Mother of Israel
Ezekiel 19:2 -
And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.
In Ezekiel chapter 19 the Lord is talking to princes of Israel about their mother. Most people think this mother to be the nation Israel but is not so.
The Lord is talking to His people, and only when the whole lamentation is taken into consideration then only it gives a clear picture of who the mother is.
The mother here is the Church started through Abraham and it talks of her 2 young lions. The first young lion is the Jewish Church which was founded through Moses. Although Moses bought the people out of Egypt yet the Lord says it was taken bonded unto Egypt. This Egypt which the Lord talks of is not the country Egypt but the meanings of the word 'Egypt' which symbolizes double way of life. Jesus always rebuked the Jewish religious leaders because although they had the Law of God with them they followed the Law of Moses. This meant they did the traditions without understanding, what they did was contrary to what they Law spoke of.
The second young lion spoken here is the Christian Church formed through the Apostles. This Church started with great vigour and power but then this Church too landed being bonded. This time it was done on a greater scale in which all the nations were involved and this Church has been taken unto Babylon. Here too the Babylon spoken of is not the kingdom but means confusion.
The lamentation is perfect to our times and therefore time and again I have been getting scriptures from this lamentation.
The lamentation stops at a situation where there is no strong branch. Today the situation of the Christian Church is very sad. Although people are coming to know God and more and more are getting added the expansion is only happening as the horizontal direction. In the vertical direction there is hardly any growth. Last Saturday at my session where we are studying on Acts, the Lord was teaching us of the times when the glory of God was awesome in His Church and the people had the fear of God so much that the people kept far distance from the Apostles. The Apostles occupied a prominent part of the temple known as Solomon's Protico (Proch). They enjoyed the respect of not only the Christians but also other people.
The persecutions of this Church started after people started glorifying man and not God for the wonders which the Lord was doing through the Apostles. People made Peter a hero and moved their focus from God unto Peter so much that they ran even after his shadow. It was not that Peter was the only one healing the people but it is written all the Apostles were healing, yet Peter was most sought after. The incident of Ananias and Sapphira had set so much in the minds of the people that they failed to understand why it happened but focused on the person Peter through whom this event took place.
Later this Church was taken into so much confusion that during that period the Lord went even to the effect of calling it the temple of Satan and the seat of Satan. People put this era as the dark ages of the Church but do not realize that even though the evil doings have stopped, the corrupt teachings or understandings still continue.
In the 1400-1500 AD the Believers separated themselves from this Church but yet they carried with them a large portion of the corrupt understanding of the Church. We may have hundreds of denominations but yet all of them took their portion of corrupt understanding from this Church. That is the reason today we do not have any great happening in the Church, every time something little happens it soon busts like a bubble, and the reason is the corrupt understanding which still prevails in our Churches.
The Lord is telling us unless we do not scrutinise everything we believe in, every tradition we follow with scriptures and confirm it, we will continue in our confusion and the lamentation will continue.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, the dragon has used all its efforts to destroy your Temple. Lord, your people are still under the powers of confusion. They are not rooted to the Rock which is your Spirit of Truth. Lord, renew the minds of your people; give them more of your discernment. Lord we pray You cause a great awakening among your people...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, so that they stepped one on another, he began to say to his disciples first of all, Beware you of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
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