Revised: November 2, 2005
In September of 1987, God told me a great deliverance was coming. God has previously walked me through (and still is) these passages of scripture in Ezekiel 20.
Ezekiel 20:33-38 states,"As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: v.33 (KJV)
As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. v.33 (NIV)
And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. v.34 (KJV)
I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered-with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. v.34 (NIV)
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. v.35 (KJV)
I will bring you into the desert of the nations and there, face to face, I will execute judgment upon you. v.35 (NIV)
Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. v.36 (KJV)
As I judged your fathers in the desert of the land of Egypt, so I will judge you, declares the Sovereign Lord. v.36 (NIV)
And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant (deliverance): v.37 (KJV)
I will take note of you as you pass under my staff, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant. v.37 (NIV)
And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. v.38 (KJV)
I will purge you of those who revolt and rebel against me. Although I will bring them out of the land where they are living, yet they will not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord." v.38 (NIV)
The 20th chapter of Ezekiel is God's dealings with Israel for their rebellion. We notice in verse 25, that God gave them the law because of their rebellion, "Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments; whereby they should not live;" (Ezekiel 20:25 KJV) "I also gave them over to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by." (Ezekiel 20:25 NIV) If we rebel against God today, the law applies to us, and it will judge us. We know that I Timothy 1:9 states, "Knowing this that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless (rebellious) and disobedient,...."
It is the mercy of God that he deals with any of us. If we will humble ourselves and receive God's instructions he will deliver us.
God bless you,