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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