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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Jan. 24, 2013
SoVaNow.com / January 24, 2013Ezekiel, Chapter 25
Ezek.25:1 “The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,“ (2) “son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them;” The Ammonites are descendants of Ammon, who was one of the sons of Lot. It’s a very familiar story of how Abraham and Lot, his nephew, had become so prosperous and had so many cattle and servants that the land would not support them all, so they decided to divide and move on in separate directions. Abraham allowed Lot to choose the land he wanted, and he chose the plains that we know as Sodom and Gomorrah, while Abraham took the less fertile land. That’s a study for another time, but this is to acquaint you with the Ammonites. They were kin folks. Why would the Israelites be told to “prophesy against them”? Although they are related to Abraham, they don’t know who they are; they don’t know they are related to the house of Judah, and they turned against their own people. God will destroy them as a nation, and they will be a people known as ‘the hidden people’. By-the-way, the name ‘Ammon’ means ‘the hidden ones’.
Ezek. 25:3 “And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord God;” (that’s what God wanted them to hear, and that’s what He wants us to hear today; especially His children who are hidden from the real truth of His Word) “Thus saith the Lord God: Because thou saidist, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;” Father is saying, “You rejoiced and actually applauded when this trouble came to Judah.” When is the time yet future that God’s sanctuary will be profaned to the utmost? It’s when Satan, as the antichrist sits right there in God’s sanctuary, claiming to be Jesus. Many who call themselves Christians in that day will also applaud, because they are ignorant of God’s Word, and will think he really is Jesus.
Ezek. 25:4 “Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession”, (this is referring to Nebuchadnezzar in that day and to Satan, as the antichrist in our day. When that time comes, it will be ‘testing time’ for people who claim to love the Lord but who have been ‘playing church’; not concerned enough about the things of God to bother to really get into the Word and know that the antichrist is coming first. God is going to allow them to be deceived because of their lack of dedication to Him), “and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.” He’s telling us: “You are going to be ripped off of what you have worked for by your own government, your own nation, and by everybody else who gets the chance.” God provides us with plenty, but people won’t know how to protect it or how to take care of it. This actually did happen to the Ammonites about 5 years later, when Nebuchadnezzar subdued them in the 5th year after the destruction of Jerusalem. And, since Nebuchadnezzar is a ‘type’ of the antichrist, this is an example to us today of what will happen to those who are deceived at the end of this age.
Ezek. 25:5 “And I will make Rabah” (this means ‘mighty’, ‘great’, and is speaking of things which we call prosperity, but are actually blessings from God. How many of us actually give God credit for what we have?) “a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching place for flocks” (a place to lie down): “and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” That’s the whole purpose—to teach them that he is God. In the futurist sense, it refers to teaching the true Word of God to His children in the last days.
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