Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)” Ezekiel was a prophet of the captivity. He was taken to Babylon 597 BC, 11 years before Jerusalem was destroyed. . . .
The Babylonian captivity of Judah was accomplished 606 BC, 597 BC and 586 BC. . . (it) lasted 70 years. 606 – 536 BC. Ezekiel was there from 597 BC to at least 570 BC. . .
Daniel had been in Babylon 9 years when Ezekiel arrived. . . Daniel in the palace, Ezekiel n the country. . .
Ezekiel preached among the exiles the same thing that Jeremiah was preaching in Jerusalem: certainty of Judah’s punishment for her Sins. . .
Ezekiel’s mission seems to have been to explain the action of God in causing, or permitting, Israel’s captivity. It was because of the unspeakable abominations of which they had been guilty; abominations for which other nations had been blotted out. By their punishment they would come to know that God is God. They did. The Babylonian captivity cured the Jews of Idolatry. . . from that day to this . . . they have not been idolaters.
Until Jerusalem fell Ezekiel was unceasingly predicting it’s certainty (ch.1-24). After that his prophecies dealt with the overthrow of surrounding heathen nations (ch. 25-32) and the re-establishment and glorious future of Israel (ch. 33-48).
Since Ezekiel was so meticulous in dating his visions, even to the exact day, it is assumed that all that follows a given date belongs to that date, till the next date is mentioned.
Ezekiel lived by the river Chebar, the great ship canal branching off from the Euphrates above Babylon and running through Nippur to the Tigris. Nippur, about 50 miles southeast of Babylon, was Calneh, one of the cites Nimrod built (Gen. 10:10) Telabib seems to have been Ezekiel’s home town, there is in the region a village called ‘Kilfil’, the Arabian for ‘Ezekiel’ which tradition say was his residence. About 40 miles away was Fara, traditional home of Noah. This may have suggested the use of Noah’s name (14:14,20), Eridu, traditional site of the garden of Eden.