New Defender's Study Bible Notes
33:9 warn the wicked. Ezekiel, called as a watchman to warn Israel, was responsible to do his duty; otherwise he would be responsible for their deaths of the people, and would be punished accordingly. In parallel manner, the Christian disciple is called to bear witness to the saving gospel of Christ. If he fails in this, and those to whom he could have witnessed, are lost, then he must be judged—not for salvation, but for rewards. “He himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (I Corinthians 3:15).
33:9 die in his iniquity. The ungodly man who fails to hear the gospel is headed for hell—not because he did not hear and so does not know how to be saved, but because of his rejection of the witness of God in nature and conscience (Romans 1:20; 2:15). His ungodly behavior is evidence enough that he has refused whatever light was available, and he is “without excuse.” He cannot blame disobedient watchmen for not warning him.
33:11 death of the wicked. There is none righteous (Romans 3:10) and so all deserve death and separation from God. Nevertheless, God wants all to be saved (I Timothy 2:4; II Peter 3:9), and has provided a perfect way of salvation for all who are willing to accept it (Romans 10:12-13).
33:18 turneth from his righteousness. A perfectly righteous man could be saved, but there is “none righteous” (Romans 3:10). Thus, all must come as sinners, in repentance and faith if they come at all.
33:21 tenth month. This prophecy came about nine months after the final prophecy about Egypt (Ezekiel 32:17).
33:33 then shall they know. The test of a true prophet is that his prophecies are fulfilled (Deuteronomy 18:22), assuming also that his message honors the Lord and His word (Deuteronomy 13:1-3).