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The phrase "you shall know that I am the Lord" recurs 33 times throughout the text. While he punishes Israel for their idolatry and disobedience, his love for his creation mankind prevails in the end. God the Creator calls Ezekiel "Son of Man" 93 times.
THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET EZEKIEL
The Book is both esoteric and fascinating in many ways, such as the description of his prophetic call. His reference to the prophet as Watchman for Israel 3 and 33 serves as an admonition for all of us to be watchmen for our own lives and our loved ones, as well as for our neighbor. Cherubim, of the higher order of Angels , figure prominently in the Book, such as Chapter He mentions three Biblical figures in a row as men of righteousness, Noah, Daniel, and Job and Ezekiel records the death of his wife in Ezekiel of all the prophets is noteworthy for providing the timing of events.
In the traditional way, Ezekiel noted the time of the fall of Jerusalem in , "on the fifth day of the tenth month, in the twelfth year of our exile.
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Salvation by grace is prefigured in God giving a new heart and pouring out his spirit , to his people. Ezekiel anticipates Baptism. The Book as a whole serves as a source of symbols and imagery for the Book of Revelation , such as the eating of the scroll Ezekiel and Revelation , the darkening of the sun and moon Ezekiel and Revelation , and the references to Gog and Magog Ezekiel and Revelation The following Scripture is the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible, now in the public domain. King James I commissioned a group of Biblical scholars in to establish an authoritative translation of the Bible from the ancient languages and other translations at the time, and the work was completed in The original King James Bible included the Apocrypha but in a separate section.
A literary masterpiece of the English language, the original King James Bible is still in use today! And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Ezekiel So the vision that I had seen went up from me. Joel Micah Haggai Zechariah And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. Daniel Moses And I can judge between thee and God; for God said unto me: Worship God, for him only shalt thou serve. This is the record of the Father, and the Son, from henceforth and forever.
Abraham Encyclopedia Judaica , 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan, ; and Bill T. Arnold and H. Williamson, eds. Even though some modern Old Testament and Jewish reference books do not mention the Spirit, as one looks back in time to older editions, listings of the Spirit tend to increase with age. For example, Encyclopedia of Judaica.
Spirit Breathes, Dry Bones Live: A Pentecost Reflection
It appears that the association between the Old Testament and the Spirit became less and less popular in some groups of academia during the twentieth century. This is not included in our study as it is not used this way in the Old Testament. Because some of their references clearly point to the Holy Ghost, it is probable that they constantly used those titles for the Holy Spirit. Similarly, the New Testament uses these same titles for the Holy Ghost.
In the Book of Mormon, thirteen of the fifteen books reference the Spirit. The Doctrine and Covenants mentions the Holy Spirit at least once in 68 of the sections. The translation of the Abraham papyri has only one reference to the Spirit, making it closer to Genesis, which also references the Spirit once in its creation story. Ollenburger, Elmer A. Martens, and Gerhard F. Hasel, eds. I disagree with Edmond Jacob and see logic in the first option. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. Thus the bodies of Israelites would come alive, referring to their restoration from captivity, because the Lord would give them his Spirit.
Looking for the same pattern in the Book of Mormon again demonstrates its theological emphasis. The Doctrine and Covenants continues with an even greater ratio, connecting the Holy Ghost or Spirit to power. Theologically, this was important to the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration. Jackson and Robert L. Millet, eds.
With this inheritance came the responsibility to care for the needs of the mother, the sisters until they were married, to be a resource for the other brothers, and to serve as the family leader. For a clearer correlation, see also Mosiah , 26; Alma Kimball , ed. Edward L. Kimball [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, ], Bishop Thorpe B.
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This is obviously an important doctrine of the Restoration. Joseph Smith believed the spirit of prophecy was not only his gift and the foundation of his title as prophet, but also the doorway for Church members and proselytes to learn truth and to receive their own witness of the Spirit. In contrast, the Old Testament has only two. This mixup is further entangled in the apocryphal account Protevangelium of James , where these two Old Testament Zechariahs are further befuddled with the New Testament priest Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist see Luke 1. The apocryphal account has the man from the ninth century BC, the man from the sixth century BC, and the man from the turn of the millennium, all joined together as one person.
This tale is false but has worked its way into Christian circles and found its way into the Times and Seasons newspaper and from there is quoted in several Latter-day Saint publications.
The Holy Breath
When hope is gone what from a human point of view can we do? God asks Ezekiel to do something quite incredible. First he asks him to speak!
To Prophesy, in other words speak the Word of God to these dry bones! Then you will know that I am God. They are not yet alive. Hope is coming back but it aint quite there yet. Prophesy to the breath says God. Come from the four winds. O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.
And the breathe enters the bodies, they came to life and stood up on their feet — a vast army. It has echoes of the creation story where breathe enters into the first man Adam and he comes alive. It is something God alone can do!
God is the source of life. It is his creative breath that brings us alive! And we hear the echoes of this passage after Jesus has been resurrected from the dead! Their saviour has been crucified, the movement of new life he has launched into the world seems to be over.