Ezekiel 4 and the sieges of Jerusalem

Ezekiel prophesied two sieges of Jerusalem because of the iniquity of 1) the House of Israel 2) the House of Judah. What were these iniquities and how are they to be remedied? It maybe that remedying these iniquities with be the cause of/or the sign of these two houses becoming one under one king. In fact the whole house of Israel under the headship of the prophesied future King David. So let’s look at the iniquity through the prophet Ezekiel and the siege of Jerusalem.

The prophet Ezekiel had a very precise prophecy relating to the sieges of Jerusalem.

Note, the siege was the context of the prophecy and he was to lie of his side for 390 years for the iniquity of the House of Israel  and 40 years for the House of Judah.

Ekekiel 4 sieges of Jerusalem

 

The reader is invited to understand the dates as per F.N.Jones’ meticulous work….  Chronology of the Old Testament: A Return to the Basics by FLOYD NOLEN JONES, Th.D., Ph.D. 2002 specifically chapter 2.

Ezekiel clearly portrays two houses here in chapter 4.

Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We know that the city of Jerusalem was besieged in 586 B.C. and then destroyed. What happened 390 years prior to this? Well, it was when Israel was divided after King Solomon. We know that it wasn’t the northern ten tribes’ rebellion, for God Himself had instigated the division, so it must have been something else. That something else would be known as the sin of Jeroboam son of Nebat. All the kings of Israel would follow suit and be said to sin in the same manner as Jeroboam, son of Nebat. Not only that but the House of Judah would also sin in this manner.

Jeremiah chapter 3: And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

So the iniquity of the House of Israel did not cease with the northern ten tribes being taken into captivity but continued in the House of Judah.

What was that iniquity? Chapter 12 of I Kings tells us.

Golden calf

1.Two golden calves “behold thy gods”

2. Bethel and Dan not Jerusalem

3. Priests of the lowest people, not of the Levites

4. Feast on 15th of 8th month, a month devised in his own heart

 

 

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

 

In the Footsteps of King Jeroboam is an early post the parallels the sins of Jeroboam with the how the church synchronized pagan elements into Christianity. Here is an excerpt:-

In 1990’s many people around the world started to hear, by the Spirit, the word ‘Ephraim’. That is how many people started to understand the mystery of the gentiles that Paul had talked about in Ephesians chapter 3 when referring to chapter 2 and in Romans 11.

However, that is not how God started to talk with me. He started to show me that the church was not following after the traditions of the apostles but had incorporated into Christianity many traditions from paganism. Instead of worshiping at God’s appointed times the church had started by changing times and seasons and instead of Passover starting on the fourteenth day of the month of Aviv/Nissan that Easter instead started on the Friday before the Sunday after the full moon after the Spring Equinox. This is sometimes close in date and sometimes a month different. The birth of Jesus which evidence suggests was in September during the Feast of Trumpets was changed to the day of longest night – a pagan festival – 25th December. Leviticus chapter 23 gives us the way to know what the dates were that were God’s appointed times.

The apostles were centred in Jerusalem but Jesus had said that the days were coming that we would all worship in Spirit and in truth. However, the church makes Constantinople and then Rome as its centre of worship – an entirely different place of either Jerusalem or wherever the Spirit is.

The bible tells us that we are a Royal priesthood and that we are predestined to be formed into the image of Christ and that we are under a new covenant where no man will teach his neighbour to know the LORD for we will all know Him from the least to the greatest. The church had at one stage taken the reading of the bible away from its people and placed it with a chosen few and then caused that chosen few to tell everyone what to think about God. Priests were placed over people but God had said that all believers were to become priests. Yes there were to be decans, elders and bishops but their role was not for the purposes intermediaries between God and man.

The church also brought in the worship of saints, Mary and various statutes. Although Mary and the saints were good people we are told to worship God alone.

I realized when I read about the sins of Jeroboam that we, in the church, had over the past two thousand years paralleled his sins. Jeroboam had been given, by God, the kingship over the ten Northern tribes of Israel when God had split the Kingdom of Israel into two after King Solomon’s reign because of Solomon’s sin. Jeroboam did not trust God to keep the people he had just been given so he devised a plan to stop them becoming one with the Kingdom of the South which Solomon’s son Reoboam had inherited from his father. He did this by constituting four new things. They were:- 1) different gods i.e. Golden Calves;    2) different place of worship i.e. Bethel and Dan; 3) a different priesthood i.e. not from the Levities; and 4) different time of worship i.e. the eighth month.

There are over twenty places where the bible refers to the kings of the northern kingdom of Israel/Ephraim as having sinned after the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat.All the kings of the Northern Kingdom sinned. None were good. That is why God sends them into captivity and breaks covenant with them.

These are the sins of Jeroboam 

  1. Changed who was worshiped            Golden Calves
  2. Changed where to worship                Bethel and Dan
  3. Priesthood                                              Not Levites
  4. Changed times                                       Eighth month

These are the sins of the church

  1. Changed who was worshiped            Mary and saints
  2. Changed where to worship                 Constantinople & Rome
  3. Priesthood                          Select few only – not all of us being a Royal priesthood
  4. Changed times                                   Synchronized pagan holidays

Although things are different in the New Covenant from the Old Covenant we can easily see that the type of sins is very similar. So I saw the church as having sinned after the ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat. Maybe that is why the prophet Jeremiah says of the gentiles in chapter 16 verse 19, “O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, ‘Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.’”

 

Other blogs on this site will argue that the church is full of Ancient Israelites that became Gentiles/nations and empires and then were grafted back into the family of God or the Olive tree through faith in the person of Yeshua the Messiah. If this is true and I believe it is then the church has continued in the iniquity that expelled the House of Israel from the land 2700 years ago.  Is turning from this iniquity part of the end-time process that brings Israel together with their brother Judah? That will be the reader’s conversation to have with Holy Spirit.

What of the House of Judah’s iniquity? What happened to them 40 years before 70 AD?

What thinking do they need to turn towards to come together with their brother Ephraim/Israel?

Psalm 133 says Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Paul in Romans 11 says 33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Both chapters Psalm 133 and Romans 11 have a promise of life from the dead.

Rom 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Ps133:3b…….for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

As Psalm 121 proclaims:-

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

 

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