Our Message today will come from Ezekiel 8.1-18.
AND THE TITLE IS, I NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS THIS BAD.
So with that said, let’s read Ezekiel 8.1-18.
Let’s review this Chapter because it needs some explaining.
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month as I sat in my house, meaning, The time of this writing by The Prophet Ezekiel was in the sixth year of The Jewish exile into Babylon, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as Ezekiel sat in his house.
This writing was written by The Prophet in Babylon, current day Iraq, in 580 B.C.E./B.C.
And Ezekiel said, The elders of Judah sat before me, and the Hand of The LORD GOD fell upon me.
Judah was the southern Kingdom of Israel during the period when The Land of Israel was divided from 928 to 586 B.C.E./B.C. The Tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Simeon, formed the southern Kingdom of Israel, while the remaining Tribes formed the northern Kingdom of Israel.
When Ezekiel wrote that The Hand of The LORD GOD fell there upon me, I believe that Ezekiel means that The Spirit of GOD was upon him.
Then Ezekiel wrote, I looked, and a Likeness, meaning The Shape, The Shape of GOD as The appearance of Fire. And from His Waist upward as The Appearance of Brightness as the color of amber, a brilliant yellow and brown.
And He, The LORD GOD, put forth The form of a Hand and took me by a lock of my head, that is, it felt like GOD took him by the hair. And The Spirit of GOD lifted me up between the earth and the heavens, and brought me in The Visions of GOD to Jerusalem to the door of the inner Gate of The Temple that looks toward the north where there was the image, that is, the idol of jealousy which provokes to jealousy.
GOD gave Ezekiel a vision in which The LORD brought Ezekiel to Jerusalem to The Door of The Inner Gate of The Temple where the idol of jealousy was that provokes GOD to anger and to jealousy.
And behold, Ezekiel writes, The Glory of The GOD of Israel was there. The same as the vision that Ezekiel saw in the plain that is recorded in Ezekiel Chapter 1 where he saw The Glory of GOD, and a whirlwind that came out of the north, a great cloud, and a mass of fire coming out from the cloud, and a brightness was around it.
And from the fire came four living creatures, and each had four faces, and four wings. They had feet like the sole of a calf’s foot. And they sparkled like the color of polished brass. And the living creatures had hands of a man under their wings on their four sides.
And their wings were joined one to the other. They did not turn when they went. They had four faces. The face of a man, the face of a lion, the face of an ox, and the face of an eagle. And two of their wings covered their bodies. And their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps. And the living creatures ran.
And wheels appeared. They were the color of beryl, of emerald green, light blue, golden and yellow. And they had four rings that were full of eyes that were so high they were dreadful. And the likeness of the sky over the heads of the living creatures was the color of frightening crystal.
And above the sky was the likeness of a Throne of sapphire, the color of a dark blue gem. And upon The Throne was THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. And fire was round about Him. And a rainbow was in the cloud as in the day of rain. And when GOD spoke, the four living creatures stood and let down their wings.
Ezekiel saw that vision a second time.
Then GOD said to Ezekiel while he was at The Temple in Jerusalem in the vision, Son of man, lift up your eyes now toward the way of the north and look northward at the Gate of The Altar of this idol of jealousy in the entrance.
And GOD said to Ezekiel, Son of man, do you see what they do? The great abomination that The House of Israel is doing here, that I should be far away from My Sanctuary? But turn again, GOD said, and you will see greater abominations.
And GOD brought Ezekiel to The Door of The Court of The Temple and when I looked, Ezekiel said, Behold, a hole in the wall.
Then GOD said to Ezekiel, Dig now in the wall, and look at the Door. And GOD said to Ezekiel, Go in and look at the wicked abominations that they do here.
So I went in, Ezekiel writes, and saw, and behold, maybe a better word is WOW, every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of The House of Israel carved on the wall all around, in The Temple.
This was in The Temple of GOD in Israel named after Jacob for a People whom GOD chose to be His Servant and Witnesses, to be a Holy People, a Special Treasure to THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
This may have been a vision that GOD was showing Ezekiel, but GOD was showing Ezekiel the great abominations of His People, and why The LORD moved the Babylonians to kill so many Jewish People, and why GOD exiled His People out of The Land of Israel because of His Anger and His Great disappointment in His People, The People Israel.
You know, and I will say it again, The Greatest, Most Important Commandment of GOD is To Obey Him, for our good. To Obey Every Word GOD Speaks in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation. Obedience to The LORD your GOD is Life.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4, JOHN 18.37
But the majority of people in this world do not obey GOD. Therefore the calamities happening today throughout the world. Coronavirus, floods, fires, wars, hate, and the list goes on.
And people are taught by Bible teachers that GOD’S Law of Moses that contains GOD’S Laws, Teachings, and Instructions, GOD’S Spoken Word, is abolished, not valid today. They don’t have to do them they say. And that is one of the dominant reasons this world is in trouble with GOD.
And Ezekiel writes, And there stood before them, the abominations, seventy men of the elders of The House of Israel. And every man had a censer in his hand, a pan with fiery coals and incense in it. And a thick cloud of incense went up.
Then GOD said to Ezekiel, Son of man, have you seen what the elders of The House of Israel do in the dark? Every man in the rooms of his idols. For they say, The LORD does not see me. The Lord has forsaken The Land of Israel.
The LORD did not forsake The Land of Israel. But rather The Jewish People turned away from The LORD their GOD and brought upon themselves evil judgments from GOD because of their abominations against The LORD. The result of warnings ignored, warnings that are written in Torah, The Law of Moses that especially Jewish People should know.
And today, if Jewish People, in fact all People who do not know GOD’S Laws Written in The Law of Moses, history records that they better learn GOD’S Law, quickly, and do what He says, or they will face grief, plenty of grief.
Jesus, Yeshua The Messiah, will not save those who live a life of Disobedience to GOD, Disobeying The Law of Moses, that is The Law of GOD.
JOSHUA 24.26, 2 THESSALONIANS 2.9-12, PSALM 119.142
And GOD said to Ezekiel, turn yet again, and you shall see greater abominations that they do.
Then GOD brought Ezekiel to the Door of The Gate of The LORD’S House, The Temple, that was toward the north, and behold, there sat women weeping for tammuz, an idol, a foreign god.
Then GOD said to Ezekiel, Have you seen this O Son of Man? Turn yet again and you will see greater abominations than these.
And GOD brought Ezekiel 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, about twenty-five men, with their backs to The Temple, facing toward the east, worshiping the sun.
Then GOD said to Ezekiel, 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 of Israel with violence, and they have returned to provoke Me to anger, and they put the branch to their nose.
The Hebrew for Violence is Hamas, meaning wrong and violence. Not only were GOD’S Chosen People committing idolatry, they did everything wrong in The Sight of GOD by disobeying everything GOD says. And they also committed violence in The Land.
And GOD said, They put a branch to their nose. That is, what they were doing stinks.
Therefore, GOD said, I will also deal in fury. My Eye will not spare, neither will I have pity. And though they cry in My Ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.
Messiah tells this parable to the world.
The Kingdom of Heaven (The Kingdom of Heaven is GOD) is likened to a man who planted good seed in the field. But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and planted tares among the wheat, and the enemy went his way.
Tares are noxious weeds that are harmful and corrupt.
And when the grain sprung up and brought forth fruit, then the tares appeared also.
And the servants of the farmer, The farmer in this parable is GOD, said to Him, Sir, did you not plant good seed in the field. Where did these tares come from?
And the farmer said to them, An enemy has done this. So the servants said to Him, Will you have us go and gather them up?
But the farmer said, No, lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together, He said, until the harvest. And in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather together the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them. But gather the wheat into the barn.
And Messiah’s Disciples came to Him and asked Him to explain the parable of the tares of the field.
And Messiah said to them, He that plants the good seed is The Son of Man. The Son of Man is The Messiah Yeshua, Jesus, THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.
The field is the world. The good seed are The Children of The Kingdom, that is, The Children of GOD. But the tares are the children of the wicked one.
The enemy that planted the tares is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world. And the reapers are The Angels.
And therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire. So shall it be in the end of the world.
The Son of Man, The Messiah Yeshua, will send forth His Angels, and they shall gather out of His Kingdom all who offend, and those who do iniquity.
All who offend are those who cause people to sin, especially those who teach people not to obey The Law of Moses that is written in the first five books of The Bible.
And they who do iniquity sin against GOD by disobeying The Law of Moses Written in the first five books of The Bible.
1 JOHN 3.4
And GOD will cast them into a furnace of fire where there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth,
And Messiah said, Then shall The Righteous shine forth as the sun in The Kingdom of their Father.
The Righteous Obey GOD by Obeying Torah, The Law of Moses, and have Messiah Yeshua for their Atonement. They will shine forth as the sun in The Kingdom of Their Father.
And Messiah said, Who has ears to hear, let them hear.
MATTHEW 13.24-30, 36-43