Monday, December 15, 2008

Ezekiel prophet of God and example for mankind

Ezekiel the prophet was used by God to reveal his real time judgment upon a nation that once trusted in God and then turned to idolatry. But not so much idolatry as we perceive it (bowing to a statue), but rather anything that we obsess over and takes the place that we once reserved for worship and reverence toward God. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with possessions and the wholesome activities that god intended us to enjoy, none of these things have any lasting value without placing them in the context behind God who must be first above all these other things and anything. To remove God as the focus and source of our love and happiness is pure idolatry which is subject to judgment and punishment by God the Father for our sakes. Like any loving Father and in this case the creator of us and the universe, those that he loves he will rebuke and punish to open our eyes bring us closer to himself for salvation.
"As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform; lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and may open the door, I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (literal Hebrew translation Revelation 3:19-20)
So for our benefit God used Ezekiel and the nation of Israel as an example of what can and will happen to a nation who turns their back on God. Thousands of years ago the prophecies that Ezekiel warned about in the destruction of Israel and its eventual recreation in 1948 was all an example that Gods word is real, true and inescapable.
In this present day as individuals and as a Nation we need to pay close attention to what God is doing in our personal lives and to our nation in order to stay right with God. Regardless of what we think, believe, rationalize or declare, God is either going to bring judgment into our lives or salvation depending on our relationship with Christ. Not just after we die but in everyday life, if God is knocking on your door your hart because someone is praying for your salvation, God will do what he has to get your attention. Something we cannot appreciate until we have finally gotten to know Him as his children not just casual believers.
"When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!"(Galatians 5:19-23)
Now God is warning judgment to our nation just like in the 1929 crash which led to the great depression but also a great spiritual repentance and revival toward God, the results of which made us an even greater and more powerful nation that helped pave the way to recreate Israel as a nation, fulfilling God's prophecy through Ezekiel and validating God's promise of blessings to Abraham and those nations that are called by his name, the USA.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you "Israel". I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
(Genesis 12:1-3)

But now as a nation we have come full circle and as a majority for the first time in our nation's history have turned our backs on God and Israel and are lovers of ourselves rather them lovers of God, God who is creator of the universe and blessed for ever amen! When Israel turned its back on God and would not listen to Ezekiel's warning, God destroyed Israel and they were taken into slavery and scattered to all nations for hundreds of years. After the purging God recreated Israel as nation in 1948 just as predicted in scripture thousands of years ago. If God did not spare Israel for there idolatry, what makes us think that judgment is not hanging over our country today? And if God did not spare his own son who never sinned and was perfect, to pay the price for salvation and eternal life for those willing to love God, what makes us think that we will not be judged and condemned for not loving him as God of our lives?
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This is an illustration of what happened to Jerusalem (Israel). I placed her at the center of the nations, but she has rebelled against my regulations and decrees and has been even more wicked than the surrounding nations. She has refused to obey the regulations and decrees I gave her to follow. “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You people have behaved worse than your neighbors and have refused to obey my decrees and regulations. You have not even lived up to the standards of the nations around you. Therefore, I myself, the Sovereign Lord, am now your enemy. I will punish you publicly while all the nations watch. Because of your detestable idolatry, I will punish you like I have never punished anyone before or ever will again. Parents will eat their own children, and children will eat their parents. I will punish you and scatter to the winds the few who survive. “As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I will cut you off completely. I will show you no pity at all because you have defiled my Temple (your bodies) with your vile images and detestable sins. A third of your people will die in the city from disease and famine. A third of them will be slaughtered by the enemy outside the city. And I will scatter a third to the winds, chasing them with my sword. Then at last my anger will be spent, and I will be satisfied. And when my fury against them has subsided, all Israel will know that I, the Lord, have spoken to them in my jealous anger. “So I will turn you into a ruin, a mockery in the eyes of the surrounding nations and to all who pass by. You will become an object of mockery and taunting and horror. You will be a warning to all the nations around you. They will see what happens when the Lord punishes a nation in anger and rebukes it, says the Lord. “I will shower you with the deadly arrows of famine to destroy you. The famine will become more and more severe until every crumb of food is gone. And along with the famine, wild animals will attack you and rob you of your children. Disease and war will stalk your land, and I will bring the sword of the enemy against you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” ( Ezekiel 5:6-16)
And yet even though Israel did not heed Ezekiel's warning and was consequently judged and devastated, God was still faithful and kept his word to Abraham by gathering back the Jews from the four corners of the earth and reestablishing Israel in 1948, just as the prophet Ezekiel predicted God would do, as an example to the world and of what final judgment will be like for those who refuse to obey God, who is the blessed creator of the universe Amen!
“But I will let a few of my people escape destruction, and they will be scattered among the nations of the world. Then when they are exiled among the nations, they will remember me. They will recognize how hurt I am by their unfaithful hearts and lustful eyes that long for their idolatry. Then at last they will hate themselves for all their detestable sins. They will know that I alone am the Lord and that I was serious when I said I would bring this calamity on them. (Ezekiel 6:8-10)

In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to bring back the remnant of his people those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt; in southern Egypt, Ethiopia, and Elam; in Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands. He will raise a flag among all the nations and assemble the exiles (Jews) of Israel. (Isaiah 11:11-13)
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. (2 Peter 3:8-10)
We are so blind without the Holy Spirit to what is so self evident on this one of a kind "Goldilocks planet" in an otherwise hostile and lifeless universe. Even the marking of the modern world calendar denotes God's mark and plan on the planet. AD (Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Jesu Christi "In the Year of Our Lord Jesus Christ"), and "Before Christ", abbreviated as BC or B.C., (Adopted in the English language to denote years before the start of the Christian epoch). HE IS COMING! Come quickly Lord Jesus and bring your Kingdom (The New Jerusalem) to earth as it is in heaven, Amen!

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