Ezekiel as a watchman predicts an end to the abominations committed by the rebellious house of Israel. ‘The end is come upon the four corners of the land’ however is a signal that it is not the end of God’s Mercy. However the remnant of them shall indeed is ahead, ‘So the words ‘and ye shall know that I am the Lord’ leave a door open for hope.
In the light of the above let us consider what Jerusalem would mean to the remnant,”…Of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified(Re.11:8)”. We considered in a previous post on Sodom from the Book of Isaiah (1:9). Sodom as a place is finished. Yet Isaiah addresses the shakers and movers of Jerusalem with these words, “Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah(v.10)”. Sodom refers not to the place but unrighteous Israel and they shall not escape judgment. But God reserves a remnant so his Salvation Plan connects to the Lion of Judah and the branch, from the root of Jesse. The Son is the Rock of offense. No more Zion of old shall come to mind. Instead a spiritual Zion shall be rebuilt on the foundation of Jesus Christ.” Afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city./ Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness(Is.1:26-27)”.
While we consider Judgment of God it is not the full end. He judged Egypt but did not the Children of Israel carry Egypt in their hearts when they murmured over manna day in and day out in the wilderness? “We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:/6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes(Nu.11:5-6)”.
Egypt as a place was finished as was Sodom. Jerusalem shall similarly follow their fate. But all these are in relation to the crucified Christ and it is what John’s Vision of the Two Witnesses emphasizes. Their death is connected to the Man on the Cross. “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Both Gentiles and the Jews require the risen Christ and it is faith that is called for: “That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed(Ro.9:30-33).
Before we close who are these two witnesses? By law of Gradation they belong to long list of witnesses that are linked to Jesus Christ who came to the city as the Apostle from high. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee,(Matt.23:37)”
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land.
3 Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee, and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.
4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
5 Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.
6 An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.
7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.
8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth.