A Vain Trust in Covenantal Idealism via Misapplied Promises
Secondarily, the vain hope and deceptive trust of the people was directly targeted by God – namely, their trust in the City of Jerusalem & the Kingdom of Judah via Covenantal Ideals (misapplied promises). Hence, the LORD was prophetically unveiling the progressive judgments before they were manifest to confront the doomsday people to give God the glory. With this end goal in mind, that the people would give glory to God, the horrors of unthinkable depravity amidst suffering was foretold so that when it happens they would remember the LORD (Ezek. 5:9). [Note: to understand Covenantal Idealism as it relates to the promises of God and Biblical History, see “”.]
The first demonstration Ezekiel was commanded to do directly involved the eventual siege and consequential destruction of Jerusalem, a fate that the false Prophets in Chaldea and Judah denied. The people were so ignorant of their sins, the Prophet Ezekiel was made to lie on his left and on his right side for 390 and 40 days each, and every day represented a year of sin for both Israel and Judah (Ezek. 4:1-6). This long exercise forced the conscience to consider longstanding iniquity. Directly thereafter, “the siege of Jerusalem” was prophetically demonstrated (Ezek. 4:7-17). The details of the siege that Ezekiel was made to embody revealed the meticulous involvement of the LORD in numbering and directing every soul to his or her appointment of death or life. First of all, famine was addressed in the most terrifying description of suffering and humiliation! In a siege, this is perhaps the first experience of foreboding evils to come. Why? Because it was the dwindling of daily necessities which are essential to life!
“Moreover he said unto me, son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by weight, and with care; and they shall drink water by measure, and with astonishment: That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.” – Ezek. 4:16-17
There’s more. Immediately after this word, the LORD said, “And thou, son of man…” (Ezek. 5:1). The whole population of Evil Figs was separated into three parts, minus a few in number, to show exactly how the LORD was planning the inescapable judgment and death of the whole population, one by one (Ezek. 5:2-4). Remember, my reader, these are the Evil Figs (Evil Figs: Jer. 24:8-10, 29:16-19)! The crosshairs of judgment were fixed upon “the whole remnant” of the Evil Figs (Ezek. 5:10)! The LORD had set Jerusalem in the gallery of nations and roared upon her, saying, “Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations” (Ezek. 5:5-8; Note: the seniority of Judah’s wickedness in comparison to the foreign Nations of the world will be proven in full by the detail provided in )! When the LORD said, “I will do in thee” (Ezek. 5:9-10), He meant: “the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds.” My reader, do you think this is too harsh? Do you think that the LORD shouldn’t have taken personal responsibility for this immense degree of human suffering, saying, “I will do in thee” (Ezek. 5:9)? What saith the scripture?