The preachers and ministers have violated His law indeed!
There has never been, nor does there exist today, another city quite like Jerusalem. It has been the focus of more wars and violence and corruption than any other city throughout history and continues to be so to this very day. And yet it is "the city" that our Father chose to marry in Ezekiel chapter 16 as His favorite place in the universe. In fact, He made an everlasting covenant with her that she would be His geographical wife, His home, for all eternity.
If you have studied with us from the beginning of this Book of Ezekiel, then you know that by this point we have seen many wonders and abominations written concerning this great city. We have seen such things as the symbols of the fall and siege of Jerusalem (Jerusalem represents Religion) and we have seen her lewdness and her whoredoms. We have seen the idolatry of her inhabitants, the perversion of her princes (leaders), the lies of her false prophets, the corruption of the counsel of her elders, the infidelity of her kings, and in the last chapter we saw the promise from Adonai Yahveh that He WILL SEND the sword of chastisement, wielded by the king of Babylon, Satan, the soon coming false-christ, as recompense for her abominations.
This Book of Ezekiel began with a personal visit by our Father to His servant named "Whom God Strengthens", even "God is Strong", EZEK-I-EL. He appeared in a highly polished spectrum bronze circular flying vehicle (space ship), emblazoned with the national symbols of the tribes of Israel, and carrying His throne, surrounded by the awesome Shekinah Glory, from upon which He spoke to Ezekiel. No one until the generation when space travel became a reality could truly understand the vision of the flying wheels (saucers) that Ezekiel described in chapters one and ten. And rightfully so, for the Book of Ezekiel was recorded for the final generation who would witness the coming of the real king of Babylon, Satan, the son of perdition, the false-christ posing as Jesus. The prophet Joel recorded that in the last days, the young men (and women) would see, i.e. understand, the visions of the prophets like Ezekiel and Daniel. Peter quoted Joel's words in Acts chapter two concerning these last days, and guess what? It has come to pass! We "see" the visions. We, in this generation, can understand what it was that Ezekiel saw coming like a whirlwind from the north. How so! We saw "Star Wars"!
Our Father wasted no time in telling Ezekiel that the House of Israel was very rebellious and idolatrous and that He was going to SEND him to them to give them warning. BUT FIRST, He instructed Ezekiel to "eat the roll" (the Word of God), AND to digest it in his bowels, whereby it could be absorbed into his mind and become part of his very being! Then, and only then, AFTER Ezekiel was made strong by the Word of God, and was skilled it in, God SET him as a "watchman" unto his own people, the House of Israel, to give them Instruction and Warning in the manner of "Thus saith the Lord", not according to man's traditions, but according to the Word of God!
Have you eaten the entire scroll? Have you digested the Word of God in your bowels? If so, then you know who and where the House of Israel is today, and you also know who it is that makes up the House of Judah, even the good figs and the bad figs (Jer. 24).
Therefore it is no surprise to you that the City of Jerusalem is a Bloody City, the bloodiest of all cities, even the murderous city of the prophets and of our Lord and Savior. And now, in this 22nd chapter of the Book of the Watchman, you are given instruction to DECLARE the abominations of Jerusalem, the Mother of Harlots, who is drunk with the blood of God's people, both literally and worst of all, Spiritually. I quote from the Revelation:
"Mystery" is "musterion" in Greek and it means "secret religious rites", i.e. religion, and "Babylon" means "confusion". And so it is a mystery (as in a hidden thing) to most people, but it is the "religious confusion", the traditions of men, the substitutes for God's Word and His ways, that has produced the abominations of the earth!Rev. 17:5
And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
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Verse 18 of Revelation chapter 17 documents so as to leave no doubt whatsoever that this woman, the GREAT MURDEROUS WHORE, is indeed the religion. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
So in this 22nd chapter we get to take a real good look at the Bloody Crimes of the City of Jerusalem, and it should remind us why there is so much emphasis on this city and why it is the focal point of all prophecy pertaining to our generation and "Mystery Babylon".Rev. 17:18
And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Indict her, Ezekiel! Publicly denounce her wicked deeds!Ezekiel 22:1
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.
If you are a scroll eater then you should remember the words Christ spoke to the scribes and Pharisees, the musterion leaders, very bad figs, in Matthew 23 and His reference to their ancestry in John 8:44.
Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Jesus was speaking to the Kenites, the descendants of Cain (Kayin), who was the first murderer. He would also confront them in the Book of John and tell them in John 8:44, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Jesus then speaks a lamentation unto Jerusalem. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Add to all the shed blood of that city, the shed blood of Jesus Christ. All one can say is, "Ain't you had enough?"Matthew 23:37
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Ezekiel, you tell her that her time is coming REAL SOON. She has asked for it with her polluted religions and she's gonna get it!Ezekiel 22:3
Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
The word "defile" means "foul" or "POLLUTED". Remember the question He asked in the last chapter, "Are you polluted?" What was your answer? (Tell Him, not me.)
Yes, it is the idolatrous religions of man that have made Jerusalem the bloodiest city in man's history. How's it doing today? Are there any religious problems in that bloody city today? We just had "the pope" a world famous religious leader stand at the "Wailing Wall" in that city, and claim to speak for Christianity. You tell me if he is a type of Ezekiel. Did He turn to the cameras and say, "Thus saith the Lord God in Mark 13:2 "...There shall not be left one stone here standing upon another, that shall not be thrown down... for the sins of this city and the abominations she has committed?" No, in fact he left a note apologizing for Christianity. Question? Does the pope know a good of Judea from just another one of the BAD FIGS that have mixed in with them? He obviously doesn't!Ezekiel 22:4
Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
She has been renowned throughout history and even unto this very day for "vexation", which means "confusion". She has truly become Babylon the Great, city of harlots and murderers and thieves. Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.
The princes are the leaders and they all have used their power and authority to lie, cheat, steal and shed the blood of innocent men, including the very Son of the Living God.vexed = mehuwmah, meh-hoo-maw', Hebrew 4103; from Hebrew 1949 (huwm); confusion or uproar :- destruction, discomfiture, trouble, tumult, vexation, vexed.
 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.
They have treated their mothers and fathers with contempt, and defrauded all the people and oppressed even the fatherless and the widow. Why? All for power and money and ego, and all in the name of religion. (And we are not talking only of the Jews Religion)
I've got some really bad news direct from the legal department of the Word of God for those who take advantage of and oppress the stranger, the fatherless and the widow. Open your law book to Deut. chapter 27 and read, "Thus saith the Lord GOD":Ezekiel 22:7
In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.
The word cursed in the preceding verse means "bitterly cursed" and is the same word used in Genesis 3:14 when the LORD God cursed Satan: "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:"Deut. 27:19
Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.
Her day of reckoning is coming. How many prophets must warn us before we get the picture?
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.
 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.
Have you still got your law book opened? The "bitter curse" awaits those who commit such abominations.
Cursed be he that lieth with his father's wife; because he uncovereth his father's skirt. And all the people shall say, Amen.
 Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.
 Cursed be he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father, or the daughter of his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.
 Cursed be he that lieth with his mother in law. And all the people shall say, Amen.
 Cursed be he that smiteth his neighbour secretly. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Let us all BEWARE!
 Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Abortion doctors BEWARE!
 Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.
Back to Jerusalem.
Follow the money trail. These are the very qualities of the pioneer of "trafficking", and "pollution", and "defilement", Satan himself. We will read all about him in the 28th chapter. Meanwhile, here is a sneak preview to document him as the pioneer of sin!Ezekiel 22:12
In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.
International Bankers BEWARE!
By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
I'd say that's quite a "curse", wouldn't you? Eternal Death!Ezekiel 28:18
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
"Defiled the sanctuaries" is religious POLLUTION! And he was fraudulent, usurious, and ruthless in his "trafficking" (merchandising). His children of disobedience, the kenites, are just like him. They were that way from the beginning, they were that way in the time of Christ, and they haven't changed for modern times one bit.
Here's what Jesus said when he threw them out of the temple 2000 years ago:
Bribes, payoffs, loan sharking, extortion. These are ways of the Mother of Harlots.Mark 11:17
And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
Remember what happened in the last chapter when God clapped His hands. (No, the lights did not go on and off.) He clapped His hands and called for the sword of chastisement of the king of Babylon to come upon this city!Ezekiel 22:13
Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.
Ezekiel, declare the abominations of this Bloody City and publicly denounce her wicked deeds! Indict her for her evil ways! Tell her there won't be one stone left standing when the King of kings returns and Babylon the Great falls to destruction.
 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.
Ezekiel was made strong by eating the scroll (the
Bible) and digesting it.
There is no other strength that can endure.
And when the LORD says "I said so" and "I WILL do it", you can just wait around and see if He was merely kidding!
They call that "stupidity"!
Both Israel and much of Judah were scattered. The historical records document that God's Word is true and this scripture did come to pass. He said He would do it, and He did it! He also said He will send the king of Babylon to this final generation, and He will! And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.
This simply means you will get what is coming to you, because you deserve what you get. But either way, should you receive Blessing or Cursing, you shall know that the "I AM" is LORD, because as it is written in Romans 14:11, ".. As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
The following is a message from the Lord GOD to whole the House of Israel.
"Silver is usually found combined with other elements... in minerals and ores. Silver occurs as a constituent of lead, copper, and zinc ores, and half the world's production of silver is obtained as a by-product in the processing of such ores." Funk & Wagnall's Encyclopedia, 1986, vol. 23, pg. 425.Ezekiel 22:17
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.
The refining process that is used to separate the base metals and the impurities, called slag or dross, from gold or silver is called "smelting". The silver ore is heated to a molten state in a high temperature blast furnace and the base metals and the worthless slag separate from the silver. Silver melts at 1764 degrees Fahrenheit and boils at about 4014 degrees F.
So, our Father has liken the House of Israel to that of the base metals and the worthless slag of silver.
In today's language we would just say they are a bunch of "Scumbags"!
Do you get the feeling this is not going to be a party or a gala wedding affair? Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
Uh, oh! It's going to be a hot time in the old town tonight! As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.
 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.
Of course Daniel didn't get tossed into the fiery furnace with his friends, but he was still tried (by fire, figuratively). He was tossed into a den of ravenous, hungry lions (see verse 25 to find out who they represent). From this example we learn that even man eating lions are as pussy cats when the angel of the Lord is with you.
This concept of being "tried by fire" has been used by Paul, Peter and even Jesus Christ.
Here are some examples from the New Testament:
1 Cor. 3:11-13
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1 Peter 1:7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
It gets rid of the slag.
Jesus also had some advice for those of the church of Laodicea, the types who are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold.
So come on baby, light my fire!Rev. 3:18
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Those who claim to be, who should be, the "tillers of the ground" have not prepared the "field" nor caused the fruitful rain of God's Word to fall.Ezekiel 22:23
And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.
Instead THERE IS A CONSPIRACY among the Prophets, those who "claim" to represent Him.
 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
have devoured "souls" (nephesh).
And they have ripped everyone off!
It comes from "qashar", #7194, which means to "Bind".Conspiracy = qesher, keh'-sher, Hebrew 7195; from Hebrew 7194 (qashar); an (unlawful) alliance :- confederacy, conspiracy, treason.
Would religious men of God conspire to bind people and devour their "SOULS", "nephesh" in Hebrew? Would they take treasure and money and precious things? If you haven't read the letter that the translators of the 1611 King James Bible wrote to the English Reader, then you might not suspect church systems to be conspirators.Bind = qashar, kaw-shar', Hebrew 7194; a primitive root; to tie, physical (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league) :- bind (up), (make a) conspire (-acy, -ator), join together, knit, stronger, work [treason].
So here's a little excerpt from that letter:
From The Translator's of the 1611 King James Bible To The Reader
Now the Church of Rome would seem at the length to bare a motherly affection towards her children, and to allow them the Scriptures in their mother tongue: but indeed it is a gift, not deserving to be called a gift, an unprofitable gift: they must first get a License in writing before they may use them and to get that, they must approve themselves to their Confessor that is to be such as are, if not frozen in the dregs, yet soured with the leaven of their superstition. Howbeit, it seemed too much to Clement the 8. that there should be any License granted to have them in the vulgar tongue, and therefore he overruled and frustrated the grant of Pius the fourth. So much are they afraid of the light of the Scripture, (Lucifugx Scripturarum, as Tertullian speaketh) that they will not trust the people with it, no not as it is set forth by their own sworn men, no not with the License of their own Bishops and Inquisitors. Yes so unwilling they are to communicate the Scriptures to the peoples understanding in any sort, that they are not ashamed to confess, that we forced them to translate it into English against their wills. This seems to argue a bad cause, or a bad conscience, or both. Sure we are, that it is not he that had good gold, that is afraid to bring it to the touch-stone, but he that had the counterfeit; neither is it the true man that shunned the light, but the malefactor, lest his deeds should be reproved: neither is it the plain dealing Merchant that is unwilling to have the weights, or the meter-yard brought in place, but he that uses deceit, But we will let them alone for this fault, and return to translation.
By not teaching His Word and instead teaching the precepts of men!
And so our people are starved of the true Word of God and it has become the famine of this final generation, just as Christ foretold of.
Amos spells it out in detail:
There's the famine Christ spoke of!Amos 8:11
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
They shall wander from sea to shining sea and find but crumbs and containers of spiritual garbage. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
Yes, the Biblical foretellers of what is going to happen (prophets) have CONSPIRED and convinced the majority of Christians that they are going to be "Raptured" and not have to face the king of Babylon!
It's a LIE!
chapter 13 of Ezekiel?
God hates those who teach His children to "fly" to save their souls!
Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
So they even profane the Highest day of Christianity, the Passover, with Ishtar and her sex symbols of "quick like a bunny" bunnies and fertility symbols like Ishtar's eggs. Not only is Easter not to be found in the New Testament, it is an unsanctified, profane pollution of His Sabbath.
Go priests go! Next!
Good grief Charlie Brown! We've got conspiracy and perversion everywhere. Even the governors are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy "souls" (nephesh) and to GET DISHONEST GAIN! Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
Yes, that about describes our leaders and politicians, doesn't it?
The churches should have been and should be educating our people in the Word of God and His laws that He laid out for our freedom and from which our Constitution was taken. But no! They have "whitewashed" Christianity and reduced it to ceremony, to mere praise and worship and do-gooder deeds, and they have LEFT OUT the Word of God. And so we have allowed many non-Christians, even anti-Christians, to come and rule over us! Shame on us! And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
We could write a book about the oppression of welfare and taxation and usury and inflation and regulation and the exploitation of our minority brethren, etc., etc..Ezekiel 22:29
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
Oh Lord, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
 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.
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
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.
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