Ezekiel’s Seventy Years,
|I Saw Visions of Elohim
Yehuveh has always been able to provide for and protect His chosen people. The Hebrew word el means strength and the plural form of this word, elohim, represents the collected strength of all of the el’s. The el’s are understood in Qaballah as ten qualities which manifest the nature of Yehuveh: “choice, knowledge, wisdom, mercy, justice, patience, grace, honor, provision, protection, respect, love.” Because we are “made in His image, and after His likeness,” we evidence the same qualities or strengths. [In nature they also represent what we have come to know as the forces of nature: gravity, wind, osmotic pressure, electromagnetic forces, atomic forces, etc.] Within these qualities Yehuveh desires us to rest in Him. Genesis 1:27.
Ezekiel was shown the ongoing dynamic tension between what Yehuveh desired for His people and the actual course of events. The violent history of the nation of Israel pivoted on the choices made by a few leaders in 1946. They preferred the “paths of Egypt and Babylon” to being “redeemed by judgment” in trusting Yehuveh. Throughout the remaining years of Yehuveh’s indignation, they have lived with the bloody results of these choices.
Now we face another opportunity. As the seventy years of indignation near their end, Yehuveh says to the upcoming generation, “Turn ye unto Me, saith Yehuveh of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith Yehuveh of hosts. Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith Yehuveh of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto Me, saith Yehuveh.” Zechariah 1:3-4.
Isaiah 24 describes vividly the upcoming events, “Behold, Yehuveh maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.” But the very next chapter starts with the words, “O Yehuveh, Thou art my Elohim [my choice, my knowledge, my wisdom, my mercy, my justice, my patience, my grace, my honor, my provision, my protection, my respect, my love]; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” When the present nation of Israel has been utterly devastated and its people scattered, Yehuveh will establish it again with a new group of individuals who understand His counsel and look to Him for their wisdom, defense, provision and justice. Isaiah 24:1; 25:1.
You and I stand at the threshold of deliverance, the time which countless generations have longed for. We dare not make the mistakes of our fathers at this time. Prayerfully, we must learn the lessons that seventy years of indignation have still not taught the people now living in the nation of Israel. Throughout the early years of this century and particularly in 1946, Chaim Weismann and a few other leaders involved in developing the plans for the a homeland State of Israel understood these issues. Had their counsel been heeded, these cursed years of violence need never have taken place. Best we realize these lessons now and heed Zechariah’s appeal.
Originally Written: 7 June 2006
Latest Update: 20 November 2007
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