Once again we have a difference in where the chapters split. The last 5 verses of chapter 20 that we covered in the last lesson are considered the first five verses in chapter 21 in the Tanakh.
The corresponding letter to this chapter is Shin- Divine power; provision; protection
In the following verses we see the L-rd’s protection is taken away from Israel.
Yechezk’el 21:1-7 And the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "Son of man, set your face toward Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and speak against the sanctuaries, and prophesy against the land of Israel; and say to the land of Israel,' Thus says the L-RD, "Look, I am against you; and I shall draw My sword out of its sheath and cut off from you the righteous and the wicked. "Because I shall cut off from you the righteous and the wicked, therefore My sword shall go forth from its sheath against all flesh from south to north. "Thus all flesh will know that I, the L-RD, have drawn My sword out of its sheath. It will not return to its sheath again."' "As for you, son of man, groan with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan in their sight. "And it will come about when they say to you, 'Why do you groan?' that you will say, 'Because of the news that is coming; and every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble, every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Look, it comes and it will happen,' declares the L-rd G-D."
The L-rd brings judgment against Israel. His sword, means of bringing judgment, is the mighty Babylonian army.
Yechezk’el 21:8-17 Again the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the L-RD.' Say, 'A sword, a sword sharpened And also polished! 'Sharpened to make a slaughter, Polished to flash like lightning!' Or shall we rejoice, the rod of My son despising every tree? "And it is given to be polished, that it may be handled; the sword is sharpened and polished, to give it into the hand of the slayer. "Cry out and wail, son of man; for it is against My people, it is against all the officials of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with My people, therefore strike your thigh. "For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?" declares the L-rd G-D. "You therefore, son of man, prophesy, and clap your hands together; and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword for the slain. It is the sword for the great one slain, which surrounds them, that their hearts may melt, and many fall at all their gates. I have given the glittering sword. Ah! It is made for striking like lightning, it is wrapped up in readiness for slaughter. "Show yourself sharp, go to the right; set yourself; go to the left, wherever your edge is appointed. "I shall also clap My hands together, and I shall appease My wrath; I, the L-RD, have spoken."
Judgment comes on Israel and it is by the sword. The leaders and many of the people were destroying themselves. Yechezk’el is told to sharpen and polish a sword and to cry out, wail, and clap his hands. The message is clear by the actions of Yechezk’el – Israel will be struck in the thigh by Babylon. Why the thigh?
Surely you know? Israel is a type of Messiah just like the first Adam. Yeshua, the second Adam, was pierced in His side and all the types are to be like Him.
B’resheet (Genesis) 2:21-23 So the L-RD G-d caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh at that place. And the L-RD G-d fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
Yochanan (John) 19:33-34 but coming to Yeshua, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
Mishlei (Proverbs) 30:4-6 Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son's name? Surely you know!
In the future He will return with a sword. This time it will be against the nations that are trying to destroy Israel. More than their hearts will melt at this time.
Z’kharyah (Zechariah) 14:12-16 Now this will be the plague with which the L-RD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Yerushalayim; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. And it will come about in that day that a great panic from the L-RD will fall on them; and they will seize one another's hand, and the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another. And Y’hudah also will fight at Yerushalayim; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered, gold and silver and garments in great abundance. So also like this plague, will be the plague on the horse, the mule, the camel, the donkey, and all the cattle that will be in those camps.
Divination and sorcery was rampant.
Yechezk’el 21:18-23 And the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "As for you, son of man, make two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come; both of them will go out of one land. And make a signpost; make it at the head of the way to the city. "You shall mark a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and to Y’hudah into fortified Yerushalayim. "For the king of Bavel (Babylon) stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he shakes the arrows, he consults the household idols, he looks at the liver. "Into his right hand came the divination, ' Yerushalayim,' to set battering rams, to open the mouth for slaughter, to lift up the voice with a battle cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up mounds, to build a siege wall. "And it will be to them like a false divination in their eyes; they have sworn solemn oaths. But he brings iniquity to remembrance, that they may be seized.
Sorcery will be rampant because of Babylon when Yeshua returns.
Revelation 18:21-24 And a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, "Thus will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. "And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. "And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth."
Yechezk’el 21:24-27 "Therefore, thus says the L-rd G-D, 'Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are uncovered, so that in all your deeds your sins appear-- because you have come to remembrance, you will be seized with the hand. 'And you, O slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day has come, in the time of the punishment of the end,’ thus says the L-rd G-D,' Remove the turban, and take off the crown; this will be no more the same. Exalt that which is low, and abase that which is high. 'A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I shall make it. This also will be no more, until He comes whose right it is; and I shall give it to Him.'
Judgment would come on Zedekiah. Israel would lose their King until a future time. This is a short-term prophecy followed by a long-term prophecy. He comes whose right it is…. Whose right is it? Surely you know?
Future coming fulfillment of the coming of Yeshua HaMashiach. The L-rd G-d will give it to the Son of man - Yeshua
Yechezk’el 21:28-32 "And you, son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus says the L-rd G-D concerning the sons of Ammon and concerning their reproach,' and say: 'A sword, a sword is drawn, polished for the slaughter, to cause it to consume, that it may be like lightning-- while they see for you false visions, while they divine lies for you-- to place you on the necks of the wicked who are slain, whose day has come, in the time of the punishment of the end. 'Return it to its sheath. In the place where you were created, in the land of your origin, I shall judge you. 'And I shall pour out My indignation on you; I shall blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and I shall give you into the hand of brutal men, skilled in destruction. 'You will be fuel for the fire; your blood will be in the midst of the land. You will not be remembered, for I, the L-RD, have spoken.' "
The people’s blood would be in the land – again the type is just like the real deal. Yet in His case He was not guilty. He is the Aleph (Divine) and the Tahv. (Truth & perfection) The perfect Lamb slain from a plan provided before the foundation of the world for the sins of the world. Surely you know?