God commands Ezekiel to act out a siege of Jerusalem. If we also obey this command and act out this siege we will learn something more than we would by 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.
To bear the iniquity of, means to put up with – to endure, to overlook – the sins of the people of Israel for 390 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, but with an iron barrier protecting the city; represents today’s Jewish state being under God’s blessing and protection for 40 years and represents the ten tribes of Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon people] being under God’s blessing and protection for 390 years in the latter days. Then when 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 will 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 will bless and protect Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state for these set numbers of years, to fulfill 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 [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state as being vexed by enemies but blessed with the blessing of strong protection from God; God fulfilling his promises to our ancestors regarding the blessing on our people for the last days so that the promises of God are not broken!
In October 1978 a peace treaty was agreed between Egypt and the Jewish state with the United States [the Anglo Saxon peoples of America being one of the ten tribes of Israel] guaranteeing the security of the modern Jewish state against all enemies. The treaty was actually signed on 26 March 1979, and became effective January 1980. IF this peace treaty is what is meant by the 40 year prophecy then the tribulation could begin in either late 2019 or 2020 depending on the date used; either the signing date or the effective date.
Exactly how long after the end of God’s protection before the tribulation begins remains to be seen, but it would seem to be less than one year otherwise the prophecy would say 41 years instead of 40 years.
Once the miracle working Roman Pontiff visits the Holy Mount (Mat 24:15) the Tribulation will begin with the occupation of Jerusalem for 42 months Rev 11:2).
Now comes a complication that has confused people through the generations. People have naturally assumed that the following famine takes place during the time of the “siege:” Which it does NOT!
It is AFTER the siege when God’s protection and blessing has ended; that the Eternal will send Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state into a final affliction. It is after the siege is over and the iron plate of the heavenly protection and blessing for Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state HAS BEEN STOPPED; that Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state will go into a period of affliction and will experience 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 Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state will fall into severe affliction.
Once Jerusalem and Judea are occupied the people of Judah will be placed into ghettos, where they will suffer greatly, Many will die and many others will be deported from Palestine. At the same time Turkey and the Arab countries will reject the Petrodollar and join in alliance with the New Federal Europe, with the rest of the world following suit and also rejecting the Petrodollar. This will send America and dollar dependent Anglo Saxon countries like Canada and Britain into financial collapse and subsequent severe suffering including famine, disease and internal violence.
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 to give to them Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state the promised end times blessings of God!
The end of the siege pictures the stopping of the heavenly spiritual Daily Sacrifice and God’s blessings because of our many great sins, and then the sending forth of the people into a final affliction 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 today’s Jewish state; the intercession, blessing and protection of God 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 [after the siege ends and the city is taken].
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 Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state would be forced to eat all manner of filth just to survive in the last 42 months before Messiah comes; after making that point the Eternal allows Ezekiel an alternative so that Ezekiel 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 who remain in theghettoized areas of 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 [water will be very scarce and must not be wasted]: 4:17 That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.
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 Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples including America] and today’s Jewish state have earned for themselves!
The hair of the head and face of Ezekiel is used as a type of Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state. All the head and face hair of Ezekiel is to be weighed in a balance 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 after God’s protection ends. The city Jerusalem as the ancient capital represents and is a type of BOTH Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state!
The following reference to thirds refers specifically to those in Jerusalem, but much similar suffering will also come to all Judea and the various nations of Israel [including America and the British peoples].
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 few hairs hidden in the garments of Ezekiel represent God’s faithful many of whom will also be rejected and cast into this tribulation as per Revelation 3:15 because of their spiritual laxity; yet, a very few who are faithful and zealously live by every Word of God will be protected by God.
5:3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number [representing God’s Called Out spiritual Ekklesia], and bind them in thy skirts. 5:4 Then take of them [most 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 will reject living by every Word of God and will then be rejected by Jesus Christ and cast into the fire of affliction in the hope that by trying the flesh the spirit might be saved; but a few will be faithful to live by every Word of God and they will be spared.
. . . for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Jerusalem as the capital is a type of Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state
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 was the place of the Temple where God placed his name, and therefore is also the symbol of the SPIRITUAL Temple of the Ekklesia, where God dwells today.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [by sinning], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
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 we have turned 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 is also symbolic of the physical nations of Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state, 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 we have not shown gratitude through living by every Word of God; because we have rejected the truth of God to cleave to their own ways, false traditions and our wicked ways: Almighty God is AGAINST US! and he will reject us (Rev 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 Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state including the spiritual Ekklesia are FULL of ABOMINATIONS; lying, stealing, blaspheming, adulteries, homosexuality, Sabbath and High Day pollution and the idolizing the false religious traditions of men! Therefore we will be cast into the sorrow of great tribulation.
Our people will starve in physical famine
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.
Along with physical Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state, those who have been spiritually called to godliness, and have defiled God’s sanctuary with our rebellious ways and our detestable rejection of the truth of God for our idolatry of men and our own false ways: will also be cast into severe correction!
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 violance; with the remaining third scattered and chased by the sword.
This prophecy is specific to Jerusalem in Ezekiel’s day, but it is an example for us today. Similar terrible calamities will also fall on today’s Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state.
At that time one third in Jerusalem died by violence and one third by famine and disease while the remainder were scattered into the Babylonian captivity and many perished. In the rest of Judah the poor were allowed to remain and work the land, but they fled into Egypt where they also perished.
Today there will be a similar catastrophe.
5:12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence [disease especially that spread by vermin], 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 today’s Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state; because we have departed from him and his Word in spite of the blessings that God has showered on them. At the same time Almighty God is very angry with those he has called and given his Spirit to, because we are keen to follow our idols of men and to exalt their own ways above the Word of God.
Today the spiritual Ekklesia has fallen into idolatry and spiritual Porneia [disloyalty and spiritual adultery] and a multitude of sins, just like physical Israel [mainly the Anglo Saxon peoples] and today’s Jewish state.
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 in our land; 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 spiritual Ekklesia until this correction comes upon us 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.