Tag: Book of Ezekiel

The Land Redistributed

THE LAND WILL BE REDISTRIBUTED

Text: Ezekiel 47:13-48:35

Focus: Ezekiel 47:13,14,21,22; 48:1,10,11,21,23,31-35

During the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ, the Promised Land will be divided among the tribes of Israel. Jerusalem will be the City of God and Christ will control government and religion from there. God WILL KEEP HIS PROMISE TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC , JACOB AND DAVID.

The Land of Promise:

Gen 12:5 says  And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Gen 12:6  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
Gen 12:7  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

Heb 11:8 says  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Heb 11:9  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Heb 11:10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

The Throne of Promise:

2Ch 7:18 says  Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, according as I have covenanted with David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Israel.

Psa 132:11 says  The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; [Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne].
Psa 132:12  If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
Psa 132:13  [For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation].

Isa 9:6 says  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isa 9:8  The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

Luk 1:32 says  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

*****”REMEMBER GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS WORD!

The land will be divided so that the Temple area stands separated from the rest!

*****It would be good to remember a couple of scriptures:

Psa 122:6 says  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Gen 12:3 says  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

OUR TEXT:

Eze 47:13  Thus saith the Lord GOD; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.
Eze 47:14  And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another: [concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your fathers]: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.

THE PROMISE OF DOUBLE PORTION TO JOSEPH WILL STILL EXIST DURING THE MILLENIAL REIGN:

Gen 48:3  And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
Gen 48:4  And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
Gen 48:5  And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
Gen 48:6  And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

WHY? BECAUSE OF WHAT HIS BROTHERS HAD DONE JOSEPH GOT THE RIGHT OF THE FIRSTBORN SON, A DOUBLE PORTION.

Now we know that at the time of Ezekiel there were only two tribes left, Judah and Benjamin. The Northern tribes, the other ten tribes, had been taken away many years ago by the Assyrians. This happened about 722BC.

God will not forget about any of the tribes of Israel. Some still say the lost tribes of Israel but God knows where every one of His children are at, at all times.

*****THERE IS A BIG DISPUTE IN PALESTINE OVER WHO OWNS THE LAND BUT NO MATTER WHAT IS SAID, THE BIBLE SAYS GOD GAVE THIS LAND TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL!

In fact the name Palestine means the “land of the Hebrews”.

GOD CREATED THIS WORLD AND GOD OWNS IT ALL.

Gen 14:19 SAYS  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of [the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth]:

Psa 24:1 SAYS The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psa 115:16 SAYS  The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: [but the earth hath he given to the children of men].

Luk 10:21 SAYS  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

*****WE CAN SEE GOD HAS GIVEN EVERYTHING TO CHRIST JESUS!

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Eze 47:21  So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.
Eze 47:22  And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you, [and to the strangers that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you: and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel].

God told Abraham how big this land would be.

Gen 15:18 SAYS  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

But we know that when Jesus Christ returns and there will be at least one earthquake and the land will certainly change so it will be interesting to see where these two landmarks will be then. There is an awful lot of land between the Nile river and the Euphrates river right now.

In verse 47 we see a couple more things.

If we realize that this is the time of the Millennial Kingdom then we can see something special in these verses.

*****WE KNOW THAT THIS IS AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS AFTER THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. WE KNOW THAT THE GLORIFIED BODY OF THE SAINTS WILL CHANGED AND AS FAR AS CHILDREN BEING BORN THE CHURCH WILL BE AS THE ANGELS:

Mat 22:30 SAYS  For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Mar 12:25 SAYS  For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

*****NOW NOTICE THAT LIVING AMONG THESE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL THERE WILL BE SOME PEOPLE THAT WILL BARE CHILDREN.

SO WE SEE:

1.) We have Christ Our Lord ruling:

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

2.) We have the Saints of God:

Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

3.) We have the regathered Children of Israel:

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and [will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee].

The Prophesy of the Second Coming.

4.) Now we have strangers, Gentiles, living amongst these children of Israel and having babies.

These will be exciting times.

BUT WHAT ELSE DO WE SEE?

Rev 20:7 SAYS  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

*****WE CAN SEE THAT GOD WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO GO ON INTO ETERNAL LIFE WITHOUT FIRST BEING TEMPTED BY THE DEVIL. SATAN WILL BE RELEASED FOR A LITTLE SEASON.

THEN HIS END AND THE WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT:

Rev 20:10  And [the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone], where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

*****WE CAN SEE NO MATTER WHERE YOU READ IN THE BIBLE, IT WILL NOT CONTRADICT ITSELF!

OUR TEXT:

Eze 48:1  Now these are the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goeth to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.

Eze 48:23  As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.

The division of Israel at this time will be according to tribal identification and nothing else. The only thing that matters is the tribe of your ancestors.

****The four sons of Leah and Rachel are given the lands closest to the Temple and the sons of Bilpah and Zilpah are given the lands farthest ot the North and South.

*****NO INDIVIDUAL MERIT, WEALTH OR TALENT IS INVOLVED. THIS IS SIMPLY A BIRTHRIGHT SELECTION. MEN MIGHT NOT KNOW THEIR ANCESTRY BUT “GOD ALWAYS DOES”.

GOD KNOWS WHAT FAMILY BELONGS TO WHAT TRIBE.

*****IN A LIKE MANNER GOD KNOWS HIS CHILDREN IN THE CHURCH TODAY. WE MAY FORGET FROM TIME TO TIME THAT WE ARE BORN AGAIN AND SAVED BUT GOD WILL NEVER FORGET.

*****AREN’T YOU GLAD OUR SECURITY DOES NOT DEPEND ON US, AND THAT “IT DEPENDS ON GOD”!

What else do we see? THIS IS AN INHERETANCE, IT IS NOT A REWARD FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE. THIS IS NOT PART OF THE REWARDS YOU WILL RECEIVE AT THE BEMA SEAT NOR IS IT FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FOR MAKING IT THROUGH THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. IT IS SIMPLY GOD KEEPING A COVENANT PROMISE JUST AS HE SAID.

THIS IS NOT THE ETERNAL LIFE THAT WILL COME LATER AFTER THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM PROMISES OF GOD.

OUR TEXT:

Eze 48:10  [And for them, even for the priests, shall be this holy oblation]; toward the north five and twenty thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south five and twenty thousand in length: and the sanctuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof.
Eze 48:11  It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

Eze 48:21  And the residue shall be for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the five and twenty thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the five and twenty thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; [and the sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst thereof].

What we see in verse 48:10 is that the Priests are given some land. This was not done in the division by Joshua. But 48:11 says what we also see is that only those that are descendants of Zadok are now considered for priesthood. He was the one that stayed true to King David at the time of Absoloms rebellion. It is that group that will serve in the Temple of the Lord. Don’t let those measurements fool us. It appears to be about one hundred square miles. About half the size of Israel now. And 48:21 says The Temple will be square in the middle of this land.

*****THIS DIVISION OF THE LAND IS BASED ON THOSE THAT WERE FAITHFUL TO THE LORD. THEY WILL BE THE CLOSEST TO HIM. I BELIEVE THE BRIDE OF CHRIST ALSO FITS THIS CATEGORY AND THE SAINTS OF GOD WILL BE EVEN CLOSER THAN THEY.

Rev 19:7 SAYS  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8 SAYS  And to her was granted that [she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white]: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Rev 19:14 SAYS  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, [clothed in fine linen, white and clean].

THE SAINTS OF GOD HAVE BEEN WITH HIM SINCE DEATH AND THE RAPTURE.

Rev 1:5 SAYS  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 1:6  And [hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father]; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

IT DOESN’T SAY THIS IN THE PROMISES OF THE MILLENIAL KINGDOM TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.

OUR TEXT:

Eze 48:31  And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi.
Eze 48:32  And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan.
Eze 48:33  And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun.
Eze 48:34  At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.
Eze 48:35  It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.

These gates are not the gates of New Jerusalem, but they will have the same name. There is a good reason for this for it shows us that salvation is of the Jews. It is the Jew that preserved the “Word of God”. 

*****WE CAN ALSO SEE THAT ANY GENTILE THAT WALKS THROUGH THOSE GATES CAN READILY SEE THAT SALVATION IS OF THE JEW.

Jesus told the woman at the well:

Joh 4:20  Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: [for salvation is of the Jews].

*****YOU SEE WHEN GOD CALLS SOMEONE OR SOME NATION FOR A CERTAIN TASK HE WILL SEE THAT THAT TASK IS COMPLETED BY HIS OWN POWER.

*****WE CAN BE THAT VESSEL FOR THE LORDS USE IF WE JUST COME TO KNOW HIM AS SAVIOUR. GOD CHOSE ISRAEL OUT OF ALL NATIONS TO BRING FORTH HIS WORD AND THEY DID.

Rom 5:20 SAYS  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. [But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:]
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, [even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord].

Rom 11:29 says  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

*****THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN IT SEEMS ALL IS LOST BUT THIS IS NEVER TRUE ABOUT GOD’S PEOPLE, NO MATTER WHAT SATAN TRIES TO TELL YOU.

Joh 14:2 SAYS  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

*****JUST AS MUCH AS WE BELIEVE IN OUR SALVATION AND THE RAPTURE, AND THE TRIBULATION PERIOD AND THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM WE CAN BELIEVE THIS VERSE ALSO.

WE WILL SPEND ETERNITY WITH OUR LORD JESUS, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME.

WE CAN BE CERTAIN THAT EACH ONE OF GOD’S PROMISES WILL COME TO PASS JUST AS HE SAID THEY WOULD.

LET’S PRAY!

The River Will Be Rerouted

THE RIVER WILL BE REROUTED

Text: Ezekiel:1-12

THE ONLY WAY TO TEACH THESE LESSONS ARE WITH GOD’S WORD. WE WILL SEE A LOT OF SCRIPTURE!

Most every major city in the world is located on a river. Even in America most major cities are located on a river. One of the one’s that are not is the city of Atlanta.

*****In Palestine we have Jerusalem. We know that Jerusalem has been in the forefront of the Bible throughout it’s scriptures. We know that the Jordan river is close to Jerusalem. The Jordan is mentioned 197 times in the Bible. We will see from this lesson that the Jordan will be rerouted during the time of the Millennial Kingdom.

Isa 51:3 says  For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and [he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD]; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Psa 46:4 says  [There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
Psa 46:5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved]: God shall help her, and that right early.

Zec 14:8 says  And it shall be in that day, [that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
Zec 14:9  [And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one].
Zec 14:10  All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.
Zec 14:11  And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

*****Let’s look at the rivers of the Garden of Eden as we study this lesson:

Gen 2:10 says  And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
Gen 2:11  The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
Gen 2:12  And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
Gen 2:13  And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
Gen 2:14  And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

Remember the apostle John also saw a river:

Rev 22:1 says  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Our Text:

Eze 47:1  Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
Eze 47:2  Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

We talked about this house in the last lesson. This is the Temple described by Ezekiel to be built during the Millennial reign of our Lord Jesus.

We already know that there is no river that now begins at the location where the Temple existed and where it is said to be rebuilt. What the Bible teaches is that the Earth will be rebuilt and could even be like it was before the flood of Noah’s day. This will happen just before or during the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ our Lord. This will be a time of “miracles”, a display of God’s power. God is not confined by the natural laws. It is God that created it all and he will recreate some, if not all of during this time. We will see that the gradual size of the river displays God’s care for His people at this time.

*****The first river mentioned in Genesis is the “Pison” (pronounced pee-shone’). Many Bible scholars believe this to be the River Jordan. The word Pison means “freely”.

YOU SEE SALVATION IS FREELY GIVEN, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD!

Isa 55:1 SAYS  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Isa 55:2  Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Isa 55:3  Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and [your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you], even the sure mercies of David.

Rev 22:17 SAYS  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

THE WATERS OF THE RIVER OF LIFE CANNOT BE BOUGHT!

THE THINGS OF GOD CANNOT BE PURCHASED WITH SILVER OR GOLD!

Rom 3:24 SAYS  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

*****THIS WATER THAT FLOWS FROM THIS NEW TEMPLE IS FLOWING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD.

Psa 3:8 SAYS  [Salvation belongeth unto the LORD]: thy blessing is upon thy people.

WE MUST REMEMBER THE WATER OF LIFE IS FREE TO WHOSOEVER WILL COME AND DRINK BUT GOD PAID A DEAR PRICE FOR IT. IT COST HIM THE LIFE OF HIS SON, HIS ONLY SON.

Joh 3:16 SAYS  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Rom 8:32 SAYS  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

1Co 2:12 SAYS  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1Pe 5:6 SAYS  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

*****The second river that flowed from the Garden of Eden was called the “Gihon”.

The idea behind this name is to gush forth, somewhat like an artesian well then swell to become deep and wide.

GOD HAS PROVIDED LIFE FROM HIS HOUSE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME!

THE SALVATION OF MAN IS NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT WITH GOD IT HAS BEEN HIS PLAN ALL ALONG AND IT IS HIS PLAN AND WE SHOULD NOT QUESTION ANY PLAN OF GOD.

Isa 53:6 SAYS  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Rev 13:8 SAYS  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

JESUS IS THAT LIVING WATER THAT CAME TO US BY THE WAY OF SACRIFICE. HE CAME BY WAY OF THE CROSS TO GUSH OUT THE BLOOD OF OUR SALVATION.

JESUS IS GOD’S LAMB.

Gen 22:8 SAYS  And Abraham said, My son, [God will provide “himself” a lamb] for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

Joh 1:29 SAYS  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

THE DEATH OF JESUS ON THE CROSS WAS THE FATHER’S SACRIFICE FOR OUR SIN. ON THIS ALTAR DID JESUS PAY THE SIN DEBT FOR ALL TIME!

Gal 1:3 SAYS  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Gal 1:4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Eph 5:1 SAYS  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 

Heb 10:9 SAYS  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

*****SIN CANNOT GET WIDER NOR DEEPER THAN THE RIVER OF LIFE THAT COVERS ALL SIN!

Col 1:20 SAYS  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Heb 9:22 SAYS  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

*****THE RIVER OF LIFE HAS A DEFINATE PATH AND PLAN. IT IS WIDE ENOUGH AND DEEP ENOUGH THAT IT’S COURSE IS UNCHANGABLE. THIS PLAN CANNOT BE ALTERED OR CHANGED IN ANY WAY.

Joh 14:6 SAYS  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

2Ti 1:9 SAYS  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

THIS IS WHY WE CAN TRUST IN OUR SALVATION, THAT IS WHY IT IS CALLED FAITH!

Eph 3:11 SAYS  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Heb 11:6 SAYS  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

AS BELIEVERS WE CAN KNOW THE COMPLETED WORK OF GOD [BECAUSE HE CAME HIMSELF TO SET US FREE]!

*****YOU SEE GOD’S LOVE IS SO AMAZING AND FAR REACHING IT IS BEYOND HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING!

1.) The “breadth” of His love is wide enough to embrace the whole world.

1Jn 2:1 says  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

2.) The “length” of His love cannot be measured.

Isa 53:10 says  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11  He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

3.) The “depth” of His love is greater than any depth.

Eph 4:8 says  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

4.) The “height” of His love is all the way to the throne of Heaven.

Heb 6:17 says  Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Heb 6:18  That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Heb 6:19  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Heb 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

*****YOU SEE OUR LORD IS NOT YET HERE ON EARTH AGAIN BUT IS BACK IN THE GLORIES OF HEAVEN WAITING FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF TIME TILL HE RETURNS.

Heb 9:24 SAYS  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

AGAIN BACK TO OUR TEXT:

Eze 47:3  And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Eze 47:4  Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
Eze 47:5  Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.

The third river mentioned in the Book of Genesis is the “Hiddekel”. This is believed to be the Tigris River that flows through Iraq today.

“It means to be rapid or swift.”

Three times we have seen that He brought him through the river and it got deeper every time.

*****YOU SEE EACH AND EVERYTIME WE COME TO THE RIVER OF LIFE WE WILL GROW IN GRACE.

Remember Ezekiel said the river was at first ankle deep, then knee deep and now up to the waste.

*****YOU SEE BABES IN CHRIST CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO DIVE IN TO THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD, BUT AFTER A WHILE EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET IN AND SPLASH AROUND IN THE DEEPER THINGS. AS THE WATER GETS DEEPER AND SWIFTER WE NEED TO DEPEND MORE ON ONE ANOTHER AND WORK TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD. We must put our focus on Jesus

Act 20:32 says  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Heb 12:1 says  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Eze 47:6  And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
Eze 47:7  Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
Eze 47:8  Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
Eze 47:9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
Eze 47:10  And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
Eze 47:11  But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
Eze 47:12  And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

The fourth river mentioned in the Book of Genesis is the “Euphrates”. This word means “sweet”.

Ezekiel had to travel about a mile from the Temple to get to this part of the river. He had seen the fountainhead at God’s Throne. He had been ankle deep and knee deep and waist deep but now he could not pass over the river for it’s might.

*****YOU SEE WHEN WE REACH THAT POINT IN OUR CHRISTAIN LIVES THAT WE KNOW WE CAN NO LONGER GO ALONE BUT MUST PLACE ALL OUR TRUST IN GOD TO CARRY US THROUGH THE RIVERS OF LIFE, THEN WE CAN BE SECURE IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE.

*****YOU KNOW THE APOSTLE PETER GET’S A LOT OF RIDICULE WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THAT BOAT ON THE SEA OF GALILEE BUT HE WAS THE ONLY ONE TO DO SO. BUT EVEN THOUGH HE SANK WE KNOW THAT HE WALKED BACK TO THAT BOAT HOLDING TO THE ARM OF JESUS. IF WE DO NOT HOLD TO THE ARM OF JESUS THEN THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD WILL OVERWHELM US AND CAUSE US TO STUMBLE.

*****IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE ALL ABOUT JESUS!

2Co 12:9 SAYS  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

*****LET’S NEXT SEE THE HEALING POWER OF THIS RIVER.

We know that the River Jordan runs into the Dead Sea and the Dead Sea is so named because there is no life in it.

This River of the New Temple will heal this Sea and the land around it.

Psa 103:1 Says Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Psa 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psa 103:3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Psa 103:4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Psa 103:5  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The children of Israel will be revived. The Land area of this world will be revived.

“ALL BECAUSE OUR LORD JESUS BRINGS WITH HIM THE RIVER OF LIFE BOTH PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.”

Amo 9:13 SAYS  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
Amo 9:14  And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
Amo 9:15  And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

*****YOU SEE THE WORLD WILL CHANGE WHEN CHRIST OUR LORD COMES TO CLAIM HIS CREATION. ALL GOD’S CHILDREN WILL NEED TO GO DOWN TO THE RIVER.

As Christians we have these words of God:

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

*****ONE DRINK OF THE RIVER OF LIFE AND OUR THIRSTING SOUL IS QUENCHED AND GOD IS SATISFIED!

Joh 4:10 SAYS  Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

AND

Joh 4:14 SAYS  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Psa 36:9 SAYS  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Rev 7:17 SAYS  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Isa 12:3 SAYS  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

Rev 22:1 SAYS  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

*****YOU KNOW ALL WE HEAR ABOUT IN OUR WORLD TODAY IS HOW THE EARTH WILL SOON END. THE EARTH WILL BE DESTROYED BY THE CLIMATE CHANGE, OR NUCLEAR WAR, OR THE SUN GETTING SO HOT AND MANY OTHER THINGS ARE SAID BUT “WE HAVE THE SURE WORD OF GOD THAT TELLS US THE COMING TRIBULATION, THE COMING MILLENNIAL KINGDOM AND THE COMING ETERNAL LIFE IN A HEAVEN GREATER THAN ANYTHING WE CAN THINK OF.

WHY WOULD ANYONE NOT WANT TO HAVE THIS LIFE DESCRIBED BY GOD’S WORD.

GOD HAS MADE IT SO EASY.

ALL ANYONE HAS TO DO IS BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THEY SHALL BE SAVED!

Hab 2:14 SAYS  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

LET’S PRAY!

Will The Temple Be Rebuilt

WILL THE TEMPLE WILL BE REBUILT?

Our Text: Ezekiel 40-46

Our Focus: Ezekiel 43:1-12; 44:1-4; 46:1-4

You can go to Israel today and buy bonds that are sold to raise money to rebuild the Temple. Just today I read where the Prime Minister of Israel said he would never hand Jerusalem over to any other country. The people of Israel are serious about the Temple Mount they feel like has been stolen from them. Let’s see what the Bible says. That’s where the truth lies!

*****Why are these things important to the Christian?

Before Moses died he gave the children of Israel a final sermon. He told them how they would rebel against the Lord God and the results of such a rebellion. Moses then told them this scripture:

Deu 30:1  And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
Deu 30:2  [And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;
Deu 30:3  That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee], and {will return} and [gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee].

Throughout the Bible God has not held anything back about the children of Israel. In fact many have come to hate them. But as Christians we must not forget the word of God, THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD.

YOU SEE GOD WILL FULFILL EVERY PROMISE MADE IN THE BIBLE.

Verse 30 says “the Lord thy God [will return]”

*****AS CHRISTIANS WE KNOW THIS AS THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.
*****AS CHRISTIANS WE KNOW THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
*****AS CHRISTIANS WE NEED TO BELIEVE THE WORD OF GOD, THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD. GOD HAS NEVER BROKEN A PROMISE TO HIS PEOPLE. THAT INCLUDES THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH.

We must remember that there are no unimportant words in the Bible!

2Ti 3:16 says  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

We should carefully study all prophetic scripture for it’s truth! We will begin with part of the Book of Ezekiel.

The name ‘Ezekiel’ means, the strength of God or God strengthens. Everyone that is in this Born Again should be able to say “God Strengthens” is part of our name. If we are not depending on God then we are depending on our own strength and that strength will fail us every day.

*****LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT EZEKIEL AS A PERSON.

Ezekiel was born into the noble family of Buzi, who was in the family of Zadok, who was the faithful Priest in the time of King David. He was born around 622 BC and was about twenty years younger than the Prophet Jeremiah.

Eze 48:11 says  It shall be for the priests that are sanctified of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my charge, which went not astray when the children of Israel went astray, as the Levites went astray.

Because he was a priest he was highly educated. He knew all the priestly duties and traditions. Ezekiel witnessed the revival in the time of King Josiah and he also witnessed the rapid decline back to idolatry.

*****You know anything we place higher than Our Lord is an idol. That pet sin could be an idol robbing you of blessings.

Ezekiel witnessed the surrender of Jehoiakim to Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC. He saw the precious things of the Temple carted off as simple war plunder. He probably saw Daniel and those with him being hauled away to a foreign land.

You see God used three courageous young men at this time:

1.) Jeremiah stayed with the inhabitants of Judah and you can read all about that in the book of Jeremiah.

2.) Daniel who was hauled off by Nebuchadnezzar and was quickly established as a leader in the government of Babylon.

3.) And Ezekiel, who was chosen to live among the captives with the message of God.

Ezekiel did not go to Babylon at the time of Daniel but later in the rebellion of Zedekiah. He was about twenty five years old at this time.

You see it would have been at the age off 30 before Ezekiel would have assumed his priestly duties. His future as a priest in the Temple of God was over. There was no Temple, it had been destroyed, there was only a broken nation in captivity to world rulers of that time, the rule of Babylon. Israel would not be a nation again until May 14, 1948 when again they became a nation.

But you see no matter our circumstances God has something for us to do.

Ezekiel could not be their priest he had trained to be so God called him to be a prophet and a watchman for the house of Israel.

Eze 3:15 says  Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
Eze 3:16  And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 3:17  Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Ezekiel lost his wife at the age of 34, but God instructed him not to mourn for her:

Eze 24:16 says  Son of man, behold, [I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke]: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
Eze 24:17  Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.
Eze 24:18  So I spake unto the people in the morning: [and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded].

Ezekiel was aware of Daniel and how Daniel had stayed true to the Lord:

Eze 14:13 says  Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
Eze 14:14  Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

*****SO WHAT CAN WE SEE FROM ALL THIS?

EZEKIEL WAS A HUMAN BEING WITH MORE PROBLEMS THAN WE COULD EVER IMAGINE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE, YET HE STAYED TRUE AND SERVED THE LORD.

1.) When we read the book off Jeremiah we can see that for the most part his message was centered on the “judgement” of God.

2.) When we read the book of Daniel we can see that for the most part he had a message of “righteousness”.

3.) When we read the book of Ezekiel we can see his message was the “Glory of God”.

WE CAN SEE WHEN THEIR MESSAGES WERE ALL PUT TOGETHER IT WAS SOLID PREACHING DURING THIS TIME OF CAPTIVITY OF GOD’S CHILDREN.

WE CAN SEE WHY WE NEED OUR PASTOR TO KEEP PREACHING THE WHOLE COUNCEL OF GOD. WE NEED TO HEAR WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY AND WE NEED SOMEONE TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORD TO US.

Neh 8:8 SAYS  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

*****The book of Ezekiel is one of the most orderly, logical and chronological books of the Bible. Almost every event is documented to the day, the month and the year it happened. There is no confusion of it’s time frame.

*****Remember he was prophesying to a people captive by an evil nation. They did not ever think they would be going back home. They needed reminding that “THEY WERE GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.”

WE NEED THAT SAME REMINDING EVERYDAY OF OUR LIVES. THE CHURCH IS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.

HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE US AT ANY TIME. GOD WILL KEEP EVERY PROMISE HE MADE TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL AND HE WILL DO EVERYTHING HE SAID HE WOULD DO FOR HIS BRIDE, THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST.

Let’s begin: THE PLACE OF THE THRONE

Eze 43:1  Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east:
Eze 43:2  And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
Eze 43:3  And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
Eze 43:4  And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east.
Eze 43:5  So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.
Eze 43:6  And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.
Eze 43:7  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 for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.
Eze 43:8  In their setting of their threshold by my thresholds, and their post by my posts, and the wall between me and them, they have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger.
Eze 43:9  Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever.
Eze 43:10  Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.
Eze 43:11  And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
Eze 43:12  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.

*****In the near future, the world will witness the most awesome event in all of human history. Jesus Christ will physically return to Earth in order to exact vengeance on the enemies of God. Known as the “Commander of Heaven’s Armies,” Christ will appear in sky like lightning, and every eye will see Him.

Mat 24:27 says  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Rev 19:11 says  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

*****His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives, on the very place from which He ascended, and thus fulfill a prophecy made almost 2,000 years by two angels on the Mount of Olives:

Act 1:9 says  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Act 1:12 says  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

When Christ returns, He will enter Jerusalem through the Eastern Gate of the Old City walls. In so doing, He will fulfill not only the prophecy of these two angels, but innumerable prophecies recorded by God’s prophets for the benefit of mankind.

The Valley of Jehoshaphat is on the eastern side of Jerusalem, between the city and the Mount of Olives. This valley is known in Scripture only by the name “the brook Kidron.”

Joh 18:1  When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

*****The Eastern Gate

Approximately 2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel was given a vision of the Glory of the Lord:

Ezekiel 43:1-4

*****Ezekiel’s vision was no ordinary vision, for He witnessed nothing less than the Glorious Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ezekiel describes in his vision what Jesus told His disciples when warning them to guard against false prophets who claim the Messiah has arrived – “that he is in this place or that place”. Jesus tells us not to believe such people, for when He returns, [all] eyes will see Him simultaneously:

In addition, Ezekiel’s vision offers further details of the Lord’s Glorious Appearing:

1) He will appear from the East.
2) The sound of His coming will be like the roar of rushing waters.
and
3) He will enter the Temple through the Eastern gateway.

The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ will once again walk through the Eastern Gate is confirmed in Ezekiel 44:

“Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut. Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut. It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.” Ezekiel 44:1-3 (KJV)

Not only does this passage reiterate certain details of the Lord’s Glorious Appearing, but it offers substantial evidence to the unbeliever that the Bible is the Word of God. Why? Because Ezekiel 44 demonstrates the astounding accuracy of Bible prophecy, providing evidence that can verified firsthand by anyone who doubts.

Over 2,600 years ago, the Lord declared the Eastern Gate would be shut and would remain closed until the Messiah arrived to open it. For hundreds of years, the Eastern Gate offered convenient, unfettered access to the Temple courtyard. Yet, for almost five hundred years now, it’s been closed.

Is it in our generation, the Messiah will open it?

*****A LITTLE History of the Eastern Gate

The Eastern Gate is one of eight gates built into the walls which surround the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Eastern Gate provides the only entrance from the East, and it faces the Mount of Olives.

The Eastern Gate was destroyed during the Roman conquest of Jerusalem, and the subsequent destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70, thus fulfilling Christ’s prophecy that there will “not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down”. Prior to this, the Eastern Gate had never been sealed.

Mat 24:2  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

*****Sometime in the sixth or seventh century, the Byzantines rebuilt the Eastern Gate. The exact year they did so remains a matter of debate. However, for our purposes, what happened after it was rebuilt is of much greater importance. In the year 1541, the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I sealed the Eastern Gate. Historians disagree as to why he did this, but legend abound that, learning of the prophecies which predicted the Messiah’s entrance through the Eastern Gate, Suleiman tried his best to make sure it wouldnt’t happen during his reign. And just in case a sealed entrance didnt’t thwart the Messiah’s coming, Muslim built a cemetery directly in front of the gate – conventional wisdom being that a Jewish Holy man would never defile himself by walking through a Muslim cemetery.

Isa 29:6 says Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

It’s been over 465 years since Suleiman sealed the Eastern Gate, and despite numerous well-documented attempts to open it, the gate has remained sealed just as the Lord proclaimed to Ezekiel over 2,600 years ago.

SO WHO IS THIS PRINCE?

Ezekiel 44:2 says “The LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it.”

At the time the Book of Ezekiel was first written, this statement prophesied a future event. However, this event transpired a few hundred years later, when Jesus of Nazareth triumphantly entered the Eastern Gate in preparation for the Passover festivities:

Joh 12:12 SAYS  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Joh 12:13  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Joh 12:14  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
Joh 12:15  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.
Joh 12:16  These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

As this passage states, the triumphant entry of Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled an additional prophecy, one made over 500 years earlier by the prophet Zechariah:

Zechariah 9:9 SAYS “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”

Zechariah 9:11 SAYS “As for thee also, [by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.”]

In other words Christ came to set the sinners free. Christ sealed this covenant with His blood on the cross not long after His triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. Because of His sacrifice, many have been freed from eternal damnation in Hell (the pit wherein is no water).

Ezekiel 44:3 says Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Lamb of God who wipes away the sin of the world. He is the Prince who shall sit inside the gateway “to eat bread before the Lord”. Because Jesus blessed the Eastern Gate with His coming, it has been sealed shut. No man, no army, and no person but Jesus Christ Himself can open the Eastern Gate ever again. This is God’s promise.

The fact that the Eastern Gate remains closed to this day is God’s testimony to doubters throughout the world.

*****Now will the Temple be rebuilt?

2Th 2:3 says  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; [so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God].

If this verse is taken literally then there will be a Temple built before or during the seven year tribulation period.

*****But The Temple described in the Book of Ezekiel is not the same pattern of the two previous Temples, Solomon’s and Zerubabel”s. (Herod just refined Zerubabels Temple).

Zec 6:12 says  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and [he shall build the temple of the LORD]:
Zec 6:13  Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, [and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne]: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

As we will learn in a future lesson, this is the Temple that Joel says will have water flowing from it.

Joe 3:17 says  So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
Joe 3:18  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, [and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim].

We will also go to this Temple to learn the ways of God.

Isa 2:2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Isa 2:3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, [to the house of the God of Jacob]; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

*****The passage in Zechariah said it is the Lord that will build the Temple. We can only feel that Christ will build a Temple during the Millennial period and that could be the one from Ezekiel.

Rev 21:1 says  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

*****Skipping down to verse 22

Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

*****Here we can see that God and the Lamb will be the Temple in time after the Millenium.

AGAIN AS CHRISTIANS, WE KNOW ALL THIS WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH BUT IT IS EXCITING TO KNOW GOD HAS A PLAN AND IT WILL BE FULFILLED.

OUR TEXT: THE GLORY OF THE LORD

Eze 44:1  Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
Eze 44:2  Then said the LORD unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
Eze 44:3  It is for the prince; the prince, he shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.
Eze 44:4  Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, [behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD: and I fell upon my face.]

*****The Glorious Appearing:

Just as the two angels testified following the ascension of Jesus, the Lord will one day return just as He left. When He does, He will come as a conqueror, the Commander of Heaven’s Armies. His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives, and He will go out to fight against God’s enemies:

Zechariah 14:3-5 says “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.”

Psalm 24:7-10  says “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”

Isa 40:5 SAYS  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and [all flesh shall see it together]: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Isa 40:6  The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
Isa 40:7  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
Isa 40:8  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Isa 40:9  O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, [be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!]

*****Ironically in the book of Revelation we see that the gates of Heaven are never shut. The shutting of the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem is symbolic of the fact that Israel shut the gate to God by the folly of their pursuit of other gods. Therefore they knew not the Messiah upon the occasion of his visitation unto them 2000 years ago. Thus their rejection of the Messiah stands as a historic monument symbolized in concrete by the shut gate to Old Jerusalem. Jesus prophesied to Israel about the desolation of their Temple, and that desolation continues to this very day. The shut gate also symbolizes the reality of the supernatural battle that is even now waging over the Temple Mount. But the Lord shall return and open the gate, and rebuild the Temple, and Israel shall know the Lord.

Revelation 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

OUR TEXT: A PLACE OF WORSHIP

Eze 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.
Eze 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.
Eze 46:3  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.
Eze 46:4  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.

This new Temple will be the place for all people on Earth to worship. We can see that the Sabbath may again be established as the day of worship with the other six being working days.

Gen 1:31 says  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Gen 2:1   Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Gen 2:3  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE CHURCH WILL BE WITH CHRIST DURING ALL THIS TIME, THERE WILL BE NO CHURCH AS WE KNOW IT ON EARTH. THIS IS THE TIME OF FULFILLMENT OF THE WORD OF GOD TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.

*****JESUS OUR LORD THE JEWISH MESSIAH WILL BE ON THIS EARTH IN THAT GLORIFIED BODY, HIS CHURCH, THE BRIDE WITH HIM AND HE WILL RULE FOR ONE THOUSAND YEARS.

Rom 11:25 SAYS  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

*****THIS BOOK OF EZEKIEL AND THE OTHER BOOKS OF THE PROPHETS HAVE MUCH THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM. WE NEED TO STUDY OUR BIBLES. IT IS THE BOOK OF ANSWERS FOR GOD’S PEOPLE.

LET’S PRAY