Our Words Matter

Proverbs 18:20 – A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

The quality of our lives depends upon the words we speak, to some degree.

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

This phrase and thought, are so important all through scripture. Everything God created He spoke out of His mouth. We were created in His image, so there is major significance in what comes out of our own mouths when we speak.

This truth, taken from scripture has been taken to the ex-stream by some. Satan takes every truth and tries to distort it. This happens when someone takes a truth and begins to exaggerate so people will believe more. I’ve seen this done with healing and prosperity teachings. This is how we got the phrase, “Name it and claim it” movement. We need to get our words we speak in agreement with God, not the other way around.

Are you releasing, by the words of your mouth, life or death?

Words connect us to God. Words are where God comes from the spiritual realm to the natural realm where we live. Yes, God sent His son to bridge us between us and God, but Jesus is the Word!

John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And John 1:14 says, And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Psalm 107:20 – He sent His Word and healed them.

Before Christ, there was a large gap between man and God called sin, so God sent His Word. Romans 10:8 says it this way – The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” The Bible connects the mouth and the heart, (verse 9) that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. (verse 10) For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made into salvation. (verse 13) For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

What we really believe in our heart, comes out of our mouth. So we connect with God through words.

We have to watch what we say, so what is the unpardonable sin? Many people don’t understand this because they either take this scripture out of context or they stop reading too soon.

Matthew 12:31 – “Therefore I say to you every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. (blasphemy means evil speaking.) (verse 32) “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. This is where most people stop reading and never  fully understand what Jesus meant. (verse 33) “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.

The tree is the heart and the fruit is the mouth. (verse 34) “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (verse 35) “A good man out of the treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. (verse 36) “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. (verse 37) “For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”

What’s happening in this passage is Jesus was working by the power of the Holy Spirit and these men attributed this work that He was dong, to the devil. They had said that Jesus cast out demons by the power of the devil. So they in essence attributed the work and power of the Holy Spirit to Satan. And what Jesus said to them, put in simple words, “What you men are speaking, will send you to hell!” If your heart is evil you will speak evil things. Here’s the reason why: The only person of the God head that reveals our need for a Savior is the Holy Spirit! So if you continue to speak and harden your heart against the Holy Spirit, that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and that is what Jesus was telling these men, which applies to us also. So the unpardonable sin is the sin you commit with your mouth. The reason someone would speak against the Holy Spirit, is because they have hardened their heart.

Words also connect us to each other. Think about this: anytime you’ve ever had a disconnect” with someone, words were spoken to break that connection.

If you have a bad marriage, then check out what you are speaking. Any relationship that takes a dive, is more than likely because evil words were spoken by either party. You can speak death or life over your marriage, finances, health, or anything you are connected with, including our relationship with our Savior.

We don’t have creative power. That’s the error that has been taught with this truth, for instance the “Name it and claim it,” movement. God’s the only One who can say, “Let there be light!” But our words either agree with God’s plan for our life or they agree with Satan’s plan for our life. And don’t ever, ever forget, Satan roams around seeking whom he may destroy! Every word we speak is either releasing life or releasing death in our lives.

We are accountable and responsible for the words we speak and it depends  on whether you are speaking out of an evil hardened heart or a heart that bares “good fruit!”

Ezekiel – Chapter 17

Parable of the Two Eagles

This took place while Ezekiel was miles away in Babylon and Jeremiah was in Judah warning Zedekiah not to turn to Egypt for alliance.

Verse 1 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel,

Verse 3 – “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “A great eagle with large wings and long pinions, full of feathers of various colors, came to Lebanon and took from the cedar the highest branch. (This great eagle is Nebuchadnezzar and Lebanon refers to Jerusalem.

Verse 4 – He cropped off its topmost young twig and carried it to a land of trade; he set it in a city of merchants.

Verse 5 – Then he took some of the seed of the land and planted it in a fertile field; he placed it by abundant waters and set it like a willow tree.

Nebuchadnezzar took both the king of Judah and the chiefs of the land to Babylon, the city of merchants.

Verse 6 – And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature; its branches turned toward him, but its roots were under it. So it became a vine, brought forth branches, and put forth shoots.

The Jewish state having no heights of dominion, must abide under the wings or branches of the Chaldean king. Zedekiah was wholly dependent on Nebuchadnezzar for elevation to the throne and support on it.

Verse 7 – “But there was another great eagle with large wings and many feathers; and behold, this vine bent its roots toward him, and stretched its branches toward him, from the garden terrace where it had been planted, that he might water it.

This great eagle is the king of Egypt – the vine, Zedekiah, his nobles and people. Did bend – sought his friendship. Stretched its branches toward him – trusted to the power of Egypt.

Verse 8 – It was planted in good soil by many waters, to bring forth branches, bear fruit, and become a majestic vine.” ‘

Verse 9 – “Say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots, cut off its fruit, and leave it to wither? All of its springs leaves will wither, and no great power or many people will need to pluck it up by its roots.

Pulling up its roots refers to the deportation of Judah to Babylon.

Verse 10 – Behold, it is planted, will it thrive? Will it not utterly wither when the east wind touches it? It will wither in the garden terrace where it grew.” ‘ ”

This hot dry wind was Nebuchadnezzar’s armies overcoming the nation of Judah.

Verse 11 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 12 – “Say now to the rebellious house: ‘Do you not know what these things mean? Tell them, ‘Indeed the king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and took its king and princes, and led them with him to Babylon.

Verse 13 – ‘And he took the king’s offspring, made a covenant with him, and put him under oath. He also took away the mighty of the land,

Verse 14 – ‘that the kingdom might be abased and not lift itself up, bu that by keeping his covenant it might stand.

Nebuchadnezzar had installed his own puppet, King Mattaniah, whom he renamed Zedekiah after Jehoiachin was removed from the throne. Then all the people of upper class were carried off to Babylon along with Jehoiachin.

Verse 15 – ‘But he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt, that they might give him horses and many people. Will he prosper? Will he who does such things escape? Can he break covenant and still be delivered?

Zedekiah had been appointed king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar, but soon rebelled against him and sent people to Egypt to ask for help from them to overthrow the king of Babylon, he broke the covenant.

Verse 16 – ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘surely in the place where the king dwells who made him king, whose oath he despised and whose covenant he broke – with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

This prophesy was fulfilled in 2 Kings 25:7. Zedekiah’s eyes were put out after he watched all his sons murdered, and then carried off to Babylon, never to return to Judah.

Verse 17 – ‘Nor will Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company do anything in the war, when they heap up a siege mound and build a wall to cut off many persons.

Verse 18 – ‘Since he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, and in fact gave his hand and still did all these things, he shall not escape.’ ”

Verse 19 – Therefore thus say the Lord God: “As I live, surely My oath which he despised, and My covenant which he broke, I will recompense on his own head.

Here’s why God said it was His covenant: Nebuchadnezzar had forced his covenant on King Zedekiah of Judah. The oath had been sworn to the God of Israel, so a violation of the agreement would bring anger from the Lord. The king’s most serious transgression was not against Nebuchadnezzar but against his loyalty and responsibility to God that he swore by.

Verse 20 – “I will spread My net over him, and he shall be taken in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon and try him there for the treason which he committed against Me.

Verse 21 – “All his fugitives with all his troops shall fall by the sword, and those who remain shall be scattered to every wind; and you shall know that I , the Lord, have spoken.”

Here is what Zedekiah couldn’t get through his head: God was using Babylon to punish Judah for their sin, and when he went against Nebuchadnezzar and tried to get help from Egypt to overthrow him, God called it treason. Jeremiah had been warning Zedekiah not to fight and just surrender to the king of Babylon and he would live. But Zedekiah wouldn’t listen. He went against God’s will.

Verse 22 – Thus says the Lord God: “I will take also one of the high branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs and tender one, and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain.

Verse 23 – “On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.

Verse 24 – “And all the trees of the fields shall know that I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree and made the dry tree flourish; I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.”

Ezekiel’s prophesy ends in hope, In Isaiah 11:1-5, God says He would plant a tender sprig, the Messiah, whose kingdom would grow and become a shelter for all who come to Him. This prophesy was fulfilled at the coming of Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel – Chapter 16

Verse 1 – Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,

Verse 3 – “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God to Jerusalem: “Your birth and your nativity are from the land Canaan; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.

Canaan was the territory taken over by the children of Israel. The Bible often uses the name Canaan, to refer to the corrupt pagan nations of the region. The Amorites and Hittites were two groups of Canaanite peoples. They were known for their wickedness and idol worship. God was telling His people that they were no better than them.

Verse 4 – “As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor swathed in swaddling cloths.

This verse refers to what is normally done for every infant born. God called Abraham out to leave his idolatry country: Salted-salt was used to purge, dry, and strengthen the new-born child. Nor swaddled – the state of the Jews in their birth, without beauty, without strength, and without friend.

Verse 5 – “No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into an open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born.

This is where God founded His people: Deuteronomy 32:10 – “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the shape we were in when we first came to God. It will keep us humble and not let us think we are any better than those who are still lost.

Verse 6 – “And when I passed by you and saw you struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’

Verse 7 – “I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare.

Verse 8 – “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.

Verse 9 – “Then I washed you in water; yes, I thoroughly washed off your blood, and I anointed you with oil.

Verse 10 – “I clothed you in embroidered cloth and gave you sandals of badger skin; I clothed you with fine linen and covered you with silk.

Verse 11 – “I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your wrists, and a chain on your neck.

God not only took care of all their needs, but the finest gold and materials were used to build and furnish the temple. He prospered them like no other nation before them. They literally had spit in His face by filling the temple with false gods and useless idols to worship. Has God prospered you? Then don’t ever forget whom made it possible.

Verse 12 – “And I put a jewel in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.

Verse 13 – “Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and embroidered cloth. You ate pastry of fine flour, honey, and oil. You were exceedingly beautiful, and succeeded to royalty.

Verse 14 – “Your fame went out among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had bestowed on you,” says the Lord God.

Verse 15 – “But you trusted in your own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it.

This accusation, “acted like a prostitute,” is a picture of spiritual adultery, called apostasy. They had everything they could possibly desire, including a Mighty God who fought their battles, and they turned their affection away from Him to pagan gods.

Verse 16 – “You took some of your garments and adorned multicolored high places for yourself, and played the harlot on them. Such things should not happen, nor be.

Verse 17 – “You have also taken your beautiful jewelry from My gold and My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images and played the harlot with them.

Verse 18 – “You took your embroidered garments and covered them, and you set My oil and My incense before them.

Verse 19 – “Also My food which I gave you – the pastry of fine flour, oil, and honey which I fed you – you set it before them as sweet incense; and so it was,” says the Lord God.

Verse 20 – “Moreover you took your sons, and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter,

Verse 21 – “that you have slain My children and offered them up to them causing them to pas through the fire?

Child sacrifice had been practiced by the Canaanites long before Israel entered the land. By Ezekiel’s time, however, the people were openly sacrificing their children. Because of these acts and others, the temple became unfit for God to inhabit it.

Verse 22 – “And in your abomination and acts of harlotry you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, struggling in your blood.

Verse 23 – “Then it was so, after all your wickedness – ‘Woe, woe to you!’ says the Lord God –

Verse 24 – “that you also built for yourself a shrine and made a high place for yourself in every street.

Verse 25 – “You built your high places at the head of every road, and made your beauty to be abhorred. You offered yourself to everyone who passed by, and multiplied your acts of harlotry.

Verse 26 – “You also committed harlotry with the Egyptians, your very fleshly neighbors, and increased your acts of harlotry to provoke Me to anger.

All these acts of abominations that God’s people did, all out in the open, were done without any fear of consequences from God. We see this in our society today. People don’t even have any fear of going to jail, let alone the fear of having to answer to God All Mighty. Do they know better, yes they do. But they don’t care, and neither did the people of Judah.

Verse 27 – “Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior.

Verse 28 – “You have played the harlot with the Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied.

The people had adapted the ways of the Assyrians and worshiped false pagan gods. By being unfaithful to God of Israel, they had prostituted themselves for gain of power from another.

Verse 29 – “Moreover you multiplied your acts of harlotry as far as the land of the trader Chaldea; and even then you were not satisfied.

Verse 30 – “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord God, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot.

Verse 31 – “You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment.

Verse 32 – “You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband.

Verse 33 – “Men make payment to all harlots, but you made your payments to all your lovers, and hired them to come to you from all around for your harlotry.

Verse 34 – “You are the opposite of other women in your harlotry, because no one solicited you to be a harlot. In that you gave payment but no payment was given to you, therefore you are the opposite.

Normally prostitutes would receive payment for their acts, but Jerusalem had descended so far into sin that they scorned the payment.

This description of the people of Jerusalem doesn’t shock us today. We see all these acts that they did widespread across the world. When they were exposed and confronted they had no shame, just continued to do them in the face of God. What was wrong then is still wrong today and there will be a price to pay.

Verse 35 – ‘Now then, Harlot, hear the word of the Lord!

Verse 36 – ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because of your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness uncovered in your harlotry with your lovers, idols, and because of the blood of your children which you gave to them,

Verse 37 – “surely, therefore, I will gather all your lovers with whom you took pleasure, all those you loved, and all those you hated; I will gather them from all around against you and will uncover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.

The people of Judah were going to be exposed for all of their vile despicable and perverse actions. None of these doings were ever hidden from God. What’s sad is in the world we live in today, we see the perverse and vile things that people do reported in our news everyday, and don’t even blink. People have no shame when they murder, rape, or even lie and get caught. We see our leaders in Washington lie time after time to the American people, and think nothing of it when they are exposed. I see no difference in what Judah and Israel got punishment for and our society today.

Verse 38 – “And I will judge you as women who break wedlock or shed blood are judged; I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy.

Exodus 34:14- “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. We all know what it means when someone promises to love only one person in that special way, and then gets caught giving that same love and affection to another. Our God is jealous of the love and adoration we should be giving to Him, but give to others or other things.

Verse 39 – “I will also give you into the hand, and they shall throw down your shrines and break down your high places. They shall also strip you of clothes, take your beautiful jewelry, and leave you naked and bare.

Verse 40 – “They  shall also bring up an assembly against you, and they shall stone you with stones and thrust you through with their swords.

Verse 41 – “They shall burn your houses with fire, and execute judgment on you in the sight of many women; and I will make you cease playing the harlot, and you shall no longer hire lovers.

Verse 42 – “So I will lay to rest My fury toward you, and My jealousy shall depart from you. I will be quiet, and be angry no more.

Verse 43 – “Because you did not remember the days of your youth, but agitated Me with all these things, surely I will also recompense your deeds on your won head,” says the Lord God. “And you shall not commit lewdness in addition to all your abominations.

Verse 44 – “Indeed everyone who quotes proverbs will use this proverb against you: ‘Like mother, like daughter!’

Today, we say, “Like father, like son” or “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”

Verse 45 – “You are your mothers daughter, loathing husband and children; and you are the sister of sisters, who loathed their husbands and children; your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite.

God was very plain in reminding them that they acted like the Hittites and the Amorites which God had used the Israelites to remove from the land of Canaan because their sin had reached an intolerable level.

Verse 46 – “Your older sister is Samaria, who dwells with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who dwells to the south of you, is Sodom and her daughters.

Verse 47 – “You did not walk in their ways nor act according to their abominations; but, as if that were too little, you became more corrupt than they in all your ways.

The Israelites had become way more corrupt than Sodom which God had completely destroyed because of their wickedness. Sodomy is a sexual act named after the homosexual perversions at Sodom (Genesis 19:5-29). Therefore, what Ezekiel was telling God’s people, was that they had become as perverted and detestable as the people in Sodom before God wiped them out.

Verse 48 – “As I live,” says the Lord God, “neither your sister Sodom nor her daughters have done as you and your daughters have done.

Verse 49 – “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

Ezekiel reminded Judah, that Sodom not only was destroyed for their sexual sin, but because of their arrogance, gluttony, and indifference to the needy. These sins may not be as shocking to us, but they are still sins that are forbidden by God.

Verse 50 – “And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.

Verse 51 – “Samaria did not commit half of your sins; but you have multiplied your abominations more than they, and have justified your sisters by all the abominations which you have done.

Verse 52 – “You who judged your sisters, bear your own shame also, because the sins which you committed were more abominable than theirs; they are more righteous than you. Yes, be disgraced also, and bear your own shame, because you justified your sisters.

Verse 53 – “When I bring back their captives, the captives of Sodom and her daughters, and the captives of Samaria and her daughters, then I will also bring back the captives of your captivity among them,

Verse 54 – “that you may bear your own shame and be disgraced by all that you did when you comforted them.

Verse 55 – “When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, return to their former state, and Samaria and her daughter return to their former state, then you and your daughters will return to your former state.

That didn’t happen, so neither did those people in Judah return to their former state. God was being sarcastic.

Verse 56 – “For your sister Sodom was not a byword in your mouth in the days of your pride,

Verse 57 – “before your wickedness was uncovered. It was like the time of the reproach of the daughters of Syria and all who were around her, and of the daughters of the Philistines, who despise you everywhere.

In the days of your pride refers to the golden days of Jerusalem during the reign of David.

Verse 58 – “You have paid for your lewdness and your abominations,” says the Lord.

Verse 59 – ‘For thus says the Lord God: “I will deal with you as you have done, who despised the oath by breaking the covenant.

Verse 60 – “Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.

Verse 61 – “Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your older and your younger sisters, for I will give them to you for daughters, but not because of My covenant with you.

Verse 62 – “And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord,

Verse 63 – “that you may remember and be ashamed, and never open your mouth anymore because of your shame, when I provide you an atonement for all you have done,” says the Lord God.’ ”

Although God’s people had broken their promises to Him, God did not break His promise to them. The everlasting covenant was put into effect when Jesus paid for the sins of all mankind by His death on the cross (Hebrews 10:8-10). Even though, just like Judah, we deserve nothing but punishment for our sin, Christ took the punishment for us!







Ezekiel – Chapter 15

Verse 1 – Then the word of he Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, how is the wood of the vine better than any other wood, the vine branch which is among the trees of the forest?

Israel is compared to a vine, which when fruitless, is utterly unprofitable. One branch of a tree in the forest is of more use than the whole vine.

Verse 3 – “Is wood taken from it to make any object? Or can men make a peg from it to hang any vessel on?

Verse 4 – “Instead, it is thrown into the fire for fuel; the fire devours both ends of it, and its middle is burned. Is it useful for any work?

Verse 5 – “Indeed, when it was whole, no object could be made from it. How much less will it be useful for any work when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned?

Verse 6 – “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

The vine is an image of Israel and appears as a symbol of the richness of Canaan, the land promised to Israel. The vine is the image of God’s loving care for the nation as a vine-dresser, taking care of what He had planted. Its clear from Matthew 21:33-41 that God desires fruit (good works) from His vine. The Babylonian invasion was accompanied by burning Jerusalem to the ground. Fire will be a prominent feature of the great tribulation also (Revelation 14:18).

Verse 7 – ‘And I will set My face against them. They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them.

Verse 8 – ‘Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness,’ says the Lord God.”

Thinking about how far Israel had gone astray, makes me think of how far our nation has strayed. In my life-time alone, I remember when children had respect for their elders, teachers, pastors, and those in uniform. Now, we live in a time of no shame for anything; lying, stealing, breaking the law in all areas; setting up factories to kill babies and calling them “Women’s Health Centers,” to just name a few things that have changed. They can call war on anything or any group they choose and then call themselves the victim. Is the US not also headed for God’s judgment?

Ezekiel – Chapter 14

Verse 1 – Now some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me.

Verse 2 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 3 – “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which cause them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?

On the outside, these men gave the appearance of serving God by going to the prophet for advice, but God knew they had idols set up in their homes and on the inside of the temple. God also saw the intent of their hearts, which was idol worship.

Verse 4 – “Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and them comes to the prophet, I the Lord will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols,

Verse 5 – “that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.” ‘

The heart is considered the core of a person’s intellectual and spiritual function. Because all people have someone or something as the object of their heart’s devotion, they have the potential for idolatry within them. We must never let anything captivate our allegiance or imagination in such a way to replace or weaken our devotion to God.

Verse 6 – “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and turn your faces away from all your abominations.

Verse 7 – “For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I the Lord will answer him by Myself.

While their false prophets were assuring them of peace and prosperity, God’s true prophets were predicting calamities that fell upon them.

Verse 8 – “I will set My face against that man and make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

Verse 9 – “And if the prophet is induced to speak anything, I the Lord have induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.

If the people continue to refuse to listen to prophets whom God sent to tell them the truth, the Lord would judge them by sending lying prophets to tell them what they wanted to hear. The Lord eventually abandons those who have turned to their own corrupt passions – Read Romans 1:18-32.

Verse 10 – “And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired,

Verse 11 – ‘that the house of Israel may no longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, but that they may be My people and I may be their God,” says the Lord God.’ ”

The people of Judah had considered that the few who were God-fearing men, would be their insurance that nothing bad would happen to them. However, God told them they were responsible for their own transgressions. God wants a relationship with the individual . We are not saved because our family, pastor, or those around us are.

Verse 12 – The word of the Lord came again to me, saying:

Verse 13 – “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.

Stop for a minute and look at the nations that have not followed the One True God. Do they not live in constant wars, famine and poverty? They are always fighting, always destroying, and always killing their own people, because they refuse to worship the True God.

Verse 14 – “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.

All of these men – Noah, Daniel, and Job were recognized for their righteous behavior in the midst of corrupt generations and prevailed in very difficult situations because of their righteousness. Ezekiel’s reference to these men affirmed that moral responsibility was not transferable; it is individual.

Verse 15 – “If I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they empty it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts,

Verse 16 – “even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be desolate.

Verse 17 – “Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land; and I cut off man and beast from it,

Verse 18 – “even though these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.

Do you ever wonder why when there is a horrific disaster with multiple people, why some survive?

Verse 19 – “Or if I send pestilence into the land and pour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast,

Verse 20 – “even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.

Verse 21 – For thus says the Lord God: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem – the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence – to cut off man and beast from it?

Verse 22 – “Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, indeed all that I have brought upon it.

This speech was directed to those who were already in captivity. These exiles would regard God’s judgment as well deserved.

Verse 23 – “And they will be comfort to you when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing without cause that I have done it,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel – Chapter 13

Judgment on the False Prophets

Verse 1 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Son of man, prophesy against he prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy out of their own heart, ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’ ”

The phrase, “Out of their own heart,” was neither spirit inspired, nor from God. Prophets, ministers, preachers, and clergy, which don’t have that calling or special anointing, have been doing this for thousands of years. They say God said it, but in truth it’s what comes out of their own head and heart.

Verse 3 – Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

Unless you know for sure, “Thus says the Lord”, I advise you to be very careful in prophesying. There’s nothing wrong with quoting what is written in His word, because He did say it, but don’t make things up to judge others and say God said it. There are already too many religions out there killing innocents, saying they are doing God’s work.

Verse 4 – “O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.

Verse 5 – “You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.

Verse 6 – “They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.

These leaders believed their own lies and then hoped it would happen for real.

Verse 7 – “Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says, ‘but I have not spoken.”

Verse 8 – Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord God.

Verse 9 – “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God.

Verse 10 – “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace – and one builds a boundary wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar –

Verse 11 – “say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down.

Verse 12 – “Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?

Untempered mortar is a play on words. Just like a plaster that is made to patch dry wall, it has no real strength. The lies that these prophets had been telling the people would not hold up to the words from God – “Whitewashed.” They looked and sounded good on the outside.

Verse 13 – Therefore thus say st he Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it.

Verse 14 – “So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

Those that deceived others, will in the end be found to have deceived themselves. No doom will be more fearful than that of unfaithful ministers.

Verse 15 – “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘the wall is no more, nor those who plastered it,

Verse 16 – ‘that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord God.

Verse 17 – “Likewise, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy against them,

Verse 18 – “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves and make veils for their heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive?

These women claimed to be prophets, but they were actually witches like the one in 1 Samuel 28:7. They practiced magic spells and sold good luck charms to the people in Jerusalem. However, there were legitimate prophetess in the Bible, including Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, and Noadiah.

Verse 19 – “And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?”

Verse 20 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against your magic charms by which you hunt souls there like birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds.

Verse 21 – “I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall no longer be as prey in your hand. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. ” ‘ ”

Verse 22 – “Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.

Verse 23 – “Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ”

We, as Christians, are to test every spirit. 1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. We are to examine everything in the light of scripture and you can’t do that unless you know what the Bible says. Search the scriptures daily to find out if what you are being taught is truth (Acts 17:11)!

Ezekiel – Chapter 12

Verse 1 – Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

Verse 2 – “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

Eyes that see but don’t see and ears that hear but don’t hear refers to disobedience and unbelief. They refused to believe the truth.

Verse 3 – “Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house.

Verse 4 – “By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight,

Verse 5 – “Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it.

Verse 6 – “In their sight you shall bear them, on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel.”

Verse 7 – So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and bore them on my shoulder in their sight.

The exile bags symbolized the remnant that will be led out of the homelands as captives.

Verse 8 – And in the morning the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 9 – “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’

Verse 10 – “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “This burden concerns the prince of Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them.” ‘

Verse 11 – “Say, ‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.’

Verse 12 – “And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes.

Ezekiel showed the people what was going to happen to Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. Jerusalem was going to be attacked again, and Zedekiah would join the exiles in Babylon. Zedekiah wouldn’t be able to see because Nebuchadnezzar would have his eyes gouged out.

Verse 13 – “I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.

Verse 14 – “I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them.

Verse 15 – “Then they shall know that I am the Lord, when I scatter them among the nations and despise them throughout the countries.

Zedekiah was the one who wouldn’t listen to Jeremiah either. He’s also the one who had Jeremiah thrown in the well. It does matter whom you hang out with. When you line up with people who could care less about the things of God, rest assured, disaster is going to come. All those who were with Zedekiah that night that went out of the city with him, were punished too!

Verse 16 – “But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Verse 17 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying,

Verse 18 – “Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety.

Verse 19 – “And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord God to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it.

Jeremiah was prophesying in Jerusalem and Ezekiel to the exiles in Babylon, but the same God, in different places, was making it very clear what His message was.

Verse 20 -“Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the Lord.” ‘ ”

Verse 21 – And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 22 – “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’?

God wasn’t talking about the people saying Ezekiel’s prophesy’s weren’t true, He was saying, the people now knew that their own prophet’s prophesy wasn’t coming true.

Verse 23 – “Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision.

Verse 24 – “For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

Verse 25 – “For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed: for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,: says the Lord God.’ ”

In less than six years Jerusalem would be destroyed and the people would know that God follows through with what He spoke through His prophets.

Verse 26 – Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 27 – “Son of man look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now and he prophesies of times far off.’

Verse 28 – “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “None of my words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.’ ”

God’s mercy and patience had waited all these years for the people to turn back to Him, but they had rejected Him from one generation to the next.

Ezekiel – Chapter 11

Verse 1 – Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the Lord’s house, which faces eastward; and there at the door of the gate were twenty-five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

These were the twenty-five men who were worshiping the sun.

Verse 2 – And He said to me: “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked counsel in this city,

Verse 3 – “who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the meat.’

Verse 4 – “Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man!”

These men had told the people that they were secure from another attack from the Babylonians. “This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat” means they believed that they were the elite, the influential, the ones who would be protected from all harm. Oh, they were so wrong.

Verse 5 – Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! ‘Thus says the Lord: Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind.

Trying to hide our thoughts from God is futile. I imagine, the people thought Ezekiel was crazy when he told them God knew their thoughts. I think we sometimes forget that God sees our thoughts and hears when they come out of our mouths. A little self-control, goes a long way.

Verse 6 – “You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”

They had done everything unimaginable. They had set up idols in God’s house; worshiped pagan gods; sacrificed their children in fire; ate their children; and lived like God didn’t know or care, without fear.

Verse 7 – ‘Therefore thus says the Lord God” “Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron (cooking pot); but I shall bring you out of the midst of it.

Verse 8 – “You have feared the sword; and I will bring the sword upon you,” says the Lord God.

Verse 9 – “And I will bring you out of the midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and execute judgments on you.

Verse 10 – “You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.

Verse 11 – “This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the meat in its midst. I will judge you at the border of Israel.

Verse 12 – “And you shall know that I am the Lord, for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.” ‘ ”

From the time the Israelites entered the promise land, they were warned not to follow the practices and customs of other nations. We get our standards from God’s word, not the standards of the world. As Christians, followers of Christ, we are to imitate our Father and that does not include adopting other religions that worship any other person or thing other than the One True God. The only way to reach the Father is through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. All other beliefs and religions are false! There is one gate and that gate is narrow.

Matthew 7:13, 14 – “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (14) “Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Verse 13 – Now it happened, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried with a loud voice, and said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Will you make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?”

Pelatiah was among the twenty-five men. When this prophesy was finished, it was done.

Verse 14 – Again the word of the Lord came to me saying,

Verse 15 – “Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your kinsmen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Get far away from the Lord; this land has been given to us as a possession.

The Jews that were still in Jerusalem thought they were the faithful ones because they hadn’t been captured. They thought the Jews that had been carried off captive to “Babylon were the wicked ones.

Verse 16 – “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Although I have cast them afar off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” ‘

The ones that had been taken captive were the ones God would protect. God promised to be personally for the exiles what the temple had been for them in Jerusalem.

Verse 17 – “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will gather you from the people, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ‘

Verse 18 – “And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there.

When the exiles return, they will remove the detestable idols and vile images that once filled the land. Some scholars, believe this took place in Ezra 6-10.

Verse 19 – “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,

Verse 20 – “That they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Verse 21 – “But as for those whose hearts walk after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord God.

Verse 22 – Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was high above them.

Verse 23 – And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.

Verse 24 – Then the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me.

Verse 25 – So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the Lord had shown me.

God’s glory left Jerusalem and stood above a mountain on the east side of the city – Mount Olives. Zechariah 4:14 says this is the place, Mount Olives, where Christ will return.

Ezekiel – Chapter 10

Verse 1 – And I looked, and there in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubim, there appeared something like a sapphire stone, having the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

Verse 2 – And He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, “Go in among the wheels, under the cherub, fill your hands with coals of fire among the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in as I watched.

Jerusalem would soon be purged by fire. This took place in 586 B.C., 2 Kings 25:9 when the Babylonians destroyed the city.

Verse 3 – Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and the cloud filled the inner court.

Verse 4 – Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and paused over the threshold of the temple; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord’s glory.

The cloud, the glory of the Lord paused, showing God’s great mercy for the priests and all the people to see. Maybe, just maybe, they will repent when they see His glory about to depart from the temple.

Verse 5 – And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard even in the outer court, like the voice of Almighty God when He speaks.

Verse 6 – Now it happened, when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” that he went in and stood beside the wheels.

Fire in the Bible is often associated with God’s judgment against wickedness and sin. According to Ezekiel, the same fire purified the mouth of Isaiah and brought destruction to Sodom and Gomorrah and would now purge Jerusalem in judgment.

Verse 7 – And the cherub stretched out his hand from among the cherubim to the fire that was among the cherubim, and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed with linen, who took it and went out.

Verse 8 – The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man’s hand under their wings.

Verse 9 – And when I looked, there were four wheels by the cherubim, one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by each other cherub; the wheels appeared to have the color of a beryl stone.

Verse 10 – As for their appearance, all four looked alike – as were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

Verse 11 – When they went, they went toward any of their four directions; they did not turn aside when they went, but followed in the direction the head was facing. They did not turn aside when they went.

Verse 12 – And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were full of eyes all around.

When Ezekiel described the wheels in chapter one, only the wheels had eyes all around, but here the four creatures had eyes all over their bodies. That is not a contradiction, it simply is more detailed. John describes the four creatures in Revelation 4:8 as having wings and full of eyes around and within and they do not rest day or night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come!”

Verse 13 – As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing, “Wheel.”

Verse 14 – Each one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

Verse 15 – And the cherubim were lifted up. This was the living creature I saw by the River Chebar.

Verse 16 – When the cherubim went the wheels went beside them; and when the cherubim lifted their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also did not turn from beside them.

Verse 17 – When the cherubim stood still, the wheels stood still, and when one was lifted up, the other lifted itself up, for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

The Spirit of God directs all creatures for His divine purpose, good, holy, and just. Events are determined by wheels of providence, which are full of eyes. Nothing is by chance.

Verse 18 – Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim.

God’s glory departed from the temple and was not present again until Christ himself visited in the New Testament times. God holiness required Him to leave because His house had been defiled. The priests and the people were not worshiping Him anymore, but idols. The people didn’t want Him, they had rejected their own God, so He left. This can happen in an individual life also. If a person doesn’t want anything to do with God, He won’t force Himself on them.

Verse 19 – And the cherubim lifted their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels were beside them; and they stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.

The ultimate privilege of our faith is access to the presence of God.

Verse 20 – This is the living creature I saw under the God of Israel by the River Chebar, and I knew they were cherubim.

Verse 21 – Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.

Verse 22 – And the likeness of their faces was the same as the faces which I had seen by the River Chebar, their appearance and their persons. They each went straight forward.

I doubt that the priests or the elders that were in the temple at the time this was taking place, even noticed. When everything that Ezekiel had warned was coming, started to happen, did they cry out to God then? Don’t wait until things are so bad before you have the only relationship that matters. You can’t ignore Him all your life and then when a crises strikes expect to be strong enough to get through it if you have never had to use your faith in Him. That won’t work.

Ezekiel – Chapter 9

Verse 1 – Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.”

Verse 2 – And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.

These were six angels of wrath. The north gate of the court of the priests is where the invading army would come from. The one who carried the inkhorn has to write in the Book of Life the names of those who shall be marked.

Verse 3 – Now the glory of the Lord God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. and He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side;

The cherubim which were on the mercy-seat of the ark in the holy of holies, the proper seat of the glory of the Lord in the midst of Israel. God is represented as rising up from between the cherubim to scatter His enemies.

Verse 4 – and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

The man who had the writing tablet, was to put a mark on those to be sealed for deliverance like those in Revelation 7:3, 4 and 14:1. They were sorrowful over the nation’s sin. Those men would be spared when the six men began to destroy the city. In the final days, God will mark those destined for salvation (Revelation 7:3), and Satan will mark his followers (Revelation 13:16, 17), who like him are destined for destruction.

Verse 5 – To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eyes spare, nor have any pity.

Verse 6 – “Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple.

God began with the spiritual leaders of Judah because they had led the people into idolatry. Spiritual leaders are especially accountable to God because He called them to teach the Truth. When they pervert the truth, they can lead countless people away from God and even cause a nation to fall.

Look what 1 Peter 4:17 says, (17) for the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

Verse 7 – Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.

This historical event took place in 2 Chronicles 36:17-19.

Verse 8 – So it was , that while they were killing them, I was lift alone; and I fell on my face and cried out, and said, “Ah, Lord God! Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?”

Verse 9 – Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see!’

Verse 10 – “And as for Me also, My eye will nether spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head.”

Verse 11 – Just then, the man clothed with linen who had the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, “I have done as You commanded me.”

People have all kinds of explanations for continuing their sin: “I’m not hurting anyone!”; “Don’t judge me!”; “It doesn’t matter!” Rationalizing sin makes it easier to commit, but rationalizing doesn’t convince God to cancel the punishment.