Today Ezekiel sees another vision with the temple of the Lord and the 4 creatures and the 4 wheels that he saw in the first vision. “Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, and paused over the threshold of the temple…” “Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim.”
The Lord has Ezekiel pronounce judgment over the leaders, “For you have not walked in My statues nor executed My judgments, but have done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.” The Lord is going to do what He says and destroy Jerusalem for the wickedness and lack of repentance from the people.
However, one day the Lord will gather the remnant, “Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them, and they shall be My people and I will be their God.”
The presence of the Lord then departs the temple. “And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.” This is the Mount of Olives where Jesus will one day sit and explain to his disciples the second coming and end times when Jesus will return. Jesus will tell them that after the tribulation, “He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:31). The Lord is patient with His judgment bc His desire is for all to reach repentance. As Peter will later tell us, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
The Lord has been patient with the Israelites. He has sent prophet after prophet to warn them but there is an expiration date and His judgment will occur just like it will upon Jesus’s second coming. So God has Ezekiel tell the Israelites, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the Lord, I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass.”