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Ezekiel 44

The glory of the LORD [the member of the YHVH Family who became flesh as the Son, the Messiah] will enter the Ezekiel Temple by the East Gate and will move westward to the Most Holy Place; and the Holy Spirit of God, the very nature of God; will dwell in the Ezekiel Temple, and will dwell in all flesh.

Joel 2:28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

We know that YHVH spoke to Moses out of the fire of the burning bush that was not consumed. We all know that the LORD [YHVH] led Israel out of Egypt, [symbolic of bondage to sin], by a pillar of fire; and that the LORD lives in and leads New Covenant Israel out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage to sin with the Holy Spirit of his indwelling presence [represented as fire]; representing the LIGHT of God in the darkness of spiritual ignorance.

God also spoke to Israel out of the fire on top of Sinai. 

Deuteronomy 4:12  And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.

Then at the dedication of the Tabernacle, the fire fell from God indicating his presence through the Shekinah or fire of the Holy Spirit.

She·ki·nah

noun: Shekinah; noun: Shekhinah

(in Jewish and Christian theology) the glory of the divine presence, the Holy Spirit; often manifested as Fire]

Then the “Glory” of the LORD fell as fire upon the tabernacle.

Leviticus 9:23   And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people.  9:24 And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces

This is why Nadab and Abihu died for offering strange fire;  The fire of God on the alter pictured the Spirit of God! strange fire represented a strange spirit and a false God or idol.

Then the fire fell on the temple at its dedication by Solomon; the fire filling the house with the presence of God through the Shekinah  [Holy Spirit].  

2 Chronicles 7   Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. At that occasion and in 

7:2 And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord‘s house. 7:3 And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Later when God wanted to make it clear that the presence of the Shekinah or Holy Spirit was leaving the temple to exclusively dwell in men; God caused his Spirit to fall as fire upon his called out.

Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Fire produces energy and Light by burning; and olive oil burned in the lampstand is also representative of God’s Holy Spirit, which when used [burned] produces LIGHT!  

Therefore Jesus gave us the spiritual understanding that the fire of God’s Spirit is also represented as LIGHT!  The seven lamps of Revelation picture the seven churches shining the light of godliness to the world, and the light of the Ekklesia is now flickering out in this end time because we have quenched any zeal to follow the Spirit of God into zealously keeping the whole Word of God. 

Ezekiel was shown that the East Gate was closed up.

Ezekiel 44:1 Then he brought me [showed me]  back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

No man [no male or female] may ever enter through the East Gate; it is holy for God the Messiah enters by the East Gate.

44:2 Then said the LORD unto me; This gate [the East 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.

The prince of the people may sit in the porch of the East Gate and eat there, but must go back out the way he came and must NOT pass through the OUTER EAST GATE into the courtyard.

The term “prince” here does not refer to Christ for he is God, and not flesh; and can enter by that gate.  The word prince here appears to allude to the resurrected David or to a physical ruler.  No man or woman may enter the grounds of the Ezekiel Temple from the East Gate. 

All people must enter by the North or the South Gates and must traverse to exit by the opposite Gate and not return back by the gate they entered by.  For example if you entered by the North Gate then you must Exit by the South gate.

Ezekiel 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.

The East Gate being referred to is the OUTER GATE to the far right  of this model.

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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.

44:5 And the LORD said unto me, Son of man, mark well, and behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears all that I say unto thee concerning all the ordinances of the house of the LORD, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the house, with every going forth of the sanctuary.

Jesus Christ condemns bringing into the Temple the unrepentant and the unconverted.  In the spiritual sense Jesus Christ condemns today’s spiritual Ekklesia for knowingly baptizing and bringing into the congregation unrepentant sinners, and for tolerating sin and not teaching a zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God! 

Today’s church of God groups will take in almost anyone who will follow the leader and support the organization, and will wink at their lack of spiritual understanding, sincere repentance and lack of conversion [spiritual circumcision of the heart and mind]  

This is just one of the many abominations of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who are zealous to follow their idols of men and have no zeal to keep the Word of God!

44:6 And thou shalt say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations, 44:7 In that ye have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary, to pollute it, even my house,

Physical Israel brought in the uncircumcised in heart and flesh to be joined with them, and today’s spiritual Ekklesia does the exact same thing for numbers and money.

Today it is very likely that half or more of the baptized people in these organizations have been wrongfully baptized and are delighted to follow men but are not committed to live by every Word of God, which is a gross abomination to Almighty God; because only a little leaven, leavens the whole body! 

I do not say root out the tares in some witch hunt!  I do say follow the example of John and Jesus and do not baptize those who have not produced the fruits of repentance, and also follow the instructions of Paul and do reject and cast out those who sin willfully and repeatedly against the Word of God! 

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

Even worse we lead the well intentioned AWAY from living by every Word of God to follow ourselves as idols of men!  Teaching them to sin like we sin!

John said to repent of our sins and he meant the sin of our lack of zeal to live by every Word of God; to repent of our zeal to follow some man, false tradition or corporate entity instead of living by every Word of God! 

Luke 3:7  Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Those who say that we are the people of God and trust in men, corporate entities and in our own ways, not living by every Word of God; LIE and are not God’s people!

Jeremiah 7

Jeremiah was commanded to stand in the very gate of the Temple to warn Jerusalem and Judea to repent.  Even so a warning is coming to the very gates of the spiritual Temple of the Ekklesia today: Sincerely repent and turn to God, for why will you die?

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.

If we repent and learn and live by every Word of God, we shall be established; if we reject the Word of God for our own ways and corporate idols, we shall be corrected.

7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

Do not trust in lying words saying that we are the true spiritual Ekklesia the true church of God and no evil shall come upon us; just as Christ allowed God’s Temple in Jerusalem to be destroyed twice; he will most certainly correct us for committing the same sins on a spiritual plane that Judah committed on the physical plane.

7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

If we sincerely repent of polluting the Sabbath and idolizing men, corporate organizations and false traditions; if we sincerely repent of our spiritual idolatry and spiritual adulteries with false gods of our own devising;  We shall be forgiven and established. 

7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; 7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: 7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

Do not trust in the lies of men; who lie saying that organizational loyalty is synonymous with loyalty to God.

7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

We commit spiritual adultery and we sin against our baptismal vow; and the leaders steal God’s funds to spend excessively on their false gods [building great buildings and buying  memorabilia of some man to remember their human idol] and on themselves.  

We follow leaders and elders who  deceive with part truths and often lie, we call ourselves godly and then persecute those who are zealous to live by every Word of God. For the most part we will not rebuke sin, nor will we teach the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

We pollute Sabbath and Holy Days and reject the Biblical teaching regarding the calendar, keeping God’s High Days on our own humanly devised dates and not on God’s dates.  We are self- exaltant and full of stubborn self-will and pride, imagining ourselves righteous and godly and in need of nothing, to the point where we will not even faithfully keep the Word of God.

7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

Look and see what Christ did to the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh, and today we also have the example of the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the later destruction of the Temple by the Romans! 

Let us sincerely repent and quickly lest this evil come upon the spiritual; Ekklesia for the same sins.

To call ourselves the people of God in a meaningless lie, unless we become the people of God by learning and zealously living by every Word of God.

7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.

Christ tells the people that he will destroy the Temple at Jerusalem as he destroyed the place of the tabernacle at Shiloh.  And this is an example for today’s physical and spiritual Israel, that he bring us down as he brought down Shiloh and later Jerusalem.

7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; 7:14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.

If we sin as they did, and we most certainly are sinning as they did on the spiritual level; we shall meet the very same correction that they did; regardless of the claims we make and the name we label ourselves with.

Luke 3:8  Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance [Demonstrating sincere repentance], and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Ezekiel 44:7  when ye offer my bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken my covenant because of all your abominations.

Today’s called out spiritual Ekklesia have not been careful to keep the Eternal’s charge to keep his Word; no, we have turned from keeping the Word of God to keep our own ways.  We follow idols of men and do what is right in our own imaginations and false traditions. 

Will we trust in the name “Church of God” that we falsely attribute to ourselves; for we are servants of those we obey and we do not obey the Word of God.   

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

Today’s “Church of God” is not God’s people at all: Because they have NO zeal for God and his Word; rather they are the servants of corporate entities, idols of men and false traditions, claiming falsely to be the people of God and trusting that that lie will save them from their imminent correction! 

44:8 And ye have not kept the charge of mine holy things: but ye have set keepers of my charge in my sanctuary for yourselves.

No person who is uncircumcised in heart being spiritually converted, or who is not circumcised in the flesh may enter the Millennial Ezekiel Temple. 

How is it then that we knowingly baptize those who are not circumcised in heart and who have not proven themselves faithful and zealous for God and His Word?  Is it not because we ourselves are not zealous to keep the whole Word of God? 

It is to our great shame that we fill our congregations with those we know are obvious tares, thorn bushes and briers, just to claim numbers and garner income!

44:9 Thus saith the Lord GOD; No stranger, uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into my sanctuary, of any stranger that is among the children of Israel.

The Levites [and the priests who are also of Levi] because of their sins of leading the people to serve idols shall not approach the holy things of the Ezekiel Temple; that privilege has been taken from them and reserved exclusively for the descendants of Zadok, and today’s spiritual leaders will be rejected for the same sins if they do not quickly repent.

44:10 And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity.

44:11 Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them.

44:12 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity.

44:13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.

44:14 But I will make them keepers of the charge of the house, for all the service thereof, and for all that shall be done therein.

Only the descendants of Zadok the faithful and zealous for God; may approach holy things and minister in holy things in the Ezekiel Temple.  

In New Covenant terms this means that today’s leaders and elders who teach the brethren to serve corporate idols and idols of men, and seek to squelch any zeal to live by every Word of God, are like the Levites of old who led the people into idolatry.  They may still be in the resurrection of the chosen if they sincerely repent, but they will have lost the birthright of their calling to be pillars for eternity. 

Only those who are zealous for God and continually live by every Word of God will serve in the holy things after the first early harvest resurrection  to spirit, for they are the pillars who stand faithfully on the foundation of the whole Word of God and follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. 

The faithful of the New Covenant called out, who have stood unshakable in passionate zeal for God and his Word will be pillars in the spiritual Temple of the family of God and shall bear the name, the authority of God; while those who lead the people into idolatry today will be resurrected to spirit only if they sincerely repent, and then their spiritual offices shall be diminished from those of the pillars. 

Because of the faithfulness of Zadok to God and his Word, Zadok’s physical descendants will serve in the physical things of the Ezekiel Temple. 

44:15 But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me to offer unto me the fat and the blood, saith the Lord GOD:  44:16 They shall enter into my sanctuary, and they shall come near to my table, to minister unto me, and they shall keep my charge.

The descendants of Zadok must wear linen which is indicative of righteousness. 

Revelation 19:8  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.

Ezekiel 44:17 And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. 44:18 They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.

When they leave the Inner Court which is the holy place of the priests; the descendants of Zadok must change from their holy garments into regular garments.

44:19 And when they go forth into the utter court, even into the utter court to the people, they shall put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they shall put on other garments; and they shall not sanctify the people with their garments.

The descendants of Zadok who will serve in the holy place of the Ezekiel Temple must cut their hair and let their beards grow and no alcohol may be drunk in the holy place of the Inner Court. 

44:20 Neither shall they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll their heads. 44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.

Marriage law to keep the sanctity of the priests of Zadok

44:22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.

The descendants of Zadok will teach right and wrong by the Word of God and they will judge disputes for all the people, under the direction of their spirit leaders.

44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

This is what Christ expects of his elders today as well!  And in today’s Ekklesia these things are not done; they neither hallow God’s Sabbaths nor do they teach the difference between the holy and the profane.

44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my Sabbaths.

All these things are rules to set apart and sanctify the descendants of Zadok for the priestly service in the holy place and with the holy things in the Ezekiel Temple.

44:25 And they shall come at no dead person to defile themselves: but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister that hath had no husband, they may defile themselves.

After touching the dead they must be purified.

44:26 And after he is cleansed, they shall reckon unto him seven days. 44:27 And in the day that he goeth into the sanctuary, unto the inner court, to minister in the sanctuary, he shall offer his sin offering, saith the Lord GOD.

The descendants of Zadok shall have the priestly office to minister in holy things in the holy place of the Ezekiel Temple as a perpetual inheritance [as long as that Temple exists]. 

Zadok is a type of the zeal of the Philadelphian, and Zadok’s place in ministering in the physical  holy place and the physical holy things, is typical of the spiritual office of the pillars who are zealously passionately faithful to the whole Word of God like Zadok was.

The pillars who stand unshakably on the Word of God and refuse to follow idols of men, or corporate idols and their false traditions; will also have an eternal priesthood after their resurrection to eternal life.

44:28 And it shall be unto them for an inheritance: I am their inheritance: and ye shall give them no possession in Israel: I am their possession.

44:29 They shall eat the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering: and every dedicated thing in Israel shall be theirs. 44:30 And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest’s: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house.

Just as the priests of Zadok must maintain purity and holiness at all times; so the pillar of God will work with enthusiastic zeal to keep himself pure from sin and worldliness. 

God will NOT tolerate any willful uncleanness or sin in his people! 

Those who teach that Christ will tolerate sin because God is love and we are weak; are Antichrist! 

Yes we are weak, but we are NOT alone; for if we are following Christ and keeping the Father’s Word; they will dwell in and empower us to overcome sin by their indwelling power!

44:31 The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

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