The Tares are Melted in the Church/Jerusalem

4.1.1

 In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.—Testimonies for the Church 5:81 (1882). – {LDE 173.6}

According to Jewish tradition Ezekiel was the founder of the synagogue. You won’t find the word synagogue anywhere in the Old Testament but there are plenty of references to it in the New Testament. Where did Synagogues come from? They were a place of instruction and where legal decisions could be made. The synagogue was important to Jewish survival during the Captivity and so we find Ezekiel in Babylon and it would seem that this is where the synagogue was first founded. But there were no sacrifices there, as these had to be performed only in the temple. Ellen White says we should study the book of Ezekiel which it has been said, is the story of the Seventh Day Adventist movement and generally the church in particular. She says that chapter 9 is the chapter that will be fulfilled to the letter and some of the events portrayed there are very sad events.

“They began at the ancient men which were before the house.” [Ezekiel 9:6.] The work of destruction begins among those who profess to be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false shepherds are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.  {4SP 473.1}

She instructs us particularly to study the first two chapters;

Let God’s workmen study the sixth chapter of Isaiah, and the first and second chapters of Ezekiel. {TM 213.2}

Many Bible students tend to give up on Ezekiel when they read the first chapter. But the first chapter of Ezekiel demonstrates that God is in control.

To the prophet the wheel within a wheel, the appearances of living creatures connected with them, all seemed intricate and unexplainable. But the hand of Infinite Wisdom is seen among the wheels, and perfect order is the result of its work. Every wheel works in perfect harmony with every other. {TM 213.3}

I have been shown that human instrumentalities seek after too much power and try to control the work themselves. They leave the Lord God, the Mighty Worker, too much out of their methods and plans, and do not trust everything to Him in regard to the advancement of the work. No one should fancy that he is able to manage these things which belong to the great I AM. God in His providence is preparing a way so that the work may be done by human agents. Then let every man stand at his post of duty, to act his part for this time, and know that God is his instructor. {TM 213.4}

Ezekiel 1:1 – 10

When Israel of old encamped around the wilderness Sanctuary there were four standards, one on each side. On them were the faces of a lion, a man, an ox and an eagle. These reflect the four Gospels in the New Testament. Each tribe had its own standard also. Christianity has long connected the authors of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) with the four “living creatures” that surround God’s throne, as described in Revelation 4:7.

Matthews Gospel – The Lion

Matthew’s gospel written for the Jewish people sought to establish the royal dignity of the Master Jesus Christ born of the tribe of Judah. He is the lion of the tribe of Judah.

Marks Gospel – The Ox

Mark depicts Christ as the patient toiler. Jesus worked from morning to night trying to call and seek and help needy humanity. Mark’s gospel therefore is depicted by the Ox.

Lukes Gospel – The Man

The man reflected by the Gospel of Luke depicts Christ as a man, looks to the humanity of Jesus through the Virgin Mary, shows Him tired, hungry, thirsty, sleepy, as a human being would be.

Johns Gospel – The Eagle

John tells of Christ mounting up with wings of an eagle and soaring into celestial places. He depicts Christ as an Eagle, not necessarily earthbound. The eagle also speaks of judgement and spiritual discernment. The eagle can see eight times the detail that a human can and has a 180 degrees visibility without turning his head. Jesus sees and understands everything, even the motives of the heart. Thus the four Gospels characterize Christ as a man with;

  • royal dignity
  • eternal patience
  • a toiler of toilers
  • a sufferer for others doing sacrificial labour, with human communication and sympathy, yet having a soaring vision that goes up into stellar places.

Scripture References:

Exodus 27:1 28:16  30:2 37:25 38:1 39:9 40:47 48:20  Revelation 21:16  Ezekiel 1:10 Revelation 4:5  4:7

The children of Israel are supposed to depict the likeness of Jesus Christ. We see them therefore with these same standards placed before the wilderness tribes of old Israel as representing formalised appearances of that likeness. The mercy seat where the cherubim were standing looking forward to the fulfillment of the promise with which Revelation ends with verse 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Satan claimed to be like God. Satan prostituted God’s gift and revolted against His Him. He also seduced a third of the angelic host, destroyed this earth, and declared that God’s idealism is impossible of attainment. Then it was that the light and character and the life of God through the promises of Jesus Christ filling the hearts of men and women purposed to change them into that likeness and take them back to the Throne of God to demonstrate to the universe that Satan is a liar. God is true. God’s purposes can be carried out.

The Throne of God

Ezekiel 1:11  – 28 

Here we have the best description that human language could frame of the throne of God. If every one of us or the whole body, the church is the temple of God, then of course the throne of God is in his temple. And what kind of a temple is it? – A living house. What is the characteristic of his throne?  It is a living throne, composed of living creatures. It is all alive. From the throne of God comes life, the river of life. That is the source of life, infinite life. The throne of God is life because just the same as when we come to the living foundation we are made alive so everything that is in God’s presence must be living. His presence gives life and his throne is a living throne for his house is a living house.

Above the heads of the cherubim was a stretched out platform of sky-blue sapphire. Upon this platform was a throne. Above the throne was a man. Surrounding the throne was the rainbow. Jesus Christ is the Man. The rainbow is the symbol of the everlasting covenant surrounding His throne as evidence to the universe that He will never break His word supported by the sapphire pavement of His unchangeable law. That in turn is connected with wheels that are connected with living beings showing that the Son of Man upon the throne controls the play and interplay of human events whose one purpose is to impress surrendered human beings with the likeness of Jesus Christ.

In Ezekiel 1:24 the sound of the wings of the cherubim was like great water, like the voice of El Shaddai, like the speech of a host. So as he hears the voice from the throne connected with the wings, connected with the living beings, the voice of God. We first encounter the voice of God in Genesis creating then in Genesis 3 pleading with mankind to repent and accept the divine way. Now we hear the voice of the Man on the throne as the voice of humanity supporting and guiding. This, the prophet tells us is the likeness of the glory of God. We encounter the glory of God again in John;

John 1:14. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld the Glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Grace is the power to attain. Truth in the Word is the description of what we must attain. The Word inspired tells us what to do. The Word incarnate provides grace to enable us to do it. In this vision of Ezekiel chapter one we have the most inspiring picture of God on His throne seen through Jesus Christ surrounded by the bow of unchanging providence controlling the play and interplay of human events full of eyes. Nothing is hidden from His sight guiding the destiny of cooperative men and women and children so that they might become impressed with fullness of Christ’s likeness. This was the vision by the river Chebar. This was the purpose of the incarnation. As Ezekiel looks at this vision and as chapter one ends he falls upon his face with wonder. He hears a voice speak to him saying in chapter two, stand upon thy feet! The Spirit entered into him and spoke to him. Having seen the vision in verse three Ezekiel is commissioned: son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against Me, even unto this very day.

The Gospel

Once a man catches a vision of Jesus Christ on His throne and the purposes of the plan of salvation he must bear the good tidings to those who listen. Ezekiel is sent as a messenger however he is warned that the children were a rebellious nation and that they have transgressed. They are impudent children and stiff-hearted. It wasn’t to be an easy task to carry the message of God. It is not an easy task to preach the Gospel to those who do not listen with their mouths open for the Bread of Life. Many times they are rebellious, stiff-hearted and impudent.

What was Ezekiel to do? I send thee to them and thou shalt say unto them Thus saith the Lord God. The message that Ezekiel is to bring therefore is a message that is to be filled with the Word of God. It is not his own ideas, it is not his own opinions, it is not sociology, it is not anthropology, it is not psychology and it is not behavioural science. It was the Word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God. He is to preach this whether they would hear or forebear. So must it be with us.

“This vision was given to Ezekiel at a time when Jehoikin’s captivity was bitter. It was the fifth year of his captivity. The conditions in Judah were worsening every day. Jeremiah in Palestine, in the city of Jerusalem, was doing his utmost to turn the minds of king, priest and people back to God. Defiance, violence and indifference, characterized the responses to his message. In the land of captivity by the river Chebar, Ezekiel was granted visions that span the ages, and also look directly to conditions in Jerusalem. So far as Judah was concerned, the world was coming to an end. That which they had feared, that which they refused to believe, that which every prophet for decades had predicted, the captivity, the overthrow, the destruction of Jerusalem, was now taking place. A contingent had already gone to Babylon. Those who stayed in Jerusalem felt that nothing worse could happen to them. However Jeremiah had emphasized that the city would be broken up and this terrible condition would happen. His message filled with foreboding the minds of the captive exiles by the river Chebar in Babylon.” Dr Leslie Hardinge –Meditations on Ezekiel – p. 2.

It was there that Ezekiel the priest felt the hand of the Lord upon him. He wrote;

Ezekiel 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

In the Scriptures especially in the symbolic sections the north stands for that concept that points to an advancing enemy. The enemies of God’s people came from the north – the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Chaldeans, the Persians and the Greeks all came down over the land bridges into Palestine from the north. Satan set up his throne in the sides of the north.  Since the Sanctuary looked to the east, then the north would be to the left and the south would be to the right. In their minds the right hand was the place of honour. The left hand was a place of hardship, dishonour, peril – that was the north. Out of the north came a whirlwind (in Daniel 7 it tells of strife and war), and a great cloud that contained a (margin -self igniting) fire.

Wheels within Wheels

There were wheels within wheels in an arrangement so complicated that at first sight they appeared to Ezekiel to be all in confusion. But when they moved, it was with beautiful exactness and in perfect harmony. Heavenly beings were impelling these wheels, and, above all, upon the glorious sapphire throne, was the Eternal One; while round about the throne was the encircling rainbow, emblem of grace and love. Overpowered by the terrible glory of the scene, Ezekiel fell upon his face, when a voice bade him arise and hear the word of the Lord. Then there was given him a message of warning for Israel. {5T 751.3}

The final events of the world are so complicated that no man can understand them completely. This is symbolized by the indescribably complicated wheels shown to Ezekiel. But the pen of inspiration has shown that God is in perfect control. In the face of the complexities of the final days we are informed by Heaven that this book of Ezekiel contains a warning for us today Seventh-day Adventists the nominal Israel of God at the end of time.

In the vision of the prophet Ezekiel there was the appearance of a hand beneath the wings of the cherubim. This is to teach God’s servants that it is divine power that gives success. Those whom God employs as His messengers are not to feel that His work is dependent on them. Finite beings are not left to carry this burden of responsibility. He who slumbers not, who is continually at work for the accomplishment of His designs, will carry forward His work. He will thwart the purposes of wicked men and will bring to confusion the counsels of those who plot mischief against His people. He who is the King, the Lord of hosts, sitteth between the cherubim, and amidst the strife and tumult of nations. He guards His children still. When the strongholds of kings shall be overthrown, when the arrows of wrath shall strike through the hearts of His enemies, His people will be safe in His hands. PP107

In heaven the semblance of a rainbow encircles the throne and overarches the head of Christ. The prophet says, As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about [the throne]. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah. Ezekiel 1:28. The revelator declares, Behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. . . . There was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Revelation 4:2,3. When man by his great wickedness invites the divine judgments, the Saviour, interceding with the Father in his behalf, points to the bow in the clouds, to the rainbow around the throne and above His own head, as a token of the mercy of God toward the repentant sinner. {PK 176.1}

The Advent Movement

It is very fitting that the book of Ezekiel opens with a reminder that God is in control. He was in control when He founded the Adventist movement when He acted as midwife at its birth. It was His Spirit that propelled the movement through visions given to pioneers like William Miller, Hiram Edson, James White and Ellen Harmon. God uses the minds of His prophets for communication to all who will receive His Word. Daniel became the prime minister of the Babylonian empire and through him God gave prophecies of affairs of state for the next 2300 years.  John the Revelator received knowledge of church matters and religious wars down to the end of time.

“The word cherub comes from two words: in Hebrew the k sound in kerub, a preposition meaning like and rub or rab meaning Father or revered Father. Of all created beings, Lucifer, lightbearer, the shining one, the seraph, was most like the Father. He could be called the cherub, as he is in Ezekiel 28:14, Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so; thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. The character of the cherubim was God-likeness. The function of the cherubim as seraphim are bearers of light.” Dr Leslie Hardinge Meditations on Ezekiel

Now Ezekiel sees in the cloudy whirlwind north with four living cherubim. He emphasizes the fact that they are living, six-winged, four-legged, calf-footed beings. Ezekiel 1: 8 tells us that they have the hands of a man. Let us review the complete description of the cherubim: They are shining God-like symbols, of living beings with four faces (man, ox, lion, eagle), with six wings, with a human body, with straight legs, calf’s feet and men’s hands. Their wings touch with each other. One pair covers their faces in adoration, and with the third pair of wings they fly.

If you can picture the cherubim standing with faces looking reverently at the mercy seat, with two wings stretched out over their heads, the right wing of one touching the left wing of the cherub in front of him, and the left wing touching the right wing of the cherub in front of him; then their two wings that go down past their feet touching the tips of the two lower wings of the cherub in front of him; and then a pair of horizontal wings , one going to the right and the left, touching the tips of the left and right of the facing cherub.  You have three circles of wings; two pairs of wings forming a horizontal circle and the other wings forming two vertical circles, like wheels within interlocking wheels, at right angles to each other. Ezekiel 1: 11 Thus every one was joined to the one of the other.

There is a cooperative, touching, and a kissing effect here.  They went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and turned not when they went (Ezekiel 1: 12). So these cherubim are spirit directed. Wherever the Spirit decides they go. Now among them, (13) were burning coals of fire. We are encountering the same coals of fire that we read about in Isaiah 6. The young prophet complained to the Lord that he was a man of unclean lips, and the Lord says in effect, I can cleanse those. The Lord then commanded one of the seraphim’s to bring a live coal from the altar to touch Isaiah’s lips and he is purged from his sins.

Isaiah 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Fire burns, lamps illuminate. The Scriptures talk of John the Baptist in the words of Jesus Christ as a burning and a shining light. The burning purifies the dross and shining illuminates the way. So not only do they cleanse but they also cast light on the journey through life. This lamp of fire went up and down among the living creatures like lightning.

The Three Angels Messages

The Spirit of Prophecy informs us that this speed like the light passing among the cherubim indicates the speed with which the three angels is going to be completed in this earth.

Ezekiel 1:14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

So far the description of the cherubim is man-like, six-winged, four-faced, man-handed, straight-legged, calf-footed are symbols of a function. I want to underline the fact that these cherubim are symbols. Every part of the Sanctuary was symbolical.

The Lamb

We look at the lamb. We are so used to it that we immediately think of the tender, merciful, innocent, suffering, unresisting Jesus Christ. We look at the seven-branched candlestick, and we think of Christ, the Light of the world. We look at the shewbread and the goblets of wine, and we think of our partaking of His message – His words that are bread and life. The fragrance of the incense turns our minds to the merits and intercession that He has carried on in behalf of sinners.  This may come as a surprise to you but may I call your attention to a verse in Revelation 5:8. Here we have a description following chapter 4 which describes the cherubim of the Judgment scene of four living beings.

Revelation 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

In verse 8 we saw the angels sing, pray and worship. In the next verse they sing a new song;

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Thus the four living beings, the four cherubim sing the song that they have been redeemed from among men. So they are symbols of a function that was first fulfilled by Satan then was fulfilled by Gabriel and ultimately will be fulfilled by human beings redeemed from among men.

Praise God!

Ezekiel Chapter 2

As mentioned earlier Sr White said we are to study Ezekiel chapters two and three in conjunction with Isaiah chapter 6. Let us turn to Ezekiel chapter two and let us take a brief look;

Ezekiel 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

2:2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, [even] unto this very day.

Rebellion against God

We need to read and understand the message of Ezekiel 2:– (Here is quoted Ezekiel 2:1-8; and Ezekiel 3:17-21.) {SpM 424.2}

The Lord is calling for men and women to guard their own houses and families, and instead of watching their fellow-workers, regarding with jealousy their outgoing and incoming, to turn their attention to self. The Lord has a report to make of every soul who would restrict the liberty of another. There is a Watcher who is taking the measure of character, and who will judge accordingly. The jealousy revealed by some who claim to be in the truth, plainly reveals that unless their hearts are changed they will never be overcomers. Unless they respond to the subduing, sanctifying influences of the grace of God, they will never wear the crown of life. {SpM 424.3}

Ezekiel 2:3 is speaking to the house of modern Israel. The Seventh-day Adventist church is in rebellion against God. Now that’s a serious matter.

Ezekiel 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, [even] unto this very day. 4 For [they are] impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. 5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they [are] a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

The prophet for us being Sr Ellen White. How many are rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy today! This message, the entire book of Ezekiel is sent to them, Seventh-day Adventists that they might repent.

Ezekiel 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. 9 And when I looked, he spread it before me; and it [was] written within and without: and [there was] written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

The Great Disappointment

This should sound familiar to you;

Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat [it]; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. 4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. 

No true Seventh-day Adventist can deny that Revelation 10:6 was a prophecy of the Great Disappointment of 1844.

Revelation 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

This chapter of Ezekiel is closed to all who are not true Seventh-day Adventists. The reference here to eating a roll (a book) and finding it sweet occurs nowhere else but in Revelation 10. Thus the book of Ezekiel is definitely a prophecy of modern Israel – Seventh-day Adventism and nothing else.

The eaten roll points to time after 1844 and the only Israel at that time was Seventh-day Adventism. There is no other possibility.

A Strange Message

Ezekiel 3:5 For thou [art] not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, [but] to the house of Israel; 6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel [are] impudent and hardhearted.

This message of Ezekiel is sent to Seventh-day Adventists, a people to whom the language of this message should not be strange.

Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they [be] a rebellious house. 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. 11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

A Message Rejected

The majority of the people of Seventh-day Adventism will not accept the message even though it is from God.

Ezekiel 3:12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, [saying], Blessed [be] the glory of the LORD from his place. 13 [I heard] also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing. 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

We are reminded that the message of Ezekiel is directly from God, from His throne room and is for us here today upon whom the ends of the Earth have come. Do not fail to heed His message.

The Tares Shaken in Jerusalem

The tares, the dross, will be shaken INTO Jerusalem, the professing Laodicean churches, and burned and melted there, just as was the case in the A.D. 70 PREFIGURE destruction of Jerusalem. Ellen White was in total harmony with Ezekiel 22:17-31 that the tares are not shaken out of the church militant, but are burned and melted therein.

Ezekiel 22:17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they [are] brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are [even] the dross of silver. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20 [As] they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt [it]; so will I gather [you] in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave [you there], and melt you. 21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof. 22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you. 23 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou [art] the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. 25 [There is] a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. 26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed [difference] between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in the midst thereof [are] like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, [and] to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered [mortar], seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken. 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.

The world and the church are the field and the tares are burned in the field;

“The field,” Christ said, “is the world.” But we must understand this as signifying the church of Christ in the world. The parable is a description of that which pertains to the kingdom of God, His work of salvation of men; and this work is accomplished through the church. True, the Holy Spirit has gone out into all the world; everywhere it is moving upon the hearts of men; but it is in the church that we are to grow and ripen for the garner of God.  {COL 70.2}

“He that sowed the good seed is the Son of man. . . . The good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one.” The good seed represents those who are born of the word of God, the truth. The tares represent a class who are the fruit or embodiment of error, of false principles. “The enemy that sowed them is the devil.” Neither God nor His angels ever sowed a seed that would produce a tare. The tares are always sown by Satan, the enemy of God and man.  {COL 70.3}

Ezekiel 9 was fulfilled in the A.D. 70 in the destruction of Jerusalem but it will have another literal fulfillment, “BEGINNING AT HIS SANCTUARY,” (5T 211). Notice: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men leaders which were before the house” (Ezekiel 9:6).

The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands: “Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.”  {5T 211.1}

Here we see that the church–the Lord’s sanctuary–was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus “Peace and safety” is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together.  {5T 211.2}

In the A.D. 70 PREFIGURE, the faithful had all fled to the mountains of Pella, in the land of Perea (GC 31).

At the time of the siege, the Jews were assembled at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles, and thus the Christians throughout the land were able to make their escape unmolested. Without delay they fled to a place of safety–the city of Pella, in the land of Perea, beyond Jordan.  {GC 30.2}

Stay for the Slaying!

In the next literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, false teachers and prophets say stay for the Ezekiel 9 slaying unmindful that Ezekiel 13 says Jerusalem would fall. Unrepentant open sinners and tares would be bundled and thrown into the midst of Jerusalem for burning.

Ezekiel 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and [there was] no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [mortar]:  11 Say unto them which daub [it] with untempered [mortar], that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend [it]. 12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where [is] the daubing wherewith ye have daubed [it]? 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend [it] with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in [my] fury to consume [it]. 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered [mortar], and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered [mortar], and will say unto you, The wall [is] no [more], neither they that daubed it; 16 [To wit], the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and [there is] no peace, saith the Lord GOD. 17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them, 18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the [women] that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive [that come] unto you? 19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear [your] lies?  20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly.

People get it all mixed up who would be shaken from whom, but Ezekiel 22:17-31 made that clear.

The prophecy which He [Christ] uttered was twofold in its meaning; while foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it PREFIGURED also the terrors of the last great day (GC 25), and this destruction BEGINS AT HIS SANCTUARY (5T 211).

The Sealing of Gods People

Ezekiel 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which [had] the writer’s inkhorn by his side;  4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads (THE SEAL OF GOD) of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the (CHURCH) midst thereof.

The Slaughter of Gods People

Ezekiel 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:  Slay utterly old [and] young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom [is] the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which [were] before the house.  7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city. 8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? 9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah [is] exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not. 10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, [but] I will recompense their way upon their head. 11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which [had] the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.

But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.–RH Aug. 1, 1893. [{LDE 48.2}

The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst.–1NL 99 (1898).  {LDE 49.1}

Amen.

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