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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?

CHAPTER 11

“I Have Appointed You as a Watchman”

What are the role and responsibilities of this watchman? What warning is he to proclaim?

CHAPTER 12

“I Will Make Them One Nation”

Jehovah promises to reunite his people.

CHAPTER 13

“Describe the Temple”

What is the meaning of the temple that Ezekiel saw in a vision?

CHAPTER 14

“This Is the Law of the Temple”

What lessons might the Jews of Ezekiel’s day have drawn from his temple vision? And what does this vision mean for us today?

CHAPTER 15

“I Will Bring an End to Your Prostitution”

What can we learn from the descriptions of the prostitutes in Ezekiel and in Revelation?

CHAPTER 16

“Put a Mark on the Foreheads”

The way that faithful ones in Ezekiel’s day were marked for survival is significant for us.

CHAPTER 17

“I Am Against You, O Gog”

Who is Gog of Magog, and what land does he invade?

CHAPTER 18

“My Great Rage Will Flare Up”

Gog’s attack provokes Jehovah’s anger, leading God to defend his people.

CHAPTER 19

“Everything Will Live Wherever the Stream Goes”

How is Ezekiel’s vision of a river flowing from the temple fulfilled in ancient times, at present, and in the future?

CHAPTER 20

“Allot the Land as an Inheritance”

In a vision, God instructs Ezekiel and his fellow exiles to allot the Promised Land among the tribes of Israel.

CHAPTER 21

“The Name of the City . . . Will Be Jehovah Is There”

What lessons can we draw from Ezekiel’s vision about the city and its meaningful name?

CHAPTER 22

“Worship God”

This publication is intended to strengthen our resolve to worship Jehovah God exclusively.

Summary of Clarifications

Why has our understanding of some prophecies in the book of Ezekiel been changed?

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. All 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 lifespan 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 have the legal right to rule as heir of King David.

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 had a greater fulfillment when the Christian congregation was held captive by Babylon the Great.

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 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.

TEACHING BOX 11A

Some Exemplary Watchmen

They faced opposition, remained loyal to Jehovah, and announced both warnings and good news.

TEACHING BOX 12A

The Joining of the Two Sticks

Whom did these sticks represent in ancient and modern times?

TEACHING BOX 13A

Different Temples, Different Lessons

How did the temple seen by Ezekiel differ from the one described by the apostle Paul?

TEACHING BOX 14A

Lessons From Ezekiel’s Temple Vision

What lessons drawn from Ezekiel’s temple vision can you apply in your worship?

TEACHING BOX 15A

The Prostitute Sisters

Jehovah’s depiction of Oholah and Oholibah illustrates how he feels about those who misrepresent his holy name and his standards of pure worship.

TEACHING BOX 16A

Is Christendom the Antitypical Jerusalem?

Why did we adjust our understanding?

TEACHING BOX 16B

Sighing and Groaning, Marking, Smashing​—When and How?

The vision recorded in Ezekiel chapter 9 can help us to face the end of this system of things with confidence.

TEACHING BOX 18A

Jehovah Warns of the Coming Great Battle

The Bible foretells a climactic battle in which God will destroy all who oppose him.

TEACHING BOX 19A

Rivers of Blessings From Jehovah

Several Bible writers have used the same illustration to picture Jehovah’s blessings.

TEACHING BOX 19B

A Trickle Becomes a Torrent!

What does the stream that flows from God’s sanctuary represent?

TEACHING BOX 20A

The Allotment of the Land

Ezekiel’s vision of territory allotment encouraged not only Jewish exiles in Babylon but also God’s people today.

TEACHING BOX 21A

“The Contribution That You Are to Set Apart”

What five areas made up the land that God set apart? What purpose did they serve?

TEACHING BOX 22A

Facing the Final Test

What awaits those who pass the final test?