Ezekiel Quiz

Downright Hard

BACKGROUND NOTE: The world-changing Battle of Carchemish was fought and won in 605 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar, prince and soon to be king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.

However, despite Jeremiah's warnings (e.g., 22:13-19), Judah twice rebels, forcing Nebuchadnezzar to return and put down the rebellion. There were three primary Judean deportations to Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar.

  1. 605 B.C. After the Battle of Carchemish in 605 B.C., Prince Nebuchadnezzar forces King Jehoiakim to submit to him. He also took a number of the most able young men to Babylon for potential service in government. These captives included Daniel and his three friends. The seventy-year Babylonian captivity prophesied by Jeremiah (25:11-12; 29:10) is generally taken to begin in 605 B.C. It ends when Cyrus the Great, king of the Persian Empire, allows and even encourages the first return, which was led by Sheshbazzar 538-37 B.C. (2 Chron. 36:22-23; Ezra 1).
  2. 597 B.C. Jehoiakim rebels against Nebuchadnezzar but dies in December of 598 just before the Babylonian army under now king Nebuchadnezzar returns to crush the rebellion. Jehoiachin, Jehoiakim's son, is king of Judah when Jerusalem is taken but not destroyed. Nebuchadnezzar takes captives to Babylon consisting of Jehoiachin and the royal family, the royal court, and many of the upper classes and artisans. This deportation to Babylon consists of about 10,000 people, including Ezekiel. Nebuchadnezzar also places Mattaniah, Jehoiachin's uncle and Josiah's third son, on the Judean throne, changing his name to Zedekiah.
  3. 586 B.C. Zedekiah rebels against Nebuchadnezzar and this time Jerusalem and the temple are destroyed in 586 B.C. There is another massive deportation to Babylon, with only the "poorest people" left behind in the land under the governorship of Gedaliah, whom Nebuchadnezzar had appointed (2 Kings 25:22; Jer. 39:9-10; 40:5-6).

Therefore, Ezekiel is in Babylon during his prophetic ministry, and many of his prophecies are directed against those still left in Jerusalem and Judah. His last dated discourse is delivered in 570 B.C., some years after the fall of Jerusalem.


  1. Ezekiel was a prophet sent by the Lord to

    the descendants of Esau
    the sons of Israel
    the inhabitants of Nineveh
    the wicked king Manasseh
  2. In his prophetic ministry, Ezekiel is compared to a

    king
    priest
    watchman
    army commander
  3. Yahweh names four judgments that he would send upon Jerusalem. Two of them are the sword and famine. Can you name the other two?

  4. Describe the four faces on each of the cherubim who take part in Ezekiel's visions.

             

  5. In one of Ezekiel's visions he is taken into the temple. There to his astonishment he sees women weeping. For whom are they weeping?

             

  6. In chapter 10 Ezekiel again sees the 4 living creatures and the wheels. They are part of a moving scene. What does Ezekiel see?

    The glory of Yahweh departing from the temple.
    The temple being protected from Nebuchadnezzar's seige.
    The temple being destroyed with a great fire.
    The glory of Yahweh entering the Temple of the future.
  7. Two princes of Israel, Jaazaniah and Pelatiah, are singled out as evil men. Ezekiel is to prophesy against them. Why?

  8. To which two cities does this "word of Yahweh" refer: "There were two women, the daughters of one mother. They committed harlotry in Egypt . . . Their names: Oholah the elder and Oholibah her sister."

             

  9. In the year 585, the 12th year of the captivity, Ezekiel receives news which marks a turning point in his ministry. Up to this time his message has not been well-received, but from this time on his prophecies begin to bear fruit, and Israel is purged of its idolatry. What is this news?

  10. Ezekiel mentions three wonderful spiritual works that God will perform in connection with Israel's restoration. What are they?

  11. One of the object lessons God has Ezekiel perform is to take two sticks and write, "For Judah," on one and, "For Joseph," on the other. Then he joins them together. What does the Lord say is the meaning of this object lesson?

  12. Ezekiel prophesies a future invasion of the land of Israel by a great army when the people are living securely. God declares that he will bring judgment on the "prince" who leads this invasion. What is he called?

    Rosh
    Gog
    Meshech
    Tubal
  13. According to Ezekiel's final vision, what will be the new name for Jerusalem?

    Chronology Questions

    Note 1: Ezekiel has fourteen dated prophecies, that is, there are fourteen places where he states the date on which he received that revelation from God. The following chronology questions are limited to those prophecies. We have selected twelve of the fourteen. Commentators generally convert Ezekiel's method of stating the date to our Julian calendar. We place the converted dates in our answers to the quiz questions and take the data from Ezekiel by Lamar Eugene Cooper, Sr. in The New American Commentary (1994).

    Note 2: Most will find these chronology questions more difficult than most of the questions in our Bible quizzes. For those who want to take up the challenge, a quick scan of Ezekiel is probably necessary. However, every item used in these questions is specifically dated by Ezekiel in a manner such as this: "Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month...On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile..." (1:1-2). Thus it is possible to put these events in proper chronological order.

    DIRECTIONS FOR CHRONOLOGY QUESTIONS: For the questions to follow, first click the "Activate" button. Then place the mouse on the event you want to move. Press and hold the left mouse button and drag the event up or down to the position where you want it. Click the "Submit" button at any time. That displays the items you have in the correct position in red. Clicking the "Correct Answer" button opens a window that displays all the items in correct chronological order.

  14. Put the following five events in proper chronological order.

    • The prophecy is given that Egypt shall be given to Nebuchadnezzar.
    • Ezekiel sees a vision of abominations in the temple.
    • Yahweh tells Ezekiel that Egypt will be scattered among the nations.
    • Ezekiel is informed that Jerusalem has fallen.

                     

  15. Put the following four events in proper chronological order.

    • Ezekiel is commanded to prophecy against Pharaoh and all Egypt.
    • Ezekiel sees in vision a new temple.
    • Ezekiel is called to be a prophet.
    • Ezekiel receives a prophecy against Tyre.

                     

  16. Put the following four events in proper chronological order:

    • Ezekiel takes up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt.
    • Egypt will be cut down like a great tree.
    • Ezekiel gives the parable of the cooking pot.
    • The elders of Israel come to inquire of Yahweh.

                     

  17. For a special challenge, combine questions 14-16 to put all twelve events in chronological order.

    • The prophecy is given that Egypt shall be given to Nebuchadnezzar.
    • Yahweh tells Ezekiel that Egypt will be scattered among the nations.
    • Ezekiel sees a vision of abominations in the temple.
    • Ezekiel is informed that Jerusalem has fallen.
    • The elders of Israel come to inquire of Yahweh.
    • Ezekiel sees in vision a new temple.
    • Ezekiel is called to be a prophet.
    • Ezekiel is commanded to prophecy against Pharaoh and all Egypt.
    • Ezekiel receives a prophecy against Tyre.
    • Egypt will be cut down like a great tree.
    • Ezekiel gives the parable of the cooking pot.
    • Ezekiel takes up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt.

                     


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