The Spirit of Prophecy In Relation To The Future Condition Of The Jews -- By: Luther F. Dimmick

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 004:15 (Aug 1847)
Article: The Spirit of Prophecy In Relation To The Future Condition Of The Jews
Author: Luther F. Dimmick


The Spirit of Prophecy In Relation To The Future Condition Of The Jews

Rev. Luther F. Dimmick

Ezekiel was partly contemporaneous with Jeremiah, though a little later. He flourished, according to the usual reckoning, from B. C. 595-574, a period of twenty-one years. He perhaps lived beyond the latter date.

Ezekiel exercised his office in Chaldea, among the captives by the river of Chebar, (1:1). He seems to have been carried away with the second company of captives, connected with Jeremiah, (Jer. 34:1. comp. Ezek. 1:2). Most of the people, therefore, remained at Jerusalem, and in Judea, several years longer, of whom he makes frequent mention.

Ezekiel began his ministry also by declaring the wickedness of the people, and denouncing still further judgments against them. A rebellious nation, he called them; impudent children;

most rebellious; impudent and hard-hearted, (2:3,4,7. 3:7). Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee. I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations, (5:8, 14). Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none, (7:25). I willdeliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you, (22:7).

What does Ezekiel say of the restoration? Thus saith the Lord God, Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although 1 have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel, (11:16, 17). The literal restoration from Babylon is manifestly the thing here intended. Why should the interpreter look any further? The prophet is among the captives, asserting Gods just prerogatives in chastening them, threatening further corrections, and then promising the return of prosperity.

In a later chapter, the prosperity is still further predicted: Thus saith the Lord God, When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob, (28:25). Restoration from Babylon is evidently here also intended. The exigencies of the place require nothing more.

So again: Thus saith the Lord God, Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. And 1 will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed the...

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