"'Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your vile images and detestable practices, I myself will withdraw my favor; I will not look on you with pity or spare you. A third of your people will die of the plague or perish by famine inside you; a third will fall by the sword outside your walls; and a third I will scatter to the winds and pursue with drawn sword.'" NIV translation
The judgment is explained in great detail now and we see that the reason for it is that the people defiled the sanctuary. We may ask ourselves what this has to do with us as Christians and we are reminded that our bodies are now the temple of God. We see that God told them that He would withdraw His favor from them and the same is true for us when we walk outside of the will of God. God gives us the freedom to walk out our lives but He is not obligated to provide for those who are walking in their own direction.
"'Then my anger will cease and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my wrath upon them, they will know that I the Lord have spoken in my zeal." NIV translation
The good news is that God's wrath has an end and He will spare a portion of the people. Those that are left are left for a purpose which is to tell others about what God has done.
"'I will make you a ruin and a reproach among the nations around you, in the sight of all who pass by. You will be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and an object of horror to the nations around you when I inflict punishment on you in anger and in wrath and with stinging rebuke. I the Lord have spoken.'" NIV translation
Israel was to be an example for those around them but had failed. In this judgment, they would be an example and a lesson for the nations. They are a lesson for the world today as well in the fact that God would do this to His "chosen people".
"'When I shoot at you with my deadly and destructive arrows of famine, I will shoot to destroy you. I will bring more and more famine upon you and cut off your supply of food. I will send famine and wild beasts against you, and they will leave you childless. Plague and bloodshed will sweep through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I the Lord have spoken.'" NIV translation
What started out with a prophet performing a drama is now clearly spoken by the Lord. It is made clear that this judgment is from Him and by Him.