EZEKIEL'S TEMPLE AND SACRIFICES
A Prophetical Enigma and its Solution
by T M Whitehouse MA. D.Litt
I WILL ANSWER THE ARGUMENTS AS WE GO - Keith Hunt
SINCE the British undertaking in 1917 to give the Jews a 'national home' in Palestine, many Christian people are convinced that they see in what is now proceeding a real fulfilment of Biblical prophecies concerning the Jews and the Land. But it cannot be said that popular knowledge on these matters is very exact, or more than merely superficial.
A very large number of Bible readers to whom prophecy makes appeal are looking with devout expectation to soon seeing realized 'that blessed hope' of our Lord's return and reign in His Kingdom during the thousand years of blessing called the Millennium.
[YES THAT IS TRUE FOR ALL “FUNDAMENTAL” BIBLE READERS; WHICH MEANS THOSE PEOPLE (MYSELF INCLUDED) TAKE THE LITERAL MEANING OF THINGS TO DO WITH THE FUTURE AND AS PAUL SAID IT, “ THE AGE TO COME” - Keith Hunt]
They believe that the centre of world government and of universal worship will then be Jerusalem. And they think they see in the last nine chapters of Ezekiel a vivid portrayal of the new religious state, the new temple and services, and the predicted Millennial Age.
[YES I WOULD SAY AS A FUNDAMENTAL CHRISTIAN…. I DO INDEED - Keith Hunt]
Yet, in the minds of these people so fervently desirous of the realization of the Millennium glories, there is a painful undercurrent of uneasiness, because, reading Ezekiel's chapters as a forecast of those days, they do not vision them as days of the deliverance of the suffering brute creation from groaning and travailing in pain at the manifestation of the sons of God, but, indeed, as days of the constant ritual blood-shedding of various kinds of beasts for the insatiable altar of the new temple.
[WELL I HAVE NO “PAINFUL UNDERCURRENT” OR “UNEASINESS” ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM AGE OR WORLD TO COME - NOT AT ALL - WHY SHOULD I, GOD CAN DO THINGS WHATEVER HE DESIRES, WHATEVER HE HAS FORETOLD WILL HAPPEN. MY OH MY THIS EARTH IS IN FOR DEATH AND DESTRUCTION LIKE AS NEVER SEEN ON EARTH, AND NEVER WILL BE AGAIN. GOD CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS IN THAT 1,000 YEAR AGE, AND I HAVE NO UNEASINESS IN IT AT ALL. THE WRITER IS PUTTING THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND…..NEGATIVE THOUGHTS FROM THE BEGINNING OF HIS ARGUMENTS. I AM IN NO UNEASINESS AT ALL - Keith Hunt]
And they are not happy about it. Nor is it clear to their troubled understanding why there should be necessary a revival of such sacrifices in that period which is to be the consummation of human history and the perfected development of the Christian religion under the personal administration of Jesus Christ Himself.
[AGAIN HE IS SPEAKING FOR PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF “they are not happy about it” “nor is it clear to their troubled understanding why…..”
AGAIN HE IS PUTTING THOUGHTS IN YOUR MIND, NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE THINKING. HE IS ALREADY WAY WAY OFF THE BEAM. I AM QUITE HAPPY ABOUT WHAT GOD SAYS WILL HAPPEN IN THE AGE TO COME. IT IS QUITE CLEAR TO ME, AND I HAVE NO “TROUBLED UNDERSTANDING WHY….” IT WILL ALL BE EXACTLY AS GOD HAS DECREED UNDER THE PERSONAL ADMINISTRATION OF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF - Keith Hunt]
Other people, whose intense interest is attracted by the temple chapters of Ezekiel, see in the Zionist movement and the repatriation of Jews in Palestine now proceeding the initial steps being taken for the creation of a permanent Jewish State, with its appropriate Jewish system of worship, including the re-erection of the temple as described by Ezekiel.
[MAYBE SOME DO, BUT NOT ME, FOR IT IS NOT TRUE. IN THIS AGE THERE WILL NOT BE A PHYSICAL TEMPLE WITH SACRIFICES. ALL THAT I HAVE COVERED VERY DEEPLY IN OTHER STUDIES UNDER THE “PROPHECY” SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE - Keith Hunt]
The writer of this brochure herein offers reasons which have fully convinced him that the foregoing ideas are ill-founded, misleading, and, in more senses than one, dangerous. He therefore begs the patient reconsideration of the whole matter, guided by a closer reading of the chapters concerned, and of the suggestions for their correct interpretation here submitted.
[YES WILL READ ALL HE HAS TO SAY AND ANSWER IT ALL - Keith Hunt]
THE WRITER IS CORRECT THAT PEOPLE LIKE ME DO EXIST - WHO SEE THERE ARE MANY PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE ABOUT THE AGE TO COME, THE SO-CALLED “MILENNIUM” OF ONE THOUSAND YEARS [REVELATION 20].
AND HERE IS WHERE WE NEED TO FIRST GET OUR FOUNDATION CORRECT AND STRAIGHT.
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT ALL THE PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE, CONCERNING JESUS’ FIRST COMING, WERE LITERALLY FULFILLED, EVERY ONE HAD A LITERAL FULFILMENT, NONE WERE “SPIRITUALIZED” AWAY….. KINDA “THIS MEAN THAT, AND THAT MEANT THIS” - PUTTING YOUR INTERPRETATION ON THIS OR THAT PROPHECY ABOUT THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST. IF THEN YOU ARE BELIEVING ALL PROPHECY ABOUT JESUS’ FIRST COMING WAS LITERAL, THEN I SUBMIT TO YOU, YOU MUST THEN BELIEVE ALL PROPHECY CONCERNING JESUS’ SECOND COMING AND AFTER HE COMES, ALSO WILL BE FULFILLED LITERALLY!
IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT THOSE PROPHECIES SAY, AS TO IF YOU LIKE THEM OR NOT, OR UNDERSTAND THEM OR NOT…..IF YOU BELIEVE ALL PROPHECY ABOUT THE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST WAS LITERAL, THEN YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BELIEVE ALL THE PROPHECY ABOUT HIS SECOND COMING WILL BE FULFILLED, AND LITERAL.
IF YOU BELIEVE A LITERAL FULFILMENT FOR SOME VERSES OF THE AGE TO COME, ARE LITERAL, THEN YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT BELIEVE THE LITERAL FULFILMENT OF OTHER VERSES FOR THAT AGE TO COME, NO MATTER WHETHER YOU LIKE THEM OR NOT, OR UNDERSTAND THEM OR NOT.
IT IS REALLY THAT SIMPLE!
AND YES, OVER THE DECADES I HAVE READ “FUNDAMENTAL” PROTESTANT BOOKS ON PROPHECY, AND THEY ADMIT AND SAY EXACTLY WHAT I’VE JUST SAID….. SO GOOD FOR THEM. TRUTH IS TRUTH NO MATTER WHO SAYS IT.
OKAY….. SOME EXAMPLES…..
MOST FUNDAMENTAL SCHOLARS SAY THIS IS JESUS COMING TO RULE THE EARTH….THE WOLF SHALL DWELL WITH THE LAMB, THE COW AND BEAR SHALL FEED TOGETHER, THE LION SHALL EAT STRAW LIKE THE OX.
IT SHALL BE IN THAT DAY THAT THE LORD SHALL SET HIS HAND TO RECOVER THE REMNANT OF HIS PHYSICAL PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES MENTIONED. HE SHALL ASSEMBLE THE OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH….THEY SHALL FLY UPON THE PHILISTINES TOWARDS THE WEST, AND SPOIL THEM OF THE EAST TOGETHER, AND LAY HANDS ON EDOM AND MOAB, THE CHILDREN OF AMMON SHALL OBEY THEM. THE LORD SHALL UTTERLY DESTROY THE TONGUE OF THE EGYPTIAN SEA….SMITE IT IN THE SEVEN STREAMS AND MAKE MEN GO OVER DRYSHOD….THERE WILL BE A HIGHWAY LIKER AS IT WAS TO ISRAEL IN THE DAY THAT HE CAME UP OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT.
IF YOU BELIEVE ONE PART IS LITERAL, AND SO WILL HAPPEN, THEN YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO BELIEVE THE OTHER PARTS WILL ALSO HAPPEN LITERALLY.
YOU CANNOT CHOOSE IN THE SAME CONTEXT WHICH ARE LITERAL AND WHICH ARE NOT!
TO DO SO MEANS YOU MAKE THE BIBLE SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO SAY, TO FIT YOUR WIMS AND YOUR EMOTIONS.
THE LORD COMES [VERSE 15].
THE SLAIN OF THE LORD SHALL BE MANY.
A SIGN IS SET UP….THOSE THAT ESCAPE SHALL GO OUT, BE SENT OUT TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT HEARD THE FAME OF GOD, NEITHER HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY, AND GOD’S GLORY SHALL BE DECLARED AMONG THE GENTILES.
NOTICE VERSE 20…..
READ ON TO THE END OF THE CHAPTER…..
OFFERINGS, PRIESTS AND LEVITES, NEW MONTH, SABBATH, PEOPLE COMING TO WORSHIP GOD. VERSE 24…… LOOKING UPON THE CARCASES OF ONES WHO HAVE TRANSGRESSED AGAINST GOD…..
IF ONE PART IS LITERAL THEN SO MUST BE THE OTHER PARTS!
THE WHOLE CONTEXT IS THE COMING OF GOD IN GLORY, AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WILL BE DONE AFTER HE COMES! IF ONE IS LITERAL SO IS THE OTHER!
THE LORD COMES. HIS FEET IN THAT DAY WILL STAND ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES. THE SAINTS WILL COME WITH HIM.
THE LORD SHALL BE KING OVER ALL THE EARTH.
JERUSALEM SHALL BE SAFELY INHABITED.
JUDAH SHALL FIGHT AT JERUSALEM.
THOSE FIGHTING THE LORD…..THEIR FLESH SHALL CONSUME AWAY WHILE STANDING.
ALL THAT ARE LEFT FROM ALL NATIONS SHALL GO UP TO JERUSALEM TO KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
IF EGYPT GO NOT UP THEY WILL HAVE NO RAIN AS A PLAGUE; ALL NATIONS WILL BE PUNISHED IF THEY DO NOT KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
MANY “FUNDAMENTAL” PROTESTANT SCHOLARS HAVE TODAY WRITTEN BOOKS ON PROPHECY. I HAVE SOME OF THEM. AND THEY ADMIT THERE WILL BE A PHYSICAL TEMPLE IN THE MILLENNIUM, WITH A PRIESTHOOD, AND WITH ANIMAL SACRIFICES.
OKAY GOOD FOR THEM…..
THEY CAN SEE THAT IF YOU BELIEVE ONE PART OF A PROPHECY ABOUT THE COMING OF THE LORD IN GLORY, AND IS LITERAL, THEN THE OTHER VERSES IN THE SAME CONTEXT MUST BE LITERAL ALSO.
IT CAN NOT BE ANY OTHER WAY!
YES YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE WHY OF IT ALL [I WILL ANSWER ALL THAT IN TIME], BUT IT CAN BE NO OTHER WAY - LITERAL IN ONE PART MUST BE LITERAL IN THE OTHER PART.
IF NOT, THEN TRULY AS THE ATHEIST MIGHT SAY, “YOU CAN MAKE THE BIBLE SAY ANYTHING YOU WANT IT TO SAY.”
SO WE NEED TO GET THE FOUNDATION CORRECT TO START WITH, OR OUR HOUSE WILL BE BUILT ON SAND, AND WILL COME CRASHING DOWN.
THE WRITER OF THIS BOOKLET HAS STARTED OFF BY BUILDING ON SAND.
TO BE CONTINUED