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Ezekiel has a vision of a battle at the end times, where a horde of barbarian horsemen from many faraway nations seek to invade Israel. While striking one must be careful about speculating about specific political events through this vision.

Direct download: EzekielLecture29.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 11:08am EST

God shows Ezekiel a vision of a valley of dry bones that symbolize Israel. He promises to raise up these bones and breathe new life into them, resurrecting the nation of Israel and foreshadowing the promise of everlasting life in Christianity.

Direct download: EzekielLecture28.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 10:11am EST

The Lord promises to clean the Israelites from their idol worship and to return them to a culture of carefully obeying his Law. This is not a new covenant, but a new spirit of faithfulness to the original covenant. Likewise Christians have had their new covenant through Christ, but to realize the promises we must allow God to work through us to carefully carry out His work.

Direct download: EzekielLecture27.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:00am EST

It sometimes appears that God's promises are not fulfilled. But it is not because God is not faithful, but oftentimes because the people to whom he makes his promises are not faithful themselves and must be punished. However ultimately God will be more faithful than his people for the sake of his name.

Direct download: EzekielLecture26b.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:00am EST

The Lord turns to judge Edom, the nation from the line of Esau. Edomites have held a perpetual hatred against the Israelites, and their opportunistic attack against Israel enraged the Lord. Even though the Lord was punishing Israel, He ultimately promised this land to them, and it was not Edom's to take, nor Edom's right to indulge their violence and hate.

Direct download: EzekielLecture26.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

The Lord promises that both He and the Son of David will be a Shepherd for His people, prophesying the future Messiah.

Direct download: EzekielLecture25.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Jerusalem has fallen, but the few survivors have not learned to change their ways. Just because they survived this onslaught does not mean they are free from God's wrath if they continue to sin.

Direct download: EzekielLecture23.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 9:11am EST

God takes no pleasure in killing the wicked, but in the wicked turning back from their evil ways. It's not that we are trying to achieve a net positive when comparing sin and virtue, but whether we are turned toward Him or away from Him at the end.

Direct download: EzekielLecture22.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 9:36pm EST

The Lord offers hope beyond the punishment. He sets Ezekiel as a watchman, responsible for warning people if their sins will lead them to destruction. Whether or not they repent, if Ezekiel knows that they are in danger of destruction, and does not warn them, he is responsible. So are we also set as watchmen.

Direct download: EzekielLecture21.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 11:17pm EST

Egypt was one of the most prosperous ancient civilizations. The Lord plans on punishing Egypt for their duplicity in their military agreements with Israel. Babylon will come through and plunder Egypt, leaving it to forever be a shadow of its former glory.

Direct download: EzekielLecture20.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 8:06pm EST