Gospel of Ezekiel Explained

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We see that the priest, the prophet Ezekiel is the penman of this book. Ezekiel was from an upper middle-class family. At the time of his prophecy, the northern kingdom had already been in captivity about 100 years. The first part of this is prophecy directed at the southern kingdom of Judah and Benjamin. We will discover that Ezekiel is in Babylon when this prophecy is given. Historians tell us that he lived in Tel-Abib in the land of the Chaldeans. He was, probably, about 30 years old when he began to prophesy. Those who worked in the temple usually began at about 30 years of age. Jesus' formal ministry began when He was 30 years old. It is believed by many that Ezekiel began to prophesy in about 595 B.C.

Ezekiel was a prophet of a priestly family, which was carried captive to Babylon in 597 BC, who prophesied intermittently until 571 BC. He was about 25 years old when he was taken to Babylon. Ezekiel was called to the prophetic ministry five years after arriving, and ministered to the captives who dwelt by the river Chebar at Tel Abib.

His home was quite often a meeting place. Ezekiel was married to a woman who was "the desire of his eyes". One of the saddest notes of his life was the death of his wife. The prophet was told that his wife would die as the armies of Babylon laid siege against the holy city of Jerusalem. Ezekiel’s sadness at the death of his wife was to match the grief of God for the sin of Jerusalem. During his ministry he glimpsed extraordinary visions, and he performed symbolic prophetic acts, which made him somewhat of a curiosity to his contemporaries. Some of the greatest prophecies regarding future events occur in the Book of Ezekiel (chapters 33-48.

The book of Ezekiel is broken down into 5 sections that reveal the glory of the Lord.

  1. Manifested to reveal and reprove sin (chapters 1-8)
  2. Withdrawn from the defiled Jerusalem temple (chapters 9-11)
  3. Departed, resulting in desolation and doom (chapters 12-24)
  4. Promised with divine intervention (chapters 25-39)
  5. Restored in the new temple and the new Holy Land (chapters 40-48)

The key phrase in the book, "son of man" is used ninety three times. Jesus used the terms "Son of man" and "Son of God" to show that He had the characteristics of both deity and humanity.

Prophecies directly relating to Israel in the End Times begin in chapter 34 and 36. Israel’s restoration is shown in chapter 37 in the vision of the "dry bones" that came to life.

Chapters 38 and 39 deal with the future invasion of Israel from the North and Israel’s victory over "Gog and Magog."

Ezekiel’s 1,273 verses include 821 verses of predictions, which amount to 65% of the total and the largest amount of predictive prophecy to appear in any Bible book.

Each of the chapters are done individually. Some due to length, have been shorten into "continued" sections. Each section contains a questionnaire which follows the section which has been done to aid in the learning process. Each section can be accessed by the simple menu found at the bottom of the file. (i.e., continue to next section or return to previous section.

Ezekiel Chapter 1 Ezekiel Chapter 14 Ezekiel Chapter 25 Ezekiel Chapter 38
Ezekiel Chapter 2 Ezekiel Chapter 15 Ezekiel Chapter 26 Ezekiel Chapter 39    
Ezekiel Chapter 3 Ezekiel Chapter 16 Ezekiel Chapter 27 Ezekiel Chapter 40    
Ezekiel Chapter 4 Ezekiel Chapter 16 Continued Ezekiel Chapter 28 Ezekiel Chapter 41    
Ezekiel Chapter 5 Ezekiel Chapter 17 Ezekiel Chapter 29 Ezekiel Chapter 42    
Ezekiel Chapter 6 Ezekiel Chapter 18 Ezekiel Chapter 30 Ezekiel Chapter 43    
Ezekiel Chapter 7 Ezekiel Chapter 19 Ezekiel Chapter 31 Ezekiel Chapter 44    
Ezekiel Chapter 8 Ezekiel Chapter 20 Ezekiel Chapter 32 Ezekiel Chapter 45    
Ezekiel Chapter 9 Ezekiel Chapter 20 Continued Ezekiel Chapter 33 Ezekiel Chapter 46    
Ezekiel Chapter 10 Ezekiel Chapter 21 Ezekiel Chapter 34 Ezekiel Chapter 47    
Ezekiel Chapter 11 Ezekiel Chapter 22 Ezekiel Chapter 35 Ezekiel Chapter 48    
Ezekiel Chapter 12 Ezekiel Chapter 23 Ezekiel Chapter 36      
Ezekiel Chapter 13 Ezekiel Chapter 24 Ezekiel Chapter 37      

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