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The Coming Conflict In The Middle East (35 of 54)
Through the Bible Survey
Dr. Stan Coffey
AUTHORSHIP: Ezekiel, the faithful preacher to the exiles in Babylon is the author of this book. The name Ezekiel means "God strengthens." Ezekiel was among the first to use the apocalyptic method. This method was used also by Daniel in his prophecy and by John in the book of Revelation. The characteristics of this method include the use of symbols, visions, allegories, parables, and symbolic actions. This was God's method of declaring His message not Ezekiel's idea of relating God's message.
DATE: This book contains a unique and orderly sequence of dates. Each section of prophetic oracles begins with the year and day of the month. Ezekiel's ministry began in July 593 BC and continued at least until the last recorded oracle, which is dated April 571 BC. Ezekiel was a contemporary Jeremiah and Daniel.
THEME: 1. Ezekiel's purpose is to declare the person of God and to exalt His glory. Isaiah is the prophet of the Son; Jeremiah, the prophet of the Father; and Ezekiel the prophet of the Spirit. 2. Ezekiel also declares the position of Israel as a nation. 3. He understood well the Hebrews devotion to the land of promise so that they came to believe that to leave the land was to leave the arena of God's influence. 4. Another prominent theme of Ezekiel is the responsibility of the individual before God. 5. Finally, Ezekiel presents his messianic prophecy describing the kingdom of God in its final glory.
BACKGROUND OF BOOK: When Ezekiel was 25 years old, he was carried captive to Babylon in 597 BC with the upper class of people 11 years before the destruction of Jerusalem. God told Ezekiel to go to the people in captivity. He was a captive ministering to captives. We must get along side people to help them. This was the way of our Lord and it must be our way today.
APPLICATIONS OF THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL:
1. Ezekiel is for the Jew today. It tells God's chosen people that ...
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