Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 7 – Ezekiel, Section 4

Ezekiel 40-48 speaks of the sacrifice of animals. Some believe the New Temple during Christ’s millennial Earthly Kingdom will reintroduce sacrifices.

– I see the number 6 mentioned for measurements quite a bit here.

40:3 So He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze. He was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand.
Daniel 10:6 His body was like beryl, his face like the brilliance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of polished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.
Revelation 1:15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters.

40:47 “And he measured the court, one hundred cubits long and one hundred cubits wide, foursquare.← Is this where that denomination/church system gets its name? 100*100=10000, 4 zeros, a reset?

41:1 Then the man brought me into the outer sanctuary and measured the side pillars to be six cubits wide on each side.
Revelation 11:1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers there.”
Revelation 21:15 The angel who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and walls.
Zechariah 2:1 Then I lifted up my eyes and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand.

41:19 “…the face of a man was toward the palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion was toward the palm tree on the other side. They were carved all the way around the temple.” This reminds me of 3 of Yahshua’s titles: Son of Man, Tree of Life, and Lion of Judah.

– Listening to this gave me the image of Jesus, busy measuring, showing Ezekiel the Millennial Temple during His Kingship.

– “I fell on my face,” is said many times in Ezekiel. Was he trained to do that? Did the images overwhelm him so much, he went prostrate?

42:14 “When the priests enter them, they shall not go out of the holy chamber into the outer court; but there they shall leave their garments in which they minister, for they are holy. They shall put on other garments; then they may approach that which is for the people.”
44:19 “When they go out to the outer court, to the outer court to the people, they shall take off their garments in which they have ministered, leave them in the holy chambers, and put on other garments; and in their holy garments they shall not sanctify the people.”

Leviticus 16:23 “Then Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of meeting, shall take off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the Holy Place, and shall leave them there.”
Leviticus 16:24 “And [the high priest] shall wash his body with water in a holy place, put on his garments, come out and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, and make atonement for himself and for the people.
Exodus 30:20 “When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the LORD, they shall wash with water, lest they die.”
Leviticus 16:4 He shall put the holy linen tunic and the linen trousers [underwear] on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on.
36:25 “I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols.”

John 13:8-10 “Never shall You wash my feet!” Peter told Him.

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.”

Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash
his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
Acts 22:16 “And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized, and wash your sins away, calling on His name.”
Hebrews 10:22 “…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

As part of our meditation upon the Word, do we cleanse our hearts and minds, or ask the Holy Spirit to help cleanse us?

43:3It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when I [He] came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.”

43:10-12 “Son of man, describe the temple [house] to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern. And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple [house] and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them. This is the law of the temple [house]: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.”

Moses recorded the law of the temple/tabernacle on Mt. Sinai. Solomon, with his father David creating the plans, built the first temple under Father Yah’s protection (1 Chronicles 28:11-20). Decades after the Diaspora, the temple was rebuilt slowly, sparking His ire (Haggai 1, Zechariah 4). The replacement did not follow Ezekiel’s design, nor was it of the same splendor of the first one.

I see a pattern here, leading towards the body of believers, Jew and Gentile, being the new temple, but we have to care about His Structure’s holiness and maintenance (us). This started with the Chief Cornerstone, the Rock of His Testimony, Christ Himself. Also, I see this symbolizing the life of the average believer, how we rise in Him, fall, and the Lord does His work to restore us, repeatedly. Ezekiel’s temple is the ideal situation, while the rebuilt one with items added later is the reality. Amen to His continuing revelation from within His Written Word.

44:1-3 Then He brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary which faces toward the east, but it was shut. And the Lord said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. As for the prince, because he is the prince, he may sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; he shall enter by way of the vestibule [portico] of the gateway, and go out the same way.”
1 Chronicles 9:18 Until then they had been gatekeepers for the camps of the children of Levi at the King’s Gate on the east.

Is the gate symbolic of where Father enters our mind/heart and Christ is the prince? Notice, Ezekiel’s temple has no veil. Here is a great article with pictures concerning this place: The Missing Veil (Ezekiel 40-42)

44:21 “No priest shall drink wine when he enters the inner court.”
Leviticus 10:9 “Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations…”

44:22They shall not take as wife a widow or a divorced woman, but take virgins of the descendants of the house of Israel, or widows of priests.”
Leviticus 21:14 “A widow or a divorced woman or a defiled woman or a harlot—these he shall not marry; but he shall take a virgin of his own people as wife.”
A slight change there, since the ancient Eastern custom of avoiding widows as wives still remained. Did the levirate vow only apply to Levites not serving as priests?

45:19 “The priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering and put it on the doorposts of the temple, on the four corners of the ledge of the altar, and on the gateposts of the gate of the inner court.”
Looks like the sprinkling of blood in the Most Holy Place will be replaced by anointing blood on entryways (an altar is a connection between this realm and the heavenlies).

45:23 “On the seven days of the feast he shall prepare a burnt offering to the Lord, seven bulls and seven rams without blemish, daily for seven days, and a kid of the goats daily for a sin offering.

Leviticus 23:8 “But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’”
Numbers 23, Balaam had Balak, the king of Moab, make seven altars with a bull and a ram on each one, three times. Each time, the Lord made Balaam bless Israel, instead of the cursing Balak had wanted.

Job 42:8 tells of the seven bulls and seven rams Job’s friends had to submit for their sin offering, while Job acted as priest on their behalf to pray for them. I get the feeling the Lord is saying with this bloodshed, washing and cutting of animal bodies, and fire, “Are you serious about serving Me?”

46:9 “But when the people of the land come before the Lord on the appointed feast days, whoever enters by way of the north gate to worship shall go out by way of the south gate; and whoever enters by way of the south gate shall go out by way of the north gate. He shall not return by way of the gate through which he came, but shall go out through the opposite gate.”
Interesting, but unsure why. The first thing that popped into my mind was
1 Samuel 23:25-28, when David and his men went around the mountain to escape Saul, but then the Lord caused the Philistines to attack Israel, thus rescuing David and his crew.
Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.
Job 17:9 The righteous also will hold on his way, and he that has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

Maybe this represents a progression, how we start off as sinners, but come into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) to leave as one of His lights (Isaiah 60:1, Proverbs 4:18, Matthew 5:14, John 12:36, Philippians 2:15, Ephesians 5:8).

47:1-2 “Then he brought me back to the door of the temple [house]; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.”
Revelation 22:1 “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
Psalm 46:4 “There is a river whose streams delight the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”
Zechariah 14:8 “And on that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it toward the Eastern Sea and the other half toward the Western Sea, in summer and winter alike.”

John 4:10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who is asking you for a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living [moving] water.”
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly [heart] will flow rivers of living water.”
Isaiah 12:3 “With joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation…”

Also see Exodus 17:6, Numbers 20:11, Psalm 36:8, Psalm 78:16, Psalm 105:41, Isaiah 41:17, Isaiah 41:18, Isaiah 43:19, Isaiah 44:3, Isaiah 55:1, Isaiah 58:11, Proverbs 10:11, Proverbs 13:14, Proverbs 16:22, Proverbs 18:4, Proverbs 20:5, John 4:14, 1 Corinthians 10:4.
Water symbolizes blessing, cleansing, and Yah’s wisdom.

47:3-6 The bronze being measured out 4000 cubits along the river from the temple, which increased in depth at each measuring point. Some believe there was 4000 years between the first Adam and the 2nd Adam (Jesus). From what I have seen in Scripture thus far is 1000 representing a prophetic time frame; 4 is the number for boundaries: the rivers surrounding Eden, the cardinal points and four winds, for example.

47:7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other.
47:12 “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Also see Genesis 2:9, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 92:12, Jeremiah 17:8.

47:10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea [the Mediterranean], exceedingly many.
Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 13:47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind…”

John 21:6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
Luke 5 1So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.

4When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

5But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” 11So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

47:11 “But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.”
Deuteronomy 29:23 “The whole land is brimstone [sulphur], salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah [Genesis 19:24 and 25], Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.”
Psalm 107:34 “…and fruitful land into fields of salt, because of the wickedness of its dwellers.”
Isaiah 34:9 “Its streams shall be turned into pitch, and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch.”
Isaiah 66:24 “And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

47:22-23 “It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,” says the Lord God.

Deuteronomy 10:19 “Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Also see Exodus 22:21, Exodus 23:9, Leviticus 19:33, Leviticus 19:34, Deuteronomy 10:18, Deuteronomy 24:17, Deuteronomy 24:18, Deuteronomy 23:7, Deuteronomy 27:19, Jeremiah 7:6, Malachi 3:5.
Acts 11:18 When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”
Also see Proof Salvation Is for Gentiles, Too, Acts 13:47, Acts 14:27, Acts 15:9, Acts 20:21, Romans 1:16, Romans 3:22, Romans 3:29, Romans 10:12, Ephesians 2:12, Ephesians 3:6, Colossians 3:11, Galatians 3:8, Galatians 3:28, Galatians 3:29, Galatians 5:6, Galatians 6:15, 1 Corinthians 7:19, 1 Corinthians 12:13.

48:11It shall be for the priests of the sons of Zadok, who are sanctified, who have kept My charge, who did not go astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.”
40:46 “The chamber which faces north is for the priests who have charge of the altar; these are the sons of Zadok, from the sons of Levi, who come near the Lord to minister to Him.”
43:19 “You shall give a young bull for a sin offering to the priests, the Levites, who are of the seed of Zadok, who approach Me to minister to Me,” says the Lord God.
44:15 “But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood,” says the Lord God.

Why Zadok’s decedents? Not sure, but…

1 Chronicles 24:3-4 Then David with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to the schedule of their service. There were more leaders found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar, and thus they were divided. Among the sons of Eleazar were sixteen heads of their fathers’ houses, and eight heads of their fathers’ houses among the sons of Ithamar.
1 Kings 2:35 “The king put Benaiah the son of Jehoiada in his place over the army, and the king put Zadok the priest in the place of Abiathar.”

48:14 “And they shall not sell or exchange any of it; they may not alienate this best part of the land, for it is holy to the Lord.”
44:30 “The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house.”

Numbers 18:13 “Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land, which they bring to the Lord, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.”
Leviticus 25:32 “Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, and the houses in the cities of their possession, the Levites may redeem at any time.”
Leviticus 27:28 “Nevertheless no devoted offering that a man may devote to the Lord of all that he has, both man and beast, or the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted offering is most holy to the Lord.”

A slight rule change that Israel should have figured out years ago, but they had failed to care for the Levites who remained true to the Word.

48:17 “And the city shall have open land: on the north 250 cubits, on the south 250, on the east 250, and on the west 250.”
48:18 “The remainder of the length alongside the holy portion shall be 10,000 cubits to the east, and 10,000 to the west, and it shall be alongside the holy portion. Its produce shall be food for the workers of the city.”
A park in the middle of a city, how novel? Only the Lord know how His supernatural Will will operate to feed people from that small plot of land.

48:19 “The workers of the city, from all the tribes of Israel, shall cultivate it.”
1 Kings 4:7 And Solomon had twelve governors over all Israel, who provided food for the king and his household; each one made provision for one month of the year.
No more enslaved people or forced labor (Joshua 9:27, 1 Kings 4:6, 1 Kings 5:13, 1 Kings 12:4, 2 Chronicles 8:8). Thank You, Father, King of All! Also see Luke 10:7, Matthew 10:10, 1 Corinthians 9:14, 1 Timothy 5:18 (and 1 Corinthians 9:9) [Leviticus 19:13, Deuteronomy 24:14, Deuteronomy 24:15, Deuteronomy 25:4].

48:21-22 – Yahshua’s future plot of land? Chillin’ with the Levites?

48:30-34 – the gates of the 12 tribes reminds me of the 12 gates of New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:12 and Revelation 21:21.

48:35 “All the way around shall be 18000 cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE [YHWH Shammah].”

See Jeremiah 3:17, Jeremiah 33:16, Revelation 21:3, Revelation 22:3, Isaiah 7:14 (Isaiah 8:8, Matthew 1:23), Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 12:6, Isaiah 14:32, Isaiah 24:23, Isaiah 51:11, Psalm 46:5, Psalm 99:2, Psalm 125:1, Genesis 22:14, Exodus 17:15, Judges 6:24, Zechariah 14:21.

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 7 – Ezekiel, Section 3

21:27 “Ruins, ruins, ruins, I will make it! This also will be no longer until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.”
34:24 “And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.”
37:24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.”

Also see Isaiah 4:2, Isaiah 9:7, Isaiah 11:1, Isaiah 11:10 [Romans 15:12], Isaiah 55:3, Jeremiah 23:5, Jeremiah 23:6, Jeremiah 30:9, Jeremiah 33:15, Psalm 2:6, Matthew 2:2, Hebrews 7:14, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 22:16.

22:10-11 “In you, men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity. One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter.”
Hosea 4:14 “I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go apart with harlots, and offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot. Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled [thrown down].”
The Sex Laws of Leviticus 18 broken, which contaminated the land. Nothing new under the sun.

Ezekiel 23 joins 16 and 18 in the “cringe about sex” category. I am not a prude, but I do wish other symbolism was used since humans take things too literally sometimes.

23:41 “You sat on a luxurious couch, with a table prepared before it, on which you had set My incense and My oil.”
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”

Complete opposites, we are not to use our blessings for either activities against His Order or Instruction, or condone evil of any sort.

1 Corinthians 10:21 “You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons.” Also see Isaiah 65:11, 2 Corinthians 6:15, 2 Corinthians 6:16, 1 Corinthians 10:16, Acts 2:42.

23:47 “The assembly shall stone them with stones and execute them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn their houses with fire.”
Revelation 2:20-23 “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.

Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.”

The death of children by the Lord’s hand is a result of not wanting more evil influence to spread, as the saying goes in verse 16:44 “Like mother, like daughter.” It is, dare I say, a mercy to the children of the disobedient in some cases.

24:10 “…mix in the spices…” What spices, I wonder?

24:15-18 Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.” So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.

Poor guy! This seals the deal on the Father heart being broken, not only because of disobedience, but having to met out their punishment. As I said earlier, in this book Father Yah is pouring out His heart. This is in contrast to the anger in Jeremiah and the cautious warning in Isaiah.

24:24 “Thus Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do…”
Matthew 12:39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
Matthew 16:4 “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

Mark 8:12 But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation.”
Luke 11:29-30 And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.”

Luke 7:19-23 And John, calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to Jesus, saying, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

When the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, saying, ‘Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?’” And that very hour He cured many of infirmities, afflictions, and evil spirits; and to many blind He gave sight.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

The sign the people were wanting was on the level of Moses and the Exodus (Deuteronomy 18:15, Exodus 4:31, Exodus 14:31), or Samuel frightening people with the weather (1 Samuel 12:18), not just the Warrior King. To fulfill part of the prophecies about Himself, Jesus had to do miracles on a personal level. I believe the Lord still uses people to send us signs from Him. Are we paying attention?

26:1-14 Ezekiel prophesied the fall of Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar, but, after a 13-year stalemate, Tyre became a vassal to Babylon, and later had its own kings and judges. Tyre did fall later, which reminds me of Jonah and the city of Nineveh, which fell a century later. God can make adjustments to His prophecies as He sees fit, but to the ones, in which His name resides, little leeway is given. See Amos 3:2, Romans 2:9, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Peter 4:17, Exodus 19:6, 1 Corinthians 8:3, Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10.

27:29-36, part of the Lamentation for Tyre, reads similar to the despair and outcry following Egypt’s undoing in 31:15-17 and Babylon Fall’s in Revelation 18:9-24. Once again, there is (and will be) nothing new under this sun.

28:1-19 is about an entity (prince) over Tyre (its principality) and the human (king) it operates through. Yes, this is contrary to acceptable Christendom’s opinion [which usually ignores this fact, but the princes (rebellious angels or entities) over areas are discussed in Judges 9:23, 1 Samuel 16:14, 1 Samuel 18:10, 1 Samuel 19:9, 1 Kings 22:22, Ephesians 2:2, Ephesians 6:12, John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Job 1, Job 2]. We better hope never to see these beings; He is merciful in that He covers our eyes.

29:9 “And the land of Egypt shall become desolate and waste…”
30:12 “…I will make the land waste…”
Genesis 15:16 “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity [continuous perversity deserving of punishment] of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
Leviticus 26:34 “Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it lies desolate and you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.”
Jeremiah 25:11 “And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”
2 Chronicles 36:21 “…to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.”

From time to time, Our King of Kings does a complete reset over an area humans have polluted, physically and spiritually, whether believer or not, for the sake of His holiness. He is always prepare the Earth for His purposes.

30:15 “I will pour My fury on Sin, the strength of Egypt; I will cut off the multitude of No.” These are locations, not the actual words in Hebrew. I still giggle whenever I read/hear this passage.

32:27 “…But their iniquities will be on their bones…”
Job 20:11 “His bones are full of his youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the dust.”
Psalm 109:18 “As he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, so let it enter his body like water, and like oil into his bones.”

The belief then (and somewhat today) was that your activities in life became a part of you; the more you do either for people’s benefit or your own gain at the expense of others will be your clothing, mark, stain (reputation, influence) on your bodies (lives), including your children and those of your household. That is why those in the tents (families) of Korah, Dathan, Abiram, Achan, and the schemers against Daniel had to die. Thankfully, the Father was leading Israel away from that mentality (Deuteronomy 24:16, Numbers 26:11, 2 Kings 14:6, 2 Chronicles 25:4, Jeremiah 31:30, 18:20).

32:29 “They shall lie with the uncircumcised…” Uncircumcised meaning those not under the covenant of Yah and Israel; the unsaved. Later, Paul renders the word a mere descriptor, pointing to the new covenant (not by men’s hands) under Christ’s precious and holy blood being more important.

33:1-10 Watchman chosen by Yah = prophet with salvation/protection at sake; no opportunity to quit like Jeremiah had tried to do. See Isaiah 62:6, Jeremiah 6:17, 3:17.

33:15 “…if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die.”
Luke 19:8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
Exodus 22:1 “If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep.”

Leviticus 6:5 “…or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering.”
Numbers 5:8 “But if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the Lord, even to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atonement shall be made for him.”
Also see Leviticus 5:16, Numbers 5:7, 2 Samuel 12:6, Proverbs 6:31.

33:17 and 20 “The way of the Lord is not fair [equitable].” Once again, Israel wanted favor without fulfilling the covenant. Grace is for lapses of judgment or circumstance beyond one’s control, not guiltless, repetitive, profane behavior. Fortunately, we now have the Two (the Word in Flesh and His Spirit) to convict and help us.

1 John 2:1 “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

33:31 “So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.”
Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8 and Mark 7:6 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men…”
Psalm 119:36 “Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness [profit].” Also see Luke 12:15, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Kings 8:58, Psalm 78:36, Psalm 78:37, Psalm 119:112, Jeremiah 12:2, John 17:19, 1 John 3:18, James 1:22, James 2:14, Matthew 7:24, Luke 6:46Romans 2:13.

34:1-10 – The bad shepherds (leaders) and their punishment.

Jeremiah 10:21 “For the shepherds have become dull-hearted and have not sought the Lord. Therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.” Sometimes, the flocks symbolize the people these rulers actually cared about, for example family, servants, or allies.

Also see Jeremiah 23:1, Jeremiah 23:2, Jeremiah 50:6, Jeremiah 51:23.

34:5 “So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered.”
Matthew 9:36 and Mark 6:34 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”
Numbers 27:17 “…who may go out before them and go in before them, who may lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep which have no shepherd.”

Also see 1 Kings 22:17, 2 Chronicles 18:16, Isaiah 53:6, Zechariah 10:2, Jeremiah 50:17, Psalm 119:176.

34:11-31 – Yah, through His Son, the Good Shepherd, coming to fetch His sheep.
Matthew 10:6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matthew 15:24 “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
John 10:16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”
Isaiah 56:8 The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, “Yet I will gather to him
others besides those who are gathered to him.”
Isaiah 60:3 “The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” Proof Salvation Is for Gentiles, Too

34:14 “I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.”
Psalm 23:2 “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.”

Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the Lord, and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.”
John 10:9 “I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved. He will come in and go out and find pasture.”

– As I go through this book, it becomes apparent to me that, yes, Father Yah did influence David to write the Psalms.

34:17 “And as for you, O My flock,” thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.”
34:20 Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: “Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.”
Matthew 25:32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.”
Matthew 25:33 “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”
Matthew 13:49 “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just…”

35:6 “…therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.”
Genesis 9:5 “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it [Exodus 21:28–29], and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man.”

1 Kings 2:5 “Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner and Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed. And he shed the blood of war in peacetime, and put the blood of war on his belt that was around his waist, and on his sandals that were on his feet.”

Also see Genesis 4:10, Genesis 9:6, Genesis 42:22, Numbers 35:33, Deuteronomy 19:10, Deuteronomy 21:1-9, Deuteronomy 27:24, Judges 9:56, 1 Samuel 19:5, 2 Samuel 4:11, 1 Kings 2:32, 2 Kings 9:7, Psalm 79:10, Proverbs 28:17, Lamentations 4:14, Matthew 23:35, Matthew 27:4, Matthew 27:24, Matthew 27:25, Revelation 6:10.

Ezekiel 36 – Yah promises to restore Israel yet again, saving them for His reputation in the nations, setting the stage for the future salvation of the Gentiles.

37:9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”
Revelation 11:11 “Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Song of Solomon 4:16 “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.”

37:10 “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”
Jude 1:14-15 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
1 Thessalonians 3:13 “…so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.”
Joel 2:11 The Lord gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it?
Isaiah 13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, Like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The Lord of hosts musters the army for battle.

37:12 “My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.”
37:13 “Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.”
John 11:24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
John 5:2829 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”

Matthew 25:46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 27:5253 “…and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.”

Luke 14:14 “…and you will be blessed. Since they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Daniel 12:2 “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

Isaiah 26:19 “Your dead will live; their bodies will rise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust! For your dew is like the dew of the morning, and the earth will bring forth her dead.”
Hosea 13:14 “I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.”
Psalm 49:15 “But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me. Selah.”

Acts 24:15 “…and I have the same hope in God that they themselves cherish, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.”
Acts 23:6 “It is because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.”

37:19 “…say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’”
37:22 “…and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.”
Matthew 19:6b and Mark 10:9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Genesis 48:5 “And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.”
Genesis 48:19 But [Israel, Joseph’s father] refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”
Psalm 60:7 and Psalm 108:8Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim is My helmet, Judah is My scepter.”
1 Chronicles 5:2 “…yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although the birthright was Joseph’s…”

This also reminds me of Jacob’s breeding program [Genesis 30:37-43] that he said came to him in a dream from the Lord [Genesis 31:10-13].

Ezekiel 38 and 39 – The Gog of Magog chapters. I think Gog is the anti-Christ.

38:16 “You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
Revelation 20:9 “And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.”
Daniel 11:40 “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”

38:22 “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”
13:13 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it.”

Zechariah 13:8 “And it shall come to pass in all the land,” says the Lord, “that two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it…”

Revelation 8:7 “The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.”
Revelation 14:10 “[The beast] himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”

Matthew 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.”

Luke 21:11 “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”

Mark 13:8 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows [birth pangs].”

Psalm 148:8 “Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word…”

Joshua 10:11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.

Also see Genesis 19:24, Exodus 9:24, 2 Samuel 22:10, Psalm 11:6, Psalm 18:12, Psalm 21:9, Psalm 50:3, Psalm 97:3, Psalm 140:10, Isaiah 28:2, Isaiah 28:17, Isaiah 29:6, Joel 2:30, Nahum 1:3, Micah 1:4, Revelation 8:5, Revelation 11:19, Revelation 16:21.

In short, the Lord will remove His Order from the earth and allow it to fall apart until His Son’s enemies are a footstool under His feet (Psalm 110:1, Zechariah 14:4, Matthew 22:44, 1 Corinthians 15:25, Hebrews 1:13).

39:17 “And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field: “Assemble yourselves and come; gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal which I am sacrificing for you, a great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood.”’”

See Revelation 19:17, Habakkuk 1:8, Matthew 24:28, Luke 17:37, Job 39:30.

39:23 “…I hid My face from them…”

39:24 “…hidden My face from them.”

Deuteronomy 31:17 “Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day, ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?’”

Also see Deuteronomy 31:18, Deuteronomy 32:20, Psalm 27:9, Job 13:24, Isaiah 8:17, Isaiah 54:8.

Numbers 6:25-26 “The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Face or countenance (same word in Hebrew with different vowel markings) symbolizes favor.

Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? [Psalm 22:1]”

Some believe Yah turned away from Yeshua on the cross because the Father cannot abide looking upon evil (Habakkuk 1:13), although the adversary was at the throne of Yah twice in Job, so go figure. I say, for a moment, the Father hid His face (favor for His Son) to deal with His righteous anger—His holiness wanting justice and purity—at what He had to do on that cross. Our Father was in pain in that moment, despite knowing the outcome and necessity.

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 7 – Ezekiel, Section 2

11:15 “Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your countrymen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Get far away from the Lord; this land has been given to us as a possession.’”

I will admit, this passage had me confused as to whom the Lord was referring to—the exiles or the ones remaining in Jerusalem. Search engines failed me; the links summarized the totality of verses 14-20, but not the verse alone. I had asked two different people what they saw, including my pastor. The answer lay in a most common way to analyze Scripture: read the previous verses.


I had forgot about that, even though I have practiced it for years.

My pastor read 11:13 “Now it happened, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried with a loud voice, and said, ‘Ah, Lord God! Will You make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?’” Is it wrong to be mildly amused at someone keeling over dead during a prophet’s prophesying?

After he had checked out the Hebrew and some commentary, he concluded (for now) that it was the remnant in Jerusalem who had made (and will make later) that comment about the exiles. The Father repeated that quote to set up the rest of His declaration for the hope of all Israel’s return in the future and encourage Ezekiel.

So, in modern-day Southern slang, the remnant in Jerusalem said, “Y’all done long left the Lord. This here promised land is ours now.”

This behavior of the remnant was the concern the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh had with the rest of Israel in Joshua 22:10-34. There, those 2.5 tribes feared Israel would exclude their descendants from serving the Lord because of the Jordan River border.

My pastor pointed out that before the return of the Babylonian exiles (Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi), the remnant in Jerusalem had developed their own culture and were none too happy about these strangers coming into their land to restart a dead system.

A more extreme version of this behavior is what Jesus taught His disciples in John 16:2, “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

12:2 “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.” See Isaiah 6:9, Isaiah 6:10, Isaiah 29:10, Isaiah 30:10, Jeremiah 5:21, Matthew 13:13, Matthew 13:14, Matthew 13:15, Mark 4:12, Mark 8:18, Luke 8:10, John 9:39, John 12:40, Deuteronomy 29:4, Psalm 69:23, Acts 28:26, Romans 11:8, 2 Thessalonians 2:11.

12:13 “I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.”

In Jeremiah, the king, his sons, and his men had tried to escape the siege. Nebuchadnezzar (God’s net and snare) caught them, killing the sons and men. He had put out Zedekiah’s eyes and taken the wounded man back to Babylon, where the disposed king died years later.

12:16 “But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” Praise the Lord, we have Scripture to do that for us now.

12:18 “Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety.”
Philippians 2:12 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”

2 Corinthians 7:15 “And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.”
Psalm 2:11 “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”

Psalm 119:120 “My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.”
Isaiah 66:2 “For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor [needy, humble] and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

13:9 “My hand will be against the prophets who envision futility and who divine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord God.” Yup, all those scrolls got burned.

13:19 “…killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live…” I will have to pray over for understanding. “…by your lying to My people who listen to lies?” Nice indictment against the willfully ignorant once again.

13:20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against your magic charms by which you hunt souls there like birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds.” Eh? Another one to pray over.

14:3 “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?” Well, the attitude of disgust is clearly evident, LOL! Set up idols in their hearts = an image, place or idea people have made a commitment to outside of either Yah’s Order, Will, Purpose, or Desire.

14:9 “And if the [false] prophet is induced [deceived] to speak anything, I the Lord have induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.”
1 Kings 22:23 and 2 Chronicles 18:22 “So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours, and the Lord has pronounced disaster against you.”

Jeremiah 4:10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You shall have peace,’ whereas the sword reaches to the throat.”

14:22 Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it.
36:20 “When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.’” Also see Deuteronomy 29:24-28, 1 Kings 9:8-9, 2 Chronicles 7:21-22.

Ezekiel 15 has to be the smallest scroll in the Bible.

16:17 Most believers will never know what the Lord is implying here; that’s a good thing.

16:44 “Indeed everyone who quotes proverbs will use this proverb against you: ‘Like mother, like daughter!’” This is where that saying comes from.

16:52 “…they are more righteous than you.”
Matthew 12:41 “The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.”
Matthew 12:42 “The queen of the south [Sheba] shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”

Yes, He does keep track of who is either worse or better for His purposes. We are not called to do that unless we are searching for sin within ourselves and need a measure to go by.

– “As I live…” is used by Yah and those who worship Him 26-32 times, depending on which Bible translation one uses. Ezekiel contains the phrase the most (16).

17:23 “On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.”
31:6 “All the birds of the heavens made their nests in [Assyria’s] boughs; under its branches all the beasts of the field brought forth their young; and in its shadow all great nations made their home.”
31:13 “On [Assyria’s] ruin will remain all the birds of the heavens, and all the beasts of the field will come to its branches.”

Luke 13:19 “It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.”
Psalm 80:8 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it.” Also see Matthew 13:32, Matthew 15:13, Mark 4:32, Numbers 24:6, 2 Samuel 7:10, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 52:8, Psalm 72:7, Psalm 80:15, Psalm 92:12, Psalm 96:12, Psalm 104:16, Isaiah 5:2, Isaiah 27:6, Isaiah 29:17, Isaiah 32:15, Isaiah 35:1, Isaiah 35:2, Isaiah 55:13, Isaiah 60:21, Daniel 4:10-12, John 15:2, 1 Corinthians 3:9.

17:24 “And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree and exalted the low tree, dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish; I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.

Matthew 21:19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away.
Matthew 3:10 and Luke 3:9 “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
Matthew 7:19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
Isaiah 10:33-34 “Behold, the Lord, The Lord of hosts, will lop off the bough with terror. Those of high stature will be hewn down, and the haughty will be humbled. He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.”
Jeremiah 21:14 “But I will punish you according to the results of your deeds,” declares the Lord, “And I will kindle a fire in its forest so that it may devour all its surroundings.”
Also see
Jeremiah 11:16, Jeremiah 22:7, Isaiah 10:18, Isaiah 10:19, Isaiah 32:19, Isaiah 33:9, 2 Kings 19:23, Daniel 4:14-15.

18:20 “The soul who sins shall die.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”
Genesis 2:17 “…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
James 1:15 “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

18:24 “But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, committing the same abominations as the wicked, will he live? None of the righteous acts he did will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness and sin he has committed, he will die.”

Proverbs 11:19 “As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.”
Proverbs 21:16 “A man who wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.”
Jeremiah 21:8 “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.”
Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil…”

20:9 (20:14, 20:22, 36:21, 36:22) “But I acted for My name’s sake, that it should not be profaned before the Gentiles among whom they were, in whose sight I had made Myself known to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt.”
43:7 And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places.”

Also see Exodus 9:16, Exodus 32:11-14, Joshua 4:24, Joshua 9:9, 1 Samuel 12:22, Psalm 25:11, Psalm 31:3, Psalm 77:14, Psalm 79:9, Psalm 106:8, Psalm 109:21, Psalm 111:6, Psalm 115:1, Psalm 143:11, 2 Chronicles 14:11, Isaiah 48:9, Isaiah 48:11, Jeremiah 44:26, Malachi 2:2.

The word name in both the Greek and the Hebrew means authority, power, cause, nature, character, reputation. The Creator is a father and calls Himself various names/titles according to what He does. He exists because He exists; He is what He has done, is doing, and will do.

Profaning any of His Names is a rejection of His Order, Will, Purpose, and Desire, which gives Him the right to destroy, since it is against His holiness—His nature. Seeing as He covered us by His Blood (Christ’s atonement), we are given grace—the time period in which He learn His ways, but our actions still dictate how He will teach and treat us.

20:25 “Therefore I also gave them up to statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they could not live…”

This passage has been taken out of context by those who believe that Torah (His Will) was what He was talking about. Read the verses before and after for the full context:

20:26 “…and I pronounced them unclean because of their ritual gifts, in that they caused all their firstborn to pass through the fire, that I might make them desolate and that they might know that I am the Lord.”

He turned His people over to their desire for false worship, giving Him the right to kick them out of the land for a time.

20:39a “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord God: “Go, serve every one of you his idols—and hereafter—if you will not obey Me…”
23:38 “Moreover they have done this to Me: They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and profaned My Sabbaths.”
23:39 “For after they had slain their children for their idols, on the same day they came into My sanctuary to profane it; and indeed thus they have done in the midst of My house.”

Isaiah 1:13 “Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.”

Jeremiah 44:25 This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “As for you and your wives, you have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled with your hands your words: ‘We will surely perform our vows that we have made to burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and to pour out drink offerings to her.’ Go ahead, then, do what you have promised! Keep your vows!”

Acts 7:42 Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: ‘Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? [Amos 5:25]”

1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…
Also see
Deuteronomy 28:20, Jeremiah 7:10, Jeremiah 7:30, Jeremiah 19:4, Jeremiah 32:34, Jeremiah 44:4, Isaiah 28:15, Isaiah 66:3.

20:39b “…but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols.”

2 Corinthians 9:7So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
John 15:14 “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

Matthew 12:50 and Mark 3:35 “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

Also see John 2:5, John 13:17, John 14:21, John 14:23, John 15:10, 1 John 2:3, 1 John 5:3, 2 John 1:6.

– What I am noticing in Ezekiel is that Our Father is actually pouring His heart out to His people but very few get it. I can feel the pain as I read. Oh Creator and King, forgive us if we unknowingly profaned Your holy Name and caused us to distance ourselves from You. Please, correct us and draw us closer to You, so we can fulfill Your Purpose of our existence and celebrate Your continuous works. Amen.

20:41a “When I bring you from the peoples and gather you from the lands to which you have been scattered, I will accept you as a pleasing aroma.”
Genesis 8:21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.”

Numbers 15:3 “…and you make an offering by fire to the Lord, a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering or in your appointed feasts, to make a sweet aroma to the Lord, from the herd or the flock…”

2 Corinthians 2:15-16 “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

Philippians 4:18 “Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.” Also see Exodus 29:18, Exodus 29:25, Leviticus 1:9, Leviticus 1:17, Leviticus 4:31, Acts 10:4, Ephesians 5:2.

Our desire to not just obey, but also to do what He cares about penetrates His being as a lovely scent does our noses. This is why prayer and worship is symbolized by the rising smoke from the Altar of Incense: Revelation 5:8 “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

Revelation 8:3-4 “Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.”
Psalm 141:2 “Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
Luke 1:10 “And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.”
Hebrews 5:7 “…who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear…”

20:41b “And I will show My holiness through you in the sight of the nations.”
36:23 “And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.”

Psalm 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
Genesis 21:6 And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”
Joshua 2:9-13 “…and [Rehab] said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.

And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”

20:49 “Doesn’t he speak in parables?” Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Also see Matthew 13:3, Matthew 13:11, Matthew 13:13, Matthew 13:34, Mark 4:34, John 10:6, John 16:25.

21:3-5 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am against you, and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off both righteous and wicked from you. Because I will cut off both righteous and wicked from you, therefore My sword shall go out of its sheath against all flesh from south to north, that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn My sword out of its sheath; it shall not return anymore.”’

Ecclesiastes 9:2 “All things come alike to all: One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; he who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.”

Job 9:22 It is all the same, and so I say, “He destroys both the blameless and the wicked.”

Luke 13:1-3 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Two things are true: anyone can experience suffering and, without Christ’s resurrection, we have no hope for the future [1 Corinthians 15:17].

21:10 “Sharpened to make a dreadful slaughter, polished to flash like lightning! Should we then make mirth? It despises the scepter [rod] of My son, as it does all wood.”

Isaiah 53:10 “Yet it pleased the Lord to crush Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Also see Romans 4:25, Romans 8:32, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Hebrews 5:8, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 2:24, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19, Matthew 26:26, 1 Corinthians 11:23-25.

21:26 “Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.”

1 Samuel 2:7 “The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.”
Psalm 75:7 “But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

Matthew 20:25-28 and Mark 10:42-45 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Also see Deuteronomy 8:18 Job 1:21 Job 5:11 Job 40:12 Psalm 75:10 Proverbs 29:23 Isaiah 2:12 Matthew 23:12 Mark 9:35 Luke 1:52 Luke 14:11 Luke 16:15 Luke 18:14 Luke 22:26 1 Peter 5:6.

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 7 – Ezekiel, Section 1

1:4 “Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.”
Exodus 3:2 “And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.”

Exodus 13:21 “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.”

Exodus 14:2425 “Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.’”

1 Kings 19:1112 “Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.”

2 Kings 2:11-12 “Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, ‘My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!’”

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Revelation 10:1 “I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.”

1:7 “Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the soles of calves’ feet. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze.”

Revelation 1:15 “His feet were like fine bronze, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters…”

Daniel 10:6 “His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.” Also see Revelation 2:18 and 40:3.

Leviticus 11:3 “Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud—that you may eat.” Also see Leviticus 11:26 and Deuteronomy 14:6. There is something symbolic here, not sure what.

1:9 “Their wings touched [joined] one another. They did not turn when they went, but each one went straight forward.”
1:11 “Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies.”
1:23 “And under the firmament their wings spread out straight, one toward another. Each one had two which covered one side, and each one had two which covered the other side of the body.”
Isaiah 6:2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
Revelation 4:8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

Exodus 25:18-20 “And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover.”

Exodus 37:7-8 “He made two cherubim of beaten gold; he made them of one piece at the two ends of the mercy seat: one cherub at one end on this side, and the other cherub at the other end on that side. He made the cherubim at the two ends of one piece with the mercy seat.”

2 Chronicles 3:1112 “The wings of the cherubim were twenty cubits in overall length: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room, and the other wing was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub; one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, touching the wall of the room, and the other wing also was five cubits, touching the wing of the other cherub.

1:10 “As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.”
10:14 “Each of the cherubim had four faces: the first face was that of a cherub, the second that of a man, the third that of a lion, and the fourth that of an eagle.”
Revelation 4:7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second like a calf, the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.

1:18 “As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them.”
10:12 “And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were full of eyes all around.”
Zechariah 3:9 “For behold, the stone That I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,” says the Lord of hosts, “And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.”

Zechariah 4:10 “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Revelation 5:6 “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”

Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Also see 2 Chronicles 16:9, Job 28:24, Job 31:4, Job 34:21, Proverbs 5:21, Psalm 33:13, Jeremiah 16:17, Jeremiah 23:24, Jeremiah 32:19, Hebrews 4:13.

1:26-28 “And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.”

2 Samuel 22:11 and Psalm 18:10 “And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.”

Psalm 68:4 “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him.”

Psalm 68:33 “…to Him who rides upon the highest heavens of old; behold, His mighty voice resounds.”

Psalm 68:34 “Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, And His strength is in the clouds.”

Psalm 104:3 “…laying the beams of His chambers in the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind.”

Isaiah 19:1 “Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud…”

Deuteronomy 33:26There is no one like the God of Jeshurun [Israel], Who rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds.”

Revelation 4:3 “And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius [carnelian] stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.”

2:2 “Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.”
3:24 “Then the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and spoke with me and said to me: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.”
Daniel 8:18 Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright.

Daniel 10:10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands.

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”

Numbers 11:25 Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to [Moses], and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again.

– “…whether they hear or whether they refuse…” is said twice in this chapter, 2:5, 2:7 and once in 3:11. When something is mentioned twice or more, this demonstrates its importance. In this case, prophets warned the people repeatedly about the consequences of their behavior and chose not to correct themselves. See Luke 11:49, 2 Chronicles 24:19, 2 Chronicles 33:10, 2 Chronicles 36:15, Jeremiah 7:13, Jeremiah 7:25, Jeremiah 11:7, Jeremiah 25:3, Jeremiah 25:4, Jeremiah 26:5, Jeremiah 29:19. They could never say they had lacked knowledge… and neither can we.

Job 33:14 “For God may speak in one way, or [and] in another, Yet man does not perceive it.”

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me. Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Isaiah 5:13 Therefore my people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge. Their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

2:5 and 33:33 “…they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

Deuteronomy 18:22 “…when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
1 Kings 22:28 But Micaiah said, “If you [Ahab] ever return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.”
Jeremiah 28:9 “As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the Lord has truly sent.”

2:6 “And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
Revelation 9:3 “Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”
Revelation 9:5 “And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.”
Revelation 9:10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.

2 Chronicles 10:14 and 1 Kings 12:11 “…and [Rehoboam] spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges [scorpions]!’”

Deuteronomy 8:15 “…Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; Who brought water for you out of the flinty rock…”

Numbers 21:6 “So the Lord sent fiery [venomous] serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.”

Psalm 58:4 [The wicked’s] poison [venom, wrath] is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear…”

Matthew 3:7 and Luke 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

Also see Deuteronomy 32:33, Psalm 91:13, Psalm 140:3, Ecclesiastes 10:11, Matthew 12:34, Matthew 23:33, Mark 16:18, Luke 10:19, Acts 28:3-6, Romans 3:13.

3:6 “…not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you.”
Jonah 3:5 “So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.”
Matthew 12:41 and Luke 11:32 “The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.”

Matthew 12:42 “The queen of the South [Sheba] will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.”

Acts 28:28 “Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!”

Pharaoh had listened to Joseph and, by receiving the wisdom from the Creator, made the latter second in command over Egypt. Nebuchadnezzar had recognized Daniel’s God as the true God and gave Him honor.

3:8 “Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads.” Tons of passages about the Lord strengthening us when the time is right.

3:20a Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die.”
18:24 “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.”

3:20b Because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.”
Habakkuk 2:1 “I will stand my watch and set myself on the tower, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected.”

4:14 So I said, “Ah, Lord God! Indeed I have never defiled myself from my youth till now…” Acts 10:14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”

– It is like they expected God to act like the false gods, to leave the people alone after being appeased and/or bless them by minor service to Him without true obedience from the heart.

– No miracles for Ezekiel, just words, acts, and visions, but he did predict the final siege of Jerusalem.

7:10 “Behold, the day! Behold, it has come! Doom has gone out. The rod has blossomed. Pride has budded.”
Aaron’s rod had budded (Numbers 17:8, Hebrews 9:4), marking him (the tribe of Levi, the priest class) and Moses as the spiritual and governmental leaders, respectively. In the time of Ezekiel, the people are ruled by pride and broke covenant. Therefore, judgment (correction) came and nothing stopped it. Also see Psalm 89:32, Isaiah 10:5, Job 9:34, Job 21:9, Proverbs 19:25, Proverbs 20:30, Proverbs 22:15, Proverbs 27:6.

7:19They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord; They will not satisfy their souls, nor fill their stomachs, because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.”

I thought the highlighted part was from Revelation until recently.

Lamentations 4:1 “How the gold has become dim! How changed the fine gold! The stones of the sanctuary are scattered at the head of every street.”

Zephaniah 1:18 “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land.”

Isaiah 2:20 “In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which they made, each for himself to worship, to the moles and bats…”

Isaiah 30:22 “You will also defile the covering of your images of silver, and the ornament of your molded images of gold. You will throw them away as an unclean thing; you will say to them, ‘Get away!’”

Proverbs 11:4 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money].”

7:24 “Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles, and they will possess their houses…”
Deuteronomy 6:10-11 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill…” A curse is a blessing reversed under a covenant. Also see Deuteronomy 19:1, Joshua 24:13, Nehemiah 9:25, Psalm 78:55, Psalm 105:44.

7:25 “Destruction comes. They will seek peace, but there shall be none.”
13:10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace—”
13:16 “…that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’” says the Lord God.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
Also see
Isaiah 48:22, Isaiah 57:21, Jeremiah 6:14, Jeremiah 8:11, Jeremiah 14:13, Jeremiah 23:17.

8:1 “…as I was sitting in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell upon me there.” Ezekiel had a vision right in front of people. I wonder what they had saw and thought.

8:6 Furthermore He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.”
5:11 “Therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have any pity.”

I have a theory. Since the Father restricts Himself on how He will operate with us, which is dependent upon our behavior towards His holiness, I believe the billions upon the Earth right now who do not know Him are a hindrance to His full working (glory), compared to ancient times. The formation of the institutional church system in 313, removing the legal spiritual authority from the homes of believers, also played a role in the scant amount of Our Father’s supernatural works today.

– The title the Lord God [Adonay YHWH (אֲדֹנָ֣י יְהוִה֒)] is used mostly in Ezekiel, compared to other books.

– The two worst sins, according to what I see in Scripture, are worshiping other beings and treating the helpless badly.

8:10 “So I went in and saw, and there—every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed all around on the [Temple] walls.” Archaeologists have found evidence of Israel and Judah worshiping other beings.

8:16 “So He brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.” One of the reasons Yah had them enter the Tabernacle/Temple from the east was to discourage sun worship. What an insult!

8:17 “…Indeed they put the branch to their nose.” Bishop K. C. Pillai compared this practice to people wearing crosses to either ward off evil or maintain God’s favor.

9:34 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

Plenty of Scriptures about being mark by Yah: John 3:33, John 6:27, Romans 4:11 (Genesis 17:10), 2 Corinthians 1:22, Galatians 6:17, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:19, Revelation 7:3, Revelation 9:4, Revelation 3:12, Revelation 14:1, Revelation 22:4.

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Should and Always

We should be like water, always wanting to return to the Father.
We should be like fire, always reaching towards the One Who feeds it.
We should be like air, always wanting to be a part of Him.
We should be like earth, always ready to obey His Order.

We should be like a body, always working together for His Purpose.
We should be like a heart, always giving life, delivering His Will.
We should be like an ear, always ready to devour the Word.
We should be like an eye, always seeing needs to be met.

We should be like a mouth, always celebrating His ability to speak.
We should be like a hand, always laboring in His creation.
We should be like a foot, always moving towards a goal.
We should be like a bone, always striving to keep His Structure.

We should be like the sun, always shining on the just and unjust.
We should be like the moon, always reflecting Him in the darkness.
We should be like the stars, always ready, lit, and in motion.
We should be like the weather, always flexible, performing His Order.

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By His Stripes

By His stripes, we are healed.
By His stripes, we are saved.
By His stripes, we have a chance
to embrace the One Who made us.

By His stripes, we are covered.
By His stripes, we are redeemed.
By His stripes, we are rescued
from destruction we rightly deserve.

By His stripes, we are loved.
By His stripes, we are wanted.
By His stripes, we celebrate
His resurrection from death and ours.

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 6 – Jeremiah, Section 3 plus Lamentations

23:33 “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the oracle [burden] of the Lord?’ you shall then say to them, ‘What oracle [burden]?’ I will even forsake you,” says the Lord.

The Hebrew word massa’ (מַשָּׂא), mostly translated burden, load, or tribute, is derived from the verb nasa’ (נָשָׂא) meaning to lift, carry, take. The KJV and the BSB got this one right, keeping it burden, because having to declare punitive outcomes for His people breaking covenant with Him is a burden for Our merciful God.

Jeremiah 24 – The Sign of Two Baskets of Figs. This reminds me of Jesus cursing the fig tree (Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-25), which, I believe, symbolizes Jerusalem and the Temple.

24:7 “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.” Also see Psalm 51:10, Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26, Ezekiel 18:3, 2 Corinthians 3:3, Deuteronomy 30:6, 2 Chronicles 30:12.

25:9 and 27:7 “…Nebuchadnezzar…My servant…” Anyone, believer or not, can be used of Yah. Pay attention and know the works of Elohim.

25:33 “They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse [dung, offal] on the ground.” See 8:2, 9:22, 16:4, Psalm 53:5, Psalm 79:3, Psalm 83:10, Isaiah 5:25, Isaiah 34:3, 2 Kings 9:37, 2 Kings 23:5.

Matthew 24:28 and Luke 17:37 “For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles [vultures] will be gathered together.” Also see Job 39:30, Ezekiel 39:17, Habakkuk 1:8.

26:20-24 Urijah prophesied as Jeremiah did, but when his life was threatened, he escaped to Egypt [big mistake, we are not to trust Egypt (the world, the physical)]. He was caught and dragged back to the king, who slew the prophet with a sword. Jeremiah stayed under the protection of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, a royal scribe. This incident reminds me of the prophet who disobeyed the Lord by believing another prophet’s words without checking with the Lord and was mauled to death by a lion (1 Kings 13). We have to practice seeking the Lord in everything, no matter how small.

– The result of the false prophet Hananiah’s behavior (28) is similar to Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)—dying from a lie.

– Jeremiah’s prophecies in a nutshell: y’all did wrong on so many levels that the homeland is polluted; you will either die or go to Babylon; quit lying on Me; y’all couldn’t even keep the Shabbots; your enemies will be punished for punishing you too much; you will be restored to the land many years later (after most of your rebellious generation dies off as your ancestors in the wilderness did).

Chapter 29 – Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles
Daniel 9:2 “…in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”

Ezra 1:1 “Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying…”

31:15 and Matthew 2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” Ramah was a town in the land allotted to Benjamin, who was Rachel’s younger son. Genesis 30:1 Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to [demanded] Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” Not to mention Benjamin was nearly wiped out for not obeying Torah concerning someone’s death (Judges 20-21).

31:19 “Surely, after my turning [back], I repented;
And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh;
I was ashamed, yes, even humiliated,
Because I bore the reproach of my youth.”

Repentance involved humility (recognizing one’s wrongdoing) and accepting instruction, not just an apology.

31:22 “How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth—A woman shall encompass [embrace, protect] a man.” As soon as I thought, “I need to pray for clarification,” the words “pray for” popped into my head. Amen.

31:31-38 – The New Covenant we are grafted into (Romans 11:11-24).

31:35-37 Israel will remain a nation (by His hand) until time and His current Order ends. See Revelation 21:1, Revelation 6:14, Isaiah 65:17, Isaiah 66:22, 2 Peter 3:10, 2 Peter 3:13.

32:27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh.”

Numbers 16:22 “O God [El], the God of the spirits of all flesh…”

Numbers 27:16 “…the Lord [YHWH], the God of the spirits of all flesh…”

“Is there anything too hard for Me?” See Matthew 19:26, 32:17, Genesis 18:14, Numbers 11:23, 2 Kings 1:3, 2 Kings 1:16, 2 Kings 3:18, Isaiah 50:2, Isaiah 59:1, Daniel 3, Daniel 6:22, Luke 1:37.

34:17 “Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming liberty [from slavery], every one to his brother and every one to his neighbor. Behold, I proclaim liberty to you,’ says the Lord—‘to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine! And I will deliver you to trouble among all the kingdoms of the earth.’”

The Father of All wants willing servants, not slaves.

Are you holding something over someone’s head? Forgive, let go, so you and that person will be free from any negative repercussions.

34:18 “And I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts of it…”

A similar covenant was cut in Genesis 15, when Abraham cut the animals in two and the Father and the Son passed between the cut parts but not Abraham. The Father and the Son would fulfill all covenants established between Abraham’s descendants—natural and adopted—and Yah Himself.

35:19 “Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me forever.” Rechabites may still exists today in modern-day Yemen.

– Jeremiah gets accused of defecting to the Chaldeans, and then the princes (leaders) whine to the king about Jeremiah’s prophecies demoralizing their military and people. I am going to guess very few cared about the covenant and justified its neglect by seeking either an advantage in manipulating the spirit realm in their favor, or the debauched entertainment demonic worship demanded.

38:23 “And you [Zedekiah] shall cause this city to be burned with fire.” No pressure, LOL! Even in his fear, the king still would not take a chance that Jeremiah was right or seek the Lord himself.

– It took Nebuchadnezzar 18 months to penetrate Jerusalem and left the land to the poor.

– The Lord spared the life of Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, who rescued Jeremiah out of the pit of mud, for he trusted the Lord of All.

– Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard of Babylon, knew of Jeremiah’s prophesies and declared the pronouncements had come to pass, giving full credit to the El of the Israelites. He had tell Jeremiah twice to get lost, LOL!

– When Gedaliah became governor by Nebuchadnezzar’s hand, the Jews in Moab, Edom, and Ammon came to help the remnant in Judah to havest.

– Johanan told Gedaliah twice there was a plot to kill him, even offered to kill Ishmael for him. Gedaliah rejected that idea. Unfortunately, Jonanan was right, and Ishmael with 10 men killed Gedaliah and every Jew in the area of the murder. Ishmael also captured the Jew in Mizpah and marched them towards Ammon. Jonanan learned of it and rescued the people, but Ishmael had escaped with 8 men to Ammon. Lesson: Check with the Lord to see what to do with such a serious allegation.

41:9 “Now the pit into which Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had slain, because of Gedaliah, was the same one Asa the king [of Judah] had made for fear of Baasha king of Israel. Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled it with the slain.” Why was this mentioned?

41:10-18 This part reminds me of David and his men freeing their families and possessions from the Amalekites (1 Samuel 30). David’s situation felt like a test from the Lord; this one, centuries later, it gives off the vibe of being the opposite of David’s trust in the Lord. I will set it aside in the long list of future revelations.

– The people still did not trust the word of the Lord from Jeremiah even after the prophecies had come true. The fear of man can be stronger than the fear of God when you submit to the flesh. Please, Father Yah, help us through Your Son and Spirit to avoid not trusting You, Your Will and Purpose.

42:20 “For you were hypocrites [led astray] in your hearts when you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, ‘Pray for us to the Lord our God, and according to all that the Lord your God says, so declare to us and we will do it.’”

Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites [actors]! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”

– They dragged Jeremiah and Baruch, along with the survivors, to Egypt. Why not leave those two behind?

– The people openly said they would continue their idolatry, despite Jeremiah’s prophecies and warnings. See Exodus 32:9, Exodus 33:3, Exodus 33:5, Exodus 34:9, Numbers 14:11, Deuteronomy 9:13, Deuteronomy 31:27, 2 Kings 17:14, Isaiah 48:4, Acts 7:51, Hebrews 3:16.

44:2930 “‘And this shall be a sign to you,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will punish you in this place, that you may know that My words will surely stand against you for adversity.’”

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those who seek his life, as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy who sought his life.’”

In modern vernacular: “Since y’all rejected my warning, I will give a sign that I am serious about what will befall y’all in Egypt: Pharaoh will die. Remember, I pronounced and fulfilled Zedekiah’s defeat the same way.”

– Parts of this book are out of chronological order.

47:67 “O you sword of the Lord,
How long until you are quiet?
Put yourself up into your scabbard,
Rest and be still!
How can it be quiet,
Seeing the Lord has given it a charge
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore?
There He has appointed it.”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Revelation 1:16 “He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.”

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Psalm 45:3 “Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty.”

Isaiah 49:2 “And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
Also see Psalm 149:6, Revelation 2:12, Revelation 2:16, Leviticus 26:25, Isaiah 34:6, Isaiah 66:16, Hosea 6:5.

48:10 “Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.”

Matthew 21:28-32 – The Parable of the Two Sons

Matthew 23:3 “Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.

Psalm 50:16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth?”

Judges 5:23 “Curse Meroz,” said the Angel of the Lord, “Curse its inhabitants bitterly, Because they did not come to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.”

Judges 21:5 The children of Israel said, “Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up with the assembly to the Lord?” For they had made a great oath concerning anyone who had not come up to the Lord at Mizpah, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”

48:25 “The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken,” says the Lord. Horn = strength, authority, power, influence; arm = military might, power in action.

48:30 “I know [Moab’s] wrath,” says the Lord, “But it is not right. His lies [boasts] have made nothing right.”
Isaiah 16:6 “We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath; but his lies shall not be so.”

Amos 2:1 Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because he burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
The last verse is the one used against cremation. It was an insult to the rulers, people, and the idols Edom had worshiped. The Father does not like dead bodies desecrated, whether people or rulers.

48:31-32 The Father said He would wail, weep, cry, and mourn over Moab’s judgment.

Ezekiel 18:23 “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?”

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Also see 48:36, 48:38, Isaiah 15:5, Isaiah 16:7, Isaiah 16:11.

48:35 “Moreover,” says the Lord, “I will cause to cease in Moab the one who offers sacrifices in the high places and burns incense to his gods.”

Genesis 2:17 “…for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death…”

Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul who sins shall die.”

Everyone will be held accountable to their sins.

48:36 “…therefore the riches they have acquired have perished.” Luke 12:13-21 – The Parable of the Rich Fool, Matthew 6:19-21 – Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

48:38 “For I have broken Moab like a vessel in which is no pleasure,” says the Lord.

2 Timothy 2:21 “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from [these sins], he will be a vessel [instrument, tool] for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

48:47 “Yet I will bring back the captives of Moab in the latter days,” says the Lord.
49:6 “But afterward I will bring back The captives of the people of Ammon,” says the Lord.
49:39 “…in the latter days, I will bring back the captives of Elam [Iran],” says the Lord.
12:15 “Then it shall be, after I have plucked [the neighboring countries] out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.”

Isaiah 19:18-25 – Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed Together

Isaiah 27:13 “So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown. They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, and they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”

50:6 “My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray. They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill. They have forgotten their resting place.”

50:17 “Israel is like scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away. First the king of Assyria devoured him; now at last this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has broken his bones.”

There are so many references to people being like sheep. My favorites are Psalm 23, Matthew 9:36, Matthew 10:6, John 10:14, John 10:27.

Most of Chapters 50 and 51 describes Babylon’s judgment due to being too harsh on Israel, another example of dark humor on display. This also foreshadow the worldwide Babylon systemic collapse in the book of Revelation.

51:8 “Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her! Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.”

51:37 “Babylon shall become a heap, a dwelling place for jackals, an astonishment and a hissing, without an inhabitant.”

51:44 “I will punish Bel in Babylon, And I will bring out of his mouth what he has swallowed; And the nations shall not stream to him anymore. Yes, the wall of Babylon shall fall.”

Revelation 14:8 And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Isaiah 21:9 “And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!” Then he answered and said, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground.”

Babylon took the holy tools, except for the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat, and the two Altars. What had happened to those items? The Kingdom of Northern Israel did some of that during Amaziah’s reign (2 Kings 14:13-14). Egypt had a turn during Rehoboam’s reign (1 Kings 14:25-26). I want to contrast these with the 3 kings of Judah, Joash (2 Kings 12:18 – successful), Ahaz (2 Kings 16:7-9, 2 Chronicles 28:21 – partially successful) and Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:15-17 – failure), giving an advancing enemy items from the Temple. This pillaging happened again in 70 AD by the Romans with the second Temple. That makes 7 times articles were stolen from the Temple.

– I think this book is far more depressing than Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes at least has a bunch of useful information.

2:8 “He has stretched out a line… He has not withdrawn His hand from destroying.”

Amos 7:7-8 Thus He showed me: Behold, the Lord stood on a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

And I said, “A plumb line.”

Then the Lord said: “Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.”

2 Kings 21:13 “And I will stretch over Jerusalem the measuring line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab; I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.”

Isaiah 28:17 “Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet [weight of the plumb line]; The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters will overflow the hiding place.”

Isaiah 34:11 “But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it, Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. And He shall stretch out over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.”

Zechariah 4:10 “For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel [Jesus’ ancestor]. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

3:8 “Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.” Who cannot relate to this? This is when patience (a test of faith) has to be exercise, even during times of trouble.

3:21-42 Jeremiah encourages himself in the Lord, asks us all to be patient and consider our ways.

3:22-23Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” He keeps us alive, and every day is a new beginning.

Zephaniah 3:5 “Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails…”

Job 7:18 “That You should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?”

Jeremiah 21:12 O house of David! Thus says the LORD: “Execute judgment in the morning; and deliver him who is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go forth like fire and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”

3:30 “Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach.”
Matthew 5:39 and Luke 6:29 “But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”

4:9Those slain by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger…” No kidding, starvation is a horrible way to die.

5:7 “Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.”

Leviticus 26:40 “But if they will confess their iniquity and that of their fathers in the unfaithfulness that they practiced against Me…”

Also see Jeremiah 3:25, Jeremiah 14:20, Jeremiah 16:12, Jeremiah 31:29, Ezekiel 18:2. People can debate this all they want. As for me, I have repented of any generational sins. I will not take any chances.

5:14 “And the young men from their music.” Not much has changed today. The young have always been into entertainment.

5:22 “Unless You have utterly rejected us, and are very angry with us!” LOL! Dark humor right here.

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 6 – Jeremiah, Section 2

11:16 “The Lord called your name, Green Olive Tree, Lovely and of Good Fruit. With the noise of a great tumult He has kindled fire on it, And its branches are broken.”

Romans 11:17 “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree…”

John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

Fulfillment of the curse (promise) of Deuteronomy 28:40 “You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olives shall drop off.”

11:19 “But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter…”
Isaiah 53:7 [Acts 8:32] “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.” Also see Matthew 26:63, Matthew 27:12, Mark 14:61, Mark 15:5, Luke 23:9, John 19:9, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:19, Psalm 39:2.

“…and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.’”
Nehemiah 9:26 “Nevertheless they were disobedient and rebelled against You, cast Your law behind their backs and killed Your prophets, who testified against them to turn them to Yourself; and they worked great provocations.” Also see 1 Kings 19:10, 2 Chronicles 24:21, Matthew 23:34, Matthew 23:35, Luke 11:51, Hebrews 11:37.
The ancients had the idea that (1) the gift of prophecy was hereditary and (2) killing a prophet would spare them from the judgment the prophet pronounced. They understood the concept of manifesting by the tongue but were mistaken in trying to control Yah’s Will.

12:2 “You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bear fruit.”
11:17 “For the Lord of hosts, Who planted you…”

Exodus 15:17 “You will bring them in and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which You have made For Your own dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.”

2 Samuel 7:10 “Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,”

Psalm 80:8 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it.”

Psalm 80:15 “And the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, And the branch [son] that You made strong for Yourself.”

Psalm 44:2 “You drove out the nations with Your hand, but them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.”

Isaiah 5:2 “He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.”

Also see Matthew 21:33, Mark 12:1, Luke 13:6, John 15:1, Psalm 37:35, Jeremiah 45:4.

You are near in their mouth but far from their mind.”

Isaiah 29:13 [Matthew 15:8, Mark 7:6] “Therefore the Lord said: ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me…’”

3:10 “And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.

Titus 1:16 “They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”

Proverbs 30:12There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness.”

12:16 “…to swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal…” Ouch! No wonder the Lord declared He hated them (12:8). Faith = loyalty + trust.

13:11 “For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,” says the Lord, “that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.”

Exodus 19:56 “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. [1 Peter 2:5, 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6, Revelation 5:10, Leviticus 19:2].”
Revelation 1:13 “…and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. The golden sash in Revelation = the future reign of Christ with His Overcomers.

13:12-14 “Therefore you shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Every bottle [skin, jar] shall be filled with wine.”’

“And they will say to you, ‘Do we not certainly know that every bottle [skin, jar] will be filled with wine?’

Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22 and Luke 5:3738 “Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Job 32:19 “Indeed my belly is like wine that has no vent; It is ready to burst like new wineskins.”

“Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land—even the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with drunkenness! And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together,” says the Lord. “I will not pity nor spare nor have mercy, but will destroy them.”’”

Isaiah 63:6 “I trampled the nations in My anger; in My wrath I made them drunk and poured out their blood on the ground.”

Isaiah 51:17 “Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of His fury; you who have drained the goblet to the dregs—the cup that makes men stagger.”

25:27 “Then you are to tell them that this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: ‘Drink, get drunk, and vomit. Fall down and never get up again, because of the sword I will send among you.’”
Psalm 60:3 “You have shown Your people hardship; we are staggered from the wine You made us drink.”
Psalm 75:8 “For a cup is in the hand of the Lord, full of foaming wine mixed with spices. He pours from His cup, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to the dregs.”
You are the container. Your agreement with the Lord determines how you will be filled.

15:1Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind [heart, life] would not be favorable toward this people.” This reminds me of Ezekiel 14:14 “Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.”

15:16 “Your words were found, and I ate them.”

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste—sweeter than honey in my mouth!

Ezekiel 2:8 “Open your mouth and eat what I [the Lord] give you.”
Ezekiel 3:3 “Son of man,” He said to me, “eat and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you.” So I ate, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.

Revelation 10:9 And I went to the angel and said, “Give me the small scroll.”

Take it and eat it,” he said. “It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”

John 6:26-58 “For My flesh [the Word of God] is food [for the ear, the soul] indeed, and My blood [My life, My works, My sacrifice] is drink [for the eyes, the soul] indeed.”

16:4 “They shall die gruesome deaths; they shall not be lamented nor shall they be buried, but they shall be like refuse on the face of the earth. They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, and their corpses shall be meat for the birds of heaven and for the beasts of the earth.” Also see 8:2, 9:22, 25:33, Deuteronomy 28:26, Psalm 79:2, Psalm 79:3, Psalm 83:10, Isaiah 5:25, Isaiah 18:6, Zephaniah 1:17.

Luke 17-34-37 “I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”

And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?”

So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

Matthew 24 and Luke 17 match up well. Judge for yourselves.

16:7 Nor shall men break bread in mourning for them, to comfort them for the dead; nor shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or their mother.
Ezekiel 24:17 “Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.

Hosea 9:4 “…but will be to them like the bread of mourners; all who eat will be defiled. For their bread will be for themselves…

Eating after funerals is nothing new.

17:4 “…for you have kindled a fire in My anger which shall burn forever.” The Hebrew words translated forever are olam (עוֹלָ֥ם) and adolam (עַד־עוֹלָ֥ם), which actually mean “for an indeterminate amount of time” and “a long time towards a goal.”

17:5 “Cursed is the [strong, warrior] man who trusts in man[kind] and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”

17:910 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”

A famous quote and here is the answer: “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” This is where people get the idea to say, whenever they cannot tolerate criticism, “God knows my heart.”

17:19-27 Through Jeremiah, the Father told the people to just do the Sabbath—don’t carry burdens or conduct business, but they couldn’t even do that. Father knew they wouldn’t.

18:6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”

2 Timothy 2:21 “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

Matthew 20:15a “Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things?” Also see Romans 9:20, Romans 9:21, Isaiah 19:25, Isaiah 45:9, Isaiah 64:8, Exodus 4:22, Job 10:3, Job 10:8, Psalm 100:3.

18:20 “Remember that I stood before You to speak good for them, to turn away Your wrath from them.” Wasn’t Jeremiah told not to pray for them? No wonder the Father had to remind him twice more after the first time.

18:21-23 Now Jeremiah wants revenge.

19:5 “…they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind…” That is straight up demonic! Psalm 106:37 “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.” Deuteronomy 12:31 “You must not worship the Lord your God in this way, because they practice for their gods every abomination which the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.” Deuteronomy 32:17 “They sacrificed to demons, not to God, To gods they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear.”

20:7-12 Jeremiah complains, tries to quit, but can’t.

20:1415 Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me! Let the man be cursed who brought news to my father, saying, “A male child has been born to you!” Making him very glad.
15:10 “Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent for interest, nor have men lent to me for interest. Every one of them curses me.”

Job 3:3 “May the day perish on which I was born, And the night in which it was said, ‘A male child is conceived.’”

21:8 “Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.”’”

Deuteronomy 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil…”

Deuteronomy 30:19I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…”

Proverbs 12:28In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.”

Deuteronomy 11:26 “See, today I am setting before you a blessing and a curse…”

Deuteronomy 30:1 “Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God drives you…”

Genesis 2:17 “…but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”

Choices, always, everyday, choices…

22:6 For thus says the Lord to the house of the king of Judah: “You are Gilead to Me, the head of Lebanon. Yet I surely will make you a wilderness, cities which are not inhabited.” In short, “I don’t know you; now, be gone!”

Matthew 7:23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Psalm 6:8 “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.”

Also see Psalm 119:115, Matthew 25:41, Luke 13:25, Luke 13:27.

22:13 “Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his chambers by injustice…”

Matthew 7:26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”

Isaiah 5:8 “Woe to those who join house to house; they add field to field, till there is no place Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!”
Micah 3:10 “…who build up Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with iniquity…”

Habakkuk 2:12 “Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, Who establishes a city by iniquity!”

Habakkuk 2:9 “Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, That he may set his nest on high, That he may be delivered from the power of disaster!”

“…who uses his neighbor’s service without wages and gives him nothing for his work.”
Leviticus 19:13 “You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.”

Deuteronomy 24:15 “Each day you shall give him his wages, and not let the sun go down on it, for he is poor and has set his heart on it; lest he cry out against you to the Lord, and it be sin to you.”

1 Timothy 5:18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain [Deuteronomy 25:4, 1 Corinthians 9:9],” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

James 5:4 “Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.”

– Lots of mentions comparing Israel to sheep, having failures for shepherds [leaders], being scattered around the world, and the Lord gathering them back into the land.

23:4 “I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them…” and 3:15 “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”

Ephesians 4:11 “And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors [shepherds] and teachers…” Also see Ezekiel 34:2, Ezekiel 34:23, Psalm 23, John 21, Ephesians 5:26, John 13:10, John 15:3.

Feed the sheep = food (give them the Word, the Instruction to follow) and water (make sure it is pure and just).

23:10 “For the land is full of adulterers; for because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, and their might is not right.”

Isaiah 24:5 “The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.”

Revelation 11:18 “The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.”

Genesis 15:16 “But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

Numbers 35:3334 “So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it. Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.’”

Also see 2:7, 3:9, 12:4, 16:18, Leviticus 18:24, Leviticus 18:25, Deuteronomy 21:8, Deuteronomy 21:23, Psalm 106:38, Psalm 107:34, Genesis 3:17.

Without repentance, intentional sin, violence, and bloodshed pollute an area, giving the Lord the right to either judge or kick out the inhabitants.

23:29Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
5:14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “Because you speak this word, Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, And this people wood, And it shall devour them.”
4:19 “O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.”
20:9 Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.”

Psalm 39:3 “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue…”

Hosea 6:5 “Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth, and My judgments go forth like lightning.”

Luke 24:32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us as He spoke with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

Isaiah 53:10 “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”

Daniel 2:45 “Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 6 – Jeremiah, Section 1

– God’s people did not believe Jeremiah was a true prophet until either danger had approached, war hit them, or the murder of Pharaoh. How can we test so-called prophets today if the prophecies take time to come to fruition? I say, ask the Father to show you and wait for the answer.

– Both Isaiah and Jeremiah repeat themselves a lot.

– Jeremiah did no miracles nor was a witness to positive outcomes of his prophecies.

1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” This famous passage brings tears to my eyes.

Psalm 139:13-16 “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

Job 10:8 “Your hands shaped me and altogether formed me. Would You now turn and destroy me?”

Psalm 119:73 “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding to learn Your commandments.”

Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the bones are formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”

Isaiah 43:1 and Isaiah 44:2 “Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb, Who will help you…”

Isaiah 49:1 “Listen to Me, O islands; pay attention, O distant peoples: The LORD called Me from the womb; from the body of My mother He named Me.”

Isaiah 49:5 “And now the LORD says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant…”

Galatians 1:15 “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, was pleased…”

1:11-12 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”

And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

Numbers 17:8 “Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.” The Father established His authority through His power.

1:16 “Because they have forsaken Me… and worshiped the works of their own hands.”

Isaiah 2:8 “Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.”

Isaiah 37:19 “They have cast their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods, but only wood and stone—the work of human hands.”

Revelation 9:20 “Now the rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the works of their hands.”

Technology and entertainment anyone?

1:19 They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.” AGAIN! Because they had disobeyed, AGAIN!

2:3 “Israel [God is upright, God strives, the upright striving for God] was holiness to the LORD, the firstfruits [beginning results] of His increase. All that devour him will offend; disaster will come upon them,” says the LORD. James 1:18 “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we would be a kind of firstfruits of His creation.”

2:6Neither did they say, ‘Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt?’” Notice how often the Exodus is brought up? How important is this today?

2:24 “A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that sniffs at the wind in her desire; in her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they will find her.”

Genesis 16:12 “[Ishmael] will be a wild donkey of a man, and his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand against him; he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

Job 24:5 “Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go to work foraging for food; the wasteland is food for their children.

Israel is like Ishmael and his descendants, acting like the Father never provided for them.

2:25Withhold your foot from being unshod [ashamed], and your throat from thirst [deprived]. But you said, ‘There is no hope [trust in God]. No! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go.’”

God had wanted them to treat the strangers among them well, not become like the surrounding nations. If they had obeyed, foreigners would have desired to become as Israel, serving the Lord, getting blessed in return. Influence is a powerful force.

2:28 “But where are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them rise up in your time of trouble and save you if they can.” LOL!

2:31 “O generation, see the word of the LORD! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, ‘We are lords; We will come no more to You’?”

Mark 9:19 He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you?”

Numbers 14:11 Then the LORD said to Moses: “How long will these people reject Me? And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?”

2:33 “Why do you beautify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught
the wicked women your ways.” Israel caused their women to sin. Remember, the Moabite women were sent to entice the men of Israel to sin.

Hosea 4:14 “I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, Nor your brides when they commit adultery; For the men themselves go apart with harlots, And offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot. Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled.”

Men were the ones messing around with temple prostitutes, which encouraged the women to prostitute themselves.

2:34Also on your skirts is found the blood of the lives of the poor innocents.” They have caused the innocent (helpless, children) to die and see nothing wrong with it.

3:1 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him and becomes another man’s, May he return to her again?’ Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me,” says the LORD.

Deuteronomy 24:4 “…then the husband who divorced her first may not remarry her after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination to the LORD. You must not bring sin upon the land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.”

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Also see Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7, Mark 10:8, 1 Corinthians 6:16, Ephesians 5:31.

Marital purity was/is paramount, spiritually speaking, because the God-given, reproductive force of sexual energy used outside of God’s Order (in nature) and Will (direction for use) maintains and spreads the first sin’s corruption over the Earth. This opens mankind to evil influences, whether it be from entities, people, or society (culture) as a whole. Sex, simply put, is the strongest spiritual activity corrupt mankind will ever experience. It is even greater than murder, since more people have sex than kill. This is why Scripture either mentions or alludes to the sexual behavior involved with idolatry. Also sacrificing the fruit of sexual activity (children) bares a double consequence: pollution of the environment (2 Kings 3:27, Numbers 35:33, Genesis 4:10, Genesis 9:6, Deuteronomy 19:10, Deuteronomy 19:13, Deuteronomy 21:1-9, Proverbs 6:17, 1 Samuel 19:5, 26:15, 1 Kings 2:31, Matthew 27:4, Matthew 27:24) and insulting the Father’s work (Leviticus 18:21, Leviticus 20:2-5, Deuteronomy 18:10, Deuteronomy 12:31, 2 Kings 16:3, 2 Kings 17:17, 2 Kings 21:6, 2 Chronicles 28:3, 2 Chronicles 33:6, Psalm 106:37, Psalm 106:38, 7:31, 19:5, 32:35).

3:3 “You have had a harlot’s forehead [mindset]…” LOL!

3:4 “My Father, You are the guide of my youth?”

Genesis 45:8 [Joseph said,] “He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”

Judges 17:10 Micah said to [the Levite], “Dwell with me, and be a father and a priest to me…”

Judges 18:19 “And [the Danites] said to [the Levite], “Be quiet, put your hand over your mouth, and come with us; be a father and a priest to us.”

A father is a strong guard, guide, advisor—all three belong to the Lord, even today.

3:13 “Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,” says the Lord.

Nehemiah 9:2 “Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all the foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.”
Psalm 106:6 “We have sinned like our fathers; we have done wrong and acted wickedly.”

Daniel 9:20 “Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain [capital city] of my God [Jerusalem]…”
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

3:16 “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.”

Isaiah 65:17 “For behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

31:31-34 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

1 Corinthians 13:10 “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”

3:17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.”

Revelation 2:27He shall rule them with a rod of iron. They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels.’ [Psalm 2:9]— as I also have received from My Father.”

4:16 “Make mention to the nations, yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, that watchers [besiegers] come from a far country and raise their voice against the cities of Judah.”

4:23 “I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void. And the heavens, they had no light.”

Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

5:31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” This is true today.

6:10 “Indeed their ear is uncircumcised…”

Deuteronomy 10:16 “Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and stiffen your necks no more.”

Acts 7:51 “You stiff-necked people uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit, just as your fathers did.” Also see Leviticus 26:41, Deuteronomy 30:6, 4:4, 9:25, Romans 2:27, Romans 2:29, 9:26.

6:14 and 8:11 “For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace.”

Ezekiel 13:10 “…they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace…”

1 Thessalonians 5:3 “Peace and safety!”

Also see 14:13, 23:17, 23:32.

7:11 “…a den of thieves.” Also see Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46.

7:16, 11:14, 14:11 “Do not pray for these people.” A prophet was to pray over the people.

8:2 “[The enemy] shall spread [Judah] before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven, which they have loved and which they have served and after which they have walked, which they have sought and which they have worshiped. They shall not be gathered nor buried; they shall be like refuse on the face of the earth.”

9:22 “Even the carcasses of men shall fall as refuse on the open field, like cuttings after the harvester, and no one shall gather them.

Also see 2 Kings 9:37, 2 Kings 23:5, Psalm 53:5, Psalm 83:10, Job 39:30, Matthew 24:28, Luke 17:37, Habakkuk 1:8.

8:22 “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery for the health of the daughter of my people?”

Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

9:5 “They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves to commit iniquity.”

Romans 7:23 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.”

Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down arguments [imagination] and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”

Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Ephesians 4:23 “…and be renewed in the spirit of your mind…”

Your mind is under your control. You are allowed to reject thoughts that would cause chaos and disaster. Rebuke the adversary, if need be.

9:7 “Behold, I will refine them and try [test] them.”

Psalm 66:10 “For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us like silver.:
Proverbs 17:3 “A crucible for silver and a furnace for gold, but the Lord is the tester of hearts.”
Proverbs 25:4 “Remove the dross from the silver, and a vessel for a silversmith will come forth.”

Isaiah 1:25 “I will turn My hand against you; I will thoroughly purge your dross; I will remove all your impurities.”
Isaiah 48:10 “See, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
6:27 “I have set you as an assayer [examiner] and a fortress among My people, that you may know and test their way.”

6:29 “The bellows blow fiercely. The lead is consumed by the fire. The smelter refines in vain, for the wicked are not drawn off.”

Malachi 3:3 “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.”

Job 7:18 “That You should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?”

Job 23:10 “Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”
1 Peter 1:7 “…that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…”

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.”

1 Corinthians 3:13 “…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.”

Psalm 81:7 “I tested you at the waters of Meribah.”

If you believe that God tests us everyday, every second, and act accordingly, you have the fear of the Lord.

9:15 “…therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will feed them, this people, with wormwood [poison], and give them water of gall [bitter] to drink.’”

Revelation 8:11 “The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.”

Also see 23:15, Lamentations 3:15, Lamentations 3:19, Amos 5:7, Amos 6:12, Isaiah 5:20.

9:24 “But let him who glories [boasts] glory [boast] in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord. Also see 1 Corinthians 1:31, 2 Corinthians 10:17, Galatians 6:14, Psalm 20:7, Psalm 34:2, Psalm 44:8, Luke 1:46, 1 Samuel 2:1.

Do I know You enough, Lord, to boast of You in Your holy Name?

10:2 Thus says the Lord: “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles. Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them.”

Deuteronomy 4:19 “And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the LORD your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.”

Genesis 2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”

Deuteronomy 17:3 “…who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded…”
The celestial sky is our clock (
Genesis 1:14, Psalm 104:19), not for worship.

10:23 “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”

Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”

Also see Proverbs 3:6, Proverbs 16:1, Proverbs 20:24, Isaiah 26:7, Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 37:5, Psalm 37:24, Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7.

10:24 “Correct me, O Lord, in Your mercy, not Your anger lest I come to nothing.”
I have this one memorized.

10:25 “Pour out Your fury on the Gentiles, who do not know You, and on the families who do not call on Your name; for they have eaten up Jacob, devoured him and consumed him, and made his dwelling place desolate.”

Psalm 79:6 “Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You, And on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.”

Revelation 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s wrath.”

He has, is, and will pour out His wrath. Amen.

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Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 5 – Isaiah, Second Half

45:18 “Who did not create it in vain [formless]. Who formed it to be inhabited.” There are debates about this passage in light of Genesis 1:2. Did He create something formless and void, or did He cause it to become formless and void before He spoke the Earth’s order into existence?

45:23 “Every knee shall bow; every tongue shall take an oath.”

Romans 14:11 “For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’”
Philippians 2:10 “…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth…”

Isaiah 47 – Because of Babylon’s cruelty, idolatry, and divination, it will suffer as Judah had suffered.

48:8 “Surely from long ago your ear was not opened.” You were not paying attention. “For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.” Even though He knew how we would be, He created us anyway.

48:16 “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.”

John 8:58 “Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’”
Luke 10:18 “And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’”

Isaiah 49 – Another chapter about Jesus, Yeshua (salvation), Yahshua (God saves).

49:16 “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…”

John 20:27 “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’”
Luke 24:40 “And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet.”

49:23 “And lick the dust from your feet.”

Luke 7:38 “…and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.”
Luke 7:45 “You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.”
Psalm 72:9 “Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.”

50:6 “I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.” What Jesus endured: Matthew 26:67, Matthew 27:30, Mark 14:65, Mark 15:19, Luke 22:63.

51:1 “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD…”

Proverbs 15:9 “The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves him who follows righteousness.”
Jeremiah 29:13 “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
Acts 17:27 “…so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us…”
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

51:12 “Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass?”

Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Psalm 56:4 “In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”
Hebrews 13:6 “So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Also see 2:22, Romans 8:31, Psalm 27:1.

52:13-15 – The Suffering Servant.

53:5 “…by His stripes we are healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. ‘By His stripes you are healed.’”

55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

John 4:14 “…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
John 7:37 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.’”
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Also see Proverbs 10:11, Proverbs 18:4, Proverbs 20:5, 58:11.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
Revelation 3:18 “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”
Psalm 107:9 “For He satisfies the longing [thirsty] soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

55:8 “My thought are not your thoughts, nor are My ways, your ways.” Neither does He think or operate as we do. But, if we seeking after Him in persistence, He will show us pieces of His heart. Proverbs 25:2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings [anointed ones] is to search out a matter.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
48:6 “You have heard; see all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them.”

55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Psalm 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”
Psalm 25:10 “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.”
14:24 “The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand.’”

56:3 Nor let the eunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.” Trees symbolize people in Scripture.

56:4-5 “For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.”

Matthew 19:12 “For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
Revelation 14:4 “These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.”
Acts 8:27-39 – the Ethiopian eunuch, who quoted Isaiah 53:7-8.

56:7 “For my house will be a house of prayer for all nations [peoples].” Also see Matthew 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46.

56:8 “Yet I will gather to him others besides those who are gathered to him.”

60:3 “The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
John 10:16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold [Israel]; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock [humanity] and one shepherd [king].”

56:12 “Tomorrow will be as today, and much more abundant.” Affluence does that to people; nothing has changed.

57:10 “You have found the life of your hand; therefore you were not grieved.” This is a naughty reference. I will let y’all suss it out.

57:11 “Is it not because I have held My peace from of old that you do not fear Me?” Yes. *looks around for lightning strike*

57:13 “When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you.” LOL, the voice actor put a little attitude in his reading here. I love it!

57:14 “Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

Matthew 16:23 “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense [stumbling block] to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” Also see Luke 17:1, Matthew 18:7.

1 Corinthians 8:9 “But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.” Also see Romans 14:13, Romans 14:20.

59:7 “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood.”

Romans 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood.”
Proverbs 1:16 “For their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed blood.”
Proverbs 6:18 “…a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil…”

59:14 “And equity [straightness, right balance] cannot enter.”

59:17 “For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head.
He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.”

Ephesians 6:14-17 “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

61:3 “The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness [depression].”
61:10 “For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…”

1 Thessalonians 5:8 “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.”
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
Job 29:14 “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.”
Psalm 132:9 “May Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and may Your godly ones [saints] sing for joy.”
Psalm 132:16 “I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.”
Ephesians 4:24 “and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
Colossians 3:10 “…and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…”

Clothes symbolize one’s character, whether it’s genuine or false.

Isaiah 60 – Gentiles bless Israel.

61:1-2 is what He read in the synagogue at the start of His ministry in Luke 4:18-19. The rest will be fulfilled upon His return. Halleluyah!

62:2 “You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name.”

Revelation 2:17 “To the one who overcomes, I will give the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it.”
Revelation 3:12 “The one who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never again leave it. Upon him I will write the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name.”

62:11 “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’”

Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
40:10 “Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.”
Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”
Romans 2:6 [God] “will repay each one according to his deeds.”

63:23 Why are Your clothes red, and Your garments like one who treads the winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone, and no one from the nations was with Me. I trampled them in My anger and trod them down in My fury; their blood spattered My garments, and all My clothes were stained.”

Revelation 19:13 “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”
Revelation 14:19-20 “So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.”

63:9 “In all their affliction He was afflicted.”

Exodus 3:7 “And the LORD said: ‘I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.’”

And the Angel of His Presence saved them.”

Exodus 23:20 “Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.”
Exodus 33:14 “And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’”

And He bore them and carried them all the days of old.”

Deuteronomy 1:31 “…and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.”
46:4 “Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found [Israel] in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.”

63:17 “O LORD, why have You made us stray from Your ways, and hardened our heart from Your fear?” We are given choices.

64:6 “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy [menstrual] rags.” I hate the term “sin nature” because it softens the impact of what we actually are—corrupted flesh that deserves to be destroyed, an irritant to His holiness.

64:8 “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” Also see Lamentations 4:2, Jeremiah 18:6, Romans 9:20, Romans 9:21, 29:16, 45:9, Job 10:9, Job 33:6, Psalm 40:2, John 9:6, 2 Corinthians 4:7.

65:4 “Who sit among the graves, and spend the night in the tombs; who eat swine’s flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels.”

66:17 “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says the LORD. Reminds me of the Gerasene demoniac.

65:8 “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,’ So will I do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all.”

Life [the soul] is in the blood.” See Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 3:17, Leviticus 7:26, Leviticus 17:10. Leviticus 17:11, Leviticus 17:12, Leviticus 17:14, Leviticus 19:26, Deuteronomy 12:16, Acts 15:20, Acts 15:29, Acts 21:25.

Deuteronomy 32:14 “And you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.” Blood = life, soul.

65:12 “Because, when I called, you did not answer.” See 66:4, Proverbs 1:24, 2 Chronicles 36:15, Romans 10:21. This also reminds me of a story in Judges about the Benjamites not turning over the men who killed the Levite’s concubine and then Jabesh Gilead and Shiloh not answering the call to punish the Benjamites.

65:17 “I create new heavens and a new earth.” See Revelation 21:1, 2 Peter 3:13, 66:22, Revelation 6:14, 34:4.
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.”
43:18 “Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to the things of old.”

65:24 “That before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

55:6 “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” Also see Psalm 91:15, 30:19, 41:17, Isaiah 58:9, Isaiah 59:1, Psalm 50:15, Psalm 18:6, Genesis 35:3, Psalm 107:6,13,19,28.

65:25 “And dust shall be the serpent’s food.”

Genesis 3:14 “So the LORD God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.’”

Micah 7:17 “They will lick the dust like a snake, like reptiles slithering on the ground. They will crawl from their holes in the presence of the LORD our God; they will tremble in fear of You.”

66:1 and Acts 7:49 “Heaven is My throne, and the earth My footstool. What is this house that you will build to me? And where is the place of My rest?”
Matthew 5:34-35 “But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.”

66:4 “So will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them.”
Romans 1:28 “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”
2 Thessalonians 2:11 “For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie.”

Ezekiel 20:25 “I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and ordinances by which they could not live.”

Psalm 69:27 “Add iniquity to their iniquity; let them not share in Your righteousness.”
Psalm 81:12 “So I gave them up to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.”

Psalm 69:23 “May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs bent forever.”
Acts 7:42 “Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven…”
Acts 14:16 “Who in the generations past allowed all the nations to go their own ways.”

Job 8:4 “When your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to their rebellion.”
44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand.”

6:10 and Acts 28:27 “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.”

Also see Deuteronomy 29:4, Jeremiah 5:21, Matthew 13:13, Matthew 13:14, Mark 4:12, John 12:40, Acts 28:26, Acts 28:27, Romans 1:24, Romans 11:8, Isaiah 6:9.

66:7-13 The rebirth of Israel with the Gentiles’ help.

66:24 “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

Mark 9:44, 46, 48 “…where ‘their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.’” Some Bibles only contain verse 48.
Matthew 3:12 “His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Matthew 25:41 “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’”

5:14 “Therefore Sheol [hell] has enlarged itself And opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it.”
14:11 “Your pomp has been brought down to Sheol, along with the music of your harps. Maggots are your bed and worms your blanket.”

Yup, that sounds like hell.

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