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Ezekiel For Today

Chapters 40 to 48

                             EZEKIEL FOR TODAY

                             Chapters 40 - 48


THE EZEKIEL TEMPLE OF THE MILLENNIUM KINGDOM AGE


     The "Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible" Vol.5 p.634, will
give you detailed information of the Temple described in Ezekiel
chapters 40 through 48. Some of the writers comments are quite
correct while others are incorrect as to the application of these
chapters at the end of this prophetic book. The Encyclopedia
gives you the drawing outline of this Temple. As the author says,
it is very much like Solomon's Temple but NOT exactly the same in
all of its dimensions. The bottom line is that the Temple of
Ezekiel is UNIQUE! This Temple with its dimensions HAS NEVER BEEN
BUILT BY ANYONE!!
     IT IS A TEMPLE THAT WILL BE BUILT, BUT ONLY UNDER THE
GUIDANCE OF THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST! IT IS THE TEMPLE FOR THE
KINGDOM OF GOD AGE!

     Some of the points of the author in the "Pictorial
Encyclopedia" are worth stating here.

"Ezekiel was taken back to Jerusalem in a vision, and an angel in
his presence measured the Temple.

A. Meaning of the Temple.

What is the significance of Ezekiel's Temple? This is expressed
in 'the law of the house' (Ezek.43:12) that the 'top of the
mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy.
Behold, this is the law of the house.' It was an expression of
the holiness of Yahweh through the complex that is revealed in
the measuring process, and from it the people are to 'measure the
pattern' (cf.the way of holiness) that they may be 'ashamed of
their iniquities' (43:10; BS, 106:58).

"Since the vision occurs at the end of the prophecy of Ezekiel,
one must look at it as the culmination of the work of the
prophet. God's holiness was the focal point of his ministry.
there was to be the process of exposure, arraignment, and
judgment of Israel (ch.1-26), the judgment of the surrounding
nations so Yahweh's name might be vindicated in all the earth
(chs.25-32), followed next by the rebirth and restoration of the
prodigal people (chs. 33-39), which would include the last great
attack on His people, concluding with the revelation of God
dwelling among the people (chs.40-48. BS, 106:57). The Temple
(cf.Mal.3:1) is to become the dwelling place of the divine glory
)cf. Ezek 43:1-6): This is 'the place of my throne, and the place
of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the
children of Israel for ever' (43:7).

B. Identity of the Temple.


What Temple is this? Is it completely separate from the previous
Temple in Jerusalem? Is it a completely new complex of building?
A study of the sequence of events helps to answer this question.
Israel had, in all her tribes, gone into captivity; the
destruction of her Temple symbolized God's judgment upon her for
her sin. She had been promised restoration upon repentance
(Deut.30:1ff). The departure of the Shekinah ('glory,'
Ezek.11:22,23) signified the fall of Jerusalem. The return of
this glory (43:1ff) signified the restoration of Israel to God's
favor and blessing. But if a Temple vastly different from the
Temple that Nebuchadnezzar destroyed, how could it carry any
assurance to the people? Since the Holy Place and Holy of Holies
are the same size as in Solomon's Temple, and in the light of
other similarities, the conclusion is that Ezekiel's Temple is
basically Solomon's Temple, but with modifications in the court
structure and arrangement. It is not merely an 'ideal' Temple,
for when describing the use of the altar, Yahweh 943:18ff)
describes its sanctification (vv.18-27) concerning what should be
done by a people restored to their God.....

The arrangement of the courts impressed the people of a need for
personal holiness; but also, Yahweh's presence there (43:1-12)
demonstrated His accessibility by the people. The ritual, having
been restored, conveyed to Israel that she was truly accepted,
and therefore could hope to become a cleansed and restored
people. Therefore, Ezekiel's Temple was a 'visual aid' to
faith.....
The true restoration of Israel is YET TO COME, when God a SECOND
TIME (Isa.11:11) will recover Israel from captivity, when they
would be given a new heart (Ezek 36:26) and their nation would be
born in a day (Isa 66:8-10). This REFERS to the MILLENNIUM and
the REBIRTH of Israel, for all the Gentiles must wait so that
they also may be renewed and share in the blessings of God's
house (Isa.56:7)."


     Ah, the author of this entry in the Pictorial Encyclopedia
HAS GOT IT!! It is what I have been telling you all through the
book of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. It is NOT HARD TO
UNDERSTAND! It is CLEARLY WHAT THE PROPHETS TALK ABOUT OVER AND
OVER AGAIN! WHY A YOUNG CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND IT! All you need to
do is read it and BELIEVE IT! 

     The author in the Pictorial Encyclopedia understands the
overall truth of these chapters. He concludes his long entry on
Ezekiel's Temple:

"9. The Temple Precincts.

The Temple is surrounded by a sacred area and the angel proceeds
to measure it: 500 reeds (3,000 cubits) on each side. The
measuring process was done to emphasize its sacred character
(v.20)- that it is holy, in contrast to all other areas that are
called profane. The 'it' measured in v.15 is this area, not the E
wall or gate. The relation of the Temple complex within this area
is that of a city within a wall, the whole set upon a mountain
that rose up to provide the high eminence on which to erect the
Temple (40:1,2).

It is at this point that one must look to the FUTURE for this
Temple.The terrain of Jerusalem in Ezekiel's time could NOT
ACCOMMODATE this development. After the events of Zechariah 14:1-
4, 10, this Temple could be set in the place of the height of the
present Haram. The peace of the millennium will offer opportunity
for construction, and if this Temple proclaims holiness, it most
certainly agrees with the theme 'Holiness unto the Lord' (Zech
14:20). The similarity of the house of Solomon's Temple assures
the people that this is indeed their house, and God's presence in
it gives assurance of His favor. The other structures are
'teaching' 
elements, to teach them the 'way of holiness.'"


     YES, IT IS TRUE, ALL YOU READ ABOUT IN CHAPTERS 40 THROUGH
48 WILL LITERALLY COME TO PASS. THERE WILL BE A PHYSICAL TEMPLE
IN  JERUSALEM FOR THE MILLENNIUM AGE. THERE WILL BE A RESTORED -
RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS REGARDING THE TYPE OF LEVITICAL
PRIESTHOOD AND THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM. IT WILL BE AS WRITTEN. OUR
LORD GOD CHRIST JESUS WILL OVERSEE THE BUILDING OF THIS TEMPLE.
THE WHOLE OF IT WILL BE A TEACHING AID, FOR IMPRESSING THE
HOLINESS OF THE LORD AND TO REMIND ISRAEL AND THE WORLD OF THE
MIGHTY AND GREAT SACRIFICE GOD MADE TO RESCUE MANKIND FROM SIN
AND WICKEDNESS. ONLY THROUGH BLOOD (NOT THE BLOOD OF BULLS AND
GOATS) - THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, CAN SINS BE TAKEN AWAY. AS IT IS
WRITTEN: "BUT IN THOSE SACRIFICES THERE IS A REMEMBRANCE AGAIN
MADE OF SINS EVERY YEAR. FOR IT IS NOT POSSIBLE THAT THE BLOOD OF
BULLS AND GOATS SHOULD TAKE AWAY SINS" (Heb.10:3-4).
     YOU NEED TO STUDY THE BOOK OF HEBREWS ON THIS WEBSITE UNDER
"THE NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE STORY."

     YOU NEED TO STUDY THE STUDY CALLED "ANIMAL SACRIFICES IN THE
MILLENNIUM?" ON THIS WEBSITE.

     YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH OF WHY GOD GAVE ISRAEL A
TABERNACLE OR TEMPLE AND THE WHOLE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD WITH
ANIMAL SACRIFICES. IT WAS INDEED AS A TEACHING AID TO FAITH. SO
IT WILL BE AGAIN IN THE 1,000 YEAR AGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON
EARTH. THE WORLD AND ISRAEL AND JUDAH WILL NEED A TEACHING AID SO
ALL GENERATIONS DURING THE 1,000 YEARS WILL NEVER FORGET THE
HISTORY OF THE WORLD OF SINS AND INIQUITIES OVER THOUSANDS OF
YEARS OF HUMAN LIFE ON EARTH, AND THE AWESOME BLOOD SACRIFICE OF
JESUS THE SAVIOR MESSIAH, TO BLOT OUT THOSE SINS AND GIVE
SALVATION TO ALL WHO WILL ACCEPT HIM AS PERSONAL SAVIOR.


Key verses of some of these chapters!


CHAPTER 43

"Afterwards he brought me to the gate even the gate that looks
towards the east .... And the GLORY of the Lord came into the
house by the way of the gate whose prospect is towards the east.
So the Spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court;
and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house ... And he
said unto me, Son of man, the place of MY THRONE, and the place
of the SOLES of my feet, where I will DWELL in the midst of the
children of Israel forever, and my holy name, shall the house of
Israel no more defile .... show the house to the house of Israel
.... and write it in their sight .... This is the law of the
house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round
about shall be MOST HOLY. Behold, this is the law of the house
..." (43:1,4-7,10-12).

     There will be a type of Levitical priesthood from the false
ministers of Israel who were partly to blame for Israel and Judah
going into captivity, They will learn, they will teach CORRECTLY
between what is unclean and the clean, they shall observe God's
statutes, they shall HALLOW GOD'S SABBATHS.  (44:9-12,23-24).

     The FEASTS of the Lord will be observed;  of the NEW MONTH;
and the SABBATHS.
     The PASSOVER shall be observed and the SEVEN DAYS OF
UNLEAVENED BREAD. 
     The FEAST of the SEVENTH month - the Feast of seven days -
the Feast of TABERNACLES shall be observed (45:17-25).

     The gate of the inner court that looks towards the East,
shall be opened on the SABBATH and in the day of the NEW MONTH.
Worship services will be held at this gate on the SABBATH and on
the NEW MONTH day.
     The SOLEMN FEASTS of the Lord are taught (46:1-15).


THE RIVER OF LIFE

CHAPTER 47

     What the world has gone through to this point, all that has
taken place according to the book of Revelation; the great
slaughter and upheaval in the seas of the earth, there will needs
be as God has decided, a river of life to RESTORE all things in
the seas. This river will flow from the holy city of Jerusalem
and restoration of all things will come to the waters of the
earth.


BOUNDARY OF THE HOLY LAND AND DIVIDING BY THE 12 TRIBES

THE LORD'S PORTION FOR THE CITY OF GOD

CHAPTERS 47:13 TO 48:1-29

     At last it will be as God original promised Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob.

     THE NAME OF THE CITY SHALL BE "THE LORD IS THERE" - OR IN
HEBREW "JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH"

     WHAT A SPLENDID BOOK IS THE PROPHECY OF EZEKIEL. OUT OF THE
DARKNESS OF WAR AND DESTRUCTION COMES THE LIGHT OF THE
RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS; A TIME OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH AS ONE
PEOPLE LIVING IN PEACE AND BLESSINGS IN THE PROMISED LAND; A NEW
TEMPLE IN WHICH WILL DWELL THE LORD GOD SITTING ON THE THRONE OF
DAVID, AND ADMINISTERING ALL THE PROMISES WRITTEN IN THE PROPHETS
ON THE KINGDOM OF GOD AGE ON THIS EARTH.

     SO IT IS WRITTEN AND SO IT SHALL COME TO PASS.


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Entered on this Website September 2008


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