Berean Bible Corner

EZEKIEL ANNOTATED Part 6

Chapter 40-48

For part 6 the last of our journey through Ezekiel we look at chapter by chapter. The content will be summarized and in some cases reference being made to other scripture passages.

After chapter 48 we will give a summary of Bible commentaries regarding these chapters, followed by our suggestion in conclusion how to deal with it.

Chapter 40.

In verse 1 a exact date has been given for this temple vision. See SDABC 4 p.714-5 for comments on this dating. When you read the explanation in regard to the timing you will notice that this vision was given on the Day of Atonement. Dr W H Shea confirms that the Hebrew reads the tenth day of Rosh Hashanah. This was the fall NY ten days from that was the Day of Atonement. This vision was given on the Day of Atonement, the day for the cleansing of the temple. Thus the clean temple is shown to Ezekiel on that day

This is important for those who believe, as we do, that we live now in the anti-typical Day of Atonement. So let’s pay attention to this very important Temple vision of Ezekiel.

Vers 2.  Ezekiel is taken in vision to the land of Israel and placed upon a very high mountain. This would give him a good view of what he will be shown in this vision.

In Revelation 21:10 we read that John was taken in vision on a high mountain and was shown Holy New Jerusalem.

The KJV margin gives in stead of by which to read upon which. What Ezekiel is going to view is from a very high mountain.

Vers 3. Ezekiel is met by a man whose appearance is of brass.

Daniel in ch.10:5, 6 encounters a certain man whose arms and feet are like in            colour to polished brass.

John on the isle of Patmos being in vision meets one like unto the Son of Man whose feet are like unto fine brass, Rev.1:15.

Are we dealing with the same person in all three cases? In both cases of Daniel and John we are sure it is Christ Himself.

“No less a personage than the Son of God appeared to Daniel. This description is similar to that given by John when Christ was revealed to him upon the isle of Patmos”

(RH Febr.8, 1881)

It could well be that Ezekiel has the same blessed experience. Checking Bible commentaries some of them are pointing in that direction.

This person had measuring instruments in his hand to measure standing in the gate. In Rev.11:1 John sees in vision the temple of God being measured by a reed like a rod. The person in Eze.40:3 also has a measuring reed. Standing in the gate reminds us of Boaz who went to the gate to get his case with Ruth sorted out. Ruth 4:1. The gate was the place for decision-making.

 

What we read in Eze.40:4 sounds like what Christ writes seven times to the churches in Rev.2 and 3 “He that has an ear, let him hear.”

Ezekiel is told “Son of man behold with thine eyes and hear with thine ears.”

Furthermore what Ezekiel sees he must declare to the house of Israel. Was that for their encouragement while in captivity that the temple now in ruins would be restored, more glorious and greater?

 

From Ezekiel 40:5 we are informed about the measuring of this temple. In SDABC vol.4 p.716 you will find a graphic outlay picture of this temple vision.

The temple looks like to exist of different levels.

 

From the outer court up to the first level are seven steps, Eze.40:22, 26 Then to the

inner gate or level another eight steps, Eze.40:31,34,37

The last set of steps is leading into the real inner temple area, also with steps upward.

Eze.40:49. According to the LXX these were ten steps.

Those of you who have seen the Baalbek temple ruins in the Lebanon may have a little picture of temple levels.

The whole temple complex must have looked very elevated from lower level to higher level and to the highest level where we find the holy place and most holy place.

The top level had a porch, Eze.40:48 followed by the holy place, ib.41:1, 2, 5 and then the most holy place, ib.41:3, 4.

 

Coming up from the outer court  going up by eight steps to the inner court on both sides were 4 tables, in total 8, for killing sacrifices, ib.40:39-43

 

Apparently this temple was to be erected during the time before the Messiah, the true Lamb of God. It says in vs.39 the tables are to be for slaying the burnt offering, the sin offering and trespass offering.

In Daniel 9:27 we read, the Messiah shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. After that no animal sacrifices for atonement any more.

 

Apart from further measurements in chapter 41 we find in vs.22 an altar explained, also called a table.

We find a further reference to such a table in Eze.44:16.

Some say this is the altar of incense others lean towards the table of show bread.

I think it looks more like the altar of incense, because the position is before the Lord. In the original sanctuary the altar of incense was placed before the vail which gave entrance to the most holy place, in front of the ark of testimony.

Both the table of show bread and the menorah, the candlestick or lamp-stand, stood on each side in the holy place, Exod.40:22-24

When the priest was ministering at the altar of incense he was always facing the ark of the testimony where the place of God was. Always in a position with his back to the east, preventing sun worship and turning his back to God. This is in contrast of what happened

in Eze.8:16 the priests with their backs to the Lord and their faces toward the east. They worshipped the sun toward the east.

 

By the time we reach chapter 43 it looks like that the description of this temple vision and what it is supposed to be, is completed.

In Eze.43:2 we read that the glory of the Lord came into the house. See also vs.4 and 44:4

The same happened when the desert sanctuary was completed, Exod.40:34, 35 and also when Solomon’s temple was completed, the glory of the Lord filled the house,

1Kings.8:10, 11

 

If this is the total complete picture of the measuring and description of this “future”

Temple, Eze.43:2, 4, then we do miss a few items of temple furniture.

In these three chapters we have no mention of the laver, the table of show bread and the candlestick, and also no furniture in the Most Holy Place.

Does this indicate something in regard to the ultimate meaning of this temple vision? Not to be a literal material temple but one of a spiritual nature?

Only two major pieces are mentioned. The altar before the Lord, most likely in our understanding the altar of incense, related to prayers ascending to the Lord, Rev.8:3 and altar of sacrifices for making atonement, (Ex.29:36) apparently indicating that this temple is still for the time when atonement is needed. Not for a so-called Millennium Kingdom.

 

In Eze.43:7-11 Ezekiel is being told to take this vision to the house of Israel. They are first reminded about the reasons why they are in captivity, vs.8

In vs. 9 they are admonished to do away with their idolatries and in vs.10 that they should be ashamed of their iniquities.

In vs.11 if they are ashamed of their wrongdoings then Ezekiel can show them and tell them about this temple vision, and according to vs.9 and then “I the Lord will dwell in the midst of them forever”. This is also the name given to this temple in chapter 48:35 The Lord is there.

 

This whole temple vision seems to be based upon Israel’s complete conversion and return to the service of the Lord, their Creator and Redeemer. Unfortunately this took never place and after their exile Israel reached never its place in the world as the Lord had in mind. Jesus spoke the final word regarding the destiny of Israel in Matth.23:37, 38.

 

The latter part of Eze.43 starts in explaining the duties of the priests who will serve in this temple. This continues into chapturess. 44-46

 

Apart from altar duties there were also teaching duties to be performed, ib.44:23, 24

a. Teach the difference between the holy and the profane

b. Teach them to discern the difference between clean and unclean.

c. Judge according to God’s judgment.

d. Teach to keep God’s laws and statutes.

e. Teach to hallow God’s Sabbaths

 

There also would be a change in the Levite duties in the sanctuary. The sons of Zadok, Levites, would do the most sacred work of coming directly before the Lord, ib.44:10-16

Such persons of the Levites who had fallen in apostasy, they shall even bear their iniquity, vs.10

The sons of Zadok of the Levites would take their place “that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me” 44:15

 

Ezekiel 45/46 continues what has been started in ch.44 outlining the services, rituals and various offerings/sacrifices to be carried out in this new temple

It should be noticed that the position of the prince, the leader, is set out in detail, about his privileges, duties and responsibilities towards the people. No high handed activities anymore, no corrupt dealings and no oppressions. Eze.46:18, the past not to be repeated.

Leadership had been corrupt before the 70 y. of captivity. A change has to take place also in regard to the country’s administration.

 

Eze.47 deals with a river that issued out of this temple. In this vision Ezekiel is taken into the river to wade through it until he has to swim.

According to vs.7 and 12 there are trees on both side of this river. The monthly fruit of these trees are for meat (food) and the leaf for medicine..

This is also a significant part of the vision and is unusual for taking the whole vision in a strict literal sense.

Ps.46:4 speaks about a river which shall make glad the city of God.

Rev.22:1, 2 has the picture of a river proceeding out of the throne of God and on either side of the river a tree which gives its monthly fruit and has healing power..
Many sermons have been preached about this chapter and applications being made in different directions, of which we will not speak at this time.

 

From Eze.47:13 till the end of ch.48 the vision deals with the division of the land to the tribes of Israel and about the territory of Israel’s kingdom.

It would be very difficult to give this part a strict literal fulfilment because as far as we know not all tribes of Israel did return to the land of Israel also called Palestine.

Comparing this with what was promised to Abraham we do find harmony, (Gen.15:18-21) But even Abraham himself did not take it in a literal sense according to Hebr.11:9, 10

and what Paul wrote in Rom.4:13, heirs of the world., not a part of the world.

We don’t have historical evidence that Israel’s territory ever stretched that far.

 

We know that Israel or the Jews got freedom from captivity under the Medo-Persian Empire, which was followed by Greece and then came the Roman Empire. No ruler in those empires would ever have allowed an occupied nation to extend itself as far as what was described here in Ezekiel’s vision, chapter 48. They were an occupied nation except for a period of about 100 years when Judea stood independent under the Maccabees. That was between BC165 and BC60 when the Roman Empire took charge of Judea. But still their territory was not as big as described here in Eze.48.

 

We also do not have any reference in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah that they used this temple vision as their blueprint to built the temple in Jerusalem.

 

We are left with the questions, why this vision to Ezekiel? Why was it given to Ezekiel? What was its purpose? Does it have any meaning for the future?

 

Part answer may be found in Eze.4O:4 “declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel”.

Israel was in captivity. They were told by Jeremiah that the captivity would last 70 years,

Jer.25:11; 29:10)

They may have wondered what will happen after the 70 years. Will there be another city? Will there be another temple?

This vision would have given them hope and encouragement.

Notice the following from SDABC Vol.4 p.717: The purpose of declaring all these intricate details was to acquaint the children of Israel with God’s glorious prospect for them. The delineation of these particulars was evidently intended to be a powerful inducement to the people to meet the necessary conditions. It provided the assurance that God’s thoughts toward them were thoughts of peace and not evil. (Jer.29:10). The exhibition of a complete blueprint showed them that God was serious regarding these intentions and would do His part if the people would do theirs.”

 

History tells us that Israel did not do its part. This became very clear at the time of Christ,

causing Him to make some very serious statements in Matth.23:37,38 ( Matth.21:43)

 

It also leaves us with the question why no laver, no table for the showbread, no Menorah or lamp-stand .and no ark of the testimony in the Most Holy Place. The blueprint was not as complete as our SDABC states.

Also the river from the temple leaves us with questions. Would the proposed temple mount have been able to produce such a river from a natural source?

Does the description of this temple in vision indicate a wider application for real Israel as explained by the apostle Paul in Rom.9-11 where he explained the nature of true Israel comprising of unnatural branches grafted on the olive tree and re-grafted natural branches?

 

Before we suggest a conclusion and application at the end of this essay let’s do some reviewing of what others have written re this vision.

 

According to the SDABC vol.4 p. 715   three main lines of exposition have been adopted:

1. The literal view

2. The futurist view

3. The allegorical view

The SDABC then discusses briefly all three expositions but cannot see much reason of accepting any one of these three. The SDABC concludes as follows:

The simplest view is the one that follows the principles outlined in the comments on ch.38:1 According to these principles the temple vision would have been literally fulfilled if the people had been faithful to their trust, but because they failed, the prophecy could not be fulfilled in its original intent. (Ib.p.715)

 

However if Israel would have fulfilled their trust, would at a later stage some additional instruction have been given regarding the missing articles, as mentioned above?

 

The Evangelical Commentary published by Baker House and edited by Dr.Walter A.Elwell does not say anything about a suggested application, but states the following:

“There are many notable omissions in Ezekiel’s temple when it is compared with the tabernacle in the desert or Solomon’s temple. Most obvious is the absence of any reference to the ark, the mercy seat and the cherubim. The same may be said of the laver, the lamp-stand and the bronze altar. The implications of the omissions are obscure.” (P.586)

 

We quote from Matthew Henry who wrote in the 18th century the following:

From the top of this mountain he saw as the frame of a city, the plan and model of it; but this city was a temple as large as a city. The New Jerusalem (Rev.xxi:22) had no temple therein; this which we have here is all temple, which comes much to one. It is a city for men to dwell in; for in the church on earth God dwells with men, in that in heaven men dwell with God. Both these are framed in the counsel of God framed by infinite wisdom, and all very good.

The particular discoveries of this city (which he had at first a general view of) were made to him by a man whose appearance was like the appearance of brass (vs.3), not a created angel, but Jesus Christ, who should be found in fashion as a man, but that he might both discover and build the gospel-temple. He brought him to this city, for it is through Christ that we have both acquaintance with and access to the benefits and privileges of God’s house. He it is that shall build the temple of the Lord, Zech.vi:13” (Vol.iv, p.981)

If you have access to Matthew Henry read also what he wrote on p. 1015 of the same volume.

Matthew Henry seems to lead our thought into the direction of the NT Israel-Church Temple. We will come back to that later.

 

Adam Clarke wrote in his commentary vol.iv page 533 that this vision belongs to the time of the Messiah, emblematic of Christ’s church.

 

Jamieson’s commentary vol.II p.356 reads: The description involves things which taken literally almost involves natural impossibilities.”

 

From Frank E.Gaebelein in vol.6 p.944 and written in the 20th century we have the following:” It would seem logical therefore that Ezekiel would conclude the logical and chronological development of this prophecy by describing the messianic Kingdom and the return of God’s glory to govern His people”

He concludes with a future fulfilment.

 

The footnotes in the NASB version of the Bible by Dr.Charles C.Ryrie are all futuristic and referring to a future millennial Kingdom.

Most current Bible commentaries follow the same pattern in their comments.

 

The Word Bible commentary seems to deal with both the church of Christ and a future millennial Kingdom. Notice the following quotation:

“The temple will be a place of sacrifice and singing and a place where God’s glory will dwell (43:1-5) Ezekiel had described how the glory left the old temple (11:22.23) and now he describes how the glory returns and fills the house (43:1-5;44:4) the beauty and grandeur of the temple means nothing  if God is not present

Today the bodies of God’s people are His temple (1Cor.6:19, 20) and so is His church (Eph.2:19-22) Just as God has a beautiful plan for His future temple in Jerusalem, so

He has a plan for His people individually (Eph.2:20) and His church collectively. We are to be a holy temple, dedicated to Him alone; we are to radiate the glory of God.”

 

The Pulpit commentary on Ezekiel gives different possibilities of application. In regard to the church view notice the following:” Similarly, the view of those who find in the vision a symbol of the Christian Church as a whole, or in the words of Kliefoth, ‘the Christian church in its origin, its development and influence in the world and its completion in the hereafter,’ has much to support it.”(Page 476.)

If you have access to Pulpit commentary read the whole section on this vision of Ezekiel.

 

Wordsworth’s commentary also points in the direction, not of a literal temple, but symbolic of the Christian Church. He gives reasons why not literal and then concludes:

Such imagery as this belongs to the times of the Gospel, and carries the thoughts onward to the Apocalypse of St.John where it recurs in enlarged proportions and more vivid colouring, See Rev.22:1-14.

This vision of Ezekiel occupies a middle place between the description of the different fabrics which typified the Church of God; namely the Ark of Noah, the tabernacle in the wilderness, the Temple of Solomon, and the description of the church glorified as revealed in the apocalypse. It follows the three former and precedes the latter.

The vision of Ezekiel represents the Church of God planted in Jerusalem and going forth from Sion into all the nations to enfold the world, by preaching the Gospel of Christ and baptizing them into the name of the Ever Blessed Trinity.”

 

Beacon Bible Commentary states in vol.4, p.606 “It may be that much of what Ezekiel saw was to be fulfilled literally, yet some of it is to be understood symbolically”.

 

Lange in his commentary re Ezekiel’s temple vision writes that what Ezekiel has announced so far has been fulfilled and “prepared for itself a background in the kingdom of this world, in order with chapter xxxiii to set forth in prospect with increasing clearness, and energy the purification, sanctification, restoration and final victory of the new Israel, the Israel after the Spirit over the world. (Lange, Ezekiel, p.383)

 

Ellen G.White uses very little from this Temple Vision. Two times she uses texts from ch.44 and three times from chapter 47. We may use them later

 

After all what we have read so far from others we will now make an effort to come to a

suggested conclusion.

It seems that if we like to make any use of this temple vision for our spiritual benefit, the most plausible is the Gospel or Christian Church Temple, using Matthew Henry’s terminology.

We may also use Adam Clarke’s words, “emblematic of Christ’s Church.” We will use frequently the term: NT Israel-Church Temple. The NT Church is Israel of OT continued

in the form of the Olive Tree composed of grafted unnatural branches and re-grafted natural branches.

 

 

In the scriptures of the New Testament we see the Israel-Church illustrated as a temple

Eph.2:19-22      “…………….holy temple in the Lord”

  1 Peter 2:5         “…………built up a spiritual house.”

In this temple/house Christ is the chief corner stone, Eph.2:20

Also it is the body of Christ, Eph.4:12

 

In this NT Israel-Church Temple Christ fulfils all that is missing in the Ezekiel temple vision;

1. Christ is the Lamp-stand, the Light, the Menorah, John 1:4, 7-9; John 8:12

2. Christ is the show bread, the bread of Life, John 6:35, 48

3. Christ is the laver, which was for cleansing. Jesus told Nicodemus to be born again

of water ( cleansing) and of Spirit, John 3:5.

In the NT the laver also may well be a symbol of baptism.

We read in 2 Cor.7:1 to be clean before the Lord.

Cleansing comes only through Christ. 1John 1:9

Footwassing, instituted by Christ is also a symbolic reminder of being clean before

The Lord, John 13:10

4. In the temple vision we have no ark of the testimony as in OT tabernacle and temple, containing the tables of stone with the Ten Commandments.

In the NT is no need for these visible items. God’s mercy is dispensed through the blood of Christ, the true Lamb of God. John 1:29; Rom.3:25; 1John 2:2

Through Christ’s blood alone we have the remission of sins, Hebr.9:22

The law written on stone in the OT tabernacle/temple is written on the heart under the NT covenant which is ratified by Christ’s death on the cross, Hebr.8:8-11

It was written of Christ in Ps.40:8 that He had the law within his heart and that He would magnify the law and make it honourable, Isa.42:21

That’s what Christ did through His sermon on the mount. Matth.5:17

 

5. In the temple vision the people were reminded a few times of their past sins and

abominations Eze.43:8-11;44:6-8

The promise is that if they would do away with all these things the Lord would

dwell in the midst of them for ever, ib.43:7 and 9

This is in harmony with what Paul wrote in 2Cor.6:16-18 because the NT

Israel-Church is God’s temple and the individual people are also called a temple

of the living God, all that is unclean need to be removed and then  “as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people.”

In this part of Paul’s writing he could have been quoting from Ezekiel’s temple

vision.

 

6. The temple ministry is very clearly outlined. The sons of Zadok are taking over

from the Levites  who had served in the old temple Because of their abominations

in the old temple they have been lowered in rank. Eze. 44:10-14

No more coming before the Lord but reduced to being door keepers

The sons of Zadok, also being Levites, are placed in charge of:

a. the sacred work of doing ministry before the Lord, ib.44:15,16

b. strict instruction has been given in regard to their clothes, how to come

before the Lord, ib.44:17-22

c. giving instruction to the people in regard to making proper difference

between the holy and the profane, the clean and unclean., ib. 44:23

d. judging the people, keeping God’s laws and statutes, hallow the Sabbaths

ib.44:24

e. sin and trespass offering, ib.44:11

Under the new covenant Christ is our sin offering, 2 Cor.5:21 He has been

offered once and for all, Hebr.9:28

The work of the sons of Zadok can easily be compared with the work of the   appointed ministers/elders in the NT Israel-Church Temple. Also what kind of

persons they ought to be. 1 Tim.3:1-7; similar instruction in Titus 1 and 2; and

in 1 Peter 5:1-4

 

We noticed in the temple vision of Ezekiel a table/altar placed before the Lord.

Eze.41:22; 44:16 we do agree with commentators that this is the altar of incense, which in the OT tabernacle stood just before the Lord Exod.30:8

We learn from Rev.8:3 that this altar is served by an angel who offers up the prayers of the saints.

Ps.141:2 speaks about prayers as incense before the Lord.

In the NT Israel-Church Temple prayers are important:

Eph.6:18 praying always

Col.4:12 continue in prayer

Phil.4:6 by prayer and supplications let your requests be known unto God

1Pet.2:5 to offer up spiritual sacrifices

Rom.12:1 through prayer we may also present our bodies as a living

sacrifice to God.

 

 

Ezekiel’s temple vision also gives evidence of being well constructed and put together.

We learn from Eph.2:20 that the NT Israel-Church Temple is built upon the foundation of

apostles and prophets, this being the Word of God, OT and NT scriptures. Growing together unto an holy temple of the Lord, ib.vs.21

Peter also writes in 1Pet.2:4-6 that the members are as living stones in that temple.

 

In this essay we have endeavoured to compare the various items of Ezekiel’s temple vision with the NT Israel-Church Temple. Much more could be done to improve the comparison and we encourage the reader to do so in personal bible study of this topic.

 

There is one more item in this vision which was not found with the tabernacle in the wilderness and not in Solomon’s temple. The vision of the river as described in

Eze.47:1-12. On each side of this river trees, giving monthly fruits for healing.

In first instance we think about the river and tree of life mentioned in Rev. 22:1, 2

But before we will see that picture in reality, the NT Israel-Church Temple will have to be such a river and be an agent for healing.

In John 7:37, 38 Jesus calls us to come to Him if we are thirsty and drink from Him. Christ is the river and source of living water. John 4:7-14

If we believe on Him and drink from Him, “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

The NT Israel-Church Temple, Christ’s bride also is an agent to give the call to come and drink from the water of life freely, Rev.22:17.

In this connection read “Acts of the Apostles” by Ellen G.White pp 9-16 and pay in particular attention to page 13.

Because Ezekiel being in vision and led deeper and deeper in the river and had to swim in the end, the lesson for the NT Israel-Church Temple is that the church has to depend fully and completely upon God. Corporately and individually, Rom.1:17 (Hab.2:4) the just shall live by faith. The church has to give evidence that we are saved by grace through faith, Eph.2:8-10 and thus created in Christ Jesus unto good works, Titus 2:7

Even showing that she has obtained sanctification by faith in Christ Jesus, Acts 26:18

Then will be fulfilled that “wonderful is the work which the Lord designs to accomplish through His church, that His name may be glorified.” (AA p.13)

 

Rest us one more item to discuss, The Glory of the Lord. We read in Eze.48:35 the name of the city shall be “The Lord is there”. When God is there His glory will be seen.

More than once Ezekiel has been in touch with the Glory of the Lord, Eze.1 and 10.

In Eze.3: 12 he hears a voice saying “Blessed be the Glory of the Lord from His place.”

But in Eze.9:3; 10:18, 19; 11:1, 23 Ezekiel has seen the glory of the Lord departing and the reasons for it. Notice in 11:1 what he was shown, 25 men in serious mischief and wickedness

This was cause for the glory of The Lord to depart from the midst of the city, 11:23

 

However in the same chapter a future restoration is promised and predicted, 11:16-20 and in 39:21 God’s glory will even be established among the heathen, beyond Israel.

We read in 1 Sam.4:21 that the glory of the Lord had departed also. The daughter in law of Eli the priest was in childbirth and named her child Ichabot, saying the glory is departed from Israel. But the ark returned and the glory was restored. But in Ezekiel’s time it departed for a long time leaving temple and city in utter ruins.

 

The people of Ezekiel’s time may have remembered that experience and wondered what will happen this time.

What is described in 43:2, 4, 5 and 44:4 may have greatly encouraged them while in captivity.

 

However having established the fact that Ezekiel’s temple never became a reality and never will be, how does this fit with the NT Israel-Church Temple.?

We have noticed from Eze.39:21 that God’s glory will be established even among the heathen. This indicates a far wider influence than OT Israel ever has established, because of their lack of fulfilling their mission in the world.

Mal.3:1 informs  “ Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me; and the Lord whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple and the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in; behold he shall come says the Lord of hosts.”

The SDABC on this text makes it clear that two messengers are involved, John the Baptist preparing the way. Second one, Christ the Messiah, the angel of the covenant. Christ who came to His temple in the days of John the Baptist. But that temple lost its designated position. Matth.21:43; 23:38.

Another temple came into being, the NT Israel-Church Temple Through that temple the

heathen see the glory of God, the Lord is there.

 

What do we know about the glory of God in the time of the NT Israel-Church Temple?

 

Regarding Christ in John 1:14 “we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father.”

When Christ was born the angels sang “glory to God in the highest” Luke 2:14

In Col.1:27 we read “to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of Glory.”

And in 1Tim 3:16 “great is the mystery of godliness; God……………preached unto the gentiles” Who do that preaching? The people of the NT Israel-Church Temple are involved in  the preaching..

In Rev.18:1 we read that in the end time the earth will be lightened with His glory.

Zechariah also gives us the word of the Lord that the man whose name is The Branch shall grow up out of his place and he shall build the temple of the Lord. Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory. Zech.6:12, 13; Isa.11:1

No doubt this Branch is Christ the Lord, the promised Messiah. What Christ did during his 3.5 years active mission was establishing His NT Israel-Church Temple and giving them the Gospel commission, Matth.28:19, 20

 

In the NT Israel-Church Temple Christ is all in all, Eph.1:23; Col.3:11

He is the Light of the world, the Bread of life; the Water of life; our Mercy seat; the law in flesh and blood; the Door which gives entrance to the sanctuary above; and above all He is God’s Glory

When in Christ, we will be Abraham’s seed and part of the NT Israel-Church Temple and

heirs according to the promise, Gal.3:16, 29, notice also Rom.4:13 “heir of the world”.

The ultimate promise being to inherit the earth, Ps.37:11 as Abraham himself looked for,

as stated in Hebr.11:10

 

If that is what we can learn from Ezekiel’s temple vision we have enriched ourselves with a great blessing from a very precious vision.

Was it encouragement for those in captivity in Ezekiel’s day? YES! But also a sweet and

lasting real experience for those who are chosen and part of God’s last day NT Israel-Church Temple, the Remnant of her Seed (Rev.12:17) living in the hour of Judgment (Rev.14:7), the anti-typical Day of Atonement, with Christ the Lord of Glory in their midst.

 

 

Jan T Knopper

Cooranbong August 2007

Edited September 2010

Revisited August 2013

 

 

For readers who are stimulated to do more study re this matter, OT and NT Israel, sanctuary/temple, the following books are recommended to read and study:

  1. SDABC  vol. 1 & 7,re Leviticus and Numbers
  2. The Sanctuary Service by M.L.Andreasen
  3. The Book of Hebrews by M.L.Andreasen.
  4. Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G.White
  5. Christ in His sanctuary, by Ellen G.White
  6. Altar Call, by Dr. Roy Gane
  7. With Jesus in His sanctuary, by Dr.Leslie Hardinge.
  8. The Path to the Throne, by Sarah Peck
  9. Between the Lamb and the Lion, by Cliff.Goldstein
  10. The Sanctuary Made Simple, by Laurence Nelson

 

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