a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head. 13Thus were you decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; you did eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and you were exceeding beautiful, and you did prosper into a kingdom. 14. And your renown went forth among the heathen for your beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon you, saith the Lord GOD. 15. But you trusted in thine own beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown, and poured out your fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16. And of your garments you did take, and decked your high places with divers colours, and played the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. 17. you have also taken your fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made to yourself images of men, and did commit whoredom with them, 18. And took your broidered garments, and covered them: and you have set my oil and my incense before them. Though the Israelites broke the covenant, God’s eternal plan, made before the world began was still in motion. His original intention was not merely to set up an earthly kingdom, for he foreknew that such a thing was doomed to failure, through Adam, but to set up an invisible, spiritual, everlasting Kingdom, where tainted human effort was extrinct and holy and righteous faith reigned supreme. This was to come into being by an amazing, glorious, awesome, staggering, plan to come to this earth himself and defeat the enemy of mankind and his powerfiul weapons of sin, death and Hell.
Conclusion: Contrary to the belief of many Christians that Ezekiel’s temple is to be built in Jerusalem, here are the reasons why some have a different view. 1. This Temple seen by Ezekiel is unusual. The measurements are specific and the temple is enormous. I doubt of any could contest my suspicion that it was the same size as the city of Jerusalem, for the cubit is but an approximate in today’s scale. Also the measurements were a cubit plus at least four or five inches- the breadth of a man’s hand. 2. There were a number of previous holy houses, such as the Tabernacle, Solomon’s temple, the temple built at Cyrus’s command after the captivity, and Herod’s Temple which Jesus attended. All were all destroyed, and remain so to this day, under the sovereignty of God. 3. There is no advantage for the Jews to return to sacrifices and rituals under the Law, as all that was a shadow of the real thing which was Jesus. His salvation is the only way of salvation; there is no different way for the Jews. The epistle of Hebrews is especially written to Jews. Paul makes no reference to any future building. 4. Salvation comes by faith in Christ, the Jews besetting sin has been unbelief, throughout the centuries. 5. Ephesians tells us that we are the Church and the church is a Holy temple. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost. This would be an impossibility under the Law, 6. Ephesians tells us that the temple is built of the praises of God’s people- God inhabits them 7. God NO LONGER dwells in temples made with hands. 8. God shows the iniquities of Israel by showing how their threshold does not measure the same as this temple’s threshold and their pillars do not measure up to the measurements of the posts in this temple, His recommendation is that they consult or measure by “The Pattern”, This can only be Christ. 9. We are God’s people now. We measure up to God’s standard- We were all sinners and lost the glory of God. In Christ we are made anew to His glory. 10. The glory that left the temple returned- illustrated in Luke’s Gospel which begins with a priest struck dumb through unbelief and ends with the disciples in the temple praising and glorifying God, after Christ’s priestly blessing before he ascended Finally, here are some notes extracted from our online notes on Ephesians, as we consider how Solomon’s fabulous , golden temple is a prophetic allegory of the true temple, Jesus and his body.
The following is an extract from our online notes on Paul's letter to the Ephesians
The Church is like a building- a temple of living stones.
How often do we hear people pontificate about the church not being a building. Yet the Bible clearly says that it is, and that God is a builder. “I will build my church” says the Lord. Of course we all realise the difference. I built my own church when I was young but it is not the one that God has and is building. God has always been into building. He commanded Moses to build the tabernacles and David to see that Solomon had the riches and materials to build his Magnificent Temple. The tabernacle that Moses built is a wonderfully detailed parable about the work of Jesus Christ in salvation as our great High Priest. The gold magnificent temple that Solomon built could be said to be an illustration of the work of the Holy Spirit in building the church into a magnificent temple fit for God to dwell in. The first was built by a priest the second built by a king. We have been made to be Kings and Priests unto God, (Rev 1:6) bringing our sacrifices not of blood or animals but the sacrifices of Praise. This is one of the great themes of Ephesians. It is the riches of His grace that cause the people of God to praise God and give Him the glory he deserves. God dwells in the praises of His people. (Ps.22:3.) Solomon built a temple of Gold but it was David who fought the battles to acquire the gold. He conquered all the enemies of Israel and took taxes and booty from them all until he was able to furnish Solomon with the immense riches that were needed to build his temple to the Lord. In Type Jesus is as David. He was the fighter, the man of war. He shed blood. Solomon was man of peace. There was no war during his 40 years reign The temple was built off site and erected in total silence. This is surely a parable of the work of the Holy Spirit, the dove of Peace who is building the great temple of God- the church. If you read Ephesians again with these thoughts in the background you will see David and Solomon again reflecting the work of Jesus and the Holy spirit. Note the constant references to the praise of his glory and the riches of his grace and glory. David acquired the riches, Solomon built the temple. In Ephesians the “Temple is a house of praise (the church) and the “riches of his grace” are things that cause the praise, but they were made possible by Jesus The last few chapters in the second book of Chronicles would be interesting reading alongside Ephesians. Here are some of the best bits concerning the riches that David acquired. Notice that he says he had taken “much trouble” or “great pains” (NIV) to acquire such riches, just as Jesus has taken “great pains” to acquire the riches of grace we now have to enable us to build a temple of praise to our God. Note also that Paul like David, prays that the Ephesians might know wisdom and understanding. It is as if he was inspired by verse 12 in the following passage. 1 Chr 22:7-19 7 And David said to Solomon: “My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house to the name of the LORD my God; “but the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight. 9 ‘Behold, a son shall be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies all around. His name shall be Solomon, for I will give peace and quietness to Israel in his days. ‘He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son, and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ 11 “Now, my son, may the LORD be with you; and may you prosper, and build the house of the LORD your God, as He has said to you. 12 “Only may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. 13 “Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed. 14 “Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the LORD one hundred thousand talents of gold and one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them. 15 “Moreover there are *workmen with you in abundance: woodsmen and stonecutters, and all types of skillful men for every kind of work. 16 “Of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the LORD be with you.” 17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, 18 “Is not the LORD your God with you? And has He not given you rest on every side? For He has given the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and before His people. 19 “Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. Therefore arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the LORD.”
*The great supply of women and tradesmen may remind us of the ministries mentioned in ch 4 v 11 Eph 4:11-12:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ:
Verse 18 depicts the church today. We are at rest. We no longer need to fight the fight of works for our survival (salvation), but a fight of faith. So let us build a house for God while in our “rest (peace) time.” The following passage illustrates how we are also privileged to give towards the building of Gods temple. God looks for willing sacrifices. (Rom 12:1) 1 Chr 29:2-14; David says,(Jesus says) 2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance. 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, (personal treasure) of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, 4 Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal: 5 The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD? 6 Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly, 7 And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. 8 And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. 10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. How very, very true that is concerning our giving to God
The last verse reflects Ephesians again- “the riches of His grace” There can be no doubt that these events are but parables of the real spiritual events within the kingdom of God as portrayed in Ephesians. Proof being that Solomon’s throne and temple were to last “forevermore”. They clearly will not last and clearly cannot last forever because they are material and not spiritual. Verses 11-13 reflect the Lord’s prayer and are surely the substance of our own sacrifices of praise, what in Ephesians are referred to as the “praises of His glory” The New Jerusalem. In Revelation ch. 21 we read that the bride of Christ comes down from heaven and it is not a woman but a city- Jerusalem- The new Jerusalem. It is significant to notice that there was no Temple in the city for the Lord is the temple and we dwell eternally in him. There was no night for God is the light and there was no sea, for the sea is a symbol of the sinful souls of the nations and peoples of the world. God is truly in the building trade Having been in that trade for many years I see the similarities between a building and the church. It must have been an amazing sight which was revealed to John. The foundation stones of the city (church) are as those which were worn by the priests of old on their Breastplates. Peter says that we as members of this “temple/city” are all as “living” stones. 1 Pet 2:4-9 4 .....To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Stone in the bible is a symbol of law, or the word of God. But we are living stones which suggests the truth that the Spirit has brought the law to life. It brings us life rather than death. It is not the Law of Moses written in stone but the law written on our hearts- In Christ we fulfil the Law so that it becomes our desire to fulfil it. As it said above we have been given willing hearts. The first thing you need when building today is a surveyor who comes with his theodolite and sets the levels for the building. Similarly the first thing in the church is the corner stone, for in Bible days they had no such instruments as we have today so they set one stone as the marker and all other stones were built in accordance with that one corner stone. Jesus is that corner stone and the apostles are all part of the foundation of the church. All buildings must be built according and upon the foundations set down at the start as in the plans. You just cannot lay foundations for part of the building and then build extensions and annexes without foundations. So God’s church has been set down in blueprint fashion. If we are to be built as the church of Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit will work in us according to the foundations set by the apostles in the New Testament. Those who profess to be “christian” and whose doctrines and beliefs are unscriptural are mere sects and false prophets practicing false, dead religion. I think it is true to say that while every book in the New Testament preaches the truth, they all refer in some way to those who don’t preach the truth. Having spoken of the church as a body we can remind ourselves now that our bodies were designed and fashioned for a purpose. In 1 Cor. ch. 6 we read that they were not designed for immorality, though many think they were. In Paul’s day some philosophers said “Meats for the belly and the belly for meats” in order to justify fornication. “It’s only natural” is our modern day cry. When we come into the kingdom the Holy Spirit in our bodies tells us through the word that we were made originally as temples for God to dwell within. But sin made that impossible. But Jesus has cleansed the temple and the Holy Spirit has come again to dwell in those who believe and are justified by faith. So we are all mini temples in the great temple worldwide- indeed a temple that develops into a city in the book of Revelation. Some building programme, don’t you think? Someone has asked the strange question is mortar placed between the bricks to keep them together or keep them apart. Strange question, but in the temple of God the mortar surely is the Love of God, that surrounds each living stone and joins each one of us together into ONE habitation of the Lord.
Ezekiel Part 2.
Original Notes on Ezekiel upon which the above comments were based. His call and message Ezek 2:1-4 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak unto you . 2. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. 3. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4. For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send you unto them; and you shall say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. CHAPTER 3:1Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that you find; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause your belly to eat, and fill your bowels with this roll that I give you . Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. 4. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get you unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. His responsibility Ezek 3:20 Again, When a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezekiel was told to make sure the Israelites not only heard the message but also saw it. Ezek 40:4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall show you ; for to the intent that I might shew them unto you are you l brought hither: declare all that you see to the house of Israel.) Ezek 44:5And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears all that I say unto you concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary. Ezekiel’s message was often delivered in visible parables so that the people could see the message as well as hear it. God desired the message to be given in the sight of the people. The word “ sight” is used 26 times in the book with references to God’s sight and the sight of the people. In ch 12 “in their sight” occurs seven times . It is evident also that God wants the people to know that he sees all that is being done in secret and hidden places. His people are like prostitutes and he does not hold back on describing what he saw. His description of their lewdness and vulgarities will come as a shock to most readers. We have already made mention of the amount of anger and fury that God displays in his threatening judgments on his people and all the surrounding nations. He says he will make every nation desolate. While most of us could not even drown a kitten, God plans to kill, every man and woman and their children because of their disobedience. He says they will die by the sword and if the sword does not kill them, then the following famine will, and those who don’t die in the famine will die by pestilence and sickness. Here are just a few samples, the rest will be listed later Ezek 5:13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them. Ezek 7:3 Now is the end come upon you , and I will send mine anger upon you , and will judge you according to your ways, and will recompense upon you all your abominations. Ezek 8:17 for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: Here are a few of the many other verses which God shows his disgust at his peoples idolatry. Whoredoms. The word “whoredom” occurs 13 times in chapter 8. Ezek 16:20 Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have borne unto me, and these have you sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of your whoredoms a small matter, Ezek 16:22 And in all your abominations and your whoredoms you have not remembered the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, and were polluted in your blood Ezek 16:25 You have built your high place at every head of the way, and have made your beauty to be abhorred, and have opened your feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied your whoredoms. Ezek 16:26 You have also committed fornication with the Egyptians your neighbours, great of flesh; and have increased your whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. Ezek 16:29 You have moreover multiplied your fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet you l were not satisfied herewith God even says they are so eager to commit adultery that instead of being paid for their prostitution, they will pay the client. Ezek 16:34 And the contrary is in you from other women in your whoredoms, whereas none follows you to commit whoredoms: and in that you give a reward, and no reward is given unto you , therefore you are contrary. Ezek 16:36-37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because your filthiness was poured out, and your nakedness discovered through your whoredoms with your lovers, and with all the idols of your abominations, and by the blood of your children, which you did give unto them; 37. Behold, therefore I will gather all your lovers, with whom you have taken pleasure, and all them that you have loved, with all them that you have hated; I will even gather them round about against you , and will discover your nakedness unto them, that they may see all your nakedness.
Chapter 23; This whole chapter should be read if you are seriously studying
We have spoken elsewhere about God counting himself to be married to Israel. He made a covenant with her and they agreed to obey the terms of the covenant, but despite all that God had done for them since bringing them from slavery in Egypt, they still chased after the false gods. He wanted a love relationship. He promised his love and showed it and they sought after other lovers. God has confessed that he is a jealous God. Anyone who has truly fallen in love will know such feelings. Many have killed in expressing their anger. He hates to see sin ruin his lover’s life. She counts God to be out of sight, and so out of mind. While he is out of sight she commits adultery. But she is not out of the sight of God. That is why there is a great emphasis upon sight and seeing in Ezekiel. There are 26 references to sight in the book. Ezekiel had lots of visions and was told on a few occasions to show a visual parable of their unfaithfulness and immorality. Aholah and Aholibah prostitutes. Their names infer “my tabernacle is in her” Parable of Judah and Israel Ezek 23:1-5 1The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: 3. And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. 4. And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. 5. And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, 6. Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. 7. Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. Ezek 23:12-14 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men. 13. Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way, 14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, Ezek 23:16-17 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea. 17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them. Ezek 23:19-27 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. 20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses. 21 Thus you called to remembrance the lewdness of your youth, in bruising your teats by the Egyptians for the paps of your youth. 22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up your lovers against you , from whom your mind is alienated, and I will bring them against you on every side; 23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses. 24And they shall come against you with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against you buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge you according to their judgments. 27. And I will set my jealousy against you, and they shall deal furiously with you: they shall take away your nose and your ears; and your remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take your sons and your daughters; and your residue shall be devoured by the fire. 26They shall also strip you out of your clothes, and take away your fair jewels. 27 Thus will I make your lewdness to cease from you , and your whoredom brought from the land of Egypt: so that you shall not lift up your eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more. Ezek 23:30 I will do these things unto you , because you have gone a whoring after the heathen, and because you are polluted with their idols. Ezek 23:35. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because you have forgotten me, and cast me behind your back, therefore bear you also your lewdness and you rwhoredoms. Ezek 23:40-44 And furthermore, that you have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came: for whom you did wash yourself, painted your eyes, and decked yourself with ornaments, 41 And sat upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon you have set mine incense and mine oil. 42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads. 44. Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them? 44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that play the harlot: so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women. God’s case against Israel and his anger and intended punishment. Ezek 5:6-7 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them. 7. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because you multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;…. Ezek 5:12-13 A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you : and a third part shall fall by the sword round about you ; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. 13. Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them. Ezek 5:16-17 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread: 17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave you ; and pestilence and blood shall pass through you ; and I will bring the sword upon you . I the LORD have spoken it. Secret sins revealed to Ezekiel Ezek 8:7-12 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. 8. Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had dug in the wall, behold a door. 9. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. 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, portrayed upon the wall round about. (Rom 1:23-24) 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. 12.Then said he unto me, Son of man, have you 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 sees us not; the LORD has forsaken the earth. Ezek 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. The elders of Israel were guilty also, and called to repentance Ezek 14:1-6 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. 2. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 3. Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them? 4. Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that comes according to the multitude of his idols; 5. That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. 6. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. Gods reminds Israel of his past mercies and goodness , which they have scorned and abused Ezek 16:9-15. Then washed you with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you , and I anointed you with oil. 10. I clothed you also with broidered work, and shod you with badgers’ skin, and I girded you about with fine linen, and I covered you with silk. 11. I decked you also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon your hands, and a chain on your neck. 12. And I put a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head. 13. Thus were you l decked with gold and silver; and your raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; you l didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and you l were exceeding beautiful, and you l didst prosper into a kingdom. 14. And your renown went forth among the heathen for your beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon you , saith the Lord GOD. 15. But you trusted in your own beauty, and played the harlot because of your renown, and poured out your fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. Ezek 16:18-21 And took your broidered garments, and covered them: and you havet set mine oil and mine incense before them. 19. My meat also which I gave you, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed you, you have even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord GOD. 20. Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have borne unto me, and these have you sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of your whoredoms a small matter. 21. That you have slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? Hypocrisy in their religion. Ezek 33:30-33. Also, you l son of man, the children of your people still are talking against you by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that comes forth from the LORD. 31. And they come unto you as the people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goes after their covetousness. 32. And, lo, you are unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear your words, but they do them not. 33. And when this come to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet has been among them. Ezekiel’s vision majors on the glory of the Lord Ezek 1:1-2. Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, (5/4/13) as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. 2. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity, Ezek 1:4-6. And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 5. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man .6. And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. Ezek 1:10. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. Ezek 1:20. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. Ezek 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. The wheels remind us of eternity- no beginning and no end, just as a straight line reminds us if our finite life. God is a circle. The last verse reminds us of the same vision in Revelation where the same creatures appeared around the rainbow-circled throne. Later in ch 10 v. 14 he states that he sees this same vision again but the Ox is replaced by a cherub. Which proves the fact that he saw a living creature of another dimension than that of earth. He did not say it was the exact image, but the same only different the second time. Ezek 10:22 And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.
Ezekiel’s visual messages. His actions spell out his message Ezek 4:1-4 You l also, son of man, take you a tile, and lay it before you , and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 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. 3. Moreover take you unto you an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city: and set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. 4. Lie also upon your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that you shall lie upon it you shall bear their iniquity.Ezek 4:8-10 And, behold, I will lay bands upon you , and you shall not turn you from one side to another, till you have ended the days of your siege. 9. Take also unto you wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make bread thereof, according to the number of the days that you shall lie upon your side, three hundred and ninety days (13 months) shall you eat thereof. 10. And your meat which you shall eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt you eat it. Ezek 4:11-17 You shall drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shall you drink. 12. And you shall eat it as barley cakes, and you shall bake it with dung that comes out of man, in their sight. 13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. 14. Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul has not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which die of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. 15. Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given you cow’s dung for man’s dung, and you shall prepare your bread therewith. 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: 17. That they may want bread and water, and be astonished one with another, and consume away for their iniquity. Ezek 5:1-5 And you l , son of man, take you a sharp knife, take you a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon your head and upon your beard: then take you balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 2. You shall burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and you shall take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part you shall scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. 3. You shall also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in your skirts. 4. Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel. 5. Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. Ezek 12:1-3. The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying, 2. Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. 3. Therefore, you son of man, prepare you stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and you shall remove from your place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house. Ezek 12:6 In their sight shalt you bear it upon your shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: you shall cover you rface, that you see not the ground: for I have set you for a sign unto the house of Israel. God’s anger and fury spared from those with a mark on their forehead. Ezek 9:4-6 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, 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. 5. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 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. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. Ezekiel’s distress Ezek 9:8-10 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! will you destroy all the residue of Israel in your pouring out of your fury upon Jerusalem? 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 has forsaken the earth, and the LORD sees not. 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. God comforts Ezekiel by promising to leave a remnant. Ezek 14:20-23 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness. 21. For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? 22. Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and you shall see their way and their doings: and you shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. 23. And they shall comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings: and you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD. False prophets Ezek 11:1-4 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD’s house, which looks eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. 2. Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city: 3. Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh. 4. Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man. Ezek 13:9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD. His purpose in all these judgments against the nations “That they might know I am the Lord” appears nearly 40 times in the book Ezek 11:10 You shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 12:15-16 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries. 16. But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Stand alone verses Ezek 18: the soul that sins, it shall die. Ez 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? Ezekiel 34:26; There shall be showers of blessing Gods defends his righteous judgments and his desire for Israel to repent and live Ezek 18:5-9 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, 6. And has not eaten upon the mountains, neither has lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither has defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither has come near to a menstruous woman, 7. And has not oppressed any, but has restored to the debtor his pledge, has spoiled none by violence, has given his bread to the hungry, and has covered the naked with a garment; 8. He that has not given forth upon usury, neither has taken any increase, that has withdrawn his hand from iniquity, has executed true judgment between man and man. 9. Has walked in my statutes, and has kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 18:21-25 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22. All his transgressions that he has committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? 24. But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All his righteousness that he has done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he has trespassed, and in his sin that he has sinned, in them shall he die. 25. Yet you say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal? Ezek 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Ezek 33: 11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn you from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Not one person could intercede Ezek 22:30-31 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. Judgment on the Ammonites Ezek 21:28-32 And you l , son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say you l , The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering: 31. And I will pour out mine indignation upon you , I will blow against you in the fire of my wrath, and deliver you into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy. 32. You shall be for fuel to the fire; your blood shall be in the midst of the land; you shall be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it. Judgement against Moab, Ammon, Edom, Tyre. Ezek 25:2 Son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them; Ezek 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 25:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword. Ezek 25:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. Ezek 26:1-3 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2. Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid were e: 3. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you , O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against you , as the sea causeth his waves to come up. Ezek 26:7 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. Ezek 26:14 And I will make you like the top of a rock: you shall be a place to spread nets upon; you shall be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 27:2-4 Now, you l son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus; 3. And say unto Tyrus, O you l that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, you l hast said, I am of perfect beauty. 4Your borders are in the midst of the seas, your builders have perfected your beauty. Ezek 27:7. Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was that which you l spreadest forth to be yoursail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah was that which covered you . Ezek 27:8-17 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were your mariners: your wise men, O Tyrus, that were in you , were your pilots. 9. The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in you your calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you to occupy your merchandise. 10. They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in your army, your men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in you; they set forth yourcomeliness. 11. The men of Arvad with your army were upon your walls round about, and the Gammadims were in your towers: they hanged their shields upon your walls round about; they have made your beauty perfect. 12. Tarshish was you rmerchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in your fairs. 13. Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were your merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in your market. 14. They of the house of Togarmah traded in your fairs with horses and horsemen and mules. 15. The men of Dedan were your merchants; many isles were the merchandise of your hand: they brought you for a present horns of ivory and ebony. 16. Syria was your merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of your making: they occupied in your fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate. 17. Judah, and the land of Israel, they were your merchants: they traded in your market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm. Ezek 27:18-23 Damascus was your merchant in the multitude of the wares of your making, for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon, and white wool. 19. Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in your fairs: bright iron, cassia, and calamus, were in your market. 20. Dedan was your merchant in precious clothes for chariots. 21. Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar, they occupied with you in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they your merchants. 22. The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were your merchants: they occupied in your fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold. 23. Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad, were your merchants. Ezek 27:24 These were your merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work, and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among your merchandise. Ezek 27:27 Your riches, and your fairs, your merchandise, your mariners, and your pilots, your calkers, and the occupiers of your merchandise, and all your men of war, that are in you , and in all your company which is in the midst of you, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of your ruin. Ezek 27:32 And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for you, and lament over you, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea? Ezek 27:34-36 In the time when you shall be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters your merchandise and all your company in the midst of you shall fall. 35. All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at you, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance. 36. The merchants among the people shall hiss at you ; you shall be a terror, and never shall be any more. Ezek 28:2-7 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because your heart is lifted up, and you l hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet you art a man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God: 3. Behold, you art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from you: 4. With your wisdom and with your understanding you have gotten you riches, and have gotten gold and silver into your treasures: 5. By your great wisdom and by your traffick have you increased your riches, and your heart is lifted up because of your riches: 6. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because you have set your heart as the heart of God; 7. Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon you, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they shall defile your brightness. Ezek 28:8-9 They shall bring you down to the pit, and you shall die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 9. Will you yet say before him that slayeth you, I am God? but you shall be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slays you . King of tyre. – type of Satan Ezek 28:12-17Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.13. You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. 14. You art the anointed cherub that covers and I have set you so: you were upon the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16. By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you . Ezek 28:18-19 You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold you. 19. All they that know you among the people shall be astonished at you : you shall be a terror, and never shall you be any more. Judgment against Egypt Ezek 29:2-3 Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt: 3. Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers, which has said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself. Egypt being given to Nebuchadnezzar because Tyre owed him wages for his help Ezek 29:17-20 And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 18. Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it: 19. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army. 20. I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD. Judgement on Assyria will come to Egypt Ezek 31:2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art you like in your greatness? Ezek 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs. edit Ezek 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. Ezek 31:9-11 have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. 10. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because you havet lifted up thyself in height, and he has shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height; 11. I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness. Ezek 31:16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth. Ezek 31:18 To whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shall you be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD. Judgment on Seir Ezek 35:2 Son of man, set your face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, Ezek 35:6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare you unto blood, and blood shall pursue you : sith you have not hated blood, even blood shall pursue you . News of the fall of Jerusalem comes to Ezekiel Ezek 33:21 And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. Prophecy against Gog & Magog Ezek 38:2-4 Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3. And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4. And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Promised blessings to come Ezek 16:60-63 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish unto you an everlasting covenant. 61. Then you shall remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall receive your sisters, your elder and your younger: and I will give them unto you for daughters, but not by your covenant. 62. And I will establish my covenant with you ; and you shall know that I am the LORD: 63. That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more because of your shame, when I am pacified toward you for all that you have done, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 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. 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. Ezek 36:32Not 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. God the good shepherd Ezek 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?Ezek 34:8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Ezek 34:11-15For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 34:23-26 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 24. And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it. 25. And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. 26. And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. Ezek 34:30-31 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD. 31. And you my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 36:1-5. Also, you son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: 2. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy has said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: 3. Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people: 4. Therefore, you 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; 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. Ezek 36:8-10 But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. 9. For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and you shall be tilled and sown: 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 built: Ezek 36:15Neither will I cause men to hear in you the shame of the heathen any more, neither shall you bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shall you cause your nations to fall any more, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 36:21-22 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. 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 you have profaned among the heathen, whither you went. Ezek 37:12-13 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, Ezek 37:21-22 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22. And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: Ezek 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. Ezek 37:26-28 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. He sees the glory leaving the temple Ezek 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; Ezek 10:4-5 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s glory. 5.And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh. Ezek 11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. Ch 40 onwards Ezekiel prophesies great things for Israel. The rebuilding of the temple "God has no pleasure" refs Ezek 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? Ezek 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Ezek 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? “For my Name’s sake” refs Ezek 20:9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. Ezek 20:14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Ezek 20:22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. Ezek 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 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. 27. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them. Ezek 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.
"Know that I am the Lord" refs. (43).“ Ezek 6:7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 6:10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them. Ezek 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare you , neither will I have pity: but I will recompense your ways upon you , and your abominations shall be in the midst of you : and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense you according to your ways and your abominations that are in the midst of you; and you shall know that I am the LORD that smites. Ezek 7:27: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 11:10 You shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and you shall know that I am the LORD Ezek 11:12 And you shall know that I am the LORD: for you have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. Ezek 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries Ezek 12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 12:20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid were e, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD Ezek 13:9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Ezek 13:14 So will I break down the wall that you have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and you shall know that I am the LORD) Ezek 13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 13:23 Therefore you shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and you shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them Ezek 17:21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and you shall know that I the LORD have spoken it Ezek 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 20:42 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. Ezek 20:44 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 23:49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and you shall bear the sins of your idols: and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Ezek 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he has done shall you do: and when this comes, you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Ezek 24:27 In that day shall your mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and you shall speak, and be no more dumb: and you shall be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 25:5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching place for flocks: and you shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them. Ezek 26:6 And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of you: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her. Ezek 28:23 For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Ezek 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God. Ezek 29:6 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. Ezek 29:9 And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he has said, The river is mine, and I have made it. Ezek 29:16 And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Ezek 29:21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give you the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 30:8 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed. Prophecies of future blessings. Some parts of these prophecies were fulfilled after they returned to their land and rebuilt the temple- see Ezra and Nehemiah. Also the 300-400 years up to the coming of Christ also saw parts fulfilled. But a great part of these prophecies relate to the church, the gospel, and justification by faith. Paul writes a great deal about the real Jews being the church whose circumcision is of the heart. He also says that the promise to Abraham was to his seed, not seeds and refers to Christ. He also says that those who are justified by faith are the new children of Abraham, so many of these prophecies which may seem as they are to be fulfilled through the Jews, could very well apply to the church, for they are certainly fulfilled in those who are in Christ Jesus 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 you went. 23. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you 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. 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. 25. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 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. 27. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28. And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 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. 30. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that you shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. 31. Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. 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. 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. 34. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. 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. 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. 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. 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. Ezek 37:16-Moreover, you son of man, take you one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 17. And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in your hand. 18 And when the children of your people shall speak unto you , saying, Will you not shew us what you mean by these? 19. Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. 20. And the sticks whereon you write shall be in your hand before their eyes. 21. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22. And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23. Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. 26. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28. And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore. Gog & Magog? Ezek 39:1 Therefore, you son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: Ezek 39:3-4 And I will smite your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand. 4. You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your bands, and the people that is with you : I will give you unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Ezek 39:6 6And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezek 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: Ezek 39:11-12And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.12And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Ezek 39:17 And, you son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh, and drink blood. (?) Ezek 39:21-22 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. 22So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. Ezek 39:25;Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; Ezek 39:29Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. The vision of the temple and the specifications: Ezek 40:1-5In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither. 2. In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. 3. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. 4. And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I shall shew you ; for to the intent that I might shew them unto you are you brought hither: declare all that you see to the house of Israel. 5. And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. Ezek 40:5-9. And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed. 6. Then came he unto the gate which looks toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad.7. And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within was one reed. 8. He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed. . 9Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits; and the posts thereof, two cubits; and the porch of the gate was inward. Ezek 40:19. Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward. 21. And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. Ezek 40:23 . And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate toward the north, and toward the east; and he measured from gate to gate an hundred cubits. Ezek 40:25. And there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, like those windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits. Ezek 40:27. And there was a gate in the inner court toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south an hundred cubits. Ezek 41:1-2. Afterward he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts, six cubits broad on the one side, and six cubits broad on the other side, which was the breadth of the tabernacle. 2. And the breadth of the door was ten cubits; and the sides of the door were five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side: and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits. Ezek 41:9-10 . The thickness of the wall, which was for the side chamber without, was five cubits: and that which was left was the place of the side chambers that were within. 10. And between the chambers was the wideness of twenty cubits round about the house on every side. Ezek 41:22-26.The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the LORD. 23. And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors. 24. And the doors had two leaves apiece, two turning leaves; two leaves for the one door, and two leaves for the other door. 25. And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without. 26. And there were narrow windows and palm trees on the one side and on the other side, on the sides of the porch, and upon the side chambers of the house, and thick planks. Ezek 42:13-14. Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the LORD shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy. 14. When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people. Ezek 41:21-26. The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. 22. The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the LORD. 23. And the temple and the sanctuary had two doors. 24. And the doors had two leaves apiece, two turning leaves; two leaves for the one door, and two leaves for the other door. 25. And there were made on them, on the doors of the temple, cherubims and palm trees, like as were made upon the walls; and there were thick planks upon the face of the porch without. 26. And there were narrow windows and palm trees on the one side and on the other side, on the sides of the porch, and upon the side chambers of the house, and thick planks. House instead of temple Ezek 42:1; Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north. Ezek 42:6. For they were in three stories, but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the building was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground. Ezek 42:12-15; And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one enters into them. 13. Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the LORD shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy. 14When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people. 15. Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about. Ezek 43:1-5. Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looks toward the east: 2. And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. 3. And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. 4. And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. 5. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. Ezek 43:6-7; And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. 7. And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. Ezek 43:10; You son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. Ezek 43:18; And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon. Ezek 43:25-27;Seven days shalt you prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish. 26. Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves. 27. And when these days are expired, it shall be, that upon the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 44:1-3. Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. 2. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. 3. It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same. Ezek 44:9-15; Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel. 10. And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity. 11.Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. 12. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity. 13. And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed. 14. But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein. 15. But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD: Ezek 44:31; The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast. Ezek 45:1-5; Moreover, when ye shall divide by lot the land for inheritance, you shall offer an oblation unto the LORD, an holy portion of the land: the length shall be the length of five and twenty thousand reeds, and the breadth shall be ten thousand. This shall be holy in all the borders thereof round about. 2. Of this there shall be for the sanctuary five hundred in length, with five hundred in breadth, square round about; and fifty cubits round about for the suburbs thereof. 3. And of this measure shalt you measure the length of five and twenty thousand, and the breadth of ten thousand: and in it shall be the sanctuary and the most holy place. 4. The holy portion of the land shall be for the priests the ministers of the sanctuary, which shall come near to minister unto the LORD: and it shall be a place for their houses, and an holy place for the sanctuary. 5. And the five and twenty thousand of length, and the ten thousand of breadth, shall also the Levites, the ministers of the house, have for themselves, for a possession for twenty chambers. Ezek 46:13; You shall daily prepare a burnt offering unto the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish: you shall prepare it every morning. Then a river flows from the temple Ezek 47:1 1Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.Ezek 47:5; Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. Ezek 47:8; Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. Ezek 47:9-11; And it shall come to pass, that every thing that lives, which moves, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river comes. 10. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. 11. But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. Ezek 47:21-23; So shall you divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel. 22. And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 23. And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourns, there shall you give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD. Ezek 48:1-5; Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan. 2. And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher. 3. And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali. 4. And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh. 5. And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion
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