New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:4 as stuff for removing. Ezekiel was ministering primarily to Jewish exiles taken to Babylon in the first deportation, and many of these were still holding on to their compromise religion and were expecting to return to Judah soon. This “visual aid” carried out by Ezekiel was designed to make them realize that the entire nation was to be exiled and their land laid waste (Ezekiel 12:11,20).
12:12 the prince that is among them. The specific prophecy of Ezekiel 12:12-13 applied particularly to Zedekiah. He is evidently called a “prince” rather than king because Nebuchadnezzar still recognized Jehoiachin as king of Judah even after taking him captive to Babylon (II Kings 25:27). Zedekiah did attempt to escape the city in just the manner acted out by Ezekiel (Jeremiah 39:4).
12:13 shall he not see it. Exactly as prophesied, Zedekiah was captured as he was fleeing and brought to Babylon. However, he did “not see it,” for Nebuchadnezzar put out his eyes right after his eyes had beheld those of Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 34:3; II Kings 25:7).
12:15 among the nations. This great prophecy of the worldwide dispersion of the children of Israel is given many times in the Bible (e.g., Deuteronomy 4:27; Luke 21:24). Its remarkable fulfillment for some two thousand years is a testimony to the inerrant accuracy of the Bible.
12:24 no more any vain vision. As prophesied, all the occult arts of paganism appear to have been purged out of Jewish thinking during their captivity in pagan Babylon.
12:28 shall be done. See Luke 12:45,46; 21:34; II Peter 3:3-10. It is dangerous to neglect the warnings in God’s Word, for His Word will be fulfilled.