The spirit carries Ezekiel to the east gate of the Temple. He sees twenty-five men there, including Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah.
God tells Ezekiel that these guys are bad. They're falsely informing Jerusalem that they'll be safe from God's wrath. He tells Ezekiel to prophesy against them.
God says that the people have been smugly claiming that they're safe in the city like meat in a pot. But in reality, all the corpses in the city will be the meat in the pot, while the people themselves will be taken out of it by the invaders.
They'll be harshly judged by God and lots of them will be killed. It's payback time for disobeying all his laws.
A Somewhat Distant Promise
As Ezekiel's making this prophecy, Pelatiah falls down and dies.
Ezekiel himself falls down and asks if God's planning to destroy everyone from Israel.
God tells Ezekiel that his own kin, his fellow exiles, and the whole House of Israel have strayed from God and are losing their land as punishment.
But he's going to re-gather them from exile in the future and give their land back to their descendants.
They'll be able to follow all of God's laws at that time, and he'll give them a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone.
But the people who worshipped idols and abominations will definitely be punished.
The chariot with the cherubim and the glory of God finally flies away. The spirit brings Ezekiel back to Babylon, where he tells the exiles about what he saw.