What is the Plan of God for the final 1000 years commonly called the Millennium, which precedes the Great White Throne Judgment and the entering into the Third Earth Age, the age of eternal happiness?
Unfortunately there are many traditions of men which espouse man's ideas and theories of what it will be like during the Millennium when all along this incredible Book of Ezekiel has been here to let them know with certitude, without guesswork, the way things will be. And as it is written, so shall it be.
So verse by verse, cubit by cubit, each step along the way as we follow Ezekiel and his angelic guide, whose appearance is as that of brilliant brass (vs. 40:3), around and throughout the Sanctuary and the Temple, we learn more and more about the future following the 7th Trump and the return of Jesus Christ. These beautiful truths are like gathering manna from heaven which is lightly hidden between and among the verses of the measurements, which measurements themselves are shown to be 1/7th larger than that of Solomon's Temple for the reason we discussed in chapter 40, verses 1-5.
The question often asked is, "Why are these precious truths slightly hidden?" The answer is so that when you have the desire, the hunger and thirst, to want to know His Word (Him), i.e. to "seek", then you SHALL FIND that which you are looking for, and He promises you won't come up empty handed! That's right, "Seek and ye SHALL find"! However, No Seeky, No Findy! It is really quite elementary my dear Watson. Is gold found lying in big nuggets out in an open field where even the lazy can gather them up, or must one search for the precious gold veins and dig deep for it? Are diamonds easily found without effort, or must your bore in the earth and seek them out? You see, that which is common lies in the open and is readily seen by all, but that which is precious must be sought after.
So let's continue in our labor seeking that which is much more precious than gold. In chapter 42, verses 1-12 we are going to be shown the location and the measurements of the Priests' Rooms, the north and south chambers, and then in verses 13 & 14 we will learn of their purpose and be given more insight into the role of the priests, who we know were part of the First Resurrection and therefore already have received the gift of eternal life. Then in verses 15-20 we will be shown the measurement of the great outer surround and its significance too!
We being with THE OUTER COURT, North
Width 100 cubits, of which 50 cubits is occupied by the porch of the outer gate. (vs. 1-8)
Then he brought me forth into the utter court, the way toward the north: and he brought me into the chamber that was over against the separate place, and which was before the building toward the north.
 Before the length of an hundred cubits was the north door, and the breadth was fifty cubits.
The chambers could be longer on the flat ground but there has to be somewhere to walk on the upper levels.. Over against the twenty cubits which were for the inner court, and over against the pavement which was for the utter court, was gallery against gallery in three stories.
 And before the chambers was a walk of ten cubits breadth inward, a way of one cubit; and their doors toward the north.
 Now the upper chambers were shorter: for the galleries were higher than these, than the lower, and than the middlemost of the building.
In other words they were built straight up |=|, not tiered inward /=/ like the other chambers which required pillars under their platforms for support.Ezekiel 42:6
For they were in three stories, but had not pillars as the pillars of the courts: therefore the building was straitened more than the lowest and the middlemost from the ground.
THE OUTER COURT. East Entrance. And the wall that was without over against the chambers, toward the utter court on the forepart of the chambers, the length thereof was fifty cubits.
 For the length of the chambers that were in the utter court was fifty cubits: and, lo, before the temple were an hundred cubits.
These chambers are exactly the same as the chambers which were toward the north, thus maintaining the beautiful symmetry in the grand design.Ezekiel 42:9
And from under these chambers was the entry on the east side, as one goeth into them from the utter court.
 The chambers were in the thickness of the wall of the court toward the east, over against the separate place, and over against the building.
There should be a period placed after the word "fashions" and a new sentence should begin with "And according..." And the way before them was like the appearance of the chambers which were toward the north, as long as they, and as broad as they: and all their goings out were both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.
Probably by now Ezekiel is wondering the same thing we are: "What exactly are these priests' chambers used for?" And according to the doors of the chambers that were toward the south was a door in the head of the way, even the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one entereth into them.
Here's the answer:
Notice that the chambers themselves are holy chambers where the priests "that approach unto the LORD" shall eat the most holy things and there shall they lay the offerings. Does that mean there will be sacrifices during the Millennium? Yes it does, for the world will be full of people who are spiritually dead, i.e. who have not been given eternal life, who did not make the First Resurrection, and although they will have incorruptible bodies that won't bleed and ache with pain and wrinkle with age, they will still have mortal souls, and they must learn to give their "sacrifice" to God of their own free will, meaning they want to because they love Him.Ezekiel 42:13
Then said he unto me, The north chambers and the south chambers, which are before the separate place, they be holy chambers, where the priests that approach unto the LORD shall eat the most holy things: there shall they lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place is holy.
However, the sacrifices that will be offered during the Millennium will not be of blood, for we know that Jesus Christ paid that blood sacrifice once and for all time, FOREVER, which includes the time of the Millennium.
You see, as it is written, God does not want our burnt offerings for He has no pleasure in them. He wants our genuine heartfelt LOVE, for in that He has true pleasure, which is why He created all things in the first place, especially His children: Rev. 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."Hebrews 10:12
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
By the way, the three sacrifices mentioned in verse 13 are the "minchah", the food offering, the "chattath", the sin offering, and the "asham", the guilt offering, all three of which will be offered by the priests for the people. Film at eleven.
Now notice the following statement concerning the priests. Remember as you read this that the priests who reign with Christ during the Millennium are those saints of the First Resurrection and they already have eternal life. Here is your documentation:
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
We are beginning to SEE that there is a separation between the sanctuary and the profane, the holy and the unholy, the "Living" (those who have eternal life) and the "Dead" (those who still have mortal souls) during the Millennium. The "Dead" cannot approach unto Jesus Christ during the Millennium! They must WAIT until the 1000 years are over. That is what the verse "the DEAD lived not again until the thousand years were finished" means in Rev. 20:5. To "live again" is to receive eternal life at the second resurrection from Him, who is Life!Ezekiel 42:14
When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the utter court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.
To document this further we next are shown the measurements of the space separating between the Sanctuary and the profane place. This is the greater outer "surround" of the 500 reed square, which is a little more than a square mile, and which is enclosed within a wall of unspecified dimensions. Hmmm, that's interesting. All these detailed measurements and yet no dimensions are given of this particular wall other that its length. Perhaps you'll see why it kind of reminds me of the "invisible fence" they have for pets.
Aside from the King James, most modern translations have followed the Septuagint in substituting "cubit" for "reed" in verses 16 through 20. However, the Hebrew word in the Massoratic text is "qaneh", which is "reed" and not "ammah" which is "forearm" or "cubit".Ezekiel 42:15
Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about.
 He measured the east side with the measuring reed, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.
All four "sides", i.e. the E, N, S & W sides, are independently and meticulously measured. "Four" in Bible numerics means "earth" and we are about to see a "wall" separating this place from the rest of the whole earth! He measured the north side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed round about.
Again, five hundred reeds is just little more than one mile, so this "greater surround" is about one square mile. He measured the south side, five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed.
 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.
 He measured it by the four sides: it had a wall round about, five hundred reeds long, and five hundred broad, to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place.
Remember we spoke earlier of those precious truths which are hidden and must be dug out? Well, there is something of great significance contained in the Hebrew language of these measurements which is not readily seen in English, and that is the fact that the word for "side" and "sides" used in verses 16 -20 is the Hebrew word "ruach" which is most often translated as "wind" or "spirit". You see there is something very "spiritual" that we are to learn from the "ruach" about this wall which surrounds the sanctuary, and it is actually given in the last phrase of verse 20: "to make a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place."
This is the great lesson of chapter 42 of Ezekiel, which is that we might SEE that during the Millennium there is a separation between the sanctuary and the profane place, the holy and the unholy, the "Living" (those who have eternal life) and the "Dead" (those who still have mortal souls) during the Millennium. Only the immortal priests of the Zadok, in their holy robes woven of fine white linen made from their righteous acts (Rev. 19:8), will be able to directly approach unto the LORD during the 1000 years. Now you know. It is written.
In chapter 43 we will see the return
of the Glory of God, Jesus Christ, as He enters through the east gates
and into the Holy of Holies. Oh how glorious that will be!
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