- In the fifth year of Jehoiachin's captivity. (It was the thirtieth year of
- He saw four living
- Each had a face of a man, a
lion, an ox, and an eagle.
- The wheels moved with them.
- Wisdom and knowledge in God
among the people who believe in Him.
- The Spirit of the Lord among
the people who believe in God.
- The Spirit of God controls
- A throne with the likeness
of a man on it. This seems to represent God's throne.
- He should not be afraid but
speak the word of the Lord to the people of Israel. He was to warn them
and teach them.
- The ungodly and rebellious
Jews who would resist the prophet's words.
- It was the word of God given
for the people of Israel
concerning the future of the people and the city of Jerusalem. It was words of judgment and
sorrow to come.
- Ezekiel did not refuse to
talk to the people but he was angry in his spirit having to talk to such a
- Those who turn from sin will
save their soul, and those who turn from righteousness will lose their
- Those who neglect their duty
to warn a sinner will be accountable for their soul.
- He made him mute so he would
not rebuke the people.
- The city of Jerusalem under a siege.
- 390 days for Israel and 40 days for Judah for
each year of their sin.
- He cooked his food with cow
waste in front of the people. It symbolized they would eat their food in
unclean or foreign places.
- The siege would be so bad
that food would become scarce.
- 1/3 represented the people
dying by pestilence and famine; 1/3 by sword; and 1/3 scattered and dying
by the sword.
- The corpses of the people
will be laid before their idols and their high places.
- Those in captivity will look
back and remember the words of God.
- The destruction of Israel.
- The people made idols to
worship out of their gold and silver.
- They had an idol at the entrance
of God's temple that they worshiped.
- Every sort of creeping thing
and abominable beast and idols were carved in the wall.
- They were weeping before a
- They were slain by God's
angels, only the few faithful were saved. (This is carried out in 2 Ch. 36:17-18.)
- He again saw the vision of
the living creatures and the glory of the Lord.
- Coals of fire were pulled
from the wheels which symbolized the destruction of Jerusalem. This was carried out in 2 Ki. 25:9 when Babylon
makes another attack on the city.
- They were giving wicked
counsel and advice not showing any fear or concern for the warning of
destruction to come.
- They filled their streets
with the slain from crimes of blood and violence in the city (Ez. 7:23).
- They resisted the word,
authority, and leadership of God. They followed and worshiped idols.
- He portrayed the ruler of Israel, trying to escape through a hole in
the wall of the city and the city being carried captive by Babylon.
- His eyes were gouged out
when he was captured by Babylon.
He was taken to Babylon
where he lived until he died (see 2 Kings 25:7).
- They were speaking false
prophecies, telling the people things from their own minds, not from God.
- The people who trusted in
the prophets did not prepare themselves with a strengthened wall. They
assumed peace and not danger. This wall can be taken literally or
spiritually. Spiritually the people were not prepared to secure their
steadfastness with God.
- Havoc and turmoil and
destruction would come upon the people and destroy them, what they
worshiped, and the city.
- There were no prophets in
the land who would speak the truth from God.
- a. God would induce the
prophet to speak only to further convict him. b. God will destroy the
prophet and the one who came to him.
- Noah, Daniel, and Job.
Because of their righteousness they would live.
- A vine that was not useful
- They were worth nothing.
- Israel was like a newborn baby
who needs to be taken care of and nurtured.
- Their beauty (riches) and
- They used them in
worshiping their false gods. They sacrificed them through fire.
- They sinned for pleasure
worshiping false gods to satisfy their own desires. Harlots seek monetary
gain from their sin. Israel
enticed others even paying foreigners to sin with them.
- As a woman who breaks
wedlock, they would suffer and even die because of their sin. God would
use the Gentile nations to punish them.
- Jerusalem followed the ways of the
foreign nations around them.
- The Gentile nations (Sodom and Samaria
representing all of them) will be included in God’s plan of
salvation. They become “daughters” of Israel born into the new covenant because
fall. This was to show Israel
the awfulness of their idolatry and sins.
was the eagle who carried Israel
away to a foreign land.
was the country Israel
turned to for help against Babylon.
- Israel was the branch.
- God would return Israel to
their land and rebuild them. Spiritually speaking, this refers to Jesus,
from the tribe of Judah.
- The birds of every sort are
all people both Jew and Gentile who would have faith in the Christ.
- They would have life.
- He would die for his own
- His sins would be forgiven,
and he would live.
- None of his righteousness
will be remembered, and he would die.
- a. He wants them to turn
from sin and iniquity. b. A new heart and spirit that seeks God's
- No, he has no pleasure in a
lost soul. His pleasure is in those who serve and worship Him.
- Like a lion, strong and
- They were captured by Babylon and became
weak and helpless.
- The elders of Israel
were rejected by God.
- A habit of iniquity and idol
worship had caused them to fall from God.
- God wanted to uphold His
name so that the Gentiles would not speak against Him, His strength, and
not refuse Him later on when they would have an opportunity for salvation.
- God purged the evildoers
(through Babylon) and then the rest through obeying God as He led them
would become a holy and blessed people.
- The Sabbath served as a sign
and a remembrance that Israel
knew God and served Him.
- a. The word of God and
judgment will come to the people. b. The leaders who have lead the people
is the sword against Judah.
- They gave Israel
false visions concerning their security while they too were reproachful
before God and just as unsecure.
- Jesus is the heir to the thrown(vs. 27).
- They were like dross from
silver that was being purified.
- They had violated the Law
and profaned the holy things. They did not teach the people the difference
between the holy and the unholy or the clean and the unclean.
- They gave the false visions
and told them lies. They did not teach the people things to strengthen
(Israel) and Jerusalem (Judah).
- They continued in their
sins and even committed worse harlotry.
- In the ninth year and tenth
month of King Zedekiah (2 Kings 25:1).
- a. The city of Jerusalem. b. The
people in the city who would be purified through the tribulation.
- a. He took Ezekiel's wife.
b. This was a sign to Judah
of the coming destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. They were not to mourn or
weep but to accept their judgment.
- They rejoiced when Israel was
- They said Judah was
like all the other nations around them (their God was not able to save
- They traded with her and
they became like Tyre.
If the leader fell, so would the followers.
- They traded in many
different ways but were materialistic. They left God out of their lives.
- They had no lack of
anything and felt very self-sufficient. They felt very secure against any
- Tyre had everything they needed or
wanted. They were blessed with many riches and provisions but yet they
- They were proud of their
wealth and felt their ability was by their own power. They also were the
leaned on for help but who lead them further away from God.
- All the people and
possessions of Egypt.
They will be destroyed.
would be Babylon's
- The nation of Assyria.
- The other nations all
- Because they were prideful
and full of wickedness.
- They will be brought down
to the pit. They will be destroyed. (If you keep company with the wicked
you will go down with the wicked.)
- Those nations and people
who did not know God or follow His ways.
Elam, Meshech, Tubal, and Edom will fall to Babylon.
- One who knows God's word
and is expected to warn those who are in sin.
- Both will die for their
sins. However, the watchman will be responsible for the blood of the lost.
- No, he will die because of
- A person may think his
former righteousness will cover his present sins, or he justifies his sin
based on his own judgment of righteousness.
- His words sounded like a
lovely song to them but they did not do them or practice them. They
pursued their own gain.
- The priests of Israel -
responsible for leading and teaching the people in the ways of God.
- They were not strengthening
the faith of the weak people or establishing the faith of God in any
- The fat sheep are those who
used their position for their own gain. The lean sheep are those who were
righteous in God's service for the people.
- a. The servant of David
(Jesus) is the shepherd. b. God would be their true God instead of
- The leaders and all the
people of the land will produce righteousness.
- They are punished for their
perpetual hatred against Israel
and for trying to possess the land for themselves after Jerusalem
is taken captive.
- The land
of Israel is set to receive the
people of Israel
once again. The land will produce crops and the city will be fortified.
- To save His great name that
had been profaned in the nations.
- Because of their sins, they
were in captivity with no life as they once had before.
- God would give them life
again and join Judah
together as one nation.
- Israel would become one nation
under one king.
- Gog was a combination of
several nations who would come against Israel.
- Gog will come against Israel in
the latter days (the end time).
- Gog will be destroyed by a
great earthquake, natural and super natural forces, and pestilence.
- (Spiritually) The followers
of God will speak and uphold the truth against all darkness. (Literally)
God will destroy Gog and Israel
will bury the remains for seven months.
- (Spiritually) The followers
of God will have power over sin and darkness. (Literally) God will destroy
and restore Israel.
- The Gentile nations will understand
and know God is with Israel.
- His Holy Spirit will be
- (Spiritually) The barrier
between us and God (because of sin).
- (Spiritually) Our complete
repentance toward God to receive His grace.
- (Spiritually) Dwelling with
God and becoming spiritually mature.
- God wanted the people to
realize their iniquities placed them in captivity far from the splendor of
- God had come through that
way, and it was holy.
- They would not be able to
come before God to minister.
- They would do the work to
be done in the temple.
- They would wear linen
- Literally this would avoid
pushing and shoving. Spiritually it represents a complete walk with God;
no backsliding or returning to the old self.
- The living water of God
(His word) going out to all people. Today we know this as the gospel of
Jesus which brought life to those who will believe.
- The different people who will
come to the living water of God.