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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for Oct. 3, 2013
SoVaNow.com / October 03, 2013Ezekiel Chapter 33
We have been studying the battle of Babylon, and it’s a very lengthy parable. Now, we will see the actual capture and fall of the city of Jerusalem, and what is commonly called ‘the second half of the Book of Ezekiel’. It ends the parable of the Babylonian war, which is a type of Babylon of the end times, as found in the Book of Revelation. The first part of this chapter recaps what we have already learned: “Now that you know the king of Babylon is coming, pick a watchman; set that watchman on the wall, have him continue to watch for the things we have been warning you about. And when you see the king of Babylon coming, sound the alarm.” This is reason enough for us to pay very strict attention to this great book. This chapter is about the return of the “King of Babylon”, in the person of Antichrist. Our Father is instructing Ezekiel to pass the message on to His children living in the last days, to warn them that Satan is coming in his role as Antichrist. This is God’s plan. It will happen because God will allow it in order to test His children. We are instructed to watch for it. To the faithful children, God assures that if we warn others, but they don’t listen, we are not responsible. It’s their responsibility to know the Word of God. On the other hand, if we know it’s about to happen, but do not warn people, and if they are lost, God does hold us accountable for that. He also tells us that the one who heeds the warning will ‘deliver his own soul’. Even the wicked, if they change, will not be lost. God loves all His children, but He doesn’t love everything they do, and He doesn’t want any of them to be lost. He wants them to change their ways and love and follow Him. Nobody has to lose their soul. The price for sin has already been paid, by Jesus, when He died on the cross. But, we must repent and turn from our sinful ways and do the very best we can to live for Him. Although we are going to sin as long as we are in flesh bodies, if we repent of our sins, they will be blotted out. The beautiful thing about Christianity is that we will be justified (‘just-as-if-I’d-never sinned’), free of all sins until the next time we sin, and then we have to deal with them by repenting. God is so patient with us, and so willing to forgive when we truly are sorry and ask for His forgiveness. So, we start out now on a far happier subject; we are about to read the announcement of salvation.
Ezek. 33:1 “Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,” (2) “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land” (that means to allow Satan to deceive with his lies) “if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:” That’s saying, “if the people care enough to set a watchman in place.” The ‘sword’ is speaking of words that come from Satan’s mouth, and it’s all about deceit, and lies that Satan speaks to deceive the people into thinking he’s Jesus Christ.
Ezek. 33:3 “If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;” That’s what God’s elect are doing today—watching and warning those who will listen that the ‘king of Babylon’ is coming. Who are these ‘elect’? It is commonly taught that they are Jews, but that is not correct. The ‘elect’ are those living in the last days who took a stand for God ‘in the beginning’, when Satan was overthrown (Gen. 1:1). They have been responsible for bringing God’s Word through the generations. Some are the ethnic people of many nations today and God knows every one of them.
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