A Warning of Judgment
In Ezekiel, chapter 16 we have a further, and no less terrible, denunciation
of the judgments of God, which were coming with all speed and force upon Israel,
which would utterly ruin it; for when God judges he will overcome. God is
still showing His justification in the desolations he is about to bring upon Jerusalem
and Israel; and very largely, in this chapter, he shows Ezekiel, and orders him
to show the people, thatit is He that punishs them, but no more than their sins deserved.
In chapter fifteen God had compared Israel to an unfruitful vine, that was fit
for nothing but the fire; in this chapter he compares it to an adulteress,
that, in justice, ought to be abandoned and exposed, and he must therefore show
the people their abominations, that they might see how little reason they had
to complain of the judgments they were under. In this chapter the charges are
set forth, I. The despicable and
deplorable beginnings of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel, yet God chose them
(v. 3-5). II. The many honors and favors God had bestowed upon them (v. 6–14).
III. Their treacherous and ungrateful departures from him to the services and
worship of idols, here represented by the most impudent whoredom (v. 15–34). IV.
A threatening of terrible destroying judgments, which God would bring upon them
for this sin (v. 35–43). V. An aggravation both of their sin and of their
punishment, by comparison with Sodom and Samaria (v. 44–59). VI. A promise of
mercy in the close, which God would show to a penitent remnant (v. 60–63). And
this is designed for admonition to us. In our own times, how are we
different? America, in the last few decades millions of babies have been
aborted and our nation is largely unconcerned, having become steeped in
self-centered, self-indulgence, pride, and lack of shame over national sins
which have become emblems of the American lifestyle.
government (and many people) of this world do not seem to realize that the
farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control. The United
States have become like a “Jerusalem” to the world, but when Judgment falls,
the whole world will suffer, not just one nation in many. In verses 3-6, our
tumultress birth was much like that of Israel. America was once a nation of
believers, but today I feel for America and her deceived people. It reminds me
of Jonah’s day, when Nineveh was the only world superpower; wealthy, but
unconcerned and self-centered, and even hated. When Jonah was taken to that city
in a whale, and knew that his hatred for the place was working against him, he
finally proclaimed God’s warning, the people heard and repented and were spared
for a time. I believe the same thing can happen here in America today, but we
are at the end of time, as it were, and we cannot escape the end unless we are
saved through God. It is my greatest prayer to God, and I am sure it is the
greatest challenge this country has ever faced.
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his
prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is
as the sand of the sea."
All of the world will be swallowed up by the empire of evil; and their vicious
hatred of the truth and of Christ will not rest as long as any souls, no matter
how few, are true believers in Christ and his holy religion. Therefore, they
will move to destroy utterly even the remnant of believers left. That is the
picture when the judgment falls.
How close are we to that time? I can't say, but we are in the last day of all the prophecies of the Bible.