Holy Spirit Advantage Prophetic Ministries
God Will Not Spare Any People for Idolatry
by Dr. Chika Flint, (www.hsapm.org)
Once again we would endeavor to learn from the experiences of the children of Israel, who are the custodians of the
Oracle of God. The question we will attempt to answer in this study is why God would not spare any people because of
their sins, especially the sin of idolatry? From Ezekiel chapters 3 through 6 we shall learn from the experiences of the
peoples of Israel and Judah and how their idolatry led to God’s judgment. We will also see that God can and does
accomplish his aims directly or mediately through nature, men, angels, or circumstances.
A true prophet of God does not speak until he or she has received the revelation of God. The word in Ezekiel’s mouth
was as sweet as honey, and he was sent only to the house of Israel to speak only what God has given him.
To be forewarned is to be forearmed, just as God through our ministry has continually warned America today. God tells
Ezekiel that his message will not be listened to, not because it is given by Ezekiel but because the people will not hear
God. As always, God makes it clear that his people have two options, either they hear, heed, repent, and are saved, or
they refuse to hear and are judged.
Ezekiel assumes the role of prophet with a heavy heart, embittered by the knowledge that he will not succeed among
these reprobate people, and conscious that he must speak God’s word. The Spirit of God carried him to Babylon where
he waited among the captives for God to tell him what to say. He had a twofold message for them when he spoke. The
captives would be in Babylon a long time, and they would be joined by many others when Judah and Jerusalem had
been taken and the city destroyed (3:1-5)
The Prophet As a Watchman
God called Ezekiel as a watchman to sound the alarm whenever danger arose. If he failed to do so, his people would be
destroyed and he would be responsible. Even if the people refused to heed his warnings when given, he was to watch,
but he could not be held responsible so long as he did his job.
The Minister of the Gospel as a Watchman
The true ministers and servants of God, like Ezekiel, are to warn men to flee from the wrath to come. In other words, as
the true prophets of Israel were watchmen for Israel so are the ministers of the Gospel (the universal message of
salvation) ought to be watchmen for the nations of the earth through the Gospel as preached by Jesus Christ.
Again, when a righteous person turns from doing righteous things and commit iniquity, God will put a stumbling-
block (hardship) before the person to get his or her attention. If this person dies his or her death shall be due to the fact
that the ministers of God had not given this person warning, this person shall die in his or her sin, and his or her
righteousness and good works shall not be remembered or rewarded. But his or her blood will God require at the hands
of the ministers of His Gospel because they have failed to warn this person to refrain from committing iniquity.
But if the minister of my Gospel shall warn the righteous man, and the righteous man turns from committing iniquity,
this person shall live because he or she has been warned. At the same the ministers of My Gospel would have delivered
themselves from my judgment (3:16-20).
The Power of the Holy Spirit
The glory of God came upon Ezekiel and sets him on his feet. He is overtaken by a kind of paralysis in which he lies
dumb and bound, incapable of fulfilling the prophetic office to the rebellious house of Israel until God opens his mouth
and fills it with his words. God commands him to pick up a tile, i.e., a clay tablet used by the Babylonians for writing.
God told Ezekiel to draw a map of Jerusalem on it, along with information about the coming siege against the city.
God now gives specifics and the length of the punishment. The period covers probably the time from the first apostasy
under Jeroboam to the destruction of Jerusalem. Three hundred and ninety years for the house of Israel and 40 years for
the house of Judah. We have chosen not to be dogmatic about the meaning of the symbol. But these years do indicate
the number of years Israel and her sister Judah would have to be punished for their sins. God commands Ezekiel to
turn toward Jerusalem with his arm outstretched (to signify dealing blows without mercy) and prophecy against it. God
binds him in order to carry out the symbol that Jerusalem will be bound by the siege before it capitulates.
Ezekiel is to eat only enough to remain alive signifying that famine will overtake Jerusalem during the siege. To cook
food with human dung was nauseous, so God let him change it to animal dung. Signifying that the famine will bring
the Jews to a place where they will eat anything, even forbidden food, to stay alive (4:1-17; Lev. 11).
This is a sign by which the complete destruction of Jerusalem is set forth. Ezekiel divided the hair from his head and
beard into three parts. It symbolized the fact that one-third of the Jews in Jerusalem would perish by fire famine and
pestilence, one-third will be slain in the warfare, and one-third will be scatter far and wide.
The various prophets who spoke about the destruction of Jerusalem were in full agreement that the judgment of God
fell because of the people’s apostasy, which included idolatry and disobedience to God’s commandments. The nation of
Israel has broken God’s statutes, but this does not mean that all of the people have done so. There was a remnant of
faithful people who kept the law of God and loved God with their whole hearts. Josephus in his book “The Wars of the
Jews” tells how human flesh was eaten during the siege of Jerusalem, when the famine was at its height.
Zeal or “Jealousy.” The Hebrew word is variously translated in the Old Testament as “zeal” and “Jealousy.” Jealousy
usually has a negative meaning. But jealousy in God and jealousy in man are not the same. Jealousy or zeal in God has
to do with the exactment of exclusive devotion. God will not suffer himself to be supplanted by any gods, nor will he
permit any substitutes in place of himself. God clearly states that what happened to Jerusalem, although accomplished
by a heathen nation and people, was done by God himself through secondary agents. God can and does accomplish his
aims directly or mediately through nature, men, angels, or circumstances. (5:1-17).
Idolatry Leads to God’s Judgment
The Israelites habitually resorted to idolatry as we see today in America. They set up groves for worship, made images,
and otherwise offended the true God by substituting pagan worship for the worship of God. Today in America the
Bohemian Groves in California is where the leaders of America worship, images, and otherwise offend the true God by
substituting pagan worship for the worship of God. Click here to view the video.
Because God is zealous for his honor, those who dishonor him must suffer the consequences of their wickedness. All of
man’s substitutes for God will be destroyed and all their works wiped out. However, in the midst of a judgment unto
death, God will preserve a remnant for himself. God commanded Ezekiel to demonstrate his sense of horror, urgency,
and grief by clapping his hands and stamping his feet. Thus will the people know how serious he is and how certain
will be the evil consequences of Israel’s transgressions. When the Israelites see these things come to pass, they will
know that God is the Lord (6:1 -14).
The Land is Finished
Ezekiel informs the Jews about the final ruin, the absolute destruction of the land. God says that the end is nearer than
the Jews thought. Time has run out; their defeat is certain. The Jews cannot say that it was not their fault or that what
happened was an accident. Their sins had brought this judgment upon them, and no one else was to blame.
God declares that this judgment will be universal and that none shall escape. Death will ride triumphantly in the city
and in the countryside. No one will be safe anywhere. Whoever is marked for death will not escape. No one will wail
from those who die, and resistance will do no good. Thus the sentence of judgment will be executed and doom will
overtake these sinners. When the judgment of God falls, even sinful men will seek peace so that their lives will be
saved. They will pray for it, seek it, and expect it, but it will not come. They will court their enemies to no avail. There
always comes a time when the patience of God is exhausted and the door of grace is closed. It is presumption for
people to assume that they may continue in their evil ways and that God will answer. Once the divine ear chooses not
to hear, there can be no reversal of judgment (Ezekiel 7:1-27).
Marking the Foreheads of the Innocent
God is offended, His wrath is about to be released, his pity is gone, and prayer to him will not be heard. And the glory
of the God of Israel was gone from the Cherub to the threshold of, i.e. “above the entrance.” The glory of God filled the
tabernacle and the Solomonic Temple. Now Ezekiel sees God’s glory departing from the temple. It hovered over the
city and stopped for a time on the Mount of Olives, and no one has since seen the glory return. God was leaving his
people, and once the glory had left, the city was defenseless against its enemies (Ezk. 10:16-22). So the glory of God was
gone from Jerusalem before Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers sacked Jerusalem and the temple
As God’s agent of death proceeds, no one is to be spared except those who have been specially marked with the seal of
God on their foreheads. The sinners are guilty and their guilt must be atoned. By their death the price is paid, but not
in full; it will remain forever without the justice of God being satisfied. (Ezek. 9:1-11; 11:23).
Cherubim in the Scriptures are stated to be winged creatures of great beauty and power in the service of the Lord, Gen.
3:24 says that God placed the cherubim on the east side of Eden to keep Adam from eating of the tree of life and living
forever. In the tabernacle, two cherubim were on either end of the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. They touched
each other with the tips of their wings and bowed before the presence of God (Exod. 15:18-21) Figures of cherubim were
embroidered on the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place (Exod. 26:31). John, in The Revelation,
speaks of the cherubim as living creatures, four in number, who stand around and in the midst of the throne of God
(Rev. 4:6-7). The reference to the cherub in Ezk.28:14 appears to speak of Satan who is to be judged (Ezk. 28:16-19);
whose fall is described in Isa. 14:12-14, 15-19), and then cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:10).
The Glory of God Leaves the Temple in Jerusalem
The wheels and the cherubim are so interrelated that neither exists apart from the other. The glory of God had filled
the tabernacle built in Moses’ day. When Solomonic temple was finished, the glory of God entered the sanctuary when
it was dedicated. Now the glory of God departs from the temple, never again to return. When the destroyed temple was
rebuilt, the glory of God never filled it, nor was there any such manifestation of the divine presence in the temple of
Jesus’ day (Ezk. 9:3, 10:18-22)
Scripture Reading: Ezekiel Chapters 3 - 11.
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