Vs. 1, “A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls.” Question: When is this day? There are differing views from theologians regarding this. Some point towards the End Times before the Millennial reign of Christ, others point towards a time after Zerubbabel (vs. 1-2). It seems that this is pointing more towards Jesus as the one who stands on the Mount of Olives to fight against the nations (vs. 3-11). The King of Kings will now assume His physical role on the earth (Vs. 9). And those who try to defy the King will experience a plague and a great panic! The remaining of those Gentiles that have turned to the Lord will be required to come and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (vs. 16-19). The Feast of Tabernacles in quick summary really is a celebration of thanksgiving.
Regarding application…Thy Kingdom Come! Vs. 9, “The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.” Brothers and sisters, this is going to be a glorious time! I believe those of us who have died before the Millennium, will meet Christ and reign during this period as well (I Thessalonians 4:17). As I prepare to move and relocate closer to my church, I’ve found it harder to move each time. I’ve been a vagabond of sorts over the years, but I look forward to putting my roots in my church community. Yet, I know that one day we will have a permanent home with the Lord. That will be a time for true rejoicing and celebration! Come Lord Jesus!
Vs. 2, “In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city.” Question: When will this vision be fulfilled? At the time of this vision, Jerusalem and the temple Solomon had built had sadly already been destroyed. While another temple was built about 57 years after this vision of Ezekiel, the temple that we see here is the temple that has yet to be built! This time is referring to the temple that will be built in the Millennium (the 1000 year when Jesus will reign on earth!) While the measurements don’t mean too much to us, they would have brought much joy to those who would hear a new glorious temple would be built! These measurements are increased too. Question: What about the sacrifices? Some interpret this as more of a symbolic meaning, others look at it like the church practice of communion…but it won’t have the same purpose at the Old Testament practices.
Regarding application…Tell the World. Vs. 4, “The man said to me, “Son of man, look with your eyes and hear with your ears and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here. Tell the house of Israel everything you see.” Just as Ezekiel was to tell others what he saw and heard, we too are to tell the world! Question: What are you waiting for? Put yourself in Ezekiel’s place! Imagine…You were a part of a church that had an incredible church sanctuary! It was the pride and joy of your church. Suddenly, we are invaded by another country who destroys all the churches and takes Christians as captives. Wouldn’t it be exciting if God gave you a vision of a new promise and a more beautiful church?!?! I’m sure Ezekiel would have been very excited to share this vision. Likewise, we have God’s visions and prophecies of our future written in the Bible (God’s living Word). Let’s be excited to tell the world of the hope we have…especially with the Christmas season soon approaching!