Why in Ezekiel does Israel put whitewash on the walls?

Jan 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Why in Ezekiel does Israel put whitewash on the walls?

Below is an excerpt from our Verse by verse study on Ezekiel, click here to see more.

Ezek. 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar:

“One built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar.” Ezekiel was speaking of a figurative “wall.” In other words, the false prophets whitewashed the truth, backing each other up in sectarian ways. Jesus likened the scribes and Pharisees to “whited sepulchres” in Matthew 23:27. The false prophets, who proclaimed a message of peace that the trouble would not come, disagreed strongly with Jeremiah and Ezekiel, giving contradictory advice.

The false prophets put whitewash (a nice white covering) over what should have been exposed. They were not proper watchmen (1) on the wall, (2) in the tower, and (3) in repairing the holes in the Lord’s hedge. Stated another way, they built false walls and did not fill the gaps in the hedge.

The popular message was, “Peace! Be quiet and do not rock the boat.” Sepulchers were commonly whitewashed to look better, but they still contained dead men’s bones.

Ezek. 13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.

Ezek. 13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?

When the wall falls, the people will ask the false prophets where they were. Both back there in Ezekiel’s day and in the future when the “great hailstones” shall fall, the clerical element will be called on the carpet for their previous advice. In other words, just as the fulfillment in 606 BC revealed the truth of Ezekiel’s prophecy, so the truth of the message of the feet members will be seen after their death.

“A stormy wind shall rend it.” Hail and wind are related to judgment—figuratively in 606 BC on natural Israel and spiritually (or antitypically) on Christendom in the future.

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