Have you ever read an Old Testament passage and felt that it could have been penned yesterday for exactly the times in which we’re living? In my reading of Ezekiel 7, I couldn’t help but see the parallels of what was decreed for ancient Judah, to the disaster that is soon to come upon our land and the entire world. It may seem in my writings that I concentrate on the prophecies of doom that the Lord gave for His Chosen People, and also those He stated He would bring upon the earth in the latter days, i.e. the times in which we now live. This is why the Bible is such a NOW book, a living testament. The Word of the Lord was relevant back in Biblical times; it is exceedingly relevant for today. If I, or anyone else, ignores what God proclaims will occur; in other words, if we neglect our role as Watchmen, then the Lord declares woe upon us! As Proverbs 9:10 states:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
God gives us His Word to raise up wisdom within us. He shows us through Bible prophecy what will happen under certain conditions, both good and bad. Through our knowing Him, and what He says in Scripture, He provides insight and understanding.
Here with some minor commentary (is any really needed?) is Ezekiel 7 proclaimed by the prophet for Judah, but entirely relevant for today:
The word of the Lord came to me: “And you, O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end is upon you, and I will send my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”
- With the convergence of all prophesied signs, we are at this same point in world history. We have reached the end. Our abominations rise as a stench in the nostrils of the Lord. His punishment is upon us.
“Thus says the Lord God: Disaster after disaster! Behold, it comes. An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes. Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting on the mountains. Now I will soon pour out my wrath upon you, and spend my anger against you, and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes.”
- Are not the disasters mounting up? Is not the chaos around us indicative of God’s hand being withdrawn from this world? Can you not sense the anger within God for all we have done to spurn Him?
“Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! Your doom has come; the rod has blossomed; pride has budded. Violence has grown up into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them. The time has come; the day has arrived. Let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn, for wrath is upon all their multitude. For the seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life.”
- When you observe the ways of man and see through the veil, isn’t the pride of many in their exalted positions that which you know the Lord must come against? They execute violence, because in their wealth they have the ability to do so. But God says they will be brought low.
“They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but none goes to battle, for my wrath is upon all their multitude. The sword is without; pestilence and famine are within. He who is in the field dies by the sword, and him who is in the city famine and pestilence devour. And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, each one over his iniquity. All hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water. They put on sackcloth, and horror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and baldness on all their heads. They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity. His beautiful ornament they used for pride, and they made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore I make it an unclean thing to them. And I will give it into the hands of foreigners for prey, and to the wicked of the earth for spoil, and they shall profane it. I will turn my face from them, and they shall profane my treasured place. Robbers shall enter and profane it.”
- This is such a perfect description of the coming Tribulation, it makes me tremble. We already see the sword, famine, and pestilence having been unleashed. How much worse will it get? Oh, so much greater! We have the stated Dark Winter approaching just as the globalist elites have told us. I don’t doubt that many people will suffer from cold and lack of food. Will there be another, more severe bioterror attack? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least. What wickedness do these earthly minions have in store for those who oppose them? What deadly plans are they waiting to execute against people who stand against the purposes and will of the enemy? The Apostle Paul was so right when he said in 1 Timothy 6:10 that: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. We’ve seen this love played out excessively in this time of COVID, as far too many people have been ensnared by it to do wicked acts that should awaken their moral sense. But they ignore God’s inner warning and sear their conscience.
“Forge a chain! For the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence. I will bring the worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the strong, and their holy places shall be profaned. When anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there shall be none. Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders. The king mourns, the prince is wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land are paralyzed by terror. According to their way I will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
- It will all come crashing down upon those who follow Satan and suppose that they can thwart the will of God. Whether in secular circles, or in the church where the Lord has been disdained, His wrath will bring terror. Fear will indeed paralyze those who have chosen their way apart from Him. He will judge them, and they will know that the One true God is greater than any other.
The writer of Hebrews was addressing an audience of Jewish believers, but his reminding of them in Hebrews 10:30-31 of the other side of God’s character, opposite that of His overwhelming love, is a Word for all who believe they can live without Him and do what they please:
For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Read again what Ezekiel warned was about to happen. Read this verse in Hebrews once more. God is about to do an exceedingly great thing in this earth. I’m thankful He will deliver His beloved from the wrath to come. For great is the woe that He will soon execute upon those who remain.