“And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there upon me.” Eze 8:1
The parallels between the book of Revelation and the book of Ezekiel are many. Ezekiel was a priest, of the tribe of Levi. He lived in a time of great tribulation. Ezekiel had an experience that no doubt changed him. In the 6th year, the 6th month and one day before the 6th day, Ezekiel sat in his house and the elders of Judah sat before him. That day the hand of God fell upon him. Ezekiel was taken in the Spirit and shown the inner workings of the rulers of Jerusalem. All these things Ezekiel was caused to see without leaving his house. No doubt Ezekiel had a certain esteem for his people and for the temple and it’s workings. It is what he was born in, grew up in, was schooled in, and served in. I have no doubt that Ezekiel believed and served the Lord with all his heart and mind. On this particular day, the Lord showed Ezekiel a flaw or weakness in his thinking. It was manifested as a hole in the wall. Ezekiel, having been shown the weak point, was instructed to dig. As he dug, behind the wall , a door was revealed. The Lord told Ezekiel to now go in and see the wickedness and abominations that took place in there, all in the hearts and mind of this class of individuals that Jesus would later categorize as whitewashed sepulchers … white and clean, orderly and attractive without, but inside full of dead men’s bones and ravening. Ezekiel was shown women weeping for Tammuz, a Sumarian diety. Also he was shown the leaders of the people, standing with their backs to the temple, worshiping the sun. (Such a thing takes on new meaning when we consider the words of Paul, “know ye not that ye are the temple of the Lord?”) Then this took place on this , the 6th year, 6th month, 5th day:
[Eze 9:1-11 KJV] 1 He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man [with] his destroying weapon in his hand. 2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them [was] clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. 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 of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 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: 6 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.
Similarly in the book of Revelation, there is a mark of 666. It has had a lot of energy and time spent researching it. Today I see a lot of speculation about what it might be, or when it will be enforced, etc. It is in the forehead and the hand. Inasmuch as the things of the book of revelation are significations, and that it was said of them that the time is at hand, it stands to reason that these things span the age, from the time Jesus was raised and glorified, until such time as the Father decides to sum all things and end it… a day and hour no man knows, because no man can know a day and an hour not yet decided. Jesus said that the Father has this in His own Power to decide. 6 is the number of man. 666 is a number bespeaking man’s all-sufficiency to man. (As Ezekiel’s fellows were revealed of God to say, “God doesn’t see us, God has forsaken the earth…”). Such are they who bear the mark, in their thinking and in their works… the forehead and hand… But there was a mark, a seal of far greater importance in Ezekiel’s experience, a mark upon the foreheads of all them who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the midst of the place. Similarly in the book of Revelation, Jesus seals the thinking of the Father in the minds of His own. And the mark of the beast notwithstanding, to be found without the seal, or thinking of God, the mind of Christ, would also end in destruction. The mark of separation in Ezekiel was placed in the forehead by the man in linen who had the writer’s ink horn. He was a priest not reckoned among the priests of that place, just as Christ, our High Priest is he who seals the foreheads of his own in the book of Revelation. These things are not about tattoos, microchips, credit cards, or any such thing. It is about where the heart and mind reside.
It is very interesting and rewarding to read Ezekiel and Revelation and note the many comparisons. Having been shown the true nature of his nation’s leaders and religion, one of maintaining certain appearances, but letting the true inner rot and corruption go unchecked, Ezekiel was not left without a place of belonging. Later in his experiences, Ezekiel was taken in the Spirit, and shown another house. He saw the man in linen revealed in another manifestation, for Jesus has many names written in him. Ezekiel was shown a man like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand. And in his hand he had a measuring reed. With it, he measured the temple. Now, this was no ordinary reed, as the hand of him that held it was no ordinary man. Christ was a man in whom all the fullness of God dwelt, and dwells. His hand sets the standard of measure. The rod is based upon the span of the hand, which determines the cubit. We are talking about the one who measures the heavens with a span…the distance from the tip of the thumb to the tip of the little finger, in an opened hand. The hand of Him without whom was nothing made, that is made. This man then took the measure of a most amazing temple. If you read of it, beginning in Eze 40, the temple gets bigger as you go further into it. This is no temple of stick and stone. Again, consider what Paul would later say, “Know ye not that ye are the temple…?”.
There is no need or place to go into greater detail, as the scriptures are available to all. But this temple, once having seen it, Ezekiel was told to show to the house of Israel so that they might know to be ashamed of what they do. This temple and house of the living God, is Christ, and all begotten to God in Him. And if we see and know the temple, we look for no other.
This leads to another bit of understanding…a flaw in the thinking of most of the Christian world. It is a flaw that is going to bite them. Many things can dwell in a hole in a wall:
[Amo 5:16-27 KJV] 16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing [shall be] in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards [shall be] wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? 21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. 25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name [is] The God of hosts.
This error in thinking that must be re-tooled, is a failure to comprehend who the Israel of God is:
[Mat 2:13-15 KJV] 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
If this prophesy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, then it was unfulfilled until Jesus Christ. Here is the prophesy, words spoken by a man as he was moved to speak by the Spirit of God…the same Spirit who would dwell fully in this man, and in His own people in Him, as also said the prophet, “I and the children My Father has given me...”.
Here is the prophesy:
[Hos 11:1 KJV] 1 When Israel [was] a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.
If this was fulfilled in Christ, then Christ is the Israel of God. There is no other possibility. And every idea of God blessing them that bless Israel, must be found in Christ…not in any physical nation. To fail to see this, is to fail to see what God has done in Christ. This is not anti-Israel, or anti-anything. It is to magnify the possibility of complete redemption that is available to ALL people in Christ, both Jew and gentile, without regard for genetics. Much of the book of Ezekiel is about addressing this fatal flaw in thinking. Jesus said , “Destroy this temple and I will build it again in three days”. He did. And He raised us with Him.