Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Ezekiel ~~- chapter 20 of 48 (49 verses.)

Ezekiel 20Wrench

Ezekiel Sees YAH Reject Israel's Evil Elders
1 Counterfeit Judeo-Christian Religion On the 10th day of the 5th month of the 7th year [since Babylon captured evil king Jehoiachin], some of the [evil] elders of [rogue] Israel come to [me, Ezekiel, in Babylon. They pretend] to ask [for guidance from] YHVH himself.
False prophets had deceived these elders into expecting to speedily return to Israel.
2 Yah's Word As the elders sit facing me, suddenly the word of YHVH comes [alive in] me.
YAH's word comes to you when you do spiritual battle for him. You often have to go through struggles to perceive the Spirit.
3 Counterfeit Judeo-Christian Religion [YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ confront the elders of Israel. Say to them, โ€˜Adonai YHVH asks, โ€œHave you [really] come to seek me? As I live,โ€™ Adonai YHVH says, โ€˜you [hypocrites] never follow me.โ€™โ€
4 Judgment [YAH asks me,] โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ do you want to judge these [hypocrites]? Then sentence them. Get them to acknowledge the abominations of their fathers.
5 Our Creator's Love Tell the [religionists], โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€œ[Look] back to ancient days: There I choose Israel: I lift up my hand to [pledge to protect] the seed-children of the house of Jacob. Later I make myself known to the [slaves] in the land of Egypt. I [again] lift up my hand to the [Israelis]. I declare, โ€˜I am YHVH, your Elohim.โ€™
6 Yah's Provision (Assurance) *Later [the] day [comes when again] I lift up my hand [in pledge] to [help] the [Israelis], to bring them out of the land of Egypt into a country I scouted for them, [a land] gushing milk and honey, the glory of all [the] earth.
7 Idolatry Then I say to the [Israelis], โ€˜Every one of you, throw away the abominations [that draw] your eyes. Stop defiling yourselves with the manufactured-gods of Egypt. I am YHVH your Elohim {Sovereign}.โ€™
8 Refusal To Learn / Intentional Ignorance Yet the [Israelite slaves] rebel against me. They refuse to listen to me. [Many of them] fail to hurl their abominations away from their eyes. They neglect to abandon the idols of Egypt. So I say, โ€˜I [have the right to] pour out my fury upon [my people]. I'd [be right to] spend my anger against [you Israelites] in Egyptian territory.โ€™
9 The Creator's Name But I relent, to protect my Name-reputation from being polluted before the nearby beast-nations who see me make myself known to [the Israelites] by bringing them up out of the land of Egypt.
10 Freedom So I bring the [Israelite slaves] up out of the land of Egypt. I usher them [north] through [vast] wilderness.
11 Law There I give the [Israelites] my Laws. I teach them my verdicts, which [give] life to any human who executes them.
12 Rest *And I give the [Israelites] my Sabbath-rest [days and festivals] as a sign connecting me to them, so [everyone] can realize that I am YHVH {The-Omniscient-Omnipresence}. I set the [Sabbath-keepers] apart [as my special people].
13 Refusal To Learn / Intentional Ignorance *Yet the house of Israel rebels against me in the wilderness. They refuse to walk in my Laws, ๐Ÿ˜‡. They despise my decrees that give life to any man who executes them. And the [Israelis] massively pollute my Sabbath {Rest-Days}. So I consider spilling out my fire-fury upon the [Israelites] in the wilderness, to consume them.
14 The Creator's Name But I [again] relent, ๐Ÿ˜‡, to protect my Name-Authority from being polluted in the view of the beast-nations who watched me bring [my people] out [of slavery].
15 Punishment But I also lift up my hand [in a death-sentence] to those [first-generation รฉmigrรฉs] in the wilderness. [I vow] that I will never bring them into the land I awarded them, the glory of all lands, gushing milk and honey.
16 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) The [rogue-Israelis] despise my judgments. They fail to walk in my statutes. They pollute my sabbaths as their heart[s] chase after their idol-gods.
17 Our Creator's Love Yet I eye the [Israelites] with compassion, ๐Ÿ˜‡. So I avoid [completely] terminating them in the desert.
18 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) I instruct the [Israelis'] children in the wilderness, โ€˜Don't walk in the [bogus] โ€˜lawsโ€™ of your fathers. Never observe their rulings. Avoid defiling yourselves. [Stay away] from their idols.
19 Law I am YHVH your Elohim {Sovereign}. Walk in my Laws. Guard my rules. Live them, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
20 Rest And hallow my Sabbaths. They'll be a sign linking me to you, ๐Ÿ˜‡, so [the world] can know that I am YHVH your Elohim.
21 Refusal To Learn / Intentional Ignorance Still the 2nd-generation [รฉmigrรฉs] rebel against me, ๐Ÿ˜‡. They [too] refuse to walk in my statutes. Nor do they guard my rules, even though [my principles] bring life to anyone who executes them. The [youngsters] pollute my sabbaths. So I consider spilling out my fire-fury on them, to spend my anger against them in the wilderness.
22 The Creator's Name Still I withhold my hand, ๐Ÿ˜‡, to protect my Name from being profaned in the view of the beast-nations who watched me bring [the Israelites] out [of Egypt].
23 Punishment So, [there] in the desert, I lift up my hand [in solemn warning] to [Israel's 2nd generation รฉmigrรฉs], ๐Ÿ˜‡. [I promise] to scatter them among the beast-nations, to disperse them throughout [earth's] countries.
24 Disobedience โ€”because they fail to execute my rulings, ๐Ÿ˜‡. They despise my orders. They profane my Sabbath [days by forcing the poor to work]. Their eyes chase after their fathers' idols.
25 Worldly Participation (Worldliness) I let the [Israelites follow the pagans'] terrible laws and life-draining customs, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
YHWH never makes bad statutes. He 'gives the wicked apostate Israelites over' to the bad statutes, because they demand bad statutes. Wicked [people] detest YHWH's Laws. Worldlings want nothing to do with YAH. So they get a belly-full of slavery in the United Nations New World Order.
26 Worldly Participation (Worldliness) They trash their [most precious] gifts, ๐Ÿ˜‡: they pass [to the war-god] the first [children] to open [their mothers'] wombs! The [idolaters] turn [cold, hard, numb โ€” too] dumb to even recognize me, YHVH [their own Creator].
The KJV interpreters added the words 'the fire', in 'pass through the fire.' The translators believed, or wanted to you to believe, that "pass through" meant to sacrifice your child in a fire offering to the war god Molech. That's figuratively true. But there was not necessarily any actual fire involved. They passed their children from status as independent, stateless Hebrews into the national citizenship systems of the neighboring countries, by obtaining birth registrations in those countries and registering their children for military service in those nations, in return for benefits such as public schooling, free medical care, insurance, protection, access to courts, the right to vote, etc. Sound familiar?
27 Counterfeit Judeo-Christian Religion So, son of Adam, indict the house of Israel. Say to them, โ€˜Adonai YHVH decrees, โ€œYour fore-fathers continuously blasphemed me. [They] covertly betrayed [me].
28 Idolatry After I bring the [Israelites] into the land I lifted my hand [in pledge] to give them, ๐Ÿ˜‡, they look up to every high hill-shrine. [They worship] thick trees. There they slaughter flesh. They give infuriating gifts [to the War gods]. They [smoke corpses in what they call] โ€˜offering sweet fragrances [to demons].โ€™ They pour out [blood sacrifices they call] โ€˜drink-offeringsโ€™ [to idols].
29 The Occult So I ask your Israeli [forefathers], โ€˜What? You're resorting to [that occult] high-shrine!?โ€ ([High-shrines] are named after that [hill] Bamah {Height}, to this day, ๐Ÿ˜‡.)
That explains why the whole world sings, โ€˜Sweet Home AlaBamaโ€™. Alabama means โ€˜rising heightโ€™. Alabama contains ancient child sacrifice pyramids.
30 Worldly Participation (Worldliness) So, [prophet,] announce to the house of Israel, โ€˜Adonai YHVH says, โ€œYou're making your lives filthy by copying the ways of your ancestors. By repeating their vile practices, you become whores yourselves.
31 Idolatry You offer your gifts to [war-gods who] make your sons to pass through fire! You pollute yourselves with all your idols to this very day! Then [you] pretend to seek me, house of Israel? As I live,โ€™ says Adonai YHVH, โ€˜You never seek me!
#784 'esh (fire) occurs in this verse, but is missing from other similar verses.
32 Worldly Participation (Worldliness) Your fantasies fail to materialize. You brag, โ€œWe'll be [rich and popular] like the beast-nations. We'll be a [member] of the [united] family of world-countries. We'll serve wood and stone [gods we can control].โ€
The purpose of idolatry is not to present literal truth, but to power a mass-propaganda mechanism to incite boys to leave their family farms to kill and die to seize the wealth of foreign lands. This is a primary function of most churches today: blessing the war-state.
33 Punishment As I live,โ€™ decrees Adonai YHVH, โ€˜I rule absolutely over you [rebels]. I come to dump out my fury [on you]. My mighty fist [swings with my] outstretched arm!
34 Redemption Then, [after you learn your lesson,] I bring you [repentant saints] out from the [world's] people, ๐Ÿ˜‡. I gather you out of the countries where you [lie] scattered. With [my] mighty hand, with [my] outstretched arm, [I] pour out my fire-fury [on your captors].
35 Redemption I whisk you into [areas] deserted [by other] nations. There I plead with you face to face.
36 Our Creator's Love Like I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I plead with you, ๐Ÿ˜‡,โ€ says Adonai YHVH.
37 Adoption โ€˜I pass you under my shepherd-staff, ๐Ÿ˜‡, [to count you as my own]. I bring you into the bond of [my] covenant [of love].
38 Punishment I purge the rebels from your [population, ๐Ÿ˜‡]. I [eliminate] all my betrayers. I bring [all Hebrew refugees] back out of the countries [who held you captive]. But the [wicked hypocrites] never enter into the land of Israel. Then you realize that I am YHVH {the-Omnipotent-eternal-source-of-all-life}.
39 Idolatry So you, [rogue] house of Israel,โ€ Adonai YHVH says, โ€œget [away from me]. You won't listen to me. So all of you keep on serving whatever idol[s] you choose. But stop polluting my name-reputation. Bring me no more of your idol-stained donations.
40 Community Love Feasts For on my holy mountain, on mount [Zion], on the height[s] of Israel,โ€ Adonai YHVH predicts, โ€œthere one day the united family of Israel, all of them in the land, come to serve me. There I accept them. [From] all your holy [people], I receive your uplift-offerings, your first-fruit thanksgiving-presents. [These gifts go to feed my priests and to nourish poor people.]
No Hebrew word in this verse refers to animal sacrifice. Most translations misuse the word โ€˜sacrificeโ€™ in this and hundreds of similar verses. Hebrew โ€˜sacrificesโ€™ are food donations.
41 Redemption I eventually accept your [repentance], ๐Ÿ˜‡. [I enjoy] the peaceful aroma [of your cooking food for feasts in my honor], when I bring you out from the [world's] people, [when I] gather you out of the countries where [your sins] scattered you. [Your repentance] causes the beast-nations to view me as sacred.
42 Yah's Provision (Assurance) Finally you grasp that I am YHVH {The-All-Powerful-Future-Maker}, when I bring you [back] into the land of Israel, into the country I lifted up my hand [in promise] to give to your forefathers.
43 Repentance And there you recall your [former] way-of-life. You [regret taking] all the actions that defiled you. You eye your face[s] in the [mirror] with disgust. [You lament] all the ruin you wreaked.
44 Redemption In the end you recognize that I am YHVH {the-Omni-temporal-Sovereign}, when I fix you to protect my Name-reputation, even though your wicked ways and corrupt practices [deserve death,] house of Israel,โ€™ says Adonai YHVH.โ€
Ezekiel Prophesies Doom On Judea's Southland
45 Yah's Word Later, ๐Ÿ˜‡, YHVH's Word [again] comes [alive in] me:
46 Missions/Outreach [YAH] says, โ€œโ€˜Son of Adam,โ€™ set your face toward the [land] south [of Judea]. Drop your word-seed toward the Negev. Prophesy against the [human] forest of the south field.
47 Punishment Announce to the southern [human] wildwoods, โ€˜Hear the word of YHVH: Adonai YHVH says, โ€œWatch me kindle a fire in you. It devours every green tree and every dry tree in you. The flaming wildfire can't be quenched. It burns all [your impudent] faces, from the south to the north.
48 Punishment Finally all flesh-creatures come to see that I YHVH light fire[s] no [human] can extinguish, ๐Ÿ˜‡.โ€
49 Rejection Then I respond, โ€œOh, Adonai YHVH! [I want to speak for you. But] the [people just mock] me, jeering, โ€œRiddler! Storyteller!โ€