Pure Worship of Jehovah​—Restored At Last!

The Bible book of Ezekiel contains many prophecies that focus on the restoration of pure worship. How do these prophecies involve us?

A Letter From the Governing Body

It is our earnest desire that this book will help you to give Jehovah the pure worship that he so richly deserves.

Explanation of Special Features

Teaching boxes and time lines provide additional information that will help deepen your understanding.

CHAPTER 1

“It Is Jehovah Your God You Must Worship”

By instigating a rebellion, Satan not only challenged Jehovah’s right to rule but also launched an attack on pure worship.

CHAPTER 2

“God Approved” Their Gifts

The pattern set by men of faith reveals that acceptable worship includes four key elements.

CHAPTER 3

“I Began to See Visions of God”

Ezekiel’s first vision left him completely overwhelmed. What he saw is rich in meaning for faithful servants of God today.

CHAPTER 4

Who Are “the Living Creatures With Four Faces”?

Jehovah gave Ezekiel visual aids that help us to understand realities that we would not otherwise be able to grasp.

CHAPTER 5

“See the Evil, Detestable Things That They Are Doing”

Ezekiel observes shocking scenes that reflect the spiritual ruin of the whole nation.

CHAPTER 6

“The End Is Now Upon You”

Ezekiel’s prophetic enactments foretell the expression of Jehovah’s indignation against Jerusalem.

CHAPTER 7

The Nations “Will Have to Know That I Am Jehovah”

The nations that slandered Jehovah’s name and persecuted or corrupted his people would not escape the consequences of their actions. What lessons can we learn from Israel’s dealings with those nations?

CHAPTER 8

“I Will Raise Up One Shepherd”

God inspires Ezekiel to prophesy about the Messiah, the future Ruler and Shepherd of Jehovah’s people, who will permanently restore pure worship.

CHAPTER 9

“I Will Give Them a Unified Heart”

Do prophecies given to the faithful Jewish exiles in Babylon have meaning for us?

CHAPTER 10

“You Will Come to Life”

Ezekiel has a vision of a valley full of dry bones that come to life. What does it mean?

TEACHING BOX 1A

What Is Worship?

Exactly how can worship be defined? How is it highlighted in the book of Ezekiel? What does pure worship involve?

TEACHING BOX 1B

An Overview of Ezekiel

The book can be divided into a number of chronological and topical sections.

TEACHING BOX 2A

Understanding Ezekiel’s Prophecies

The book contains visions, illustrations, parables, and enactments. Many of these were divinely inspired messages of things to come.

TEACHING BOX 2B

Ezekiel​—His Life and Times

Other prophets were active at the same time as Ezekiel. His life span was punctuated by important events in the history of his people.

TEACHING BOX 3A

The Long Trek to Babylonia

What route would the exiles likely have taken between Judah and Babylon?

TEACHING BOX 4A

“I Was Watching the Living Creatures”

What distinguished the four creatures that Ezekiel saw in a vision from the colossal statues of ancient Assyria and Babylonia?

TEACHING BOX 5A

“Son of Man, Do You See This?”

Ezekiel sees four detestable things in the temple and its courtyard.

TEACHING BOX 6A

“Shave Your Head and Your Beard”

Under divine direction, Ezekiel enacts prophetic dramas indicating what will soon take place in Jerusalem.

TEACHING BOX 7A

The Nations Surrounding Jerusalem

Judah and neighboring lands were the theater of numerous power struggles.

TEACHING BOX 7B

Key Statements in the Book of Ezekiel

Certain characteristic expressions recur dozens of times throughout this prophetic book.

TEACHING BOX 8A

Messianic Prophecy​—The Majestic Cedar Tree

What is the meaning of the riddle recorded in Ezekiel chapter 17?

TEACHING BOX 8B

Three Messianic Prophecies

Ezekiel prophesies that the future leader of God’s people would deserve our trust.

TEACHING BOX 9A

Jehovah Keeps His Promises​—Ancient Times

God inspires Ezekiel to share five prophecies concerning release and restoration.

TEACHING BOX 9B

Why 1919?

Why do we say that God’s people were freed from bondage to Babylon the Great in 1919?

TEACHING BOX 9C

Jehovah Keeps His Promises​—Modern Times

How have some of God’s promises had two fulfillments?

TEACHING BOX 9D

Prophecies of Captivity and Restoration

Prophecies regarding the captivity of the Jews in ancient Babylon and their restoration had a greater fulfillment when the Christian congregation was held captive by Babylon the Great and later restored.

TEACHING BOX 9E

“The Times of Restoration of All Things”

The apostle Peter was inspired to foretell a period that would begin with Christ’s enthronement and would continue to the end of the Millennium.

TEACHING BOX 10A

Pure Worship​—Gradually Restored

What developments paved the way for the modern-day preaching work?

TEACHING BOX 10B

“Dry Bones” and “Two Witnesses”​—How Do They Relate?

How were these prophecies fulfilled in modern times?

TEACHING BOX 10C

Help to Get Back on Our Feet

At times we can feel overwhelmed and worn out, but we draw strength from the vision of the dry bones that came to life.