Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a loud rumbling sound behind me. (May the glory of the Lord be praised in his place!) – Ezekiel 3:12


The glory of God is awesome. Ezekiel saw the massive living creatures moving at the speed of light on wheels full of eyes. Fire, wind, and lightning swirled around the creatures, while above them was the throne of God sitting on a crystal floor. What a glorious sight! Psalm 104:3 also describes God’s awesome glory: “You make the clouds your chariots; you ride upon the wings of the wind.”

We can contrast God’s glorious nature to the rebellious nature of humankind. God called the Israelites a “hard-hearted and stubborn people” (Ezekiel 2:4). When the Israelites were in the wilderness they rebelled against Moses, even though they could see the literal cloud and fire above them day and night.

Humanity should melt like wax before the awesome glory of God Almighty, but instead, people harden their hearts and rebel. The message of the Holy Spirit is “Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested God’s patience in the wilderness” (Hebrews 3:7-8). Soften your heart today and listen to His voice, for one day you will see His glory face-to-face!


Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a loud rumbling sound behind me. (May the glory of the Lord be praised in his place!) – Ezekiel 3:12




Then I heard the Lord say to the other men, “Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! . . . Begin your task right here at the Temple.” – Ezekiel 9:5-6

God always starts His process of purifying in His own house. In the New Testament, Peter echoed that thought, saying that judgment must “begin first among God’s own children” (1 Peter 4:17). What a sober realization that judgment begins first among God’s people!

Ezekiel 9 speaks of a man dressed in linen who was carrying a writer’s case. The man was instructed to walk through the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the forehead of every person who had wept and sighed because of the sins they saw taking place around them (v. 4). Apparently, there were those who grieved deeply for the sins of their society.

The average person today has no concern for the gross immorality and debauchery existing in our society. Such an individual thinks homosexuality is “gay,” abortion is “necessary,” and drunkenness and adultery are “acceptable.” For God’s saints, however, these things should be repulsive and deeply grievous.

God marked Noah as righteous in his generation and spared only his family from the flood that enveloped the earth. Even now God is “marking the foreheads” of those whose lives are pure and who closely follow His commands.

Remember: This process begins in the sanctuary, so check your “mark” today.

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