Ezekiel 10: Destroyed by Fire


Ezekiel 10 reads a lot like the first vision that we read about in this book. There are wheels and cherubim. However, there is a very interesting difference in this particular vision that indicates that this is a separate occurrence rather than the recalling of the previous happening.

Eze 10:1  Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.

Eze 10:2  And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.

We now have a man clothed in linen who is going to be dumping coals over the city of Jerusalem. This is interesting because from a straightforward reading of it, when you dump coals over something, it is going to light on fire.

That is exactly what happened to Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. They obviously pillaged it, but fire was their main weapon of destruction. We hear about the fire being used in Nehemiah.

Neh 2:3  And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?

Now it might not be necessarily mind blowing that an ancient army would use fire, but at the same time, not every ancient army would have had to ransack the city. Some might have moved in and occupied it as a new territory. However, it was prophesied that it would go up and fire, and it did.

I point this out because even though it might not seem to be the most radical prophecy that would automatically convince someone that Ezekiel was truly hearing from God, there is an interesting cumulative case argument to be made through all of these individual occurrences. If you begin adding up all of the little prophecies, it becomes less and less probable that even by random chance you will get every one right.

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