"The Man with the Writers Inkhorn", Part 4

Ezekiel Chapter 9 Verses 1-11 and Chapter 10 Verses 1-7

VERSE 2And I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north,
each with a deadly weapon in his hand. With them was
a man clothed in linen who had a writing
kit at his side
. They came in and stood beside the bronze altar.” (New International Version)

The Man with the Inkhorn, Who?

As we proceed consider our earlier suggestion that not all of these men may have been actual human
beings, it is very much a possibility that the first six mention were in fact merely
symbolic
representations
, or abstractions (i.e. Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or
concrete existence) this I believe will become more evident as we proceed. (You see I’m learning as we
go likewise, as it is written, “
He who waters others shall himself be watered.” Prov 11:25)

“That the man in linen with the writer’s inkhorn represents an actual human being consider the
following clues
,

(1) all seven men stood by the brazen (copper) Altar in the Court, and copper pictures humanity.”
(
Keep in mind however that this is NOT the typical Tabernacle arrangement spoken of here, but rather
Ezekiel’s Temple, there was no northern gate to the Tabernacle, the only access to the Tabernacle was
from the east. In this instance however the Brazen Altar is located in the
inner court or upon the
"
upper pavement" of Ezekiel’s Temple representative of the spiritual plane, of those spirit
begotten and/or spirit born
, in this particular instance I believe reference is to one, spirit
begotten, still having need of the robe of Christ' righteousness
.)  

(2) White linen pictures righteousness, that is, the robe of Christ’s righteousness worn by the fully
consecrated, the spirit begotten
this side of the veil. White sacrificial robes were worn by the Levitical
priesthood (
and as you know all of our sacrificing as the antitypical under priests is accomplished this
side of the veil
).

(3) The inkhorn is a natural item, an earthly item.” (The Book of Ezekiel by Brother Frank Shallieu)

This seventh individual like that of the other six is likewise said to have come by way of the upper or
north gate where God resides, from the seat of judgment, hence he too was called according
divine
appointment
.

“Thus far, then, we know that this human servant with the writer’s inkhorn was of divine appointment,
and he was standing in the midst of six men who had slaughter weapons and a charge over Jerusalem.”

We suggest that the man clothed with linen is Pastor Charles Taze Russell.

He was the only one (amongst the seven spoken of) who was clothed in linen, which is the
righteousness of the saints
. Rev 19:8 (A very astute point generally overlooked) Being clothed
with linen pictures being clothed with righteousness,
because he is standing in the court, he would
still be in the flesh and would therefore of necessity need the imputed righteousness of Christ as
a linen robe
.”

If the other six were indeed actual human beings why no mention of linen robes for these?

“He is pictured as ready to serve (a steward). The writer’s inkhorn is at his side and the scribe’s pen is in
his hand.
His work was to place a mark that saves a certain group from destruction. This is the
equivalent of
Luke 12:42-44:

"
And the Lord said, who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler
over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant,
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make
him ruler over all that he hath
."

They were gathered around the brazen altar in the court.
That altar pictures the ransom sacrifice of
our Lord Jesus Christ
. We suggest that the teachings of these seven surround, or concern the ransom
sacrifice.” (“
A Man Clothed in Linen”)

Let us consider the thought of having charge over the city. Who would have charge of the city
in a
judgment scene? Those in charge would be the executioners, not the priests or the Sanhedrin. Six
executioners with slaughter weapons stood with a human servant robed in white linen that had a writer’s
inkhorn by his side. And who would that human servant be—
an individual who was not a priest but
who was nevertheless getting instruction from God in the Inner Court in the vision
? Once again
we believe
he pictures Pastor Russell, who, from the standpoint of the nominal Church, was not
recognized as being ordained.
Nevertheless his preceding from the “higher gate” shows emphatically that
what was coming down was from the Lord,
of divine appointment.

The seven men with the slaughter weapons (?) were all standing by the altar, waiting for orders from
God. Not only was the judgment foreknown and the seventh individual handpicked and chosen especially
by the Lord, but the judgment and the slaughtering were to be done on nominal Christendom, pictured by
Jerusalem.
The six men with slaughter weapons represent six messages related to the seventh
man or
messenger, Charles Russell. Although these sayings benefited the Jew and had some natural
application, they are mainly for this end of the age, to be understood in a progressive sense. These
visions were locked, even to the apostles except for
perhaps the Apostle Paul, until the time of the end.”
(
The Book of Ezekiel by Brother Frank Shallieu)

Now recall for a moment Verse 1 along with the latter part of Verse 2, “Then He called out in my
hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let
those who have charge over the city draw near, each
with a deadly weapon in his hand
… with them was a man clothed in linen who had a writing kit
at his side
.”

Now although it is clear that this seventh individual accompanies the other six it is not so clear as to
whether or not he himself possessed a deadly weapon, nor that he had any charge over the city, nothing
is said to the fact, it would only be speculation on our part to assume otherwise although it is possible
for him to have held a weapon in his hand seeing as the writing kit was at his side but that’s beside the
point.

The question then, is in what way did Pastor Russell have any authority (charge) over Christendom over
Babylon especially if from the standpoint of the nominal Church, he was not recognized as being
ordained (a priest, typified by the linen garments)? Perhaps something for us to ponder.


                                           
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