The coming slaughter of the
Prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9
Prophet Ezekiel in his following prophecy said:
“He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which has the writer’s inkhorn by his side;
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city. And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! Wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not. And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head. And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as thou hast commanded me.” Ezekiel 9 : 1 – 11.
Ezekiel, the prophet, was from the kingdom of Judah. The prophetic words of Ezekiel mentioned above, was obtained by him in a vision after him and Jehoiachin the king for almost five years had been taken captive under the kingdom of Babylon. Read: Ezekiel 1 : 1 - 3. This means the ten tribe’s kingdom of Israel had been long before scattered into the entire world after being defeated by the kingdom of Assyria in the year 721 BC. Whereas the two tribes kingdom of Judah was just later defeated by Babylon in the year 587 BC. So it is clear that all the prophecies of the prophet Ezekiel would no longer possible to forecast backward, but to forwards, to forecast the fate and destiny of the remnant of Israel, which is the house of Israel and Judah in the time of the end, symbolizing the Seventh-day Adventists people.
Prophesied to the remnant of
Israel, who are the twelve tribes of
Israel and Judah in the time of the end.
From Ezekiel 9 : 8 and 9 we read: “And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! Wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness:…“ Prophet Ezekiel enquires:' Oh God, would Thou destroy the entire residue of Israel?' God replied: The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness.“
God by Himself had affirmed that the entire remnant of Israel, which is the house of Israel and Judah of the twelve tribe’s kingdom, will be slaughtered. Since the first time the book of Ezekiel was written up to this day, the house of Israel and Judah of the twelve tribes kingdom was no more known among us, then the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 would unavoidably addressed to the Seventh-Day Adventists people. This is the only people of God in this time of the end, which is the antitypical Israel and Judah. This is the reason why Sister White, in commenting the sealing of the coming 144.000 servants of God, issued the following statements:
"This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. (Ezekiel 9). John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation. (Revelation 7 : 4) --- Testimonies to Ministers p. 445. (In brackets is added). It means that the sealing of the servants of God prophesied in the book of Ezekiel chapter 9 and in the Revelation chapter 7 would not be accomplished in the time of the old testament era, because the Book of Revelation was not as yet available in that time. That is why the sealing of the servants of God should take place in the future, and the purification of the church of God through the slaughtering of the wicked ones in our midst would also be accomplished in the future. Since those deliberated in the two prophecies are the sealing of the 144.000 servants of God and the slaughtering of those who failed to receive the sealing of deliverance, then Sister White further said:
"Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the 144.000 who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God are professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet’s illustration of the last work under the figure of the men each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side. “And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof,” --- 3 Testimonies for the church, p. 266.
The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands: “Go ye after him through the city, and smite: ………………………. but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.”
Here we see that the church-the Lord’s sanctuary-was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. ………………….. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together. – 5 Testimonies for the church, p. 211
The mark of deliverance has been set upon those “that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done.” Now the angel of death goes forth, represented in Ezekiel’s vision by the men with the slaughtering weapons, to whom the command is given: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Says the prophet: “They began at the ancient men which were before the house.” Ezekiel 9 : 1 – 6. The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together. – The Great Controversy, p. 656.
All of the clarifications given us by Sister White above are truly enough to show us who are those to be slaughtered in the future. The fact that is undeniable to believe that the slaughter of the wicked would be accomplished in the Laodicean Church of God, which is the Seventh - day Adventist Denomination. That slaughter will be started against those ancient men who are before the house, who are the leaders of the Organization of the Church, which is the General Conference of Seventh - day Adventist in the United States of America. And then against all other doers of the abominations in the Church all over the world.
Do not hurt until
all the servants of God be sealed
John the Revelator said: “And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea. Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. --- Revelation 7 : 2 – 4.
Angel in the book of Revelation symbolizes two objects. Angel that cries symbolizes a message from heaven. For example the messages of the first, the second, and the third angels from Revelation 14 : 6 – 9, which are now found in the Spirit of Prophecy of Mrs. White. The message by the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 symbolizes the new and the last message by Bro. Victor T. Houteff. Whereas the silent angels symbolize the leaders. The angel of the Church of Laodiceans is the silent angel symbolizing the Leadership of the Laodicean Church.
The angel that ascended from the east symbolizes the message regarding the sealing of the 144.000 servants of God, which was for the first time revealed to Sister White in her first vision in the city of Portland, Maine, in the eastern part of the United States of America. The message, which is yet to be united with the new and the last message of the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 by Brother Victor T. Houteff, was not as yet understood in the life time of Sister White. However, after Brother Victor T. Houteff came in 1929 to unite his message with the third angel’s message of Sister White, then began the sealing message to be understood by the people of God up to now. And at the same time the sealing time began in the 1929. We are now living in the sealing time of the 144.000. In this sealing time which is still going on, there is to be a last work for the Laodicean Church, which is the work of putting a mark of deliverance or a seal upon the foreheads of those who are sighing and crying for the abominations done in the churches. And then followed by the slaying of those who failed to receive the seals upon their foreheads, which is prophesied in the book of Ezekiel chapter 9 and in the Revelation chapter 7.
The Sealing and the Slaying are the Last work
For the Church
As the sealing time has already begun in 1929 ever since the message of the sealing of the 144.000 servants of God began to be proclaimed among us, then at such a time in the near future the sealing time must inevitably terminate. Then followed by the horrible slaughter to take place. This is the slaughter which is very seriously warned by the servant of the Lord to all of us in the following statements:
“Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. – Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To “The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.) – Manuscript Releases, vol. 1, p. 260.
This means that all the warnings given us in the message of the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 would surely come to pass literally as it is. That day will be really horrible for those who still deliberately neglect their various opportunities which are still open.
Bother and sister! We are now still in the time of the sealing. The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over. Thus said the servant of the Lord. On that account let us therefore be aware, that after the message of the angel of Revelation 18 : 1 united its voice with the third angel’s message, and successfully enlightening the earth, beginning in our Church, then there is no more reasoning for any individual of us to say : I do not as yet understand ! To this end God’s servant had warned:
“The great truths necessary for salvation are made clear as the noonday, and none will mistake and lose their way except those who follow their own judgment instead of the plainly revealed will of God.” – 5 Testimonies for the church, p. 331.
The slaying of the prophecy of Ezekiel 9
Is also correlated to other prophecies
The slaughtering of the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 will really be the only great and the last event to occur in the Church of God in this time of the end. That is the great event of the purification of the Church of the Laodiceans, as the result of the process of the investigative judgment, which is now going on in the heavenly sanctuary ever since 1844. It is the result of the judgment of the living people of God to take place on earth, after the judgment of the dead expires.
Since there are several prophecies of the Bible and the parables of Jesus predicting various events related to the coming fate and destiny of the people of God, then the event predicted in the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 would inevitably be also seen coincided with the other prophecies and the parables. Some of those coincidences could be seen as follows:
1. The slaying of Ezekiel chapter 9 seemed to be coincided with that prophesied in Revelation 7 : 3, which is the slaying to occur after the 144.000 people of God get their mark of deliverance on their foreheads.
2. That slaying is also related to the prophecy of Malachi 3 : 2 which says:’ Who is able to stand?’ Because those who are not able to stand at that day will all be slain or be slaughtered.
3. The same slaying of the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 would coincide with that prophesied in the book of Isaiah 66 : 16, 17.
4. The same slaying of the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 coincides with that prophesied in the Revelation 12 : 15, 16. That is, those wicked symbolized by the flood flowing out of the mouth of the dragon which have swept away God people or the woman; the same waters that is to be swallowed by the earth, or in other words to be slaughtered.
5. The slaying of Ezekiel chapter 9 is also to be fulfilled in the event forecast in the Matthew 25 : 13, because the arrival of the Son of man would be as a thief in the night, and those who are not ever ready and watch would lose not merely their properties, but even their souls as well to be stolen.
God’s servant Mrs. White warned:
“The day of God’s vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land. …………. Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in their foreheads. – Testimony Treasures, vol. 2, pp. 67, 68.
“But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. – Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 80.
Be on alert, please!
The servant of the Lord warned:
“Many regard the threatenings of the Bible as designed merely to frighten men into obedience, and not to be literally fulfilled. Thus the sinner can live in selfish pleasure, disregarding the requirements of God, and yet expect to be finally received into His favor. Such a doctrine, presuming upon God’s mercy, but ignoring His justice, pleases the carnal heart and emboldens the wicked in their iniquity. – The Great Controversy, p. 537.
Dear Brothers and Sisters! Let us no more be willing to be drifting away by the preachers and their sermons, who have acted themselves to be the false prophets of these times of the end. They with all their cunning devises are endeavoring to assure us of the impossibility of the Lord of love to carry out His threatening so cruel to such an existent as prophesied in Ezekiel 9 and in the Revelation chapter 7. Those prophetic words of God have been interpreted to His servants the prophets, Mrs. Ellen G. White and Brother Victor T. Houteff, and they are now available in the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY. Therefore, for the sake of justice, all the words as the rules of implementation of the Law are as sure and binding, and no more to be doubting.
Resume in Brief
With all the clarifications provided us in this study, let us always keep in mind that,
- The prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 is truly directed to the people of God in this time of the end. The prophecy has been interpreted by Mrs. Ellen G. White and Brother Victor T. Houteff, and both of them have accomplished their duties as the prophets of God to fulfill the following words of the prophet Amos: "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."- Amos 3 : 7. Therefore let us be very careful toward those who come to us in the name of the Lord teaching the words of prophecy without introducing us to both the servants of the Lord, Ellen G. White and Victor T. Houteff.
- The Lord God by Himself have affirmed, that the residue of Israel, which is the house of Israel and Judah, of the twelve tribes kingdom, will come under the threatening of slaughter. Due to the fact that ever since the writing of the book of Ezekiel up to this day the Israelites of the twelve tribes have no more found on earth, then it is inevitably clear that the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 9 should have been fulfilled in the antitypical Israelites of the twelve tribes in this time of the end, which is the Laodicean Church or the Seventh-Day Advents.
- When the judgment in the heavenly sanctuary comes to our turn to be judged, which is the judgment of the living, and then all the prophetic words of Ezekiel chapter 9 will be fully carried out among us. After those 144.000 elects of God get their sealing of deliverance put on their foreheads, and after their deliverance from the Jacob’s time of trouble thereafter, then followed by the slaughtering of the wicked ones, to this end Brother Victor T. Houteff said:
“All that are found members of the church at the fulfillment of Ezekiel Nine will either receive the seal and be of the 144,000, or else be left without and fall under the “slaughter weapons” of the “five men,” Only those who “sigh and cry for all the abominations” in the church will escape from destruction.” – The Symbolic Code, Vol. 1 No. 11, 12, p. 9.
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