In chapter 24 of Ezekiel it discusses the SIEGE of Jerusalem (v. 2); and it also discusses the death of the prophet’s wife (vv. 16-18). To put everything in its proper perspective, let’s first consider what this chapter really is all about.
In the Ezekiel booklet Mr. Flurry explained:
Ezekiel 24 contains one of the Bible’s strongest, most astonishing messages addressed specifically to God’s people.
Before we see what that message is, let’s note how the chapter ends: “In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 24:27). Keep this in mind. This is the point of this chapter, and, again, a dominant theme of the book of Ezekiel.
Now, the beginning of the chapter: “Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord come unto me, saying, Son of man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day” (verses1-2). The day God gave this revelation to Ezekiel commemorated the day of the siege of Jerusalem. Some Jews still fast on this day annually. It was a terrible time in Judah when Jerusalem was besieged. (p. 92)
Again, Mr. Flurry emphasized that “Ezekiel 24 contains one of the Bible’s strongest, most astonishing messages addressed specifically to God’s people.” (op.cit.)
Is the Philadelphia Church of God exempted from this prophecy in Ezekiel 24? Or does it really apply specifically to us? The answer is a resounding YES! It does apply directly to us in the PCG!
Whereas the prophet Ezekiel discusses a siege in verse 2 while at the same he discusses God’s sanctuary being profaned (v. 21). This is the same story line in Ezekiel 4 wherein God through the prophet Ezekiel portrayed a siege on Jerusalem (v. 1-3). The siege in Ezekiel 24 is in the context of the death of the prophet’s wife (v. 16-18) which pictures the sanctuary or the Church. Again going back to chapter 4, it is actually God who laid the siege on spiritual Jerusalem and it is to be a sign for Israel, while in chapter 24 it is also God who profaned His sanctuary and the son of man is to be a sign. This is just one story! The end time types in both instances are to become a sign.
We must also remember that God’s house was built by the two women (the Laodiceans with the Philadelphians) carrying the ephah (Zech. 5:9-11) which was very much associated with the 6th year death anniversary of the wife of That Prophet on September 5, 2010! This is a very, very sober warning to the PCG! The people in God’s Church must wake up!
“Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.” (Ezek. 24:21)
Here is what Mr. Flurry wrote about this verse:
God says He will PROFANE HIS SANCTUARY. He is going to profane HIS VERY OWN BRIDE! Can we see why God says, don’t get too caught up in mourning if you lose your bride? What about God’s Bride? (P. 98, Ezekiel booklet)
Yes, what about GOD’S VERY OWN BRIDE? Mr. Flurry taught us that this prophecy is for the Laodiceans – the WCG and the other offshoots. Yet if we look closely, those Laodiceans outside of the PCG were already profaned PRIOR to the death of his wife, Mrs. Barbara Flurry. In the Ezekiel 24 prophecy, her death (vv. 16-18) is supposed to happen BEFORE the sanctuary is to be profaned (v. 21). So this sanctuary pertains to none other than the PCG and not those Laodicean groups outside who were already on that spiritual condition!
As we progress, it will become clear as to whom God is referring to when He says,
“Behold, I will profane my sanctuary”:
In verse 21, the word “pitieth” in Strong’s could also mean “delight”, which would make the phrase “that which your soul pitieth” to become “that which your soul delights”. So it can now be read this way:
“Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul delights.”
So, as clearly indicated here that it is the SANCTUARY or the CHURCH that has become the OBJECT OF THEIR AFFECTION rather than GOD! This was what happened in the WCG and Mr. Flurry wrote about it in the Jeremiah booklet:
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.” (Jer. 7:3-4).
The PCG saw it happen in the WCG, yet it is happening again in their midst, but much more than that, they attach deep feelings of affection to it – with pride, with desire and with delight.
“Left” in Strong’s means, to loosen, i.e. relinquish, permit, etc.:–commit self. Substituting the word “left” by its other meaning which is “committed”, we now have “and your sons and your daughters whom ye have committed shall fall by the sword”
And since this latter thought is separated by a semi-colon to that of the former one, it then indicates a closer relation to the subject at hand which is the sanctuary. The word “fall” in Strong’s is “naphal” (H5307) also means:
a primary root; to fall, in a great variety of applications: – be accepted, cast self, cast down, cast out, cease, die, divide by lot, let fail, cause to fall away, be judged by mistake, lay along, cause to lie down, light down, be lost, lying, overthrow, overwhelm, perish, make to rot, slay, smite out, throw down.
“Sword” according to the Bible is the “the word of God” (Eph 6:17, Heb. 4:12, Rev. 1:16, Rev. 2:16).
Does it mean that their sons and daughters, whom they commit to the sanctuary (or simply, the Church), which is the excellency of their strength, the desire of their eyes and that which their soul delights, shall then fall by the sword or God’s words (PCG literatures)? There are actually 9 books which the PCG ministers requires those whom they have suspended that they must read. (The list below may be different at times depending on the minister, yet the fact is, there are still 9 books which a suspended member or even a teen must read before he is to be accepted again.)
- Mystery of the Ages
- Malachi’s Message to God’s Church Today
- Who is That Prophet?
- The Last Hour
- The God Family Vision
- United States and Britain in Prophecy
- Missing Dimension in Sex
- Incredible Human Potential
- God’s Family Government
It does mean that even the teens and the younger ones inside the PCG shall have several differing predicament in the hands of those ministers that besiege the sanctuary all over the world: If the sword or God’s words (the 9 books) has been wielded in front of the family or their sons and daughters or the teens, below are their most probable plight:
Either the son or the daughter of a member will be accepted and continue to attend Church services if he/she or the family is a close friend or in good status; or it could be that he/she cast himself or herself out of the Church or he/she is cast down by the minister; or he/she ceases to attend Church services and eventually die spiritually; or the minister will cause division among the peers of their sons and daughters; or it could be that the minister would cause them to fail and eventually cause them to fall away from the truth; or they could be judged by mistake and be spiritually lost in the process; and the list goes on as meaning from the original Hebrew word of “fall” suggests.
Should any of the family member would try to speak out and reason with them, they will be overthrown – suspended from attending Church services. And the worst case would be, they could be disfellowshipped and marked – make to rot and eventually perish spiritually.
If anyone who has been thrown down and wounded and he/she wanted to return to attend Church services, he/she will have to face the sword again to be accepted.
Inside God’s sanctuary, the language of the spiritual siege in Ezekiel 4 resonates – sword, soldiers, armies and captains surrounding spiritual Jerusalem and they are likened to an impregnable IRON WALL! It is a strong wall of separation between the people and That Prophet. And no one could ever get through to Mr. Flurry, should the people ever try to –they will be spiritually slain by the captains. THEY USE THE SPIRITUAL SWORD TO CUT OFF THE MEMBERS FROM HAVING AN ACCESS TO GOD! (See also Matt. 23:13)
Referring to the siege, Mr. Flurry noted: “It was a terrible time in Judah when Jerusalem was besieged.” (op. cit.) – (It is very much true in every detail once we fully grasp its spiritual fulfillment in this end time happening inside the Philadelphia Church of God.)
“…and your sons and your daughters whom ye have committed shall fall by the sword” – This could also refer to the physical sword of the physical siege (Great Tribulation) for those sons and daughters whom they committed to the sanctuary which God has profaned, i.e. their children who were under the STRONG DELUSION that God sent involving a work in Ireland.
“And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.”(Ezek. 4:2)
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