Bible Study: Ezekiel 9 – Cry Out Against Abominations

The book of Ezekiel is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament. It was authored by Ezekiel who was set as a watchman to the house of Israel.

Ezek 3:17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:

The ninth chapter of Ezekiel is about marking on the forehead of those who cry out against the abominations happening in the Temple of God and killing the rest.

Cry Out Against Abominations To Get Marked

Ezek 9:1-4 Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.” And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar. Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.

The marking on the forehead mentioned here is very similar to how the people are sealed in revelation.

Rev 7:3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”

Rev 9:4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

Exod 12:23 “For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.

Similar to the angels during Exodus and in Revelation, God are sending these men to mark. It is very important to understand who gets marked. “Those who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”. Are you tolerating and not cry over all the abominations happening in this world? Think again. If you are to be marked when God’s judgment is about to be poured in the place you are in, then you must cry out against the abominations happening.
God do not want to tolerate abominations in any shape or form. If you do tolerate, you will not be marked to get spared when His judgment comes.

Get Slain If You Didn’t Cry Out

 Ezek 9:5-7 To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.“Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.

Judgment always begins from God’s sanctuary. If abominations are allowed within the church, supporting and even allowing same-sex unions or marriages, God will first begin His judgment from the house of God.

1Pet 4:17-19 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.

If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? If you silent and tolerant towards the abominations happening within churches, you will be slain with the wicked because anyone who have the Spirit of God within him/her cannot be silent but cry out against abominations happening within the churches today.

God’s Eye Will Neither Spare Nor Pity

Ezek 9:8-11 So it was, that while they were killing them, I was left alone; and I fell on my face and cried out, and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will You destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?” Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, ‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!’ And as for Me also, My eye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but I will recompense their deeds on their own head. Just then, the man clothed with linen, who had the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, “I have done as You commanded me.”

God gave specific commandment in the Torah to destroy all people in the land of Canaan who worshiped other gods without pity.

Deut 7:16 “Also you shall destroy all the peoples whom the LORD your God delivers over to you; your eye shall have no pity on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

Judah and the remnant of Israel in Jerusalem are now like the Canaanites who are worshiping other gods even inside the Temple of God. Therefore, God in His fury commanded not to spare or have pity but to destroy all who don’t cry out against the abominations for their iniquity is very great.

Conclusion – Cry Out

If you don’t cry out against the sins and abominations like same-sex and adultery within the church but be silent, you may get along with sinners tolerating their sins without offending them but you will not be marked by God to be preserved on the day of slaughter but die with the wicked. Therefore, let us cry out against the sins and abominations happening within the church warning them from the coming wrath of the Lamb which begins at the house of God.