Ezekiel

 

Ezekiel Chapter 46

 

  • Ezekiel 46:1 Thus saith the Lord GOD; The gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

The Sabbath of rest is reinstituted during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. Worship is opened up on the Sabbath day. 

  • Ezekiel 46:2 And the prince shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate without, and shall stand by the post of the gate, and the priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he shall worship at the threshold of the gate: then he shall go forth; but the gate shall not be shut until the evening. 
  • 3 Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the door of this gate before the LORD in the sabbaths and in the new moons. 
  • 4 And the burnt offering that the prince shall offer unto the LORD in the sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish. 
  • 5 And the meat offering shall be an ephah for a ram, and the meat offering for the lambs as he shall be able to give, and a hin of oil to an ephah. 
  • 6 And in the day of the new moon it shall be a young bullock without blemish, and six lambs, and a ram: they shall be without blemish. 
  • 7 And he shall prepare a meat offering, an ephah for a bullock, and an ephah for a ram, and for the lambs according as his hand shall attain unto, and a hin of oil to an ephah. 
  • 8 And when the prince shall enter, he shall go in by the way of the porch of that gate, and he shall go forth by the way thereof. 
  • 9 But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it. 
  • 10 And the prince in the midst of them, when they go in, shall go in; and when they go forth, shall go forth. 
  • 11 And in the feasts and in the solemnities the meat offering shall be an ephah to a bullock, and an ephah to a ram, and to the lambs as he is able to give, and a hin of oil to an ephah. 
  • 12 Now when the prince shall prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily unto the LORD, one shall then open him the gate that looketh toward the east, and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day: then he shall go forth; and after his going forth one shall shut the gate. 
  • 13 Thou shalt daily prepare a burnt offering unto the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish: thou shalt prepare it every morning. 
  • 14 And thou shalt prepare a meat offering for it every morning, the sixth part of an ephah, and the third part of a hin of oil, to temper with the fine flour; a meat offering continually by a perpetual ordinance unto the LORD. 
  • 15 Thus shall they prepare the lamb, and the meat offering, and the oil, every morning for a continual burnt offering. 
  • 16 Thus saith the Lord GOD; If the prince give a gift unto any of his sons, the inheritance thereof shall be his sons'; it shall be their possession by inheritance. 
  • 17 But if he give a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it shall be his to the year of liberty; after it shall return to the prince: but his inheritance shall be his sons' for them. 
  • 18 Moreover the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; but he shall give his sons inheritance out of his own possession: that my people be not scattered every man from his possession. 
  • 19 After he brought me through the entry, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north: and, behold, there was a place on the two sides westward. 
  • 20 Then said he unto me, This is the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they shall bake the meat offering; that they bear them not out into the utter court, to sanctify the people. 
  • 21 Then he brought me forth into the utter court, and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and, behold, in every corner of the court there was a court. 
  • 22 In the four corners of the court there were courts joined of forty cubits long and thirty broad: these four corners were of one measure. 
  • 23 And there was a row of building round about in them, round about them four, and it was made with boiling places under the rows round about. 
  • 24 Then said he unto me, These are the places of them that boil, where the ministers of the house shall boil the sacrifice of the people. 

This chapter in Ezekiel continues to describe the worship during the time after the future tribulation when Christ is here in person ruling the earth. He sets up worship similar to what was required under the law of Moses. 

Perhaps all these things show them what it should have been like in the days of the Old Testament and how they could have had peace and perfect worship if they would have wholly followed the Lord instead of turning aside and followed the ways of the heathen. 

It would seem as if the prince who some believe is the Messiah was leading them in the worship of God. Sabbath worship is restored as we see. This all occurs for as least 1000 years until the rebellion occurs and Satan is let loose for a season to try to deceive all that he can. 

Unfortunately many will follow Satan and will be destroyed in the end. 

During the 1000 year reign of Christ it seems that there are natural people who are not yet what we call saved or born again so perhaps that is why this type of worship is set up since Jesus Christ is here ruling. Perhaps also it is a memorial to remember the sacrifice for sins that Jesus paid for when He came the first time similar to what occurs when we observe the Lord's supper as a memorial of His death on the cross. 

One thing we know for sure, God always has a reason for doing what He does. It may serve as a reminder too that sin is a serious thing and there has to be a sacrifice for sin for the law says that the soul that sins shall die. 

At this time Jesus is in His glorified state and will not die again for sins so perhaps this is a remembrance so that people do not forget that sin separates us from God and they must repent of sin and desire to be free from sin in order to be reconciled to God and be saved. 

When other nations and people observe this worship they probably will be showing that they believe and are doing their part to observe and recognize that God is God and whatever is required to worship God, they do. 

Israel at this time has been restored all the land that they have been promised since the days of Abraham. No doubt Abraham is one of them ruling in this new kingdom. 

This time in the future of mankind is one that is showing the world what the earth will be like under the reign of the perfect one, Jesus Christ. 

Those who formerly accepted Jesus, believed in Him for their salvation and accepted the free gift of eternal life, are in their new bodies. They cannot be tempted neither are they in any danger of losing their souls because when they were in their natural bodies they made their decision to follow Christ. They no doubt will be leaders and reign with Christ over the natural people living on the earth at that time. 

This is a time of testing to show the world what it is like to have a perfect leader. Satan is bound during this time and cannot deceive so all will be taught the truth of God's word. 

We will understand this more as this time approaches and God reveals to us the meaning of these things and why this type of government is set up. 

We do know in studying the book of Revelation that this type of government and worship system will only be in place for 1000 years. After the rebellion and final end, God Himself comes to live among His creation. 

  • Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 

Chapter 21 of Revelation goes on to explain the New Heaven and New Earth that will have no need of a temple. The lamb of God, Jesus Christ and God the Father will be there instead of a temple, instead of the sun or the moon. It is going to be a glorious day. 

We see then that this worship we read of in Ezekiel is not eternal. 


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