THE CHILDREN OF YISRAEL IS A REBELLIOUS NATION
Son of man, I have sent thee, the prophet Ezekiel, to the Children of YisraEl, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me [YAHWEH]: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the House of YisraEl. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the House of YisraEl, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the House of YisraEl; 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. But the House of YisraEl will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the House of YisraEl are impudent and hardhearted (Ezekiel 2-3:7).
THE END HAS COME - PREPARE FOR JUDGEMENT
Moreover the word of YAHWEH came unto me, saying, Also, thou son of man, thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM unto the land of YisraEl; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am YAHWEH. Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am YAHWEH that smiteth.
DESTRUCTION OF THE WICKED
Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them. The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life....Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled. Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients. The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am YAHWEH (Ezekiel 7).
THE LAND OF YISRAEL WILL BE RETURNED ONLY TO A REMNANT
And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah YAHWEH ELOHIM! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of YisraEl? Again the word of YAHWEH came unto me, saying,
Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the House of YisraEl wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from YAHWEH: unto us is this land given in possession. Therefore say, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore say, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of YisraEl. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their Elohim. But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM (Ezekiel 11:13-21).
REPENT AND STOP WORSHIPPING IDOLS (e.g., THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRIST IDOL OF THE GENTILES)
Therefore say unto the House of YisraEl, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For every one of the House of YisraEl, or of the stranger that sojourneth in YisraEl, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I YAHWEH will answer him by myself: And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am YAHWEH. And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I YAHWEH have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people YisraEl. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him; That the House of YisraEl may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their Elohim, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM.
NO ONE CAN DIE FOR YOUR SINS: ONLY YOU CAN SAVE YOUR OWN SOUL
The word of YAHWEH came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM. If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves. Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness. For thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast? Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM (Ezekiel 14:6-23).
YAHWEH IS SO MERCIFUL: HE ENTERED INTO A COVENANT WITH US & HE HAS ANOINTED US, DESPITE OUR TRANSGRESSIONS
Again the word of YAHWEH came unto me, saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations, And say, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted [preserved] at all, nor swaddled at all. None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare. Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM, and thou becamest mine. Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil (Ezekiel 16:1-9).
YAHWEH WILL CAST EDOM OUT OF THE LAND OF YISRAEL
Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of YisraEl, and say, Ye mountains of YisraEl, hear the word of YAHWEH: Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Because they have made you [YisraEl] desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people: Therefore, ye mountains of YisraEl, hear the word of YAHWEH ELOHIM; Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about; Therefore thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea [i.e., greek for Edom] which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey. Prophesy therefore concerning the land of YisraEl, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: Therefore thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; I have lifted up mine hand, Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their shame.
THINGS WILL BE EVEN BETTER THAN THEY WERE BEFORE
But ye, O mountains of YisraEl, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of YisraEl; for they are at hand to come. For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the House of YisraEl, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am YAHWEH. Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people YisraEl; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations; Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM. Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM.
FOR YAH'S NAME SAKE: OUR LAND WILL BECOME LIKE THE GARDEN OF EDEN - PRAISE YAH!!!
Moreover the word of YAHWEH came unto me, saying, Son of man, when the House of YisraEl dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of YAHWEH, and are gone forth out of his land. But I had pity for mine holy name, which the House of YisraEl had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Therefore say unto the House of YisraEl, Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; I do not this for your sakes, O House of YisraEl, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am YAHWEH, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your Elohim. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen. Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. Not for your sakes do I this, saith YAHWEH ELOHIM, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O House of YisraEl. Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the Garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I YAHWEH build the ruined places, and plant that which was desolate: I YAHWEH have spoken it, and I will do it. Thus saith YAHWEH ELOHIM; I will yet for this be enquired of by the House of YisraEl, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am YAHWEH (Ezekiel 36).