The Opening of the Mouth in The Midst of Them
“The Opening of the Mouth in The Midst of Them”
Preached by: Carolyn Sissom
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Ez. 29:21: “In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give you the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
This past week the U.S.A. has been refreshed by the visit of the Pope. For one week, the mouth of the world system (the beast) personified in the liberal media has been shut. Our nation has been inundated for years with the strife and contention of the political world system through the media. This week the Pope raised the bar of communication above the fray for the communication industry.
The Pope has spoken as a prophet to this nation. Like Ezekiel, he has spoken of religious restoration and like Haggai and Zachariah, he has exhorted us to religious reconstruction . Like Malachi, he has exhorted us to social and moral reconstruction.
I believe the meanest spirited pundits and talking heads will be shamed and come under conviction after a week of the “Opening of the Mouth of the Word of God” over this nation.
This is Messianic and points to the victory of the Church over the world through Jesus Christ in the day that “the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
In chapters 29-32, Egypt, here under the figure of the Day of the Lord, reveals a time in which the “SWORD”(30:4) (Word of God) will come upon the world and the carnal mind. “The Pride of her power shall come down.”
Ez. 30:4 “And the Sword shall come upon Egypt (world system), and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.”
These chapters deal with one theme, Judgment upon Egypt. Egypt reveals the principle of the bondage of the sin of the world. Satan is the god and prince of this world system, just as pharaoh was the god and king of Egypt.
Pharaoh, like satan is called “the great dragon.” (29:3) As this is figurative of the natural or carnal mind (a worldly mind), this gives us some insight to the metaphorical dragon of scripture.
Ez. 29:2-5: Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him and against all Egypt: Speak, and say, thus says the Lord God; ‘Behold I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers, which has said, My river is my own, and I have it for myself. But I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will cause the fish of your rivers to stick unto your scales, and I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers; you shall fall upon the open fields; you shall not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given you for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heavens.”
Ginny Bell had a dream last night that confirmed my preaching this word today. It Dream 04/19/08 – Given to Virginia Bell
I was in a field of brown grass (as though it was winter and the grass had died, like in northern states), but it was not especially cold in the dream.
There were snakes rising up and again lowering themselves and becoming hidden in the grass (snake in the grass). The snakes were the same color as the grass and blended in with it so it was easy to hide and not be obvious. The snakes were HUGE! They were about 8 inches across and so long I couldn't measure, because parts of their bodies were hidden. They had heads more like crocodiles.
There were other people in the field with me but either they did not notice the snakes or they disregarded them as harmless. I had some kind of a sword or hatchet in my hand but did not use it because it was too small for the job and I thought if I tried to kill one and missed it could be very dangerous-- a kind of deadly retaliation.
The fact that satan was in the open field is prophetically significant that judgment has begun: 32:4: “Then will I leave you upon the land, I will cast your forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon you, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with you.”
These chapters prefigure the Day of the Lord in an eschatological sense. Historically it was when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel. Prophetically it is the time of the judgment of the nations. At the same time this judgment is released, there will be the exaltation of the Horn (National Power) of Israel and Spiritual Israel, The Church.
It is the Lord’s Sword that will bring the judgment by the Lord Himself.
Rev. 19: 11-21: And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called, THE WORD OF GOD. AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH GOES A SHARP SWORD, THAT WITH IT HE SHOULD SMITE THE NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; AND HE TREADS THE WINEPRESSE OF THE FIERCENESS AND WRATH OF ALMIGTHY GOD. And he has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against him that say on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant was slain with the sword of Him that saw upon the horse which SWORD PROCEEDED OUT OF HIS MOUTH; AND ALL THE FOWLS WERE FILLED WITH THEIR FLESH.”
Rev. 16:13-15: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the MOUTH OF THE DRAGON, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The mouth of the dragon according to Ezekiel 29:3 is the spirit of Pharaoh, the serpent of Genesis 3:14, who is the fiery red serpent of Isaiah and the dragon of Rev. 16. Pharaoh, like Satan is called, “the Great Dragon.” Egypt reveals the principle of the bondage of the sin of the world. Satan is the god and prince of the world system.
The beast of Rev. 16, is the world system of Daniel 7:7-8 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it: and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots; and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man and a mouth that speaking great things. This is the world system controlled by the Great Dragon personified in the person of anti-christ. We are presently dealing with this BEAST through the mouth of the liberal media. Our prayer is to close the mouth of the Beast.
In chapter 27, we studied the lament over the ruin of Tyre. This passage dwells on the worldwide trade, commerce and material wealth of Tyre. Through the chapter Tyre is likened to a ship that is well outfitted, wrongly piloted, and ultimately shipwrecked. Tyre speaks of the principle of trafficking and merchandising, the pomp and pride of the satanic world system. God judged Tyre because of her delight in Jerusalem’s overthrow. She refused to help Jerusalem, being filled with pride. Those who bought and sold with Tyre exemplify the Mark of the Beast of (Rev. 13: 13-18.)
(Ez. 18: 20-26) I believe we can liken the unclean spirits of the frogs to Zidon. It was founded by Canaan’s firstborn (Gen. 10:15) Apparently Sidon was the headquarters of the idolatry connected with Baal, Ashtaroth, and Tammuz. These are the spirits associated with the 13 sins of the Canaanite Curse.
(Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible): (page 13)
- Inordinate affection
- Dishonor to parents
Daniel 7: 11-14: I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold one like the son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there were given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
Ez. 32:12: “The proud Egyptian ruler considered himself to be a Lion, (a proud beast), but he was only a sea monster to be caught in a net. His pride caused him to be lowered into the futility of the realm of death and corruption. His pride was the pomp of Egypt. His land, (32:15) (his mind and body), became desolate with the law of sin and death.”
Ez. 32:18: “Son of man wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations unto the nether parts of the earth with them that go down in the pit.”
The Lord God is moving upon the nation of the United States of America. The Lord has spoken in His Word and it shall come to pass and all the nations of the earth will know that He is the Lord God.
Carolyn Sissom, Pastor
Eastgate Ministries, Inc.
quotes from King James Bible.