Holy Spirit Advantage Prophetic Ministries
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God Will Not Spare Any People for Idolatry
by Rev. Dr. Flint Chika, Bishop

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.
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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).

The Cherubim

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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