Did Ezekiel warn the prince and the Israelites in Jerusalem about the impending exile?
Ezekiel 3:17. During captivity in Babylon
As an exile in Babylon by the river Chebar at Tel-abib, Ezekiel was appointed watchman to the House of Israel. After eating the scroll produced in Ezekiel ‘a rage of spirit’ appropriate to its message. At Tel-abib he dwelt ‘stunned for seven days’ digesting the message.(Read Ezekiel 3:12-15 NASB)
The newly appointed watchman was to warn lawbreaking Israelites that they faced divine execution, at the end of the seven days Ezekiel appears before the exiles
Ezekiel 3:16-21 NASB
16 Now at the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me,
saying, 17 “Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for the
house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them
from Me. 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You will certainly die,’ and
you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked
way so that he may live, that wicked person shall die for wrongdoing,
but his blood I will require from your hand. 19 However if you have
warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his
wicked way, he shall die for wrongdoing, but you have saved yourself.
20 Again, when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness
and commits sin, and I place an obstacle before him, he will die;
since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his
righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his
blood I will require from your hand. 21 However, if you have warned
[l]the righteous person that the righteous is not to sin, and he does
not sin, he shall certainly live because he took warning; and you have
Ezekiel 12:10 Before the Israelites were taken as captives to Babylon.
Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and other prophets warned of this great calamity in statements like these:
Jeremiah . 15:2 NET)
"Those who are destined to go into exile will go into exile."
Jeremiah 20:6 NET
6 You, Pashhur, and all your household will go into exile in Babylon.
You will die there and you will be buried there. The same thing will
happen to all your friends to whom you have prophesied lies.
(For Pashhur read Jeremiah 38:1, 4, 6 )
Ezekiel 12:10-11 NET
10 Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The prince will
raise this burden in Jerusalem,[a] and all the house of Israel within
it.’[b] 11 Say, ‘I am an object lesson[c] for you. Just as I have
done, so it will be done to them; they will go into exile and
(Ezekiel 12:12 d The prince is a reference to Zedekiah.(NET Footnotes)
Jeremiah 21:7 (NET Bible)
7 Then I, the Lord, promise that I will hand over King Zedekiah of
Judah, his officials, and any of the people who survive the war,
starvation, and disease. I will hand them over to King Nebuchadnezzar
of Babylon and to their enemies who want to kill them. He will
slaughter them with the sword. He will not show them any mercy,
compassion, or pity.’