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Book of Ezekiel
Chapter 3

This chapter contains more specific instructions to the prophet. It begins with repeating his appointment to his job (3:1-3). Ezekiel is then informed just what his work was, and at this time, it would be entirely to the house of Israel (3:4-6). His countrymen would pay little attention to him (3:7), but he must persevere in his duty no matter how much or how great the discouragement; for he would be given exceptional courage and bravery to enable him to fearlessly declare to a disobedient and rebellious people the WHOLE counsel of God (3:8-11). The prophet is afterwards carried by the same Spirit that activated the cherubim and wheels (1:21), and by this Spirit, he received the gift of prophecy, to take to his brethren in the neighborhood, where he remained seven days overwhelmed with astonishment (3;2-15). He is then warned of the tremendous importance of being faithful in his office (3:16-21); and then commanded to go forth into the plain where he would have a visible display of the Divine Presence of Almighty God (3:22); and is again favored with a vision of that most magnificent set of symbols described in the first chapter, by which the glorious majesty of the God of Israel was in some measure represented (3:23). Also see: (Isa.6:1-13; Dan.10:5-19; Rev.1:10-16; 4:1-11) for other revelations of the Divine glory of God . . . for in all these, the symbolism is very similar. The prophet Ezekiel receives directions that relate to his future job (3:24-27).

In chapter 3 we have the preparation of the prophet for a hard job, a very difficult assignment. Jeremiah was a different kind of person than Ezekiel. Jeremiah was the prophet with a broken heart, tears often streaming from his eyes. At that particular time in history, God needed a man like Jeremiah to let His people know that it was breaking His heart to send them into captivity. Now the people have gone into captivity, and they are very bitter and rebellious. At this time, the Temple had not yet been burned, nor the city of Jerusalem destroyed. It would not be until seven years after this group of captives arrived in Babylon, that that destruction would occur. At this time, the false prophets were still telling the Israelites that they were God's people and they would go back home. These false prophets mocked and ridiculed Ezekiel . . . "Who do you think you are to tell us these things? We are God's people, and we are going back to our land. We are not going to be in captivity for long."
But God had told Ezekiel, you tell them they are NOT going back. They are going to be in captivity for 70 years just as Jeremiah told them (Jer.25:11-12). They are going to be in Babylon 70 years, and they are going to work hard there along the canals, working in the fields and building buildings. It is going to be a hard lot for them.

EATING THE ROLL (BOOK) (Eze.3:1-3)

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. (KJV)

He . . . the One Who sat on the Throne and directed the chariot or cherubims, the LORD Jesus Christ, who also spoke to him in Chapter 2. Eat . . . this seems to be done in a vision.
Eat that thou findest . . . in the hand which was sent to him (2:9): this explains the former, and being repeated, requires the prophet's greatest determination and diligence.
Eat this roll . . . means to read it, very thoughtfully and carefully, then consider it thoroughly, impressing the things deeply on your soul, for you must tell them with very great affection and tenderness, with exact faithfulness and fearless courage.
And go speak unto the house of Israel . . . for you are fitted for and appointed to carry out the prophetic job. Ezekiel was to speak to the rebellious house of Israel (2:5-7).
The importance of eating the roll and of its sweetness in the mouth (vs.3) shows that, it is sweet to do the will of God and to be entrusted with jobs from Him . . . it does NOT mean that the sad news God's message contained for the fallen people of Israel was the source of any sweetness for the prophet.
The symbolical action of eating the roll teaches that, (1) the words of Ezekiel would not be his words but the Word of God; (2) the written Word of God would become the very life of the prophet; (3) the eating of the roll by Ezekiel showed his acceptance of the commission God was giving him; and (4) that he would need to digest it, embrace it into his very being, and speak absolutely nothing else, to the people except only that which God would direct him. As one commentator wisely says: He who gives forth the Word of the LORD must feed on it himself.
There is a similar symbolical action by the apostle John in Revelation 10.
Revelation 10:9-11 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (KJV)

*****Son of man . . . again, this is the title the LORD gives Ezekiel in this difficult job, because of the suffering he would experience. Eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. This is quite a unique diet . . . to eat the Word of God. The Word of God should actually become part of us, and be with us no matter where we are or who we are with! NO one should preach the Word IF their heart is not in it and who does NOT believe every word he says . . . and he must bring the WHOLE Word of God. . . NOT just what the people want to hear! Yes! God is not only a God of love, but He is a God of wrath as well! But people do NOT want to hear that they are sinners bound for Hell . . . so many of today’s pastors completely avoid speaking of sin or its penalty, God’s wrath, judgment, the fires of Hell, etc. These smooth talking, well-loved pastors talk only of God’s love, and being a nice person. They do NOT bring the WHOLE Word of God! They SHALL be judged accordingly, and they will not like the outcome! James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  http://www.godcannotlie.org/james_commentary_ch3.htm
Acts 20:26-27 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. (KJV) . . . ALL the counsel!
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (KJV) . . . ALL, the good and the bad!  

Ezekiel 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. (KJV)

So I opened my mouth . . . NOT to discuss points, but to obey, to show his readiness to do what was expected of him to do.
He caused me to eat that roll; not by a force compelling him, but by a harmonizing help in what the prophet was ready to do. Heb. And; as soon as he had heard, he must eat it.

Ezekiel 3:3 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. (KJV)

This verse confirms and explains what was said in verse 1.
And he said unto me, son of man, cause thy belly to eat . . . to devour, digest, consume. Do not cast it from your mouth, but let it go down into the stomach, and there digest it; that upon the whole, virtue may be received, and nourishment come by it.
And fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee . . . eat until you are filled; the Targum says, son of man, thou shalt satisfy thy soul, and fill thy belly, if thou receivest what is written in this roll, which I give thee: This roll (book) was sufficient to qualify the prophet to prophesy, and furnish him with enough materials to fit him for the proper discharge of his office.  
Then did I eat it, and it was in my mouth, as honey for sweetness . . . as the roll was spread before him, he looked into it, read it thoroughly, meditated on it, and laid it up in his memory, so he could deliver it out when commanded. Even though it contained things very distressing, and which would cause weeping, mourning and woe . . . considering that these were the will of God, and in righteous judgment to men, he must comply with and agree with them. ALL the Words that come from the Mouth of God are sweeter honey and honeycomb (Ps.19:10). The Targum interprets it of the words of the LORD, and I took it, and his words were in my mouth as sweet honey, and especially the Gospel, and the Truths of it.

*****Ezekiel 3:2-3 suggests a good diet study the Word of God. May I ask you, dear one: Do you honestly love the Word of God? Do you really love the awesome Person of Jesus Christ? You CANNOT love Jesus unless you truly love the Word of God.
You must have deep, heart-felt, sincere love for the Word of God before it will ever be important to you. The Word of God (the Book) reveals a very Special Person to you and only when you believe God (1 Jn.5:10-12), and accept Christ as your Saviour and LORD (Jn.3:15-16), will you ever be granted eternal life in Heaven.

GOD'S PROMISE OF POWER TO EZEKIEL

Ezekiel 3:4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. (KJV)

And he said unto me, son of man, go . . . after Ezekiel had eaten the roll; he was then qualified to prophesy. Son of man . . . (see Eze.2:1 and 3:1).
Get thee unto the house of Israel . . . (see 2:3). GO to Israel and prophesy:
And speak with my words unto them . . . NOT Ezekiel’s words; NOT the words of men, NOT the alluring and charming words of man's worldly wisdom . . . but with the Words of Christ; with the skilled words the Holy Ghost will give him . . . with what was written in the roll. The Targum says, and thou shalt prophesy the words of my prophecy unto them.
In a very similar way John, after he had eaten the little book, is told that he must prophesy before many people, nations, tongues, and kings. Revelation 10:9-11 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (KJV)
http://www.godcannotlie.org/rev_ch10.htm

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; (KJV)

For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech . . . deep of lip or speech, difficult to be understood. Ezekiel was to go and prophecy to his own people, Israel.  
And of a hard language . . . not heavy of tongue, nor of a barbarous and unknown language, whom he could not understand, but his own language, no hard language: (Ps. 81:5; Isa. 33:19).
But to the house of Israel . . . they were a people of the same speech and language as the prophet; all spoke and understood the language of Canaan; nor were the things he spoke as being altogether strangers to them, for Moses, and the other prophets, had always taught the Truth of God's Word.

*****Ezekiel was not sent to speak to foreigners but to his own people. He would not go as a missionary who had to learn a foreign tongue and a hard language . . . for God sent him to the rebellious house of Israel.

Ezekiel 3:6 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. (KJV)

Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language . . . the prophet was sent, NOT to different nations of different languages; but to one nation with the same language; several of Ezekiel’s prophecies concern other nations, as the Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, Tyrians, Philistines, Egyptians, and Assyrians; but this message had a relationship to the people of Israel, and were mainly on their account; and therefore he was not sent to those nations to deliver his prophecies to them, but only to the people of Israel . . . so there was NO difficulty on his part about their language, which he would have had, had he been sent to the enemy nations.
Whose words, thou canst not understand . . . the prophet was used to the language of the Jews and did not have to use the gift of speaking and understanding divers tongues; as the apostles of Christ did, when they were sent to many people of different languages, which is what is suggested here.
Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee . . . which is an aggravation of the stubbornness and disobedience of the people of Israel; that had the brutal nations been favored with the same means of instruction, they would have been obedient. If the LORD had not sent him to the Israelites, but to the peopled a strange speech, they, the people, probably would have listened to him.

***** From this text and: Matthew 11:21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (KJV)  . . . It seems that the same grace is accepted by some and rejected by others, as more grace is added to the former, which was sufficient before, and by this . . . is made effective through God's mercy (Romans 9). Those who reject the first grace, can blame only themselves, if they receive no more. The same grace falling on a soul better prepared by God, is like seed falling on good soil, is more fruitful.

Ezekiel 3:7 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. (KJV)

But the house of Israel would not hearken unto thee . . . they are NOT willing; they have NO desire, NO inclination, to hear what Ezekiel had to say; but just the opposite; they were perfectly capable of hearing and understanding his speech and language, and although he was sent unto them by the LORD . . . the reason why they did not listen to him was not because they rejected Exekiel and his words, but because they rejected the LORD and His Words.  
For they will not hearken unto me . . . this is why the prophet should hang in there, being patient with their contempt of him and his words, and their neglect and contempt of what he had to say; for they would not hear the LORD . . . so how could he think that they would hear him? Therefore he should not be troubled at it, for IF they persecuted the LORD, they will surely persecute His servants (Jn.15:20).
For all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted . . . or hard of heart, they had a rude face, that would not blush and be ashamed; and hearts of stone, like a rock (2:4), and this was the case of all of them in general, except a very small remnant which shows the sad degeneracy of this people.

*****God gives Ezekiel a precise command to speak His Words to the house of Israel (verse 4), but at the same time, He clearly tells him that the house of Israel will not listen. The prophet is commanded to speak, and told at the same time, that the preaching would be useless in regard of the working contrition and correction in his hearers. We are well assured that God honors the ordinance of preaching, seeing that it is His main way to rouse those who are dead in trespasses and sins (Col.2:13). Attention in listening is vital to our eternal destiny. IF the Truth is ignored, your ‘will’ may well place you in Hell. What hope is there of those that have no fear; or if they do fear, yet have made their decision before-hand? When a person refuses to hear the Truth, the wondrous influence from Heaven ceases to speak to the heart, and the best words spoken, the ear profits little.

Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. (KJV)

Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces . . . this does not mean that the prophet should have the same sort of brazenness and disrespect that they had; but that God would give him such a face, such a spirit and courage, that he would neither be ashamed of the Words of the LORD, nor be afraid to speak them to this people. God would make it so that he would be a match for the rebellious people; they would not be able to outdo him, he would act with a fearless spirit, and with great boldness, amidst all opposition made to him.
And thy forehead strong against their foreheads . . . this means the same thing, but in different words.

*****Christ Jesus promises to strengthen Ezekiel in his job. He is sent to those who are impudent and hard-hearted, who will not receive the prophet’s words, and who will take great pride in offending God's messenger and opposing the message. It will be hard to know how to deal with them; but God will enable him to do it. Maybe Ezekiel was naturally bashful and timid, but God would certainly him fit, by His grace, to stand up to the greatest difficulties.

Ezekiel 3:9 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. (KJV)

As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead . . . or, harder than a rock. The adamant cannot be conquered or subdued, neither by the hammer, nor by fire; the hammer cannot break it nor fire consume it. Some say this was a diamond (Jer.17:1), which jewelers use to polish their gems with. The design of this symbol is to set forth the courage and fortitude of mind the prophet was endowed with, in order to face an impudent and hardhearted people;
Fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house (2:6). Fear them not . . . let no prevailing fear take you away from your work;
A rebellious house . . . is a house that is in rebellion itself.

*****The LORD tells Ezekiel, you are to go and give them My Word, and I am going to make your head hard, to stand up to them. Ezekiel was to receive the Truths of God as the food for his soul, and to feed upon them by faith, and he would be strengthened. Gracious souls can receive the Truths of God with joy, while the same Truths speak terror to the wicked. Ezekiel was to speak all that God had spoken to him, for there was no way that he could better God's Words! When he was disappointed in his job, he must not be offended. He must leave all to the Divine sovereignty of the LORD, because His decisions are a great deep. The rebellious people will not honor the word of the prophet, for they do not honor the LORD GOD! Ezekiel is promised strength to endure! He must earnestly continue preaching, no matter what the success might be.

Ezekiel 3:10 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. (KJV)

Moreover he said unto me, son of man . . . this is the same Glorious Person as before, continuing to speak to him, and added, as follows:
All my words that I shall speak unto thee . . . not only what Christ had spoken to him, but what He would say later; for the LORD did not tell all at once what Ezekiel should say, but gradually, revealing to his mind little by little; but he was to receive ALL that He would say, rejecting nothing, nor avoid to declare the WHOLE counsel of God. I think this is SO important! So many modern pastors do NOT bring the WHOLE counsel of God! In fact, MOST do not!
Receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears . . . Receive in thine heart . . . this explains the visionary eating (3:3). Hearing is first, then receiving into the heart follows; but with the Jews such transpositions are very usual. What the LORD (or His Book) says, should not only be diligently attended to, and heard with eagerness, but should be received, in the love of it, into the heart, and laid up in the mind and memory, in order to be delivered out to others at a proper time.

*****This verse repeats the charge given to the prophet, to deal faithfully and enthusiastically in the delivering his message, to deliver always what God should speak, to speak nothing else, and to speak ALL . . . the WHOLE counsel of God! These repetitions in the abundance of the same words, are from the custom of the people of those countries in which the Jews were now captive.

Ezekiel 3:11 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. (KJV)

See verse 4.
To them of the captivity . . . of the first captivity under Jeconiah's reign, who succeeded his father Jehoiakim, slain for his conspiracy with Egypt against Nebuchadnezzar (2 Ki.24:1, 6-7). These are the good figs (Jer.24:5-7), of whom much good is spoken, and to whom those Promises are made.
Thy people . . . Heb. the sons of thy people. Some say God is speaking here of this people as no more being His, but it may be that some that were among them were disowned by God, and were now the children or sons of the people, the apostate idolaters and wicked sinners, which probably had embraced the conqueror's religion and manners.
Speak unto them . . . here again the command is repeated and doubled.
Thus saith the LORD: see Eze.2:4-5, a rebellious house.

*****Go, get thee unto thy people . . . see that God did NOT say here, unto My people, but unto thy people. The apostasy of Israel was so complete that God no longer recognized them as His people, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Hosea. Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. (KJV)
Ezekiel must continue his preaching to them, whatever the success was. He must go to those of the captivity, who being in affliction, it was to be hoped would receive instruction. He must look upon them as the children of his people, and for whom he should have a tender concern, as Paul for his kinsmen (Rom.9:3). And he must tell them not only what the LORD said, but that the LORD said it; and that he was speaking in God's Name.
Thus saith the LORD GOD, tell them so, whether they will hear or whether they will forbear (refuse to hear). Ezekiel was to deliver the message faithfully, tell them, the LORD GOD says so, and let them reject it at their peril.

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. (KJV)

Then the spirit took me up . . . not the wind, not an angel, but the Spirit of God; who took up the prophet from the ground, from the place where he was, among the captives by the river Chebar, where he had seen the glorious vision described in Chapter 1; and had had his call and mission, as stated in the Chapter 2, and here in this; and was carried by him to another company of captives, who were at another place by the same river, as appears by comparing Eze.1:1 with Eze.3:15; for this was not done in a visionary way, as some think, but in reality; not in spirit, but in body; just as the Spirit caught away Philip from the eunuch (Acts 8:39).
And I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing . . . of the living creatures and wheels, as is afterwards explained.
Saying, blessed be the glory of the LORD out of his place . . . either out of Heaven, the place where His glory is displayed; so the Targum, out of the place of His Shekinah or majesty; or out of the Temple, from between the cherubim over the mercy seat, from where he was about to remove (Eze.10:4). These words may be considered either as a doxology of the church, and people of God, ascribing glory, blessing and praise unto Him; not only because of the perfections of His nature, but because of His works of nature, providence, grace, and even for His righteous judgments on men . . . or as a expression of grief for the departure of the blessed and Glorious Majesty of God from the Temple, which seemed to be threatened; for the words may be rendered, "the blessed glory of the LORD out of his place" that is, it is just ready to go out of his place.
SHEKINAH, THEOPHANY. The visible sign of God’s Presence.  Ex.13:21-22; 25:22; Le.16:2; 2Sa.6:2; 2Ki.19:14-15; Ps. 80:1; Is.37:16; Eze.9:3; 10:18; He.9:5. Theophanies in Scriptures. Ge.16:7; 18:1-11; 22:11-12;  Ex.3:2; 14:19; 33:11; Da.3:25.
http://www.godcannotlie.org/is_jesus_god_ch10.htm

*****The Spirit of God which directed the wheels and the living creatures (8:3), Took me up . . . or carried him to his countrymen, to whom he was to speak. Behind me; his face toward the north while he saw the vision, now that he is carried south to his people, the voice is behind him. A voice of a great rushing; a clear sound and understandable, but with great commotion, for it was the voice of angels, attended with the rushing noise of the wheels added to the noise of their wings, and a mighty wind which might likely accompany all this. Blessed be the glory of the LORD; praised and magnified be the gloriously Holy and just God, riding on the glorious chariot of His sovereignty in stating laws, appointing ordinances, threatening sin, and punishing sinners. From his place; either coming down from Heaven, or departing from His Temple. The glorious angels, and all the saints of God, admire, bless, praise and justify God in all the ways of His judgments among the sons of men.

Ezekiel 3:13 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. (KJV)

I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures . . . which flapped when they moved (1:24). That touched one another . . . meaning their affection and agreement in the glory to God (1:9). And the noise of the wheels over against them . . . the living creatures; for the wheels were by the living creatures, and went over against them (1:19-20), as they went (1:15).
And a noise of a great rushing . . . which is repeated to confirm the thing, and to express the greatness of the noise made by the living creatures and wheels, like that of thunder or an earthquake; it is said to be like the noise of great waters (1:24).

Ezekiel 3:14 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. (KJV)

So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away . . . the Spirit of God (verse 12), lifted him up from the Earth, and carried him through the air: And I went in bitterness . . . full of trouble and sorrow, because the LORD was departing from the Temple; that His people had been guilty of such crimes as they had, and were such a brazen, hardhearted people as they were; and that such judgments were coming upon them, for all this had he seen written in the roll (book), judgments full of crying, grief, mourning and woe.  
In the heat of my spirit . . . Heb. bitter in the heat of my spirit; grieved, sad, and my spirit within me was as all in a heat of anger: either, (1). Enkindled within by the sympathy he had with his countrymen in their sufferings and calamities; Or, (2). Because of the wickedness he saw and reproved in them; or, (3). Because he must be the unwelcome messenger of such unwelcome news; or, (4). Because of the danger he was exposed to among the enraged people;  whichever way you explain it, Ezekiel's weakness and out of order humor will appear to be Jonas-like, he will be angry. But; for, as some others; and, as the Hebrew. The hand of the LORD was strong upon me; either in general the power of God, which cannot be resisted; or the Spirit of prophecy, which, as a fire shut up, will break forth, as in: Jeremiah 20:7-9 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. 8  For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. 9  Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. (KJV) . . . The fact is . . . both indeed agree.

Ezekiel’s Office as Watchman (3:15-27)

Ezekiel 3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. (KJV)

Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar . . . it seems the captive Jews were sent to different places, and there were some at this place; for this was the name of a place, as were Telmelah and Telharsa (Ezra 2:59; Neh.7:70); it means a heap of new fruit, and so one version renders it. Tel means an "elevation." It is identified with Thallaba on the Chebar. Maybe the name expressed the Jew's hopes of restoration, or else the fertility of the region. Abib means the green ears of corn which appeared in the month Nisan, the pledge of the harvest.
And I sat where they sat . . . the sense is, that he placed himself among the captives, and remained there astonished among them seven days: . . . there without a doubt seems to have been some tragic condition in the captives themselves which produced this reaction by Ezekiel. This period of silence in the presence of grief, suffering or disaster was universally observed by comforters in ancient times. A good example of this is seen in the case of the friends of Job who came and sat with him, saying nothing at all. . . . Ezekiel was there astonished, overwhelmed with grief for the sins and miseries of his people and overpowered by the display of the vision he had seen. God showed him no visions, and men made him no visit at this time. Thus was he left to digest his grief, and come to a better temper, before the Word of the LORD should come to him. Consider: Those whom God plans to exalt and enlarge, He first humbles and brings down for a time.

*****Remained there astonished . . . either at the sight of that woeful change of the Jews from freedom and honor to servitude and shame; or astonished at the foresight of that which the roll contained, or at the Jews' impenitence and unreformed manner of living under all these afflictions. Seven days, mourning no doubt all that while, and waiting until the Spirit of prophecy would open his mouth, and until he might know the people, their feelings, their vices and the temper in them, and until he might speak against all their wickedness.

Ezekiel 3:16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (KJV)

And it came to pass at the end of seven days . . . some think it was on the Sabbath Day when he had the following declaration made to him, and instructions given him; but this is not certain; nor does it follow, or to be concluded, from such a way of speaking.
This verse gives us sufficient resson why the prophet stayed those seven days . . . that being because the specific words he was to speak to them was not yet given to him. He had a call and commission to be a prophet, and comes in this character to these Jews, but until the seven days are ended, he receives no actual word, when by his posture among the Jews it appeared he was MORE than a common man, that he was full of matter more than ordinary; then came the word of the LORD, saying:

Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. (KJV)

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel . . . not in a civil sense, NOT a watchman of a town or city, or of the whole country, but a watchman in a priestly or religious sense. The Targum renders it by (Pylm), a teacher; whose business it was to instruct the people in divine things, to warn them of their evil ways, and of the danger they were exposed to; such were the prophets of old, and such should be the ministers of the New Testament.
The office of watchman is the same with that of bishops or overseers; and lies in watching over the souls of men, as shepherds over their flocks, that they go into right pastures, and not go astray, thus preserving them from beasts of prey (false teachers); and as watchmen of cities, to give the time of night, and the warning of approaching danger.
Therefore hear the word at my mouth . . . just as the prophets of old, so too, the ministers of the Gospel are first to HEAR what Christ says; and then deliver His doctrine, called the doctrine of Christ, and the wholesome Words of our LORD JESUS. The Targum says, and thou shalt receive the word from my Word . . . the word of prophecy, or the word of the Gospel, from Christ the essential Word (Jn.1:1); and give them warning from me . . . in His Name and His Stead, and as from His Mouth, to take care of sinning against Him, dishonoring His Name, and wounding their own souls; that they live soberly, righteously and godly, and beautify the doctrine of God their Saviour; that they avoid all appearances of evil, and avoid the company of wicked men.  The Targum is, and thou shalt warn them from sinning before me.

Ezekiel 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. (KJV)

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die . . . not just a bodily death but an eternal death for this is what God’s Law threatens. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . . . . . And thou givest him not warning . . . of the evil nature of sin, and of the danger it exposes to: nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way . . . to abstain from it, and live another course of life:
To save his life . . . for such warning, caution, appeal and doctrine, may be a means of converting a sinner from the evil of his way, and of saving a soul from death, (1 Tim.4:16; Jam.5:20); the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity . . . with the pollution and guilt of sin upon him, and so be punished for it (Jn.8:24); but his blood will I require at thine hands . . . IF you do NOT warn him, you shall be answerable for him; his death shall be laid to your charge, and you shall be chastised for your negligence. Dear one, it is the same today, once we KNOW what the Word of God states, and do NOT warn people of their sin and the penalty of that sin, WE shall be held accountable, because TRUE Christians are God's watchmen in today's world!
Ezekiel 33:7-9 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.  (KJV)  

*****Some will profanely scoff and ridicule, but Ezekiel is to speak the Words of the LORD JESUS to warn them of their sins, until it appears that they want to tear him to pieces. People must be told of their sins; for these sins put them in the eternal danger of Hell. To save their lives; the prophet’s job was to preserve their souls, and recall them from sin and death. The man who is not warned by Ezekiel will certainly die in his sin, for the sinner's ignorance will not be enough to prevent his death. If Ezekiel did not admonish the sinners, it would involve him also in guilt and death. I will punish them, who possibly might have been saved by warning, because it is your duty as watchman to warn sinners what is in store. But, when Ezekiel did as the LORD commanded, and warned the rebellious house of Israel (2:3-6), whether they did forbear (listen to him), or not, was up to them. The prophet would not be held accountable.
Many shall die in their iniquity . . . in today’s world because pastors and teachers are NOT doing their job! I believe that ALL God’s TRUE children must be watchmen in today’s wicked world! We shall be held accountable IF we do not warn people what the WHOLE Word of God states! God is love and there is a Heaven . . . BUT God is also a God of wrath and there is also a HELL.  We must warn people when we see false doctrine and false teachers! http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm

Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (KJV)

Yet if thou warn the wicked . . . Ezekiel must tell the people of their sin and danger of it; lay it clearly before them, and show them the sad result of continuing on in a course of sin, and WARN them to flee from wrath of God that is sure to come.  
And he turn not from his wickedness, and from his wicked way . . . IF they do not repent, nor give it up . . . he shall die in his iniquity . . . die eternally in the lake of fire (Rev.20:15) because of the sin, and for it, and that very righteously! His wickedness . . . this may mean the sinfulness of his mind and heart, which is the spring of all. His wicked way . . . his actual sinful courses; the practices of sin and the habits of sin must be forsaken. He shall die in his iniquity . . . the punishment of his un-repented sins shall be death (eternal death), but there is no danger unto the watchman, the prophet and minister, who did his duty, and warned the sinner. Death, Then What? Different Kinds of death:
http://www.hisservants.org/death_then_what_1.1.htm
But thou hast delivered thy soul . . . but because the prophet you have done the duty of what was told to him, he is cleared from the charge of neglect and laziness, and are NOT answerable for the death of the sinner; and shalt save thyself, although not the wicked man.
1 Tim. 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (KJV) . . . BEWARE dear Christians! You need to warn others of what lies ahead IF people continue on in their sin! IF you warn them, YOU will NOT be held accountable, but they will be!

*****In Ezekiel 3:15-19, God gives Ezekiel the job of being a watchman to warn His people. The people may not want to hear what Ezekiel will say, but he is to WARN them. God tells him, IF you do NOT warn them that they are going to die in their sins, I will hold you responsible. BUT . . . IF you do warn them and they continue in their disobedience, they shall die in their sins, but you will not be responsible.
Dear one, there are FAR too many preachers who are NOT giving out the WHOLE Word of God! NO one should preach the Word IF their heart is not in it and who does NOT believe every word he says . . . and he must bring the WHOLE Word of God. . . NOT just what the people want to hear! God is not only a God of love, He is a God of wrath as well! But people do NOT want to hear that they are sinners bound for Hell . . . so many of today’s pastors completely AVOID speaking of sin or its penalty, God’s wrath, judgment, the fires of Hell, etc. These smooth talking, well-loved pastors talk only of God’s love, and being a nice person. They do NOT bring the WHOLE Word of God! They SHALL be judged accordingly, and they will not like the outcome! James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/james_commentary_ch3.htm
Many shall die in their iniquity . . . in today’s world because pastors and teachers are NOT doing their job! Again I tell you that I believe that ALL God’s TRUE children must be watchmen in today’s wicked world! We shall be held accountable IF we do not warn people what the WHOLE Word of God states! God is love and there is a Heaven . . . BUT God is also a God of wrath and there is also a HELL.  We must warn people when we see false doctrine and false teachers! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm

WHY does Almighty God condemn the wicked to Hell? Because He is so Holy and so Pure that He CANNOT tolerate any sin. That is why it is SO important for us to warn people of their sin. Anyone who loves the LORD and the Word of God should have the boldness and courage to declare the WHOLE Truth of God’s Word! This was Ezekiel's responsibility, and God chose the right man for the job. The watchman held a very important position in the ancient world, in that day of walled cities. The cities were walled for protection, and the gates were closed at night. A watchman then climbed the wall to begin the watch of the long, dark night. He listened and watched for the approach of any danger, for the approach of an enemy.

The Word of God has quite a lot to say about the WATCHMAN.
Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (KJV)
Isaiah 21:5-6 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. 6  For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. (KJV)
Isaiah 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. (KJV)  
Isaiah 62:6I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, (KJV)  
Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 3  If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6  But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. 7  So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8  When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9  Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (KJV)

I am NOT a preacher, I am a teacher of God’s Word (Jam.3;1). Many men do not think a woman has any business being a teacher of the Word of God. That is their problem, not mine! I know what God decided for me, and it was very soon after I was born again (saved), by an old Sunday School teacher way back in the early 1970’s, and the LORD has yet to change His mind about my job. He keeps urging me onward! IF it is of God, it will stand, if it is not of God, it shall fall. Our ministry is still here, and I am still being urged on by the Blessed Spirit of Christ! (Rom.8:9).  

In today’s modern world, things are getting worse and worse; abortion, adultery, fornication, (living in sin without the benefit of marriage), alcohol, drugs, homosexuality, same sex marriage, hatred, murder of our police, violence that will not stop . . . on and on and on!
Again I say . . . I believe that ALL God’s TRUE children must be watchmen in today’s wicked world! We shall be held accountable IF we do not WARN people what the WHOLE Word of God states! God is love and there is a Heaven . . . BUT God is also a God of wrath and there is a Judgment Day coming . . . also a HELL where the wicked will go.  We must WARN people when we see false doctrine and false teachers . . . or WE shall be held accountable!
Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. (KJV) . . . We are NOT to be dumb dogs, that do not bark . . . we MUST bark!
Ezekiel 33:3-6 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6  But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. (KJV) . . . IF we see something wrong, we are to blow the trumpet, and WARN the people! False doctrine and false teachers will put you in HELL! BEWARE of well liked, smooth talking preachers who refuse to tell you that unless you forsake your sin, you excite God’s H oly wrath, and He will condemn you to Hell.

Ezekiel 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. (KJV)

Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness . . . this does not mean one that is truly righteous, or is justified by the righteousness of Christ; for eternal life means just that . . . once you have eternal life, NO one can take it away from you! I believe this with every fiber of my being! Once saved, ALWAYS saved! When a person is TRULY born again . . . they are given the Holy Spirit! You CANNOT fool GOD! IF you are NOT sincere, you will NOT be given the Holy Spirit of Christ (Rom.8:9). You will NOT be baptized by the Holy Spirit IF you are NOT sincere! 1 Cor. 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. (KJV) 2 Cor. 1:21-22 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22  Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. (KJV)
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (KJV)  

There are many people that are outwardly righteous before men, outwardly reformed, that have a righteousness of their own, for such as these, go into a spiteful course of life: and commit iniquity; live in sin and lead a life of which is nothing else but sin. On the other hand, a person that is born of God (1 Jn.3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18), and has the righteousness of Christ (Rom.5:1; 1 Cor.1:30), revealed from faith to faith unto him (Rom.1:17), and lives by faith cannot commit sin (1 Jn.3:9).
And I lay a stumbling block before him . . . the Targum renders it, the stumbling block of sins; which is either an occasion of sinning, which God permits, leaving him to his own lusts, and allowing him to fall; and by this means, he is discovered to be what he really is, NOT a truly righteous man, but only one in appearance; that SEEMED to be a righteous person, but was secretly a sinner. He shall die . . . the second death (Rev.20:14; 21:8), or eternal death in Hell!   
Because thou hast not given him warning . . . IF these people are not warned, of the awful evil of apostasy, and the sad end of apostates, and the danger they are in, their last estate will be much worse than the first.
He shall die in his sin . . . of apostasy, and for it, never being able to be recovered and brought to repentance.
And his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered . . . all his works of righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered, neither in this world nor in the one to come; NO account shall be taken of them, NOR shall they be considered as righteousness to him. But his blood will I require at thine hand (3:18).

*****Our Almighty God clearly states what must be done to sinners, so it is wise for those that have been righteous, to pay close attention. This verse has been used to argue that a TRUE believer can fall from grace . . . lose his/her salvation. Dear one, there is NO such teaching found anywhere in the Holy Word of God! Galatians 5:4 is the only place where you will find the expression "...fallen from grace," and it is NOT speaking of salvation but of those who have been saved by grace but have fallen down to a legal level and are trying to live by the law instead of living by grace. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/book_of_galatians_ch5.htm.htm

Here in this Book, we have Ezekiel, a man who is living under the time of Law. His life was determined by righteous acts. Under normal circumstances the righteous acts he might do might look very good. But under time of stress and strain, which he would be under as the LORD’S watchman, he might turn from God, and he would be judged harshly for it. He had to obey the LORD GOD in this job of warning this rebellious house, or he would be in trouble with God!

In today’s world, we are NOT under the Law, but under grace (Rom.6:14), and righteousness is determined in a different way. We are considered righteous by faith in Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1, 9). We are saved by grace through faith. Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (KJV)
TRUE believers today may fall into sin, but they will NOT stay there, they will get out of it, and they certainly will NOT deliberately practice and live in sin.
1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (KJV)  . . . We ALL are sinners, but when a TRUE child of God falls from grace (Gal.5:4), they pick themselves up and moves away from the sin!
We have an Advocate with the Father (1 Jn.2:1), and we can come to Him and confess our sins.
I believe the importance in Ezekiel is not so much upon this man living under law but upon his responsibility of being God’s watchman. The watchman’s duty is to WARN people of the sin in their lives, which if not stopped, will lead to God’s Holy and righteous wrath and condemnation on Judgment Day, to the lake of fire (Rev.20:15). BEWARE!!!

Ezekiel 3:21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul. (KJV)

Nevertheless, if thou warn the righteous man . . . whether really righteous or not, they should be warned NOT to trust in their own righteousness, but to depend on the righteousness of Christ; that they be careful to maintain good works, to avoid sin, and live holy lives. 
That the righteous sin not . . . there is NOT any just man anywhere that does good, and sins not (Ps.14:1-3; Ps.53:1-3; Rom.3:10,23); for the best of men often sin in thought, word or deed; but he is to be warned that he must NOT continue in sin and lead a sinful life; which is actually opposite of his character and to his faith in Christ for righteousness, which is joined with good works.
And he doth not sin . . . the warning and counsel given him has such a good effect, through the power of divine grace, as to be a means of preserving him from a sinful lifestyle.
He shall surely live . . . spiritually and comfortably now, and eternally hereafter.
Because he is warned . . . that being why, and with the divine blessing taking effect: the warning has delivered thy soul (3:19). Both warner and warned have delivered their souls.

*****The duties of Isaiah (Isa.56:10-11), Jeremiah (Jer.6:17; and Habakkuk (Hab.2;1), were far more national and group related than individual. Ezekiel realized that his job would be a mission mainly to individuals.
The responsibility of a TRUE believer in Christ today, is to share the Word of Life, His Gospel, which is eternal life only by Christ Jesus (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12). Dear one, once the message of salvation is entrusted to us, we are responsible for it, and we shall be held accountable to share it with those who are lost, and WARN sinners that IF they keep on in sin, they will NOT like the consequences . . . which is HELL!  
The importance of this Passage cannot be over-emphasized. Each individual has his own individual responsibility. People are still responsible to God. Ezekiel is to warn both the righteous who sin, and the wicked who have lived sinfully, that they could still be spared through repentance and return to the covenant, even though sacrifices for sin were not available at that time. Ezekiel was also to warn them that God was there and that He saw their ways and their behavior, and He would require it at their hands. Their being transported to this place had not removed them from their responsibility to God. They were still His people and He was still their God!
It is also emphasized that the LORD GOD had set over them a watchman. This was for them an act of mercy. He had not left them just to struggle on as they could. IF they failed it would not be because God had failed to give them a chance to repent, as long as the watchman was faithful. And Ezekiel was faithful.

FINAL INSTRUCTION IN
EZEKIEL’S COMMISSION (Eze.3:22-27)

The concluding instruction for Ezekiel in his divine commission is thus described: Here he learns that there is a time to be silent as well as a time to speak, and that both are appointed by God.
Some scholars interpret this final paragraph as a reference to some affliction suffered by Ezekiel, such as epilepsy, aphasia or temporary madness, and that he had to be restrained by the people. I simply CANNOT go along with that! I think that all of the different expressions of restraint here are symbolic and mean that the LORD GOD restrained Ezekiel for a while, along with the instruction that he was to open his mouth only in his house to those who consulted him privately.
The glory of the LORD stood there . . . (3:23), I think these words sum up the complete vision Ezekiel saw in Chapter 1; and the abiding remembrance was not of the heavenly chariot-throne, but of the aweome, glorious One who sat upon it.

Ezekiel 3:22 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee. (KJV)

And the hand of the LORD was there upon me . . . there at Telabib (3:15). The Targum interprets "the hand of the LORD" of the spirit of prophecy, which remained upon him there; but maybe it means a fresh impulse of the Spirit, a powerful emotion stirring up his attention to what might be said to him: and he said unto me . . . the same Glorious Person, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who is described in (Eze.1:26-28). Arise, go forth into the plain . . . most likely it was some large level place in that low country which lay between the rivers . . . or the valley; the Arabic version renders it, the desert; a solitary place, free from noise and hurry, and from the company and conversation of men . . . thus being more fit for rest and thought, and so more attention could be given to the divine orders. What plain this was is not certain; some say it was the plain in which Babel was built, and where the LORD showed the prophet what he had in His providence done in this place before, in confounding the languages of men, and causing their plans to stop.
And I will there talk with thee . . . to comfort, encourage, direct, and communicate further of the Divine will and counsels to the prophet, when alone, calm, cool and collected . . . our awesome God does this sometimes, to bring His people into a low and humble state and condition, into a deep valley of humility, and there grants them fellowship with Himself (Hos.2:14). Maybe the reference is to a custom among the Jews of revealing secrets to others in fields and deserts, and such like solitary places (Gen.31:4-5). Also see Eze.1:3 & 3:14.

*****Having been told he is to be a watchman, God now tells Ezekiel to leave these people. For seven days he has sat among them overwhelmed by how far they have sinned, apostatized and turned away from God. God now tells Ezekiel to leave them.

Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face.

Then I arose and went forth into the plain . . . Ezekiel was obedient to the heavenly vision, which was owing to the Hand of the LORD being upon him; the power of the Spirit and grace of God influences and engages us to be obedient; he went to where he was ordered, even though he did not know what would be said to him, or what he would see there.
And, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there . . . that awesome, Glorious Person described in (Eze.1:26-28). It was just as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar (1:1-3, 27; 28:1-26); for this vision was repeated for greater certainty, and to confirm the prophecies delivered to him, and to encourage him in the performance of his office. And I fell on my face . . . exactly as he had done before (1:28), when he first saw this Glorious Person!

*****The subject of the glory of God will appear again and again in the Book of Ezekiel. WHAT is glory? Some will say that glory is something you cannot see, that it is elusive and vague. I strongly disagree! Glory is something that produces an impression on all five of our senses. God’s Glory is BIG! God’s Glory can be seen! God’s Glory is beautiful! God’s Glory is terrifying!
Exodus 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. (KJV)  
Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. (KJV)  
Exodus 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (KJV)  
Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. (KJV)  
1 Kings 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. (KJV)  
Psalm 8:1 O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (KJV)
Isaiah 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! (KJV)  
Isaiah 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. (KJV)  
Daniel 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: (KJV)  
Ezekiel 1:28 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. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. (KJV)
Ezekiel 11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. (KJV)  
Matthew 17:2-6 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, LORD, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 6  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. (KJV)
Revelation 1:14-18 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (KJV)  . . . John fell at His feet as dead.
Revelation 4:3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (KJV)  
Revelation 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. (KJV)  
Revelation 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; (KJV)  
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (KJV)  

Ezekiel 3:24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. (KJV)

Then the spirit entered into me . . . again, the same Spirit of God, that was in the wheels and living creatures (2:2); and set me upon my feet . . . as He had done before, when in the same face down condition (1:28), and spake with me . . . I think the Voice that spoke to him was the LORD Jesus Christ, for the Glory of the LORD stood where He was, and that Glory appeared to him: and said unto me, go, shut thyself within thine house . . . this was NOT said sarcastically, but earnestly; and the reason was either because the people were not fit for reproof and correction, as they were a rebellious people (2:3) or so that the prophet might receive further instructions in privacy . . . so that he might have all the words needed before he began to prophesy.

Ezekiel 3:25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: (KJV)

But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee . . . Son of man (2:1) . . . these bands have different interpretations. Bands shall be put upon thee . . . not by angels, but by the Jews, who take the prophet for a madman by his motions and gestures; and would bind him, and keep him indoors: or some say this may be symbolic for the sins of the people, their rebellion and obstinacy, which hindered the prophet from prophesying among them as yet; and so this is seen to calm his mind to the divine order, to shut himself up for a while in his own house, and be silent: or maybe these bands may be meant by the divine order itself, which restrained him from doing his office as yet. The Targum says, behold, I have appointed the words of my mouth upon thee, as a band of ropes with which they bind.
And shall bind thee with them . . . which some think illustrates the Jews being bound by the Chaldeans, as Ezekiel was also one of the captives.
And thou shall not go out among them . . . to talk to them, or prophesy to them. One version renders it, thou shall not go out from the midst of them; as if he would be taken out of his own house by the Jews, and be bound by them, and kept by them, and not be able to get away from them;. Others understand this as being bound in his own house, and not able to go out to them; and may mean, and that in like manner the Jews would not be able to go out of Jerusalem when besieged by the Chaldeans. Put bands upon thee  . . . not literally, but spiritually, the binding, depressing influence which the rebellious conduct of the Jews would place on the prophet’s mind and spirit. Their stubbornness, like bands, would repress his freedom in bringing God’s message, they would rush and bind him with bands of hatred. Some think that the Jews were going to bind Ezekiel with ropes so he would not be able to circulate among them . . . but there is no further mention in the Book of Ezekiel’s being bound in his house with ropes. I think that the Jewish people bound Ezekiel in the sense that their stubborn sins made it necessary for him to remain in his house in silence until God gave him words to speak to them.
IF some of the Jews bound him for a time, it is not known for certain, for there is no further mention of it.

***** The LORD GOD explains the reason why He tells the Prophet to stop for a time, and remain in thine house (3:24) as if dumb (3:26). They have placed, said He, ropes upon thee with which they may bind thee. The opinion of those who take the Passage symbolically is not improper, as if it had been said, the rebellious people hinders Ezekiel in the discharge of his duty, just as if he had been bound with ropes.

Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house. (KJV)

And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shall be dumb . . . this is not to be understood literally, as if he really could not speak, as Zechariah (Lk.1:20); but that the silence should be charged upon him by the LORD, that he would be as if his tongue cleaved to the roof of his mouth, that is, his tongue shall be silent; and this sense is confirmed by what follows: And shall not be to them a reprover . . . a reprover is someone who reprimands and scolds; telling them of their faults and danger to come. God here gives the prophet some relief, indicating the future state of the Jews would be such they would no more dare to even whisper; for they were a rebellious house (2:5, 7).

*****This shows that it is a sign of God’s vengeance, when all prophecies cease, and opportunity for hearing is taken away. When God shines on us by His instruction, His Word . . . we have a certain Promise of His Fatherly love and grace and kindness . . . BUT when the instruction is removed, it is just as if GOD hides His Face and even turns His Back on us. We ALL must seriously consider what is said here! Because the house of Israel was rebellious . . . the Prophet was dumb (not permitted to prophecy and warn), he was refrained from teaching those immoral and wicked ones. SO . . . God therefore stops instructing, when He sees that He is dealing with the irresponsible and unwise, and the spiritually deaf. He struggles with man’s ingratitude that never ceases. Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. (KJV) . . . We do not have God’s prophets with us today, but we DO have the Mighty and Holy Word of Almighty GOD! And we do have a ‘few’ watchmen looking after the flock of God. All TRUE Christians are supposed to be watchmen, but even the supposed Christian preachers are NOT doing their job. SO many of them are only interested in the Blessed Name of Jesus ONLY to increase their bank account! BEWARE!!!~ Judgment Day is coming!  http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_cults_rich_preachers.1.htm
In today’s world, we see a VERY rebellious people! Both Jews and Gentiles around the world, rebel constantly against the LORD GOD! They NEED to hear the TRUTH . . . the WHOLE Truth! God is indeed a God of love . . . BUT . . . God is also a God of wrath and IF you do NOT change your course in life, you shall be condemned to an eternal Hell by Him!
John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. (KJV)  
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)  . . . IF your name is not there . . . it COULD be!
http://www.worldlychaos.org/w_c_1_truth_about_salvation.1.htm

Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house. (KJV)

But when I speak with thee . . . when the LORD is done speaking to the prophet, when He has told him all that would be needed by Ezekiel, He would give him orders to speak to the people.  
I will open thy mouth . . . the LORD will loose Ezekiel’s tongue, so that he can speak freely and fully all that CHRIST JESUS commands him.
And thou shalt say unto them, thus saith the LORD GOD . . . it was Ezekiel’s DUTY to tell these rebellious ones what the LORD GOD had said. Ezekiel was to speak and tell them that the words were from the eternal and sovereign LORD of Heaven and Earth. It is in this same way that the LORD speaks over 80 times in this Book.
He that heareth, let him hear . . . if any will listen to what is said to them . . . it seems that the LORD is warning Ezekiel that, that only a few of them will hear and pay attention! Jesus also said the same thing! Matthew 7:13-14  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (KJV)  http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch7.html
And he that forbeareth, let him forbear . . . forbear (2:5, 7) or, he that stops hearing or refuses to hear, let him do so . . . Ezekiel was NOT to be discouraged by their refusing to listen. That is a wise word of advice for us as well.
For they are a rebellious house . . . (2:5, 7); the Targum is, he that receiveth, let him receive instruction; and he that ceaseth, let him cease from sinning, for it is a rebellious people.

*****After a period of time being shut up in his house, and not permitted to speak to the Jews, the LORD GOD shows by what commands He wishes to instruct His servant Ezekiel, that being by such as would infuriate the people, as we have formerly seen. Ezekiel’s mission therefore was hateful, since the prophet begins with this insult: He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear. . . in other words: Ezekiel said: If ye want to hear, hear; but if not, I am not going to worry about it.
Those who are sent as ambassadors are usually ordered to TRY to see if they can settle things, by courteous and friendly speech, with those with whom they have to deal. But here, the LORD follows a method completely opposite!

Just WHAT is the meaning of these words? He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear. It specifically means that the Israelites understood that Ezekiel was sent to them, NOT because there was any hope of their becoming wise again, since they had proven quite sufficiently many times before that they were totally rebellious. But the LORD sends the prophet, that he may strike and wound them further, and eventually inflict a deadly blow. So now, we see that confirmed which the prophet had before brought forward, that the office of teaching was commanded on him, NOT because his effort would be useful and fruitful with reference to the common people, but instead that he might aggravate and inflame the Jews to anger and resentment. IF they were NOT willing to grow wise again, that he might break them if they would not bend, and if they rejected the prophet and the Words of God that he brought, he would accuse them before the LORD GOD, Who would be their Judge.

It is clear that God deals with the wicked in many ways. Sometimes He makes it doubtful whether they can be cured, and pre-arranges prophets for them, who tried to urge them to repent. But when the LORD sees them in their utter ingratitude by burying all the light made available to them, He then deprives them of all doctrine of Truth . . . yet afterwards He allows it to shine forth again . . . but it seems they pay little or no attention, and soon a deeper darkness takes over. 
I believe that every preacher or teacher of God’s Holy Word is set as a watchman, like Ezekiel, to watch continually and persistently for souls that are being lured away from the Truth, and we are to WARN them always of danger (3:17).

Four things are stated for the guidance and warning of the watchman himself: (1) When God tells the wicked, Thou shalt surely die, and yet the watchman falls to warn him, to save his life, the result shall be the wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood shall be required at the watchman's hand (3:18): (2) If the watchman warns the wicked, and if the wicked does NOT heed the warning, the wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but the watchman has delivered his soul (3:19): (3) When the righteous man turns his righteousness to iniquity, and when God, in just displeasure, gives him over to stumble in his own sin, he shall die; for any past seeming righteousness will NOT save him; but his blood will be required at the hand of the watchman who did NOT warn him: (4) If the watchman warns the righteous man so that he does NOT fall into sin, the righteous shall surely live, and the watchman also has delivered his soul.

As we consider this . . . we can clearly see that NOT only the ungodly (wicked), but also those whom we sincerely believe are TRUE children of God, NEED warning, in case they become self-righteous and secure, and they fall and perish, which so proves that many times the righteousness which SEEMS to be genuine, is NOT so, but only a shallow and outward religion, which is NOT deeply rooted in the heart, nor is it planted and nourished there by the Blessed Holy Spirit (Rom.8:9). How very solemn and serious, is the duty and responsibility of not only preachers and teachers of God’s Holy Word, but in reality . . . ALL the TRUE children of God!  http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm
We ALL must obey Jesus command! Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (KJV) http://www.godcannotlie.org/matthew_ch28.htm
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (KJV) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://www.godcannotlie.org/mark_ch16.html

SPECIAL COMMENTS

In Ezekiel 3:15-19, God gives Ezekiel the job of being a watchman to warn His people. The people may not want it, but Ezekiel is to obey and WARN them. God tells him, IF you do not warn them that they are going to die in their sins, I will hold you responsible. BUT . . . IF you do warn them and they continue in their disobedience, they shall die in their sins, but you will not be responsible.
Dear one, there are FAR too many preachers who are NOT giving out the WHOLE Word of God! NO one should preach the Word IF their heart is not in it and who does NOT believe every word he says . . . and most important . . . he must bring the WHOLE Word of God . . . NOT just what the people want to hear! God is not only a God of love, He is a God of wrath as well! But people do NOT want to hear that they are sinners bound for Hell . . . so many of today’s pastors completely avoid speaking of sin or its penalty, God’s wrath, judgment, the fires of Hell, etc. These smooth talking, well-loved preachers talk only of God’s love and being a nice person. They do NOT bring the WHOLE Word of God! They SHALL be judged accordingly, and they will not like the outcome! James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. (KJV)  
http://www.godcannotlie.org/james_commentary_ch3.htm
Many shall die in their iniquity . . . in today’s world, far too MANY pastors and teachers are NOT doing their job! I believe that ALL God’s TRUE children must be watchmen in today’s wicked world! We shall be held accountable IF we do not WARN people what the WHOLE Word of God states! God is love and there is a Heaven . . . BUT God is also a God of wrath and there is also a HELL.  We must warn people when we see false doctrine and false teachers! http://www.godcannotlie.org/true_children_of_god.htm

Anyone who loves the LORD and the Word of God should have the boldness and courage to declare the WHOLE Truth of God’s Holy Word! This was Ezekiel's responsibility, and God chose the right man for the job. The watchman held a very important position in the ancient world, in that day of walled cities. The cities were walled for protection, and the gates were closed at night. A watchman then climbed the wall to begin the watch of the long, dark night. He listened and watched for the approach of any danger, for the approach of an enemy.

The Word of God has quite a lot to say about the WATCHMAN.
Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (KJV)
Isaiah 21:5-6 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. 6  For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. (KJV)
Isaiah 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. (KJV)  
Isaiah 62:6I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, (KJV)  
Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 3  If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6  But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. 7  So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8  When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9  Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (KJV)

I am NOT a preacher, I am a teacher of God’s Word (Jam.3;1). Many men do not think a woman has any business being a teacher of the Word of God. That is their problem, not mine! I know what God decided for me, and it was very soon after I was born again (saved), by an old Sunday School teacher way back in the early 1970’s, and the LORD has yet to change His mind about my job. IF it is of God, it will stand, if it is not of God, it shall fall. Our ministry is still here, and I am still being urged on by the Blessed Spirit of Christ! (Rom.8:9).  

In today’s modern world, things are getting worse and worse; abortion, adultery, fornication, (living in sin without the benefit of marriage), alcohol, drugs, homosexuality, same sex marriage, hatred, murder of our police, violence that will not stop . . . on and on and on!
Again I say . . . I believe that ALL God’s TRUE children must be watchmen in today’s wicked world! We shall be held accountable IF we do not WARN people what the WHOLE Word of God states! God is love and there is a Heaven . . . BUT God is also a God of wrath and there is a Judgment Day coming . . . also a HELL where the wicked will go.  We must WARN people when we see false doctrine and false teachers . . . or WE will be held accountable!
Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. (KJV) . . . We are NOT to be dumb dogs, that do not bark! IF you see something WRONG, speak up!!!
Ezekiel 33:3-6 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6  But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. (KJV) . . . IF we see something wrong, we are to blow the trumpet, and WARN the people! False doctrine and false teachers will put you in HELL! BEWARE of these well-liked, smooth talking preachers who refuse to tell you that unless you forsake your sin, you excite God’s holy wrath, and He  will condemn you to  Hell.

THE GLORY OF GOD!
The subject of the glory of God will appear again and again in the Book of Ezekiel. WHAT is glory? Some will say that glory is something you cannot see, that it is elusive and vague. I strongly disagree! Glory is something that produces an impression on all five of our senses. God’s Glory is BIG! God’s Glory can be comforting! God’s Glory can be seen! God’s Glory is beautiful! God’s Glory can be terrifying!
Exodus 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. (KJV)  
Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. (KJV)  
Exodus 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (KJV)  
Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. (KJV)  
1 Kings 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. (KJV)  
Psalm 8:1 O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (KJV)
Isaiah 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! (KJV)  
Isaiah 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. (KJV)  
Daniel 5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: (KJV)  
Ezekiel 1:28 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. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 8:4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 10:18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. (KJV)
Ezekiel 11:23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. (KJV)  
Ezekiel 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. (KJV)  
Matthew 17:2-6 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, LORD, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
6  And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
(KJV)
Revelation 1:14-18 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (KJV)  . . . John fell at His feet as dead.
Revelation 4:3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (KJV)  
Revelation 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. (KJV)  
Revelation 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; (KJV)  
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (KJV)  

Book of Ezekiel

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