Golden Gate / The Gate of Mercy
the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of
the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door
of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the
son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the
- Then said he unto me,
Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give
wicked counsel in this city: Which say, It is not near; let us
build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.
- Therefore prophesy against
them, prophesy, O son of man. And the Spirit of the LORD fell
upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have
ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into
your mind, every one of them. Ye have multiplied your slain in
this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
- Therefore thus saith
the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it,
they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will
bring you forth out of the midst of it. Ye have feared the sword;
and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD. And I
will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into
the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.
- Ye shall fall by the
sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall
know that I am the LORD. This city shall not be your caldron,
neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will
judge you in the border of Israel: And ye shall know that I am
the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed
my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen
that are round about you.
- And it came to pass,
when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then
fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said,
Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?
Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man,
thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and
all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants
of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is
this land given in possession.
- Therefore say, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the
heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries,
yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries
where they shall come.
- Therefore say, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and
assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered,
and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither,
and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and
all the abominations thereof from thence. And I will give them
one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will
take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an
heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine
ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will
be their God.
- But as for them whose
heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and
their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own
heads, saith the Lord GOD. Then did the cherubims lift up their
wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of
Israel was over them above. And the glory of the LORD went up
from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which
is on the east side of the city. Afterwards the spirit took me
up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea,
to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went
up from me. Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things
that the LORD had shewed me.
- (Ezekiel 11:1-25
- The Book
- The name Ezekiel means
"God strengthens" and is appropriate in light of the
difficulties Ezekiel would endure. Ezekiel was, with Jeremiah
and Zechariah, one of three prophets who were also priests. He
was taken to Babylon from Jerusalem in the second deportation
(597 B.C.) along with King Jehoiachin (2 Kgs. 24:8 -17; Jer.
22:24 -30). At the age of thirty (Ezek. 1:1), when a priest would
normally begin his ministry, Ezekiel received his prophetic call
from the Lord (593 B.C.).
- He spent the rest of
his life in Babylon, but he received visions of both contemporary
and future events relating to Jerusalem. As might be expected
a priest, Ezekiel was concerned about the pollution of the temple
which existed in his time and the glory of the millennial temple
of the future. The last date that Ezekiel records (Ezek. 29:17)
is twenty-two years after his call.
The main topics discussed in the book fall into three
basic sections: those prophecies which stress the impending disaster
of Jerusalem's fall (chaps. 1 -24); the judgments pronounced
at surrounding nations (chaps. 25 -32); and the future hopes
and trials of God's people (chaps. 33 -48).
- The purpose of Ezekiel's
book can be described as threefold: (1) to show that Judah and
Jerusalem were being judged for their sin; (2) to encourage the
exiles with prophecies of God's future blessing on Israel; and
(3) to emphasize God's glory and His character as that which
should be most important to His people. This third reason is
expressed 'wet seventy-five times in the phrases "for mine
holy name's sake" (Ezek. 36:22) and "they shall know
that I am the LORD" (Ezek. 36:38).
The key phrase in the book, "the son of man"
(Ezek. 2:1), is used about forty-five tithes. It stresses the
idea that one possesses the qualities and characteristics of
his father. Consequently, when Jesus used the terms "Son
of man" and "Son of God" to refer to Himself,
He was showing that He had the characteristics of both deity
and humanity. "The glory of the Lord" is also a prominent
theme, being mentioned over fifteen times in the book (Ezek.3:12,
23; 8:4; 9:3; 10:4, 18, 19; 11:22, 23; 39:21; 43:2 [twice], 4,
5; 44:4). [Source for Introduction of chapter:
Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates,
Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]