Another religious cult, Family Radio Worldwide, calling themselves Christian, has sought the limelight by predicting the end of the world. Using a jumble of numbers based on various scriptures, they have concluded that the world will end this Saturday, May 21. At their rallies they carry signs that mention Ezekiel 33, and on the top of their website they quote Ezekiel 33:3: blow the trumpet…warn the people….
So I sought there in the Bible for an explanation. The full verse reads: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people. –Ezekiel 33:3
Thus we can discern that Family Radio Worldwide is interpreting the sword to represent the instrument God will use to destroy the earth. But as they have everything else wrong, including ignoring the scripture that says no man knows this hour they predict, so have they also incorrectly interpreted the sword.
The sword is the Word of God. It is mentioned earlier in Ezekiel, in chapter 21, which is a prophesy of Christ.
Ezekiel 21:1-4. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel, And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
To break that down, Jesus is referred to as Son of man throughout the gospels. There is a striking verse in Luke 9:51: And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. And Jesus did bring the word to bear against Jerusalem, and Israel, and all the earth.
Isaiah describes the sword before being withdrawn: And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me. --Isaiah 49:2
And that is the sword to which Jesus referred when he said: Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. –Matthew 10:34
That is why Christ is described several times in Revelation as having a sword for a tongue, including 19:13,15: And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God…And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Which brings us to the true meaning of Ezekiel 33:4: Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
To me, that says ignore the word at your own peril.
Even Jesus said that he knew not the hour, yet you do? Is the servant greater than the master? Your ignorance is only surpassed by your arrogance, to think you’ll be raptured away before the tribulation. Will you judge yourselves? (That pre-trib rapture crap is nowhere in the scriptures.) The Bible preaches humility, and you exalt yourselves, despite knowing that they who set themselves high will be brought low.
It matters not that you don’t understand much of the Bible, you disregard it anyway.
See you Sunday. I’d be curious to know what you say in church.