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Series: “Ezekiel and the MidEast “Piece” Process”
In this eight-part television series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif and Mrs. Sandra Levitt take viewers into one of the Bible’s most mysterious and fascinating books. Ezekiel forcefully predicts Israel’s re-emergence as a nation-state at “day’s end,” and prophesies that neighboring nation-states will marshal military resources to annihilate the fledgling state. Let’s consider pieces to Ezekiel’s end-time puzzle.
Episode: “Judah’s Demise”
This segment examines particular pieces of prophecy, noting Judah’s painful downfall, and God’s everlasting mercy even so through His promise to gather and rebuild Israel—something that is happening today.

Caption transcript for Ezekiel and the MidEast ‘Piece’ Process: “Judah’s Demise” (3/8)

  • 00:04 WITH DR. JEFFERY SEIF AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 00:09 THE LORD SAID UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 00:11 "SON OF MAN, CAN THESE BONES LIVE?"
  • 00:21 "PROPHECY UPON THESE BONES AND SAY UNTO THEM,"
  • 00:25 "OH YE DRY BONES, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD."
  • 01:02 A HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:04 JEFFERY SEIF HERE WITH MY CO-HOST SANDRA LEVITT.
  • 01:08 SHALOM
  • 01:09 AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS EZEKIEL
  • 01:10 GOD ALONE HAS GIVEN ISRAEL HER GLORY
  • 01:14 AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE THINKS IT'S HER.
  • 01:17 YES IT'S A WOMAN THAT IS UNFAITHFUL TO GOD.
  • 01:20 THERE'S A BAD STORY IN EZEKIEL
  • 01:23 AS YOU HAD ALLUDED
  • 01:24 GOD TAKES THIS BABY GIRL IN,
  • 01:26 RAISES HER UP, MARRIES HER,
  • 01:27 GIVES HER EVERYTHING
  • 01:29 BUT SHE GOES BAD.
  • 01:31 SHE TURNS AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 01:33 IT'S A STORY OF TODAY ALSO
  • 01:35 DON'T WE SOMETIMES GET CAUGHT UP AND TURN AWAY FROM GOD?
  • 01:38 THERE MAY BE FOLK WATCHING THAT STARTED OFF GOOD BUT WENT BAD.
  • 01:42 THERE'S A JUDGMENT THAT'S BROUGHT TO BEAR ON THAT,
  • 01:44 WE'LL CONSIDER THE STORY
  • 01:46 AS WE ENTER IN TO EZEKIEL'S WORLD AND SEE WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT WORLD'S END
  • 01:51 AS WE CONTINUE OUR STORY OF EZEKIEL AND THE MID-EAST PIECE PROCESS.
  • 01:55 BUT OFF WE GO NOW TO A WORLD GONE BAD
  • 01:58 AS WE CONSIDER A STORY OF JUDAH'S FAITHLESSNESS.
  • 02:05 IT HAD BECOME LIKE A LEWD MARKETPLACE.
  • 02:08 ONCE A HOMELESS ISRAEL HAD BECOME A GLORIOUS NATION.
  • 02:12 SHE HAD BEEN FAITHFUL TO THE LORD
  • 02:14 BUT LIKE A WAYWARD WIFE JERUSALEM HAD FORGOTTEN HER TRUE LOVE.
  • 02:18 SHE WAS NOW FORNICATING WITH FOREIGN GODS,
  • 02:21 LIKE A HARLOT WHO POURETH OUT FORNICATIONS ON EVERYONE THAT PASSETH BY.
  • 02:27 AND THE LORD SAID UNTO EZEKIEL, "CAUSE JERUSALEM TO KNOW HER ABOMINATIONS."
  • 02:32 "WHEREFORE, OH HARLOT HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD."
  • 02:35 "THEY SHALL BRING UP A COMPANY AGAINST THEE"
  • 02:38 "AND THEY SHALL STONE THEE WITH STONES"
  • 02:40 "AND THRUST THEE THROUGH WITH THEIR SWORDS."
  • 02:42 "SO WILL I MAKE MY FURY TOWARD THEE TO REST"
  • 02:46 "AND I WILL BE QUIET AND WILL NO MORE BE ANGRY."
  • 02:54 THE EZEKIEL TEXTS ARE JUST RIFE WITH VISIONS
  • 02:58 AND HERE HE ENVISIONS A STORY;
  • 03:00 A FASCINATING STORY,
  • 03:02 A SCARY STORY,
  • 03:04 A STORY ABOUT A GIRL GONE BAD.
  • 03:06 I WANT YOU TO LOOK IN YOUR BIBLES PLEASE TO THE 16TH CHAPTER OF EZEKIEL.
  • 03:11 YOU GO AHEAD AND READ IT IN YOUR VERSION, I'LL GIVE IT TO YOU IN MINE.
  • 03:14 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:19 "AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO ME SAYING,"
  • 03:22 (SPEAKING HEBREW) "SON OF MAN"
  • 03:26 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 03:32 SON OF MAN
  • 03:33 CAUSE JERUSALEM TO KNOW
  • 03:36 HER ABOMINATIONS.
  • 03:38 FOR CENTURIES JUDAH WAS ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.
  • 03:43 AND AS RESULT OF JUDAH'S PERFIDY, HER FAITHLESSNESS,
  • 03:47 JUDGMENT WAS MANDATED AT A POINT IN TIME OUT THERE IN THE FUTURE.
  • 03:52 GIVEN THAT SHE WAS RECALCITRANT,
  • 03:54 THAT IS SHE REFUSED TO CORRECT HERSELF;
  • 03:57 SHE WAS STIFF NECKED, SHE REFUSED TO BOW,
  • 04:00 SHE REFUSED TO BE CORRECTED
  • 04:02 AND SO SHE WAS GOING TO BE IMPOSED UPON.
  • 04:06 BUT THE STORY IS TOLD HERE
  • 04:08 AND I FRANKLY THINK ITS ONE OF THE MOST SHOCKING STORIES IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE.
  • 04:12 PLAYED OUT AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF A LITTLE GIRL,
  • 04:15 AN UNWANTED LITTLE GIRL,
  • 04:17 THROWN OUT ON AN OPEN FIELD.
  • 04:19 SO DISINTERESTED IN HER WAS THE FAMILY THEY DIDN'T BOTHER TO WASH HER AND CLEAN HER.
  • 04:24 THEY JUST SAW HER AND THREW HER AWAY AND THERE SHE WAS IN A DUMP.
  • 04:28 AND THEN WE'RE TOLD THAT A MAN OF MEANS PASSED BY
  • 04:31 WHO HAD PITY ON HER,
  • 04:33 ON THE ONE WHO NO OTHER EYE WOULD PITY THIS UNFORTUNATE LITTLE GIRL.
  • 04:37 AND HE TOOK HER IN.
  • 04:39 HE WASHED HER, HE TOOK CARE OF HER, RAISED HER UP, GAVE HER THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AS A DAUGHTER
  • 04:45 AND THEN SHE CAME OF AGE
  • 04:47 AND HE FELL IN LOVE WITH HER AND SHE CAME UNDER HIS PROTECTION.
  • 04:51 THE NET RESULT IS THAT SHE WHO WAS BORN IN A DUMP BECAME A QUEEN
  • 04:57 AND SHE ENJOYED A PRIVILEGED STATUS IN A PLACE COMPARABLE TO THIS.
  • 05:02 RUINS LIKE THIS ARE FOUND ALL OVER THE HOLY LAND, HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS.
  • 05:07 THE ANTIQUITIES DEPARTMENT ISN'T ABLE TO KEEP TOUCH; CAN'T KEEP TRACK, CAN'T DIG IT ALL UP.
  • 05:12 BUT THERE'S STORIES AMONGST THE FELLED STONES OF LIVES LIVED IN THIS PLACE AND OTHERS LIKE IT.
  • 05:18 AND ONCE UPON A TIME IN A RATHER PRIVILEGED PLACE THERE'S A WOMAN BROUGHT INTO THAT WORLD.
  • 05:23 BUT THEN SHE WENT BAD.
  • 05:25 WE'RE TOLD THIS GIRL GREW UP AND BECAME BEAUTIFUL AND SHE KNEW IT.
  • 05:30 THAT WAS HER PROBLEM, SHE KNEW IT.
  • 05:33 AND WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 14,
  • 05:36 I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THIS,
  • 05:41 SHE WAS MISS UNIVERSE.
  • 05:48 THAT IS, THE LORD DOTED ON HER AND RAISED HER UP
  • 05:51 AND THAT CONTRIBUTES TO WHY SHE WAS SO GORGEOUS.
  • 05:54 BUT SHE KNEW IT, SHE WAS OVERLY INVESTED IN IT,
  • 05:58 AND WE'RE TOLD IN VERSE 15 TRAGICALLY,
  • 06:11 THERE'S A STORY HERE OF A WOMAN WHO SPURNS HER NOBLE HUSBAND.
  • 06:15 SHE'S DRIVEN BY A DESIRE FOR SEX; SHE'S DRIVEN BY A SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY.
  • 06:21 SHE WANTS MORE AND SHE WANTS MORE AND SHE WANTS MORE.
  • 06:25 AND THE IRONY OF IT IS AMAZING
  • 06:27 BECAUSE GOD HAD BLESSED HER SO MUCH
  • 06:30 AND THE FACT THAT SHE SPURNED HIM WAS PARTICULARLY EGREGIOUS.
  • 06:35 NOW REMEMBER THE BACKGROUND IN THIS STORY,
  • 06:37 "THUS SAITH THE LORD,"
  • 06:39 "CAUSE JERUSALEM TO KNOW HER ABOMINATIONS"
  • 06:42 "FOR JERUSALEM", SAYS EZEKIEL,
  • 06:45 "YOU ARE THE WOMAN."
  • 06:51 AND THE SPIRIT SAID UNTO EZEKIEL,
  • 06:54 "BEHOLD THEY SHALL PUT BANDS UPON THEE"
  • 06:57 "AND SHALL BIND THEE WITH THEM"
  • 07:00 "AND THOU SHALL NOT GO OUT AMONG THEM"
  • 07:02 "AND I WILL MAKE THY TONGUE CLEAVE TO THE ROOF OF THY MOUTH FOR THEY ARE A REBELLIOUS HOUSE"
  • 07:15 I'M SURE THAT HE WAS PERPLEXED AT ONE LEVEL, EZEKIEL.
  • 07:19 WHAT TO DO?
  • 07:21 HE WAS SO STIRRED UP INSIDE BECAUSE THINGS WERE SO BAD HE WANTED TO SAY SOMETHING.
  • 07:25 HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THAT WAY AS A PARENT?
  • 07:26 THERE'S A CHILD YOU WANTED TO REPROVE?
  • 07:28 SHOULD YOU TALK TO THEM OR SHOULDN'T YOU?
  • 07:30 THAT IS THE QUESTION.
  • 07:31 SOMETIMES WE CAN HAVE PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE IN OUR WEBS OF RELATIONSHIPS;
  • 07:34 A CHILD, A SPOUSE, AN EMPLOYER, A SUBORDINATE, WHATEVER.
  • 07:38 TO SPEAK OR NOT TO SPEAK?
  • 07:40 THAT IS THE QUESTION.
  • 07:42 EZEKIEL WAS A PROPHET AND THE WORD "PROPHET" MEANS IN EFFECT TO "SPEAK FORTH"
  • 07:47 BUT SOMETIMES THE WORD FOR THE PROPHET IS "TO BE SILENT".
  • 07:51 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS EARLIER ON IN THE EZEKIEL TEXT IN THE 3RD CHAPTER
  • 07:56 EZEKIEL IS TAKEN AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS MINISTRY
  • 07:59 AND HE'S TAKEN INTO HIS HOME
  • 08:01 WHERE HE'S BOUND UP WITH ROPES, HE'S TIED UP.
  • 08:05 WHAT A DRAMA!
  • 08:06 AND NOT ONLY IS HIS BODY TIED UP
  • 08:08 BUT IN FACT, HIS MOUTH IS TIED UP.
  • 08:10 WE'RE TOLD IN CHAPTER 3,VERSE 26
  • 08:13 THAT HE'S GOING TO BE DUMB.
  • 08:14 HIS MOUTH'S TIED UP
  • 08:15 AS IS HIS BODY
  • 08:17 UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THE LORD SAYS
  • 08:19 "THIS IS THE TIME,"
  • 08:21 "THE TIME TO SPEAK"
  • 08:22 AND THEN YOU HAVE IN VERSE 27,
  • 08:26 AND WHAT DID HE TELL HIM TO SAY?
  • 08:28 IT'S NOT A HAPPY WORD AT ONE LEVEL
  • 08:32 BECAUSE AS HAS BEEN CONSIDERED ALREADY,
  • 08:36 EZEKIEL WAS VERY CONFRONTATIONAL.
  • 08:40 IN THE 16TH CHAPTER HE PAINTS A PICTURE OF A WORLD GONE BAD.
  • 08:45 THERE'S ANALOGY OF A LITTLE GIRL WHO CORRUPTED HERSELF.
  • 08:49 SHE HAD EVERYTHING BUT SHE CAME TO RUIN.
  • 08:52 AND WE CAN HEAR THE PROPHET SPEAK...
  • 08:55 ACTUALLY WE CAN HEAR THE LORD SPEAK
  • 08:57 IF YOU'LL LOOK IN CHAPTER 16, VERSE 35
  • 09:00 AND IT'S TRAGIC WHAT WE'RE GOING TO HEAR.
  • 09:03 FIRST, IN MY TRANSLATION
  • 09:05 (SPEAKING HEBREW)
  • 09:09 "WHEREFORE O HARLOT"
  • 09:13 "HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD."
  • 09:15 THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE.
  • 09:17 FOR SOMEONE TO SPEAK TO THEIR WIFE, THEIR BELOVED
  • 09:21 AND LOOK THEM STRAIGHT IN THE EYE AND SAY, "HEAR O HARLOT"
  • 09:27 IT'S A HARD WORD BUT THESE ARE HARD TIMES.
  • 09:30 AND THIS WOMAN HAS BEEN HARDENED WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME
  • 09:33 AS SHE SPURNED THE LORD HER GOD AND GIVEN HER AFFECTIONS TO OTHERS.
  • 09:38 AND WHAT'S GOING TO BECOME OF ALL OF THAT?
  • 09:40 WELL, THIS GETS BAD I NEED TO WARN YOU.
  • 09:42 IN VERSE 37 HE SAYS,
  • 09:53 AND THEN HE SAYS IN VERSE 39,
  • 09:59 I MEAN THIS GOES BAD.
  • 10:10 THIS IS HORRIBLE!
  • 10:13 SHE MADE FRIENDS WITH THESE PEOPLE
  • 10:15 AND THEN SHE IS BETRAYED BY THEM.
  • 10:18 AND SO IT IS THAT THE LORD DOES JUST THAT.
  • 10:23 EZEKIEL TELLS THE STORY OF GOD'S CONFRONTING HIS PEOPLE WITH HER WAYWARDNESS.
  • 10:29 THAT'S THE BAD NEWS.
  • 10:31 THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THERE IS A RESTORATION MOTIF.
  • 10:35 BUT BEFORE THE GOOD NEWS GETS GOOD THE BAD NEWS GETS BAD.
  • 10:41 AND MINDFUL OF THAT, CAN I SPEAK TO YOU FRANKLY?
  • 10:44 IF THERE'S SOMEONE WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE
  • 10:47 THAT HAS WANDERED AWAY FROM GOD AND YOU'RE NOT LIVING RIGHT,
  • 10:50 CAN I ENCOURAGE YOU AS EZEKIEL'S ENCOURAGING THEM TO FIX THAT?
  • 10:55 I BELIEVE THAT THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME SHOULD BE SEIZED WITHIN THE LIFETIME OF THE OPPORTUNITY.
  • 11:01 AND IF THERE'S ANY KIND OF CONVICTION, ANYTHING WELLING WITHIN YOU,
  • 11:05 WHY DON'T YOU REACH UP TO GOD AND GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES
  • 11:09 AND REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND REACH UP TO HIM FOR A BETTER WORLD?
  • 11:13 AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE'S A BETTER WORLD THAT'LL DAWN OVER THAT HORIZON.
  • 11:17 BUT OF COURSE THE DECISION IS UP TO YOU.
  • 11:20 HERE THE PROPHET IS DRACONIAN, HE'S HARSH, HE'S IN YOUR FACE.
  • 11:26 AND HE DOESN'T DO THAT BECAUSE HE'S IN A PARTICULARLY BAD MOOD,
  • 11:29 HE DOES IT BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE ARE HARD HEARTED,
  • 11:32 WHEN THEY'RE STUBBORN, WHEN THEY'RE HARDENED BY SIN ITS HARD TO PENETRATE.
  • 11:38 AND SO HERE UNDER THE INSPIRATION OF THE "RUACH HAKODESH", THE HOLY SPIRIT,
  • 11:43 EZEKIEL IS WORKING UP A STORY
  • 11:46 HOPING TO GET PAST THE DESENSITIZED MANNER OF HIS CONSTITUENTS.
  • 11:51 BUT IT WAS TO NO AVAIL AT THE END OF THE DAY,
  • 11:53 THEY DIDN'T LISTEN.
  • 11:55 AND SO IT IS THE ENGINES OF DESTRUCTIONS ROLLED ON NOT TO BE AVERTED.
  • 11:59 THERE WASN'T REPENTANCE AND SO IT IS ISRAEL CAME TO RUIN.
  • 12:03 THAT'S THE BAD NEWS BUT THERE'S A GOOD NEWS ON THE OTHER END OF THE SENTENCE.
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  • 12:52 MY FATHER'S COME 5 TIMES BEFORE AND LOVES ISRAEL.
  • 12:56 AND THIS IS MY 1ST TIME AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW,
  • 12:59 BEYOND WORDS THE MEANING OF COMING HOME.
  • 13:03 IT'S BEYOND MY COMPREHENSION
  • 13:06 AND I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SEE THIS,
  • 13:09 I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE LIKE THIS.
  • 13:11 THAT THE EXPERIENCE HAS TO BE HAD IN PERSON.
  • 13:16 GOING TO ISRAEL,
  • 13:18 SEEING WHERE THE PROPHETS WALKED,
  • 13:19 SEEING WHERE THE PROPHETS TALKED,
  • 13:21 AND TAUGHT ABOUT JERUSALEM, ABOUT ISRAEL,
  • 13:24 IS ANOTHER REASON FOR US TO GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 13:26 IT IS THE LAND OF GOD.
  • 13:28 A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
  • 13:31 AND TO GO AND PARTICIPATE
  • 13:33 IN THE LIVING DRAMA,
  • 13:34 IT'S HARD TO PUT IT IN WORDS ISN'T?
  • 13:36 WE SEE EXACTLY WHAT THE PROPHETS ARE TALKING IN THE BIBLE.
  • 13:38 THIS IS WORTH, AS YOU SAY, A THOUSAND WORDS.
  • 13:43 YES AND WHY SHOULD SANDRA AND JEFFREY SEIF HAVE ALL THE FUN?
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  • 14:08 IT'S CHOCK FULL OF GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOLY LAND,
  • 14:13 ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING IN THE WORLD TODAY
  • 14:14 TO AND THROUGH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 14:17 SPEAKING OF WHAT GOD IS DOING TODAY, ITS NOT A HAPPY PICTURE
  • 14:21 BUT IT IS A PICTURE THAT YOU SEE ON THE NEWS.
  • 14:23 IF YOU WANT TO GET THE "GOOD NEWS" PERSPECTIVE ON IT
  • 14:26 WE HAVE THE "AGE OF TERROR" WITH A FORMER TERRORIST, WALID SHOEBAT.
  • 14:32 IT'S A GREAT DVD TO GET SOME INFORMATION ON A TOUGH SUBJECT.
  • 14:36 AND SPEAKING ABOUT INFORMATION IN A TOUGH SUBJECT OFF WE GO.
  • 14:40 WE'RE LOOKING AT JUDGMENT.
  • 14:42 WE HAVE A PROPHET WHO LAID ON ONE SIDE AND THEN ON THE OTHER
  • 14:45 TO SAY THAT JUDAH AND ISRAEL WERE GOING TO BE PUT ON THEIR SIDES
  • 14:48 UNTIL SUCH TIME AS THEY COME TO TERMS WITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:57 THE LORD HAD DIRE WARNINGS FOR HIS CONTENTIOUS PEOPLE.
  • 15:01 "LIE LOW UPON THY LEFT SIDE FOR 390 DAYS", HE SAYS TO EZEKIEL.
  • 15:08 FACING NORTH IN THIS POSITION WAS SYMBOLIC OF GOD'S JUDGMENT
  • 15:12 ON THE NORTHERN KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
  • 15:15 EZEKIEL IS THEN TOLD TO LIE ON HIS RIGHT SIDE FACING JUDAH.
  • 15:19 "THOU SHALT BEAR THE INIQUITIES OF JUDAH 40 DAYS."
  • 15:23 "I HAVE APPOINTED THEE EACH DAY FOR A YEAR."
  • 15:30 IN EZEKIEL, CHAPTER 16, VERSE 59,THE LORD SAYS, QUOTE:
  • 15:43 GOD SAYS, "HEY LISTEN, YOU SCREWED UP."
  • 15:45 "WELL, I'M GOING TO DEAL WITH YOU"
  • 15:47 "IN AS MUCH AS YOU'VE MESSED UP,"
  • 15:49 "I'M GOING TO MESS YOU UP A LITTLE BIT."
  • 15:51 THERE'S A JEWISH EXPRESSION, "MEASURE FOR MEASURE, YOU SOWED IT, YOU REAP IT."
  • 15:58 GOD REPRESENTS HIMSELF THIS WAY, BUT NOT JUST THIS WAY.
  • 16:01 IN AS MUCH AS WE KNOW THAT HE WAS GIVEN TOWARD DISCIPLINING JUDAH, A MAJOR PIECE IN THE PUZZLE...
  • 16:09 IN THE PUZZLING WAY THAT GOD DEALS WITH HUMANITY GENERALLY AND WITH JUDAH PARTICULARLY,
  • 16:15 INTERESTING IS THE FACT THAT THOUGH THEY HAVE MESSED UP,
  • 16:19 GOD'S MERCY IS GOING TO GET THE BETTER OF HIS JUDGMENT.
  • 16:22 HE SAYS IN VERSE 60...AND THIS IS SUCH GOOD NEWS
  • 16:25 I'VE BEEN WAITING THIS WHOLE PROGRAM, PROGRAM NUMBER 3 TO GET TO THIS.
  • 16:39 GOD DISCIPLINES BUT HE DOESN'T THROW OUT.
  • 16:41 THE DISCIPLINE IS SOMETHING THAT'S DUE CHILDREN
  • 16:44 AND IT'S MEANT FOR OUR MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.
  • 16:48 IT'S NOT REFLECTIVE OF WANTING TO ABANDON US OUTRIGHT.
  • 16:51 REMEMBER THAT THIS LITTLE GIRL WAS ABANDONED INITIALLY AND GOD WANTED TO BRING HER IN.
  • 16:56 GOD FINDS US AS CASTAWAYS IN SO MANY WAYS.
  • 16:59 AND WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IS BRING US INTO HIS FAMILY AND MAKE US PART OF HIS BRIDE.
  • 17:05 IT'S A STORY THAT'S INITIATED HERE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 17:08 AND THEN IT BLEEDS OVER INTO THE NEW TESTAMENT AS WELL.
  • 17:11 IT'S THROUGHOUT THE LITERATURE.
  • 17:12 GOD WANTS TO BRING US INTO HIS WORLD.
  • 17:14 SINS NOTWITHSTANDING, HERE WE HAVE AN OFFER ON THE TABLE.
  • 17:19 GOD SAYS. "LISTEN, I WANT TO BRING YOU IN."
  • 17:21 "NEVERTHELESS, THOUGH, I'M MINDFUL OF YOUR SINFULNESS."
  • 17:24 "I WON'T FOREVER CHARGE THAT AGAINST YOUR ACCOUNT."
  • 17:27 HE SAYS IN VERSE 62,
  • 17:38 ACTUALLY, THE EXPRESSION, "THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD" IS EMPLOYED SOME 90 TIMES IN THE EZEKIEL STORY.
  • 17:46 GOD...HE DISCIPLINES THE NATION.
  • 17:48 WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE EZEKIEL TEXT WE LEARN THERE OF GOD'S JUDGMENT UPON JUDAH,
  • 17:53 GOD'S JUDGMENT UPON THE NATION STATES AROUND JUDAH,
  • 17:56 BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.
  • 17:57 AND EVEN THOUGH GOD'S JUDGMENT WILL BE BROUGHT TO BEAR,
  • 18:00 HIS MERCIES WILL COME AT THE END OF DAYS.
  • 18:02 AND HERE HE SAYS, "GUYS, I'M GOING TO LET IT ALL LOOSE."
  • 18:05 THAT IS TO SAY, "THESE ARMIES ARE GOING TO COME UPON YOU."
  • 18:08 AND IT'S BEEN RATHER HARSH;
  • 18:10 HE'S DISCIPLINED THIS FAITHLESS BRIDE.
  • 18:13 BUT HE SAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT OR AFTER ALL THAT,
  • 18:16 "I'M GOING TO REMEMBER IT AT THE END OF THE DAY HOW MUCH I LOVED YOU WHEN IT ALL BEGAN."
  • 18:20 AND THE KINDER SIDE OF HIS NATURE,
  • 18:24 HIS WANTING TO BE KINDLY DISPOSED TOWARD HER,
  • 18:27 WILL GET THE BETTER OF HIS ANGST OVER HER POOR PERFORMANCE.
  • 18:29 AND THAT'S A GREAT STORY NOT JUST FOR JEWS BUT IT'S A STORY FOR ALL OF "YOUS".
  • 18:34 IT'S AN ETERNAL STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD DOOR TO DOOR, GENERATION TO GENERATION.
  • 18:39 IT'S A STORY OF THOUGH WE FAIL THERE'S A GOD WITH UNFAILING LOVE.
  • 18:45 AND THAT IS SUCH GOOD NEWS BECAUSE IF YOU'RE LIKE ME,
  • 18:48 WE'RE CONFRONTED WITH OUR DAILY TRESPASSES.
  • 18:52 THE LORD SAID, "FORGIVE US OUR DAILY TRESPASSES IN AS MUCH AS WE WILL FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US."
  • 18:59 THE WHOLE FORGIVENESS MOTIF IS IMPORTANT.
  • 19:02 I KNOW PEOPLE THINK THAT JUST BEGAN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ECONOMY, BUT NOT SO,
  • 19:06 THERE'S A GLORIOUS STORY HERE OF GOD'S PLAN FOR ISRAEL.
  • 19:10 HE FOUND HER AS A CASTAWAY; HE'S NOT GOING TO CAST HER AWAY.
  • 19:14 YES SHE WILL BE DISCIPLINED,
  • 19:15 YES SHE HAD IT COMING.
  • 19:17 BUT BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS, WHAT SHE HAS COMING IS A GRACE THAT TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT.
  • 19:22 AND SO HE SAYS THAT, "I WILL FORGIVE YOU."
  • 19:26 IN VERSE 63:
  • 19:36 BOY, ISN'T THAT A GREAT WAY TO CLOSE OUT A TEACHING SEGMENT,
  • 19:39 TO REMIND THERE'S A GOD WHO WILL FORGIVE US FOR ALL THAT WE HAVE DONE?
  • 19:46 YOU MIGHT BE THINKING THAT YOU HAVE BECOME UNDONE BY FORCES WORKING UPON YOU,
  • 19:53 THAT YOU'VE GIVEN IN TO TEMPTATION, YOU'VE RUINED YOURSELF,
  • 19:56 YOU'RE NOT ONLY VITIATED OR DEFILED YOURSELF,
  • 19:59 BUT YOU'VE DISTURBED OTHERS IN YOUR WEBS OF RELATIONSHIP AND YOUR HOUSE IS FALLING APART,
  • 20:06 NOT NECESSARILY JUST INTERNALLY BUT RELATIONALLY AS WELL.
  • 20:10 YOU COULD HAVE MADE A SHIPWRECK OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 20:13 AND THE TRUTH IS YOU HAD IT COMING.
  • 20:17 BUT THERE'S ANOTHER TRUTH BEYOND THAT TRUTH
  • 20:19 AND THAT IS THERE'S A SAVIOR WHO'S COMING
  • 20:21 AND IN ADVANCE OF HIS COMING WHAT HE WANTS TO DO IS COME INTO YOUR WORLD NOW
  • 20:25 AND HE CAN RESTORE IN AS MUCH AS I'M AROUND RUINS NOW HERE IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 20:31 THESE RUINS ARE PREDICTED TO REBOUND AT DAYS' END.
  • 20:36 AND THAT'S NOT JUST A STORY FOR THE JEWS,
  • 20:38 IT'S A STORY FOR "YOUS"
  • 20:40 BECAUSE IT'S A STORY OF GOD WHO BRINGS FORGIVENESS TO BEAR ON PEOPLE THAT NEED IT,
  • 20:44 PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU.
  • 20:53 ♪(INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC)♪
  • 21:41 IN THIS PROGRAM I'VE BEEN TELLING A TOUGH STORY, A STORY OF JUDGMENT.
  • 21:45 BUT THERE IS RESTORATION COMING EZEKIEL SAYS.
  • 21:48 SEEMS THAT WE'RE LIVING IN THAT RESTORATION RIGHT NOW.
  • 21:51 WELL, AND WE SEE IT IN ISRAEL.
  • 21:52 I MET WITH MOSHE KEMPINSKI AT THE WESTERN WALL.
  • 21:55 WE TALKED ABOUT HIS RESTORATION, BRINGING HIS FAMILY FROM NORTH AMERICA TO ISRAEL.
  • 21:59 AND THEY CAME AND THEY STILL HAD A HARD TIME.
  • 22:03 THEY ARE STILL GOING THROUGH RESTORATION.
  • 22:05 BUT HIS HOPE WAS THAT ISRAEL WOULD BE THE STATE.
  • 22:09 HE SAW IT BECOME A STATE, HE LOVES ISRAEL, HE'S AN ORTHODOX JEWISH MAN,
  • 22:13 LOVES US, LOVES THE TOURISTS,
  • 22:15 HAS A WONDERFUL LITTLE SHOP IN JERUSALEM,
  • 22:17 HERE'S MOSHE KEMPINSKI.
  • 22:21 AS AN ORTHODOX JEW WE VERY MUCH BELIEVE
  • 22:23 THAT GOD IS WRITING THE LAST CHAPTERS OF THE BIBLE
  • 22:26 AS WE SIT HERE.
  • 22:27 SO THAT MEANS THAT THE SCROLL'S OPEN,
  • 22:30 THE QUILL IS IN HAND
  • 22:32 AND YOU AND I, EVERYBODY IN THIS LAND
  • 22:36 HAS THE OPPORTUNITY, THE OBLIGATION, MAYBE THE PRIVILEGE,
  • 22:38 TO BE THE INK IN THE WORDS
  • 22:40 THAT GOD IS USING TO WRITE THAT LAST CHAPTER.
  • 22:42 THAT'S WHAT CHANGED EVERYTHING WHEN ZECHARIAH HAD A VISION
  • 22:44 HE SAID THAT HE SAW CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM
  • 22:47 AND I LOOKED AT MY CHILDREN AND I REALIZED
  • 22:49 THAT'S PROBABLY WHO HE SAW.
  • 22:50 THAT BLEW ME AWAY.
  • 22:52 RIGHT, I SEE THE CHILDREN PLAYING EVERYWHERE IN THE OLD CITY.
  • 22:55 AND YOU'RE SEEING THE SAME CHILDREN THAT ZECHARIAH SAW.
  • 22:57 MEANING YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE FACES OF THAT VISION,
  • 23:00 YOU'RE WATCHING THE VISION BEFORE YOUR EYES.
  • 23:01 OKAY, FUTURE OF ISRAEL,
  • 23:03 WHERE DO YOU SEE IT GOING?
  • 23:04 AWESOME!
  • 23:05 AWESOME! GOOD.
  • 23:06 AWESOME BUT THE ROAD IS LONG
  • 23:09 AND THE ROAD IS PAINFUL
  • 23:10 AND THE ROAD IS CIRCUITOUS
  • 23:12 AND THE ROAD...
  • 23:13 REMEMBER WE VERY MUCH BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS MADE US PARTNERS
  • 23:16 AND HOW THIS ROAD WILL GO EITHER WAY.
  • 23:19 WE BELIEVE THAT WE'RE HEADED INTO DIFFICULT TIMES
  • 23:23 BUT THERE'S A SONG THAT WAS SUNG BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE..
  • 23:25 AND I WAS THERE AS WELL TRYING TO GET INTO GUSH KATIF AND EVERYTHING ELSE...
  • 23:30 THAT HAD BECOME ALMOST A HYMN.
  • 23:32 AND THE SONG TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH IS
  • 23:35 THE ETERNAL PEOPLE HAVE NO FEAR OF THE LONG VOYAGE.
  • 23:39 IF YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS A PURPOSE
  • 23:41 AND YOU KNOW THERE IS A DESTINY
  • 23:43 AND YOU KNOW THAT GOD IS LEADING IT,
  • 23:45 IT DOESN'T MATTER IF THE VOYAGE IS LONG
  • 23:47 AS LONG AS YOU KNOW THAT THAT DESTINY IS TRUE.
  • 23:49 WELL, GOD IS ALWAYS AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. >>RIGHT
  • 23:52 WHATEVER THAT TUNNEL IS
  • 23:53 GOD IS ALWAYS AT THE END OF THAT TUNNEL.
  • 23:54 AND NOT ONLY IS HE AT THE END, THAT'S THE BEAUTY,
  • 23:57 HE'S WALKING WITH YOU. >>YES
  • 23:58 BUT THE THING THAT GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM,
  • 24:00 WHICH IS DIFFERENT THEN THAT HE SAID TO...
  • 24:02 ADAM WALKED WITH GOD, SETH WALKED WITH GOD, ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD...
  • 24:05 ABRAHAM WAS THE ONLY ONE HE SAID,
  • 24:06 "I WANT YOU TO WALK BEFORE ME."
  • 24:07 "HAVE ENOUGH FAITH IN ME TO WALK INTO THE UNKNOWN"
  • 24:11 "KNOWING THAT I'M BEHIND YOU."
  • 24:13 WALKING THIS LONG VOYAGE IS WITH THE COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE,
  • 24:15 I AS AN ORTHODOX JEW AM WALKING WITH HIM EVERY SINGLE DAY...
  • 24:18 I SENSE GOD BEHIND ME AT ALL TIMES.
  • 24:21 AT EVERYTHING THAT I DO,
  • 24:22 IN EVERY DIFFICULT JUNCTURE I HAVE TO FACE
  • 24:25 I KNOW THAT GOD IS BEHIND ME
  • 24:26 AND THEREFORE I AM READY TO WALK INTO THE UNKNOWN
  • 24:28 JUST LIKE ABRAHAM DID,
  • 24:29 JUST LIKE RUTH DID,
  • 24:31 JUST LIKE REBECCA DID,
  • 24:32 JUST LIKE THE JEWISH PEOPLE DID.
  • 24:33 JUST LIKE ME AS A BELIEVER. >>JUST LIKE YOU..
  • 24:34 AS A BELIEVER I WALK WITH THE LORD EVERY SINGLE DAY. >>EXACTLY
  • 24:37 THAT'S WHAT IS FINALLY BRINGING US TOGETHER,
  • 24:39 WE BOTH KNOW THAT WE'RE WALKING WITH THE FAITH
  • 24:42 THAT GOD HAS A VISION AND A DESTINY.
  • 24:43 AND SUDDENLY WE'RE FINDING OURSELVES
  • 24:45 CLOSER THAN WE EVER THOUGHT WAS POSSIBLE.
  • 24:47 I AGREE AND I SEE THAT AND IT'S SO ENCOURAGING.
  • 24:49 IT IS REALLY ENCOURAGING.
  • 24:50 THANK YOU MOSHE, I APPRECIATE THAT.
  • 24:52 THANK YOU SO MUCH.
  • 24:55 AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY PROGRAM IN THIS SERIES YOU SEE BONES, WRECKAGE, CARNAGE.
  • 25:01 AND THE REASON WHY YOU SEE IT IS BECAUSE EZEKIEL SAW IT
  • 25:05 AND WE WANT TO TELL HIS STORY, AND HIS STORY WE TELL.
  • 25:09 THERE IS WRECKAGE BUT NOT JUST WRECKAGE, CORRECT?
  • 25:12 THAT'S CORRECT.
  • 25:12 EZEKIEL SPEAKS OF TRIALS
  • 25:14 BUT HE ALSO SPEAKS OF TRIUMPHS
  • 25:16 AND THAT'S WHAT'S ENCOURAGING FOR US.
  • 25:18 I LOVE MOSHE'S STORY, THE COMING BACK,
  • 25:21 THE RESTORATION OF HE AND HIS FAMILY.
  • 25:23 IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY.
  • 25:24 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL STORY.
  • 25:27 EZEKIEL'S PICTURES OF WRECKAGE MAY WELL SPEAK TO YOU.
  • 25:33 AND NOW I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU.
  • 25:35 IF YOU'RE AT A PLACE IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU FEEL LIKE A CORPSE,
  • 25:40 HAVING BEEN THROWN OUT, JUST ROTTING AWAY IN THE SUN.
  • 25:44 IT CAN HAPPEN IN LIFE.
  • 25:45 ERRONEOUS SINS CAN DEVASTATE US;
  • 25:48 WE CAN BE VICTIMIZED IN PART BY THIS SINS OF OTHERS.
  • 25:52 FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER WE CAN FEEL BESTED BY LIFE, OVERRUN,
  • 25:58 AND WE CAN RELATE TO EZEKIEL'S STORY OF THE BONES STREWN ABOUT.
  • 26:04 WHAT I WANT YOU TO KNOW IS WHILE THAT IS HIS STORY
  • 26:08 IT'S NOT JUST HIS STORY
  • 26:10 FOR IN ADDITION TO THAT HE TELLS THE STORY OF THE BONES COMING BACK TO LIFE.
  • 26:15 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 26:17 IT'S BECAUSE GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF MAKING ALL THINGS NEW.
  • 26:21 HOW ABOUT YOU?
  • 26:22 IF YOU'RE AT A PLACE IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU NEED A NEW LIFE
  • 26:26 GOD MAKES THAT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SENDING OF HIS SON
  • 26:30 NOT ONLY INTO THE WORLD IN GENERAL BUT INTO YOUR WORLD IN PARTICULAR.
  • 26:34 YOU JUST GOTTA ASK.
  • 26:37 THAT'S RIGHT; GOD IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW.
  • 26:40 WE CAN TRUST HIS WORD,
  • 26:42 WE HAVE HIS WORD,
  • 26:44 WE NEED TO TRUST HIS WORD.
  • 26:46 STAY TUNED FOR NEXT WEEK, MORE PROPHECY, MORE BONES, MORE VISIONS,
  • 26:50 STAY TUNED.
  • 26:51 AND AS YOU GO, SHA 'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:54 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Ezekiel: The Man, His Time, His Message — Then and Now
  2. Overview—Destructive and Constructive Prophecy
  3. Judah’s Demise
  4. Prophecies of Israel’s Last-Days Rise
  5. Israel’s Neighbor States
  6. The Valley of the Dry Bones
  7. The Battle of Gog and Magog
  8. The Restored Temple

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