As you come to the close of Ezekiel in your reading you will be faced with a tremendous turnaround.
Remember, God had departed from the temple and city of Jerusalem. The temple was destroyed. The city was laid waste. Ezekiel was in exile with many fellow Israelites. The future looked dim. But God had promised a bright future for Israel.
Ezekiel was given a glimpse of that future scene. Listen to it in chapter 43, “Then the man brought me to the gate facing east and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters and the land was radiant with His glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when He came to destroy the city, and like the visions I had seen by the Kebir River and I fell face down. The glory of the Lord entered the Temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court and the glory of the Lord filled the Temple.”
This gate facing east is the golden gate. I’ve looked at it from the Mount of Olives, east of the city. I have taken pictures of this gate through the trees in the garden of Gethsemane. A cemetery has been established there by unbelievers who believe that God will not defile Himself by crossing it to enter the city through that gate.
Then you read the last statement in the book: “The name of the city from that time on will be: The Lord Is There.” What a glorious promise. God plans to be with His people.
He wants to be with you too. If you turn to Him and trust in Him he will be there and He will never forsake or abandon you.