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Ezekiel;- Denouncing the deceivers

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posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 05:01 PM
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Ezekiel is the prophet of the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians.
His prophecies, therefore, are warnings about future judgement.
In the twelfth chapter, the Lord answered the current scepticism about such prophecies by announcing that “the days are at hand and the fulfilment of every vision” (the warnings about the siege of Jerusalem would be fulfilled within five years).
He also promised that there would be “no more any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel”.
In the next chapter, he explains in more detail what he means by this description.

He means “those who prophesy out of their own minds” (ch13 v1).
“The foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing”.
“They have seen a delusive vision and uttered a lying divination”
“They have spoken falsehood and divined a lie; they say “’Thus says the Lord’ when the Lord has not sent them”.

The essence of their falsehood is that they deny the judgement of God.
They set themselves in opposition to the prophets of the Lord, who have been proclaiming that the judgement is coming.
(So when the prophets of the Lord are complaining about false prophets, only careless readers will think they are talking about each other).
The foolish prophets have made the people feel good, thus undermining the message that they need to repent.
Since the people’s failure to repent is the reason for the judgement, anyone who prevents them from repenting is contributing to the destruction of the kingdom.
So those prophets have not been genuinely helpful. In fact they have been “like foxes among the ruins”.
“You have not gone up into the breaches or built up a wall for the house of the Lord, that it might stand in battle in the day of the Lord”.
That is, they have not been contributing to the moral defence of the nation.
They have “said Peace when there is no peace”, because genuine peace depends on the relationship with God.

Therefore God is against them.
When Israel returns home, he will not allow these prophets to be leaders of the people, he will not allow them to be registered among his people, he will not even allow them to enter the land.
He uses the elaborate metaphor of the building of a wall- which may mean a defensive wall, or may just stand for any kind of constructive work.
When the people are building a wall, the contribution of these prophets, figuratively speaking, is that they daub the wall with whitewash. They then tell the people that this will be enough to keep the wall standing firm.
But what will happen when there is a great deluge of rain, and hailstones, and a stormy wind? The wall will fall, of course, and the foundations will be laid bare (here we see the root of one of the parables of Jesus). God will make that happen, spending his wrath upon the wall, and then he will say “The wall is no more, nor those who daubed it”.

He also has a word for the “daughters of the people, who prophesy out of their own minds”.
Evidently they have their own style of divination, but the description of their practices leaves many things obscure.
Their arts include sewing magic bands on the wrists of their customers, and giving them veils.
In this way they “hunt souls”, but it isn’t clear whether “hunting souls” is what they are claiming to achieve, or simply the effect of what they are doing. That is, they would be misleading souls and thereby “kidnapping” them from the God who owns them.
They earn small fees (handfuls of barley, pieces of bread) by “putting to death people who should not die and keeping alive persons who should not live”. This probably means that they are claiming to assess their state of righteousness, and promising God’s life to people who do not deserve it.
“You have disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not disheartened him, and you have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his wicked way to save his life”.
Thus they are doing for individuals what the other prophets are doing for the community at large. They are “saying Peace when there is no peace”.
For this reason God will abolish their practices, tearing away their veils, and delivering his people out of their hand.

“Then you shall know that I am the Lord”.




posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 06:04 PM
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a reply to: DISRAELI


they say “’Thus says the Lord’ when the Lord has not sent them”.

How many Ezekiel threads are we up to?



posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 06:12 PM
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a reply to: intrptr
I've numbered them in my Ezekiel folder, to make sure of presenting them in the right order.
This one is numbered "7". There will be 23 altogether.



posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 06:14 PM
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a reply to: DISRAELI

What tangled webs we weave...



posted on Feb, 16 2018 @ 11:30 PM
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It's interesting to see how God hasn't changed in the Old Testament to the New
God has always wanted a people to obey Him, love Him and carry out His will.
Israel failed continuously, not unlike the church today, judgement came
Back then they were lead by the law, today the church should be lead by the Spirit, I wonder how many in His church today are living out fulfilling their own desires and not the Spirits
We are destined to repeat the failings of those who preceded us
Fortunately now, Jesus has filled the gap, has taken upon Himself the judgement we deserve.

This time when Babylon arises, Christ will end it, once and for all.




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