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Default Day 242. Ezekiel 1-3 - 12-17-2009, 08:51 PM

Ezekiel 1-3

Ezekiel 1

1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

If we look at the timeline, we see that Ezekiel started his prophecy in 593. This verse has been further dated, people say it's April 5, 593. Although, that's not entirely correct. This would be the 95th day of the year. The Jewish calendar starts with Nissan (in March-April). The fourth month is Tammuz (in June-July). The fourth month, fifth day would wind up being somewhere around June 20-21. June 21-20 is the solstice. So, Ezekiel had is first vision on the summer solstice of 593. How's that for an accurate date!

2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,


This is the verse that puts it in 593.

3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.


So, who was Ezekiel? Ezekiel was the son of Buzi, who's name means "my contempt". This leads some to believe that he may be the son of Jeremiah. Looking at the timeline, you see that Jeremiah started his prophecy in 627. Ezekiel was 30. This was 593. So it's possible Jeremiah was his dad. Others believe that Ezekiel could have actually been Jeremiah. If that's the case, then Buzi would be the wife of Hilkiah (Jeremiahs' dad). Ezekiel was at least a cousin to Jeremiah. They were both descendants of Joshua. He was part of the group that was exiled to Babylon during the first invasion (of Judah, not of the north) during Jehoachin in 597.

Some people claim that Ezekiel had epilepsy. They claim he had temporal lobe epilepsy, which has symptoms of hypergraphia (urge to write), hyperreligiosity, fainting, and mutism. Friends, God doesn't pick people who have mental disorders to be his messenger. Just because they have all the symptoms doesn't mean that it's true.

So, just because people had visions when they passed out, doesn't make it true.

So what was Ezekiel's vision?

5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Appearance of a man...

6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

four faces and four wings...

10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

face of a man, lion, ox and eagle...

15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

a wheel with four faces (spokes)...

16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

with four more spokes... (apparently wheels only had four spokes at that point in history)

24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

the wheel was really loud...

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

a guy sitting on a throne...

28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

a rainbow...



Biblical scholars, jewish mystics, ufologists and countless others have spent the better part of their lives trying to figure out what the hell Ezekiel was talking about. Some people claim it's a ufo. Others make compelling arguments that he's talking about the zodiac. No one seems to take the stance that maybe this is exactly what he saw. It has to mean something else; it can't just be that he saw some flying creatures with man-e-faces. This vision is known as the Merkabah. The mystics say that the faces represent the basic elements of the world. Lion represents fire, ox/earth, man/water, eagle/air. They'll say that in order for the creatures to fly they had to touch wings, and that this represents that in order for things to really work, they aren't just earth, wind, fire, or water, that they have to work together to actually work.

Zodiac people will say that the faces represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac. Man is Aquarius, lion/leo, ox/taurus, and eagle/aquila (which is close to scorpio). They'll say these things (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio) form a four-pointed cross (or wheel with 4 spokes). They say the other wheel represents the 2 equinoxes and the 2 solstices.

No one thinks that Ezekiel just saw 2 wheels and 4 creatures, along with God on his throne.

Ezekiel 2

1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

The guy on the throne speaks.

2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

Ezekiel was possessed by the LORD. PRAISE JESUS!!! You often hear of demon possession, but you rarely hear of God possessing someone.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

God sent Ezekiel to talk to the rebellious nation. This one was the exiles in Babylon. He tells Ezekiel not to be afraid of the people.

9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.


He gave him a book to read.

Ezekiel 3

1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.




mmmm, Ezekiel rolls, with sesame seeds.

Ingredients

4 tsp. Dry Yeast
2 cups Whole Wheat Bread Flour
1 cup Spelt Flour
1/4 cup Millet Flour
1/4 cup Barley Flour
1/4 cup Lentil Flour
1/4 cup Carob powder
1/8 cup Soy Flour
1/2 tsp. Cumin, ground
1 tsp. Soya Lecithin, liquid
4 tbsp. Molasses
2 cups Water, warmed to 52°C. (125° F.) - adjust quantity as required
Sesame Seeds

Preparation

Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl or dough mixer in the order listed. Form a depression in the dry ingredients and add the Lecithin, Molasses, and 3/4 of the Water. Mix and kneed the mixture adding water as necessary to maintain proper dough consistency. The total kneading time should be approximately 20 minutes.

Place a thin layer of Sesame Seeds on a bread board or clean counter top. Place the dough on the Sesame Seeds and form into a cylinder about 1/3 m. (12") long. Cut into 12 pieces and lightly press the uncoated ends of each piece of dough into the Sesame Seeds and form into a roll shape. Place the rolls on a cookie sheet or baking pan or upon a pizza sheet (we prefer terracotta).

Baking

Set the oven to warm setting ±45°C (120°F). Be careful that the oven does not overheat. Place the bread pans in the oven to raise to dough. When the dough is slightly over double the size, turn the heat up to 175-180°C (350-360°F). Bake for approximately 25 minutes. When the crust is firm, but not crispy, the bread is done. Remove from oven and baking pan. Let cool on a wire rack. Enjoy!

2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.

mmm, Ezekiel rolls...

6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

Ezekiel was sent to talk to the Israelites in exile, not to any other nations that were around them.

7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

As usual, the people won't listen to the prophet.

18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.


God warns Ezekiel to do what God tells him to do. If a bad man isn't warned about being bad, then God will hold it against Zeke. If he does warn the bad man, then it's not Zeke's fault.

Zeke is to also warn the righteous. Because God's going to try the righteous too. So if a righteous guy dies without warning, it's Zeke's fault, but if Zeke does warn him, then it's not Zeke's fault.

26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.

Being Dumb, that's one of those symptoms of epilepsy, the Ezekiel DOESN'T suffer from!

So what have we learned today?

1. Ezekiel saw things, he didn't see representatives of Earth, Air, Fire, Water. He didn't see representatives of Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Aquila/Scorpio.

2. If you make some Ezekiel rolls, save me one.

3. Ezekiel was a prophet of the LORD, he didn't suffer from epilepsy, like Muhammad did.

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Judges 9:21 And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.
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Default Re: Day 242. Ezekiel 1-3 - 12-18-2009, 01:54 AM

Shout GLORY! My namesake and favorite Book of the Holy Bible.


Who Will Jesus Damn?

Here is a partial list from just a few scripture verses:

Hypocrites (Matthew 24:51), The Unforgiving (Mark 11:26), Homosexuals (Romans 1:26, 27), Fornicators (Romans 1:29), The Wicked (Romans 1:29), The Covetous (Romans 1:29), The Malicious (Romans 1:29), The Envious (Romans 1:29), Murderers (Romans 1:29), The Deceitful (Romans 1:29), Backbiters (Romans 1:30), Haters of God (Romans 1:30), The Despiteful (Romans 1:30), The Proud (Romans 1:30), Boasters (Romans 1:30), Inventors of evil (Romans 1:30), Disobedient to parents (Romans 1:30), Covenant breakers (Romans 1:31), The Unmerciful (Romans 1:31), The Implacable (Romans 1:31), The Unrighteous (1Corinthians 6:9), Idolaters (1Corinthians 6:9), Adulterers (1Corinthians 6:9), The Effeminate (1Corinthians 6:9), Thieves (1Corinthians 6:10), Drunkards (1Corinthians 6:10), Reviler (1Corinthians 6:10), Extortioners (1Corinthians 6:10), The Fearful (Revelation 21:8), The Unbelieving (Revelation 21:8), The Abominable (Revelation 21:8), Whoremongers (Revelation 21:8), Sorcerers (Revelation 21:8), All Liars (Revelation 21:8)

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