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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

March 1, 2017

Exact Ezekiel; Chapters 6-7

Introduction:
These vivid chapters continue Ezekiel's prophetic work of showing the extent of God's cleansing of His people. Just as the former five chapters introduced famine, peril and sword, these chapters introduce the severity of impact caused by sin. Even the mountains of Israel cried out for release; they become animated, like one sees in their jubilance pictured in Psalms, when the Creator comes down.

But these two chapters accrue to more than a small land mass of 3400 sq. miles. These two chapters involve the idolatrous seduction of the "Israel of God." They involve the mountains, rivers and valleys of the entire world (Wherever the people of God have been scattered and now reside).

As Judah is not the whole of Judea, so the mountains of Israel involve more than the Jewish homeland.

Chapters 6-7 lay the groundwork for the crescendo of chapters 8-10. These next chapters carry the reader into the intensity of God's judgment and how no one is spared its influence. The reader is led into the awful specter of mothers and their babes slaughtered, along with the fathers and their sons. No one is exempt. Regardless of the degree of disobedience, the influence of culture and its idolatry is seen affecting every fiber of their being. God's view of what He saw overrode the opinions of governmental leaders and religious hierarchy. Gone was the privilege of denial and excuse. Public opinion counted for nothing. (Throughout Biblical history, the vote of the majority of God's people has mostly been wrong anyway.) Their self-evaluations were heard throughout Jeremiah's work, but now there is but one evaluation that counts--God's. Their choices, based on their evaluation of acceptable worship, had led to many occasions for judgment and denigration. "Seek My face," has never been optional!

Chapter 6

Ezekiel 6:1-3:
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 2 "Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them, 3 and say, 'O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD!
NKJV

Imagine being told to prophesy to inanimate mountains. Ezekiel is told to speak to them and let them be the repository of God's word, for when the human population of those hills, valleys and water ways will not listen, the earth will.

(Science has proven that inanimate objects often retain shadows of person and words spoken in their presence.)

Vibrations from Ezekiel's voice echoed through the idols mounted on the mountainous surface. God was declaring His authority as Creator over the lands of His blessing. All the mountains of earth hold Ezekiel's words like a safety deposit, until the moment of their release is summoned. No word of God falls to the ground unheeded. (Go ahead and preach to an empty church, O' men of God, and call things that be not as though they were.)

Just as Paul pointed out--the whole universe groans for the redemption of God and the day of the Lord; Ezekiel was to speak and declare the "day of His wrath."

Romans 8:19-24:
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope… NKJV

(Environmentalists should read the Romans 8 passage and realize what it says.)

God's word to the mountains was astounding. Any research into the meaning of these passages reveals the severity of judgment on "idolatry." Later, God enumerated their objects of worship, including their reliance on riches in gold and silver. He, whom the religious leaders declared had withdrawn and did not see their affections, now bursts on their scene. God called for the mountains to no longer accommodate their idol shrines, no longer house their inordinate affections and no longer abide their misspent pilgrimages. (One can almost hear the mountains sigh in relief and cry out, "thank you.")

How silly, you say, to be told to speak to mountains. Was it silly when Obadiah spoke to the mountains of Edom and told them they would become the home of Jackals and nests of birds, because of their haughty disregard for God? The prophet did this when Edom's Petra was the thriving community of the descendants of Esau. He did this when it was the largest trade village in the mountains of the Jordan. He did this when the beauty of their carved out dwellings shown brightest in the Western sun. An earthquake came. The need to go to the top of the mountain to make passage to the West was gone. Slowly, the inhabitants of Petra dwindled to nothing, and to this day it stands as a home of wildlife and the destination of fascinated tourists.

Perhaps it was silly for Jesus to speak to water and turn it to wine. Perhaps it was silly for Him to speak to waves and they obeyed. Perhaps it was silly for Him to address a fig tree and watch it wither and die. Perhaps it was silly for Jesus to speak to Bethsaida and Chorazin and declare it would be better in the Day of Judgment for Sodom and Gomorrah than for them. Perhaps it was silly for Him to address the Temple and declare not one stone upon another would stand. Perhaps it was silly for Him to speak to bread and fishes and watch them expand and multiply.

Oh, that we might return to our roots in the supernatural and declare the word of God from mountain peaks to affect their territories for righteousness. It is time to stand in front of edifices and declare their end, and call for an end to all their inordinate practices of idolatry and witchcraft. It is time for the authority of the believer to rise up and proclaim the word of God against citadels of sin and darkness in high places. It is not silly; it is saintly!

Ezekiel 6:3-7:
Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, to the hills, to the ravines, and to the valleys: "Indeed I, even I, will bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4 Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. 5 And I will lay the corpses of the children of Israel before their idols, and I will scatter your bones all around your altars. 6 In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. 7 The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
NKJV

Below are definitions for the dynamic word choices used by the prophet. They are underlined or set in bold type to facilitate one's study.
Destroy:

OT:6 'abad (aw-bad');
a primitive root; properly, to wander away, i.e. lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy):
KJV - break, destroy (-uction), not escape, fail, lose, (cause to, make) perish, spend, and surely, take, be undone, utterly, be void of, have no way to flee.
(Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

Desolate:

OT:8074 desolate
shamem (shaw-mame'); a primitive root; to stun (or intransitively, grow numb), i.e. devastate or (figuratively) stupefy (both usually in a passive sense):
KJV - make amazed, be astonished, (be an) astonish (-ment), (be, bring into, unto, lay, lie, make) desolate (-ion, places), be destitute, destroy (self), (lay, lie, make) waste, wonder.

Scatter:

OT:7665 shabar (shaw-bar'); a primitive root; to burst (literally or figuratively): KJV - break (down, off, in pieces, up), broken ([-hearted]), bring to the birth, crush, destroy, hurt, quench, quite, tear'

Laid waste:

OT:2717 charab (khaw-rab'); or chareb (khaw-rabe'); a primitive root; to parch (through drought) i.e. (by analogy,) to desolate, destroy, kill:
KJV - decay, (be) desolate, destroy (-er), (be) dry (up), slay, surely, (lay, lie, make) waste.

Abolish:

OT:4229 machah (maw-khaw'); a primitive root;
KJV - abolish, blot out, destroy, full of marrow, put out, reach unto, utterly, wipe (away, out).

These are not "light" words. The Lord speaks irreparable destruction in a wide swath. The range is from houses in cities to shrines on mountain sides. All the things a person might hold precious will be gone. Relatives, friends and neighbors will be slain in the streets or scattered on the hillsides in front of their shrines, while offering incense before other gods. These are shrines which required sacrifices of financial resources, as well as, time to build and maintain them. They were monuments to themselves and their status in life. They reflected the licentious behavior of a society which disregarded the living God. Festivals and occasions of honor were offered in these places. Holidays and religious sacrifices were carried out on a regular basis. It was as if the Living God did not exist.

(Where are the shrines of modern society? Magnificent buildings and sports arenas carrying the names of distinguished persons-are they shrines? Encrusted churches overlaid with gold and splendorous accoutrements-are they shrines? Homes adorned with every conceivable device--are they shrines? Well equipped vehicles with status and luxury-are they shrines? Wall street banks with trades in the billions-are they shrines?)

None of these items are shrines until their enterprises exalt themselves against God. Capitalism has been criticized by well meaning ministers, but capitalism is not evil. To use wealth, created by God for the benefit of man, to enhance anti-God agendas is evil. People of influence who indulge in practices antithetical to God's word commit idolatry. To finance and support causes designed to blot out the name of the Lord is spiritual adultery! Ministries which preach "another gospel" are havens for idols of deception.

Amassed accumulation, all supplied as blessings from the God of Israel, according to Ezekiel's prophecy, will lie in ruins with dead carcasses scattered among them. Devastation, like never witnessed before, lay ahead.

Jonathan Edwards was correct to preach, "Sinners in the hands of an angry God." His sermon on "The punishment of the wicked, unavoidable and inescapable" was not out of hand, just not on the mind of modern clergy or their congregations.

That which occupies one's every thought, takes one's time, and dominates one's wealth, while squeezing out God, joins the idolatry of ancient Israel. They evoke the same judgment.

(At this point, please read the Addendum from Jim Haddock of Michigan. [A prophet, Bible scholar and purveyor of last day's truth.] He is a trusted friend, whom I have asked to contribute insights to Ezekiel's last day's applications, especially in chapters 38-39. He has endured much persecution for his comments and suffered slings and arrows of unbelievable proportions-- but his head is bloodied, but unbowed, for the sake of truth. His comments on the "Israel of God" are extremely cogent in the understanding of the following passages.)

Ezekiel 6:8-10:
8 "Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries. 9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations. 10 And they shall know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them."
NKJV

What mercy! He will leave a remnant!

What judgment, as they will be scattered abroad. The conflagration detailed in subsequent chapters leads one to ask, "How could anyone escape?" Yet, these remnants have a purpose. Scattered across the continents of the world, that precious few will "remember Him." They will remember the days of prosperity and the wayward folk who dug their own graves. They will remember the power of judgment that fell upon their people. They will be witnesses with broad dimension.

(Note: God describes His feelings as: "crushed." Look at that word and reap the benefit of knowing how God cared so much, He felt spurned and rejected by His Beloved. Crushed is a lover's term. Crushed is a feeling of such sorrow that words cannot explain it. Broken-hearted! Cast Aside! [Grieved, hurt] )

Graphic description accompanies this remnant. They are guilty of having an adulterous heart and having eyes lusting after idols. Reviewing their part in idolatry and the harshness of the penalty for such behavior, they LOATH themselves.

loathe: OT:6962
quwt (koot); a primitive root; properly, to cut off, i.e. (figuratively) detest:
KJV - begrieved, loathe self.

It was what the Prodigal son experienced, while standing in the hog pen. Having fallen to a degree of the unimaginable, the people of Israel remembered their God, like the "swine feeder" remembered his Father.

Idolatry is addictive and saps the energy and resources of its victims. The harlot's eyes seduce the innocent and leave them full of remorse. Soon, if left unchecked by repentance, a transfer is made and the mind of the participant is filled with darkness. (O' church, confess your idols and forsake your harlot's eyes! Remember the prophet is addressing people of religion.)

Yes, the Northern ten tribes had already been carried away because of their idolatry. Yes, they were already scattered to the nations of the world. Yes, they were guilty of idol worship and finally separating themselves from Judah and Benjamin and Jerusalem. Yes, they had prostituted themselves to evil spirits and ordained a substitute priesthood and a religion of pleasureful accommodation. Now, the time had come for their wayward brothers to pay the price of profligacy.

When Ezekiel pronounced his prophetic utterance, Judah and Benjamin were still intact and yet five years before the "loathing" would begin. (All the while, Jeremiah was pleading for repentance from his prison cell.)

The Scripture points to one other factor of realization that will come upon the remnant:

Ezekiel 6:10:
And they shall know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.
NKJV

The Living Lord will become a Living reality to the remnant. Their lame confession of, "The Lord does not care nor does He see us," causes them to retch before the great truth of His reprisals. He means what He says. (O' Bible people, "He means what He says." Our theological excesses mean little when standing at the point of judgment.)

What an awesome truth it is to realize that God planned and executed calamity upon His own people. These are those who declared to Jeremiah, "God would not do what you say to His people. We are the special people, the chosen sons of Abraham. 'The Temple of the Lord, The Temple of the Lord'" (Paraphrased).

Ezekiel 6:11:
11'Thus says the Lord GOD:"Pound your fists and stamp your feet, and say, 'Alas, for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.'"
NKJV

Ezekiel was to be exuberant in his delivery. His was no "Sermonette for Christianetts." Many an old time preacher did what God instructed Ezekiel; they pounded the pulpit and garnered the attention of the congregation. We could do with a bit of that now, if you ask me. Shades of Billy Sunday could be used today. (He would take off his coat and swing it in the air, then slam it to the floor and declare, "devil, we've got you beat!") Alas, such is not the modern way.

Ezekiel 6:12-14:
He who is far off shall die by the pestilence, he who is near shall fall by the sword, and he who remains and is besieged shall die by the famine. Thus will I spend My fury upon them. 13 Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountaintops, under every green tree, and under every thick oak, wherever they offered sweet incense to all their idols. 14 So I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblah, in all their dwelling places. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.'"
NKJV

Notice the slain and where they are laid. The grinning smashed faces of their idols, smashed about their dead bodies, were a grim reminder of how God hates willful sin. (Let the reader imagine some modern setting where such devastation might occur. Daily, the believer's heart is saddened at the news of some new venue of soulish expression being approved by a society which acknowledges nothing sacred or holy.)

God says when He finishes His work of pay-back, the sweet fields of Zion will resemble the windblown streets of Diblah (a deserted outpost; some say in Syria).

Chapter 7

Introduction: The whole of this chapter is dedicated to the chain of events that will culminate in complete disaster to Israel. When Ezekiel is told to "make a chain," it is to show the linkage of events which are connected, like a chain whose parts are linked to one another.

God steps back in this chapter, much like He physically did from the Temple while resting briefly on Mt. Herman, and gives a view of the entire nation from border to border.

Ezekiel 7:13:
For the vision concerns the whole multitude,
And it shall not turn back;
No one will strengthen himself
Who lives in iniquity.
NKJV

(O' Church, if you have unconfessed and unrepented sin in your life, this kind of judgment belongs to you. God did not differentiate between Temple "attendees" and non-Temple attendance. He did not make His determinations on attendance or theological piety: He based it upon, "all those who live in iniquity.")

In the next chapter, The Lord offers provision for those who weep and mourn over the condition of their nation. Exemption was based on holiness and righteousness. It is the same for today!

Those who attended regular services at the Temple tolerated the presence of idols and the excesses of pagan intrusion. (They were judged.)

Not one of them challenged the high priest when abomination coursed its way into the holy places. When a pagan idol was placed in the "sides of the North," where the priest's chambers were, no one objected-neither clergy nor parishioner.

Liberalism turned to libertinism and prevailed, just as righteousness retreated. Like today! Pagan inclusion seamlessly became a part of the religious weave.

Ezekiel's opening volley was earth shattering to the Templites, just as it would be to the modern church. The seventh chapter charts a course through a mine field of astonishments, each more devastating than the other, until the recipients are overwhelmed. Incident after incident form an endless chain, with little time between jolts and no time for recovery. Citizens walked dazed in the confusion, as they were assured by their priests that such would never happen. Families scrambled to hoard what they could in order to sustain life. They soon realized there was no bread to be purchased by their stacks of gold and silver. Priests offered no comfort, as they wandered about in a stupefied state. Prophets aimlessly staggered under the burden of hearing nothing from the heavens. Everyone felt the unrequited guilt of their iniquitous choices. Scenes of naked orgies before their licentious deities flashed in the minds of the hopeless. No one defended the helpless and the aged. Like a heavy blanket, disaster weighed them down.

Ezekiel 7:1-4:
Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 "And you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel:

'An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.
3 Now the end has come upon you,
and I will send My anger against you;
I will judge you according to your ways,
And I will repay you for all your abominations.
4 My eye will not spare you,
Nor will I have pity;
But I will repay your ways,
And your abominations will be in your midst;
Then you shall know that I am the LORD!'
NKJV

(Ask yourself: "What are the characteristic ways of your society? When social choices arise, what is the average response? When moral issues confront public opinion, what is the attitude of the public?")

Abomination covers a wide range of topics. Therefore, the Hebrew dictionary helps the reader to grasp what is said.

Abomination:
OT:8441
tow` ebah (to-ay-baw'); or to` ebah (to-ay-baw'); feminine active participle of OT:8581; properly, something disgusting (morally), i.e. (as noun) an abhorrence; especially idolatry or (concretely) an idol:
KJV - abominable (custom, thing), abomination.

Aside from "morally disgusting," there are venues of "customs" or "objects" added. Beyond that reprehensible idol placed at the God entry, and being erected in a superior position to the altar of God, there was the matter of its significance in the mind of the worshipper. The entire spectrum of meaning influencing all areas of life is what is seen bunched together, to form the national mind.

No longer is heard the Psalm of David; it had been silenced by the multitudes.

Psalms 48:1-3:
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in elevation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
The city of the great King.
3 God is in her palaces;
He is known as her refuge.
NKJV

The crowds who once sat at the Table of Plenty, which was adorned with pleasantries, swept it bare with their wickedness and ordered for themselves serpents and scorpions.

Read Ezekiel 7:1-4 again, in order to grasp its intent. God is addressing the entire nation. He declares: "THE END." The Israelites had tested His mercy for the last time. He has raised the red flag over the battle, as He has declared war against His people.

4 My eye will not spare you,
Nor will I have pity;

(In the battle of the Alamo, Santa Ana raised a red flag at the front of his troops, which meant "take no prisoners, slaughter them all.")

In these verses, some words are repeated for effect. "Repay and Abomination" are two of them. They are repeated in order to associate the punishment with the crime.

Similarly, the next set of verses repeats the themes of the former set. A people dull of hearing need the force of repetition. Within these paragraphs, there rises two graphics. One is the comparison of a dawning day, while the other is organic (seed time and harvest).

Ezekiel 7:5-8: "Thus says the Lord GOD:

'A disaster, a singular disaster;
Behold, it has come!
6 An end has come,
The end has come;
It has dawned for you;
Behold, it has come!
7 Doom has come to you, you who dwell in the land;
The time has come,
A day of trouble is near,
And not of rejoicing in the mountains.
8 Now upon you I will soon pour out My fury,
And spend My anger upon you;
I will judge you according to your ways,
And I will repay you for all your abominations
.
NKJV

A new term is introduced: "disaster." Another translation for verse 5 is:

          "With one blow after another, I will bring total disaster!"

Like a "decision maker" being hammered by reporters, verses 5-8 shut away any discussion of the matter. If one reads the passage with cognizance of a crowd of listeners asking, "Is this really the end?" "Does God really mean there is no hope or reprieve?" "Are you sure you heard correctly?" "How could a loving God do this to His people?"

This passage answers every question before it is asked, and even pre-empts some. Note, the "has come" phrases in the text are used to let reality soak into an idol-possessed mind. It is a process. Most of the people in Western society could not receive such a prophecy as this.

Over and over "the end has come" is repeated. The "time" has come. "The day has dawned." "Doom" has come.

The dawning day is not a relief of "joy comes in the morning," but light against the darkness to be overcome. The brightness of judgment will do away with the dark shadows of illusion. This is IT!

The four "I will" passages in verse eight culminate with the Lord once again stating His reasoning.

However, the next set of verses introduces yet another analogy, without abandoning the "day" one. Rod's blossoming and Pride budding is happening in a crop no one wished would come up.

In Numbers, there is a passage which gives considerable light to Ezekiel 7:10.

Numbers 17:3-5:
For there shall be one rod for the head of each father's house. 4 Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before the Testimony, where I meet with you. 5 And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, which they make against you."
NKJV

Numbers 17:7-10:
And Moses placed the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. 9 Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
10 And the LORD said to Moses, "Bring Aaron's rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die."
NKJ

God has chosen the judgment Rod and His choice rules. The judgment rod has blossomed! Because Pride has sprung forth (budded) with its myriad expressions, the Rod of God has blossomed against it!

Ezekiel 7:10-12:
10'Behold, the day!
Behold, it has come!
Doom has gone out;
The rod has blossomed,
Pride has budded.
11 Violence has risen up into a rod of wickedness;
None of them shall remain,
None of their multitude,
None of them;
Nor shall there be wailing for them.
12 The time has come,
The day draws near.
NKJV

Doom has already gone out. It has been loosed and like a genie in a bottle, it refuses to return. Sin has uncorked the deadly brew and it is not a pleasant drink-it is the poison of doom.

Observe now the trilogy of "none" elements in verse eleven; they form a wall of finality. Following them is a "nor" sentence which could bear two meanings for this sad obituary. Either none of the nations care about Israel's demise, or there is no one remaining to weep for the slain of the Lord.

Ezekiel introduces a commercial aspect to the "Doomsday" package in the following text.

Ezekiel 7:12-13:
'Let not the buyer rejoice,
Nor the seller mourn,
For wrath is on their whole multitude.
13 For the seller shall not return to what has been sold,
Though he may still be alive;
NKJV

Bargain buyers, along with weeping sellers, had just as well shred their profit and loss sheet on the day of the Lord. Yes, as tightening conditions came upon the economy, there would be many a seller wishing to raise cash or flee the area, and they will discount their possessions for a quick sale.

Neither buyer nor seller have occasion for jubilance or remorse, however, due to the speed of the incoming doom. This is an emotional time of civil disruption.

Ezekiel 7:14-15:
14'They have blown the trumpet and made everyone ready,
But no one goes to battle;
For My wrath is on all their multitude.
15 The sword is outside,
And the pestilence and famine within.
Whoever is in the field
Will die by the sword;
And whoever is in the city,
Famine and pestilence will devour him.

With financial ruin, and a dispirited populous, no one musters to battle. The enemy is too large and they are too stricken. God gives a reason:

           "for My wrath is on all their multitude."

Again, we meet the three horsemen of God's cavalry: sword, famine and pestilence. Anyone going out of Jerusalem will fall by the sword. Anyone remaining in the city will die of pestilence (disease or stringent circumstances) or famine. No one escapes!

Should there be some who might escape, their fortune will be diminished by grief over their loss. Their sins will glow in the dark and grow in the day. Weeping on the mountain top looking back at the burning city, filled with the fear of being captured, they will have no peace.

Another trilogy is introduced: Horror, Shame and Baldness (the result of malnutrition and disease).

Ezekiel 7:16-18:
16'Those who survive will escape and be on the mountains
Like doves of the valleys,
All of them mourning,
Each for his iniquity.
17 Every hand will be feeble,
And every knee will be as weak as water.
18 They will also be girded with sackcloth;
Horror will cover them;
Shame will be on every face,
Baldness on all their heads.
NKJV

Baldness was regarded as a curse. Look at these texts from Amos and Isaiah.

Amos 8:9-10:
9 "And it shall come to pass in that day," says the Lord GOD,
"That I will make the sun go down at noon,
And I will darken the earth in broad daylight;
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning,
And all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on every waist,
And baldness on every head;
I will make it like mourning for an only son,
And its end like a bitter day.
NKJV

Isaiah 3:24-4:1:
24 And so it shall be:
Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench;
Instead of a sash, a rope;
Instead of well-set hair, baldness;
Instead of a rich robe, a girding of sackcloth;
And branding instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword,
And your mighty in the war.
26 Her gates shall lament and mourn,
And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
NKJV

Next, comes a passage showing the depth of inflation and the severity of famine. Frustration is having savings and negotiable tender in a place where there is nothing to buy. (I have been in Russia, during the Soviet times, and viewed one loaf of bread in a government store-that was all! I have also been in Brazil during the 90-day period the government declared an end to the old currency and a new currency issuance. I have seen paper money blowing in the wind and no one chasing it. I have seen coins in the gutter, so worthless that the poverty stricken would not stoop to pick them up.)

Ezekiel 7:19:
19'They will throw their silver into the streets,
And their gold will be like refuse;
Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them
In the day of the wrath of the LORD;
They will not satisfy their souls,
Nor fill their stomachs,
Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
NKJV

A long siege or a strategic nuclear attack could render any civil society a barren waste. Panic tends to replace rationale. Society comes unhinged and savagery replaces sense. Friends become enemies and lovers become strangers. Children are abandoned and souls wander about in a haze of disbelief.

For Israel, the deed was done, the die was cast and the bread was upon the waters!

Quickly examine the next verses.

Israel had used their prosperity as an end in itself. Their ornaments (things) replaced God. They worshipped at the altar of self aggrandizement. The idol in the Temple was emblematic of the ones erected in the Temple of their hearts.

(O' Church, what idols have taken over the Temple of your hearts? What would God describe as an abomination? What have you shaped out of the God given prosperity afforded you? Remember the gold and silver taken from Egypt became a golden calf in the wilderness [and the granulated drought of a wayward people]! What golden calves stand yet in the spiritual wilderness called: The Church?)

Ezekiel 7:20-23:
20'As for the beauty of his ornaments,
He set it in majesty;
But they made from it
The images of their abominations -
Their detestable things;
Therefore I have made it
Like refuse to them.
21 I will give it as plunder
Into the hands of strangers,
And to the wicked of the earth as spoil;
And they shall defile it.
22 I will turn My face from them,
And they will defile My secret place;
For robbers shall enter it and defile it.
NKJV

The unthinkable became reality! The Temple was entered by the Heathen (Gentiles) and the sacred place desecrated. Everything holy was defiled by strangers. Temple implements were robbed and taken to destinations unknown. (Is it any wonder the elders wept under Zerubbabel and Ezra upon their return? The glory of the latter restored Temple did not have the splendor of the former.)

The prophet was to "make a chain," whether literal or figurative, it was to show the linkage of aspects to one another. In some respects, the land and cities of many countries are beginning to be characterized by verse twenty-three. Crime in the streets is unparalleled, as is violence. Citizens and authorities are frustrated and confused with what they view. Any local news broadcast, on any day, conveys the gory details of unbelievable atrocity. The value of human life is diminished to the point that murder is regarded as routine and acceptable, whether adult or baby. Is modern society a link in Ezekiel's chain?

The chain emphasized the rapid character of the times: "disaster will come upon disaster and rumor followed by rumor." Destruction comes (the current methods of Islam are to tear down civilization and be known for building nothing. This now is everyday news). Such is the "worst" of the heathen!

Peace becomes a constant goal, while God says, "There shall be none!" Coupled with this restlessness is the lack of direction. The priests have no solutions, the prophet has no vision and those in authority have no plan (brainless decision makers). Does this sound familiar?

Ezekiel 7:23-26:
23'Make a chain,
For the land is filled with crimes of blood,
And the city is full of violence.
24 Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles,
And they will possess their houses;
I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease,
And their holy places shall be defiled.
25 Destruction comes;
They will seek peace, but there shall be none.
26 Disaster will come upon disaster,
And rumor will be upon rumor.
Then they will seek a vision from a prophet;
But the law will perish from the priest,
And counsel from the elders.
NKJV

Chapter seven closes with a picture of the King weeping (perhaps upon the review of his crumbling kingdom). Whether President or Prime Minister, the privilege of power sometimes fails.

Ezekiel 7:27:
27'The king will mourn,
The prince will be clothed with desolation,
And the hands of the common people will tremble.
I will do to them according to their way,
And according to what they deserve I will judge them;
Then they shall know that I am the LORD!'"
NKJV

From King to commoner, God-determined judgment will fall according to their "ways." No one fears God among a people devoid of His ways. It is incomprehensible to see Christians supporting militant protests. It is inconceivable to hear the language of the damned coming from the lips of church folk.

Shutter, O' Saint, at the prospect of what current society deserves in the face of Ezekiel's prophecy.

Make a Chain!

Until Next month,


Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.





Addendum: Haddock

Understanding Ezekiel 38 and 39 requires a hard look at chapter 6, and looking at Ezekiel chap. 6 is like trying to look through a wall. So many of the people who have written about this vision have determined it can only relate to ancient Judea. So many, in fact, that you can't help wanting to agree, if for no other reason than to "just get along"

The prophecy in Chapter 6 does, of course, apply to what happened to the Jews in 587 B C, as well as, what happened in 132 A D--when the Romans plowed Jerusalem under, renamed the whole place Palestine and made it illegal for any Jew to live there.

Judah was of Israel {a remnant in 587B C}, but Judaea was not Israel. In Ezekiel 6:3, we see an Israel with "rivers" "valleys" and "hills" This is a land with so many mountains that the vision is spoken against THEM. Considering that the entire landmass of the ancient kingdom of Judea is overcome in size by 100 American counties with California's San Bernardino County being 5 times as large these words must apply more universally Consider that even the reference to rivers has to be altered to make any sense,{ in these interpretations} as rivers are also scarce in the 3400 or so square miles of the true Kingdom of Judea. In other words, considering the obvious, looking past the wall is the only way to see anything.

Paul referred to "the Israel of God" as well, saying, "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly {Ro 2:29}."

Romans 2:28-29:
28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
NKJV

Ezekiel 6 and 7 {some of us believe} must be an end time prophecy for that family. It is that Israel of God in this end time that is looking down the barrel of the "great deception" and its inevitable subsequent result. It is a difficult wall to see over and seems to require that one actually be on the rampart of the wall to see. From this perspective, the Chapter 6 prophecy against "the mountains of Israel" seems to be, first and foremost, a warning to modern Christians. James wrote to "The 10 tribes that are scattered about," clearly, pointing out that those 10 tribes were waiting for Christianity.

James 1:1:
To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad:
NKJV

Jesus said "when they persecute you in one place, flee to the next for you will by no means make the entire circuit of Israel before I return".

Matthew 10:22-23:
2 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
NKJV

Was Jesus referring to wandering around in a land mass no bigger than Cuba? The unsealing of the scroll of Daniel's vision (of the morning) is always a touchstone and comes in handy here. Gabriel told Daniel, "And through his policy he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand, and by peace he shall destroy many" {this is referring to subtle seduction and not overt attack}… And then( in the unsealed vision of the evening), he says " And he shall speak great words against the most high, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand…This is the force that "casts truth to the ground" and "made war with the saints and prevailed against them" {Dan. 8:25,7:21,25 }

Daniel 8:23-26:

23 "And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
24 His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.

25 "Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means.

26 "And the vision of the evenings and mornings
Which was told is true;
Therefore seal up the vision,
For it refers to many days in the future."
NKJV

Daniel 7:21-22:
21 "I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
NKJV

Daniel 7:25:
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
NKJV

This is the same power that John spoke of when he wrote, "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world".{ Re 13:7,8 } "And they worshiped the Dragon which gave power to the beast{Re13:4}" This is a war of deception.

Revelation 13:3-4:
And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying,"Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"
NKJV

Revelation 13:6-10:
6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
NKJV

A war waged "through peace" is a new religion, a new golden calf. This is "the great falling away" from 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2.

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12:
11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
NKJV

Paul is not talking about Buddhists falling away from Buddha. This hypnotic seduction is happening now! Some of us see Ezekiel's prophecy against the "mountains of Israel" describing the events surrounding the end time reiteration of Gods people, worldwide, falling away and the eminent result. Ezekiel, in chapter 6 and 7, is prophecy relating to Judea then {in part}, but for our time, now. It tells of "the Israel of God" falling away and the following judgment. This speaks to the judgment of the entire western "Judeo Christian" world, as we've known it. In Ezekiel 6, simply put, the mountains of Israel, though including the remnant Jews, represent a whole lot more than an ancient kingdom that would fit, and then fit half again into Pecos County.




From the Mailbag:



Carolyn, USA, commenting on media featured on our website:

Hello there. I just wanted to write and let you know how blessed I have been to hear you share the wonderful revelatory truths of God's perfect Words. I am so touched by the Spirit of God so many times while listening to you speak. I weep and am so full of joy because of God's great and perfect love He has for me and all people. He's an amazing God. May God continue to use you mightily to bring people to a place of humble submission before Him and may they come to an understanding of God's incredible love for them. joy and peace.

Jody S., Cincinnati, Ohio:

The first time I heard brother Oliver was on Trunews this December, and am so thankful!

Antonette, W., South Africa; (Commenting on the book on Solomon's Secret):

You have no idea how much that book has helped me. In 2009, God gave me my Ministry and led me in to the desert, and gave me this book and ravished my heart, and I don't know what would have happened if I did not understand this love relationship between us and the King. It's been 7 years now and I believe we are coming out of the desert, leaning on the arm of our Beloved.



Prayer Focus:

From: Reverend Brian Mason
Email: brianmason4219@gmail.com.


In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
Ephesians 1:7 Authorised King James Version

May this year be one in which ancient landmarks are reclaimed and the strongholds of the devil broken and his goods plundered so as to bring mankind into line with God's most wonderful plan, that of redemption. One of these strongholds that requires intercessory prayer is that of the higher criticism of the university system. This is the placing of emphasis on the academic rather than being filled with and led by the Holy Spirit. To place emphasis on the academic is to use the mind instead of hearing from God. The dangers are that those who may have had a strong faith at the commencement of a course could have their faith weakened or even destroyed during the course. The devil is out to destroy faith in the God of the Bible and here he is at work through higher criticism. Now that the devil's work work is brought out into the open this can be pulled down and destroyed for the evil of higher criticism is that it denies the deity of Jesus Christ.

Be encouraged for the redemption through the blood of Jesus can never be destroyed. Higher criticism has done its worst to look to remove the necessity of the blood of Jesus for the salvation of man and the forgiveness of sins. Higher criticism has looked to deny the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His atonement, His resurrection and His glorification. Higher criticism has looked to deny the miracles of Jesus too .That is what man says. God says differently. He says "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever," Hebrews 13:8. Let us hold firm to the redemption through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blood alone which can bring forgiveness of sins and that which comes through "the riches of his grace." Glory to the blood. Is not He a lovely Jesus?

You are invited to join with me in intercessory prayer in the corridors of power before the throne of grace to prevail upon God and touch Him so that the stronghold of the devil through his rebellion against God's Word, the Bible itself in the form of higher criticism is completely destroyed. In place of higher criticism to "only believe" that the Bible shall be studied as the never changing Word of God on which the Holy Spirit brings His understanding to those who are being prepared to be God's own ministers.


Reverend Brian Mason
Bible College Wales
Rhos on Sea



Missions Report:

From Larry and Marla Johnston in Guatemala:







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Greetings in Jesus' sweet name! We felt that an update on the status of things here is due. We praise God for faithful friends and partners, and for the wonderful goodness of God. The Psalmist said, "I would have fainted unless I believed to the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Ps. 27:13. The ministry almost feels normal again, the majority of lost documents have been recreated and things have resumed an almost normal pace. It finally feels like we have started 2017-a brand new year! Little did we know that we would be starting with brand new.....well....everything! :) Almost everything that is. We are waiting on the insurance payment on our vehicle, which should come within a week or so. Meanwhile, we are looking for just the right truck. One that is God sent and blessed. We are making do with just one until that last detail is taken care of. We still need to replace some small personal items but the bulk has definitely been resolved, about the only thing that we still really need is a portable sound system. We want to say a huge thank you to all of you, you've prayed and given, and it is just that that has cause this NEW BEGINNING to even be possible.

We do have one point of prayer. The drought and terrible malnutrition is manifesting all over but especially in our feeding center in Naranjo; we ask that you pray for the families. We have stepped out in faith increasing the feeding center from 100 children to 150. The need is so great that the health clinic contacted us practically begging for help. The government clinic struggles with lack of funds and medicines. They diagnose sicknesses and medical conditions but to no avail because they have no means to do anything about it. We stepped up to the challenge, but we need God to intervene on behalf of the children that are in various stages of malnutrition. We ask that His hand be on them, and that He raise them up to health again.









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