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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for April 11, 2013
SoVaNow.com / April 11, 2013Ezek. 27:8 “The inhabitants of Zidon” (hunters and fishermen—when Satan comes as the antichrist, his ministers will be hunting souls for him and will be fishers of men; trying to win them over to him), “and Arvad” (the migratory ones - these are Kenite vagabonds, still carrying on the curse that was pronounced upon their ancestor, Cain) “were thy mariners;” (your navigators; those who guide you, speaking of the Kenites) “thy wise men,” (they’re wise, alright; they put together their ship and most of our people don’t recognize it) “O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots.” This is saying: ‘Your own seed— Satan’s own offspring—set the course for that wicked vessel.’
Ezek. 27:9 “The ancients” (this is going back into the very beginning of creation, the first earth age, when Satan led a third of God’s children to follow him) “of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers:” (those who pound the hemp into the cracks to keep the water from seeping into the boat. Satan’s own children will be the calkers who will keep the thing afloat by patching a little here and a little there) “all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy” (conduct commerce; trade) “thy merchandise.”
God has such a beautiful way of telling us what will happen in the end times. And, He tells us these things in many places in the Bible, so that by putting the pieces together we can see it from a little different angle, and the wise can know what will come to pass.
Ezek. 27:10 “They of Persia” (Iran) “and of Lud” (Libya) “and of Phut” (Africa) “were in thine army thy men of war:” (mercenaries) “they hanged the shield and helmet in thee;” (they took on the role of soldiers, working for antichrist; trying to win people to him) “they set forth thy comeliness.” ‘Comeliness’ means ‘beauty and majesty’ - they will think he is the King of kings and Lord of lords: Jesus.
Ezek. 27:11 “The men of Arvad” (those vagabonds) “with thine army were upon thy walls round about” (watching; always keeping the sharp eye) “and the Gammadims” (the warriors; better called ‘the deserters’, because they are from the places they should have been with the gospel armour on and in place, ready to stand against the deception of Satan) “were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls round about; they have made thy beauty perfect.” They have made it a well-oiled machine. It’s well caulked. Probably no man could bring it down, but there is One who will bring it down, and His name is Jesus. He will sink that old boat; He will pull out the caulking, and it will go to the bottom. He will use His Bruisers with their armour on and in place to speak out against Satan. Some of the deceived will hear them and realize they have mistaken Antichrist for the True Christ.
Ezek. 27:12 “Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.” Notice that it didn’t mention gold or any of the stones that make up the breast plates of the priests of God. They had iron, tin and lead, meaning weapons used to do battle.
Ezek. 27:13 “Javan, Tubal, and Meshech” (we see Russia coming into this - when we get to the 38th chapter, we learn that this means ‘the chief prince of Rosh’ - later changed to ‘Russ’, and then to ‘Russia’): “they were thy merchants: they traded the person of men” (they made slaves of the men they captured) “and vessels of brass in thy market.” Some of them were sent to the salt mines, even in our generation.
Ezek.27:14 “They of the house of Togarmah” (this is southern Russia) “traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.” They participated in the commerce of the four hidden dynasties that will bring in a one-world power; the beast system of Antichrist that we read of in Rev. 13:1. They are the religious, the political, the educational and the financial systems of the end times.
Ezek. 27:15 “The men of Dedan were thy merchants; many isles were the merchandise of thine hand: they brought thee for a present horns of ivory and ebony.” This refers to Africa. They’re even ripping off the continent of Africa.
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