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That’s the Hebrew word we find in Ezekiel 2 and throughout the follow on chapters describing the House of Israel. The word meriy means rebellious. As repeated in these chapters of Ezekiel, we are referred to as a rebellious house. Our LORD said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not; for they are a rebellious house.” [Eze. 12:2]. Remember, the Jews are the House of Judah in the Biblical record, not the House of Israel, who are the Christian nations of the West in the last days. [Gen. 49].

The pronunciation of the Hebrew word meriy is similar to our English word, merry. It’s an interesting twist on the phrase, Merry Christmas. Or as it would be said, Meriy Christmas, Rebellious Christmas, which is more of a truth than the unwitting refrain heard so often at this time of the year as we'll discover from Ezekiel. [See Say Merry Christmas Again].

The Book of Ezekiel's prophetic, end-times message is meant for us, the House of Israel. The LORD said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to rebellious nations1 that have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. For they are impudent children, and stubborn. I send you to them. And you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear (for they are a rebellious house), yet they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.” [Eze. 2:3-5].

By way of a quick recap, the children of Israel and the children of Judah became two houses after the death of Solomon. A couple hundred years or so later, circa 732 BCE, our ancestors of the House of Israel, due to their idolatrous ways, being stubborn and rebellious, were divorced from God. [See Jer. 3:6-8]. They were taken into captivity by the Assyrians, and scattered throughout their empire. About 140 years later, circa 591 BCE, Ezekiel was living among the Israelite captives by the river Chebar, a tributary that flows into the Euphrates River [see Rev. 16:12] at the town of Al-Busayrah in eastern Syria. Until very recently, Al-Busayrah was in the territory occupied by ISIS and other terrorist groups.2 However, the Syrian Army has regained full control. [See Map].

And though the children of the House of Israel were captives of the Assyrians, by the 590’s BCE, the Babylonian Empire had absorbed some of the land areas of the former Assyrian Empire, which ended about 607 BCE. Also, by this time the House of Judah had been taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. [Read Eze. 23, an allegory concerning the reasons for the captivity of the House of Israel, Samaria and the House of Judah, Jerusalem]. It is thought by Biblical scholars that Ezekiel came to dwell in the village of Tel-abib [Eze. 3:15, most likely somewhere between Al-Hasakah in the north and Al-Busayrah in the south] by the river Chebar with the first wave of the House of Judah captives from Jerusalem about 597 BCE. The House of Judah, however, was only taken captive, not divorced from God and the law covenant. That dissolution took place in the first century with the death of Christ. [See Zec. 11:10, 14; also the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants].3

Ezekiel was of the Levitical priesthood that served both the Houses of Israel and Judah. He was chosen by our LORD, however, to go to the House of Israel. During this time period, the prophet Jeremiah, followed by Ezekiel and Daniel were overlapping contemporaries. Over the following centuries, many of the House of Israel remained in this region as the apostle Peter sent greetings to the ekklesia, the elect strangers scattered in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia from the elect strangers scattered in Babylon. [See 1 Pet. 1:1, 5:13, also Mat. 10:1-6; also The Sneakers article, Nope To Pope]. It was to the lost, divorced sheep of the House of Israel that Christ was sent to redeem, by our Father in the first century CE. [Mat. 15:24; see the Sneakers article, This Old House and the Feature article, Moving Forward].

The reprise of this prophetic scenario, still stubborn and rebellious as ever, is where we find ourselves, the House of Israel today. And the message to us is not good news when seen from the collective perspective, i.e., the House of Israel. [See Our New World Babylon; also the Feature article, The War Dispatches]. As individuals, we still have the opportunity to see and hear. But the question for us remains the same as it did for our ancestors in Egypt when they were taken out of captivity. "See, I [our LORD] have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil ... I call heaven and earth to record this day, to witness that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live." [Deut. 30:15-20]. And so it is for us. What are we, of the House of Israel, choosing? Are we choosing life, or death, blessing or cursing? A cursory look at society today gives us a clear message of the fruits of our duplicitous Churchianity traditions. [See the Sneakers article, A Life And Death Pickle Of A Predicament].

As we read, the prophet Ezekiel was sent to the House of Israel. “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I give you. And when I looked, behold a hand was reaching out to me; and lo, a roll of a book was therein. And he spread it before me and there was writing both inside and out. And written on it were lamentations, and mourning and woe.” [Eze. 2:8-10; see Rev. 8:13]. It’s what we refer to as the events of the Apocalypse, or the time of Jacob’s trouble as it is in the Old Testament. [Also Rev. 9 to 11; Jer. 30:7].

“Moreover he said to me, Son of man, eat what you find before you, eat this roll and go speak to the House of Israel. So I opened my mouth and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said to me, Son of man, go to the House of Israel and speak my words to them. For you are not sent to a people of strange speech, and of a hard language, but to the House of Israel. If I had sent you to those of strange speech, and of a hard language, they would have listened to you. But the House of Israel will not listen to you for they will not listen to me because the House of Israel is impudent and stubborn.” [Eze. 2:9-3:7; also see Mark 6:4, Rom. 10:21].

This raises the question then, if we, the House of Israel, being insolent and disrespectful, ignore our LORD, offering up vacuous justifications in lieu of diligence due, and in our stubborness refuse to heed the word of our LORD spoken to us by Ezekiel, what is the purpose of Ezekiel’s calling? And why is the Book of Ezekiel even found in our Bibles? We find our answer in chapter three. “Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the House of Israel. Therefore, hear the words from my mouth, and give them a warning from me.” [Eze. 3:17]. The “me” that gives us a warning is our LORD and Savior. [See Isa. 63:7-10]. The word warning here is the Hebrew verb, zahar. Its literal definition is to make shine. Think of it today as Christ flashing bright lights at us, warning about the approaching danger of his fury and anger, the time of Jacob's trouble, aka the Apocalypse. [See the article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?].

A watchman is a guard, a protector, who looks out for the safety of his people, much like a shepherd does for his flock out in the fields. Watchmen, however, were set on the walls of cities. “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace, day or night; you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence.” [Isa. 62:6]. This is why Ezekiel warns us, “Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among the ruins. You have not gone to repair [with the truth of the word of God] the breaks in the wall [our false traditions of Christmas and Easter et al] for the House of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD.” [Eze. 13:4, 5]. Where are the walls on which the watchmen of the House of Israel may stand today? In fact, where are the watchmen to warn the House of Israel?

But if, with or without watchmen, we won’t listen anyway, ignoring the danger to us, why bother warning us in the first place? “When I [our LORD] say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and you don’t give him a warning, nor warn him to turn from his evil ways so he might save his life, that same man shall die in his iniquity. But his blood I will require at your hand.” [Eze. 3:18]. Okay, that answers that question.

Now Ezekiel was further told, “Yet if you warn the wicked, and he doesn’t turn from his evilness, nor from his evil ways, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have saved your life.”  

“Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because you did not give him a warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at your hand.”

“Nevertheless, if you warn the righteous man so that the righteous man sins not, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned. Also you have saved your life.” [Eze. 3:19-21].

Consider yourself warned.

Despite the fact that Ezekiel is our prophet, our watchman, someone to warn the House of Israel, he was not to be our judge, nor was he sent to rebuke us. “But you, Son of man, behold, they shall put bands on you, and shall bind you with them, and you shall not go out among them.” [Eze. 3:25]. Because we will not listen to Ezekiel’s warning from our LORD, the bands here are allegorical. With our ears closed, Ezekiel’s warning is restrained from being heard. It is similar to what the apostle Paul said to the ekklesia in Corinth. “O you Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged. You are not straitened [Greek, stenochoreo, compressed, restricted] in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.” [Greek, splagchnon, literally heart, liver, lungs, but metaphorically in their hearts; 2 Cor. 6:11, 12].

As a result of our hard hearts, our LORD said to Ezekiel, “I will make your tongue to stick to the roof of your mouth that you shall be dumb, and shall not be to them a reprover, for they are a rebellious house. But, when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' Then he that hears, let him hear and he that forbears, let him forbear, for they are a rebellious house.” [Eze. 3:26, 27].

In other words, Ezekiel’s role is like that of a warning sign. We can heed what the sign says, or we can ignore it, forbear, and go on our meriy way. But there is no arguing with what our LORD says through Ezekiel. We can take it or leave it like a stop sign at an intersection. We either stop or not. But it would be a bit ridiculous to get out of our car and argue with the stop sign. Worse, it could be fatal to ignore it. The same applies to the word of God that warns us. However, the House of Israel has a major problem. Not knowing our place in history, we are lost when it comes to prophecy. We’ve lost the knowledge that we are the House of Israel. Modern day appearances and words aside, we don’t know our LORD. Therefore, according to Ezekiel’s warning from our LORD, except for the few who choose to hear and see, the rest are to come by this knowledge the hard way. [See the Sneakers article, Warning Do Not Ski Beyond This Point].

Ezekiel Chapter 6

Verse 1: And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Verse 2: Son of man, set your face toward the mountains [nations] of Israel, and prophesy against them,

Verse 3: And say, You mountains [nations] of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys [to all of Israel]; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

This is making the same point as Isaiah and Jeremiah make about the House of Israel. We have rebelled, and will cause our LORD to fight against us. All our troubles are brought upon our heads by our own rebellious actions because we don't know our LORD. Yet in churches throughout the land, we proclaim that we are a Christian nation, "Is not the LORD among us? No evil shall come upon us." [Micah 3:11; see the Sneakers article, Birthdays Of The Gods]. It is true, our LORD will be among us, but by bringing a sword on us, and destroying our churches, our high places, etc. This sort of makes it very clear that we are not the Christians we think we are. 

With the ancient House of Israel, the high places were on the hills and mountains where our idolatrous ancestors built altars, offered sacrifices and burnt offerings to strange gods among the trees. In principle, this is not any different than our evergreen tree gods we bring into our houses, offices, stores and churches or the ones we place in the capitals of our nations and states, provinces, cantons or districts [see the Feature article, The Love Of The Truth] while paying homage, and lots of money [about a trillion dollars in the US each year], to the retail gods as the prophet Jeremiah points out to us in his chapter ten. [Again see the Sneakers article, A Life And Death Pickle Of A Predicament]. 

Verse 4: And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.

Verse 5: And I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.

Verse 6: In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.

Verse 7: And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and you shall know that I am the LORD.

Talk about the school, or should we say, church of hard knocks. Remember, similar things happened once before to our ancestors of the House of Israel. They, too, had lost knowledge of our LORD. And when they were warned to return to the ordinances of God, they chose to forbear. But the events mentioned here are all part of the specific warning to us in the times of the end of what shall happen. There is no argument or discussion, whether we are wicked or righteous. We may think to ourselves, “Ah, I don’t believe any of this.” And while this may be our outlook, it's irrelevant. Like our ancestors who learned the hard way, it’s not necessary for us to believe it, for our LORD of hosts, heaven's army, will bring it to pass. It is written.

Verse 8: Yet will I leave a remnant, that you may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when you shall be scattered through the countries.

Verse 9: And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which has departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.

Verse 10: And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

The remnant, the 144,000 of the nations of Israel that escape death, are those who are sealed, but are taken captive and scattered among other countries. While they escape death, they don't escape living through the great time of tribulation after the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation 6:12, which is 42 months. [See Rev. 7:3, 12:17]. When we consider that the children of Israel number in the 1.5 billion range today, the 144,000 remnant will be a scarce commodity. [See Mark 13:20]. Therefore, in context, this timing occurs with the opening of the sixth seal in Revelation 6:12. Then see Revelation 7:1-8. While others may be taken into captivity, too, only those 144,000 of Israel sealed by God shall survive their captivity. 

As we read in Ezekiel 14, “Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, sons and daughters [of Israel, see Isa. 11:11, 12]: behold they shall come forth to you, and you shall see their way and their doings: and you shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought on Jerusalem, concerning all that I have brought upon it.” [14:22]. Remember, too, that Jerusalem at the end of the Christian age, like it was at the beginning of the Christian age, is again Edom’s [Zionsts] Jerusalem, headquarters of Babylon the Great, the sixth head of the beast that shall be destroyed in one hour. [See The Feature article, The Little Horn: First Century Antichrist]. It is by Edom’s hand that the remnant are taken into captivity [see Rev. 13:7], hence the comfort at seeing Edom destroyed. [See Revelation 18; also the Feature articles, Revelation 17: Big Brother and Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares].

And in Psalm 107, there is mention of those of Israel redeemed, gathered from the four corners of the Earth, “from the lands, from the east, from the west, from the north and from the south” “… among the nations where they shall be carried captives.”  Eventually, the 144,000 of Israel shall stand on mount Sion, which is the site of Jerusalem, after Christ’s return. [See Rev. 14:1]. These 144,000, 12,000 from each of the twelve nations of Israel, the remnant of the children of Israel, the seed of Abraham, witnesses to the time of Jacob's trouble, shall be gathered and will begin the rebuilding and repopulating of the land of Israel during the millennium of Christ's reign on Earth.

This is analogous to the children of Israel coming out of captivity in Egypt and wandering in the wilderness before following Joshua [Greek, Jesus, both meaning Yehovah is salvation] into the land promised them through Abraham. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people." [See Deu. 31:3, 7; also see Isa. 11:6-13, especially v. 11. Note: verse 10, in the KJV, the word nations, referring to Israel and Judah, is mistranslated as Gentiles. The same Hebrew word in verse 12 is correctly translated as nations. See the Feature article, Moving Forward]. 

The thing to remember in all this is that this is not history. It's prophecy. It is going to happen exactly as we are told. The one sure thing in this world is the promise of the word of God. Our LORD is not speaking in vain here. This is not a trivial "tweet" to Christians. Christ is serious in telling us he will do this to us because we have lost our way. We have forgotten our LORD and Savior. We don't have the love of the truth that would save us. So, being rebellious and stubborn, we refuse to return to our LORD of our own free will. And the effect of our rebellion against the truth of the word of God is all around us for us to see when we connect the current events dot to the prophecy dot.

Verse 11: Thus says the Lord GOD, Smite with your hand [Ezekiel], and stamp with your foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the House of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.

In case there was any doubt about why this is to fall upon our heads, we are told that it is “for all the evil abominations of the House of Israel!” Yet, happy and ignorant, we walk around spouting Merry Christmas without a clue in the world as to the danger we face and the fury of our LORD to come upon us. We might as well be living on a beach with a 200 meter high wave advancing our way while we walk around merrily greeting folks with, "Happy Tsunami." It makes about as much sense.

Verse 12: He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remains and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.

Verse 13: Then shall you know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.

Verse 14: So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

The reference to the wilderness toward Diblath is the Arabian Desert, a rather desolate place. Every picture tells a story. In this case, it is our story, one that we write daily with our defiant lifestyle, refusing the love of the truth that would save us. 

It’s a sad commentary on Christianity today that the fury of our Lord and Savior will have to be so terribly inflicted on us in order for us to know our LORD, Jesus Christ. We are stubborn and rebellious people. Nevertheless, despite our warning, most will cling to the trees, our other heathen customs, the false comfort of our militaristic "pomp and circumstance," and all our immoralities, defiantly choosing to die in our iniquities because we are too timid and weak to go against the grain of family, friends and neighbors, or are just plain stubborn because "God can't tell me what to do," as was the case with so many of our ancestors in the House of Israel. [See Pro. 14:12; also see our Feature article, Easter, Babylon And The Antichrist].

As Paul wrote, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the God of the living?” [Heb. 9:14]. In other words, how much will it take for us to heed the opportunity given to us, by Christ’s own blood, to purge ourselves of our iniquities while we still have it? Or will we forbear, taking rebellious pleasure in unrighteousness, those dead trees with dead works, both physically and spiritually, that lead to our own deaths?  

Ezekiel Chapter 7

Verse 1: Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Verse 2: Also, you son of man, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel; The end, the end [of the age] is come upon the four corners of the Earth.

Verse 3: Now is the end come upon you, and I will send mine anger upon you, and will judge you according to your ways, and will recompense upon you all your abominations.

Verse 4: And mine eye shall not spare you, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense your ways upon you, and your abominations shall be in the midst of you: and you shall know that I am the LORD.

The four corners mentioned here includes all the land of the nation-state of Israel, as well as the land occupied by the House of Israel. This includes the four corners, or all the borders of the land of North America, Australia, New Zealand and the lands of the Christian nations of Europe at minimum. In the larger sense, it is the four corners of the Earth, north, south, east and west, wherever those of the children of Israel live.

Once again, we read the familiar refrain, “ … you shall know that I am the LORD.” It should be noted here that the English phrase, “I am the LORD” is one word in Hebrew. It is Yehovah. So when reading the KJV, and you see this phrase or the word LORD or GOD in caps, it is Yehovah.

The point is that contrary to our misguided opinions, we don't know the true Jesus Christ, our LORD, Yehovah. But, we shall. Modern day Christianity celebrates him as a helpless baby in a manger, or dead on a cross, replaced by the make-believe, but user-friendly and larger than life Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. We are a mature lot, eh? For all intents and purposes, as reported in our mass media, our Lord GOD [Adonay Yehovah] is "dead." And because we have wandered far and wide from the path set out for us in the first century, and we haven't had the wrath of God fall upon us, his being "dead" and all, we think it never will. The Bible is full of old, irrelevant fables, right? But as we've said before, our LORD of hosts is biding his time. Nevertheless, we have one heart warming present under our trees to open. It is a gift from our very much alive LORD to us. Merry Christmas.

"Scream in terror, for the day of the LORD has arrived—the time for the Almighty to destroy. Every arm is paralyzed with fear, every heart melts, and people are terrified. Pangs of anguish grip them, like those of a woman in labor. They look helplessly at one another, their faces aflame with fear. For see, the day of the LORD is coming— the terrible day of his fury and fierce anger. The land will be made desolate, and all the sinners destroyed with it. The heavens will be black above them; the stars will give no light. The Sun will be dark when it rises, and the Moon will provide no light. 'I, the LORD, will punish the Earth for its evil, and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and humble the pride of the mighty. I will make people scarcer than gold— more rare than the fine gold of Ophir. For I will shake the heavens. The Earth will move from its place when the LORD of heaven’s army displays his wrath in the day of his fierce anger.' Everyone will run about like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd. They will try to find their own people and flee to their own land. Anyone who is captured will be cut down— run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked, and their wives will be raped." [Isa. 13:6-16, NLT*; see Rev. 6:12].

If this warning doesn't get our attention, our foreheads surely are made of brass, and our hearts of concrete. Make no mistake, brethren, this is Meriy Christmas. This is the fruit of our Christmas trees. This is what it means for us to forbear. [See Missile Warning Reaction].

In his love for us, however, he is giving us fair warning. So, with whom do you choose to stand, Jesus Christ, or Santa and the Easter Bunny? It can't be both. Nobody gets to walk down the middle of the road with this one. [Read Luke 16:13]. Even with this warning, how many will be wise and reflect on it, making meaningful changes in our lives so that we will know our LORD? Or rather, will we choose to be one of the dull-witted herd, remaining defiant to our warning, and thereby risk playing the odds on the way to the slaughter house?

In our own innermost thoughts we may think, "Well, is this really going to happen?" or, "Are these simply some old scary fairy tales?" Regardless of your thought process, it all comes down to what you choose to do. It's called choosing sides. And the choosing is made, not with our thoughts or words, but with our actions. After all, conviction of the truth, faith, without works is dead. [See the Sneakers article, We Don't Believe You]. The prophecies tell us only the very few will believe and heed our LORD's warning. So, right now as you read this, what are you thinking?

If it's something like, "I wish I hadn't read this," look on the bright side. Forewarned is forearmed. And yes, you have a detailed picture of the events of the Apocalypse directed at you. And yes, it is punched-in-the-gut scary. But that's exactly what warnings are meant to do. They are meant to affect behavior. It's simple really. The time to heed the warning is before you go sailing off into the wild blue yonder. Don't wait until the storm is at the shore to board up your windows. It will be too late then. That's why we need to be scared and smart, rather than scared and stupid. We can choose to be the harvested wheat sown in good ground or the chaff of tares lost on the winds of willful ignorance.

Placed in front of you is the opportunity to make a life-saving correction before our Sponsor's offer expires. "... if you warn the righteous man so that the righteous man sins not, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned." You see, this warning is a positive thing if you "sin not," if you cast Santa and the Easter Bunny out of your life, and put Christ and the love of the truth first because the perfect love of God and his word casts out fear. [Read 1 John 4:16-19]. And you will have saved your life. How cool is that!? 

Read the parable of the laborers in Matthew 20:1-16. Some agreed and labored the entire day for a penny. Some only for an hour at the end of the day, yet they too were paid a penny. The penny, our reward of our labors is the kingdom of God. We live in the end of the age before Christ's return. The point is, however, it's not too late to ask God for forgiveness and turn to the truth of his word. Rather than seeing our circumstances in the world today as a half empty cup, see it for the opportunity that it is, to make positive changes, to have the love of the truth that will save our lives. And the wonderful thing is that once you make these changes, you'll find yourself thinking, "This is so great. Why didn't I do this years ago, rather than putting it off like an unwanted trip to the dentist for a root canal?"

Having this knowledge, and knowledge is power, you now have the chance to heed our LORD's words to our watchman Ezekiel as related by the apostle Luke. "Watch therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." [Luke 21:36]. And when we pray, rather than ask that God be with us, let us pray that we be with God so that we can stand before our LORD.
Verse 5: Thus says the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

An evil, an only evil refers to the fact that there is no parallel like it. While the nations of the House of Israel were divorced from God and removed from their lands, and taken captive beginning in 732 BCE, our time described in Daniel 12 is worse, “ … and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation ….” For an idea of what this might entail, read Deut. 28. This punishment from the hand of our LORD is unique in all history. And it’s all because we refuse to have the love of the truth of the word of God.

Verse 6: The end is come, the end is come: it watches for you, behold, it is come.

This is a reference to the events prior to the return of Christ. We can read of it in Revelation 8 when the seven angels are preparing to blow the seven trumpets. Read Revelation, chapters 8-10. This culminates in the return of Christ. "It watches for you" in Hebrew means to awaken. Thus, the time of the end, and its events have awakened from their prophetic slumber.

Verse 7: The morning is come to you, O you that dwells in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

"The morning is come to you" is an expression much like saying, your day of reckoning is here. It has awakened from its sleep.

“Not the sounding again of the mountains” refers to an echo. Our warning from Ezekiel is not a recitation of our nations ancient history. It's current prophecy. What is being said here is the real deal. To use the vernacular, it’s show time for us, the House of Israel. The talking is done. And once this commences, we're all in. Our LORD will not spare anyone, nor have pity on anyone. This is our warning today. We can’t hide from it. We either heed it, or choose to suffer the horrific consequences. The choice is ours.

Verse 8: Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon you, and accomplish mine anger upon you: and I will judge you according to your ways, and will recompense you for all your abominations.

Verse 9: And my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense you according to your ways and your abominations that are in the midst of you; and you shall know that I am the LORD that smites.

Again, we see the phrase, I am the LORD, Yehovah. When these events begin, there will be no doubt that our LORD has finished biding his time. Of course, it will be a tad late to do anything about it then. See our Sneakers article, The Risk Of Loving The Truth. It’s an alternative to learning to know our LORD the hard way.

Verse 10: Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod has blossomed, pride has budded.

The day of reckoning will have arrived. The rod is an instrument of God’s anger and fury. In other words, it is ready to be used. And of course, pride goes before destruction. [Pro. 16:18]. Whatever the motivation, ego, false knowledge, lack of faith, or just plain stupidity, we are prideful in our defiance of our LORD.

Verse 11: Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor any of theirs: neither shall their be any wailing for them.

Verse 12: The time is come, the day draws near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

This is reminiscent of the Wall Street casino’s credit default swap real estate fiasco in 2007-2008. Yet, the derivatives market is worse today. The housing market values plummeted. Wealthy buyers were able get real estate cheap, while those who lost jobs and could not afford to make payments ended up losing their houses. Or they had to sell for deep discounted prices, which usually meant selling at a loss. And it had a negative effect on everyone except perhaps the one percent. Some nations are still paying for their errant ways. Nevertheless, the day draws near when the hand of God will fall on everyone who disregards his warning. No one will be too big to fail.4

Verse 13: 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.

Verse 14: They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready, but none goes into battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.

The whole multitude, no one will have any profit or gain from their iniquity when our LORD stretches forth his hand in anger upon the House of Israel because everyone will be consumed by death or captivity. All will lose everything, their treasures of the Earth, and most will lose their lives. [See Eze. 24:21].

The blowing of the trumpet in ancient Israel was to signal Israel to prepare for battle. The battle here is the day of the LORD, when the seven angels blow their seven trumpets signaling the battle of the day of the LORD prior to Christ’s return. But none shall be able to stand against our LORD. Again see Revelation 8:6 and following for the “wrath upon all the multitude” in the land of the House of Israel.

Verse 15: The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.

See Revelation chapter six, verses 1-11.

Verse 16: But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.

Verse 17: All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.

Verse 18: They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads.

Verse 19: They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.

Trillionaire, billionaire, millionaire or not, none of us can buy our way out of the wrath of God. It is as Christ said, “Lay up not for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust corrupt, where thieves break in and steal. But lay up treasures for yourselves in heaven … for where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” [Mat. 6:19-21]. As it is written, “Riches profit not in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” [Pro. 11:4; also 1 Tim. 6:9]. The "stumblingblock of their iniquity," whether leaders or true believers, i.e., God wants me to live in a mansion and drive a Bentley, or whatever level of expectation one has negates the efficacy of the "prosperity gospel." [See the Gospel Luke 12:15-21, Rev. 3:17, James 5:1-4; also the Sneakers article, The Parable Of The Smokin' Hot Princess]. 

Do we, individuals of the House of Israel, heed our LORD's warning, and change our way of life to live in Godly righteousness, casting aside the lies and deceits, for the love of the truth of the word of God? Or do we forbear, feeling secure in the self-righteous harbor of our excuses, believing we won't be one of those who will “pay later?”

The reference to wearing sackcloth, a coarse piece of cloth made from camel hair, and baldness, shaved heads, were signs of mourning in ancient Israel. [See Job 1:13-22]. Those of the escaping remnant will be emotionally and psychologically eviscerated, stunned to the marrow of their bones by what they witness, and experience when the hand of our LORD falls on us. All that we are being warned about here will hit home with a mighty bludgeoning thud, at devastating cost to our families, friends and neighbors. 

Verse 20: As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them.

Verse 21: And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the Earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it.

Verse 22: My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter, and defile my treasure.

"The beauty of his ornament is set in majesty." In other words, for the first time in human history, in this Christian age we have available to us the gift of the Spirit of God,5 to be sons of God now [Rom. 8:14], and the promise to be kings and priests, a mark of royal rank, our crowns set in majesty. ["... hold on to what you have that no one [Santa included] takes your crown." Greek, stephanos, ornament, crown, Rev. 3:11]. This is the true destiny of our Christian calling in this age. [For information about the false "Christian" doctrine that "going to heaven is the ultimate end," see the Feature articles, Heaven Can Wait and Heaven Can Wait II; also see the Sneakers article, His Treasured Possession].

While most settle for placing an ornament on a Christmas tree, our LORD will place his majestic ornament, an everlasting crown, upon the heads of those who are faithful and true to our LORD's word. The promised crowning of kings and priests takes place at the first resurrection with Christ's return establishing his kingdom on Earth as first told to the apostles by Christ. [See Luke 22:29, 30; also Rev. 1:5, 6, 20:6, 21:7].

Modern Christianity's biggest celebration is a day that has "taken our crown." Christmas, while not mentioned by name in the Biblical record, though the observance is referred to as a tree that pertains to Christ in Jeremiah 10, is an idolatrous observance that we are warned about. [See the Sneakers article, Birthdays Of The Gods]. However, the day mentioned in the Biblical record when the House of Israel was given access to the Spirit of God, "the beauty of our crowns set in majesty," the second of times Biblical holy day, well, it passes with very few even noticing. [See the Feature article, The Three Times In God's Plan].  

This glorious gift of the new covenant was paid for on our behalf, and given to us, not by Santa and his red-nosed reindeer, but by the life blood of our Savior. [1 Pet. 1:18-21, Mat. 26:28]. In his love for us, he died a terrible and humiliating public death to cover the sins of the House of Israel [see Acts 2:36]. Christ put us back in the family will, our new covenant, so we may have eternal life and royal standing in the kingdom of God. Do we treat this incredible blessing and covenant opportunity, our crown set in majesty by our LORD, with the reverence and respect it deserves? No. We throw it back in his face. We trample it under foot. Therefore, in our insane rebelliousness, our thankless actions say, "Nah, who wants to have eternal life as a king or priest in the kingdom of God when we can decorate dead trees in our houses instead, and then have the most catastrophic time in human history fall on our heads!?" If it's possible to win the Darwin Award as a group, we're shoo-ins.

The secret place is a reference to the first temple, built by Solomon in Jerusalem, specifically the Holy of Holies, where only the high priest could enter once a year to appear before God to atone for the sins of Israel. It was where the Ark of the Covenant was located. The ark was never present in Herod's temple. And it is not on Earth today. [See Rev. 11:19]. As Christians, our bodies are the temple of God wherewith we are to glorify God both in our body and with the Spirit of God. [See 1 Cor. 6:19, 20].

Recall in the Book of Exodus, our LORD told the children of Israel, "Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar [special] treasure to me above all people: for all the Earth is mine." [Exd.19:5]. This is echoed by the apostle Peter, "But you are a chosen generation [the Christian age, see footnote 5], a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness [see Mat. 4:16] into his marvelous light." [1 Pet. 2:9; also see the Feature article, Galilee Of The Gentiles]. Thus, those false prophets who preach a gospel not delivered to us by Christ are robbers. They rob us of the greatest treasure in Heaven and Earth. And through these lies and deceits we chose to embrace and hold dear, we are defiled. [See Gal. 1:8, 9]. They have trained us to fear the unfamiliar light of the truth, while comforting us with their familiar darkness.  

In our modern sense, Christ’s atonement for our sins ["... no one has greater love ..." John 15:13] gave us the Spirit of truth, our Comforter. Of all the people on the Earth, our LORD chose us. [See John 15:16, 14:16, 17]. But in our dalliance with "abominations and detestable things," we have rejected our Savior's love, and the truth so that now the House of Israel is “vexing” the Spirit of God. [See Isa. 63:10; Acts 2:36-38]. This is why our LORD has set the gift of the Spirit of God out of the reach of those who continue in this way until such time as it will no longer be available. We will pay a heavy price for our rebelliousness. It will be like nothing else before it on Earth, because never before has our LORD given his life for the redemption of his people Israel, his treasure, and made available the Spirit of God and his promise of eternal life as kings and priests. [See 1 Pet. 1:9-21, John 14:26, 16:7; also the Feature article, And It's Still A Mystery].

Having been warned, now, what do we do? "... prepare to meet your God, O Israel." [Amos 4:12]

Verse 23: Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.

Make a chain is a reference to how ancient peoples were carried into captivity. A chain was made that attached the shackled neck of one prisoner to another and in a line they were led off as was the case with our ancestors of the House of Israel. This time, those who are not killed outright are being warned to prepare for captivity by the hand of our LORD. [See Amos 4:12, 13 and all of chapter 5]. Written by the Assyrian period prophet Amos, circa 785 BCE, its message applies both to our ancestors of the House of Israel, and to us today. 

Verse 24: Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen and they shall possess their houses; I will also make pomp of the strong to cease and their holy places shall be defiled.

Verse 25: Destruction comes and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.

Verse 26: 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.

Verse 27: 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 to them after their way, and according to their judgments will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

It is only after all this is happening to us that then the House of Israel will seek a vision of the prophet, looking for redemption and peace, but we shall not find it. But as we've been told seven times in these two chapters, we shall come to know our LORD, Yehovah ... the hard way. Are you prepared and willing to meet our LORD this way, or will you heed the warning? You only can pick one.

The king shall mourn, the prince clothed with desolation … “And the kings of the Earth, the great men, the rich men and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” [Rev. 6:16].

In Conclusion

We are the biggest threat that we face today because of our stubbornness and our rebelliousness. All that we’ve read here shall come to pass, for as our LORD tells us, we are a rebellious house. And while we may find it comforting to point fingers of blame at the objects of our choice, our troubles, our “woes” that besiege us worldwide, or in our neighborhood, or in our own houses, stem from the fact that self-righteous Christians refuse to make the effort to know our LORD. But we, and our children know Santa and his reindeer all too well, to the point that Santa seems real, and our LORD, Jesus Christ is the ancient fable.

Each of us needs to sincerely ask ourselves, "Is the inane theological myth of Santa, flying reindeer, and decorating a dead tree with man-made "gold and silver” ornaments in our houses worth abandoning the knowledge of our LORD, denying his name?" There is no way we can have a Christmas tree in our home, and then say that we know our LORD. Impossible. It's a non sequitur. Therefore, we may choose to kid ourselves, forbear, but our warning is real. It's not a tall tale. Nor is it an echo from our history past. It would be wise, therefore brethren, especially in light of that which will befall our children and grandchildren as we are warned [Isa. 13:16], to keep Santa and the dead trees out of our houses physically, and out of our lives spiritually. For unlike Santa/Satan, who is a god of the dead, our LORD, Yehovah is the God of the living. [See Mat. 22:31, 32].

Perhaps the most sophisticated and subtle of deceits is thinking, "We are sincere, decent people who celebrate the 'spirit' of Christmas and Easter, you know, 'keeping Christ in Christmas' with the family sort of thing. The tree, and ours is only a small one at that, is nothing more than a quaint tradition. It's not an idol we worship. So, we know, in our hearts, we have good intentions and do this to please our LORD." If this, or something similar, is our mindset, then we don't know our LORD. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" [Jer. 17:9]. Certainly not those who celebrate Christmas. The tree is a deceit that leads our hearts astray. It is that bit of leavening that leavens the whole lump. The spirit of Christmas and Easter are duplicitous frauds. [See 2 Cor. 11:14, Eph. 6:12]. They are not of the gospel delivered to us by Christ. They are terminal cancers on the truth. And we are Satan's helpers in leading our children astray from the truth of our LORD.

Why do we have so little love for our professed LORD, for the truth, and for our children that we choose to teach them the way of evil? Why do we refuse to give them the gift of the love of the truth that will save their lives, and in its place give them the gift of death? Sitting around the Christmas tree, handing out presents this year, look your children and grandchildren in the eye, and in truth remember our LORD's warning and promise, "And I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of Israel before their idols." [See the Sneakers article, A Life And Death Pickle Of A Predicament]. 

We need to be the salt of the earth, rather than salt that's lost its savour. [See Mat. 5:13-16]. We need to flee the darkness of deceit. We need to let the light of the truth shine, to show forth the good works of God, teaching our children by our passionate example to seek first the power and authority of God with the love of the truth in our daily lives that we may be counted worthy to escape the evil that shall come upon the House of Israel by the hand of our LORD. Those who do are the ekklesia who know our LORD, keep his word the truth, and do not deny his name. [See Rev. 3:8-11, 12:4-6].   

Yet, most will continue to rebel against our LORD's word to us. With our actions, we deny his name daily. We have not followed the truth that our LORD set before us in the first century. Rather, we have turned to walk through the wide gate and broad way that leads to destruction. And because of this, the hand of our LORD is set against us. The evidence is all around us, if we have eyes that see, and ears that hear. Do we choose to heed our LORD of the living, or do we choose to send ourselves and our children along the way that leads to death? "[Ezekiel] Say to them, As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn away, turn away from your evil ways; for why will you die, O House of Israel?" [Eze. 33:11]. Heed our LORD's warning now, and accept his offer of forgiveness that you may save your life.

Reading this then, it may prove useful, even if you’ve read it before, to read anew the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass, “Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, O House of Israel. Learn not the way of the heathen.” Ezekiel’s warning to us to abandon the lies and deceits for the truth of the word of God should take on a new urgency in our lives, especially as our LORD says we are "stupid and foolish" in this regard.

You know, at some point, it will become obvious, and undeniable that Merry Christmas is Meriy Christmas. Why not now? It is too easy to allow the cares of our daily lives to push aside what should be our spiritual priorities. Our good intentions end up like a to-do list buried in a drawer. So, reading our warning from our LORD, we need to ask ourselves, If not now, when? "... then shall they seek the vision of the prophet." But by then, it will be too late to heed our warning given to us by Ezekiel to save ourselves and our children. [See 2 Ths. 2:9-12; see the Features article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?].  
Whichever way we choose to walk, we are warned.  

As our LORD, and Savior Jesus Christ said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, I send you to the children of Israel, to rebellious nations that have rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. For they are impudent children, and stubborn. And you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD. And they, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear (for they are a rebellious house), yet they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.”


1 It should be noted that at the time of Ezekiel’s writing, when he was sent to the nations of the House of Israel, our ancestors had been captives for a century or more, kicked out of their own land and scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire. As we are told in Isaiah 7, “ … within sixty-five years Ephraim, meaning the House of Israel, will be shattered from being a people." They were not “nations” at that time, even as they had been prior to their captivity, nor were they even close to being nations in our modern sense of the word. The House of Israel was not formed into distinct identities as nations or nation-states, as the Genesis 49 prophecy and the Daniel 7 prophecy say, since the time of their Assyrian captivity until 1500 CE or thereabouts. [See the Feature article, Ten Horns, Ten Nations]. Hence, this end-time prophecy for the nations of the House of Israel is for our day.

"Prior to the 1500s, in Europe [the western leg of the Roman Empire], the nation-state as we know it did not exist. Back then, most people did not consider themselves part of a nation; they rarely left their village and knew little of the larger world. If anything, people were more likely to identify themselves with their region or local lord. At the same time, the rulers of states frequently had little control over their countries. Instead, local feudal lords had a great deal of power, and kings often had to depend on the goodwill of their subordinates to rule. Laws and practices varied a great deal from one part of the country to another." [See Nation-state].

2 What is taking place today in Syria and Iraq, and the bloodshed which has spilled over into the boulevards of Paris, is our family feud grown large. All the players, US, UK, EU, Russia, Arabs, Shia and Sunni Muslims, in one form or another are related to Abram or Abraham. Abram initially lived in the area that is Iraq to day. Then he migrated north into what is Syria today. And then he migrated south into what is Israel today. His travels were in what we call the Fertile Crescent, the "cradle of civilization." [See FC Map]. The Fertile Crescent includes the two most significant cities in end-times Biblical prophecy, Jerusalem and Babylon. Much of the geographical area involved in the strategic Saudi Sunni ISIS vs. Syrian Shia oil-gas war, is an area in which Abraham traversed to some measure during his life. In this sense, then, the Fertile Crescent is relevant once again. [See the Feature article, Damascus A Heap Of Ruins].

Semites, including Arabs, trace their ancestry back to Abram, who migrated from Ur, near the southern portion of the Euphrates River, a little over 100 miles/160km south from the site of ancient Babylon. “You are the LORD the God, who did choose Abram, and brought him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gave him the name of Abraham.” [Neh. 9:7; also see Gen. 11:31, 15:7, 17:1-8; see Ur]. Abram came to live in the land of Haran in Aram-Naharaim, towards the northern area of the Euphrates River, which is northeast of Damascus, Syria today. Abram's wife, Sarai was from the land that is in the northern border area of Syria with Turkey today. When Abram was about 75, he left Haran with his wife Sarai and traveled to Canaan, south of Jerusalem near Hebron, west of the Dead Sea into the land promised to him as Abraham. [See Gen. 12:1-7; see the Sneakers article, Tail Wagging The Dog?].

Abram fathered Ishmael, who is the father of the Arabs, from whom Muhammad was descended. See Genesis 16 especially v.7-12. Abraham was the father of Isaac with his wife Sarah. See Genesis 17. Isaac fathered Esau [Edom], and Jacob [Israel], who had 12 sons. See Genesis 49. Edom, the firstborn, sold his birthright to his brother Israel, but by the first century BCE had gained dominion over the House of Judah, one of Israel's 12 sons [see Gen. 49:8-12], in the person of Herod the Great. [See the Feature article, The Little Horn: First Century Antichrist].

Today, the US, UK led Western coalition and Zionist Israel's militarism are the direct result of the prophetic nature of Edom. "And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve your brother [Jacob/Israel]; and it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck." [Gen. 27:40]. "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the god of forces: a god whom his fathers [Abraham, Isaac] knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things." [Dan. 11:37, 38; see the Feature article Is That You Big Brother?]. Edom has gained dominion over the US military, Manasseh, and the UK's, Ephraim, sons of Joseph, the kingly line of the House of Israel, who was a son of Israel by Rachel. [See Genesis 48, also the Feature articles, Is the US (and UK) In End-times Bible Prophecy? and Isaiah 63: Big Brother]. 

In Edom's quest to gain dominion, to get back the birthright he sold millennia ago and establish a one world government [Merkel Says Nations Must Give In To New World Order; also see the Sneakers article, One World Peace And Security], Edom is using the military, financial might, and blood of his brother's birthright to do so. And what we see in the Middle East with Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the US, UK, Germany and the EU, they are all "children of Abraham" contesting the same territory, the same geography Abram/Abraham traversed in his journey from Iraq near the Euphrates up to Syria, north of Damascus and then down into Canaan, which is Israel today. 

Three of the world's major conflicting religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have great ties to Jerusalem. They represent the major players, except for the phantom government, Edom. Their "religion," as noted, is that of the beast honoring the god of forces, the sixth empire, Babylon the Great in Revelation. And with the establishment of Babylon the Great, they will headquarter their empire in Jerusalem having dominion over their brother's religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam[See Dan. 7:24, 25; Rev. 13:5; also the Feature article, Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares]. It is vital we understand the prophetic Biblical dynamics involved in our current situation.

When it comes to our modern day current events, we are not disconnected from the distant historical events and main characters found in the Biblical record's book of Genesis. More recently, a key turning point is found our western civilization history books. In 732 CE, as opposed to 732 BCE when the House of Israel was taken captive by the Assyrians, the armies of Islam had marched into Spain and from there to within 100 miles or so of the location of modern day Paris. The west Germanic Charles "The Hammer" Martel stopped their push northward in the battle of Poitiers, which led to the eventual formation of the nation-states of Europe, i.e., the Christian House of Israel several hundred years later. Martel's men were described by "a chronicler [who] first coined the term europenses-- "Europeans" ... The modern concept of Europe was not born from geography alone, nor from a shared religion. It slowly emerged among a patchwork of fractious peoples that found common purpose in their struggle with Islam." [The Last Crusade, Nigel Cliff, p.21, 22]. Today, it is the Germanic "Burqa Merkel" leading the way for the invasion of Europe by Islamic refugees.

Somewhat ironically, Edom's control over the Houses of Israel and Judah, and its destabilizing actions in the ME today, has led to the march of Muslim refugees into Europe, much farther than the followers of Muhammad got in 732, which the recent events in Paris have demonstrated. One very interesting note should be made here. The First Christian Crusade, in 1099, Christian armies marched into Muslim held Jerusalem, cutting down the followers of Muhammad, and took Jerusalem. In the Last Crusade, Cliff states, "The outpouring of European zeal that launched the First Crusade had just begun four years earlier, far away in the mountainous forest in central France. There on a cold November day ..." the 27th, Pope Urban II ordered the First Crusade. It was a cold November day, the 13th in Catholic France when Paris was attacked, almost 920 years to the day, when considering the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in October 1582, after the pope's decree in Clermont-Ferrand, a scant 215 miles from Paris. History is anything but boring. Through these manipulated events and others, Edom is destabilizing the Middle East and undermining the US, UK and Western Europe simultaneously. And it's all to one end ... regain the sold birthright and achieve a one world government, the prophetic Babylon the Great of Revelation.

It's time for us to realize the events affecting the House of Israel today are not created in a vacuum. The culpability remains squarely with us. Understanding these events gives us context and meaning not found in the media. It would be a mistake to believe we are mere passive bystanders of the catalytic events occurring and to occur with Syria, the geographic homeland of Abraham's wife Sarah, the mother of all Israel. We're not. As a consequence of our history and Biblical prophecies, it is our destiny that we are participants, courtesy of our LORD through our forefather Abraham.   

3 It is interesting that the Moses covenant made with the children of Israel was broken by Christ on Passover as we read in Zec. 11:10-14. The institution of the promised Abrahamic covenant, and the coming of the Spirit of God, which opened our door to the kingdom of God, did not take place until the following Pentecost. So we had a period in which no covenant was in force for the children of Israel. After his crucifixion, Christ was on Earth for forty days. As a parallel, the children of Israel were in the wilderness for forty years between Egypt and going into the promised land, which metaphorically is the kingdom of God, according to the promises given to Abraham. [See Gen. 15:18].

4 We should remember that the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther was instigated by the fact that the popes were selling pardons to the rich so they could avoid God's punishment for sin. Those one percenters were trying to buy their way into heaven. Silly men. Of course, only the popes were winning in this scheme because gold and silver have no standing before God. This same mentality still exists in the Roman church in less obvious forms, i.e., paying for lighting a candle in church so that a loved one will get time off from burning in purgatory, etc. However, I would be willing to bet that rich contributors to the Roman church today believe they will get special favor, their sins notwithstanding, on their way into heaven. At some point, it will dawn on people that Godly behavior, humility, and the love of the truth of the word of God, not earthly riches and arrogance have standing with our LORD. [See 1 Pet. 1:18].

5 “The reward for trusting him [Christ] will be the salvation of your lives. This salvation was something even the prophets [such as Ezekiel in the Old Testament] wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. The prophets wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ's suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this good news [gospel] has been announced to you by those [the apostles] who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.” [1 Pet. 1:9-12, NLT*]. 

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