What a time the Millennium will be!
We have now come to the final chapter in this great Book of EZEK-I-EL, whose name means "God is Strong" as in "God is my Strength", and it is so fitting that this last chapter depicts the fulfillment, the summation if you will, of our Father's faithful promise to His children He loves so much. Think about it. After all the trials and tribulations and punishments and captivities endured by the whole house of Israel down through the ages, like Reuben as we mentioned earlier who lost his firstborn rights because of his behavior, and Dan not being listed in Rev. 7 among the 144,000 because of his idolatry, and the split between Judah and the 10 Northern tribes, etc., etc., etc., and worst of all, and yet to come, when the majority of His children worship at the feet of the spurious messiah believing he is Jesus.
Yes, after all of that, after all the times we His children have hurt Him so badly, He still fulfills His Word exactly as He promised and gives His children the best of best and lists the allotment of their inheritance here in this closing chapter of the book of the watchman, name by name, tribe by tribe, and lot by lot. How could anyone who is on the receiving end of His gifts not turn to Him with love in their hearts and cry, Abba Father?
And then, in the midst of describing their land allotments, we are once again given the dimensions of the whole 25,000 reeds square Oblation, portion by portion. The chapter concludes with the vision of the names of each individual tribe upon the twelve gates of the Great City and then finally, the most comforting words that a child of God can ever hear, "Daddy's Home".
The following diagram shows the
order and location of each of the tribes of Israel that we are going to
read about in the remainder of this chapter. The shaded area is the 25,000
reeds square Oblation.
for the Levites
|Portion for the Priests [Sanctuary]|
Vs. 1-7 = Location of the Seven Tribes on the North Side (Dan, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Ephraim, Reuben, Judah)Location of the Seven Tribes on the North Side.
Vs. 8-12 = The Oblation for the Sanctuary and the priests, 25,000 by 10,000 reeds.
Vs. 13-14 = The Portion for the Levites.
Vs. 15-19 = The Portion for the City.
Vs. 20 = All the Oblation, 25,000 by 25,000 reeds.
Vs. 21-22 = The Prince's Portion east and west of the City.
Vs. 23-28 = Location of the remaining five tribes (Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad).
Vs. 29 = Summary
Vs. 30-35 = Goings out of the City (exits) and its Gates.
Vs. 35 = The Name of the City, "Yahveh Shammah" (The Lord is There).
Next is the Oblation for the Sanctuary and the priests, 25,000 by 10,000 reeds. (For verses 8-22, refer to the diagram, the block plan in the prior studies showing all the Oblation, which can also be found in appendix 88 in the Companion Bible.)Ezekiel 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, Hazar-enan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east and west; a portion for Dan.
 And by the border of Dan, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Asher.
 And by the border of Asher, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Naphtali.
 And by the border of Naphtali, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh.
 And by the border of Manasseh, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim.
 And by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even unto the west side, a portion for Reuben.
 And by the border of Reuben, from the east side unto the west side, a portion for Judah.
The Portion for the Levites.Ezekiel 48:8
And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, from the east side unto the west side: and the sanctuary shall be in the midst of it.
 The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD shall be of five and twenty thousand in length, and of ten thousand in breadth.
 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.
 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.
 And this oblation of the land that is offered shall be unto them a thing most holy by the border of the Levites.
Israel may make provisions for aliens in the territories allotted to the tribes, but not in the area of the Levites, nor of the whole Oblation.Ezekiel 48:13
And over against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.
 And they shall not sell of it, neither exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the LORD.
The Portion for the City.
All the Oblation, 25,000 by 25,000 reeds.Ezekiel 48:15
And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall be in the midst thereof.
 And these shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred, and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five hundred.
 And the suburbs of the city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the west two hundred and fifty.
 And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto them that serve the city.
 And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.
The Prince's Portion east and west of the City.Ezekiel 48:20
All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall offer the holy oblation foursquare, with the possession of the city.
Location of the remaining five tribes (Benjamin, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, Gad).Ezekiel 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.
 Moreover from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, being in the midst of that which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, shall be for the prince.
As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side unto the west side, Benjamin shall have a portion.
And by the border of Benjamin, from the east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have a portion.
And by the border of Simeon, from the east side unto the west side, Issachar a portion.
And by the border of Issachar, from the east side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion.
 And by the border of Zebulun, from the east side unto the west side, Gad a portion.
 And by the border of Gad, at the south side southward, the border shall be even from Tamar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to the river toward the great sea.
Goings out of the City (exits) and its Gates.Ezekiel 48:29
This is the land which ye shall divide by lot unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these are their portions, saith the Lord GOD.
We also find in Rev. 21:12-13 that the magnificent New City of Jerusalem when it comes down out of heaven following the Great White Throne judgment will also have 12 gates with the names of the twelve tribes on them. Will the "names" just be the single patriarch's name like "Reuben" or "Dan" or will they include their whole family? Here is what is written in Revelation concerning the Eternal City, the New Jerusalem.Ezekiel 48:30
And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures.
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.
 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.
 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.
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.
Here is the very last verse in the Book of Ezekiel.Rev. 21:12
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
"The LORD is there" reads "Yahveh Shammah" in Hebrew, which means "Yahveh is There", and so from that day forward it will be a time to sing and rejoice for His children who love Him. He has promised He will come to dwell in our midst and so He shall.Ezekiel 48:35
It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
All nations and all peoples shall know that He is the LORD (think how many times have we read that), and all the world shall know that His throne is in Jerusalem, the throne of the LORD, the LORD our righteousness.Zech. 2:10
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.
What a time the Millennium will be! And that glorious time is approaching more rapidly than many might think! Yes, soon, at the sound of the last trump, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we who are alive and remain (in flesh bodies) shall be instantly changed into our spiritual bodies (1 Cor. 15:52) and we shall gather together with Him and with those saints who come with Him (1 Thes. 4:17) as His feet touch down on the Mt. of Olives (Zech. 14:4). And so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thes. 4:17), in the presence of the Shekinah Glory, for from that Day on the name of the city of our God will be "Yahveh Shammah" (Ezek. 48:35).Jeremiah 3:17
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.
In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
"May God Bless You and Strengthen You and Appoint You one of His beloved Watchman in this final generation." Amen
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