Poems & Quotes
“If anyone asks whether the vision is lucid, I confess its obscurity, and that I can scarcely understand it.”
“You want to be Christlike? Alright--take a look at Jesus. When we'd sing that song, 'Take time to be holy; speak oft with thy Lord' in chapel, Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer used to always stop us and say, 'Change that first line. Let us sing it, Take time to behold Him.’” You want to be holy? Behold Him, then. 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.' I need this. I hope you sense a need of seeing Jesus Christ on the pages of the Word of God so that you and I might grow like Him.”
–Dr. J. Vernon McGee
“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it was he saw in plain language.”
“Here in this second chapter, God says to Ezekiel: 'Now, I want you to bring a message to the house of Israel, and very candidly, they're not going to hear you, that is, they won't believe you, they won't accept it, but you're to do it.' And God says, 'That's alright, they don't believe Me either.' And I feel that we today are cast in very much that kind of a role in the day in which we live. It's a day when many are hearing the Word of God, and we rejoice in that. But many do not hear the Word of God, and what about that? Well, Paul says that we're a Savior of life unto those that are saved and a Savior of death unto those that are lost. In other words, there's going to be a whole lot of people that listen to this program that are going to do nothing about it and, actually, the gospel is going to condemn them, instead of saving them, because they'd never be able to go into the presence of God and say 'Look, I never heard it at all.' But, many are responding, and right now, we're in the thick of a theological debate or discussion, or controversy, or whatever you'd want to call it, in this country: What really happens when a person is born again? We've been talking about that so long. What are the steps, if there are steps in it? Is the first thing that takes place that you believe? And how can a lost man who has no capacity for God? They've all gone out of the way. Each one has turned to his own way. There's none that seeketh after God. That's the condition of any lost person. It was the condition of you, if today you're a Christian. You at one time had no desire for God. That certainly was my condition, a time when I had no desire for God. Well, what is the first step? Well, we're going to be saying a great deal about this later on, but right now let me say this, that I think that the first step is conviction and that conviction comes from hearing the Word of God, and that's the thing that's important.”
–Dr. J. Vernon McGee
Ezekiel 3:20—5:17 and 7:1—8:4
“This is the age of pacifism, but it is not the age of peace.”
Ezekiel 10, 11
My friend, I stand in judgment now
And feel that you are to blame somehow.
On earth I walked with you by day
And never did you point the way.
You knew the Lord in truth and glory
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim,
You could have led me safe to Him.
Though we lived together here on earth,
You never told me of the second birth.
And now I stand this day condemned
Because you failed to mention Him.
You taught me many things, that’s true,
I called you friend and trusted you.
But I learned now that it’s too late,
And you could have kept me from this fate.
We walked by day and talked by night
And yet you showed me not the light.
You let me live and love and die,
You knew I'd never live on high.
Yes, I called you friend in life
And trusted you through joy and strife.
And yet on coming to this dreadful end,
I cannot now call you my friend.
Ezekiel 38, 39
“The word Rosh should be Russia. This is the only reference to a modern nation in the entire Old Testament.”
–Dean Stanley, History of the Eastern Church
“Rosh taken as a proper name in Ezekiel signifies the inhabitants of Scythia from whom the modern Russians drive their name.”
–Attributed to Bishop Lowther
“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
–Winston Churchill, describing Russia
“The Great Upside-down Philosopher: Top is bottom, black is white, far is near, and day is night. Big is little, high is low, cold is hot, and yes is no.”
–Title and caption of cartoon about Joseph Stalin, by Rube Goldberg
“We have deposed the czar of the earth, and we shall now dethrone the Lord of heaven.”
“Russia will not move into western Europe, but will move into Asia and the Near East.”
–Attributed to Lord Beverly; General Douglas MacArthur concurred with him in that viewpoint
Ezekiel 38, 39
“Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes, desolate and unlovely. It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land. And why should it be otherwise? Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land? Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition. It is dreamland.”
“There is a land without a people. There is a people without a land. Give the land without a people to the people without a land.”
–Dr. Theodore Herzl
“The Jewish nation is a ghost nation. Only the God of Israel has kept the Jewish people alive.”
–Dr. Chaim Weizmann
“Ezekiel 37 has been fulfilled, and the nation Israel is hearing the footsteps of the Messiah.”
God’s Sermon (Mount St. Helens)
God Spoke to us on May 18.
Did you hear or see His hand?
His sermon was a warning
To the people of this land.
This was not a quirk of nature
or some scientific thing.
God’s sermon shook a mountain
And made the valleys ring.
God plainly says, “I’m still around,
In case your memory’s short.
Do I have to raise My voice louder
Than I today have spoken?”
Yes, God gave a mighty sermon
On the 18th day of May.
Did we have the sense to listen,
Or will He speak louder another day?
–A listener in Marysville, Washington