Ezekiel 7:1-2, Moreover the Word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 7:2
Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the
Chapter 7 begins by
saying in verse 2, An end, the end is come upon
the four corners of the land. Here the 4 corners of the land are
When looking at the
books of the prophets it is wise to parallel
Ezekiel 7:3 says, Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations. The important thing to understand about judgment is that once the end comes, it will be too late to find forgiveness. It is not that God is not merciful and that God does not forgive because Jesus died for the sins of the world. But when it comes to judgment for sin, not consequence but judgment, there are 2 ways God will judge: by the works of Christ, and the works that you have done. Jesus was judged for your sins. That is why He died on the cross. If you reject that judgment then you must face judgment according to your ways. And the Bible says in Romans 3:23, All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Unlike the wheels of government which too often turn ever so slowly and unjustly, the wheels of God are spinning and one of the things that God will be sending forth is His anger as He says here in verse 3, and I will send mine anger upon thee... Often when we think of anger we do not think of good things. When human beings get angry good things do not happen, wars are caused over anger, murders are caused over anger, as well as divorces, and every other crime imaginable. Human anger is not good. That is why the Bible says, Be slow to anger. Anger is not something men should ever be motivated by. The Bible says in James 1:20, The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. What a contrast then is the anger of man to the anger of God. When God sends forth His anger, good things happen. Because when evil nations fall and are destroyed; justice is brought to the world, and to all the victims of human anger. If men are to get angry, they should get angry at all the lies and all the opposition to the Bible and to the will of Jesus instead of all the anger that is a result of their own self will. But God is sending forth His anger. And the anger of God is one of the ways that Gods plan for humanity will be accomplished. Ezekiel 7:4, And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. As previously stated when it comes time for judgment God will judge and His eye will not spare. Because He is sending out His anger upon the world and one of the drastically good results is given in the last phrase of verse 4 where God says, And ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 7:5-9, Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth. Sometimes the word evil is used to mean judgment. Because God is all powerful and in complete control of things, He will use the evil forces of the world to accomplish His will and even His judgment. The devil and even men sometimes think that they are intelligent and cunning and manipulative, but God manipulates the manipulators and always turns things around so that even the evil is used for good. Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Of course for those
who have missed the opportunity to repent and find forgiveness such evil does
not work for their good. In verse 5 God says an only
evil. In other words what God decided to do to the nation of
II Peter 2:20, For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. Ezekiel 7:8 says, .and accomplish mine anger .. There are many people in the world who because of a lack of understanding or knowledge of the Bible or because of an opposition to the truth and to Jesus will accuse God of being angry in an unjust way. But do not listen to these lies. God gets angry at sin and His anger will be accomplished. If you ever wonder what the anger of God must be like, look into a telescope or look at pictures of space and specifically pictures of stars in all their atomic burning power. Its not hard to imagine that the anger of God must be something like that. After all, hell is a place of eternal fire, and eternal fire is the place of judgment when the opportunity of mercy is past.
passages in the Bible such as Ezekiel chapter 7 which talk about the judgment
of God, it is important to keep in mind that God is merciful and God is just.
It is not a valid argument to accuse God of being unjust in His judgment and
His anger. Verse 9 says,
mine eye shall not
spare... When such situations of judgment fall upon nations and
individuals who are unrepentant of their sins they will often cry out in their
suffering, not out of repentance but out of their suffering. To suffer and to
repent are not the same thing. But so long as a person is alive, they have
opportunity to repent. Death is the end of opportunity; nothing else is. Was
God just and fair in the only evil that he
Psalms 36:5, Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. How merciful then is God? And how just is His anger and His judgment? His mercy is in the heavens. Look into the heavens and consider them. There is only one planet in all of space which can sustain life: earth. It goes in an orbit around the sun and if the planet earth was any closer or any further away than it is in its orbit, it could not sustain life. Such things as this, when we look in the heavens, show us the mercy of God. Of course the primary way we can consider the mercy of God is to remember that, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son; that whosever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) Jesus didnt have to die for the sins of the world. God could simply have sent every one to hell without opportunity for forgiveness but God is merciful. So when God says He is going to send out His anger and when God says His eye will not spare, God is just. And His judgment is perfect.
In the next two
verses more information is given about the reasons God was going to judge
To every thing there
is a time and a season. In the fullness of time Jesus came born of a virgin to
die for your sins and for mine. In the age in which we live it is the time of
grace. But all times and all opportunities have their beginning and their end
with God. Do not make the mistake that
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