In the course of personal daily Bible reading (in this case, Ezekiel) I sometimes come across biblical relationships which I think may be edifying to others. Anyone who has studied scripture in any depth knows there are so many incredible instances of cohesion and symmetry regarding its themes and threads.
As I live and breath the scriptures are of divine origin.
In this case I’m sharing notes. You may have to make some of the connections yourself but in any case, happy hunting. If you have any additional insights along these lines I’d be happy to hear them.
An apocalyptic book of prophecy full of visions and symbolism where the prophet warns exiled Jews living far away from Jerusalem in Babylon about the impending siege, plundering and destruction of Jerusalem by a foreign invader where Solomon’s 1st temple would be razed to the ground (586 BC by Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II)
An apocalyptic book of prophecy full of visions and symbolism where the prophet warns exiled Jews living far away from Jerusalem in Asia Minor about the impending siege, plundering and destruction of Jerusalem by a foreign invader where Solomon’s 2nd temple would be razed to the ground. (70 AD by Roman Emperor Titus)
Ezekiel & John
- Ezekiel (in the book of Ezekiel) prophesied to those in the dispersion about the events soon to happen in Jerusalem.
- John (in the book of Revelation) prophesied to those in the dispersion about the events soon to happen in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah & Jesus
- Jeremiah (in the book of Jeremiah) prophesied in Jerusalem near the temple telling its inhabitants to flee from the coming destruction of Jerusalem by Babylonian armies.
- Jesus (in the books of Matthew, Mark & Luke) prophesied in Jerusalem near the temple telling its inhabitants to flee from the coming destruction of Jerusalem by Roman armies.
//Jeremiah prophesies near the temple in Jerusalem about the coming destruction of the city by a foreign emperor and warns the people to flee.//
“And to this people you shall say: ‘Thus says the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who stays in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live and shall have his life as a prize of war. For I have set my face against this city for harm and not for good, declares the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.”
“Flee from the midst of Babylon;
let every one save his life!
Be not cut off in her punishment,
for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance,
the repayment he is rendering her.”
Jerusalem destroyed in 587 BC
//Ezekiel prophesies to Jewish exiles scattered in Babylon about the destruction of Jerusalem by a foreign emperor.//
“Thus says the Lord GOD: This is Jerusalem. I have set her in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. And she has rebelled against my rules by doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries all around her; for they have rejected my rules and have not walked in my statutes. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Because you are more turbulent than the nations that are all around you, and have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rules, and have not even acted according to the rules of the nations that are all around you, therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, even I, am against you. And I will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. And because of all your abominations I will do with you what I have never yet done, and the like of which I will never do again.
Jerusalem destroyed in 587 BC
//Jesus prophesies near the temple in Jerusalem about the coming destruction of the city by a foreign emperor and warns the people to flee.//
“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
Jerusalem destroyed again in 70 AD
//The Apostle John prophesies to Jewish exiles scattered in the dispersion about the destruction of Jerusalem by a foreign emperor.//
And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”
“For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her. And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say, “Alas! Alas! You great city, you mighty city, Babylon! For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
“And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.”
Jerusalem destroyed again in 70
Companion Passages to Rev 17:15-18, 18:8–10 and 18:24
Highlights the “Kings of the Earth” being of “one mind and purpose” in an unholy union gathered against Christ.
“When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’—
For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”
Highlights Jerusalem exerting “dominion” over Rome against the Lord’s anointed while acknowledging their blood guilt.
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “HIS BLOOD BE ON US and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
Highlights the coming judgment upon Jerusalem for “all the righteous blood shed on the earth” per Revelation 18:24.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! … 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.