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Saturday, November 14 2015

Ezekiel 21: When The LORD Draws His Sword

"Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath"

The LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), Who is the Word of God (see What Does Word of God Mean To You?), was born as Jesus Christ.

"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)

1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 KJV)

Notice the duality of the Title "Word of God." The Messiah literally spoke the Word of God ("... the Word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me" John 14:24 KJV), which was then written in the Holy Scriptures - and, as we will read, the LORD has the Power and Authority to enforce it in any due time (see Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?).

"4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)

The apostle John knew the Messiah when He lived as a normal human. John was also given to see the LORD after He had been restored to His Eternal Glory. Notice carefully how, as before and after, the connection between the Word and the "Sword."

Sword

"1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." (Revelation 1:14-18 KJV)

The return of the Messiah will be to a world that hates the Word of God. Most of defiant and arrogant humanity will attempt to fight the Messiah to prevent Him from establishing the Kingdom of God on the planet that He created for that very purpose (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and What Does Earth Mean?). Notice again, as always before, the connection between the Word of God and the "sword" i.e. "His Name is called The Word of God ... And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword."

"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." (Revelation 19:11-21 KJV)

When the Kingdom of Judah had made itself and Jerusalem into a place of corruption and iniquity (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?), the LORD used His "sword" to render the evil into non-existence. Notice again also how, as in the Book of Revelation quoted above, the connection between the sword and the rod of iron i.e. "Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod" that will not make war, but will restore peace.

"21:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

21:2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel, 21:3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. 21:4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: 21:5 That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.

21:6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes. 21:7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.

21:8 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say,

Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished: 21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree. 21:11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer. 21:12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy thigh.

21:13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

21:14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers. 21:15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter. 21:16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set. 21:17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the LORD have said it." (Ezekiel 21:1-17 KJV)

In the case of the fall of the corrupt Kingdom of Judah, the Babylonian Empire was utilized as the sword of the LORD.

"21:18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

21:19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city. 21:20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced. 21:21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver. 21:22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort. 21:23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken.

21:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand. 21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 21:26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 21:27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.

21:28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and say,

Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering: 21:29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end. 21:30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity. 21:31 And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy. 21:32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for I the LORD have spoken it." (Ezekiel 21:18-32 KJV)

Fact Finder: When did the "sword" of the LORD hang over Jerusalem in the time of King David?
See Why Did King David Purchase The Temple Mount?


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This Day In History, November 14

565: Roman emperor Justinian died at age 81. The "Imperial Restoration" temporarily occurred during his reign, but it was too late; the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) had already moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Byzantine 1501: Arthur Tudor and Katherine of Aragon were married.

1533: Spanish "Conquistadors" under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca of the Incas.

1666: Samuel Pepys reported on the first blood transfusion (between dogs).

1792: Captain George Vancouver and his crew became the first Englishmen to enter San Francisco Bay.

1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published (see also The Origin Of Moby Dick).

1908: Albert Einstein published the quantum theory of light (see also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula and Parabolic Prophecies).

1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Battle of the Somme ended. It was one of the bloodiest battles of all time with over 1,000,000 troops killed or wounded.

1922: The BBC began daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.

1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Coventry, England was severely damaged by German bombers in the "blitz." It was the worst single-day bombing of Britain of the war; over 1,000 were killed (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was lost after being torpedoed by a German submarine.

1951: French paratroopers captured Hoabinh, Vietnam, thereby involving France in the Vietnam civil war for most of the 1950s. The U.S. replaced France in that intervention for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. When the U.S. withdrew, the Vietnamese of the north defeated the Vietnamese of the south and made Vietnam into a single country again, as it had been before foreigners divided Vietnam into north and south.

1964: The U.S. Army entered the Vietnam civil war. The homeland of the Vietnamese people was divided into two countries, North and South Vietnam, during the 1940s. When French imperial forces withdrew "a war that cannot be won" in the early 1960s, the U.S. replaced them. When the U.S. forces withdrew in the early 1970s, Vietnam was reunited into the single nation that it had been for centuries before French and U.S. involvement in their country.

1969: 250,000 people marched in Washington to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war.

1980: Germany had its first papal visit in 200 years (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1983: The first U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads arrived at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from British people who didn't want foreign weapons of mass destruction in Britain (Britain itself has a large nuclear arsenal of doomsday weapons; see also 'Weapons Of Mass Destruction' Found!).

1994: The first fare-paying passengers on the new rail service traveled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.





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