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Transcript of Prophet Ezekiel
Time of prophecy
Ezekiel was deported in 597 to Babylonia and his religious call came in July 592. He then prophesied until 585 and was not heard of again until 572 BCE.
Place of residence
Ezekiel's place of residence was just near the Kebar river in the Syria, Turkey region.
Dates of birth/death
Ezekiel was born in approximately 622 B.C. in Jerusalem, Israel and died around 570 BCE in Babylon, Iraq.
What did he do before becoming a prophet?
Before the first surrender of Jerusalem, Ezekiel was a functioning priest.
Historical events happening at this time:
It was at a difficult time in Jewish history as their enemies had taken them captive and moved them to Babylon.
At that time, the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.
How the prophet was called?
God called Ezekiel to prophesy through an Inaugural Vision; He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
Why did the prophet take on the work he did?
Ezekiel decided to take on the work because it was a very serious and prominent matter in his lifetime.
The people to whom he spoke:
Ezekiel spoke to the Israelites who captured Jews from the town of Jerusalem held them captive in Babylon.
The core message of this Prophet:
The core message of the prophet was to proclaim hope to those Israelites who were in exile and tell why they were in Babylon and to call them to a holy life. Then he could give them the good news that God had a better future for them.
Include evidence of this from the Hebrew Scriptures
“Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ (-Ezekiel 2:3-5)
What were this Prophet’s achievements?
Ezekiel was God's chosen man and messenger. Ezekiel proclaimed the Words of God to the children of God, the Israelites and proclaimed hope to those Israelites who were in exile
What were this Prophet’s failures?
Ezekiel didn’t have any notable failures.
What is a Prophet?
A Prophet is someone who proclaims the word of God to others and who presents God's spirit within themselves.
In a 21st century context, Ezekiel's message may be compared to a situation where someone has stollen something from a shop but is seen by another customer. Instead of standing back to watch, the customer decides to approach the thief and tells him to put it back. He also goes to notify the owner of the shop about what he had seen and tells her not to worry, and that the problem will be sorted out.
What would Ezekiel’s message be about today?