7:30 a.m. Sunday September 12, 2021. 58F/14C.
An eerie silence can be heard in the forest. No wood thrush sings. No bugs click or chirp. The creek went silent a month ago and has not revived. Only the crows caw as if arguing with one another. Green leaves in the trees have splotches of red and yellow among them. One jet plane roars overhead. Squash leaves hang limp across the fence. Whatever God has ordained for this era, it has begun. Back in the cabin, the door opens with its customary “sproing” sound. Two daddy long legs lie dead in the doorway. Tea is prepared without spices or milk or sugar. It is a day for contemplation over what man has done.
The book of Ezekiel, chapter nine
Abba Father, I want to stand with you. No matter what comes on the earth, I want to stand with you. I ask you to use your Bible to grant us insight on how to endure the coming days. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Ezekiel eight was a sobering read. What looked like a nice clean thriving city turned out to be full of the stench of idolatry. God showed Ezekiel four instances of hidden and open idol (demon) worship. At the end of the idolatry tour in Jerusalem, God took action:
He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
Wait. Who has charge over the city? Was it kings or princes or elders? I don’t think so. God cried out harshly. He did so as if calling for action, or as if issuing an order from the top general to his captains. I would call this an official’s day of reckoning or even a day of inspection. Every captain was to bring his weapon of destruction.
And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar.
Six men came in. Why only six? Seven is the number God uses when he indicates a sense of completeness. For six days we work and on the seventh day we rest. For six years we farm the land and on the seventh year we let the land rest. Why God used only six men is beyond me, but it does impart a notion that something else will come.
These commanders gathered near the brass altar. The first temple had five altars. The brass altar was in front of the porch of the temple building.
And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
The glory of God had been hovering over the olive wood cherubs in the temple. The glory left that place and went to the doorway of the temple. From the threshold God called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writer’s tools by his side. God instructed that man to cross through the city and set a mark on the foreheads of mortals who sigh and shriek because of every disgusting thing done in their city.
And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
The man with the writer’s tool and the men with the weapons began their gruesome work of sorting and slaying with the elders of Jerusalem, those leaders who grew up worshiping and serving in the temple. They slayed old and young, and in fact, entire families. They did not bring the weapons down on any that had the mark.
We should shiver at the thought, because they began with those who served God. The men apparently returned to report to God as soon as they completed the work among those who served at the temple.
And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth and slew in the city.
Further instructions were given. They were to fill the walled courtyard of the temple with the bodies of those who do not hate sin. And indeed, when the Babylonians finally breached the outer city wall, the men of Jerusalem went behind the temple wall, the inner wall of Jerusalem, and continued fighting from there. There in the courtyard is where they died.
Next they would go forth into the city, sort and slay. Ezekiel stood as an observer standing there with God.
And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! Wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem?
I would also be wailing if I were Ezekiel. He had God’s ear. He would plead for the lives of the people.
Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and the Lord seeth not.
The Lord told the prophet that the sin was very great and that the sinners had filled the land with bloodshed, murder, violence. They were perverted and teaching that God was not looking.
“Nobody’s going to know,” they said. God knew and their victims knew.
Life in the hollow, September 12
I am a bundle of anxiety today. I can see that we need to have food and water ready. Planes fly over and dump stuff into the sky that kills all our pollinators and a portion of our animals. The creek ran dry. Our president in the US just made a speech announcing that since his last plan didn’t work, so he’ll just do the same thing again. Only this time, he will blame the people and he gave examples of language and facial expressions that citizens will surely use to bully their neighbors.
I’ve asked God if these are the last days and he still tells me no. Well this is sure something!
When God wiped out Jerusalem, it was just Jerusalem. It was the last days for the residents of Jerusalem but it wasn’t the last days of the world. God had already removed the best of his people to Babylonia. He made the effort to sort one more time before the great destruction.
Do you know how empty I feel living out in the woods? Why? What if God removed me to here to get me out of the city? I have only one other friend who also moved to the wilderness. Everyone else clings tightly to the city and to the narrative.
Here’s what I’ve heard:
- I have to be able to see the doctor.
- I want to travel.
- I’ll put up with the abortion clinics as long as I don’t see Trump.
- Don’t catch the virus!
- I need my anti-depressants.
- I’m sure God will understand.
And the best one of all?
- I don’t care what God thinks of me.
And I think that sums it up. Those people on the road to destruction are ones whom I love! I am thankful that God has a history of sorting the good from the wicked one more time.
Please readers, stand with God. I want to see you all in heaven someday. Stand with God. Be disgusted by the liars on the news. I’ve got five blogs worth of information that proves they are lying. Facts after facts are piling up.
Be disgusted by medicine that doesn’t really heal. Be disgusted by food that was created in a laboratory, without regard to your health. Be disgusted by abortion clinics selling live fetuses to scientific researchers. They are aborted breathing. That’s alive.
Be disgusted at the things that trouble God.