THE GREAT EXCHANGE
In the previous installment of the Great Exchange,
the chapter focused on the prophetic narrative where Ezekiel
prophesied the LORD was going to exchange the multitude of idol
shepherds that were oppressing the Judeans with one shepherd:
“And I will set up one
shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David;
he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd” (Ezekiel 34:23).
Since Jesus publicly introduced Himself as “the good
shepherd” in John 10:14, it is relatively obvious the Jews following
Christ recognized Him as the subject of Ezekiel’s prophecy.
A brief aside is in order at this juncture. One of the
reasons that Ezekiel is such an important prophet is that his
writing has extensive information about the soon appearance of the Saviour.
Unfortunately, the very texts that forecast the characteristics of Christ have
been twisted to such a degree that much of the flow of the prophet’s works
has been grossly distorted.
Another reason that Ezekiel’s prophecies are very
important is the fact that significant portions of his predictions have been
hijacked by a process that can be called Temporal Revisionism,
where a sequence of events detailed in Scripture, is deceptively placed in the
wrong time period. We’ve seen this before.
This technique is widely used by the Spirit that is
presented in Revelation as the “False Prophet,” but
we’ll have to come back to that aspect of the prophetic text a little
later in the present work.
In the previous installment of the Great Exchange,
we showed that multiple chapters of Ezekiel speak of how the LORD
was declaring that He was about to reverse course in His dealings with
Israel – and a reversal of purpose is usually associated with
another part of the Great Exchange. I
In any event, we note that in Ezekiel’s time, Babylon
held the Jewish nation in captivity, as the vessel of the LORD’s
chastisement, because of Jerusalem’s many years of backsliding.
However, the LORD determined His punishment of Jerusalem and
the Southern nation of Judaea had run its course, and through the prophet, He
declared the time was drawing near when He would make His final overture
towards His chosen.
To be certain, many other prophets had forecast how
God’s amazing grace would exchange His wrath for His blessing. For
instance, about 150 years before Ezekiel, the prophet Isaiah
had extensively prophesied detailing how God would intervene in Israel’s
fate, and bless them once again.
“Hearken unto me, my people; and
give ear unto me, O my nation…For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will
comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden” (Isaiah
Similar to the prophecies we’ve already examined in
Ezekiel, through Isaiah, God says He will reverse course,
as the “waste places” were to become “like Eden,” and
His wrath is to be permanently satisfied. There is a crucial aspect to these
prophecies as the LORD says that Israel will drink no more from the
“cup” of God’s fury.
“Behold, I have taken out of thine
hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury, thou
shalt no more drink it again” (Isaiah 51:22).
The very next verse again articulates a profound shift of
fortunes will occur, as those who oppressed the LORD’s people will exchange
places with His chosen.
“But I will put it [the cup of
God’s fury] into the hand of them that afflict thee” (Isaiah
The idea that God was going to bring an end to the
misfortune the Jews had experienced under Babylon resonated with prophecies
issued by Joel and Amos years earlier. While most
of the prophets spoke of the LORD’s judgment on the Israelite nation of Samaria
in the North (and the later judgment on Judaea in the South), just like Isaiah,
the promises usually spoke of a forthcoming time of blessing from the LORD.
After the usual Old Testament styled descriptions of
judgment, the prophets characterized the return of the LORD’s blessing
with many agrarian terms.
“Then will the LORD be jealous for
his land, and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his
people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be
satisfied therewith” (Joel 2:18, 19).
These prophecies, which include many poetically phrased
metaphors, utilize colorful language of a non-literal nature, describing the
benefits of being in harmony with the LORD.
“And it shall come to pass in that
day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with
milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall
come forth of the house of the LORD “ (Joel 3:18).
Since the Northern Israelites and the Southern Judaeans had
experienced alternating cycles of judgment and blessing for their sins (with
the repentance less frequent than the falling away), the verses that speak of a
pivotal (and final) reckoning are particularly important.
Just as Isaiah said a return to the LORD was
coming in which Israel would never have to “drink” from the
“cup of the LORD’s fury” again (Isaiah 51:22), Amos
also states a final reckoning is coming for Israel.
“Then said the LORD unto me, The
end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any
more” (Amos 8:2).
In this forthcoming “last chance” for Israel,
the prophet Amos connects the LORD’s permanent renewal of
His blessings towards Israel, to the house of David.
“In that day will I raise up the
tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I
will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old” (Amos
The reader will recall the narrative in Ezekiel,
where the LORD will raise up “one shepherd” when He turns His favor
back towards the Jews, included a reference to Israel’s united kingdom
Since many verses mention “the sure mercies of
David” (Isaiah 55:3), the “house of David” (Jeremiah
21:12), and “the throne of David” (Isaiah 9:7) in a
dynastic sense, it is clear that Ezekiel was not saying that the
literal David, who was long dead and buried, would return to
The allusion was to a resurrection of the Throne of David
bearing righteous rule over all Israel – thus re-uniting the two houses
of Israel in the North and Judaea in the South. Indeed, in that very same
section of Ezekiel, the prophet was shown that the Northern house
of Israel (also called Samaria) was completely devastated at that time, and
enslaved Judaea was in shambles, and close to suffering the same fate.
After telling Ezekiel that He was about to
return His blessing to Israel, the Lord showed the prophet a vision of a great
valley full of “dry bones,” and He told him this represented the
present state of the people of Israel.
“Then [the LORD] said unto
me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say,
Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our
parts” (Ezekiel 37:11).
It’s crucial that we recognize these prophecies occur
when the Samaritans (the Northern Israelites mingled with the heathen) had
been carried away in slavery up to Assyria, and Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon
had burned the Jerusalem temple, killed its defenders, and taken the royal
families into slavery in Babylon.
After the Babylon Empire fell to the Persians who inherited
the control of Judaea, a Jewish official in the employ of the Persian
government named Nehemiah described the status of Jerusalem.
”The remnant that are left of the
captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall
of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with
fire…[and] the place of my father’s sepulchres lieth
waste” (Nehemiah 1:3; 2:5).
Thus, Ezekiel’s vision of the
“whole house” of Israel as a deep valley filled with “dry
bones” clearly communicates the tragic circumstances of the LORD’s
people. As the vision progresses, the LORD says to the bones that He will resurrect
Israel, and put His Spirit in them.
“O my people, I will open your
graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves…and shall put my
spirit in you, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that
I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD” (Ezekiel
Ezekiel is then given the famous “two
sticks” prophecy where God tells him the sticks represent the Northern
tribes of Israel (Samaria), and the Southern tribes of Judaea (and Jerusalem),
and they will be re-unified.
“I will take the children of Israel
from among the heathen, whither they be gone…And I will make them one
nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel: and one king shall be king to
them all: and they shall be no more two nations” (Ezekiel 37:21, 22).
God goes on to again tell Ezekiel the
“one king” which shall rule over the re-united house of Israel will
be associated with the house of David – and this “one
king” will make “an everlasting covenant” with Israel which
will result in the LORD placing His presence “in the midst of them for
evermore” (Ezekiel 37:28).
“And they shall all have one
shepherd…[and] my tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will
be their God, and they shall be my people” (Ezekiel 37:24, 27).
Considering what we now know about the New Covenant
established by Jesus Christ, it is overwhelmingly obvious that Ezekiel is
transmitting what was soon to occur in Jerusalem.
It was these types of prophecies which thoroughly convinced
the early Christian that Jesus of Nazareth, who was a direct descendant of
David, was the miracle working prophet who came to mediate a “covenant of
peace” between God and Israel.
“I am not sent but unto the lost
sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24).
It’s also instructive to note the fact that the
Apostles of Christ coherently stated the fulfillment of the prophecies
was even more trustworthy than what they had observed with their own eyes.
“We were eyewitnesses of his
majesty …when we were with him in the holy mount. We also have a
more sure word of prophecy” (II Peter 1:16, 19).
Last but hardly least, we want to trumpet the fact that for
over a century, massive numbers of False Prophets have erroneously
claimed Ezekiel’s prophecies of the LORD’s “covenant of
peace” and Israel’s Spiritual rebirth did not occur in the
first century, but await a fulfillment in our time – after the contrived
event known as the Rapture!
This monstrous lie is refuted in the book of Acts. When a
dispute arose about the Gentiles being included among the Spiritually born
again Israelites, the Apostle James authoritatively stated the
calling of the Gentiles had just been fulfilled in their time.
The prophecy that was fulfilled was but one of the previously mentioned
prophecies in Ezekiel.
The LORD said to Ezekiel His “tabernacle” (which
was the pre-temple, tent of meeting) would return to the “midst”
of reborn Israel. That tabernacle was associated with “David,”
who Ezekiel said “shall be their prince forever” (Ezekiel
As noted, Amos also prophesied of that same
restoration of Spiritual Israel, and he also cited the raising of the
“ruins” of Israel and “the tabernacle of David,” which
would be raised when the LORD resurrected Ezekiel’s “dry
bones” of Israel. This was directly connected to the prophecy concerning
the “end…of Israel,” when the LORD “will not again pass
by them any more“ (Amos 8:2)
“In that day will I raise up the
tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and
I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of
old” (Amos 9:11).
James plainly indicated the body of Christ was the
Spiritually resurrected “dry bones” found in Ezekiel, because he
quoted these multiple prophets’ writings as having been fulfilled:
“And to this agree the words of the
prophets: as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the
tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I
will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the
residue of men might seek after the LORD” (Acts 15:15-17).
The fraud that seeks to claim this prophecy is still
unfulfilled in our time is a classic example of the Temporal Revisionism
mentioned earlier, but a more detailed exposition of how the deceivers
propagating that deadly delusion will have to wait for the next installment of The
To Be Continued
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