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About Ezekiel

Ezekiel receives an amazing vision; verses 1-28.
Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 

Ezekiel 1:2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,

Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

Ezekiel 1:4 And I looked and behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud and a fire infolding itself.(folding in on itself; like you would fold up a letter for mailing).and a brightness was about it and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Compare verses 4 to 28 here with Ezekiel 10:1-22; Revelation 4th chapter; Daniel 7:9

Ezekiel 1:5,6 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance. They had the likeness of a man. And every one had four faces and every one had four wings.(which made a noise:.Ezekiel 3:12,13).

Ezekiel 1:7 And their feet were straight feet and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot. And they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

Ezekiel 1:8,9 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another, they turned not when they went, they went every one straight forward.

Ezekiel 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces they four had the face of a man and the face of a lion, on the right side. And they four had the face of an ox on the left side, they four also had the face of an eagle.

Ezekiel 1:11,12 Thus were their faces. And their wings were stretched upward, two wings of every one were joined one to another and two covered their bodies. And they went every one straight forward. Whither the spirit was to go, they went and they turned not when they went.

Ezekiel 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures.(?), their appearance was like burning coals of fire and like the appearance of lamps. It went up and down among the living creatures and the fire was bright and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Ezekiel 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Ezekiel 1:15,16 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels.(Daniel 7:9) and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl.(transparent to translucent glassy mineral). And they four had one likeness. And their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

Ezekiel 1:17 When they went they went upon their four sides. And they turned not when they went.

Ezekiel 1:18 As for their rings they were so high that they were dreadful and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And when the living creatures went the wheels went by them.

Ezekiel 1:19-24 And when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go they went, thither was their spirit to go and the wheels were lifted up over against them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. When those went, these went and when those stood these stood and when those were lifted up from the earth the wheels were lifted up over against them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal stretched forth over their heads above. And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other, every one had two which covered on this side and every one had two which covered on that side, their bodies. And when they went I heard the noise of their wings like the noise of great waters as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host. When they stood, they let down their wings.

Ezekiel 1:25-27 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads when they stood and had let down their wings. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone.(Exodus 24:10). And upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward and from the appearance of his loins even downward I saw as it were the appearance of fire and it had brightness round about.

Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it I fell upon my face and I heard a voice of one that spake.

In this vision, God had some instructions Ezekiel was to learn and then relate to those here spoken of.
Ezekiel 2:1-8 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet and I will speak unto you. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send you unto them and you shall say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD. And they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear, for they are a rebellious house, yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with you and you do dwell among scorpions, be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And you shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear, for they are most rebellious. But you son of man, hear what I say unto you; Be not you rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat that I give you.

Ezekiel 2:9,10 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me and lo, a roll of a book was therein.(Revelation 5:1,2). And he spread it before me and it was written within and without and there was written therein lamentations and mourning and woe.

God tells Ezekiel to learn the instructions well and not to fear in delivering them.
Ezekiel 3:1-11 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that you find.(Clarke's Commentary:."This must have passed in vision, but the meaning is plain. Receive my word and let it enter into your Soul; digest it and let it be your nourishment and let it be your meat and drink to do the will of your Father who is in heaven."). Eat this roll and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause your belly to eat and fill your bowels with this roll that I give you. Then did I eat it and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get you unto the house of Israel and speak with my words unto them. For you are not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel, not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words you can not understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have hearkened unto you. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto you, for they will not hearken unto me. All the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces and your forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto you receive in your heart and hear with your ears. And go, get you to them of the captivity, unto the children of your people and speak unto them and tell them, Thus says the Lord GOD; whether they will hear or whether they will forbear.

Ezekiel 3:12,13 Then the spirit took me up and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another and the noise of the wheels over against them and a noise of a great rushing.

In this vision Ezekiel was taken to where the captives where that he was to speak those things God gave him instructions on.
Ezekiel 3:14,15 So the spirit lifted me up and took me away and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit, but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar and I sat where they sat and remained there astonished among them seven days. 

Where Ezekiel was taken in this vision he remained seven days and then God gave him this message of being a watchman. Verses 16-19 here, are retold in.Ezekiel 33:1-10.
Ezekiel 3:16-18 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made you a watchman unto the house of Israel. Therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, You shall surely die and you give him not warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. 

Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your soul.

Do your best in reaching and praying for others who want spiritual and physical help and also to those you care enough about to warn them. Talk to them about truth that you know which could make him or her safer and healthier in spiritual and physical ways, once they turn to God:.Isaiah 58:1. Use wisdom in all things. Remember what happened to those who didn't:.John 7:7.

God again spotlights the significance of these instructions to Ezekiel. God in these verses is emphasizing the importance of the message he wanted Ezekiel to deliver to the people God wanted him to approach.
Ezekiel 3:20,21 Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die, because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteousness.(any righteousness he may have previously done).which he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned. You have delivered your soul.

God here tells Ezekiel that they won't like the message he has for him and will forbid him from delivering it once he starts to do so.
Ezekiel 3:22-25 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain and I will there talk with you. Then I arose and went forth into the plain and behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar and I fell on my face. Then the spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet and spake with me and said unto me, Go, shut yourself within your house. But you, O son of man behold, they shall put bands upon you and shall bind you with them and you shall not go out among them.

Barnes Notes: This 'shutting up' the 'bands' were signs of the manner in which Ezekiel's countrymen would close their ears, hindering him as best they could from delivering the message of the Lord. This can also be applied today to information that is increasingly being banned.

The people didn't want to hear what Ezekiel had to say, so God tells him that for the time being, shut up until I speak to you.
Ezekiel 3:26,27 And I will make your tongue cleave to the roof of your mouth, that you shall be dumb and shall not be to them a reprover, for they are a rebellious house. But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth and you shall say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD, He that hears, let him hear and he that forbears, let him forbear, for they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 4:1 You also, son of man, take a tile and lay it before you and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem.

Barnes Notes.&.Clark's Commentary: Rather, a brick, according to some scholars these bricks were two feet long, one foot broad and four inches thick and usually used inside or for ornamental work. Sun-dried or kiln-burned bricks were from very early times used for building walls throughout the plain of Mesopotamia. The bricks of Nineveh and Babylon are sometimes stamped with what appears to be the device of the king in whose reign they were made and often covered with a kind of enamel like nail polish on which various.scenes are portrayed.such as castles and forts.

Ezekiel 4:2-5 And lay siege against it and build a fort against it and cast a mount against it. Set the camp also against it and set battering rams against it round about. Moreover, take an iron pan and set it for a wall of iron between you and the city and set your face against it and it shall be besieged and you shall lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. Lie also upon your left side and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie upon it you shall bear their iniquity. For I have laid upon you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days. So shall you bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 4:6 And when you have accomplished them, lie again on your right side and you shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have appointed you each day for a year.

Ezekiel 4:7-15 Therefore set your face toward the siege of Jerusalem and your arm shall be uncovered.(Barnes Notes: this was a sign of the execution of vengeance:.Isaiah 52:10).and prophesy against it. And behold, I will lay bands upon you.(Barnes Notes: God would constrain him from warning the people, as they had to learn a lesson).and you shall not turn from one side to another, till you have ended the days of your siege.(Comprised with.Clarke's Commentary: to imply the impossibility of their being able to shake off what was to happen to them). Take you also unto yourself, wheat and barley and beans and lentils and millet and fitches.(spelt {used for flour in baking bread}).and put them in one vessel and make bread thereof, according to the number of the days that you shall lie upon your side, three hundred and ninety days shall you eat thereof. And your meat.(food).which you eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day. From time to time eat it. You shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin.(a hin is about 5 quarts).from time to time, drink. And you shall eat it as barley cakes and you shall bake it with dung that comes out of man, in their sight.(comprised with.Barnes New Testament Notes: in eastern countries where fuel is scarce the want is supplied by dried cow dung laid up for the winter. Barley cakes were {and are} baked under hot ashes without an oven. The dung here is to be burned to ashes and the ashes so employed). And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them. Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul has not been polluted, for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dies of itself or is torn in pieces. Neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given you cow's dung for man's dung and you shall prepare your bread therewith.

Ezekiel 4:16,17 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem and they shall eat bread by weight and with care and they shall drink water by measure and with astonishment.(Barnes New Testament Notes:."dismay and anxiety at the calamities which are befalling them"), that they may want.(lack).bread and water.(shortage of flour and water).and be astonied one with another and consume away for their iniquity.

Ezekiel 5:8-10 Therefore this says the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against you and will execute judgments in the midst of you in the sight of the nations. And I will do in you that which I have not done and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all your abominations.(which today are still done). Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of you and the sons shall eat their fathers and I will execute judgments in you and the whole remnant of you will I scatter into all the winds. Wherefore, as I live, says the Lord GOD;

No one wants God to be against him or her, as it brings many heartaches, thus the importance of staying in alignment with high consciousness principles.

Ezekiel 5:11,12 Surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary (today,.you.are God's temple, God's sanctuary, carrying with you, the higher consciousness of God or should be, but you haven't, so, you have defiled yourselves).with all your detestable things.(what could these be?).and with all your abominations, therefore will I also diminish you; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. A third part of you shall die with the pestilence.(disease, plague).and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you. And a third part shall fall by the sword round about you and I will scatter a third part into all the winds and I will draw out a sword after them.

The Infinite One has given us good things, but most of us simply never see them and because of that can't be thankful for them and instead, go through life glorying in what we ignorantly believe to be our own strengths (John 15:5; 5:19), immersed within our selfishness, greedy for all the gain we can arrive at no matter what the expense to others. What will it take to awaken us from this idiotic sleep and get us thinking about what really matters beyond this life? Most however will die never having engaged in any beneficial thinking apart from selfishness? All that (the selfish age) is now over with and the better times coming upon us:.Ezekiel 7:13 "...neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life."

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

Ezekiel 5:14-17 Moreover I will make you waste and a reproach among the nations that are round about you, in the sight of all that pass by. So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about you, when I shall execute judgments in you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it. I shall send evil arrows of famine, which shall be for destruction and which I send to destroy. I will increase the famine and will break the staff of bread. I send famine and evil beasts and they shall bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you and I will bring the sword upon you. I the LORD have spoken it. 

Ezekiel 6:3-10 And say, You mountains of Israel.(who is Israel today?), hear the word of the Lord GOD; This says the Lord GOD to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you and I will destroy your high places. And your altars shall be desolate and your images shall be broken. And I will cast down your slain men before your idols. And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols and scatter your bones round about your altars. In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, the high places desolated, altars laid waste, idols broken, images cut down and your works abolished. And the slain shall fall in the midst of you and you shall know that I am the LORD. Yet will I leave a remnant, that you may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when you shall be scattered through the countries. And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish.(going out to live their lives away from God:.Jeremiah 44:16,17).heart, the heart which has departed from me and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols. And they shall lothe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. And they shall know that I am the LORD and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

Ezekiel 6:11-14 This says the Lord GOD; Smite with your hand, and stamp with your foot and say, alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel, for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine and by the pestilence. He that is far off shall die of the pestilence and he that is near shall fall by the sword and he that remains and is besieged shall die by the famine. Thus will I accomplish my fury upon them. Then shall you know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains and under every green tree and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols. So will I stretch out my hand upon them and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath.(another form of Diblathaim, a city in Moab, near which, east and south of the Dead Sea, was the horrible wilderness of Arabia-Deserta), in all their habitations. And they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 7:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 

Ezekiel 7:2 Son of man, this says the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel.(who is Israel today?); An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.

Adam Clarke's Commentary:."This chapter, which also forms a distinct prophecy, foretells the dreadful destruction of the land of Israel and Judah, for after the captivity of the ten tribes these terms are often used indiscriminately for Judah/Jews in general, on account of the heinous sins of its inhabitants (verses 1-18) and the great distress of the small remnant that should escape (verses 16-19). The temple itself, which they had polluted with idolatry, is devoted to destruction, 20-22 and the prophet is directed to make a chain, as a type of that captivity, in which both king and people should be led in bonds to Babylon, 23-27."

Ezekiel 7:3 Now is the end come upon you and I will send mine anger upon you and will judge you according to your ways and will recompense upon you all thine abominations..

This automatic law is set up and works according to one's doings:.Proverbs 11:17; 17:22; 3John 1:11.

Ezekiel 7:4-7 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense your ways upon you and your abominations shall be in the midst of you and you shall know that I am the LORD. This says the Lord GOD, An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. An end is come, the end is come, it watchs for you; behold, it is come. The morning is come unto you, O you that dwells in the land. The time is come, the day of trouble is near and not the sounding again of the mountains. 

Ezekiel 7:8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon you and accomplish mine anger upon you and I will judge you according to your ways and will recompense you for all your abominations

God had long before set up the automatic laws that respond to attitude.

Ezekiel 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity.(only a change of heart will change God's mind regarding His set down laws:). I will recompense you according to your ways and your abominations that are in the midst of you and you shall know that I am the LORD that smites.

Ezekiel 7:10.11 Behold the day, behold, it is come. The morning is gone forth and the rod has blossomed. Pride has budded. Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs, neither shall there be wailing for them.

Ezekiel 7:12 The time is come, the day draws near. My wrath is  upon all the multitude, upon both the buyer and the seller; they all mourn.

Ezekiel 7:13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive, for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return, neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.

Ezekiel 7:14,15 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready, but none go to the battle, for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. The sword is without and the pestilence and the famine within. He that is in the field shall die with the sword and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him. 

Ezekiel 7:16-18 But they that escape of them shall escape and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. All hands shall be feeble and all knees shall be weak as water. They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth and horror shall cover them and shame shall be upon all faces and baldness upon all their heads.(Matthew Poole's Commentary:."either by pulling off the hair amidst their sorrows or cutting off their hair in token of greatest mourning". Or by losing hair from a  pestilence, disease, etc.).

Ezekiel 7:19 They shall cast their silver in the streets and their gold shall be removed. Their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD. They shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels, because they have been the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

It's too bad that we are so far from the true spirituality of knowing the Infinite One, that once we are satisfied, we are so selfish that we can't be thankful and instead allow things to further strengthen us in evil ways; example, a drug dealer gets a large shipment of drugs for 'next to nothing', sells them for more than he ever has before. Do you think that would cement him more in the way of his choice? The basic nature of mankind is the same today as it always has been? That's why it needs to leave the way of death it's been on and travel a new road.

Ezekiel 7:20-22 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty, but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein. Therefore have I set it far from them. And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil and they shall pollute it. My face will I turn also from them and they shall pollute my secret place.(the places people used go to for comfort, not used for that anymore), for the robbers shall enter into it and defile it. 

Ezekiel 7:23 Make a chain. For the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.

Ezekiel 7:24-26 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen and they shall possess their houses. I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease and their holy places shall be defiled. Destruction comes and they shall seek peace and there shall be none. Mischief shall come upon mischief and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet, but the law shall perish from the priest.(the priest, who had no real spiritual foundation in himself, dropped away any belief he held regarding law keeping, because it's just too late to help because virtually everyone was corrupt).and counsel from the ancients.(no one will have helpful answers for you; no one will then care)

Ezekiel 7:27 The king shall mourn and the prince shall be clothed with desolation and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled. I wll do unto them after their way and according to their deserts.(they'll reap what they have sown and they have sown the evil things that are sweet to them).will I judge them and they shall know that I am the LORD..(God had set up automatic laws that respond to attitude; it's not that God sits there evaluating each human and determines some kind of punishment)

Ezekiel 8:1-11 And it came to pass in the sixth year in the sixth month in the fifth day of the month as I sat in mine house and the elders of Judah sat before me that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.(he strongly felt the presence of God). Then I beheld and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire from the appearance of his loins even downward fire and from his loins even upward as the appearance of brightness as the colour of amber. And he put forth the form of an hand and took me by a lock of mine head and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem to the door of the inner gate that looks toward the north where was the seat of the image of jealousy which provokes to jealousy.(phrase 'provokes to jealousy' in orginal is 'buy', you feel like you must go and buy something to feel better because you are not spiritually motivated). And behold the glory of the God of Israel was there according to the vision that I saw in the plain. Then said he unto me Son of man lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north and behold, northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy was in the entry. He said furthermore unto me Son of man see you what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel commit here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary?.(they didn't want God around {Jeremiah 44:16,17}, so God left them).but turn yourself yet again and you shall see greater abominations. And he brought me to the door of the court and when I looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said he unto me, Son of man dig now in the wall and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me Go in and behold the wicked abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw and behold every form of creeping things and abominable beasts and all the idols of the house of Israel portrayed upon the wall round about. And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan with every man his censer in his hand and a thick cloud of incense went up.

Clarke's Commentary: Jaazaniah was the son of Shaphan who was a scribe or what some call controller of the temple in the days of Josiah and Jaazaniah his son probably succeeded him in this office. He was at the head of this band of idolaters.

Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he unto me Son of man have you seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say The LORD sees us not.(?), the LORD has forsaken the earth. 

Ezekiel 8:13 He said also unto me Turn you yet again and you shall see greater abominations that they do. 

Ezekiel 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was toward the north and behold there sat women weeping for Tammuz.

Ezekiel 8:15-18 Then said he unto me Have you seen this O son of man? turn yourself yet again and you shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house and behold at the door of the temple of the LORD between the porch and the altar were about five and twenty men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me Have you seen this O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence and have returned to provoke me to anger and lo, they put the branch to their nose.(they lift up a branch, symbolic of a the sex symbol, the phallus, which they gave great attention to). Therefore will I also deal in fury, mine eye shall not spare neither will I have pity and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice yet will I not hear them.

Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said unto him Go through the midst of the city through the midst of Jerusalem and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry.(those who are the goodhearted ones who care about the plight of others and the world. Many today are very concerned over what is going on in the world and how it is that people are being affected so negatively; everything from poisoning the earth in every way man can concoct; how shameful greed is, when coupled with an attitude of subjugation and control).for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Ezekiel 10:1-11 Then I looked and behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. And he spake unto the man clothed with linen and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims and scatter them over the city. And he went in, in my sight. Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub and stood over the threshold of the house and the house was filled with the cloud and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory. And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaks. And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims, then he went in and stood beside the wheels. And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims and took thereof and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen, who took it and went out. And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings. And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by another cherub and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides. They turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it, they turned not as they went.

Compare this chapter 10 with Ezekiel 1:4-28; Revelation 4th chapter; Daniel 7:9

Ezekiel 10:12 And their whole body and their backs and their hands and their wings and the wheels were full of eyes round about even the wheels that they four had.

Ezekiel 10:13-19 As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel. And every one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub and the second face was the face of a man and the third the face of a lion and the fourth the face of an eagle. And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar. And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them. When they stood, these stood and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also, for the spirit of the living creature was in them. Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house and stood over the cherubims. And the cherubims lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD'S house and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

Ezekiel 10:20 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar and I knew that they were the cherubims.

Ezekiel 10:21,22  Every one had four faces apiece and every one four wings and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings. And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves. They went every one straight forward.

Ezekiel 11:1-4 Moreover the spirit lifted me up and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which faces eastward and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. Then said he unto me, Son of man these are the men that devise mischief and give wicked counsel in this city, Which say, It is not near.(Jeremiah 6:14), let us build houses. This city is the caldron and we be the flesh. Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.

Ezekiel 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me and said unto me, Speak, Thus says the LORD, Thus have you said, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.

Ezekiel 11:6-18 You have multiplied your slain in this city and you have filled the streets thereof with the slain. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh and this city is the caldron, but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it. You have feared the sword and I will bring a sword upon you, says the Lord GOD. And I will bring you out of the midst thereof and deliver you into the hands of strangers and will execute judgments among you. You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you in the border of Israel and you shall know that I am the LORD. This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall you be the flesh in the midst thereof, but I will judge you in the border of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD. For you have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face and cried with a loud voice and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt you make a full end of the remnant of Israel? Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, your brethren, even your brethren, the men of your kindred and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD.(Jeremiah 44:16,17). Unto us is this land given in possession. Therefore say, Thus says the Lord GOD, Although I have cast them far off among the heathen and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.(God will bring them back once they have learned their lesson). Therefore say, Thus says the Lord GOD, I will even gather you from the people and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. 

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and will give them an heart of flesh.

Mankind's lack of compassion hardhearted ways of treating each other is an ego expression and this leads one in life away from a reward for good works and further down the road of destruction.

Ezekiel 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes and keep mine ordinances and do them and they shall be my people and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 11:21 But as for them whose heart walks after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads.(original 'their way is recompensed to them'), says the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 11:22 Then did the cherubims lift up their wings and the wheels beside them and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

Ezekiel 11:23-25 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. Afterwards the spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me. Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had showed me.

Ezekiel 12:17-20 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking and drink your water with trembling and with carefulness; And say unto the people of the land, Thus says the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein. And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste and the land shall be desolate and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 13:1-4 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy and say you unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear you the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! O Israel, your prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 

Ezekiel 13:5-7 You have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.(Adam Clarke's Commentary: "Far from opposing sinners, who are bringing down the wrath of God upon the place, you prevent their repentance by your flattering promises and false predictions. You have neither by prayers, example, nor advice, contributed anything for the preservation of the place or the salvation of the people’s souls."). They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD says. And the LORD has not sent them.(how could you recognize a false prophet?).and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have you not seen a vain vision and have you not spoken a lying divination, whereas you say, The LORD says it; albeit I have not spoken?

Ezekiel 13:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because you have spoken vanity and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you.

Ezekiel 13:9,10 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity and that divine lies. They shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel and you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace and there was no peace and one built up a wall and lo, others daubed it with untempered morter.

Adam Clarke's Commentary:."A true prophet is as a wall of defense to the people. These false prophets pretend to be a wall of defense, but their wall is bad and their mortar is worse. One gives a lying vision, another pledges himself that it is true and the people believe what they say and trust not in God, nor turn from their sins. The city is about to be besieged and needs stronger fortifications than what it possesses. The prophet should be as a brazen wall for its defence and such my prophets would have been had the people received the word from my mouth. But you have prevented this by your lying vanities and when you have perverted the people, you pretend to raise up a rampart of specious prophecy, full of fine promises, for their defence. What one false prophet says, another confirms and this is like daubing over a bad wall with bad mortar, which prevents its blemishes and weaknesses being discovered, though it has no tendency to strengthen the building."

Ezekiel 13:22,23 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life. Therefore you shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations. For I will deliver my people out of your hand and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me.

Ezekiel 14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face.(we cause our own trials and sufferings by our selfishness). Should I be enquired of at all by them?

Ezekiel 14:4-7 Therefore speak unto them and say unto them, This says the Lord GOD Every man of the house of Israel.(who is that today?).that sets up his idols in his heart and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face and comes to the prophet.(or, goes to church thinking that he's ok spiritually), I the LORD will answer him.(how?).that comes, according to.(reap, sow).the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, This says the Lord GOD; Repent.(means to change, to take a different direction, one that is of benefit to you in the long run).and turn yourselves from your idols and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For every one of the house of Israel or of the stranger that sojourns in Israel, which separates himself from me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face and comes to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself.

Ezekiel 14:8 And I will set my face against that man and will make him a sign and a proverb.(an example so that others will learn from his error prone life).and I will cut him off from the midst of my people and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet.(notes on God deceiving).and I will stretch out my hand upon him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel..(?)

Ezekiel 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity. The punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeks unto him;

Ezekiel 14:11-23 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions.(walking the wrong way against); but that they may be my people and I may be their God, says the Lord GOD.(whatever the Infinite One does it is always for love of the person, ultimately). The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sins against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it and will break the staff of the bread thereof.(curses so the land won't produce enough, drought).and will send famine upon it and will cut off man and beast from it. Though.(or 'if').these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job.(who all long ago passed from the Earth), were in it, they shoulddeliver but their own souls by their righteousness, says the Lord GOD.(point being, that we are responsible for ourselves; no one else can save us, if our minds stay in tune with the things that are averse to the ways of love of the Infinite One). If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts. Though these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if I bring a sword upon that land and say, Sword, go through the land, so that I cut off man and beast from it. Though these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves. Or if I send a pestilence.(fatal diseases).into that land and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast. Though Noah, Daniel and Job, were in it, as I live, says the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness. For this says the Lord GOD. How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword and the famine and the noisome beast and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters. Behold, they shall come forth unto you and you shall see their way and their doings. And you shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. And they shall comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings. And you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, says the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 16:5,6 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee, but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee and saw thee polluted in thine own blood.(in the flesh; in your life; a physical human being), I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

Ezekiel 16:8 Now when I passed by you.(speaking of ancient Israel's beginning as a nation, like as a man notices a pretty woman standing there as he passes by and taking notice of her).and looked upon you, behold, your time was the time of love and I spread my skirt over you and covered your nakedness. Yea, I sware unto you and entered into a covenant with you.(*), says the Lord GOD and you became mine.

Ezekiel 16:14 And your renown went forth among the heathen for your beauty, for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon you.(how?), says the Lord.GOD.

Ezekiel 16:20,23 Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have borne unto me and these have you sacrificed unto them to be devoured.(sacrificed their children unto stupid gods made with their own hands). Is this of your whoredoms a small matter, that you have slain my children and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? And in all your abominations and your whoredoms you have not remembered the days of thy youth, when you were naked and bare and were polluted in your blood. And it came to pass after all your wickedness; woe, woe unto thee! says the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 16:26 You have also committed fornication with the Egyptians your neighbours, great of flesh and have increased your whoredoms, to provoke me to anger..(they were really into this idolatry which they learned from the Egyptians, even having more as many gods as them)

Ezekiel 16:30 How weak is your heart, says the Lord GOD, seeing you do all these things, as bad as the work of an imperious whorish woman.

Ezekiel 16:35,36 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because your filthiness was poured out and your nakedness discovered through your whoredoms.(all could see how you all really were in your hearts).with your lovers and with all the idols of your abominations and by the blood of your children.(*), which you did give unto them;

Ezekiel 16:41 And they shall burn your houses with fire and execute judgments upon you in the sight of many women. And I will cause you to cease from playing the harlot and you also shall give no hire any more.

Ezekiel 16:42 So will I make my fury toward you to rest and my jealousy shall depart from you and I will be quiet and will be no more angry..(God is saying that if you want to live that way, you've made your choice to be away from me; so God went into hiding)

Ezekiel 16:43 Because you have not remembered the days of your youth.(even as they aged, they were so busy with their idolatries, they didn't take the time to contemplate their lives), but have fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense your way upon your head, says the Lord GOD and you shall not commit this lewdness above all your abominations.

Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters.(cities close to Sodom), neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.(*)..(more on the poor amongst you:.John 12:8)

Ezekiel 16:50 And they were haughty and committed abomination before me, therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Ezekiel 16:59-61 For thus says the Lord GOD; I will even deal with you as you have done.(until the heart changes), you which have despised the oath in breaking the covenant.(how? ancient Israel interpreted the original covenant {agreement} as an agreement of works, which ancient Israel just could not keep and so fell under condemnation). Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth.(the youth still to come in centuries ahead), and I will establish unto you an everlasting covenant. Then you shall remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you shall receive your sisters, your elder and your younger.(Israel will be ashamed when other nations are also made a part in the kingdom of God, because of how Israel had been under the old covenant). And I will give them unto you for daughters, but not by your covenant.(agreement).

Ezekiel 16:62,63 And I will establish my covenant.(a covenant is an agreement, meaning when one is aligned with Creator-God).with you and you shall know that I am the LORD. That you may remember and be confounded.(ashamed).and never open your mouth any more because of your shame, when I am pacified toward you for all that you have done, says the Lord GOD.
 

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