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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

July 1, 2017

Exact Ezekiel
Chapters 16-17


Introduction:
           Ezekiel's prophetic word from God, in Chapter 16, is metaphoric in nature (it is an implied comparison). All of those he addressed were familiar with the prophet Hosea and God's comparison of Israel (10 Northern Tribes) to a prostitute and eventually the picture of an unfaithful wife to the prophet Hosea (Gomer). The two Southern Tribes often gloated on the fact Israel was taken into captivity and they were favored by God.

They knew how God pronounced judgment on Israel's profligate activity. They knew how God portrayed them as a wayward society and how the cultural mores of the Ten Northern tribes had become so blatant that God punished them with captivity. Ezekiel's message, in comparison to Hosea's indictment of Israel, was a searing blow; for now, Hosea's descriptions applied to Judah and Benjamin.

The kind words of Joel's prophecy directed to Judah, in 835 BC, were now overridden by Ezekiel's new appraisal from God.

(Background: In the chronological order of prophetic messages ensconced in the genre of "major and minor prophets," Obadiah [840 BC] was the first; he prophesied against Edom [a part of Jordan today]. Next came the prophet Joel, with the rich promise of a new day of "pouring out God's Spirit." Joel's word was directed to Judah. Then Amos [760 BC] arrived with a word to Israel [Ten Northern tribes]. Next, was Hosea's prophecy to Israel [755].)

Ezekiel's message to Judah (592BC) sounded like the antithesis of the beautiful Song of Solomon, which pictured the Shulamite becoming the bride of the King with all the chaste glory of her whole being.

Ezekiel's raw vision of Judah, a once faithful wife who philanders on her husband, was a portrait of fained love toward God, all the while embracing spiritual adultery.

By comparison, Hosea was commanded to marry a prostitute and to accept her wholesale trysts with outside lovers (in today's terms: an 'open' marriage). She, however, never put on the garment of faithfulness. She did not try to hide her infidelity. The children she bore were named "not mine." The "not mine" disclaimer was given to show she possibly bore them by other men, not Hosea.

Hosea 1:3-10:
So Hosea married Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she became pregnant and gave Hosea a son. 4 And the LORD said, "Name the child Jezreel, for I am about to punish King Jehu's dynasty to avenge the murders he committed at Jezreel. 5 In fact, I will put an end to Israel's independence by breaking its military power in the Jezreel Valley."

6 Soon Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. And the LORD said to Hosea, "Name your daughter Lo-ruhamah - 'Not loved' - for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them. 7 But I, the LORD their God, will show love to the people of Judah. I will personally free them from their enemies without any help from weapons or armies."

8 After Gomer had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she again became pregnant and gave birth to a second son. 9 And the LORD said, "Name him Lo-ammi - 'Not my people' - for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God. 10 Yet the time will come when Israel will prosper and become a great nation.
NLT

Adultery is not like a harlot's philandering. Adultery wears the face of piety, while harboring a hidden cuckold. It is filled with lies and misleading innuendo. In society, while faking love for her husband, she wishes to be in another's arms. Adultery captures the mind, which conceptualizes another's bedchamber. It accepts her husband's love, while covering her desire for a hidden "other." This game of "Charades" is played at a deadly level.

God was married to Judah. He blessed her and loved Jerusalem's Temple. Once, she loved Him with all her heart, but now was restless for change and liberation from the rules of covenant. Temple sacrifices were still going on. Temple services and feasts were maintained. Ritual "this and that" still occupied time and space but had lost its appeal. The sin of Balaam had reached her core.

She lived the lie that buoyed her infidelity. Publicly, she showered her affection on her husband, but inwardly betrayed their bonds. Could this be the case in Revelation, where the indictment, "you have lost your first love" was heard? Could the modern church ever be guilty of spiritual adultery?

The journey of 160 years from Hosea to Ezekiel proved fatal for Judah. Could a 2000 year journey be similar for the church?

CHAPTER 16:

God directed Ezekiel to address Jerusalem. (Mind you, Jerusalem was several hundred miles away, for the prophet was a captive in Babylon.) Ezekiel addressed the congregation who once lived in Jerusalem (It is the obligation of the prophet to give the word; it is God's obligation to see it gets to the appropriate ears).

The Lord's opening volley was an insult to his audience's piety. He called them Canaanites! Canaanites were despised. They were heathen, having no covenant. The Lord's intent was to reveal to Judah that they were acting like heathen with no covenant.

Observe: how God introduced the matter of spiritual adultery as a covenant breaking sin. They owed their whole existence to Him, yet they counted it as nothing. They had formally pledged their troth to Him, thus a marriage agreement. The commitment meant nothing to them.

Ezekiel 16:2-4:
3 Give her this message from the Sovereign LORD: You are nothing but a Canaanite! Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite!

Slapping the face of Judah and insinuating she was the offspring of a heathen unwed union was incomprehensible to them. Amorites and Hittites were their enemies. The Canaanites were considered the trashy residue of a disobedient Israeli army which had failed to eradicate them.

Ezekiel's reality check was to include not only where they originated as the unwanted child of an unwed union, but as an exposed infant. (In ancient times, it was customary to throw an unwanted child into a field and leave them for either death or rescue by another. Female babies were often gathered by "pimps," who raised them to be prostitutes. Today, abortion clinics take them for body parts).

Ezekiel 16:4-5:
4 When you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was left uncut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and dressed in warm clothing. 5 No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were dumped in a field and left to die, unwanted.
NLT

(Caution: The next few verses need to be viewed as the "whole picture" of Judah's subsequent condition. From a loving God--came loving care.)

Ezekiel 16:6:
6 "But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, 'Live!'
NLT

Ezekiel 16:9-10:
9 "Then I bathed you and washed off your blood, and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin. 10 I gave you expensive clothing of linen and silk, beautifully embroidered."
NLT

In other words, He cared for her, favored her with rank and dignity and clothed her with the best. As she grew up, she expected such treatment. She was pampered and spoiled as she eventually grew to a beautiful girl of marriageable age.

Ezekiel 16:7-14:
I helped you to thrive like a plant in the field. You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Your breasts became full, and your hair grew, though you were still naked. 8 And when I passed by and saw you again, you were old enough to be married. So I wrapped my cloak around you to cover your nakedness and declared my marriage vows. I made a covenant with you, says the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.

And (I gave you) sandals made of fine leather. 11 I gave you lovely jewelry, bracelets, and beautiful necklaces, 12 a ring for your nose and earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head. 13 And so you were made beautiful with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods - fine flour, honey, and olive oil - and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! 14 Your fame soon spread throughout the world on account of your beauty, because the splendor I bestowed on you perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign LORD.

Between God's early visitation, when He found her, and the late visitation, where He fell in love with her, she had grown into a beautiful young lady. She was not of His kin. She was not of His blood, so He took her to wife.

A cloak being thrown around an unmarried woman was a sign of betrothal (ie: Boaz and Ruth). She was His! He showered her with attention and luxurious appointments. (I believe this is a history of God's interaction with Judah and the period of time of Solomon, when the kingdom reached age, but they forgot His care in the heat of lust. When the world's compliments meant more to her than her marriage to Him, the covenant was broken.

(O church, Listen! The early and latter rain is a significant parallel here; it is like the early and latter visitation above.)

"Your fame soon spread throughout the world on account of your beauty, BECAUSE I bestowed on you perfected beauty, says the Sovereign Lord."

(Examine this verse. Let it talk to you. In establishing the church as the Bride for His Son, He will not allow it to prostitute itself, for He wishes "perfected beauty" to be the hallmark of His favor. What He could not do for Judah, He will bring to pass in the Church. Those churches that commit adultery with the world will pay the heavy price He exacts.)

Ezekiel 16:15-19:
15 "But you thought you could get along without me, so you trusted instead in your fame and beauty. You gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along. Your beauty was theirs for the asking! 16 You used the lovely things I gave you to make shrines for idols, where you carried out your acts of prostitution. Unbelievable! How could such a thing ever happen? 17 You took the very jewels and gold and silver ornaments I had given you and made statues of men and worshiped them, which is adultery against me. 18 You used the beautifully embroidered clothes I gave you to cover your idols. Then you used my oil and incense to worship them. 19 Imagine it! You set before them as a lovely sacrifice the fine flour and oil and honey I had given you, says the Sovereign LORD. NLT

The underlined passage above explains it all. Spiritual adultery is worse than human adultery because it involves the disruption of union between the people of God and their Maker! Many congregations can be characterized by, "you thought you could get along without Me." World recognition and societal acceptance is a tantalizing departure from filial commitment.

Judah was guilty in several arenas of infidelity. Judah consorted with foreign countries for military protection (ie: Egypt). They adopted the idols of the heathen, and in their homes and Temple apartments there could be seen signs of their lust. They lusted after fame as "a nation among nations" instead of a spiritual theocracy, so they built a sizeable army. They consorted with demons on the "high places" and the plains, for shrines were evident everywhere, even places of human sacrifice.

(Remember: Ezekiel is addressing the people of Jerusalem, who were the Temple elite and those who prided themselves on spiritual prowess. These are they who supported and paid for such activity, whether active themselves or not. These are the captured of Babylon who kept asking, "How did we wind up here?" This scalding indictment from God was an affront to them-but it didn't matter. Exact Ezekiel confronted them!)

Ezekiel 16:20-22:
20 "Then you took your sons and daughters - the children you had borne to me - and sacrificed them to your gods. Was it not enough that you should be a prostitute? 21 Must you also slaughter my children by sacrificing them to idols? 22 In all your years of adultery and loathsome sin, you have not once thought of the days long ago when you lay naked in a field, kicking about in your own blood.
NLT

(Abortion is challenged in these verses. It is a sin, for God said so! It is the outcroppings of a society that had forgotten their first estate and removed the Lord from their equation. But, whether in a captive environment or the result of a revival from God---it must cease.)

Ezekiel 16:23-29:
23 "Your destruction is certain, says the Sovereign LORD. In addition to all your other wickedness, 24 you built a pagan shrine and put altars to idols in every town square. 25 On every street corner you defiled your beauty, offering your body to every passerby in an endless stream of prostitution. 26 Then you added lustful Egypt to your lovers, fanning the flames of my anger with your increasing promiscuity. 27 That is why I struck you with my fist and reduced your boundaries. I handed you over to your enemies, the Philistines, and even they were shocked by your lewd conduct! 28 You have prostituted yourselves with the Assyrians, too. It seems you can never find enough new lovers! And after your prostitution there, you still were not satisfied. 29 You added to your lovers by embracing that great merchant land of Babylonia - but you still weren't satisfied!"
NLT

Review the awesome prospect of competing religions in the land of Israel. God was obliged to share His space with idols and with a people of adulterous hearted acts of rebellion. I ask a simple question: "With what must He share today?" (Well, sharing was guaranteed to end by the Sovereign Lord. The current wide spectrum of religious idiocy will cease also, for what Judah became, the nations of the Christian world have become! The indictment of yesteryear is pertinent today, "It seems you can never find enough new lovers!")

Ezekiel 16:30-34:
30 "What a sick heart you have, says the Sovereign LORD, to do such things as these, acting like a shameless prostitute. 31 You build your pagan shrines on every street corner and your altars to idols in every square. You have been worse than a prostitute, so eager for sin that you have not even demanded payment for your love! 32 Yes, you are an adulterous wife who takes in strangers instead of her own husband. 33 Prostitutes charge for their services - but not you! You give gifts to your lovers, bribing them to come to you. 34 So you are the opposite of other prostitutes. No one pays you; instead, you pay them!
NLT

(Recently, Brent Strawn wrote a book entitled, "The Old Testament is dead." The premise of his research was "why?" He found that Bible folks didn't know the Old Testament, mainly because few preachers chose it for sermonic material. The church folk didn't know its relevance to modern conditions and had only heard rudimentary accounts of "Daniel in the lion's den," or "Ezekiel speaking over dry bones." They didn't know the content of the books, when they were written, to whom they were directed or what were the conditions of the times. [The more I considered Strawn's work, the more I realized why God has me writing commentaries on Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.] Imagine a pastor saying, "Today's message is taken from the 16th chapter of Ezekiel and is entitled, 'Gone a whoring.' ")

(An excerpt from Strawn's book:)
"The patient (OT) is experiencing death throes, and churches and church leaders are largely to blame."

Ezekiel's narrative continued, but we are not privy to what must have been the astonished reaction of those who heard it.

Ezekiel 16:35-41:
35 "Therefore, you prostitute, listen to this message from the LORD! 36 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you have exposed yourself in prostitution to all your lovers, and because you have worshiped detestable idols, and because you have slaughtered your children as sacrifices to your gods, 37 this is what I am going to do. I will gather together all your allies - these lovers of yours with whom you have sinned, both those you loved and those you hated - and I will strip you naked in front of them so they can stare at you. 38 I will punish you for your murder and adultery. I will cover you with blood in my jealous fury. 39 Then I will give you to your lovers - these many nations - and they will destroy you. They will knock down your pagan shrines and the altars to your idols. They will strip you and take your beautiful jewels, leaving you completely naked and ashamed. 40 They will band together in a mob to stone you and run you through with swords. 41 They will burn your homes and punish you in front of many women. I will see to it that you stop your prostitution and end your payments to your many lovers.
NLT

There is coming a day when that which was hidden will be shouted from the rooftops. Judah thought they had things undercover, functioning without traditional boundaries. They were the new progressives with the idea of "looking like all the other nations." Incorporating all the elements of the known world was causing Jerusalem and its territories of Judah and Benjamin to be more "cosmopolitan." After all, their "tolerance" would be cited as exemplary…UNTIL GOD!

Ezekiel 16:42-45:
42 "Then at last my fury against you will be spent, and my jealous anger will subside. I will be calm and will not be angry with you anymore. 43 But first, because you have not remembered your youth but have angered me by doing all these evil things, I will fully repay you for all of your sins, says the Sovereign LORD. For to all your disgusting sins, you have added these lewd acts. 44 Everyone who makes up proverbs will say of you, 'Like mother, like daughter.' 45 For your mother loathed her husband and her children, and so do you. And you are exactly like your sisters, for they despised their husbands and their children. Truly your mother must have been a Hittite and your father an Amorite.
NLT

The original indictment at the opening of this chapter is now explained. It is not "like father, like son," for that would be like Jesus and His Father. No, it is "like mother, like daughter."

Now that their parentage is fixed, God explored the family tree. It isn't a pretty sight, for those who heard this message must have been astonished at the Lord's appraisal. The question is, "What would His appraisal of the church and society be today?" His appraisal is the one that counts!

Ezekiel 16:46-50:
46 "Your older sister was Samaria, who lived with her daughters in the north. Your younger sister was Sodom, who lived with her daughters in the south. 47 But you have not merely sinned as they did - no, that was nothing to you. In a very short time you far surpassed them! 48 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, Sodom and her daughters were never as wicked as you and your daughters. 49 Sodom's sins were pride, laziness, and gluttony, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. 50 She was proud and did loathsome things, so I wiped her out, as you have seen. NLT

Samaria was known for its idols. The ten Northern tribes separated themselves from Judah and Benjamin, ordained their own priests, simulated the sacrifices of Jerusalem's Temple, despised their Southern brothers, and found themselves outside the protection of the Lord and subjected to the Assyrian captivity. They were carried away from God's territory and ultimately scattered abroad through all the nations.

Sodom, with its rampant homosexuality, was onerous to the Jews. Its example is known throughout history. As far back as Abraham's day, no worthy Israelite would want to be identified as a "family relative to Sodom." Yet, the sin of Sodom is now appropriated to Judah and Jerusalem. Verse forty-nine spells it out: pride (today's Gay Pride proponents date back to ancient times), laziness, gluttony and a heart of stone toward the person of others. Does this describe those who have "come out" and deem the Old Testament as irrelevant in modern thought? Note: the Lord took responsibility for the fiery destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, lest someone conclude it was a volcanic eruption and/or an act of nature.

The Lord says when He restores Samaria and Sodom, He will restore Judah and Benjamin.

Ezekiel 16:53-58:
53 "But someday I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and Samaria, and I will restore you, too. 54 Then you will be truly ashamed of everything you have done, for your sins make them feel good in comparison. 55 Yes, your sisters, Sodom and Samaria, and all their people will be restored, and at that time you also will be restored. 56 In your proud days you held Sodom in contempt. 57 But now your greater wickedness has been exposed to all the world, and you are the one who is scorned - by Edom and all her neighbors and by Philistia. 58 This is your punishment for all your disgusting sins, says the Lord."
NLT

Edom was the subject of the first prophet in the major or minor line of prophets (Obadiah, 840BC). He declared Edom would become a city of Jackals, wild beasts and fowls. The thriving city fell and is characterized to this day as "desolate." Verse fifty-seven is a severe rebuke, with long standing implication. Consider the plight of the Jews in history.

From verse fifty-nine to the end of the chapter, the Lord offers hope. He did send a redeemer, His son, as a sacrifice for their sins. He has grafted in the heathen (Gentile world) and made sinners of every sort able to obtain forgiveness. He has made a covenant that supersedes the Old Covenant, a covenant that shall not be broken or changed. He has carried out every promise made to Israel from their infancy in the new covenant. Hallelujah, what a Savior.

Ezekiel 16:59-63:
59 "Now this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will give you what you deserve, for you have taken your solemn vows lightly by breaking your covenant. 60 Yet I will keep the covenant I made with you when you were young, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. 61 Then you will remember with shame all the evil you have done. I will make your sisters, Samaria and Sodom, to be your daughters, even though they are not part of our covenant. 62 And I will reaffirm my covenant with you, and you will know that I am the LORD. 63 You will remember your sins and cover your mouth in silence and shame when I forgive you of all that you have done, says the Sovereign LORD."
NLT

CHAPTER 17:

Ezekiel received another graphic from God. It involved two great eagles: Babylon and Egypt.
(Remember: this is close to the time of demise for the city of Jerusalem. Zedekiah is still King and Jeremiah is still functioning as the lone prophet in the land.)

When Zedekiah took office as King, being from the royal family, he pledged allegiance to Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah understood this and cautioned him not to rebel against his captors. Zedekiah was obstinate, even though Jeremiah was his kin. He, and the counselors of his administration, sent letters to the King of Egypt seeking to employ him in a pact to defend Israel. For the money involved, Egypt agreed. Egypt was the second eagle and with all their resources, they could not keep Israel whole. Nebuchadnezzar eventually conquered Egypt as well. Babylon took revenge on Zedekiah by taking him to their country, beheading his two sons and blinding him after that event. They burned the city of Jerusalem, destroyed their Temple and tore away sections of the wall surrounding it. Most of the defenders perished in battle. Those that were captured were taken to Ezekiel's camp where they still maintained their rebellious attitude, much to the amazement of those who preceded them. Stupidity is bone deep.

This graphic is about what will happen in history-future while Jerusalem was intact. It is to be shown to the "rebels."

Ezekiel 17:12:
12 "Say to these rebels of Israel: Don't you understand the meaning of this riddle of the eagles? I will tell you, says the Sovereign LORD. NLT

God said all the following would happen because He is punishing Israel for breaking His covenant.

Ezekiel 17:15-18:
This man of Israel's royal family rebelled against Babylon, sending ambassadors to Egypt to request a great army and many horses. Can Israel break her sworn treaties like that and get away with it? 16 No! For as surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, the king of Israel will die in Babylon, the land of the king who put him in power and whose treaty he despised and broke. 17 Pharaoh and all his mighty army will fail to help Israel when the king of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem again and destroys the lives of many. 18 For the king of Israel broke his treaty after swearing to obey; therefore, he will not escape.
NLT

Ezekiel 17:20-21:
I will throw my net over him and capture him in my snare. I will bring him to Babylon and deal with him there for this treason against me.
NLT

The Lord of mercy then gave a promise which was fulfilled by Jesus.

Ezekiel 17:22-24:
22 "And the Sovereign LORD says: I will take a tender shoot from the top of a tall cedar, and I will plant it on the top of Israel's highest mountain. 23 It will become a noble cedar, sending forth its branches and producing seed. Birds of every sort will nest in it, finding shelter beneath its branches. 24 And all the trees will know that it is I, the LORD, who cuts down the tall tree and helps the short tree to grow tall. It is I who makes the green tree wither and gives new life to the dead tree. I, the LORD, have spoken! I will do what I have said."
NLT

Jesus is that tender plant in dry ground (hard place to grow). Earlier, Isaiah gave a prophecy in this form:

Isaiah 53:1-6:
Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground
.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
NKJV

Chapter 17 has another interesting facet in that God expects man to honor his covenants, whether to Him or to man. Oaths of office are a bond to be carried out to the letter before the Lord. Somehow, in my life time, that fact has been eroded and man's word is now carelessly given.


Until Next month,


Dr. Cosby R. Oliver, PhD.






From the Mailbag:


Col. Mac, K, Elmira, NY:

Just been mulling end time activities. I believe God is going to pour out His Spirit over America and we are going to experience the greatest awakening the church has ever seen. I also am convinced it will come first through children, teens and young people. Also, I am convinced there will be another exodus of God's people (whether spiritual or actual), which will again separate them from the world that would seek to impede them. Whether God will raise up another Moses can be questioned, but I plan to keep my walking shoes on just in case. In Num 33 the Lord had Israel camp on 42 sites (could this parallel Rev.12:14 and the woman's flight?). Another interesting study that has caught my attention is the every time it mentions "eagle wings" in Scripture, they are associated with exodus. Apart that here are a few scriptures I found helpful: Ex. 19:4; Isa. 40:32; Deut 18:15, 18-19; Acts 3:22,23; Jer.23 and Ezekiel 36.

Hope you found all this intriguing too.

          Response: Bless you Col. K, I have my walking shoes on.

Jan, F. Newfoundland:

Thank you, Dr. Oliver and Betty, for the wealth of the knowledge of God stored in your newsletters. They are a blessing to me and everyone who reads them. Blessings from on High.

Response: Thank you Jan, for the encouragement to keep on with the monthly Newsletters. What began many years ago as a "trial" run has blossomed beyond anything we could have imagined.




Prayer Focus:

From Lucy Murcia:

Greetings To you Dr Oliver and all prayer warriors!

Please, pray for my country, Venezuela. Very little is heard here because the "president/dictator" kicked the mass media out of the country. Millions have manifested peacefully and unarmed during the last 5 weeks. However, more than 67 people, the big majority of them between 14 and 25 years old, have been killed by the regime since the people started protesting.

The government dismantled the Supreme Court and now wants to draft a new constitution to impose a communist regime, Russia/Cuba style. The country has been ransacked by the criminals in power who have become the new Florida millionaires and narcotic traffickers. The people are dying for a lack of medicine and food. The nation is on the edge of the abyss.

Christians have contacted me asking for prayer since there aren't places to get food close to some of them. Needless to say, there are tons of Cubans and Iranians posing as Venezuelan army, arresting and torturing Venezuelans. Hundreds of the people detained during these protests are being tried by military tribunals, while they are unarmed civilians.

Please, pray for deliverance from this diabolical regime, who even dared to replace the words "our Father in heaven" in the Lord's prayer with the name of the previous dictator "Chavez", and dare to "pray" this blasphemy in their meetings.

Needless to say, Chavez introduced heavy witchcraft in all levels of government. Pray for a spirit of repentance and prayer on the population, and that the Lord will raise a new government that will care for His laws: Justice, Mercy, and Truth and will get to know the true Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings!
Lucy Murcia

In response to Lucy's appeal came these two prophetic prayers:


This response from Robin:

Brother Oliver,

Always willing to proclaim God's Word which is Impeccable over his people. These prayer Bullets have been shot and their tips are wet with the strength of God's Holy Word in Jesus name! We will never Give Up or Apologize for Gods Truth!! We Stand Together in Jesus name!!

It is Written: I Samuel 17:45-47 Then David Said to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, with a spear and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, The God of the armies of Israel whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand and strike you and take your head from you and I will give your carcasses of the army of the Philistines this day to the fowls of the air and t the wild beasts of the earth, so all the earth will know that there is a God in Israel.
  • Therefore, O Lord, deliver and strike the Head of this evil regime that has come up against the people in the land of Colonia Tovar, so that all will know there is a God who stands for his people in Venezuela in Jesus name.
It is Written: Psalm 59:2-9 Deliver me from my enemies! O my God, defend me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of wickedness and save me from bloody men. For lo, they lie in wait for my life: the mighty have gathered against me, not for my transgressions or my sin, Lord. They run and prepare themselves outside when I have been without sin. Awake to help me and see! You therefore, Lord God of Hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the nations. They return at evening. They make a noise like a dog and go all around the city. Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips, for they say who is listening. But You, LORD, will laugh at them: You will have all the nations in derision,
  • You, evil leaders, armies of oppression residing in Venezuela, Hear the Laughter of The Almighty God!, Be consumed by the Fire of God and placed into derision now in Jesus Mighty Name!You, evil leaders, armies of oppression residing in Venezuela, Hear the Laughter of The Almighty God!, Be consumed by the Fire of God and placed into derision now in Jesus Mighty Name!
It is Written: Job 12:21 He pours contempt on princes and weakens the strength of the mighty.
  • Increase Venezuala O Lord! Heal the wounds of the land in Colonia Tovar and its people. Weaken the the strength of this raging army and its leaders in Jesus Name!
It is written:Proverbs 3:26 do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of the trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence. And will keep your foot from being caught
  • Therefore, O Lord, cover Lucy and her Husband and the people of Venezuela from the activities of spiritual and natural terrorists in Jesus' name.
It is written: Luke 18:3 avenge me of my adversary .
  • Therefore, O God, arise and avenge the people in Colonia Tovar Venezuela of all their adversaries in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Jude. 5:20 they fought from the heavens; the stars from their courses fought against Sisera .
  • Therefore,O heavens, fight for the people in Venezuela this hour in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Ezekiel. 20:38 I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
  • Therefore, O Lord, purge and sanitize Colonia Tovar and the land of Venezuela from the spirits of death, hatred and oppression and rebels in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Ezekiel. 16:23 Then it was so, after all your wickedness- 'woe, woe to you!' says the Lord God .
  • Therefore, woe unto all the vessels that the enemy is using to do harm to the women, men, children, families, and land in Venezuela in the name of Jesus.
It is written:Ezekiel. 16:27 Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you…
  • Therefore, let all the enemies of those residing in Venezuela be delivered into the hands of their enemies in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Ezekiel. 21:32 You shall be for fuel of fire; your blood shall be in the midst of the land. You shall not be remembered, for I the Lord have spoken.
  • Therefore, let all the spiritual enemies of Colonia Tovar, its people the individuals and families in Venezuela become fuel for divine fire in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Ezekiel. 30:8 Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I have set a fire in Egypt and all her helpers are destroyed
  • Therefore, O Lord, let all the helpers of Venezuela's enemies be destroyed in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Jeremiah. 14:16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; they will have no one to bury them-them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters-for I will pour their wickedness on them .
  • Therefore,O Lord, pour the wickedness of those who seek to destroy Venezuela, its government and people upon their own heads in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Jeremiah. 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon. All you who bend the bow encamp against it all around; let none of them escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all she has done, do to her; For she has been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel
  • Therefore, let all the hosts of the Lord turn against the spiritual enemies of Venezuela and its people in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Psalm. 68:1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him
  • Therefore, O God arise, and let all your enemies in Venezuela and in the lives of the people there be scattered in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Romans.8:27 And he that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God .
  • Therefore, the intercessory prayers of Jesus, who is seated on the right hand of the throne of God, will not be in vain over the people of Venezuela and the land, in the name of Jesus.
It is written: Psalm. 121:5-8 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is the shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore .
  • Therefore, O Lord,spread your covering of fire and the blood of Jesus over The people of Venezuela and every household in the precious name of Jesus.
It is written: 1 Thessalonians.5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you .
  • Therefore, I thank you Father, for raising a spiritual shield over Lucy her husband and the country of Venezuela and its people. Thank you for comforting the heart and mind of Lucy as she continues to translate En Punto into Spanish. God you know all things, if there is such a thing as a SCRIBE ANGEL or a TRANSLATION ANGEL let that Angel be present with Lucy always as she lays her hand to this work. Thank you for hearing my prayers and the prayers of all your children. Thank you for responding swiftly to the cry of the people in Venezuela. Thank you Father for replacing chaos with peace that comes only from you that surpasses all understanding. Blessed be your name for all the answers to our prayers in Jesus' name. Amen
Love Always,
Robin

This response from Bruce:

Below is additional info and associated prayer bullets. I heard the Word, "Upheaval"

Moses received this account, "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are very powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there." 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan. Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." Numbers 13:27-30
  • The people of the land of Venezuela are frightened. Father, in the Name of Jesus, silence the people's fears and bring peace, security, and comfort to them in Jesus Name!


  • Father, in Jesus Name, raise up and bring forth a Joshua and Caleb to go up and re-take possession of the Venezuelan land for Your Glory!


  • Father, in Jesus Name, root out all evil leaders, Amalekites, Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, and all descendants of Anak in Jesus Name!
God bless, Bruce



Special Report:

From Brian Troxel:
Email: brian@troxel.ca
Web: http://www.aword.info

Christian church DESTROYED as Chinese police drag worshippers into street and beat them

CHINESE police destroyed a church after dragging worshippers out of the building and beating them in the street.


Chinese police demolished a church in a similar incident to May 2016 (pictured)

Violence broke out in Shanggiu in Henan province after 300 police officers and officials demolished the Shuangmiao Christian Church-which was under construction.

Officers dragged out around 40 Christians with one worshipper comparing the brutal scenes to the Japanese invasion of China during the Second World War, according to charity China Aid.

Eight Christians remain in custody following the incident amid a crackdown on churches by the communist regime.

China Aid

China Aid said: "During the demolition, officials beat dozens of church members, pushing them to the ground and twisting their hands.

"The church was completely razed, and a church member likened the scene to the Japanese invasion of China during World War II. "Of the 40 Christians seized, eight are still in custody, and the cases of Shuangmiao Christian Church pastor Zhang Di and the church's vice director, Lû Yuexia, were recently transferred to the Procuratorate, which will decide whether or not to formalise their arrest."

The Chinese Communist Party has launched a major crackdown on religion


Eight Christians remain in custody

The Supreme People's Procuratorate is the highest agency in China responsible for prosecutions.

According to churchgoers Xi Jinping's Communist Party ordered the church to be destroyed after branding the building an "illegal structure".

Party officials were sent to the church to search the building and belongings of people on site.


Christians in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, worship in the rubble of their demolished church on May 22, 2016


China Aid said the party confiscated phones and other personal property, damaged closets, smashed offering boxes, and stole laptops, money, and jewelry.

The demolition came as row between the church and government escalated over allegations the church refused to pay a £450 arbitrary road usage fee.

Pastor Zhang Di was summoned for questioning last month and accused of assaulting police officers and attacking a village official.

Church leaders are urging the government to release the pastor and churchgoers. They are also calling for police linked to the investigation to be punished.

The Chinese Communist Party has launched a major crackdown on religion in recent months in an attempt to oppress religious freedom and exercise control.

Churches not sanctioned by the government have been put under surveillance with hundreds of Christians arrested for disturbing public order for offenses such as holding bible study groups and displaying crucifixes outside their homes. There have been reports of Christians being banned from praying, singing hymns, crosses removed from buildings and people arrested for attending church services.



From Brian Mason:

Heaven Sent Revival
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Psalm 24:3-5 King James Authorised Version

The assurance of a heaven sent revival should bring a desire to seek the conditions to ensure that this is not just a possibility but a reality. The first realisation is that God is holy. For prayer to reach God this has to be made in heaven for this is to be made in the place of power, the place of authority and that is in Christ Jesus. Earthly prayers stay on earth and do not reach God. Prayer made in heavenly places is in the Spirit where we are spiritually with Him as He is at the right-hand of the Father and as the Son of God He has all authority in heaven and on earth. This is the place only for those who have clean hands and pure hearts. There is the requirement of a total separation from all sin, all known sin confessed and forgiven through the cleansing of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Having been crucified with Him and through receiving His resurrection life comes the assurance of the ongoing victory over all sin.

"For he that is dead is freed from sin." Romans 6:7.

The way to receive the "blessing from the LORD" is now open, for this blessing in none other than revival. This is personal revival.

What a difference from the so-called revivals being spoken of in these days. For these lack the separation unto holiness and often end with the revealing of sins of the flesh life rather than the newness of life in the Lord Jesus Christ. How can that which can still have sin in the lives of those being called leaders of revival be heaven sent revival? Contrast this with:

"For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground." Isaiah 44:3.

It is the thirsty for God Himself rather than for fleshly experiences and uncleanness who are going to break through to God in prayer. This was the shown to be true in the lead-up to the Hebrides revival which started in December 1949. Are you thirsting for God Himself alone, should you be seeking to see a heaven-sent revival? It was also the total dependence upon God in humility and willing to be abased

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:12)

For Christ as nothings in this world rather than so-called personalities with their revival programmes, which God will never hear. Those like Peggy and Christine Smith, two sisters in their 80's who because of infirmity were confined to their cottage. Yet they knew God and how to pray through to God. It was their persistence over many months along with some men who also met separately in prayer twice a week which brought about the breakthrough. Peggy and Christine Smith and the men knew that the honour of God was at stake whilst the house of God was being forsaken by the young people who were being drawn into the ways of the world.

In these days there is a great apostasy in most of that which still calls itself Christianity and Church and is sin in the sight of the holiness of God. There can still be heaven-sent revival because God says:

"For I am the Lord, I change not" Malachi 3:6.

It is the unchangeable God in whom confidence can be placed when the conditions are met, He will answer.

"Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence." Isaiah 64:1.

Are you in earnest to give yourself in absolute abandonment to God for His honour is at stake whilst so-called Christianity and Church is in apostasy and rebellion to God by rejecting His Word? This is far greater than the young people not attending the church on the Isle of Lewis in 1949. Will you join me in being on your faces before the holiness of God to seek a heaven-sent revival no matter how long it takes to pray through? The answer is assured when your position in Christ is a living reality within you. So abandoned to Him that through a humility like that of Jesus Christ Himself and a willingness to be a doormat for the so-called Christianity and Church to walk over and reject so that God will hear the prayers of the Holy Ghost through those who are wholly His. Then God will come down as God and fill the whole community with Himself and lost, hell deserving sinners shall be brought to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. God shall uphold His own honour yet He needs us to be willing to be made willing for all He has to do through us.

Reverend Brian Mason
Bible College Wales
Rhos on Sea
Email: brianmason4219@gmail.com



Missions Report:

From Sid Luke Ministries; Alexandria, La.


Sid Luke Ministries, Inc.
P. O. Box 12223
Alexandria, La. 71315-2223
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www.sidlukemin.org

Greetings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord! We are so thankful for the mercies of the Lord as He answered prayers by the people in Ovalle, Chile. First week of May, Ovalle (on the border of Atacama Desert) was hit with an extremely heavy 3-day rainfall, overflowing one of the local reservoir, causing the river to damage the local water supply which has prevented the entire area from having water supply for 2 weeks! Individuals in lower lying areas & the downtown area were called to be on alert of possible evacuation due to the river flooding. Thank the Lord the rains stopped in time!

The construction in Tizapan El Alto, Jalisco Mexico is moving forward. The people are extremely excited to see that soon they will have their own place to worship Jesus. After having to move 3 times for various reasons, including increased rent, the anticipation of having a place of their own is an exciting event. Thank you for helping with this construction.


Pictures 1 & 2: Church in Tizapan - Picture 3: Church in Aquilas Serdan

The construction in Aquilas Serdan, Michoacàn Mexico is moving forward. We recently had to drill a well since water is not always available after 3pm.

At the church in Zamora, Michoacàn Mexico, the Day of the Child was celebrated at the end of April & this year, as every year, the teachers made it special for each child. They were given homemade crafts & treats made with love by their teachers. The younger children also did a reenactment of the Arc of Noah for the church. These ladies are so very special with amazing talent, constantly training others in ministerial gifts.


Thank you for helping in the constructions of these different building and for investing in the lives of so many who are changing the lives of others. We have breaking news: our new webpage is under construction, BUT there are some links now working: videos, newsletters, a link to Radio Fuego(Fire) & the Donate button for anyone who would prefer to use Paypal. This Donate button is the only one on internet connected directly to this ministry. We are working hard to update this page, but we ask you to keep us in prayer concerning this endeavor. We love and appreciate your prayers, support & love!

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our soon coming King!

In His vineyard together for His honor and glory,

Sid & Kathy Luke

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