Verses 1-11 of this chapter seem to be talking about the past, so I am skipping straight to verse 12.
WARNING: Pay very, very careful attention to verse 26. Your life might depend on getting THAT verse right.
12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely thereon;
13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly in an instant.
14 And he shall break it as a potter’s vessel is broken, breaking it in pieces without sparing; so that there shall not be found among the pieces thereof a sherd wherewith to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern.
15 For thus said the Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. And ye would not:
16 but ye said, No, for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on a hill.
I think that verses 12-17 speak to the past 2500 years of exile. During this time, the Jews lived in fear of their neighbors and were run out of country after country. There is hardly any country today where they weren’t driven out of at least once.
But, in the last days there will be something of a change…
18 And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him.
Just as when we become rebellious and need to be taught that our rebellion is fruitless, so did Israel. The Lord has waited long enough so that it could be clear that they could not save themselves by their own might and power – that they needed the Lord.
And, the only way that you can have the Lord is by obeying Him.
The Lord has waited so that, in the end, He could save Israel.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; thou shalt weep no more; he will surely be gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear, he will answer thee.
And, it is the people of Jerusalem that God will hear and respond to.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden anymore, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers;
21 and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it; when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
God will give Israel the Holy Spirit when He saves them.
22 And ye shall defile the overlaying of thy graven images of silver, and the plating of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as an unclean thing; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
Israel will cast away her idols and turn away from her idolatry.
23 And he will give the rain for thy seed, wherewith thou shalt sow the ground; and bread of the increase of the ground, and it shall be fat and plenteous. In that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures;
24 the oxen likewise and the young asses that till the ground shall eat savory provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.
And, just as described in the Ezekiel Tetrad, God will cause the land of Israel to blossom and produce crops for her people
25 And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
Now THIS sheds some light on the Ezekiel Tetrad.
There is a reference to ‘the day of the great slaughter’. THAT is obviously the battle of Gog and Magog. But, God also says ‘when the towers fall’. That is obviously referring to an earthquake – a big one. It will be so big that this earthquake will be known as the one where the towers fell.
But, it gets even MORE interesting.
God says that the light of the Moon will be as bright as the sun and that the light of the sun will be seven times more powerful than normal. What did God say in Ezekiel about fire on Gog and Magog?
Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell securely in the isles; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.
Can there be any more doubt in ANYONE’S mind that this is a massive solar flare?
At the very least, the evidence should make you think very, very carefully about making preparations for disaster. A solar flare of this magnitude will fry everything electronic – especially everything that is hooked up to the power grid.
Now, for those who wish to prepare for such an event. Remember that the initial flash should not cause any damage. It is the Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that will follow hours later that will cause the destruction. If you see the sun flare up like this, or see reports of this, get everything electronic inside of a grounded metal container. At the very least, make sure that it is no longer hooked up to the power grid. AND, make sure that you are in a safe place that you can survive for the next year.
And yes, the devastation will be that bad.
Please treat this warning seriously.
27 Behold, the name of Jehovah cometh from far, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue is as a devouring fire;
28 and his breath is as an overflowing stream, that reacheth even unto the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction: and a bridle that causeth to err shall be in the jaws of the peoples.
God is going to judge the world. If you heed the above warning, I suspect that you will escape what is coming.
However, if you did not prepare… well, I pray that you will still be able to survive – but, it’s hard to believe that you will.
29 Ye shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come unto the mountain of Jehovah, to the Rock of Israel.
30 And Jehovah will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will show the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of Jehovah shall the Assyrian be dismayed; with his rod will he smite him.
32 And every stroke of the appointed staff, which Jehovah shall lay upon him, shall be with the sound of tabrets and harps; and in battles with the brandishing of his arm will he fight with them.
33 For a Topheth is prepared of old; yea, for the king it is made ready; he hath made it deep and large; the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of Jehovah, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
This really is the Ezekiel Tetrad in a nutshell. God is going to show His power by blessing Israel and judging the nations. It will be incredible, awesome and terrible all at once.
And, so many people that did not pay attention and prepare will die.
Please, please listen and prepare. I know that it sounds crazy, but do it anyway.