Ezekiel Quiz

Not So Easy

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's ministry takes places during

    the 7-year tribulation period
    the 70 weeks of Daniel 9
    the 400-year excursion into Egypt
    the 70-year Babylonian captivity
  2. Ezekiel saw his first vision while on the bank of what river?

  3. Name the Judean king held captive at the time of Ezekiel's ministry.

  4. To which tribe did Ezekiel belong?

  5. One word predominates in Yahweh's description of Judah throughout the book of Ezekiel. What is it?

  6. When God speaks to Ezekiel, what does he often call him?

  7. Ezekiel is commanded to use a number of "object lessons" to warn Israel of its impending judgment. Can you describe three of them?

  8. Yahweh's judgment will assuredly come upon the land of Israel. Even should there be three righteous men there, they alone would be delivered (being unable to deliver their own sons and daughters). Who are the three men whom Yahweh uses in his example?

    Noah, David, Hezekiah
    Moses, David, Daniel
    Noah, Daniel, Job
    Abraham, Job, Hezekiah
  9. Give the main reason why Yahweh will punish Israel so severely.

  10. Ezekiel is shown a graphic and sobering image that depicted Yahweh abandoning Israel. What is it?


  11. We find a proverb often used today recorded in the book of Ezekiel. Which one?

    Like mother, like daughter.
    The apple does not fall far from the tree.
    Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
    Sharper than a serpent's tooth.
  12. Ezekiel tells the people of Israel that they are more wicked than which two cities?

    Sodom and Gomorrah
    Sodom and Samaria
    Samaria and Tyre
    Samaria and Babylon
  13. In the parable of the cooking pot, the pot represents which city and her inhabitants?

  14. Yahweh tells Ezekiel that his wife is going to die. When Yahweh takes her, how is Ezekiel to respond?

  15. Yahweh names the king he will use to destroy Tyre. Can you?

  16. In chapters 25 through 29 proclamations of judgment are made against seven nations. Name three.

  17. When the Lord brings judgment upon Egypt, what nation will he use?

  18. Ezekiel has a vision of a valley of dry bones. What happens to the bones?

  19. Yahweh then tells Ezekiel who these bones are and three things that he will do with them. Who are they and what will Yahweh do?

  20. Chapters 40-48 concern one subject only. What is it?

    The Messiah seated on the throne of David
    The future temple
    Israel back in the land of Palestine
    The heavenly Jerusalem

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