Missionary Window Character Biographies


Ezekiel - Jewish Prophet c593 - 570 BC during the Babylonian Exile

Ezekiel, meaning God will strengthen, is  one of the major prophets of the Old Testament The son of Buzi the priest (Ezekiel 1:3)  Ezekiel lived during the Babylonian Exile, among the Jews who settled at Tel-Abib in Babylon. He was among those taken away captive with Jehoiachin (2 Kings 24:14-16) which occurred about 597 BC., 11 years before Jerusalem was completely destroyed (Ezekiel 33:21)

Ezekiel lived in his own house (Ezekiel 8:1) near the Chebar River, where he held a leading position among the exiles. By his own account, here's how Ezekiel received his calling:

"In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. On the fifth day of the month, it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin, the word of The Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of The Lord was upon him there." (Ezekiel 1:1-3 RSV)

Ezekiel sees the Lord as a kind of chariot that moves on four creatures, each having a human form, two pairs of wings, a head with four faces - a man, an eagle, a lion and an ox. These images are depicted on Ezekiel's shield in the missionary window.

The Book of Ezekiel is one of the greatest prophetic works of the Bible, providing a magnificent panorama of what the future holds in store for humanity and the world. A number of Ezekiel's prophecies are reiterated in the Book of Revelation, including the cherubim (Ezekiel 1, Revelation 4), Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38, Revelation 20), eating the scroll (Ezekiel 3, Revelation 10), the River of Living Water (Ezekiel 47, Revelation 22), and the New Jerusalem (Ezekiel 40-48, Revelation 22).

Other major themes of Ezekiel's work:

Ezekiel's ministry lasted over twenty years, a time contemporary with two of the other major prophets, Daniel and Jeremiah. Daniel was among the earlier group of Jews taken into captivity, about 606 BC, while Jeremiah witnessed the actual destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC.
The time and manner of Ezekiel's death are not recorded. Some believe his tomb to be in Baghdad, at a place known as Keffil.