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Ezekiel 7:1 Moreover,
word of the
came to me
The LORD spoke his word to me. He said,
I received the following communication from Yahweh:
Literal: And there is
a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, 'And thou, son of man, Thus said the Lord
Jehovah to the ground of Israel:
MOREOVER, THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO ME SAYING:
This phrase ("word of the LORD came") occurs 49x in Ezekiel (click
Charles Ryrie outlines this section as follows
Prophecies Through Sermons
The cause of coming judgment
The character of coming judgment
Ryrie Study Bible: New American Standard Translation: 1995. Moody Publishers
This chapter is filled with repetition of
short staccato like phrases emphasizing that the time of destruction is
imminent. As you read chapter 7, put yourself in the audience of exiles that
is undoubtedly hearing this intense "sermon". Put yourself in Ezekiel's
place realizing that God had already told him that they would not listen to
him because they would not listen to God. Make a list of synonyms describing
on one hand the "time" of the coming destruction and another list
summarizing the character of the judgments (what's affected, how broad, how
do the people react, what segments of society are affected, how is judgment
meted out, why is judgment coming, what is God's attitude and why, what name
of God is revealed, what won't be able to deliver in the day of judgment,
what happens to the "leaders", what is said about the Holy Temple, etc)
7:2 "And you,
GOD to the
coming on the
corners of the
"Son of man, this is what the Almighty LORD says to <the people in> the land
of Israel: The end is coming! The end is coming to the four corners of the
“Furthermore, you human one —here is a message from the Lordb Yahweh
to the country of Israel. An end is coming, the end is coming
upon the four corners of the earth.
Literal: An end, come
hath the end on the four corners of the land.
YOU, SON OF MAN, THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD TO THE
(Ezek 12:22; 21:2; 40:2) "this is what the Sovereign LORD says to Israel" (NLT)
"God, the Master, has this Message for the land of Israel: Endtime."
("Son of dust", "mortal man", "human")
IS COMING ON THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE LAND:
La4:18) "The end is here! Wherever you look--east, west, north, or south--your
land is finished" (NLT), "The end of business as usual for
everyone.It’s all over. The end is upon you" (Message)
four corners of the land"
writes "The ruin, as it shall be final, so it shall
be total; no part of the land shall escape; no, not that which lies
most remote. Such will the destruction of the world be; all these things
shall be dissolved. Such will the destruction of sinners be; none can avoid
it. Oh that the wickedness of the wicked might come to an end, before it
bring them to an end!"
The Evangelical Commentary has an interesting note explaining that "The
Hebrew word for “end”
(used twice in v 2, once in v3, twice in v6) is related to ripe summer
fruit that is ready to be harvested (Amos8:1-3).
Harvesting means cutting down and clearing the fields. That is what the
Lord is about to do, but it will not be a thanksgiving harvest." (Elwell, W. A. Vol. 3: Evangelical commentary on the Bible.
Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House.)
end, the end is coming"
leaves no doubt as to the imminence and urgency of Ezekiel's proclamation.
The Hebrew verb "coming" is in the perfect tense expressing
Ezekiel's certainty that what he was predicting would come to pass. Ezekiel repeats this message in several ways in this
chapter using short pithy phrases, because of the
hearer's unwillingness to believe that Jerusalem would truly fall to foreign
notes that "When the town is on fire
men do not seek for fine words and quaint expressions in which to give an
account of it, but cry about the streets, with a loud and lamentable voice,
"Fire! fire!’’ So the prophet here proclaims,
An end! an end!
it has come, it has come;
behold, it has come. He that
hath ears to hear let him hear."
In Deuteronomy Moses lamented "If only they were wise and would
understand this and discern what their
will be!" (Deut
And yet sinful foolish Judah had flattered herself with false hopes that she
should shortly see an end
of her troubles, but God says it will not be an
of her troubles but trouble in the
and trouble such as she had never before seen!
Ezekiel knowing that this is indeed "the
of this chapter of Judah's story, cries out to God "Alas, Lord GOD! Wilt
Thou bring the remnant of Israel to a complete
The answer of course is the doctrine of the preserved, albeit small,
God gave Noah, a preacher of righteousness, a similar message of warning
before judgment fell declaring "to Noah, "The
of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence
because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth."
To Amos God said "What do you see, Amos?" And I said, "A basket of summer
fruit." Then the LORD said to me, "The
has come for My people Israel. I will spare them no longer."
Why would Ezekiel repetitively issue similar warnings regarding "the
Ezekiel's contemporary, Jeremiah, informs us that there were false
"prophets...telling them, 'You will not see the sword nor will you
have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place."
And again in Jeremiah God says these false prophets "keep saying to those
who despise Me...You will have peace"'; and as for everyone who walks in the
stubbornness of his own heart, they say, 'Calamity will not come upon you."
In Micah (who prophesied to Israel and to Judah in 750-686BC, more than 100
years prior to Ezekiel) we read of the same wicked behavior and false
prophecies for the "leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe. Her priests
instruct for a price and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean
on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come
upon us." (Mic
IS "THE END"
A man who lived on Long Island was
able one day to satisfy a lifelong ambition by purchasing for himself
a very fine barometer. When the instrument arrived at his home, he as
extremely disappointed to find that the indicating needle appeared to
be stuck, pointing to the sector marked ‘HURRICANE.’
After shaking the barometer very vigorously several times, its new
owner sat down and wrote a scorching letter to the store from which he
had purchased the instrument. The following morning on the way to his
office in New York, he mailed the letter. That evening he returned to
Long Island to find not only the barometer missing, but his house
also. The barometer’s needle
had been right—there was a hurricane!”
Ezekiel's audience and those remaining
in Jerusalem after the second Babylonian invasion in 597BC, were both
like the man on Long Island, and they too failed to heed Ezekiel's
"Barometric Reading" which seemed to be stuck on "THE END"!
In Lamentations we also find that although Jerusalem's "uncleanness was
in her skirts, she did not consider her future; Therefore she has fallen
In other words, Jerusalem was so oblivious to her sin that when the end came
it was shocking. Read the same verse in the NLT version "She defiled
herself with immorality with no thought of the punishment that would follow.
Now she lies in the gutter with no one to lift her out. "LORD, see my deep
misery," she cries. "The enemy has triumphed." This
for Jerusalem was long in coming, but now has come. Though the ruin of
sinners comes slowly, it comes surely. Faithless
Jerusalem pictures the foolishness, faithlessness and fate of so many, past,
present and future, who pay little heed to the warning inherent in the truth
that "the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Ro
The plethora of false prophets and prophecies in Ezekiel's day reminds one
of the days in which we live, for Peter warns us to "Know this first of
all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following
after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?
(Which will bring about the end of this present evil age and inaugurate the
glorious Millennial Messianic age) For ever since the fathers fell
asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of
God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and
by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded
with water." (2Pet3:3-6)
Peter, John and James seated on the Mt of Olives overlooking Jerusalem and
the Temple, asked Jesus "when will these things be, and what will be the
sign of Your coming, and of
of the age?"
24:14) They were referring to
the age preceding the one thousand year age (often referred to as
"the millennium") or the Messianic age, when the promises to Israel through
Abraham would be fulfilled at the return of Christ at the end of the "great
tribulation," also known as the time of Jacob's distress. Jesus did not
answer them directly but did warn them not to be misled and He affirmed
Daniel's prophecy predicting the coming of the antichrist explaining that "when
you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the
prophet, standing in the holy place( let the reader understand)...then there
will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the
beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall." (Mt24:15
24:21) This event marks the beginning of
the end of this age.
How can believer's today apply these truths about "the
in its various contexts? Peter answers this by recording that "The
of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit
for the purpose of prayer."
There will be no place to run, no place not ruined when God executes His
righteous judgment. "There is no creature hidden (nothing in creation
can hide) from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare
(naked and exposed) to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do (must
give an account) (Heb4:13).
Where will you hide when "the seven last plagues...bring God's wrath
to completion." (Rev15:1)
The only place to "hide" then and forever is in "the
Rock of our salvation" (Ps
which is the "the
righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ" (Ro3:22)
"and to wait for His Son from heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, that
is Jesus, Who delivers (rescues) us from the wrath to come."
implores all saints -- "Oh
that we could all see that end of time and days very near, and the
end of our own time and days much nearer, that we may secure a happy lot
at the end of the days!" even as was spoken to Daniel "as for
you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise
again for your allotted portion at the end of the age." (Dan
We like Daniel can enter Christ's rest when we fall asleep and arise in
resurrection at the end of this present age to enjoy our
inheritance—millennial blessings with our Messiah and fellowship forever
with faithful saints like Daniel and Ezekiel.
end is upon you, and I will
anger against you; I will
judge you according to your
abominations upon you.
Now the end is come to thee, and I will send judgment upon thee: and I will
take vengeance on thy ways, and will recompense all thine abominations upon
thee. (English translation of the Greek Septuagint)
Now the end is coming for you. I will send my anger against you. I will
judge you for the way you have lived, and I will punish you for all the
detestable things that you have done.
The end is now upon you and I will unleash my anger against you. I will
judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your
WBC: Now the end looms over you and I will unleash my anger upon you, passing
judgment on you as your ways warrant and repaying you for all your shocking
Young's Literal: Now is the
end unto thee, And I have sent Mine anger upon thee, And judged thee
according to thy ways, And set against thee all thine abominations.
NOW THE END IS UPON YOU AND I WILL SEND MY ANGER AGAINST YOU:
"No hope remains, for I will unleash my anger against you" (NLT)
paints the picture of God's arrows of judgment released from His bow drawn
back in righteous anger. They're on the way. There is no recalling them now.
The missiles of destruction have been launched against you oh Judah.
is aph (Click
all 15 uses in Ezekiel)
which means nose and then refers to anger. We have all seen someone so
internally seething with anger that their respiratory rate accelerates with
flaring of their nostrils as a reflection of their passionate feeling. It's
never happened to you has it? Of course not! Although "the anger of man
does not achieve the righteousness of God" (Js
the anger of God does accomplish His righteous end against Judah and
WILL JUDGE YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR WAYS AND BRING ALL YOUR ABOMINATIONS UPON
"I will hold you accountable for all your abominable practices" (NET)
"I will call you to account for all your disgusting behavior"
"will bring upon you
retribution for all your abominations" (Amp),
"I will send punishment
on you for all your disgusting acts" (BBE)
all your abominations upon you
God's justice brings just retribution and recompense. Millennia later Paul
warned the Galatian church (and all people both believers and non-believers
alike) "Do not be deceived (literally "stop being deceived,
deluded, misled or led astray"), God is not mocked (One to Whom we
can turn our nose up to, to be sneered at, scorned, derided, insulted or
disdained); for whatever a man sows, this (emphatic = this very thing
and not something different!) he will also reap. For the one who sows to
his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality, indulgence of fleshly appetites
& passions) shall from the flesh reap corruption (physical/moral
decay, rottenness, depravity, putrescence = change from sound to putrid,
dissolving state - nature writes in one's body the penalty of sin), but
the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life."
In other words, Judah's own vile standard would be used to condemn
her. Four times in the NKJV and NIV in chapter 7 God says, “I
will repay” (7:3–4,
8–9). All the things Judah trusted in to help them would not
bring relief in God's day of judgment - not money (7:19),
not idols (7:20–22),
nor prophets, priests or princes (7:23–27).
Are you harboring any unconfessed, secret sin that you have been deceived
into believing you are "getting away with"? Please, I beg of you. Bring it
to the light once and for all. Experience God's cleansing from all
unrighteousness. Do not wait until it is too late to get right with God!
Judah is living historical proof that payment for all sin debt will
eventually come due in God's economy and in His perfect timing.
(5x in this chapter: v3, 4, 8, 9, 20) (Nave's
ISBE article) (Click
here for additional note on this website) (Click
41/117 OT uses of towebah in Ezekiel) refers to that which is
detestable, abhorrent, loathsome, disgusting, detestable thing or act.
The idea of
derives from the specific demands God’s holiness makes upon His people.
Since there is only one true living God, an invisible spiritual being
without bodily parts, all forms of idolatry and all ceremonies and objects
connected with idolatry are abhorrent to God. In sum this term refers to
anything that offends the spiritual, religious, or moral senses and causes
extreme disgust, hatred, or loathing. Most of the Hebrew words translated “abomination”
have the meaning of “impure,” “filthy,” and “unclean”—that which is
foul-smelling and objectionable to a holy God. The Greek Septuagint picks up
on this latter thought, translating the Hebrew word (tow'ebah)
with the Greek noun bdelugma, which has an interesting
derivation from bdelusso (in turn from bdeo = to
stink) which means to emit a foul odor or turn away because of loathing or
disgust. In sum an
to God is something disgusting which arouses His wrath because of its
totally defiling, polluting and loathsome nature. Bdelugma is the same word
Jesus used to describe the coming antichrist as the "abomination (bdelugma)
of desolation" (Mt24:15). The revolting practices of Judah were a stench in
the nostrils of the holy God! Lest we be too critical and too pious as we
see Judah's rottenness, we all need to stop and ask if we are guilty of any
"stinketh" before the LORD God? Let us boldly petition God for 5
things as did David, "Search me, O God, and know my heart
(my mind). Try me and know my anxious thoughts and see
if there be any hurtful way in me (GWT "See whether I am on an evil
path", NLT "Point out anything in me that offends You"), and
lead me in the everlasting way." (Ps139:23-24)
Among the objects described as “abominations”
were the carved images of pagan gods ("The graven images of their gods
you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that
is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it, for it is
an abomination to the LORD your God. And you shall not bring an abomination
into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it
and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned."
Deut 7:25,26), the sacrifice to the LORD
God of "an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a
(abomination) to Jehovah" (Deut
17:1), the practice of idolatry ("If there is found in your
midst, in any of your towns, which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or
a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by
transgressing His covenant, and has gone and served other gods and
worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host,
which I have not commanded, and if it is told you and you have heard of it,
then you shall inquire thoroughly. And behold, if it is true and the thing
certain that this
(abomination) has been done in Israel, then you shall bring out that man
or that woman who has done this evil deed, to your gates, that is, the man
or the woman, and you shall stone them to death."
Deut 17:2-5), and the fashioning of a “carved
or molded image” of a false god ("Cursed is the man who
makes an idol or a molten image, an
to the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and sets it up in
God's command to Israel was “You shall not behave thus toward the Lord
your God, for every
abominable act which
the Lord hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons
and daughters in the fire to their gods."
Ezekiel was likely born during the reign of godly King Josiah who was
smitten by the words of the re-discovered book of the Law that had been lost
in the house of God (read this incredible story in
and note what the kings of Israel and Judah should have been doing "all
the days of his life" in
19) and as a result tore his robes and then
tore down and smashed the idolatrous "altars...which
the kings of Judah had made...and
which were before
(on the east of) Jerusalem, which were on the right of the mount of
destruction (the Mount of "Corruption" which was most likely the Mount
of Olives) which Solomon the king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the
abomination of the Sidonians (in this litany of loathsome names,
note that the word abomination is used for the actual idol), and
for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the
abomination of the sons of Ammon, the king defiled. And he broke in
pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherim and filled their places
with human bones (to defile these sites). Furthermore, the
that was at Bethel and the
which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin
(ungodly leaders incite ungodliness in their people), had made, even that
altar and the
place he broke down. Then he demolished its stones,
ground them to dust, and burned the Asherah.
7:4 'For My
pity on you,
nor will I
spare you, but I will
ways upon you, and your
abominations will be
among you; then you will
know that I am the
I will not have compassion for you or feel sorry for you. I will pay you
back for the way you have lived and for the detestable things you have done.
Then you will know that I am the LORD.
No pitying glance will I give nor any show of compassion, but I will repay
you for your ways, and your shocking deeds will haunt you,and then you will all realize that I am Yahweh.
Young's Literal: And no pity
on thee hath Mine eye, nor do I spare, For thy ways against thee I do set,
And thine abominations are in thy midst, And ye have known that I am
MY EYE WILL HAVE NO PITY ON YOU, NOR WILL I SPARE YOU:
"I will turn my eyes away and
show no pity." (NLT)
God had given a similar declaration earlier in the form of an oath stating
that "as I live...surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all
your detestable idols and with all your abominations, therefore I will also
My eye shall have no pity
and I will not
For a dramatic illustration of "no pity" read (Jer
(chus) means to show mercy, have compassion, with a focus on
sparing or delivering one from a great punishment...something God would now
not do for Judah and Jerusalem. Chus It refers to the
feeling which goes out toward one who is in trouble. Ezekiel uses chus
more than any other OT book (Click
for 9/24 OT uses) In chapter 8 God says "I indeed will deal in
wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will spare; and though
they cry in My ears with a loud voice, yet will not listen to them." (Ezek
Clearly God is serious about the sin in Judah and Jerusalem and yet we read
that after Israel had rebelled against Him in the wilderness, He considered
annihilating them and "Yet My eye spared them rather than
destroying them, and did not cause their annihilation in the wilderness."
God's wrath simmers slowly but surely until finally He has "no
of Israel or Judah, but must destroy them.
In Jeremiah God says "I will dash them against each other, both the
fathers and the sons together," declares the LORD. "I will not show
nor be sorry nor have compassion that I should not destroy them
(I will not let my pity or mercy or compassion keep me from destroying them
= NLT)."' (Jer13:14)
BUT I WILL BRING YOUR
WAYS UPON YOU AND YOUR ABOMINATIONS WILL BE AMONG YOU:
"repaying you in full for all your
God elaborates later explaining "but as for those whose hearts go after
their detestable things and abominations, I shall bring their conduct
down on their heads," declares the Lord GOD." (Ezek
In chapter 23 God tells adulterous Israel "I shall make lewdness cease
from the land, that all women may be admonished and not commit lewdness as
you have done. And your lewdness will be requited (to make a suitable
return for, to make retaliation) upon you, and you will bear the
penalty of worshiping your idols; thus you will know that I am the Lord
The writer of Hebrews reminds us of that God has declared that "VENGEANCE
IS MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."
It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Heb10:30
God is long-suffering, and patient, and loving, and infinitely gracious.
Peter explains that in regard to judgment that seems to be delayed, "The
Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient
toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."
But for the one who turns his back on God’s grace, whether in the Old
Testament or the New Testament, there is nothing left that God can offer or
do for him. Only judgment remains. And thus we see God's longsuffering
finally run out in 2 Chronicles where "all the officials of the priests
and the people were very unfaithful following all the abominations of the
nations; and they defiled the house of the LORD which He had sanctified in
Jerusalem. And the LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them
again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His
people and on His dwelling place; but they continually mocked the messengers
of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of
the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.
(medicine that was curative, no healing, no soothing remedy)" (2Chr36:14-16)
THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD:
"Then you will know that I am the Lord!" (NLT)
know that I am the LORD"
occurs three times in this chapter (v4, 9, 27).
Ezekiel makes frequent use of this “recognition formula” (click
for all 63 uses in Ezekiel). They would not know Him as
their Savior so now they would know Him as their Judge.
behold it is
"This is what the Almighty LORD says: One disaster after another is coming.
“Here is a message from the Lord Yahweh. Calamity aftera calamity, here
Literal: Thus said the
Lord Jehovah: Evil, a single evil, lo, it hath come.
THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD, 'A DISASTER, UNIQUE DISASTER, BEHOLD IT IS COMING:
"An unheard-of disaster is coming"
This is what the
Sovereign Lord says: With one blow after another I will bring total
An evil, an only evil, behold, is come"
An evil, even one evil; see, it is coming"
a single evil, lo, it hath come." (YLT)
(singular, unheard of)
is the Hebrew word echad which means one, i.e. a
cardinal number in contrast to more than one. Echad can mean
only, i.e. one of a unique class or kind, and thus a
distinctive disaster in the present context. It can also mean one time,
once, i.e. a single occurrence and in some contexts to the
exclusion of all other occurrences (but not so in regard to the destruction
of Jerusalem which which be devastated again in 70AD by the Romans and in
the "great tribulation" by the antichrist).
In first Kings God says "Behold, I am bringing such calamity on Jerusalem
and Judah, that whoever hears of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will
stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of
Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning
it upside down." (2 Ki21:12
Daniel adds that God "has confirmed His words which He had spoken against
us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity;
for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was
done to Jerusalem." (Da9:12)
Jehovah had earlier announced through Ezekiel that "because of all your
abominations, I will do among you what I have not done, and the
like of which I will never do again." (5:9)
Why else would this disaster by so
In Amos God reminds the Jews of their unique position deserving of a unique
punishment, declaring "You only have I chosen among all the
families of the earth. Therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities."
Another commentary feels that it was "unique"
because it was a reference to the destruction of the temple, which the Jews
thought to be inviolable.
The most "unique"
punishment of God's chosen people awaits one final future fulfillment
described by Jesus as "a great tribulation, such as has not occurred
since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall." (Mt24:21)
come! It has
behold, it has
The end is coming. The end is coming. It is stirring itself up against you.
It is coming!
An end is coming; the end is coming upon you. Here comes,
Young's Literal: An end hath
come, come hath the end, It hath waked for thee, lo, it hath come.
AN END IS COMING; THE END HAS COME! IT HAS AWAKENED AGAINST YOU; BEHOLD, IT
Ezekiel over and over asserts that
is coming, much like a meteorologist who knew the a deadly hurricane was
tracking toward a populated area and had the potential to be deadly. And yet
Ezekiel's warnings largely went unheeded.
God warned the ungodly world through Noah
that the end was coming but they did not heed to
His warning and thus God "did not spare the ancient world, but
preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He
brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly." (2 Pe2:5)
So too here in Ezekiel warning of the judgment that is so certain, that
speaks of it in the past tense ("has
come") as if it was
already an accomplished fact, for on God's timetable it had! God speaks and
whatever He says is already accomplished, whether it be in the past, present
or distant future. Why then is it we have such difficulty as sons of men in
trusting Him in the temporal events of our life?
is the Hebrew word meaning to awaken from sleep or stupor. The day of wrath
awakened will not bring a glancing blow or a temporary setback, but comes
with all the finality found in the word "end" like a sleeping
giant now stirred into action or like a predatory animal, ready to stalk its
come to you, O
inhabitant of the
shouting on the
Literal: Come hath the
morning unto thee, O inhabitant of the land! Come hath the time, near is a
day of trouble, And not the shouting of mountains.
Destruction is coming to you, inhabitants of the land. The time is coming.
The day is near. There will be confusion. There will be no joy in the
comes doom upon you, residents of the land. The time is coming, the day
is near—tumult, not harvest, shoutsc in the mountains.
YOUR DOOM HAS COME TO YOU, O INHABITANT OF THE LAND. THE TIME HAS COME, THE
DAY IS NEAR
1 Pe4:17) (Isa22:5)
time has come"
This phrase reminds one of the imminent
judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah: "when morning dawned, the angels urged
Lot, saying, "Up, take your wife and your two daughters, who are here, lest
you be swept away in the punishment of the city. But he hesitated. So the
men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two
daughters, for the compassion of the LORD was upon him; and they brought him
out, and put him outside the city." (Ge19:15
"Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the
LORD out of heaven" (Ge19:24)
Even righteous Lot failed to heed the warning of imminent doom and had God
not spared him as a remnant, he too would have died. In Ezekiel 9 we see
that before God sends the final doom, He sends angels to "Go through the
midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on
the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which
are being committed in its midst." (Ezek
day is near" describes the
destruction of Jerusalem. But as is often true in the prophetic utterances,
there is both a near and a future fulfillment. This day of wrath as
described in the following verses, prefigures a future day, often referred
to as the Day of the LORD (Click
for more detailed discussion)
The prophet Zephaniah (prophesied in 625BC to the southern kingdom Judah
during the reign of godly king Josiah) uses wording similar to that in
Ezekiel writing "Near
is the great day
of the LORD,
very quickly; Listen, the day
of the LORD! In it the warrior cries out bitterly. A
of wrath is that day,
of trouble and distress, a day
of destruction and desolation, a
day of darkness and gloom,
of clouds and thick darkness, a
day of trumpet and battle
cry, against the fortified cities and the high corner towers."
In the historical context Zephaniah's prophecy was first fulfilled by the
invasion of Babylon and yet a final fuller fulfillment awaits the future "time
of Jacob's distress" in the Day of the Lord, a time so severe that
Jeremiah says there would be "none like it." (Jer
TUMULT RATHER THAN JOYFUL SHOUTING ON THE MOUNTAINS.
DREADFUL COST OF IGNORING
THE WATCHMAN'S WARNINGS
In 1969, in Pass
Christian, Mississippi, a group of people were preparing to have a
party” in the face of a
storm named Camille. Were they ignorant of the dangers? Could they
have been overconfident? Did they let their egos and pride influence
their decision? We’ll never
know. What we do know is that the wind was howling outside the posh
Richelieu Apartments when Police Chief Jerry Peralta pulled up
sometime after dark. Facing the Beach less than 250 feet from the
surf, the apartments were directly in the line of danger. A man with a
drink in his hand came out to the second-floor balcony and waved.
Peralta yelled up, “You all
need to clear out of here as quickly as you can. The storm’s
getting worse.” But as other
joined the man on the balcony, they just laughed at Peralta’s
order to leave. “This is my
land,” one of them yelled
back. “If you want me off, you’ll
have to arrest me.” Peralta
didn’t arrest anyone, but he
wasn’t able to persuade them
to leave either. He wrote down the names of the next of kin of the
twenty or so people who gathered there to party through the storm.
They laughed as he took their names. They had been warned, but they
had no intention of leaving. It was 10:15 p.m. when the front wall of the storm came ashore. Scientists clocked Camille’s
wind speed at more than 205 miles-per-hour, the strongest on record.
Raindrops hit with the force of bullets, and waves off the Gulf
Coast crested between twenty-two
and twenty-eight feet high. News reports later showed that the worst
damage came at the little settlement of motels, go-go bars, and
gambling houses known as Pass Christian, Mississippi, where some
twenty people were killed at a hurricane party in the Richelieu
Apartments. Nothing was left of that three-story structure but the
foundation; the only survivor was a five-year-old boy found clinging
to a mattress the following day.
pour out My
wrath on you and
anger against you;
judge you according to your
bring on you
Literal: Now, shortly
I pour out My fury on thee, And have completed Mine anger against thee, And
judged thee according to thy ways, And set against thee all thine
Soon I will pour out my fury on you and unleash my anger on you. I will
judge you for the way you have lived, and I will punish you for all the
detestable things that you have done.
Soon now I will drench you with my wrath and exhaust my anger upon you,
passing judgment on you as your ways warrant and repaying you for all your
I WILL SHORTLY POUR OUT MY WRATH ON YOU AND SPEND MY ANGER AGAINST YOU:
is a major verb in Ezekiel (Click
here for 32/114 OT uses in Ezekiel).
Most of the 32 uses of shaphak in Ezekiel describe
pouring out of God's wrath but shaphak is also used in
Ezekiel to describe Judah "pouring out" lewdness (Eze
and especially blood (e.g.,
How fitting then that God would recompense the poured out wickedness by
pouring out His wrath and thus judging Judah according to her ways.
Ezekiel's contemporary writes "Therefore
thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold,
will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the
trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn
and not be quenched." (Jer7:20)
After the fall of Jerusalem in 586BC,
Jeremiah records this "post-mortem" writing that "Jehovah has
accomplished His wrath.
He has poured out His fierce
and He has kindled a fire in Zion which has consumed its foundations."
Daniel refers to the completion of the
destruction of Judah and Jerusalem as "the curse" which "has been
pour out on us". (Da9:11)
Daniel also prophesies that there will be a future destruction "one that
is decreed" which will be "poured out on the one who
makes desolate" (this latter referring to the antichrist -- see related
discussion below) (Da9:27)."
Think about what this verb is picturing.
It is as if God has a cauldron that contains His wrath and over years of
rebellion by Israel and Judah, this container keeps filling up, until
finally it is filled to the brim with His wrath which He will
dispense on His "own possession" (KJV "peculiar treasure", NIV
"treasured possession") (Ex19:5)!
What a sobering, tragic picture! You can "be sure that your sin will find
you out"! (Nu32:23)
Although this warning was issued specifically to the tribes of Reuben, Gad
and half the tribe of Manasseh, exhorting them to fulfill their commitment
to participate with the other tribes in the campaign in Canaan, it expresses
a universal principle that no sin against God or His Word will remain secret
and unpunished. Beloved, is there any sin you need to confess to Him and for
which you need to seek His gracious gift of repentance? "He who
conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and
forsakes them will find compassion." (Pr
28:13) J Vernon McGee adds
that "This is a great proverb. It seems a common practice today for
Christians to try to cover their sins. You will find in the average church
that there is a Band-Aid of silence wrapped over the cancer of sin. People
don’t like to talk about it; in fact, they don’t admit its existence. They
like to think they are very good." And so did Judah and Jerusalem!
This same picture (wrath poured out) will
unfold in God's final outpouring of wrath in the Revelation, the 7 last "plagues"
of the "wrath of God" equating with the "seven bowls". John writes
that he heard "a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels,
"Go and pour out
the seven bowls of the
of God into the earth" (Rev
16:1), these 7 bowls of
judgment being "the last, because in them the
of God is finished." (Rev
15:1) This future, final
outpouring of His wrath as described in detail in the Revelation of Jesus
Christ will be poured out on the antichrist who had persecuted the Jews
during "the great tribulation".
The thought of God's wrath being poured
out is too awesome and awful to even imagine. While most of Ezekiel's
audience would not listen to his warnings because they would not listen to
God, there were those who when confronted with this incredible picture of
God's wrath being poured out, would respond with rending of their heart and
not just their clothes. And so see godly King Josiah, after the discovery of
the book of the Law, say to his aides "Go, inquire of the LORD for me and
for those who are left (he is referring to the godly
remnant whose heart remained tender and not hardened toward the
click for discussion of remnant) in
Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book which has been found;
for great is the wrath of the LORD which is poured out on us because
our fathers have not observed the word of the LORD, to do according to all
that is written in this book." (2 Chr34:21)
It was King Josiah's recognition and acknowledgement of the impending wrath
of God which awoke in him a desire for personal and national revival!
Although some experienced revival (Ezekiel was likely born during this time
period), most returned to their rebellious ways after Josiah's death.
The question the prophet Nahum posed
applies to every person ever born -- "Who can stand before His
indignation? Who can endure the burning of His
is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken up by Him."
The answer is that only those whose "life is hidden with Christ in God"
3:3) are safe from the wrath
to come, for Jesus promised that "no one shall snatch them out of My hand."
10:28) "He who believes in
the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see
life, but the wrath
of God abides on him." (John
3:36) Watchman, go and
proclaim these sobering truths while there is still the light of day, for
the night cometh when no man can work. For Jerusalem that day would shortly
come to pass.
JUDGE YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR WAYS AND BRING ON YOU ALL YOUR ABOMINATIONS:
nor will I
spare. I will
repay you according to your
ways, while your
abominations are in your
midst; then you will
know that I, the
LORD, do the
Literal: And not pity
doth Mine eye, nor do I spare, According to thy ways unto thee I give, And
thine abominations are in thy midst, And ye have known that I am Jehovah the
I will not have compassion or feel sorry. I will pay you back for the way
you have lived and for the detestable things that you are still doing. Then
you will know that I am the LORD and that I am the one attacking <you>.
pitying glance will I give nor any show of compassion, but I will repay
you for your ways, and your shocking deeds will haunt you, and you will
all realize that I am Yahweh, the one who struck the blow.
EYE WILL SHOW NO PITY NOR WILL I SPARE I WILL REPAY YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR
WAYS WHILE YOUR ABOMINATIONS ARE IN YOUR MIDST:
will repay according to your ways"
In other words "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man
sows, this he will also reap." (Gal6:7)
At the Great White Throne judgment where all unbelievers will stand, John
records that "they were judged, every one of them according to their
Those who made light of mercy when
it was offered them shall now receive judgment without mercy.
THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I,
THE LORD DO THE SMITING:
"Then you’ll realize that it is I, God, who has hit you." (Message)
Judgment often rekindle an interest
in God and spiritual things. Witness for example the tragedy of the airliner
that had a defect in the wall which led to a hole being ripped in the side
in midair. Several of the quotes in the magazine article were statements
like "Oh, God save me!", "God help us!" The tragedy is that these types of
reactions usually surface only after the judgment has befallen a
nation or an individual.
(nakah is used
13x in Ezekiel) is in a sense another name of God, much like Jehovah jireh, the LORD Who
provides. Here the name is "Jehovah Nakah" or as
Young's Bible literally translates it "I, Jehovah the Smiter".
Praise God for the other glorious names which balance this frightful (but
righteous) name of Jehovah. Do you know Him as Jehovah Nakah
or Jehovah-tsidkenu “The Lord Our Righteousness”, the
Messiah, Who "surely our griefs He Himself bore and our sorrows He
carried, yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
"having become a curse for us" (Gal3:13),
"having been offered once to bear the sins of many" (Heb9:28)
"in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to
righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." (1Pet
Isaiah records the sad results of the smiting writing that "the people
(Israel) do not turn back to Him Who struck them, nor do they seek the
LORD of hosts." (Isa9:13)
Behold, it is
Literal: Lo, the day,
lo, it hath come, Gone forth hath the morning, Blossomed hath the rod,
flourished the pride.
"The day is near! It is coming! Destruction is coming! Wrongdoing has
blossomed. Arrogance has flourished.
“Here is the day, here it has come —doom has appeared. Injustice
has burst into blossom, insolence into bud …
BEHOLD, THE DAY! BEHOLD, IT IS COMING YOUR DOOM HAS GONE FORTH
"The day of judgment is here;
your destruction awaits! The people's wickedness and pride have reached a
THE ROD HAS BUDDED, ARROGANCE HAS BLOSSOMED:
"The day of judgment is here;
your destruction awaits! The people's wickedness and pride have reached a
The Evangelical Commentary adds that "The
botanical metaphors of verse 10 are appropriate. But what is growing
is not wheat but arrogance and violence (v11). The phrase the rod has
budded recalls Aaron’s rod (Num
but the similarity between the two stops at vocabulary. In Numbers it is of
God; in Ezekiel it is of sin."
grown into a
None of them shall remain,
none of their
none of their
eminent among them.
Literal: The violence
hath risen to a rod of wickedness, There is none of them, nor of their
multitude, Nor of their noise, nor is there wailing for them.
Violence has grown into a weapon for punishing wickedness. None of the
people will be left. None of that crowd, none of their wealth, and nothing
of value will be left.
VIOLENCE HAS GROWN INTO A ROD OF WICKEDNESS:
Ja2:13) "Their violence will fall back
on them as punishment for their wickedness." (NLT)
In a parallel passage Isaiah says that "the vineyard of the LORD of hosts
is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His delightful plant. Thus He
looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a
cry of distress." (Isa5:7)
Jeremiah declares that "as a well keeps its waters fresh, so
(Jerusalem) keeps fresh her wickedness. Violence and destruction are
heard in her. Sickness and wounds are ever before Me." (Jer6:7)
NONE OF THEM SHALL REMAIN, NONE OF THEIR PEOPLE, NONE OF THEIR WEALTH, NOR
ANYTHING EMINENT AMONG THEM:
25:33) "None of these proud and wicked
people will survive. All their wealth will be swept away" (NLT)
arrived. Let not the
Literal: Come hath the
time, arrived hath the day, The buyer doth not rejoice, And the seller doth
not become a mourner, For wrath is unto all its multitude.
The time is coming. The day is near. Buyers will not rejoice, and sellers
will not mourn, because <my> fury will be against the whole crowd.
time has come, the day has arrived. Let the buyer not be glad
nor the seller be sorry.
TIME HAS COME, THE DAY HAS ARRIVED:
Ezekiel emphasizes that the judgment is imminent, permanent, fixed, and
LET NOT THE BUYER REJOICE NOR THE SELLER MOURN; FOR WRATH IS AGAINST ALL
5:14) "The bottom has dropped out of
buying and selling. It will never be the same again" (Message)
Because all business transaction will cease, people will no longer rejoice
over getting a bargain or regret selling at a loss.
seller will not
long as they both
,; for the
multitude will not be
any of them
life by his
Literal: For the
seller to the sold thing turneth not, And yet among the living is their
life, For the vision is unto all its multitude, It doth not turn back, And
none by his iniquity doth strengthen his life.
Sellers will not live long enough to buy back what they have sold. The
visions against that crowd will not change. Because of their sins, none of
the people will live.
For the buyer will not come back to what has been sold, and both, because
of the iniquity each has done, will fail to hold onb to their lives.
INDEED, THE SELLER WILL NOT REGAIN WHAT HE SOLD AS LONG AS THEY BOTH LIVE:
This verse indicates that there will be no year of “jubilee” when
all property was to revert to the original owner as was to happen ever 50
years for Leviticus declared that "You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth
year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It
shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own
property, and each of you shall return to his family." (Lv25:10)
This transaction would not transpire because God wrath is complete and final
on the land.
FOR THE VISION REGARDING ALL THEIR MULTITUDE WILL NOT BE AVERTED, NOR WILL
ANY OF THEM MAINTAIN HIS LIFE BY HIS INIQUITY:
"Material things will be of no
value in a time of divine judgment. Unbridled materialism and secularism
that divorces God from human society tends only to intensify judgment." (Cooper, L. E.Vol. 17: Ezekiel. The New American Commentary.
Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers)
The vision of judgment was
certain! There would now be no repeal! No one would be able to continue to
live in his iniquity, for all wickedness would be judged.