Outline of Ezekiel
1. Introduction and Call (A prophet during the Babylonian exile who saw visions of God’s throne-chariot, new life to dry bones, and a new Temple. 1-3)
The book begins with the call of the prophet-priest and his awesome vision of the glory of the Lord and the throne-chariot of God.
2. Prophecies against Jerusalem, Judah was the name of Jacob’s fourth son and one of the 12 tribes., and the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged… (Ezekiel 4-24)
Prophetic words and symbolic acts foretell the doom of Jerusalem and its coming fall (the second siege by Babylonian king who conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and exiled the people in 586 B.C.E.). The glory of the Lord leaves the temple (10:18-19, 11:22-25).
3. Prophecies against the Nations (Ezekiel 25-32)
All the nations surrounding Israel are brought into the judgment of the word of God by the prophet, including Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon, and Egypt. Babylon itself is a glaring omission.
4. More Prophecies concerning the Israelites (Ezekiel 33-39)
Lying between the sections on the nations and the final visions of future Salvation can mean saved from something (deliverance) or for something (redemption). Paul preached that salvation comes through the death of Christ on the cross which redeemed sinners from death and for a grace-filled life. for Israel, these chapters deal with Jews in exile, Israel and its future, its leaders, land, mountains, and enemies (past and future).
5. Vision of Future Restoration (Ezekiel 40-48)
The priest-prophet has an extended vision of consolation, salvation, and Blessing is the asking for or the giving of God’s favor. Isaac was tricked into blessing Jacob instead of his firstborn Esau. At the Last Supper Jesus offered a blessing over bread and wine. To be blessed is to be favored by God. in the future for Israel. There is a loving, long description of the restored temple in all its glory, where God will dwell as a center of a new Israel, and this will include blessing for the whole world (chapter 47).