The Ten Lost Tribes
5 “Oholah played the harlot while she was mine; and she doted on her lovers the Assyrians, 6 warriors clothed in purple, governors and commanders, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding on horses. 7 She bestowed her harlotries upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them; and she defiled herself with all the idols of every one on whom she doted. 8 She did not give up her harlotry which she had practiced since her days in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her and handled her virgin bosom and poured out their lust upon her. 9 Therefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, into the hands of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. 10 These uncovered her nakedness; they seized her sons and her daughters; and her they slew with the sword; and she became a byword among women, when judgment had been executed upon her. Ezek. 23:5-10
Remember that Oholah is the Northern Tribes of ancient Israel, who had separated from the Southern Kingdom of Judah, after Solomon’s death [1Kings 12]. When he came to the throne the first thing that king Jeroboam did was to establish Baal worship, because paganism offers the best way to control people. If they continued to worship the God of Israel they would have to travel to Jerusalem in the tribe of Judah in order to keep the covenant. Jeroboam did not want his people going down to Judah to get access to God. That would have threatened his sovereignty. So he lead the northern tribes into full fledge idolatry. Before Jeroboam this kind of apostasy had been small and localized, now it was everywhere and sanctioned. Jeroboam gave the people a new god, Baal, the storm god, who was sometimes represented as a bull calf.
28 So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.” 29 And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin, for the people went to the one at Bethel and to the other as far as Dan. 31 He also made houses on high places, and appointed priests from among all the people, who were not of the Levites. 32 And Jeroboam appointed a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month like the feast that was in Judah, and he offered sacrifices upon the altar; so he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places that he had made. 1Kings 12:28-32
. . . 9 but you have done evil above all that were before you and have gone and made for yourself other gods, and molten images, provoking me to anger, and have cast me behind your back; 10 therefore behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will utterly consume the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone. 1Kings 14:9-10
Jeroboam made his new idolatry convenient. Instead of traveling all the way down to Jerusalem they only had to go to Bethel or Dan. Sin is alway easier than keeping the commandments.
Leaders both physical and spiritual often want to control their people. One way to do this is to become or provide the only access to God. Some even go so far as to make themselves a god. The Pharaohs did this, Nebuchadnezzar did this, so did Caesar. And thus far too many churches have the pastor, preacher, priest, make this claim “They are the ones to teach you how to have access to The LORD” . It always starts off innocently enough. They just start giving short answers as to what God wants. Instead of teaching the people the Bible so that they can see what God wants for themselves. After a while they just stop using the Bible at all, and they begin to just make things up. But the granddaddy of them all is the Pope, to whom millions are taught that he can speak ex cathedra.
“We teach and define that it is a dogma Divinely revealed that the Roman pontiff when he speaks ex cathedra, that is when in discharge of the office of pastor and doctor of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the universal Church, by the Divine assistance promised to him in Blessed Peter, is possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer willed that his Church should be endowed in defining doctrine regarding faith or morals, and that therefore such definitions of the Roman pontiff are of themselves and not from the consent of the Church irreformable.” the Vatican Council, Sess. IV, Const. de Ecclesiâ Christi, c. iv:
But God always send prophets and teacher to bring us back. They always ask the same question the great prophet Elijah asked the people.
And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. 1Kings 18:21
There are always those who tell God’s people that it is all right to mix their faith. They tell you that God looks on the heart. So it is all right to keep Saturnalia, we will just rename it Christmas, and Easter is just Resurrection Sunday, and the great mother goddess, is now Mary. This was a common practice all over the ancient world. They all worshiped the same sun god, moon god, and planet gods, and it really didn’t matter to them that they called these deities by different names. All paganism is the same paganism. (See Also: Paganism 101)
God condemns the Northern Tribes for dotting on these Assyrian lovers. He called them whores for mixing their faith with those of the pagans. He equates Assyria idolatry with Egyptian, because it is all the same idolatry, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. But the children of Israel had always been duplicitous in their worship, for they had never gotten rid of the worship of foreign gods. From Egypt they had brought the worship of cattle with the Apis bull and Hathor cow. This is what the golden calf represented. [Ex 32]
And you took up the tent of Moloch, and the star of the god Rephan, the figures which you made to worship; and I will remove you beyond Babylon.’ Acts 7:43
They even went so far as to proclaimed that it was this bull god had brought them out of Egypt. They combined this bovine god with the Canaanites, Moloch a.k.a. Kronos, for it too was a bull, and the star Rephan is the planet Saturn which is the Greek name for the Canaanites’ Kronos. (He was the god that ate his children, and was known and worshiped by all. His most acceptable sacrifice was a human child.) Right after leaving Egypt the people went and got Aaron to make for them this compromised amalgamated god.
So all the people took off the rings of gold which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, and made a molten calf; and they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” Ex. 32:3-4
Here is a wonderful little paper on Israel’s paganism. However, with a stipulation that the author of the linked paper is one of those liberal scholars that does not believe that the Bible is true. He does explain how they were all worshiping some kind of bovine deity. He seems to think that this means that there is a question as to the Bibles teaching there is One True God. However this is exactly what the Bible says was going on, the people where mixing the worship of the One True God with the pagan gods around them. And here in Ezekiel the Northern Tribes are condemned to disappear from the historical record for their sin. Oh, and the reason for linking to such a backward paper is that it is full of really neat pictures of these gods. Illustrations of Yahweh as a Syrian Stormcloud Bull-god and Egyptian Solar Golden Calf
This mixing was not what God intended for us. We are to be the son’s of Abraham. This makes Abraham our father, and our example. He was a freeman who worshiped the one true God in the open fields and hills. He needed no priest, not temple, and no liturgy. It was just him and God. One time, just one time, he paid a tithe to Melchizedek. Abraham had come out of Ur in the middle of the fertile crescent. He would have seen the great ziggurats, known all about the forms and functions of these temples. Yet he left it all to walk with God. His wanderings took him to Egypt, where he saw all the great temples there. He rejected it all, for a simple faith in the One True God. He did not mix his religion with those around him. He did not rename idols for the LORD. He did not adopt any of it. He knew of Easter, and Christmas, yet walked away.
So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. Gal. 3:7
It does not matter your background. There is a way out of paganism. One must come out of all of it. Even one of the people condemned by God forever, the Moabites, found a way to the One True God.
“No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none belonging to them shall enter the assembly of the LORD for ever; Deut. 23:3
But just as Ruth found, there is no turning back. One cannot go half way like her sister-in-law Orpah.
But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; Ruth 1:16
She walked away from it all. Her family, culture, and religion. She was no longer a Moabite. She was now Naomi’s daughter, a child of Abraham, a worshiper of the One True God.
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek a home for you, that it may be well with you? Ruth 3:1
11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The LORD recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Ruth 2:11 -12
See Also: God? What’s in a name?
So the question is, Are you in the tent of Oholah who mixed her faith with paganism? Or are you in the tent of Oholibah, who only mixed a little paganism in to her faith? There is so much that is pagan in the inherited churches that it is hard to see what is truth. You cannot trust your preachers, teachers, pastors, priests, they are in it for the money. You must pick up the Bible and see for yourself what true worship is. The LORD is returning, and it is not going to be like what the preachers, teachers, pastors, priests, have told you.
35 “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the householder had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an unexpected hour.” 41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him, and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, but did not make ready or act according to his will, shall receive a severe beating. 48 But he who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, shall receive a light beating. Every one to whom much is given, of him will much be required; and of him to whom men commit much they will demand the more. Luke 12:35-48
Notice, no one here is getting a reward. All have been unfaithful. How could we not, when so much paganism has been allowed and even encouraged in the inherited church by our so call spiritual leaders? So, what kind of beating are you headed for?