Central Streaming: Shepherds (Kenny Washington)

The_Vision_of_The_Valley_of_The_Dry_Bones-810x557Looking at Ezekiel 34, Kenny reminds us that with Christ as our Shepherd, we area never alone.  He also shows us some principles of leadership.

     Ezekiel 34.mp3  (Kenny Washington)

Central Streaming: Actually, it isn’t all about the economy.

The_Vision_of_The_Valley_of_The_Dry_Bones-810x557At the height of Tyre’s glory, Ezekiel prophesies the demise of that economic powerhouse..

Ezekiel 26-27.pdf       Ezekiel 26-27.mp3

Central Streaming: The Vine

The_Vision_of_The_Valley_of_The_Dry_Bones-810x557Ezekiel prophesies against Jerusalem using the picture of charred and useless vine wood to illustrate the current state of the city.  Jesus declares himself to be the true vine, telling us we need to abide in him.

Ezekiel 15.pdf            Ezekiel 15.mp3

Israel, Turkey and Iran

Those interested in Bible prophecy might be intrigued by an article in the Jerusalem Post from Thursday, February 19, 2009.   It points out a noticeable shift in political focus in Turkey, which has in the past been very western-leaning, but now has an Islamist-led government.

The connection with Bible prophecy is found in Ezekiel 38, where a coalition is formed to attack Israel led by “Rosh” (Russia), but including Persia (Iran) and Gomer (Turkey).  This coalition is destined to fail. 

For anyone wanting additional information or explanation about Ezekiel 38-39, I’m including a link to my own notes.  These were written in July of 2005, when we were studying Ezekiel at Horizon Central. 

Finally, there is also a link to a 2005 article from the Middle East Forum, expressing doubt as to whether Turkey can maintain its pro-western tilt.

Jerusalem Post Article

Ezekiel38-39.pdf

Article from Middle East Forum

Thanks to John Colón for pointing out the article in JPost.

The Goodness and Severity of God

The prophet Ezekiel had just run down a list of problems still visible in a nation already in the process of being destroyed and taken into captivity.  But the Lord allows him to give them one more message of hope.  If they repent, they can still be spared from what looks like certain doom.

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord GOD. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” – Ezekiel 18:30-32 (NKJV)

“Turn and live.”  That’s really the message of the Gospel in its most reduced form.  We must turn from our sin and receive the life that God offers through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.   But the alternative is not living in neutrality towards God.  The alternative is not life at all, but death.  This is a harsh but merciful message.  This is the choice that each person faces.  Here we see that God is both love and light by His very nature and in His character is no darkness at all.

Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God… – Romans 11:22 (NKJV)