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March 31, 2021 2:00 am
Israel's disobedience landed them in dire circumstances—in captivity to a foreign power. Join Skip as he shares what Ezekiel's prophecies about this event meant for God's people.
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All of this speaks of the new covenant beginning with Israel and to all nations as John the Baptist, and behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world for everybody. So what that tells us Jesus could say my future you get saved, the same way. Not get saved by believing in the Jewish Messiah Jesus Christ shed his blood for because of their disobedience. The nation of Israel ended up in a bleak place in captivity today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip explores Ezekiel's prophecy that God would regather his chosen people and shares how God invites you to be a part of his family first want to share about what you can hear even more biblically solid teachings from Skip my TV program connect Skip Heitzig is now erring on the health on channel on Saturdays at 4:30 PM mountain time watch their fortune and on TBN on Sundays at 5:30 AM Eastern. Check your local listings now where the book of Ezekiel as we dive into the teaching with Skip Heitzig verse seven describes the seeds, the slain softball in your midst, and you shall know that I am the Lord. That is a dominant theme in this book, you shall know that I am the Lord, 60 times in this book God is saying I'm going to get this message through your thick rebellious scrolls. I am the Lord is the purpose of the captivity to get them to know he is the Lord and it worked. When they returned from captivity.
They never went into this blanket kind of idolatry ever again, but the visions continue in chapter 9 and 10 that Riordan Mayor Cobb comes back that for cherub power vehicle. The presence of God the glory of God. This time, Ezekiel sees the vision of the glory of God moving eastward moving east past the city of Jerusalem toward the Mount of olives and then eventually leaving the glory of God departs God says bye-bye I'm leaving you now allowing now the Babylonians to come in chapters 25 to 32 is that third section.
The castigation of the People's their nations around Israel. Seven nations are mentioned nations like Moab and Ammon and Felicity and Tyre and Sidon, and a large section on the nation of Egypt for November singled out because of their hatred for the Jews.
One particular one really briefly chapter 28 is the fall of the city of Tyre up in present-day Lebanon and what's noteworthy about this is in chapter 28 there is a segue between the physical reality to a spiritual reality in the same chapter that is some of the language fits an earthly monarch. Some of the language in the chapter clearly does not fit an earthly monarch, but it does fit. Interestingly, Satan as the power behind the power. So he's addressing an earthly monarch within the addresses. What appears to be an earthly monarch, but the description cannot refer must refer to Satan. If you think this is wild or unprecedented. It is not Jesus did it.
Peter when Peter said work and let you go to Jerusalem to take care of you to protect you. God, Jesus turned to Peter and said get behind me. He call Peter, Satan, while it wouldn't really saying you really are the devil. As much as I'm talking to the power behind you who gave you that thought so. Without a mind chapter 20 verse one is move quickly the word of the Lord came to me again saying Son of Man say to the Prince of Tyre thus says the Lord God because your heart is lifted up, and you say I am a God I sit in the seat of gods in the midst of the seas, yet you are a man and not a God, though you set your heart as the heart of a God see the world Prince that we just read the Hebrew word not deed and not deed means man at the top and the man at the top of the city of Tyre. According to Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian was a man named Ito bought all the second for taking notes that ITT oh – VAAL II Ito bought all the second he was the ruler of Tyre at the time he was proud because he was wealthy.
He was proud because he was powerful he was proud because of his location. I told you before about the city of Tyre was an island. They thought they were impregnable impenetrable. Alexander the great. Finally took them over verse 11. Moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying Son of Man take up a lamentation for not the Prince but the king of Tyre, and say to him, thus says the Lord God, you were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty uses a different word not not deed for Prince but the word may last for King which in Hebrew is a common name for my left for King MetLife. But what's interesting is Ezekiel never uses the word melee for any of the kings of Israel except the one that's joy which he never uses that term so all about to say what you now read.
Following this cannot describe any earthly ruler reaches into the spiritual arena to the source as it were, with verse 13 continuing on to the king of Tyre you were in Eden, the garden of God or really, when was the king of Tyre ever in the Garden of Eden never every precious stone was your covering the sardius topaz diamond girl onyx Jasper, sapphire, turquoise emerald with gold. The workmanship of your temples and pipes those musical instruments was prepared for you on the day you were created, not born. This creature was created. Verse 14 you were the anointed one cherub singular cherub angelic being who covers so you were angelic Guardian that he saw chair you being in that vision of the mayor, now he's talking the entire year, the anointed cherub who covers your like the angelic Guardian for the throne I established you. You were on the holy mountain of God. You walked back and forth in the midst of the fiery stones. Verse 15 you were perfect in your ways were perfect means blameless or undefiled you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created on till iniquity was found in you. That word until could be argued is the saddest word in human history because what follows until iniquity was found in Lucifer, Satan is what plummeted his fall causes fallen plummeted the earth. Thereafter into the curse that we now experience.
Jesus refers to this in the New Testament book of Luke chapter 10. He said I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning whenever you read that passage, you should remember to Old Testament Scriptures. Ezekiel 14 which says, how are you fallen from heaven a Lucifer, son of the morning and Ezekiel 28 you were the anointed cherub who covers until iniquity was found in you so obviously a beautiful creature are not horns and a pitchfork and little pointed tail. All that is scum coming from Greek and Roman mythology of the God Pan Bacchus, all of that medieval picturesque staff is not biblical stuff.
He's a very beautiful creature. The Bible says in Ezekiel when we see him with an essay, you're the one the cost so much trouble. Okay, let's let's close the book chapters 33 to 48 is about the restoration of the land.
The conciliation of all of God's purpose for Israel in this section. It includes nine chapters that are devoted in detail that temple I told you about the millennial temple during the millennial kingdom.
The last section. Section has three parts. The regathering of the Jews. The regeneration of Jewish hearts in the reestablishment of the Jewish kingdom. All of that is in the last section. Why is it here to get the people in captivity think it's all over. Hope it ain't over till it's over. You're coming back to Israel, but there's going to be a kingdom set up were Israel will be at the center of them all of the kingdom age on the so three parts. Israel is to be regathered. Chapter 36 verse 24 for I will take you from among the nations gather you out of all countries, not just babble in all countries and bring you into your own land. Interesting if you go to Israel today. There are two immediately apparent things you discover number one Jews are speaking a revived Hebrew language member to their doing so in their ancient homeland, of which God promised they would one day be there and do what they're doing. That happened May 14, 1948. I can't resist reading to you a prediction or a citation from Encyclopaedia Britannica. I've always loved them. I had a copy of my own for years saved up found a use that love them but I discovered a citation in Encyclopaedia Britannica from the 1911 edition.
That said, an interesting comment and according the possibility that we can never again recovered the correct pronunciation of ancient Hebrew is as remote a possibility that a Jewish Empire will ever again be established in the Middle East." That was 1911 36 years later, May 14, 1948.
David Ben-Gurion said where he did say that way didn't quite say that okay this will be regathered.
Israel will be regenerated down verse 25. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, you will be clean all of this is the language of the priesthood. Sprinkle water on for ritual purification. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh give you a heart of flesh. The new nature to overcome the old nature. I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will keep my judgments, and do them now that sprinkling that refers to Israel is widened out by the prophet Isaiah in his servant passage about the coming Messiah is the Isaiah chapter 42 Isaiah 52 where he says and he Messiah shall sprinkle many nations, not one nation, many nations, all of this speaks of the new covenant beginning with Israel and to all nations as John the Baptist, and behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world for everybody. So what that tells us is how did Jesus get saved not by being a Jew, a Jew get saved the same way a non-Jew get saved a Jew get saved by believing in the Jewish Messiah Jesus Christ to shed his blood for us.
Everybody get saved the same way. The only advantage possible syndrome is going to steal my thunder for upcoming Sunday messages, but the only advantages God already deposited all of the Revelation, so you should be aware of that in advance, but that I'm positive that for a few weeks. Chapter 37 is the illustration of chapter 36 and now we get to the vision of dry bones. Chapter 137 verse one the hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley work could be translated battlefield and it was full of bones because me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley and indeed there were very dry there dead dead in their dispersion dead in their disobedience dead and their failed relationship with God dead because of the destruction of the city by the Babylonians and he's said to be Son of Man can these bones live. God asks Ezekiel. So I answered all Lord God, you know that the safe answer. That's a good answer got asked you somewhere you know.
Again, he said, prophesied of these bones and say to them all dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones, surely I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. The word breath is the Hebrew word room that's rule breath.
It's also the word spirit in Hebrew.
Also, the word wind in Hebrew. The Hebrew word for Holy Spirit is rule Hakko – that is, spirit, or breath, holy the Holy Spirit so I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
Chapter 37 illustrates the coming together the regathering. Chapter 38 describes in invasion of Israel and the defeat of the invader. Chapter 39 is the cleanup afterwards. These are events that occur after Israel gets restored back in the land. Okay, so there there now 36 and 37 or fulfill chapter 38 describes a battle that will take place once his roles in the land.
The battle hasn't happened yet.
It's a future battle. Some believe it's part of the battle of Armageddon. I happen to believe it is apart from the 70th week of Daniel or the great tribulation. If you know your eschatology of some see it melded into the seven years I see it is apart from that, leading to it that make sense. If not asked me about it afterwards. Chapter 38, verse one. Now one of the Lord came to me saying Son of Man, set your face against Gog.
That means leader of the land of Magog. Magog means modern-day Turkey. Keep that in mind, the Prince of larceny shack and to bowl and prophesy against him. All of these are labels the Condorcet of Genesis 10. The table of nations Josephus, Hesiod, Herodotus, say that these depict Russia and allies the allies of of of that area. Verse five.
Interesting ally, Persia.
That's Iran, Ethiopia, and Libya. That's North Africa with all of them with shield and helmet Gomer. That is probably Armenia hold that thought.
And all of his troops the house of Degarmo. That's eastern Turkey from the far north with all of its troops. Many people are with you.
When Ezekiel wrote this. There was absolutely no connection or coalition between these people. What is interesting is that today as I speak. There is already a coalition that is formed will look it up. Not now.
We to later a strategic coalition of Russia, Iran and Armenia in stuff that is going on in the Middle East. Chapter 39 shows God destroying the nations that attack Israel is the catalyst.
The returns them back to God.
Chapter 48 or 40 to 48 is the rebuilt Temple, and the reorganization of a national life during the thousand years. I just want to look at him at all time. I want to look down at chapter 48 the very last verse the tribal allotments are given the Dead Sea in Israel. As predicted in this in chapter 47 get this, the Dead Sea six times saltier than the ocean. You don't want to get in your eyes you drink it will throw up you will. You can float on it. Even if you cannot swim the Dead Sea. It is predicted will turn in the freshwater. There will be a river from Jerusalem. Other prophets speak about this and so the waters of the Dead Sea are healed and fishermen spread their nets from in Guinea to Qumran is the worst that when you come to Israel. I'll show you both of those places at the Dead Sea. So last verse, chapter 48 I'm finishing this book. Verse 35 all the way around, shall be 18,000 cubits. Keep in mind this is describing the environment of Jerusalem expanded area of a holy area and a huge temple on like we've ever seen, both historically and the name of the city.
From that day shall be the Lord, is there the Lord is there okay not excited about this. The glory departed Jerusalem. Chapter 9 and 10 Ezekiel side and and probably those little hands going from from that little more, see you so so it departed.
He predicts it's coming back for good in the name of the place will be the Lord, is there the Hebrew name for Jerusalem is the pronunciation it's Jerusalem but the Hebrew organizations yet. Who shall I name you shall. I am the city of peace.
The new name. It's in the Bible, but very few know this you will know this at the little girl come about in the future. In the millennial kingdom. The thousand years.
It will be called Jerusalem. It's gonna be called with the name origin. The Hebrew name is similar to get OSHA line but it's it it is it is Yahweh Shema Yahweh Shema is the Lord is there.
That's Hebrew so not yet who shall I name but Yahweh Shema. Remember that get used to that because that'll be it a name for a thousand years that that city will be called cool that you not see that the inside scoop. Okay I want to close with this law. I know in four minutes overtime. Do you mind have one thought, see one thought. Please hug those teachers and kids for being so patient. I like teachings of the Bible and I like teaching in times eschatology. There is a tendency, especially among young preachers, especially among millennial young preachers to avoid teaching eschatology. The teacher I've been to church is worth 1215 years old I was in the ring and eschatological. Don't don't teach on that procedure, why people don't have any idea what that is really that you have 15 years to Solomon.
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