Ezekiel 47-48

Ezekiel 47-48

Chapter 47: Water in the Temple

The vision of the holy waters issuing out of the temple, starting as a shallow stream, then getting deeper and fuller until it is over a man’s head. The river travels east until it reaches a sea, which will swarm with fish. Only the marshy ground will still be salty. Fruitful banks will grow on the banks of the river. A description of the division of the land shared between Jews and proselytes are given.

Chapter 48: “The Lord is here”

A description of the several portions of the land belonging to each tribe, together with the portion allotted to the Temple, city, suburb, and the prince are given. The measurement of the gates of the new city – three facing north, three south, three east and three west, each named after a tribe. The city will be named ‘The Lord is there”.

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Ezekiel 45-46

Ezekiel 45-46

Chapter 45: Offer sacrifices

Portions of land (inheritances of the Israelites) are appointed for the Temple, the city, and the prince. Regulations concerning weights and measures are given (see verses 10-17). Ordinances regarding provisions for the ordinary and extraordinary sacrifices (ie for the major feasts) are also given (see verses 18-25).

Chapter 46: Ordinances and sacrifices

The gate of the inner court facing eastwards is only opened on Sabbaths and new moons. The prince shall offer six lambs and a ram on the Sabbath. Further stipulations for new moon offerings are also given. The prince will leave by the gate he entered through, but at the big feasts, the people will leave by the opposite gate to the one they came in by. Stipulations are also given for princely peace offerings. Stipulations for daily offerings are also given. Ordinances prescribed for the gifts a prince may bestow on his sons and servants – a servant’s gift must be returned if the servant is set at liberty. Measurements of the courts appointed for boiling or baking of the holy oblations are also given.

Ezekiel 39-40

Ezekiel 39-40

Chapter 39: Gog and Magog are destroyed

The slaughter and burial of the forces of Gog and Magog are described. For seven years they burn the weapons of war and for seven months they bury the dead. The Lord will have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and He shall restore it. The Lord will no longer hide His face from them.

Chapter 40: Ezekiel sees the Temple

In the fourteenth year after the destruction of Jerusalem, Ezekiel has a vision of a man with an appearance of brass, who had a line of flax in his hand and a measuring reed. The Temple is described: the exact dimensions of the east, north and south gates are given. There is further description of the eight tables for the preparation of sacrifices, the chambers, and the porch. All measurements are given precisely in cubits.

Ezekiel 31-32

Ezekiel 31-32

Chapter 31: Pharaoh’s glory and fall

The Assyrian empire was like a tall and strong cedar tree, which the very trees of Eden envied. The tree was brought down, just as Egypt shall be.

Chapter 32: Ezekiel laments for Egypt

Egypt is described as a large and somewhat dangerous animal, such as a lion or a whale. This animal is caught, slain and left exposed to the elements! On the day that Egypt shall be “exposed to the elements” the sky will be darkened, and surrounding nations will be filled with terror. Egypt will be left so desolate, that its rivers shall run as smooth as oil, with nobody to disturb them.

God orders the slain Pharaoh and his host to be dragged down to the lower regions of the earth. The Pharaoh will share these regions with uncircumcised tyrants and oppressors. The Pharaoh’s particular region is for those who have been slain by the sword.

Ezekiel 27-28

Ezekiel 27-28

Chapter 27: Ezekiel is sad for Tyrus

Tyre’s beauty and commercial prosperity is described but Ezekiel laments the fall of Tyrus and all of the commercial prosperity.

Chapter 28: Tyrus and Zidon shall be destroyed

Tyre has said; “I am a God, I sit in the seat of God…”(Ezekiel 28:2). Strangers will be brought against it. The corrupting influence of its material wealth and beauty is described. Tyre will be devoured in fire and Sidon will be destroyed.  The Jews will be restored after the Babylonian captivity.

Ezekiel 13-14

Ezekiel 13-14

Scripture Thought (What I Learned):

People will always be led away by a false preacher. I personally had the opportunity to visit a number of religious organizations last year, I felt that I needed to see and participate in services that were different from my own. I found that a number of congregations had good hearted people that were seeking the Lord. However I was disgusted to find many churches, whose so called “Pastor” would lead his people astray. He spoke nonsense, but the scriptures were true! In the hallway of the church, before the services… the pastor would setup a table of bread, with a sign that read “take what you need”. Innocent enough, to make anyone believe that it was for a good cause. But the people that came, were not only given free bread… but a constant reassurance that they were saved, just on the act of believing. How deceiving! How wrong! People, will always be led astray!

Chapter 13: False Prophets

The word of the Lord comes to Ezekiel and the Lord tells Ezekiel to go unto the people and say; “Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!” (Ezekiel 13:3)

God is not happy with the false prophets that have risen only to entrap the souls of those who listen to them. God mentions that he will break down the walls of their intuitions (false churches) because their walls were built with un-tempered mortar (or in other words poorly built). God speaks to the false prophets “…ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread… by your lying” (Ezekiel 13:19) and “…with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad… and strengthed the hands of the wicked… by promising him life.” (Ezekiel 13:22)

                God is speaking directly to these false prophets, who literally bring people to their church by offering free bread and telling them that they can be saved. Salvation is a FREE gift of God, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This is absolutely TRUE! However, what many people fail to understand is that it DOES NOT guarantee our return to God. Jesus Christ died for our sins, to give us the OPPORTUNITY to be SAVED! For the Bible makes it clear; “… though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? … Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead…” (James 2:14, 17)

No one can just say, “I accept Jesus in my heart” and be done. To accept Jesus Christ, we accept the challenge of becoming like him, to follow him.  As a disciple, who is disciplined in following the commandments.

Chapter 14: The Lord will not answer to the evil-doers

“…they are all estranged from me through their idols.” (Ezekiel 14:5)

God speaks to Ezekiel and tells him that the people have forsaken him and have pursued after false gods and have listened to false prophets that have led them astray. Ezekiel cries repentance!

Ezekiel 9-10

Ezekiel 9-10

Chapter 9: The Righteous and the Others

Six men come from the north with weapons of slaughter in their hands. A few people in the city, who are distressed over the abominations committed in the land are marked on their foreheads by a man clothed in linen, so they may be spared: everyone else is to be destroyed. The shechinah (cloud of God’s presence) moves from the inner sanctuary to the threshold of the temple as a sign that God’s presence will soon depart. Ezekiel tries to intercede for his people, but God will not change his mind.

Chapter 10: The Wheels and Cheribums

The vision from chapter one is repeated. We learn that between the wheels are coals of fire, which are scattered on Jerusalem to show that it was to be burnt. The glory of the Lord (shechinah) departs further.