The Book of Ezekiel – Part 15
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE
THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL — PART 15
(Starting in Chapter 40)
GOD’S SWORD OF JUDGEMENT
The Book of Ezekiel contains much concerning the Judgement of God. People in Ezekiel’s day did not like hearing about this Judgement — It made them feel uncomfortable — most preferred a message of encouragement and love. People today are the same they recoil when the Judgement of God is spoken about. This section of scripture talks about God’s Sword — A Theme that can be found in a number of places throughout the book.
In this portion of scripture Ezekiel is commanded to SIGH (v6 & v7) before people to attract their attention; and when they asked him why he was sighing he was able to explain to them that God had a sword of Judgement which was going to fall upon them shortly. Some of the important points of this Judgement are as follows:
1) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN
IS GOD’S SWORD: (Eze 21:5)
“That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn MY sword”
(Gen 3:24) (Isa 66:16) (Isa 34:5-6) (Eze 12:14) (Deut 33:29) (Lev 26:25)
(Deut 32:41-42) (Joshua 5:13) (Num 22:31) (Judges 7:20) (Jer 7:46)
(Eze 21:15) (Eze 30:24-25) (Eze 32:10) (Amos 7:9) (Eze 21:9-12)
(Eze 21:28) (Eph 6:17) (Heb 4:12) (Rev 6:4)
*** We know from this then that as this is God’s sword of Judgement
all the Judgement about to take place
is right; fitting; and appropriate ***
2) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN
HAS VARIOUS CHARACTERISTICS:
A) This sword is going to be painful. (Eze 21:9-10)
B) This sword is going to be cutting. (v 3c)
C) This sword of Judgement is going to be a robber.
3) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN BY GOD
HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON PEOPLE:
A) The sword of Judgement causes Hearts to melt. (Eze 21:7)
“And every heart shall melt”
B) The sword of Judgement causes physical strength to depart.
“And all hands shall be feeble”
C) The sword of Judgement causes spiritual devastation. (Eze 21:7)
“And every spirit shall faint”
D) The sword of Judgement causes people
not to be able to stand before a Holy God. (Eze 21:7)
“And all knees shall be as weak as water”
4) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT WHEN DRAWN BY GOD
WILL BE KNOWN:
“That all flesh may KNOW that I the Lord”
5) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT
IS INEVITABLE AND INESCAPABLE:
A) The sword of Judgement is drawn.
“And will draw forth my sword out of the sheath” (v 3)
“That I the Lord have drawn my sword” (v 5)
“For the tidings; because it cometh” (v 7)
“Behold it cometh, and shall be brought to pass” (v 7)
6) THE SWORD OF JUDGEMENT DRAWN BY GOD
IS AGAINST EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING:
A) The Drawn sword is against all Flesh. (Eze 21:4)
B) The Drawn sword of Judgement is against
the Righteous. (v 3) (v 4a)
C) The Drawn sword of Judgement is against
the Wicked. (v 3) (v 4a)
D) The Drawn sword of Judgement is against
the things people treasure and trust so much. (v 2)
1) The Jews treasured Jerusalem
— The Drawn sword of God’s Judgement
was going to take this away from them.
2) The Jews treasured the Holy Places
— The Drawn sword of God’s Judgement
was going to take the Holy Places away from the Jews.
*** GOD’S DRAWN SWORD OF JUDGEMENT
ALWAYS TAKES AWAY FROM US
— IT IS A ROBBER DESIGNED BY HIM
— TO DO US GOOD AND BRING US BACK TO HIMSELF ***
THE FUTURE RESTORATION
OF ISRAEL FORETOLD
1) Israel will again be allowed into the Presence of God. (Eze 20:40)
“There shall all the house of Israel”
2) Israel will again Serve God. (Eze 20:40)
“All of them in the land Serve me”
3) Israel will again be Accepted by God. (Eze 20:40)
“There will I accept them” (Eze 20:40)
“I will accept you with your sweet savour” (Eze 20:41)
4) Israel will again be required to make Offerings to God. (Eze 20:40)
*** Not now for sacrifice for sin,
but to serve as a memorial and a schooling for the coming generations,
teaching them the wonderful work of Christ on the cross
— They will be looking BACK to the cross
throughout the millennium and the new earth period
— In other words throughout — Eternity ***
5) Israel will be Gathered
out of the countries where they have been Scattered. (Eze 20:41)
6) Israel will again
Set God Apart to be worshipped before the Heathen. (Eze 20:41)
“And I will be Sanctified in you before the Heathen”
7) Israel will again KNOW the Lord.
“And ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Eze 20:42)
“And ye shall know that I am the Lord” (Eze 20:44)
8) Israel will again
Remember what God has done for them in the past. (Eze 20:42)
“Into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand
to give it to your fathers”
**** ALL THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL WILL BE GATHERED
BACK FROM THE NATIONS TO OCCUPY THE ORIGINAL
PROMISED LAND OF PALESTINE IN ALL ETERNITY ****
9) Israel will again be Convicted of their previous Great Sin. (Eze 20:43)
See Also: (Zech 12:10)
10) Israel will again be dealt Graciously with by God
— Not for any goodness or merit within themselves
— But for the sake of the Name of the Lord. (Eze 20:44)
A GREAT CHANGE
This passage of scripture has tremendous truth contained within it. Practically it talks about the Great Change and obvious difference that the Holy Spirit makes to a person’s life; and theologically we learn a lot about how the Spirit of God works from these verses.
Probably in our day the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit is muddled and confused by certain so called bible teachers more than any other teaching. The following points are worthy of note:
1) A Genuine Believer Is Given a NEW HEART By God (Eze 36:26)
(Jer 31:33) (2 Cor 5:17) (Gal 6:15) (Titus 3:5)
2) A Genuine Believer is Given a NEW SPIRIT By God. (Eze 36:26)
3) A Genuine Believer Has
God’s Spirit Come And Dwell WITHIN THEM.
(Eze 11:19) (John 14:17) (Romans 8:9) (1 Corinthians 3:16)
(1 Corinthians 6:19) (2 Timothy 1:14) (1 John 2:27)
4) A Genuine Believer Has
His UNBELIEVING HEART OF STONE TAKEN AWAY.
(Eze 11:19) (Zech 7:12) (Matt 13:20-21)
“I will remove that rock hard heart of yours
and replace it with one that is sensitive to me”
5) A Genuine Believer Has The POWER OF GOD
WITH HIS SPIRIT WITHIN
TO WALK GOD’S WAY:
(Eze 36:27) See Also: (Psalm 51:10)
6) A Genuine Believer Has The Spiritual Insight Now To
UNDERSTAND GOD’S JUDGEMENTS AND DO THEM:
*** Notice the Non believer cannot do this
— See 1 Corinthians 2:14 ***
7) A Genuine Believer Has Now
BECOME A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
“And ye shall be my people”
(Eze 37:23) (Eze 37:27)
8) A Genuine Believer Now Has A NEW GOD. (Eze 36:28)
“And I will be your God”
*** Compare with (John 8:44) (1 John 3:10) ***
THE MILLENNIUM TEMPLE
(Starting in Chapter 40)
The teaching on the Millennium Temple is a huge subject
— But there are a number of fundamental Points that need to be
understood to correctly understand these chapters in Ezekiel.
These are as follows:
1) The Millennium Temple in the book of Ezekiel is a VISION
which Ezekiel is given by God of the rebuilding of the Temple
during the 1000 year kingdom age
— Which is yet future to us.
2) The Millennium Temple
being a vision and for a future dispensation
HAS NOT YET BEEN BUILT
— So we cannot go and see it.
3) The Millennium Temple will be built
to RE-ESTABLISH Jewish worship.
4) The Millennium Temple
because of it’s dimensions recorded for us by Ezekiel
seems to be a temple which will be
EVEN LARGER IN SIZE than Solomon’s Temple.
BASIC OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTERS IN EZEKIEL RELATED TO
THE TEMPLE AND THE MILLENNIUM AGE
1) Chapter 40:
a) The vision of the Millennium Temple
as seen by Ezekiel from a very High Mountain.
b) The description of the Different Gates of the Millennium Temple.
(Notice there are only 3 geographical points
mentioned in these verses — East; South; and North)
c) The mention of the 8 Tables; The Chambers;
and The Porch House. (Eze 40:38-49)
2) Chapter 41:
This chapter is concerned with dimensions; chambers;
and selected ornamentation for the temple.
3) Chapter 42:
This chapter is concerned with
the Priest’s Chamber and how these are to be used;
along with the dimensions of the outer court.
4) Chapter 43:
This is a key chapter.
It speaks of the return of God’s Glory into the temple;
and how the rebellion and sin of God’s people
were hindering the presence of God.
There is also a call in this chapter for repentance
on behalf of God’s people
— This proves that the conditions during the 1000 years
although good will not be perfect.
5) Chapter 44:
This chapter covers:
The priests disrespect of the temple;
Idolaters being barred from the office of priesthood;
The sons of Zadok;
and the fact that the east gate is assigned only to the Prince.
6) Chapter 45:
This chapter is primarily concerned with the divisions of the Land during the Kingdom Age.
7) Chapter 46:
This chapter is primarily concerned with instruction to be followed in worship;
along with an interesting section about the courts for boiling and baking.
8) Chapter 47:
The main focus of this chapter is taken up with the River From The Temple.
And the virtue of It.
Also in this chapter is the division of the Land by Lot.
9) Chapter 48:
The portions for the 12 tribes;
The city and its suburbs;
The dimensions and gates of the city are all discussed in this final chapter of the Great Book Of Ezekiel.
This brings to a conclusion of a 15 week study of nearly 2 hours a week on the Prophecy of Ezekiel. We have attempted to study the key details. However because of the spiritual depth of this wonderful book in many ways we have only just started. Contained in the Book of Ezekiel is a lifetime of spiritual treasures of God which even if it were to be studied until our Lord calls us home would still not be exhausted. It is hoped that these 15 weeks would enable the student to have the background to study further as an individual and be blessed by all that Ezekiel has left us.