Ezekiel was a prophet (holy
man) who lived at the same time as the last kings of Judah. God showed Ezekiel events
that would happen in the future. God told Ezekiel that Ezekiel must warn the
people about these events (Ezekiel 33).
God would punish Judah because
its people did not obey God's law. Their enemies would surround Jerusalem, which was Judah's capital city (Ezekiel
chapters 4-5). God would leave his temple (the house of God in Jerusalem) - Ezekiel 10. This was because the
leaders of Judah
served false gods (Ezekiel 8). And the soldiers from Babylon
would destroy Jerusalem
(Ezekiel 21). God would also punish other evil nations (Ezekiel chapters
But God still cared about
his people (Ezekiel 37). God would send someone from David's family to be their
leader (Ezekiel 37:24-28). We now know that this person was Jesus.
God also showed Ezekiel a
picture of a new temple in the future (Ezekiel chapters 40-48). God himself
would return to this temple (Ezekiel 43).