In our study of Ezekiel chapter six, we will look at the significance of mountains and hills in the Bible. We will come to understand what God means when He says that He will judge the mountains.
"The word of the Lord came to me: 'Son of man, set your face against the mountains of Israel; prophesy against them'" NIV translation
In chapter 5, we saw the prophet declare judgment on the city of Jerusalem. Now, God tells him to turn to the people of the northern part of the country. In Jewish thought, mountains are associated with male leaders and hills are associated with female leaders. With that in mind, we see that Ezekiel is called to proclaim judgment on the leaders of what was known as the northern kingdom of Israel.
"'and say: "You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign Lord. This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols. I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars."'" NIV translation
Here, we see that the judgment is proclaimed on the leaders as well as the common man (ravines/valleys). Their idolatry would be punished and all who looked to the idols for help would perish.
"'"Wherever you live, the towns will be laid waste and the high places demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols smashed and ruined, your incense altars broken down, and what you have made wiped out. Your people will fall slain among you, and you will know that I am the Lord."'" NIV translation
We see that this judgment was going to be on all of the land and all who trust in the things of their hands. Ever since the Tower of Babel, man has attempted to reach the heavens by their own work. The same thing was true in Ezekiel's day and is even today. In the last days, there will be the spirit that says that, if all men just band together, they can accomplish anything. Ezekiel proclaimed this judgment and tells us that its purpose is so that men will see that they are only men and God is in charge.