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  1. EZEKIEL CHAPTER TWELVE

  2. OUTLINE EZEKIEL CHAPTER TWELVE THE CAPTIVITY OF JUDAH V. 1-7 THE SUFFERINGS OF ZEDEKIAH V. 8-16 JERUSALEM SURROUNDED V. 17-20 SCOFFERS DISBELIEVE THE WARNINGS V. 21-28

  3. READ: EZEKIEL 12:1-2 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

  4. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:1-2 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying: 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. HOW DOES THE LORD DEFINE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH? WHAT DO THEY NOT SEE AND HEAR?

  5. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. HOW DOES THE LORD DEFINE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH? they are a rebellious house WHEN DID THEY START REBELLING? READ: DEUTERONOMY 1:26 26 "Nevertheless you would not go up, butrebelled against the command of the LORD your God; NKJV READ: PSALMS 78:40-41 40 How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! 41 Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. NKJV

  6. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. HOW DOES THE LORD DEFINE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH? they are a rebellious house WHEN DID THEY START REBELLING? READ: JEREMIAH 42:21-22 21 And I have this day declared it to you, but you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, or anything which He has sent you by me. 22 Now therefore, know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to dwell." NKJV

  7. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. HOW DOES THE LORD DEFINE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH? they are a rebellious house WHY WERE THEY REBELLIOUS? READ: DEUTERONOMY 29:2-4 2 Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: "You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land — 3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. 4 Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day. NKJV

  8. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. HOW DOES THE LORD DEFINE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH? they are a rebellious house WHY WERE THEY REBELLIOUS? READ: ISAIAH 6:9-10 9 And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' 10 "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed." NKJV

  9. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. HOW DOES THE LORD DEFINE THE HOUSE OF JUDAH? they are a rebellious house WHY WERE THEY REBELLIOUS? READ: JEREMIAH 5:20-21 20 "Declare this in the house of Jacob And proclaim it in Judah, saying, 21 'Hear this now, O foolish people, Without understanding, Who have eyes and see not, And who have ears and hear not: NKJV

  10. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. WHY WERE THEY REBELLIOUS? WHAT DID JESUS SAY CONCERNING THEM? READ: MATTHEW 13:14-15 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' NKJV

  11. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. WHY WERE THEY REBELLIOUS? WHY DID JESUS SPEAK IN PARABLES? READ: MARK 4:10-12 10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. 11 And He said to them, "To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, 12 so that 'Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.'“

  12. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:2 2 "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house. WHY WERE THEY REBELLIOUS? WHY DID JESUS SPEAK IN PARABLES? READ: LUKE 8:9-10 9 Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What does this parable mean?" 10 And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.' NKJV

  13. READ: EZEKIEL 12:3-4 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 3 "Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house. 4 By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight, like those who go into captivity.

  14. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:3-4 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 3 "Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house. 4 By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight, like those who go into captivity. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT EZEKIEL TO DO? WHY IN THE SIGHT OF THE PEOPLE?

  15. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:3 3 "Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight. You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT EZEKIEL TO DO? Prepare to go into captivity WHY IN THE SIGHT OF THE PEOPLE? It may be that they will consider WHAT DID THE LORD WANT ISRAEL TO DO? READ: DEUTERONOMY 32:29 29 Oh, that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would consider their latter end! NKJV

  16. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:3 WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT EZEKIEL TO DO? Prepare to go into captivity WHY IN THE SIGHT OF THE PEOPLE? It may be that they will consider READ: JEREMIAH 26:3 3 Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way, that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings.' NKJV READ: JEREMIAH 36:3 3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the adversities which I purpose to bring upon them, that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin." NKJV

  17. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:3 WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT EZEKIEL TO DO? Prepare to go into captivity WHY IN THE SIGHT OF THE PEOPLE? It may be that they will consider IS THERE A MESSAGE FOR US TODAY? READ: 2 TIMOTHY 2:24-26 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. NKJV

  18. READ: EZEKIEL 12:5-7 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 5 Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it. 6 In their sight you shall bear them on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel." 7 So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and I bore them on my shoulder in their sight.

  19. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:5-7 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 5 Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it. 6 In their sight you shall bear them on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel." 7 So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and I bore them on my shoulder in their sight. WHAT DOES THE LORD WANT EZEKIEL TO DO? WHY COVER HIS FACE? WHY IN THE SIGHT OF THE PEOPLE? DID EZEKIEL DO AS THE LORD COMMANDED HIM?

  20. READ: EZEKIEL 12:8-11 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 8 And in the morning the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 "Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, 'What are you doing?' 10 Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them."' 11 Say, 'I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.'

  21. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:8-11 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 8 And in the morning the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 "Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, 'What are you doing?' 10 Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them."' 11 Say, 'I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.' WHAT DID THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL ASK EZEKIEL? WHAT SHOULD EZEKIEL SAY TO THEM?

  22. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:9-10 9 "Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, 'What are you doing?' 10 Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them."' WHAT DID THE ASK EZEKIEL? WHAT SHOULD EZEKIEL SAY TO THEM? WHAT DID THEY ASK JEREMIAH? WHAT SHOULD JEREMIAH SAY TO THEM? READ: JEREMIAH 15:2 2 And it shall be, if they say to you, 'Where should we go?' then you shall tell them, 'Thus says the LORD: "Such as are for death, to death; And such as are for the sword, to the sword; And such as are for the famine, to the famine; And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity."' NKJV

  23. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:11 11 Say, 'I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; they shall be carried away into captivity.' WHAT SHOULD EZEKIEL SAY TO THEM? WHAT DID ISAIAH SAY TO THEM? READ: ISAIAH 8:18 18 Here am I and the children whom the LORD has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel From the LORD of hosts, Who dwells in Mount Zion. NKJV

  24. READ: EZEKIEL 12:12-13 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 12 And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. 13 I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.

  25. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:12-13 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 12 And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. 13 I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. WHAT WILL THE PRINCE OF JERUSALEM DO? WHY WILL HE COVER HIS FACE? WHY WILL HE NOT SEE BABYLON?

  26. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:12 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 12 And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. WHAT WILL THE PRINCE OF JERUSALEM DO? WHY WILL HE COVER HIS FACE? WHAT DID THE LORD TELL EZEKIEL TO DO? READ: EZEKIEL 12:6 6 In their sight you shall bear them on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, for I have made you a sign to the house of Israel." NKJV

  27. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:12 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 12 And the prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes. WHAT WILL THE PRINCE OF JERUSALEM DO? HOW DID ZEDEKIAH & HIS ARMY TRY TO ESCAPE? READ: JEREMIAH 39:4 4 So it was, when Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, that they fled and went out of the city by night, by way of the king's garden, by the gate between the two walls. And he went out by way of the plain. NKJV (JEREMIAH 52:7)

  28. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:13 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 13 I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. WHAT WILL THE LORD DO? READ: HOSEA 7:11-12 11 "Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense — They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria. 12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their congregation has heard.

  29. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:13 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 13 I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. WHAT WILL THE LORD DO? READ: JEREMIAH 24:8 8 'And as the bad figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad' — surely thus says the LORD — 'so will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the residue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt. NKJV

  30. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:13 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 13 I will also spread My net over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon, to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there. WHY WILL HE COVER HIS FACE? WHY WILL HE NOT SEE BABYLON? READ: JEREMIAH 52:10-11 10 Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. And he killed all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11 He also put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in bronze fetters, took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death. (JEREMIAH 39:6-7)

  31. READ: EZEKIEL 12:14-16 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 14 I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them. 15 "Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. 16 But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD."

  32. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:14-16 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 14 I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them. 15 "Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. 16 But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD." WHAT HAPPENED TO ZEDEKIAH & HIS ARMY? WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM? WHY IS THE LORD DOING THIS? WHO WILL BE SPARED? WHY?

  33. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:14-15 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 14 I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them. 15 "Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. WHAT HAPPENED TO ZEDEKIAH & HIS ARMY? READ: 2 KINGS 25:4-5 4 Then the city wall was broken through, and all the men of war fled at night by way of the gate between two walls, which was by the king's garden, even though the Chaldeans were still encamped all around against the city. And the king went by way of the plain. 5 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued the king, and they overtook him in the plains of Jericho. All his army was scattered from him. NKJV

  34. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:14-15 WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM? READ: EZEKIEL 5:10 10 Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments among you, and all of you who remain I will scatter to all the winds. NKJV READ: EZEKIEL 5:12 12 One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. NKJV

  35. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:14-15 14 I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them. 15 "Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM? READ: JEREMIAH 21:6-7 6 I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast;they shall die of a great pestilence. 7 And afterward," says the LORD, "I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people,and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine,into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy."' NKJV

  36. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:14-15 JUDAH'S CAPTIVITY PORTRAYED 14 I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and I will draw out the sword after them. 15 "Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries. DID THE LORD WARNED THEM ABOUT THIS? READ: LEVITICUS 26:33 33 I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste. NKJV

  37. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:16 16 But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD." WHY IS THE LORD DOING THIS? READ: JEREMIAH 22:8-9 8 And many nations will pass by this city; and everyone will say to his neighbor, 'Why has the LORD done so to this great city?' 9 Then they will answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshiped other gods and served them.'" NKJV

  38. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:16 16 But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD." WHO WILL BE SPARED? WHY? READ: ISAIAH 43:10 10 "You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. NKJV READ: ZECHARIAH 8:13 13 And it shall come to pass That just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.' NKJV

  39. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:16 WHO WILL BE SPARED? WHY? READ: EZEKIEL 6:8-10 8 "Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries. 9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations. 10 And they shall know that I am the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them."

  40. READ: EZEKIEL 12:17-18 JUDGMENT NOT POSTPONED 17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 18 "Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety.

  41. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:17-18 JUDGMENT NOT POSTPONED 17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 18 "Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO EZEKIEL? WHY?

  42. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:17-18 JUDGMENT NOT POSTPONED 17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 18 "Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO EZEKIEL? WHY? WHAT DID JEREMIAH SAY ABOUT THIS? READ: LAMENTATIONS 5:7-9 7 Our fathers sinned and are no more, But we bear their iniquities. 8 Servants rule over us; There is none to deliver us from their hand. 9 We get our bread at the risk of our lives, Because of the sword in the wilderness. NKJV

  43. READ: EZEKIEL 12:19-20 JUDGMENT NOT POSTPONED 19 And say to the people of the land, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: "They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. 20 Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD."'"

  44. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:19-20 19 And say to the people of the land, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: "They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. 20 Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD."'" WHAT WILL HAPPENED TO JERUSALEM? WHY? READ: ISAIAH 7:23-24 23 It shall happen in that day, That wherever there could be a thousand vines Worth a thousand shekels of silver, It will be for briers and thorns. 24 With arrows and bows men will come there, Because all the land will become briers and thorns. NKJV

  45. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:19-20 19 And say to the people of the land, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: "They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may be emptied of all who are in it, because of the violence of all those who dwell in it. 20 Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD."'" WHAT HAPPENED TO JERUSALEM? WHY? READ: JEREMIAH 4:7 7 The lion has come up from his thicket, And the destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place To make your land desolate. Your cities will be laid waste, Without inhabitant. NKJV

  46. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:19-20 WHAT HAPPENED TO JERUSALEM? WHY? READ: JEREMIAH 10:21-22 21 For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they shall not prosper, And all their flocks shall be scattered. 22 Behold, the noise of the report has come, And a great commotion out of the north country, To make the cities of Judah desolate, a den of jackals. NKJV READ: JEREMIAH 25:9 9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,' says the LORD, 'and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.

  47. READ: EZEKIEL 12:21-23 JUDGMENT NOT POSTPONED 21 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 22 "Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, 'The days are prolonged, and every vision fails'? 23 Tell them therefore, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel." But say to them, "The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision.

  48. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:21-23 JUDGMENT NOT POSTPONED 21 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 22 "Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, 'The days are prolonged, and every vision fails'? 23 Tell them therefore, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel." But say to them, "The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. WHAT DID THEY SAY TO EZEKIEL? HOW DID THE LORD RESPOND TO THIS?

  49. QUESTIONS: EZEKIEL 12:22 WHAT DID THEY SAY TO EZEKIEL? 'The days are prolonged, and every vision fails'? WHAT DID THEY SAY TO ISAIAH? READ: ISAIAH 5:19 19 That say, "Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it." WHAT DID THEY SAY TO ISAIAH? READ: ISAIAH 66:5 5 Hear the word of the LORD, You who tremble at His word: "Your brethren who hated you, Who cast you out for My name's sake, said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, Thatwe may see your joy.‘ But they shall be ashamed."