Ezekiel was commanded by God to demonstrate a method of escape as if he were trying to flee the siege. That entailed digging through the wall and carrying one’s most valued and necessary possessions on his shoulders while fleeing. God stated that his prophecy would be a sign to the people. It also prophesied the attempted escape of King Hezekiah who was called a prince. He would be taken to Babylon, but would not see the land because he would be blinded and those around him would die by the sword. The remnant would be convinced of the power and majesty of God. They would declare that fact and their abominations before the Gentiles (Babylonians) wherever they went while in exile.
Along with the shortages of food and water that would occur during the siege, there would still remain false prophets denying that those prophecies would ever come to pass or that they would occur in the distant future. God refuted those false statements by saying, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision…” It is easy today for one to ignore warnings of danger or the inevitability of death. We have the attitude that we are still alive and that calamities happen to someone else and not to ourselves.