Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 

Timeline of the Bible

God creates the world. --- God destroys the world with the flood, but saves  Noah and his family.---
 God chooses Abraham and his descendants to His people. ---Abraham's grandson, Jacob, has 12 sons who lead the 12 tribes of Israel.--- The Israelites become slaves in Egypt.--- God helps the Israelites escape and leads them to Canaan. ---The Israelites fight in wars and take control of Canaan.---Judges lead the Israelites, but the Israelites want to have kings instead of judges. --- David is Israel's greatest king.--- Israel divides into 2 parts: Israel and Judah.--- The people of Israel and Judah continue to sin and worship false gods.--- God allows the Assyrians and the Babylonians to take the Israelites out of Israel and Judah.---  This book of the Bible happens during this time The Israelites (Jews) live in Babylonia and then Persia. --- When Persia defeats the Babylonians, the Jews go back to Judah.--- The Jews build God's Temple in Jerusalem again.--- Greece defeats Persia, and the Greeks control Judah (also now called Israel).--- The Jews become independent for 100 years.-- The Romans take control of Israel.--- Jesus is born. At age 30, Jesus begins his ministry. ---Jesus is crucified and then is resurrected. --- A Roman named Saul is converted to Christianity and becomes Paul.--- Christianity spreads. --- Paul write letters to Christians in other places. In the year, 70 A.D., God's Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again.


Ezekiel 10 - 12

Ezekiel sees a vision of the angels with wheels.
Ezekiel sees a vision of 25 men in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel tells the people about a prince who is trapped while leaving Jerusalem.

Ezekiel was one of the Israelites who got sent away (exiled) to Babylon.  He had lived in Jerusalem before the exile. He was in the first group to be exiled to Babylon.  His book starts 5 years after the exile. He was 30 years old when he began to see visions and became a prophet. Ezekiel and some of the other Israelite exiles had a camp by the river named Chebar.


Ezekiel 10

Ezekiel sees a vision of angels, wheels, and a man wearing linen.

Then, I looked up. I saw angels. Over the angels' heads, I saw a throne made of sapphire (blue, jewel, rock).  God told the man wearing linen to go under the angels and get hot coals.  Then, he should scatter the hot coals over Jerusalem. I saw the man go do that.

[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.
[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.

The angels were on the right side of the temple. When the man went in, clouds filled the inside. God's glory went up from the angels and stood by the temple door. God's glory was bright, and it was bright in the courtyard.

[3] Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
[4] Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD's glory.

The angels' wings made sounds. The sounds were heard in the courtyard.  God's voice could be heard, too.

[5] And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

One of the angels got a hot coal from between the chariot's wheels. He gave the hot coal to the man who was wearing linen.

[6] And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.
[7] And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out.

I saw a man's hand under the angels' wings. There was a wheel by each angel. The wheels were the color of the jewel stone, beryl.

[8] And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings.
[9] And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.

All of the wheels looked the same. They looked like they had a second wheel in the middle of each wheel.
[10] And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

When they moved, they moved in the direction that the head moved. There were eyes all over them, even on the wheels.
[11] When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.
[12] And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.

I heard someone call to the wheels. Every wheel had four faces:  an angel's face, a man's face, a lion's face, and an eagle's face.

[13] As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.
[14] And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.

This is the same living creature I saw in my vision at the Chebar River.
[15] And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.

The wheels turned every way the angels turned.  The spirit of God was in them.

[16] And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.
[17] When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.

Then, the glory of God left from the door of the temple.  God's glory stood over the angels. I saw the angels lift their wings and go up. The wheels went with them.  Everyone stood at the east gate of the temple. God's glory was over them.
[18] Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
[19] And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

This is the same creature I saw under the God of Israel by the Chebar River. I knew they were angels.  Each one had 4 faces, 4 wings, and a man's hands was under their wings.

[20] This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.
[21] Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.

Their faces looked like the same faces I saw by the Chebar River. They all moved straight ahead.

[22] And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.

Ezekiel 11

God shows Ezekiel what is going on in Jerusalem.

Then, the spirit lifted me up. He took me to the east gate of the Lord's temple. I saw 25 men.  One of the men was Jaazaniah (his father was Azur), and another man was Pelatiah (his father was the prince, Benaiah).  The spirit told me that these are the men who cause the trouble in the city.

[1] Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the east gate of the LORD's house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, the princes of the people.
[2] Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

These men tell the other people to build houses. They say the city is like a hot pot, and they are like the meat.

[3] Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

God told me to give a prophecy about them. I should say, "This is what the Lord says. I know what you are thinking, every one of you. You have caused many people in Jerusalem to die.  There are dead bodies in the street. The city is like a hot pot, but the bodies are the meat.  I will bring you out of the city. I will use swords on you.
[5] And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.
[6] Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
[7] Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.
[8] Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD.

I will bring you out of the middle of the city. I will cause strangers to take you and punish you. You will die violently.  I will judge you.  You will know that I am the Lord.

[9] And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you.
[10] Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Jerusalem will not be your city anymore. I will bring you out of the city, but I  will judge you inside the borders of Israel.

[11] This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border of Israel:

You will know that I am the Lord. You have not obeyed My laws or done what I told you to do.  You have behaved like the heathen people who live around you."
[12] And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

After I told this prophecy, Pelatiah died.  Then, I fell down on my face and cried loudly, "Oh Lord, God. Will you kill everyone in Israel?"

[13] And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?

God's word came to me again.  He said, "Son of man, your brothers of Israel think the land belongs to them now.
They think they own it because many of the Israelites  have been carried away.
[14] Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[15] Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession.

So, tell them that I said that even though many of the Israelits live far away from Israel, I am still with them. Tell them that I will bring them out of the countries they live in now and give Israel back to them.

[16] Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.
[17] Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

They will take away the horrible things in the temple.  I will make them all agree and work together. I will take away their stone hearts. I will give them new hearts of flesh.

[18] And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
[19] And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:

Their new hearts will help them follow My rules and laws.  They will be My people.  I will be their God.
[20] That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

But I will punish the people who did the horrible things.

[21] But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.

Then, the angels lifted up their wings and the wheels next to them. God's glory was shining over them.

[22] Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

God's glory went up from the middle of the city. It stayed on the mountain on the east side of the city.

[23] And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.

After that, the spirit took me up and took me back to the other Israelites in Chaldea.  Then, I told them about my vision. I told them everything God had showed me.

[24] Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.
[25] Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had shewed me.

Ezekiel 12

Ezekiel tells the people about a prince who is trapped while leaving Jerusalem.

God also told me this:  Son of man, you are living in the middle of people who rebel.  They have eyes, but they don't see the truth. They have ears, but they don't hear the truth. They do not obey My laws and rules.
[1] The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,
[2] Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

So, get your stuff ready to move. Leave them in the daytime so they can see you. Start to move to a different place that they can see. That may make them stop and think about their actions.

[3] Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider, though they be a rebellious house.

Move some of your things in the daytime so they can watch.  Dig through your wall. Lift your bag up on your shoulders.  Just before dark, cover your face and go out.  This is a sign to them. It will make them think about being carried away.

[4] Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
[5] Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.
[6] In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel.

I did what God told me to do. I brought my stuff out in the daytime. I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought stuff out at twilight and carried it on my shoulder.  The Israelites could see me and what I was doing.
[7] And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare it upon my shoulder in their sight.

In the morning, God's word came to me. God asked me if the Israelites were asking me what I was doing. He told me to tell them that this is for the prince in Jerusalem and all of the Israelites. I should tell them that I am giving them this warning. I am showing them that they will be moved away from Jerusalem and be captured.

[8] And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
[9] Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
[10] Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel that are among them.
[11] Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.

The prince will leave at twilight. He will carry his belongings on his shoulder. They will dig through the wall to carry him out. He will cover his face so he doesn't see the ground.
[12] And the prince that is among them shall bear upon his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes.

I will spread My net, and I will trap him. I will bring him to Babylon in the land of the Chaldean people. He won't see it, but he will die there.
[13] My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.

I will scatter all the people who are there to help him. I will use my sword on them.

[14] And I will scatter toward every wind all that are about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword after them.

They will know that I am the Lord. I will scatter them in many other countries.

[15] And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

I will leave a few men alive. They will tell the heathen people all the terrible things they did in Jerusalem. Then, they will know that I am the Lord.

[16] But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Then, the Lord's word came to me again. He said, "Son of man, eat and drink with nervousness. Tell the people of Jerusalem and the Israelites they will eat and drink and be surprised. They will be surprised that the land is bare. The land is bare because of the sins of the people who live there.

[17] Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
[18] Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness;
[19] And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel; They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.

The cities with people in them will be destroyed.  Every place will be empty.  You will know that I am the Lord.

[20] And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

God told me, "You know the proverb that says 'The time passes and no prophecies come true'. I will prove this to be false. I will make every prophecy come true. The people will start saying, 'The time has come now, and every prophecy is coming true.'

[21] And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
[22] Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
[23] Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.

There won't be any false prophecies in Israel.

[24] For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel.

I am the Lord. I will say words, and every word will come true.  It will happen fast. Israel has rebelled, and they will be punished.

[25] For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

God talked to me again. He said that the Israelites say that my prophecies won't happen for a very long time.  So, God wants me to tell them that every prophecy will happen soon.

[26] Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
[27] Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off.
[28] Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.