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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for April 18, 2013
SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2013Ezek. 27:16 “Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making” (understand that this is making a circle, that will ultimately cover the world) “they occupied (traded) in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.” (17) “Judah, and the land of Israel, they were thy merchants; they traded in thy market wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm.” Where is the land of Israel? It’s not referring to the land we know as Israel of today; it’s talking about the ten tribes of Israel who, when the tribes were divided, settled the northern kingdom, taking the name of ‘Israel’ while the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin settled the southern kingdom that became the kingdom of Judah. Those ten tribes were later dispersed, leaving their land and traveled north, covering Eastern Europe and the British Isles; later migrating to Canada and the Americas. This prophecy is about the end times, so ‘the land of Israel’ means where the descendants of the ten tribes of Israel eventually settled, and that includes America. Where is the most wheat grown in the world? It’s America. ‘Minnith’ means ‘distribution’, and America is that number one place of distribution of food to the whole world. The meaning of Pannag is not known, but may either refer to some article of merchandise, or either a name of a place. Balm is a resin that heals, but Antichrist’s balm will never heal. There some other places in God’s Word where America is mentioned as well, but that’s a lesson for another time.
Ezek. 27:18 “Damascus” (meaning ‘tame heifer’) “was thy merchant in the multitude of the wares of thy making” (she was too tame to know she was being ripped off) “for the multitude of all riches; in the wine of Helbon” (a mountain city located 13 miles north of Damascus), “and white wool.” (19) “Dan” (the place colonized by Dan, one of the 12 tribes of Israel) “also Javan” (Asia Minor, Turkey) “going to and fro occupied” (were the merchants of thy hand) “ in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia,”(cinnamon) “and calamus” (a reed used as a measuring rod), “were in thy market.”
Ezek. 27:20 “Dedan was thy merchant in precious clothes for chariots.” That’s saddle cloth from the southern part of Russia.
Ezek. 27:21 “Arabia, and all the princes of Kedar” (‘Kedar’ means ‘dark’) “they occupied” (‘were the merchants of thy hand’) “with thee in lambs, and rams, and goats: in these were they thy merchants.” (22) “The merchants of Sheba and Raamah, they were thy merchants:” (everyone is their merchant; it doesn’t matter what part of the world they are in, they all become attached to that great ship of commerce belonging to Satan) “they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.” This is talking about Arabia; the Persian Gulf, and today, this ‘gold’ is ‘black gold’ - oil.
Ezek. 27:23 “Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.” This brings us very near Bagdad now.
Ezek. 27:24 “These were thy merchants in all sorts of things, in blue clothes, and broidered work” (pretty fancy stuff) “and in chests of rich apparel, bound with cords, and made of cedar, among thy merchandise.” Nation by nation; country by country, are wound and bound in the cords of commerce and the four hidden dynasties.
Ezek. 27:25 “The ships of Tarshish” (Tarshish was the great center of commerce of the world)“did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas.” They had merchants of every kind, everywhere - they controlled things. This is telling us that people of every nation will embrace Antichrist and follow him.
Ezek. 27:26 “Thy rowers” (statesmen; politicians) “have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.” The east wind is a ferocious, drying wind. That old ship had better watch out!
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