In this passage, the LORD declares two sayings of that day to be lies. Both proverbs concern the truth of His Word spoken by His prophets.
The first, in verse 22 says, "What is this proverb that you have about the land of Israel, saying, 'The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing?" Those who are mocking Ezekiel, indeed God, are saying "We have heard this for a long time but nothing he says ever happens."
The second is in verse 27, "The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off." This statement is the second chorus of the first verse: "Just in case what he says comes true it won't be in our life. So don't worry."
This attitude was not new. Both Isaiah and Jeremiah heard the same thing. Isaiah 5:19 (NLT) says, "They even mock God and say, 'Hurry up and do something! We want to see what you can do." Jeremiah 5:12-13 (NLT) says, "They have lied about the LORD and said, 'He won't bother us! No disasters will come upon us...God's prophets are all windbags who don't really speak for him." Even in Malachi's day, long after the exiles returned from Babylon, there were those who mocked God's declarations. In Malachi 2:17 following a lengthy discussion about God's lack of response the people ask, "Where is the God of justice?"
After all the prophecies of the Messiah in the Old Testament were fulfilled in Jesus, God's Word was still mocked. Don't you know there were those who questioned the validity of Jesus' statement concerning the devastation of Jerusalem and the temple in Matthew 24:2 and Luke 19:44? He said the destruction would be so complete there would not be one stone left on top of another. You know the apostles proclaimed the coming destruction, but it didn't happen for forty years. In 2 Peter 3:2-4, Peter addresses the issue of the critic's responses to God's spokesmen: "Remember the predictions of the holy prophets...scoffers will come in the last days...They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.'"
So we should not be surprised at God's Word being mocked and scorned today. My responsibility as a disciple of Jesus Christ is to live my life based on His instruction, believing everything He says will come true. How long was it after God told Noah to build an ark until He brought the flood? How long did His prophets warn of the coming deportation to Babylon before it happened? I am not to allow the passage of time to influence my trust in God doing what He says He will do.
Peter later says, "The LORD is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)
Lord Jesus Christ, You are the ultimate fulfillment of all God's promises. You are the "Yes" to all His promises and our "Amen" for His glory. Holy Spirit, strengthen Jesus' disciples to remain steadfast in the face of mockery and scorn. Teach us to faithfully use the gift of faith as we speak Your truth.