"The Man with the Writers Inkhorn", Part 6

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

A mark upon those who sigh and cry

VERSE 3Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been,
to the threshold of the temple…

“This suggests the Shekinah glory which dwelt between the cherubim and pictures the presence of the
Lord leaving the inner sanctuary and coming to the threshold, to the door facing the court where the
seven men were circled about the altar. This glory might well represent the return of the Lord Jesus from
the heavenly courts where he had been retained during the Gospel Age. From his return to earth’s
atmosphere he began the harvest work.
The harvest was indeed a time of separating. There is the
gathering of the wheat and there is the gathering, bundling, and burning of the tares. Our Lord
supervises that work.
Rev 14:14, 15 pictures him as a reaper returning with a crown upon his head and
the sickle of truth in his hand.”

And He (Jehovah God) called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his
side;

“We think Ezekiel 9:3 refers to his specific selection. The effect of present truth from his pen has "set a
mark
," has separated a specific set of people from the masses of Christendom.”

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

I believe "present truth", specifically that truth concerning the will of God, our consecration  and
subsequent
sanctification or "setting apart" to be the mark.

"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
." Matt 24:45-47

VERSE 4and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of
Jerusalem, and put
a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the
abominations that are done within it.


“We think that the word "
men" is used to show a mature Christian. It does not mean males as such for
the body of Christ is made up of both males and females. The word shows that the strong,
the mature
element of Christianity would accept the meat in due season and be favorably marked and
spared from the destroying weapons that follow
. When the gross errors of the dark ages were
shown to them, they would cry and sigh over those abominable things. They would rejoice upon hearing
the truth of the word of God, that our God is a God of love, justice, and wisdom.”

Cleansing the Sanctuary

“Consider the year 1846 when the cleansing of the sanctuary occurred. That was when the image of
the beast
of Rev 13:14 came into existence with the formation of the Evangelical Alliance. Some 400
people representing different denominations gathered together in London and accepted a platform of ten
doctrinal points upon which they agreed. Those who did not concur with those ten doctrinal points were
to be considered outside orthodox Christianity. Three of the ten doctrines were
the immortality of the
soul, the Trinity, and the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
. We know that those who disagreed
with that doctrinal platform of error were really the ones whom the Lord considered a part of the cleansed
sanctuary class. They had a favorable "
mark" in their foreheads. They appreciated God’s beautiful plan
and that Jesus Christ, as a ransom sacrifice, was the very foundation of that plan. They "
sighed and
cried
" for the abominations.” The others, that is those who chose to uphold these false or “dark age
doctrines of orthodoxy likewise received a “
mark” upon their foreheads, “the mark of the beast and of
his image
.

“Bro. Russell was born in 1852 and was taught to believe all the usual "
dark age" doctrines of the
nominal churches. As a teenager he had his faith in the Bible shaken by an infidel friend who raised good
questions that stumbled him. He saw that those erroneous creeds could not be harmonized with the
Bible. When he was 20 the Lord led him to a humble gathering of Adventists, described by him as "in a
dusty, dingy, basement hall." These Adventists were able to harmonize, to a certain extent, the
prophecies of the Old Testament with the testimony of Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament and
this rekindled his faith in the Bible. So Bro. Russell set aside the creeds and studied the Bible, with a
handful of other students, and with his mind unshackled. It was at this time that he saw the harmony of
the Bible as never before. By 1872 he understood
the ransom and restitution blessings for all as well
as the concept of
the two salvations—heavenly and earthly. He was immersed in 1874.

From 1878 through 1881 Bro. Russell found himself caught up in a fierce maelstrom of doctrinal
controversy regarding the ransom. This is the picture we have in
Ezek 9:2 of the brazen altar
around which seven men were gathered.
Here was a seething caldron of controversy involving
some of the very ones with whom he had studied and cooperated
. In 1879 Bro. Russell started
Zion’s Watch Tower as a defense for the ransom and announcement of the Lord’s presence. He wrote
Tabernacle Shadows in 1881 to defend the understanding of Jesus Christ as a ransom sacrifice. He
defined Jesus’ sin offering experiences and also how the church could share in those experiences by
following in the Master’s footsteps. These two great publications defended the ransom doctrine.

Note: The foregoing makes complete sense however I seriously doubt that the Pastor ever studied with
or
cooperated with any of the teachings of those individuals mentioned by Brother Cunningham in our
last post, examined some of their views yes, cooperated with those views, no. Likewise if we were to
consider Brother Frank’s view that the other six individual were the “
seven volumes” it would imply that
the Pastor disagreed with himself.

Now when the Seventh Messenger was called forth
, it was the due time for these things to be
understood. Bro. Russell was the one who was called forth. If it hadn’t been him, it would have been
another. But it was him, and we’re thankful it was. He placed a "
mark" through these teachings. He said
that
if it didn’t square with the ransom, it was error. How few in Christendom applied this simple,
wonderful formula.”

We’d like to emphasize that it was the teachings, the message, that did this work that set the
mark
. That is why we can still be marked even though the man himself is no longer with us. The
instrument that did the marking was that message.
(“A Man Clothed in Linen”)

“The writer was instructed to
put a mark on the foreheads of those in the city who sighed and cried
because of all the abominations being committed there
(i.e. Those who recognized, comprehended
the errors of Babylon taught through the precepts and traditions of men
), the implication being that the
individuals who were so marked would not be struck with the slaughter weapons. (
Note: The marks were
put on the foreheads
before the slaughter began.) In other words, whether or not one received the mark
depended on
attitude—to get the mark, the individual had to be sighing and crying (saddened and
distraught
) for the abominations in the Temple and the city (Christendom). Hence the mark was favorable.
Those not marked did not cry over the abominations; that is, they
agreed with the conditions that
existed in Jerusalem (Babylon, Christendom,
agreeing with what was taught there). The marked
individuals were sad and mourned about conditions there.

The duty, then, of the man with the writer’s inkhorn was to mark everyone in the forehead who sighed
and cried for all the abominations in the midst of Jerusalem. In antitype the sighing is over the iniquities
and abominations being
taught and done in Christendom. Those who receive the mark receive the
truth
; that is, they accept the truth. Dissatisfied with the nominal Church, and its teachings, only the
truth satisfies them
. The marking on the forehead in the true or favorable sense is the seal; in the
false or unfavorable sense
it is the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16, 17). The forehead indicates
boldness—that the one getting the mark, whether false or true, is
adamant, i.e. They refuse to be
persuaded or to change their minds with regards to the situation
.  

In the type, God was pleased with those Jews who mourned in exile in Babylon over being removed from
Zion, showing their dissatisfaction. On the other hand, those who acclimated and adjusted to life in
Babylon were just like those who remain in the nominal Church (mystic Babylon). During the Harvest,
generally speaking, those with present truth have come from mystic Babylon in obedience to the call
Come out of her, my people” (Rev 18:4).” The Book of Ezekiel by Brother Frank Shallieu


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