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Jerusalem and Israel will be restored

Ezekiel's words had come true for the Jews in the past. Are we seeing his prophecies also coming true in our day? Have a read and be blessed.

Ezekiel 10:The Glory of the LORD Leaves the Temple

1 Then I looked, and behold, on the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire, in appearance like a throne.

2 And he said to the man clothed in linen, "Go in among the whirling wheels underneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city." And he went in before my eyes.

3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the house, when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court.

4 And the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the LORD.

5 And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks.

6 And when he commanded the man clothed in linen, "Take fire from between the whirling wheels, from between the cherubim," he went in and stood beside a wheel.

7 And a cherub stretched out his hand from between the cherubim to the fire that was between the cherubim, and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed in linen, who took it and went out.

8 The cherubim appeared to have the form of a human hand under their wings.

9 And I looked, and behold, there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub, and the appearance of the wheels was like sparkling beryl.

10 And as for their appearance, the four had the same likeness, as if a wheel were within a wheel.

11 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went, but in whatever direction the front wheel faced, the others followed without turning as they went.

12 And their whole body, their rims, and their spokes, their wings, and the wheels were full of eyes all around---the wheels that the four of them had.

13 As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing "the whirling wheels."

14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

15 And the cherubim mounted up. These were the living creatures that I saw by the Chebar canal.

16 And when the cherubim went, the wheels went beside them. And when the cherubim lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the wheels did not turn from beside them.

17 When they stood still, these stood still, and when they mounted up, these mounted up with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in them.

18 Then the glory of the LORD went out from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim.

19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth before my eyes as they went out, with the wheels beside them. And they stood at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the LORD, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.

20 These were the living creatures that I saw underneath the God of Israel by the Chebar canal; and I knew that they were cherubim.

21 Each had four faces, and each four wings, and underneath their wings the likeness of human hands.

22 And as for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the Chebar canal. Each one of them went straight forward.

Ezekiel 11: Judgment on Wicked Counsellors

1 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the LORD, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. And I saw among them Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

2 And he said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city;

3 who say, 'The time is not near to build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.'

4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man."

5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, "Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind.

6 You have multiplied your slain in this city and have filled its streets with the slain.

7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the meat, and this city is the cauldron, but you shall be brought out of the midst of it.

8 You have feared the sword, and I will bring the sword upon you, declares the Lord GOD.

9 And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you.

10 You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD.

11 This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel,

12 and you shall know that I am the LORD. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you."

13 And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?"

Israel's New Heart and Spirit

14 And the word of the LORD came to me:

15 "Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'Go far from the LORD; to us this land is given for a possession.'

16 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.'

17 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.'

18 And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations.

19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

20 that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

21 But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord GOD."

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them.

23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city.

24 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me.

25 And I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me.

Things to think about…

  1. Ezekiel's vision in chap 10 is similar to chapter one. The same creatures are there. The glory of the Lord descends Ez 10:3 but then departs, vs 18. Jerusalem had the Lord's presence, but then fire is scattered over the city and the Lord's presence departs. God had removed His hand. We know in the book of Revelation that churches can have their lampstands removed. The gospel light is taken from them. It happens when God's people are not faithful with His message. Such was the case with ancient Israel.
  2. The eastern gate is mentioned Ez 10:19 & 11:1 as where the presence of the Lord remains. The present gate on the eastern side of the temple is closed today. It was sealed off by Suleiman in 1541. The Messiah is prophesied to come through this gate, hence why the Muslims sealed it off. What is your understanding of prophecy regarding this gate? Christ entered through this gate from the Mount of Olives. Will He do so again?
  3. Ez 11:2-13 says that those who were still living in Jerusalem at the time and expecting it to not be destroyed were badly deceived. In 587BC they would be taken out of Jerusalem and judged at the border, Ez 11:10. This is exactly what happened, they were tried and killed at Riblah which is on the northern border of Israel.
  4. We see in Ez 11:14-25 that the Lord will bring back the captives to Jerusalem and from the countries where they have been scattered. There is a greater fulfilment than what occurred with the captives who returned in 536BC. It seems that this is an end times prophecy that other prophets also speak about. The Jews have returned to their land, they are coming back from all the countries where they were scattered and are dwelling in Jerusalem. This has never happened on this scale in Jerusalem's history. These I believe are a fulfilment of these words of prophecy found here and elsewhere in the scriptures. There are now more Jews living in Israel than outside Israel. This has not been the case for almost 2 millennia.
  5. The Apostle Paul speaks about the times of the Gentiles being full and 'all Israel being saved' Rom 11:26. Here in Ezekiel we see in Ez 11:19 that a new heart will be given to them. Let's pray Jews would see who their true Messiah is – Jesus.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Sunday morning's message on "That's not the God I serve" from John 6:52-71.

1.Jesus tells people that they need to eat His body and drink His blood. People grumble about it. Why were they grumbling?

2.Jesus tells them not to grumble as only those who are called by the Father will understand. How do you interpret what Jesus means here?

3.It says many didn't follow Jesus from that point on. Jesus lost His thousands of followers. How should this passage by applied to today's churches.

4.The Apostle Paul talks about those who would fall away in the latter days 1Tim 4:1 and 2Tim 4:3,4. Pray for the church and the Pastor to teach and preach the truth privately and from the pulpit. Pray for each other to have ears to hear.

Prayer Points

1.More Sunday school teachers

2.Those who are not well – Flu and other conditions. 3 needing heart health prayer – Murray, Andre, Darrel.

3.CBC's ministries for this term

4.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

5.Next Sunday's messages. Ezek 10"God has left the building" in the morning, "A call to prayer"– Axiom 6pm.

6.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.

7.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.

8.Church finances – Pray all expenses are met and that we can again support Digital Harvest and One for Israel.

9.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.


Praise Points.

1.New folk at church on Sunday

2.Our Lord's tangible presence at Sunday night's prayer service

3.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services

4.Unity, love and peace


Announcements

1.Willey group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Members Meeting – 18th August after the morning service.

3.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.

4.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church.

5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.

6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton


This month's catechism question...

Q. 3. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
A. The Lord's Prayer.

Bible Reference – Matt.6:5-15; Luke11:1-13.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay

Offering peace, when there is no peace
Visions of the abominations in the temple