Resurrection Radio Podcast: Eleventh Episode: “Ezekiel, Exile, and Prophesies”
In this episode of Resurrection Radio Podcast, we learn about the vision Ezekiel has about the celestial beings and GOD, the need to preach to Israel during exile, and the prophesies that Ezekiel speaks through the Spirit of Truth prophesying about Jesus Christ. We learn about the grace of GOD for Israel and the promises that are fulfilled when GOD brings the people back from exile and sends Jesus Christ to save humanity. We can see how Ezekiel is able to continue preach despite the people’s incredulity.
We are able to see that GOD is able to send Ezekiel during a difficult time to preach. We learn that during the preachings of Ezekiel, Israel’s exiled remnant is able to hear the word of GOD and learn specifically of how they could change to receive the promises of GOD. We learn that the people of Israel would be able to return to Israel after GOD stated that they would be returned to their land.
We will also learn about the similarities between Daniel’s vision and Ezekiel’s vision of Heaven and how GOD places the Spirit of Truth in prophets, disciples, apostles, and believers so that they can see how the Scriptures are truth. While the books of the Scriptures are written by different authors, we know that GOD allows the authors of the books to speak truth that is referenced through the Scriptures.
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Good afternoon, my name is Eduardo. This is Resurrection Radio, I am your presenter. The topic of today is going to be Ezekiel. Ezekiel was another prophet sent to Israel after Isaiah and after Jeremiah. Now Isaiah was sent somewhere around 730 B.C. and 750 B.C, to Israel in order to preach about repentance. Now Jeremiah was sent around 620 B.C. so maybe around 100 years after Isaiah was sent. Jeremiah was sent by GOD again to preach repentance to the people of Israel, but also to offer prophesy. And to tell of a future that was better than the present that they were living in because of their sin.
Isaiah would begin prophesying in 740 B.C. and then Jeremiah would begin prophesying in 627 B.C. So its a little more than a hundred years. A hundred and thirteen years between Isaiah and Jeremiah. So Isaiah is considered one of the major prophets because we see a lot of detail not only about the sins that were happening, in Israel at the time. The need for repentance of the people of Israel but because of GOD’s grace. Of course, through all of this, the prophets were exhibiting GOD’s grace that Jesus Christ would give when He arrived to earth. In Isaiah, we see a prophet who is able to show GOD’s grace because he preaches to the people about the need of repentance.
It also teaches us about the omniscience of GOD. The ability for GOD to see everything and to be present everywhere. Basically, the people are told what their sins were specifically to detail. GOD is able to see everything that we do. Because of this, we are able to acknowledge our sin and to repent. For those who are believers, we acknowledge this. Those who are non-believers, that is the reason the prophets were sent in order for them to learn about the greatness of GOD, to learn about omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence and also other qualities that the human mind cannot understand. And that they would repent of their sins based on the signs that GOD would give them through Isaiah the prophet or through other prophets. And so Isaiah would preach again not only repentance and hope that if the people followed GOD there would be blessings and the promises of the land. The blessings that were given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the promises that GOD would be their shield, their protection. Based on this, they would keep their land even when there were enemies or difficulties around them.
Isaiah is one of the first prophets that is sent to prophesy, and this is considered a prophet of Judah because he is sent to the southern kingdom. There was another prophet, Micah, sent around the same time but we do not know much about Micah because his book is thinner than the book of Isaiah. The book of Isaiah tells us a lot. There are close to sixty chapters or more than sixty chapters telling us not only about preachings, and the need for repentance that GOD gives, but it also gives insight into the ability of prophets to see the same GOD. Isaiah has a vision of GOD and is able to see GOD similar to Daniel and Ezekiel. Also, the prophesying about Jesus Christ. When they begin to prophesy about Jesus Christ, that is also another important point. Not all prophets, although it is the same word, Jesus Christ is part of the prophesying, we know greater detail in Isaiah.
After Isaiah, there are other prophets that are sent, Nahum, Zepheniah, Habakkuk. And then another big prophet that is sent is Jeremiah. So Jeremiah is sent around 627 B.C. When Jeremiah is sent in 627 B.C., we know that he is sent in order to specifically tell the people of Israel not to sin. That is the main point. Although Jeremiah, also does other things like Isaiah does. He is able to talk about Jesus Christ. Prophesy about Jesus Christ. And speak to the Omnipotence of GOD and the qualities of GOD. The Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence among other qualities that we cannot understand, Jeremiah is also able to specifically devote his time and persistence in order to trying to shift the mindset of the people of Israel from a lifestyle of sin into a lifestyle of holiness. And a lifestyle where they believe in Jesus or where they believe in GOD, where they follow the commandments and they have faith in GOD. And so Jeremiah is sent for that reason. Specifically, although he is also able to judge the nations based on what GOD states and fulfill what GOD states for him. GOD judges the nations through Jeremiah and then those judgments occur later on. Also, we know what GOD states is going to happen in history or prophesies about history through Jeremiah and that is what happens.
And then after Jeremiah, Daniel is sent in 605 B.C., and then Ezekiel is sent in 587 B.C. So we know that Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel are pretty much concurrently or near the same period of time. That is because of the importance of the people understanding that they need to atone for their sin. When Ezekiel is sent, he is sent after Jeremiah and after Daniel. Now we know that Jeremiah and Daniel again, very similar to Isaiah. They are big prophets because they understand things that GOD allows them to understand because He is giving them favor and understanding. Because of this, they are able to understand things that are very complex and very difficult to understand. Yet they are able to understand and to preach and also act righteously. And so Ezekiel is sent in 587 B.C. after the first exile of Israel by Chaldea. The reason for this is the sin of the inhabitants. When Isaiah was sent, he was preaching that they might go into exile. Jeremiah is saying if you do not repent, they go to exile. Daniel tries to atone for the iniquity of Israel by praying to GOD and saying prayers of forgiveness for their sin. And then Ezekiel is sent to preach against Israel while they are in exile. He tells them to repent of their sin in order to return to the land and of course to follow the commandments.
One of the important things about Ezekiel through all of this is that Ezekiel preaches the word of GOD. And he has a vision similar to the visions that Isaiah is able to have. This tells us that this is the same GOD. This is the true GOD. The living GOD. The GOD of Abraham, the GOD of Isaac, and the GOD of Jacob. We know that this is coming from the same source, the Spirit of Truth. And so we know that the importance of the message is still the same. They are supposed to be following what GOD states. That they are not going after sin. And so it states specifically that Ezekiel sees the greatness of GOD.
And it says, “Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like an awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads. And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body. And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings, like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings. And there came a voice from above the expanse over them over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings. And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal. like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward with what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on a day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.” – Ezekiel 1: 22- 28
So Ezekiel was able to see the glory, the majesty, and the splendor of GOD. And he of course specifies that there are Celestial Beings all around GOD. He is able to see specific details. He says that he saw the appearance of fire. And also of brightness around GOD. So a lot of light. So when we see about GOD, GOD refers a lot about Israel as a light to the nations.
Similar to when He says, “Let us make man in our image.” This is referring to humanity being created in order to be similar to GOD in following GOD and obeying GOD and having that brightness and light. Those who do believe in GOD have that brightness and have that light that Jesus Christ and GOD use to describe those that are obeying GOD. And so we see the light of GOD causing Ezekiel to fall down on his face and start worshiping. What we see is just not able to be described. And what we see is that the people start to worship. Which is the only thing that happens. We see in Ezekiel, and he continues, “And he said to me, ‘Son of Man stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.’ And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, I sent you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD GOD.’ And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house. ‘But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.’ And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.” – Ezekiel 2: 1-10
We see that GOD is able to allow Ezekiel to stand up in the presence of GOD. Because obviously the first thing that an individual would do is fall down and worship. GOD allows Ezekiel to stand up and places His spirit on him. The Spirit of Truth that allows Ezekiel to understand what is happening and understand the words of GOD and understand the purpose that GOD is sending him to do or the things that he has to preach. He is able to stand up, so we know that through the Psalms and different verses that “Who can stand before the LORD?” Only those that are righteous. Only those that are “pure in heart and wash their hands in innocence”. Those that are truly believers are able to stand up in the presence of the LORD as GOD allows Ezekiel to stand up. GOD places in Ezekiel, His Spirit. The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of a Prophet, in order to speak the words that GOD has intended Ezekiel to speak to the nation of Israel. We see the reason of why He sends Ezekiel.
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