Isaiah’s prophecy about making a highway in the desert is coupled with a prophecy about mountains being made low, and in many interpretations of his prophecy, the mountains are reduced to mere bumps in the road!
In my post Interpreting the mountains of prophecy, much variety in the interpretations proposed for mountains is evident. In this post, I endeavour to show that the meaning of mountains in prophecy is connected with the promises of the gospel. Scriptures that refer to mountains are listed in a table. In the column on the right, the meaning associated with mountains in each case is noted. In a majority of these scriptures, there is some connection with promises, blessings, inheritance, covenants, revelations of God, prophecy, all of which are elements of the gospel promise of salvation though faith in Christ.
The following is a list of resources and links on the book of Ezekiel.
In the table below, various interpretations proposed for the symbolic meaning of the mountains in prophecy are listed by authors’ names, with references, and the Scriptures linked to the interpretations.
One of the most curious features in the division of the land described in Ezekiel 48 is the allotment of land to priests and Levites, because under the Law, they were to receive no inheritance of land. This was to be “a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.” [Numbers 18:23] Instead, the Lord was their inheritance. This was stated in Deuteronomy 18:2, Joshua 13:33 and 18:7 and in several other scriptures. Read more…
In his introduction to the last eight chapters of the book of Ezekiel, Frederic Gardiner gave several reasons why Ezekiel’s description of the temple, the river flowing from it, and the division of the land, should be understood figuratively, and why insisting on a literal approach leads to contradictions.