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Ezekiel Twelve

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

Ezekiel 12:1 The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 12:3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 12:4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.

as stuff for removing. Ezekiel was ministering primarily to Jewish exiles taken to Babylon in the first deportation, and many of these were still holding on to their compromise religion and were expecting to return to Judah soon. This “visual aid” carried out by Ezekiel was designed to make them realize that the entire nation was to be exiled and their land laid waste (Ezekiel 12:11, 20).

Ezekiel 12:5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

Ezekiel 12:6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 12:7 And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.

Ezekiel 12:8 And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 12:9 Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?

Ezekiel 12:10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.

Ezekiel 12:11 Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.

Ezekiel 12:12 And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.

the prince that is among them. The specific prophecy of Ezekiel 12:12-13 applied particularly to Zedekiah. He is evidently called a “prince” rather than king because Nebuchadnezzar still recognized Jehoiachin as king of Judah even after taking him captive to Babylon (2 Kings 25:27). Zedekiah did attempt to escape the city in just the manner acted out by Ezekiel (Jeremiah 39:4).

Ezekiel 12:13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.

shall he not see it. Exactly as prophesied, Zedekiah was captured as he was fleeing and brought to Babylon. However, he did “not see it,” for Nebuchadnezzar put out his eyes right after his eyes had beheld those of Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 34:3; 2 Kings 25:7).

Ezekiel 12:14 And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.

Ezekiel 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

among the nations. This great prophecy of the worldwide dispersion of the children of Israel is given many times in the Bible (e.g., Deuteronomy 4:27; Luke 21:24). Its remarkable fulfillment for some two thousand years is a testimony to the inerrant accuracy of the Bible.

Ezekiel 12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 12:17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 12:18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;

Ezekiel 12:19 And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.

Ezekiel 12:20 And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 12:21 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 12:22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

Ezekiel 12:23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.

Ezekiel 12:24 For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

no more any vain vision. As prophesied, all the occult arts of paganism appear to have been purged out of Jewish thinking during their captivity in pagan Babylon.

Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 12:26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Ezekiel 12:27 Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.

Ezekiel 12:28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.

shall be done. See Luke 12:45, 46; 21:34; 2 Peter 3:3-10. It is dangerous to neglect the warnings in God's Word, for His Word will be fulfilled.