Ezekiel denotes a Hebrew prophet who largely prophesied several instances of the destruction of Israel and its restoration. In the bible, Ezekiel is the son on Buzi and, as was at the time, in the lineage of priests and prophets. He describes himself in introduction as,
”In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month, it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, the word of The Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of The Lord was upon him there.” Ezekiel 1: 1- 3 (King James Bible Online, 2013)
He was one of the three thousand Jews who were exiled to Babylon by the King Nebuchadnezzar. Ezekiel’s wife died young, while they were in exile, and there is no mention of the prophet having any children in his lifetime. Ezekiel like any other prophet had many encounters with the Lord (or with God) although most of these were not face- to- face since it was almost impossible for a face- to- face encounter with God. Ezekiel also had many encountered angels on many encounters.
The direct meaning for the name Ezekiel, has been translated from Hebrew to mean, “God will provide strength” or “God will strengthen”. Ideally, his choosing at the time was very symbolic of the hope he represented to the Israelites and the world in general. It was important since he prophesied and destruction in very many areas and instances in the Israelite’s lives.
The book of Ezekiel
The book of Ezekiel is expansive and has many encounters between nations, individuals and communities. It is also the embodiment of the life of ...
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... Testament verse in Romans that also outlines the fact that the eventual end of sin is death.
Ezekiel’s message and profile as a prophet ended after twenty years. This is the same as that of Daniel and Jeremiah. Another similarity was that these prophets saw their prophesies come true and thus, they feared God even more. Jeremiah witnesses the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem and as it were, Daniel experienced the earlier invasion by Nebuchadnezzar, and was taken into captivity. The main approach in Ezekiel, bring out the notion that every individual has his own responsibility to God and the rules or laws of God. Ezekiel mentions, subtly, that God will punish individuals for personal transgressions. In contrast, earlier prophets had insisted on collective punishment for groups of people and punishment and sins of a nation as compared to the individual.