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The Book of Ezekiel
3:17-19 - Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the
house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give
them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt
surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to
warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same
wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I
require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn
not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die
in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Ezekiel 28:6-10 - Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because
thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; Behold, therefore
I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations:
and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy
wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring
thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of [them
that are] slain in the midst of the seas. Wilt thou yet say
before him that slayeth thee, I [am] God? but thou [shalt be] a
man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. Thou
shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of
strangers: for I have spoken [it], saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 43:1-4- Afterward he brought me to the gate, [even]
the gate that looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of
the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice
[was] like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his
glory. And [it was] according to the appearance of the vision
which I saw, [even] according to the vision that I saw when I
came to destroy the city: and the visions [were] like the vision
that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. And the
glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate
whose prospect [is] toward the east.
The Old Testament - A Brief Overview
Bible Survey - Ezekiel
Hebrew Name - Yehezqel "God is strength"
Greek Name - Iezekiel (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Ezekiel (According to Tradition)
Date - 595 BC Approximately
Theme - The final restoration of Israel
Types and Shadows - In Ezekiel Jesus is the son of man
Summary of The Book of Ezekiel
Ezekiel prophesied to
the the Jewish captives in Babylon. The Babylonians had invaded
Judah three times and each time they took prisoners back to
Babylon. The first invasion was in 607 BC and Daniel was taken
as a captive to Babylon. The second invasion was in 597 BC and
Ezekiel was taken as a captive to Babylon, and in 586 BC
Jerusalem was destroyed and all the survivors were taken as
captives to Babylon. Ezekiel was married to a beautiful woman
who was "the desire of his eyes" and God told him but his
beloved wife was going to die on the very same day that
Jerusalem was to be destroyed. As a sign to the Jews is a cure
was commanded not to mourn his wife's death. He was to prepare
himself as God had prepared himself for the death of his beloved
city (Ezekiel 24:15-22). God spoke many prophecies through
Ezekiel using words, parables, visions, and similitudes (strange
things to point to something greater). Ezekiel also prophesied
about the false shepherds in Jerusalem and God said that he will
be the true Shepherd Messiah and there will be a future
outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a re-gathering of Israel in
the land. Ezekiel also predicted the downfall of those nations
that were hostile to Judah. Ezekiel 16 is probably the most
remarkable chapter concerning the love of God for his people in
spite of their continuing idolatry.
"Your fame went out among the nations because of
your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor which I had
bestowed on you," says the Lord GOD. "But you trusted in your
own beauty, played the harlot because of your fame, and poured
out your harlotry on everyone passing by who would have it."
The prophet Ezekiel taken captive during the time when the
Babylonians began their captivity of Judah during the time of
the reign of king Jehoichin, which was about 11 years before
Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem. Ezekiel was one of the
Jewish captives who was brought to the land of Babylon and
settled on the banks of the river Chebar. While he was by this
river and the "land of the Chaldeans" he had a prophetic vision
and received his call to be a prophet to the people in exile.
This all happened in the fourth month of the "fifth year of king
Jehoiachin's captivity" (595 BC). There is one interesting note
that Ezekiel makes when he mentions that he married a woman in
the land of Babylon and had a house, and that he lost his wife
on the very day that the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem took
place. Something else that is interesting is that the prophecies
of Ezekiel address the Jews in Jerusalem and the events taking
place over there, as though he was in Jerusalem, but he was
actually in Babylon.
According to Jewish tradition Ezekiel was murdered in Babylon
by a Jewish prince whom Ezekiel accused of idolatry, Ezekiel was
supposedly buried on the banks of the Euphrates River.
The major divisions within the book of Ezekiel reveal the
purpose of this ministry. In the first half of the book of
Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1-33) Judah is accused of breaking all of God's
commandments, and they are warned by God that they will be
destroyed if they persist in their sins. After Ezekiel's
announcement of Jerusalem's destruction the book of Ezekiel
focuses on an entirely different subject, which is one of
comfort and encouragement to the heartbroken Jews.
The contents of the book may be analyzed further as follows :
Outline of the Book of Ezekiel
I. Israel's sin and impending judgment, uttered before the final captivity (Ezekiel
1) Biographical information concerning Ezekiel, including a note as to his
personal situation and a description of his call to the prophetic ministry (Ezekiel 1-3
2 ) The siege of Jerusalem portrayed in four symbolical acts (Ezekiel 4-7 ). In the
first of these, Ezekiel evidently drew a picture of a city under siege,
indicating that this was soon to be the condition of Jerusalem. After this,
Ezekiel lay on his side for a great number of days, announcing that the nation
was to be punished for its sins. By eating an inferior type of food which had
been cooked on animal dung, Ezekiel predicted the famine which would accompany
the siege. In the final act, Ezekiel shaved his head, burning his hair, striking
it with a sword and scattering it to the winds, indicating the fate of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem. Ezekiel 6 and 7 contain additional oracles concerning
Israel's sin and imminent doom.
3 ) Visions of idolatry in Jerusalem and the resultant judgment and destruction
of that city (Ezekiel 8-11).
4 ) Further prophecies against Jerusalem (Ezekiel 12-24). This section contains a rebuke
of false prophets and hypocrites (Ezekiel 12-14), a repeated emphasis on the certainty
and necessity of punishment (Ezekiel 15-17), a discussion of retribution and
responsibility and a reassertion of God's love toward sinners (Ezekiel 18), a
lamentation or dirge over the rulers of Judah (Ezekiel 19) and final warnings before
the complete destruction of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 20-24).
II. Prophecies against the nations of Am-mon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre,
Sidon and Egypt (Ezekiel 25-32).
III. Prophecies concerning the restoration of Israel, uttered after the
destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.
1 ) A discussion of the responsibility of the people to respond to the call
of the prophet (Ezekiel 33: 1-20).
2 ) The announcement of the fall of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 33:21-33).
3 ) A contrast between the leadership of the faithless shepherds ( kings) of
Judah and Israel and the true shepherd who was to come (Ezekiel 34).
4 ) The doom of Edom (Ezekiel 35).
5 ) The vision of the valley of dry bones, symbolizing the resurrection of the
remnant of Israel (Ezekiel 36-37).
6 ) The prophecy of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39 ).
7 ) The rebuilt Temple (Ezekiel 40-48).
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Northern Kingdom of Israel
Southern Kingdom of Judah
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