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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Ezekiel 9

Verses 1-11

Ezekiel 9:1-11 . The six men mentioned are angels, into whose hands the city is given. Angels are used in judgments past and future. (See Matthew 13:41 ; Matthew 16:27 ; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12 .) Angels are likewise prominently mentioned in the book of Revelation. There is a striking correspondency between this chapter and Revelation 7:1-3 . Those who sigh and weep constitute the remnant which have no sympathy with the abominations. They are marked for preservation. Thus a remnant was then kept. Well may we remember that now, in the professing church, in the midst of the apostasy, there is also a faithful remnant who sigh and cry and who have the special promise of the Lord Revelation 3:10 .

The word “mark” in the Hebrew is “Tav,” the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Its literal meaning is “cross.” This letter “T” was a cross in the older Hebrew script as well as in the Phoenician and Samaritan. The Egyptians also used a cross in their language, with them it was a sign of life. Ancient Jewish tradition gives the information that the blood sprinkled in Egypt on the doorpost Exodus 12:23 was in the form of a cross. All this is interesting. To this we may add that in Genesis 4:15 , the mark set upon Cain, an entirely different word is used.

Then the command was literally executed.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Ezekiel 9". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.