Zedekiah’s Captivity & Blindness Foretold
It was here prophesied that Zedekiah would be brought to Babylon blind (Ezek. 12:12-13)! For, at present, all the eyes of both the Good and Evil Figs were fixated on the man, Zedekiah, the King of Judah, in hopes that they would be safely led through the presently calamities unto their desired haven. “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matt. 15:14). This prophecy directly targeted the lies of false prophets located in Babylon and Judah. The false prophets in Babylon (Jer. 29:15) and those in Judah (Jer. 27:14-17, 28:1-17) were proclaiming the same message: a short Captivity, a soon return to Judah, a restoration of what was robbed from the Temple, and the like. To them, this erroneously meant, a soon restoration of salvation. Fearfully, though, it was a soon restoration of hopeless damnation! If fulfilled, it would be the reassignment of Good Figs to suffer the fate of Evil Figs!
The false prophets and the whole population of general reprobates dwelling in the Land of Judah denounced the prophecies of Ezekiel and Jeremiah, abhorring judgment and refusing to suffer it. They taught the people of the Captivities to dis-embrace their 70-year chastisement which was for their good. Remember, my reader, to lead the Jews away from the Land Babylon unto the Land of Judah, the false prophets did thereby force upon them the destiny of Evil Figs and rob from them the destiny of Good Figs (Good Figs: Jer. 24:5-7, 29:4-15; Evil Figs: Jer. 24:8-10, 29:16-19). In the face of God’s ETERNAL FURY, the reprobate Church Members held-fast to Unconditional Eternal Security! Little did they know they were robbers and murders, the advocates of eternal insecurity! They were unwittingly employed by the devil and equipped with alluring heresies to erroneously reckon Covenantal Ideals to the soul-robbery and eternal insecurity of both themselves and them that hear them. They spiritually led away captive, in shackles of deception, those whose actual bondage and real captivity ensured the hope of everlasting freedom! Oh, Lord, have mercy!
How could this happen? Remember, my reader, the people were inclined to deception because of the superstitious relationship they had to the furniture of redemption (“The Temple of the LORD” & “The Law of the LORD” – Jer. 7:4, 8:8) instead of the Person of Redemption (“Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.” – Jer. 2:32). Thus, meanwhile, as long as the Temple was still standing and the Law was still being handled and read, and such like things, the people claimed Unconditional Eternal Security in the Kingdom of God located in Judah. They reckoned the promises of the Kingdom of God while living in defiance of the KING! Fearfully, though, the LORD was abandoning the Temple (Ezek. 11:22-25)! Their confidence was unfounded! The LORD left the Temple so as to assemble with the Army of Babylon for the conquering of Jerusalem, and this would result in the Captivity of the Prince and the people (Ezek. 12:10-16), and what else? The LORD clarified the means He would use to perpetuate and memorialize His glory in it all! And, shockingly, the utility employed involved the redemption of a few Evil Figs! As formerly addressed at length, and here referenced again: an amendment was made for the reprobate population of Evil Figs in that, the LORD said, “I will leave a few men of them”. It was written,
“And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them. And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries. But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.” – Ezek. 12:14-16
Praise the LORD for this provision! It was for His Name’s sake, not the people’s. His mercy endureth forever and His Name unto every generation! The LORD will announce the motives for this amendment later, saying, “I have wrought with you for My Name’s sake” (Ezek. 20:44). Glory to God!