“at the end of seven days.” This is the second dated vision of Ezekiel, and it is seven days after Ezekiel’s first vision, so it occurred in the fifth year of Jehoiachin’s captivity, in the fourth month. This is likely the 24th of July 593 BC. But if Ezekiel is using inclusive counting, it is the 25th of July, 593 BC. To understand how this prophecy is “later” in Ezekiel’s life but “earlier” in our BC dating, we must keep in mind that Ezekiel lived before Christ, so “later” to him meant closer to 1 BC. Ezekiel’s first vision and commission had overwhelmed him, and he had been silent for seven days, thus God’s second revelation (see commentary on Ezek. 3:15).