Ezekiels's Greatest Hits - Part 2
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A tour of the future Temple (pre-NHNE/ES) gives insight into how God does and will interact with His people and what we can expect.
I Permanent Presence of God
44:1 toward the east, but it was shut. 2 And the LORD said to me, "This gate* shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut. 4 Also He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; and I fell on my face. *Not the gate on the temple mount in modern Jerusalem, but rather that of the Millennial temple north of the “city” (40:2) Zech 6:12
II. Missing Items
The Millennial Temple (40-44) lacks: separate courts for the Gentiles and women, the Sea/Laver for ritual cleansing (1Kg 7:23), the Ark of the Covenant, the Altar of Incense, the Lampstand, and the Curtain which separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place
III. New Covenant in effect
(Dt 10:18; 30:6; Ezk 11:19; 18:31; Jer 31:31; Isa 59:21 Spirit and law in circumcised heart; know God)
36:24 God will regather and replant Israel in the land; 25 Then He will cleanse them from the defilement of their sin and idols;
44:6 "Now say to the rebellious, to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "O house of Israel, let Us have no more of all your abominations. 7 When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to defile it... then they broke My covenant because of all your abominations. 8 And you have not kept charge of My holy things, but you have set others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you." 9 Thus says the Lord GOD: "No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter My sanctuary, including any foreigner who is among the children of Israel.
Rm 8:9 you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 23 we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
44:10 "And the Levites who went far from Me, when Israel went astray, who strayed away from Me after their idols, they shall bear their iniquity/punishment. 11 Yet they shall be ministers in My sanctuary, as gatekeepers of the house and ministers of the house; they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people (40:38-43)...12 Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them," says the Lord GOD, "that they shall bear their iniquity/punishment. 13 And they shall not come near Me to minister to Me as priest, nor come near any of My holy things, nor into the Most Holy Place; but they shall bear their shame and their abominations which they have committed
44:15 "But the priests, the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept charge of My sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from Me, they shall come near Me to minister to Me; and they shall stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood," says the Lord GOD 16 "They shall enter My sanctuary, and they shall come near My table to minister to Me, and they shall keep My charge. 2Cor 5:10
VI. Teaching How to Be Blessed
44:23 "And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy (God's way) and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean (Prerequisite for Presence). 24 In controversy they shall stand as judges, and judge it according to My judgments. They shall keep My laws and My statutes in all My appointed meetings, and they shall hallow My Sabbaths. 25 "They shall not defile themselves by coming near a dead person. 27...he must offer his sin offering in the inner court," says the Lord GOD. 28 "It shall be, in regard to their inheritance, that I am their inheritance. You shall give them no possession in Israel, for I am their possession. 29 They shall eat...30 the best of all firstfruits of any kind. See Notes on DailyTruthbase Ezk 44
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