God commands Ezekiel to act out a siege of Jerusalem. If we also obey this command and act out this siege we shall learn something more than just reading the words. I ask each of you to act out this as Ezekiel was instructed to do, If you do not have a tile simply drawing on paper or using something in place of a tile for the city will still reveal the lesson.
Ezekiel 4:1 Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem: 4:2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
We are to set up something representing Jerusalem, and then we are to besiege the city. Then we are to place an iron barrier between the city and the besiegers.
It should be immediately obvious that the city would be protected from the besiegers by the iron barrier between it and the besiegers.
4:3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel.
Then Ezekiel is told that he is to lie on his left side to bear the iniquity of Israel for 390 days and then to lay on his right side to bear the iniquity of Judah for 40 days; as a allegory of God bearing their iniquity for the same number of years.
There is a discrepancy in the texts for Israel; the Masoretic text reading 390 and the Septuagint reading 190. We can resolve this by knowing that both Israel and Judah will fall together, therefore both periods end at the same time and we need only find the end for Judah – which being only forty years is relatively simple – to have the end for both Israel and Judah.
To bear the iniquity of, means to put up with – to endure, to overlook – the sins of the people of Israel for 390 [or 190] years, and the sins of the people of Judah for 40 years at a year for a day.
4:4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity. 4:5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of the house of Israel.
4:6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days:
I have appointed thee each day for a year.
4:7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. 4:8 And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.
The city of Jerusalem being besieged with an iron barrier protecting the city; represents Judah being under God’s blessing and protection for 40 years and represents Israel being under God’s blessing and protection for 390 years in the latter days. Then when the years of the siege and God’s protection and blessing are completed, Israel and Judah will fall together.
We know from Hosea 5:5 that in the end time BOTH Israel and Judah shall fall together.
Hosea 5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity: Judah also shall fall with them.
Ezekiel was only one man and he could not lie on both sides at once, but it is clear that BOTH periods of years end at the same time; and that BOTH Israel and Judah shall fall together which has never happened before in history.
This strange exercise means that in the end times Jesus Christ our High Priest will intercede for Israel and for Judah these set numbers of years, as our spiritual intersessional Daily Sacrifice, so that the promises made to Abraham, and the prophecies of the end times blessings of Jacob [Israel] might be fulfilled (Gen 49, Deu 33)!
These periods of years picture Israel and Judah as being under attack by enemies but blessed with the blessing of strong protection from God; that the promises of God to our ancestors regarding the blessing on our people for the last days, might be fulfilled that the promises of God be not broken!
As the years pass knowledge has been increased and we now know that Judah came under the blessing of this protection in October 1978 when the Jewish State was guaranteed protection by the United States as part of the Israeli Egyptian peace treaty.
In October 1978 a peace treaty with Israel, while the United Stated guaranteed the security of Israel against all enemies.
Now comes a complication that has confused people throughout the generations. People have naturally assumed that the following famine takes place during the time of siege: Which it does NOT!
It is AFTER the siege; that the Eternal will send Israel and Judah into a final captivity. It is after the siege is over and the iron pan of the heavenly protection and blessing for Israel and Judah HAS BEEN STOPPED; that physical and spiritual Israel; and Judah ;shall go into captivity and be driven about in great famine!
Remember that it is when the siege [God’s protection which keeps Israel and Judah from falling] ends [v 13] and the city falls, that the Judah and Israel will fall.
Ezekiel 4:9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. 4:10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: from time to time shalt thou eat it.
4:11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin [about a pint] : from time to time shalt thou drink. 4:12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight.
This famine will fall on Israel and Judah after God’s blessings and protection ends, pictured by a stopping of the spiritual Daily Sacrifice; which is the intercession of the spiritual High Priest, Jesus Christ in heaven!
The siege is all about God’s IRON protection and the spiritual Daily Sacrifice represents Christ’s daily intercession, blessing and protection for end time Israel and Judah, to give to them the promised end times blessings of God!
The end of the siege pictures the stopping of the heavenly spiritual Daily Sacrifice and the sending forth of the people into a final captivity called the great tribulation for 42 months (Rev 11:2).
It is at the end of the period of the end times blessings of 390 years for Israel [Britain and America] and the 40 years protection for Judah; the intercession, blessing and protection of the spiritual Daily in heaven will be stopped because of our wickedness and the people will go forth into great tribulation including severe famine. See: Understanding The Daily and The Sacrificial System
4:13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them.
Ezekiel protests to YHVH that he would not eat anything unclean. Do you get that, here Ezekiel is protesting to the Eternal that he would not violate the law of God even at God’s command! Centuries later Peter would do the same thing in Acts 10!
Was God testing Ezekiel as to his zeal for the Word of God? Nearly all of us have disgracefully failed similar tests such as the temptation to buy in restaurants on Sabbath and Holy Days!
The unclean food was to represent that physical and spiritual Israel / Judah would be forced to eat all manner of filth just to survive in the last 42 months, and after making that point the Eternal allows Ezekiel an alternative so that Ezekial could keep God’s Word.
4:14 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth. 4:15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow’s dung for man’s dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.
Then God makes the prophecy of famine specific to Jerusalem and this will spread from Jerusalem [as the capital city representing the whole nation] to those of Israel Judah who remain in Jerusalem as well as to those in other places during the tribulation.
4:16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: 4:17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
Now AFTER Ezekiel 4 and the iron protection of God ends and the city is given over to correction, God reveals the extent and horror of the intense correction that an overwhelmingly wicked America and Judah and the perople of physical and spiritual Israel have earned for themselves!
The hair of the head and face of Ezekiel is used as a type of physical and most especially spiritual Israel. All the head and face hair of Ezekiel is to be weighed in a balancer and divided equally into three parts.
Ezekiel 5:1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
Notice the time frame is confirmed as after the END of the siege or protection of the city Jerusalem. The city Jerusalem represents and is a type of BOTH physical and spiritual Israel!
The following reference to thirds refers specifically to those in Jerusalem, but much similar suffering will also come to the whole nations of Judah and Israel.
5:2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
The meaning of the few hidden in the garments of Ezekiel after which most of those are also cast into a fire is that: A few in physical Israel have been Called Out to God, but that most of them will also be cast out from Christ into tribulation as per Rev 3:15, and only a tiny few will continue to be faithful and will remain under the protection of God.
5:3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number [representing God’s Called Out few], and bind them in thy skirts. 5:4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; [most of the Called Out of God hidden in Ezekiel’s garments, will reject living by every Word of God and will be rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into the fire of affliction that by trying the flesh the spirit might be saved.] for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Jerusalem is a type of the whole nations of physical and spiritual Israel and Judah
5:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
Jerusalem is the place of the temple where God placed his name, and therefore is the symbol of the SPIRITUAL Temple of the Ekklesia, where God dwells today.
Spiritual Israel, today’s Ekklesia, has utterly failed in our commission to be a LIGHT of godly example and zeal for the whole Word of God to the entire world!
We have rejected large parts of God’s Word, and changed much, turning away from the Word of God to follow our own false traditions. Today the brotherhood DOES NOT follow the Word of God, but walks in their own ways and in the false traditions of men.
Jerusalem being the capital is also symbolic of the physical nations of Judah and Israel wherever they might be.
5:6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
Because God has blessed us with the ancient promises, and neither physical nor spiritual Israel has shown gratitude by obeying the whole Word of God; because, today’s p0hysical and spiritual Israel has rejected the truth of God to cleave to their own ways, false traditions and their idols of men and corporations: Almighty God is AGAINST US! and will reject us Revelation 3:15 and cast us into the furnace of correction!
5:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you; 5:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee [BOTH physical and spiritual Israel], and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations.
5:9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations.
Yes, today’s Ekklesia is FULL of ABOMINATIONS; from Sabbath and High Day pollution to the idolatry of men! Therefore we shall be cast into great tribulation along with the wicked of the land!
Watchmen who neither watch nor warn the people; shall receive the same affliction of correction as the wicked who they failed to warn!
5:10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.
We who have been spiritually called into the sanctuary, into the very presence of God! We have defiled God’s sanctuary with our rebellious ways and our detestable rejection of the truth of God for our idolatry and our own false ways!
5:11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
The shaved hair is now explained as one third dying with famine and disease, and a third by war; with the remaining third scattered and chased by the sword.
This prophecy is specific to Jerusalem but in type will fall on all physical and spiritual Israel and Judah; nevertheless it may not be every third person everywhere, but could be, many in one place and fewer in another place to average out.
One third will die by violence and one third by famine and disease while the remainder will be scattered and many of those will also perish.
5:12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Almighty God is angry with physical and spiritual Israel who have departed from him and his Word in spite of the blessings God has showered on them. At the same time Almighty God is very angry at those he has called and given his Spirit to, who are keen to follow their idols of men and to exalt their own ways above the Word of God.
Today the Ekklesia have fallen into idolatry and spiritual Porneia and a multitude of sins just like Mosaic Covenant physical Israel in Jeremiah’s time.
5:13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them.
Because WE have brought a spiritual drought of the truth of God’s Word; God will make our land a waste as is already being done with huge areas of physical drought.
5:14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by. 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
5:16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
Brethren, this has already begun in a very small way in comparison to what is coming; yet we will not yet sincerely repent in the nation nor in the Ekklesia until this correction comes in its fullness.
5:17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee: and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.