Ezekiel Chapter 9 and 10
Ezekiel Chapter 9: People in Jerusalem were Slain
God called the six men, each with
his weapon in his hand, to destroy the entire Jerusalem. The glory of God went from the ark
to the threshold of the house, indicating that God was about to leave the mercy
seat to punish the people. The remnants, who had been redeemed, had a mark put
upon their foreheads because they repented and groaned over all the
abominations that had been committed in the city; they segregated and did not
defile themselves in the tumultuous world.
The massacre started from the sanctuary; judgment began from the
household of God.
God summoned the men, who carried destroying
weapons in their hands, to punish the sinful city. There was a man clothed in
linen, and he had the writing case at his side, putting a mark upon the
foreheads of the remnants (1~2).
The wrath of God poured down, destroying the
entire city (3~8)
The glory of God departed
First it went away from the cherubim to the
threshold of the house (10:4)
Next it went forth from the threshold of the
Then it went up from the holy city to Mount of Olives (11:23)
Later it would return (43:2~5)
Putting a mark on the foreheads of the people,
who grieved for all the abominations, that they would not be slain (4).
The sign of the blood of Lamb (Ex 12:13); the
seal of the Holy Spirit (Rev 7:3, 14:1)
Extermination began at the sanctuary; the house
was defiled, and the courts were filled with the slain (5~7; 1 Pet 4:17)
Leaving Ezekiel alone to pray for the remnants
Intercessions of the prophets (Gen 18:23~32; Ex
32:31~32; Jer 14:17~18; Amos 7:6)
Ezekiel’s prayer was not granted (9~11)
The people forsook the true God and returned to
idolatry. Their guilt was exceedingly great, and the land was full of blood;
they thought that God did not see (9)
God would requite the deeds of the people upon
their heads; He would not spare their sins, nor would He have pity (10)
The man who carried the writing case executed
God’s command; he protected the remnants during the destruction. (11; ref: Gen
18:15; 2 Pet 2:6; Rev 18:4)
Ezekiel Chapter 10: Jerusalem was burnt with Fire
God ordered the man clothed in
linen to take fire from between the cherubim and to scatter the fire over the
city of Jerusalem.
This is the vision about executing God’s judgment. God is holy and righteous.
He punished the sinful Jerusalem,
but in the city He also redeemed the ones who grieved for the abominations. The
Lord’s salvation on the cross manifested God’s righteousness to people who believe
in Him, show loyalty to Him, and keep His commandments; however, the Lord has
distinctly announced the judgment of death to those who refuse the salvation.
In BC 586, Jerusalem was destroyed; the people were
either captured or killed (2 Kings 25:9).
Taking the burning coals to scatter over the
The man clothed in linen took fire from between
the cherubim to scatter it over the city. The fire of God’s wrath was poured
down onto Jerusalem
to execute judgment (2:6~7).
image of the throne appeared in the firmament that was over the heads of the
cherubim (1). The glory of God exalted; sheen of glory filled the inner court
God’s four wheels and the cherubim (9~14)
There were four wheels beside the cherubim; and
they had the same likeness in color and shape. The wheels went in any of their
four directions without turning as they went (9~11).
The entire cherubim and the wheels were full of
eyes round about (12), symbolizing the omniscience of God. In Revelation
chapter four, the four living creatures were full of eyes in front and behind.
The wheels spun (namely the whirling wheels).
The cherubim had four faces: the face of a cherub (in chapter one it was the
face of an ox), the face of a man, the face of a lion, and the face of an eagle
In the Old Testaments, the cherubim protected
the ark and guarded the way to the tree of life (Gen 3:24; Ezek 28:13~14).
Treasure of God? (Ezek chapter 1; 1 Sam 4:4; Ps
Chariot of God (Ps 18:10, 104:3)
Ornaments of the house (1 Sam 6:23~24)
The glory of God left the house gradually
The glory of God went over the cherubim and
stood at the threshold of the house; then the glory of God and the cherubim
stood at the door of the east gate, indicating that God gradually left the
house and forsook His chosen people.
The cherubim lifted up, and the wheels also
lifted up (15~17)
The glory of God lifted up with the cherubim
The cherubim were the living creatures
underneath the glory of God, and they were the image of the living creatures.
Vision by the river Chebar:
This is the place where the
people were taken. The captured people had been obedient, so the glory of God
manifested when He blessed them. The rebellious people who remained in Jerusalem were being
cursed, and that was the manifestation of the righteousness of God (15, 20