Ezekiel 33: 7-20
Revelations 19: 1-9
Psalm 7. Cities of refuge were established in the Law of Moses for a place of sanctuary, if a man was guilty of the accidental death of another. That man could flee from a blood avenger and hide in the city of refuge and live there until the death of the High Priest, or year of Jubilee. Psalm 7, A Song of David, a Shiggaion, a Dithyrambic rhythm, meaning, ‘it gets your blood flowing, it’s exhilarating.’ “O Jehovah my Elohim, in you I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, or he will tear my soul like a lion. Dragging me away, while no one else is there to deliver me, no one else seems to care.” “I am surely innocent of wrong doing, my conscience bears me witness. My shield is with my Elohim, and I know if a man does not repent of wrong doing, he will deserve judgement from on High.” “I will give thanks to Jehovah, according to His saving righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of El Elyon, (God Most High). “
Ezekiel 33: 7-20 A prophet of Jehovah while captive in the Assyrian exile, a partial exile for Israel, Ezekiel foretells the complete exile of Israel, including Jerusalem, the beloved city, to Babylon, unless national repentance occurs. Taking many forms and examples, Ezekiels prophecy here is of the warning of a watchman. If the watchman doesn’t do his job as a lookout on the wall, then the impending doom is on his head. So Ezekiel warns the captives. ‘ If this wicked, iniquitous generation doesn’t repent, then destruction of their beloved city of Jerusalem will surely come.’
So you ask, “How does that work, those to whom Ezekiel is prophesying are already captive and in exile, far from Jerusalem. How will their repentance affect those that live in Jerusalem?” The answer is twofold; 1. These exiles in Assyria have not yet repented in their hearts even though exiled, they have not yet seen any wrongdoing in themselves, so they are refusing to admit any sinful behavior. 2. As victims of misplaced justice, they blame God, but Jehovah is not on trial, they are. If in fact they repent personally, and live a holy and righteous life, and they tell those in their immediate company the importance of such a lifestyle, then they know Jehovah can change other hearts also. Truth: there is no heart more stubborn than our own. If God can make a change in me, He can make a change in you too.
Revelations 19: 1-9 The Great banquet; jump back to the prophet Isaiah 25: 6-8, he tells of a coming banquet that God is preparing, it’s lavish in all respects, with choice meat, and refined, aged wine and all peoples are invited. Jehovah will swallow up the veil which covers all nations, (a reference to the thin veil that separates the flesh from the spirit world), and he will swallow up death, and will wipe away tears of anguish, and the reproach of His chosen people.
Jesus then revisits this same prophecy in His parable in Luke 14: 15-24, of the rich man who held a banquet and all those invited came up with really lame excuses for not attending. So in response, motivated by grace, the host sent for all the ceremonial unclean persons to attend, the lame, blind, lepers, and disabled. But there was still room, so he sent his servants for the gentiles, “Go into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in.”
Now in the Revelation to John, chapter 19:1-9, the same theme is expressed, but here the Great Banquet is expanded to be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Death and temptation are cast into the lake of fire. Praise is shouted from all creation. “Jehovah’s judgements are true, and saving, and holy.” Hallelu-Yah is cried out over and over, The Bride is clothed in fine linen which is the righteous acts of the saints. (The clothing for us as the bride of Christ is in fact all of our righteous acts, which are the enduring obedient responses to the Holy Spirit moving in us, not merely good deeds, that clothe us, so we will not be shamed by nakedness, at the feast.)
The theme here then, is humility and repentance. Throughout scripture we are told, James 4.6, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble,” and v.10 “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord and He will exalt you.” Humility and repentance are an active part of the Christians life, and it opens the door for God to work through us, and who then can know the work He will do?