This term paper will attempt to compare specific biblical passages from the book of Ezekiel to specific passages in the book of Revelation. These passages are comparable due to their similar use of language, visions, and symbolism.
The book of Ezekiel was written by the prophet Ezekiel who was a priest. The New American Standard Study Bible suggests this book was written approximately between 597—586 B.C. It is generally divided into three sections following the introduction. The first section, chapters 4—24, discusses the judgment on the nation of Judah. The second section, chapters 25—32, expresses judgment on the surrounding nations. The third section, chapters 33—48, encompasses the future blessing of God’s Covenant People. Visions and symbolism are frequently used throughout the book. (Barnes Notes, 1997)
The book of Revelation has been traditionally attributed to the apostle John and consists of 22 chapters (New American Standard Bible, 1997). According to the New American Standard Bible the book was written between 81—96 A.D. It is considered to be apocalyptic literature in that it talks of numerous visions using the power of symbolism. It generally depicts the end of the present age of man, great struggles and catastrophic events, angels and demons, and the eventual coming of God’s Kingdom. It describes through symbolism the New Heaven and the New Earth. It ends with descriptions of what will happen throughout eternity and how God will be glorified. (New American Standard Bible, 1997)
Both Men in Exile
Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles . . . (Ezek. 1:1)
In examining Ezekiel 1:1, we note that the prophet was very specific about the time of his writing. It was in the month of Tammuz which is roughly equivalent to our July (BibleSoft, 2002). The writer goes on to talk about the river of Chebar. According to Barnes, some historians believe that Chebar was the famous royal canal of Nebuchadnezzar. This river is currently known as the Nile and runs into the Euphrates about 200 miles north of Babylon (Fosset, 1998). The prophet Ezekiel mentions he was “among the exiles.” The word exile in Hebrew is Gola which can also mean captivity, exile, or captives (Barnes Notes, 1997).
I, John, your brother and fellow-partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. (Rev. 1:9)
While analyzing the verse, we learn that John the Apostle is undergoing tribulation for testifying his faith. The Greek word Thlibo connotes “anguish, persecution, and trouble” (Strongs Numbers and Concordance with Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, 1994). According to Barnes notes of the PC Study Bible, ancient documents state that the apostle was cast into boiling oil in Rome but was not injured. Following this punishment...