Ezekiel 47:9 Where Life Is

Ezekiel 47:9 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, 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 cometh.

There is no question in my mind that this passage has to do with a future Temple, either in the Millennial Kingdom or else the eternal one. (I think both are referenced at different points.) I am interested in the healing effects of the waters. Everything, “whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live.”

Everything:

  • Trees
  • Fruit
  • Fishes
  • Fishermen

The point is that this water springs from the Temple. Life comes from the touch of God. Just as the trees find life in the waters of a nearby river and fishes find life in the fresh flowing waters into their habitat so in eternity all life finds its life flowing from God. 

The same is a truth today. Life, real life, abundant life springs from God and springs from Him as He is found in His house. Those who dwell in the house of God can become like an ever-growing river, bringing life wherever they are found. Those whose relationship with God is outside His house tend to drain life rather than refreshing it from those they touch. 

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Ezekiel 41:6 Two Coins, Same Pocket

Ezekiel 41:6 (KJV)
And the side chambers were three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which was of the house for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.

Any number of commentators admit the Ezekiel chapters 40-48 are the most difficult of the Bible. We find here Ezekiel’s description of the prophetic temple. This was meant to encourage those captive Jews of God’s grand intentions for them. They need not fear God had forsaken them. He had plans bigger than anything they had before known. These were, of course, not fulfilled in the second temple or even in Herod’s temple. This is a vision of eternity. 

I am intrigued by the phrase, “that they might have hold, but they had not hold in the wall of the house.” These were walls that held on to something other than the temple walls. They run parallel to the temple walls, but they are not connected to them. 

God has another work that is related to the work He does with the Jews. It runs alongside His plans for the Jews, but it is not the same as His plans for the Jews. Israel and the church are not two sides of the same coin. Israel and the church are two coins in God’s same pocket. They are related. They are in some ways similar. But one does not replace the other. 

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Ezekiel 37:28 Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:28 (KJV)
And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

The prophecy of Ezekiel 37, “The valley of dry bones” did not find its fulfillment in 1948. At best that event is a simple earnest of what God has promised. In order for it to be fulfilled, Israel must:

  • Unite as one nation
  • Submit to David as their one king
  • Follow one shepherd and 
  • Observe and do God’s commandments

I think the valley of dry bones is a more fitting prophecy of the Tribulation Period, when God will once again, for seven years, take up his work in the Jews. They will gather, have a national identity become the focus of the world, endure death and hardship, but come out of it under one head in the Millennial Kingdom. 

It will be then that heretical heathen groups, such as the Andersonites, will know that God has sanctified Israel.

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Ezekiel 35:6 Choose Wisely

Ezekiel 35:6 (KJV)
Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.

Mt. Seir, the place and the people this verse addresses, is the area of Edom. King Herod, who was on the throne when Jesus was born and who ordered the death of the children in Bethlehem, was an Edomite. The meaning of the verse is simple; “Since you did not hesitate to shed blood, bloodshed will chase you, hound you, dog you to the ground.”

I think a companion verse, and an explanatory one, would be, Romans 12:19 (KJV) 
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 

  • An eye for an eye 
  • A tooth for a tooth
  • Blood for blood

The one who lives by the sword shall die by the sword. 

On the other hand, 

  • Mercy begets mercy
  • Charity begets charity and 
  • Love begets love 

The one you choose to live by is the one you may expect to die by. 

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Ezekiel 33:11 Turn Ye, Turn Ye

Ezekiel 33:11 (KJV)
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?

The Jews, under conviction through the preaching, ask the question, “If we pine away in our transgressions, how shall we then live?” 

  • What do we do to change the course? 
  • What do we do to stop the death?

God’s answer was just this simple, “Turn ye, Turn ye from your evil ways.”

I think this has got to be the message of every blood bought child of God today. We must call out to people, “Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways.” 

Before, of course, they will hear with sincerity and earnestly turn from their evil ways, they’ll need to accept that they are pining away in their transgressions. Faithful preaching will contribute to this. But it will be the working of the Lord that convinces them they are indeed pining away. 

Working just as we see Him doing in our world today.

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Ezekiel 29:20 A Hard Lesson

Ezekiel 29:20 (KJV)
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.

Nebuchadnezzar was a Gentile, heathen king. The Jews could not believe Jeremiah’s message that God was use him to chasten Jerusalem. Those Jews who survived the siege and remained in the Promised Land could not believe Ezekiel’s message that God had given Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar as wages for his service. They fled for safety to the one place God would not protect them. 

A hard lesson for us to learn, especially those of us with a nominal faith in the Lord, is that He doesn’t do what we think He ought to do. He is the Supreme Being. We are to bow to Him. We are to submit to His will. 

And we will learn His will through the Word of God and through those who faithfully and honestly preach it.

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Ezekiel 28:11-12 Who’s At the Bottom of All This?

Ezekiel 28:11-12 (KJV)
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

I picture in my mind that Russian doll that opens to reveal inside another doll, that opens to reveal yet another. Chapters previous to this describe the judgment against Tyrus, then against the merchants of Tyrus. The verses just previous to this reveal the judgment of the prince of Tyrus, who claimed to be a god, but who was able to be slain. Here finally we see the king of Tyrus, who is none other than Satan. 

The judgment of the nation is the result of the people’s unholiness. The destruction of the people is the result of unholy leadership. The unholy leadership is the result of Satan’s underlying work. 

See it as a pyramid. The top of the pyramid is built upon leadership. The foundation of the leadership, in this case, is Satan. 

Conversely,

  • The way to have a strong nation is to have sound leadership 
  • The way to have a sound leadership is to have a godly foundation 
  • The way to have a godly foundation is to have faith in the one true God

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Ezekiel 23:39 Profaning the Sanctuary

Ezekiel 23:39 (KJV)
For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house.

Sometimes the parallels between the Old Testament and our day are obscured by our own preferences and practices. That which we do seems palatable, even when it is wrong. We can accept that those things God calls wicked in the Old Testament were terrible because we don’t do them. Those things that we do just couldn’t, in our eyes, compare. 

The gist of this passage is this, Israel would do abominable things in their own time, and then come to the house of God as if they were the children of God. This duplicity was, in God’s eyes, profanity. In the particular example, they sacrificed their children to idols and then came into the sanctuary as if to worship God. 

The parallel has to do with how we raise our children. For as many decades as I have been a Christian, we have heard preachers warn against the public school system. Too many kept their kids in those schools, all the while smugly attending some form of worship. Today it has come to bite us in that so many of those children have grown up to believe things that are openly anti-Christian. The current election proves the point when even some who are pastors have openly encouraged Christians to vote in a candidate who is pro abortion, pro alternative lifestyles, and pro socialist. They can’t see past their disregard for the other candidate’s reputation to recognize that he is the only one who will stand for Christian values. 

We have, for generations, failed to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph 6:4). Now we are not even sure what that is.[1]

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[1] I wrote this on October 30th but I am posting it on November 4th. At this time it has been confirmed that the state of Washington has voted in a bill for comprehensive sex education beginning in kindergarten. This must be an abomination in the eyes of God.

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Ezekiel 20:12 Such a Sweet Testimony

Ezekiel 20:12 (KJV)
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

The sabbaths would have been holy days; days of rest, just as God rested from His creation on the seventh day. The observation of these sabbath days was a sign of their relationship with God and meant to remind them that they had been set apart as uniquely special to God. 

The New Testament provides us with a different day. Christians have the first day of the week. It is a different sort of rest as, because of Christ, the work of righteousness is finished. We rest in that we rely solely upon Him for our righteousness and or relationship with God. We observe the day, not by resting from our labors, but by worshiping Him and testifying in His name. Our participation in services, whenever or church hosts services, is a reminder of what Christ accomplished for us. It is a testimony to others that we have been set apart to Him. 

Oh, don’t rebel from such a sweet testimony.

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Ezekiel 18:22 Made Right In Jesus Christ

Ezekiel 18:22 (KJV)
All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

The burden of righteousness is heavy. I choose not to recount the list – it is given at least twice in this chapter of Ezekiel. Instead, I would point out that the New Testament standard of righteousness is Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
He hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

I’m not keeping a checklist. I have a personal relationship with Jesus. 

Those who know Christ as Saviour might come to know him at a young age. They might come to know him however as they get up in years and have many sins for which to give account. It’s all made right in Jesus Christ.

Those who profess this righteousness and, somewhere down the line, turn from it into worldliness and sin simply prove they never knew Jesus. Any man can commit sin. He might even go astray for a time. If he has a saving relationship with the Lord, he will return to Him at some point. If he doesn’t, despite his protests otherwise, he never was saved.[1]

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[1] I have actually had this absurd conversation with a man who used to be a fundamental Baptist pastor but now claims to be an atheist. He is adamant that, when he was a Christian, he was saved. Yet he claims now to believe there is no God.

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