Summary of Ezekiel

Summary of Ezekiel:

Chapter by Chapter:

Ezekiel 1-2: Vision of Four Creatures/The Sealed Book

Ezekiel 3-4: A Prophet’s Duty/The Famine of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 5-6: Judgment of Jerusalem/Israel shall be destroyed

Ezekiel 7-8: Desolation and War over Israel/Vision of Wickedness

Ezekiel 9-10: The Righteous and the Others/The Wheels and Cheribums

Ezekiel 11-12: The Visions: Destruction of Israel/Scattering among all nations

Ezekiel 13-14: False Prophets/The Lord will not answer to the evil-doers

Ezekiel 15-16: Jerusalem will be burned/Jerusalem is Sin, the Last Days

Ezekiel 17-18: Parable of Israel/Punished for our own sins

Ezekiel 19-20: Ezekiel laments for Israel/Failing to keep the commandments

Ezekiel 21-22: Both Righteous & Wicked shall be slain/The sins of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 23-24: Two Sister Whores/Ezekiel = Sign

Ezekiel 25-26: The Lord’s Vengeance/Tyrus shall be destroyed

Ezekiel 27-28: Ezekiel is sad for Tyrus/Tyrus and Zidon shall be destroyed

Ezekiel 29-30: Egypt shall be overthrown/Egypt made desolate by Babylon

Ezekiel 31-32: Pharaoh’s glory and fall/Ezekiel laments for Egypt

Ezekiel 33-34: Watchmen raise a voice of warning/Feed my flock

Ezekiel 35-36: Judgment of Mt. Seir/New Heart, New Spirit

Ezekiel 37-38: The Bible and the Book of Mormon/Battle of Gog and Magog= the Last Days

Ezekiel 39-40: Gog and Magog are destroyed/Ezekiel sees the Temple

Ezekiel 41-42: Ezekiel sees the Temple/Ezekiel sees the Temple

Ezekiel 43-44: Ordinances of the Temple/Temple = sacred

Ezekiel 45-46: Offer sacrifices/Ordinances and sacrifices

Ezekiel 47-48: Water in the Temple/“The Lord is here”

 

The author of the Book of Ezekiel shows himself as Ezekiel, the son of Buzi (Ezekiel 1:3) who was living in Babylon. Ezekiel describes his calling to be a prophet, by going into great detail about his encounter with God who rode upon a chariot of four wheels guided by Cherubs (Ezekiel 1). For the next five years he prophesies of the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple. However, Ezekiel other prophets like Jeremiah, witnessed the fulfillment of their prophecies when Jerusalem was finally taken by the Babylonians. Ezekiel was about 50 years old when he began to have visions of a new Temple. He served as a prophet for around 20 years.

The book of Ezekiel comes as a warning to his people, but also a warning for further generations… any time a nation loses its values and turns to wickedness, they will be destroyed.

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Ezekiel 47-48

Ezekiel 47-48

Chapter 47: Water in the Temple

The vision of the holy waters issuing out of the temple, starting as a shallow stream, then getting deeper and fuller until it is over a man’s head. The river travels east until it reaches a sea, which will swarm with fish. Only the marshy ground will still be salty. Fruitful banks will grow on the banks of the river. A description of the division of the land shared between Jews and proselytes are given.

Chapter 48: “The Lord is here”

A description of the several portions of the land belonging to each tribe, together with the portion allotted to the Temple, city, suburb, and the prince are given. The measurement of the gates of the new city – three facing north, three south, three east and three west, each named after a tribe. The city will be named ‘The Lord is there”.

Ezekiel 45-46

Ezekiel 45-46

Chapter 45: Offer sacrifices

Portions of land (inheritances of the Israelites) are appointed for the Temple, the city, and the prince. Regulations concerning weights and measures are given (see verses 10-17). Ordinances regarding provisions for the ordinary and extraordinary sacrifices (ie for the major feasts) are also given (see verses 18-25).

Chapter 46: Ordinances and sacrifices

The gate of the inner court facing eastwards is only opened on Sabbaths and new moons. The prince shall offer six lambs and a ram on the Sabbath. Further stipulations for new moon offerings are also given. The prince will leave by the gate he entered through, but at the big feasts, the people will leave by the opposite gate to the one they came in by. Stipulations are also given for princely peace offerings. Stipulations for daily offerings are also given. Ordinances prescribed for the gifts a prince may bestow on his sons and servants – a servant’s gift must be returned if the servant is set at liberty. Measurements of the courts appointed for boiling or baking of the holy oblations are also given.

Ezekiel 43-44

Ezekiel 43-44

Chapter 43: Ordinances of the Temple

The glory of the Lord fills the temple., His throne is there and He promises to dwell there (in the midst of Israel) forever. The measurements of the altar are given in cubits. Stipulations given for seven days of sin offerings when the altar is made.

Chapter 44: Temple = sacred

The glory of the Lord fills the entire Temple! Ezekiel continues to see the Temple and is instructed…the east gate is to be kept permanently shut, for the Lord has entered through it into the temple. The prince shall enter and leave via the porch of that gate. Strangers uncircumcised in heart or flesh are not to be admitted to the Temple.

This is something that I find very interesting “Thus saith the Lord God; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart… shall enter into my sanctuary…” (Ezekiel 44:9) Essentially no one, besides those who are authorized, shall enter the Temple. But why? Well that same question is asked about Mormon Temples today… why are only Members of the LDS church allowed to enter, and why only WORTHY members? The reason is simple… the Temple is SACRED. Some people have cried out saying the LDS Church keeps secrets in the Temple and that if the church has nothing to hide, they should allow anyone to enter. Well the LDS Church has nothing to hide and offers open houses for the newly built temples around the world. Remember, the Temple is NOT SECRET, BUT SACRED.

Ezekiel is told that the Levites will minister in the Temple. Regulations are given for the Levites – they must be clothed in linen while in the inner courts (not wool, which might make them sweat), no wearing of the garments they ministered in, while in the outer courts, no marrying of widows, no drinking of wine in the inner courts. The Levites will teach the people the difference between the clean and the unclean. The Lord will be their portion. Only the priests at the Temple in Jerusalem could fully carry out priestly duties.

Ezekiel 41-42

Ezekiel 41-42

Chapter 41: Ezekiel sees the Temple

Ezekiel sees the inner Temple and the Holy of the Holies. The chambers and ornaments of palm trees and cherubim’s are described. The Temple is described in detail with measurements in the form of “cubits”

Chapter 42: Ezekiel sees the Temple

The priests’ chambers are described, along with the dimensions of the holy mount on which the temple stood.

Ezekiel 39-40

Ezekiel 39-40

Chapter 39: Gog and Magog are destroyed

The slaughter and burial of the forces of Gog and Magog are described. For seven years they burn the weapons of war and for seven months they bury the dead. The Lord will have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and He shall restore it. The Lord will no longer hide His face from them.

Chapter 40: Ezekiel sees the Temple

In the fourteenth year after the destruction of Jerusalem, Ezekiel has a vision of a man with an appearance of brass, who had a line of flax in his hand and a measuring reed. The Temple is described: the exact dimensions of the east, north and south gates are given. There is further description of the eight tables for the preparation of sacrifices, the chambers, and the porch. All measurements are given precisely in cubits.

Ezekiel 37-38

Ezekiel 37-38

Chapter 37: The Bible and the Book of Mormon

Ezekiel is taken in Spirit by the Lord and set in the midst of a valley full of dry bones. Ezekiel is told to prophesy to the dry bones, saying “…O ye dry bones hear the word of the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:4) As Ezekiel prophesies, the bones are joined together, and covered with flesh. This is a representation of the joining together of Israel. Israel shall be brought from the graves and will have their lands restored in the Last days.

Here is where we learn something, VERY important. The Lord then turns to Ezekiel and tells him; “Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick and write upon it, For Judah and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.” (Ezekiel 47:16-17)

Here the Lord is referring to two “sticks”, also known as “books” the one book is for Judah (the Old World- The Bible and the other book is for Joseph or the descendants of the Ancient Americas (the New World – The Book of Mormon)

“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” (Articles of Faith, 8)

                Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (more commonly known as Mormons); DO BELIEVE and USE the Bible.  We believe that just as the Lord told Ezekiel that both sticks would be joined together to become “one” in our hands. We believe that the Book of Mormon helps to understand our Savior Jesus Christ and does not take away from the Bible, nor do we place more emphasis on the Bible… they both build on each other. (See Isaiah 29:4, 11-18)

Chapter 38: Battle of Gog and Magog= the Last Days

The battle of Gog and Magog against Israel shall usher in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Lord will intervene and execute furious judgment against Gog, when he seems about to defeat Israel. All creation will shake at the presence of the Lord. The Lord will be known in the eyes of many nations.