INTRODUCTION TO
THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL
JUNE 8, 2014
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
USA
Malachi 3:10
“Bring all the tithes into
the storehouse, that there
may be food in My house,
and try Me now in this,”
says ...
“If I will not open for you
the windows of heaven
and pour out for you such
blessing that there will
not be room enough to...
A family consists of many
generations.
Generations Lunch with
Young and Senior Adults
and their Families
following the 10:...
Tickets must be
purchased in advance and
will be available at the
2nd floor kiosk on
Sundays, June 8 and
June 15.
Cost of Tickets:
$6.00 – Adults
$5.00 – Preschool -
Students
$20.00 – Family Maximum
For information please
contact Sheila Smith at
(601) 949-1994
or smsmith@fbcj.org or
Patricia Jenkins at (601)
949-1941
or...
PLEASE REQUEST
TICKETS BY JUNE 17TH
AT 10AM FOR THE
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ON JUNE 22
What’s the number one thing?
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1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you
eat or drink, or whatever
you do, do all to the glory
of God.
J. Vernon McGee
Thru the Bible
Commentary, Vol. 25:
Ezekiel. Nashville, TN:
Thomas Nelson
Publishers, 1991.
A Prophet for our Time:
Ezekiel
by Chuck Missler
Adventuring Through the
Bible by Ray Stedman
The Bible Exposition
Commentary (BE Series) -
Old Testament
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Events in Hebrew History...
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1275 B.C.
Israel's Exodus
from Egypt
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1000 B.C.
Reign of Dav...
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922 B.C.
Kingdom Divides into
North and South
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7...
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605 B.C.
The Babylonian conquest
of Judah begins, Dan...
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597 B.C.
Ezekiel is exiled to
Babylon and begins
his ...
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587 B.C.
Fall of Southern
Kingdom to B...
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The book ...
*This is the story of the
nation, but it is the story
of any individual as well.
*And because it is the
story of any indiv...
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The books of the Old
Testament were...
*They are, therefore,
extremely valuable for us-
--what happens to the
nation is exactly what
happens to us.
*Jesus is on ...
By looking carefully, we
can see our problems and
circumstances exemplified
in the problems and
circumstance set forth in
...
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God had kept His hand
back from judgment for
centuries, until at last in
587 BC He...
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away, sacking the city and
desolating the temple and
takin...
Ezekiel was a young man
when he was taken
captive, and he had
probably heard Jeremiah,
but likely had no personal
acquaint...
Ezekiel had been carried
away by Nebuchadnezzar
when the nation of Judah
was taken captive, as
described by Jeremiah's
gre...
Jeremiah's sole purpose
was to reveal the sins of
the people and explain the
reason for the impending
disaster (destructio...
"And when your people
say, 'Why has the Lord
our God done all these
things to us?' you shall
say to them, 'As you have
for...
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so you shall serve
foreigners ...
God's personal message to
Jeremiah,
"Attack you they will,
overcome you they can't,"
was fulfilled many times
in the Bibli...
his own brothers, beaten
and put into the stocks by
a priest and false prophet,
imprisoned by the king,
threatened with de...
opposed by a false
prophet.
*When Nebuchadnezzar
seized Jerusalem in 586
BC, he ordered that
Jeremiah be freed from
prison...
Psalm 137 is the psalm of
the remnant in Babylon:
By the rivers of Babylon,
there we sat down, yea,
we wept, when we
remem...
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We hanged our harps
upon the willows in the
m...
But at the same time
Ezekiel writes:
“The heavens were
opened, and I saw visions
of God” (Ezekiel 1:1).
What a contrast!
While these people had
already put their harps on
a willow tree and sat
down to weep, this man
Ezekiel was seeing visions
...
The message of Ezekiel is
the most spiritual of all
the prophets because he
dealt particularly with the
Person of God.
It is said,
“Ezekiel is the prophet of
the Spirit,
Isaiah is the prophet of
the Son, and
Jeremiah is the prophet of
the Fa...
For a period of about ten
years, the false prophets
had been saying that the
Hebrew people would
return to Judah and that
...
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Jeremiah had sent a
message to Babylon
saying the city would be
destroyed, and Ezekiel
confirmed his message.
Ezekiel warned the people
that they must turn to
God before they could
return to Jerusalem.
When the time came, a
very small remnant did
turn to God, and they did
return to Jerusalem but
they were very
discouraged.
*Ezekiel began his
ministry five years after
he was taken captive at
about the age of thirty.
*In many ways, he spoke
in t...
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He stood at the bottom of
a valley in
the d...
Ezekiel had to confront
the false hope given by
the false prophets and the
indifference and
despondency begotten in
the da...
The people would not
listen to his message.
Therefore, he resorted to
different methods of
getting God’s message
across.
*Instead of speaking in
parables, as the Lord Jesus
did, he acted out the
parables.
*He actually acted out
some very inter...
Because God intended
Ezekiel’s life to be a sign
to Israel, he does all kinds
of strange things.
He shuts himself up in hi...
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He was to lie on his right
and his left sides for a
tot...
he ate bread that was
prepared in an unclean
manner, and he shaved
his head and beard, which
was considered a shame
in his...
We read in Ezekiel 24:24,
“Thus Ezekiel is unto you
a sign: according to all
that he hath done shall ye
do: and when this ...
The people would not
listen to his words, so he
would act them out, and
he attracted a great deal of
attention to God’s
me...
Ezekiel is the prophet of
the glory of the Lord.
There were three prophets
of Israel who spoke when
they were out of the l...
*They are Ezekiel, Daniel,
and John (who wrote
from the island of
Patmos).
*All three of these men
wrote what is called an...
They all used highly
symbolic language;
yet they saw the brightest
light and held the highest
hope of all the prophets.
Ezekiel saw the Shekinah
glory of the Lord leave
Solomon’s temple, but he also
saw the return of the glory of
the Lord whi...
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*The meaning of Ezekiel is
seen in this coming of the
glory during the Kingdom
Age.
*Ezekiel looked beyond
the sufferings ...
As Peter said of the
prophets, “they saw the
sufferings and they saw
the glory that would
follow” (1 Peter 1:11).
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Ezekiel saw it better than
any of the other prophets.
There were two prophets
during the captivity---
Ezekiel and Daniel.
So, Ezekiel is the first
prophet of the captivity.
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Ezekiel mentions Daniel
three times, who had been
in Babylon nine years
before Ezekiel arrived.
Ezekiel ministered, as did
Jeremiah, to a nation
experiencing judgment for
their sins. If God spared
not Israel, His Chose...
Ezekiel was born in
approximately 627 B.C.
and lived in a time of
moral decline, distress
and uprooting.
His messages were not
well received at first, but
did ultimately result in
the nation being purged
of idolatrous practices.
He was married and
owned his own home.
His wife died during his
ministry.
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Throughout the book, his
main theme was the
sover...
This is good for us,
because we can get so
focused on God's grace
that we tend to forget
there is also a governing
role of...
Ezekiel was very direct.
He carefully vindicated
God's justice throughout
the book, although he
deals more in symbol and
a...
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He is probably the
grea...
Ezekiel was well suited
for the calling God gave
him, which included a
remarkable vision of
God's throne in Chapter 1.
This was a dramatic
vision of God which never
left him-it is not just
introduced in the first
chapter, it is referenced al...
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The Temple Ezekiel
describes in chapter 40
has never yet been
fulfilled.
Most scholars regard it as
the details for the Temple
to be established during
the Millennium on the
Planet Earth.
The Opportunity
You cannot really
understand the caldron of
the Middle East today
without carefully
studying this book.
If you were invited to a
reception which would
bring you into contact
with a world-famous
author, you would, of
course, ru...
Well, you may soon be in the
company of one of the most
fascinating characters of the
Old Testament, and when
you are intr...
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Have you ever studied
this incredible book?
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Ezekiel was 25 years old
when he was taken to
Babylon and he was thirty
years old at the time of his
call (Ezek. 1:1), the...
He was older than Daniel
and prophesied during
the first twenty or twenty-
five years of that seventy-
year period when Is...
It's likely that Daniel and
Ezekiel knew each other
before the Captivity,
though there's no
evidence they saw each
other i...
Like Jeremiah (1:2),
Zechariah (1:1), and John
the Baptist (Luke 1:5),
Ezekiel (God strengthens)
was called by God from
be...
It would have been much easier
for Ezekiel to remain a priest, for
priests were highly esteemed by
the Jews, and a priest ...
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They received their
messages and orders from
the Lord as the occasion
demanded and could
never be sure what would
happen n...
*It was dangerous to be a
prophet.
*Most people resent being
told about their sins and
prefer to hear messages of
cheer, n...
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Jeremiah had been
ministering in Jerusalem
for four years when
Ezekiel was born in 622
B.C., but surely as he grew
up, he ...
Ezekiel's prophetic ministry was
greatly needed in Babylon
because false prophets
abounded and were giving the
Jewish peop...
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Jeremiah's letter told the
Jews that they would be
in Babylon for seventy
years and therefore
should settle down, raise
fa...
But Jeremiah also
announced the ultimate
fall of Babylon, a message
the exiles were only too
eager to hear.
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The most dif...
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It means pulling up the
weeds of false theology
and pla...
It also means tearing
down the flimsy thought
structures that false
prophets build and
constructing in their place
lasting...
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
NKJV
3 For though we walk in
the flesh, we do not war
according to the flesh.
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4 For the weapons of our warfar...
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5 casting down...
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The kingdom of Judah had
suffered greatly at the hands
of victorious Babylon, and
many Jewish people
wondered if Jehovah w...
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God’s chosen people were
exiles in a pagan land,
their Promised Land was
devastated, Jerusalem was
in enemy hands, and the...
It was a dark day for Israel,
and the first thing Ezekiel
needed to understand was that,
no matter how discouraging
the ci...
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There are many unexplained
mysteries in the vision
Ezekiel had, but one message
comes through with clarity
and power: Our ...
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2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
14 if My people who are called
by My name will humble
themselves, and pray and seek
My face, and tu...
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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL JUNE 8, 2014 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. Malachi 3:10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts,
  3. 3. “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
  4. 4. A family consists of many generations. Generations Lunch with Young and Senior Adults and their Families following the 10:30 am worship hour on June 22.
  5. 5. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available at the 2nd floor kiosk on Sundays, June 8 and June 15.
  6. 6. Cost of Tickets: $6.00 – Adults $5.00 – Preschool - Students $20.00 – Family Maximum
  7. 7. For information please contact Sheila Smith at (601) 949-1994 or smsmith@fbcj.org or Patricia Jenkins at (601) 949-1941 or pjenkins@fbcj.org.
  8. 8. PLEASE REQUEST TICKETS BY JUNE 17TH AT 10AM FOR THE GENERATIONS LUNCH ON JUNE 22
  9. 9. What’s the number one thing?
  10. 10. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608004121869748387&pid=1.7
  11. 11. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  12. 12. J. Vernon McGee Thru the Bible Commentary, Vol. 25: Ezekiel. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.
  13. 13. A Prophet for our Time: Ezekiel by Chuck Missler Adventuring Through the Bible by Ray Stedman
  14. 14. The Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) - Old Testament
  15. 15. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OSCYQ8yKSqw/UMwUs_EZ8DI/AAAAAAAALcE/tR2ZP5JkaEw/s1600/Abraham+Sarah.jpg Events in Hebrew History 2000 B.C. Abraham and Sarah
  16. 16. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608041745796826557&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 1275 B.C. Israel's Exodus from Egypt
  17. 17. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_tR4bYTcAqeQ/R0-sFPKOkfI/AAAAAAAAAoE/tzNczoIgASU/s1600-R/kingdavidlion.jpg 1000 B.C. Reign of David Begins
  18. 18. http://bibledaily.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/divided-kingdom-of-israel.jpg 922 B.C. Kingdom Divides into North and South
  19. 19. http://img.whenintime.com/tli/DownsG/timelineproject/617077dd-5475-4988-b7c9-694a40959b76/northern%20kingdom%20falls.jpg 722 B.C. Fall of Northern Kingdom to Assyria
  20. 20. http://frontiersnova.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/l11.jpg?w=300&h=193 605 B.C. The Babylonian conquest of Judah begins, Daniel is exiled and serves in the Babylonian king's court.
  21. 21. http://biblestudyoutlines.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Ezekiel.jpg 597 B.C. Ezekiel is exiled to Babylon and begins his prophetic ministry
  22. 22. http://ebibleteacher.com/sites/default/files/images/1/Babylonian%20Empire%20800.JPG 587 B.C. Fall of Southern Kingdom to Babylon
  23. 23. http://blog.chron.com/apentecostalperspective/files/2011/06/bigstock_statue_of_liberty_sinking_in_t_12154433.jpg The book of Ezekiel traces the causes of the captivity of the Hebrew nation and why it was in so much trouble.
  24. 24. *This is the story of the nation, but it is the story of any individual as well. *And because it is the story of any individual, it is the story of the whole of mankind.
  25. 25. http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608006995202739673&w=235&h=171&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pid=1.7 The books of the Old Testament were written with this principle in mind.
  26. 26. *They are, therefore, extremely valuable for us- --what happens to the nation is exactly what happens to us. *Jesus is on every page of the Old Testament.
  27. 27. By looking carefully, we can see our problems and circumstances exemplified in the problems and circumstance set forth in the book of Ezekiel.
  28. 28. http://pointofpower.com/files/574/1.jpg God had kept His hand back from judgment for centuries, until at last in 587 BC He allowed Nebuchadnezzar to come in and sweep the people
  29. 29. http://www.zionministry.com/PlanofGod/Chapt1_files/image021.jpg away, sacking the city and desolating the temple and taking the people into the land of Babylon.
  30. 30. Ezekiel was a young man when he was taken captive, and he had probably heard Jeremiah, but likely had no personal acquaintance with Daniel.
  31. 31. Ezekiel had been carried away by Nebuchadnezzar when the nation of Judah was taken captive, as described by Jeremiah's great prophecy (626 B.C. - 587 B.C.)
  32. 32. Jeremiah's sole purpose was to reveal the sins of the people and explain the reason for the impending disaster (destruction by the Babylonian army and captivity):
  33. 33. "And when your people say, 'Why has the Lord our God done all these things to us?' you shall say to them, 'As you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land,
  34. 34. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bdb907-ulIs/UH9ztmim9kI/AAAAAAAAg70/3kKbuIqX6iY/s1600/babylon.jpg so you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours (Babylon).’”
  35. 35. God's personal message to Jeremiah, "Attack you they will, overcome you they can't," was fulfilled many times in the Biblical narrative, Jeremiah was attacked by
  36. 36. his own brothers, beaten and put into the stocks by a priest and false prophet, imprisoned by the king, threatened with death, thrown into a cistern by Judah's officials, and
  37. 37. opposed by a false prophet. *When Nebuchadnezzar seized Jerusalem in 586 BC, he ordered that Jeremiah be freed from prison and treated well.
  38. 38. Psalm 137 is the psalm of the remnant in Babylon: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
  39. 39. http://outsetministry.org/bibleslides/image/ot/job.psalm/0338_Pslams_137.jpg We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof (Ps 137:1–2).
  40. 40. But at the same time Ezekiel writes: “The heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1). What a contrast!
  41. 41. While these people had already put their harps on a willow tree and sat down to weep, this man Ezekiel was seeing visions of God!
  42. 42. The message of Ezekiel is the most spiritual of all the prophets because he dealt particularly with the Person of God.
  43. 43. It is said, “Ezekiel is the prophet of the Spirit, Isaiah is the prophet of the Son, and Jeremiah is the prophet of the Father.”
  44. 44. For a period of about ten years, the false prophets had been saying that the Hebrew people would return to Judah and that the city of Jerusalem would not be destroyed.
  45. 45. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Agm3ZK4Tuu8/UVQlyImxCII/AAAAAAAAAS8/9IqyWrKmNf8/s400/peace.jpg
  46. 46. Jeremiah had sent a message to Babylon saying the city would be destroyed, and Ezekiel confirmed his message.
  47. 47. Ezekiel warned the people that they must turn to God before they could return to Jerusalem.
  48. 48. When the time came, a very small remnant did turn to God, and they did return to Jerusalem but they were very discouraged.
  49. 49. *Ezekiel began his ministry five years after he was taken captive at about the age of thirty. *In many ways, he spoke in the darkest days of the nation.
  50. 50. http://blog.eteacherbiblical.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/clip_image0032.jpg He stood at the bottom of a valley in the darkest corner.
  51. 51. Ezekiel had to confront the false hope given by the false prophets and the indifference and despondency begotten in the days of sin and disaster.
  52. 52. The people would not listen to his message. Therefore, he resorted to different methods of getting God’s message across.
  53. 53. *Instead of speaking in parables, as the Lord Jesus did, he acted out the parables. *He actually acted out some very interesting stunts.
  54. 54. Because God intended Ezekiel’s life to be a sign to Israel, he does all kinds of strange things. He shuts himself up in his home, he binds himself, and he is struck dumb.
  55. 55. http://navigatornate.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/zeke-chilling.jpg He was to lie on his right and his left sides for a total of 430 days,
  56. 56. he ate bread that was prepared in an unclean manner, and he shaved his head and beard, which was considered a shame in his particular calling.
  57. 57. We read in Ezekiel 24:24, “Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”
  58. 58. The people would not listen to his words, so he would act them out, and he attracted a great deal of attention to God’s message that way.
  59. 59. Ezekiel is the prophet of the glory of the Lord. There were three prophets of Israel who spoke when they were out of the land.
  60. 60. *They are Ezekiel, Daniel, and John (who wrote from the island of Patmos). *All three of these men wrote what is called an apocalypse (un-covering).
  61. 61. They all used highly symbolic language; yet they saw the brightest light and held the highest hope of all the prophets.
  62. 62. Ezekiel saw the Shekinah glory of the Lord leave Solomon’s temple, but he also saw the return of the glory of the Lord which was projected into the future and will come to pass during the Kingdom Age, or the Millennium.
  63. 63. http://thegloriousbattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/millennium.jpg
  64. 64. *The meaning of Ezekiel is seen in this coming of the glory during the Kingdom Age. *Ezekiel looked beyond the sufferings of Christ to the glory that followed.
  65. 65. As Peter said of the prophets, “they saw the sufferings and they saw the glory that would follow” (1 Peter 1:11).
  66. 66. http://tamutimes.tamu.edu/files/2013/06/DoubleRainbow.jpg Ezekiel saw it better than any of the other prophets.
  67. 67. There were two prophets during the captivity--- Ezekiel and Daniel. So, Ezekiel is the first prophet of the captivity.
  68. 68. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41sMVhpPrdL._SL500_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  69. 69. Ezekiel mentions Daniel three times, who had been in Babylon nine years before Ezekiel arrived.
  70. 70. Ezekiel ministered, as did Jeremiah, to a nation experiencing judgment for their sins. If God spared not Israel, His Chosen, when they sinned, why not America?
  71. 71. Ezekiel was born in approximately 627 B.C. and lived in a time of moral decline, distress and uprooting.
  72. 72. His messages were not well received at first, but did ultimately result in the nation being purged of idolatrous practices.
  73. 73. He was married and owned his own home. His wife died during his ministry.
  74. 74. http://i2.wp.com/www.scripturezealot.com/images/sovereignty-triangle.png Throughout the book, his main theme was the sovereignty and glory of God.
  75. 75. This is good for us, because we can get so focused on God's grace that we tend to forget there is also a governing role of God, and that His glory requires justice.
  76. 76. Ezekiel was very direct. He carefully vindicated God's justice throughout the book, although he deals more in symbol and allegory than any other Old Testament prophet.
  77. 77. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f1TLJS3BDBs/UEuSknX1L9I/AAAAAAAAAD8/rSEu9_hNt0Q/s1600/Ezekielsvision.jpg He is probably the greatest mystic of the OT.
  78. 78. Ezekiel was well suited for the calling God gave him, which included a remarkable vision of God's throne in Chapter 1.
  79. 79. This was a dramatic vision of God which never left him-it is not just introduced in the first chapter, it is referenced all the way through the book.
  80. 80. http://ezekiel-temple.narod.ru/i/the_temple_05.jpg The Temple Ezekiel describes in chapter 40 has never yet been fulfilled.
  81. 81. Most scholars regard it as the details for the Temple to be established during the Millennium on the Planet Earth.
  82. 82. The Opportunity You cannot really understand the caldron of the Middle East today without carefully studying this book.
  83. 83. If you were invited to a reception which would bring you into contact with a world-famous author, you would, of course, run out and quickly review his book.
  84. 84. Well, you may soon be in the company of one of the most fascinating characters of the Old Testament, and when you are introduced to him, you will want to be able to declare, "I enjoyed your book!“
  85. 85. http://cdn1.pastorgraphics.com/preview/?object=28285_t_big_ws&ext=.jpg Have you ever studied this incredible book?
  86. 86. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_nkEEd1ZWXO4/SweZ-VTpF6I/AAAAAAAAAH0/0ozme8QJ1c0/s1600/ezekiel.jpg
  87. 87. Ezekiel was 25 years old when he was taken to Babylon and he was thirty years old at the time of his call (Ezek. 1:1), the normal age for a priest to begin ministry (Num. 4:1-3, 23).
  88. 88. He was older than Daniel and prophesied during the first twenty or twenty- five years of that seventy- year period when Israel was held captive by Babylon.
  89. 89. It's likely that Daniel and Ezekiel knew each other before the Captivity, though there's no evidence they saw each other in Babylon.
  90. 90. Like Jeremiah (1:2), Zechariah (1:1), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:5), Ezekiel (God strengthens) was called by God from being a priest to serving as a prophet.
  91. 91. It would have been much easier for Ezekiel to remain a priest, for priests were highly esteemed by the Jews, and a priest could read the Law and learn everything he needed to know to do his work whereas prophets were usually despised and persecuted.
  92. 92. http://www.yahweh.com/images/newsletter/7-2012/They-Persecuted.JPG
  93. 93. They received their messages and orders from the Lord as the occasion demanded and could never be sure what would happen next.
  94. 94. *It was dangerous to be a prophet. *Most people resent being told about their sins and prefer to hear messages of cheer, not declarations of judgment.
  95. 95. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-82PuuI6JkwI/T89pcqP9y4I/AAAAAAAAH38/KN_UrffdBiE/s1600/Jeremiah38.6.jpg
  96. 96. Jeremiah had been ministering in Jerusalem for four years when Ezekiel was born in 622 B.C., but surely as he grew up, he paid attention to what Jeremiah was saying.
  97. 97. Ezekiel's prophetic ministry was greatly needed in Babylon because false prophets abounded and were giving the Jewish people false hopes of a quick deliverance (usually by Egypt) and a triumphant return to their land (Jer. 5:30-31; 27:1-11; 28:1-17).
  98. 98. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qefHEwsQUnE/UDXOlQtu6uI/AAAAAAAAAU8/LAm6ZxglE0g/s320/muhammad-false-prophet.jpg
  99. 99. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eCShgHga-_g/S6kUo_dgexI/AAAAAAAAFzg/Cmepx2J-Ao4/s400/cgan1415l.jpg
  100. 100. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tgx3llfd24w/UGLDvUlUJxI/AAAAAAAAAnw/Et1yO-QZUss/s400/shepherds-voice.jpg
  101. 101. Jeremiah's letter told the Jews that they would be in Babylon for seventy years and therefore should settle down, raise families, and pray for their captors.
  102. 102. But Jeremiah also announced the ultimate fall of Babylon, a message the exiles were only too eager to hear.
  103. 103. http://www.bible-codes.org/images/Belshazzar-Babylon-2012.jpg
  104. 104. http://s3.vidimg02.popscreen.com/original/37/NTQ2OTM2NDUz_o_the-fall-of-babylon-in-1-hour-revelation-181-24.jpg
  105. 105. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lRt5SlIHBYY/Tfn-pA8Rx_I/AAAAAAAAAQc/ruSnEhnlHGk/s1600/CHANGE%2BJUNE%2B16%2B2011.JPG The most difficult task of a prophet is to change people's minds.
  106. 106. http://dailydosesofgodsword.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/sowing.jpg It means pulling up the weeds of false theology and planting the good seed of the Word of God.
  107. 107. It also means tearing down the flimsy thought structures that false prophets build and constructing in their place lasting buildings on solid foundations of truth.
  108. 108. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
  109. 109. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r0mpKLEJ464/UpdITZJXR3I/AAAAAAAAI7E/_k38QrdFllk/s1600/Nov-28.jpg 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
  110. 110. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-umc8v1I74u0/UA8hiPZ5CVI/AAAAAAAAAcc/cSzZ3awuI0o/s400/Pulling+Down+Strongholds.JPG 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
  111. 111. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/8f/5a/dc/8f5adc09326958c5964314e104643ff3.jpg
  112. 112. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/cb/41/cb/cb41cbc9ddfcb8d957d776e3b5380872.jpg
  113. 113. The kingdom of Judah had suffered greatly at the hands of victorious Babylon, and many Jewish people wondered if Jehovah was still the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (see Psalm 74).
  114. 114. http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780870839320_p0_v1_s260x420.jpg
  115. 115. God’s chosen people were exiles in a pagan land, their Promised Land was devastated, Jerusalem was in enemy hands, and the temple had been robbed of its precious treasures.
  116. 116. It was a dark day for Israel, and the first thing Ezekiel needed to understand was that, no matter how discouraging the circumstances, God was still on the throne accomplishing His divine purposes in the world.
  117. 117. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=HN.608053140341458171&w=285&h=188&c=7&rs=1&pid=1.7
  118. 118. There are many unexplained mysteries in the vision Ezekiel had, but one message comes through with clarity and power: Our God is the sovereign Lord of Israel and of all the nations of the earth.
  119. 119. http://sovereigngrace.net/Art/Sovereign.jpg?1303356403
  120. 120. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608034470118819340&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
  121. 121. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608033048479663533&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
  122. 122. http://members.worshiptraining.com/pureheartworship/files/2011/10/Slide11.jpg
  123. 123. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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