true prophets: how Ezekiel sees glory of God

tru prophtWe read how a prophet is transformed by God from the time of his calling to the time he really knows God. Ezekiel was called to be God’s faithful and truthful watchman in chapter 33. By chapter 43 he was given the vision of seeing God’s glory in the ‘temple’ which had never been built.

A summary of the prophet’s life: God speaks to him and he hears and obeys. Nothing can deter Ezekiel from living the will of God. God chooses him because this is one man who is true and faithful to God and has died to himself and lived to God. This is the true prophet.

What does God talk about to someone He can trust? All about His temple. The pattern. The ordinances. The measurements. In short: God talks about His own holiness.

For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

Ezekiel 43  New King James Version (NKJV) (boldness added) Seeing the glory of God. What an honor!

The Temple, the Lord’s Dwelling Place

43 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when I[a] came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face. 4 And the glory of the Lord came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east. The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

Then I heard Him speaking to me from the temple, while a man stood beside me. And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places. When they set their threshold by My threshold, and their doorpost by My doorpost, with a wall between them and Me, they defiled My holy name by the abominations which they committed; therefore I have consumed them in My anger. Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.

10 and Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; let them measure the pattern. 11 And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, make known to them the design of the temple and its arrangement, its exits and its entrances, its entire design and all its ordinances, all its forms and all its laws. Write it down in their sight, so that they may keep its whole design and all its ordinances, and perform them. 12 This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.

Dimensions of the Altar

13 These are the measurements of the altar in cubits (the cubit is one cubit and a handbreadth): ...”

Consecrating the Altar

18 And He said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord God: ‘These are the ordinances for the altar on the day when it is made, for sacrificing burnt offerings on it, and for sprinkling blood on it. 27 When these days are over it shall be, on the eighth day and thereafter, that the priests shall offer your burnt offerings and your peace offerings on the altar; and I will accept you,’ says the Lord God.”

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 43:3 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Vulgate read He.

Ezekiel 33 the watchman/prophet was called by God personally. He hears and does what God has instructed.

The Watchman and His Message

“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul…

The people who hear God’s messages but do not do them:

Hearing and Not Doing…

30 “As for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking about you beside the walls and in the doors of the houses; and they speak to one another, everyone saying to his brother, ‘Please come and hear what the word is that comes from the Lord.’ 31 So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain. 32 Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but they do not do them. 33 And when this comes to pass—surely it will come—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”