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Ezekiel's Vision (part 4)
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
No matter how great the loss, this faith of ours always remains.
 
EZEKIEL'S VISION  (Part 4)
WHEELS & FIRE — "Such then was the appearance of the LIVING CREATURES, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like torches. Fire was moving about among the living creatures; the fire had a radiance, and lightning issued from it. And the LIVING CREATURES ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. As I gazed on the LIVING CREATURES, I saw one wheel on the earth next to each of the Four-Faced CREATURES. As for the appearance and structure of the wheels, they gleamed like beryl. All four had the same likeness; the appearance and structure of each was as of two wheels cutting through each other — a wheel in the middle of a wheel. And when they moved, each could move in any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they moved. Their rims were so tall they were frightening; for the rims of all four were covered all over with eyes." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 13 - 18 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
The LIVING CREATURES are presented as having the appearance of burning coals of fire and torches. The NEW COVENANT tells us that "Our GOD is a CONSUMING FIRE." [Hebrews 12. 29] The OLD COVENANT, David said, "The LORD is my LIGHT." [Psalms (Tehillym) 27. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  MESSIAH YESHUA, when addressing the Pharisees stated emphatically that HE was "The LIGHT OF THE WORLD." [John 8. 12]  The FIRE and the LIGHT went up and down around the creatures.  The LORD JESUS is "the BRIGHTNESS of HIS (the FATHER'S) glory and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON." [Hebrews 1. 3]  Our MIGHTY GOD is a CONSUMING FIRE and the ETERNAL LIGHT.
 
The LIVING CREATURES "ran and returned."  To return to a place, one has to have been there before.   At the beginning of this age, the SON OF GOD stepped down from Heaven and for 33 years lived on this planet.   As the LORD YESHUA was leaving Har ha'Zeitim (the Mount of Olives) to return to Heaven, an angelic messenger made the promise, "This same JESUS, WHO was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw HIM go into heaven." [Acts 1. 11]   Ezekiel portrays the return of KING JESUS when it stated that the LIVING CREATURES "returned like the appearance of a flash of lightning." [v. 14]   YESHUA ha'MASHIACH HIMSELF stated, "as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the SON OF MAN be." [Matthew 24. 27] 
 
There is a vivid description of the wheels which symbolism declares a basic truth about the person of the LORD YESHUA.  Speaking of the birth of the MESSIAH in Beit’Lehem, Micah said, "(THE ONE) WHOSE origin is from of old, from ancient times." [Micah (Michah) 5. 2 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   MESSIAH YESHUA is the EXALTED LORD, HE is Eternal!  JESUS is GOD EVERLASTING.  The "likeness" represented by the "wheel upon the earth" is the GOD/MAN.  "A wheel in the middle of a wheel" represents the truth of the incarnate SON in-dwelt by the SPIRIT OF YEHOWAH for power in HIS ministry.
 
The rim of the wheels being tall and frightening speak of the majestic, awesome greatness of the PERSONAGE of JESUS.  The eyes around the rims speak of HIS omniscience; HE sees all, including the thoughts and intents of the heart.  JESUS is the WONDROUS LORD and is to be feared and worshiped.
 
The wheels also speak of the power of the HOLY SPIRIT united with the LORD JESUS CHRIST.  "And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the Throne and the four LIVING CREATURES, and in the midst of the elders, stood a LAMB as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven SPIRITS OF GOD sent out into all the earth." [Revelation 5. 6]   Zechariah declares that "those seven are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to-and-fro ranging over the whole earth." [Zechariah (Zecharyah) 4. 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
Ultimately, the Book of Revelation concludes in telling of the "Four LIVING CREATURES full of eyes in front and in back. The first LIVING CREATURE was like a lion, the second LIVING CREATURE like a calf, the third LIVING CREATURE had a face like a man, and the fourth LIVING CREATURE was like a flying eagle. The four LIVING CREATURES, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying — "Holy! Holy! Holy! LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHO was and is and is to come!" [Revelation 4. 6 - 8] 
 
. . . to be continued
 
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Welcome Sabbath! Praise to our wonderful ALMIGHTY CREATOR GOD!  We praise and bless YOU, O GOD for lovingly and graciously giving YOUR Holy Shabbat, the Bride, the Queen, the imagery of beauty and radiance — testifying to the tremendous affection that the Sabbath is enjoyed among YOUR people in YOUR RADIANT PRESENCE.
May yours be a YOM SHE’KULO SHABBAT — a day which is all-Sabbath — enjoy its peace and harmony!
 
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Ezekiel's Vision (part 3)
Category: Teaching Topics

 

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Sometimes one must sift through life like an archeologist looking for any remnant of humanity.
 
EZEKIEL'S VISION (Part 3)
HIS PERSON & WORK — "Each of them had a Human face (at the front); each of the four had a face of a Lion on the right; each of the four had the face of an Ox on the left; and each of the four had the face of an Eagle (at the back)." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 10 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
In studying the life of the LORD JESUS, we must look at the Four GOSPELS: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.   Each GOSPEL sets a different and distinct light of the life and ministry of our BLESSED REDEEMER; and when taken together, they present a complete picture of HIM.  The GOSPELS reveal the meaning of Ezekiel's creatures and their Four Faces:
 
The GOSPEL of Matthew was written to the Jewish people and proclaimed YESHUA as their KING; HE is the MESSIAH, the ANOINTED RULER.   The genealogy given in Matthew 1, shows that YESHUA was in the royal line of King David through HIS legal father, Joseph.  The book of Matthew portray Messiah YESHUA as King, the LION.
 
Mark's GOSPEL presents YESHUA as a SERVANT.   There is no genealogy of JESUS given in Mark because no one would be interested in the lineage of a servant.  The face of the Ox accurately pictures the truth of the LORD YESHUA as a SERVANT.
 
Luke declares that the LORD JESUS is the PERFECT MAN and gives another genealogy tracing HIM back through HIS Mother, Miryam (Mary); and her, from Adam, the first man.  There would definitely be great interest in the genealogy of a PERFECT MAN.  Therefore, there is no better choice to portray YESHUA as a MAN than the face of a MAN.
 
John shows the CHRIST JESUS' DEITY, the SON OF THE MOST HIGH GOD.  The genealogy that John presents begins and ends with the ALMIGHTY OMNIPOTENT CREATOR — "no beginning or ending" — HE has always been.   The fourth face is that of an EAGLE, which perfectly represents John's teaching that MESSIAH JESUS is the HOLY ETERNAL ONE.  {The eagle is "king of the birds" — the most feared enemy of the snake.}
 
The verse states, "the four had...the face of a LION on the right side; the face of an OX on the left side." Two sides make up a whole.  The two-fold ministry of the LORD YESHUA is portrayed in the GOSPELS of Matthew and Mark:  JESUS came first as a SERVANT, and will one day return as the SOVEREIGN KING.   HE came the first time as the LAMB OF GOD to die. . . and HE will return as the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH to reign forevermore.
 
DIRECTION & DELIVERANCE — "Such were their faces. As for their wings, they were separated: Above, each had two touching those of the others, while the other two covered its body. And each could move in the direction of any of its faces; they went wherever the SPIRIT impelled them to go, without turning, when they moved." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 11 - 12 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
"The wings stretched upward" speaks of our SAVIOUR'S confident reliance upon ELOHEY.  "The wings covering the creatures" speak of the ALMIGHTY’S complete protection.  Two phrases repeated throughout the remainder of the chapter, "they went every one straight forward" and "wherever the SPIRIT impelled them to go, they went" — tell of the one direction and purpose the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH had in HIS life.  HE went wherever the "SPIRIT OF YAH" led HIM.  In all HIS entire life, YESHUA never veered from the course that was set before HIM.
 
. . . to be continued
 
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
 Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,  (Holy, Holy, Holy)
   ADONAI ELOHIM SHADDAI   (LORD GOD ALMIGHTY)
    Asher Hayah Va-ho-veh VaY’vo  (WHO was and is and is to come!)
 
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Ezekiel's Vision (part 2)
Category: Teaching Topics

 

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
In order for a house to be a house, it must have a window and a door; a door so I can enter myself, a window so I can see beyond myself.
 
EZEKIEL'S VISION  (Part 2)
MAN or BEAST — "Out of the midst of it came the likeness of FOUR LIVING CREATURES. And this was their appearance: They had the figures of a man. However, each had four faces, and each of them had four wings; the legs of each were (fused into) a single rigid leg, and the feet of each were like a single calf's hoof, cleft in front, and their sparkle was like the luster of burnished copper. They had human hands below their wings. The four of them had their faces and their wings on their four sides. Each one's wings toughed those of the other. They did not turn when they moved, each could move in the direction of any of its faces." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 5 - 9 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
The creatures are symbolic of a MAN — then it continues to describe various aspects of the Creatures:  Wings, hands, and feet are mentioned.  Each characteristic is picturesque in its illustration of the ONE WHO is GOD and became MAN.  {This is crucial to understanding the chapter.} 
 
In this chapter, wings are seen covering, joined, pointed up-or-down, and described in a number of different ways.  The many uses of wings illustrate ALMIGHTY GOD'S care and protection. "HE will cover you with HIS feathers; you will find refuge under HIS wings." [Psalms (Tehillym) 91. 4 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  These creatures have wings covering their bodies, picturing protection.  MESSIAH YESHUA, in HIS earthly ministry, was cared for and protected by the MIGHTY OMNIPOTENT GOD OF HEAVEN.
 
Their straight feet picture legs without joints, the feet could go in only one direction.  As is recorded: "Survey the course you take, and all your ways will prosper. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your feet from evil." [Proverbs (Mishle) 4. 26 - 27 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  This is a counsel to believers to walk in straight paths; but, the passage also is characteristic of the earthly walk of MESSIAH YESHUA. The LORD JESUS always went in the direction HIS FATHER had laid out for HIM.  HE did not turn to the left or the right, but was perfect in all HIS ways. 
 
The sole of the creatures feet was "like the sole of a calf's foot; and they sparkled like the color of burnished copper." The LORD JESUS came first as the "LAMB OF GOD" [John 1. 29], and someday soon,  HE will return as the "LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH." [Revelation 5. 5]  The calf's foot speaks of HIS "first coming" as the SAVIOUR of the world.   In HOLY SCRIPTURE, copper indicate judgment and speaks of HIS "second coming" as the SOVEREIGN JUDGE. 
 
The hands under the wings speak of the accomplishment of JESUS' ministry as a MAN.  HE was protected and guided by FATHER GOD, but voluntarily limited HIMSELF in HIS earthly ministry to that which HIS humanity would permit.  Verses 5 thru 9 therefore speak of THE ONE WHO came from Heaven, took on flesh, was led by the SPIRIT OF GOD, walked a perfect path, and is both SAVIOUR and SOVEREIGN LORD & KING.
. . .to be continued
 
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
The LORD shall yet comfort Zion and shall choose Jerusalem.  The wise serve the LORD OF GLORY out of their great love for HIM, in reverent fear.
 
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is praying for the return of Messiah Jesus and His Kingdom.
 
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Ezekiel's Vision (part 1)
Category: Teaching Topics

 

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Visit the ill out of responsibility, the person out of love.
 
EZEKIEL'S VISION  (Part 1)
Chapter 1 of Ezekiel can be understood as you notice two things:  The words like and likeness are used 16 times in this one chapter, clearly showing that the passage is a picture or illustration of something; and that Ezekiel saw a vision of HOLY GOD.  This fact is apparent from the first and last verses, "The heavens opened and I saw visions of ELOHIYM." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 1 Tanakh, Nevi'im]  "...that was the appearance of the semblance of the PRESENCE OF THE LORD." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 28 Tanakh, Nevi'im] The Glory of the LORD has been manifested in many ways: "The WORD became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld HIS glory, the glory as of the ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of grace and truth." [John 1. 14]   Ezekiel saw the glory of the FATHER in the PERSON of HIS SON, JESUS.  From this vision, John described for us the LIFE, PERSON and MINISTRY of the LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH.
 
TIME & PLACE OF THE VISION — "In the thirtieth year (the 30th year of captivity), on the fifth day of the fourth month, when I was in the community of exiles by the Chebar Canal, the heavens opened and I saw visions of GOD. On the fifth day of the month — it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin — the WORD OF THE LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, by the Chebar Canal, in the land of the Chaldeans. And the hand of the LORD came upon him there." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 1 - 3 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
These verses introduce Ezekiel the priest.  The time is around 593 BC/BCE, seven years before Jerusalem was captured by Babylon.  Ezekiel is in captivity and is standing at the River Chebar where he receives "a vision of ELOHIYM." {This awe-inspiring vision unfolds for us in verses 4 – 28.}
 
FIRST COMING — "I looked, and lo, a stormy wind came sweeping out of the North — a huge cloud and flashing fire, surrounded by a radiance; and in the center of it, in the center of the fire, a gleam as of amber." [Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 1. 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im]
 
Immediately Ezekiel looked and saw ONE coming from the North.  The terminology in this verse has been used before to speak of ELOHIYM and HIS PRESENCE (KABOD/GLORY).  The ALMIGHTY spoke to Job "out of the whirlwind." [Job/Iyob 38. 1]   During the wilderness wanderings, the HOLY LORD GOD revealed HIMSELF to the people of Israel through the Tabernacle worship and HE led them through the movement of a CLOUD upon the Tabernacle by day and a FIRE by night. [Exodus/Shemot 40. 34 - 38]
 
Also, the GREAT GOD OF ISRAEL indicated that HIS dwelling place is in the North part of the universe, "For what lifts a man comes not from the east, or the west, or from the south for ELOHIYM is HE WHO gives judgment; HE brings down one man, HE lifts up another." [Psalms (Tehillym) 75. 6 - 7 Tanakh, Nevi'im]   These verses seem to confirm the truth that our LORD YESHUA ha'MASHIACH came from the "North" — from Heaven — when HE became MAN . . . DEITY took on the form of man clothed in flesh.
 
...to be continued
 
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!  
May our lips ever declare praises to our KING, HELPER, SAVIOUR and SHIELD for HIS loving-kindness is mighty over us.
 
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Kosher Foods
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Tradition really misses the mark.
GOD:  And remember, Moses, in the Laws of keeping kosher, never boil a kid in its mother's milk.  It is cruel.
Moses:  So, YOU are saying we should never eat milk and meat together? 
GOD:  No, what I'm saying is, never cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
Moses:  O LORD, forgive my ignorance! What YOU are really saying is we should wait six hours after eating meat to eat milk so the two are not in our stomachs together.
GOD:  No, Moses, listen to ME, I am saying, do not cook a kid in its mother's milk!
Moses:  Oy, LORD! Please don't strike me down for my stupidity! What YOU mean is we should have a separate set of dishes for milk and a separate set for meat and if we make a mistake we have to bury that dish outside for 3 days?
GOD:  Moses — Whatever!!!  . . 
 
KOSHER FOODS
"The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, speak to the Israelite people thus: 'These are the creatures you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the hoofs, and chews the cud - such you may eat. And of those that live in water: any that has fins and scales you may eat. You shall not eat any abominable bird. You may not eat anything abhorrent; no detestable thing." [Leviticus/Vayikra 11. 1 - 23; Deuteronomy/Devarim 14. 4 - 21]
 
The ALMIGHTY HOLY GOD gives the children of Israel HIS Laws concerning their food. They were forbidden to eat the flesh of animals whose hoofs are not cloven or which do not chew the cud (horse, camel, swine, rabbits, etc.); the fish that lack fins and scales; birds of prey; all creeping things and insects except for certain types of locusts.  It should be observed that even of those animals permitted for food, certain parts were forbidden:  The Blood [Deuteronomy/Devarim 12. 23]; Fat [Leviticus/Vayikra 3. 3 - 5; 7. 23]; and in Jewish custom, the Hind Quarter, because it contains the sciatic nerve.  The hind quarter is avoided as food because of the occurrence in Genesis, the story of Jacob's wrestling with the ANGEL OF THE LORD — "the children of Israel to this day do not eat the thigh muscle that is on the socket of the hip, since Jacob's hip socket was wrenched at the thigh muscle." [Genesis (Berepooh) 32. 32 Tanakh, Torah]
 
These dietary laws were given to the Israelites primarily for hygienic reasons to bring to their attention the importance of being Clean and Holy in the sight of the RIGHTEOUS ETERNAL ONE.  Their difference from other peoples was not only to be in their religious worship but also in their eating habits. The HOLY LORD GOD explained this conclusively and definitely. . . 
The primary reason for giving these food laws to Israel was to sanctify them, to establish a difference between them and the heathen.  "I the LORD am your GOD; you shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am holy...you shall not make yourselves unclean." [Leviticus/Vayikra 11. 44; Deuteronomy/Devarim 14. 2 - 3]   They were to be a holy people to GOD MOST HIGH.
 
CREATOR GOD called some animals and fish "clean" and some "unclean" to teach lesson's by the very nature of these animals and fish (for their meat was good to eat).  The "Divided Hoof" depicts separation.  An animal with divided hoofs can climb to high places.  The people of GOD are to be like the clean animal -- separated from the worldly system to climb the high mountains of spiritual victory!
 
The "FINS" are for propulsion, to swim against the current, to stay off the mud below.  The people of GOD are to be like the clean fish with fins; refuse to slide along in the mud or to drift with the tide, but swim against the current.  "Scales" (Hebrew: "qasqeseth" means coat of mail) on the clean fish are for protection against muddy waters and any contamination.  GOD'S people of are to be like the clean fish with scales, though in the world, protected against all the filth of the world, encased in a "coat of mail."
 
ALMIGHTY GOD commanded HIS people only to eat the meat of those animals who "chew the cud."  The HEBREW TANAKH translates "chewing the cud" as reflect, think, to muse, to ponder, to meditate. This is a mark of the sanctified life — "to chew the cud" — the WORD OF GOD, to meditate upon it day and night.
 
There is significance also in the command of the ETERNAL ONE which prohibits fat and blood.  However, it is Jewish custom, not GOD'S Law which forbids the hind quarter of animals which were "clean" for food.  Blood because the life of the flesh is in the blood. [Deuteronomy/Devarim 12. 23; Leviticus/Vayikra 7. 26; 17. 10 - 11]  Fat because the fat belonged to the LORD God Almighty. [Numbers/B'Midvar 18. 17; Leviticus/Vayikra 3. 16]   The Sinew (that shrank) because INVINCIBLE GOD touched the human "strength" of Jacob (Israel) while wrestling with him. [Genesis/Bereshith 32. 32]   In all this we see:  Blood is the Life; Fat shows Abundance; Sinew portrays Strength. . . and all belongs to the LORD GOD!
 
Consider this also, there was a difference between Clean and Unclean animals before the Law was given.  At the time of the flood, Noah was to take seven of every Clean animal — male and its female; and two each of the Unclean animals — male and its female. [Genesis/Bereshith 7]    Even in the foods one eats, the HOLY OMNIPOTENT LORD OF HOSTS wants HIS children to be set apart, consecrated. 
 
Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
The sword comes into the world because of justice being delayed, because of justice being perverted, and because of those who render wrong decisions. Wisdom belongs to those who seek advise. Keep watching and praying. 
 
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