Ezekiel 9: How it Relates to Damnable Heresy, Idolatry, Apostasy & Judgment

The primary tactic employed by theologians eager to accommodate themselves, the Revealed Word, the Bible and the Christian Church to modern science and evolutionary thinking is predictable. It is the argument that evolution is entirely compatible with the Bible when we see the Revealed Word and/or literal and historic aspects of Genesis, especially within the first three chapters, as allegory and myth.   This is the argument embraced and advanced by many compromising theologians and intellectuals today.   By way of this tactic they invalidate the Word of God so they may teach the science and evolutionary theories of man:

"You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophecy of you: 'This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.  But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men." (Matthew 15:6-9) 

Of the many contemporary pastors and Christian intellectuals who resort to this tactic is mega-church pastor Timothy J. Keller. With a position paper Keller published with the theistic evolutionary organization Bio Logos he joined the ranks of apostatizing Protestant and Catholic priests and Christian intellectuals stretching back to the Renaissance.  (A response to Timothy Keller's 'Creation, Evolution and Christian Laypeople," Lita Cosner, Sept. 9, 2010, creation.com)

The slippery-slide of certain highly influential Renaissance Christians into apostasy began when they gave into the temptation to embrace a non-literal, non-historical view of Genesis on behalf of two ancient occult traditions: Hermetic magic and occult Kabbalah.

In "God and the Knowledge of Reality," the Catholic philosopher and historian, Thomas Molnar (1921–2010), writes that some disgruntled Christian theologians, mystics and scholars such as Emanuel Swedenborg had discovered Hermetic magic and occult Jewish Kabbalah texts which they studied and translated resulting in Hermetic Kabbalah. Then like Pico della Mirandola, they argued that occult hermetic science – the divine technology or Magic Way of reaching divine status and powers through ritual procedures  related to the quest for spiritual evolution (deification) is the best proof of the divinity of Christ. In other words said Molnar,

".....by the time of the Renaissance the esoteric texts of the first centuries A.D. had acquired in scholarly and humanist circles an unparalleled prestige, confronting as equals the texts held sacred by the church. In Pico's estimation, 'nulla est scientia que nos magis certificet de divinitate Christ quam magia et Cabala' (there is no science that would prove for us Christ's divinity better than magic and the Cabala.)" (pp. 78-79)

Occult traditions and esoteric sciences include, but are not limited to, spiritualism (contact with spirits), alchemy, astrology, divination, Hermeticism, Kabbalah and evolutionary biology.

Implied in Hermeticism is an inverted exegesis teaching biological and spiritual evolution of the adept from lower to higher states of existence:

Human beings are themselves the product of a long spiritual evolutionary process that moves from ‘creeping things’ to fish, mammels, birds and then people. Humans can-—through occult knowledge and extraordinary ability-—continue this evolutionary process and become daemons, then gods, and finally planets or stars.” (The Making of the New spirituality, James A. Herrick, p. 40)

Like Hermeticism, Kabbalah posits an inverted exegesis but with the difference that it requires the invalidation and subversion of the teachings of Moses. Thus Kabbalah not only invalidates and inverts the Genesis account of creation but the Revealed Word relationship of created man to His Creator by rendering human beings virtually divine.  As with Hermeticism, elite men can attain apotheosis since man is not created but rather the conscious product of unseen natural forces such as evolution.

Kabbalah suggests that elites may destroy the God of the Old Testament, the God “who created us, made us breathe, eat, reproduce...write books; who is responsible for our historical existence " as he is a “blind, arrogant, and merciless” God, a vile God who created space and time. (Herrick, pp. 41-42)

Since activation of the divine powers of the living God is the goal, elite practitioners of Kabbala conceptually destroy the living God and replace Him with a god-force for this purpose. The man-controlled god-force can only do such things as create and ignite cosmic eggs (Big Bang) and direct evolution as it is entirely dependent upon its shapers and handlers who control and manage divine powers and teach that human beings are not created but rather emanated (evolved) from nature or the god-substance.

In this light we can see that the idea that man is not created but is rather the conscious product of unseen natural forces (i.e., natural selection, evolution) is not a recent discovery of modern science, nor is the invalidation of Scripture and the Genesis account a heresy unique to modern times. The early Church Fathers dealt with this damnable heresy as well, counting it among the heretical tendencies of the Origenists.

Fourth-century Fathers such as John Chrysostom, Basil the Great and Ephraim the Syrian, all of whom wrote commentaries on Genesis, specifically warned against treating Genesis as an unhistorical myth or allegory. John Chrysostom strongly warned against paying heed to these heretics,

"...let us stop up our hearing against them, and let us believe the Divine Scripture, and following what is written in it, let us strive to preserve in our souls sound dogmas." (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 31)

As St. Cyril of Alexandria wrote, higher theological, spiritual meaning is founded upon humble, simple faith in the Revealed Word and/or literal and historic meaning of Genesis and one cannot apprehend rightly the Scriptures without believing in the historical reality of the events and people they describe. (ibid, Seraphim Rose, p. 40)

In the integral worldview teachings of the Fathers, neither the literal nor historical meaning of the Revelations of the pre-incarnate Jesus, the Angel who spoke to Moses, can be regarded as expendable. There are at least four critically important reasons why. First, to invalidate the Revelation of God is to contradict and usurp His authority, ultimately deny the deity of Jesus Christ; twist, distort, add to and subtract from the entire Bible and finally, to imperil the salvation of believers because salvation is only by faith through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between the living God and humankind (1 Tim. 2:5).  Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the 'gate' that 'is small' and the way that is 'narrow that leads to life." (Matthew 7:14)
According to Peter (2 Peter 2:1) apostatizing priests will work among the faithful, teaching damnable heresies that deny the Lord, cause the fall of men into confusion and unbelief, and bring destruction upon themselves:

"The natural parents of modern unbelief turn out to have been the guardians of belief." Many thinking people came at last "to realize that it was religion, not science or social change that gave birth to unbelief. Having made God more and more like man – intellectually, morally, emotionally – the shapers of religion made it feasible to abandon God, to believe simply in man." (James Turner of the University of Michigan in "American Babylon," Richard John Neuhaus, p. 95)

In this light we can understand why a theologically-confused albeit scientifically-endarkened evolutionary 'Christian' would wonder aloud on a public discussion forum who or what the six men of Ezekiel 9 are.  Since he believes that Scripture's book of beginnings---the key to understanding the rest of Scripture--- is nothing but a collection of pre-scientific myths, it makes sense that he neither understands who and what the six men are but more importantly, the ominous portent of Ezekiel. 
So what is the meaning of the foreboding message of Ezekiel, who are the six men and their purpose and how does this relate to our own age of damnable heresy, idolatry and deepening and spreading apostasy?

In Ezekiel 1, we learn that the voice of God has come to his prophet Ezekiel by the Holy Spirit.  According to Matthew Henry, Ezekiel's visions,

"....seem to have been sent to possess the prophet's mind with great and high thoughts of God. To strike terror upon sinners. To speak comfort to those that feared God, and humbled themselves. In ver. 4-14, is the first part of the vision, which represents God as attended and served by a vast company of angels, who are all his messengers, his ministers, doing his commandments. This vision would impress the mind with solemn awe and fear of the Divine displeasure..."  (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentaries, Ezekiel 1:1-14)

Ezekiel 9 is a continuation of visions bespeaking the coming judgment of Israel. In this vision Ezekiel sees angelic executioners as issuing forth to do the work of His judgment. Possibly there may be an allusive reference to the Chaldeans as the actual human instruments of judgment.
The Biblical explanation of the end of societies uses the concept of judgment rather than spatial explanations such as rise and fall.   According to the Revealed Word, either a society is collectively submitted to the Will and Authority of God or it is in rebellion against Him. The book of Ezekiel portrays Israel as having become a rebellious, idolatrous, therefore evil nation fully deserving the judgment about to be meted out by God.
Israel's rebellion against God was accompanied by a turning inward of the souls of men to ‘self’ and idols. Idolatry in its larger meaning is properly understood as any substitution of what is ‘created’ for the Creator. In this sense, idols can be anything from  worship of intellect and whatever it conceives (pride of mind) as well as the vehicle for its transmission---science-- to worship of nature (i.e., particles, void, matter, energy) and unseen forces (i.e., change, laws, gravity, natural selection, evolution) to wealth, power, status, pornography and sexual-gratification, sports,  and the embrace of ancient occult sciences such as Hermeticism and esoteric Kabbalah in pursuit of self-perfection and apotheosis.

Today Christendom and America are spiritually darkened, storm-tossed oceans of idolatry punctuated here and there by tiny, flickering candles of light indicative of the faithful.  Over and across the entire denominational spectrum of America's man-centered, idolatrous church,

"...millions of Americans claim a divine right to their own spiritual cocoon and belief system." Americans, "now lay claim to their 'own personal Jesus.' This personal vision of Jesus Christ may well bear little or no resemblance to Jesus as He is revealed in the Bible." (The Disappearance of God, Dr. Albert Mohler, xiii)

Large numbers of secular pagan Americans and contemporary Christian's worship the 'god' Evolution in many guises such as the god-or-christ energy inside their own minds:

"People go through their whole lives chasing everything in the material world, and they fail to discover the greatest treasure of all, which is within them. Shut your eyes to the outside world. Direct your thoughts and words inside of you. The Master within you is the key to all the treasures in the world." (Rhonda Byrne, "The Secret Daily Teachings")

"Since the unconscious is God all along, we may further define the goal of spiritual growth to be the attainment of godhood by the conscious self." (A Different Drum, M. Scott Peck)

"....all is mind and...everything is governed by law (thus man) can create, or have created for him from his own thinking. He can create such a strong mental atmosphere of success that its power of attraction will be irresistible. He can send his thoughts throughout the world and have it bring back to him whatever he wants." (Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes, New Thought practitioner)

"Your unconscious mind (has a) power that turns wishes into realities when the wishes are strong enough." ("Positive Imaging," Norman Vincent Peale, 1982, p. 77)

Word Faith teacher Kenneth Copeland tells people to visualize any image,

"...that you get down inside you that is so vivid when you close your eyes you see it, it'll come to pass. When God came at the Tower of Babel, He said, 'Anything they can imagine, they can do." (Inner Image of the Covenant, side 2, Copeland)

Yonggi Cho similarly teaches that through visualizing and dreaming you will,

"....incubate that which we want God to do for us....If you have not visualized clearly in your heart exactly what you hope for, it cannot become a reality to you..." (The Fourth Dimension, Vol. 1, Yonggi Cho, 1979, 9-35, vol. 2, 18-33)

We are witnessing the secularization, paganization and evaporation of orthodox Biblical theism and faithful Judaism to which must be added rebellion against every vestige of authority, the privatization of truth and an inversion of creation and history caused by occult science and evolutionary thinking:

Creation is, as it were, a book. Every creature is a sentence or a word in this book. The Author and Publisher is the Triune God. It is the task of human and angelic intelligence to read God’s thoughts from this book and co-operate with Him. The theme, the dominant idea that runs through each sentence—even each word—is the Word made Flesh, the Incarnate Word of God, Jesus Christ, because this Word says everything. This is why the Archangel says to Blessed Mary at the Incarnation, “No word will be impossible for God.” Evolution is not a word. It cannot be found in this book or in its theme. It is a fable (cf. 2Tim 4:4), a “strange doctrine” of which St. Paul warned us against so long ago."   (Christ the Exemplar Cause of Creation, Eliminates the Possibility of Evolution, Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation) 

In John 5, Jesus Christ addresses all people, including evolutionary theologians and their flocks,  who have elevated self, pride of mind and other idols (i.e., the force within, occult science and evolution) above the writings of Moses, thus are unable to believe him:

“....if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” John 5:45-47

Increasing numbers of Christians cannot believe Jesus because they have invalidated His Revelation with legions of idols, particularly the magic science and evolution Baals.   In their foolish defiance they have entered into a league with death.  They have made a pact with hell for they have placed their hope in vain inventions, idols and worthless teachings of men. (Isaiah 28:15)

"When also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord's anger...they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths." Judges 2:10-13
Whatever a man places at the top of his pyramid of values is ultimately the Baal he serves. The ultimacy of that service profoundly affects not only how he thinks, speaks and acts  but where he will spend eternity.  When the society around him also turns away from the living God to ‘self’ and Baals, as the post-Christian West and America have done, it is an evil, idolatrous society heading for judgment and destruction, hence the six executioners of Ezekiel’s vision sent by God to carry out His judgment against,

"rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to listen to the LORD's instruction"  (Isaiah 30:9) for the love of truth is not in them that they might be saved.  Thus the "wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness." Romans 1:18

@Linda Kimball