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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel

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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 7: The End has come

 

[Preliminary Comment: Chapters 4 to 7 bring us wave after wave of condemnation and warning of a coming judgment. This chapter is again explicit in respect of those judgments.]

 

v.1-7 The End Has Come – your time is up!

v.8-9 It is God's wrath, anger, no pity

v.10,11 The Instrument of God's correction is now ready

v.12-14 God's wraths falls on every person, commerce will be ended

v.15,16 The three ‘destroyers' will come, just a few will escape

v.17-19 Every heart will go weak with all hope gone

v.20-22 They took pride in their wealth but it will all be stripped away

v.23-25 Violence, bloodshed & slavery await them

v.26,27 All comfort from authorities will be gone

 

 

v.1-7 The End Has Come – your time is up!

 

v.1   The word of the LORD came to me

v.2  “Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: “‘The end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land! 

v.3  The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 

v.4  I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will surely repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “‘Then you will know that I am the LORD.' 

v.5  “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘Disaster! Unheard-of disaster ! See, it comes

v.6  The end has come! The end has come! It has roused itself against you. See, it comes

v.7  Doom has come upon you, upon you who dwell in the land. The time has come! The day is near! There is panic, not joy, on the mountains. 

  

[Notes: There can be little doubt, with the repetition of these verses, that time is running out for God's people in the Land of Israel. The measure of the coming disaster is greater than anything previously known [v.5] and the threefold declaration, “the end has come” bolstered by three additional ‘it's coming' warnings leaves nothing to the imagination.]

 

 

v.8-9 It is God's wrath, anger, no pity

 

v.8  I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 

v.9  I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “‘Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes you. 

 

[Notes: Verse 8 echoes v.3 and verse 9 echoes verse 4 with a determination to judge without pity. The state of the land has got so bad, nothing can hold back the Lord's judgement.]

 

 

v.10,11 The Instrument of God's correction is now ready

 

v.10  “‘See, the day! See, it comes! Doom has burst forth, the rod has budded, arrogance has blossomed! 

v.11  Violence has arisen, a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, none of that crowd— none of their wealth, nothing of value. 

 

[Notes: Further fuel to the previous warnings, it's almost here – the rod of punishment had budded, people and prosperity will be swept away.]

 

 

v.12-14 God's wraths falls on every person, commerce will be ended

 

v.12  The time has come! The day has arrived! Let not the buyer rejoice nor the seller grieve, for my wrath is on the whole crowd

v.13  The seller will not recover the property that was sold— as long as both buyer and seller live. For the vision concerning the whole crowd will not be reversed. Because of their sins, not one of them will preserve their life. 

v.14  “‘They have blown the trumpet, they have made all things ready, but no one will go into battle, for my wrath is on the whole crowd

 

[Notes: There can be no doubts left in these denunciations, this disaster is going to envelop EVERYONE in the Land.]

 

 

v.15,16 The three ‘destroyers' will come, just a few will escape

 

v.15 Outside is the sword; inside are plague and famine. Those in the country will die by the sword; those in the city will be devoured by famine and plague. 

v.16 The fugitives who escape will flee to the mountains. Like doves of the valleys, they will all moan, each for their own sins. 

 

[Notes: The methods of destruction – sword, plague and famine, seen in 5:12 & 6:11 – are declared again.]

 

 

v.17-19 Every heart will go weak with all hope gone

 

v.17  Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine. 

v.18  They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. Every face will be covered with shame, and every head will be shaved. 

v.19  “‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin. 

 

[Notes: The terror created will be terrible to behold – and experience! None of their riches can be used to stave this off.]

 

 

v.20-22 They took pride in their wealth but it will all be stripped away

 

v.20  They took pride in their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols. They made it into vile images; therefore I will make it a thing unclean for them. 

v.21  I will give their wealth as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile it. 

v.22  I will turn my face away from the people, and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure. They will enter it and will defile it. 

 

[Notes: All of the wealth they trusted it will be taken as plunder.]

 

 

v.23-25 Violence, bloodshed & slavery await them

 

v.23  “‘Prepare chains! For the land is full of bloodshed, and the city is full of violence. 

v.24 I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, and their sanctuaries will be desecrated. 

v.25  When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain. 

 

[Notes: The mighty will be brought down and taken in chains.]

 

 

v.26,27 All comfort from authorities will be gone

 

v.26  Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, priestly instruction in the law will cease, the counsel of the elders will come to an end. 

v.27  The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them. “Then they will know that I am the LORD.' ”

 

[Notes: They may seek for hope from prophets or priests but there is no hope for the rulers down to the ordinary people. All fall short in judgement.]

 

[Concluding Note: Chapter 7 is the last of the five chapters of general warning and condemnation. Listening to the prophecy of this chapter leaves no room for hope – destruction is coming on all – death or deportation, and it is coming soon.]

    

    

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