Ezekiel was a prophet to Israel at the beginning of the Babylonian exile. In this first chapter, he describes a vision of God's throne.
God instructs Ezekiel that he is to give Israel specific notice of her sins and their punishment. He does this by acting out the siege and destruction of Jerusalem, lying on his side for 390 days.
God speaks through the prophet to the land of Israel. He laments the fact that His bride has become unfaithful to Him by worshipping idols. He says that once the marriage covenant is broken, the land will no longer support the people.
During the interval between Babylon's first and second conquests of Israel, God decides to leave the temple because of the violence and injustice of Israel. The events here are a fulfillment of Moses' prophecies in Deuteronomy.
While in exile in Babylon, Ezekiel prophesied that Jerusalem would be destroyed because of her violence and injustice. He dealt with the corruption of both the religious and the secular leadership. He explained that not only had they been exiled for idolatry, but they had not learned their lesson and had taken their idols with them into exile.
As God discusses the coming destruction of Jerusalem with the prophet, we get an insight into how He decides whom to spare and whom to destroy. We see that the presence of the righteous within a city serves to protect the rest of the people. We also get a foretaste of the destruction to come in Revelation.
From exile in Babylon, Ezekiel prophesies the rebellion of the remanent of Israel that is left after the first conquest by Nebuchadnezzar. Israel, having broken the covenant with God, also breaks its covenant with Babylon and her punishment is increased. The prophet also talks about a future covenant and atonement that will be made by God Himself.
Chapter 19 is a lamentation over the end of the Davidic line when Israel is taken to Babylon. In chapter 20 the elders of Israel come to inquire of the Lord via Ezekiel. God informs them that inquiring of Him while they are still in idolatry is a waste of time.
God judges nations as well as individuals. The sense of this section is that Judah has become so corrupt and wicked that it is to be destroyed. In that destruction, the righteous will neither be a protection nor will they survive. This is cautionary for believers who avoid politics in the belief that they will be protected if they keep their own skirts clean.
The allegory of the two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah, Samariah and Jerusalem. God describes the descent of Israel into spiritual and physical depravity and decrees destruction and exile.
This series of chapters concerns God dealing with the nations surrounding Israel. He accuses them of taking inappropriate advantage of Israel while He was chastising her using Babylon. A great deal of this section concerns Tyre and we get a glimpse of the spiritual power behind the King of Tyre.
This is the final section of prophecies against the nations who have dealt treacherously with Israel. Here God deals with Egypt, predicting its defeat by Babylon because it failed to honor its treaty with Israel.
Ezekiel turns from the surrounding nations to Israel herself. Chapter 33 begins with a discussion of the relation between the people and the watchman. It speaks about the case of a wicked one who heeds the watchman as well as a righteous one who commits violence and oppression. Chapter 34 deals with God's opinion of the shepherds who are not caring for His flock.
In 35, God rebukes Edom for the way they behaved when Israel went into exile. In 36 and 37, Ezekiel talks about end times and the new covenant.