Readers of Ezekiel often get lost in the first chapter, if not there then shortly thereafter. It’s a book best speed read 2 or 3 times to get an overview and hopefully the big picture, and then what God is saying to you personally through it all.

If you persist, however, and dig deeper, a pattern emerges that is repeated through the history of the ancient Israelites.

The book of Ezekiel can be divided into 7 sections.

Section 1 Ez 1-11 Warning, accusation, and judgment


In this section

  • God sends Ezekiel to warn the Israelites of their impending doom
  • They don’t listen
  • God has most of them killed
  • God offers some hope for the future
  • God’s glory leave the temple

Section 2 Ez 12-24 Discussing God’s judgment on Israel


In this section

  • Ch. 15 Israel is described as a burnt useless stick
  • Ch. 16 A Rebellious wife
  • Ch. 19 A dangerous lion
  • Ch. 23 Two promiscuous sisters

Section 3 Ez 25-32 God’s judgment on other nations


  • Amon
  • Moab
  • Edom

And the on the most powerful nations

  • Egypt
  • Tire

Section 4 Ez 33 Interlude


Sections 4-7 Vision of hope (read about this section in part 2, to come)

The 4 strange beings.

God appears on a thrown, on a platform carried on the wings of 4 strange beings at each corner facing outward. These beings had 4 faces and moved by way of an assembly of wheels at the feet of each being.

The description is even further made fantastic by the flickering way the throne carriage moves: this way and that way, here there, move move, jump jump… 1.14 It sounds like the object was coming from another dimension.

Section 1 Ez 1-11 Warning, accusation, and judgment


Back story

Ezekiel was a priest, who had been living in Jerusalem during the first Babylonian attack. The city was spared but they took a large number of prisoners and hauled them back to Babylon. Ezekiel was one of them. The book begins 5 years after that.

Ezekiel was sitting on the bank of an irrigation canal near the Israelite refugee camp, on what some say was his 30th birthday.

The glory of the Lord


The word glory in Hebrew is kavod and means heavy and significant, and Biblical authors use it to describe God’s significant physical manifestation.

We get a description similar to other descriptions elsewhere in the Bible depicting the physical manifestation of God.

  • Ex 13.21 During the day the Lord went ahead of his people in a thick cloud, and during the night he went ahead of them, in a flaming pillar of fire. That way the Lord could lead them at all times, whether day or night
  • Ex 16.10 Aaron was speaking to them when everyone looked out toward the desert and saw the bright glory of the Lord in a cloud.
  • Mt. Sinai
  • Above the ark of the covenant

What is the glory of God doing in Babylon?


The glory of God was supposed to be above the ark in the temple back in Jerusalem.

This however is Jesus, come to commission Ezekiel and instruct him what to do.

There is a whirlwind and a large bright cloud with flashing lightning. Jesus on a thrown, having the appearance of a man (He made us in His image). His head is shining and is depicted much like the description of Jesus in Revelation 1:
from the waist up, it was glowing like metal in a hot furnace and firey from the waist down. There is even a rainbow, the sign of God’s mercy – a symbol of Jesus – and then God speaks.

God speaks to Ezekiel

God commissions Ezekiel as a prophet and instructs him to back to Jerusalem and accuse Israel.

According to God the Israelites have turned away from the path and are worshiping idols and entertaining all kinds of wickedness. God laments to Ezekiel that they probably won’t listen (what else is new), but at least they’ll know that a prophet has been among them.

Street Theater Chapters 4-5


Ezekiel is given several tasks to perform in public:

  • Build a model of Jerusalem and stage an attack on it (a piece of cake)
  • Shave off all his hair and chop it into pieces with a sword
  • Play the role of a scapegoat on the day of atonement.
    • He had to lay on his side for a year and eat barbeque style, using human poo for fuel (the unclean food of exile), all the time tied up with only one arm free to gesture while accusing the city of Jerusalem

Exile


The Israelites wouldn’t listen because of their hard hearts, much like Pharaoh in his dealings with Moses.

Ezekiel was repeating the prophecy of Moses (Deut. 30), telling of the exile of Israel, and later he saw it all come to pass.

In chapter 7, Jesus tells Ezekiel that any who escape exile, will be scattered like animals, that will be sick and weak.

The second vision


Sometime later Jesus comes to him and shows him a vision of the temple in Jerusalem and what the priests are up to inside and outside worshiping idols. Truly astounding. Then he shows him a rather pathetic bunch of foolish women mourning the idol Tammuz.

Ez. 8.14 the Babylonian god Tammuz: A god of vegetation who was thought to die in the dry season. During the Hebrew month of Tammuz (from about mid-June to mid-July), women mourned the death of this god, hoping to bring him back to life. [“So how’s that going for ya girls?”]

[Hysterical, they’re almost as foolish as people are today, with social distancing. At least they aren’t driving the world to dispair]

God is disgusted and angry with the worship of false gods, and overall the injustice and violence in which Israel has been engaged.

Ez. 9. 9  He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar. 

And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; 

And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

[As it is written in Psalms and proverbs, fear of God is the beginning of wisdom – only the beginning mind]

The vision finishes with the throne of God leaving the temple. Israel’s idolatry has driven God away.

[We think of idol worship as somewhat antiquated and confined to kooky Buddhists and Shintoists, for example, but is it?

An idol can be anything we make painful sacrifices to, or force others to make saying “The end justifies the means.”

Some modern-day Idols


  • The industrial revolution
  • Sexual freedom
  • Climate change
  • Feminism
  • Homosexuality
  • Social distancing]

There is a glimmer of hope Ez 11. 14-21 but is a promise for some time in the future, but in the meantime there is only exile death and scattering. And so ends the first section of the book.

Section 2 Ez 12-24 Discussing God’s judgment on Israel


As mentioned at the beginning Ezekiel uses parables and allegories to describe how God sees Israel

  • Ch. 15 Israel is described as a burnt useless stick
  • Ch. 16 A Rebellious wife
  • Ch. 19 A dangerous lion
  • Ch. 23 And two promiscuous sisters

Also, God through Ezekiel takes on the persona of a lawyer for the prosecution and declares

  • “Even if men of great faith like Noah, Daniel, and Job were to cry out in intercession for the nation of Israel God says he wouldn’t forgive accept their prayers.”
  • “It’s too late.”
  • Israel your judgment is deserved
  • “My goodness demands that I bring justice to this generation of Israel.”
  • “The exile has become inevitable, you’ve reached the point of no return.”

Section 3 Ez 25-32 God’s judgment on other nations


As above:

  • Amon
  • Moab
  • Edom

And the on the most powerful nations

  • Egypt
  • Tyre

An interesting feature of this section is that many see a connection between the King Of Tire. Certainly Satan was working through this man who most likely willingly participated, doing Satan’s bidding; so it’s certainly justified to refer to these two as one and the same. After God addresses the king of Tyre as a man, he switches over to Satam, observe:

Ez. 28, 11-19 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus (Tyre), and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise, they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Notice in verse 14 Lucifer seems to be a fire walker. I wonder where the new-agers got their firewalking ideas from. Another thing to note is that Lucifer was in charge of the praise and worship in Heaven, so I wonder who is behind a lot of modern music. David Bowie, for example, had no success until he mentioned Alister Crowly (head of the satanic church of America at the time, probably based in Hollywood) on an early album. I heard him do it, and I think it’s on the album The Man Who Sold The World. In a later interview, Bowie spoke he tired of Crowlyism and how he got out of the whole scene.

The way I see it is either your blessed by God or you commit yourself to Satan if you want success, otherwise your just an “also-ran”, and the interest in Satan’s help is very high indeed. Never go that way. Furthermore, the also-rans are headed for hell just as much as the Satanists.

Finally, God announces that He will Use Babylon to bring them down, that they will suffer God’s judgment just like everybody else.

Section 4 Ez 33


Here,  is the story of how Ezekiel meets a refugee from Jerusalem, who informs Ezekiel of how Jerusalem has been sacked by the Babylonians and the temple is destroyed. Ezekiel’s prophecies have become a grim reality.

The last three sections (part 2)


The last three sections expand on God’s promises of hope – suffering is never the final outcome if you stick with God. Peter in the new testament wrote that those who came to know God but then rejected Him would have been better off never to have known Him.

I will discuss the last 3 sections in my next article. The drawings you saw and much of the information and the layout for this work comes from Ezekiel Overview Bible Project and can be seen on YouTube. I was so impressed by the presentation and the content, that I decided to copy them a bit, maybe a lot, see for yourself below.

I trust you found this interesting, and if you have any comments or questions please leave them at the end and I will get back to you.

Thank you.

Garry.

Email:

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