About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Chapters 43, 44, 45, and 46
chapter 43, verse 2 we see the glory of God coming from the east.
Concerning the glory of God, the glory of God came to both the
tabernacle of Moses' day and the temple
that the pronoun "His" in verse 2 refers to the "glory of
God". The "glory
of God" is thus a "He", and in my thinking is Jesus.
One proof of that is
seen in verse 2 as well. "His
voice was like the roar of rushing waters".
The same words are used in Revelation 1:15, concerning the voice
of Jesus. To me, this is one
convincing proof that this temple is the
the pronoun "He" in verse 3. This "He" is the same
"He" in verse 2. In
this verse, "He", or Jesus, was the one who destroyed the
city. I believe this is in
4 confirms that the "glory of the Lord entered the temple"
through the east gate. This
means that Jesus entered the temple through the east gate which confirms
other passages suggesting the same thing.
here that the "east gate" is the east gate to the temple.
We should not confuse this with the east gate to the city of Jerusalem
that exists today.
from verses 6 to 9 of chapter 43 that the temple, and especially the
most holy place, would be the dwelling place of God on earth forever,
and, God would live among the Israelis forever.
Note the word "forever".
is not only special in the eyes of God in this age and in the thousand
year rule of Christ, but forever.
also the references to Israeli kings in verse 7.
will have kings forever. This
tells me that even on the new earth throughout eternity, Israel
will still be a nation with kings forever, even though Jesus will be the
King of Kings. This goes along with what the book of Revelation states
in the last couple of chapters of Revelation.
There will be nations and kings on the new earth.
7 speaks of the throne. This
is where I believe Jesus will rule from.
This I believe is the "throne of David", and it is in
the temple. The throne of
David is not in some parliament building or in some government building
as is the case in the kingdoms of men.
see in verses 10 and 11 the reason for God giving Ezekiel the vision of
this temple. It was so Israel
would see the shame of their sin. Their
sin in comparison to the glory of God in the temple was from one extreme
of the spectrum to another. God's
glory was to point out Israel's sin.
10 and 11 may give us a clue to why we actually see a temple in the
thousand year rule of Christ, which includes all that takes place in the
temple. We struggle
over the idea of sacrifices being made after the cross.
In these thousand years, when Jesus rules from Jerusalem, this passage seems to suggest that
seeing their past sin is important to Jesus.
These sacrifices are a continual reminder to
also in verse 11 that
of verse 11 this question could be asked.
If these instructions were to be written down so Israel could
follow them exactly in the building of this temple, might this suggest
that this temple is the temple to
be build at the end of this age, before the return of Jesus?
If so, then this would not be the millennial temple.
On the other hand could it be possible that the temple that the
Jews will build at the end of this age might be the temple that would be
in the millennium, but restored. I
can't say for sure at this moment, but if you think it is, you must
realize that this temple is not built on the site of the old temple
where the Islamic Dome of the Rock is now situated.
44 introduces a very controversial person called the "prince".
He is mentioned in chapters 44:3, 45:7,16,17, 22,
46:2,4,8,10,12,16,17,18, and 48:21,22.
The hard to answer question is, "who is this prince"?
Some believe this prince is Jesus, but I don't see this being so.
verse 2 of chapter 44 we note that "the Lord" took Ezekiel to
the east gate of the temple. The
east gate was then shut because "the Lord, the God of Israel, has
entered through it". This
was now a very special gate. We've
seen earlier that the glory of God came through this gate which we noted
would have been Jesus Himself. So
it is actually Jesus who entered this gate.
The only one that could actually come close to the gate was a
particular prince, who is introduced to us in verse 4.
We need to note though that the text does not say this prince
could enter through the gate. It
says he could only eat at the gate.
question is, "who is this prince".
We will see that it is not Jesus.
It is a particular ruler of Israel.
We will talk more
about this later.
Ezekiel 44 and the temple being filled with the glory of
the Lord. In verses 5
and 6 God tells Ezekiel to pay close attention to the temple and all
that was to take place in the temple.
I believe that if this temple was a symbolic temple, the Lord
would not have told Ezekiel to pay close attention.
thing that God was upset with
note in verse 24 that priests are to be judges if there are disputes
among Israelis. This brings
up a question. If this is
indeed the Millennium spoken of here, why is there disputes.
This time is note as a time of peace.
I don't believe the Scripture says that the thousand year rule of
Christ will be without any conflict.
It appears that there won't be any wars, any national conflict,
but that doesn't mean there won't be any personal conflict.
As a matter of fact, if you read the last chapter of Zechariah,
you will note that there is the possibility of people disobeying Jesus
in the thousand years.
chapter 45, verse 7, 16, and 17 where we learn more about this prince.
in Ezekiel 45:7 that this prince is given a portion of land when all the
chapter 45, verses 13 and following we see the mention of certain
offerings which are to be a gift for the prince.
The food mentioned here seems to suggest that the prince will eat
it. In verse 17 the prince
with these offerings will make atonement for sins.
The big question is why does atonement need to be made for sins
during this time in history. The
only thing that I can say is that this atonement looks back to the
cross, instead of looking forward to the cross as was the case in Old
Testament times. That being
said, the verb tense of this verse doesn't seem to suggest the offerings
as being made to look backwards in time.
It seems to suggest a present day atoning of sin.
this part of the passage we see that the prince is actually in charge of
the offerings even though the priests administer the offerings.
verse 22 this prince provides a sin offering for himself.
This should tell us that this prince is not Jesus.
Jesus does not need a sin offering being made for Himself.
chapter 45, verse 13 and following we see instructions for offerings and
holy days. This is what
confuses many. Why are there
offerings and holy days, especially when the apostle Paul and the book
of Hebrews teaches that these have become obsolete.
I don't know if I have the answer, other than what I've said
before, and that is, all these offerings and holy days are memorials of
the cross of Christ. There
might be one more thing to note here.
now note more about this prince. This
prince is also mentioned in Ezekiel 46:2.
He is to stand by the gate. Also
in verse 2 the text says that "he is to worship at the
pronoun "he" in context would refer to the prince.
I don't believe Jesus will be worshipping.
He will be worshipped.
4 tells us that the prince brings burnt offerings to the Lord.
I don't see that this prince could be Jesus.
verse 16 we note that this prince has more than one son.
I suggest that this prince is not Jesus. He is a human prince,
subject to Jesus Himself.
chapter 48:21 and 22 we see a certain portion of property given to the
conclude that this prince is not Jesus.
Again, he is a civil leader under Jesus' authority.
In chapter 46:1 we see the words "working days". Some might not like this, but if the last eight chapters concerns the Millennium, it is clear that some kind of work will be done during the thousand year rule of Christ.