The Prophet Ezekiel

Ezekiel (592-570 B.C.) "yehetzk`el" (God will strengthen). Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah 3 times and took captives each time. In 607 one of the captives was Daniel, in 597 Ezekiel was taken, and in 586 Jerusalem was destroyed and all the people taken. Ezekiel prophesied to the captives in Babylon. The captives thought Jerusalem would be delivered by the Lord and they would be rescued. God spoke through Ezekiel using Words, Parables, Visions, and many Similitudes (doing strange things as a sign of something greater). Ezekiel was married to a woman who was "the desire of his eyes". God told him that his wife was going to die on the very day the armies of Babylon laid siege against the holy city of Jerusalem and he was not to mourn, as a sign to the people. Ezekiel was commanded not to grieve her death; he was to brace himself for this tragedy even as God had prepared Himself for the death of His beloved city (24:15-22).

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