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chain, for the
crimes and the
Get the chains ready! The land is filled with murder, and the city is filled
and cause havoc For the land is full of bloodshed, and the capital is
full of violence.
Literal: Make the
chain; for the land Hath been full of bloody judgments, And the city hath
been full of violence.
MAKE THE CHAIN:
(Ezek 19:3-6; Jer 27:2; 40:1; La 3:7; Na 3:10)
is to perform another sign act that symbolizes Judah's coming captivity. The
is a command
and thus this is a dramatic
way of saying that fetters and captivity await the perpetrators of bloody,
violent crimes. Judah had sown violence and bloodshed and was now reaping
this captivity as its harvest. God's law of reaping and sowing is sure - it
was proved true for Judah and is also true in our lives. Gal 6:7
Do not be deceived
(command to stop being deceived! cp Heb 3:13), God is not mocked; for
whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8
(always study this
term of explanation.)
the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but
the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time (kairos
- word study)
we shall reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then (term
while we have opportunity (kairos),
let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household
of the faith. (Galatians
Billy Graham - Life is a glorious opportunity, if it is used to
condition us for eternity. If we fail in this, though we succeed in
everything else, our life will have been a failure. (Let us do good to all
people - Read about Billy Graham's "missed opportunity" with President John
F Kennedy - Billy
LIVE WISELY- REDEEM THE TIME - preceptaustin
Seize the Day
Before the Face of God
Jer 27:2 thus says the LORD to
me–“Make for yourself bonds and yokes and put them on your neck,
Jer 40:1 The word which came to
Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan captain of the bodyguard had
released him from Ramah, when he had taken him bound in chains, among all
the exiles of Jerusalem and Judah, who were being exiled to Babylon.
Lam 3:7 He has walled [me] in so
that I cannot go out; He has made my chain heavy.
FOR THE LAND IS FULL OF BLOODY CRIMES AND THE CITY IS FULL
OF VIOLENCE: (Ezek
9:9; 11:6; 22:3, 4, 5, 6,9,13,27; 2Ki 21:16; 24:4; Is 1:15; 59:3,7; Jer
2:34; 7:6; 22:17; Hos 4:2; Mic 2:2; 7:2; Zep 3:3,4)
For - Discipline yourself to pause and ponder this small but often
term of explanation.
Ezek 9:9 Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah
is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood, and the city is full
of perversion; for they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD
does not see!’
Ezek 11:6 “You have multiplied your slain in this city, filling its streets
Ezek 22:3 “And you shall say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “A city shedding
blood in her midst, so that her time will come, and that makes idols,
contrary to her [interest,] for defilement!
Ezek 22:4 “You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and
defiled by your idols which you have made. Thus you have brought your day
near and have come to your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to
the nations, and a mocking to all the lands.
7:24 'Therefore, I will
worst of the
nations, and they will
houses. I will also make the
pride of the
cease, and their
places will be
So I will send the most evil nation, and it will take possession of people's
houses. I will stop those who are strong from feeling proud, and their holy
places will be dishonored.
I will send in the worst of the nations, who will occupy their houses. I
will put an end to their source of pride and power, and their
sanctuariesc will be desecrated.
Literal: And I have
brought in the wicked of the nations, And they have possessed their houses,
And I have caused to cease the excellency of the strong, And polluted have
been those sanctifying them.
THEREFORE, I WILL BRING THE WORST OF THE NATIONS AND THEY WILL POSSESS
(Ezek 21:31; 28:7; Ps 106:41; Jeremiah 4:7; 12:12; Habakkuk 1:6-10) (Jer 6:12; La 5:)
Therefore - Always pause to ponder this
term of conclusion,
asking what is the writer concluding? Why now?, etc.
The worst of the nations - The Babylonians
Hab 1:6 “For behold, I am raising up
the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the
earth To seize dwelling places which are not theirs. 7 “They are dreaded and
feared. Their justice and authority originate with themselves. 8 “Their
horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening.
Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like
an eagle swooping [down] to devour. 9 “All of them come for violence. Their
horde of faces [moves] forward. They collect captives like sand. 10 “They
mock at kings, And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every
fortress, And heap up rubble to capture it. (see
Habakkuk 1 Commentary)
I WILL ALSO MAKE THE PRIDE OF THE STRONG ONES CEASE, AND THEIR HOLY PLACES
WILL BE PROFANED:
(Ezek 33:28; Isaiah 5:14) (Ezek 21:2; 2Chr 7:19; Ps 83:12)
Ezek 33:28 “And I shall make the land a desolation and a waste, and the
pride of her power will cease; and the mountains of Israel will be desolate,
so that no one will pass through.
Their holy place will be profaned - What irony! God will profane
these places which were holy to men but not holy to Him! What men call
religion is often a stench in God's nostrils!
God gave Solomon this prophecy - 2Chr 7:19 “But if you turn away and forsake
My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you and shall go and
serve other gods and worship them,"
comes, they will
there will be
Anguish is coming. People will look for peace, but there will be none.
Anguish is coming, and they will try to find safety, to no avail.
hath come, And they have sought peace, and there is none.
WHEN ANGUISH COMES, THEY WILL SEEK PEACE, BUT THERE WILL BE NONE:
(Isaiah 57:21; 59:8-12; Jeremiah 8:15,16; Jer 14:19 Lamentations
4:17,18; Micah 1:12)
When - Not "if" but "when" - anguish will come - in this life for
rebels and worst of all in the life to come where there will be weeping and
mourning and gnashing of teeth. Enabled by the God's Spirit, let us share
the Gospel of Jesus Christ while today is still called "today!"
Peace...none - The divine formula is simple - Know God, know peace!
No God, no peace!
Isa 57:21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
Isa 59:8 They do not know the way of peace, And there is no justice
in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked; Whoever treads on them
does not know peace. 9 Therefore, justice is far from us, And righteousness
does not overtake us; We hope for light, but behold, darkness; For
brightness, but we walk in gloom. 10 We grope along the wall like blind men,
We grope like those who have no eyes; We stumble at midday as in the
twilight, Among those who are vigorous we are like dead men. 11 All of us
growl like bears, And moan sadly like doves; We hope for justice, but there
is none, For salvation, [but] it is far from us.12 For our transgressions
are multiplied before Thee, And our sins testify against us; For our
transgressions are with us, And we know our iniquities:
Jer 8:15 [We] waited for peace, but
no good [came;] For a time of healing, but behold, terror! 16 From Dan is
heard the snorting of his horses; At the sound of the neighing of his
stallions The whole land quakes; For they come and devour the land and its
fulness, The city and its inhabitants.
Jer 14:19 Hast Thou completely
rejected Judah? Or hast Thou loathed Zion? Why hast Thou stricken us so that
we are beyond healing? [We] waited for peace, but
nothing good [came;] And for a time of healing, but
rumor will be added to
rumor; then they will
vision from a
prophet, but the
law will be
lost from the
counsel from the
One disaster will happen after another. One rumor will follow another.
People will ask for a vision from a prophet. The teachings of priests and
the advice of leaders will disappear.
Disaster will come on the heels of disaster; bad news will echo bad news.
They will try to get a revelation from the prophet, while a ruling will
elude the priest, and counsel the elders.
Literal: Mischief on
mischief cometh, and report is on report, And they have sought a vision from
a prophet, And law doth perish from the priest, And counsel from the elders,
DISASTER WILL COME UPON DISASTER AND RUMOR WILL BE ADDED TO RUMOR:
(Leviticus 26:18,21,24,28; Deuteronomy 32:23; Jeremiah 4:20)
The frightening words were echoed by Jeremiah who preached to the nation of
Judah before and during the defeat by Babylon. His words were fulfilled in
the destruction of the Temple and the city.
Jer 4:20 Disaster on disaster is
proclaimed, For the whole land is devastated; Suddenly my tents are
devastated, My curtains in an instant.
THEN THEY WILL SEEK A VISION FROM A PROPHET:
(Ezek 14:1; 20:1, 2, 3; 33:31; Jeremiah 21:2; 37:17; 38:14-28)
21:2 “Please inquire of the LORD on
our behalf, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is warring against us;
perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all His wonderful acts, that
[the enemy] may withdraw from us.”
37:17 Now King Zedekiah sent and
took him [out;] and in his palace the king secretly asked him and said, “Is
there a word from the LORD?” And Jeremiah said, “There is!” Then he said,
“You will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon!”
BUT THE LAW WILL BE LOST FROM THE PRIEST AND COUNSEL FROM THE ELDERS:
(Ps 74:9; Lamentations 2:9; Amos 8:11,12; Micah 3:6)(Ezek 8:1; 14:1;
20:1; Jeremiah 18:18)
Ps 74:9 We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is
there any among us who knows how long.
Amos 8:11 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will
send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for
water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. 12 “And people
will stagger from sea to sea, And from the north even to the east; They will
go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find [it.]
prince will be
horror, and the
hands of the
people of the
According to their
conduct I will
deal with them, and by their
judgments I will
judge them. And they will
know that I am the
Get the chains ready! The land is filled with murder, and the city is filled
Kings will mourn, and princes will give up hope. The common people will
lose their courage. I will give them what they deserve and judge them as
they have judged others. Then they will know that I am the LORD."
head of state will wear the garb of consternation, while the people in the
land will be shocked into inactivity. I will make their way of life the
basis of my dealing with them and judge them by their own judgment of
others. Then they will realize that I am Yahweh.”
Literal: The king doth
become a mourner, And a prince putteth on desolation, And the hands of the
people of the land are troubled, From their own way I deal with them, And
with their own judgments I judge them, And they have known that I am
KING WILL MOURN, THE PRINCE WILL BE CLOTHED WITH HORROR, AND THE HANDS OF
THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND WILL TREMBLE:
(Ezek 12:10-22; 17:15-21; 21:25; Jeremiah 52:8, 9, 10, 11) (Ezek 7:4-8; 18:30; Isaiah 3:11; Romans 2:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Isa 3:1 For behold, the Lord GOD of
hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah Both supply and support,
the whole supply of bread, And the whole supply of water;
ACCORDING TO THEIR CONDUCT I WILL DEAL WITH THEM, AND BY THEIR JUDGMENTS I
WILL JUDGE THEM: (Matthew
7:2; James 2:13)
had judged Israel by her own judgments--by the Mosaic covenant they should
have known and followed.
Matt 7:2 “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard
of measure, it will be measured to you.
Jas 2:13 For judgment [will be] merciless to one who has shown no mercy;
mercy triumphs over judgment.
AND THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD:
(1Kings 20:28; Ps 9:16; Joel 3:17)
Ps 9:16 The LORD has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the
work of his own hands the wicked is snared. Higgaion Selah.
know that I am the LORD occurs three times in this
Ezek 7:4, 9, 27.
Ezekiel makes frequent use of this “recognition formula” (click
for all 63 uses in Ezekiel).
By judging Judah in accordance with the standards and punishments declared
to them from the beginning in the Mosaic covenant, the Lord would cause them
to recognize him as different from the gods of the nations, a God not to be
manipulated or taken for granted, but rather obeyed and trusted