Ezekiel Chapter 19

"The Prince of Israel, Lamentation."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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As Israel grew from the tribes to become a nation, God did not intend that they would become ruled by a king, instead they were ruled as a religious order, under priests, and order was given by the judges. As hundreds of years went by with Israel being under the control of the judges, they saw their neighboring nations had kings, with all of their pageantry and splendor, and they wanted one. They wanted a man that they could see and touch, and see that he also had emotions as they.

God rule, but was their unseen ruler, except for the few that God had communicated with. That is the way that all men are. If they can not see and hear their leader, then their faith is not strong enough to rely on their unseen King, the Almighty Father. When Israel cried out for a king to Samuel the prophet, God gave them their wish; God gave them a king.

The first king was king Saul, and from his reign to the fall of both Judah and Israel there were many kings, and a few really tried to please God. Yet in all cases, all fell short of God's standard. David was the greatest of all the kings of Israel, yet he even had his weakness, and fell to the sin of adultery and murder. David sent one of his trusted warriors to his death, just to have that soldiers wife. It is hard to understand, yet God dealt with David severally for all of his shortcomings [sins].

In this nineteenth chapter God is going to show us that man and woman cannot produce a child that is fit to truly rule as king.

Exekiel 19:1 "Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,"

In the Hebrew manuscript of the Massorah it is talking about king Zedekiah. It is telling Israel to sing a real sad song [lamentation]. God is saying that if you call this king fair and just, then you have a real sad song to sing about. God is saying that if you have a political government where it is controlled by a one world system, or man to rule over it, then it is doomed to failure from the start. No man can save any kingdom in the long run, nor will it save this earth age. It is impossible to expect a system, or man to bring peace to this flesh age.

The only way that a government can have a lasting existence, is under the complete control of God's laws and statutes. That won't happen until Jesus Christ comes to set up His Millennium kingdom.

When Zedekiah was made king, it wasn't even done by the people of Israel, or Judah, but it was by king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Unfortunately this is the same type of system that appoints kings today, and has since the time of the Roman empire.

Ezekiel 19:2 "And say, 'What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions,"

The lion is always symbolic of the tribe of Judah.

Ezekiel 19:3 "And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men."

This king is Jehoahaz, the youngest son of Josiah.

Ezekiel 19:4 "The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt."

The nations around the land of Israel took Johoahaz prisoner into Egypt, and again the people had no king.

Ezekiel 19:5 "Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion."

Now when the mother [which is the house of Judah] saw that this king would not be released, The people sought to find another king. This new king would be king Jehoiakim, another son of Josiah [II Kings 23:36].

Ezekiel 19:6 "And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men."

King Jehoiakim became a real strong king.

Ezekiel 19:7 "And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fullness thereof, by the noise of his roaring."

"He knew their desolate palaces", is in reference to the fact that Jehoiakim was carnal, and not spiritual. There was a lot of talk and smoke about his rule, but it all amounted to nothing.

Ezekiel 19:8 "Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit."

This would be at the first siege of Jerusalem, when king Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took him captive back to Babylon.

Ezekiel 19:9 "And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel."

In II Chronicles 36:5-7 is the historical account of how Jehoiakim was take in bondage back to Babylon.

Ezekiel 19:10 "Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters."

God had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that their seed would multiply and be fruitful, and become many nations. and so she has become. God also promised that their should always be a king from the tribe of Judah that would sid on a throne over that house. Though the Christian world today deny such a thing, this is a fact.

Ezekiel 19:11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches."

This scepter still bare the rule over Israel today, and that scepter still has a definite influences over the other branches, or nations today. That throne is in the British royalty, and the kings of the rest of European nations all stem from this royal family.

Ezekiel 19:12 "But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them."

Nebuchadnezzar did this, as in fury he destroyed the nation of the house of Judah, and plucked out the eyes of Zedekiah, and killed his sons [rods]. God is fair, and to this point it is shown that man cannot produce a king. The faults has brought their downfall.

Ezekiel 19:13 "And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground."

Why is the feminine expressed here? Because the sons of Zedekiah were all killed, and it was the daughters of Zedekiah that were uprooted from Jerusalem. Jeremiah the prophet took the daughters off to Egypt, and from there to Spain, and Ireland. Jeremiah was always in good standing with Nebuchadnezzar, and thus gave him the freedom and the money to go where he had to go.

It was in Ireland that one of the daughters of Zedekiah married one of the kings of the ten tribes that were scattered by the Assyrians, and this is part of the overturning three times, to where it now stands today, in London.

Ezekiel 19:14 "And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation."

This is a very true statement, for the royal family does not rule as the governmental body in England, but it is symbolic in nature. The Prime Minister and the Houses , the house of lords and the house of commons make the laws that rule England, while the Queen has other duties. The duties of the kings and queens of England are the defenders of the faith. And in these last days, her family leaves much to be desired as this symbolic gesture.

This last sentence is the same as the chapter started out. It is a sad song, unless you believe in Jesus Christ, for at the last trumpet, Jesus will come to reclaim that throne, and it will become His kingdom. In the first advent Jesus came to earth to be born as a baby, live the perfect life, and be the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. However, at the second advent Jesus Christ will come to rule the earth as the King of kings and Lord of lords, as He sets up his Millennium kingdom. That time is coming very shortly.

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