Commentary on
Ezekiel 1:1-3

The Vision of Four Figures

1:1  Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of Elohim.
1:2  In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity,
1:3  The word of Yehuveh came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of Yehuveh was there upon him.

Commenatry on 1:1
[12 August 2007]: While the book of Ezekiel is full of qabbalic and astronomical/ astrological information, nonetheless, it is also exceedingly practical. The dates given herein relate to times in Ezekiel’s era and are also encryptic information for our time. Throughout this commentary I am solely focusing on the dates as they relate to our time. Ezekiel deals with the seventy years described by Zechariah as relating to Jerusalem, “against which Thou [Yehuveh] hast had indignation these threescore and ten years?” These years began in the spring of 1938 and end in the spring of 2008. [Other authors have dealt extensively with these dates as they relate to Ezekiel’s lifetime.]
30y 4m 5d    13 June 1967
              Based on
9 June 1967 = 4m 1d with the moon at 2%

Commenatry on 1:2 [4 September 2007]: The years of Jehoiachin’s captivity involve another study. From this and the prior verse, he was in the 5th year of his captivity at the time this incident took place. If we carefully reverse the counting, we have the following:
5y = 1967-1968,
                                        4y = 1966-1967,
                                        3y = 1965-1966,
                                        2y = 1964-1965,
                                        1y = 1963-1964.

        What happened to whom in 1963-1964 that would constitute the “captive”-ing of a high Israeli government official? “In June 1963, therefore, worn out by factional strife, Ben-Gurion unexpectedly resigned.” Sachar, Howard M.
A History of Israel From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, 1996. P. 548.
        According to Wycliff’s commentary on this verse, Jehoiachin “was released by Amel Marduk (Evil Merodach), son of Nebuchadnezzar in 560,
the thirty-seventh year of his exile (2 Kings 25:27).” David Ben Gurion “died on December 1” 1973, only ten and a half years after his resignation, so personally could not have fulfilled this analogy to its full limit. However, if Jehoiachin’s captivity represents the manner of leadership in the nation, then what has happened in Israel from Ben Gurion’s resignation for the next thirty-seven years, to 2000-2001, may indeed involve valuable insight for us. However, this is a study for another paper. Ibid. P. 787.

Commenatry on 1:3 [21 August 2007]: All these names and places and their significance to both the allegory and to us are discussed extensively in the introduction to the Ezekiel’s Years. In essence, the name Ezekiel means “strong strength,” or as we might say, “exceptional strength,” “phenomenal strength,” “strengthened in Elohim.” The name describes not only this prophet, but any of us who  “seizes Elohim’s strength”! “O Yehuveh, Thou art my Elohim; I will exalt Thee, I will praise Thy name; for Thou hast done wonderful things; Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” Isaiah 25:1.
        The words
“came expressly unto” are translated from the double use of the Hebrew word hayah [Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry 1961], a primary root meaning “to exist, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxillary).” The double use of an emphatic verb indeed gives emphasis to the coming or becoming of the words of Yehuveh given to us through Ezekiel. According to Brown, Driver and Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, the only other Scripture where this same double verb expression is used is 1 Kings 13:32, where these words are translated: “For the saying which he cried by the word of Yehuveh against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.” This insight is verified by Joseph’s statement to Pharaoh regarding double dreams: “For that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by Elohim, and Elohim will shortly bring it to pass.” In essence, then, this verse is emphatically stating “The word of Yehuveh unto ‘all who sieze Elohim’s strength’ is absolutely certain and the things herein presented will certainly come to pass.” Genesis 41:32.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:      
21 August 2007
Latest Update:             
4 September 2007

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