The Appointed Watchman
Praise , praise . Again, welcome to the Twenty-sixth Annual Feast of Weeks, 6009. I thank our Father, , and His Son, , for this wonderful occasion to praise His name. Praise !
This seminar is the continuation of an intense look at the appointment of by His Father, , as the Watchman over the house of Israel. And we give all praises to for accepting His appointment. In this seminar, we shall delve as deeply as we possibly can into Ezekiel 33:10-11 for its encoded messages.
All who have ever had any contact with , either in person or on tape, are in the unique position of being warned by to give up our wicked ways. If had not warned us of our continuing wickedness and its subsequent consequences, then our blood would be on His hands. But we all know that has done His job by warning us of our wicked ways, so that we do not die. If we don't listen, then the blood is on our "own" hands. This is why this is a personal matter. It is wholly a decision that each of us must make.
In the last seminar, : The Appointed Watchman, Part I, we discussed Ezekiel 33:1-9. The facts from that study revealed that our God, , talked to the Son of man, , for the direct purpose of letting the house of Israel experience the consequences associated with the "people" voting in a watchman of their own choice.
By voting in a watchman of their own choice, they expected him to be able to discern or look for difficult things far off that were to happen in the country, nation, or the Earth. The people who voted in the watchman of "their" choice charged him with the responsibility of informing them beforehand what was about to happen. They hoped that he would be able to detect when impending disruption, chaos, danger, or evil was about to come upon them. They felt that access to inside information of things far off would give them a choice to make: whether to follow the advice of the watchman or choose to go their own way. However, placed the burden of informing the people directly on the shoulders of this watchman; and if he did not do so, he would lose his soul.
Continuing in Ezekiel 33:7-9, we see that appointed as the Watchman over the house of Israel. The primary duties of are to talk to His Father, , then share with Israel what wants us to know. This would give us inside information or knowledge beforehand, which would save our lives. These verses specifically pointed to the wicked who need to be warned. The wicked, like everyone else, can choose to follow or not. If he doesn't change his course and decide to follow the warnings from , whatever happens to him will be his own fault.
However, "if" does not warn the wicked to give him a chance to stop breaking the laws of , then the blood of that person would not be on his own hands, but rather on the hands of .
The intensity of the effort of to reach the wicked continues in Ezekiel 33:10, which is the foundation Scripture for today's seminar--: The Appointed Watchman, Part II. Let us turn to Ezekiel 33:10:
Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?According to The Random House College Dictionary, copyright, 1984, on page 1363, the word therefore "introduces a statement resulting from or caused by what immediately precedes it." On Page 915, of the above reference, indicates that O is "used before a direct address especially in solemn language."
Based on the definition of therefore, the beginning of Ezekiel 33:10 translates into: Because of what was written in the verses immediately preceding it (Ezekiel 33:7-9), Ezekiel 33:10, --in a direct solemn, serious language--is commanding the Son of man, to ... speak unto the house of Israel; ...
The word speak is Hebrew reference number 559, amar (aw-mar'), and it is defined as "call." The American Heritage Talking Dictionary and Thesaurus, Computer Software, copyright 1997 determines that call means "an earnest or urgent request." From the Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary, Computer Software, copyright 2003, earnest is "characterized by an intense and serious state of mind." Urgent is "a calling for immediate attention." And the word request means the same as "appeal," according to The American Heritage Talking Dictionary, copyright 1997, Computer Software.
The tone of this intense appeal is that is commanding to call something to ... the house of Israel's ... immediate attention. House is viewed as "family," under Hebrew reference number 1004, in the Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary in The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990, on page 20.
These facts indicate in a straightforward manner that is commanding to send out an intensely solemn appeal to our family, the family of Israel, in which He shall call for our immediate attention to adhere to what He has to say. This is what He has been commanded to say: â?¦ If our [the house of Israel's] transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them [our transgressions and our sins], ....
Let us begin to address this statement by consulting The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale, copyright 1978 on page 532. The word if is addressed as "in case or on condition." Both transgressions and sins are listed in The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990 on pages 97 and 38, respectively, of the Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary. Transgression is defined as "rebellion"; and sin as an "offence." Substituted into Ezekiel 33:10, it reads, In case or on condition that our rebellion or offences ... be upon us, ....
Under the interpretation of The Synonym Finder, copyright 1978, on page 993, rebellion is "willful disobedience, waywardness, or noncompliance." Let us explore what these definitions mean in order to get a true picture of the overall message. Looking at synonyms for rebellion first, we will use the Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary, Computer Software, copyright 2003. In this reference, willful means "done deliberately or intentional." Disobedience is "refusal to obey."
These definitions point to the fact that is being commanded to speak to the family of Israel who deliberately and intentionally refuse to obey the laws of . Titus 3:3 describes some of the things we do when we deliberately and intentionally refuse to obey the laws of , and it reads:
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.We can all relate to the many foolish things we have done in our lives.
is sending out an intensely solemn appeal to members of the family of Israel who have experienced or are experiencing waywardness. Using the same reference, wayward, the root word of waywardness, correlates to a person who is "ungovernable." To be ungovernable is to be "not capable or being guided or restrained." Wayward also means to "follow his capricious inclinations." To be capricious is to be "impulsive." An inclination is a "natural disposition or character."
Therefore, is being commanded to send this appeal to family members of Israel who, at one time or another, have shown a natural character to follow their "own" disposition rather than to adhere to the laws of . This includes those who are impulsive and unpredictable, and, therefore, not capable of being guided or restrained. Essentially, in Ezekiel 33:10, is being commanded to send out this earnest and urgent appeal to all the house of Israel.
The last definition of rebellion (which originated from transgression) is "noncompliance." From The Cassell Compact Dictionary, copyright 1998, on page 774, noncompliance is a "failure to comply." On page 226, comply is "to act in accordance with rules." Accordance (on page 8) is the same as "agreement or harmony." On page 963, a rule is "something which is established as a principle or standard."
According to the research, the appeal of is going out to the members of the family of Israel who fail to act in accordance with the rules; as well as those who do not comply or agree with the established principles or standards as set forth in the commandment, judgments, laws, and statutes of .
The next word in Ezekiel 33:10 we shall define is sin (... If our [the house of Israel's] transgressions and our sins ...). Now at this time, we will refer back to The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale, copyright 1978, on page 38, where sin is defined as "offence." In accordance with Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Volume II, copyright 1976, on page 1566, an offence is "the act of stumbling; to offend." Offend, on the same page, is interpreted as "to transgress divine law."
Based on the validity of The Random House College Dictionary, copyright 1984, on page 1305, the word stumble is described as "to make a slip, mistake." In this sense, slip, on page 1237, takes on the connotation of "to make an error." Mistake on page 855, is an "error caused by a lack of skill, attention, or knowledge; a misunderstanding; to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly."
In considering all of these facts, we can assert that is being commanded to make an appeal to the family of Israel who have made mistakes caused by a lack of study skills, or by not paying attention to or seeking the knowledge of the laws of . The appeal also includes those who have a misunderstanding, as well as those who have no understanding, no interpretation, or evaluated wrongly the Word of . Everything just mentioned constitutes transgression of "divine" law, which can be verified in 1 John 3:4, which reads:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.Let us now return to Ezekiel 33:10, ... If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, .... In other words, to put it plainly: If we continue to transgress the laws of , and we continue to sin, and even wallow away in our sins ... we are pining away in them.
Let us take a closer look at "pine away." Based on the validity of the WorldNet 2.0 Dictionary, Computer Software, copyright 2003, the phrase, pine away, is equivalent to "lose vigor, health." Contained in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, copyright 1985, on page 1348, vigor is the same as "physical energy or strength; strong feeling; enthusiasm or intensity." Health, in the same source, on page 599, is "soundness of body and mind, freedom from disease."
From these facts, we are able to determine that is being commanded to send out an urgent appeal calling for the immediate attention of the family members of Israel who are continuing to use their physical energy and strength to break the laws of . This appeal also includes family members who have strong feelings, and have intensified their enthusiasm about continuing in their wickedness. In addition, His appeal is also being made to His one family--the house of Israel--who have no freedom from dis-ease, because they have no soundness of mind and body.
Continuing with such actions, the question then is, ... how should we then live? To address the words how, should, and then, let us turn to the Microsoft Encarta College Dictionary, copyright 2001. On page 699, the word how is indicative of "in what way; to what extent." On page 1338, it states that should is a "verb indicating that something is the right thing for somebody to do." On page 1491, then is representative of "therefore or in addition." When definitions from these three words ... how should, and then ... are put together, the questions addressing "we" are: In what way are we to therefore do the right thing to ... live? Another interpretation is: In addition, to what extent must we go in order to do something right to ... live?
All of the things just mentioned have to do with what is the right thing to do to live? Therefore, in accordance with The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990, in the Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary, on page 39, live is Hebrew reference number 2421, chayah, pronounced khaw-yaw', meaning to "recover, repair, or restore to life."
As a result of all of these definitions, the questions that is being commanded to ask the house of Israel are, How can you be recovered, repaired, or restored to life? In addition, to what extent are you willing to go to do what is right so that you may be restored to life?
With these questions posed, let us now further explore the scope of these questions by exploring each of the definitions of live. As referenced in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Computer Software, copyright 2000, to restore is to "bring back or give new life." is commanded to ask the family of Israel, who are continuing to use their physical energy and strength to break the laws of , How should you then be brought back to life? Moreover, to those who have strong feelings, and are enthusiastic about continuing in their wickedness by intensifying their desire to transgress the laws of , How should you then be given a new life?
The next definition of live is recover. Recover is defined in the same reference as to "get back that which was lost." Live was also defined as repair, in which case it means "to set right, to make up for; revitalize." If the family of Israel continues to be enthusiastic about breaking the laws of , the questions are, How should you then get back that which was lost? If you continue break the laws of , How then can you set it right with ? How can you make up for your transgression of the laws of ? And lastly, How can you revitalize your relationship with , your God?
As sends out His appeal, it is an opportunity for family members of Israel to make up with . We know this because Ezekiel 33:11 reads:
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord, , I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
The first word in Ezekiel 33:11 is say, which begins another message from , through , to the family of Israel. The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990, Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary, on page 111 elucidates under Hebrew reference number 7563, rasha, raw'-shaw', that say stands for "declare." The Bartlett's Roget's Thesaurus, copyright 1996, on page 215, further points out that declare (reference number 173.16) means "proclaim or announce."
Therefore, Ezekiel 33:11 starts out with commanding to proclaim or announce to the family of Israel thus -- As I live, saith the Lord God, , I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; ....
Continuing in the Microsoft Encarta Dictionary, copyright 2001, on page 76, the word as means "in the capacity of, and is used to show the capacity in which a person exists or acts." Jeremiah 10:10, in part, allows us to look at the capacity in which exits and acts, and it reads:
But the LORD, , is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting king: .As lives and acts in the capacity in which He exists as the true and living God, He...has no pleasure in the death of the wicked;... Once again, using The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990, on page 42 of the Hebrew and Chaldee dictionary, the word pleasure, Hebrew reference number 2654, is chaplets, pronounced khaw-fates', and it is much the same as "delight." Death, Hebrew reference number 4194, on page 64, implies "ruin or die."
Let us examine each of these words--delight, ruin, and die further by consulting with the American Heritage Talking Dictionary and Thesaurus, Computer Software, copyright 1997. First, delight is synonymous with "joy." Joy is "a state of proud and happy satisfaction." Ruin is the same as "total destruction or disintegration either physical, moral, social, or economic." Lastly, to die corresponds to "experience an agony or suffering suggestive of that of death."
The appeal that is commanded to make to the house of Israel expresses that is not in a state of happy satisfaction because the house of Israel is experiencing physical, moral, social, and economic destruction or disintegration. Neither is He proud of the agony or suffering they are experiencing, suggestive of that of death. Moreover, is longsuffering toward the family of Israel, such that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to absolute repentance, which is in agreement with 2 Peter 3:9, and it reads:
The Lord, , is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.The next part of Ezekiel 33:11, reads: ...but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die O house of Israel? Wickedness can be explained by using the original Hebrew rendering of the word, reference number 7563, which is rasa, pronounced ray-say. This definition can be found in the Hebrew-Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament, on page 1457, of The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 2001. This dictionary also states that reference number 7563 comes from 7561, whereby wicked is interpreted as "to do evil, to be guilty, or to make trouble."
The first definition, to do evil, equates to "doing morally wrong." It is also equal to "causing ruin, injury or pain, as well as being blameworthy by report; characterized by anger, spite, or maliciousness" (according to The American Heritage Talking Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, copyright 2000).
is not in a state of happy satisfaction because the house of Israel is experiencing physical, moral, social, or economic destruction or disintegration. The appeal expresses a desire that family members of Israel, who are guilty of making trouble, turn from our wicked ways and live. This includes those who are morally wrong, who cause ruin, injury, or pain, as well as those who are blameworthy by report, because of their anger, spite, or maliciousness toward others.
Let us continue, in Ezekiel 33:11, to look at the appeal that is being made by the Son of man, , to the house of Israel. is commanded to call out to the wicked to ... turn from his way and live: ... To gain an understanding of the word turn, the next reference to be used is the New Expanded Webster's Dictionary, copyright 1991, on page 354. Turn is interpreted as "to alter in course or to reverse."
Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1963, on page 956, amplifies the above definitions with additional information. For example, to alter the course is expanded into "transform," which equates to becoming different. Let us read Romans 12:2:
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God, .Romans 12:2 enhances the appeal that commanded the Son of man, , to make to the house of Israel. The appeal expresses that we must become different, that we must transform ourselves by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of our God, .
Continuing in the same reference to expand the definitions of turn, we find it is also linked to "reverse." Reverse is expanded to mean "to take a different course or direction." So turn from this perspective entails taking a different direction and following a different course to live.
To live is "to recover, repair, revive, or restore to life" (according to The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990, on page 39, of the Hebrew-Chaldee Dictionary is Hebrew reference 2421). To bring clarity to these words, we will consult the following authorities.
The first authority we shall call upon is the Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1963. On page 716, to recover is the same as "to get back, regain; or to bring back to a normal position." In order for the house of Israel to be brought back to our normal position with , we must get back to keeping the laws of , which is the only means by which we can regain our rightful place of ruler ship.
The next word to be defined from the word live is repair (on page 726, in the Strong's reference). Repair, in this sense, is "to restore to a sound and healthy state: to renew." In Ezekiel 33:11, the research shows that if the house of Israel wants to live, we must restore our relationship with to a sound and healthy state. In order to do so, we must ask to do what is written in Psalm 51:10:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, , and renew a right spirit within me.Thus, in order to live, the house of Israel must ask to create a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us.
Continuing with our definitions, live is also described as revive. On page 736 of Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1963, revive is paramount to "returning to consciousness; to restore from a depressed, inactive or unused state." With these definitions, is appealing to the house of Israel to return to consciousness and be restored from a depressed, inactive, or unused state of mind.
The Random House College Dictionary, copyright 1984, on page 670 describes being inactive as being "lazy or idle." At the time of the appeal of , the questions that the family of Israel is being asked are: Have you grown too lazy to get up off the couch to study and keep the laws of ? Will you remain among the idle and inactive or among those described in 1 Timothy 5:13, which reads:
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.In order for the house of Israel to live, we must learn to study the word of and keep the laws of , rather than being lazy or idle: wandering about from house to house, being busybodies, and speaking things which we ought not.
The last definition of live, from Ezekiel 33:11, is "restore." Restore is reciprocal to, "to bring back an original state." has commanded to appeal to the house of Israel to take a different course--from breaking the laws of --and be renewed in the spirit of our minds that we might be brought back to our original state of consciousness.
Those of us present today, think back to when brought back our "conscious" awakening to our true history, culture, language, land, name, and God , O house of Israel. Did you feel that this knowledge returned you to your former or original state of belonging to your God, , and to your Savior, ?
Let us read the last phrase in Ezekiel 33:11 ... turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? This shows there are two appeals from to ... turn ye, turn ye .... Doesn't it make you wonder why would take the time to repeat Himself? Could it be written twice to emphasize the importance of the message? or because, as Israel, sometimes we don't always listen to or believe what we hear the first time?
Turn ye, turn you, from your evil ways specifically lets the house of Israel know that it is up to the individual to make this happen. This is a command. As evidenced in the Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary, Computer Software, copyright 2003, turn means "to cause to move around so as to effect a desired end." Move around what you are doing so that your end will be the desired end of "life" as opposed to death.
In order for the house of Israel to effect our desired end, we must cause ourselves to get back to keeping the laws of , which is the only means by which the house of Israel shall regain our rightful place of ruler ship. We must cause ourselves to restore our relationship with to a sound and healthy state, in order to return to consciousness and be restored from a depressed, inactive, or unused state of mind. In doing so, we will be able to cause ourselves to take a different course so as to effect the desired end--and that is to be in accord with the will of . When we cause ourselves to move around these things, we shall be renewed in the spirit of our minds and brought back to our original state of consciousness.
One question that needs to be addressed at this point is, why would want the wicked family members of Israel, who have continued to break the laws of , and strayed away from Him, to turn? Let us turn to and read Ezekiel 18:23 for the answer:
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD, : and not that he should return from his ways, and live?Therefore, Ezekiel 33:11 indicates that will call twice for the wicked in the house of Israel to turn from their evil ways. A second definition of turn can be found in The New Expanded Webster's Dictionary, copyright 1991. On page 354 it states, to turn is "to alter in course."
The appeal being made is to alter your course away ... from your evil ways ... Evil is the Hebrew reference number 7451, explained as "adversity, mischief, wrong, trouble, and sorrow" just to name a few. Way is Hebrew reference number 1870, and it means "a course of life or mode of action." These definitions are found in The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990, on pages 109 and 31, respectively of the Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary.
is commanded to a give solemn and urgent appeal to the house of Israel for immediate attention to be given to altering any course of our lives that is causing us adversity, trouble, and sorrow. To alter the mode of our actions such that it will stop us from doing wrong, acting mischievous, and causing trouble. In other words, turn from our evil ways.
Ezekiel 33:11 continues on to say ... for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Why is explained as for "what purpose or thing," under Hebrew reference number 4100, on page 62 of The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1990.
This defines the most serious question that will be asked by . This question encompasses individual accountability, within the house of Israel, of owning up to what he will be doing that will keep him away from keeping the laws of . In other words, What are the things you have done; or that you own; or that are important enough to die for, O house of Israel? For what purpose would you be willing to die when we have an opportunity to live, simply by casting away your transgressions, O house of Israel? The answer is found in Ezekiel 18:31:
Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?This verse asks the most potent question, one which each person has to answer individually: For we must make ourselves a new heart and take on a new spirit.
Ezekiel 33:10 and 11 show the depth of understanding, forgiveness, and love that the appeal from is showing toward the house (or family) of Israel to keep us from wholly dying. These two verses, hopefully, have helped us look at ourselves. We are not being asked to look at the actions of anyone else, only our own actions. Personally, I'm not worried about what others are doing because what they are doing won't help me get into the Kingdom of Heaven.
In summary, gave the Son of man, , a solemn command to make an urgent appeal to the house of Israel. . This appeal focuses on family members of the house of Israel who show a natural character to follow their own disposition, which is contributing to them deliberately and intentionally refusing to obey the laws of . The appeal also includes family members of the house of Israel who have made mistakes caused by a lack of study skills or not paying attention or seeking knowledge of the laws of .
The facts also revealed the appeal from goes out to family members of the house of Israel who are impulsive and unpredictable, and, therefore not capable of being guided or restrained. These actions result in family members of the house of Israel who fail to act in agreement or harmony with the established principles and standards set forth in the commandments, judgments, laws, and statutes of .
is also commanded to appeal to the family of Israel who have made mistakes caused by a lack of study skills, as well as, those who do not pay attention to or seek the knowledge of the laws of .
appeals to the family members of the house of Israel to discontinue using their physical strength and energy to enthusiastically breaking the laws of .
The question posed by to the house of Israel is how can you be recovered, repaired, or restored to life as wants you to be, if you continue on a destructive path? also commanded to say to the house of Israel that He takes no delight in seeing any of His Children suffering total destruction or disintegration physically, morally, socially, or economically. Nor does He want them to continue to experience agony or suffering. As a matter of fact, wants the wicked of the house of Israel to live by putting away moral wrongness, anger, spite, and maliciousness. This is why the appeal from calls for the wicked of the house of Israel to turn from his way and live.
commands , His appointed Watchman over the house of Israel, to make an appeal to ensure that the wicked of the house of Israel know that by altering their course from wickedness, by transforming themselves and by renewing the spirit of their minds, they can live. When a different course is taken, the wicked in the house of Israel can get back to keeping the laws of . This will help restore the relationship with to a sound and healthy state. And, moreover, that these action are paramount to returning to a conscious state of mind.
also commands to appeal to the wicked of the house of Israel to change from a course of destruction to a course of life by moving around all of the immoral things in their lives so that they can achieve the desired end of living as opposed to dying.
I hope you have enjoyed this inside information. I thank and praise our Father, , for His kindness, His mercy, and His forgiveness. I thank Him also for reaching out to us, the family of Israel. And, even more, I am thankful for this opportunity to be here with you, today. And, I pray that we all take these words to heart. Praise . Praise !