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Pamphlet #8005 Ezekiel chapter 5

God gives us another physical example to help us understand what will happen to us spiritually in these end times. Bear in mind that fire cannot touch or burn that which is spiritual, such as a thought or an attitude or love.

We now continue with Ezekiel's enactment of the prophetic judgments upon the city of Jerusalem. He is portraying it in a manner in which we can VISUALIZE that city in the midst of the nations and create a mental PICTURE, even a "Virtual Movie" in our mind's eye. Remember Ezekiel had taken a Babylonian brick and etched the city of Jerusalem on it (showing that Jerusalem rests upon uncleanness and confusion), and laid it before him, and set battle array against it. He then set an iron "bread" griddle between him and the city to symbolize his separation and protection, and then he began to show the city under siege.

The Lord then told him to lie on his left side 390 days for the House of Israel and then turn over and lie on his right side 40 days for the House of Judah, each day being given for a year, to show the length of time of their respective punishments. Also, during this time period of Israel's punishment he was to be rationed bread and water, consuming just enough to survive. And worse yet, the bread he was to eat was to be made with a convoluted blend of 6 grains mixed with man's dung (which God then allowed him to substitute with cow patties). This symbolized the defiled "doctrines" that the children of Israel would "eat" among the nations, and they continue to eat "doodoo bread" even to this very day in our so called "Christian Churches".

God then promised that He Himself would eventually completely break the "staff of bread" (call it the main source) in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ will accomplish at the sound of the 7th Trump when He returns.

We are now going to SEE the final episode of this play, "The Siege of Jerusalem". In it we will be shown three ways in which the children of Israel are "consumed" because of their rebellion and disobedience to their Father and His commandments. Do not make it difficult nor try to complicate it past the simplicity in which it is intended to help us clearly understand God's judgment upon His chosen people, true Israel (the Christian nations of Western Europe, the Isles of Britain, and the Americas) , even up to this very day and all the way to end of the "final siege" when the 7th Trump ends the reign of the spurious messiah in Jerusalem. As with most prophecy, the key to our understanding lies in knowing the meaning of the symbology used for illustration. We will examine the symbols as we go.

Editors note: Please understand, we are not talking about that little country in the middle east called Israel today. We are talking about true Israel.
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Ezekiel 5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.

The word "knife" in this verse is exactly the same word translated "sword" in the next few verses, and so should it be here also. Do you know what a "sword" represents? If you don't, you will never ever understand the book of Revelation. The sword is the Word of God which proceeds out of the mouth of Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God.

Rev. 1:16
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Know also that since Satan imitates Jesus Christ, though he is the spurious messiah, that he also has a sword, which even "looks like" the real sword, but his word is false.

We read that Ezekiel is to take the sword and use it like a razor and cut the "hair" from his head and beard. Now a Levitical priest was not supposed to "make bald his head nor shave his whiskers": Leviticus 21:1 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto the priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them... [5] They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. [6] They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy."

Ezekiel's "hair" is used to represent the holy people, the children of God, i.e. His children, who are "supposed" to be holy.

Then after Ezekiel cuts his hair, he is to carefully divide it and weigh it on balances. And you know what? Not one hair will escape being weighed in the balances. And our Father does not use imperfect or falsified scales that are not completely, 100% accurate. He hates unfairness!

Proverbs 11:1
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
Our Father's judgment is ALWAYS fair and just and He uses the same "weights" to weigh everyone. (Hint: The scale with the just weights is the Word of God.) If you come up short, and don't measure up, you will get what you deserve, fair and square. God is not a respecter of persons. We all get on the same scales and weigh in. Here's what happened to Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans, when God weighed him and had Daniel, one of His heavyweights, give him the bad news:
Daniel 5:27
TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

[30] In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Let's re-read verse one to keep everything in context.
Ezekiel 5:1
And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
[2] Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
Prophecies that contain "fire" seem to be the most difficult for people to understand, because like judgment, all most can visualize is the negative aspect, i.e. someone receiving punishment in the case of judgment or something being engulfed in flames and consumed away to ashes in the case of fire. But if you apply fire to gold it does not consume it, but rather purifies it by causing the slag, the impurities, to rise to the top to be skimmed off.

So it depends on WHAT YOU ARE as to whether the same fire will harm you or not. If you are stubble, Good Bye! If you are gold, you will become even finer gold.

We must also understand that fire cannot touch or burn that which is spiritual, such as a thought or an attitude or love (even though we can get all "fired up" and burn with passion or have a burning desire! You know, "Come on Baby Light My Fire!")

We all know that there are many things that can destroy the flesh, including the sword and the fire, but there is only One Person who can destroy the soul, and that is God Almighty.

Here are Christ's words documenting that:

Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Perhaps now you can begin to understand Hebrews 12:29.
Hebrews 12:28
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: [29] For our God is a consuming fire.
It is the fire of our Father that warms the heart of those who love Him and consumes away those who do not, i.e. those wicked who stand before Him as stubble. One of the most vivid and VISUAL accounts in all of God's Word is the casting into the fiery furnace of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. (A friend of mine always says MyShack, YourShack, and AbedWeGo.) It is well worth taking the time to review it, because as noted earlier, if you don't have a clear understanding of the "consuming fire" much of the Word will remained melted shut to your eyes and ears.
Daniel 3:21
Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
[22] Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.
They should have known better than to shop at Satan's Outlets. Cheap imitation fabrics just will not withstand the heat!
[23] And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
This would be a good place to take a commercial break and keep everyone in suspense as to the outcome of their fall into the burning fiery furnace.
Daniel 3:26
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
They walked right out of the burning fiery furnace and everyone saw them do it!
[27] And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
This example was given to us specifically so that we could SEE that fire will not harm us if we are one of His elect. Not one hair on their heads was even singed by a fire that was made "7 times" hotter. "7" is the number of spiritual perfection, telling us that this example is given so that we understand that the "spiritual fire" that we would be tossed into in these last days would not harm us either. So the "fiery darts" are coming, but have no fear, they cannot penetrate the gospel armor.

Let's re-read Ezekiel 5:2.

Ezekiel 5:2
Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
So not only is everyone is going to get weighed on the scales, they are going to feel the heat and either be found wanting or be purified. Ezekiel is to place 1/3 of the hairs right in the middle of the Babylonian brick with the city etched on it and light them suckers at the time of the "end of the siege"! That would even be the final siege by the king of Babylon yet to come. And the rest shall not escape the judgment of the Word of God and the sword that prodeedeth out His mouth, even those of us scattered abroad, in the Christians nations,
who know not their heritage is of the House of Israel.
We also see Jesus Christ at the time just preceding the Day of the Lord (Rev. 1:10) standing in the midst of ALL seven churches in Rev. 1, with the twoedged sword proceeding out of His mouth.
Rev. 1:13
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

[16] And He had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

He's got the sword after all His children, just as He said He would to Ezekiel.
Ezekiel 5:3
Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts.
There has always been a remnant of the House of Israel, those chosen "before the foundation of this world age" (Eph 1:4) who were predestinated and justified (Rom. 8) in the world that then was (2 Pet. 3).
[4] Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Did you read that?
Some of those remnant, God's elect and especially the two witnesses, like the lads in Babylon, will be cast into the midst of the fire, but once again they will not burn but come up boldly speaking "Thus saith the Lord", spewing forth the very words of the Consuming Fire Himself (Rev. 11:5).

But make no mistake about it, God told Ezekiel in verse 4, "there shall a fire come forth into ALL the House of Israel".  And that fire (Him) comes from the altar of the Living God, even to all the world, and it happens at the time of the end.

Here's John's account in Revelation:

Rev. 8:2
And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets...
[5] And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

[6] And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Remember that Ezekiel was written especially for those wise of the end times, those who understand the warmth of the consuming fire to those who love Him and the heat with which it fervently melts those rudiments that are evil. God even calls His ministers, His elect, "ministers of fire". Hebrews 1:7 "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire."
Ezekiel 5:5
Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
"Thus saith the Lord GOD!" This is the picture of the city of Jerusalem. This completes the physical enactment and demonstrations. Can you SEE the pictures, the whole set of scenes that Ezekiel has portrayed?

Next our Father will cite the reasons He gets so angry and furious with His rebellious children.

Let's you and me not be counted among those who are rebellious.

Did you know that there are no surprises with our Father concerning His letting the children know exactly where He stands on the issues, those issues being His law and His will! He does not conduct focus groups nor take opinion polls to determine what's popular, so His Word never changes, even as it is written; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).

Remember the Lord God brought His people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, out of their bondage to be free men, to be inheritors of His great blessings, and to be His Holy people? He later gathered them all together in a family assembly at Mount Sinai and made a covenant with them, whereby He PROMISED them wonderful BLESSINGS if they would walk in His statutes and keep His commandments, and He PROMISED them severe PUNISHMENT if they did not hearken unto Him, and did not keep His commandments, and despised His statutes. That was about 1491 BC. (It would serve the dedicated student well to read the 26th chapter of Leviticus before completing this chapter 5 of Ezekiel, for the punishment is happening exactly as He said it would.)

Then 1,000 years later, one day later to God (2 Pet. 3), our Father makes a special trip from heaven in His SUV (Space Utility Vehicle), with His throne on board, to visit the priest and the prophet Ezekiel. He is very concerned about the plight of His children and furiously angry that they have so rebelled against Him, but nevertheless they are going to get what's coming to them.

So from His throne, the Lord GOD directed his servant EZEK-I-EL to prepare a model, and illustrate the city of Jerusalem under siege and His people receiving their punishment. Ezekiel demonstrated the famine the people would endure and the type of "dung" bread they would eat, which is how our Father views their disgusting doctrines, theories, and traditions of men, which He calls abominations.

You have to admit, He sure has given us a pretty good PICTURE of what would happen to Jerusalem and His children, hasn't He? 

Our Father will now basically repeat that which He foretold at Mount Sinai, the reasons why Jerusalem, His holy city, and His people would suffer captivity and punishment, and He places special emphasis on the time of the end, when the four winds are present (vs. 12) and when the "famine" would be increased (vs. 16).

Here are the sins of Jerusalem:

Ezekiel 5:6
And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
Jerusalem and His people were placed in the center of the nations to be a beacon and a blessing unto all the nations of the world, but they rebelled against His law and order and sinned worse than the nations around them.

Are His people today walking in the Lord's judgments and statutes? It used to be that to become a judge in this US of A you had to KNOW the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Not any more! Yet the PROMISES of Leviticus 26 are as binding today as they were when they were given. For sure our Father is not happy and is growing weary with our corrupt judiciary!

[7] Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;
"Multiplied" means rebelled, and the verse is self explanatory. OUR One Nation Under God is busy trying to get out from under God by throwing prayers out of the schools and taking His 10 commandments off the walls of our city, state, and federal government facilities. We make our Father look and feel badly, even angry.

The hairs on one's head are supposed to make one look good. Instead, as the hairs on Ezekiel's head were shaved off, God's people are constantly giving Him a bad hair day.

Ezekiel 5:8
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.
A public thrashing, a public spanking so to speak! This He has done in the past, but you ain't seen nothin' yet! Just wait until we become One Nation Under Satan, the false-christ!
[9] And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.
There is nothing more abominable to our Father than seeing His children loving and cuddling up to and even jumping in bed with the "abomination of desolation", i.e. the desolator, who is Satan, spoken of by Daniel the prophet. And when he comes in person, they will love Mr. Dung, because they have been eating his "bread" (even in their churches) for a long time now.
Ezekiel 5:10
Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
This is a direct reference to Lev. 26:29.
Leviticus 26:29
And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
Now you know (you better know) that our Father is not going to sanction cannibalism, so what in the world could He be talking about? We've discussed in past lessons the difficulty of trying to translate idioms and figures of speech from one language to another, when those who speak the latter don't understand the original meaning as a figure. I use the example that if a verse in the New Testament read in the Greek, "The Apostle Paul got into hot water", that we would have churches today who would require their members to get into a pool of hot water in order to be in good standing. There would be books and papers written on subjects such as how much water a person should actually get into, whether they should be totally immersed or not, and precisely what temperature constitutes "hot" and not just "warm". All this would be part of main stream Christianity when in fact the verse had absolutely nothing at all to do with "water" but simply meant he got into "trouble"!! You would be totally amazed at how many "traditions of men" taught in our churches, stem from the ignorance of the original languages.

To eat one's descendents simply means to consume away their heritage. The Israelites would do this to the point that they "know not from whence they cometh". In other words, the House of Israel has consumed away it's heritage to the point that they are LOST as to who they actually are. So they are called the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel. Worse yet, most of us believe we are gentiles.

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As Israel left the Caucasus Mountains and migrated into Europe, and to North America,  they became known as Caucasians.

If you are a Caucasian you are also an Israelite, according to Noah Webster and the Holy Bible.
Ezekiel 5:11
Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
How have His people defiled His sanctuary? They lay "dung cakes" upon the altars and feed them to the people. They bring in Ishtar bunnies and fly-away rapture theories and turkey-gobble babble-gum and teach everything under the sun EXCEPT, "Thus saith the Lord GOD!" They/we practice religion, not Christianity. see (Live Link)to->>> Church is not Christianity. God's Word is Christianity.

Our Father is not going to have any pity on them, i.e. He is not going to feel sorry for them because they have it coming. They deserve what they get. They should know better. They have His Word before them and they ignore it and eat the bread handed down to them by tradition!

[12] A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Yes, this happened historically for us to SEE, but when ALL the winds are mentioned, all four of them, it points to the time of the end and the captivity by the soon coming king of Babylon, Satan, the spurious messiah, himself.

Nevertheless, our Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Here are the same punishments of verse 12:

Leviticus 26:25
And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

[26] And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied.

This verse is speaking of famine and is saying that only one oven will be needed to bake the bread to feed ten families. That's how little supply there will be.
Notice it is portioned by weight, just as Ezekiel weighed and rationed the bread.
Leviticus 26:33
And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
And so He did scatter them/us among the nations.

Again, He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

Here is the famine and pestilence foretold from the mouth of Jesus:

Matthew 24:7
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
We all know that the famine of the end time is for the hearing of the true Word of God.
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:

Ezekiel 5:13
Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.

They shall know that the LORD does exactly what He says He's going to do!
[14] Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by.
"So I will make a public example of you before all the surrounding nations and before everyone traveling past the ruins of your land." (Living Bible)

Always watch Jerusalem. It is the focal point of prophecy.

[15] So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
Do you learn from examples or must you endure the unpleasant "experience" yourself in order to get the point? The School of Hard Knocks sometimes works very well (but there are no guarantees), but it is the stupid (sottish) man's  way.

The wise SEE what our Father has to say and they BELIEVE Him and act accordingly!

[16] When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
If you are one of God's elect, then the staff of your bread is not broken. Our Bread is plentiful and we feast at the table of the Lord, having more abundant "Manna" from heaven than we can ever consume in a lifetime. You have heard the expression, "It's feast or famine". Salesmen understand what it means very well, but it is an accurate description of the last days. There is only one table at which you can feast, and that is the undefiled table of the Lord. If you get bread somewhere else I can tell you what's mixed in it!
[17] So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.
Again, we can understand this verse in it's physical, historical fulfillment, but as it is written in 1 Cor. 10:11 "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." Are you one of the wise of the end time spoken of by Daniel the prophet in chapter 12?

We do not lack for the true Bread of Life and Jesus Christ has given us power over all our enemies.  Dragons Beware!

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Our Father loves His children very much, and it grieves Him, as it grieved His Son in the garden of Gethsemane, to have to pour out His cup of wrath upon the disobedient and the wicked of this final generation.

But it will happen exactly as it is written, exactly as He said it would, so that the people will KNOW that our Father is indeed Adonai Yahveh!

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