Ezekiel Scrutinized by Verse Markings
Updated: Feb 15, 2020
In an earlier post, (Another look at Verses, July 13) the remarkable divisions of the Book of Isaiah were partially examined to see how they lined up with the divisions of the entire Bible. At that time I demonstrated how that certain chapters of Isaiah dovetailed with New Testament books. I promised to follow up with the other two major prophets.
Isaiah foreshadows the New Testament in its division by style into two distinct parts. The first 39 chapters of Isaiah are distinctly different than the last 27 chapters which is reminiscent of the Old and New Testaments. Indeed, there is an unmistakable correlation between the Book of Acts as the 44th book and the 44th chapter of Isaiah; as well as an unmistakable placement of Romans as the 45th book of the Bible and the 45th chapter of Isaiah being the first chapter in the Bible ever written to a Gentile.
With that in mind we will look at the Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel also has a distinct change in style after the 39th chapter. The last 9 chapters of Ezekiel are a preview of the millennial temple, the millennial priesthood, and the millennial land grant. They are a picture of Israel once they have received their New Testament inheritance.
Is it a coincidence that this New Testament preview comes after those first 39 chapters just as the New Testament follows the first 39 books of the Bible? If you are tempted to think so, count the verses in those last 9 chapters. There are 260 of them. Why is that significant? There are 260 chapters in the New Testament. Why hasn't anyone noticed that before? We have been taught from our earliest association with the Bible that the verse markings are not inspired, and because King Saul forbid us to taste anything, I Samuel 14:24. I, like Jonathan have tasted of the forbidden honey and my eyes have been enlightened. Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey, I Samuel 14:29.
Whereas the Book of Isaiah previews the New Testament in its division by books, the Book of Ezekiel previews the New Testament in its divisions by chapters.