Outline of The Book of
Ezekiel the Prophet
Chapter 1 (Ezekiel's sees a vision)
Ezekiel called to be a prophet when he is thirty years old. Thirty years, four months, and five days old. He is a priest in captivity, in Babylon,and the hand of the Lord was upon him. He sees great visions of what appear to be the throne of God surrounded by the Cherubims, the four beasts mentioned in Revelation, with faces of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. And the Lord appears as a man on a throne of sapphire and he appears as fire from his waist down and the color of amber from his waist up.
Chapter 2 (Ezekiel's call to be a Prophet)
The spirit of the Lord enters Ezekiel and the Lord speaks to him, that his is sent as a prophet to the children of Israel in captivity, that they are extremely rebellious but God exhorts Ezekeil to be not afraid. God sends a roll of a book to Ezekiel covered with lamentations, mornings and woe.
Chapter 3 (Ezekiel becomes a watchman with a face of flint)
God commands Ezekiel to eat the roll and speak to the house of Isreal. It was sweet as honey in his mouth. God makes Ezekiels face harder than flint against the impudent and hardhearted people of Israel. God caries Ezekiel to the river of Chebar and there he sits astonished for seven days. Then God tells Ezekiel that he is a watchman unto the house of Israel, to warn the righteous and the sinner of his evil ways and if he does'ntt , their blood will be upon his hands. Ezekiel is then commanded to go into the plain where the glory of the Lord appears to him and God commands him to go to his house where he will be put in bands and remain in his house and God will make his tongue cleave to the roof of his mouth,that he shall be dumb except when God speaks through him to the people of Isreal.
Chapter 4 (Ezekiel to bear the burden of Israel and Judas)
Ezekiel is commanded to make a model or drawing of Jerusalem and use and iron pan to show that the city is being attacked. Ezekiel is then commanded to lie on his left side representing the burden of the iniquity of Israel for 390 days and on his right side for 40 days for the burden of Judas. Each day represents a year. Ezekiel is then commanded to eat barley cakes and water that are rationed out a little at a time showing that Israel shall have to ration there bread and water while under siege. The cakes are to be baked with fire from burning human dung. Ezekiel complains that this is going to far in defiling him, and God consents to let it be cow dung.
Chapter 5 (Ezekiel's hair used to symbolize Judas)
Ezekiel is commanded to shave his head and burn a third part of the hair, chop up a third part, scatter a third part to the wind. Also to sew a few hairs in his skirt to represent a remnant that shall be spared. Then God says that this represents Israel being destroyed by pestilence,famine, by the sword, and being scattered to the four winds of the earth. She shall be made a reproach before all the nations for doing even more abominably than they in the sight of God.
Chapter 6 (God smites the land of Israel &Judas for their Idolatry)
God says to Ezekiel, prophesy to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols.
And I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. God again says he will scatter a remnant among the nations that they remember what God has said done and know that the Lord is God. He tells Ezekiel to Smite with his hand, and stamp with his foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine,and by the pestilence.
Chapter 7 (Israel's wealth will not save her)
God will judge Israel according to her ways, and will recompense her for all her abominations. God will not spare, neither have pity: He will recompense Israel according to her ways and abominations. Israel shall know that it is the LORD that smiteth her.
Israel's silver and gold shall not be able to deliver her in the day of the wrath of the LORD: Strangers shall pollute God's secret place, robbers shall enter into it, and defile it. God will bring the worst of the heathen,and they shall possess Israel's houses.
Chapter 8 (Ezekiel is shown the wickedness of Judah's Priests)
God appears to Ezekiel and picks him up by the hair of his head and caries him to Jerusalem in a Vision and shows him the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. God takes Ezekiel to the temple and has him dig a whole in a wall and look in. And he saw every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about. And there were seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. Then God shows women weeping for Tammuz. God then showed him twenty-five men worshiping the Sun. God then says that he will deal with the house of Isreal in fury. God's eye shall not spare, neither will he have pity: and though Israel cry in God's ears with a loud voice, yet will he not hear them.
Chapter 9 (The men who are to be spared and marked in their foreheads)
God cries in Ezekiel's ears to tell men over the city to draw near, with his weapon in his hand. God then tells a man clothed in linen,who has a writer's inkhorn by his side, to go 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. Then God tells the first men to go through the city, and slay, without pity, the old and young,maids, little children, and women: but not to come near any man upon whom is the mark. They are to begin at God's sanctuary starting with the ancient men.
Chapter 10 (Ezekiel to take coals of fire from the vision and scatter them over Jerusalem)
Ezekiel has a vision again of the Throne of God and of the Cherubims and a man in linen is commanded to go into the throne room and take coals of fire from between the Cherubims and scatter them over Jerusalem. The vision of the Cherubims and the throne is described in detail.
Chapter 11 (God consoles a remnant that will be restored)
Ezekiel continues in the vision and God shows him men who prophesy that they should build hoses in Jerusalem, that the city is a caldron, and they the flesh. God says, the city shall not be their caldron, neither shall they be the flesh in the midst thereof. Their slain, whom they have laid in the midst of it, are the flesh, and the city is the caldron: but God will bring them forth out of the midst of it. God then states that after punishing Israel and scattering them abroad, he will bring them again to the Land.
And they shall come and take away all the detestable things and all the abominations from the land. God will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in God's statutes, and keep his ordinances: and they shall be his people, and he will be their God.
Chapter 12 (God will bring Judas to Babylon and put out the king of Judah's eyes)
Ezekiel is commanded to dig a hole in the wall of his house and carry all of his stuff to another location in the sight of Israel. This signifying that God will remove the people of Israel from Jerusalem. God also tells Ezekiel that the people have eyes to see but see not and ears to hear but hear not. God also tells Ezekiel to cover his head so that hecannot see the ground. This signifies the fact that the King of Israel willbe blinded when he comes to Babylon. The people of Israel complain thatGod's word is always for some future time and that it never comes to passand make a proverb of the same. God says he will not prolong the visionbut will bring it to pass immediately so that the proverb will cease.
Chapter 13 (False prophets and prophetesses are condemned by God)
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, thatfollow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! Because they have seducedmy people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall,and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter: God will send great hailand wind and destroy the buildings. God commands Ezekiel to prophesy againstthe daughters of his people, which prophesy out of their own heart; Theyseem to be involved in some type of witchcraft involving pillows and kerchiefsto hunt souls. But God says they shall see no more vanity, nor divine visions.God says he will put a stop to it that they may know that He is the LORD.
Chapter 14 (Isreal to repent of its Idolatry ofthe heart)
God commands Isreal to repent of the Idolatry that is in theirhearts. When a land sins grievously God will send a famine. God adjuresIsreal that even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in Jerusalem, he wouldnot spare the city, only those men. God does promise a remnant that shallbe preserved and that Israel shall be comforted concerning the evil thathe has brought upon them.
Chapter 15 (Isreal is a dried vine good for burning)
Is the wood of a vine good for anything compared to the woodof a tree? God says no, only for burning. Isreal is a dried vine good fornothing but the fire, so God will cast them in the fire so that they mayknow that He is the LORD.
Chapter 16 (Perhaps the most poetic chapter inthe Bible concerning the history of Jerusalem)
Also one of the Longer Chapters in the Bible. Appears to be thelongest in the Book of Ezekiel. Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity isof the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.God says that Jerusalem was born like an abandoned baby, naked and in herblood, cast in an open field. But God found her and cleansed her and anointedher with oil and clothed her. And when it was time for love, she left Godand went and played the harlet with all her neighbors. So God says he willlet her neighbors and lovers come upon her and destroy her, because shehas done more wickedly than her older sister Samaria and her younger sisterSodom.
Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee,saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. So God reminds Jerusalem thather mother was an Hittite and her father an Amorite. Nevertheless God willremember his covenant with her in the days of her youth, and will establishunto her an everlasting covenant.
Chapter 17 (Judah breaks her covenant with Babylon)
A parable of the Great Eagle which comes and crops of the top of a cedartree in Lebanon and plants it in a city, where it becomes a willow tree.He also takes some seeds and plants them. Another great eagle appears andthe willow tree leans towards the second eagle, to be watered by it. Godsays, shall this willow tree prosper? No, it shall not bring for the fruitthat was promised, it shall wither and be plucked up. The first Eagle isBabylon, the twig that was planted was the king of Jerusalem who was carriedaway to Babylon, the seeds were children of the princes of Jerusalem. Thesecond eagle is Pharaoh. The king remaining in Judah breaks a covenant thathe made with the king of Babylon and looks to Pharaoh for help. God condemnsthe king of Judah for breaking his covenant with the king of Babylon, whichGod had ordained. God says the king will be taken captive and the city destroyed.Interestingly, God picks up the parable again and this time seems to beprophesying of the coming of his son, Jesus.
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also takeof the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop offfrom the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon anhigh mountain and eminent:
23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shallbring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under itshall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereofshall they dwell.
24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have broughtdown the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree,and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and havedone it.
Chapter 18 (Each individual responsiblefor his own actions)
Another proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers haveeaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge. This proverbwill no longer be used. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father,so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.The soul that doeth righteousness, it shall surely live. God says if a mando that which is right, but then change and do that which is evil, his righteousnesswill not save him. Again if a man do that which is evil, but change anddo that which is right, his evil will be forgotten and he shall live. Godsays the son will not be responsible for the sins of his father and thefather will not be responsible for the sins of his son. God exhorts Israelto repent and do that which is right for God has no pleasure in the deathof him that dieth, 18:32 "...wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."
Chapter 19 (Isreal and Judah represented as lionsthat are captured)
A lamentation for the princes of Israel, Israel is a lioness and has twowhelps, Israel and Judah, both lions are captured with nets and cast intopits. Their mother is portrayed as a strong, fruitful vine planted by waters,with rods good for sceptres of them that bare rule, but she was pluckedup in fury and cast down to the ground dry and desolate. Her fire is goneout of her scepters.
Chapter 20 (God will not be enquired of by Judah)
GOD says he will not be enquired of by Judah because of her Idolatry. Hebrought her out of Egypt, brought her into a land flowing with milk andhoney, but every step of the way they built alters to their Idols. But Godspared Isreal for his name's sake, that it should not be polluted beforethe heathen. Isreal has polluted her sabbaths and not walked in her statutes.But God will now punish her and purge the land with a fire from one endto the other. But he will gather her back from the nations where she hasbeen scattered and purge her. She shall remember her ways, and all her doings,wherein she has been defiled; and shall lothe herself in her own sight forall her evils that she has committed.
Chapter 21 (God will brandish a sword)
The LORD draws forth his sword out of his sheath, and will cut offfrom Judah, the righteous and the wicked that all flesh may know that "Ithe LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall notreturn any more." The word sword is mentioned 14 times in thischapter in expressions such as, A sword is sharpened, it isfurbished that it may glitter, and be given into the handof the slayer, the point of the sword, it is made bright,the sword be doubled the third time. God says he will removethe diadem and crown form the wicked prince of Israel and overturn, overtrun,overtrun, the kingdom until it be given to him of low estate that shall be exalted. No doubt,this is a reference to the kingdom being given to Jesus Christ, Luke 1:32-33.Neither will the Ammonites escape the sword and the fire of the wrathof God.
Chapter 22 (The sins of Jerusalem exposed, sheis as dross)
Jerusalem's sins of adultery, incest, Idolatry,despising of the holy things, profaned Sabbaths, dishonest gain, mistreatmentof the poor, and the stranger in the land, are all exposed. God mentionsrepeatedly that blood has been shed in the city. Her priests are exposed,her princes are exposed, her prophets are exposed, and the people at largeare exposed. They have all corrupted their responsibilities. Jerusalem islikened unto dross and will be melted in the fire. She will be punished.Her priests put no difference between the holy and profane, betweenthe unclean and the clean. God searched the land fora mediator that could stand between him and the land that he might not destroyit, but he could not find one. Therefore God will pour out his wrath uponthem, their own ways hath he recompensed upon their heads.
Chapter 23 (Two daughters of one mother)
God likens Samaria and Jerusalem to twodaughters that are his. The one named Aholah(woman of the tent) and theother Aholibah(woman in her own tent). Both have played the harlot withtheir lovers, the Assyrians, and Jerusalem also with the Babylonians, butGod points out that they were both harlots in Egypt in their youth. Butsince these daughters are God's, he will bring their lovers upon them tostrip them naked, take away their noses and ears, take away their jewelsand burn both sisters in the fire of purification. God is especially upsetbecause when his people caused their children to die in making them passthrough the fire unto their idols, in the same day came they into the sanctuaryof the Lord to profane it with their blood. God says they washed themselves,painted their eyes, decked themselves with ornaments, sat upon beds withtables in front, upon which they set God's incense and oil. God says theywill be stoned with stones and their sons and daughters will be slain andtheir houses burnt with fire.
Chapter 24 (Jerusalem is besieged this dayby the King of Babylon)
This is a very significant chapter in thatit states that the actual attacking of the city of Jerusalem has begun.Jerusalem is likened unto a pot full of meat and bones that has been overcooked and is now full of the scum of the contents. God says take out thepieces of meat and put the pot with its scum in the coals of the fire, thatthe scum may be burnt away. I think there maybe some extra prophetic significance in the next three verses. For her blood is in the midstof her; she set it upon the top of a rock;she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust: That it mightcause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have sether blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.This may be significant with respect to the city of Tyrus, which means "rock"which is prophesied against in chapter 26. Also, Jesus Christ is the Rockof ages and the blood of Jesus, which was shed in Jerusalem, was shed uponher Rock, Christ Jesus. We have two rocks here, Tyrus, the false rock, therock of this world, and Jesus, the true Rock, from heaven above.
God says he will take away the desire of Ezekiel's eyes with a stroke. Godstates that Ezekiel will not mourn normally but pine away. That night Ezekiel'swife dies. Ezekiel is commanded to tell the Jews in captivity(Babylon) thatthey will pine away for their children which shall be killed in Jerusalem.God tells Ezekiel that when a man comes from Jerusalem to tell of its destruction,"In that day shall thy mouth be opened to himwhich is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shaltbe a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD."
Chapter 25 ( we are currently side trackedon the book of Revelations, sorry )
God strongly rebukes the Ammonites forrejoicing at the downfall of Israel, the temple, and the captivity of Judah.God says he will bring men out of the east and deliver the Ammonites intotheir hands for a spoil, and that He will cut off the Ammonites and causethem to perish out of the countries, that they may know that the LORD isGod.