Monday, June 22, 2009
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Quick Look At Ezekiel
- What Does the Bible
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A Quick Look At Ezekiel
With all that is going on in the Middle East it
is difficult to understand what is happening
without first studying the remarkable prophecies
found in the book of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel was among the captives with King
Jehoiachin in the second of three deportations
under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Ezekiel mentions Daniel three times, who
had been in Babylon nine years before Ezekiel
Jeremiah, Ezekiel ministered to a nation
experiencing judgment for their sins.
captivity, he lived at the River Chebar, which
was the great ship canal branching off from the
Euphrates above Babylon and turning through
Nippur to the Tigris.
the primary settlement location of the Jewish
Ezekiel was born in approximately 627 B.C. and
lived in a time of distress and moral decline.
At first, his messages were not well received,
but did ultimately result in the nation being
purged of idolatrous practices.
wife died during his ministry, and he was
forbidden to mourn her.
We also learn that God intended Ezekielís life
to be a series of signs to Israel.
Because of this he does all kinds of
He shuts himself up in his home.
is struck dumb.
In a formal ritual, he was to lie on his
right and his left sides for a total of 430
He ate bread that was prepared in an
He shaved his head and beard, which was
considered a shame in his particular calling.
Throughout the book, his main theme was the
sovereignty and glory of God.
good for us, because we can get so focused on
Godís grace that we tend to forget there is also
a governing role of God, and that His glory
Ezekiel was very direct.
carefully vindicated Godís justice throughout
the book, although he deals more in symbol and
allegory than any other Old Testament prophet.
He is probably the greatest mystic of the Old
was well suited for the calling God gave him,
which included a remarkable vision of God's
Throne in Chapter 1. This
dramatic vision of God never left him.
not just introduced in the first chapter; it is
referenced all the way through.
The Prophet of the ĎRegatheringí
The famed vision of the Valley of the Dry Bones
in Chapters 36 and 37 is, without a doubt, the
monumental Biblical fulfillment of the 20th
in the last half of the 19th century, the
regathering that culminated in the establishment
of the State of Israel is one of the most
irrefutable evidences that we are on threshold
of God's climax for the nations mentioned
throughout the Bible, and remarkably detailed in
the writings of Ezekiel.
The final chapters, 40-48, peak with a
remarkably detailed description of the
Millennial Temple to be rebuilt.
was uniquely qualified for this role due to his
the son of Buzi, who was also a priest.
interesting that even though he never served as
a priest, he apparently so influenced later
worship that today he is called, by some, "The
Father of Judaism."
Numbers 4:3 we know that Kohathites, one of the
divisions of the tribe of Levi, had to be 30
years old before they could begin service as
when Ezekiel became 30, he was deported in
approximately the eightieth year of the reign of
The Temple which Ezekiel describes, to
this date, has never been built.
scholars regard it as the details for the Temple
which will be established during the Millennium
on Planet Earth.
Between the regathering of the nation in
Chapters 36 and 37, and the Millennium Temple
described in Chapters 40-48, there is a
climactic event that intervenes.
event is the invasion of Gog and Magog,
described in Chapters 38 and 39.
These two chapters are among the most
famous prophetic passages in the Bible.
variety of reasons, the identity of "Magog" as
the people of Russia seems well established.
What Does the Bible Say About...?
this section of the Reflections Newsletter
we answer questions that have been asked.
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question for this issue is, "Jesus said
He beheld Satan falling from Heaven. Was
He referring to the events in Ezekiel 28 and
Isaiah 14, or to that in Revelation 12? And
doesn't Satan still have access to Heaven anyway?"
Jesus made this statement in Luke 10:18 in the past tense. So He was most likely referring to the original rebellion of Lucifer as recorded in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. Although some of the events in Revelation 12 occurred in the past, including Lucifer's original rebellion, found in verses 3-4, and the birth of Christ Jesus in verse 5, the war in Heaven that results in Satan's final casting out, is yet in the future, and will occur during the tribulation.
Although Satan was originally cast out of Heaven as an inhabitant in the above referenced Old Testament passages, it is still true that he has access to Heaven, according to Job 1:6 and 2:1, and Revelation 12:10. But in Revelation 12 even that is ended, as Satan's 'Passport and Visa' in Heaven are revoked forever, and he is cast down to Earth. Notice the language that is used in these verses:
"And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not, neither was there place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:7-9 KJV ER
We can see that this event is future, because "neither was there place found any more in heaven" indicates that prior to this, they did have such access, but this is no longer the case. Satan is also spoken of as he "who deceives the whole world." He did not have the opportunity to do this prior to his original eviction from Heaven, as there was not yet a populated world to deceive.
This event will occur at a future time. Some scholars put this time at the mid-point of the Tribulation. Other scholars put this time at the Last Day. In either case, Satan will remain on Earth until the end of Tribulation. In the interim, he has, and will, make life miserable for those of us who are believers and followers of Christ Jesus.
At the end of the Tribulation, When Christ Jesus returns at His Glorious Appearing, Satan will be placed in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3). He will be loosed for a little season at the end of the Millennium, lead an unsuccessful final rebellion against God, and then be cast into the Lake of Fire, where he will remain forever (Revelation 20:7-10).
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
And the heathen shall know
that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of
them for evermore.
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