PROPHECY  OF  EZEKIEL  AND  TEMPLE  QUESTION #2


THE  AUTHOR  CONTINUES…..



It is imperative that these essential facts should be clearly borne in mind when making any attempt to understand the prophetical Scriptures: more especially when facing up to the tremendous problems involved in the last nine chapters of Ezekiel, and the endeavour to find a reasonable and happy solution.


[“TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS” FOR THE LAST 9 CHAPTERS? I DO NOT THINK SO; PRETTY STRAIGHT-FORWARD TO ME; YOU READ THEM AND JUST BELIEVE THEM. IF YOU BELIEVE THE OTHER PHYSICAL THINGS TO COME UPON THE NATIONS MENTIONED IN THE BOOK, THEN YOU SHOULD BELIEVE THE PHYSICAL THINGS OF THE LAST CHAPTERS OF EZEKIEL - Keith Hunt]


The Book of Ezekiel is a collection of documents containing that prophet's own personal statements and records of visions, prophetical revelations and Divine commissions given to him from time to time during a period extending over twenty-five years.


[YES TRUE - Keith Hunt]


The Book contains thirteen such documents, and there may have been another, the earliest of which, however, was not preserved, although the date of it is given. Each documental section of the Book is carefully dated, and it should be observed that in some cases the date covers a group of allied documents, the matter of all of which was conveyed to the prophet at about the date given.


[YES  OKAY  -  Keith Hunt]


These dates, and the order in which they are placed in the text, must be regarded as having a profound significance in the intelligent appreciation of Ezekiel's life-work, and the interpretation of his messages; especially his visions of a rebuilt temple at Jerusalem and the re-constitution of the then captive nation Israel on the basis of a revised and prolonged Levitical dispensation.


[THE  DATES  SIMPLY  GIVE  YOU  THE  TIME  OF  VISIONS  AND  WORDS  FROM  GOD  TO  EZEKIEL…..THIS  VISION  AND  WORDS  AT  THAT  TIME…..THIS  VISION  AND  WORDS  AT  THIS  TIME……THIS  VISION  AND  WORDS  AT  ANOTHER  TIME.  OBVIOUSLY  EZEKIEL  WAS  TO  WRITE  THEM  DOWN  AND  KEEP  THEM,  OR  WE  WOULD  NOT  HAVE  THEM  -  Keith Hunt]


Whether attributable to careless editing, or whatever cause, it is beyond question that the whole collection of documents is very loosely arranged, without any consistent regard to the consecutive order of the dates given. This will be seen from the following table:



ORDER OF THE DOCUMENTS IN THE TEXT




Numerical order


Date of writing as given in the text

Ussher's date

Text arranged

in chronological

order




Chapters and


Month      Day        Year

B.C.

Verses

1st

?            5            5

594

1:2-3

2nd

656

593

8:1 to 19:14

3rd

5           10           7

592

20:1 to 23: 49

4th

10          10           9

590

24:1 to 25:17

5th

10          12          10

589

29:1-16

6th

?            1            11

588

26: l to 28: 26

yth

l            7           11

588

30: 20-26

8th

3            1           11

588

31:1-18

9th

?           15          12

587

32:17 to 33: 20

10th

12           1           12

587

32:1-16

nth

10           5           12

587

33: 21 to 39: 29

12th

10           4           25

574

40:1 to 48:35

13th

1            1           27

572

29:17 to 30:19

14th

4            5           30

569

1:1-2 to 7: 27





[WELL  THE  DOCUMENTS  WERE  KEPT  FOR  SURE,  OBVIOUSLY  AS  INDIVIDUAL  DOCUMENTS,  SO  IN  THAT  SENSE  I  GUESS  YOU  COULD  SAY  “LOOSELY” - AND  WHEN  GOD  TOLD  EZEKIEL  TO  PUT  THEM  IN  BOOK  FORM (THE  JEWS  HAVE  ALWAYS  HAD  THEM,  PRESERVED  THEM,  IN  THE  BOOK  FORM  WE  HAVE  TODAY  IN  OUR  HOLY  BIBLE),  THE  IMPORTANCE  OF  WHICH  EVENT  WILL  FOLLOW  WHICH  EVENT  (THERE  IS  A  DEFINITE  “STORY  FLOW”  TO  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL)  WAS  THE  IMPORTANT  THING,  NOT  THE  DATES  OF  THE  VARIOUS  VISIONS;  GETTING  THE  VISIONS  AT  THIS  OR  THAT  TIME,  IS  ALTOGETHER  MUCH  LESS  IMPORTANT  THAN  HOW  GOD  INSPIRED  EZEKIEL  TO  PUT  THEM  IN  A  DIRECT  ORDER.

WE  COULD  USE  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION  AS  THE  SAME  TYPE.  IN  OTHER  WORDS  JOHN  MAY  HAVE  BEEN  GIVEN  CHAPTERS  21, 22,  EARLIER  THAN  CHAPTERS  19, 20.  COULD  SAY  MAYBE  CHAPTER  17, 18  WHERE  GIVEN  BEFORE  CHAPTER  16;  OR  CHAPTER  2, 3, AFTER  CHAPTER  12  -  AND  ETC.  THE  IMPORTANT  THING  IS  NOT  WHEN  CERTAIN  CHAPTERS  WERE  GIVEN,  BUT  THE  MOST  IMPORTANT  IS  HOW  THEY  WERE  INSPIRED  TO  BE  PUT  TOGETHER,  WHAT  WORDS  CAME  AFTER  WHAT  WORDS; HENCE  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION  IS  AS  WE  HAVE  IT;  IN  THE  ORDER  WE  HAVE  IT  -  Keith Hunt]

 

The kind of document with which we have to deal is described in chapter 2, verses 9 and 10, and chapter 3, verse 1:


Behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me; and it was written within and without.


Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll.


This roll consisted of a length of parchment, written in columns on both sides, attached to rollers, the turning of which would unfold the part desired to be read, or enable the whole to be closely rolled up, or, if necessary, sealed for security. Revelation 5: l shows such a book:


I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.”


When a number of such documents had been collected a receptacle had to be used to keep them all together; each roll with its tag or docket appended to indicate its contents and its position in the collection. In such a receptacle they could not, of course, be placed in ordered array like volumes on a bookshelf, and it is easy to see how some scribe, probably impeccably devout and  learned, but indifferent as to exactitude of order, arranged them loosely when transcribing them into the earliest volume form: hence the rather confused positions of the dated documents.


[WOW…..WHAT  MAN  MADE  IDEAS  TO  TRY  AND  SUPPORT  YOUR  ARGUMENT!  NOPE!  GOD  INSPIRED  THE  JEWS  TO  PUT  THESE  DOCUMENTS  OF  EZEKIEL  IN  THE  SPECIFIC  ORDER  WE  HAVE  THE  BOOK  TODAY.  BE  IT  EZEKIEL  HIMSELF  OR  THE  “SCRIBAL”  JEWS,  GOD  INSPIRED  THE  ORDER  THAT  THE  CHAPTERS  OF  EZEKIEL  WOULD  BE  PUT  IN,  FOR  AS  I’VE  PROVED  IN  EXPOUNDING  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL,  THERE  IS  AN  ORDER  OF  EVENTS  IN  EZEKIEL…..A  ONE,  TWO,  THREE  ETC.  ORDER;  MUCH  MORE  SO  IN  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  THAN  IN  ISAIAH,  OR  JEREMIAH.  THE  CHAPTERS  OR  WORDS [NO  CHAPTERS  OR  VERSES  OR  PUNCTUATION  IN  THE  HEBREW  MSS]  OF  EZEKIEL  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  BE  IN  THE  ORDER  WE  FIND  THEM  IN  OUR  BIBLE.  THERE  IS  A  SIMPLE  STORY  FLOW  FOR  END  TIME  PROPHECY  IN  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL;  ALL  MAKING  LOGICAL  SENSE  AND  SO  EASY  TO  UNDERSTAND.  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  IS  FOR  THE  VERY  END  TIME  OF  THIS  AGE,  AND  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  EZEKIEL’S  TIME;  THE  BOOK  IS  FOR  THE  LAST  3  AND  1/2  YEARS  OF  THIS  AGE  AND  INTO  THE  1,000  YEAR  AGE  TO  COME  -  SEE  AND  STUDY  MY  EXPOUNDING  OF  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  -  Keith Hunt]


All the dates given in the text except that in chapter l, verses 2 and 3, were affixed by Ezekiel himself, writing in the first person; that one exception was added 'editorially' by some unknown hand, writing in the third person, and was probably an explanatory docket note affixed to the collection of documents, but, unfortunately, later incorporated into the text without anything to mark it as a parenthetical note - with very misleading results, for it seems to confuse, or even, on the face of it, contradict the date of the first placed documental set dated in chapter 1, verse l, 'the thirtieth year'.


[READING  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  AS  AN  END  TIME  PROPHECY  FOR  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  AND  OTHER  NATIONS,  IS  VERY  EASY  TO  SEE,  AND  THE  DATES  GIVEN  REAL  MEAN  NOTHING  IN  UNDERSTANDING  THE  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  OF  GOD  THROUGH  EZEKIEL.  THE  “DATES”  OF  THE  VARIOUS  VISIONS  MEAN  NOTHING  IN  UNDERSTANDING  THE  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  GOD  IS  FORECASTING  FOR  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  AND  OTHER  NATIONS  -  Keith Hunt]


The system of dating all through is as from the first year of the captivity of King Jehoiachin, 599 B.C. (2 Kings 24:15). That captivity was endured in degradation for thirty-seven years, but was afterwards much alleviated (2 Kings 25: 27-30). Ezekiel's visions and revelations covered in all some twenty-five years of this period (chapter 1:1-3).


[SO  ALL  THE  PROPHETIC  MESSAGES  FOR  THE  END  TIME (SEE  MY  EXPOUNDING  OF  THIS  BOOK)  WERE  OVER  A  25  YEAR  PERIOD….. SO  WHAT!  GOD  CAN  TAKE  AS  MUCH  TIME  AS  HE  LIKES  TO  REVEAL  A  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  TO  ANYONE;  AND  WHATEVER  “SECTION”  OF  THAT  MESSAGE  AT  WHATEVER  TIME.  IT  IS  THE  END  RESULT  THAT  MATTERS.  AND  THE  END  RESULT  WAS  THAT  THE  WORDS  OF  EZEKIEL  WERE  INSPIRED  TO  BE  PUT  IN  THE  ORDER  WE  HAVE  THEM  IN  OUR  BIBLE;  AND  THE  “DATES”  OF  THIS  VISION/WORDS  OR  THAT  VISION/WORDS,  MEAN  NOTHING…… HOW  IT  WAS  ALL  PUT  ORDERLY  TOGETHER  IS  THE  IMPORTANT  INSPIRATION  -  Keith Hunt]


It is stated in the editorial note of chapter 1, verses 2 and 3, that Ezekiel received his first prophetical communication in 'the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity', but of this no record has been preserved, though the date should be carefully noted as indicating the dating method of the Book.


[THE  DATES  MEAN  NOTHING  COMPARED  TO  THE  MESSAGE  OF  THE  ONE,  TWO,  THREE,  ORDER  OF  THE  END  TIME  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  TO  THE  NATIONS  MENTIONED  IN  THE  BOOK  -  Keith Hunt]


Chapters 1 to 7 inclusive are dated in chapter 1, verse 1, as containing visions, etcetera, given 'in the thirtieth year'.


A somewhat similar expression occurs in chapter 40, verse 1, 'the five and twentieth year', but with the notable addition 'of our captivity', i.e., the captivity of those who were carried away with Jehoiachin; and this, of course, is implied in chapter 1, verse 1, where we should read 'the thirtieth year (of our, or of Jehoiachin's, captivity)'; and so on throughout the Book, thus making this important system of dates both simple and harmonious. For the clearing up of the difficulties of this Book too much attention cannot be given to this system of the dating of the prophet's messages.


[AH  THE  AUTHOR  HAS  CAUGHT  ON  TO  AN  UN-IMPORTANT  MATTER,  A  VERY  UNIMPORTANT  MATTER  OF  “VISION  DATES”  AND  WANTS  YOU  TO  CATCH  ON  ALSO,  AS  HE  PROCLAIMS  THESE  “VISION  DATES”  AS  ALL  IMPORTANT.  NOTHING  COULD  BE  FURTHER  FROM  THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER.  THE  CHRONOLOGICAL  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  IS  THE  ALL  IMPORTANT  MATTER,  NOT  SOME  “DATES”  -  AGAIN  I  SAY,  SEE  MY  EXPOUNDING  OF  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  -  Keith Hunt]


Actually, the earliest dated set of Ezekiel's extant prophecies is that given in chapters 8-19 ('in the sixth year', etc.), and the subsequent sets go on in rather interrupted sequence up to those given in chapters 32-39, dated 'the twelfth year'. Then occurs a long interval of silence lasting thirteen years, after which the temple series of visions, etc., is given in the set dated 'the five and twentieth year of our captivity', chapters 40-48.


[ALL  UN-IMPORTANT!  IF  YOU  GET  ALL  BOGGED  DOWN  WITH  “DATES”  YOU  WILL  MISS  THE  REALLY  IMPORTANT  MESSAGE  OF  THE  BOOK!  THE  BOOK  IS  FOR  THE  VERY  END  TIMES,  AND  WHAT  IN  A  ONE,  TWO,  THREE,  CHRONOLOGY  END  TIME  EVENTS  WILL  COME  UPON  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  AND  OTHER  NATIONS  -  Keith Hunt]


So then actually the last dated set of prophecies and visions is that which is placed at the beginning of the Book, chapters 1 to 7, which bears in chapter l, verse 1, the very latest date of all, 'the thirtieth year', that is to say, five years after those in chapters 40-48.


[SO  WHAT,  THE  TIME  GOD  GIVES  WHATEVER  VISION/MESSAGE  TO  A  PERSON  OVER  AN  EXTENDED  TIME,  MATTERS  NOT  ONE  BIT,  COMPARED  TO  HOW  IT  IS  THEN  PUT  TOGETHER  FOR  THE  FINAL  RESULT  OF  THE  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  TO  A  PEOPLE.  AS  THE  AUTHOR  SAYS,  IT  WAS  A  PERIOD  OF  25  YEARS,  BEFORE  ALL  THE  MESSAGE  WAS  GIVEN  TO  EZEKIEL;  THEN  IT  WAS  INSPIRED  TO  BE  PUT  TOGETHER  AS  WE  HAVE  IT  TODAY  IN  GOD’S  HOLY  BIBLE  -  THE  LATTER  IS  THE  ALL  IMPORTANT  FACT  AND  ACT,  NOT  A  SET  OF  DATES  -  Keith Hunt]


It cannot be too emphatically stressed that the closing chapters of the Book antedate the opening chapters by five years! This, indeed, is the key to the puzzle of the last nine chapters with their seemingly flat negation of some chief Christian fundamentals, and it opens the way to reasonable, consistent and wonderfully illuminating interpretation of one of the most difficult parts of this great Book.


[I  DO  NOT  FIND  THE  LAST  9  CHAPTERS  TO  BE  A  “KEY”  TO  A  “MOST  DIFFICULT  PARTS  OF  THIS  GREAT  BOOK”  -  THE  AUTHOR  DID,  BUT  I  DO  NOT.  I  DO  NOT  FIND  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  DIFFICULT  AT  ALL  TO  UNDERSTAND.  IT  WAS  A  MESSAGE  TO  THE  END  TIME  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  AND  OTHER  NATIONS;  IT  HAS  A  CLEAR  ONE,  TWO,  THREE,  STORY  FLOW,  FROM  THE  ABOUT  THE  LAST  3  AND  1/2  YEARS  OF  THIS  AGE  TO  THE  COMING  OF  CHRIST,  TO  THE  BEGINNING  AND  INTO  THE  1,000  YEAR  AGE  -  Keith Hunt]


The Book should be read in its proper historical sequence as beginning with chapter 8, and continued as a succession of sets of visions and prophecies on to the end of chapter 39, when we have reached what is really the latest forecast given by Ezekiel of future events.


[NONSENSE  TO  SUCH  THEOLOGY….. THAT  TEACHING  IS  CRAZY  AND  SILLY.  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  SHOULD  BE  READ  AND  UNDERSTOOD  JUST  AS  GOD  INSPIRED  IT  TO  BE  PUT  DOWN  IN  ORDER  OF  WORDS,  AS  WE  HAVE  IT  TODAY  IN  THE  BIBLE.  THE  MESSAGE  IS  THE  ALL  IMPORTANT  THING  NOT  “DATES”  -  Keith Hunt]


The remaining two sets, those beginning and ending the book,  should be read as  having special and particular relationships to each other, and the first as supplementary to the last. This is not only justified, but actually required, both by the subject matter and the dates. The set placed last in the Book contains the terms of a provisional constitution which Ezekiel was therein commanded to convey personally to exiled Israel as an authoritative Divine offer of conditional national restoration.  The set placed first in the Book, but dated five years later than the last, contains Ezekiel's great commission set forth in detail, and indicates how the prophet would faithfully discharge it at terrible cost of suffering and ignominy at the hands of the defiantly apostate House of Israel.


[ALL  WRONG  AND  VERY  INEPT  IN  UNDERSTANDING  THE  MESSAGE  OF  EZEKIEL,  TO  THE  PEOPLE  OF  ISRAEL,  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL  AT  THE  VERY  END  TIME,  WITH  LESSER  MESSAGES  TO  A  FEW  OTHER  NATIONS.  THE  AUTHOR  SHOWS  ME  HE  HAD  JUST  ABOUT  NO  UNDERSTANDING  OF  THE  PROPHETIC  MESSAGE  OF  EZEKIEL,  WHEN  IT  WAS  FOR  AND  TO  WHO  IT  WAS  FOR  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  THE  END  TIME,  FOR  THE  CONTEXT  IS  FOR  THE  END  OF  THIS  AGE,  WITH  A  CLEAR  STORY  FLOW  FOR  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH,  AT  THE  END  AND  INTO  THE  AGE  TO  COME  -  Keith Hunt]


The Book deals with both houses, Israel and Judah, separately as well as in common, contemporaneously as well as prophetically, right up to the time of our Lord's return and reign as King. 


[AH  SO  THE  AUTHOR  DOES  SEE  IT  IS  A  MESSAGE  “RIGHT  UP  TO  THE  TIME  OF  OUR  LORD’S  RETURN  AND  REIGN  AS  KING”  -  SO  WHY  DOES  HE  NOT  SEE  OR  BELIEVE  THE  LITERAL  PROPHETIC  FACTS  OF  THE  LAST  CHAPTERS  AS  A  PROPHECY  INTO  THE  1,000  YEAR  AGE  TO  COME?  HE  HAS  HIS  REASONS  AS  HE  WILL  GET  TO  IN  TIME  AND  AS  I  WILL  ANSWER  ALSO  IN  TIME  -  Keith Hunt]


The 'house of Israel' wherever mentioned as such is to be taken literally as meaning that house and nothing else; represented there by the Israel settlements in the province of Ecbatana in Media. They were within easy reach of Ezekiel, who lived among the earlier exiles of Judah within the north-eastern borders of Babylonia: he visited them (chapters 2 and 3), and was visited by their deputations (chapters 14 and 20), and he prophesied many things concerning them and their chequered but wonderful future.


[EZEKIEL  WAS  TO  GO  TO  ISRAEL  AND  WARN  THEM; THEY HAD  GONE  INTO  CAPTIVITY  100  OR  SO  YEARS  BEFORE  EZEKIEL  AND  JUDAH  WENT  INTO  CAPTIVITY  TO  BABYLON.  BUT  NOTICE  GOD  THEN  SAID,  NO  YOU  WILL  NOT  GO  OUT  AMONG  THEM…..CHAPTER  3:22-27.  THEN  NOTICE  CHAPTER  4….. JERUSALEM  AND  ALL  AT  AND  AMONG  THEM  WAS  TO  BE  A  SIGN  TO  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL.  EZEKIEL  WAS  TO  DO  MANY  OTHER  PHYSICAL  THINGS,  WHICH  WERE  ALSO  TO  BE  A  SIGN  TO  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL,  AS  YOU  CONTINUE  TO  READ.  NOTICE  CHAPTER  8,  ELDERS  OF  JUDAH  CAME  TO  HIM  IN  HIS  HOUSE  AND  SAT  BEFORE  HIM.  VERSE  3  EZEKIEL  IS  TAKEN  TO  JERUSALEM  IN  VISION…..CHAPTER  9:8  -  JERUSALEM  A  SIGN  TO  ISRAEL,  BOTH  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  TO  BE  DESTROYED - VERSE 9.  CHAPTER  11:1….. EZEKIEL  IN  SPIRIT  WAS  LIFTED  UP  AND  BROUGHT  TO  THE  LORD’S  HOUSE.  CHAPTER  12  -  EZEKIEL  WAS  TO  MOVE,  LITERALLY….IT  WAS  A  SIGN…..ISRAEL  WOULD  BE  REMOVED  AND  GO  INTO  CAPTIVITY (VERSE 11)…..THEY  WERE  ALREADY  IN  CAPTIVITY,  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL  HAD  GONE  INTO  CAPTIVITY  AT  LEAST  100  YEARS  PREVIOUSLY;  JUDAH  WAS  ALSO  NOW  IN  CAPTIVITY,  ONLY  JERUSALEM  HAD  TO  FALL.  YET  THEY  WOULD  GO  INTO  CAPTIVITY!  READ  THE  REST  OF  CHAPTER  12.


WHAT  ABOUT  “ELDERS”  OF  ISRAEL  COMING  BEFORE  EZEKIEL (CHAPTERS  14  AND  20)?  JEWS  ARE  ISRAELITES,  BUT  NOT  ALL  ISRAELITES  ARE  JEWS.  EZEKIEL  WITH  JUDAH,  ARE  ALREADY  IN  CAPTIVITY  TO  THE  BABYLON  EMPIRE.  THEY  WENT  INTO  CAPTIVITY  BECAUSE  OF  MANY  DEEP  SINS;  ELDERS  HAVING  A  VERY  WRONG  ATTITUDE  OF  MIND,  INCLUDING  IDOLATRY  OF  DIFFERENT  KINDS…..14:1-3.  ALL  OF  THIS  GOING  ON  BEFORE  EZEKIEL,  AND  AS  ALREADY  TOLD  TO  US  BY  THE  LORD,  THIS  WAS  ALL  TO  BE  A  SIGN  TO  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL.  AS  ALL  PROPHECY  SHOWS  IN  ALL  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT  PROPHETIC BOOKS,  AT  THE  END  TIME,  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL  (AND  HOUSE  OF  JUDAH)  WILL,  BECAUSE  OF  THEIR  GROSS  AND  ABDOMINAL  SINS,  BE  INTO  CAPTIVITY,  AT  THE  COMING  OF  CHRIST,  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  ARE  IN  A  STATE  OF  DESTRUCTION  AND  CAPTIVITY,  WHICH  JESUS  MUST  RESCUE  THEM  OUT  FROM,  AND  BRING  THEM  BACK  TO  THE  HOLY  LAND,  AND  SO  STARTS  THE  1,000  YEAR  AGE  TO  COME.  ALL  EXPLAINED  IN  DETAIL  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  “PROPHECY”  ON  THIS  WEBSITE  -  Keith Hunt]  



It would appear that, before allowing the judgment of dispersion to fall on the House of Israel, God had graciously determined to give them a last opportunity for repentance and restoration; and of this purpose He made Ezekiel the missionary ambassador. This final approach of Divine grace to the apostate nation, and their failure to embrace His mercy, stand for ever in this Book as the justification before men of His determinate counsel and foreknowledge expressed in the many other prophecies relating to Israel's long course of regenerative correction and discipline.


[NO,  IT  WAS  NOT  ANYTHING  TO  DO  WITH  THE  DAYS  OF  EZEKIEL.  THE  WHOLE  PROPHECY  OF  EZEKIEL,  FOR  ALL  NATIONS  MENTIONED  IN  THE  BOOK,  IS  FOR  THE  VERY  END  TIMES.  THE  STORY  FLOW  OF  EZEKIEL  IS  VERY  PLAIN  TO  SEE,  IT  IS  ABOUT  A  DESTRUCTION  AND  CAPTIVITY  THAT  WAS  TO  COME,  NOT  ABOUT  THE  CAPTIVITY  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  WERE  ALREADY  IN,  BUT  A  FUTURE,  END  TIMES  CAPTIVITY,  THAT  THE  MESSIAH  GOD  WOULD  DELIVER  THEM  OUT  OF,  AT  HIS  COMING,  AND  THE  KINGDOM  OF  GOD  ON  EARTH  -  Keith Hunt]


The Divine care and foresight would not allow the prophet to go on such a dangerous expedition and present himself among the rebellious people empty-handed and without credentials. He was therefore furnished with tangible evidences of the validity of his mission in the form of a written scheme, Divinely dictated, of national restoration and reconstruction, and elaborate and exactly drawn plans for a new temple, with all its appointed ritual and priestly service: all of which should come into operation in their own land, but all made definitely contingent on both houses repenting and seeking God's favour.


[NOPE!  NOT  AT  ALL!  EZEKIEL  NEVER  WENT  OUT  TO  THEM!  HIS  MISSION  WAS  NOT  ABOUT  WHAT  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH  COULD  YET  BECOME  IN  THE  TIME  OF  EZEKIEL;  IT  HAD  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  A  RESTORATION  UPON  REPENTANCE,  WITH  A  REBUILT  TEMPLE  AND  PRIESTHOOD  ETC.  AND  CONTINGENT  ON  BOTH  HOUSES  SEEKING  GOD’S  FAVOR.  

THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL,  ALL  OF  IT,  IS  FOR  THE  VERY  END  TIME  AND  INTO  THE  AGE  TO  COME.  THE  BOOK  IS  A  ONE,  TWO,  THREE,  STORY  FLOW  OF  EVENTS  JUST  BEFORE  JESUS  RETURNS,  AND  ALSO  INTO  THE  BEGINNING  OF  THE  1,000  YEAR  AGE  -  Keith Hunt]


This was to be an interim constitution, etc., designed conditionally to fill up the period between the proffered restoration and the end of the legal dispensation and the coming of the Messiah in 'the fullness of time', then, of course, passing or merging into the better Messianic or Christian era.


[NOPE,  NOT  SO.  IT  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  “DESIGNED  CONDITIONALLY  TO  FILL  UP  THE  PERIOD  BETWEEN  THE  PROFFERED  RESTORATION  AND  THE  END  OF  THE  LEGAL  DISPENSATION  AND  THE  COMING  OF  THE  MESSIAH…..PASSING  OR  MERGING  INTO  THE  BETTER  MESSIANIC  OR  CHRISTIAN  ARA.”

THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  HAS  EVERYTHING  TO  DO  WITH  THE  END  TIMES,  DESTRUCTION  OF  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH,  A  RESTORING  THEM  BACK  TO  THE  HOLY  LAND,  THE  MESSIAH  REIGNING  OVER  THEM,  AND  THE  BUILDING  OF  THE  TEMPLE  AS  DESCRIBED  BY  EZEKIEL,  WITH  ALL  ITS  PRIESTHOOD,  SACRIFICES,  AND  GOD’S  FESTIVALS,  AS  FORETOLD  ALSO  BY  OTHER  PROPHECIES  IN  OTHER  PROPHETIC  BOOKS  OF  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT  -  Keith Hunt]


This conditional, interim constitution provided for the re-division of the land formerly held, but with somewhat extended borders, in a new manner, among representatives of all the tribes: for a ruling family, not, however, of David's line; for a rebuilt temple on an entirely new plan; for a reformed ecclesiastical establishment; for a sacrificial priesthood, Levitical and Aaronic, confined to the sons of Zadok, and for a subordinate Levitical ministry.


[NOPE!  THIS  WAS  NOT  “CONDITIONAL”  OR  AN  “INTERM  CONSTITUTION”  AT  ALL.  THE  BOOK  OF  EZEKIEL  IS  FOR  THE  END  TIMES  AND  INTO  THE  AGE  TO  COME.  IT  MEANS  WHAT  IT  SAYS  AND  SAYS  WHAT  IT  MEANS,  AS  WE  SEE  NOW  AND  AS  WE  SEE  IN  THE  FUTURE,  AS  WE  ANSWER  ALL  THE  AUTHOR’S  ARGUMENTS  -  Keith Hunt]


All this, worked out in closest detail, was shown to Ezekiel in vision, and in drawn plans handed to him to take with him on his embassage to Israel (chapter 43:10,11); and this long after the earlier dated sets of prophecies had been given, at a period commencing five years before God at last gave him his great commission to go to Israel and seek to bring them to repentance (chapters 1-7), and with specific commands to show them these plans, and offer them for their study, with a view to shaming them to amendment and return to their obedience to God (chapter 43:10,11):


“Thou son of man, show the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern. And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, show them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in therefore, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.”


[NOT  SO  AT  ALL.  THIS  WAS  NOT  SOME  “GOING  FORTH  ON  A  JOURNEY”  FOR  EZEKIEL  AS  WE  HAVE  SEEN.  EZEKIEL  WAS  NOT  GOING  FORTH  TO  TRY  AND  BRING  THEM  TO  REPENTANCE,  AND  SO  TO  GET  THEM  TO  ENTER  SOME  “NEW  OLD  COVENANT”  DISPENSATION  WITH  A  “SPECIAL”  EZEKIEL  TEMPLE (NO  TEMPLE  HAS  EVER  BEEN  BUILT  IN  THE  HOLY  LAND  AS  GIVEN  IN  EZEKIEL’S  LAST  CHAPTERS;  EVEN  HEROD  DID  NOT  TRY  TO  COPY  IT),  AND  SO  PRIESTHOOD  AND  SACRIFICES  ETC.  -  Keith Hunt]


This commission was first of all to the Israel settlements of the Median captivity then in Ecbatana (chapters 2, 3); and he was to discharge it at all costs and whatever risk (chapter 2). When he went he carried with him this documentary evidence of God's willingness to forgive and restore.


[NOT  SO  AS  I  HAVE  SHOWN.  EZEKIEL  WAS  TOLD  HE  WOULD  NOT  GO  FORTH.  HIS  MESSAGE  WAS  MAINLY  TO  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISRAEL,  WHICH  HAD  GONE  INTO  ASSYRIAN  CAPTIVITY  AT  LEAST  100  YEARS  BEFORE  EZEKIEL’S  TIME.  GOD’S  MESSAGE  THROUGH  EZEKIEL  WAS  THAT  THE  HOUSE  OF  ISREAL (AND  JUDAH)  WOULD  AGAIN  GO  INTO  DESTRUCTION  AND  CAPTIVITY,  FOR  THEIR  SINS,  AT  THE  TIME  JUST  BEFORE  THE  MESSIAH  WOULD  COME  TO  DELIVER  THEM  OUT  OF  THEIR  CAPTIVITY  AND  RESTORE  THEM  TO  THE  HOLY  LAND,  WITH  A  UNIQUE  TEMPLE  AND  ALL  THAT  THEREIN  IS  TOLD  AS  TO  HOW  IT  WILL  FUNCTION  -  Keith Hunt]


Therefore, in fact, the last nine chapters of the Book are not Millennial, and so are certainly not subversive to the Gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ. They are the record of a Divine scheme of renewal, tentatively offered for the free choice or rejection of Israel, but made wholly dependent on the subjection of their will and the change of their heart towards God - which, however, was unhappily not realized. Thus, as the imperative conditions were not met, the offer lapsed, the scheme became inoperative, and Israel's dispersion inevitably had to be inflicted.


[AGAIN  NOT  SO  AT  ALL  -  VERY  VERY  WRONG  THEOLOGY!  IT  HAS  EVERYTHING  TO  DO  WITH  THE  MILLENNIAL  REIGN  OF  JESUS  THE  CHRIST.  IT  DEPENDS  ON  NOTHING;  GOD  WILL  BRING  IT  ALL  TO  PASS  AS  WRITTEN;  IT  HAS  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  “IMPERATIVE  CONDITIONS”  OR  “THE  SCHEME  BECAME  INOPERATIVE”  OR  “ISAREL’S  DISPERSION  INEVITABLY  HAD  TO  BE  INFLICTED”  -  AS  FOR  THE  LAST,  ISREAL  WAS  ALREADY  IN  DISPERSION,  ALREADY  INFLICTED  WITH  DESTRUCTION  WHEN  THE  VISIONS  AND  PROPHECY  WAS  GIVEN  TO  EZEKIEL.  

THE  BOOK  HAS  EVERYTHING  TO  DO  WITH  A  FINAL  END  TIME  DESTRUCTION  AND  CAPTIVITY  FOR  ISRAEL  AND  JUDAH,  AND  A  RESTORATION  EXACTLY  AS  FORETOLD  FROM  CHAPTER  34  TO  48  -  Keith Hunt]


But so interesting and important a document could not be allowed to be lost or destroyed: it must be preserved to witness to God's righteous and pitiful dealing with His unworthy people; accordingly it was duly dated and retained among the other documents left by Ezekiel, and when they were afterwards put into volume form it was relegated to a place at the end of the Book as an appendix. But, since it bears no outward description as an appendix and was placed in a position immediately following upon chapters which foretell the final tribulation period and its ending at the 'Presence' of the Lord, it has unfortunately been commonly but wrongly assumed to foretell a continuation of the historical developments of those chapters, and to be therefore Millennial - which it most certainly is not; unless indeed the Millennium involves a complete abrogation of the New Testament teaching of the sole efficacy of our Lord's finished Sacrifice, the One Atonement, perfect, and all-sufficient for all men, besides the negation of His consecration to an everlasting Priesthood after the order of Melchisedek (Hebrews,  7:  28),  and a reversion to the never-ending offering of the blood of animals to take away sin!


[THE  AUTHOR  HAS  ALL  HIS  REASONS  FOR  IT  NOT  BEING  AN  END  TIME  MILLENNIUM  PROPHECY,  THE  ARGUMENTS  OF  WHICH  SHALL  BE  ANSWERED  IN  DUE  TIME.  CONTRARY  TO  THE  AUTHOR,  THIS  EZEKIEL  PROPHECY  HAS  EVERYTHING  TO  DO  WITH  THE  END  TIMES  AND  INTO  THE  AGE  TO  COME  -  Keith Hunt]


Only by a recognition of the fact that the prophetical value of the Book closes at the end of chapter 39, and that the following chapters are not Millennial, and have now no prophetical message whatever, but are merely a witnessing appendix relating to a past contingency which passed historically without fruition, can we reconcile the otherwise flat contradictions between the last nine chapters of this Book and the New Testament - more especially the Epistle to Hebrews.


[NOT  SO  AT  ALL!  I  WILL  SHOW  AND  REPRODUCE  FOR  YOU,  THE  FACTS  THAT  TODAY  IN  THIS  21ST  CENTURY,  MANY  “FUNDAMENTAL”  PROTESTANT  WRITERS  HAVE  COME  TO  SEE  THAT  A  “TEMPLE”  “PRIESTHOOD”  “ANIMAL  SACRIFICES”  “CIRCUMCISION”  IN  THE  MILLENNIUM  AGE,  AS  FORETOLD  BY  MANY  PROPHECIES  IN  THE  BOOKS  OF  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT,  ARE  NOT  CONTRARY  TO  ANYTHING  TAUGHT  IN  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT!


Merely to glance at the provisions laid down in the last nine chapters as to the Congregation, the Priesthood, the Sacrifices, the Government and the Land, and to make comparison between them and what is elsewhere revealed as the gospel fundamentals, will be sufficient to establish the foregoing contentions.

………………..


AH  NO  IT  WILL  NOT,  AS  I  SHALL  NEXT  BEGIN  TO  SHOW  AS  WE  ANSWER  THE  AUTHOR’S  ARGUMENTS  ABOUT  “CIRCUMCISION”  “SACRIFICES”  “TEMPLE”  “PRIESTHOOD”  IN  RELATIONSHIP  TO  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  AND  SALVATION  IN  GENERAL  -  Keith Hunt