God is using Ezekiel again to get the peoples’ attention. “A sword! A sword!” This is the final warning issued to the Jews. It’s August of 591 BC. Ezekiel had been in Babylon since 597 BC — 6 years! The ultimate attack and total destruction of Jerusalem would start in 588 and go through 586 — 18 months. What’s interesting in this chapter is the fate of the last Jewish king, Zedekiah. However, God gives us the promise of a final heir to the throne — Jesus — Yeshua Hamashiach — the Messiah. Let’s dig in…
Ezekiel 21 – Babylon, the Sword of God
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, preach against the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel; 3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am against you, and I will draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off both righteous and wicked from you. 4 Because I will cut off both righteous and wicked from you, therefore My sword shall go out of its sheath against all flesh from south to north, 5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn My sword out of its sheath; it shall not return anymore.” ’ 6 Sigh therefore, son of man, with a breaking heart, and sigh with bitterness before their eyes. 7 And it shall be when they say to you, ‘Why are you sighing?’ that you shall answer, ‘Because of the news; when it comes, every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble, every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming and shall be brought to pass,’ says the Lord God.”
8 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 9 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ Say:
‘A sword, a sword is sharpened
And also polished!
10 Sharpened to make a dreadful slaughter,
Polished to flash like lightning!
Should we then make mirth?
It despises the scepter of My son,
As it does all wood.
11 And He has given it to be polished,
That it may be handled;
This sword is sharpened, and it is polished
To be given into the hand of the slayer.’
12 “Cry and wail, son of man;
For it will be against My people,
Against all the princes of Israel.
Terrors including the sword will be against My people;
Therefore strike your thigh.
13 “Because it is a testing,
And what if the sword despises even the scepter?
The scepter shall be no more,”
says the Lord God.
14 “You therefore, son of man, prophesy,
And strike your hands together.
The third time let the sword do double damage.
It is the sword that slays,
The sword that slays the great men,
That enters their private chambers.
15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates,
That the heart may melt and many may stumble.
Ah! It is made bright;
It is grasped for slaughter:
16 “Swords at the ready!
Set your blade!
Wherever your edge is ordered!
17 “I also will beat My fists together,
And I will cause My fury to rest;
I, the Lord, have spoken.”
18 The word of the Lord came to me again, saying: 19 “And son of man, appoint for yourself two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to go; both of them shall go from the same land. Make a sign; put it at the head of the road to the city. 20 Appoint a road for the sword to go to Rabbah of the Ammonites, and to Judah, into fortified Jerusalem. 21 For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the road, at the fork of the two roads, to use divination: he shakes the arrows, he consults the images, he looks at the liver. 22 In his right hand is the divination for Jerusalem: to set up battering rams, to call for a slaughter, to lift the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to heap up a siege mound, and to build a wall. 23 And it will be to them like a false divination in the eyes of those who have sworn oaths with them; but he will bring their iniquity to remembrance, that they may be taken.
24 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your doings your sins appear—because you have come to remembrance, you shall be taken in hand.
25 ‘Now to you, O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end, 26 thus says the Lord God:
“Remove the turban, and take off the crown;
Nothing shall remain the same.
Exalt the humble, and humble the exalted.
27 Overthrown, overthrown,
I will make it overthrown!
It shall be no longer,
Until He comes whose right it is,
And I will give it to Him.” ’
A Sword Against the Ammonites
28 “And you, son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God concerning the Ammonites and concerning their reproach,’ and say:
‘A sword, a sword is drawn,
Polished for slaughter,
For consuming, for flashing—
29 While they see false visions for you,
While they divine a lie to you,
To bring you on the necks of the wicked, the slain
Whose day has come,
Whose iniquity shall end.
30 ‘Return it to its sheath.Ezekiel 21 NJKV
I will judge you
In the place where you were created,
In the land of your nativity.
31 I will pour out My indignation on you;
I will blow against you with the fire of My wrath,
And deliver you into the hands of brutal men who are skillful to destroy.
32 You shall be fuel for the fire;
Your blood shall be in the midst of the land.
You shall not be remembered,
For I the Lord have spoken.’ ”
- It’s interesting that the country of Ammon no longer exists. It is now Jordan.
- When God’s Judgment hits, He’s not fooling around. Believe me, you do not want to be around to feel the “fire of My wrath”! In case you missed it, read the story in 2 Kings 24-25.
- In the beginning of the chapter, God says that the righteous will also be “cut out”. Even the good people will go into exile. We’ll see that when we get to the Book of Daniel.
- God uses Babylon’s pagan, divination rituals to show the Babylonians which way to go. Nevertheless, Ammon gets theirs eventually. Jerusalem is first.
The End of the Davidic Kings with the Promise of the Messiah
The “scepter” is the royal lineage of the sons of David. Pastor Sandy Adams explains…
This sharp sword was the Babylonian army. Pagan troops were acting as the sword of the Lord. Notice God says His sword will strike “the scepter of My son.” The “scepter” was the royal authority that belonged to the sons of David… Ultimately the monarchy boils down to just one Son, God’s Son. Messiah, our Lord Jesus, is God’s only begotten Son. Yet the scepter – the kingly authority at the time of Ezekiel – will go the way of wood. It’ll be cut into pieces. Like a limb going through a wood chipper…
In verse 25 a heavy judgment falls on the heir to the throne of David. At the time, it was the Jewish King Zedekiah… The Judean king will lose his royal turban (aka, his crown)…
This is an ominous judgment. The Davidic throne will be overthrown. It will no longer exist, until He comes whose right it is…” In Genesis 49:10, before Israel became a nation, God promised that an eternal King would come from the tribe of Judah… In 2 Chronicles 17, God narrowed the King’s pedigree to the family of David… The Jews even referred to this coming King, or Messiah, as “the branch.” He would be a branch of David’s family tree. But since 586 BC when Jerusalem was destroyed, and King Zedekiah overthrown, Israel never again had a king to rule over them… Babylon and Persia appointed governors…
Afterwards, for a time Judah was ruled by a clan of priestly warriors called the Maccabees… Rome installed a puppet king, Herod, but he was an Edomite, not Jewish… Even today, Israel is not a monarchy. It’s a Parliamentarian democracy
with a President and Prime Minister, but no king… Again, after Kings Jeconiah and Zedekiah, Israel has never had a descendant of David sit on its throne.
Jewish scholars say that in 70 AD, when the Romans burned the Temple, its extensive genealogical libraries were lost forever. That means no one living after 70 AD, can produce proof of their pedigree, to lay claim to the throne. If Messiah had not arrived before 70 AD, there would never be a King in Israel, since no one could possibly prove their ancestry back to David. But that’s why Matthew and Luke were so careful to preserve the genealogies of Jesus – through his step-father, Joseph (Matthew), and his mother, Mary (Luke). What we sometimes read and describe as boring begats are actually God’s means of proving that Jesus is the one spoken of by Ezekiel “whose right it is.”
The Davidic throne belongs to Jesus, and one day He’ll return to rule… When Jesus was born, the Angel told Mary, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33 NKJV)
Our big concern today is human rights or individual rights. Everyone cares about their right to this or that. But never forget Jesus is the only One with the right to rule. And as you study the Scriptures you’ll discover His right encompasses heaven and earth – including our hearts! We are not our own. We’ve been bought by Jesus. He has won the right to rule over our lives. Our best choice is to surrender our rights and let Him take over our lives. If we fight Him, we are sure to lose.Sandy Adams
End Times Prophetic Warnings
Look around. Watch the news. It may seem like the world is spinning out of control, but just like God used the Babylonians like a sword back then, He’s sharpening modern swords right now. It may not seem like He’s in control, but He is. Everything is not falling apart, it’s all falling into place.
Jesus warned us of the “birth pains” and we’re feeling them! Everything from hyperinflation to the supply chain crisis, from the pandemic to Russia, China and Iran’s threats of invasions. It is all going to get worse before He comes back for His believers.
Even the righteous will suffer!
It’s unfortunate, but even good people will suffer. Hey, Jesus warned us!
33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 NLT
When we accept Jesus as our Personal Lord and Savior, we become overcommers like Him! Yes, even though times will get tough, but He is our confident hope. We have the confidence that He will come and get us before the Great Tribulation and the world starts to really see what God’s wrath looks like.
Many “righteous” people will be Left Behind to face the Great Tribulation. You really don’t want to be left behind! Here’s what you need to do…
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180 degree turn in your life and surrender your life to Him.
- Be Baptized by water baptism — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the Holy Spirit in your heart.