Ezekiel – Prophet to the Prisoners

In 597 BC, Nebuchadnezzar deported King Jehoiachin and ten thousand of Jerusalem’s elite citizens to Babylon. Probably included among this group was a young priest named Ezekiel. After the people had been settled in Bablyon, God called him to be His prophet to the Jews in exile. His message has three major parts:

  1. Their captivity was the result of their own doing, their unfaithfulness to God. More judgment was at hand;  Jerusalem was to be destroyed and their captivity was to last for at least another half century. (Chapters 4-24)
  2. The Gentile nations will be held accountable as well. God is going to judge Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt. (Chapters 25-32)
  3. Hope. God will restore His people to their land. His famous vision of the Valley of Dry Bones is the highlight of this section. Eventually the people would return to their homeland, rebuild Jerusalem, and restore the Temple. (Chapters 33-48)